Today’s headlines — Saturday, Nov. 30

The General Assembly is called back to Springfield for the matter of pension reform December 3rd. Please visit my website to see the latest summary of pension proposal that has Bipartisan and Bicameral. http://www.repedsullivan.com/./pension_reform_proposalPension Reform Proposalwww.repedsullivan.comIllinois House District 51
 
 
PENSION REFORM PROPOSAL Details as of 11/29/13   Funding schedule and method for certifying contributions: Establishes an actuarially sound funding schedule to achieve 100% funding no later than the end of FY 2044. Contributions will be certified using the entry age normal actuarial cost method (EAN), which averages costs evenly over the pensioner’s employment and results in level contributions.
 
 
The outline of the pension reform bill is posted on my website. The actual bill is still to come. I’ll post the bill ASAP. Stay tuned.State Representative Ron Sandackwww.ronsandack.orgIllinois House District 81
 
 
Watching the Geneseo Maple Leafs, my alma mater, play in the Class 4A football state championship
 
 
 
Details of the pension deal reached by four House and Senate leaders and headed for a vote this week have supporters and critics in full-court press mode. Union leaders, who are blasting the agreement, say their members will bombard lawmakers Monday, urging them to kill the proposed bill that could ultimately slash $160 billion from the state’s future pension liabilities and improve Illinois’
 
 
Thousands of Illinois residents with high medication costs are seeing some gains from a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
 
 
Muriel Anderson, guitar and harp guitarist will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at Zion United Church of Christ, Peru, sponsored by Music Suite 408. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students.
 
 
1 in 20 obey 55 mph limit while average speeds rise above 70As Illinois gets ready to allow speed limits to rise to 70 mph, the research stirs debate about just what the speed limit should be on the Tollway.
 
 
State lawmakers representing DeKalb County don’t consider the latest pension reform proposal to be perfect, but they seem open to supporting it when the legislature convenes a special session Tuesday.
 
 
Starting Monday night, the front desk at the Urbana Police Department will no longer be staffed by a clerk overnight. URBANA — Starting Monday night, the front desk at the Urbana Police Department will no longer be staffed by a clerk overnight. Urbana Deputy Police Chief Sylvia Morgan said the move was made to save money and to keep officers on the street. “It didn’t seem to be worth th
 
 
Watching the Geneseo Maple Leafs, my alma mater, play in the Class 4A football s… http://ift.tt/18cFCxm 
 
 
Kudos to Ill. AP for avoiding term pension *reform*. http://tinyurl.com/nk2v4qa  Whatever it is (Reduction? Ask the Supremes) it ain’t reform.
 
 
 
Too much government: Illinois’ thousands of local governmentsMadison County RecordAnd Illinois has more layers of general purpose local government than any other state in the country. Sixty one percent of the state’s residents live under three layers of general purpose local government (municipal, township or county governments); in …
 
 
Fees Rise For Illinois LawyersWNIJ and WNIUIt will cost more to become a licensed attorney in Illinois next year. Fees for the bar exam are going up by $100. Starting Jan. 1, regular application fees will be $500. Late fees will go up to $700, but those filing at the very last minute will still …
 
 
 
ILLINOIS (WIFR) –Illinois is trying to make the roads safer by changing the way … You’ll need to pick up a Bluetooth earpiece or have a built in speaker phone …
 
 
Wall Street JournalDetails start to emerge on state pension deal nuancesJacksonville Journal-Courierby By KERRY LESTER and SARA BURNETT Associated Press. 2 hours ago |7 Views | | | Email | Print. Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis …Lawmakers briefed on proposed pension deal
 
 
Illinois AG Consumer Alert: Be Wary of Tornado Assistance ScamsLoanSafeMadigan’s Charitable Trust Bureau received a complaint regarding Heroes Memorial Foundation, an unregistered, out-of-state entity raising funds for victims of the weekend storms. Under Illinois law, fundraisers and charitable organizations are required …
 
 
Chicago TribuneSpeed limits largely ignored, Tollway report findsChicago TribuneSpeeding has become rampant on the Illinois tollways around Chicago, a fact well established by the Tollway in several studies obtained by the Tribune. The data, like that collected on the Everett Road overpass in April, showed that along seven tollway …
 
 
Museums provide governor’s mansion decorationsBelleville News DemocratThey include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home, and Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place. The state’s Historic Preservation Agency says dried flowers from the mansion’s …
 
 
CHICAGO — Thousands of Illinois residents with high medication costs are seeing some gains from a provision of the Affordable Care Act. The federal …
 
 
Joliet councilman questions mayor’s trip to WashingtonJoliet Herald NewsBill Foster and Dan Lipinski, who represent Joliet, along with some of their staffers and stayed one night in the nation’s capital. Sen. Mark Kirk was not available at the time. The trip actually exceeded by $161 the money Giarrante said he had …
 
 
Graphic: Speeding on the Illinois Tollway. ( Tribune, Tribune / November 29, 2013 ). Email E-mail · add to Twitter Twitter · add to Facebook Facebook · add to …
 
 
Well, so do good vacations. For nearly 40 years, I’ve returned to land owned by my heart; the southern desert of Arizona. I’ve gone with people who count in my …
 
 
Consumer protection officials: Illinois holiday shoppers beware. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 30, 2013 – 4:06 am EST. Share/Save/Bookmark.
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … CARBONDALE, Illinois — Illinois Lt. Gov. … The Small Business Association says small businesses in Illinois employ more than 2 …
 
 
The bronze statue of a 26-year-old King cost $25,000 and was first unveiled in the Capitol rotunda Jan. 14, 1988. King is the first non-Illinois resident to be …
 
 
By now, if you’re into the whole Black Friday experience (or even Brown Thursday if you hit the sales on Thanksgiving), you’ve likely lugged bags of deals into your home and crossed many names off your holiday shopping list.
 
 
CARY – State Representative David McSweeney (R-) is pleased to announce he will be hosting a community food drive for the holidays during the month of December to fill the holiday need at the Cary-Grove Food Pantry. “The holiday season…
 
 
 
On the other side of the border, the Illinois Department of Transportation should be able to recoup between $2.4 billion and $3.8 billion. The INDOT document …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn could win new term in spite of poor ratingThe Rock River TimesAlthough a poll shows 60 percent of voters disapprove of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), it may not be enough for a Republican to take over the state’s top job. According to Publicpolicy.com’s latest Illinois survey, only 34 percent of voters approve of …
 
 
Pension deal is first big test for GOP House leader By CAROL MARIN November 29, 2013 6:52PM
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 1 hour agoTwo other Republican candidates, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford have not weighed in, though Dillard’s running mate, state Rep.
 
 
By Rick Pearson and Bob Secter, Chicago Tribune reporters … At stake is Illinois’ $100 billion pension shortfall that affects teachers outside Chicago, public …
 
 
“He doesn’t really need big fundraising totals at this point, but this is a big … “You can never have too much money running for governor in Illinois,” Redfield said.
 
 
 
 
Illinois’ five pension systems had 40 percent of the assets needed to cover obligations in fiscal 2011, the lowest ratio among states, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That has led to repeated credit downgrades for the lowest-rated U.S. state.Resolving Illinois’s pension shortfall has proven a challenge. Lawmakers have failed at least five times in the last 15 months to restructure the plans cover
 
 
Everyone pretty much understands the prospects of winning a championship must be put on the backburner. Chicago didn’t have time to prepare for life without …
 
 
State Rep. Manley Working to Ease Weber Road Traffic CongestionPatch.comNatalie Manley, D-Joliet, passed a bill last week aiming to cut some of the red tape holding back the Interstate 55 and Weber Road interchange. “Weber Road is the major corridor in our area, linking our communities and business hubs together,” said Manley.
 
 
VERNON — The Illinois State Board of Education recently finalized the map for the soon-to-be consolidated Regional Offices of Education. In addition, the …
 
 
Illinois Lawmakers Say They Have Plan to Fix Underfunded Pension SystemNew York TimesCHICAGO — Leaders of the Illinois legislature on Wednesday announced that they had found, at long last, a way to repair the state’s deeply troubled pension system, which has been deemed among the most underfunded public systems in the nation, has …
 
 
Eden Martin column: Springfield’s deal won’t fix pension crisis http://www.suntimes.com/news/martin/24064694-452/springfields-deal-wont-fix-pension-crisis.html …
 
 
Congratulations to @NewmanCCHS on football state championship #5
 
 
Once again, with feeling. Show us the pension bill, not a flimsy one-page memo. Tomorrow’s editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-illinois-pension-reform-1201-bd-20131201,0,4958350.story …
 
 
There will b a bill. MT @StatehouseChick: Once again, w/ feeling. Show us the pension bill, not a flimsy 1-page memo. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-illinois-pension-reform-1201-bd-20131201,0,4958350.story …
 
 
The outline of the pension reform bill is posted on my website. The actual bill is still to come. I’ll post the… http://fb.me/3dHjTfxy2 
 
 
Here’s the pension reform outline. The bill is still to come. Stay tuned. I’ll post it ASAP. http://www.ronsandack.org ./pension_reform_update
 
 
The details of the pension reform bill are now out. I’m studying the bill and need all of my questions answered. Please see the article below. What do you think about the bill?Lawmakers Could Wrap Up Pension Reform Deal In One Day – CBS Chicagochicago.cbslocal.comAfter wrestling with public pension reform for months, Illinois legislative leaders say lawmakers might only need a single day to pass t
 
 
It’s taken lawmakers months to come up with a pension reform agreement that many believe can pass both sides of the aisle, and some are saying it could move forward quickly. …
 
 
Use this map to see how many tickets have been issued so far by Chicago’s speed cameras:
 
 
Gov. Jay Nixon wants state lawmakers back at the Capitol a month early in hopes of persuading the Boeing Co. to land its new 777X jet plant in Missouri.
 
 
There’s an excellent piece on Huffington Post by…oh wait…it’s by me! I’m on HuffPo! Woohoo! Yeah, I’m pretty excited. I have a favor to ask, but first a clip. The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence is concerned southern Illinois is …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois hunters harvested fewer deer during the opening weekend of the firearm season this year.The Illinois Department of Natural Resources …
 
 
CHESTER — Randolph County Retired Teachers Association held their last meeting of the year in the Chester Eagles. Members enjoyed a delicious buffet, desserts and beverages. Following the prog…
 
 
Libertyville officials opted to reject a proposal for a chicken-raising pilot program in the village.
 
 
Illinois’ history is full of pension fixes that were billed as steps forward but have proven to be disastrous for Illinois and its residents. House Speaker Mike …
 
 
Marty Hickman has heard the speculation as long as he has been executive director of the Illinois High School Association: move the football state finals closer to the state’s largest population center and watch attendance rise. That long-held theory gets put to the test Friday and Saturday when Northern Illinois University hosts eight IHSA state championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb for
 
 
SYCAMORE – Friday afternoon, House Speaker Mike Madigan and MInority Leader Jim Durkin released an outline of their agreed-upon pension reform plan to state lawmakers. State Rep Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore) sent the list of proposed reforms to constitutents, and asked…
 
 
Contact Tim Landis: 788-1536, tim.landis@sj-r.com, twitter.com/timlandisSJR. The State Journal-Register. Writer. Posted Nov. 29, 2013 @ 3:00 pm. Comment or …
 
 
For anybody who wonders whether state and local government pensions have a … That’s the day when a state legislators’ vote in Illinois and a federal …
 
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill on November 20th that defies God and degrades humanity. The only winner was the media propaganda campaign …
 
 
It is essential that the Illinois pension issue be resolved in order to sustain the safety net for vulnerable individuals. We urge the General Assembly to address the …
 
 
PENSION REFORM PROPOSAL Details as of 11/29/13 Funding schedule and method for certifying contributions: Establishes an actuarially sound funding schedule to achieve 100% funding no later than the end of FY 2044. Contributions will be certified using the entry age normal actuarial cost method (EAN), which averages costs evenly over the pensioner’s employment and results in level contributions.
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1ey5ZC8 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1ey5ZSE 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1ey5ZSI 
 
 
Sending all those celebrating Hanukkah warm wishes. From Kirk Dillard & Jil Trac… http://ift.tt/181wscu 
 
 
State Republicans push for full disclosure of impact of Affordable Care ActThe Rock River TimesJohn Cabello, R-Machesney Park, has co-sponsored legislation seeking full public disclosure of the impact the new federal health insurance requirements are having in Illinois. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), families in …
 
 
#IL pension highlights: COLA reined in, worker contributions less, retire age up, fund guarantee, vote soon pic.twitter.com/TfP86JeuK7
 
 
#Illinois lawmakers get details of pension deal their leaders cut. Read it here http://tinyurl.com/l2dhy5p 
 
 
My girls did a great job setting up the Christmas decorations! Now all we need is a little snow fall! pic.twitter.com/QoqYvzxk52
 
 
I am talking pension reform on WLS 890 now. Tune in and let me know what you think
 
 
Here is a summary of the latest pension proposal that could be voted on December 3rd. http://www.repedsullivan.com ./pension_reform_proposal
 
 
Many r taking positions against the pension reform bill; before the bill is out. Some r waiting for the bill itself. http://www.rebootillinois.com/sthash.kMEHRsp4.uxfs …
 
 
Memo sent to lawmakers outlines main pension changes…Pension Legislation Details Releasedwuis.orgEarlier this week, legislative leaders announced a deal to bring a pension overhaul before the full chambers. It is estimated to save $160 billion over
 
 
The McHenry County Regional Office of Education was spared from a consolidation mandated by state lawmakers who increasingly see the offices as unnecessary.
 
 
Part 1 of a two-part series.
 
 
It just occurred to me that the toughest decision I’ve made today is over what kind of snack I wanted this afternoon. #fourdayweekend
 
 
In the District: Ryder got into the holiday spirit at Festival of Trees. Its at… http://ift.tt/1bvwHx4 
 
 
An Ottawa man is running for Congress as a Democrat.
 
 
CHICAGO, Nov. 29 (UPI) — Chicago Police Department officials said they have scaled back on giving lie-detector tests during criminal investigations, the …
 
 
Pension agreement details have been sent to lawmakers, includes graduated retire age increase, new cola formula, 401k style option. #twill
 
 
Here’s a copy of pension info sent to lawmakers. http://wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_14485.shtml … #twill
 
 
Pension deal removes all pension matters from collective bargaining except pension pickups. #twill
 
 
Note: information on the leaders’ #pension plan is from their bullet point summary. No bill out yet. Big difference between the two
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1j0WkaH 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1b8IbAC 
 
 
“The proposed legislation provides for modest reforms of our broken pension syst… http://ift.tt/1dGeLSa 
 
 
Fracking opponents take their fight to Chicago http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-1129-fracking-hearing–20131129,0,7956227.story …
 
 
“It looks like a tree took a poop.” Chef Dana Cree of @619blackbird deals with pine sap (our 100th #KeyIngredient!) http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/blackbird-pastry-chef-dana-cree-pine-sap-ice-cream/Content?oid=11680003 …
 
 
NIU PR: Fees Rise For Illinois Lawyers http://bit.ly/Ir5RJV 
 
 
Tea Party to host Dillard-Tracy gubernatorial ticketQuincy JournalThe Quincy Tea Party will have their monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, 3 December, at 6:30 PM at the Microtel Inn and Suites in Quincy. Speakers for this meeting will be gubernatorial candidates Senator Kirk Dillard and Representative Jil Tracy.Dillard, Tracy File Petitions For Primary
 
 
CHICAGO — After wrestling with public pension reform for months, Illinois legislative leaders say lawmakers might only need a single day to pass their plan for dealing with the $100 billion crisis.
 
 
Accused drunken driver had two knives and a baby • Palos teen charged after caught in girls’ bathroom … This week’s roundup of weird crime news in the Southland.
 
 
MARION – State police are cracking down on shoppers who illegally use handicap parking.
 
 
Surge in donations helps WSEC avoid programming downgradeThe State Journal-RegisterThe organization mailed 30,000 letters to people in its 29-county area in July and told The State Journal-Register in early August that the station had raised $16,000 of the $72,500 in programming fees it owed the Public Broadcasting Service. Network …
 
 
The Illinois State Senate will convene at 11 am on Tuesday, December 3. http://ift.tt/1hnia91 
 
 
CHICAGO – One powerful Chicagoan – listed as Chicago’s richest with a net value of $4.4 billion and among Crain’s Chicago top 100 Clout list – emerged Friday in a Chicago Tribune op-ed, slapping down Springfield’s top four legislative leaders’…
 
 
Since 1924, vaccines have stopped 100 million infections in the U.S. alone. http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2013/11/29/since-1924-vaccines-have-stopped-100-million-infections-in-the-u-s-alone/ …
 
 
WEST CHICAGO – West Chicago resident Scott Rice had his dreams come true when he scratched an Illinois Millions instant lottery ticket and won $4 million. “Two weeks ago I had a dream that I scratched a lottery ticket and won millions,” Rice …
 
 
Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us. Hey, did you read: • About how the legalization of marijuana could affect the alcohol industry? —Brianna Wellen • Nick Paumgarten on David Zwirner and how money courses through the art world?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
 
After the elections in 2016, President Barack Obama will leave the White House, but he may not leave Washington. In an interview with ABC, Obama said the decision will revolve around Sasha, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama's youngest daughter, who will be a sophomore in high school when he leaves office. Malia, the oldest daughter, will be in college. “'Cause she&
 
 
Illinois Bar Foundation teams with Loyola, NIU & SIU law schools to launch legal aid fellowship program http://chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2013/11/29/Law-School-Notes-Fellowship-1129.aspx ….. #FreeAtCDLB
 
 
* You’ll recall that Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner had this to say the other day about the pension reform agreement reached by all four legislative leaders… Unfortunately, the Springfield insiders have kept Illinoisans in the dark about the details of this bill. We’ve seen politicians do this before and it is rarely a good sign […]
 
 
[12:30 pm: The four legislative leaders have now sent this outline to the media, so I’m taking off the subscriber protection.] * 11:20 am – The Senate Democrats just sent this memo about the leadership agreement on a pension reform bill to members… Funding schedule and method for certifying contributions: Establishes an actuarially sound funding schedule […]
 
 
 
 
Fed up with finding mostly only processed food for her pets, Glenview resident Vicki Price sought to offer something different.
 
 
Source: My Suburban Life DuPage County Board Commissioner Pete DiCianni, R-Elmhurst, has been appointed the insurance lead on the Illinois Autism Task Force, according to a news release. DiCianni, former Elmhurst Mayor, authored autism insurance reform under Brianna’s Law, named after his daughter. Illinois adopted the law in 2008. Read more here.
 
 
Illinois this fall agreed to spend an additional $9 million to support Amtrak service in the state, joining other state governments in bringing a measure of stability …
 
 
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s plans to fix Illinois pension crisis have always been something of a long shot. Now, with news legislative leaders have struck a tentative pension reform deal, those plans—and his campaign—may have become a bit harder to pull off. Illinois currently has the most unfunded pension system in the nation, the result of years of mismanagement that has le
 
 
A 36-year-old Elgin man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to his ninth DUI, according to court records. Bruno Delacruz was arrested in February in Elgin after a single vehicle crash. He can have his sentenced cut in half for good behavior.
 
 
“His egregious and deceitful actions have been disruptive to our judicial system and potentially harmful and embarrassing to those public officials who have accepted the challenge of keeping the judicial system fair and neutral.”
 
 
Nonpartisan Campaign Gains Momentum for Reforming Illinois RedistrictingGapers BlockAmong the supporters Yes to Independent Maps has gained are State Senator Heather Steans, Chicago Board of Education chair David Vitale, David Axelrod and former Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. “We welcome any elected official that talks …
 
 
Some are advocating, others are criticizing- all before the “broad contours” of a deal are put into an actual… http://fb.me/22LMgrwE7 
 
 
http://tinyurl.com/kllpqgj  Many workers at the “Black Friday” stores can’t afford the sales for their own kids. #theminimumwageistoolow
 
 
Sad and wrong. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/shoppers-head-out-black-thursday …
 
 
Wow. So wrong. MT @AP: Macy’s says abt 15,000 people waited in line 4 the opening of its store in New York City: http://apne.ws/1b3MuRh  -NS
 
 
Ron Severson of Morris filed his paperwork to run in the Republican primary for the Illinois House 75th District Hes the Grundy County Board Chairman …
 
 
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a lawyer has to testify against his former client in a mortgage fraud case. The decision reaffirms a rare exception to the attorney-client privilege.
 
 
Why it’s the most wonderful time of the shopping season.
 
 
After Illinois defeated Purdue and shed the gorilla that was a 20-game Big Ten losing streak from its back, the Illini coach said the victory wasn’t about him but about the accomplishment of his players. “That’s what football is about,” he said.
 
 
If pension fix passes next week, what do @BruceRauner & other GOPs run on? Whats left for @Paulvallas to fix? Who courts disgruntled unions?
 
 
It’s been a holiday season of breaking records at A Just Harvest, a Rogers Park nonprofit that feeds the hungry.The organization serves hot dinner daily to anyone who shows up, but during the run-up to Thanksgiving and Christmas it also distributes “holiday kits,” uncooked turkeys and traditional fixings, to families that want to prepare the foods at home.“Saturday we gave away turkeys and kits, a
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Legislative update — pension agreement fact sheet

Below and attached is the fact sheet put together by the legislative leaders on the pension agreement. I’m glad to connect you with Rep. Elaine Nekritz or Rep. Mike Zalewski to talk more today and provide some more explanation. Just let me know.

Ryan

PENSION REFORM PROPOSAL

Details as of 11/29/13

Funding schedule and method for certifying contributions: Establishes an actuarially sound funding schedule to achieve 100% funding no later than the end of FY 2044. Contributions will be certified using the entry age normal actuarial cost method (EAN), which averages costs evenly over the pensioner’s employment and results in level contributions.

Supplemental contributions: The State will contribute (i) $364 million in FY 2019, (ii) $1 billion annually thereafter through 2045 or until the system reaches 100% funding, and (iii) 10% of the annual savings resulting from pension reform beginning in FY 2016 until the system reaches 100% funding. These contributions will be “pure add on,” which means State contributions in any year will not be reduced by these amounts.

Funding guarantee: If the State fails to make a pension payment or a supplemental contribution, a retirement system may file an action in the Illinois Supreme Court to compel the State to make the required pension payment and/or supplemental contribution set by law each year.

Employee contribution: Employees will contribute 1% less of their salary toward their pension.

Annual annuity adjustment (COLAs): Future COLAs will be based on a retiree’s years of service and the full CPI. The annual increase will be equal to 3% of years of service multiplied by $1,000 ($800 for those coordinated with social security). The $1000/$800 will be adjusted each year by the CPI for everyone (retirees and current employees). Those with an annuity that is less than their years of service multiplied by $1000/$800, or whatever the amount is at the time of retirement, will receive a COLA equal to 3% compounded each year until their annuity reaches that amount.

Additionally, current employees will miss annual adjustments depending on age: employees 50 or over miss 1 adjustment (year 2); 49-47 miss 3 adjustments (years 2, 4, and 6); 46-44 miss 4 adjustments (years 2, 4, 6, and 8); 43 and under miss 5 adjustments (years 2, 4, 6, 8, 10).

Pensionable salary cap: Applies the Tier II salary cap ($109,971 for 2013), which is annually adjusted by the lesser of 3% or ½ of the annual CPI-U. Salaries that currently exceed the cap or that will exceed the cap based on raises in a collective bargaining agreement would be grandfathered in.

Retirement age: For those 45 years of age or under, the retirement age will be increased on a graduated scale. For each year a member is under 46, the retirement age will be increased by 4 months (up to 5 years).

Effective rate of interest (ERI): For all purposes, the ERI for SURS and the rate of regular interest for TRS will be the interest rate paid by 30-year U.S. Treasury bonds plus 75 basis points.

GARS Tier 2 fix: Brings GARS Tier 2 salary cap and annual adjustment in line with other Tier 2 benefits.

Pension abuses: Prohibits future members of non-governmental organizations from participating in IMRF, SURS, and TRS. Prohibits new hires from using sick or vacation time toward pensionable salary or years of service (applies to SERS, SURS, TRS, IMRF, Cook County, and Chicago Teachers).

Defined contribution plan: Beginning July 1, 2015, up to 5% of Tier 1 active members have the option of joining a defined contribution plan. The plan must be revenue neutral and employee contributions will be equal to those for the defined benefit plan. If a member chooses to opt into the defined contribution plan, benefits previously accrued in the defined benefit plan will be frozen.

Collective bargaining: All pension matters, except pension pickups, are removed from collective bargaining.

Healthcare payments: Prohibits the State pension systems from using pension funds to pay healthcare costs.

Pension Bill Overview FINAL.doc

Today’s headlines — Friday, Nov. 29

He is seen as vulnerable in his bid for a second term, with a crowded field of Republicans vying to challenge … The agreement is the first time top leaders in the state’s House and Senate have backed the same plan. Senate President John …
 
 
Resolving Illinois’s pension shortfall has proven a challenge. Lawmakers have failed at least five times in the last 15 months to restructure the plans covering 761,000 employees and retirees. Despite the backing of legislative leaders …
 
 
 
The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office and Streator Family YMCA will offer a free Rules of the Road review course from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Y facilities, 10 Oakley Ave. The purpose is to
 
 
 
It’s Illinois’ turn to wear the soybean crown.  Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Illinois Soybean Association, the group is announcing an estimate 460.6 million bushels on 9.4 million acres, making an average yield of 49 b…
 
 
Excitement is running high in Hoffman Estates’ Redhawk Nation. Three of its Pop Warner football teams are headed to regional championships on Friday. At stake is the chance to advance to the national championships at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. “I’ve been dreaming of this for so many years,” says Austin Coalson of Schaumburg, quarterback for the unde
 
 
Today is Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year.  But many large retailers were open yesterday, on Thanksgiving.One Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.
 
 
By now, if you’re into the whole Black Friday experience (or even Brown Thursday if you hit the sales on Thanksgiving), you’ve likely lugged bags of deals into your home and crossed many names off your holiday shopping list.
 
 
 
At Aunt Linda & Uncle Kenny’s in Fairbury with family for Thanksgiving dinner. M… http://ift.tt/18018e2 
 
 
I’m camped out in front of the new HyVee in Springfield. It is supposed to open in April.
 
 
Sharon Thomas Parrott is senior vice president of DeVry Education Group and a member of the Illinois P-20 Council, whose goal is to increase the proportion of …
 
 
Sen. Durbin appeals to Latinos to defeat Republican challengerGlobalPostIf Jim Oberweis wants to make it to the Senate he will have to be ready to face the things he has done to offend immigrants, Durbin told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’ve already had people contact our office from the Hispanic community who will never get …
 
 
 
Details thin, but Illinois pension deal is realQuincy JournalRaoul said he would not comment on what Illinois would pay per-year for pension under the reform plan, or how the state would “guarantee” that future legislatures would pay into the pension systems. He said he is confident the state will be able to …
 
 
Decatur Township shuffles responsibilities to gain efficiencyHerald & ReviewAfter a lengthy closed meeting, the township board unanimously approved a reorganization plan Wednesday night that will modify the duties of the administrative office manager, provide more focus for the administrative assistant and make the previously …
 
 
A member of Rescuing Animals in Need of Central Illinois Inc. was looking for Dexter and other animals that vanished after the tornado and “saw his ears …
 
 
Pat Quinn is calling on Illinois residents to help someone in need this Thanksgiving by giving time or money to a local food bank. The Chicago Democrat …
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleQuinn, Blackhawks dish up lunch in WashingtonMacon Telegraph (blog)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough co-hosted a luncheon in the north-central Illinois community of Washington to aid victims of last week’s tornado. The event Wednesday, sponsored by …Weather Service puts Illinois tornado count at 24
 
 
SPRINGFIELD | Barring a significant winter weather event, motorists on rural Illinois interstates should be able to legally drive at 70 miles per hour by no later …
 
 
Knox, HMW regional education offices to mergeGalesburg Register-MailWith Friday’s redrawing by the Illinois State Board of Education of the map for the state’s regional education offices, the Knox County Regional Office of Education will consolidate with the Henderson-Mercer-Warren office. It appears Jodi Scott …
 
 
Davenport OKs land-based casino, hotelDesMoinesRegister.comConcerned about losing revenue to casinos across the border in Illinois, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission had long urged the city to develop one on land. “This has been a long and sometimes difficult process, but I am excited about the …
 
 
Illinois: Last in credit, first in governmentTown Hall… Ron Paul, Iraq, immigration, politics, gay marriage laws, and many more big news issues. Townhall Magazine is our monthly print magazine that offers more exclusive investigative journalism, in-depth reporting, analysis, interviews with the heavy …
 
 
 
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – An amateur radio operator is facing criminal charges after authorities say he accessed a jail communication system and transmitted …
 
 
 
What’s Being Built Near Ogden and Aurora in Naperville?Patch.comIf you frequently travel near the intersection of Ogden and Aurora avenues in Naperville, you may have noticed a bit of construction dust being stirred up during the past few months. The site will be the future home of a new 38,000 square-foot Standard …
 
 
Mosley, IDNR, SIU, Herrin Massacre researchersThe Southern The Southern … It’s an ugly part of Southern Illinois’ history, but not something that should be …
 
 
Tollway officials expect to spend about $18,000 on new signs. Contact Chris Dettro: 788-1510, chris.dettro@sj-r.com, twitter.com/ChrisDettroSJR. By Chris Dettro
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation is studying increased traffic in the Village of Godfrey since the completion of Illinois 255. The Alton Godfrey …
 
 
“Our goal is to provide places for people to ride.” Chris Young can be reached at 341-8487 or chris.young@sj-r.com. Follow him at twitter.com/ChrisYoungPSO.
 
 
A quirky setup stemming from a long-running legal battle has Cook County property taxpayers in Barrington Unit District 220 paying rebates to their Lake County …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Young people who have passed a hunter safety course … There are private sites in 25 Illinois counties.
 
 
Nationwide, STEM education — the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is a major focus among educators, legislators and employers, …
 
 
Suburban GOP group endorses every governor hopefulChicago Daily HeraldRandy Hultgren of Winfield — or anyone else — as he’d been flirting with doing. Same-sex marriage backer and state Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein doesn’t have a Republican primary opponent yet despite a heavy push from conservative leaders to …
 
 
 
2013 Illinois Legislative Winners and Turkeys http://www.wsiltv.com/news/politics/2013-Legislative-Winners-and-Turkeys-233531121.html …
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!
 
 
Relaxing in front of fireplace with niece Meredith after a big family Thanksgiving dinner. Pecan & pumpkin pie later pic.twitter.com/8aUggv18Wm
 
 
At least six Illinois companies have a stake in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to consider employers’ religious objections that they cover …
 
 
After decades of relying on controversial polygraph examinations to help solve crimes, the Chicago Police Department has drastically scaled back on giving …
 
 
… the devastation caused by a tornado that ripped through central Illinois earlier this month. “We need to get the word out that Washington is open for business.
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – A federal appellate court has denied a former Cook County commissioner’s last-ditch request to remain free while his lawyers appeal his …
 
 
It is Thanksgiving and I can’t get over the conversation I had with Chris Lauzen last week over the topic of a living wage ordinance. Even though I was born and raised on the mission field in West Africa, I don’t think that a politician’s faith should matter, unless that politician makes it part of […]
 
 
Australia rejects ADM’s proposed GrainCorp buyoutChicago Daily HeraldThe Australian government has rejected Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s bid to acquire grain handler GrainCorp Ltd, saying the proposed buyout would be contrary to the national interest. ADM, which owns a nearly 20 percent stake in GrainCorp, offered to …
 
 
The Revolution will not be televised. pic.twitter.com/JoqWDmqB8j
 
 
Dinner of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, rolls & scalloped corn. Slow moving while clearing table with family together.
 
 
Uncle Kenny & I do dishes while others dividing left overs. Going to rest in front of the fireplace before dessert pic.twitter.com/DHV4zStfu1
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving! Is it leftovers time yet?
 
 
To help give a voice to these children, Applebee’s Restaurants in Fairview Heights, Shiloh, Swansea, Waterloo and Salem are joining together with Illinois Court …
 
 
LYNN SWEET: A few years ago, “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau read about Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sharing a Capitol Hill rowhouse. Trudeau used their story as the jumping-off point to create his new comedy, “Alpha House,” an Amazon.com series debuting this month.
 
 
Perry and I are thankful for much this year, including equality for all in Illin… http://ift.tt/IuUhgw 
 
 
It is time for us to consider re-architecting our state pension benefits to match those provided under the Social Security system.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois hunters harvested fewer deer during the opening weekend of the firearm season this year.
 
 
As you bite into that #PumpkinPie, remember – it’s pretty darn likely you’re eating #Illinois #pumpkin. http://wuis.org/post/illinois-pumpkins-thanksgiving-tables … @HarvestPM
 
 
Christin’s been accepted to attend http://goo.gl/dicxZG  as CEO of @tellofilms, she’s geeking out about all the amazing women who are going
 
 
ILGA — Approps Passed Both Houses report http://ow.ly/r1F5a  http://ift.tt/1jOEiWL 
 
 
ILGA — Approps Passed Both Houses report http://ow.ly/r1F5a  http://ift.tt/1hltxhH 
 
 
Illinois horsemen, tracks reach ADW accordChicago TribuneA statement from Glen Berman, executive director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said his organization and those representing other horsemen had reached an Advanced Deposit Wagering agreement with the state’s racetracks and …
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1brhQnA 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1brhQDY 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1jNsunz 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1jNsunH 
 
 
Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY – More pension stuffThursday, Nov 28, 2013 This post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password:   Comments Off    – Posted by Rich Miller18 Comments SUBSCRIBERS ONLY – More pension stuff Store passwords, rewards cards and bank cards safely with Titan WalletMEEP! X2 kids tablet reviewDon’t waste Black Friday pining
 
 
I am thankful #Obamacare has replaced “like the Edsel” in the standard simile comparing awful, monstrous inventions.
 
 
Retweet if you’re thankful for the @AmeriCorps getting things done in Illinois.
 
 
The Senate Republican Caucus wishes you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving! http://fb.me/6APwtsxNw 
 
 
At Christ Church of Oak Brook for their Thanksgiving family service. Stephanie & I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving from Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch #constantcontact http://conta.cc/194ANqf 
 
 
Spending the holidays with @CourtSportKing just wish Uncle Gary was here too. pic.twitter.com/nft7FXZH5Y
 
 
Congrats to my nephew Justin for completing his first 5k. pic.twitter.com/5pNRwHrsLH
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Snap a photo and post it here in the comments, share something unique about your… http://fb.me/2BvqiPbg6 
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving! Today I’m thankful for Naomi Jakobsson’s amazing example of grace, leadership, selflessness, and priorities.
 
 
I’m looking forward to reading and studying the bill. http://ift.tt/1glTWJv 
 
 
Illinois Pension Reform. A pension deal worked out between Senate President John Cullerton and state employee unions was approved in committee, and now …
 
 
(AP) — With the Chicago Bulls superstar out for the season with another knee injury, the folks at Adidas might be wincing, too.
 
 
Illinois woman charged with stealing nearly $600K from Allstate. The Associated PressNovember 28, 2013. 2013-11-28T11:18:12Z. The_Associated_Press.
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, here’s an interesting fact as you dig in today from UberFacts via Twitter. Enjoy the day!
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours!
 
 
The Senate Republican Caucus wishes you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksg… http://ift.tt/1iX6Kbo 
 
 
Today we celebrate both Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah. It’s the first t… http://ift.tt/1b1B0h9 
 
 
http://ift.tt/1hl53Fp  Like so many of you, this Thanksgiving has extra mean… http://ift.tt/1jO15SF 
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We live in the greatest country in t… http://ift.tt/1b1B0xt 
 
 
Wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. http://ift.tt/1b1GTe8 … http://ift.tt/18KZ2gA 
 
 
November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who… http://ift.tt/1iXxj07 
 
 
Science Coalition Honors Rep. Lipinski for Commitment to Maintaining …Lab Manager MagazineDan Lipinski (IL-3) with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of his strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of Illinois at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation …
 
 
The Illinois General Assembly might soon be back in town. … Madigan has been a part of more than a few pension “fixes” during his more than four decades in …
 
 
Springfield – A settlement has been reached between the City of Springfield and Calvin Christian the third.
 
 
Senate Resolution 672 urges Illinois citizens to support small businesses and merchants on the day as well as throughout the year. The
 
 
Happy #Thanksgiving from everyone here at Enjoy Illinois! We want to know: what type of pie are you eating today? Post! (Photo: My Just Desserts by #ILMileMarker Nick Ulivieri Photography)
 
 
Kirk says Illinois Republicans need to appeal to the middle to rise to the topChicago Sun-TimesU.S. Sen. Mark Kirk presents long delayed medals to George Boesen of Arlington Heightsat the Buffalo Grove Park District Veteran’s Day Celebration. Boesen, a WWII veteran served in the Pacific theater and never received medals he earned with his service.
 
 
A new agreement on how to address Illinois’ $100 billion pension shortfall could give a boost to Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid.
 
 
The German Fall Festival community building in Gifford will undergo repairs before it once again holds events, but it remains structurally sound, an engineer said …
 
 
TheBlaze.comIllinois Man Shoots Himself in Arm to Get Attention, Police Are Not AmusedTheBlaze.comThe Illinois man was then transported to a nearby hospital and had his non-life threatening wound treated. Police said that when they interviewed Henderson at the hospital, he gave conflicting reports regarding his injury. “After Henderson was released …
 
 
Never gets old! RT@RonSandack: “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3mgmEdfwg …
 
 
I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with family, friends, and loved ones.
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1brhQnp 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1jNsu72 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1brhQnA 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1brhQDY 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1jNsunz 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1jNsunH 
 
 
A southwestern Illinois man admits he bought a gas stove by forging a check belonging to a village where he worked as streets superintendent.
 
 
Today’s SJR weighs 4 lb., 8.2 oz., so GateHouse’s Thanksgiving wish fulfilled. But Mike Reed is still a turkey. pic.twitter.com/VWq2WsP36f
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving from Rep. Rita and his staff. Enjoy the holiday. http://ift.tt/17XGhpG 
 
 
RestorationMasterFinder.com (RMF) will help ServiceMaster of Metro-East to expand … Dean and Eileen Knox, owners of ServiceMaster DAK, Palatine IL , say: …
 
 
A lesson in real compassion. CST Editorial. #Thanksgiving http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24011976-474/bernardin-a-snowy-night-and-real-compassion.html …

Today’s headlines — Thursday, Nov. 28

For better or worse, Black Friday is becoming as American as, well, malls. For anyone considering joining the ranks of these Black Friday deal hunters, here are the five steps of initiation – in pictures!
 
 
Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz is facing a federal lawsuit from a former secretary.  An attorney for Jaimie Linton filed the suit in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Tuesday alleging the sheriff sexually harassed her and created a…
 
 
Calls to the Butterball Turkey Talk hotline are answered right here in Illinois.  The call center is on the fifth floor of an office building in Naperville, where 62 staffers will field 100,000 inquiries from now through Christmas Eve, including…
 
 
 
Hint to holiday shoppers. @Illinois_Stage hoping for a pair of these… http://mcphee.com/shop/handerpants.html …
 
 
Legislative leaders advance pension deal on eve of long holiday weekend when few are paying attention. Typical http://qctimes.com/news/local/rash-infects-prisoners-in-taylorville-prison/article_c8889410-ed02-5cdb-b17d-078d748e8421.html …
 
 
While a newer juvy prison is mothballed, taxpayers pay for repairs to a creaky old one in St. Charles http://qctimes.com/news/local/rash-infects-prisoners-in-taylorville-prison/article_c8889410-ed02-5cdb-b17d-078d748e8421.html …
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1b5tEpp 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1iUWIaL 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1b5tEpt 
 
 
 
Kane County: Possible pension shift to local districts a concern; organizers work to change income tax http://bit.ly/1ihVMzj 
 
 
 
 
Shoppers illegally parking in spaces reserved for disabled motorists will be targeted by Illinois Secretary of State police beginning Friday.
 
 
 
I wish all who are celebrating in Illinois a happy Hanukkah and a wonderful holiday season. http://tinyurl.com/mgpbmvl
 
 
 
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) has been informed that the President of the United States has approved the state’s request for federal assistance to help people and businesses in 15 Illinois counties recover from the November 17 deadly tornadoes. The President approved the request only one day after the Governor submitted his request for Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper
 
 
Want to learn more about the new concealed carry law?  Illinois State Representatives Dwight Kay and Charlie Meier will be hosting a public seminar covering ‘What You Need to Know About Concealed Carry’.  The seminar will be conducted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30 p.m., to be held at the Katy Cavins Community Center, located at 308 E. 5th Street in O’Fallon, IL.
 
 
Your weekly recap of the latest state news: Pensions – General Assembly General Assembly to meet in session on Tuesday, December 3.  The session is expected to deal with the ongoing Illinois pension crisis.  Many State lawmakers and statewide elected officials have called for action to deal with at least $97 billion in unfunded liabilities reported by four major pension systems managed by boards
 
 
Thanksgiving Table Trivia: Did you know that President Lincoln’s son, Tad, burst into a Cabinet meeting pleading for the life of Jack, the White House turkey? Lincoln pulled out a notecard and penned a reprieve for Jack, who became one of the many pets in the White House.
 
 
Editorial horseshoe: Saying thanks for hard work and a job well doneThe State Journal-RegisterAs State Capitol Bureau reporter Doug Finke explained last week, a lot of work goes into the display, which features 1,290 bulbs that are checked prior to stringing. Each strand of lights is 260 feet long and weighs about 30 pounds. SJ-R photographer …
 
 
Ruling points at coal plants’ unsteady futureThe State Journal-RegisterBut there’s a condition: It wants the same kind of waiver that Ameren received from the state — delaying installation of required soot-control upgrades until 2020 — or the deal could be off. Ameren got the original waiver after claiming a financial …
 
 
Huntley High School sophomore Dominic Swanson achieved the feat last month in the World Powerlifting Congress World Championships in the Czech …
 
 
It’s not about if we have a six-figure home, a new top-of-the-line vehicle or plasma TV, or get to take a highly priced vacation to Disneyland or overseas.
 
 
Illinois Supreme Court Says Lawyer Must Testify Against Former ClientWNIJ and WNIUThe Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a lawyer has to testify against his former client in a mortgage fraud case. The decision reaffirms a rare exception to the attorney-client privilege. Enlarge image. Credit Illinois Supreme Court. The idea that …
 
 
 
So once again, it’s time to dig out the old Sneed list of reasons to be grateful. … retired Chicago Police Chaplain Tom Nangle; the “Our Father” sung during mass …
 
 
 
O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. –Psalm 105:1 We at Illinois Review are thankful to the Lord Most High for His blessings and mercy upon our nation, our state,…
 
 
ERIKA HAROLD, the Urbana lawyer taking on U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS, R-Taylorville, in the March 18 Republican primary for U.S. House, may have gotten as …
 
 
15, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources posted its proposed fracking rules, the beginning of a public comment period of more than 45 days. The agency …
 
 
GENEVA – After the Kane County Board’s Finance/Budget Committee approved an extra $88,000 for the Kane County Coroner’s Office this fiscal year, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen on Wednesday stressed “holding the line” on future budget expenditures.
 
 
The Illinois Department of Revenue advised businesses Wednesday to think … But the city of Chicago, the Regional Transportation Authority and other local …
 
 
Speakers for this meeting will be gubernatorial candidates Senator Kirk Dillard and Representative Jil Tracy. Those who wish to participate in the monthly fund …
 
 
 
As if you haven’t heard, this is Black Friday. Breaking news: Shoppers will rush out to the stores today to grab merchandise at bargain prices. You might be one of them.
 
 
A win for local taxpayers and transit ridersThe Illinois Supreme Court has spoken: State law does not allow businesses to escape paying local sales taxes by setting up token “sales offices” in lower-tax jurisdictions. But the regulations the Department of Revenue drafted to enforce the law in fact permitted such arrangements, the court said. Oops.
 
 
FilmOn found in contempt in D.C., sues Chicago PBS stationFierceOnlineVideo”Moving a user’s antenna and DVR from the user’s home to another location does not render that user’s private performance public,” it said in a brief filed with the Northern District of Illinois. “Declaratory judgment is necessary to clear the air of …
 
 
TIME.com asked several national headliners what they are grateful for this year at Thanksgiving. Illinois’ junior Senator Mark Kirk’s response gave thanks for those who’ve cared for him during his recovery: I am thankful for the more than 300,000 physical…
 
 
Going through O’Hare today? Or have family coming in? (Are you even at O’Hare right now?)Thanksgiving means family reunions at O’Harewww.dailyherald.comMore than 1.4 million passengers are expected to pass through O’Hare over the Thanksgiving break with Wednesday being the busiest. But the numbers didn’t mean anything to the families and friends waiting for that one special person to come down the
 
 
I wish all celebrating in #IL a #HappyHanukkah & a wonderful holiday season #sharethelight http://tinyurl.com/mgpbmvl  pic.twitter.com/Z5Mlaf3kk4
 
 
Illinois lawmakers reach deal on pension reform http://po.st/t1Kk35  via @WGNNews
 
 
The SOS and I will be providing free replacement drivers licenses & titles for those affected on Dec 4 9-3 at the Coal City Methodist Church
 
 
Happy Hanukkah to all who are lighting the first light of the menorah tonight!
 
 
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! http://ift.tt/1iV5k14 
 
 
Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends! #twill #FestivalofLights
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving from the Dillard Family! http://ift.tt/1aWxkOt 
 
 
20131124 Public Affairs IL State Sen Bill Brady 20131124 Public Affairs IL State Sen Bill Brady. From: publicaffairstv Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 29:26 More in News & Politics
 
 
A good move? A Cubs’ spokesman says officials hope to add farmers markets, an ice rink, live music and other activities for a year-round venue.Cubs eye alcohol sales at outdoor Wrigley plazawww.sj-r.comCHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs hope to let patrons buy and drink alcohol outside the team’s historic Wrigley Field, saying they hope to create town-square atmosphere in a plaza adjacent to the ballpark
 
 
AFSCME Local 1028 officials said they made the offer, but county officials told them they would not be able to come back to the table until next week.
 
 
McHenry County had the ninth most motor vehicle accidents involving deer in 2012, according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The figures …
 
 
 
 
“As the city of Chicago prepares to comply with the landmark change in state law which will allow … them from opening within 2,500 feet of a school, day care center or residential area. … They would be allowed to purchase and possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana during a two-week period. … Email: fspielman@suntimes.com.
 
 
Quinn has appealed the issue to the Illinois Supreme Court, but members of the General Assembly are being paid in the meantime. If leaders are in agreement, …
 
 
NBC Channel 5 will be reporting at 5pm from Suburban Access where Senator Hastin… http://ift.tt/1bpl6j6 
 
 
Since the devastating tornadoes hit, I have been inspired by the outpouring of s… http://ift.tt/17VTO0O 
 
 
CHICAGO — The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the … workers now will need to go through an agent, broker or insurance company this …
 
 
He already is the only quarterback to lead Illinois to consecutive bowl wins, … He arrived in 2009 from Kansas City’s Rockhurst High School and redshirted his …
 
 
Illinois Pension Underfunding Explained This was on Dick Kay’s show – Back on the Beat. Ralph Martire from Center for Tax and Budget Accountability – A bipartisan non profit group breaks down the crisis. This is the best explanation… From: Andre Zielinski Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 11:26 More in Entertainment
 
 
Jim Thome to donate $100,000 to the Washington tornado relief fund
 
 
Jim Thome donates to help Washington which was hit hard by a tornado. Of course. Dude’s classy & remembers his hometown area.
 
 
A fundraising consultant and longtime acquaintance has filed suit against Jason Plummer over outstanding debts from his failed Congressional campaign.
 
 
Waukegan man charged with making racially offensive radio transmissionsChicago TribuneAn amateur ham radio operator from Waukegan was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he breached security and used racially offensive language on a Lake County Sheriff’s Office corrections radio communications system, officials said. Raymond J …
 
 
A change in the law for car seats targets auto makers, but safety advocates say parents need to take the extra step to make sure children are secure.
 
 
As folks across the country fill their plates Thursday with turkey and all the trimmings, how many can say they knew their turkey personally? How many hatched their bird from an egg and raised it to become a succulent, 40-pound, golden brown main course? Just how did all this food get to the table? Ask students at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. For a feast that would make the
 
 
A service employees union has filed unfair labor practice complaints against Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, claiming casino management is trying to block workers from unionizing. Casino management denies the claims and says most workers do not want to join a union. “We take great pride in our team and respect the rights of our team members to choose,” spokesman Dennis Culloton said in a s
 
 
Kane County appears poised to finish the year with at least a $300,000 surplus, though some final expenses and revenues have yet to be accounted for. Sales and income taxes were up this fiscal year. And, despite some last-minute spending and haggling with the coroner eating into contingency funds, there is still some cash left over.
 
 
Governor Quinn Statement on Critical Agreement by Legislative Leaders http://ift.tt/1bWXvl1 
 
 
Governor Quinn Issues Statement Commemorating First Night of Hanukkah http://ift.tt/18ItOH3 
 
 
Governor Quinn Announces $711,000 for Construction Project at Moraine Valley Community College’s Blue Island Ca… http://ift.tt/1bWXvBi 
 
 
Governor Quinn Joins Chicago Blackhawks to Give Thanks to Families and Volunteers in Washington – Thanksgiving … http://ift.tt/18ItOXv 
 
 
Big thanks to Brooks Marsh and his great team at the Mahomet IGA who helped with… http://ift.tt/1bWXxcz 
 
 
Critics already questioning pension deal, plus hear Kwame Raoul explain how Sen Dems moved away from choice. #twill http://ow.ly/rfuM7 
 
 
It appears that Illinois lawmakers have reached a deal on pension reform. Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson breaks it down.
 
 
State legislative leaders have reached a deal on pension reform and are calling legislators back to Springfield Tuesday for a one-day special session to consider the legislation. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-57th) who was assigned to a House-Senate super …
 
 
Editorial: Don’t let politics kill a good pension deal. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24016597-474/dont-let-politics-kill-a-good-pension-deal.html …
 
 
WICS-TVBill allowing gay weddings sooner may see voteBelleville News DemocratThe legal advocacy group Lambda Legal says more lawsuits could follow. There’s also legislation pending that would allow marriages to take place right away. Sponsor state Sen. Don Harmon says it’ll be a tough sell. Approving same-sex marriage was a …Sponsor: Bill moving up date for same-sex marriages will be tough sell
 
 
Pat Quinn testifies during a House committee hearing on pension reform at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Jan. 8. Gov. Pat Quinn’s statement on deal.
 
 
Sangamon County Circuit Clerk, Tony Libri consistently encourages advancement in the technology used in the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Therefore, when the need …
 
 
Riverton hires interim school superintendentThe State Journal-RegisterMeanwhile, board president Mike Klebe said the school district has hired the Illinois Association of School Boards at a cost of $6,500 to assist it with finding a permanent replacement. The school board agreed Nov. 12 to hire Ken Cox, 67, of Sherman as …
 
 
Do you think legislative leaders will be able to sell lawmakers on the deal?Madigan spokesman says pension deal reachedwww.dailyherald.comA spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. The leaders have been working with a proposal developed over the summer and autumn by a bipartisan committee of lawmakers
 
 
ICYMI: Sneed hears Hillary Clinton pulled in $450K for the speech she gave last week at a CME conf. in Naples, Fla. http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/23996000-452/sneed-hillary-clinton-reaps-450000-fee-for-speech.html …
 
 
Schaumburg’s proposed 2,400-seat performing arts center next to the Renaissance Hotel and Schaumburg Convention Center remains very much a part of the village’s to-do list, nearly a decade after it was hoped construction would have begun. “It’s still part of the Schaumburg dream,” Mayor Al Larson said.
 
 
By Jamey Dunnand Maureen Foertsch McKinneyThe four legislative leaders reached a tentative agreement today on a solution to the state’s pension crisis that reportedly would create a defined contribution plan for public employees, change cost of living adjustments for retirees, raise the retirement age, boost state contributions and save $160 billion over 30 years. Lawmakers are expected to be get
 
 
A life-long Rockford resident will celebrate both Thanksgiving and his 105th birthday Thursday.
 
 
 
Governor Quinn Statement on Critical Agreement Reached by Legislative Leaders CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued the below statement regarding today’s agreement among the legislative leaders on a comprehensive pension reform solution: “I commend the legislative leaders – Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin – for their hard work to reach this critical agreement. I also commend members of the conference committee for their work throughout the summer and fall to get us to this point. “When I proposed the creation of a conference committee in June, I asked members to draft a plan that eliminated the unfunded pension debt and fully stabilized the systems, and this plan meets that standard. “We have more work to do. I look forward to working with the leaders and members of the General Assembly over the coming days to get this job done for the people of Illinois.”

 
 
 
 
Presently, Pam Harris’ family in the video below, is just one of more than 5,000 families affected by Governor Quinn giving Illinois Unions like, SEIU, the executive order, and right to try and unionize primary care givers, mainly parents, of the Illinois Children’s and Adult’s Home-based Support Program . This Home-based Support Program is for individuals with significant developmental and physical disabilities who require extra medical and daily care, thus qualifying them for state institutionalized care. (Note: institutionalized state care cost about $120,000 per person compare to $15,000 to 24,000 per home care.) A recent lawsuit, the Ligas Concent and Decree, MANDATES THE STATE of Illinois to provide community supports, like the home-based support program to the more than 27,000 significantly disabled currently waiting on a list for services in the Home-based Support Program. This strong arming by Gov. Quinn and the Unions is no more than an attempt to prey on and steal money away from the most physically and mentally challenged and their families. Imagine easily garnishing union dues from each of these 27,000 and that number grows every day. Unionizing families of the disabled is worse than stealing candy from a baby; it is truly stealing the money from disabled babies and adults to pad union pockets and push union agendas. This is truly a David and Goliath story. God bless Pam Harris, David, for taking on, Goliath, the Unions and may the better man, David, prevail. Watch this entire video and contact your legislator to voice you outrage that your hard-earned tax money, that is supposed to be helping the most vulnerable, would even be considered less get into the hands of unions. http://illinoispolicy.org/videos/a-heroic-mom-from-illinois/

 
Pam Harris is a mom in Illinois whose son needs constant care because of a rare genetic syndrome that causes severe intellectual, developmental disabilities
 
 
* Greg Hinz has the best details on the pension reform bill of anyone in the mainstream media… Under the proposed new formula, the COLA only would apply to one’s years on the government job, times $1,000. That means, for instance, that a 25-year government veteran would get a 3 percent annual COLA only on the […]
 
 
* I just want to say one more time how thankful I am for all of your contributions to our tornado relief effort. We raised over $10,500 since last Friday. Special thanks to David Yepsen, Dan Egler, Andy Raucci, Gary Saake, Jeff Dixon, Terry Steczo, Vince Persico, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Bob Glaves, “Loop Lady” […]
 
 
“The decision allows Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC to proceed with a $260 million plan … “Plains All American and Kinder Morgan are developing the potential to …
 
 
Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers has made a last-ditch plea to delay his 6-month prison term, urging federal appeals court judges to allow him to remain free until they’ve ruled on his case.
 
 
Illinois legislators reach pension deal http://zo.pe/bXY6 
 
 
An update after Speaker Madigan spoke to reporters….Pension Deal Reached; Vote Likely Next Weekwuis.orgHouse Speaker Michael Madigan says the vote on a pension deal will be “very difficult” when lawmakers gather for a special session next week. Madigan spoke to reporters Wednesday after legislative leaders said they agreed on a proposal that will help solve Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisi
 
 
In a private ceremony…First Same Sex Marriage Has Occurred In Illinoiswuis.orgTwo Chicago women have become the first couple to take their vows under the new same-sex marriage law in Illinois. Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray married
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 27, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — The State Capitol Rotunda in Springfield welcomes the 6th annual Christmas Nativity scene beginning …
 
 
Chicago’s Robert Townsend talks Cosby, Second City and a 1-man showChicago TribuneWhich is a weird mindset, right? “It enables the fluke-ifying of every success by a black filmmaker, or female filmmaker, or filmmaker who makes a movie about women or people of color,” wrote NPR’s pop culture blogger Linda Holmes. “There’s really no …
 
 
A terminally ill Chicago woman and her partner became the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois, despite the recent law not going into effect until June 1.
 
 
CARBONDALE — Nick Hill will return to coach the Carbondale Terriers.
 
 
Capital Times – Found 2 hours agoHere’s an excerpt from candidate Bruce Rauner’s : “He still drives a 20-year-old camper van, wears an $18 watch, and stays in the cheapest…
 
 
In new data released by Public Policy Polling, million venture capitalist Bruce Rauner appears to be the frontrunner in the GOP’s primary race for Illinois governor. Rauner saw 24 percent support from the GOP voters polled, while state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) garnered 17 percent of the vote,…
 
 
Pope Francis has taken aim at capitalism as “a new tyranny” and is urging world leaders to step up their efforts against poverty and inequality, saying “thou shall not kill” the economy. Francis calls on rich people to share their wealth.
 
 
Wisconsin political operatives are now running multimillionaire Bruce Rauner’s campaign, teaching him the the brown-bag-lunch-plus-Harley message that Walker championed.
 
 
Watch the Bears return man test his speed and agility in Nat Geo WILD’s “Man v. Cheetah.”
 
 
Arlington Heights woman charged in $597000 theft from AllstateChicago Daily HeraldAn Arlington Heights woman has been arrested by Cook County sheriff’s police, who said in a news release that an investigation showed that she took nearly $600,000 from her former employer, Allstate Insurance Co. Police arrested Lisa Sterner, 51, …Regional Police Report: Man Convicted of Murdering Girlfriend; 85-Ye
 
 
Two major holidays will be celebrated in a once in a lifetime event this year as… http://ift.tt/1bWt5zf 
 
 
Just announced: The Illinois Senate will convene at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3,… http://ift.tt/1bWt8uL 
 
 
I commend the legislative leaders – Senate President John Cullerton, House Speak… http://ift.tt/187U89Q 
 
 
Great annual event at Naperville Connie’s Pizza.Thank you good friend Ivan Matsu… http://ift.tt/187VZvn 
 
 
Visited with Palatine TOPPER Organization at their morning meeting. http://ift.tt/IqhIsp 
 
 
In Pittsfield recently & had very nice informal discussion at our Meet and Greet… http://ift.tt/187W1U0 
 
 
Just this week an independent poll, published by Battleground Polling, shows us… http://ift.tt/IqhJMP 
 
 
We have the worst-funded pension system in the nation ($100 billion and rising), with only 39 cents in assets to every $1 of obligation. And pension reform is growing the debt daily by $5 million. That said, without doubt the Illinois’ skyrocketing …
 
 
And “pension holidays” were taken. Lawmakers ended up paying less than their predecessors had promised, while governors kept placating government worker …
 
 
An invitation and RSVP card for an event in Vandalia to support the Historic Statehouse that Cavaletto is very … http://ift.tt/1b4T1HH 
 
 
Perry and I made it to the West Coast with minimal delays to spend Thanksgiving… http://ift.tt/1iTR74k 
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Madigan Predicts “Very Difficult” Pension VoteNBC Chicago (blog)Print. Madigan Predicts “Very Difficult” Pension Vote. advertisement. House Speaker Michael Madigan says the vote on a pension deal will be “very difficult” when lawmakers gather for a special session next week. Madigan spoke to reporters Wednesday …Madigan spokesman says Illinois pens
 
 
I completely agree, which is why one of the first bills I filed was one which would allow 72-hours for bill review prior to voting. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-pension-reform-edit-1127-20131127,0,5370080.storyEditorial: Air the pension reform billwww.chicagotribune.comWith Illinois lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield next week for a pension reform v
 
 
Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-headSouthtownStarNEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it’s Amazon vs. everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers from big store chains like Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now, stores are fighting back and going head-to-head …
 
 
Sen. Hastings concluded this Thanksgiving tour by providing meals to low income families and their children today at First Step Academy in Richton Park Illinois. “Six years ago I had Thanksgiving dinner on the Iranian border, and I remember how fortunate I was to have a hot cooked meal given where we were,” Hastings said. “It is unfortunate in this great country in which we live th
 
 
* As I told you earlier, Senate President John Cullerton visited Quincy this week, which is in Sen. John Sullivan’s district… Sullivan and Cullerton described the differences between their Senate districts to the QU students. Sullivan has the largest geographic district in the state Senate with about 6,000 square miles in it. Cullerton’s district is one […]
 
 
* I asked Bruce Rauner’s campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf to respond to House Speaker Michael Madigan’s claim that Rauner opposed the pension reform proposal… Unfortunately, the Springfield insiders have kept Illinoisans in the dark about the details of this bill. We’ve seen politicians do this before and it is rarely a good sign for taxpayers. Any […]
 
 
* It’s still really early, but with two polls now showing Bruce Rauner taking the lead in the GOP primary race for governor, do you think any of the other candidates should drop out? If not, why? If so, which one, or which ones and why?
 
 
The Obama administration announced it is delaying until November 2014 a requirement that small businesses shop for health insurance via the troubled federal HealthCare.gov site, which has been blamed for many problems since its launch last month.
 
 
Illinois ethanol supporters starting petition to White House over proposed cut in renewable fuel standard. http://domesticfuel.com/2013/11/27/patriot-sign-a-petition-in-support-of-the-rfs/ …
 
 
#afternooonshift 1st seg: Pension deal. There’s a deal! But we don’t know what it is. Yay???
 
 
Looking down the tornado damage path in Washington pic.twitter.com/h8wVax2tj4
 
 
City Of Springfield Could Settle Police File Shredding LawsuitWUIS 91.9Sean Crawford. News Director/ Editor/ Anchor/ Illinois Edition Host. Bill Wheelhouse. Executive Editor/ Anchor/ Reporter/ State Week Host. Amanda Vinicky. Statehouse Bureau Chief. Brian Mackey. Statehouse Reporter. Peter Gray. Harvest Desk Reporter.
 
 
After more than a decade with the same lunch provider, Chicago Public Schools hired a new catering company, Aramark, to produce its school food this year.The new caterer promised to boost sales, make tastier food and even serve up organic salad every day. It’s been three months since Aramark launched its menus in the district and we thought it was time to see how it’s going.Wednesday on Afternoon
 
 
I guess I can’t complain about a #pension deal screwing up my Thanksgiving plans, can I? No. No, I cannot.
 
 
What a disservice to members. Hype and baloney=> MT @ieanea: Don’t let politicians take away life savings of hard working public employees.
 
 
No details on this deal are released. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman said Madigan’s staff is putting together an “explanatory memo” for lawmakers and will send details of the proposed legislation to them Friday.Illinois legislators reach pension dealwww.sj-r.comCHICAGO — After more than five months of work, Illinois’ legislative leaders announced Wednesday they’ve reached a deal to hel
 
 
Naperville area candidates file nominating papersNaperville SunKrishna Bansal, a Naperville resident, faced no immediate opponent in the March GOP primary when he filed to run against freshman Illinois House Democrat Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego for her 84th District seat. Just two DuPage County positions were on …
 
 
Sen. H provided over 240 thanksgiving day meals to low income families and students today at 1st Step Academy pic.twitter.com/pYLw3mxCZq
 
 
Visited with #Palatine TOPPER Organization at their morning meeting. @PalatineILPatch #GOP ILGOP #twill pic.twitter.com/4ytslb2Ybq
 
 
Great annual event at #Naperville Connie’s Pizza.Thank you good friend Ivan Matsunaga and team.@ConniesPizza pic.twitter.com/KHExKbgDMc
 
 
It’s time we work together to expand US 20 between Freeport and Galena & provide an economic boost for our region http://1.usa.gov/1hiIXn9 
 
 
Enjoyed spending time with our county officials from all over the state at the I… http://ift.tt/1cOdiEa 
 
 
Appreciate the Meet & Greet at Eric’s home in Des Plaines. http://ift.tt/1cOdkvT 
 
 
ILGA — SB 1 http://ow.ly/r1NVg  http://ift.tt/17UVXKc 
 
 
Show your appreciation for our troops this holiday season! Join us at the Louis… http://ift.tt/17V0Enh 
 
 
A look at weird crimes in the Chicago area.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Hang on to your wallets – the Illinois General Assembly may … of money toward pensions, they created a plan that said politicians in the future …
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced President Barack Obama has approved his request for federal assistance to help people and businesses in 15 Illinois counties recover from the Nov. 17 deadly tornadoes. The announcement comes just one day after Governor Quinn submitted his request for Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washing
 
 
Editorial: CPS School turmoil not on the menu this year http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24014119-474/school-turmoil-not-on-the-menu.html …
 
 
A follow to our @suntimes @WBEZ stories on DCFS. Parents: Daughter didn’t die fron abuse http://voices.suntimes.com/news/judge-gives-parents-more-time-to-disprove-infants-death-was-linked-to-child-abuse/ … with @tonyjarnold
 
 
A former secretary for a southwestern Illinois sheriff says he sexually harassed her #KSDK http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/2013/11/27/jaimie-linton-sexual-harassment-suit-secretary/3765645/ …
 
 
… train took from Washington D.C. to Lincoln’s home town of Springfield, Illinois. … Master mechanic Dave Kloke of Elgin, Illinois is an avid Lincoln enthusiast …
 
 
November 27, 2013 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Illinois officials are reminding drivers to be alert for deer on the roadways during what they say is the one of the most active periods of the year for wildlife. The Illinois Department of Transportation released …
 
 
Congrats to Jordan Lynch and the entire @NIUlive football team on an impressive and undefeated regular season. #BringOnTheBowl
 
 
A guy is running for state rep southern #Illinois named “Cullen Cullen.” I just think that’s awesome.
 
 
A pension deal for the state of Illinois was announced by GOP leaders Radogno and Durkin Wednesday.
 
 
[Subscriber protection removed and comments opened because the Sun-Times now has this story independently.] * 11:58 am – From House Speaker Michael Madigan’s press secretary… Leaders have reached a pension agreement. Details will be distributed to members on Friday. Final elements were put together by the Speaker in recent days. *** UPDATE – 12:09 pm *** […]
 
 
Chicago Daily Herald – Found 2 hours agoThe Chicago Democrat wouldnt say much Tuesday about the fact that potential Republican rival Bruce Rauner has put about $1.25 million of his… Poll: Governor’s race a toss-up, Rauner leads GOP pack – Chicago Sun-Times Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Approval Ratings Deep Underwater – Republican National Committee Explore All Miami Herald
 
 
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, listens Nov. 7 to lawmakers trying to call for a vote on gun legislation while on the House floor during …
 
 
Greg Hinz of Crain’s gives the bird to the deserving: Turkey time arrives again for Chicago pols @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/a7jBN7Y 
 
 
He’s very excited. RT @CThomasABC7: BEEAKING: Pension Deal!!!! Confirmed by GOPs Duekin, Radogno,
 
 
Illinois lawmakers say they’ve hammered out a deal to solve the state’s $100-billio pension crisis. The top Republicans in the House and Senate tell The Sun-Times they expect the plan will come up for a vote in the House next week. No details were offered, but they say it will include a change in the way contributions are made  and an adjustment to the retirement age. This is a developing story –
 
 
Online Staff Report Secretary of State Police will be at CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave., Rockford, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, targeting those violating accessible parking space laws. Last year, more than 160 citations were issued to those violating the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities. Drivers caught misusing a placard face a six
 
 
Poll: TV Ad Campaign Nudges Bruce Rauner Forward in Governor Race http://wp.me/p2kvOk-34s 
 
 
Tazewell along with 14 other counties in Illinois approved for federal disaster… http://ift.tt/1jKoiFm 
 
 
Here is a flyer from IEMA/FEMA with information on how to apply for federal disa… http://ift.tt/1hiuTd3 
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this (Chicago) – Poll: Republican Bruce Rauner’s new multi-million dollar TV ad campaign may be boosting his campaign for governor. A new statewide poll taken November 22-25, which surveyed only 375 voters and had a margin of error of +/-5.1%, reveals that Rauner leads the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary with 24% of
 
 
ILGA — SB 2187 http://goo.gl/hJEAK1  http://ift.tt/1iTi34t 
 
 
ILGA — SB 1342 http://ow.ly/r1P8I  http://ift.tt/1iTi5JA 
 
 
ILGA — SB 1920 http://goo.gl/0YbrOv  http://ift.tt/Ij1AYY 
 
 
*** UPDATE *** Our tornado relief effort has surpassed the $10,000 mark. Way to go, everybody! Thanks! If you haven’t yet, please click here to give. [ *** End Of Update *** ] * Thanks to generous donations from Sen. John Sullivan, Rep. Emily McAsey, Elizabeth Austin and others, our total […]
 
 
* As you’ll recall, Public Policy Polling’s recent statewide poll showed Bruce Rauner leading the Republican gubernatorial primary race with 24 percent. A Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll taken before Rauner went back on the air with hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV ads had Rauner in fourth place with 11 percent. […]
 
 
An Arlington Heights woman charged with taking nearly $600,000 from her former employer, Allstate Insurance Co., is accused of spending the money on credit card payments, tattoos, bail for a family friend and child care for her grandchild, according to court records.
 
 
Although an agreement is in place that would see the looming crisis in the Illinois horse racing industry averted, the executive director of the state’s harness …
 
 
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) joined a bipartisan initiative to urge Congressional leaders to pass a long-term fix to the formula that reimburses physicians who serve patients on Medicare. The letter, signed by 259 Membe
 
 
Franks bill would allow 18-20 year olds to have FOID card without parental consentThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Franks’ bill is likely to face opposition from Chicago lawmakers, who advocate strict gun control, as well as from gun control groups. The state’s oldest, the Illinois Council to Prevent Handgun Violence, is reviewing Franks’ bill, Executive Director …
 
 
A Woodstock police sergeant will serve a 30-day suspension without pay. The girlfriend of Sergeant Charles Amati says he sent text messages to her 12-year-old daughter, asking her for sexy pictures. Police say, further investigation revealed that Amati illegally used a law enforcement database to check on his girlfriend’s criminal record. He’ll be allowed to serve his suspension, a day at a time,
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1jJUyZd 
 
 
ILGA — HB 3728 http://goo.gl/VbNqnr  http://ift.tt/187eakS 
 
 
ZION – A GOP primary run-off to fill the House seat State Rep. JoAnn Osmond (R-Zion) will leave when she retires in January appears to have been averted. Tom Handyside, of Zion announced Tuesday night that he’s decided to withdraw…
 
 
 Illinois union leaders are reportedly mulling several options about what to do in the governor’s race. But the only thing the leaders appear to agree on so far is that anti-union Republican ga
 
 
You can find the local prices at gas stations using the interactive map below.
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) (Chicago) – A House plan to undo some McCormick Place reforms, which emerged unexpectedly at the end of October, will face a second hearing and possible vote when lawmakers return to Springfield next week. The legislation, House Bill 3728, sponsored by State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Islan
 
 
City proposes rigid ground rules for medical marijuana http://bit.ly/1bmMTkl 
 
 
The Four Tops resume pension talks today. Will the GOP blink & hand Quinn a legislative gift going into an election year? We’ll soon see.
 
 
CHICAGO (STMW) – The Cubs would be allowed to sell beer and wine from kiosks at an open-air plaza adjacent to a renovated Wrigley Field — and fans would be allowed to bring drinks in plastic cups to the plaza — in the latest in a string of concessions to the team. Local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) on Tuesday introduced the ordinance to a City Council that’s preparing to give the Cubs the go-ahead to ta
 
 
Chicagoans heading to Indiana, or flying to the East Coast, might have some trouble getting to that Thanksgiving dinner table on time.
 
 
LLCC Is looking to raise money to create an endowment fund.  Executive Director of the LLCC Foundation Karen Sanders says they will use the money mostly for 3 main purposes: [audio:sandersllccendowment11253.mp3]comment here[/audio] Sanders say…
 
 
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp would like to commend Mathew Meisner of Harvel for his help in apprehending an individual he observed committing a theft from his vehicle, which was parked inside his garage. As a result of Meisner’s ac…
 
 
More than 100 voters turned out last week when the Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO) held an endorsement session for contested races across the state.For governor, Bruce Rauner was endorsed after receiving 65 percent of the vote. Dan Rutherford received 20 percent, Kirk Dillard 11 percent and Bill Brady 4 percent.

Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Nov. 27

 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Illinois governor has contributed another $500,000 to his campaign. Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce …
 
 
Sometimes jobs that pay the least teach you the most valuable money lessons.
 
 
Without extensions from Congress, several important tax breaks may end.
 
 
I am proud to announce that yesterday I filed 10,000 signatures for my candidacy for Secretary of State. This is the maximum amount of signatures that a candidate can file.
 
 
I’ll only support a pension bill that truly reforms and saves the system! What do you think should be included in the pension reform bill?Air the pension reform billwww.chicagotribune.comWith Illinois lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield next week for a pension reform vote, you might think House and Senate leaders have an agreement in hand. One they could show the people.
 
 
Will a pension deal get done and will there be adequate time to vet and debate the bill it before it’s called for a vote?Editorial: Air the pension reform billwww.chicagotribune.comWith Illinois lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield next week for a pension reform vote, you might think House and Senate leaders have an agreement in hand. One they could show the people.
 
 
 
No contract talks were scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between Will County and union negotiators as a second week of an employee strike drags on. “What’s the point of meeting again? We have departments to run,” said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for Will County Executive. Palmer said department heads and elected officials are helping employees who showed up for work provide county se
 
 
 
 
A local congressman believes the problems with the Affordable Care Act go back to the problems with liberalism, and the belief that the national government can solve all the nations’ problems.  Republican U.S. Congressman John Shimkus of…
 
 
GALENA, Ill. — Was the U.S. 20 expansion project in northwest Illinois resurrected Tuesday?
 
 
A quirky setup stemming from a long-running legal battle has Cook County property taxpayers in Barrington Unit District 220 paying rebates to their Lake County counterparts — but only if the Lake County homeowners sign up every year and pay one-third to a lawyer. “It’s something that government, or whoever put this in, could take care of by writing rules correctly,” said Carl Koenemann,
 
 
Illinois State Police have a special incentive to enforce traffic safety laws as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
 
 
 
Incredible place RT @BeckmanInst IL Senator @danielbiss with Director Art Kramer, at the Beckman Institute today! pic.twitter.com/zdj1HfXcJj
 
 
FYI Springfield travelers “@IDOT_Illinois: SB I-55 lanes have reopened at Des Plaines River. NB lanes will reopen tomorrow. #ILtraffic”
 
 
Thanks for having me! RT @NCSAatIllinois Thanks to Sen @danielbiss for visiting NCSA & the Blue Waters supercomputer! http://on.fb.me/1blKDd1 
 
 
Congratulations to Linda Stockton. A great friend for many years retiring from S… http://ift.tt/1aT19PP 
 
 
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Thank to everyone who helped in collecting or signing my petitions! Because of y… http://ift.tt/ImJ4zC 
 
 
Congratulations to some fine young dancers from my district who will get the opp… http://ift.tt/1ep2lum 
 
 
ILGA — Gov Action Item/Reduction Veto report http://ow.ly/r1DlW  http://ift.tt/1aTfE6t 
 
 
KJLB: Davenport Casino Agreement Reached http://bit.ly/1iRnKzP 
 
 
 
Our event with @KirkDillard two Friday’s ago. It was great to have the Senator with us! #MakeILworkagain! @jiltracy pic.twitter.com/xWQwUEDMnB
 
 
I got a bill MT @ilpoliski: End Illinois lawmaker pensions. No more full-time benefits for part-time politicians. http://goo.gl/sruV1Y 
 
 
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Will a pension deal get done and will there be adequate time to vet and debate the bill it before it’s called for… http://fb.me/OqTNxvG4 
 
 
Will a pension deal get done and will there be adequate time to vet and debate t… http://ift.tt/1bnzE2N 
 
 
IL legislative leaders to meet this morning, still negotiating #pensions. @Trib_ed_board: hurry! Needs public vetting http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-pension-reform-edit-1127-20131127,0,5370080.story …
 
 
 
 
 
The City of Joliet was honored with a 2013 State of Illinois Governor’s … of Energy, Joliet invested in a partnership with Waste Management of Illinois, Inc. to …
 
 
By partnering with Illinois Virtual School — the Illinois State Board of Education’s statewide online school — these freshmen will be able to take a 10-week online …
 
 
 
Cong. Findley Items Donated To Illinois CollegeWUIS 91.9Sean Crawford. News Director/ Editor/ Anchor/ Illinois Edition Host. Bill Wheelhouse. Executive Editor/ Anchor/ Reporter/ State Week Host. Amanda Vinicky. Statehouse Bureau Chief. Brian Mackey. Statehouse Reporter. Peter Gray. Harvest Desk Reporter.
 
 
Local Regional Office Consolidated Souththejournal-news.net… birth-to-three program. Kassebaum said she was grateful for the support expressed by Rep. Wayne Rosenthal and Sen. Andy Manar, members of county boards in Montgomery and Christian counties, and superintendents in school districts in both counties.
 
 
Ron Olomon always wanted to build a log cabin, and at age 75, with the help of … “My great-grandpa came to Illinois from North Carolina by covered wagon,” …
 
 
At least six Illinois companies have a stake in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to consider employers’ religious objections that they cover …
 
 
Obama Pledges ‘Whatever You Need’ To Illinois Governor After Towns Ravaged …Huffington PostThe president reportedly called Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on his cell phone Monday as the governor was touring areas hit hardest by the tornadoes. According to NBC Chicago, Obama said he’d make sure Quinn got “whatever you need” to help storm-damaged …
 
 
Fearless as he is, Derrick Rose will have to change his style. The Chicago Bulls star’s body might heal, but he’ll return as a different player if wants a long career …
 
 
… a controversial data storehouse run by a nonprofit, and will work directly with a … In Illinois, an online platform called the Illinois Shared Learning Environment, …
 
 
Alton Daily NewsIllinois Second in Fryer FiresAlton Daily NewsBy Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. Here’s an area where Illinois is No. 2– Grease fires on Thanksgiving. This is according to Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance, based on claims for damage caused by grease fires. Over the last eight years, …
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation released figures Tuesday showing a decline in fatal crashes involving deer. Such crashes caused four people’s deaths …
 
 
Bustos, Schilling file for 17thGalesburg Register-MailBobby Schilling, a Colona Republican, filed to seek his party’s nomination as well. On Monday, Bustos announced that she filed petitions for re-election and gathered signatures from supporters in each of the 14 counties that compose the state’s 17th …
 
 
 
Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) is encouraging local residents to determine if they qualify for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP), which aims …
 
 
 
You would expect a governor to have respect for former presidents. Not so, where Gov. Pat Quinn is concerned. Imagine his nerve and lack of respect when he …
 
 
But didn’t the governor promise to use the additional revenue from a 67 percent increase in personal income tax in 2011 to help take care of that?” Jim asks.
 
 
By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah Tribune reporter. 12:05 a.m. CST, November 27, 2013. Chicago Public Schools officials say they won’t be closing any schools this …
 
 
Eight Illinois Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Barack Obama stating their opposition to fast-tracking the …
 
 
Illinois Deal. Paris Ervin, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Transportation Department, didn’t respond to questions about investors’ demands for fixed payments.
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. Illinois’ legislative leaders met Tuesday to try to put the finishing touches on a pension restructuring plan. The Illinois …
 
 
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R) has a new TV ad “showing off his modest watch, a symbol of his down-to-earth frugality,” the Chicago Tribune …
 
 
Those of us in northern Illinois have a special reason for loathing Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid. No, it’s not just because he infuriated …
 
 
By Allen Skillicorn – Let’s go back to May 2005. Rod Blagojevich wasn’t in a Colorado prison cell, he was still in his first term as Illinois’ Governor. 2005 was the top of the housing boom, so the economy was…
 
 
By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press. CHICAGO (AP) – Even as they celebrated their home state becoming the 16th to legalize gay marriage, Chicago couple …
 
 
 
The approval of video gaming in Lindenhurst is the impetus for two new businesses in the village planning to open next year. Village officials on Monday, Nov.
 
 
Are IL lawmakers serious about a pension fix in Springfield next week? http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=9340815 …
 
 
Extra Extra: William Beavers Loses Bid For FreedomChicagoist[Sun-Times]; A family photo blown away in last weeks tornadoes landed in Jefferson Park. [DNAInfo Chicago]; Zachary Fardon was officially sworn in as the new … with further questions, comments or tips. By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 26, 2013 6:00 PM …
 
 
By Quan Truong, Chicago Tribune reporter … a joint effort with the state’s attorney, regional school superintendent, coroner, public defender and health officials.
 
 
By Chris Hine, Tribune reporter … was placed on administrative leave by the school until further notice after his arrest for weapons charges on Saturday. Sinclair …
 
 
Springfield dogs gain national exposureThe State Journal-RegisterDave Bakke column: I haven’t had a dog-related column for a while, so it’s time. This one is about two Springfield dogs who have gone big, as in nationwide. They are Grover and Walter, two Welsh springer spaniels owned by Jessica and Steve Schnebly.
 
 
WGEM.com – Found 2 hours agoJesse White announced on Tuesday that police will begin a statewide crackdown on people parking illegally in handicapped parking spots.
 
 
Calm down, Chicago. He’s 25. He’s driven. He’ll be back.
 
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number (1-800-621-FEMA)
 
 
Thank to everyone who helped in collecting or signing my petitions! Because of you, I am proud to have filed for re-election to be your State Comptroller!
 
 
An attorney for former Gurnee resident Sandra Lopez, recently convicted for her role in a brutal Park City home invasion, is exploring whether there was improper contact between a sheriff’s corrections officer and jurors during the trial.
 
 
Do you feel safe when you travel over bridges in the Heartland?
 
 
Thanks to the Illinois Representatives who voted against a bad bill that would roll back federal authority to… http://fb.me/1ajPJ3APc 
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — The CBS Chicago Cares Telethon has raised $2,151,792.99 for disaster relief for typhoon victims in the Philippines and for tornado victims in central Illinois. Several corporations made large donations, including McDonalds which donated $330,000, JP Morgan Chase with $100,000 and United Airlines with $1.19 million. Bears Care board members Jerry Azumah and Dave Anderson and team
 
 
Illinois Lottery says over $2 million a month in winnings goes unclaimed. $28 million not claimed in 2012. Tickets have expired. WAND News
 
 
Watch the video from @RepBillEnyart (D-Belleville) announcement today for re-election bid: http://youtu.be/FNQKnhCbFik 
 
 
Pension talks between the legislative leaders broke up a short time ago with NO deal on #pensionreform. Recessed until Wednesday.
 
 
“I’m so proud of Chicago’s schools and all the talent and greatness in this room. Don’t stop innovating and don’t stop challenging our children to achieve great …
 
 
EAST MOLINE — The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating an East Moline long-term care facility that recently closed, and the union representing the workers is reviewing how employees were notified. Melaney Arnold, IDPH communications
 
 
Great bags for Thanksgiving put together by @SuburbanAccess!! pic.twitter.com/nMfZe9Lvjf
 
 
Over 100 families can have Thanksgiving this year thanks to partners like @SuburbanAccess @UnitedWay @waltsfoods! pic.twitter.com/2UGzCycagM
 
 
Some local high school students got valuable lessons on fiscal responsibility today.Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka carved out some time to share important life lessons with students at Pleasant Plains High School. Students learned everything they need to know to face today’s economy, from the best ways to manage and budget their money to how to determine a want from a need. …
 
 
Mayor Ardis thanking first responders regarding the Washington tornado. #peoriacc
 
 
If you missed it, frmr colleague @LesterHoltNBC snapped a photo of #Chicago’s Christmas Tree lighting in Daley Plaza pic.twitter.com/WWTK0OEt1g
 
 
Universal Background Checks http://ift.tt/1aWPFKj 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1aSOcFS 
 
 
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Mayor #Rahm Emanuel moves to limit medical marijuana dispensaries; Ald. Beale proposes referendum on cab fare hike: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-mayor-moves-to-limit-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-20131126,0,3034414.story …
 
 
Most area congressmen getting re-election pass so farCrain’s Chicago Business (blog)On the safe list at the moment are Chicago Democrats Bobby Rush, Dan Lipinski, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley and Danny Davis, plus Wheaton Republican Peter Roskam. (Illinois has 18 House members; 12 of them are from the Chicago area.) Petition filing …
 
 
Jacksonville state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer is joining a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers urging Congress to pass legislation allowing people to keep their current health insurance under Obamacare.The state lawmakers are sponsoring a House resolution to pass the Keep Your Health Plan Act. …
 
 
Wednesday Journal Newsroom Nov. 26 From: Wednesday Journal Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:19 More in News & Politics
 
 
PHOTO: Sullivan, Cullerton tour Quincy University http://ift.tt/1c7rbPC 
 
 
Our wrap up of last week’s historic bill signing – Illinois makes history, becom… http://ift.tt/17RWOeB 
 
 
Very proud of my little brother on his promotion today! To our newest 1st Lieu… http://ift.tt/1aWPHSn 
 
 
I wanted to post these pictures today and express my thanks to those who partner… http://ift.tt/17RWM6o 
 
 
Proft on “messaging to win” * Dan Proft, yes Dan Proft At the top of the list of fortune-cookie phrases that should be eliminated from the Republican Party’s messaging is, “Running government like a business.” 1. Government is not a business and never will be. It is not possible to run government like a profit-maximizing business. (See James Buchanan’s work on public choice theory that earne
 
 
Phil Mancini knows that Kirk Dillard and Jil Tracy are the only team that can turn our state around. As a recent college graduate, he believes they will bring jobs back to Illinois. Join Phil in volunteering by signing up here: http://www.dillardtracy.com/index.php/action/
 
 
The new food pantry at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center got a visit from Senator Dick Durbin Tuesday.
 
 
#LIVE in the #SitRoom: @TomDart says, I am the largest mental health hospital in Illinois — which is an outrageous embarrassment
 
 
Amy B. Manning, managing partner of @McGuireWoodsLLP’s Chicago office, has rock ‘n’ roll roots. http://chicagolawbulletin.com/Elements/pages/print.aspx?printpath=/Articles/2013/11/26/Manning-11-26&c …
 
 
The Cubs would be able to sell beer and wine in their new plaza outside Wrigley Field under a proposal introduced Tuesday.
 
 
State Rep. Leitch to host Medicare seminarsPeoria Journal StarJehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, and Mike Unes, R-East Peoria; and state Sens. David Koehler, D-Peoria, and Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap. The retirees affected are enrolled in the State Employees’ Group Insurance Program, the Teachers’ Retirement Insurance …
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help volunteers prepare holiday meals and emphasize the importance of supporting Illinois’ food banks this holiday season and throughout the year. The state’s eight food banks help provide nutritious meals and food to families in need. According to Feeding Illinois, there are currently more than 1.9 million people ac
 
 
Belleville News DemocratGOP candidate has given own campaign $1.25MBelleville News DemocratBill Brady of Bloomington said he’d raise enough money for a “credible campaign” and said conservative themes will win the day. Treasurer Dan Rutherford said experience running statewide puts him in good stead. “I’ve been on the ballot — and I win …Poll shows Quinn’s numbers rising, Rauner l
 
 
SHELBYVILLE-Taxes could soon go up in one Central Illinois county to help pay for facility improvements at local schools. In Shelby County there’s a proposal …
 
 
If Jim Oberweis wants to run for the U.S. Senate, he should be ready to deal with some long memories, says the longtime holder of seat he’s after — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. “We’ve already had people contact our office from the Hispanic community, who will never get over that ad,” the Springfield Democrat told the Sun-Times, referring to a notorious commercial Oberweis ran in a previous Senate r
 
 
In 2011, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn tried to eliminate state funding for all the regional school superintendents in Illinois. His action didn’t stick, but it did lay the …
 
 
By Ted Dabrowski – If you think politicians are going to fix Illinois’ crumbling pensions, you may want to see what they’ve done to their own pension fund.
 
 
Illinois’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped in October while the corresponding national number rose.
 
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan has told representatives to be ready for a one-day session next Tuesday. The Senate has tentatively set some days aside next …
 
 
A Coal City firefighter talks about his arrest on looting charges after a tornado touched down in Diamond, Illinois.
 
 
A map where Springfield is in the same state as St. Louis?The Great State of Sangamon?wuis.org
 
 
DEKALB, Illinois — Northern Illinois’ blue-eyed husky mascot is retiring after … The school’s athletics director, Sean Frazier, says in a statement that Diesel “has …
 
 
VoicesGOP leaders: Illinois pension fix could come soonBelleville News DemocratChristine Radogno said Tuesday the four leaders have been tinkering with a proposal and talking with legislators to see if they would support it. They say a plan could emerge from a meeting scheduled for later Tuesday afternoon and lawmakers could vote …UPDATE 1-Illinois’ House to take up public pension reform on Dec.
 
 
Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauners 2012, 2011 and 2010 tax forms here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/daywatch/chi-bruce-rauner-1040-forms-20131125,0,3737799.htmlpage …
 
 
Pension deal done? Not so fast http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/illinois-pension-deal-still-not-done/article_bc99240b-b4d2-5836-a187-6112053d64b2.html …
 
 
Steve has twice been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ Who’s Who in Non-Profit Management and currently writes a guest blog for nbcchicago.com’s Inc.well …
 
 
CBS News executive Al Ortiz’s critical internal review of “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan’s problematic October report on last year’s Benghazi raid has a Chicago connection. Logan is taken to task by Ortiz for, among other things, a keynote address she gave last year — on October 2, 2012 — at the Better Government Association’s (BGA) Continue reading →
 
 
GateHouse Media Inc., owner of the Journal Star, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy: http://bit.ly/1c79Czf 
 
 
Macomb Board of Education drops elimination of stipend from contract offer http://shar.es/DWFCA  via @sharethis
 
 
By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Chicago — like the State of Illinois — is in fiscal crisis. Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s 2010 Annual Report states on page 14 that fully two-thirds of corporations operating in Illinois paid NO corporate income tax to the state. When the state grants tax breaks to large corporations, the City of Chicago also loses revenue. This ordinance, the Chicago Cor
 
 
SMTD’s Squires gets 2 percent raiseThe State Journal-RegisterSquires, 57, is also retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections, and for now gets health insurance as a state retiree. He said his SMTD contract has also includes a stipend in lieu of health insurance that amounts to payment to him of about $5 …
 
 
Longtime Tinley Park Village Manager Scott Niehaus has resigned to take a new position as village manager for Lombard. Niehaus, 42, joined Tinley Park as …
 
 
The Firearm Concealed Carry Act became law in Illinois July 9, 2013 and in response to numerous public inquiries, State Representative Brian Stewart …
 
 
To donate to Illinois Tornado Relief Day, click here, call 1-800-931-5707, or Mail a check payable to:Illinois Tornado Relief, McCormick Foundation Processing Center, 23912 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1239. [trib_ndn vid=25393247] The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those
 
 
 
 
PPP’s newest Illinois poll finds that the race for Governor…
 
 
However, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District — whose boards are both appointed by the mayor — have either hiked or proposed property tax …
 
 
#No1ShouldGoHungry in #IL. I encourage people across #IL to volunteer & donate to their local food bank http://tinyurl.com/mjydt5r 
 
 
Hosted lunch for my colleagues, the County #Treasurers while at #IL Assn of County Officials Conference. #twill pic.twitter.com/f0UoyZnqjp
 
 
“Since landing work outside Illinois more than a decade ago, former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas hasn’t just focused on leading troubled school systems in …
 
 
Lincoln Daily News – Found 37 minutes ago… sponsored by [] CHICAGO Last week Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with 44 other attorneys general to announce that three of the nation’s …
 
 
 
 
If you listened to today’s debate in the Chicago City Council before the vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed $7 billion 2014 budget, one message came through loud and clear: To most aldermen, everything is fine in Chicago. During the debate which preceded the Council’s 45-5 vote to pass the budget, no fewer than 18 alderman stood up to speak. And of them, only one—Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd)—felt th
 
 
I believe that the best defense against government corruption is openness, transparency and public officials who work without the encumbrance of outside dist…
 
 
Almost 70,000 more people left Illinois than moved here in 2012. Follow the link… http://ift.tt/1hgibf7 
 
 
To stay up to date on what’s going on around the state: http://ift.tt/1jGNgW7 … http://ift.tt/1hgibvp 
 
 
Working to alleviate the negative impacts of Obamacare: http://wlds.com/news/st … http://ift.tt/1jGNf4t 
 
 
If you think politicians are going to fix Illinois’ crumbling pensions, you may… http://ift.tt/1hgiarp 
 
 
 
Buckle up!http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash1/1075964_259738017814_940121473_s.jpgIL Traffic SafetySeat belts are the single most important safety device in your vehicle and have saved countless lives and prevented countless injuries over the years.
 
 
Over the river and through…Illinois! Amtrak has a route with your name on it. Hop on the train and take the stress out of Thanksgiving travel. http://www.dot.il.gov/amtrak/amtrak.aspAmtrak Illinoiswww.dot.il.gov
 
 
CHICAGO (CN) – After blasting a charter school network in a series of articles for … The Sun-Times and its reporter Dan Mihalopoulos sued UNO Charter School …
 
 
… labor and operations at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has been named vice president of … She is a graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School.
 
 
26, 2013) – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police have joined forces to launch the “Ice and Snow – Take it Slow” …
 
 
The Illinois Pension Assistance Project (IPAP) has recovered nearly half a million dollars in pension benefits for clients since its inception in July of 2012. One of …
 
 
News broke yesterday that four of the photographers fired in last May’s mass-layoff instituted at the Chicago Sun-Times may soon be rehired, while others will …
 
 
The Illinois Pension Assistance Project (IPAP) has recovered nearly half a million dollars in pension benefits for clients since its inception in July of 2012. One of …
 
 
The Social Media Mob Action Bill was sponsored by Representative Christian Mitchell in response to several high-profile incidents in which large groups of teenagers organized on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to orchestrate mob attacks on Chicago’s Michigan Ave. The approval of this bill permits a judge to have discretion to impose a severe sentence on anyone who has utilized soci
 
 
The Illinois General Assembly amended Chicago’s School District Article of the School Code.  This bill was amended to enforce that election is necessary, as opposed to appointment of all school board members.  Also the amendment of this bill states that successor inspectors general should be appointed by board members instead of the mayor. This election process will ensure that patronage, and cron
 
 
SB0010 – Same Sex Marriage will allow same sex couples to get married in IL.  It amends the code of Civil Procedure, it states that nothing in the act is intended to abrogate, limit, or expand the ability of religious denomination to exercise 1st amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution or the IL constitution.  The passing of this legislation is not going to abrogate, limit, or
 
 
(AP) — A judge has denied the former Cook County commissioner’s request to remain free while his lawyers appeal his tax-evasion conviction.
 
 
* Dan Proft, yes Dan Proft… At the top of the list of fortune-cookie phrases that should be eliminated from the Republican Party’s messaging is, “Running government like a business.” 1. Government is not a business and never will be. It is not possible to run government like a profit-maximizing business. (See James Buchanan’s work on public […]
 
 
The City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s $7 billion budget on Tuesday by a 45-5 vote. Thanks to the budget, smokers will have to pay more for a pack of cigarettes than anyone else in the country. The budget includes a 50 cent tax hike on cigarettes. This will bring the total to $7.17 per pack. Mayor Emanuel originally pushed for a 75 cent increase, but hit some opposition. The budget plan also call
 
 
62 percent off a High-Def TV? Excuse me while I run you over to get one. Here’s the scoop on the biggest Black Friday deals.
 
 
Downsizing Illinois government feels goodBelleville News DemocratIt’s a small but tangible step toward getting Illinois government — which has more individual units of government than any other state in the nation — to a more manageable size. No public official wants to give up his or her fiefdom, but this shows …
 
 
Rep. Conroy Visits North Elementary School For “Booking with a Professional …Chicago TribuneDeb Conroy visited with students at North Elementary School in Villa Park, last Friday. As part of the North Elementary “Booking With a Professional” day, Rep. Conroy talked about her job as a State Representative and read a story to a class of 5th …
 
 
United States: Illinois Local Sales Tax Sourcing Uncertainty Is Over…Replaced …Mondaq News Alerts (registration)… the Home Rule Municipal, or the Regional Transportation Authority Retailers Occupation Tax Acts.3 However, the Illinois Supreme Court nonetheless held that Hartney Fuel Oil Company (“Hartney”) and any other similarly situated taxpayers that relied …Voiding of Illinois s
 
 
The rollout of the federal health care exchange has been an epic fail. But one small software firm has found a way to do it right, helping build several smaller marketplaces.How to build a better health care websitewww.chicagobusiness.comSoftware developed by Aldera Inc. to enroll customers and process claims is behind three successful state exchanges in Kentucky, Colorado and Hawaii, as well as
 
 
GRANITE CITY, IL. (KTVI) – Richard Dooley has had a pretty hard life for the past six years, after having been diagnosed with spinal cancer.  He might have give n up after four major surgeries had it not been for his family and friends. But sometimes, life can take a turn, and that’s what happened this week to Richard. He hit the Illinois Rockin’ Bingo instant ticket for $500,000. The 41-year-old
 
 
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 * Folks contributed well over a thousand dollars to our tornado relief effort for Washington IL-area victims since yesterday morning. That brings our total to date to $8,814 Many, many thanks to folks like Secretary of State Jesse White, Jeff Glass, Jim Morphew, Bog Yadgir, Claude Walker, Pat McGuire, George Korda, Ryan McLaughlin, Chris Dudley, Vince DiFiore and lots mo
 
 
A Message About Pensions Just a quick review of Article XIII, Section 5, of the Illinois State Constitution. Music hacked from this video: http://youtu.be/KZuX_6-vAZE. Photographs ar… From: Tim Furman Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:02 More in Education
 
 
* From IDOT… Motor vehicle crashes involving deer were responsible for four fatalities in 2012, a decrease from six fatalities in 2011. Injuries resulting from a motor vehicle – deer crash decreased from 613 in 2011 to 608 in 2012. The number of deer-vehicle crashes decreased significantly to 15,489 in 2012, as compared to 18,044 […]
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – A federal judge has denied former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers’ request to remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction on tax evasion charges. U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled Beavers has not shown his appeal is likely to result in a reversal, a new trial, or a sentence that spares him from jail. The ruling means, unless Beavers can convince a federal appea
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget proposal received final approval from the Chicago City Council Tuesday. The budget package holds the line on property and sales taxes, but could mean smokers and drivers will end up paying more next year.Aldermen approved Emanuel’s $8.7 billion spending measure by a vote of 45 to 5. The plan would close a nearly $339 million budget shortfall, in part, with higher t
 
 
* Public Policy Polling has a new poll of 557 Illinois voters conducted November 22-25. Let’s start with gubernatorial job approval/favorables… Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Pat Quinn’s job performance? Approve …………………………………………………. 34% Disapprove……………………………………………… 60% Not sure …………………………………………………. 6% Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Bill Brady? Favorable…………………………………………
 
 
* More details on Bruce Rauner’s money… (A) spokesman says Rauner owns a stake in the Bulls as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Boston Red Sox. Rauner says if he’s elected he’d put his holdings in a blind trust. The sports teams are just his sexiest investments. Click here for the full list. His disclosure report […]
 
 
* Folks contributed well over a thousand dollars to our tornado relief effort for Washington IL-area victims since yesterday morning. That brings our total to date to $8,814. Many, many thanks to folks like Secretary of State Jesse White, Jeff Glass, Jim Morphew, Bog Yadgir, Claude Walker, Pat McGuire, George Korda, Ryan McLaughlin, […]
 
 
* Scott Reeder’s latest column is on pension reform… But perhaps the biggest problem with the pension system is that it forces government to predict the future and taxpayers to underwrite those predictions. What will the stock market’s performance be over the next 30 years? How much longer will people be living in 2045? What will […]
 
 
ILGA — Gov Action Item/Reduction Veto report http://ow.ly/r1DlW  http://ift.tt/1hg9m4Q 
 
 
#twill On Friday SoS Police will conduct statewide stings on cars illegally parked in disabled spots at malls. Violators face a $500 fine
 
 
Superintendent Andrea Allen previously announced that she would retire June 30.
 
 
* Scott Reeder’s latest column is on pension reform… But perhaps the biggest problem with the pension system is that it forces government to predict the future and taxpayers to underwrite those predictions. What will the stock market’s performance be over the next 30 years? How much longer will people be living in 2045? What will […]
 
 
SPRINGFIELD-A new poll shows next year’s governor’s race is a toss-up, wealthy equity investor Bruce Rauner leads the four-way GOP gubernatorial field and Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford is the only member of his party positioned to defeat Gov. Pat Quinn in a one-on-one contest. Beyond those findings, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Continue reading →
 
 
Monday, November 25, 2013. The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus has prepared a document on the Concealed-Carry Act which will take effect after Jan. 1.
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township Senior Prom. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=100550383429604&set=a.100539610097348.1699.100004239271728&type=3&theater … http://ow.ly/i/3m1Pz 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill *** UPDATED x1 *** PPP Poll: Unpopular Quinn essentially tied with all Republicans while … http://bit.ly/1aRwjXR 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill More Rauner dollar deets: * More details on Bruce Rauner’s money… (A) spokesman says Rauner… http://bit.ly/1aRwjY1 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Tornado relief update: * Folks contributed well over a thousand dollars to our tornado reli… http://bit.ly/1cqMfz4 
 
 
A delegation of Rockford Register Star journalists are headed to the Public Safety Building today for a two-hour “Rockford Police Media Academy.” Reporters …
 
 
Still have questions? CMS has added a video and Helpline!!State Retirees Medicare Advantage Changeswww.richbrauer.orgIllinois House District 87
 
 
What are the details? What bill will be amended to become the new pension law? None of that information is available. We only know Madigan plans a one-day …
 
 
CENTRALIA – In an effort to help the many state retirees who live in the area understand the Medicare Advantage options they have for health care coverage, State Representatives Charlie Meier (R-Highland) and John Cavaletto (R-Salem) have scheduled an additional seminar for the Clinton and Marion County area.  
 
 
State Rep. Jill Tracy, R-Quincy, who is running for lieutenant governor, will be at the Bureau La Salle Tea Party meeting tonight in Oglesby
 
 
Bill Enyart’s office says he will announce his reelection campaign today at noon at the Carbondale Civic Center.
 
 
Two bills have been considered, but SB2404 has not been called for a vote in the Illinois House. Passing constitutional muster is a point of concern for Moffitt.
 
 
“Each passing day without pension reform threatens the excellence of higher education at the 65 colleges & universities” in Illinois, says the Institute of …
 
 
The International Energy Agency reported that it expects the United States to … In the report, the IEA said it sees Saudi Arabia regaining its top position by 2020.
 
 
100 yrs ago: Tomorrrow’s big feature will be annual Urbana-Champaign Thanksgiving Day football game @ League Pk. Will attract 100s of fans
 
 
Dems have candidates for 13th CongDist committeeman – Terry Redman of Clinton – & committewoman – Jayne Mazzotti of Taylorville. No GOPs yet
 
 
Private company finds half of IL’s Medicaid reviews NOT eligible, state pulls work from them. http://ow.ly/rclWZ  #twill
 
 
Johnathan Ingram, a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, said Illinois did a terrible job checking Medicaid eligibility before Maximus took over. “As the …
 
 
Chicago will have the nation’s highest state and local tax on cigarettes — and use $75 million in police overtime to mask a manpower shortage — thanks to a $7 billion 2014 budget certain to sail through the City Council Tuesday.
 
 
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has asked President Obama to declare 15 Illinois counties damaged by tornadoes major disaster areas. The violent outbreak of tornadoes across the state on November 17th killing six in Illinois and damaging more than 2,400 homes. Nearly 1,000 of those homes are uninhabitable. Quinn made the request on Monday after teams from state and federal agenc
 
 
By Illinois Radio Network. Cautious optimism is the best way to describe the reaction of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to the agreement with Iran. Enlarge image.
 
 
By Scott Reeder – Hang on to your wallets – the Illinois General Assembly may soon be back in town. House Speaker Michael Madigan has told his members to be back in Springfield Dec. 3 for a special session to…
 
 
1 hour ago • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … Five additional acts are joining the lineup for benefit concert that will raise money for victims of the Illinois tornadoes.
 
 
Filing yesterday our nominating petitions at the State Board of Elections in Springfield, officially kicking off our 2014 campaign. Thanks to our grassroots volunteers who put together a six county network to gather signatures; the effort was overwhelming. Share the pic on your page, help us spread the word!
 
 
Driver with untied bikini top cleared in crashChicago Daily HeraldNEW YORK — An appeals court has cleared a driver in a fatal crash after agreeing she faced an “unforeseen emergency” when a back-seat passenger untied her bikini top. Brittany Lahm of Manhattan briefly took her hands off the wheel when her bikini top …
 
 
Illinois’ regional offices of education are moving forward with consolidation efforts. Some superintendents are continuing with their merger preparations now that …
 
 
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ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
RT @moniquegarcia: About this time last year, Gov. Quinn unveiled Squeezy the pension python to get ppl to talk pensions over Thanksgiving
 
 
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ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/18E2NV4 
 
 
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.@Kennysommer I support #immigration reform and will keep calling for a vote in the House. #CIR
 
 
 
 
Someone needs to take the lead and do it,” she said. “We have to bite the bullet and build models and we need real professionals to help develop that.” Chicago …
 
 
Problems with the heating system at the Cook County Jail have forced staff to move a number of inmates into warmer areas and hand out extra blankets.
 
 
Attorney General Eric Holder has said he’ll do what he can to make more money available for Chicago to fight street level violence.
 
 
Smokers in Chicago may soon pay the highest cigarette taxes in the nation after the City Council votes on the Mayor’s 2014 budget. The City Council is expected to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7 billion budget plan today. That includes a compromise on a cigarette tax hike. The Mayor agreed to reduce the proposed tax hike to 50-cents a pack from 75-cents Monday. That puts Chicago on track to have t
 
 
BARRINGTON – The Republican Primary contest to determine who will challenge Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in Illinois’ 8th CD took on an international turn last week when Indian-American candidate Manju Goel lost the Barrington Township GOP’s endorsement to retired U.S….

Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Nov. 26

 
CHICAGO – The Illinois Republican Party has hired Andrew Welhouse to be communications director in charge of the party’s social media, communications strategy, and issue research. Welhouse has served in a variety of political communications roles throughout his career, including…
 
 
STERLING – Regional public transportation will be the topic of a summit Dec. 9 hosted by the Bi-State Regional Comission.
 
 
A local lawmaker will visit Galena, Ill., today to gather input from local leaders and officials about transportation issues.
 
 
Residents at the Harry Poe Manor public-housing complex on Lake Street filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Waukegan Housing Authority last week, claiming that management has mishandled a bed bug infestation that has been spreading through the 155-unit apartment building over the past three years.
 
 
It appears momentum is building for a legislative session next week that could, finally, address the state’s unfunded pension liability.
 
 
Thanks for all the kind words about our @chicagotribune investigation featured in @ToxicHotSeat. Here’s the HBO sked: http://itsh.bo/1cmgPK0 
 
 
DeKalb: Our View: Explore other ways to fund road projects http://bit.ly/1cpmtLm 
 
 
Interviewing Stephen Bardo today on his 89 Flying Illini book. Book has ruffled some feathers among former Illini players and coaches.
 
 
Welcoming AM Springfield radio show to SJ-R this morning. Tune into #Sportsradio 1450-AM at 6.
 
 
 
The The Gifford State Bank is accepting donations online to go towards disaster relief in Gifford. Click the link below to make a donation via PayPal. If you don’t feel comfortable donating online you can donate at any of the three Gifford State Bank branches or call 217-568-7311.Donate to the Gifford Tornado Relief Fund!www.paypal.comHelp Gifford re-build. Donate what you can today.
 
 
 
The state faces a $100 billion pension crisis, and Illinois lawmakers have yet to come up with a pension reform. Amid all the debate over the state’s pension …
 
 
While the Supreme Court found that the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights protected the taxpayer from retrospective liability, going forward, Illinois retailers need to closely …
 
 
The end of the tax-increment financing district that includes the Chicago Premium Outlets Mall in Aurora is a big gift to the Batavia school district. It gets to book it, …
 
 
Conservative speaker to visit OglesbyLaSalle News TribuneWhen the Bureau-La Salle Tea Party meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oglesby Elks Lodge, 800 E. Walnut St., the speakers will be Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and also John Tillman, chief executive officer of the Illinois Policy …
 
 
 
This may provide answers for state retirees. Share.CMS creates hotline, posts video for retiree health insurancewww.sj-r.comThe state has set up a hotline and posted a video online to help state retirees sort through the changes to their health insurance.Both were established by the Department of Central Management Services, which administers retiree health insurance.The video was produced from a
 
 
State Rep. Mike Unes will have a general election opponent; US Rep. Adam …Peoria Journal StarFormer Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, will face off against Democrat-turned-Independent-turned-Republican Eric Reyes of Rock Island for their party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, in the 17th Congressional District.
 
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network … The work is being done under the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, which was enacted in 2011.
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. You don’t have to get up that early for a chance to be first on the March 18 Illinois primary ballot, but some tried anyway.
 
 
MOKENA – Two Republicans filed Monday morning to succeed State Rep. Renee Kosel(R-Mokena) who announced she will retire in January 2015 after serving …
 
 
State Treasurer candidate Tom Cross of Oswegofiled his papers to run in the Republican primary Cross is promising to sue the state to make it balance its …
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, Congressman Roskam and his wife, Elizabeth, met with volunteers and helped pack food at Feed My Starving Children; an organization that works to eliminate starvation in devastated areas of the world…
 
 
Our View: March primary gets candidatesNorthwest HeraldIncumbent Congressmen Peter Roskam (R-6) and Randy Hultgren (R-14) filed to run for their House seats. Two Democrats filed to run against Hultgren – John Hosta and Dennis Anderson. All statewide constitutional offices – governor and lieutenant …
 
 
 
Don’t fall for it. Secret donors fund “public interest” groups to make their message look valid. CST Editorial. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/23992663-474/its-getting-harder-to-follow-the-money.html …
 
 
Sheila Simon speaks at the signing of Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill. ‘Time to Stop Planning Rallies and Start Planning Weddings’ · WATCH · ‘Time to Stop
 
 
Dillard and other 2014 candidates file nominating petitionsThe Doings Oak BrookKirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, was near the front of the line himself with running mate, state Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, at his side. “It shows Rep. Tracy, my lieutenant governor candidate, and I are eager and ready to make Illinois work again,” Dillard …
 
 
Law360, Chicago (November 25, 2013, 8:17 PM ET) — Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Co. is on the hook for defending a Chicago-area lawyer …
 
 
County Executive Larry Walsh puts the blame on the union, whom he says did not come to the table ready to negotiate.
 
 
Former Miss America sells her Chicago condo; committed to her congressional run in central Illinois http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/th-district-race-harold-sells-her-chicago-condo/article_b064ef0a-5345-5ff9-a73a-ef69af7db2c5.html …
 
 
Filing starts for primaries for Kane County positionsChicago Daily Herald”I did the same thing during Karen McConnaughay’s tenure.” Lenert owns the Lenert Insurance Group. He has been Lauzen’s personal insurance agent for more than 20 years, according to endorsement from Lauzen on the business’ website. Lenert’s son …
 
 
Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Terry Link has reacted with little more than a shrug to the recent court ruling overturning a state law creating an election commission for Lake County.
 
 
#Rauner owns shares of #Bulls, #Steelers and Red Sox — and a lot, lot more http://tinyurl.com/k47zwx3 
 
 
Illinois Sen. John Sullivan, left, Quincy University President Robert Gervasi and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton tour the QU campus Monday.
 
 
 
 
Just how rich is Bruce Rauner? The gubernatorial hopeful sheds some light: http://fw.to/yZs8CHK 
 
 
I again want to thank the over 400 volunteers who helped collect over 18,000 signatures from across Illinois. Thank you! #twill #groundgame
 
 
The @qctimes wrote about our official filing today for #Treasurer. Candidates file to run in March primary: http://bit.ly/1i9WQFA  #twill
 
 
This is great news. RT @moniquegarcia: Cook Co. Clerk David Orr will issue a same-sex marriage license … http://tmi.me/1cDikV 
 
 
Teachers, administrators, and others could see their retirements altered, and the president of the Illinois Educators Association told WAND News that is …
 
 
“Besides the fact that a lot of us (on the Wolves team) have ties to central Illinois, any time you get the opportunity to help out, you should. There are a lot of …
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant speaks on the legislative panel at the Joint Annual Conf… http://ift.tt/183Jgd5 
 
 
What will a bad pension bill do to our state university system? I heard Prof. J… http://ift.tt/IizJJa 
 
 
On opening day of petition filing, the Rutherford/Kim for Governor campaign file… http://ift.tt/183Jgtt 
 
 
Cullerton would support capital bill talks; hopes for pension reform accordQuincy Herald WhigIllinois Senate President John Cullerton said during a visit to Quincy that he would be interested in seeing a new capital bill for the state next year, but he mentioned some of the issues that would have to be overcome. The Chicago Democrat held a …UPDATE 1-Illinois’ House to take up public pension refo
 
 
State Representative Michael McAuliffe filing petitions at the State Board of Elections in Springfield on November 25, 2014. | Submitted by Michael McAuliffe.
 
 
http://capitolfax.com/2008/02/13/dont-look-now/. Or a 2006 JBT press release: “Even State Comptroller Dan Hynes – a Democrat – says Illinois backlog of unpaid …
 
 
He also found that in Illinois, the smallest local governments generally spent half as much per capita as those with local governments of populations between …
 
 
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., were among a who’s who list of heavyweights on hand to congratulate Fardon to his new job.
 
 
Special to the Tribune. A citywide ban on electronic message boards is being considered by the Park Ridge City Council as part of a massive overhaul of the …
 
 
Authorities say University of Illinois football staff member and former player Matt Sinclair has been charged after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members.
 
 
Davidsmeyer urges Congress to protect Americans’ health insurance plans from cancellations due to Obamacare http://ift.tt/1biWAQE 
 
 
This week’s e-newsletter is up, check it out and subscribe at the link below! http://ift.tt/1c5ynvM 
 
 
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (STMW) – Jereme Richmond’s ongoing struggles with Lake County’s probation program ended Monday when a judge sentenced the former Illinois Mr. Basketball to three years in prison, the News-Sun is reporting. Richmond was convicted of harassment of a witness for making threatening comments and gestures to a probation officer earlier this year. The Class 2 felony carried a potential sen
 
 
More predators are en route. Illinois needs a smarter approach.More predators like the one shot dead near Morrison are en route. Illinois needs a smarter approach to deal with them.
 
 
Illinois State Bar Association Springfield, IL (GistCloud) November 25, 2013 – To help victims of the recent tornadoes cope with some of the legal issues they …
 
 
Illinois Senate President visits QU – John Cullerton says Senate hopes to go back for special session on pensions … http://ow.ly/2BM1wa 
 
 
All posts, comments and statements made on IR are those of the authors only. Any disputes must be addressed to the writers, who are solely responsible for their posts, comments and statements.
 
 
Messaging to Win: GOP candidates should put “running government like a business” out of business. #twill #unfixit http://illinoisopportunity.org/messaging-to-win-put-running-government-like-a-business-out-of-business/?utm_source=Illinois+Opportunity+Project&utm_campaign=3a55adfb73-Budget+Address+Commentary+030813+1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80694b66b1-3a55adfb73-37883301 …
 
 
The new spring training stadium for the Chicago Cubs is being called Cubs Park for now. … You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Have an …
 
 
CHICAGO — Investigators from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office are working in central and southern Illinois communities severely damaged by …
 
 
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) has opened in Washington IL to make it easier for people affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes to access disaster-related relief services and information. Read more at the link below.Illinois.gov – Illinois Government News Network (IGNN) – Search the News Resultswww3.illinois.govIllinois.gov – the Illinois Government News Network is your online source for State of
 
 
Did know you know Bishop Hill, Illinois is a 19th century Swedish settlement? Step back in time this holiday season at Bishop Hill’s Julmarknad Christmas market, a Scandinavian custom dating back to the middle ages! Info here: http://bit.ly/18CijAL (Visit Henry County)
 
 
BROOKPORT – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the delivery of nearly 300 pallets of donated supplies to help people in Brookport recover from the deadly tornado that damaged or destroyed more than 150 homes. Prior to the Nov. 17 tornadoes, the supplies were originally collected to provide assistance for people who were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, but the Rizal Center has not yet been able to tr
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 15 Illinois counties major disaster areas to help people and businesses recover from a violent outbreak of tornadoes across the state on Nov. 17. Governor Quinn requested a federal disaster declaration for Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Wil
 
 
SPRINGFIELD-House Speaker Michael Madigan Monday ordered lawmakers in his legislative chamber to return to the state Capitol next week and signaled “continued progress” toward a possible pension-reform deal with the other legislative leaders. Madigan, D-Chicago, notified House members that the House will be in session at 11 a.m. Tuesday for what he described as a Continue reading →
 
 
LOMBARD – The Glenbard East High School music program has been selected as semifinalist in the Grammy Signature Schools program.
 
 
John Cullerton says Senate hopes to go back for special session on pensions Dec. 3
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1jB6WdW 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1hdbSJb 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1jB6TyG 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1gbnsBE 
 
 
A view from the inside on filing day. pic.twitter.com/efDT3EQkzv
 
 
Roundup of filing-day-tweets from @SuperAbe2014 @RonSandack @davemckinney123 @ChampCtyClerk @cookcountyclerk & more http://goo.gl/fb/u5sp0 
 
 
On the train – Chicago bound for a meeting with stake holders regarding how we better identify dyslexia in Illinois public schools.
 
 
. @HomeDepotGR Thanks for your help to remodel & improve our local American Legion hall!
 
 
More best-of filing-day-tweets from @AmandaVinicky @EdSullivanforIL @KristinforIL103 @ROBERTDOLD @reynoldsjessica http://goo.gl/fb/u5sp0 
 
 
A special thank you to all that helped collect petitions to get me on the ballot for the honor of running for State Representative.
 
 
Check out the morning’s biggest news in today’s “In the Know”. http://www.inthe… http://ift.tt/17U4jUu 
 
 
In the 103rd District IL House race, Repub Kristin Williamson filed, as did Dems Carol Ammons of Urbana and Sam Rosenberg of Champaign.
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18BKuQt 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/18BKwaT 
 
 
CMS Medicare Advantage seminar now available online http://ift.tt/17N8ijv 
 
 
Senate Week in Review: November 18-22 http://ift.tt/1ektK0w 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1ekvxCK 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1ekvAOQ 
 
 
Rep. Durkin Supports the “We Don’t Serve Teens” Campaign http://ift.tt/1jC4vYF 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/18BSelm 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
Some of what #Vallas did for his “$1,200 a day” contract from #Illinois Board of Education (led by Quinn pal Chico) – http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23976994-418/vallas-cure-for-n-chicago-schools-mass-layoffs-riles-teachers-union.html …
 
 
20th Ward Community Meeting http://ift.tt/19WI1fo 
 
 
Quinn administration with Obama on insurance cancellation fix: Gov. Pat Quinn’… http://ift.tt/17NtiGP 
 
 
Good news for the Illinois tornado victims. This is the first step in getting f… http://ift.tt/17NtiH1 
 
 
I am checking out the rebuilding at St. John’s Lutheran Church this afternoon. T… http://ift.tt/19WHYQB 
 
 
#MRZ photobomb RT @ChicagosMayor: Read more about the domestic violence shelter we commemorated with the @VP today.
 
 
I have requested President @BarackObama declare 15 #IL counties major disaster areas to make federal aid available to tornado victims.
 
 
Nearly 1,000 #IL homes are uninhabitable & an additional 2,441 damaged as a result of the Nov. 17 tornadoes http://tinyurl.com/mu7cw3a 
 
 
Bipartisan effort w/ @repblainepress @RepSchneider & @RepRichHudson pushes for #SmallBiz accounting flexibility http://1.usa.gov/192YwXD 
 
 
We just filed our petition signatures to get on the ballot to represent IL – thank you for all of your support! http://goo.gl/S0nhIJ 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill What’s in a backlog?: * From an SJ-R story on the state’s bill backlog… [Comptroller Judy B… http://bit.ly/1iLwkjv 
 
 
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) has opened in Washington IL to make it easier for people affected by the… http://fb.me/2NKQ0nr6k 
 
 
Proud to join bipartisan group to help strengthen small business when Congress addresses tax reform: http://goo.gl/QPc9Vk 
 
 
For many months service organizations in Illinois have seen improvements in the… http://ift.tt/1ekM7SZ 
 
 
We’ve officially filed our paperwork to earn a place on the ballot. With your he… http://ift.tt/1aNLlxL 
 
 
A special thank you to all that helped collect petitions to get me on the ballot… http://ift.tt/1ekM61c 
 
 
On Friday, November 22, State Representatives Jeanne Ives, Bob Pritchard and Pat… http://ift.tt/1aNLilM 
 
 
It’s Ives vs. Connelly! Who can produce the most toys for the children of Fam… http://ift.tt/1ekM61i 
 
 
For those of my constituents who are unable to attend one of the local Medicare… http://ift.tt/1gcjfgW 
 
 
Tomorrows (11-26-13) Medicare Advantage seminar is not being held at ISU as was… http://ift.tt/1gcjeJK 
 
 
Officially filed 18,113 signatures for Treasurer today in Springfield! Thanks to… http://ift.tt/1hdX3WG 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1dwoLNI 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1bPLqxG 
 
 
US Rep John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, tour tornado-ravaged Gifford Mon. afternoon. pic.twitter.com/oqyAb4NLIE
 
 
Shimkus, right, meets with Rep. Chad Hays, Gifford State Bank Pres. Tony McLain and Gifford Mayor Derald Ackerman Mon pic.twitter.com/lQxVyHMwpI
 
 
It’s candidate filing week. I’ll be sitting on a panel for Chicago Tonight at 7 p.m. on Channel 11 to discuss GOP candidates for governor.
 
 
Vinck is $120k/yr chief information officer based in Gov Quinn’s office. Interesting that he’s checking out Hardiman’s paperwork.
 
 
Tio Hardiman’s campaign petitions have been examined this afternoon by election lawyer Burton Odelson and by Sean Vinck, state records show.
 
 
For those of my constituents who are unable to attend one of the local Medicare… http://ift.tt/1gcjfgW 
 
 
Tomorrows (11-26-13) Medicare Advantage seminar is not being held at ISU as was… http://ift.tt/1gcjeJK 
 
 
Officially filed 18,113 signatures for Treasurer today in Springfield! Thanks to… http://ift.tt/1hdX3WG 
 
 
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) has opened in Washington IL to make it eas… http://ift.tt/1hegVsG 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who assisted in helping me collect signatures on my candid… http://ift.tt/1hegU8e 
 
 
Lawmakers Host Additional Seminar to help State Retirees on Medicare Advantage D… http://ift.tt/17UB3NC 
 
 
A portion of donated items for Philippine relief were delivered to Brookport tod… http://ift.tt/17UB3NA 
 
 
The lives of thousands of people across Illinois were torn apart by the November… http://ift.tt/IpqnKB 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1dwoLNI 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1bPLqxG 
 
 
ILGA — Gov Item/Reduction Veto report http://ow.ly/r1DhX  http://ift.tt/17O1RNe 
 
 
ILGA — Gov Item/Reduction Veto report http://ow.ly/r1DhX  http://ift.tt/1aTGfzk 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/17O1RNk 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1aTGhHs 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/17O1PVD 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/17O1PVD 
 
 
The lives of thousands of people across Illinois were torn apart by the November… http://ift.tt/IpqnKB 
 
 
A portion of donated items for Philippine relief were delivered to Brookport tod… http://ift.tt/17UB3NA 
 
 
Lawmakers Host Additional Seminar to help State Retirees on Medicare Advantage D… http://ift.tt/17UB3NC 
 
 
Grabbing bluegill sandwich for late lunch at Wally’s in Breese.
 
 
I feel incredibly blessed to have earned financial success and you know I can’t be influenced or intimated by the special interests (1/2)
 
 
And I’m committed to establishing a blind trust if given the honor of being governor (2/2) #BringBackIL
 
 
Sent letter w/ @SenatorDurbin & entire #Illinois Cong. delegation to POTUS urging fed disaster declaration for state. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=943 …
 
 
Thank you to everyone who assisted in helping me collect signatures on my candid… http://ift.tt/1hegU8e 
 
 
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) has opened in Washington IL to make it eas… http://ift.tt/1hegVsG 
 
 
Notice to #Illinois House members calling them into a 12/3 session doesn’t mention #pensions. Just that it’ll be a day, with Exec on 12/2
 
 
Madigan offically asks reps to be ready for Dec 3rd session, Dec 2nd afternoon committees, negotiations ongoing since veto session. #twill
 
 
 
 
UPDATE: Because of the very important hard work remaining in assisting tornado stricken Washington, IL we don’t wish to spend a great deal of additional time on this issue, as it already has been a regrettably time consuming distraction. But, I wanted to give you a brief update on our current situation with the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Our foundation president Jon Folbrech
 
 
Chicago Education Activists Launch Coalition To Revitalize Bronzeville’s Dyett Progress Illinois: The activists say Bronzeville is in dire need of a high-quality …
 
 
Orion Samuelson puts bow on Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary CelebrationThe BugleThroughout the history of agriculture, including the last 100 years of the Will County Farm Bureau, Samuelson said the only constant has been change, especially prices. One long-time farmer, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, congratulated the Farm …
 
 
Candidates file to run in March primaryQuad City TimesMike Jacobs, D-East Moline, in the 36th Senate District. Republican voters in the 110th House District will see a three-way primary to replace retiring state Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Charleston. Vying for the nomination are Kevin Garner of Hazel Dell …
 
 
McCormick Foundation, WGN Radio, WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune Launch …Sacramento BeeThe Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornado. The Foundation will match the first $500,000 …
 
 
With medical marijuana rolling out, Niles narrows allowed locationsMorton Grove ChampionBoth can be operated by businesses and nonprofit organizations, and both must be registered and approved by the state. … Trustee Joe LoVerde noted video gambling is allowed under Illinois law, too, but some municipalities prohibit gaming machines.
 
 
Second Republican files to run in Illinois 94thQuincy JournalSchrader filed as a Republican as did Randy Frese of Paloma. Frese, the former Adams County Circuit Clerk and Republican chairman, announced his bid last week and has Tracy’s endorsement. Tracy is seeking election for Illinois Lt. Governor on the …
 
 
Alton Daily NewsGovernor Quinn Donates to Tornado SurvivorsKSDKSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KSDK) – Governor Pat Quinn committed to helping communities across Illinois recover from the November 17 tornadoes that ripped through a number of towns. Monday, he announced the delivery of approximately 300 pallets of supplies to …Gov. Quinn to revisit Brookport MondayGov. Quinn to tour Brookport, IL tornado dama
 
 
NBC ChicagoChicago Sun-Times Agreement Could Bring Back Laid-Off PhotographersHuffington PostA recent agreement reached by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Newspaper Guild could be very good news for some photographers. The newspaper has settled on a deal that will reportedly bring back some of the 28 photographers who were laid off …Sun-Times may rehire some photographers under new union c
 
 
Illinois congressional delegation seeks disaster declaration after tornadoesChicago Tribune… Duckworth, William Enyart, Bill Foster, Luis Gutierrez, Robin Kelly, Dan Lipinski, Mike Quigley, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider and House Republicans Rodney Davis, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, Peter Roskam, Aaron Schock and …
 
 
Our Opinion: Long story short: Illinois’ natural resources vitalThe State Journal-RegisterEarlier this year, DNR became responsible for the monumental task regulating hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in southern Illinois. In spite of all that and more, state leaders gutted 54 percent of the agency’s workforce during the last decade …
 
 
CHICAGO, Nov. 25, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), the state’s largest health insurer, today expressed its …
 
 
Education Law. Published at least four times per year. Annual subscription rate for ISBA members: $25. To subscribe, visit http://www.isba.org or call (217) 525-1760 …
 
 
Feds: 1370 in Illinois selected health plansThe State Journal-RegisterThe disappointing number was included in a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which also said fewer than 27,000 people signed up for private health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the crippled federal website.
 
 
Illinoisans may have more options after Obama’s announcementThe State Journal-RegisterIn many cases, other insurance alternatives for those policy-holders would come with higher premiums and deductibles unless people would qualify for federal subsidies through the state’s health insurance exchange, Get Covered Illinois. “For the large …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Republican businessman Bruce Rauner is likely to be the richest Illinoisan to run for governor, the Chicago Tribune speculates today – richer than other Republican millionaires who’ve tried for the office in the past, including Ron Gidwitz, Patrick…
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times A tentative contract settlement between the parent company of the Sun-Times and the union representing editorial employees could lead to …
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this (Chicago) – Insider: Governor Pat Quinn has formerly drawn a Democratic primary opponent. Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman filed his nominating petitions on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections to challenge Quinn in the March 18 primary. “I just want to let everybody in Illinois know that I’m dead seri
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois’ comptroller says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is growing again. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is out for the season following knee surgery on Monday. The Bulls issued a short statement following the operation: “Earlier this morning, Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery to repair his previously torn medial meniscus in his right knee. The surgery was performed at Rush University Medical Center and Rose is out for the remainder of the se
 
 
* Thanks to generous donations from Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon, Tom and Lori Cullen, Donna Baiocchi and many others, our total raised for Washington, IL-area tornado victims is now $7,504. We did good. If you haven’t participated yet, you can still click here to donate for as long as you want. I’ll […]
 
 
* My Sun-Times column… Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has made no bones about his eagerness to take on House Speaker Michael Madigan if he’s elected. Rauner constantly claims he is the best man for the job of cutting the entrenched, powerful Democrat down to size. The other three Republican candidates also claim that they are the […]
 
 
* I went to a restaurant at the Springfield Hilton last night to meet with some people and ran into several folks who were in town to file their nominating petitions. It was a jovial atmosphere. Petition filing day is sorta like the beginning of spring training. Optimism abounds. Anyone can […]
 
 
* The Tribune has a story on Bruce Rauner’s wealth… “Bruce has never let his success change him,” declares the campaign’s official bio. “He still drives a 20-year-old camper van, wears an $18 watch, and stays in the cheapest hotel room he can find when he’s on the road.” But while Rauner may have a bargain-basement Timex […]
 
 
* My weekly syndicated newspaper column… Illinois union leaders are reportedly mulling several options about what to do in the governor’s race. But the only thing the leaders appear to agree on so far is that anti-union Republican gazillionaire Bruce Rauner cannot be allowed to win. Some union honchos are looking at endorsing a candidate in […]
 
 
CHICAGO – State Rep Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) will be challenged in the March primary for his House seat, state election board petition filings show Monday. After being indicted on a bribery charge, Smith was expelled from the Illinois House of…
 
 
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton will be touring QU Monday afternoon.
 
 
According to the Chicago Sun Times: All those hours of studying kids paid off for Beck Bennett as the New Trier grad had his best showcase yet on “Saturday …
 
 
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has made no bones about his eagerness to take on House Speaker Michael Madigan if he’s elected. Rauner …
 
 
View other photograph collections. text size: AAA. By Mike Riopell. SPRINGFIELD — After months of candidates announcing — and withdrawing — their plans to …
 
 
CHICAGO – State Rep. Mike McAuliffe is the only Chicago area Republican left after serving in the Illinois since 1996.McAuliffe succeeded his father Roger after …
 
 
Candidates seeking to challenge Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin can begin filing their nominating petitions Monday. But would-be Republican opponents were …
 
 
Illinois is in the worst shape among all the states. A recent headline proclaimed, “Illinois pension-funding ratio tops nation.” They did not mean that in a good …
 
 
Sheila Simon has not yet filed her nominating petitions and according to her … Simon has no Democratic primary opponent, so filing nominating petitions today …
 
 
Indian ExpressStatement by Representative Schakowsky on President Obama’s Announcement …eNews Park ForestJan Schakowsky released the following statement on President Obama’s Announcement on the First Step Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Program: “Yesterday’s deal is an important step toward preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons capability, and a …Chicago-area congressmen mostly frown on
 
 
Six file to run in primary for 13th Congressional DistrictBelleville News DemocratRodney Davis, a Taylorville Republican, has two challengers from his own party and three from the Democratic Party. The Republicans are Erika Harold of Urbana and Michael Firsching of Moro. The Democrats are Ann Callis of Edwardsville, George Gollin of …
 
 
GENEVA – Largely Republican House District 65 will have an open seat in January 2015, after State Rep. Tim Schmitz announced he will not seek a ninth term in the Illinois House. Two GOP locals hope to succeed Schmitz -…
 
 
Houston told The State Journal-Register last week that he was unlikely to move forward with the plan. He said Monday that he will propose continuing to …
 
 
* From an SJ-R story on the state’s bill backlog… [Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s spokesman Brad Hahn] said that a strong tax season this year allowed the office to “aggressively pay down bills” in April and May. By the end of May, the backlog was down to $5.8 billion and vendors were waiting a minimum of […]
 
 
* As noted below, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman and his running mate filed nominating petitions today. Hardiman has contributed a few thousand dollars to his own campaign, but is still filing reports on paper. * He has a website which lays out his “20/20″ economic development plan… Tio Hardiman’s 20/20 Plan for Job […]
 
 
* This was posted on “Da Speaker’s” Twitter account and was then quickly deleted… The identity of “Da Speaker” has been a mystery for months. S/He’s a pretty funny person, whoever it is. A recent chuckler… Free advice: Mr Rauner should purchase only reputable assassins. IL Policy Institute/IL News Net don’t qualify. — Da Speaker […]
 
 
Illinois is the latest state to delve into fracking — and the controversial … Fracking, short for induced hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling technique in which water …
 
 
Pat Quinn signed legislation last spring to regulate fracking operations in downstate Illinois. Hydraulic fracking differs from traditional methods of mining …
 
 
PLAINFIELD – With State Rep. Tom Cross running to be the IL GOP’s 2014 nominee for state treasurer, his long-held House seat will be open in January 2015. Two Republicans have stepped forward in a bid to succeed Cross -…
 
 
Cross said lawmakers are required to balance Illinois’ budget under the state constitution, but it doesn’t happen. Enforcing the constitution in court is one remedy …
 
 
The people behind the Washington, Illinois Tornado Recovery Facebook page are under taking some heat from the Illinois attorney general. Lisa Madigan’s …
 
 
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a shopping guide, detailing toys … joining Madigan and safety experts to promote the latest edition of the guide.
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE – State Representative Ron Sandack will be challenged in the March 2014 GOP primary by Keith Matune of Downers Grove. Both filed petitions today with the State Board of Elections. Conservative Republicans are unhappy with Sandack’s swing towards…
 
 
Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, was near the front of the line himself with running mate, state Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, at his side. “It shows Rep. Tracy, my lieutenant …
 
 
But other candidates for governor went themselves, including GOP Sen. Kirk Dillard, of Hinsdale. “We are so grateful to everybody that signed our petition and …
 
 
ELMHURST – With GOP State Senator Kirk Dillard laying it all on the line and opting to run for governor rather than re-election in 2014, his Illinois Senate seat will be open in January 2015. Two Republicans – State Rep….
 
 
OAK PARK – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) had a Democratic challenger file petitions Monday morning. Harmon, a part of Senate President John Cullerton’s leadership team, has been in the Illinois Senate since 2003. He’s being challenged by Bob…
 
 
Another year, another ABATE Illinois Thanksgiving dinner in Springfield. The group served more than 300 meals on Sunday to the elderly and those in need. “They let you feel at home,” said Teresa Slack. “They respect you. That can bring a community together.” ABATE members go extra mile for elderly, needywww.sj-r.comTeresa Slack knows the beneficial effect a Thanksgiving dinner can have on someo
 
 
OSWEGO – With State Rep. Kay Hatcher not running for re-election in 2014, her 50th House District seat will be open in 2015. Three Republicans filed petitions today for the slot – two women – Beth Goncher and Julie Cosling…
 
 
Dan Rutherford’s running mate) and Republican gubernatorial candidates Sen. … Another Republican, Treasurer Dan Rutherford, sent his lieutenant governor …
 
 
The prominent Chicago chef died earlier this month at his Lincoln Park home.
 
 
Duckworth endorses Takai for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional seatHonolulu Star-AdvertiserTammy Duckworth announced she is supporting his candidacy for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat. Duckworth, who spent her high school and college undergraduate years in Hawaii, met Takai when both served on the Associated Students of the …Duckworth Backs Fellow Veteran, Rep. Takai, in His Bid for Congress
 
 
Bustos, Schilling, Reyes file papersQuad City TimesBobby Schilling, both filed petition papers Monday to run for the 17th Congressional District seat next year. Monday was the first day major party candidates could file for office. Schilling, a Republican, also has a challenger: Rock Island attorney …3 candidate files for Illinois’ 17th District
 
 
Michael Connelly and State Rep. Jeanne Ives will each collect toys to donate to a local nonprofit for the holidays, according to a news release from Ives’ office.
 
 
The Daily Herald will not publish his name until it can be confirmed. Mogge said students met with administrators in the school auditorium during a class period …
 
 
llinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s office sent the following memo to House members today: “All members should plan on being in Springfield for session on Tuesday, December 3 at 11 a.m. The House would expect this to be a one-day…
 
 
LOMBARD – Republicans in the 48th House District will have two candidates on the March 18, 2014 primary ballot to choose from: ten year incumbent State Rep Sandy Pihos and challenger Lombard Village Board trustee Peter Breen. Photo sent to…
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this (Chicago) – Insider: Republican gubernatorial hopeful and wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner and lt. governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti today released three years of income tax returns. Both also turned in their Statements of Economic Interests and are making three years of federal and state 1040’s available to the medi
 
 
Few, if any, Statehouse visitors seek them out now, and even fewer know why the … Aside from recognizing Illinois’ greatest citizen in an appropriately prominent …
 
 
Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1170 making it illegal to possess any wildlife or wildlife parts taken unlawfully in Illinois, any other …
 
 
By Jamey DunnIllinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office sent an email to House members telling them to plan for a legislative session day on December 3.The communication says that some committee hearings will be held a week from today and that House members should expect legislative session to begin at 11 a.m. next Tuesday. “The House would expect this to be a one day session.” The four legis
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois House will convene for a special session next week on the state’s roughly $100 billion pension crisis. Both the House and Senate …
 
 
Campaign manager Glenn Hodas directs petition filing for the Dillard-Tracy campaign Monday QUINCY – With State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) opting to run for …
 
 
Group behind popular Facebook page hasn’t yet filed appropriate paperwork in …Peoria Journal StarThe Illinois Attorney General’s Office is investigating a charity that is unregistered with the office but is running a popular Facebook page that provides information and collects donations for the Washington tornado relief efforts. In a news release …Attorney General Madigan Warns of Suspected To
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — Average retail gasoline prices in Chicago have risen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46 on Sunday. That’s according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,437 gas outlets in Chicago. Nationally, the price of a gallon of gasoline has increased 5.1 cents in the past week to $3.26. Including the change in gas prices in Chicago during the past week, prices yesterday were
 
 
An e-cigarette retailer has set up shop in Edwardsville.Click to Continue »
 
 
You hear alot about the Chamber of Commerce, but you may not know what they do.  President and CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce says they are here to help businesses: [audio:pattychamberpurpose112513.mp3]comment here[/audio] …
 
Illinois’ past-due bills climb once moreSTLtoday.comSPRINGFIELD, Ill. • Illinois’ comptroller says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is growing again. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the backlog has grown to about $8.8 billion. The state’s balance of unpaid bills was shrinking in the …Deadbeat Illinois: Bill backlog, payment delays growing againDeadbeat Illinois: Bill backlog
 
 
 
PEORIA HEIGHTS — Medical marijuana is no longer an “if” in Illinois, leading some local leaders to begin debating one of the next natural questions: Where?
 
 
 
A meeting Monday between Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba and developer Dan Kehl could be an indicator of the next steps for the project intended to bring a land-based casino to Davenport.

Today’s headlines — Monday, Nov. 25

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Medical marijuana is no longer an “if” in Illinois, leading some local leaders to begin debating one of the next natural questions: Where?
 
A meeting Monday between Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba and developer Dan Kehl could be an indicator of the next steps for the project intended to bring a land-based casino to Davenport.
 
 
A study says Illinois’ wealthiest people are giving more to charity than the rich in other states. A survey by BMO Private Bank found that Illinoisans with investible assets of at least $1 million plan on donating an average of $13,307 to chari…
 
 
Apparently, all the seniors over 65 in Illinois received a mountain of mail from CMS regarding changes in our medical provider. It is frightening to receive three inches of mail that most of us don’t know what to do with.
 
 
Voices skepticism Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal
 
 
Filing period begins today for March primary election. Naperville man charged in Chicago murder. Police seek help locating 85-year-old Aurora-area man. Oak Brook resident named a Rhodes Scholar. Different faith groups gather in Aurora to say thanks. Bears drop sloppy game in St. Louis. NIU reaches 14th in BCS standings.
 
 
 
@davemckinney123 of course it’s a staffer. Talk about seeing the cold side of politics.
 
 
True, but they leave no room for chance. The line started there Thursday. These guys do shifts during the overnight. Brutally cold tonight.
 
 
The House GOP’s Chris Guy, House Dem campaign staffers Ann Schaeffer & Laurie Duszynski shiver Sunday night. pic.twitter.com/VfNmxjNNrm
 
 
Campaign staffers line up late Sunday at the St Bd of Elections to file nominating petitions at 8 am Monday. pic.twitter.com/3Jn4WV5SJ4
 
 
 
IL School Board Assoc. Annual Conf in Chicago- I participated on a panel re: our… http://ift.tt/1galFwz 
 
 
My buddies and I played at a fundraiser for our friend Joan Liston. A great com… http://ift.tt/1hcu31y 
 
 
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Get “In the Know” on Obamacare extension, powerful storms, a personal thanks and more! http://goo.gl/fb/4FE07 
 
 
Shout-out to those in line (outside!) waiting to file nominating petitions for elective office. Especially those in the cold in Springfield!
 
 
I wouldn’t dare! A special thanks 2 them! MT @pek3234: @RonSandack don’t forget those out in the cold, rain, etc. collecting signatures!
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
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Chicago Tribune – Found 2 hours agoDick Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White.
 
 
Springfield — Following devastating tornadoes and severe storms that raced across Illinois on Sunday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged residents to be on alert for home repair con artists looking to exploit homeowners and local businesses needing repairs due to storm-related destruction and damag…
 
 
 
Chicago TribuneRauner’s many million-dollar homesChicago TribuneHis chief rivals for the Republican nomination are expected to be state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and Bill Brady of Bloomington. On the campaign trail, Rauner talks up his outdoors lifestyle, and his campaign …
 
 
Progressive insurance CEO pushed to legalize marijuanaChicago Sun-TimesMAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio — Peter Lewis, who shepherded Progressive Corp. from a small-time operation to one of the largest auto insurers in the country and later became the billionaire backer of marijuana legalization, died Saturday. He was 80.
 
 
 
Fracking fears deserve extensive airingJacksonville Journal-CourierFracking, short for induced hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling technique in which water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected at high pressure into the ground to create fractures along which natural gas and oil can migrate to a well. … The group …State adds 3 hearings on fracking rulesSome unhappy with fracking regulations
 
 
Evanston PAC reaches halfway point in term limits pushDaily NorthwesternAn Evanston group in favor of term limits for Illinois lawmakers announced Thursday it has gathered more than half the signatures it needs to put the issue on the ballot next year. Headed by Republican gubernatorial candidate … The political action …
 
 
Medill Reports: ChicagoWhat does Chicago’s bad credit rating mean, and why should you care?Medill Reports: ChicagoSpeculation swirled Thursday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan may call lawmakers back for a special session starting Dec. 3 to address the pension crisis. Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, confirmed legislative leaders met last week to …
 
 
Clout contractor drops out of deal over IRS troublesChicago Sun-Times… Wednesday to the medical commission — a government agency run by the state of Illinois, Cook County and the city of Chicago — as it was preparing to sign a contract with his company for the project, a nine-acre office, retail and apartment …
 
 
State Rep. Leitch to host Medicare seminarsPeoria Journal StarDavid Leitch, R-Peoria, will host two seminars Nov. 14 at the Peoria Civic Center for retired state employees with questions about Medicare Advantage Plans. Janice Bonneville, deputy director of Central Management Services for the state, will speak at …
 
 
Jim Oberweis announces GOP U.S. Senate run, his wayChicago Sun-TimesMartin Sandoval (D-Chicago) to raise the speed limit on the state’s Interstate highways. He also argues that it’s time to retire his Democratic “career politician” opponent, who has spent “more than 30 years as a Washington insider.” “Some funny trivia …
 
 
Officials say it will be the first new domestic violence shelter built in Chicago in more than a decade. It will have two stories and 40 beds. Chicago Mayor Rahm …
 
 
 
I have sued DCFS more than a dozen times and have established, through federal court findings, that the state’s child-welfare system has a staggering rate of …
 
 
 
A statue honoring John M. Palmer, a Civil War general and governor of Illinois, is located on the southeast lawn of the Capitol. It’s one of 14 sculptures on the …
 
 
CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois’ economy posted the strongest growth in the Midwest for September and October, with a gain of …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Barack Obama’s home state is following the president’s lead on Obamacare by allowing health insurance companies to extend once-canceled policies that do not meet Obamacare standards, while other blue states are backing away. Last Friday, after a public…
 
 
 
 
 
But now, according to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s office, the cycle is beginning to shift in the other direction and payment delays are once again getting …
 
 
 
 
My alma mater @RonSandack: Packed house for 50th Anniversary celebration for Kingsley School in Downers Grove!”
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Last summer, in a little-publicized $311,000 consulting deal with the Illinois State Board of Education, former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas offered a financial blueprint to turn around the nearly bankrupt North Chicago school district. Teachers weren’t happy. To avert insolvency in North Chicago Community Unit District 187 by 2015, he recommended closing four schools and lay
 
 
Is that the next potential consequence of Obamacare? If you think the outcry over Obamacare is fierce now, wait until millions more Americans get blindsided by the news that they’re next into the exchanges.
 
 
.@KirkWessler: “Jim Thome. Baseball Hall of Famer. The votes have not yet been cast, but the countdown has begun.” http://bit.ly/1ehkERY 
 
 
Bloomington: Council to consider raising garbage rates http://bit.ly/1aKIS7m 
 
 
CHICAGO — The competition to host President Barack Obama’s presidential library intensified Sunday as the University of Illinois at Chicago announced its …
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn catches up with Dean and discusses the efforts being made to help victims of the tornado in Washington, IL, as well as the historic passing …
 
 
BROOKPORT, Ill. – At noon on Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will hold a news conference with Red Cross Regional CEO Cindy Erickson to provide an …
 
 
Peoria Heights formally begins discussion next week regarding medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers: http://bit.ly/18hy4zj 
 
 
Judge Scott Shore has a wealth of varied experience from 23 years … For the most part, justice is not delayed in downstate Illinois, though the massive Cook County court system is still working on this issue. Many jurisdictions have created …
 
 
 
The situation in Robbins is simply tragic. Whether it’s the unanswered questions regarding this sketchy quarry deal or the collapse of Robbins PD, the residents of Robbins deserve better. They need leaders that put the people first.Digging up Robbinswww.chicagotribune.comThe south suburb of Robbins usually makes headlines for one of two reasons: Either there’s a connection to hometown basketball s
 
 
 
IN the District: At the Illinois State Fairgrounds until Dec. 1st.Festival of Trees | Memorial Medical Center Foundationwww.memorialmedical.comThe Memorial Medical Center Foundation secures charitable gifts and provides grant funding to support patient care, education and research at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is scheduling three more public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas …
 
 
Join me tomorrow, November 24, from 1:30-3:00pm for a fundraiser in #Henry at Gi… http://ift.tt/17SUrKF 
 
 
Speaking in my area at the Chenoa Library 100 year anniversary today. http://ift.tt/InGF6N 
 
 
With Todd and Jamie at Meet and Greet in Roselle. http://ift.tt/17SUpTe 
 
 
When it comes to the holidays, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” according to the famous Andy Williams song. But for retailers, the holiday season means a lot more than holiday get-togethers, mistletoe and eggnog. To businesses, holidays are about sales.
 
 
It’s officially hunting season! Email your hunting photos to connect@kirkdillard… http://ift.tt/17JEpAx 
 
 
With Todd and Jamie at Meet and Greet in Roselle. http://ift.tt/17SUpTe 
 
 
Speaking in my area at the Chenoa Library 100 year anniversary today. http://ift.tt/InGF6N 
 
 
Join me tomorrow, November 24, from 1:30-3:00pm for a fundraiser in #Henry at Gi… http://ift.tt/17SUrKF 
 
 
A Yale University political science student from a Chicago suburb says he’s still in a “state of shock” after being named one of 32 Americans selected as a 2014 Rhodes Scholar.
 
 
Democrat Evans to challenge Davidsmeyer for state rep seatJacksonville Journal CourierJosh Evans, 26, will run as a Democrat in the election next fall and will challenge Republican C.D. Davidsmeyer. Evans’ stop in Jacksonville was part of a string of appearances leading up to a campaign kickoff event Friday in Carrollton. Evans grew up …
 
 
Listen to Rep. Sullivan on WGN-AM (720) on “The Sunday Spin” with Rick Pearson @8:30am. This fine morning.
 
 
InOttawa.com – Found 2 hours agoDuring the six years Pat Quinn has been governor of Illinois, he has managed to give away more than half a billion dollars in tax breaks to favored
 
 
Southeast Side residents protesting piles of pet coke along the Calumet River. (Credit: John Waelti) CHICAGO (CBS) — Protesters gathered on the southeast side today. Their target? Piles of refinery ash sitting along the Calumet River. [cbs-audio url=http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/mp3_bc-wav-carts-pet-coke-w2.mp3 size=340px download=false name=”Southeast Side Residents Protest P
 
 
Jacque “Captain Jac” Mitchell, long-time fishing columnist for the Osceola News-Gazette and a professional guide, passed away early Saturday at his …
 
 
#Iran deal includes $400mil tuition assist 4 Iranian students; urge POTUS to make contingent on #Bahais being allowed to attend universities
 
 
That first half was brutal for the Bears … and the referees.
 
 
Great fundraiser at Bears v. Rams game. Thank you to our Metro-East supporters for all your help to #MakeILworkagain pic.twitter.com/FhgHbTp76F
 
 
Clean hit, obvious sack by rams. Really bad call leads to td. Tough break.
 
 
Today’s lessons: These refs should be retired. Chris Conti takes bad angles, always. Michael Bush is awful in the red zone. No run D 4 Bears
 
 
That didn’t go well. Thankfully Lions lost & maybe the Viking will do us a favor & beat the Pack. This ain’t your father’s black & blue div.
 
 
My Lt Gov Steve Kim will be filing our petitions to run for Gov tomorrow in Spfld, collected 1000’s more than max allowed to file #twill
 
 
SPAY Illinois to offer low cost pet vaccinationsSuburban Life PublicationsComments (…) Text Size: AaAaAaAaAa. WHEATON – SPAY Illinois will offer a low-cost pet vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Barking Lot at 2201 Gary Ave. in Wheaton, according to a news release from the nonprofit. The clinic will …
 
 
State board of education redraws regional office map, but local office not …Paxton RecordSangamon County Regional Superintendent Jeff Vose was among the school leaders who spoke Friday. Vose said he supported adding Menard County to Sangamon’s office, but he said it would be burdensome to add three more counties. The board later …
 
 
Beiser Supports Small Business Saturday … be preparing for the peak of their holiday shopping season and State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) wants to …
 
 
November 23, 2013 (CHICAGO) — One of the central Illinois towns hit hard by last week’s tornadoes was well represented at this year’s Magnificent Mile Light’s Festival. “A lot of people were actually in shock that the small town of Coal City actually got …
 
 
North Shore Congressman tells north suburban chambers of commerce his views on Affordable Care Act, how they are important to economic growth.
 
 
Medical marijuana is no longer an “if” in Illinois, leading some local leaders to begin debating one of the next natural questions: Where? http://bit.ly/1ehlZbI
 
 
Senator Mulroe announcing raffle winners at the Lawrence Avenue Corridor Holiday… http://ift.tt/1jypWK9 
 
 
Capping what turned out to be a busy weekend, the Cardinals signed free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a four-year deal on Sunday.
 
 
The Oct. 29 article “Campaign calls for graduated income tax in Illinois” shows how the big-government group called A Better Illinois is trying to dupe Illinoisans into supporting another income tax increase. The group is falsely labeling
 
 
Thanks to the Granite City Santa’s Holiday Avenue Committee for another great ev… http://ift.tt/1jypV8S 
 
 
Senator Mulroe and Alderman Arena at the Lawrence Avenue Corridor Holiday Festival http://ift.tt/1jypX0p 
 
 
Kirk on the campaign trail via Instagram ift.tt/180CBQM
 
 
Springfield woman arrested at WalmartThe State Journal-RegisterA Springfield woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly shoplifted items from the Dirksen Parkway Walmart and pepper sprayed a store employee who tried to stop her, a Springfield police report said. Kavitha Rose, 26, of the 2200 block of Ramsey …
 
 
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say an East St. Louis weekend gun exchange rounded up 130 guns. Saturday’s event allowed the first 100 people to get $100 grocery store gift cards. All 100 of the gift cards were gone about an hour after the event started. Officials say the guns were allowed to be turned in with no questions asked. St. Clair County Richard Watson says the event was a succ
 
 
“Dr. Stewart is an educator who has dedicated her professional career to the vision of the IASA, which is ‘Maximum Educational Success for All Students,’” IASA …
 
 
 
Thanks to the Granite City Santa’s Holiday Avenue Committee for another great event!Granite City Holiday Avenue Parade 2013
 
 
Senator Mulroe and Alderman Arena at the Lawrence Avenue Corridor Holiday Festival
 
 
 
Political pressures impacted state health exchangeBelleville News DemocratSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Most states led by Democratic governors are running their own health insurance marketplaces as part of the Affordable Care Act, but not Illinois. The 2014 elections are among the reasons keeping legislators in President Barack …
 
 
Rick talks with Republican State Representative Ed Sullivan about why he supports the recently signed gay marriage bill. State Rep. Ed Sullivan on The Sunday Spin
 
 
Question: How does a case become a law, and be posted in a law book?
 
 
Illinois has the most disproportionate rate of black-to-white prisoners serving #LWOP for nonviolent offenses: 33-1: https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/111213a-lwop-complete-report.pdf …
 
 
A great look at the holiday decorating contest for Sherman Homecoming in today’s SJ-R, including Mayor Clatfelter.Holiday decorating contest to benefit return of Sherman Homecomingwww.sj-r.comSHERMAN — Tracy Shaw-Peterman remembers the Sherman Homecoming as a fun, family event when she was a child. The hope is that the defunct festival can be resurrected with the help of funds raised during a holi
 
 
Term limits and the need for Illinois to pass a referendum restricting lawmakers to eight years in office was the topic of discussion at a rally held in Elmhurst Saturday afternoon, featuring radio talk show host Joe Walsh and GOP…
 
 
Governor Quinn this weekend announced the opening of the Washington Multi-Agency Resource Center for victims of last Sunday’s tornadoes. For more information, visit: http://goo.gl/M3gFrs Our crews will be back on Monday to continue assisting with debris removal in Washington.Governor Quinn Announces Opening of Washington Multi-Agency Resource Centergoo.glCenter Offers Disaster Information, Assista
 
 
Illinois Young Republicans picked Kristin McCarter (second from right) as new chairman BOLINGBROOK – Saturday, the Federation of Illinois Young Republicans elected their new leadership team at their biennial convention. Interim chair Kristin McCarter of Naperville was elected to a…
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – If state lawmakers thought the gay marriage issue would go away after it passed the Illinois House and Governor Quinn signed it into law last week, they’re mistaken. There are at least three more decisions concerning the concept…
 
 
Politics & Health Insurance in IllinoisCBS LocalSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Most states led by Democratic governors are running their own health insurance marketplaces as part of the Affordable Care Act, but not Illinois. The 2014 elections are among the reasons keeping legislators in President Barack …
 
 
“@billjcameron: Miss Harold Washington? He died 26 yrs ago tomorrow. Hear him again on #connected2chicago today at noon @wlsam890” #twill
 
 
Two college students with Chicago-area connections have earned 2014 Rhodes scholarships — including the son of an Oak Brook man who was a key figure in the probe of Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. Vinay Nayak, a former White House intern who attends Yale University, and Samuel Martin Greene, a University of Chicago student, both earned what is the mo
 
 
Illinois House Republican Caucus Blog: Washington Multi-Agency Resource Center for Tornad… http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/11/washington-multi-agency-resource-center.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Listen to me on WGN-AM (720) on “The Sunday Spin” with Rick Pearson @8:30am this fine morning.
 
 
Chris Long v. Kyle Long is different than the Manning brothers’ battle. Mannings’ weren’t trying to rip each other’s heads off #linemenfight
 
 
Bea is staring at me willing me to take her to the beach. @chicagotribune: Temperatures to stay in teens, 20s today http://trib.in/1jxKOku 
 
 
Lots of discussion in @Suntimes about criminal justice reform & whether strategies working. Provokes good faith evaluation going forward.
 
 
LIVE: State Representative @EdSullivanforIL is in-studio to talk about same-sex marriage and pension reform. http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
CHART OF THE WEEK: The Education Funding Advisory Committee meets again a week from tomorrow on December 2nd in… http://fb.me/6EBg4L4Up 
 
 
County-OK’d ROE plans get state go aheadMcDonough VoiceAccording to John Meixner, superintendent for Regional Office of Eduction #26, which includes McDonough and Hancock counties, the Illinois State Board of Education met in Chicago on Friday to accept the plan. The plan reduces the state’s 45 ROE’s to 35.
 
 
The future of higher education depends on it. Jeffrey Brown and Avijit Ghosh are professors of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
 
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ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
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The historic Anvil Club in East Dundee officially belongs to Tom Roeser, president and chief executive officer of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Roeser, who is partnering with East Dundee to breathe new life into its downtown, officially completed the transaction Thursday, acquiring the 57-year-old supper club and buying out its 20 shareholders. “This is an important investment, and Dan

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danielbiss: Nice reminder of why I read my tweets a couple times before posting RT Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care
RepChrisWelch: The work of my Maywood Library Advisory Committee was intense but productive today. We meet again on 12/7.
KirkDillard: It’s officially hunting season! Email your hunting photos to connect@kirkdillard.com before midnight Tuesday for …
RutherfordDan: Join me tomorrow, Nov 24, from 1:30-3pm for a fundraiser in at Gibson’s Grill, 420 E Park Row. Tix & Info:
cljmitchell: Manny Pacquiao is giving brandon rios a boxing lesson. Yikes.
SenatorKirk: Senate must enact bipartisan legislation to impose new sanctions if undermines deal or dismantlement of nuke pgm not underway in 6 mo.
SenatorKirk: Deal appears to give billions in exchange for cosmetic concessions that don’t fully freeze or significantly roll back nuclear program.
RepSchneider: Will wait to see details to judge deal but my position remains the same: Iran must abandon nuclear weapon programs before sanction relief.
RepChrisWelch: We had a pretty intense but productive Maywood Library Advisory Committee meeting today. We will…
ILGAConnected: Governor Quinn Announces Opening of Washington Multi-Agency Resource Center – Center Offers Disaster Informatio…
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SenatorKirk: Deal appears to give billions in exchange for cosmetic concessions that don’t fully freeze or significantly roll back nuclear program.
Deal appears to give #Iran billions in exchange for cosmetic concessions that don’t fully freeze or significantly roll back nuclear program.
rap30: Up and at ’em for . Come join us at 7a on 720 as we chat about the politics of the day.
Up and at ’em for @SundaySpin. Come join us at 7a on @WGNRadio 720 as we chat about the politics of the day.
Mike Frerichs, Democrat for IL State Treasurer
I was honored to join 5/3 Bank employees and their families at Union Station in Chicago today to pay my respects to veterans and active duty service members. Happy Veterans Day!
In Illinois, District Offices Leap Into Tornado Recovery Efforts – Roll Call
Roll CallIn Illinois, District Offices Leap Into Tornado Recovery EffortsRoll CallAaron Schock, who lives in nearby Peoria, Ill., heard the news of the destruction from his church pew. He left Sundayservices and quickly headed down the road to Washington, Ill., where his constituents were emerging from the basements of their homes …Schock: Warning system saved lives in IllinoisRep. Schock (Ill.
Kankakee County crafting long-range transportation plan
With two major highway projects facing Kankakee County, the next long-range transportation plan likely will be one of the most critical officials have crafted.
Village leaders to discuss where marijuana can be grown, sold
The reality of the act’s intentions, however, remains months away from that official date. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will …
Our Opinion: Rejuvenate horse-racing industry in Illinois – The State Journal-Register
Our Opinion: Rejuvenate horse-racing industry in IllinoisThe State Journal-RegisterThe event had a reputation for attracting the sport’s top horses, including Muscle Hill, North America’s 2009 Horse of the Year, which won the race in 2009. Purses at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield have continued to shrink through the years …
Erickson: Do personal finances affect the election? – The Southern
Erickson: Do personal finances affect the election?The SouthernBut if a candidate gives himself more than $250,000, the caps are removed for all of the candidates seeking that particular office, including fellow Republicans Bill Brady of Bloomington, Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and Dan Rutherford of Chenoa. As of …
Number of diabetes cases on the rise in Illinois – Northwest Herald
Number of diabetes cases on the rise in IllinoisNorthwest HeraldAll Mike Tryon had to eat during a Huntley business expo in 2005 was three tacos dressed with some cilantro and onion – an innocent meal that he thought posed no risk. But a few hours later, the Republican state representative from Crystal Lake stopped …
Holiday decorating contest to benefit return of Sherman Homecoming
SHERMAN — Tracy Shaw-Peterman remembers the Sherman Homecoming as a fun, family event when she was a child. The hope is that the defunct festival can be resurrected with the help of funds raised during a holiday-light decorating contest now in progress. Proceeds from Light up the Village sponsored by the newly established Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce will benefit efforts to bring back th
Franks proposes gun bill
Jack Franks, D-Marengo, lowers to 18 the age that parental permission is required as a condition for obtaining a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.
Finke: Quinn stretches to limits
But there are limits to how far you can stretch Pat Quinn. So in this case, Quinn’s office said, he used his full name — Patrick Joseph Quinn — to stretch things out …
Bernard Schoenburg: Monday filing kicks off 2014 election season
Petitions filed with the State Board of Elections by a candidate for public office in 2009 are stacked on a table at the Board of Elections office. Shannon …
Bob Heisse: Volunteers drive SJ-R’s Friend-in-Deed assistance …
Each weekday for most of this month, a group of volunteers has been spending mornings at The State Journal-Register, reviewing and verifying assistance …
Letter: Treat public workers fairly in Illinois pension reform
Passing an extreme measure would devastate Illinois’ hardworking public employees … Leaders would do better to throw their support behind Senate Bill 2404, …
Andy Shaw: The challenge of watching and working with government
Garrett said elected officials convicted in corruption cases at any level of government in Illinois should automatically lose their taxpayer-supported pensions.
Illinois Sees Job Creation
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. Illinois’ unemployment rate is down. … last two months, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Friday.
Illinois prisons preparing policy for same-sex marriage
Pat Quinn made Illinois the 16th state to allow gays to marry one another during a bill-signing event in Chicago, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of …
State and Local Public Pension Plans: Is the Crisis Over – or Has it …
MuniNet: According to the report, Illinois is “at the top of the heap” when it comes to severe unresolved pension issues.” Are the state’s pension challenges …
Illinois shoots down so-called tax loopholes; Kankakee impact unclear
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a controversial business … The court said the legislative intent of the state’s sales-tax law was to give cities …
Chicago could add e-cigarettes to city smoking ban
More than 20 other states have done the same. Chicago’s crackdown is paired with another ordinance to be introduced next week that would prohibit the sale of …
Amid the messes, a lesson from Obamacare, Ventra
By Greg Hinz November 25, 2013. -. When it comes to disasters, no one bellyflops quite as loudly as the government. Lindsay Lohan may have gone through …
robisu: Cubs blowing off Central Illinois looks worse after the recent tornados…
@dtwmbd Cubs blowing off Central Illinois looks worse after the recent tornados…#noclass
dadeWICD: ICYMI: Illinois Lt. Governor Simon was in Gifford Friday, and spoke to me live on our midday newscast.
ICYMI: Illinois Lt. Governor Simon was in Gifford Friday, and spoke to me live on our midday newscast. http://wicd15.com/news/top-stories/stories/lt-governor-simon-visits-gifford-friday-8984.shtml …
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Economy Posts Strongest Growth in the Midwest – State Gains 25,000 Jobs During September and October
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois’ economy posted the strongest growth in the Midwest for September and October, with a gain of more than 25,000 jobs over the two-month period. Illinois reported significant employment gains for both months, while every other Midwestern state lost jobs or barely registered growth in September. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the opening of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Washington to make it easier for people affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes to access disaster-related relief services and information. The MARC will …
Chicago police officer indicted, quits force
CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago Police lieutenant resigned from the force after federal prosecutors charged him with taking part in a mortgage fraud scheme.
SenatorKirk: Now thru Tues, Washington has "one-stop shop" for 20+ state/local agencies to assist w/ tornado recovery.
Now thru Tues, Washington #Illinois has "one-stop shop" for 20+ state/local agencies to assist w/ tornado recovery.http://bit.ly/1fwzSGv
capitolfax: A bigtime donation from has helped push our grand total for tornado relief to $6,679. Thanks to all!
A bigtime donation from @RepLouLang has helped push our grand total for tornado relief to $6,679. Thanks to all!http://www.crowdrise.com/tornadoreliefci/fundraiser/richmiller1 …
BruceRauner: Met some new supporters on way in to an event. Folks love our message and are ready to
Met some new supporters on way in to an event. Folks love our message and are ready to #BringBackILpic.twitter.com/1kxS8eQWJ8
saukvalley: Congratulations to the Newman Comets on the 14-0 win today over Mercer County. The win advances Newman to the state championship in DeKalb.
Congratulations to the Newman Comets on the 14-0 win today over Mercer County. The win advances Newman to the state championship in DeKalb.
KirkDillard: Back in Co. for the Warren Township Organization’s Luau & Pig Roast. Thank you WTRO for all that you do!
Back in #Lake Co. for the Warren Township #GOP Organization’s Luau & Pig Roast. Thank you WTRO for all that you do!pic.twitter.com/lYVNIF5OsB
tomdemmer: Noooo : Derrick Rose’s MRI confirms medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery:
Noooo @chicagobulls: Derrick Rose’s MRI confirms medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery:http://bit.ly/19RGWFy
SenatorKirk: Charles on Iran negotiations: "France called it a ‘sucker’s deal.’ France was being charitable."
Charles @Krauthammer on Iran negotiations: "France called it a ‘sucker’s deal.’ France was being charitable."http://wapo.st/18WSdVF
Rose Has Meniscus Tear, Out Indefinitely
Bulls Release on Derrick Rose Injury DERRICK ROSE INJURY UPDATE Bulls guard Derrick Rose sustained an injury to his right knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery. Rose is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip.
Mayor says Peoria will honor Thome when ‘time is right’
Thome grew up in Peoria and played at Limestone High School and Illinois Central College before launching a major-league career that saw him hit more than …
rap30: The most wonderful time of the year. Watching parade of tow trucks headed to impound before kickoff of Mag Mile Lights Fest.
The most wonderful time of the year. Watching parade of tow trucks headed to impound before kickoff of Mag Mile Lights Fest.
ofadam: Home delivery of the Journal Star has been affected by Sunday’s tornado devastation:
Home delivery of the Journal Star has been affected by Sunday’s tornado devastation: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131122/NEWS/131129741 …
$15 million awarded in childbirth death lawsuit
CHICAGO — Jurors have awarded a $15 million settlement to the husband of a suburban Chicago high school teacher who died while giving birth. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/18eu7LA ) that the wrongful death lawsuit accused …
RepCheri: Thanks to all who came to our economic summit yesterday or watched online & submitted questions!
Thanks to all who came to our economic summit yesterday or watched online & submitted questions! http://bit.ly/1bZ2GEf
RonSandack: Lousy football teams tend to make lousy plays. Yes, there is a direct and unmistakable correlation.
Lousy football teams tend to make lousy plays. Yes, there is a direct and unmistakable correlation. #obviousfactsarefunfacts
RutherfordDan: Off to for private home Meet & Greet; lots of support in the area
Off to #Roselle for private home Meet & Greet; lots of support in the area
RonSandack: And the mistake prone football continues. This Purdue v. Illinois game is the very definition of misery.
And the mistake prone football continues. This Purdue v. Illinois game is the very definition of misery.
RutherfordDan: Speaking my area Chenoa library 100 year anniversary
Speaking my area Chenoa library 100 year anniversarypic.twitter.com/c2YFPmhMGn
Why Chicago’s history of black business success is fading – Crain’s Chicago Business
Why Chicago’s history of black business success is fadingCrain’s Chicago BusinessLeft to right: Former Crain’s 40 Under 40 honorees Ed Gardner (1993) and Oprah Winfrey (1989); Ariel Investments LLC founder and CEO John Rogers Jr. Black leadership is equally hard to find in other key Chicago industries, such as commercial real …
For first time in 20 years, Lombard Village Board votes to freeze property taxes
LOMBARD – Thursday night, the Lombard Village Board gave final approval to its 2014 property tax levy, freezing property taxes for the first time in over 20 years in the Lilac Village. The freeze was introduced by Trustee Peter Breen,…
Photos: Inside Chicago’s tech incubator 1871 — Chicago Tribune
Jennifer Wright (cq) (left) and Kori Bertun (cq) have a conversation at 1871 inside Chicago’s Merchandise Mart on Friday, November 22, 2013. (Chris Sweda/ …
Hull, Scheelhaase lead Illinois over Purdue 20-16
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Steve Hull caught a career-high 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns to help Illinois defeat Purdue 20-16 on Saturday afternoon. Nathan Scheelhaase completed 24 of 30 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Ferguson …
Good news: Ventra should be running smoothly by year’s end, a top official told…
Good news: Ventra should be running smoothly by year’s end, a top official told the Tribune.Ventra ‘on track,’ vendor sayswww.chicagotribune.comThe CTA ‘s trouble-plagued new Ventra fare system should be running smoothly by year’s end, a top official of the California firm that built it predicted in an interview with the Tribune.
Illinois School Makes Obama Bio Required Reading … For 9 Year …
Obama Bio, Required Reading, Tells Fourth-Graders That White Americans Are Racists. " Some parents in Dupo, Ill. are not happy that a biography of President …
Why This Gay Person Isn’t Psyched About Marriage Equality in Illinois – PolicyMic
Progress IllinoisWhy This Gay Person Isn’t Psyched About Marriage Equality in IllinoisPolicyMicI remember the first time I realized that the world saw getting gay-married as different from getting married-married. I was maybe four or five, eating kid-food at my kitchen table, when I overheard my mom talking about getting married. It was all …Could gay inmates in state wed?Gay marriage movement a
Transportation projects scheduled in Rock Island, Henry counties
Transportation projects scheduled in Rock Island, Henry counties: Capital investments of more than $1.8 million for construction projects in Rock Island and Henry counties are ready to go, acc…
Catholic Schools Collecting Donations for Illinois Parish – The Missourian
Catholic Schools Collecting Donations for Illinois ParishThe MissourianLocal Catholic schools and parishes are collecting donations to aid the many families in St. Patrick School and Church in Washington, Ill., who lost everything when an EF4 tornado ripped through their community last Sunday. “It’s a Washington to …
Detainee Who Escaped From Gary Police Turns Self In
GARY, Ind. (CBS) — An inmate who escaped from Gary Police turned himself in Saturday afternoon, according to a Gary Police spokesperson. On Friday, officers were moving Jamal Haskins, 21, from court to a van to take him to jail when he broke out of his handcuffs. Two officers were hurt in the scuffle. A judge had ordered Haskins to get treatment at a mental health facility.
Schneider Bill Helps Small Business
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) told a gathering of North Shore Chambers of Commerce Friday in Lake Forest how his new bill will help small business stimulate the economy. Schneider introduced the Learning Education Achieving and Retraining fo
Boot camp less effective than prison for gun offenders: study
Gun offenders sentenced to boot camp are more likely to be rearrested than those sent to prison, a new analysis suggests.
Roskam hosts women’s forum in West Chicago – Suburban Life Publications
Roskam hosts women’s forum in West ChicagoSuburban Life Publications… policy and advocacy director at Chicago’s Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), provided the keynote speech about human trafficking in the Chicago area at a women’s forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Illinois, Nov. 16 in West Chicago.
rap30: Your is trying to dodge the visitors to the Mag Mile Lights Festl. I know Mickey Mouse is here, but there’s plenty of Goofy.
Your @SundaySpin is trying to dodge the visitors to the Mag Mile Lights Festl. I know Mickey Mouse is here, but there’s plenty of Goofy.
Lombard names Scott Niehaus as next village manager
LOMBARD – The Village of Lombard named current Tinley Park Village Manager Scott R. Niehaus as its next village manager this week.
Illinois South Resistance to host open house
MAKANDA — Illinois South Resistance protects soil, air and water through non-violent direct action against fossil fuel extrac-tion. ISR will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Tou…
GovernorQuinn: Best of luck to , & all of our high school football teams hitting the field in today’s semifinals.
Best of luck to @wchs_dist308, @SHGCyclones & all of our #IL high school football teams hitting the field in today’s @IHSA_IL semifinals.
Illinois Man Proposes Marriage To Boyfriend With Full-Page Ad – On …
After Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that makes Illinois the 16th state to legalize gay marriage, Mark Wathen proposed marriage to his boyfriend with a …
Can Rauner beat long odds facing millionaire candidates?
With the exception of former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, the Illinois Republican who self-financed his campaign and spent one term in Washington — a good number of millionaire statewide candidates who attempted to fund their own campaigns, in whole or in part, have suffered sound defeats.
Our View: Rockford Transformation starts with end to public feuds
14 at Ellis Elementary School in Rockford. The attributes of a few top U.S. cities will be reviewed, and Rockford will be measured against them. The aim is to …
ChrisWelch_JD: I’m getting ready to convene the first meeting of my Maywood Library Advisory committee. Our one goal…
I’m getting ready to convene the first meeting of my Maywood Library Advisory committee. Our one goal… http://instagram.com/p/hD4JvGQscR/
RepBerrios: Thank you to everyone who tweeted at and about yesterday’s conference.
Thank you to everyone who tweeted at and about yesterday’s #ILLCF13 conference. @kylehillman @MunozTweet @EFSpangler
mjzalewski: I just donated to Tornado Relief CI. Please check out this amazing cause right now.
I just donated to Tornado Relief CI. Please check out this amazing cause right now. http://fw.to/ip2vBFl
danielbiss: Possible failure of imagination here? RT It’s 9:39 in the morning and I’ve already felt the full range of human emotion.
Possible failure of imagination here? RT @sportswithjohn It’s 9:39 in the morning and I’ve already felt the full range of human emotion.
capitolfax: We raised another $1,000 overnight for Washingtong, IL-tornado victims. Special thanks to !!!
We raised another $1,000 overnight for Washingtong, IL-tornado victims. Special thanks to @MJzalewski!!! http://www.crowdrise.com/tornadoreliefci/fundraiser/richmiller1 …
KirkDillard: Speaking in to a great group of Young Republicans. Nice way to start the day!
Speaking in #Bolingbrook to a great group of Young Republicans. Nice way to start the day! pic.twitter.com/6t1GdQQsbI
RonSandack: Illinois v. Purdue. One lousy football team will get its first Big Ten conference win.
Illinois v. Purdue. One lousy football team will get its first Big Ten conference win.
RonSandack: Tim Beckman is 5-17 in two seasons as the Illini head coach with ZERO Big Ten wins.
Tim Beckman is 5-17 in two seasons as the Illini head coach with ZERO Big Ten wins. #masteredfailure
GovernorQuinn: Best of luck to , & all of our high school football teams hitting the field in today’s semifinals.
Best of luck to @wchs_dist308, @SHGCyclones & all of our #IL high school football teams hitting the field in today’s @IHSA_IL semifinals.
Illinois alums and expats host happy hour for tornado relief tonight
On Sunday, Tornadoes with winds up to 190 miles per hour swept through Illinois, leaving a wide path of destruction and killing six people. Today, a group of Prairie State expats and alumni groups are coming together at Capitol Hill’s Union Pub to raise …
Illinois-based firm buys Gold’N Plump company
St. Cloud’s GNP, which will operate as a separate unit, is not expecting to shed workers or growers. “It is business as usual.” The St. Cloud-based chicken company behind the Gold’n Plump brand — owned by the same family for 87 years …
High cost of corporate welfare in Illinois
During the six years Pat Quinn has been governor of Illinois, he has managed to give away more than half a billion dollars in tax breaks to favored corporations. Mind you, this is the same administration that
A Bradley University alum hits it big on TV, landing a major role in a new serie…
A Bradley University alum hits it big on TV, landing a major role in a new series with Kirstie Alley. http://bit.ly/18eyDd3
IDPH Urges Smokers to "Do It For One Day"
THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT WAS THURSDAY AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS URGING SMOKERS TO “DO IT FOR ONE DAY.” PUBLIC HEALTH’S CONNIE MOODY SAYS THE EVENT IS A GREAT TIME TO TRY KICKING THE HABIT…AND POINTS …
Chicago nonprofit gets funds to train farmers
A Chicago nonprofit group is getting a $300,000 grant to equip and train up to 50 local urban farmers.
Coast Guard delivering Christmas trees to Chicago
The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to set sail on a special holiday mission with historical roots. A crew is scheduled on Monday to load 1,220 Christmas trees aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. The ice cutter will then travel from its homeport of Cheboygan down Lake Michigan to Chicago.
Twitter Reaction to Rose Knee Injury
Reaction to Derrick Rose’s knee injury on Friday night was widespread across Twitter. From fans to media to his fellow NBA brethren, concern for the Chicago Bulls guard was expressed by everyone, especially considering the former MVP is coming off an 18-month layoff after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs. Rose had been struggling to regain his form during his first 10 game
The governor Pat Quinn is here at the Speak up and Speak out He cares about these people that have disabilities
The governor Pat Quinn is here at the Speak up and Speak out He cares about these people that have disabilities – 999409_613208665383913_46461423_n.jpg
Illinois GOP candidates rarely pay their way to office – Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois GOP candidates rarely pay their way to officeChicago Sun-TimesPeter Fitzgerald — the Illinois Republican who self-financed his campaign and spent one term in Washington — a good number of millionaire statewide candidates who attempted to fund their own campaigns, in whole or in part, have suffered sound defeats.
Thanksgiving obituary hours
The Southern Illinoisan will accept obituaries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, for publication in the Thanksgiving Day paper and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, for publication in th…
Truax talks with Illinoisans devastated by ObamaCare health care plan overhaul
DOWNERS GROVE – U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax hosts Illinoisans who have found ObamaCare to be unaffordable and not the insurance plan they wanted, like the President promised. Truax works in the insurance industry, and intends to make ObamaCare an…
Cook County reaches milestone in Medicaid sign-ups
The head of Cook County’s health care system says the effort to provide insurance coverage to low-income adults in the county’s early expansion of Medicaid has reached a milestone.
Looking Back: JFK in Springfield – Wics.com
John Kennedy made three trips to Springfield. The first was in 1959 as a U.S. senator, speaking at t.
Rauner Gets Major Boost In Fundraising – WNIJ and WNIU
Alton Daily NewsRauner Gets Major Boost In FundraisingWNIJ and WNIUBy Amanda Vinicky. Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner continues to rake in major contributions since he lifted Illinois’ new campaign finance cap last week. While Rauner’s opponents are freed from caps as well, he’s the been the only one to …Candidate Rakes In Second $250k Contribution … This Week
Consolidation costs region school official
The consolidation impacts one local regional office of education. Jefferson County was consolidated into Clinton/Marion/Washington Regional Office of …
Eureka College freezes tuition for 2014-15
President David Arnold said the decision was made because of Illinois’ slow … Illinois private colleges “allows us to provide a private liberal arts education to a …
Sales tax income slips in Bloomington, rises in Normal
BLOOMINGTON — Retail sales in Bloomington began the year on a slightly downward trend, leading to an expected decrease in sales tax revenue for the city as it faces mounting budget needs. At t…
Excited about our state convention today! We have Joe Walsh, IL GOP Chairman Jack Dorgan, and candidates State Senator Kirk Dillard (Governor), Bruce Rauner (Governor), State Senator Bill Brady (Governor), State Senator Jim Oberweis (US Senate), Mike Webster (IL Secretary of State), Doug Truax (US Senate), and Steve Kim (Lt. Governor). State board elections and a straw poll will end the day.
kirkjim12: Sun-Times sues UNO over records – Chicago Sun-Times via
Sun-Times sues UNO over records – Chicago Sun-Timeshttp://www.suntimes.com/23910438-761/sun-times-sues-uno-over-records.html … via @suntimes
Zorn: At last, someone stands up to the filibuster bullies
A Tribune editorial Friday predicted that in backing a rules change in the U.S. Senate to weaken the filibuster, President Barack Obama squandered "any prospect of finding bipartisan agreement on a legislative agenda."
Emanuel changes digital billboard sites
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to change where digital billboards can be put up along Chicago expressways, even as state officials have raised questions about …
Harness racing: Time winding down on horse racing legislation – Kankakee Daily Journal
Harness racing: Time winding down on horse racing legislationKankakee Daily Journal"Cautiously optimistic" would be the words I and others involved in the Illinois harness racing industry feel about the chances to open the 2014 season in early February with a schedule comparable to this year. Earlier this week, an agreement was …
CU a premiere site for Ebert documentary
A new documentary about late legendary film critic Roger Ebert will premiere early next year in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles … and Champaign-Urbana.
ILGAConnected: ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report
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Illinois State Police website provides template for firearms sign
Q. Our association is in the process of developing rules prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms. What is the requirement for the sign that we will be required to display?
Rauner Raking In Big Donor Cash
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from big-money donors. Political Scientist Kent Redfield from the U of I Springfield says there’s no doubt the cash infusion has other candidates nervo…
News-Gazette sports writers need to grow up
Is News-Gazette sports run by vindictive third-graders? In the Nov. 16 paper, Matt Daniels blames losing basketball recruit Cliff Alexander on Chicago, Jerrance Howard and Alexander’s girlfriend. Really? read more
United Healthcare hopes to enroll retirees
With just weeks remaining for state of Illinois retirees to enroll in new Medicare Advantage health plans, the single insurer available to thousands of Carle Physician Group patients who want to keep their doctors is better known in areas outside East Central Illinois, a company executive says. But possibly not for long. CHAMPAIGN — With just weeks remaining for state of Illinois retirees to
State announces funding for UI, Parkland projects
The state this week announced about $2 million of funding for University of Illinois and Parkland College construction projects. The projects are part of the state’s capital construction program, called Illinois Jobs Now!, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board. read more

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Illinois State Police website provides template for firearms sign Q. Our association is in the process of developing rules prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms. What is the requirement for the sign that we will be required to display?
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Rauner Raking In Big Donor Cash Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from big-money donors. Political Scientist Kent Redfield from the U of I Springfield says there’s no doubt the cash infusion has other candidates nervo…

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News-Gazette sports writers need to grow up Is News-Gazette sports run by vindictive third-graders? In the Nov. 16 paper, Matt Daniels blames losing basketball recruit Cliff Alexander on Chicago, Jerrance Howard and Alexander’s girlfriend. Really? read more

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United Healthcare hopes to enroll retirees With just weeks remaining for state of Illinois retirees to enroll in new Medicare Advantage health plans, the single insurer available to thousands of Carle Physician Group patients who want to keep their doctors is better known in areas outside East Central Illinois, a company executive says. But possibly not for long. CHAMPAIGN — With just weeks remaining for state of Illinois retirees to

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State announces funding for UI, Parkland projects The state this week announced about $2 million of funding for University of Illinois and Parkland College construction projects. The projects are part of the state’s capital construction program, called Illinois Jobs Now!, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board. read more

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State Changes Map Of Regional Offices Of Education | Illinois Public … The Illinois State Board of Education has redrawn the map of regional education offices to meet a deadline set by the Legislature. The board voted Friday after …

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Springfield Teacher Attempts World Record Climb A Springfield School District 186 teacher is trying to break the world record of stair … Justin Stewart, a 26-year-old physical education teacher, will try to surpass …

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New CEO for 1871 technology hub at Merchandise Mart Howard Tullman — a serial entrepreneur, venture investor, one of Chicago’s … vocational school Tribeca Flashpoint Academy — will become the new CEO of the … best-connected entrepreneur you’ve never heard of,” told the Sun-Times that …

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Illinoisans urged to think fire safety on holiday – Belleville News Democrat Illinoisans urged to think fire safety on holidayBelleville News DemocratSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Thanksgiving is the day of the year when the most home cooking fires occur, and the Illinois state fire marshal is urging people to be safe in the kitchen next week. In particular, fire officials are warning of the danger of turkey …

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Starved Rock area residents resistant to sand mines "We really need something that’s going to be permanent." The geology of the Starved Rock area, some 95 miles from Chicago, includes coal deposits, silica …

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Jim Dey: Can pension dream become pension deal? – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette Jim Dey: Can pension dream become pension deal?Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteThe four House and Senate legislative leaders — Speaker Madigan, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno — also have been meeting in strict secrecy. When and if they …

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Rep. Feigenholtz collecting holiday food donations for Lakeview Pantry – ChicagoPride.com Rep. Feigenholtz collecting holiday food donations for Lakeview PantryChicagoPride.comSara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) is helping collect food to help benefit the Lakeview Pantry East this holiday season. "The last few years have been tough for many local families," Feigenholtz said. "The economy has put a strain on food pantries at a time …

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Appeals court raps Chicago lawyer A Chicago attorney who accused an appellate court of "hypocrisy" received an unusual public rebuke from the judicial panel last week when it issued an opinion …

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Some question whether Daley serious about Lake Calumet Airport The project passed the Illinois House on the third try but was rejected by the Senate. When that happened, Daley declared the project "Dead, dead, dead.".

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Few Civil Unions In Rural Illinois By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. As Illinois prepares for same-sex marriage, the evidence shows the concept of civil unions did not take hold in all corners …

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St. Louis Public Radio, Beacon newspaper to merge under … The merger between the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio, which is one …. She spent 34 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a reporter, editor and …

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Man fights with officers, escapes from court in Gary GARY — Two veteran Gary police officers were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after a struggle with a man who had just been ordered back to jail.

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Robbins official, wife settled dispute on ‘Judge Alex’ Meanwhile, Jaco finds himself embroiled in a controversy over the hiring of Douglas J. Smith as the part-time internal affairs officer in Robbins. The now former …

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Letter: Votes should have consequences Finally, mandate that their state pensions be terminated and have all of their remaining … I would like to suggest a partial solution to the Illinois pension crisis.

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Education office merging into Pike, Adams With a new map approved Friday by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Morgan/Cass/Scott/Brown Regional Office of Eduction is set to be merged with the …

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Our View: Thumbs down to dragging out proposal Thumbs down: to the city of Batavia for dragging out the proposal of businessman Michael Grudecki to turn the city-owned Thomle building into an upscale martini lounge.

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Our View: Thumbs up to Everyday Heroes Thumbs up: to the many worthy subjects featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Everyday Heroes section that published Wednesday.

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IllinoisChannel: Gov. Quinn, Sen. Mike Frerichs, and Rep. Chad Hays survery tornado damage in Gifford, IL Gov. Quinn, Sen. Mike Frerichs, and Rep. Chad Hays survery tornado damage in Gifford, IL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73_UsWxH7oc … @MikeforIllinois #Twill

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pkadnerNovember 22, 2013 7:52PM. Two former Crestwood water officials have been sentenced probatiby federal judge.

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Adams-Pike Regional Office of Education merges with Jacksonville … The merger was approved Friday when the Illinois State Board of Education redrew the map for the state’s ROEs ahead of a Saturday deadline set by the …

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Heard it on the Street: What retailers are saying about the shopping … Peter Gill, spokesman for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, said the industry is expecting a 3.5-percent to 4-percent gain this year over last.

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state’s Medicaid applications adding up – Chicago Sun-Times state’s Medicaid applications adding upChicago Sun-TimesIt’s been about 30 years since Kenneth Faulkner last had health insurance. He lost it when he lost his job at the U.S. Postal Service in 1983. So whenever the 61-year-old Kankakee resident needs to see a doctor, he “self-medicates” with over-the …

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The Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, announced today that some members can keep their 2013 insurance plans another year. We are reviewing this announcement and will determine next steps as we keep our members informed of their options. We will reach out to consumers who may have new options as a result of the Governor’s announcement. We will be updating our website as new information is available.

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RobertFeder: Respected editor laid off: RT : It’s my final day with the — a great institution that deserves a great future.Respected editor laid off: RT @benestes: It’s my final day with the @chicagotribune — a great institution that deserves a great future.

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ChampCoSheriff: We have found humor in our response to , here is one courtesy of We have found humor in our response to #Gifford, here is one courtesy of @IDOT_Illinoispic.twitter.com/PqoK6HJNBd

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Reader comments closed for the weekend * A generous $500 contribution from Rep. Dave McSweeney bumped up our fundraising total to $4,804 as of 5:43 this afternoon. Many, many thanks to everyone for helping out the Washington, IL-area tornado victims. Of course, you can still contribute any time. Click here to give. Thanks! * Oscar the Puppy is loving […]

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Latino caucus talks immigration, remembers JFK The Illinois, Legislative Latino Caucus is meeting in suburban Rosemont where John F. Kennedy and immigration reform were among the major topics.

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What do you see? Some parishioners call this picture a miracle in the suburbs One north suburban Catholic Church is talking about a very thought provoking picture, shot with nothing more than an iphone. One woman snapped a photo last Friday in the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview and says she got so much more. Maureen Kent has been attending Eucharistic adoration at the church for more than 2 years. Kneeling last friday, she wanted a picture of the eucharist

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State consolidates regional education offices; one local office affected The Illinois State Board of Education voted Friday to redraw the map of regional education offices in an effort to reduce the number of regions from 44 to 35 as…Click to Continue »

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West Side Blogger: Illinois Dept of Insurance reports 185,340 people … According to notifications received by DOI, approximately 185,340 people in Illinois have been advised by insurers so far in 2013 that their coverage has been …

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County’s Regional Office of Education consolidated CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Illinois State Board of Education voted 7-1 on Friday morning to consolidate the Christian-Montgomery Regional Office of Education (ROE) with Vandalia’s ROE #3, servicing Bond, Fayette and Effingham Counties.

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Reader comments closed for the weekend * A generous $500 contribution from Rep. Dave McSweeney bumped up our fundraising total to $4,804 as of 5:43 this afternoon. Many, many thanks to everyone for helping out the Washington, IL-area tornado victims. Of course, you can still contribute any time. Click here to give. Thanks! * Oscar the Puppy is loving his birthday haircut, by the way. Here’s a bit of chaotic video I

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Economic development meeting focuses on workforce Acknowledging Illinois’ high jobless rate, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., led an economic development forum Friday that highlighted the importance of enhancing area workforces, building infrastructure and improving access to capital.The two-hour forum at Augustana College brought together economic development, government and education professionals and wrapped up a series of regional meetin

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Economic development meeting focuses on workforce Acknowledging Illinois’ high jobless rate, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., led an economic development forum Friday that highlighted the importance of enhancing area workforces, building infrastructure and improving access to capital.The two-hour forum at Augustana College brought together economic development, government and education professionals and wrapped up a series of regional meetin

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Governor Quinn’s Dirty Coal Plant Waiver Continues Assault on Illinois Environment | Will Reynolds The Illinois Pollution Control Board appointed by Governor Pat Quinn approved a waiver to allow five aging coal plants to continue operating without meeting current pollution standards. Dynegy Inc. is purchasing five downstate coal plants from Ameren corp., and successfully sought p

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FRERICHS: Thanks to all who have donated Dear Friends, I would like to thank everyone for their donations to our collection drive during the past week. My dad made our first collection drop-off to Gifford on Wednesday. My Danville and Champaign offices are still collecting donations. We have a lot of work ahead of us to help families and businesses rebuild. I’m proud of all the hard work and the good will we have shown towards each other

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South Holland officials tout plans for future SOUTH HOLLAND | Village officials used a south suburban forum to tout their own development plans for the next decade, saying Friday the improvements have the potential to benefit surrounding …

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Video gaming pops up in a couple unique Loves Park businesses When it comes to video gambling bars and restaurants are not the only places for people to play. Loves Park has several recent examples as a couple of unique business that are adding games to the mix.

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Illinois Backs Obama Healthcare Fix, Asks Insurers To Extend Substandard Plans CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has announced Illinois will allow the one-year extension of existing health insurance plans proposed by President Barack Obama. Friday’s announcement sets Illinois apart from some other states led by Democrats. Those states rejected the president’s proposal, saying it could leave many consumers with substandard coverage. Obama announced last week he w

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neacynewslady: State agency defends conservation officer who killed cougar on farm State agency defends conservation officer who killed cougar on farm http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cougar-killed-on-northeast-illinois-farm-20131121,0,2495757.story …

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Rauner campaign responds to Dillard’s pay-to-play accusation PALATINE – The Rauner campaign answered the Dillard’s campaign accusations Thursday night that Bruce Rauner won the Palatine Township GOP gubernatorial endorsement by buying votes. A Rauner spokesman told the Daily Herald: "The Rauner campaign spent no money last night,…

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Medical marijuana evaluation clinic, one of first in state, open in Niles – Morton Grove Champion Medical marijuana evaluation clinic, one of first in state, open in NilesMorton Grove ChampionA green neon sign in the shape of a marijuana leaf has generated a buzz in Niles. The storefront sign, visible from Milwaukee Avenue, hangs in the window of Green Bliss Clinic, one of the few doctor’s offices in the state specializing in medical …

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Chicago-born director John Landis bashes movie studios During his heyday in the 1970s and 80s, John Landis directed a string of hits that included “Animal House” (1978), “The Blues Brothers” (1980), “An American Werewolf in London” (1981), “Trading Places” (1983) and the hugely popular video for Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller” (1983). Now he’s bashing the industry he once respected. “The studios are Continue reading →

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Marriage Equality becomes law Senate Bill 10, which will make same-sex marriages legal in Illinois, was signed into law on November 20, 2013 making Illinois the 16th state to legalize gay marriage. From: ILSenDems Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 03:38 More in News & Politics

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Senator Bush discusses Marriage Equality Senator Melinda Bush (D – Grayslake) discusses Marriage Equality legislation signed by Governor Quinn at the University of Illinois at Chicago recently. From: ILSenDems Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:32 More in News & Politics

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Downers Grove Bugle: Combating DuPage County’s Heroin Epidemic By Jonathan Samples | Staff Reporter | Downers Grove Bugle When Audrey Albright stood to address the crowd during a special presentation Monday evening on the spread of heroin into suburban DuPage County, she promised her story would resonate with everyone. On October 27, 2012, Albright, of Lombard, lost her 21 year-old son Michael Savastano to a heroin overdose. After witnessing her son’s attempt

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Illinois Medical District’s hotel plans scuttled – Crain’s Chicago Business Crain’s Chicago BusinessIllinois Medical District’s hotel plans scuttledCrain’s Chicago BusinessBy Andrew L. Wang November 22, 2013. The Illinois Medical District Commission is back at square one in its effort to build on a long-vacant 9.5-acre lot after the developer it chose for a hotel project withdrew its proposal in the Near West Side district.

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SenatorDurbin: Visiting Washington, IL to tour areas impacted by the storm&observe recovery efforts already underwayVisiting Washington, IL to tour areas impacted by the storm&observe recovery efforts already underway @ReadyIllinois pic.twitter.com/i6mq719W3V

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SenatorDurbin: Witnessed some of the most devastating storm damage I have ever seen in Washington, IL Witnessed some of the most devastating storm damage I have ever seen in Washington, IL @ReadyIllinois pic.twitter.com/gYQk9mpKcc

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SenatorDurbin: Proud to be from Illinois after seeing neighbors helping neighbors&other storm recovery efforts in Washington today Proud to be from Illinois after seeing neighbors helping neighbors&other storm recovery efforts in Washington today pic.twitter.com/FgMmRveujy

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KirkDillard: Great meeting this afternoon with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. Great meeting this afternoon with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

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SenatorKirk: Next Mon/Tue 10a-6p: Multi-Agency Resource Center for Brookport tornado victims at Old Gym behind Brookport Elem, 306 Crockett St. Next Mon/Tue 10a-6p: Multi-Agency Resource Center for Brookport #Illinois tornado victims at Old Gym behind Brookport Elem, 306 Crockett St.

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Wow! * Thanks to some incredibly generous donations from people like Mark Glennon, Reps. Greg Harris and Dennis Reboletti, Matt O’Shea and many, many others, as of 3:42 pm we’re just shy of $4000 raised today! Thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart for helping us raise money for the tornado victims in Washington, East […]

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Cross Announces Kankakee Leadership Team Tom Cross, Republican Candidate for Treasurer, today announced his Kankakee County Leadership Team, which includes Kankakee County Board Chairman …

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Video of State Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate: ‘I made statements and commercials that I regretted’ Wealthy dairy magnate and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis officially announces he’s in the race for U.S. Senate through an unusual video that’s part apology. Oberweis on Friday released a lengthy video detailing his history as a candidate. “Some people are going to want to talk about my mistakes as a candidate over the last Continue reading →

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Rate the Oberweis announcement video * State Sen. Jim Oberweis announced his US Senate campaign via YouTube today. He answers a question right off the bat about why he’s running again. He admits to making “mistakes” in his past campaigns. He even says he plans to work across the aisle in the Senate. Oberweis also criticized […]

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Airport awarded $225000 for construction project LAWRENCEVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced a $225,000 capital investment for a construction project at Lawrenceville-Vincennes International …

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Illinois Muni boosts alternatives in new strategic allocation Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Oak Brook, will boost its target allocations to real estate and alternatives and cut its fixed-income and international equity …

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CTA’s low standards CTA President Forrest Claypool is now requiring certain performance levels to be met before our Ventra vendor, Cubic, is paid. While this certainly sounds like a tough stance, it seems a day late and a dollar short, for two reasons.

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Special session likely to be called for Illinois pension reform Some say the big, black cloud hanging over the state of Illinois is pension reform.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to speak at term limit townhall in Elmhurst ELMHURST – Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will speak at a townhall meeting about term limit reform this weekend in Elmhurst.

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We’ve reached our third goal! * Donations to Washington, IL-area tornado victims from this website alone have exceeded $1,000. The grand total raised as of 2:18 pm is $2,417. Thanks! * Here’s your Oscar the Puppy video… If we raise another $500 by the end of the day, I’ll post a video of Oscar’s new haircut. You don’t wanna miss […]

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GOP leaders ask Quinn how Medicaid eligibility is verified under Obamacare WASHINGTON — This week, Senator Mark Kirk and Congressmen John Shimkus, Peter Roskam, Aaron Schock, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, and Rodney Davis wrote to Governor Pat Quinn asking how the state will verify that those who self-report to be Medicaid…

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Naperville launches new notification system Officials of Naperville unveiled a new notification system for residents to inform about emergencies and other town happenings. For more video, visit http://… From: Chicago Tribune Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:37 More in News & Politics

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State education board approves Sangamon-Menard region – The State Journal-Register State education board approves Sangamon-Menard regionThe State Journal-RegisterThat’s the configuration that was sought by Sangamon County Regional Superintendent of Schools Jeff Vose. “It’s a good day for taxpayers in Sangamon County, that they will have efficient and effective delivery of educational services to our students …Board sets map for 35 regional education officesISBE prepares to con

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Caption contest! * Will Cousineau runs campaigns for House Speaker Michael Madigan. Last night at about 7:30 a friend of his sent me a photo of Cousineau camped out at the State Board of Elections with a big stack of nominating petitions… I texted Cousineau to see how he was doing. His reply… Just enjoying a nice […]

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Online Medicare Advantage Seminar As part of an effort to bring awareness about the recent changes in state retiree benefits, Central Management Services (CMS) has been traveling the state hosting seminars. If you missed your local seminar or want a recap of the information you can visit the CMS website to watch a video of the presentation. As always, do not hesitate to contact my office with questions. Watch the Medicare Adva

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Illinois Central College presents Second City’s "Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue" on Saturday, From: ArtsAtICC Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:31 More in Music

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bschoenburg: State Board of Education’s new map makes new educational service region in just Sangamon and Menard counties; Reg.Supt. Jeff Vose is pleased State Board of Education’s new map makes new educational service region in just Sangamon and Menard counties; Reg.Supt. Jeff Vose is pleased

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Illinois unemployment falls to 8.9 percent – The State Journal-Register Illinois unemployment falls to 8.9 percentThe State Journal-RegisterIllinois’ unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent in October after adding the most jobs in September and October than any two-month period since May 2010. The Illinois Department of Economic Security reported the …

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State moves to keep Ill. molestor in prison – CorrectionsOne State moves to keep Ill. molestor in prisonCorrectionsOneAttorney General Lisa Madigan’s office has filed a petition asking that Chad Wahl be committed as a sexually violent person and not be released until a court deems him no longer a threat. His probable cause hearing was scheduled for Tuesday at the Kane …

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GregHinz: Nothng like a little oops to ruin a Medicaid-fraud moment Nothng like a little oops to ruin a Medicaid-fraud moment #Quinn #GOP http://tinyurl.com/ldnq6ml

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MunozTweet: panel presentation w/ Sen. Delgado at #ACA panel presentation w/ Sen. Delgado @CoveredIllinois @CBHC @BCBSIL @AlivioMed at #ILLCF http://ow.ly/i/3O1Qz #GetCoveredIllinois

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MikeforIllinois: As we pause to remember on the 50yr anniversary of his death, I still find hope in his progressive vision of US. As we pause to remember #JFK on the 50yr anniversary of his death, I still find hope in his progressive vision of US. pic.twitter.com/YfSAUMF00A

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RepBerrios: Health & Wellnes: Dr. Luis Muñoz, Dr. Wanda Figueroa, Maria Mulcahy & Sylvia Melendez-Klinger – great speakers today Health & Wellnes: Dr. Luis Muñoz, Dr. Wanda Figueroa, Maria Mulcahy & Sylvia Melendez-Klinger – great speakers today #ILLCF2013

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ILTrafficSafety: ADP Safety & Wellness Fair where info was given out on the IL Yellow Dot Program. ADP Safety & Wellness Fair where info was given out on the IL Yellow Dot Program.http://yellowdotillinois.org pic.twitter.com/v2OPtbObCa

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GovernorQuinn: Today our flags fly at half-staff & at 1pm we will join in a moment of silence to reflect on the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Today our flags fly at half-staff & at 1pm we will join in a moment of silence to reflect on the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. #JKF50

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GovernorQuinn: President Kennedy had a faith in our country that inspired a new generation of Americans to believe…President Kennedy had a faith in our country that inspired a new generation of Americans to believe… http://instagram.com/p/hBnlp0m9u6/

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RepBerrios: "We all need more fruits & vegetables that will help fight bad disease cells" Sylvia Melendez-Klinger "We all need more fruits & vegetables that will help fight bad disease cells" Sylvia Melendez-Klinger #ILLCF2013

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RepBerrios: Did you know? "Latina adolescents have the highest percentage of suicide attempts." Need more access to mental health help Did you know? "Latina adolescents have the highest percentage of suicide attempts." Need more access to mental health help #ILLCF2013

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MikeforIllinois: Good to meet you the other day, ! I look forward to working with you in and the SW Side. Good to meet you the other day, @MrGrassroots! I look forward to working with you in #Beverly and the SW Side. #Chicago #twill

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MikeMahoney18: Busiest guy in IL politics right now? Maybe the Rauner campaign treasurer. Another big A1 just hit.Busiest guy in IL politics right now? Maybe the Rauner campaign treasurer. Another big A1 just hit.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 11/22 Eddie Arruza and his panel of journalists share some thoughts and reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Watch the web extra video. Tags: JFK Web Extra The Week in Review Eddie Arruza

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 11/22 Eddie Arruza and his panel of journalists discuss the week’s top headlines. Tags: Eddie Arruza The Week in Review Dan McGrath Mark Brown Laura Washington John McCarron

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Question of the day * Subscribers know more, but the four legislative leaders said there was progress on pension reform during a teleconference meeting yesterday. Sun-Times… [Rikeesha Phelon, spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton] declined to outline any specifics of the plan being discussed, but said talks on the cost-of-living issue have used a plan proposed last spring by […]

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Our second goal has been reached! * I said that I would match your contributions for Washington, IL-area tornado victims up to a thousand dollars, and we’ve already reached that goal. So, I’ve kicked in my match. As a way of saying thanks, here’s another Oscar the Puppy video. Playing tug of war with his dad… We started out the day […]

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Study: Illinois is the 3rd worst-run state (KMOV.com) – In a recent study by 24/7 Wall Street, the publication ranked all 50 U.S. states in order from best to worst run. Bringing up the rear…

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Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Restore Historic Rialto Theatre – Renovations Will Ensure 87-Year-Old Theatre Stays Competitive For Generations to Come JOLIET¬- Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $2.2 million capital investment to renovate and restore the historic Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. The 87-year-old theatre, dubbed the “jewel of Joliet,” generates more than $7.5 million annually in local economic activity hosting concerts, corporate events and traveling editions of Broadway shows.

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Why I am Mad at Arne Duncan Today – ChicagoNow Why I am Mad at Arne Duncan TodayChicagoNow (blog)A year later, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also assassinated, college kids were beaten in the streets of Chicago, and my political innocence was replaced by disillusionment. So read my post through that lens – I am so tired of politicians …

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Rep. Davis Talks Tornado Relief The town of Gifford is celebrating the fact that power has been restored to most places. But the rebuilding statewide is only just beginning after Sunday’s deadly tornadoes. Rep. Rodney Davis joined us on ABC Newschannel 20 Nightside to discuss what comes next in the relief efforts. …

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Equality Illinois honors Chicago Urban League – ChicagoPride.com ChicagoPride.comEquality Illinois honors Chicago Urban LeagueChicagoPride.comPast Freedom Award winners include Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, state Rep. Greg Harris, former state Rep. Constance "Connie" A. Howard, the late state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, the late state Rep. Mark Beaubien Jr., and state Sen.

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Rep. Greg Harris at marriage equality bill signing 11-20-13 Rep. Greg Harris addresses the UIC Forum audience. Illinois marriage equality bill signing day 11-20-13 See details: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/… From: Tracy Baim Views: 2 2 ratings Time: 07:39 More in Nonprofits & Activism

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Former Murphysboro resident crowned Miss Mississippi Reardon is a graduate of Agape Christian High School in Energy and John A. … in Southern Illinois, and I wanted money for college,” Reardon said in an email.

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Metra trains halted south of Buffalo Grove for person on tracks Check back at dailyherald.com or read Saturday’s Daily Herald for details. Comments ( ). We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social …

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A very good question * The four Republican candidates for governor were asked during a forum yesterday whether they’d allow the temporary income tax increase to expire. All four said they want it to go away. But Treasurer Dan Rutherford added this… “I don’t want it to stay, but when someone says they’re going to outright veto it, […]

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We’ve reached our first goal! * I told you earlier today that as soon as the tally board hit $1000 on our fundraiser for Peoria-area tornado victims that I’d post an Oscar the Puppy video. That goal has now been reached. * Oscar and I haven’t been able to sit outside lately because of the weather, so we’re hanging […]

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Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Announce Assisted Living … 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago … Chicago offers companies such as ALC a significant pipeline of healthcare …

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IVCC hits fundraising goal for new building Illinois Valley Community College has surpassed its $2.1 million Peter Miller Community Technology Center capital campaign goal following a second donation from Financial Plus Credit Union of Ottawa.

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Oscar the Puppy birthday fundraiser! * Oscar the Puppy was born on Thanksgiving last year, which is a year ago today. He’s going to the “salon” later today for a much needed haircut… * This little dog has given me so much love and affection since I got him in January that I cannot possibly imagine life without him. […]

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Dillard campaign charges Rauner with “pay to play” * From a press release… The campaign manager for Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard and his running mate Jil Tracy denounced the campaign tactics of billionaire Bruce Rauner, who reportedly steered thousands of dollars to the Palatine Township Republican organization ahead of the group’s official endorsement. “This is the height of pay-to-play,” Glenn Hodas said. “Rauner […]

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Kadner: Bulletin: President Kennedy is dead Jim Murphey’s hands shake slightly as he holds out the yellowed pages in his hand that spread the news 50 years ago that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. “My father-in-law, Jim Boutet, was a newsman for WIND radio (AM-560) in Chicago, and he was on the news desk that day,” said Murphey, a Chicago attorney. “He saved the teletype pages, the news bulletins, that came over the UPI (Unite

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Violent offenders getting boot camp in Cook County CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sun-Times says an investigation by the newspaper shows Cook County judges have sentenced hundreds of violent felons to a …

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Semi Hits School Bus In Stickney STICKNEY, Ill. (CBS) – Six elementary-age children were taken to a hospital as a precaution, after a semi-tractor trailer truck hit a school bus in southwest suburban Stickney on Friday. Stickney police said the call about the crash came in around 7:20 a.m., after a semi and a school bus collided at Pershing Road and Central Avenue. Six students who were on the bus were taken to MacNeal Hospital i

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Illinois man fights off deer in kitchen with golf club Nov. 22 (UPI) — Instead of using his golf club to shoot a hole-in-one, an Illinois man used it to take on a six-point buck. Keith Mohr came across the deer in his kitchen when he emerged from the shower. The deer, which had apparently come in …

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IL_Observer: Extra: Rauner Reels in 2nd $250,000 Contribution in 2 Days via Extra: Rauner Reels in 2nd $250,000 Contribution in 2 Days http://www.illinoisobserver.net/2013/11/21/extra-rauner-reels-in-2nd-250000-contribution-in-2-days/ … via @davidormsby #twill

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Former Lyons Chamber of Commerce building catches fire A fire caused a chimney to collapse in Lyons. The fire happened Friday morning at the former Chamber of Commerce and Historical Society building. Flames burned through the roof and caused parts of it fall inside. There were no injuries. The building is mainly used for storage

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Jack Franks and justice? – Northwest Herald Jack Franks and justice?Northwest HeraldThe recent comments of state Rep. Jack Franks are typical of Illinois elected officials who want to present themselves to readers (voters) as honest, do-what-is-right politicians. Mr. Franks wrote (“My rationale for voting ‘yes’ on marriage equality,” Nov.

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