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 
 
 
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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 …
 
 
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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.