Today’s headlines — Thursday, Oct. 17

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RepBillFoster: Tonight I voted to end the reckless shutdown. Now it’s time to come together and work out a long term budget http://foster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/foster-votes-to-end-reckless-and-unnecessary-shutdown … Tonight I voted to end the reckless shutdown. Now it’s time to come together and work out a long term budget http://foster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/foster-votes-to-end-reckless-and-unnecessary-shutdown

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KwameRaoul: "@BarackObama: "Tonight the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together around an agreement that will reopen our government." "@BarackObama: "Tonight the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together around an agreement that will reopen our government."

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RepRobinKelly: Voted to end #shutdown + avoid a debt default. Congress can’t keep leading from the brink of disaster. The American people deserve better. Voted to end #shutdown + avoid a debt default. Congress can’t keep leading from the brink of disaster. The American people deserve better.

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Google Alerts – illinois gambling
Gambling business hits a snag in Joliet The concept has been spreading throughout Illinois since video gambling was legalized. Video gambling machines are put in strip malls in cafe style settings …

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RutherfordDan: At the #RichTownship #Republican annual brunch on Sunday, honoring Pat Barr for her years of service. #twill pic.twitter.com/2ICzMYv2Xa At the #RichTownship #Republican annual brunch on Sunday, honoring Pat Barr for her years of service. #twillpic.twitter.com/2ICzMYv2Xa

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RutherfordDan: I’m also live tomorrow (10/17) on @1440WROK #Rockford w/ Riley O’Neil & @ScotBertram at 8:10am discussing #debtceiling. #twill I’m also live tomorrow (10/17) on @1440WROK #Rockford w/ Riley O’Neil & @ScotBertram at 8:10am discussing #debtceiling. #twill

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RepSchneider: Gov is reopened & we’ve avoided default, but the fact a small minority in Congress was able to push the country to the brink is disturbing. Gov is reopened & we’ve avoided default, but the fact a small minority in Congress was able to push the country to the brink is disturbing.

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RepRobinKelly: It’s time to get the government back in business serving the American people. pic.twitter.com/05hyUdzyXd It’s time to get the government back in business serving the American people. pic.twitter.com/05hyUdzyXd

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KwameRaoul: "@RepRobinKelly: It’s time to get the government back in business serving the American people. pic.twitter.com/l2Vcg6G2o3" "@RepRobinKelly: It’s time to get the government back in business serving the American people. pic.twitter.com/l2Vcg6G2o3"

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PatQuinnNews: Governor Pat Quinn Joins Gary Sinise to Help Veterans http://www.snsanalytics.com/p7wty8 Governor Pat Quinn Joins Gary Sinise to Help Veteranshttp://www.snsanalytics.com/p7wty8

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WANDTVDoug: Congressman Rodney Davis on Busboom & Wolfe TALK 101, http://decaturradio.com & using the iGO radio app at 7:35am Congressman Rodney Davis on Busboom & Wolfe TALK 101, http://decaturradio.com & using the iGO radio app at 7:35am

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governor quinn – Social Mention
Hey Governor Quinn: Randy Steidl spent 17 years in prison – 12 on death row – for a crime he didn’t commit. His clemency petition has been pending for over a decade. Isn’t it time YOU stepped up and signed an innocence pardon? Center on Wrongful Convictions Calls on Governor to Pardon Randy Steidl

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governor quinn – Social Mention
Tio Hardiman: Alternative to Pat Quinn: Everybody in Illinois should understand that it’s healthy practice to have another qualified candidate running against Pat Quinn in the Democratic Primary. Thousands of voters have shared their views with me in regards to my taking on the incumbent Governor and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Good debates are necessary as it relates to educating the voters on the many issues facing the state. Otherwise, the voters will hear more of the same failed policies with no solution in sight. There should never be a time in history when the Governor is unopposed during the Democratic Primary. If we continue to accept poor leadership and offer no competition then we as citizens of the State of Illinois will settle for mediocrity over substance. Please feel free to share this message with your friends.

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governor quinn – Social Mention
Illinois is launching a new job training program for veterans. The “Get Skills to Work” program allows vets to get trained for manufacturing jobs. It’s part of a partnership between the state, G-E, community colleges, and manufacturers. Governor Quinn says the initiative will help give veterans the job skills they need to get back into the workforce and provide a decent living for their families. For more information, check out GetSkillsToWork.org.

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Opinions – Editorials
Our View: New way to pick ‘lite guv’ When Illinoisans elect a governor and lieutenant governor next year, voters won’t know how effective the new team will be in solving the state’s thorny financial and pension problems.

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jim oberweis – Google News
State lawmakers disappointed with shutdown wrangling – Chicago Tribune State lawmakers disappointed with shutdown wranglingChicago TribuneState Sen. Jim Oberweis, an investment manager and dairy magnate from Sugar Grove, is the GOP state central committeeman for the 14th District. He said Hultgren had “done a good job,” and he would be surprised if a Republican challenged the two-term …

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Transportation secretary coming to Oak Park for Ike meeting Transportation secretary coming to Oak Park for Ike meeting … people to hear about the project — this time from Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, …

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Chuck Sweeny: Illinois elected officials backing bill to avert default … Illinois lawmaker reviving gambling expansion plans … Chuck Sweeny: Illinois elected officials backing bill to avert default, re-open government. email · print.

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illinois infrastructure – Google…
Consultant: Area transit agencies should unify – Chicago Tribune Consultant: Area transit agencies should unifyChicago TribuneAt the same time, the system of dividing up funding is outdated, and too little money is invested in keeping equipment and infrastructure in good working order, it said. "It is evident that the northeastern Illinois public transit system is not guided …

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Google Alerts – illinois
Illinois Uses More Energy Than Any Other State A new report shows people in Illinois use more energy than people in any other state. The Citizens Utility Board shows Illinois households use 44% more energy …

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Google Alerts – illinois
Southern Illinois hasn’t fared well at new stadium FARGO — Old McAndrew Stadium on the Southern Illinois University campus had seen its better days. When North Dakota State started showing up beginning …

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Our Opinion: Helping Hands vote opens up new opportunities Springfield’s elected officials Tuesday night overwhelmingly voted down an opportunity for the Helping Hands homeless shelter to move into a facility on North …

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illinois policy – Google News
N. Ill. planning agency to vote on Illiana tollway – Beaumont Enterprise Chicago TribuneN. Ill. planning agency to vote on Illiana tollwayBeaumont EnterpriseThe Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s policy committee is scheduled to vote on including the so-called Illiana tollway linking Interstate 55 in Illinois and Interstate 65 in Indiana in its long-term development plan for the region, a step …Decisive vote looms on IllianaIllinois Chamber charges CMAP with

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bernard schoenburg – Google News
Bernard Schoenburg: Unity after primary a must, GOP group told – The State Journal-RegisterBernard Schoenburg: Unity after primary a must, GOP group toldThe State Journal-RegisterThere was a good showing of GOP statewide candidates at a Springfield meeting of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women. There were also some expressions of hope that the campaign leading up to the March 18 primary won’t leave the party ripped …

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Difficult to determine which rules apply to motorized bikes – The State Journal-Register Difficult to determine which rules apply to motorized bikesThe State Journal-RegisterIf any four of those criteria are exceeded up to a 150cc engine, the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles considers it a motor-driven cycle and requires a Class L license. More than a 150cc engine is considered a motorcycle. Figuring that out on the …

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michael madigan – Google News
Kadner: Rita calls hearing on gambling bill – SouthtownStar Kadner: Rita calls hearing on gambling billSouthtownStarRita never called the much-anticipated gambling bill (which was approved by the Senate) for a vote, resulting in speculation about political gamesmanship between House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Gov. Pat Quinn. After opposing gambling …

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chicago sun-times – Google News
Alderman: Cops should get retro pay – Chicago Sun-Times San Francisco ChronicleAlderman: Cops should get retro payChicago Sun-TimesA Northwest Side alderman whose ward is home to scores of Chicago Police officers urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday not to use a paperwork mistake made by the police union president to deny rank-and-file police officers their automatic right to a …Mayor and victims support proposed new gun law

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SJ-R.com’s Facebook Wall
Do you favor more casinos and slots at Chicago’s major airports? Do you favor more casinos and slots at Chicago’s major airports? Sponsor of Illinois gambling expansion plans to revive talks at Statehousewww.sj-r.comCHICAGO — The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports plans to revive talks on the measure when the Legislature meets next week.

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Google Alerts – illinois senate
Rep. Randy Hultgren only shutdown/debt ceiling no vote in Illinois … Illinois Senators Dick Durbin, a Democrat and Mark Kirk a Republican, were yes votes in the Senate, where the bill passed on a 81-18 roll call. The House voted …

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john shimkus – Google News
Press Release: Shimkus Supports Bi-Partisan Deal – Tristatehomepage.comTristatehomepage.comPress Release: Shimkus Supports Bi-Partisan DealTristatehomepage.comCongressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for the compromise reached by Senators in the budget stalemate. Washington, DC…Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for the compromise reached by Senators in the budget stalemate.

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Google Alerts – pat quinn
Deputy governor visits Peoria for Stuff-A-Bus food program Deputy governor visits Peoria for Stuff-A-Bus food program … Pat Quinn in February 2011, Thomas is responsible for advising the governor on critical policy and …

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Google Alerts – st. louis post-dispatch
Albert Pujols Rejects Jack Clark’s Lie-Detector Challenge In … The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports that AL WATKINS, an attorney for CLARK, who was fired in AUGUST from his hosting job after alleging that PUJOLS’ …

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Google Alerts – illinois house
Goats clear an Illinois park a week early Goats clear an Illinois park a week early. Posted: Wednesday, October 16 … The goats are now headed home to Wisconsin. Knoch Knolls park is undergoing …

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Google Alerts – illinois legislature
Hopeless state pension plan coming down the pike After months of quiet negotiations and arm-wrestling, the Illinois legislative pension reform committee may be about to produce a proposal, one light on reform …

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Google Alerts – pat quinn
Center on Wrongful Convictions attorneys seek pardon from … Pat Quinn in an attempt to push the Democrat into acting on a pardon for Gordon "Randy" Steidl (STYE’-dul). The letter dated Wednesday seeks action on an …

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Google Alerts – illinois government
Poll: Southern Illinoisan voters want to see political change state-wide From term limits to open primary elections, Southern Illinoisans are open to a wide variety of reforms they think may improve Illinois’ government, according to a …

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Google Alerts – peoria journal star
Planning commission appears poised to part ways with director PEORIA – After months of back and forth and several dozen hours of executive session meetings, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will likely part …

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Chicago Sun-Times
It’s official: Zachary Fardon confirmed as Chicago area’s U.S. attorney The U.S. Senate confirmed Zachary Fardon as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois late Wednesday, filling the vacancy created when Patrick Fitzgerald stepped down. Earlier in the day, Chicago’s last two top federal prosecutors criticized the “short term” approach to the gun violence plaguing the city and warned that Fardon can’t be expected to solve a decades-old problem.

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illinois – Google News
Rep. Reboletti: Task Force Examines Gang Violence in Illinois – Chicago Tribune Rep. Reboletti: Task Force Examines Gang Violence in IllinoisChicago TribuneChicago, IL – The Illinois Gang Violence Task Force, co-chaired by State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), was joined by Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday to discuss a range of proposals to reduce gang violence in …

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Community Members Launch Economic Plan To ‘Take Back Chicago’ (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois
Community Members Launch Economic Plan To ‘Take Back Chicago’ (VIDEO) | Progress IllinoisChicagoans packed a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to launch a new social and economic justice agenda for the city.The movement is called "Take Back Chicago," and 35 local community organizations and labor unions are involved with the multi-issue, multi-racial effort. The town hall meeting garnered between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees."For too long, we have seen our safety net aucti

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IllinoisChannel: #twill In 3rd Qtr fundraising, freshman Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13) raised $302,100. Geo Gollin (D) $300,500. Ann Callis (D) $204,900. #twill In 3rd Qtr fundraising, freshman Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13) raised $302,100. Geo Gollin (D) $300,500. Ann Callis (D) $204,900.

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RutherfordDan: At the #RichTownship #Republican annual brunch on Sunday, honoring Pat Barr for her years of service. #twill pic.twitter.com/2ICzMYv2Xa At the #RichTownship #Republican annual brunch on Sunday, honoring Pat Barr for her years of service. #twillpic.twitter.com/2ICzMYv2Xa

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Windy City Gun Sentences Driven by Politics, Not Facts Professor Zimring is right; good sounding politics often produces terrible … The debate in Illinois is strange, indeed, when the voice of moderation and reason is …

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WAND – News
Illinois ranks 7th in cases of AIDS SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has the 7th highest number of AIDS cases in the nation, with 39,844 reported cases of AIDS since 1980. Of those diagnosed with the disease, about 23,729 have died. Between 2008-2012,

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CityLink Kicks Off Stuff-A-Bus Campaign Illinois Deputy Governor, Cristal Thomas said drives like this are more important … areas where we hadn’t really seen a lot of hunger and a lot of need before.

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Google Alerts – darin lahood
Legislators tour weapons manufacturers State Senator Darin LaHood along with Representative Don Moffitt and Chicago-land senators toured three different gun manufacturers in Henry County: Rock …

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tomdemmer: Lively Wednesday continues, headed to Sandwich to host a #townhallmeetingLively Wednesday continues, headed to Sandwich to host a #townhallmeeting

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KirkDillard: Stopped by the #GOP Riverside Rally in #Geneva. It’s always nice to be with fellow Republicans in #Kane County! pic.twitter.com/0PRJuVEyLT Stopped by the #GOP Riverside Rally in #Geneva. It’s always nice to be with fellow Republicans in #Kane County!pic.twitter.com/0PRJuVEyLT

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RutherfordDan: Speaking to the DuKane #ABATE event in #Batavia over the weekend. #twill pic.twitter.com/sEEJomA9hF Speaking to the DuKane #ABATE event in #Batavia over the weekend. #twill pic.twitter.com/sEEJomA9hF

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RutherfordDan: Join Steve Kim Mon, Oct 21, 5-7pm for a fundraiser in #Springfield at PAO Bistro, 2824 Plaza Dr. Tix & info: http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/110/EventDetails.aspx … #twill Join Steve Kim Mon, Oct 21, 5-7pm for a fundraiser in #Springfield at PAO Bistro, 2824 Plaza Dr. Tix & info: http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/110/EventDetails.aspx … #twill

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RutherfordDan: .@pjstar : 2014 Ill. gubernatorial candidates filing campaign finance reports #twill http://www.pjstar.com/free/x1155593021/2014-Ill-gubernatorial-candidates-filing-campaign-finance-reports … .@pjstar : 2014 Ill. gubernatorial candidates filing campaign finance reports #twill http://www.pjstar.com/free/x1155593021/2014-Ill-gubernatorial-candidates-filing-campaign-finance-reports

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SenatorKirk: Congress put country over party with bipartisan compromise to reopen govt and protect America’s full faith & credit. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=892 …Congress put country over party with bipartisan compromise to reopen govt and protect America’s full faith & credit. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=892

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SenatorRezin: The Education Funding Task force met at IMSA today. We heard from the experts from the state of MA and the State Board at Education. The Education Funding Task force met at IMSA today. We heard from the experts from the state of MA and the State Board at Education.

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tammyduckworth: In my office waiting to vote to reopen government. Been waiting 16 days too long. It will b good to get back to work repairing the economy. In my office waiting to vote to reopen government. Been waiting 16 days too long. It will b good to get back to work repairing the economy.

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Rockford Register Star News RSS
Lure of state tax credits attracts Rockford developers ROCKFORD — Architectural and engineering firms take up most of the office space in the Prairie Street Brewhouse. Lofts are being built out and will be available for rent by the end of the year. Beer is being brewed now for private events, and the brew pub itself will open to the public in early spring as the city’s first development project funded with state historic tax credits nears completion.I

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afscme31: Central Illlinois: Henry Bayer will talk sate employee back pay and pensions tmrw on @WMAYSpringfield at 810a and @WUIS at noon. #twill Central Illlinois: Henry Bayer will talk sate employee back pay and pensions tmrw on @WMAYSpringfield at 810a and @WUIS at noon. #twill

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Search Results – JG-TC.com
OUR VIEW: Mandatory minimum not the solution Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are expected to push hard for what they see as a solution to the city’s violent crime problem during next week’s veto sessi…

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Sneedlings: The normally-loquacious ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is being ultra mum pending the outcome of his appeal… The normally-loquacious ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is being ultra mum pending the outcome of his appeal…

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dan rutherford – Social Mention
Has Bruce Rauner’s TV ad campaign boosted his chances to win the 2014 Illinois GOP gubernatorial primary? Insider: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner has lavished a princely sum on early advertising to boost his campaign, but to an unknown effect.

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Chicago Sun-Times
Former top federal prosecutors Fitzgerald, Lassar defend anti-gang efforts Chicago’s last two top federal prosecutors have criticized the “short term” approach to the gun violence plaguing the city and warned that U.S. Attorney nominee Zach Fardon can’t be expected to solve a decades old problem. Patrick Fitzgerald and Scott Lassar — who between them sent two former governors to prison — mounted an impassioned defense of the U.S. Attorney’s Chicago office Wednesday,

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Clout Street – Local political coverage – chicagotribune.com
Emanuel proposes more changes to Wrigley Field plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give the Cubs more flexibility on night games at Wrigley Field and the team has agreed to drop a proposed pedestrian bridge over Clark Street from its $500 million renovation plan.

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Illinois Republican Party’s Facebook Wall
It’s about beating Pat Quinn, and putting Illinois back on the path to prosperit… It’s about beating Pat Quinn, and putting Illinois back on the path to prosperity. Our four candidates have what it takes to lead. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131015/news/710159618/GOP governor candidates in Bloomingdale: It’s about beating Quinnwww.dailyherald.comAll four GOP candidates running for governor agree that one way to fix Illinois’ problems is to get a Republican in the exec

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KFVS12 – KFVS12 Home
Quinn pleased court will hear appeal on pay case Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s pleased the Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal of a ruling that found his veto of lawmakers’ pay unconstitutional.

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Google Alerts – springfield ill
Ill. Appellate Court Affirms Order Vacating $80 Million Asbestos … SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –– An Illinois appellate court has affirmed a decision vacating more than $80 million in damages entered against asbestos defendants …

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Rep. Elaine Nekritz « CBS Chicago
Rutherford: Illinois Was Prepared To Deal With Federal Government Default (CBS) – The deal on Capitol Hill that avoids default and reopens the federal government is a relief to Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, but he said the state was ready if default occurred. [cbs-audio url=http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/mp3_bc-wav-carts-ruitherford-w2-wed.mp3size=340px download=false name="Rutherford: Illinois Was Prepared To Deal With Fed Default" artis