Today’s headlines — Saturday, Nov. 30

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