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 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1jB6T1F 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1jB6T1J 
 
 
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 — 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 
 
 
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.
 
 
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 Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  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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