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 
 
 
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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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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?
 
 
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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
 
 
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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
 
 
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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…
 
 
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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 …
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/17Q6S87 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1aVk3EW 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/17Q6TZy 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
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 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
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18E2OIF 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/18E2NV4 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1bRSASa 
 
 
.@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….
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