Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Dec. 31

While those sites start exploring the possibilities of drone tech for business, the state of Illinois is about to limit the use of drones by law enforcement.
 
 
 
Constitutional lawyer Eric Reyes withdraws 17th District candidacyPeoria Journal StarPEORIA — Third try won’t be the charm for Eric Reyes. The candidate for the GOP nomination in the 17th Congressional District abruptly dropped his bid for the seat Monday, clearing the way for a rematch between former Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona …Reyes withdraws from congressional primaryReyes Withdraws from
 
 
 
For years now, lawmakers in both Chicago and the Illinois legislature have been going back and forth over whether they should raise the floor on …
 
“One thing I know about Chicago: It’s been a long time since we had a quarterback like Jay Cutler,” he told reporters. “So all your stories this offseason, …
 
Our View: Responsible celebrating, comedy, parole in editorial stewRockford Register StarIt’s New Year’s Eve and many of you think you’ll need a nip or two of an adult beverage to celebrate the coming of the new year. We have nothing against adult beverages – we’ve been known to hoist a few, especially while writing difficult editorials …
 
Township tax rate may bump upHerald & ReviewThe Illinois Municipal Retirement fund, at $80,786, and the Social Security contribution fund, $55,293, will remain at the level they were last year. The liability insurance fund will increase $32 from last year. In other business, the township …
 
Geneseo Mayor Linda Van Der Leest was elected one of 36 vice presidents of the 1,124-member Illinois Muncipal League at the organization’s 100th annual conference recently. As a vice president, she is a member of the board
 
Medical marijuana is coming with the New Year. It’ll be available to those who want it to relieve 40 medical conditions, and who get a recommendation from their doctor – but not right away, says Dan Linn, director of the Illinois…
 
WASHINGTON — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and bu
 
Counties across Illinois, including DuPage, will receive nearly $7 million to divert nonviolent offenders out of prison and into community services, according to a Dec. 30 news release from the Office of Gov. Pat Quinn.
 
While the Illinois Legislature finally took a half-hearted swing at pension reform, no one who’s paying much attention believes the crisis is resolved.
 
William “Bill” Strauss will outline economic projections for 2014 at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.’s annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. The senior economist and economic adviser for the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank will deliver his presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture in Sycamore.
 
A look at the two referendum questions on the spring ballot that would directly affect the wallets of Kane County residents. The county is taking a second shot at electric aggregation. Meanwhile, advocates for the developmentally disabled have pushed a referendum that would create a new tax to fund social services for those residents. The referendum has the support of several county board members
 
Is the Land of Lincoln really that bad?  Check out how the state of Illinois did in a recent poll of states that people are most likely to move out of.  Just where are those people going?  Find out by listening to this newscast! Speaking of Illinois, ever wonder how your tax dollars are spent?  The state’s comptroller wants you to know.  She’ll start sending out brochures with next years tax retur
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 1 hour agoThe restrictions came off because super-rich investor Bruce Rauner donated more than $250,000 to his GOP campaign, triggering an automatic…
 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn visits Washington IL on New Year’s Eve urging residents affected by tornadoes to seek federal aid; Community Center; 10:30 am
 
Nothin’ doin’. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public events scheduled on New Year’s Eve Day.
 
 
 
CTA’s 2nd chance apprenticeship for felons ends http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-cta-apprentice-ends-met-1220-20131231,0,7743480.story … Lollybowean@tribune.com #twill
 
#Church Recommended Bylaw Changes for #Churches | Illinois Family Institute http://illinoisfamily.org/religious/recommended-bylaw-changes-for-churches/#.UrilVRljOo4.twitter … #PJNET #CCOT #FreedomOfReligion
 
Latest on our Blog: Illinois State Police Provide Update On Concealed Carry http://goo.gl/fb/uv6Qd 
 
It’s Dan Proft’s Rockin’ Eve with guest co-host @StatehouseChick. We’ll look back at some notable deaths at 6:27. @wlsam890
 
Boeing Co will not build the wing for its new 777X jetliner in Washington state if members of its largest union reject its latest contract offer in a Friday vote, company executives told Seattle-area elected officials on Monday.    
 
 
 
Friends, we need your help before the ball drops at midnight on 12/31! We’ve accomplished much in the past 97 days. (Read all about it below.) Will you help us reach our final goal of the quarter? Please consider a making a safe and secure online contribution of $5, $25, $50 or more to help our campaign finish strong this this first quarter. Thank you for everything!We need your help before ball
 
Media availability in Fairfield, Wayne County at the Jemini Coffee House.
 
Lunch discussion with political and business leaders in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County at the Rare Chop House.
 
Great news! Language barrier erased on campaign trail thanks to clever volunteers and apps that work in freezing weather, but now how to keep toes warm?
 
On Twitter @IllinoisWilson
 
Visit http://www.wilsonforillinois.com
 
 
 
An extended blog post: http://betternewdeal.wordpress.com/A Better New Dealbetternewdeal.wordpress.comCampaign commentary by David Green
 
A living wage is not politics, it’s ethics. http://pulse.me/s/IsrCg #livingofftips Please join me in my campaign as I not only fight to create jobs in Champaign-Urbana, but to improve the conditions of those who already work within our community.At $2.13 minimum wage, restaurant workers struggle to put food on their own tableswww.pulse.meRestaurant workers are supposed to get at least minimum wag
 
Media availability in Vandalia, Fayette County at Holiday Inn Express.
 
Global warming on ice | Human Eventswww.humanevents.comA group of climate scientists take their own computer models seriously, and run afoul of hard, cold reality.
 
 
 
Illinois police officers are ready to begin ticketing violators of the hands-free driving law as early as midnight on Tuesday. Have you taken steps to remember this new law? Click through to the story to see more information about the consequences of being caught with your phone in your hand.Violators of the new Illinois hands-free driving law will be ticketedwww.connecttristates.comAlthough it is
 
School choice advocates cheered last month when the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its bid to halt Louisiana’s tuition voucher program, but this …
 
Chris Conte checked Twitter on Sunday and found hateful, vengeful notes from Bears fans. Problem was, he wasn’t the Bears safety who was part of the team’s zone defense breakdown on Aaron Rodgers’ last-minute touchdown. He’s a reporter for NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tenn. Conte did a report on the case of mistaken identity — Continue reading →
 
“There’s no excuse for failing schools. Zero. None. Period,” Rauner says in a new TV ad, which was shot at a school. “I got so fed up, I helped start charter schools like this one.” But when it came to choosing a school for his daughter, Rauner didn’t go the route of a charter. Instead, he chose an elite public high school in Chicago.
 
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn’t often … But the bottom line is this: Madigan operatives, as has been their custom for years, dug up a phony candidate to run as a Republican against their boss in the November 2014 election.
 
With the November statistics coming out this week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 worst Illinois towns for unemployment based on October 2013 figures.
 
During a campaign stopoff in Mt. Carmel Sunday, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford said he is the most electable of the four GOP candidates seeking the state’s highest office. And he brought along some recent poll numbers to bolster his case.
 
Emanuel infrastructure trust experiences more delays http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-infrastructure-trust-update-met-20131231,0,7159265.story?track=rss …
 
I’ll be on the radio tomorrow please join me. Click on the following link and follow the link to the radio show. https://m.facebook.com/events/507223896060369 …
 
Great amount of support in #MountCarmel, Wabash County at our Meet & Greet in the Hogg Heaven BBQ Restaurant.#twill pic.twitter.com/Irg5UcOXdS
 
At media availability with friends & supporters in #Albion, Edwards County at the Farm Bureau. #twill pic.twitter.com/htY7xQOxSA
 
#SmallBusiness ownersthat hire a great CPA, Lawyer and #InsuranceAgent to #WinBig. #GreatPeople
 
Having a great team behind you and beside you is key to thriving! #SmallBusiness #ThinkBig
 
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than 700 people die in the United States every year as a result of motorists failing to stop when the light turns red. In response, more than 500 communities in 25 states have turned to red-light cameras to deter the offenders. Just the presence of a camera has been found to reduce red-light running by up to 40 or 50%. But they are not without controversy. Oppone
 
Hancock County States Attorney died over the weekend in Georgia.
 
The Wilmington Police Department has suggested that the city vehicle sticker program, which is costly to administer and enforce, be eliminated.
 
Friends,As the year draws to a close, we are reflecting on what we have accomplished together since beginning our campaign to bring effective representation to Champaign and Urbana in the Illinois House of Representatives. In just 97 days: We formally rolled out a full-scale, professional campaign. We came together to knock on thousands of doors in Champaign and Urbana. We filed an impressive numb
 
Lakeview’s State Lawmakers Push to Ban Guns in Businesses That Serve BoozeDNAinfoSenate President John Cullerton also said he wanted to make banning guns in retail businesses and public places the default, not the exception, so that businesses that don’t want guns don’t have to post state-designated signs. It’s “ludicrous” to …
 
“When you pass a pension reform that has defied previous governors for … equality was something that was very important to civil rights in Illinois.
 
Sun-Times: Good choice to head torture inquiry panel http://bit.ly/1d4AQDH 
 
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 221 PM CST MON DEC 30 2013 [About one-half inch of snow tonight (6:00 p.m. to midnight) before the WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect. Then 4.4 inches forecast for 6:00 p.m. …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for 3-5 Inches of Snow for Chicagoland; 4.4 Inches Forecast for Arlington He
 
Somewhere in the Chicago area, sometime soon, a backboard is coming down. It won’t be … What he does isn’t just unusual for a high school player.
 
Lunch discussion with political and business leaders in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County at the Rare Chop House.
 
Media availability in Fairfield, Wayne County at the Jemini Coffee House.
 
At media availability with friends & supporters in Albion, Edwards County at the Farm Bureau.
 
Great amount of support in Mount Carmel, Wabash County at our Meet & Greet in the Hogg Heaven BBQ Restaurant.
 
Belleville News DemocratGOP lawmaker pushes bill ending pensions quicker for corrupt officialsThe RepublicSPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A Republican lawmaker says he’s ready to push legislation expediting the process to terminate state-funded pensions for public official convicted of corruption. State Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon tells the Belleville News …Kay pushes ending pensions for corrupt offi
 
Tuesday on Daylight Edition, we’ll have a conversation with a representative of the National Safety Council about the state’s ban on using handheld phones while driving, Illinois Public Radio’s Dan Klefstad continues his winter reading series and we’ll have our weekly look at the media on Journalism Shoptalk. Those stories and more come your way Tuesday morning at 5:00 (cst) on 90.9 FM or listen o
 
Nearly 90 percent of interstate highway miles in Illinois will have 70-mph speed limits starting Wednesday, but the sponsor of the law raising the limits is upset that almost all existing posted speeds in the Chicago area will remain unchanged …
 
It turns out the speed limit won’t be going up on some stretches of downstate interstate highways … t want to see them raising the speed limit around Springfield, especially. Not from our standpoint.” Oberweis said he still thinks it …
 
Office of Budget and Management is managing the consolidation of the city’s fleet in one garage.
 
Illinois teens looking to get their tanning fix will have to find somewhere else to go thanks to a new law.
 
Christmas has an additional significance for us Americans, as it is also the time of George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolution. This was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey on the morning of December 26. Planned in p
 
“We are Chicago (based), but we are the National Veterans Art Museum, and we think if we could have ‘Above and Beyond’ tour nationally, it will help our museum get a much larger footprint,” Moore said. Several plans for the massive piece of art stored in Portage Park in today’s Chicago Tribune.Veterans want boxed dog tag artwork back on displaywww.chicagotribune.comIn the basement of Chi
 
Happy New Year! Cheers to Republican Victory in 2014! #twill #tcot #HappyNewYear
 
When students and staff I spent our first school day of 2013 in our Chicago Public Schools high school without heat, I knew this was an injustice I had …
 
Dance took a part-time job in August, training Chicago principals with a for-profit company that had received a $875,000 contract with the school …
 
Illinois government sits on $9 billion in I-owe-yous for ChristmasMadison County RecordHahn said the office believes the total will hit $9 billion by the end of December, exactly where [Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka] predicted it would be last summer. It is the second year in a row the backlog will sit at about $9 billion at the …
 
A new state law says cellphones can be used only if they’re in hands-free … State officials hired a private company, Maximus, to conduct a review of the Medicaid rolls, and their initial efforts identified 127,000 cases of 316,000 cases …
 
The move comes one day before the Hoosiers open Big Ten play at Illinois. Fischer, a 6-foot-11 center, was expected to help fill the void left by the …
 
ALDI to host job fair Jan. 8 for Mundelein, Lake Zurich stores http://bit.ly/1cD5Mys
 
Busy day in district office, catching up on legislative work then heading over to campaign headquarters for phone calls. #MakeILworkagain
 
As cold winter storms move across #IL, I remind all residents of our state’s warming centers. For locations, visit http://tinyurl.com/mcdnpe7 
 
DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba will have to campaign to earn re-election now that a county electoral board decision keeps his Democratic opponent in the race. An effort was made to remove Mike Quiroz, who is a retired DuPage sheriff’s deputy, from the March 18 primary ballot before he could face Zaruba during next fall’s general election. But the county electoral board has decided to keep Quiro
 
Chicago transit officials say problems with the new Ventra fare system have cost it $1.2 million in free rides.The Chicago Transit Authority made the announcement on Monday. The CTA says it will pursue reimbursement from Ventra’s vendor, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. CTA spokesman Brian Steele says Cubic has “indicated they will reimburse” the CTA.The estimate covers the period from
 
Sad that Illinois is among top 5 states people move from. We have everything going for us, but the wrong politicians: http://bit.ly/Jq5Fvf 
 
Busy day in district office, catching up on legislative work then heading over to campaign headquarters for phone calls. #MakeILworkagain
 
Proud to see my alma mater @NorthwesternU speaking out against the misdirected ASA boycott of Israeli universities http://goo.gl/mcsTEX 
 
I hope everyone is fully aware of the ban on use of cell phones while driving. Hands-free devices continue to be permissible for use.
 
Our Capitol on Your Corner (CYC) town halls will start up again in January 2014 in Coffeen, Wilsonville and… http://fb.me/6suoGlMj0 
 
Applications for concealed carry permits will be available online this Sunday through the Illinois State Police. http://fb.me/29c4zbnfp 
 
Instructive to bear in mind. “I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.”- Billie Holiday
 
There should be no mystery when it comes to public dollars in this state. Visit http://www.illinoiscomptroller.com/  to see how IL spends tax dollars.
 
Busy day in district office, catching up on legislative work then heading over to campaign headquarters for phone calls. #MakeILworkagain
 
On #thepattivasquezshow in 20 minutes. Going over 14 laws taking effect in ’14. Call 312-981-7200 or text 24720 with your law ideas.
 
Rep. Conroy and DuPage Optical Offer Free Eye Screenings to Raise Glaucoma …Chicago TribuneVILLA PARK, Ill. – In recognition of Glaucoma Awareness month in January, State Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) is partnering with DuPage Optical to raise awareness about eye health. Dr. Butzon from DuPage Optical will speak about the importance of eye …
 
With the January death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, Chicago garnered national attention and a reputation for violence. Now as 2013 comes to a close, CPD officials say violent crime is down.
 
Goats, sheep, llamas and burros that helped clear vegetation around O’Hare International Airport this year are coming back in the spring.
 
for everyone else, concealed carry application system opens Sunday, January 5th. #twill
 
According to ISP presser today, those with digital fingerprints and completed training can apply for concealed carry on Thursday. #twill
 
I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:December 2013I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:
 
Every American deserves quality, accessible health care. Learn more about Republican health care proposals: http://1.usa.gov/1dHsEeC 
 
Year in Review – Nov 7: 1st floor speech since the stroke. Share your stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/v2Q0D6KGGD
 
This week’s #DuckworthDiary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d 
 
DOWNERS GROVE — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had a banner year in 2013 when it comes to blunders, according to U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax. Because the news media usually gives the liberal Democrat attack dog the benefit of the doubt when it comes to ridiculous comments or actions, you may have missed some of these: Durbin repeated the same Politifact “Lie of the Year” about keeping your insuranc
 
This week’s Duckworth Diary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d
 
On Saturday, emergency unemployment insurance for 80,000 long-term unemployed Illinois residents was cut off because Congress failed to authorize the funding. As I’ve said previously, I am extremely disappointed that Congress passed a budget without including an extension of unemployment insurance to help the more than 1 million hardworking Americans who are depending on these benefits as they loo
 
Museums bring us face to face with artifacts that connect us with people across generations like nothing else can. Thank you to President Richard Lariviere and The Field Museum for a wonderful tour of their latest exhibit on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Make one of your resolutions next year to visit a museum, and I guarantee it will be an eye opening experience!
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, met this month with representatives from throughout the 16th…
 
Are you one of millions that were kicked off HC plan b/c of #ACA? GOP alternatives would ensure that didn’t happen http://1.usa.gov/1dHsEeC 
 
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a group of terrific young people who were participating in the PUSH Excel oratorical competition. The contest is designed to show young people the power of eloquent and persuasive speech as a leadership tool. The contest also aims to address youth violence by showing them the way to build peace through constructive problem solving skills. I am confident that
 
I will be hosting a delightful Día de Reyes, 3 Kings Day, event at Panadería Azucar in Avondale. My goal is to bring local businesses, new customers, and plenty of foot traffic to one of my favorite local bakeries with Mexican flavor.On January 6th, the Mexican community (along with Latinos, Latin Americans, and many Catholics everywhere) celebrate the 3 King’s Day in honor of the holiday sea
 
Thank you to the @FieldMuseum for an inside look of #Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair! pic.twitter.com/GsoZZvtqno
 
SPRINGFIELD — Less than nine months after floating a plan to pay down the state’s massive backlog of bills by closing corporate loopholes, Gov. Pat Quinn has come up with another use for the money.
 
Far more train collisions with cars and pedestrians in the suburbs this year. Story via @DHInTransit. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131230/news/712309960/ …
 
Nothing to see here, just a “coupon kiosk.” @RyanReport on how insiders created new #videogambling loophole. http://bit.ly/JpySXg 
 
Laws Taking Effect in 2014. Read more HERE! http://www.votemccarter.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=386 … http://fb.me/6BScnacqB 
 
Rep. Brown Opens Office as Concealed Carry Registration Location http://www.repadambrown.com/rep_brown_opens_office_as_concealed_carry_registration_location …
 
Rosenthal Opens Carlinville Office as Concealed Carry Registration Location http://www.waynerosenthal.org/rosenthal_opens_carlinville_office_as_concealed_carry_registration_location …
 
New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-1-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
Laws Taking Effect in 2014. Read more HERE! http://www.votemccarter.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=386 … http://fb.me/6BScnacqB 
 
Thanks to your generous retweets and shares, our Top 14 New Laws for 2014 feature has over 1 million views! http://ilsendems.co/18nRuSA 
 
Best/worst of 2013: July: Who pays the bill? (via @theeconomist) http://ow.ly/rXCbH 
 
Worth re-posting because it is the time of the year for resolutions. These are good things to keep in mind. Cheers. http://fb.me/2A9C10i52 
 
Senator Rose presented with ‘Friend of Education’ award. The “Friend of Education” award was in recognition of… http://fb.me/NXjNogak 
 
ICYMI: Here are the 70 mph areas on Illinois interstates http://fw.to/gahHETH 
 
Attorney General Madigan sues Alsip chemical plant over explosion http://bit.ly/KfvcIj  via @SouthtownStar #twill
 
With just 36 hours to go in 2013, donate $5 or $10 today and help end the year on a high note! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/34398 … #twill #Democrat
 
New Ad: No excuse for failing schools. Gov’t union bosses may attack me for it, but I’ll put students & parents first http://bit.ly/1bxjNZY 
 
Just in: No GOP primary in 17th CD. Dem-turned-independent-turned Republican Eric Reyes drops out of race against Bobby Schilling.
 
Year in Review – Nov 7: 1st floor speech since the stroke. Share your stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/v2Q0D6KGGD
 
This week’s #DuckworthDiary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d 
 
Are you one of millions that were kicked off HC plan b/c of #ACA? GOP alternatives would ensure that didn’t happen http://1.usa.gov/1dHsEeC 
 
Thank you to the @FieldMuseum for an inside look of #Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair! pic.twitter.com/GsoZZvtqno
 
There are only a few days left until the new year begins and more than 200 new laws take effect. Check out the… http://fb.me/1KRnCb1Zr 
 
Memo from @The_RGA: Running Scared: Why @DemGovs and Government Union Bosses are Scared http://bit.ly/1kW3oGw  #twill
 
Thanks to Rasmussen College for hosting me at your great institution — It was great to meet your students & staff! pic.twitter.com/06JOUQKbml
 
As the Senator who represents part of Joliet, I am proud that one of our own has taken the helm at my alma mater. http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/123013aaa.html …
 
Sen. Michael Hastings recently met with students at GMS & reviewed the legislative process & importance of voting. http://www.ksd140.org/news/Senator-Hastings-Speaks-to-GMS-Students.cfm?grp_id=10286#.UsG7i_RDvg1 …
 
Be sure to check out http://thonline.com  on Jan. 1 to see a list and watch our top 10 most-watched videos of 2013.
 
Nothing good to say about Ventra? How about $1.2 mil. in unintended free rides? Unless you’re #CTA http://www.suntimes.com/24672881-761/cta-riders-got-12-million-in-free-rides-thanks-to-ventra-snafus.html …
 
As the Senator who represents part of Joliet, I am proud that one of our own has taken the helm at my alma mater. http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/123013aaa.html …
 
Sen. Michael Hastings recently met with students at GMS & reviewed the legislative process & importance of voting. http://www.ksd140.org/news/Senator-Hastings-Speaks-to-GMS-Students.cfm?grp_id=10286#.UsG7i_RDvg1 …
 
Thanks to Rasmussen College for hosting me at your great institution — It was great to meet your students & staff! pic.twitter.com/06JOUQKbml
 
Questions about concealed carry? Join Senate President John Cullerton for an info session 2pm-3pm today. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131229/lakeview/confused-about-concealed-carry-officials-host-event-for-small-business …
 
“@peggykusinski: Every #Bears defensive player supported DC Mel Tucker…” Damning w faint praise. D is old, slow, and entitled.
 
There are only a few days left until the new year begins and more than 200 new laws take effect. Check out the… http://fb.me/1KRnCb1Zr 
 
Getting set up for a press conference at noon. Announcing another way for taxpayers to ‘follow the money.’ pic.twitter.com/mb4orGNpe6
 
Memo from @The_RGA: Running Scared: Why @DemGovs and Government Union Bosses are Scared http://bit.ly/1kW3oGw  #twill
 
I am an advocate for my clients, colleagues and friends. #ThinkBig #SmallBusiness
 
I work hard to ensure that others succeed and have access to needed resources. #WomenInCongress #Insurance #SmallBusiness
 
Thanks to everyone for making this a great year. Help us finish 2013 STRONG! Click on https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/gg14 … & donate $10, $25, $50 #IL13
 
Here is our list of Dick Durbin’s biggest blunders of 2013: http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10-durbin-blunders-2013/ … #ILSEN
 
Rauner Vows To Take On Teachers Unions Over School Improvement Ideas http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83698 
 
Williamson Puts Sheriff’s Department On Facebook http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83699 
 
Many thanks to great friend Dan McGrath for appearing on @SundaySpin, discussing Leo High and urban Schools http://po.st/5Aly7z  @wgnradio
 
Reporter faints in the middle of her report on love TV. http://youtu.be/6ravZzYKR34 
 
Those still planning out their New Year`s Eve and in need of transportation should consider public transportation.
 
Former longtime Indiana Congressman Jacobs dies at 81Fox NewsAccording to his congressional biography, Jacobs served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1959-60, and then the U.S. House from 1965-73, and again from 1975-97. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised Jacobs career in a statement released Saturday …
 
The population of Illinois has remained unchanged according to the most recent Census Bureau estimate. http://bit.ly/JFOO7k
 
State Journal-Register staff photographer David Spencer looks back over the past year and presents a selection of his favorite images.Spence VisionState Journal-Register staff photographer David Spencer looks back over the past year and presents a selection of his favorite images.
 
HANOVER-A Jo Daviess County road project has been announced by Gov. Pat Quinn, who noted that $6.6 million will be invested in northern Illinois roads.
 
While crime overall declined in Evanston this year, the city continued to face concerns about gun violence and how best to improve community safety.
 
The mayor of Dixon would like to see the city become more bicycle-friendly – http://shawurl.com/xfd
 
If you would like to put a Glenn Nixon sign in your yard please private message me your name, address and phone number. We’ll respond to your message and have a sign delivered to you.
 
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hancock County State’s Attorney Jim Drozdz. I knew Jim as a man of many interests and many accomplishments. I will miss hearing him play the bagpipes…but will think of him, with a smile, whenever I hear someone play that instrument he so loved. My prayers of comfort and peace are with his wife, family and many friends in Hancock County.
 
Patch’s countdown hits No. two and three of the ten most read stories of the year.
 
Illinois ranked among the top five states for outbound moves in 2013. Rounding out the top five are New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey, moving company Allied Van Lines says in its annual rankings. New York jumped to the Most Outbound State position from fifth in 2011 and 2012. Texas was the nation’s most Continue reading →
 
In an effort to assist veterans, particularly as they return from service and are in need of jobs, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, helped pass two pieces of legislation to help former service members find civilian work and take effect on Jan.
 
We are putting together a mid January tour of the 15th district. The route will be posted soon. If you would like to host a stop contact the campaign through the website, http://www.EricforIllinois.com .
 
The government union bosses are preparing to spend millions attacking us in the Republican primary. Click “LIKE” if you’ll stand with me and refuse to let the government union bosses hijack our primary! http://bit.ly/JEVl1TIllinois unions’ strength will be put to test in year ahead: Natasha Korecki – Chicago Sun-Timeswww.suntimes.comUnions in Illinois are finding that if they want to sur
 
Litchfield…To assist those individuals who wish to apply for a concealed carry permit in Illinois, but do not have internet access to do so, State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) has opened his Carlinville office as a point of registration.  Those wishing to register may visit Rosenthal’s Carlinville office from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
 
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes edged up a touch in November, marking the first increase in five months, but failed to stabilize by as much as had been expected.    
 
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes edged up in November, marking the first increase in six months and providing a hopeful sign the sector has begun to stabilize after its momentum was sapped by rising mortgage rates.    
 
Concealed Carry is Coming!Everything You Need to Know About Concealed Carrywww.richbrauer.orgIllinois House District 87
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., this week voted in support of a set of bills that, according to his…
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, announced residents and businesses in Grundy, La Salle and Will…
 
Don and Sandy Watson of Walnut spent most of last week seeking volunteers to fill a charter bus that…
 
Rep. Adam Kinzinger –an Ottawa Republican – remains optimistic on the prospects…
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., will tour the Rockford Rescue Mission at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16,…
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said he knows firsthand the importance of local food pantries…
 
Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican whose 16th District includes northwest DeKalb County, went on a daylong…
 
Wells Fargo & Co will pay a net $541 million to Fannie Mae to settle claims over defective home loans, completing the government-controlled mortgage company’s efforts to have banks buy back troubled loans made before the financial crisis.    
 
Happy Monday morning Illinois! Start your day off right by being “In the Know!”Concealed carry board, top news stories of the year, Chicago’s murder toll and more!www.intheknowillinois.com
 
Part 1: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014www.thecaucusblog.com
 
The U.S. uses data only from the 16 largest airlines and many carriers are lengthening scheduled flight times, although they deny it’s an attempt to improve on-time arrivals. Airline delays and cancellations have dropped significantly in the last few years. At least that’s what federal statistics show. But the numbers may not be telling us the whole story.    
 
This morning, I was on WGN radio w/ my cousin Pete McMurray, we discussed everything Springfield. Click here for the audio.IL State Senator Darin LaHood in the Studiowgnradio.comPete’s cousin, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, woke up early to come in-studio and chat about tornado relief in Peoria, the new laws coming out of Springfield, and pension reform. ­­
 
http://www.intheknowillinois.com/In The Know Illinoiswww.intheknowillinois.com
 
SPRINGFIELD – With more than 200 new laws set to take effect January 1, 2014, Sate Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) released a summary of several of the more noteworthy Public Acts that will affect Illinoisans in the New Year. “The New Year will ring in hundreds of new laws in Illinois. Some you may have heard about, others you may be just learning about now,” said Reboletti. “I encour
 
As we ring in the New Year, more than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois. While many make minor changes to existing policy, some of the new laws represent significant changes for Illinoisans. Click on the link below to view a summary of the 200+ new laws that take effect on Wednesday, January 1st. New Laws for January 1, 2014 To view a slideshow of the more noteworthy laws for 2014, click h
 
Senator Rose presented with ‘Friend of Education’ award. The “Friend of Education” award was in recognition of the Senator’s outstanding service to State of Illinois schools.News Details | Senator Chapin Rose | Chapin Rose, Illinois State Senator – 51st Districtwww.senchapinrose.comIllinois Senator Chapin Rose represents the 51st District in the Illinois General Assembly, with offices in Springfi
 
“Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Friday asking a judge to order a review of what caused an explosion earlier this month at a chemical factory that left two workers hurt. Madigan [is] seeking an injunction that would order Blue Island Phenol of Alsip to conduct an analysis of the blast and its environmental impact.”Attorney General Madigan sues Alsip chemical plant over expl
 
I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:December 2013I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:
 
There are hundreds of new laws that will become effective next year on January 1, 2014. Here is a continued list of some of them that were enacted by the Illinois Legislature. A complete list can be found at http://www.ilhousegop.org. Please take note and share them with family, friends, and co-workers. 
 
As 2013 comes to an end, please consider contributing $25, $50 or $100 at (https://erikaharold.nationbuilder.com/contribute) to ensure that we have the resources to bring our message of reform to every voter in the district. It’s been an honor to share this campaign journey with you, and with your help, we know that the best is yet to come!
 
Our 14 for 14 feature has received more than 1 million views! Thank you for helping us share important news about laws taking effect this week.14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
I hope everyone has a fun, safe, and Happy New Year.
 
If you like working with numbers and data–and are looking for a way to support the campaign–then become a Guzzardi data volunteer. Email Melissa@WillGuzzardi.com if you can come by to help with data entry at the office this Thursday, January 2nd, or Friday, January 3rd. Photo by Christopher Dilts.
 
With 36 hours left in 2013, we need to raise just over $300 to meet our end of the year goal of $1,000 in online donations. If you can, give $5 or more right now to help. Thank you for all of your hard work and support this year. Here’s to making 2014 a year of accomplishment!I just gave to Mike Frerichs.secure.actblue.comJoin us! So far, 50 supporters have contributed $5,185.
 
We launched a new television advertisement highlighting our commitment to strengthening education in Illinois. Watch the spot by clicking this link: http://youtu.be/tceMIgEB684 I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois is given an opportunity to succeed. I’ll give parents more control and choices, reward the b
 
DOWNERS GROVE — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had a banner year in 2013 when it comes to blunders, according to U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax. Because the news media usually gives the liberal Democrat attack dog the benefit of the doubt when it comes to ridiculous comments or actions, you may have missed some of these: Durbin repeated the same Politifact “Lie of the Year” about keeping your insuran
 
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Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor launched a new television advertisement highlighting Bruce’s commitment to strengthening education in Illinois.Watch the spot by clicking this link: http://youtu.be/tceMIgEB684“I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois is given an opportunity to succeed,” Bruce Rauner said.
 
Comptroller unveils financial database enhancements SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday announced that she has added payment totals for state vendors and listings and compensation for all state Officers and Board …
 
Tax return insert shows how dollars are spent CHICAGO – Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday announced that when Illinois residents open their income tax returns in 2014, they will receive a breakdown of state spending, information about its unpaid bill backlog and other tools to help them better ‘follow the money.’
 
U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).    
 
On Saturday, emergency unemployment insurance for 80,000 long-term unemployed Illinois residents was cut off because Congress failed to authorize the funding. As I’ve said previously, I am extremely disappointed that Congress passed a budget without including an extension of unemployment insurance to help the more than 1 million hardworking Americans who are depending on these benefits as they loo
 
There are more than 200 bills set to take effect January 1st 2014.  For those who subscribe to my newsletter I highlighted some of the more high profile laws in an eblast this morning.  I encourage everyone to become familiar with these new laws so you don’t get caught mistakenly breaking one of them.  View the full list here.
 
Grand Prize – Bushmaster Carbon-15 First Prize – Springfield 1911 in .45ACP Second Prize – Mossberg 535 pump shotgun with 3 ½ inch combo 28” and 24” barrels DRAWING TO BE HELD ON MARCH 18, 2014 * 7:45PM Miss Karol’s in Watseka, prior to the election night party (Free Food) BUY TICKETS BY CLICKING THIS LINK: BUY TICKETS NOW!! MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE * MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO OWN A GUN WINNERS WIL
 
This week’s Duckworth Diary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d
 
Our government is piercing its socialistic agenda further into our lives. Starting January 1, 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will be banned. Learn more at http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/26/time-to-stock-up-on-incandescent-bulbs-before-they-go-out-permanently/. I am running for Congress to remove unnecessary government regulations that eliminate jobs and limit a consumer choice mar
 
I hope everyone is fully aware of the ban on use of cell phones while driving. Hands-free devices continue to be permissible for use.
 
Last week, Roll Call included IL-13 in its list of “Most Fascinating Races of 2014.” My campaign also earned the official endorsement from Progressive Kick, “an organization of “pragmatic progressives,” dedicated to electing viable, progressive candidates. Visit http://www.georgegollin.com to contribute today!George Gollin for Congressgeorgegollin.comScientist, Teacher, Watchdog and Democrat
 
I will be hosting a delightful Día de Reyes, 3 Kings Day, event at Panadería Azucar in Avondale. My goal is to bring local businesses, new customers, and plenty of foot traffic to one of my favorite local bakeries with Mexican flavor.On January 6th, the Mexican community (along with Latinos, Latin Americans, and many Catholics everywhere) celebrate the 3 King’s Day in honor of the holiday se
 
This will be THE issue coming soon. And it’s all about raising more revenue for the State. Fact: High earners already pay higher taxes now.Quinn Says Yes to Progressive Income Taxwww.nbcchicago.comDemocrat issues support for what could be one of the toughest legislative battles in the coming year.
 
There are only a few days left until the new year begins and more than 200 new laws take effect. Check out the full list at the Senate GOP website by clicking on the link below.New Laws for 2014senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with less regulation and lower taxes. Ill
 
More than 200 laws will become effective beginning January 1st, 2014. To see the full list, click here.
 
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hancock County State’s Attorney Jim Drozdz. I knew Jim as a man of many interests and many accomplishments. I will miss hearing him play the bagpipes…but will think of him, with a smile, whenever I hear someone play that instrument he so loved. My prayers of comfort and peace are with his wife, family and many friends in Hancock County.
 
If you would like to put a Glenn Nixon sign in your yard please private message me your name, address and phone number. We’ll respond to your message and have a sign delivered to you.
 
As the Senator who represents part of Joliet, I am proud that one of our own has taken the helm at my alma mater. Make us proud coach! “We have cadets here who will be serving and second-place is not OK so it won’t be with us.” — Jeff Monken http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/123013aaa.htmlMonken Intrdouced As New Army Football Coach – goARMYsports.com – Army Black Knights Of
 
Senator Hastings toured our campus, spoke with several students, staff, faculty, and answered questions regarding pension reform and the importance of higher education. Senator Hastings acknowledged the great work and dedication to student support our faculty and staff deliver on a daily basis. He was also very complimentary of the professionalism and energy our students brought to the roundtable
 
Alumnus Senator Michael Hastings recently met with students at Grissom Middle School and reviewed the legislative process and the importance of voting. http://www.ksd140.org/news/Senator-Hastings-Speaks-to-GMS-Students.cfm?grp_id=10286#.UsG6LPRDvg0Senator Hastings Speaks to GMS Studentswww.ksd140.orgThe mission of Kirby School District 140 is to meet or exceed the needs of the whole student. Our
 
Thanks to Rasmussen College – Mokena/Tinley Park for hosting me at your great institution! It was great to meet your students, staff and faculty — look forward to visiting again!
 
Museums bring us face to face with artifacts that connect us with people across generations like nothing else can. Thank you to President Richard Lariviere and The Field Museum for a wonderful tour of their latest exhibit on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Make one of your resolutions next year to visit a museum, and I guarantee it will be an eye opening experience!
 
Congratulations to Lemont High School in their win against Urban Prep High on the last day of games at Romeoville Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament!
 
Congratulations today to Romeoville High School in their win against Little Village on the last day of games at the Romeoville Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament!
 
The following law banning the use of hand-held cell phones will be implemented on January 1, 2014. We wanted to bring this to your attention: Illinois Hand Held Cell Phone Ban – Public Act 98-506 Beginning January 1, 2014, Illinois drivers may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device. A person who violates the new law will be fined a maximum of $75
 
While we’re bullish on Illinois, we cannot ignore the current circumstances: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/12/illinois-ranks-as-one-of-the-worst-out-migration-states-in-2013.htmlIllinois ranks as one of the worst out-migration states in 2013 – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comUnited Van Lines released its 37th annual migration study to The Associated Press. The comp
 
If I had to sum up my first year as a State Representative in one word, that word could only be: “Whoa.” Since Inauguration Day early last January, I have not retreated from difficult votes, decisions or conversations. We’ve debated everything from Pension Reform to Lion Meat Regulation. I have worked to understand each bill and issue in-depth. I have taken positions that my district asked me
 
State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie says she’s trying to negotiate a bill that would address the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision while respecting …
 
People planning to apply for concealed carry gun licenses are flocking to required firearms classes in anticipation of the Jan. 5 opening of the …
 
Sounds like coal is a goner, but that’s just not true. … above the big coal players because it operates almost exclusively in the Illinois coal basin (ILB).
 
DOWNERS GROVE – GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Doug Truax released his top 10 Richard “Dick” Durbin “ridiculous comments or actions” for 2013: Durbin repeated the same Politifact “Lie of the Year” about keeping your insurance under Obamacare. Our senior…
 
The Rauner campaign launched a new television ad about Rauner’s position on improving Illinois schools: “I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois is given…
 
County board Chairman Dan Cronin recently sat down with the Daily Herald to share his thoughts about the coming year, which will be the fourth of his …
 
Illinois remains in a deep post-recession funk, with the state’s population barely budging, according to the latest estimates released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Land of Lincoln grew by only about 52,000 residents between the …
 
Of the over 200 new laws coming into effect in Illinois in a matter of days, one of the most expansive areas of change has to do with transportation and …
 
Democrats Seek To Use Unproductive Congress Against Republicans In 2014 …Huffington PostSen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) <strong>Status:</strong> Retiring S.D. Senator Tim Johnson announces Tuesday, March 26, 2013 his retirement from the U.S. Senate after his term ends in early 2015 at the Al Neuharth Media Center in Vermillion, S.D. (AP Photo …
 
NBC ChicagoGovernor Quinn Announces $3.6 Million to Improve Laboratories at Illinois …4-traders (press release)Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Illinois to keep the state’s students competitive in the global marketplace. “We have a responsibility to …Illinois math, science academy
 
[worldnow id=9682012 width=385 height=288 type=video] (CBS) – We’re ready: That’s the message from Illinois State Police ahead of Sunday’s launch of concealed-carry licensing. The application process will be up and available on the state police website. It’s an application authorities say should take under 10 minutes to finish. It covers an applicant’s past and present. [cbs-audio url=http://cbsch
 
He says Illinois needs to borrow a page from the Department of Transportation on strategic planning instead of slashing and burning communities with …
 
New Illinois Law Prohibits Anyone Under 18 to Use a Tanning Bed … or at least I, haven’t heard anything about Illinois House Bill 188 which is an …
 
HB 2768 (PA 98-59) – In a school district other than the Chicago School District, a principal will have the responsibility to utilize the resources of law …
 
MyStateline.comIllinoisans to get state financials in tax returnsCharlotte ObserverCHICAGO State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Illinois residents will get a breakdown of state spending in income tax returns received in 2014. Topinka announced the initiative on Monday. She says her office will also make the information available …Deadbeat Illinois: Nonprofits don’t expect immediate relief fr
 
Two important pieces of legislation initiated this year by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) will take effect as new laws Jan. 1 and include …
 
HAMILTON, Illinois — Authorities say a county state’s attorney from western Illinois is dead after a car accident in Georgia. Dade County Coroner …
 
Pat Quinn a lot of political capital. Writing about the new law cost veteran gun scribe Dick Metcalf and editor Jim Bequette their jobs at Guns & Ammo.
 
Traffic Deaths On Illinois Roadways Increase In 2013CBS LocalWBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports as of noon, 973 people have died on Illinois roads in 2013, 19 more people than 2012 with more than a full day left in the year. Shannon Alderman, coordinator of IDOT’s alcohol program says the biggest reason is believed to …
 
New Director Named To Illinois Torture CommissionCBS LocalCHICAGO (AP) – A former federal prosecutor who most recently has worked as a Harvard University attorney has been picked to lead an Illinois commission investigating allegations of torture by Chicago police officers, the commission said Monday.Illinois torture commission resuming investigation
 
Legislator pushing earlier end to corrupt lawmakers’ pensions … has signed into law an overhaul of Illinois’ roughly $100 billion pension problem.
 
Lewis and Clark will receive $4.9 million and John Wood Community College (JWCC) in Quincy will receive $2.1 million for their parts in the effort.
 
State board honors Illinois’ top teachersPeoria Journal StarShe is recognized by colleagues and students at her Elgin school as an outstanding role model who builds relationships with students. Board Chairman Gery Chico says Reilly and Leisner are “great examples of the great teachers across Illinois.” Journal …Illinois honors top teachers
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois will end 2013 with $7.6 billion in unpaid bills, a 15 percent reduction from a year earlier, officials said Monday.
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Illinois law limits ways police can use drones
While those sites start exploring the possibilities of drone tech for business, the state of Illinois is about to limit the use of drones by law enforcement.
Constitutional lawyer Eric Reyes withdraws 17th District candidacy – Peoria Journal Star
Constitutional lawyer Eric Reyes withdraws 17th District candidacyPeoria Journal StarPEORIA — Third try won’t be the charm for Eric Reyes. The candidate for the GOP nomination in the 17th Congressional District abruptly dropped his bid for the seat Monday, clearing the way for a rematch between former Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona …Reyes withdraws from congressional primaryReyes Withdraws from
$15 Minimum Wage To Appear on Chicago Ballots
For years now, lawmakers in both Chicago and the Illinois legislature have been going back and forth over whether they should raise the floor on …
Jay Cutler definitely leaving — for his wife’s birthday
“One thing I know about Chicago: It’s been a long time since we had a quarterback like Jay Cutler,” he told reporters. “So all your stories this offseason, …
Our View: Responsible celebrating, comedy, parole in editorial stew – Rockford Register Star
Our View: Responsible celebrating, comedy, parole in editorial stewRockford Register StarIt’s New Year’s Eve and many of you think you’ll need a nip or two of an adult beverage to celebrate the coming of the new year. We have nothing against adult beverages – we’ve been known to hoist a few, especially while writing difficult editorials …
Township tax rate may bump up – Herald & Review
Township tax rate may bump upHerald & ReviewThe Illinois Municipal Retirement fund, at $80,786, and the Social Security contribution fund, $55,293, will remain at the level they were last year. The liability insurance fund will increase $32 from last year. In other business, the township …
Geneseo mayor named to municipal league board
Geneseo Mayor Linda Van Der Leest was elected one of 36 vice presidents of the 1,124-member Illinois Muncipal League at the organization’s 100th annual conference recently. As a vice president, she is a member of the board
Medical Marijuana Comes To Illinois in 2014
Medical marijuana is coming with the New Year. It’ll be available to those who want it to relieve 40 medical conditions, and who get a recommendation from their doctor – but not right away, says Dan Linn, director of the Illinois…
Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end
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Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 30

For all you smokers out there starting January 1st, you may face stiffer penalties if you don’t dispose of your cigarette butts in the trash.Right now there are already city ordinances in Springfield for those who litter with cigarettes. It’s a $25 fine. …
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1dkeKR8 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1chkpTG 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1dkeKRe 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1dkeKRi 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1chknv3 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1chkqa0 
 
 
Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation – Industry has come under fire for GMO’s, hormones, and inhumane … http://ow.ly/2CwxuM 
 
 
What do you think of Pat Quinn’s chances, at this moment, of winning the Democrats’ nomination and/or re-election next year?’I want to be a humble governor’: Pat Quinn touts 2013 efforts in bid to keep jobwww.rrstar.comCHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn enters the election year of 2014 on the heels of a number of state legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois’ $100 bi
 
 
E-Cigarette Issue Getting Louderhttp://t.co/PiEIY5r37J http://t.co/46mSgWu275WJOL News (@WJOL) posted a photo on Twitterpic.twitter.comGet the whole picture – and other photos from WJOL News
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Concealed carry board, top news stories of the year, Chicago’s murder… http://goo.gl/fb/qY7ug 
 
 
Tribune’s pictures of the year. Loss, love, hope: http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-20131225-tribune-2013-pictures-of-the-year-pictures/ …
 
 
 
Thousands of Illinois residents are heading back to the classroom next under a new state law allowing people to apply … last state in the nation to approve a law allowing concealed carry. State Police say they expect around 400-thousand …
 
 
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District Attorney From Illinois Dies In Truck Crash At Wildwood, Ga. Sunday, December 29, 2013. The district attorney for Hancock County, Ill., died in a …
 
 
Why now? Why bother?” Got a comment or question? Drop me an email at mpyke@dailyherald.com or follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/DHInTransit.
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. Bob Flider is staying busy and having fun as director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. What does he …
 
 
Deadbeat Illinois: Nonprofits don’t expect immediate relief from pension dealRockford Register StarIn the meantime, organizations like Stepping Stones that serve clients with behavioral and mental health problems are preparing for the upcoming switch to managed care systems for medicaid clients. Instead of billing the state for clients on Medicaid …
 
 
Pete’s cousin, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, woke up early to come in-studio and chat about tornado relief in Peoria, the new laws coming out of Springfield, and pension reform. ­­
 
 
Blessed to participate in the Fellowship Baptist District Association’s 5th Sunday Inspirational at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign. December 5th Sunday Inspirational – Salem 2013
 
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 1 hour agoKirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford — opposed pension reform legislation, keeping alive their chances to get…
 
 
 
Illinois Fracking Regulation Public Comments. Effingham, IL Part 1 http://dlvr.it/4btqYH 
 
 
WBBM: A Chicago Business Entrepreneur Credits Education For Her Success http://cbsloc.al/1jZ9zeV 
 
 
IL Sec of State Jesse White at 7:20 this morning, listen on line at http://wjpf.com 
 
 
‘I want to be a humble governor’: Pat Quinn touts 2013 efforts in bid to keep job – Freeport Journal http://www.snsanalytics.com/pAwOy6 
 
 
No cell phone use while driving, unless you’re hands-free, is the new law beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 1. Some… http://fb.me/3bwYcURJJ 
 
 
The new law banning phone-to-ear cell phone use while driving begins Wednesday, Jan. 1. Beginning then only… http://fb.me/2hmGADNfZ 
 
 
Mother always said it was darkest just before dawn. When it comes to the state of Illinois, I cannot yet see the sun or its penumbra from beneath the horizon, but there are signs that the future may brighten. We
 
 
Most people who use Twitter probably have experienced tweet regret: That tweet you thought was funny but crossed the line. The ornery tweet directed at a specific person. The TMI (too much information) tweet about a gastrointestinal experience. The alcohol-induced
 
 
If the Madison and St. Clair County courts are such terrible places, why are defense attorneys content to have asbestos cases heard there?Click to Continue »
 
 
Even in a year of blockbuster headlines — gay marriage, pension reform, Obamacare and more — it’s worth remembering that people are involved in each one. Here’s a people-centric look back the year that was.
 
 
Most publicly traded companies based in the state saw share prices rise in 2013. Here’s a look at the year’s winners and losers.
 
 
This is not the set up for a bad joke, it’s a real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the pool. Along with a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out.
 
 
Nearly 150-thousand Illinois teachers are preparing to pay more out of their own pockets for supplies in their classrooms.  A 250-dollar federal tax deduction will no longer be available to educators starting next year.  Some teachers estim…
 
 
FACEBOOK FEEDBACK: Starting Jan. 1 teenagers under the age of 18 will be unable to go into tanning beds in IL. What do you think about this law?
 
 
Preliminary figures show the number of deer hunted in Illinois is down this year.
 
 
The Daily Herald’s best images of 2013 from the photographers in our Kane, McHenry and DuPage County bureaus.
 
 
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) – Wish there was a way to predict when a “snow day” will occur? Three northern Illinois teenagers have created a phone app that helps do just that and it’s been getting some buzz. Calvin Breseman, Tanishq Dubey and Gustavo Farias are seniors at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. They created the Snow Day Calculator. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported Monday th
 
 
Area hunters and outdoors men familiar with game warden’s of central Illinois will be saying goodbye to a man they’re accustomed to seeing on a regular basis. Picture: Wichus (Left) Works with area hunter Department of Natural Resources Conservatio…
 
 
 
While the Bears may have broken many hearts tonight, thanks to Jay Shultz for sending this photo
 
 
Thanks to the politically active students who showed their support in DC!
 
 
Bears lose, but on the bright side my weekends opened up in January. More time for campaign work!
 
 
Berrista Coffee will make a great addition to the Irving Park neighborhood. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131218/BLOGS09/131219752/homaro-cantus-berrista-coffee-coming-to-old-irving-park#Homaro Cantu’s Berrista Coffee coming to Old Irving Parkwww.chicagobusiness.comThe Michelin-starred chef is putting his latest idea, a spot built around the miracle berry, in Old Irving Park.
 
 
 
Tune in at 2PM Monday afternoon and join Justin Kaufmann on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift to listen about 100 years of Chicago bungalows. Stay tuned tomorrow for a set of virtual multimedia home tours of bungalows across the city.Robin Amer’s PhotosMonday afternoon I join @[1116611254:2048:Justin Kaufmann] on @[13263980999:274:WBEZ]'s Afternoon Shift to talk about 100 years of
 
 
Blessed to participate in the Fellowship Baptist District Association’s 5th Sunday Inspirational at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign. December 5th Sunday Inspirational – Salem 2013
 
 
 
The most surprising news event of 2013 was the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Web portal to Obamacare.    
 
 
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M—–F—-r!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
Sad for the Bears loss; Postseason games help the local economy. That said, congrats to Packers fans and good luck in the playoffs.
 
 
Torture panel set to resume http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-torture-commission-burge-met-20131230,0,964667.story?track=rss …
 
 
Best quote of the day,”The Bears stink”. Finn age 5.
 
 
URBANA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state-funded rehabilitation project at the University of Illinois’ Lincoln Hall has allowed the building to achieve LEED Platinum status, the nation’s highest “green building” designation. This designation is particularly difficult to achieve with projects on historic buildings like Lincoln Hall, and it is only the second historic building in th
 
 
AURORA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.6 million investment from his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to upgrade laboratories at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) in Aurora. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Illinois to keep the state’s students co
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 31 Illinois counties will receive a total of nearly $7 million to divert non-violent offenders from prison into more effective community-based services. The investments are through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a proven, successful program that is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to reducing crime and improving public safety. Under Governor Quinn’s l
 
 
Chicago TribuneGaming Board calls influx of sweepstakes video games illegalChicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers promised years ago to finally get rid of video poker machines that had long gone unregulated and untaxed in dark corners of bars across the state. In turn, they legalized video gambling machines that were taxed and tightly controlled.
 
 
The post Conte/Cutler/Tucker era begins!
 
 
I found a real good deal on an authentic No 47 Bears Jersey at the thrift store. It seemed barely used!
 
 
A military veteran reportedly tried to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at Midway Airport during the busy holiday travel weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Josephine M. Coleman, 25, of Country Club Hills, was charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon, and ordered held Sunday in lieu of $25,000. Coleman was arrested Saturday after she placed a carry-on bag containing a Smith & We
 
 
Back from a #Bears twitter breather. The Mel Tucker blaming is understandable but the guy who has to fix D is Phil Emery. Did it w O.
 
 
Happy for Aaron Rodgers (but not the Packers). Sad for the Bears (but not Jay Cutler).
 
 
Players from Wisconsin’s football team watched the Packers-Bears game from their hotel in Orlando as they prep for the Capital One Bowl. When Randall Cobb caught the game-winning touchdown for Green Bay, most of them celebrated. Most of them. The Bears fan in the Matt Forte jersey was so, so unhappy.
 
 
Illinoisans soon will be able to stomp the gas pedal a little harder on rural interstates, but they’ll have to put down their mobile phones when they do it. –> http://bit.ly/1ioxWkv
 
 
[Packers cornerback Tramon Williams tries to talk to Brandon Marshall, who’s fine with a face full of Soldier Field grass. Sam Shields had just picked off Jay Cutler to end the game, and the Bears’ season. Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great attendance and huge support at our Meet and Greet in Carmi, White County.
 
 
Best quote of the day,”The Bears stink”. Finn age 5.
 
 
A shame. That one was there for the Bears. They should have won but found a way to lose.
 
 
 
 
Detail on my AP piece: state officials tell us backlog of gun owner ID applications cleared http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/1b33a142e05f4649b2337b79e67256ca/IL–Gun-Permits … via @therepublicnews
 
 
Peoria PR: Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence http://bit.ly/19yUV7z 
 
 
Plus, Everyday Essentials and a handy Patch User Guide.
 
 
A college student who made the final of a national potatio chip flavor contest, a retiring village manager and two police chiefs who took other jobs were among Lake County’s 2013 newsmakers.
 
 
Capitalize on America’s energy boomUncle Sam has a chance to make one of the good-news stories of 2013 even better next year.
 
 
By Jason Prechtel Right now, Turkey is in the midst of a widespread political scandal worthy of Cook County. After conducting a two-year corruption probe, Turkish police detained dozens of individuals last Tuesday morning. Several of the suspects — including the head of a state-owned bank, the sons of three government ministers, and others linked to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoga
 
 
Q: Is it legal to dial a phone while driving? A: Not with a hand-held device. If a driver is holding up and manipulating a device for actions such as dialing, it is a finable offense. Q: Can I push the speaker button and hold it on my lap?
 
 
And we wonder why we don’t win. MT @natashakorecki: ‘Intense’ anti-Rauner attack ads on horizon in IL GOP race. http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/24615209-418/illinois-unions-strength-will-be-put-to-test-in-year-ahead-natasha-korecki.html …
 
 
Ditka! RT @670TheScore: Video: Mike Ditka falls asleep during ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ http://cbsloc.al/19UBpTk 
 
 
 
 
 
DuPage County will host two informational meetings in January about the Human Services Grant Fund, according to a county news release.
 
 
Interest in concealed carry classes reported high. http://bit.ly/1cA8kgR 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
You can tell Dominic’s went out of business while at #Mariano’s. 17 check out lanes filled 3 deep. #lovthisplace
 
 
Meet the 11th Congressional Candidate, Chris Balkema, and his family! http://vimeo.com/m/82313492 
 
 
 
I was endorsed by Jon Zahm, a former chairman of the Illinois Center Right Coalition.
 
 
 
Five of the six largest employers in the Chicago area are government entities. That is unsustainable. These aren’t the jobs you’re looking for.
 
 
 
IllinoisStatePolice tell AP they’ve eliminated backlog of gun-owner card applications as they gear up 4 conceal carry http://apne.ws/19vPvfS 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn reflects on pensions, same-sex marriage legislation. Looks ahead at 2014 election year in AP interview http://bit.ly/19vHszO 
 
 
An interesting piece we did years ago! RT@CaseyKlaus: Video: Inside the Cook County Jail http://www.cklaus.net/ccjail/ 
 
 
We’re hiring! Apply to be our Get Out the Vote Coordinator–it’s a great team, an exciting race, and a chance to make real progressive change in Chicago and Illinois. Apply here: http://www.willguzzardi.com/will_guzzardi_campaign_hiring_a_get_out_the_vote_coordinator Photo by Christopher Dilts.
 
 
Illinois Policy Institute posts as great quote.
 
 
Illinois Sends $7 Million to Prison Diversion ProgramSt. Louis Public RadioThe funds come through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a program that encourages local jurisdictions to treat and supervise certain offenders, using tools like drug courts and mental health courts. Quinn’s office says the program saves up to $17,000 per year …
 
 
The bill, championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, calls for … While Madigan’s plan passed the House with ease, the Senate soundly …
 
 
(CBS) — Without mentioning names, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher made some pointed comments on the current Bears coaching staff in a report by Dan Pompei. The former Bears star told Pompei, “The thing is, when Lovie was there, we didn’t make mistakes. We didn’t run through wrong gaps. We did our walk-throughs every day and we knew where we needed to fit, we knew what we needed to do every
 
 
Quinn: “Community-based programs are more cost-effective and produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders,”
 
 
Gov. Quinn announces that 31 Illinois counties will receive $7 million to divert non-violent offenders from prison into community services.
 
 
A published report says credit card statements from the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department were altered several times since 2011.
 
 
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans swept into governorships on a tea-party fueled wave of discontent four years ago, taking over statehouses long governed by Democrats with promises of conservative economic and social policy makeovers.
 
 
CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn enters the 2014 election year on the heels of several legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis and the legalization of same-sex marriage. In a year-end …
 
 
I consider state Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat, among the gutsiest legislators in Illinois, and I wish others had his tenacity. I plan to see him to discuss introducing legislation to change and strengthen criminal law. I’ve talked to …
 
 
SUNDAY MORNING READING: Here’s good read in today’s H&R regarding economic development efforts in Decatur. My… http://fb.me/13UMBdIYL 
 
 
Gov. Quinn announces that 31 Illinois counties will receive $7 million to divert non-violent offenders from prison into community services.
 
 
Quinn: “Community-based programs are more cost-effective and produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders,”
 
 
Countdown, Illinois Capitol cats: a month from today session resumes, and @GovernorQuinn gives his State of the State speech. #twill Ready?
 
 
Pat Quinn directly requested that the EPA reconsider the proposed rule. Quinn also stressed the economic and environmental importance of ethanol …
 
 
AP Interview: Quinn touts 2013 efforts in 2014 bidBelleville News DemocratCHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn enters the 2014 election year on the heels of several legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis and the legalization of same-sex marriage. In a year-end …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – A number of new laws going into effect in the new year have a direct effect on Illinois minors.
 
 
The state of Illinois should not raise the minimum-wage rate above its current level of $8.25 per hour.
 
 
#Connected2Chicago Year in Review + Cardinal George today at Noon @wlsam890 #twill
 
 
Rick addresses the recently passed pension law and what to expect moving forward to 2014. He also talks about Ventra’s recent claim that the service is getting better, callers chime in. Chicago also has a new “litter” law in which people who litter will be fined $50. This includes cigarette butts. Rick comes up with the “butt cup” invention to help dispose of your cigarette butts.
 
 
GENEVA—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently announced that he is now accepting applications for spring 2014 semester internships in both his Washington, D.C. and Geneva offices. The position is unpaid and will run approximately …
 
 
BLOOMINGTON – Illinois’ attempt to expand its crisis hotline will require more local fundraising to truly become a statewide service, according to the new man in charge of the effort. Incoming President Dave Barber said nearly all Illinois counties are …
 
 
Tyler turned 1 in 2013 and he found out he’s having a sister in 2014. http://instagram.com/p/igljdXwscq/ 
 
 
In 2013, I hosted job fairs, brought home over $15 million dollars for local communities and… http://instagram.com/p/iglW8iQsca/ 
 
 
2013 was a great year personally and professionally. Here’s a look back at a few pictures where the… http://instagram.com/p/iglIlvwscM/ 

Today’s headlines — Sunday, Dec. 29

FRANKLIN COUNTY– Saturday has been the day that more than a million Americans have dreaded. Long-term unemployment benefits run out for 1.3 million people across the country.
 
 
 
The state of Illinois will provide $3.6 million to upgrade laboratories at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in suburban Chicago.
 
 
 
Meeting w/ members of the #BrookportIL community after touring some of the tornado damage. My prayers are with them. pic.twitter.com/6YKU8EFcfk
 
 
In Southern IL again tonight & First Baptist Church of Raleigh (Saline) services tomorrow. #twill
 
 
Tomorrow I’m having a free meet & greet in #CarmiIL at the White County GOP HQ (108 Main St) from 1:45-2:45pm. #twill
 
 
I will also have a free meet & greet tomorrow (12/28) in #MtCarmelIL at Hogg Heaven BBQ Restaurant (411 W 9th St) from 3:30-4:30pm. #twill
 
 
 
In which @CarolMarin calls out @BruceRauner for ducking the press: http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/24618850-452/paging-rauner-in-the-rose-garden.html …
 
 
Springfield-area residents: Health-care law’s long-term impact uncertain – Springfield, IL http://bit.ly/1dhiUJD  #twill #ACA #ObamaCare
 
 
Campaign to sign up ‘young invincibles’ goes to the extreme – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/Jm7Vng 
 
 
SIU to accept scholarship applications http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu-to-accept-scholarship-applications/article_40d26568-6f2f-11e3-94cd-001a4bcf887a.html …
 
 
After a lifetime in politics, State Sen. Kirk Dillard never takes a single position on anything. He even appeared in an ad for Barack Obama AND endorsed John…
 
 
 
Illinois is the only state in the country that doesn’t allow concealed carry for weapons. But a new law is changing that. People are packing the classes in a rush to get their permit. In order to get that permit people have to take a sixteen hour class …
 
 
Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2013. There is 1 day left in the year.1863 — 150 years ago: The custom of issuing a New Year’s address has been discontinued by this office as it
 
 
 
The Lake County Jail is moving closer to getting out from under the federal consent decree that required changes at the jail.
 
 
A federal judge has let John Hinckley — who tried to kill President Reagan — out for a longer stretch every month from the hospital, but that doesn’t worry one of the men he shot. “Not in the slightest,” says Tim McCarthy, the former U.S. Secret Service agent who has been Orland Park’s police chief since 1994. “Maybe it should be the other way around . . . I’m still in law enforcement. I have n
 
 
What do you think Stephenson County can do to attract jobs in 2014?Year in Review: Local firms target unemployment ratewww.journalstandard.comFREEPORT – Stephenson County’s unemployment numbers hovered around 10 percent for the majority of 2013 but local leaders are hopeful that the job market will improve in 2014.
 
 
Chicago real estate icon dies at 98Chicago TribuneBy Jonathan Bullington Tribune reporter … John W. Baird, a prominent Chicago real estate developer who led his family’s Baird & Warner real estate company for decades, died Friday night in a Glenview hospice at age 98, according to a company release.
 
 
Region loses their own in 2013, while peace comes to SIU Board, Herrin …The SouthernDanny Coston of Carmi received 50 years in prison for murdering Jacob Wheeler, 22, and Jessica Evans, 17, in 2012. • Toren Stanley, 20, was shot and killed in March in Carbondale. … Marcus Marshall, who was convicted and sentenced in 2011 to 85 years …
 
 
Bridges aging across Illinois, nationCanton Daily LedgerIn a 10-county area in west-central Illinois, 282 bridges are deemed deficient, with 54 of those in Peoria County, 46 in Livingston County and 41 in Knox County. As a whole, the region accounts for roughly 8.1 percent of the state’s 2,311 deficient …
 
 
Transportation issues facing 2014 LegislatureWaterloo Cedar Falls CourierFew lawmakers dispute the Iowa Department of Transportation’s estimate of a $215 million annual backlog in critical infrastructure needs. But they haven’t mustered the votes to make a significant dent in it despite support from powerful lobbying groups …Road funding on the line for Iowa lawmakers
 
 
WBGZ Radio 12/29/2013. By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. Tio Hardiman Does Gov. Pat Quinn have a challenger in the Democratic primary?
 
 
Two outlet malls, a Hy-Vee supermarket and more hospital construction are on the schedule for 2014 in Springfield. The new year also should bring …
 
 
Anyone who drives a motor vehicle in Illinois will be impacted by a new state law that takes effect in just a few days. On Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, it …
 
 
The Republican candidates for governor all believe Democratic policies are to blame for Illinois’ unemployment rate. State Sen. Kirk Dillard …
 
 
U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK, R-Peoria, used a national platform last weekend to deliver a message that he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a “ripoff” …
 
 
Thank you for your great readership in 2013. It was a year that brought some content additions to The State Journal-Register and set the groundwork …
 
 
From the copper doors at the Statehouse to the shredding scandal that rocked Springfield city hall, 2013 was marked by a drumbeat of moments that …
 
 
The state of Illinois should not raise the minimum wage rate above its current level of $8.25 per hour. The federal government, however, might …
 
 
 
Initially, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the span into downtown Joliet would be shut for three weeks but the closure became …
 
 
The Michael Bolton-Honda commercials persist. Someone at Honda really hates Honda and must be trying to sink the… http://fb.me/1BPjEpmuk 
 
 
Celebration planned to mark Governor’s Hometown Award won by Barry YMCA. http://whig.me/1dLNskQ 
 
 
Thank you for your support so far. Please help us grow viewership! #ILGOP #IL3 #RestoreIL3 #Illinois #GOP #RNC #IL pic.twitter.com/NnR6QJkfV8
 
 
The Republicans Have Always Had A Plan – http://eepurl.com/Lxw0D 
 
 
@CollegeDemsofIL To help @GeorgeGollin beat @RodneyDavis in November!
 
 
Love it! “@AmandaVinicky: Can’t escape #Illinois’ elections…Need a campaign song, @KirkDillard? pic.twitter.com/oqTQSXNlyR”
 
 
Who are the 25 longest-serving #Illinois lawmakers?—->http://ow.ly/s7gvw  Before you click, who do you think is #1? #twILL
 
 
GENEVA – For the first time, news cameras were allowed inside Kane County courtrooms in 2013. The Kane County Chronicle was granted access for …
 
 
Meanwhile, bridges in Morton are mostly sound. http://www.mortontimesnews.com/article/20131220/NEWS/131229984Bridges sound in Mortonwww.mortontimesnews.comA strong part of Morton has always been the public works department. Besides managing the streets and pipes running through the city, director Craig Loudermilk said that the department also looks after 31 bridges and culverts in the village. The
 
 
There are hundreds of new laws that will become effective next year on Jan. 1. Here is a continued list of some of them that were enacted by the Illinois Legislature. A complete list can be found at ilhousegop.org. Please take note and share …
 
 
Illinois residents will see more than 200 new laws take effect on January 1, 2014. According to Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) lawmakers approved measures addressing issues such as litter, cell phone usage, state hiring, and public safety.
 
 
Hey Veterans. Air Force pilot and Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted to cut your benefits. In fact Vets were singled out for this cut.
 
 
I’m running for Congress to repeal Obamacare & replace it with free market concepts. http://ow.ly/i/48WJs 
 
 
School facilities sales tax goes into effect Wednesday in Henry CountyKewanee Star CourierThe United Township district could receive approximately $45,000 a year while the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico district could see $11,000 a year. The one-cent sales tax will be collected by the State of Illinois and then distributed to the school …
 
 
Two of the three eastbound (into Illinois) lanes of the J.B. Bridge will be closed this weekend for repairs. http://fox2now.com/2013/12/27/lane-closures-on-jb-bridge-this-weekend/Lane closures on JB Bridge this weekendfox2now.comST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Two of the three lanes on eastbound Interstate 255 on the JB Bridge will be closed this weekend. Starting Friday night at seven, only one lane of
 
 
As for Illinois’ new law, there are a few exceptions and perhaps even a loophole or two. Drivers still can talk on the phone and drive if they use …
 
 
Wheaton financial planner sends clients $100, asks them to spend it on helping …Daily JournalWHEATON, Illinois — Every Thanksgiving since 1984, independent financial adviser Terry Hannon of Wheaton has mailed her clients a holiday letter that thanks them for their business and explains how she made donations to charities in their names.
 
 
RT @DonWalkerJS: Sun-Times says Chicago will have lowest # of homicides since 1965. In #Milwaukee, homicides trended up slightly in 2013.
 
 
Thanks to the great Dominick’s employees who worked hard, fed their families, and now search for work. We are in your debt.
 
 
Lunchtime media availability today at Kiki’s Coffeehouse in #AnnaIL. pic.twitter.com/aMK63sNefR
 
 
Marion stop & late breakfast at Mary Lou’s in Carbondale, greeting customers & working the grill. Going Deep South this afternoon #twill
 
 
LEMONT – U.S. senators Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wrote a joint letter asking U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to approve an Argonne National Laboratory project on mass transit safety, according to a news release from Kirk’s office.
 
 
OTTAWA — LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne has been named president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.
 
 
A tax credit for employers who hire veterans or ex-offenders expires next week.Tax credit for employers who hire veterans to expirewww.wjbc.comCongress will let a tax credit expire at the end of the year. It offered a credit of up to $9,600 to employers who hired veterans or ex-offenders. (Photo from WikiCommons/KathrinTausch)
 
 
ISU Asst. Professor resigns after faking AIDS Vaccine Results. Read the latest here:Federal Documents: ISU Asst. Professor Resigns After Faking AIDS Vaccine Results – CBS St. Louisstlouis.cbslocal.comAn assistant professor involved in AIDS vaccine research at Iowa State University has resigned after an investigation showed that he made the medication appear more effective than it actually was.
 
 
Cook County Clerk David will preside over the first Cook County marriage of 2014, at about 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. A tradition for more than 20 years, Orr marries the couple who get the first marriage license of the year, who also get gifts donated by local businesses.
 
 
Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher tested his acting chops on stage Friday night. Urlacher is appeared in the Goodman Theatre production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ It’s a one-night only performance, part of the theatre’s annual Make-a-Wish night. He is appearing with 17-year-old Kenneth Schumacher who suffers from a heart condition. Other athletes participating in the past include Scottie Pippen, Bob
 
 
Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president. Yet in the search for a home for…
 
 
The Grayville City Council and the Grayville School Board are working hand in hand to land a “Safe Routes to School” grant for over $170,000.
 
 
It was a fantastic, memorable run. There were no disappointments — the ones Chicago sports fans have come to expect. The Bears, believe it or not, …
 
 
State Farm Center Receives $5 Million Donation … University of Illinois alum John Guiliani has secured naming rights for the State Farm Center’s …
 
 
At the Williamson County GOP meeting this morning in #Marion.
 
 
Olson: Rutherford a practical candidate with a planDekalb Daily ChronicleOn how he would get along as governor with the state House and Senate solidly controlled by Democrats, Rutherford said he will work with the two leaders rather than antagonize and try to force them into things the way former Gov. … On jobs …
 
 
He was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2002, following a 10-year term in the House of Representatives where he served as assistant Republican …
 
 
DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba is reminding residents of new traffic laws being put in place starting Jan. 1 aimed at reducing crashes and distracted driving, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
 
 
Hey Veterans. Air Force pilot and Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted to cut your benefits. In fact Vets were singled out for this cut.
 
 
I’m running for Congress to repeal Obamacare & replace it with free market concepts. http://ow.ly/i/48WJs 
 
 
We can’t keep spending what we don’t have… http://fb.me/12Su8XTWS 
 
 
At the Williamson County GOP meeting this morning in #Marion. pic.twitter.com/ROvhVSMUB7
 
 
W/ Marilyn Martin, owner of Mary Lou’s Grill in #Carbondale, where I held a media avail this morning. pic.twitter.com/NWzcbUDTlS
 
 
Bruce Rauner dodges news media as he runs for gov. @CarolMarin column http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/24618850-452/paging-rauner-in-the-rose-garden.html …
 
 
A light bomber lifts off from Route 66 bypass (Dirksen Pkwy), Dec. 30, ’42. It needed emergency repair. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/G9lWk8uCBp
 
 
2014 ushers in new state laws on issues from medical marijuana to tanning beds http://bit.ly/1aea7Un 
 
 
There will be other lawsuits too. RT @Ward_Room: Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law http://bit.ly/1aeIFGf 
 
 
Since last night’s mess with @southwestair, I now have 6 different confirmation numbers and no faith I’m actually getting on a plane.
 
 
Quinn: Concealed carry panel board named http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-quinn-concealed-carry-board-1229-20131229,0,6341954.story … #twill
 
 
Feels like the third Saturday this week. Breaks are nice but things feel so disjointed.
 
 
Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Chicago-GOP-Goes-After-Fake-Madigan-Challenger-237239491.html … via @ward_room
 
 
During the Cold War, this location was home to part of the Nike Hercules missile defense system #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47J2c 
 
 
Year in Review – Sep. 18: Inspired to #NeverGiveUp. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/5RSlTDZMAJ
 
 
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit over the chemical plant explosion at Blue Island Phenol in Alsip in unincorporated Cook County.
 
 
The map below is a snapshot of what section of town has the most carpoolers.
 
 
Illinois has some of the top universities and colleges in the country. Leaders at these fine institutions must make pretty good money. We wondered how much. You’ll find the answers here.
 
 
State Rep. Carol Sente’s ‘Cell Phones for Soliders Drive’ a a success http://bit.ly/1cWTRrK
 
 
Are you looking forward to the Kidzeum? The second phase of its capital campaign, “Vital for Our Youth 2.0,” is underway.Springfield’s Kidzeum closing in on $6.5 million funding goalwww.sj-r.comThe blueprints are drawn, the floor plan laid out and a color scheme is set.Now, all Kidzeum needs to become an interactive destination for kids and their parents to learn about science is the rem
 
 
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, candidate for Illinois Governor in 2014, will be in Carmi at the White County Republican Headquarters on Main Street from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.
 
 
At the Williamson County GOP meeting this morning in #Marion.
 
 
With Marilyn Martin, owner of Mary Lou’s Grill in Carbondale. I held a media availability there this morning as part of my Southern Illinois tour.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced appointments to the state’s Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. Today’s appointments fill each of the board’s seven positions and will continue the state’s implementation of the law.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today announced that the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) provided more than $471 million in financing this year to make 5,000 quality affordable rental homes available to working families, seniors and people with disabilities. Since Governor Quinn took office, IHDA has provided $2.2 billion in financing to build or preserve more than 19,600 affordable apartme
 
 
Defy the odds. Push the body count lower in 2014 and beyond.Only in Chicago, where murder is a macabre civic pathology and an almost daily habit, would the slaughter of more than 400 people in 2013 be cause for relief. But with the 503 killings of 2012 still haunting the city, this year’s 4TK through Dec. 26 is an improvement. Context, though, counts: These two years flank by nearly equal margins
 
 
It won’t be long before voters will be hearing nasty advertisements on radio and television, the prelude to Republican and Democratic voters selecting party nominees for the November 2014 election. The days left in 2013 are dwindling down to a precious few. By this time next week, it’ll be 2014. A new year is generally perceived as a hopeful sign. It signals a light at the end of the tunnel,
 
 
The following is a press release from the office of State Representative Carol Sente regarding her Holida Cell Phones for Soliders Drive. Read on for details. VERNON HILLS, Ill. – State Representative Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, announced …

Today’s headlines — Saturday, Dec. 28

#Iran’s announcement of new and advanced centrifuges should be met by Congress with new and advanced sanctions. http://bit.ly/1eK7H7J 
 
 
 
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says drivers will have a couple of new laws to be aware of starting January 1st.  Kelsey’s Law is for teens trying to get a license.  If they have an unresolved traffic citation, they will not be able…
 
 
Parents will no longer be required to tell school officials if their child tests positive for HIV.  State rep LaShawn Ford says the requirement wasn’t just violating people’s privacy, it was also keeping some from getting tested. [a…
 
 
The Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has been at the forefront of the digital age, and in addition to their various social media sites, has upgraded its home page to showcase the offerings of the area.  CVB President Brett St…
 
 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says officers will step up enforcement efforts against seat belt and drunken driving violators.
 
 
 
Dear @southwestair, I would really like the 2 hours of my life back your customer service failures cost me today.
 
 
 
I’m holding a media availability tomorrow (12/28) at 1:00pm in #Vienna at the Vienna Restaurant (511 E Vine). #twill
 
 
I’m holding a media availability tomorrow (12/28) at 11:30am in #AnnaIL at the Kiki’s Coffee House (326 S Main). #twill
 
 
I’m holding a media availability tomorrow (12/28) at 10:15am in #Carbondale at Mary Lou’s (114 S. Illinois). #twill
 
 
I’m attending the Williamson County GOP meeting tomorrow (12/28) at 9am in #Marion at the Ryan’s Steakhouse (2706 Walton Way). #twill
 
 
Quinn office on pension reform suit: “We always expected a lawsuit just as we expect this landmark reform will be upheld as constitutional.”
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18P2tVp 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1fO33C2 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1cbUmNz 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1cbUmNG 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1cbUnAZ 
 
 
WREX: Rockford lawmakers “not surprised” by pension plan lawsuit http://bit.ly/1cXFvY0 
 
 
Southern: Rutherford says stop ‘bombshell’ closings http://bit.ly/19pJKL2 
 
 
Ill. State Police to Give Concealed Carry Update Monday http://ow.ly/2CtLv0 
 
 
Illinois needs a strategic plan for agriculture, according to the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. “Agriculture in Illinois is too important not to be managed with a massive, comprehensive strategic plan,” says C…
 
 
 
Illinois politicos are always good for a laugh, no? – RonCrazy for Cartoons? Look Back at 2013 for Laughsbolingbrook.patch.comWhich Illinois politician will be arrested next? What will happen with our taxes? Which big corporation will threaten to leave us next? Predictions, a
 
 
 
Now, all Kidzeum needs to become an interactive destination for kids and their parents to learn about science is the remaining $1.75 million of the …
 
 
Chicago TribuneAldermen try to balance old, new wardsChicago TribuneBy John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter. December 29, 2013. As she plans a campaign for a third term, Chicago Ald. Toni Foulkes has found herself trying to help both the people she already represents and the new ones she’ll be asking to vote for her in …
 
 
Quinn: 5K affordable homes provided in 2013Belleville News DemocratSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois state officials say they’ve provided financing this year to make 5,000 affordable rental homes available. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that the Illinois Housing Development Authority put up more than $471 million in …
 
 
Even the Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, is unable to advise its members. Executive …
 
 
 
Pat Quinn will help. The bill will double the amount of money available for clean water initiatives and ideally speed up the application process.
 
 
 
Pat Quinn said in a previous news release. The number of highways where new speeds are authorized could change. Cook and the “collar” counties …
 
 
CALUMET CITY | The Illinois Department of Transportation will inspect the northbound and southbound bridges on the Bishop Ford Freeway over the …
 
 
It probably was fitting that, as the final days of 2013 ticked away, the Chicago Republican Party scored a minor victory against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, getting what it considered to be a Madigan plant off the GOP primary ballot …
 
 
But only about 30 percent of the Illinois Tollway’s 286-mile network will get the higher speed limit, according to a map released by IDOT. And in the Chicago area, the 70-mph limit will be posted only on five fairly short stretches of interstate.
 
 
The bridges carrying the U.S. Route 20 Bypass on the south edge of Rockford over the Rock River will be reconstructed for $20,842,811 by Civil Constructors, Inc., of Freeport, the lowest of four bidders. Traffic may continue to flow along the …
 
 
 
I am incapable of BS’ing people to get votes. Put a group together, I’d love to introduce myself. It’s time for A New Era for Illinois!
 
 
 
You’ve received an Evite invitation.www.evite.comYou’re invited to Leslie Munger for IL State Rep Campaign “Kickoff” – Click here to RSVP http://www.evite.com/event/01136PX2DCNVJA6DIEPDM6IEPRLDDQ
 
 
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) introduced the Knockout Assault Prevention Act aimed at curbing a new form of mob action called the ‘knockout’ game. Incidents of the knockout game have been reported throughout the nation, with occurrences in Missouri, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., including a fatality in New Jersey.  According to the Illinois State Cr
 
 
The map for the new 70 mph speed limit has been released! Check it out at the link below. http://fb.me/2Q5YiPjJ5 
 
 
Illinois transportation officials today announced locations along interstates where the speed limit will increase to 70 mph. Full story and map: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131227/NEWS10/131229883
 
 
The #ILpension lawsuit involves non union TRS members. Expect teachers’ unions lawsuit after 1st of year. Also, likely not in Cook County.
 
 
#ILpension lawsuit response from #ILGov Quinn admin: “We expect this landmark reform will be upheld as constitutional.”
 
 
Mass communications is a field that is evolving so rapidly that a textbook on the subject can become obsolete in a matter of months.  That is, in part, due to changes not only in the technology, but a
 
 
#Illinois school groups sue to block new #pension law http://tinyurl.com/konmkx7 
 
 
If it walks like a duck & talks like a duck it must be…a Federal Judge in Utah upholding the 14th Amendment. #eyeontheprizepeople
 
 
Here. We. Go. => Retired teachers file first lawsuit against Illinois pension reform law. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-retired-teachers-file-first-lawsuit-against-illinois-pension-reform-law-20131227,0,184867.story …
 
 
#Iran’s announcement of new and advanced centrifuges should be met by Congress with new and advanced sanctions. http://bit.ly/1eK7H7J 
 
 
Next stop today was a media availability in #Pinckneyville. pic.twitter.com/JPZoMUzauM
 
 
Started off a tour of Southern Illinois with a media availability in #NashvilleIL this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/KuUZLRqCOZ
 
 
Things keep looking brighter for Springfield. Poverty rates in the capital city fell dramatically from 2011 to 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey.The poverty rate for the Springfield area fell from 16.8 percent in 2011 to an estimated 14. …
 
 
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said Thursday that he was waiting to hear how private sellers would confirm that their purchaser had a valid firearm owner’s identification card. Catch up about the law:New gun sale law process met with confusionbarrington.suntimes.comGun sellers aren’t completely sure how they are supposed to deal with the new gun sale l
 
 
He plans to ask the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to suspend his pension payments during the time he is paid as sheriff. He also says he will pay …
 
 
An odd, quirky crime report from the area.
 
 
A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators filed a lawsuit Friday seeking a new pension reform plan. http://bit.ly/19q4yVS
 
 
Enjoy your last weekend of 2013 folks! pic.twitter.com/uwMazksn0s
 
 
@HRob_ciLiving that’s crazy! Maybe I’ll drive through with a cell phone in both hands on the way back just to spite Illinois ridiculousness!
 
 
(AP) — Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be taking to the theatrical stage.
 
 
CHICAGO — A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators have filed a lawsuit seeking to have a new plan to reduce the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional.Eight former teachers and administrators filed the lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.The long-anticipated legal challenge comes less than a month
 
 
I agree with Bill Brady- we need a simpler Concealed Carry Law.Just where will it be legal to carry a gun in Illinois?www.chicagotribune.comAfter a hard-fought battle, Illinois residents next month can begin applying for permits to carry concealed guns in public. But those who do could face another challenge: figuring out where it’s legal to carry a firearm and where having a gun could land them i
 
 
Take advantage of the warm weather & join us for some doorknocking in the 39th District tomorrow. 10am Saturday, 2642 W. Fullerton Ave.
 
 
Illinois government sits on $9 billion in I-owe-yous for Christmas http://goo.gl/LMssis  via @illinoispolicy
 
 
Why cards are the future of the web | Inside Intercom http://bit.ly/1adCSAI 
 
 
#IL 70 mph speed map official http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-state-releases-map-for-new-70-mph-speed-limit-20131227,0,5031715.story … #70mph
 
 
Lunch at Half Italian today in #LoganSquare – I love that we have a deli/grocery in the area! #39thDistrict
 
 
This Tribune article is exactly why we need a simpler concealed carry law: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-guns-concealed-carry-law-20131227,0,7507904.story …
 
 
UIC this morning then DePaul. Loyola next. Yes, the college visits continue. http://fb.me/2QQbfo3Pa 
 
 
Essential reading for anyone who, like me, is uncomfortable with the idea of “pardoning” Alan Turing: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/alan-turings-body/282641/ …
 
 
Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014 | @scoopit http://sco.lt/5pggNd 
 
 
More new laws: http://ilsendems.co/18nRuSA  RT @ColonelTribune Chi speed limits same. Parts of I-55, I-57, I-88, I-94 will go to 70 mph.
 
 
#Suitcase freakout at Thompson Center lockdown http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-unattended-suitcase-spurs-lock-down-at-thompson-center-20131227,0,3509084.story … #twill
 
 
The state Department of Employment Security said local unemployment rose in nearly all of the state’s metro areas during November.
 
 
Officials found nothing harmful after investigating a report of a suspicious package Friday afternoon at the James R. Thompson Center downtown.
 
 
(cont) “The Bottom of the Well–Pts 1 & 2. @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Click on Posts
 
 
I use the “Modern Day Reporter” format because it’s a way to make the Bible “come alive”. Enjoy newest additions 2 my genre: (cont)
 
 
I’m more convinced than ever that 2014 is going to be a big year for starting to reverse the damage caused by Dick Durbin & Co. #ILSEN
 
 
The Thompson Center is being evacuated as bomb crews investigate a suspicious package found in the atrium. http://suntm.es/1caML5eThompson Center evacuated for suspicious package responsewww.suntimes.comOfficials are evacuating the James R. Thompson Center downtown as bomb crews investigate a suspicious package Friday afternoon. Someone called police about 12:25 p.m. to report a suspicious packag
 
 
My column this week Here’s To Hoping For Government Openness http://bit.ly/1caZWmI  @LisaMadigan @headlineclub @spj_tweets
 
 
A lot of discussion has been given recently to several large businesses in Illinois who have gone to the Legislature and asked for tax incentives.
 
 
Kate Cloonen D-Kankakee, is continuing her districtwide “Coffee with Kate” schedule in January. Residents are encouraged to attend for an informal …
 
 
CHICAGO — There’s a battle raging between an Illinois state senator and the Illinois Department of Transportation on raising the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois expressways — and Chicago’s expressways are ground zero. A bill to increase the speed …
 
 
I will continue to highlight a few of the new laws that will take effect as of January 1. For example, there are new laws governing the…
 
 
Breaking RT @Rsmootvoyles RIP @SpeakerMadigan twitter account. Let’s hope @ILFakehouseNews isn’t next… #Twill
 
 
Lunch at Half Italian today in #LoganSquare – I love that we have a deli/grocery in the area! #39thDistrict
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Big Brother may be watching drivers that go around the stop sign on a school bus. State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, said a new law going into effect next week allows school districts to put cameras on their buses to keep an eye out.
 
 
A 25-year-old man from Palos Park was killed in a demolition accident at Hawthorn Mall.
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this (Chicago) – Extra: Governor Pat Quinn today named seven Illinois residents to the new state Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. Of the seven individuals tapped for the new panel, none are from the City of Chicago. The governor has slated Robinzina Bryant of Flossmoor to chair the board. The other board members, who w
 
 
Inmate intake center becomes focus in Illinois’ prison crowding disputeThe State Journal-Register… “We are not in the speculation business,” Godinez said. “We are in the safety business.” Contact John O’Connor at https://twitter.com/apoconnor. By John O’Connor The Associated Press. The State Journal-Register. By John O’Connor The Associated Press.AP Exclusive: Intake center focus of Ill. crowdin
 
 
Swine flu detected in Illinois; vaccine available http://bit.ly/1cFBPzn 
 
 
Metra-fried politicians & epic pension action. Oh my.Patch.comHmmm, who was that masked Madigan opponent? Everyone’s talking about the withdrawal of a questionable challenger to Mike Madigan in his Southwest Side legislative district. And has Madigan been using his influence to help some Turkish charter school …
 
 
The last time Congress enacted a water projects bill was 2007, and it took two-thirds majorities in both houses to override President George W. Bush’s …
 
 
In the market for a patrol boat or snow melter? Now’s your chance to grab one, through the City of Chicago’s online auction. The City’s Department Of Procurement Services is putting surplus items on the auction block. The auctions are held around the clock to help the city generate revenue. Since 2011, they’ve reportedly generated  more than $10 million. Items also include a lot of different thing
 
 
Twelve-year-old Haylee Hamilton just wants a safe place to go to school. Ever since the beginning of the school year, Haylee, a sixth-grader, said she has been the target of…Click to Continue »
 
 
But it allows people with guns to walk through a public … get through it without breaking any laws, but it’s tricky.” In most cases, permit holders can leave their gun in the glove compartment or the trunk of their vehicle in the parking lot …
 
 
House Speaker Mike Madigan’s no-good, very bad year ends with loss to a rare bird: Cook County GOP @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/YajZ14H 
 
 
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former minor league baseball player-turned-businessman says he’s running for governor of Alabama as a Democrat. Kevin Bass of Fayette becomes the party’s first announced candidate against Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. The 34-year-old Bass tells AL.com he wants to attract more jobs to the state and preserve funding for schools. Bass doesn’t have much political experience
 
 
The Red Eye and Metromix’s Amy Guth hangs with Dave to talk about the most overused words and phrases of 2013. Radio hosts Dave Plier and Amy Guth
 
 
Probably the best selfie ever taken by a University of Illinois graduate, right? http://suntm.es/JxcY3P
 
 
 
 
ROB SCHNEIDER VISITS CHICAGO Comedian, actor, writer and producer Rob Schneider spoke with Good Day Chicago about his new show at Chicago Improv. The show runs tonight and through Sunday. Watch Rob here –> http://bit.ly/1ctOdB0
 
 
WASHINGTON PARK – Governor Pat Quinn announced a capital investment of more than $15.3 million for a bridge repair project in St. Clair County … Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. (D-East St. Louis) said. “These types of projects help us create …
 
 
Governor candidate Dan Rutherford in Pinckneyville todayDu Quoin Evening CallRepublican Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a candidate for governor in 2014, is at the Grecian Restaurant in Pinckneyville at 2:45 p.m. today to share his ideas on how the state should go about determining the closure of state facilities, then how …
 
 
Illinois taxpayers contributed three times as much money to the Teachers’ Retirement System, or TRS, last year than did participating teachers, even …
 
 
Can’t escape #Illinois’ elections, even in @DwntwnNashville. Need a campaign song, @KirkDillard? pic.twitter.com/S6bQcf6YaT
 
 
Here is the updated story about the shooting at DynaChem yesterday.Man shoots CEO, then kills selfwww.commercial-news.comWESTVILLE — One man is dead and another injured in an attempted work place murder and suicide at a chemical plant in southern Vermilion County.Vermili
 
 
State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) and Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) have introduced legislation that would cap the amount of pension a retired worker could receive at $2,000 a month while they were working another job. In Addison last year the …
 
 
Hinson takes leave after son-in-law’s death: http://bit.ly/19mJlJt 
 
 
I’m pleased our efforts have resulted in improved steps toward protecting patient safety. http://eeditionmobile.chicagotribune.com/Olive/Tablet/ChicagoTribune/SharedArticle.aspx?href=CTC%2F2013%2F12%2F27&id=Ar00400 …
 
 
Fundraiser on Jan 9. @EmmettsBeer in Downers Grove. Hope to see you there! http://ymlp.com/zvQwro 
 
 
Ok. I’m done assembling Christmas gifts. It’s easier to go work:)
 
 
Check out this document that details the work I’ve done for the 8th district this year: http://1.usa.gov/1chRJQp 
 
 
In 2003 this town had a meteor explode over it, showering this city with fragments now on display at the Chicago Field Museum #12DoD…
 
 
Year in Review – Aug. 19: Fighting Dangerous Drug Gangs. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/VePPeVJ8j2
 
 
Kane County Chronicle – Found 16 minutes agoBusinessman Bruce Rauner, who has more million dollar domiciles than most men have suits, has just wrapped up the GOP nod with about three…
 
 
The cabbies pose against the hoods of their cars, mostly fully dressed, to raise money for a lawsuit against the City of Chicago.
 
 
Director of Trial Advocacy Steve Beckett 12/27/2013 http://t.co/SzP648E0kS via @wdws1400Director of Trial Advocacy Steve Beckett 12/27/2013 | NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AMwdws.comDave Loane and Elizabeth Hess sit down with Steve Beckett and ask him some pressing legal questions.
 
 
Proposed City Budget Draws Criticism From Ald. McMenamin http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83481 
 
 
Ald. Jobe: Council Will Approve Greenburg to be City Attorney http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83480 
 
 
Not done holiday shopping? Try the Illinois Secretary of State.  Nearly a dozen new license plates will be for sale in 2014.  
 
 
South Side Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) filed a lawsuit Thursday against a former Chicago Public Schools principal who he claims tried to extort $1 million …
 
 
Motorists should give serious thought before using parking spaces designated for people with disabilities or illegally using disabled parking placards.
 
 
I’m pleased our efforts have resulted in improved steps toward protecting patient safety. http://eeditionmobile.chicagotribune.com/Olive/Tablet/ChicagoTribune/SharedArticle.aspx?href=CTC/2013/12/27&id=Ar00400 …
 
 
Senator David Luechtefeld joins us at 8:20am
 
 
Chicago is the lead Headline on Drudge Report now…. http://fb.me/2N6ZMvcSc 
 
 
A Palos Heights woman on vacation in Hawaii was able to help police catch a pair of would-be burglars thanks to a smartphone app.

Today’s headlines — Friday, Dec. 27

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
 
 
 
After typically going in their own varied directions most of the year, the chief executives of metropolitan Chicago’s seven counties did something that’s almost unheard of shortly before Christmas. They got together with top city and other regional officials to talk about cooperating in the name of economic development.The unpublicized session was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where
 
 
Remember the column I wrote last month about how Chicago Transit Authority pension fund adviser Larry Gray is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and resigned under fire as a consultant to Atlanta’s largest pension fund? At that point, the CTA, its pension fund and the union that represents CTA workers didn’t seem very concerned about the matter, with all of them say
 
 
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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is hoping next year will bring more cooperation in Congress.  Durbin is encouraged by the agreement reached on the budget, but can’t say whether that will translate into legislators passing the farm bill and compre…
 
 
Be ready for the student in your house to be talking about PARCC and not ISAT.  Illinois is moving to what’s billed as a better indicator of readiness, the multi-state Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers test.  “PARCC i…
 
 
A week ago today, a Hiawatha School District 426 bus carrying 22 students skidded off an icy Malta Road and went into a ditch.
 
 
Every year near the Christmas holidays we endure the “silly season” of news stories from the current year (in case we have forgotten), and predictions for the New Year. I started making predictions back in 1988 when
 
 
Illinois should look to other states that have adopted a more fair redistricting process, a Daily Herald editorial says.
 
 
Saturday will mark the end of an era in Chicagoland, as 57 Dominick’s stores across the area close their doors for the last time.
 
 
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be taking to the theatrical stage.
 
 
 
Public Policy Polling survey indicates @RutherfordDan only GOP candidate expected to defeat Governor Quinn http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/11/quinns-numbers-up-but-still-in-perilous-shape.html … #twill
 
 
Outline of laws taking effect January 1, 2014. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Sims-outlines-new-laws-taking-effect-January-1–2014.html?soid=1114104712902&aid=ZdMVxEW6hsw …
 
 
 
#GoHuskies
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/19kFcpv 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1cs973m 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1cs95sh 
 
 
Illinois’ new concealed-carry gun law is “a Byzantine maze.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-guns-concealed-carry-law-20131227,0,400180.story …
 
 
 
Illinois’ gun transfer law starts Weds., but key details of the new process have yet to be announced. http://bit.ly/1cVb2K6 
 
 
WICS: Doctors Warn Cases of Whooping Cough on the Rise Among Adults http://bit.ly/19mkyIv 
 
 
Traffic fatalities are slightly up in Illinois from 2012. LSCO has seen 12 traffic crashes involving fatalities, BUCO with 5 and PUCO with 1
 
 
Illinois has something else to worry about-people are moving out in droves. Numbers from a new study coming up at 6 on KMOX. @kmoxnews
 
 
IL.Treasurer Dan Rutherford on the air at 7:20 this morning. Dan will be visiting Marion and Carbondale Saturday.
 
 
Indiana Prairie Farmer – Found 1 hour agoThe governors are part of the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition and sent … Pat Quinn, made a direct request to the EPA to reconsider the proposed Governors group urges administration to reconsider proposed … – Big News Network Explore All
 
 
DeWitt County Sheriff Reminds Drivers of 2014 Cell Phone Law New legislation makes its way into the Illinois law books every year and 2014’s new laws will affect cell phones in the car. Drivers will no longer be allowed to use hand-held cell phones …DeWitt County Sheriff Reminds Drivers of 2014 Cell Phone Law
 
 
State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, talks about new Illinois laws going into effect Jan. 1. http://ow.ly/s1XahState Rep. Frank Mautino on new Illinois lawswww.ottawaradio.netThe speed limit is changing on all rural Illinois interstates on January 1 Spring Valley Democratic State Rep Frank Mautino talked about the bill…
 
 
 
Mother always said it was darkest just before dawn. When it comes to the state of Illinois, I cannot yet see the sun or its penumbra from beneath the …
 
 
 
Alton Daily NewsCar Leasing Law To Be ConsideredAlton Daily NewsA bill being considered in the Illinois House could lower the tax on leasing a car. Unlike most states, if you lease a car in Illinois, you have to pay tax on the full purchase price. Under the proposal sponsored by state Rep. Mike Zalewski (D …
 
 
The influence of the unions – particularly the Illinois Education Association – within … The board’s president is the state superintendent for education.
 
 
Letter: Illinois law needed to address knockout gameThe State Journal-RegisterI consider state Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat, among the gutsiest legislators in Illinois, and I wish others had his tenacity. I plan to see him to discuss introducing legislation to change and strengthen criminal law. I’ve talked to various levels …
 
 
Most people who use Twitter probably have experienced tweet regret: That tweet you thought was funny but crossed the line. The ornery tweet …
 
 
Illinois still accepting comment on tough fracking rulesAkron Beacon Journal (blog)There were also complaints that the time line for public input was compressed. Proponents have said fracking will benefit the local economies and create thousands of jobs. Republican state Rep. Don Moffitt of Gilson is a member of the legislative panel.
 
 
Newsmakers: Jim OberweisKane County ChronicleIn January 2013, he began to question Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady’s open support of same-sex marriage. Brady, of St. Charles, resigned in May, stating that he had other professional goals he hoped to accomplish and said he wanted to focus on his …
 
 
Chicago’s victory in the contest for Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s new headquarters confirms we have everything a big company needs in a corporate …
 
 
Illinois State Treasurer, candidate for Illinois Governor, Dan Rutherford will be in Vienna Saturday afternoon, December 28. Rutherford is expected to …
 
 
At least one Illinois resident has joined those suing Target after the retail giant disclosed hackers stole millions of … Copyright Associated Press.
 
 
This article was written by a reporter from The State Journal-Register’s content partner, the Better Government Association, an independent and …
 
 
Pat Quinn in November? And can the party claim the governor’s mansion for the first time in more than a decade? The one sure thing: The election is …
 
 
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/1h023P2 ) Alex Wellman of Bloomington won the U.S. Figure Skating sectionals in Michigan last …
 
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington has received a website transparency score of 77.2 percent in a review by the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank.
 
 
Satellite TV providers increasing prices next year http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/2013/12/26/satellite-tv-prices-2014-directv-dish-network/4211451/ … #ksdk
 
 
While applauding Illinois lawmakers for reaching the political and legal milestone of allowing same-sex couples to marry, the advocates say the legal …
 
 
As of Jan. 5, concealed carry promises steep learning curve http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-guns-concealed-carry-law-20131227,0,400180.story … Trib’s Dahleen Glanton … #twill
 
 
GENEVA—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently announced that he is now accepting applications for spring 2014 semester internships in both his Washington, D.C. and Geneva offices. The position is unpaid and will run approximately …
 
 
Terrence Goggin, who filed to run as a Republican against Democratic powerbroker Mike Madigan, suddenly dropped out of the race Thursday.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Costumes, furniture and other props used in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film “Lincoln” are set to go on display in Springfield next month. The items will be featured in an exhibit that opens Jan. 17 at Union Station, across the street …
 
 
Just knocked on Goggin’s door to ask why he suddenly dropped out of race vs Madigan. Shockingly, no one answered.
 
 
CONFIRMED: President of Dynachem shot by employee. Sheriff says employee then shot and killed himself.
 
 
A new Illinois law will take effect on January 1st, aimed at cracking down on construction employees who mis-classify employees as independent contractors.But it could also affect many small sub-contractors, who can’t afford to pay workers compensation and employment taxes on themselves. …
 
 
Celebrity foundations often strike outYou wouldn’t expect a certified public accountant to be able to hit a 90-mph fastball. But you might expect a Cubs slugger to be able to start and oversee a foundation.
 
 
State medical disciplinary board will have to be notified if resident leaves early; move comes after doctor charged with 4 killingsMedical residency program officials soon will be required to tell the state disciplinary board when residents fail to complete their training, according to legislation that will go into effect Monday.
 
 
Motorists should buckle up and prepare for a volatile year at the gas pump, some analysts say.
 
 
Jeremiah Muhamad took off running after Joliet police saw him lose control of the stolen car while making a U-turn, Capt. Tab Jensen said.
 
 
The Tribune also discovered thousands of government vehicles and school buses go thru red light cameras. http://bit.ly/19OibyS 
 
 
The Tribune examined a lot of city red light camera data. Here’s our story on the worst offenders. http://bit.ly/1eGr8y4 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $438,000 for a waterproofing project at the Howlett Building in Springfield, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $42.5 million for the Halsted and West Harrison Street Bridge canopy and new approaches, part of the ongoing work on the $475 million Circle Interchange construction project in Chicago. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
AURORA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $9.7 million for a bridge replacement project in Aurora, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD¬ – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $629,000 in state investments in central Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and bolster the state’s infrastructure while improving health and safety in Illinois.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD¬—Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1.2 million in state investments in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and bolster the state’s infrastructure while improving health and safety in Il
 
 
SPRINGFIELD¬ – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $299,000 in state investments in northern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and bolster the state’s infrastructure while improving health and safety in Illinois.
 
 
More than $15.3 million in state funding will pay for bridge repairs and resurfacing along Interstate 64 from 18th Street to Route 111 in Washington Park … “Our investment will make travel through the metro-east area safer and more efficient …
 
 
An Affordable Care Act navigator in Illinois Bureau helps a woman shop for … But on the other hand, fix health-care inflation and you’ve fixed the …
 
 
The GateHouse quarterly project this year is on the condition of bridges in central Illinois.Engineers: Bridges need more moneywww.washingtontimesreporter.comThe deteriorating state of bridges all comes down to money, said Mercer County engineer Jimmy L. Samaniego. Like many regional engineers, Samaniego claims the lack of adequate budgets for bridge work is putting more strain on an already-suffe
 
 
Filling in for @roeconn @richardroeper with @comptopinka 2-5 @wlsam890.
 
 
Co-hosting @wlsam890 with my friend @CohnTV today! Click here and listen in folks: http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/citadel/?sid=1044&nid=2920 … pic.twitter.com/3kyDKEccYG
 
 
“For today we’re just happy that we in the Chicago Republican Party have removed this fake candidate from the ballot and that we can move forward …
 
 
(AP) — More money has been approved to redo Chicago’s Circle Interchange.
 
 
VILLA PARK – A Route 83 bridge that crosses Salt Creek in Villa Park will be repaired using more than $400,00o in state funding.
 
 
President & Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Debra Birnbaum joined Dave Plier to talk about the Top 20 T.V. shows of the year. What were your favorite T.V. shows?Dave Plier: TV Guide’s Cheers & Jeers 2013wgnradio.comDave visits with Debra Birnbaum, President & Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide about the Top 20 shows of the year including Homeland, The Blacklist and Veep, plus their annual Cheers’
 
 
Our editorial: Flash back three years ago, when federal transportation authorities awarded Iowa and Illinois a $230 million grant to study Chicago through Iowa rail service. Shortly after, Iowa DOT officials abandoned the Q-C to Iowa City portion, choosing instead to spend the federal money studying another interstate route. Read the editorial at http://qctim.es/1dbiLYeIowa slams door on Amtrakqct
 
 
When announcing the scores for Skokie and other Illinois communities this month, the Illinois Policy Institute concluded that “Skokie residents have …
 
 
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved 10 new construction contracts and four engineering contracts totaling $105.3 million, including $93.3 million for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project.Appro
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure extending the time period to protect homeowners from losing their home to foreclosure while seeking federal assistance to modify their mortgages.    
 
 
#ILPension reform and the #Jacksons’ downfall among top #2013 stories—->http://ow.ly/s4Dsp  #twILL #ILnews
 
 
Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Struggling Homeowners http://buff.ly/K71ftp…pleased … to sponsor in the House.
 
 
Co-hosting @wlsam890 with my friend @CohnTV today! Click here and listen in folks: http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/citadel/?sid=1044&nid=2920 … pic.twitter.com/3kyDKEccYG
 
 
BREAKING NEWS: We have received a report of a shooting at a chemical plant between Georgetown and Westville.BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shots fired at DynaChemwww.commercial-news.comVermilion County police are investigating reports of a shooting at DynaChem between Georgetown and Westville. More information will be available as s
 
 
The holidays are winding down, but some area plumbers are just getting to work thanks to damage done during the celebrations.
 
 
Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.
 
 
Schock: Leaders on both sides of the aisle are too concerned about their ideological bases. http://ow.ly/s19EGSchock: Leaders too concerned about their ideological baseswww.ottawaradio.netThe leadership of the Congressional Future Caucus say theyre out to reduce partisanship in Congress Illinois Republican Aaron Schock and Hawaii…
 
 
Governor’s Christmas joy: Betsy’s back!Chicago Sun-TimesPat Quinn’s caramel-colored leather briefcase, which he has been dragging around for more than three decades! In recent months, several of the governor’s aides have commented that Betsy, stuffed to the brim with Quinn’s “special” files, “could be on …
 
 
Belleville: BND wants to know what you think of the new cellphone ban http://bit.ly/1cBWoNd 
 
 
Governor announces $20.8 million for reconstruction of Route 20 Bypass bridges http://rockrivertimes.com/happening-now/2013/12/26/governor-announces-20-8-million-for-reconstruction-of-route-20-bypass-bridges/ …
 
 
Gov. Quinn just announced plans to replace I-57 bridges over Kankakee River for $19.3 million.
 
 
Edgar County WatchdogsCity of Centralia Terminates Recreation Dept. Director –Edgar County WatchdogsHe also had cable television installed, at city expense, for the friend. While this may seem trivial to some readers, it is a clear violation of Article VIII, Section 1 (a) of the Illinois Constitution which reads: “Public funds, property or credit …
 
 
(AP) — Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven’t stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys…
 
 
As your congressman, I will lead the way when it comes to spending less & create a path to balance the budget. MORE: https://www.facebook.com/BalkemaForCongress/posts/661619453898579 …
 
 
What is your biggest political goal for 2014?
 
 
I am honored and pleased to officially be endorsed by @progressivekick! Thanks for all your support. #IL13 #CCDems14
 
 
Great time with family and friends, now back to the campaign! Planning the mid January tour of the district.
 
 
A new CNN poll released today reveals that 2/3rd of Americans think this is the “worst Congress ever”. In… http://fb.me/2TwVJ1bHv 
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a number of key appointments to the state’s boards and commissions. Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 38 and denied 129 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.
 
 
BERWYN – Governor Pat Quinn spent Christmas Day with more than 100 servicemembers from the Great Lakes Naval Base at the City of Berwyn’s eighth annual “Christmas Day with the Sailors.” Governor Quinn was joined by Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero for a traditional holiday meal and presented awards to those who made the event possible.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Quinn announced more than $438,000 in state money to waterproof the Howlett Building in Springfield.The project will address water drainage and infiltration concerns on the north plaza
 
 
Fifty students will travel to Washington, IL, on Dec. 27 to volunteer at a distribution center.
 
 
In 1960, this beach was the site of ‘wade ins’, which protested the segregation of Chicago beaches #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IOD 
 
 
Year in Review – Aug. 14: Helping Vets Find Jobs. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013 
 
 
Here is that link to the information about the NPD’s public auction on January 4.
 
 
The Normal Police Department will hold a public auction on January 4 from 10am-6pm at the Neighborhood Auction House located at 705 E…
 
 
On at 11:05am today to talk about what’s going on this year in politics with Dave Plier on @WGNRadio. Listen: http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
Several inches of snow fell this day in ’39. Here is traffic on Monroe between Fourth and Fifth streets. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/tZY8BTtZqE
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1g41a4X 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1fJYGYz 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1fJYGYD 
 
 
Launched in 1979 to help needy families during the Christmas season in DuPage County, the Humanitarian Service Project provides to 150 …
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan ChallengerNBC Chicago (blog)When it comes to running a fake challenger against the powerful incumbent, it’s like the Mike Madigan organization doesn’t think it has to try very hard anymore. On Thursday, a hearing will take place at the Chicago Board of Elections over the validity …
 
 
A Cook County judge will allow hundreds of unincorporated Maine Township homeowners to proceed with a property damage lawsuit against Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge: http://bit.ly/1cr6r67
 
 
Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for him in his role because agriculture is the number one industry …
 
 
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–December 26, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect Illinois homeowners by preventing a lender from selling a home while the homeowner is applying for a federal mortgage assistance program. This legislation is part …
 
 
State Senator Plans to File ‘Merry Christmas’ Bill http://fb.me/2amtCKghx 
 
 
Will this apology make it easier to “stomach” the firings for these River North sandwich shop workers?A River North Sandwich Shop Is Apologizing To Some Of It’s Fired Employees! – 104.3 K-Hits Chicagokhitschicago.cbslocal.comRemember the story about how a River North sandwich shop fired all it’s employees just a few days before Christmas via email? Well, the owner of that company is apol
 
 
Schools soon won’t be able to request social media passwords from students:Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Studentsnorthernpublicradio.orgA new Illinois law aims to protect internet privacy for students.
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1damnJW 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1damnJY 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1damnK0 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1c8CSBC 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1dampSb 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1c8CTpa 
 
 
State of Illinois Signs Over Former Animal Disease Lab to Kaskaskia CollegeHerald PubsDr. Underwood also thanked State Representative John Cavaletto for his help in facilitating the transfer of the building. “This is the best possible outcome to a difficult situation,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “The decision to consolidate …
 
 
What are some of your old school punishments that are no longer in play, like soap in the mouth?
 
 
Slowly but surely, things seem to be looking up for McLean County residents with mental illness.
 
 
It may be winter break, but there are still dozens of students living at the University of Illinois.
 
 
 Editor’s note: In an interview with U of I News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora, finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown, who’s also the director of the Center for Business and Public
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn has ordered flags across the state lowered to half-staff today in honor of an Cook County sheriff’s investigator killed while off-duty last week. Cuahtemoc Estrada, 50, was fatally shot Friday night in west suburban Bellwood …

Today’s headlines — Thursday, Dec. 26

Quad Cities officials are eyeing a bid to bring a #Boeing factory, more than 8500 jobs to region http://bit.ly/18MGuOW 
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation and police throughout Illinois announced an all-out effort to take drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season.
 
 
In 2014, it’ll become illegal for people to hold a cell phone while driving, toss a cigarette butt out the window, and tan if they are under 18 years old. Matt Paprocki with the Illinois Policy Institute calls many of the state’s new laws…
 
 
On Dec.13, three judges in Chicago listened to an hour of oral arguments on the conviction of Blagojevich. Judge Frank Easterbrook interrupted prosecutors and asked tough questions about their case against the former governor. He cited the case of California Governor Earl Warren promising Dwight Eisenhower political support in exchange for an appointment to the Supreme Court should Eisenhower win
 
 
 
Congratulations to Champaign’s Dale Morrissey http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-12-24/governor-appoints-champaign-man-task-force.html … @cuDSC @GovernorQuinn @news_gazette #chambana #Illinois
 
 
Merry Christmas! I hope Santa was good to you all this year!
 
 
Can somebody tell me when the NBA jerseys morphed into bad junior high gym uniforms? @NBA @chicagobulls #NBAXmas #NBA
 
 
Important Christmas night reading: @lessig on #aaronswartz http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/aaron-swartz-obituary-101418.html … (or wait until tomorrow if the moment isn’t quite right)
 
 
Is it really free? Missed you cuz. @TommyCornelis: I just earned the ‘Land of the Free’ badge on @untappd! http://untp.it/1gXOPCf 
 
 
Watching the 03 Cubs documentary on @CSNChicago and had never heard the Thom Brenneman – MJ story. Fascinating stuff.
 
 
 
All bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts. (Illinois)
 
 
It is against the law to make faces at dogs. (Illinois)
 
 
Friend created “Illinois Political Survival Kit” Xmas present incl: Dramamine, Purel, Tylenol, Tums, book on Schadenfreude. What’s missing?
 
 
Illinois Rep. Introduces ‘Knockout Game’ Legislation http://cbsloc.al/19jJd0g 
 
 
Clinton Mayor Expresses Concerns of Hiring Police Chief Within Department The City of Clinton has been under the… http://fb.me/1BFULk194 
 
 
 
 
Editorial: Metra tries to change trainsChicago TribuneWill the dog lobby prevail in its campaign to allow pooches to ride the rails? … Among the claims the board wanted to keep quiet: Clifford said he’d rejected Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s requests to hire or promote Democratic foot soldiers.
 
 
The GED test will feature four sections instead of five: reasoning through … standards adopted in Illinois and most other states called Common Core.
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. Illinois 17-year-olds will be in juvenile court for most felonies, under a new law taking effect in the New Year.
 
 
ATRA has received funding from a “who’s who” of industry giants … Contrary to popular myth, few Americans file lawsuits. Consider the facts: A significant majority of cases in our courts today involve businesses suing other businesses and …
 
 
CHICAGO – Typically, being on a “D-list” is a bad thing, but not for a bird that has made Illinois a home. The peregrine falcon’s delisting as a federally endangered species is one of the biggest success stories of the Endangered Species Act …
 
 
Editor’s note: This is the final story in a two-part series on new laws set to be enacted in 2014. MT. VERNON — The state’s new medical marijuana law is set to go into effect Jan. 1, but it likely won’t be until next fall or winter that the legislation …
 
 
The release of the annual “Judicial Hellholes” report from the American Tort Reform Foundation once again paints a grim picture of Illinois. With three counties on the list of “Judicial Hellholes,” the Land of Lincoln has become the Land of Lawsuits.
 
 
 
Aging bridges emerging issueMorton Times-NewsWhile local agencies are responsible for a number of bridge inspections, Illinois Department of Public Transportation spokeswoman Paris Ervin says IDOT closely monitors inspections. She points out that 92 percent of Illinois’ 26,000 bridges are in …
 
 
During 2014, there will be two important Illinois elections: the primary in March and the general in November. In just a couple of months, the primary election will be history.Even if you usually don’t make the effort to vote during the primary, you will definitely want to vote on March 18, 2014, if you think it is time for a change in Springfield. That’s b
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — A decade ago this month, Kevin Stein was chosen for a daunting task: following two Pulitzer Prize winners, Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg, as the poet laureate of Illinois.Ten years later the Bradley University professor has put his own signature on a position that is unpaid but considered crucial to widening appreciation for the art form. He has created a s
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — A decade ago this month, Kevin Stein was chosen for a daunting task: following two Pulitzer Prize winners, Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg, as the poet laureate of Illinois.Ten years later the Bradley University professor has put his own signature on a position that is unpaid but considered crucial to widening appreciation for the art form. He has created a s
 
 
Rant by SIU hoops coach hit close to homeLake County News-Sun3) The same fans who are disappointed that Waukegan isn’t hosting the sectional are going to be looking for someone to blame, and sitting out there all along with no cover is brand new Waukegan High basketball coach Mike Wasielewski. The questions have …
 
 
Ethanol Producer MagazineDOE: Gas to outpace coal by 2040Charleston GazetteNatural gas will produce about 35 percent of total U.S. generation, compared to 32 percent for coal, in 2040, according to the department’s Energy Information Administration estimates. “Projected low prices for natural gas make it a very attractive …EIA updates state profiles, adds data on renewables
 
 
LOMBARD – “We’re all hoarders, you know,” my wife Joan explained to me after attending the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s annual meeting.The vets were practicing doing ultrasounds on dogs from the local animal shelter, and the doctors were quickly falling in love with the homeless canines.I’m sure I wasn’t the only veterinary spouse to hear: “Can we adopt one?”Animal doctors have
 
 
You don’t have dinner plans? No worries! Here’s a list of Chinese restaurants open in the area. – http://bit.ly/1cQgyxE
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and to yours. #twill
 
 
Wishing a very #MerryChristmas and #HappyHolidays to all!
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful day.
 
 
The BGA’s top 10 investigations of 2013 http://bit.ly/1jmSAmJ 
 
 
But barring a special need or health-issue McCown bears, hard to imagine Josh’d pass on what should be the most lucrative contract of his 10-yr NFL …
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Please keep those who are defending our country in your prayers! pic.twitter.com/dGKDBw8jar
 
 
Merry Christmas to all. Be safe and enjoy the holiday 🎄🎅❄️
 
 
“@NBUF: We must have unity in the community by any means necessary http://ow.ly/s3zSC &#8220;
 
 
To those celebrating today, a Merry Christmas and to everyone, a year filled with joy, love and happiness.
 
 
Happy Holidays!!
 
 
“Replacing these key bridges will make transportation safer and more efficient in north central Illinois,” Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a …
 
 
Bears mascot motivates Chicago Ridge kids to readSouthtownStarThe fuzzy fellow visited last month, and the reason for Staley’s visit was to motivate students to read by presenting them with Staley’s Tackle Reading Challenge, computer science teacher Mark Melka wrote in an email to the SouthtownStar. Students from …
 
 
State Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, is now building support for an amendment to the act to allow pediatric use. My hope is that with education through letters like this, residents can support a bipartisan coalition that will act quickly on the …
 
 
Were you waiting for a last-minute UPS or FedEx package that didn’t arrive today? There’s a reason for that..Weather Delays UPS and FedEx Christmas Deliverieswww.nbcchicago.comSanta’s sleigh didn’t make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.
 
 
The downstate district splits along partisan lines, and voters essentially handed a tie to President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Republican freshman Rep. Rodney Davis captured the seat in 2012 with one of the slimmest margins of the …
 
 
By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented a State of the County address to members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce at its Quarterly Breakfast Seminar, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. Joined by Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer, Preckwinkle emphasized the county’s central role in fostering pub
 
 
Illinois’ youngest state legislator … Organization Executive Director Jay Travis. But the 27-year-old incumbent — who is seeking a second term to represent the district including parts of Hyde Park, Kenwood, downtown and the South Side …
 
 
Unfortunately, Dillard-Tracy campaign engaged in poor taste politicking on Christmas Eve. @jiltracy: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn  #XmasSpirit
 
 
At 24 feet tall, this gold landmark is a replica originally built for the Columbian Exposition #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IMU 
 
 
A special day to reflect and appreciate. Merry Christmas.
 
 
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Rep. Chris Welch #constantcontact http://conta.cc/19h3Udx 
 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
 
 
Sheriff Dart Now Carrying Gun, After Death ThreatsCBS Local(CBS) – It is not unusual for a sheriff to be carrying a gun. In fact, it would be expected in some places. But when Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart recently started carrying one on his belt, it was a bit unusual. So WBBM’s Mike Krauser asked him about it …
 
 
#MerryChristmas to all who celebrate. My thoughts are with those protecting our country away from their families. pic.twitter.com/t8SN1QVMKZ
 
 
I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all those celebrating today.
 
 
At 24 feet tall, this gold landmark is a replica originally built for the Columbian Exposition #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IMU 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Senate Republican Caucus!
 
 
I’d like to clarify some of the confusion that Forum letter writer Richard Smith has about medical marijuana. While marijuana is still illegal federally, 20 states and Washington, D.C., allow for its medical use in various ways besides smoking. Before marijuana was made illegal in 1937 against the recommendation of the American Medical Association, it was one of the most widely prescribed medi
 
 
Last week’s vote by the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) to add the Illiana Expressway to their region’s long-range transportation plan was another critical step forward and an opportunity to continue the process to finance and build the proposed tollway as Illinois’ first public-private road partnership. Officials in Indiana and Illinois have now endorsed the need for a
 
 
You might be a journalist if you wait until Christmas morning to wrap presents. #deadline
 
 
Happy Holidays to all from the #Illini SAAC! Enjoy!
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family. http://ow.ly/rXFgk 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from our family!
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/JddMLI 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1a8egJw 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/JddN20 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Senate Republican Caucus!
 
 
#MerryChristmas to all who celebrate. My thoughts are with those protecting our country away from their families. pic.twitter.com/t8SN1QVMKZ
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all from Bob and his staff.
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1gWZm0q 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1gWZm0y 
 
 
A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.
 
 
Still in the early stages of his re-election campaign, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10, Lincolnshire) played to his base by speaking at a technology firm in Bannockburn on Dec. 18.
 
 
The Dillard family wishes you a very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Video: http://bit.ly/1cPKDgP  pic.twitter.com/254Jcm7qU1
 
 
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! http://fb.me/1bmfnwkBb 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: U.S. Rep. Jessie Sumner (R-Sheldon); her congressional career attracted… http://goo.gl/fb/Dhgfe 
 
 
SMITHTON — State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is inviting citizens to contact his constituent service office for assistance completing the electronic application for an Illinois Concealed Carry License which the Illinois State Police will begin …

Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Dillard Family!
 
 
  Some young adults in Illinois are trying to make the season bright for those who can’t be home.  The FFA of Illinois has packed 143 parcels with snacks, toiletries, games, and other goods for members of the armed forces. …
 
 
Illinois Lottery officials are asking people to take another look at those old lottery tickets.
 
 
It was a bitterly cold day Tuesday, but the work continued at the Illinois Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Arlington Heights.
 
 
 
Just left candlelight service at Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose. M.C. Hammer was in the congregation. pic.twitter.com/bXUGmBvimm
 
 
Built in 1905, this historic site used to be a country club and was also featured in the movie Blues Brothers #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IHb 
 
 
 
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Peace, Love and all the best in 2014. Cheers. http://fb.me/3zxT57itw 
 
 
Merry Christmas to all ! May 2014 bring greater cooperation among nations, for peace and the prosperity of mankind.
 
 
 
By Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune reporter … That means students entering the sixth and 12th grades of Illinois schools will likely need the extra …
 
 
 
Casino taxes still important to state’s financesnwitimes.comSlot machines at Illinois bars and restaurants, tribal casinos in Michigan and Ohio’s state-licensed casinos and horse track casinos, commonly known as racinos, combined to shrink Indiana’s gaming revenue to $752 million during the 2013 budget year …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – The deadline has passed, and so too the surprise grace … Associated Press Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson can be reached at …
 
 
Pat Quinn will be spending part of this Christmas Day with U.S. service members. The governor’s office says he’s having Christmas lunch Wednesday …
 
 
“I never looked at it as losing 100 pounds,” he added … He’s also dropped about 11 inches from what was his 46-inch waist. “Last year at Christmas, I put on one of my old pairs of pants,” he said, like the guy in the fast-food …
 
 
 
Built in 1905, this historic site used to be a country club and was also featured in the movie Blues Brothers #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IHb 
 
 
Officials in Indiana and Illinois have now endorsed the need for a new east-west toll road — which will be 47 miles long and connect Interstate 55 near …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A long-ago fire at the State Arsenal that destroyed many military records sparked plans to provide a permanent home for documents important to the Land of Lincoln. The late Margaret Cross Norton, superintendent of the State …
 
 
A hot dog lawsuit WOULD be done in a Judge D. Franks’ courtroom. http://www.jta.org/2013/12/23/news-opinion/united-states/court-hears-appeal-of-case-that-hebrew-national-is-not-100-kosher …
 
 
Five bid teams have responded to an Illinois Department of Transportation … The Indiana Department of Transportation issued a similar request for …
 
 
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media December 24, 2013 4:42PM … But ice is solidifying around Chicago harbors again, which opens more …
 
 
Christmas Eve service at Christ Church of Oak Brook with family and friends. pic.twitter.com/D2WoxL5xkw
 
 
For all who celebrate…hope Santa brings us more hope, love, joy and peace! pic.twitter.com/NlYfrUHs8P
 
 
CARBONDALE — It’s that time of year when many people are thinking about making a New Years resolution. And if you put “stop smoking” on that list, a local business owner claims he has just the answer.
 
 
By Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune reporter. 5:15 p.m. CST, December 24, 2013. In a world where beefy Big Macs and Whoppers still rule, high school …
 
 
The new law sets a goal of collecting 15,500 thermostats in the first year, … The legislation joins California, Rhode Island and Illinois laws requiring …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has been a longtime supporter for term limits, but still hasn’t committed to one himself. Quinn says he’s not presuming a win in his 2014 re-election run, and he’s taking it one term at a time. He added it’s important to first approve an amendment so it’s fair for all elected officials, and he still believes in term limits for executive officials and legislators. …
 
 
Lake County: Waukegan must manage school traffic issues http://bit.ly/1e9FxOB 
 
 
Illinois residents will see more than 200 new laws take effect on January 1, 2014. According to Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) lawmakers approved measures addressing issues such as litter, cell phone usage, state hiring, and public safety.
 
 
MARION — Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, a candidate for governor, will join Williamson County Republicans for breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ryan’s Steak House, 2706 Walton Way, Marion.
 
 
It’s clear that in the new year, the race for the GOP nomination for governor will get much more intense. And there’s a recent indication that some of that …
 
 
Illinois ‘puppy lemon law’ to take effect next weekKMOV.com(KMOV.com) – Starting Jan. 1, those who purchase pets at stores in Illinois will have a 3-week guarantee if the puppy is unhealthy. Gov. Quinn signed the so-called “puppy lemon law” in August to protect buyers if their animal dies within 3-weeks of …
 
 
GIFFORD — State officials are being urged to extend a property tax exemption to commercial property as well as residential property affected by natural disasters. A Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption law was approved last year by the Legislature in response to damaging tornadoes in southern Illinois. read more
 
 
On Friday, I hosted a Vets forum in @HanoverParkIL. Great to meet so many Vets! pic.twitter.com/NFmnQdnD52
 
 
Year in Review – July 3: Reducing VA Claims Backlog. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/P5KPivjkD6
 
 
Wishing a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to #IL05! Thanks for letting me represent you this year. pic.twitter.com/C7dWXzVO2q
 
 
I am passionate about helping others succeed. #WomenInBusiness #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig
 
 
In 1870, our country set aside a national holiday to commemorate the birth of Jesus. MORE: https://www.facebook.com/BalkemaForCongress/posts/660674457326412 … pic.twitter.com/x8f1TsfuUy
 
 
Beautifully written Christmas Eve column from @John_Kass. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-kass-met-1224-20131224,0,805889.column …
 
 
I work hard to ensure that others succeed and have access to needed resources. #WomenInCongress #Insurance #SmallBusiness
 
 
Picking up a few last minute gifts? You’re not alone. Drive safely. http://ow.ly/rXFEl 
 
 
Here’s hoping you and yours enjoy a wonderful holiday season! Thank you all for your support! Randall Olsen… http://fb.me/2VQWFlEqI 
 
 
Christmas is magical http://fb.me/2O3u7QoV2 
 
 
What schedule and structure do you live your life by? Do you like it? Does it work for you? #HealthyLiving
 
 
Yesterday stopped by the press corp in Capitol & found only 4 people working. The rest must be taking time off. Well, we all deserve a break. It’s now Christmas Eve day and I am getting my tax returns ready to release to media. Soon taking a break and having family time this afternoon & tomorrow.
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful holiday!
 
 
(cont) and “The Bottom of the Well–Pts 1 & 2” @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Click on Posts.
 
 
Have a great holiday! Don’t forget to enjoy my x-mas trilogy: “Christmas Brew”; “Your Prescription is Ready”; (cont)
 
 
Surround yourself with the right people.People going where you want to go. #ThinkgBig #SmallBusiness
 
 
Merry Christmas to all of my Carlinville CMS and CHS friends! You are all definitely on Santa’s “nice” list!
 
 
Caroline and I are making Christmas cupcakes for the family today. We hope they turned out okay! pic.twitter.com/5YHbQSkpfA
 
 
Are you living a life of passion, love and wonder? #ThinkBig #SuperYay
 
 
Research shows that kids crave structure and thrive on scheduling. #Education #Family #Twins
 
 
For Shaun Livingston, the story was about home … “In 10-15 seconds, their place was gone.” Tammy Ammerman didn’t have a basement, so she and daughter Haven were forced to hide under a little table. Her two sons weren’t at home, but safe.
 
 
State Rep. Marty Moylan will hold satellite constituent service office hours in January in Elk Grove Village, where residents can come with questions or opinions on state issues.
 
 
Fitch Ratings has affirmed an AA+ bond rating for Will County based upon key rating drivers such as healthy financial reserves, a robust regional economy and manageable long-term liabilities, according to a news release from the county.
 
 
ST. JOSEPH — With less than two minutes remaining in the first half of The Leader Classic’s third-place contest and Paxton-Buckley-Loda leading Fisher 20-12, the lights went out at St. Joseph-Ogden High School. read more
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has unveiled a task force of local labor, business, government and community leaders to look at the impacts of the closing of 72 Dominick’s stores in the Chicago area.
 
 
I support @rosenberg103 to represent IL103rd #twil pic.twitter.com/zxDEb8j5bp
 
 
#job Program Supervisor – Metropolitan Family Services #Chicago #IL http://metrochicagojobs.com/j/5675232  #jobs
 
 
The #Obamacare deadline was extended through today to get January coverage: http://cnnmon.ie/1ezDgRr  #NewDay
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Fixing Springfield streets, holiday travel, are O’Hanlon’s friends right… http://goo.gl/fb/EwMN9 
 
 
Tune in today 2p-6p, @wlsam890. I am excited about co-hosting with Lauren @cohntv. Call in, 312-591-5900!
 
 
Rep. Welch Honors the Life and Bravery of Officer Temo Estrada! Commends Bellwood Police! http://conta.cc/JWP6qQ  via #constantcontact
 
 
Who’s been on Santa’s Naughty List this Christmas? ONE DAY LEFT to cast your vote by sending some coal: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn 
 
 
Who’s been on Santa’s Naughty List this Christmas? ONE DAY LEFT to cast your vote by sending some coal: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn 
 
 
What a way to spend Christmas Eve day, getting tax forms ready to release to media? Family time this afternoon & tomorrow.
 
 
On Friday, I hosted a Vets forum in @HanoverParkIL. Great to meet so many Vets! pic.twitter.com/NFmnQdnD52
 
 
Wishing a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to #IL05! Thanks for letting me represent you this year. pic.twitter.com/C7dWXzVO2q
 
 
Year in Review – July 3: Reducing VA Claims Backlog. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/P5KPivjkD6
 
 
Gubernatorial candidate Treasurer Dan Rutherford will be at the Grecian in Pinckneyville at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27.
 
 
Have a Merry Christmas and stay warm! The temperature is almost as negative as the finances of Illinois! #Wozniak71
 
 
Remembering the 3 progressive female leaders Illinois lost in the past year: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-women-legal-leaders-met-20131223,0,6742253.story … #trailblazers #illinois
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody. I hope you are able to spend the time with family and friends…. http://fb.me/6SZLrpjJJ 
 
 
“This Day” -Merry Christmas! Read more Here! http://www.votemccarter.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=385 … http://fb.me/2Ad6sSPHA 
 
 
The AlphaGraphics Lisle Daily is out! http://paper.li/AG221LisleIL/1319472250 … Stories via @RonSandack @JenPetersen_316
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township swearing in ceremony. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190580471093261&set=a.190579281093380.1073741826.100004239271728&type=3&theater … http://ow.ly/i/3m20m 
 
 
@RonSandack You are in a position to pass legislation against such an abomination, aren’t you?
 
 
Really hoping Honda is just messing with us with those Michael Bolton commercials.
 
 
Three Cicero residents guard a candidate’s headquarters against mobsters during the 1924 election. pic.twitter.com/hICPrTJPIh
 
 
Flu activity builds in Illinois – http://shawurl.com/x8a 
 
 
DNR’s solution to kill deer called ‘sad’ – http://shawurl.com/x8c 
 
 
Happy Holidays! Our office will be closed this afternoon and tomorrow, December 25th.
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Medicaid Surrender http://goo.gl/fb/926v9 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Brady and Rodriguez Families! http://eepurl.com/LokvD 
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/S9evEEy0 
 
 
Cusack family home in Evanston sold for $940,000 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cusack-family-home-in-evanston-sold-for-940000-20131224,0,1952468.story?track=rss …
 
 
Editorial: What Christmas says in Chicago http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24561886-474/what-christmas-says-in-chicago.html …
 
 
Gas prices are rising just before Christmas http://wlds.com/?p=4226 
 
 
Jobless benefits extension finds support in poll http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-12-24/jobless-benefits-extension-finds-support-poll.html … via @news_gazette
 
 
Kifowit-Backed Bills to Offer Greater Protection for Domestic Violence Victims …Chicago TribuneTwo measures sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and aimed at protecting women and children from domestic violence will take effect on January 1. “I am committed to working collaboratively with law enforcement, community groups, and …
 
 
New Laws Effective January 1, 2014 HB 1 (PA 98-122) – Creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the strictest medical marijuana law in the country. It establishes a pilot program that sunsets after four years. A specific list of debilitating, or terminal medical conditions are outlined in the bill which patients must be suffering from in order to qualify. The number of d
 
 
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  
 
 
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Thursday, December 26 until sunset, Saturday, December 28, 2013.
 
 
1 DAY TO GO: Which liberal do you think is at the top of Santa’s NAUGHTY LIST? Let us know your thoughts by sending them a lump of coal this Christmas. For every piece you send we’ll donate $1 to The Salvation Army! Let’s see who gets the biggest pile of coal Christmas morning!Which Liberal Will You Send A Lump Of Coal?www.dillardtracy.comWho’s been on Santa’s Naughty list this year? Cast your vot
 
 
The Holiday season is all about spending quality time with your family and friends. On behalf of the Hardiman Family, I would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas.
 
 
Yesterday stopped by the press corp in Capitol & found only 4 people working. The rest must be taking time off. Well, we all deserve a break. It’s now Christmas Eve day and I am getting my tax returns ready to release to media. Soon taking a break and having family time this afternoon & tomorrow.
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful holiday!
 
 
 
 
Wishing you all a Christmas filled with love and joy!
 
 
 
 
Little known fact: Hardrock drove the sleigh, working his through a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, eventually becoming the CEO of a worldwide operation of cafes, hotels, and casinos that bear his name. Joe was promoted to driver.Hardrock, Coco, and Joewww.youtube.comThe best Christmas video ever!!
 
 
So fortunate to have had “women that were made of steel” forging trails.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-women-legal-leaders-met-20131223,0,6742253.storyIllinois has lost 3 progressive female leaders in past yearwww.chicagotribune.com— This month marks one year since the death of Mary Lee Leahy, one of three progressive women who broke gender barriers in politics, gov
 
 
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
 
 
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a wondrous New Year in 2014! From our family to yours – Keith
 
 
 
 
 
Please enjoy a safe, warm and Merry Christmas!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township swearing in ceremony.Calumet Township’s PhotosAt <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calumet-Township/184230358313915?ref=stream&amp;viewer_id=0&#8243; data-ft=”{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;P&quot;}” data-hovercard=”/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=184230358313915&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_
 
 
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Seasons Greetings, Dave Luechtefeld & Staff
 
 
Merry Christmas and warm wishes for a very happy holiday season!
 
 
“State Sen. John Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the law, said witnessing several near-accidents during trips to Springfield convinced him that “hands on the wheel and eyes on the road are the way to go.” While he says the law won’t eliminate distractions, he hopes it’ll cut down on accidents.”SPRINGFIELD, Ill.: Cellphone law new challenge for drivers in 2014 – Technol
 
 
Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year
 
 
Christmas at my Dad’s side.
 
 
We are grateful for the participation of all four of our state senators and representatives, senators Don Harmon and Kimberly Lightford and representatives La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly. We are also especially thankful for the community members who asked …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Offices of the Illinois Secretary of State and driver services facilities will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to observe the Christmas holiday. Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is reminding residents of the closures. The …
 
 
SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois priest is showcasing his mini … Wolford says most of the buildings have been given to him as gifts.
 
 
The State Journal-Register’s favorite images of 2013The State Journal-RegisterOf the thousands of pictures that appeared on our newspaper and web pages over the past 12 months, these are some of The State Journal-Register photo department’s favorites. Posted Dec. 24, 2013. « Linda Bowen adjusts her hat as she waits to cross …
 
 
The Illinois State Police say paper applications for concealed carry permits will ….. Pay It Forward… because sometimes people need a little extra help.
 
 
… the day Quinn pronounced as “Downers Grove North High School Day in Illinois” in honor of Anne Wagner’s bravery and her classmates’ passion to …
 
 
Caterpillar digs up big export win [Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill. :: ]BusinessweekDec. 22–DECATUR — After a grindingly tough year for Caterpillar Inc. comes a very nice early Christmas gift: the U.S. Export-Import Bank has signed off on a more than $694 million loan deal that will allow Australian miners to buy boatloads of CAT …
 
 
Are you a new mom with an old Lemonheads t-shirt? The map below shows where you can find other new moms of your generation.
 
 
By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer. CHICAGO (AP) – The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government’s health care website arrived …
 
 
A Chicago blogger has put together a useful and fascinating interactive map for tracking average teacher pay by state since 1970. You can even adjust the figures for inflation. Highly recommended.
 
 
There are no other races for the superintendent’s position in other regional offices of education in The Pantagraph area. Others regional …
 
 
Matyas, who is the son-in-law of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Costello have denied all accusations of improper behavior, according …
 
 
Chuck Hagel to support a bid by the University of Illinois and its partners for a … and the White House to transform the face of American manufacturing.
 
 
EAST PEORIA — John Anderson compares bridges to carnival rides. Anderson is the Tazewell County Highway Department engineer. “Think about …
 
 
Don’t be that guy, warns a New Lenox YouTube video.
 
 
A plan for an Albany Park Walgreens is under fire from Ald. Deb Mell and community members, largely because of driveway and parking lot …
 
 
CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has announced 14 appointments to state boards and commissions, including a son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is among those last-minute holiday shoppers. The Chicago Democrat told The Associated Press on Christmas …
 
 
CHICAGO — Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date as far back as 1971. The Democratic governor …
 
 
CHICAGO – The city renown for its political corruption has launched a 10-week pilot program to help control the city’s rat population — the rodent kind. To accomplish this, the infamously crooked Chicago streets and sanitation dispatches a rodent baiting…
 
 
Not a single state in the Union closed its offices for Christmas on December 25 in 1834 … The Lincoln family never had a White House tree and sent no Christmas cards. Nobody was much shocked by these omissions. The public Christmas as …
 
 
Preliminary estimates show it could cost $43 million to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to Lake Zurich, where officials say more discussion is needed before deciding whether to attempt to move from deep wells. “We have to get to a point where we trust the numbers on both sides,” Mayor Thomas Poynton said. “We’ve got a lot more digging to do.”
 
 
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say a man working at a suburban Chicago business was injured after more than two tons of sheet metal fell on his …

Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Dec. 24

I am a True blue #Democrat that believes in our city, country, unions and the people! #SmallBusiness #WomenInCongress
 
 
 
In Illinois, a new law will prohibit anyone from using a drone – an unmanned aircraft – to interfere with hunters or fishermen. Delaware, meanwhile, is …
 
 
Barack Obama surprises Illinois Women’s Delegation From: Barack Obama Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:48 More in People & Blogs
 
 
The New Year will bring a lot of new laws, one of which will do something you probably thought was already on the books.   State grant money is being used for political activities, and the new law will close that legal loophole.   …
 
 
Mary Lou Wehrli’s campaign to become the next president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is moving forward after a failed attempt to have her kicked off the March primary ballot. The county electoral board on Monday determined that Wehrli, a Naperville Republican, has more than enough valid signatures to remain on the March 18 ballot.
 
 
Besides road projects, Lake County’s proposed 2040 Transportation Plan includes suggestions for transit and non-motorized improvements. Public comment is being acccepted until Dec. 31. “Our first obligation is to make what we have work better,” said Bruce Christensen, principal planner and project manager for the Lake County Division of Transportation. “We’re very heavily invested i
 
 
 
Merry Christmas from the Dillard Family! #christmas #merrychristmas #holidays http://instagram.com/p/iShKK-Ixil/ 
 
 
 
Stopped by the press corp in Capitol this afternoon & found only 4 people working. The rest must be taking time off. Well, we all do #twill
 
 
Tribune: Editorial: The danger of using Twitter http://bit.ly/1ckAkVs 
 
 
Sangamon County Voters To Approve Efficiency Commission Extension http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83299 
 
 
Herald & Review – Found 2 hours agoThe man’s name is Bruce Rauner and he is coming with the idea that everyone that holds office should be limited to eight years.
 
 
Illinois Construction “Holiday” Set To BeginIllinois Construction “Holiday” Set To Begin1470wmbd.comThe Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s suspending non-emergency roadwork to reduce traffic congestion over the holidays. The agency has provided a list of road closures by county on its website. The suspension of non-emergency work begi
 
 
Two west suburban politicians differed on the long-overdue but controversial pension reform bill recently signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. State Sen. Don Harmon (39th) called it an “unpleasant necessity” while state Rep. LaShawn Ford (8th) criticized it as an attack on hard-working people’s retirement. No matter how one slices it, there is no happy medium with the state’s pension overhaul bill t
 
 
 
… and Janet Davies will be principal co-hosts of “Countdown Chicago 2014. … In addition to familiar principal hosts Janet Davies and Mark Giangreco, …
 
 
 
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It’s no secret that Republican primary voters in Illinois have been almost rigidly hierarchical when it comes to choosing gubernatorial candidates.They pretty much always choose the candidate who can best demonstrate that it’s his or her “turn.”In 1990, after eight years as secretary of state, Jim Edgar was the clear choice. Indeed, he barely had opposition. The same went for two-term Secretary of
 
 
It’s no secret that Republican primary voters in Illinois have been almost rigidly hierarchical when it comes to choosing gubernatorial candidates.They pretty much always choose the candidate who can best demonstrate that it’s his or her “turn.”In 1990, after eight years as secretary of state, Jim Edgar was the clear choice. Indeed, he barely had opposition. The same went for two-term Secretary of
 
 
Congressman Schock visits with From: repaaronschock Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 06:32 More in News & Politics
 
 
By Associated Press. Enlarge image. Credit flickr. A central Illinois sheriff is offering to help residents apply online for concealed-carry firearms permits.
 
 
Monday morning four concerned community members dressed as elves visited Governor Quinn’s Chicago residence and set up a hydraulic fracturing …
 
 
22 that the Illinois State Board of Education approved a map that cut the number of educational regions statewide from 44 to 35. “I believe that our …
 
 
CHICAGO – The Chicago Republican Party gained a victory over the Madigan organization after a Chicago Board of Elections hearing officer granted its motion to subpoena Madigan petition circulators, which means the circulators, including candidate Terrence Goggin himself, will be…
 
 
 
CHICAGO – Did GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner buy the Cook County GOP endorsement? That is what State Senator Kirk Dillard’s campaign suggested over the weekend, writing: “There’s only one explanation — the Bruce Rauner money machine was at work again. Only in Illinois would the legitimate concerns of rank-and-file, grassroots republicans be dismissed so brazenly. Welcome back, pay-to-pl
 
 
This letter is sent to correct misinformation that I provided, in a previous letter. Recently I had the honor of speaking to state Sen. Dale Righter regarding the recent Illinois pension legislation. He was kind enough to call me following …
 
 
Republican incumbent Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris is being challenged by first-time Democratic candidate Christine Benson of Ottawa in the district, which includes much of southern
 
 
It’s something you’d expect from Ebenezer Scrooge: Firing 20 employees of a sandwich shop days before Christmas.  The employees of Snarf’s sandwich shop in Chicago were notified via email that they lost their jobs and the store was closing.  They were terminated effective December 23. The email also thanked them for their service and wished them well. These same employees protested earlier this mo
 
 
State Sen. Julie Morrison proposed stiffer penalties for impaired boaters after the death of a Libertyville 10-year-old on the Chain O’Lakes. The Deerfield Democrat’s nephew, Tony Borcia, was tubing on Petite Lake when he was run over and killed by a …
 
 
My Christmas wish is to #CANJAN in 2014 @janschakowsky pic.twitter.com/ysZx5rZuiL
 
 
Thank you to the @618TACC team at @ScottAFB for their work evacuating our wounded service members http://bit.ly/1csC14N 
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — Mayor Tari Renner regrets posting comments on a conservative blog in which he suggested the political activist who runs the site was psychologically unstable.
 
 
#Illinois’ tax incentives for job creation amount to little more than giveaways to companies who can afford… http://fw.to/GfGVXsO 
 
 
This holiday season let us recognize our everyday heroes like members of the #DownersGroveNorth community http://tinyurl.com/krhfxu7 
 
 
Exactly 45 years ago we witnessed one of the most inspiring broadcasts in history delivered by the heroic #Apollo8 astronauts.
 
 
An honor to be joined by Capt.Lovell at @MSIChicago to reenact the famous 1968 #XmasEve Broadcast to Earth. pic.twitter.com/OjT90PSerc
 
 
Job alert: The BGA is looking for a full-time policy coordinator http://bit.ly/15qeKs1  (no calls please)
 
 
DAVENPORT — A planned comprehensive database on students from across the Quad-Cities is meant to help boost educational performance throughout the area. The database, a collaborative effort headed by Achieve Quad Cities, could include data on students
 
 
FREEPORT – Mayor Jim Gitz has been selected as one of the newest members of the Illinois Municipal League board of directors. “It’s an honor to be …
 
 
There is confusion over what I had said about Phil Robertson, I hope this clears it up.America is Christian Nation: Clarification of Remarkswww.ianbayne.comIan Bayne attempted to clarify his recent remarks on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, “We are a Christian nation based upon the foundation of free will and individualism,” said Bayne. “People know this, and those who have come here
 
 
Protecting middle class families and #SmallBusiness owners is my passion! #WomenInCongress #GoodTimes
 
 
Having a great time @wlsam890 cohosting w/ @cohntv. Getting the latest frm my constituent Diane who lost her HC pic.twitter.com/KJbiGuOuvO
 
 
Tune in to @wlsam890 I’ll be cohosting with @cohntv filling in for @roeandroeper 2-5 pm
 
 
Out and about getting a few last minute gifts. I’m grateful to be running for the chance to represent the 11th Congressional District; meeting so many wonderful people along the way.
 
 
As a member of congress I plan on taking my values of working hard to bring more good jobs to our great city! #Chicago #WomenInCongress
 
 
Obamacare website can’t handle customers. America can’t handle Obamacare. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/23/ObamaCare-Website-Crashes-on-Deadline%20Day …
 
 
Support for Obamacare hits new low. http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/12/support-for-obamacare-in-new-cnnorc.html …
 
 
I just posted Clarification of Remarks, read it here: http://www.ianbayne.com/congress11/?p=123 …
 
 
I’m blessed to do something I love for a living! #SmallBusiness #WomenInBusiness
 
 
We are a Christian nation. This means that we have free will, we are not controlled by government. This we must defend.
 
 
I work hard to advocate for my clients every day. #TheInsurancePeople #Insurance #GoodTimes
 
 
Talking now with @dianesdialogue1 an 11 yr breast cancer survivor who lost the healthcare plan she liked bc of Obamacare tune in: @wlsam890
 
 
I am a #SmallBusiness owner in Albany Park and look forward to being the voice of other biz owners. #WomenInCongress #SuperYay
 
 
Please take a look at my new website which includes all of my videos as well as an Issues page. http://www.dougtruax.com/Doug Truax for Senate | DougTruax.comwww.dougtruax.comCampaign website for Doug Truax for U.S. Senate.
 
 
An honor to be joined by Capt.Lovell at @MSIChicago to reenact the famous 1968 #XmasEve Broadcast to Earth. pic.twitter.com/OjT90PSerc
 
 
Exactly 45 years ago we witnessed one of the most inspiring broadcasts in history delivered by the heroic #Apollo8 astronauts.
 
 
This holiday season let us recognize our everyday heroes like members of the #DownersGroveNorth community http://tinyurl.com/krhfxu7 
 
 
I extend birthday wishes to Japanese Emperor Akihito.It’s a holiday in Japan, & to my Japanese American friends it’s a time of celebration.
 
 
Broadband Speeds in Illinois from 2010 to 2013 Broadband mapping and data collection is a backbone of the organization. Partnership for a Connected Illinois’ Geographic Information Systems Team contacts e… From: BroadbandIL Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:15 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
 
Lawmakers will be returning to Springfield in January. One possible topic is a proposed tax on sugary sweetened drinks. It would increase the cost of every ounce of soda sold in Illinois.The bill is by no means final. But it would add 20 cents in tax to a bottle of soda, and $2. …
 
 
Cross, Truax and Roskam to Speak at Republican Township meetingChicago TribuneThe Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO), the official Republican organization of Palatine Township, will feature Tom Cross, Doug Truax and US Rep Peter Roskam at their regular monthly meeting which is free and open to the public on …
 
 
Editorial: Rockford’s violent crime rate virtually unchanged in 2013 — part 1 …The Rock River TimesQuoted by the Rockford Register Star in 2007, Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers said that he believed the city’s ‘location worked against [it,]’ as Rockford receives traffic from the drug markets in Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee, resulting in …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Behind the theme of “An Honest No-Till Education,” the 2014 National No-Tillage Conference will hit the Land of Lincoln for the …
 
 
Since recession, 250K fewer public school teachers with 800K more students nationally. We need to hire more http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/education/subtract-teachers-add-pupils-math-of-todays-jammed-schools.html?hp&_r=0 …
 
 
You don’t see this every day! This check arrived in the mail today at Dixon City Hall as part of what has been… http://fb.me/2zlC9usi6 
 
 
This piece on some of @Elsevier’s unsurprisingly appalling behavior is a great primer on the value of #openaccess http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/19/how-one-publisher-is-stopping-academics-from-sharing-their-research/ …
 
 
#Illinois’ tax incentives for job creation amount to little more than giveaways to companies who can afford… http://fw.to/GfGVXsO 
 
 
I was joined today by retired astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., for a reenactment of the famous 1968 “Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth.” Exactly 45 years ago we witnessed one of the most inspiring broadcasts in history. The world needed an uplifting message in 1968 and the heroic Apollo 8 astronauts delivered. This holiday season let us recognize our everyday heroes, like members of the Down
 
 
Cost of boarding up shuttered Chicago schools triples to $30.9M http://bit.ly/1fC9pV2  #CPS #Chicago .@ChiPubSchools
 
 
The Wemstroms: Examine Scott Reeder’s fantasy world. http://tinyurl.com/mqvrvrg
 
 
Illinois has lost 3 progressive female leaders in past yearChicago TribuneThree of the six statewide elected officials are women: Democrats Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Attorney General Lisa Madigan as well as Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Simon and Topinka are expected to square off for comptroller in November.
 
 
Schools of small fish are capable of crossing an electrical barrier designed to keep Asian carp from using the Chicago ship canal to enter the Great Lakes, according to a new research report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
 
Durbin Votes to cut veteran benefits but votes for benefits for non US citizens. #truax4senate @DougTruax
 
 
Support for Obamacare hits new low. http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/12/support-for-obamacare-in-new-cnnorc.html …
 
 
Obamacare website can’t handle customers. America can’t handle Obamacare. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/23/ObamaCare-Website-Crashes-on-Deadline%20Day …
 
 
As a member of congress I plan on taking my values of working hard to bring more good jobs to our great city! #Chicago #WomenInCongress
 
 
Protecting middle class families and #SmallBusiness owners is my passion! #WomenInCongress #GoodTimes
 
 
I am a #SmallBusiness owner in Albany Park and look forward to being the voice of other biz owners. #WomenInCongress #SuperYay
 
 
VILLA PARK, Ill. – Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is encouraging residents to join one of her advisory committees that will meet during the month of …
 
 
* I’ll be back the Monday after New Year’s Day. I hope everyone has a wonderful and joyous holiday season. I don’t say this nearly enough, but you folks mean the world to me. * As is our custom, we end the year with three videos. Suzy Snowflake… Frosty the Snowman… And Hardrock, Coco and Joe…
 
 
* The 2013 Wordslinger Golden Horseshoe Award for Best CapitolFax.com Commenter is a tie. Retired Non-Union Guy, or RNUG for short, wins because of his invaluable insights into pension reform… If I had a vote in the legislature, I would have voted in favor of the pension bill that passed. But I nominate RNUG anyway. The […]
 
 
Tune in to @wlsam890 I’ll be cohosting with @cohntv filling in for @roeandroeper 2-5 pm
 
 
Having a great time @wlsam890 cohosting w/ @cohntv. Getting the latest frm my constituent Diane who lost her HC pic.twitter.com/KJbiGuOuvO
 
 
Talking now with @dianesdialogue1 an 11 yr breast cancer survivor who lost the healthcare plan she liked bc of Obamacare tune in: @wlsam890
 
 
An Illinois man who persuaded a company to finance a nonexistent telemedicine computer tablet named after the physician on the original “Star Trek” television show admitted to a $25 million fraud scheme. Howard Leventhal, 56, pleaded guilty …
 
 
In Illinois, the price of propane has climbed 15 percent in the last month. Several states in the upper Midwest are dealing with significantly higher prices for propane because of a supply problem caused by a late harvest, persistent very cold temperatures and the temporary shutdown of a major supply pipeline – http://shawurl.com/x72
 
 
Left #Springfield Capitol office, heading home for #Christmas
 
 
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! pic.twitter.com/nj4sabc9Wc
 
 
Merry Christmas from Mike Webster http://eepurl.com/Lk6kf  #twill
 
 
Very happy to be endorsed by the Cook County GOP! http://bit.ly/18IerQH  #twill @CookCountyGOP
 
 
2013 was a busy year for the Senate Republicans. We’re taking a look back at legislative action and our members accomplishments this year. In August Sen. Althoff’s good government bill, intended to increase transparency and public accessibility, was signed into law. Read more at the link below.Althoff Good Government Bill Signed into Lawwww.senatoralthoff.comIllinois Senator Pamela Althoff represe
 
 
In January of 2013, nearly two years after Senator Tim Bivins first sponsored “Erin’s Law” to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, the Governor signed a second law January 24 to help give young victims a voice and prevent future incidents of sexual assault and abuse. Read more about this important news story from 2013 at the link below.News Details | Senator Tim Bivins | Tim Bivins, Illinois Sta
 
 
I am pleased to announce that I have received an endorsement from Illinois Liberty PACWozniak Receives Endorsement from Illinois Liberty PACus4.campaign-archive2.comGood Morning, I pray that all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am pleased to announce that I have received an early Christmas present, an endorsement from the Illinois Liberty PAC. Illinois Liberty PAC’s mission st
 
 
Merry Christmas to my FB friends
 
 
New Laws Effective January 1, 2014 HB 1 (PA 98-122) – Creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the strictest medical marijuana law in the country. It establishes a pilot program that sunsets after four years. A specific list of debilitating, or terminal medical conditions are outlined in the bill which patients must be suffering from in order to qualify. The number of d
 
 
 
 
 
Get a jump on 2014 by RSVPing for #TeamGuzzardi’s “New Year, New Representation” Canvass on Saturday, January 4th.
 
 
Merry Christmas from Team McKinley!
 
 
A common sense solution focused on what should be the goal for all politicians… ensuring that children are allowed to receive a quality education!Building a competitive, choice-driven CPS systemarticles.chicagotribune.comThe combined impact of educational failure, the shrinking tax base, joblessness, crime and the other intertwined challenges confronting Chicago has put the city at a tipping poi
 
 
Help our friend and supporter Laura Schlegel stay in her Portage Park home–sign her petition here.Cogsville Group, Keep the Schlegels in their home!start2.occupyourhomes.orgLaura, her son and 3 small dogs have lived in their Portage Park home for the last seven years. With the help of a partner, she bought the home in 2006 for nearly $400,000. After the market crashed, they attempted to refinance
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Bill Cunningham is reminding his constituents that with the New Year holiday comes a host of new laws for Illinois residents. Laws affecting everything from social media privacy, to tanning bed regulation, to cell phone usage while driving will take effect on January 1st.  A few of the most notable changes are listed below. Talking on a cell phone while driv
 
 
WICS-TVGet Covered Illinois sees spike in calls, visitorsKSDKA crush of health insurance shoppers in Illinois have been calling a telephone help line set up to answer their questions, as an important deadline looms for the nation’s health law. (Photo: Get Covered Illinois). SHARECONNECTTWEETCOMMENTEMAIL …Central Ill. sheriff offers concealed carry help
 
 
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! pic.twitter.com/nj4sabc9Wc
 
 
1) Didn’t make it to an #ACA sign-up event this weekend? Don’t worry! Check out the list of events happening today:Events – illinois health insurance marketplacegetcoveredillinois.govCONTENTS Read more about Events
 
 
Our best 2013 moments on Instagram: #memostatigramInstagramilsenatedems’s video on Instagram
 
 
Our Top 14 New Laws slideshow has received more than 800,000 clicks – have you seen it yet?14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
From State Senator Mattie Hunter, (chair, Human Services): “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Calica, retired DCFS Director, whose legacy of public service spans over 30 years in the field of child welfare. I send my heartfelt sympathy to his family and staff. “
 
 
How does the little-known Illinois State Charter School Commission work? @dmihalopoulos explains (VIDEO): http://suntm.es/18Hl3Pp 
 
 
Plan for Tribune Spinoff Raises Concerns for Future of Newspaper Operations http://nyti.ms/JiGYAa 
 
 
Former City of Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy for his lead role in a bribery and money laundering scheme while he was the former Ohio deputy treasurer. Ahmad, 38, of Chicago, faces up to 10 years in prison. More details to come. …
 
 
 
Union League Club Panel – Pension Overhaul: Policy and Politics
 
 
Reboot Illinois:” Their differences were on stark display Thursday morning, when four legislators – two Democrats, two Republicans, two yes votes, two no votes — sat on a panel conducted by the Union League Club’s Public Affairs Committee… Ives said the bill does not go far enough to cut “already very generous pensions.” “The problem here is that the pensions are overly generous,” Ives s
 
 
A delegation of Allstate employees and agency owners, including two Libertyvillians, met with Congressional leaders recently to discuss key insurance issues.
 
 
BREAKING: Police have evacuated the Pekin Walmart after the store received a bomb threat. The bomb squad is in route.
 
 
Happy #Festivus to all who celebrate…..let the airing of grievances begin! #twill
 
 
Happy holidays, everyone! Help those who were affected by the November tornados recover by making a donation here: http://www.redcross.org/il/decatur 
 
 
You can help #endhunger in your own community by donating to any one of the 2,000 food banks in #Illinois. http://www.feedingillinois.org/member-food-banks … #twill
 
 
Last week I spoke at DeVry University’s graduation ceremony. I was inspired by our next generation of leaders.
 
 
Year in Review – Jan. 3: Climbing the Capitol Steps. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/jZZwC6eOYr
 
 
(AP) — As officials have delayed taking action on a proposed passenger rail line between Iowa City and Chicago, the project’s cost to Iowa has increased dramatically and advocates have all but given up on the plan.
 
 
The city of Jacksonville is considering placing a limit on the number of gaming parlors. Our news partner WLDS radio in Jacksonville says aldermen …
 
 
$4.9 million approved for Carpenter Street underpassThe State Journal-Register“There’s a lot of people skeptical whether it (consolidation) will get done,” said Moll, “but I think this shows local, state and federal governments are working together to make sure it gets done.” State and federal transportation officials have …
 
 
Tribune Co. has agreed to buy Gracenote, which provides music data for iTunes and other digital applications, from Sony Corporation of America.
 
 
Filling in for @RoeConn @richardroeper with @PeterRoskam 2-5pm. Join us @wlsam890.
 
 
Last week I spoke at DeVry University’s graduation ceremony. I was inspired by our next generation of leaders.
 
 
Police: Shoe prints lead to suspects in officer’s slaying http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-no-bail-for-suspects-in-slaying-of-officer-20131223,0,424854.story …
 
 
* Today will be the last regular day of blogging until January. I may write posts if big news breaks, but I doubt comments will be opened. * The Question: Your thoughts about Illinois’ year in politics? …Adding… If you’re looking for a refresher, the Senate Dems have a quick list of […]
 
 
State funding to build bike trail, replace bridgeBelleville News DemocratEddie Lee Jackson, Sr. said in a statement. The Democrat of East St. Louis added the projects increase vehicle safety and help provide economic activity through construction jobs. Copyright 2013 Belleville_News-Democrat. All rights reserved. This …
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined retired astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., for a reenactment of Lovell’s famous 1968 “Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth.” Standing in front of Lovell’s Apollo 8 capsule at the Museum of Science and Industry, the reenactment included the voices of student Mary Doro and the father of student Anne Wagner, who Governor Quinn called the “heroes of Downers G
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today released the following statement on the passing of Richard Calica, former Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who led the department from December 2011 to November 2013.
 
 
Ho Ho Hope you’re ready for holidays? Madeleine Doubek here, filling in for Matt Dietrich this week and I’m so ready, I could knock over a snowman. I’m sure you’re scrambling with last-minute lists, but make some time for our holiday
 
 
State officials announced today that Richard Calica, former director of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, died early today.Calica, 67, resigned from DCFS last month after being diagnosed with cancer. He said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune at the time that doctors had told him he had only months to live.Calica came into the job at a difficult time for DCFS. The agency
 
 
Today’s program included remarks by Mark Davis, Chairman, Civic Federation; the Honorable Elaine Nekritz, Illinois State Representative, 57th District; Laurence Msall, President, Civic Federation; Michelle Warner, Corporate VP, Deputy General Counsel and …
 
 
Cook County ASA: total Oak Forest Deputy Fire Chief, wife embezzled from Palos Heights Fire Protection District from 09-12 $665,547
 
 
Senior Reporter Kevin Craver took some time to talk with Sandra Salgado, of McHenry, about her decision not to run for another term on the McHenry County Board and the changes in her life.On The Record With … Sandra Salgadowww.nwherald.comSenior Reporter Kevin Craver was taken by surprise when he noticed earlier this month that McHenry County Board member Sandra Salgado was calling it quits afte
 
 
Answering questions at employee town hall in Bannockburn, North Shore Congressman talks about solutions which will have impact well into future.
 
 
Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas refused to discuss whether his courthouse services coordinator—who committed suicide last week—had pleaded guilty to felonies he committed when he was a Summit police officer.
 
 
By: Susan Frick Carlman Source: Sun Times So you’re getting ready to step out of the work force, and you’re not yet 65? Perhaps you’ll consider relocating — but it might be wise to stay close to home. It turns out there might not be anywhere that beats Naperville for those who’ve retired early. Personal [&hellip
 
 
Dead: Richard Calica, former Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Calica was suffering from cancer.
 
 
* Paul Green, the Director of Roosevelt University’s Institute for Politics, has penned a long, but interesting look at the history of Republican gubernatorial primaries which includes a preview of how all four candidates could win. He doesn’t include the union involvement aspect, but otherwise it’s pretty good stuff. Click here to read […]
 
 
“Disclosure statements, as they stand now, are a joke. Speaker Madigan, let this bill out of Rules and bring it to a vote. This kind of sunlight is really needed.” — Chicago Tribune on a key piece of legislation I worked on in 2013.Editorial: Politicians’ income, assets too easy to hidewww.chicagotribune.comState and local elected officials in Illinois are required to disclose their out
 
 
If you think you know what’s going on in your city, you may want to think again. A research organization says you actually don’t.The Illinois Policy Institute says Champaign and Springfield are two cities that don’t share enough information with the public via their online presence. …
 
 
 
 
It’s no secret that Republican primary voters in Illinois have been almost rigidly hierarchical when it comes to choosing gubernatorial candidates.
 
 
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(CBS) Well, it’s almost Christmas, so that means most professional sports teams have begun spamming their fans with ridiculous holiday greetings. Today, we’ve been blessed with an interesting holiday video from the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Because who doesn’t want to see Patrick Kane dressed up as Anakin Skywalker? Since words can’t really do this video justice, we’ll just let
 
 
GOP Governor candidates find consensus on income tax http://bit.ly/1crptKY 
 
 
* Sun-Times… Richard H. Calica, who recently left his post as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, died overnight, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Monday morning. Calica, 67, had been diagnosed with cancer and had undergone surgery in recent months. He had been DCFS director from December 2011 until last month, when he […]
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawsville) (Centralia, IL) – State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) reacted to a “very positive” state-ordered audit released last week regarding the status of developmentally disabled individuals formerly living at a state institution in a bizarre, rambling statement claiming the publication
 
 
Caucus Blog: State police issue reminders about new traffic laws http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/state-police-issue-reminders-about-new.html?spref=tw …
 
 
As we head into Christmas week, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. My District Office will close on Christmas Eve at noon and remain…
 
 
Check out my op-ed from yesterday’s @nwherald Franks: Illinois’ property-tax system needs a large dose of fairness http://goo.gl/SQAGKx 
 
 
Biss: Addressing The Looming Retirement Security Crisis Presentation http://bit.ly/1jAC1nj 
 
 
Here’s how the Illinois Charter Commission works: If a private group gets turned down by a local school board in an attempt to establish a charter …
 
 
Richard H. Calica, who recently left his post as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, died overnight, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Monday morning.
 
 
Local grocery stores struggle to survive post-SNAP cuts http://bit.ly/J90uzR 
 
 
Campaign expenses, NW Peoria development, the upcoming gubernatorial debate – all in this week’s Word on the Street. http://bit.ly/1l7BRPM
 
 
Illinois has a corporate tax rate of 9.5 percent (7 percent income, 2.5 percent personal property replacement tax). Florida has a 5.5 percent corporate …
 
 
@RepMikeQuigley @Alderman_Pawar thanks for stopping by the market #IrishXmasMarket
 
 
REMINDER: District Office closed on Christmas & operating shortened hrs 12/26-1/1. Call ahead if you need in-person assistance 773-267-5926
 
 
CHICAGO – Taxpayer-subsidized Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer what the company is calling “free” Internet access. Amtrak announced that Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines….
 
 
An inspiring story… http://fb.me/6qXDcpuZ1 
 
 
ObamaCare deadline is a milestone and marker of uncertainty http://fb.me/W7W0zOFm 
 
 
Merry Christmas Syrian Christians. Your greetings from Kinzinger are not so merry. pic.twitter.com/MGUuRWGdlu
 
 
Born and raised right here in #Chicago and excited to be the voice of #Women & #SmallBusiness in #Congress
 
 
Stop sending guns to Al Qaeda Mr. Obama and Mr. Kinzinger. http://davidhalecongress.blogspot.com/2013/12/hale-demands-immediate-cessation-of.html …
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Unions gearing up while Rauner lays the groundwork: * My weekly syndicated newspaper column… http://bit.ly/1chBLnP 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill The political story of 2013: Quinn’s remarkable resurrection: * My Sunday Sun-Times column…… http://bit.ly/1chBLnG 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Today’s numbers and a morning reading assignment: * New York TImes… Across the country,… http://bit.ly/1chBLnB 
 
 
Belleville News DemocratMilitary pension cuts now unsure; changes likelyBelleville News DemocratIn this Dec. 19, 2013, photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes questions as he briefs reporters at the Pentagon in Washington. Veterans groups are fighting part of the new budget deal signed into law Dec. 20 that curbs annual pension increases for …
 
 
Heartland: Come see if GED test is for you http://bit.ly/1fUBlV0 
 
 
Executions and death sentences continued to drop in 2013:
 
 
Il Supreme Court limits who can be excluded from a car insurance policyPeoria Public RadioThe Illinois Supreme Court has put a limit on just who can be excluded from a car insurance policy. The case goes back to … her own policy. The court says protecting the driving public is more important than making sure people can get lower-cost …
 
 
That’s why it’s important for the public and news media to keep a sharp eye on all elected officials, only some of whom have the public’s best interests …
 
 
News Gazette – Found 40 minutes ago… allows Quinn to play Santa Claus — at others’ expense. It’s no coincidence a gubernatorial election is just around the corner. The governor…
 
 
GRAPHIC: Where Illinois Lawmakers TraveledVoicesNearly all of these trips to Turkey were sponsored by two groups, The Niagara Foundation and the Chicago Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce, and were taken almost entirely by House Democrats. House Speaker Michael Madigan took four of these …
 
 
Over the last year and a half the Chicago police department has trained eight thousand officers in something called police legitimacy. IPR’S Robert Wildeboer reports.The concept is based on research by criminologists, research that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has read and believes in. The idea, in very broad terms, is that if police officers treat people with respect and listen to citizen
 
 
The hike is due to expire at the end of next year. Without it, the state will lose about $5 billion in revenue each year.

Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 23

The evidence is clear: public transit is vital to America’s health. Read “The Latest” from Voices for Public Transit: “Public Transportation Makes for Healthier Communities.” #Voices4Transit. http://bit.ly/1gpNn9wPublic Transportation Makes for Healthier Communitiesvoicesforpublictransit.orgPublic health researchers have found that public transportation helps build healthy communities by promoting
 
 
“Never let perfect be the enemy be the good” (or something close thereto) is often attributed to Voltaire…. http://fb.me/SkbF498Z 
 
 
My friend and General Assembly colleague Matt Murphy offers a clear and concise guest editorial in today’s… http://fb.me/17vYJY3SJ 
 
 
Caucus Blog: Part 5: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 20… http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-5-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Assault weapons ban, unpaid bills, protecting your… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/assault-weapons-ban-unpaid-bills.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Staff Report COLOMA, Wis. — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 19 that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) failed to adequately consider the cumulative effects of high-capacity well pumping in the vicinity of the proposed Richfield Dairy in Adams County, Wisconsin, when it prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in 2011. The EA was triggered by the dairy’s application for several pe
 
 
(KMOV.com) – Tanning beds will be banned for anyone under 18-years-old in Illinois starting Jan. 1.
 
 
Gifford homeowners and renters are invited to attend a community meeting later this week on rebuilding Gifford following the Nov. 17 tornado. GIFFORD — Gifford homeowners and renters are invited to attend a community meeting later this week on rebuilding Gifford following the Nov. 17 tornado. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gifford. read more
 
 
Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014 http://slidesha.re/1ez5QCB 
 
 
Beloit Daily News: Candidate for Governor visits #SouthBeloit #twill http://www.beloitdailynews.com/candidate-for-governor-visits-south-beloit/article_0f5f9954-698c-11e3-8cdc-001a4bcf887a.html …
 
 
.@23WIFR: Sacia Endorses Rutherford #twill http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Sacia-Endorses-Rutherford-236641101.html …
 
 
Tracy pushes for expansion of Concealed Carry applications http://ow.ly/2ClR8Q 
 
 
Caller states he shot himself in the foot and someone ran off w/ the gun. #ChicagoScanner
 
 
Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access. The passenger train company says Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines. It’ll also be expanded to all four roundtrips on Chicago-to-St. Louis trains; those trains also stop in Springfield.
 
 
Illinois officials are welcoming public feedback on proposed rules for the controversial fracking program that is expected in Illinois soon. Five public hearings downstate drew big crowds, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will t…Public Comments Welcome On Fracking
 
 
 
WIFR: Sacia Endorses Rutherford “He does what is right and that’s a rare commodity in any politician and I don’t look at Dan Rutherford as a politician, I look at him as a fellow citizen that wants only the best for all of us in Illinois. Rutherford is running with Steve Kim as his Lieutenant Governor asnd the primary election is set for March 18.Sacia Endorses RutherfordOne candidate for govern
 
 
Beloit Daily News: Candidate for Governor visits South Beloit Rutherford, one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, held a meet and greet at the American Legion in South Beloit on Thursday morning. He said it’s important for the state to remain competitive with surrounding states to bring in small businesses. However, he added the state should remain fair to all businesses. “I want to keep
 
 
 
During 2014, there will be two important Illinois elections: the primary in March and the general in November. In just a couple of months, the primary election will be history. Even if you usually don’t make the effort to vote during the primary, you …
 
 
Problems remain with state’s four-drug policyThe State Journal-RegisterGreg Harris, D-Chicago. He is sponsoring a bill that would exempt certain generic medicines for mental illness from the policy. In addition, a Medicaid recipient from South Beloit, Robert Ciarpaglini, is challenging the policy as unfair in a federal …
 
 
“Puppy lemon law” to take effect Jan. 1KMOV.com(KMOV.com) – Starting Jan. 1, those who purchase pets at stores in Illinois will have a 3-week guarantee if the puppy is unhealthy. Gov. Quinn signed the so-called “puppy lemon law” in August to protect buyers if their animal dies within 3-weeks of …
 
 
 
By Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune reporter … boys growing up in a working-class family on the West Side of Chicago, Fosser loved the holidays.
 
 
The city of Springfield is preparing to launch a three-year effort to repair streets, sidewalks and storm sewers. Mayor Mike Houston’s administration has …
 
 
 
… CMSA and the two new, state-approved Concept schools in McKinley Park and Austin, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network … Anyone applying for a license in Illinois has to complete 16 hours of training – the most out of any state.
 
 
… Explaining a vote against pension reform. By Matt Murphy … Matt Murphy of Palatine represents the 27th District. Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune …
 
 
Dave Browning, excellent letter about the Illinois’ pension issues. Ever since this fiasco has become news I have asked “Who was the very first Illinois …
 
 
As hundreds of volunteers fan out across the Springfield area this morning to deliver food boxes to 2,500 families through The State Journal-Register’s …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. If you’re still looking to fill a few stockings, you could try an Illinois-made food product. “The Illinois Department …
 
 
 
Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times last weekend. It raised … Charities affiliated with Rush were given more than $1.7 million by …
 
 
Rep. Brian Stewart: Christmas season keeps legislators busy in their home …Freeport Journal-StandardTim Bivins and I attended the 21st annual Community Development Fund of Galena at the DeSoto House in Galena. This event brings together members of Galena and Jo Daviess County governments and business leaders. This event was led by various …
 
 
The trend is reflected in recent Census data that indicates more and more downstate counties in Illinois are seeing more deaths than births. In Menard …
 
 
LINCOLN — Patrick Doolin could have located his software development company, Integrity Data, anywhere, but he chose his hometown of Lincoln.
 
 
That’s one of the factors that’s led to a drop in population in Montgomery County and other rural countries across Illinois. “There aren’t a lot of other …
 
 
Madison County taxpayers are learning that retaliation comes at a steep price. Mary Parker, an employee of the county’s Regional Office of Education, complained because she was paid about $13,000…Click to Continue »
 
 
Illinois home delivery customers of the Quad-City Times will receive their Christmas Day newspaper on Dec. 26 along with the Thursday edition. The Dec. 25 newspapers can be purchased that day …
 
 
My new @Suntimes editorial calls for city, FAA & O’Hare to do more to address community noise concerns http://bit.ly/1fz2P1x  #IL05 #Chicago
 
 
#OperationHeroMiles uses donated frequent flier miles to provide airfare to connect #woundedwarriors to their families.
 
 
Give back this #holidayseason by donating your frequent flier miles to our #servicemembers at http://fisherhouse.org/ .
 
 
NHL has the Stanley cup. The Sullivan’s have the Ping Pong Christmas Tournament Paddle. 2006 was a long time ago… pic.twitter.com/QS9pZfMfZb
 
 
Eli, a hopeful city turns its eyes to you.
 
 
A positive trend on the death penalty. CST Editorial. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24497917-474/positive-trend-in-criminal-justice.html …
 
 
Mental heath care workers need money for training … more at http://www.960kzim.com 
 
 
 
 
A group of young suburban baseball players got the thrill of a lifetime Sunday when former White Sox slugger Jim Thome led a three-hour clinic on hitting at the Bulls/White Sox Academy in Lisle. After the clinic, participants received autographed bats from Thome.
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is traveling to China to promote trade with Chicago and city tourism.
 
 
Well, it looks like Mr. Icicle got his hands on our main transmitter. The ice coating risks overheating sensitive equipment, so we must operate at reduced power. To get the full WNIJ and WNIU experience, stream us live on our new app. Visit Google Play or the Apple store to download your free mobile app.Thanks for your patience!
 
 
The St. Clair County Board on Monday night will consider placing a referendum on the March ballot asking voters to approve a sales tax to fund the $37 million expansion…Click to Continue »
 
 
A Chicago woman died while giving birth, but lived to tell about the experience. While delivering her son via C-section her heart stopped for 37 seconds with no vital signs. –> http://via.wqad.com/dyYCkM9
 
 
Menard Correctional Center will get a new roof with money from the Illinois … “Our investment will help maintain this key Department of Corrections …
 
 
Students rank the top colleges and universities in [STATENAME]] according to liberal political activity.
 
 
2 bald eagles released in central IllinoisSTLtoday.comDECATUR, Ill. • Christmas has come a few days early for two bald eagles, or at least for their rescuers, as the birds were set free after their successful rehabilitation in central Illinois. The Illinois Raptor Center released them Saturday near the …Bald eagles released in central Illinois
 
 
Rep. Lipinski Presents Palos Heights Vietnam Vet With Bronze StarMENAFN.COMDec 22, 2013 (Menafn – Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) –U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) at a ceremony this week presented Dr. William DeRose, of Palos Heights, with the Bronze Star he earned for his work as an Army …
 
 
State and local elected officials in Illinois are required to disclose their … As a result the most influential political leaders, such as House Speaker …
 
 
brilliant rt @scottfilmcritic If you only see one mismatched headline and photograph today, make it this one. pic.twitter.com/DUsPGBwlbe
 
 
“@CoveredIllinois: Extended Help Desk hours through Dec. 23! Call 866-311-1119 between 7am-10pm for more info on getting covered!”
 
 
“@CoveredIllinois: Only TWO DAYS left to sign up for coverage beginning Jan 1. Visit http://bit.ly/JDlzSJ  and get covered today!”
 
 
Our efforts to change school funding continue. Last week’s Ed Funding Adv Comm (EFAC) produced more solid… http://fb.me/2ftGNPykM 
 
 
Monday is deadline for insurance sign-ups in marketplaceHerald & ReviewPlans: 39 plans available through the insurance marketplace at four levels: three Catastrophic, nine Bronze, 14 Silver and 13 Gold. The platinum plan is not being offered. Each plan offers varying deductible and premium costs, but the tax credits are …
 
 
When you’re a politician, does it matter how you spend the money you get from your donors? Certainly a Chicago Tribune article last week has people asking that question. It looked at members of Congress from Illinois and how much they spend out of their campaign funds and for what.
 
 
Chicago needs to trade away Taj Gibson. Again, some people don’t like to hear that, but the fact of the matter is he just makes too much money (due …
 
 
Deadbeat Illinois: Hospitals owed for Medicaid, employee health care. email · print. By Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois. Rockford Register Star.
 
 
This hotel, named after George Pullman’s oldest daughter is located in the Historic Pullman neighborhood #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Sh81Np1Skb
 
 
In 2011 21.7% of government procurement opportunities went to #SmallBusiness. #WeDeserveMore #ThinkBig
 
 
Racked up a ton of endorsements already & the real campaign hasn’t even started yet! Retweet if you’re w/ us too! pic.twitter.com/jMG82GzrhK
 
 
Racked up a ton of endorsements already & the real campaign hasn’t even started yet! Retweet if you’re w/ us too! pic.twitter.com/x0ICfh3FRB
 
 
It’s a gr8 day to hear another gr8 sermon–@ http://Valecc.org  . I love my church!! Click on media.
 
 
“The Bottom of the Well–Pt 2–The Lost Star” @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Another “Modern-day Reporter” story. Click on Posts.
 
 
Amazing service at church today, including a visit from Shanghai music missionaries! pic.twitter.com/0FDmqpjGfx
 
 
“@ILRepublicans: @Bill_Brady thanks for the Christmas card Bill! pic.twitter.com/RtE7c8gPyR” // My pleasure, have a Merry Christmas!
 
 
Check out more interesting facts on #SmallBusiness& how they impact our economy. http://tiny.cc/pnnc1w 
 
 
Since becoming a mom I’m reminded why we need more #WomenInCongress. Our voice needs to be heard The voice of families like yours & mine!
 
 
Had a great time with my brothers watching the #Illini win in a squeaker last night in #StLouis. #twill pic.twitter.com/pMiiyikx3l
 
 
ILLINOIS 2-PERSON 3-DAY WATERFOWL HUNT SPECIAL FOR $895! FOR DETAILS & BOOKING CONTACT MITCH@MITCH-SMITH-OUTDOORS.COM
 
 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says suspects are being questioned in the shooting death of an off-duty Cook County Officer.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Multitaskers who drive while chatting on the phone may face some bitter medicine in 2014. Starting Jan. 1, Illinois motorists can …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — While the public meetings have ended, there’s still time to submit public comments on proposed rules for high-volume oil and …
 
 
WBEZIn Illinois, what has and hasn’t changed since NewtownWBEZIn the year since 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself, Illinois has seen its share of legal and policy changes. The parents of some Sandy Hook victims traveled across the …What Has Changed In Illinois Since Sandy Hook?
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleIllinois Power Holdings Completes Acquisition of Ameren Energy ResourcesBusiness Wire (press release)HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) subsidiary, Illinois Power Holdings (IPH) completed its acquisition of New Ameren Energy Resources (AER), an Ameren (NYSE:AEE) subsidiary. The transaction includes AER and its subsidiaries …Ameren completes sale of 5 power
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn to push donation of frequent flier miles to Operation Hero Miles for injured soldiers & their families; Hines VA; 1:30 pm
 
 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Bellwood Shooting and concealed carry laws http://bit.ly/1hwsau8 
 
 
Representative Christian Mitchell engaging with residents of the 26th District at Prince Hall Masons.
 
 
DIXON – While State Treasurer Dan Rutherford did not release a press statement after losing the Cook County GOP endorsement to Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner Saturday, while appearing at a campaign event in Dixon, Rutherford gave a peek into his…
 
 
Anyone who follows the news knows that pension reform is one of today’s most contentiously debated issues.  From a mathematical rather than political perspective, the following will focus […]
 
 
This focuses mostly on Chicago increases but touches on the State too. In sum, government reaches deeper into… http://fb.me/2dSNHlWHs 
 
 
Thank you for helping us achieve “largest percent increase of all the candidates” on twitter in 2013! It’s b/c of u http://bit.ly/1bXJhTv 
 
 
Serving IL in ’13 has been an honor. Here are a few highlights. Share your own with #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/Oc0Ds925Of
 
 
Mulligan endorses Rauner “..b/c of his close relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; the two men are friends and worked together..” hmm…
 
 
This hotel, named after George Pullman’s oldest daughter is located in the Historic Pullman neighborhood #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Sh81Np1Skb
 
 
Okay sports fans tonight’s Philly game has me in a bit of a conundrum. Why? Because the Eagles have a great… http://fb.me/6m1U1MmKs 
 
 
Racked up a ton of endorsements already & the real campaign hasn’t even started yet! Retweet if you’re w/ us too! pic.twitter.com/jMG82GzrhK
 
 
Calling it 35-28, Bears over Eagles. Why? Because it’s the season of giving & both D’s give up LOTS of points. Bears will outlast ’em 2day.
 
 
Caucus Blog: Part 4: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 20… http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-4-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Amazing service at church today, including a visit from Shanghai music missionaries! pic.twitter.com/0FDmqpjGfx
 
 
Serving IL in ’13 has been an honor. Here are a few highlights. Share your own with #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/Oc0Ds925Of
 
 
This hotel, named after George Pullman’s oldest daughter is located in the Historic Pullman neighborhood #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Sh81Np1Skb
 
 
Carol Marin: Christmas on old death row http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/24502494-452/marin-christmas-on-old-death-row.html …
 
 
Rich Miller: Gov. Pat Quinn’s remarkable political resurrection http://www.suntimes.com/news/miller/24503474-452/gov-quinns-remarkable-political-resurrection.html …
 
 
Vote for your favorite #HammerAndShake video here: http://www.HammerAndShake.com Hammer Down and Shake Up Springfield Politics. To learn more visit http://www.JoinB&#8230;
 
 
“Mitt Romney of Illinois politics is Bruce Rauner.” (part 2 of 3) We told you in part 1 that Bruce Rauner would like to be the next governor of
 
 
The Mitt Romney of Illinois politics is Bruce Rauner, who would like to be the next governor of Illinois in the worst way. It appears that is just how
 
 
A northern Illinois teacher has been named 2014 Teacher of the Year by Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
 
 
Click to contribute and help make big changes in our community by electing a #WomenInCongress http://tiny.cc/d9wp6w 
 
 
11th Congressional District candidate Chris Balkema’s name will appear first on the March 18th Republican Party primary election ballot.
 
 
@erika4congress I knew you were Erika! We must take our conservative case to all Americans. Fight on Erika!
 
 
Informative posts Erika. ty u for Following @erika4congress You bring Promise to The Republic & Hope; God Speed. http://www.erikaharold.com/ 
 
 
In 2011 21.7% of government procurement opportunities went to #SmallBusiness. #WeDeserveMore #ThinkBig
 
 
It’s a gr8 day to hear another gr8 sermon–@ http://Valecc.org  . I love my church!! Click on media.
 
 
“The Bottom of the Well–Pt 2–The Lost Star” @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Another “Modern-day Reporter” story. Click on Posts.
 
 
Check out more interesting facts on #SmallBusiness& how they impact our economy. http://tiny.cc/pnnc1w 
 
 
Not making news, but a significant consequence of the awful government in Illinois, is the the steady stream of businesses fleeing the high taxes, poor …
 
 
Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was arrested early Sunday morning in Grapevine, Texas and charged with public intoxication and assault. According to Grapevine police, Melton was arrested at 1:45 a.m. at Chill, a bar in downtown Grapevine. Police said they were called to Chill for an altercation involving staff members. Melton was arrested for public intoxication and later charged with assa
 
 
The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking announces its 2014 Annual Scholarship Program which enables Illinois high-school seniors to enter a …
 
 
Statehouse Insider: Public vs. private at the stateThe State Journal-RegisterFace it, if a recipient lives in Wisconsin, Illinois shouldn’t be paying his bills. The state wasn’t exactly vigilant in dumping ineligible people from the program. Whether this was due to a lack of willpower or lack of manpower is still being argued …
 
 
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The father of a mentally disabled teenager has filed a lawsuit against the Joliet nursing home where the girl allegedly was sexually assaulted by an employee, a Tinley Park resident, in November.
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Part 3: New Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://goo.gl/fb/IRJTr 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Know the law: Illinois’ new cellphone ban http://goo.gl/fb/z64Bu 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Part 4: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://goo.gl/fb/g1fzz 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn to push donation of frequent flier miles to Operation Hero Miles for injured soldiers & their families; Hines VA; 1:30 pm
 
 
CHART OF THE WEEK: Last week’s Ed Funding Adv Comm (EFAC) produced more solid information on why the Pro-Ration… http://fb.me/P0ckMoD4 
 
 
Over the last 10 years or so, the Medicaid rolls experienced tremendous growth. With that the cost of… http://fb.me/2IPQclJTT 
 
 
“That money is coming from someplace, and I would say video gaming is cannibalizing the casinos,” Tom Swoik, of the Illinois Casino Gaming …
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times parent Wrapports LLC plans to sell the Joliet Herald-News to suburban newspaper owner B.F. Shaw Printing Co., according to …
 
 
Shedding light on politics while it’s still dark outside. Join the conversation: 312-981-7200 http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
Erickson: Quinn visits troops at Walter ReedBloomington PantagraphPreviously the position was held by former House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, who is now running for state treasurer. The purpose of the committee is to help elect Republicans to the House, where Democrats hold a virtually insurmountable 71-47 …
 
 
“@SundaySpin: LIVE: Cynthia Dizikes and @tlighty join the show to talk about IL prison system. http://wgnradio.com/listen ” Cook’s breakdown
 
 
ANCHOR — On Nov. 6, 2012, after all the McLean County election results had been tabulated, Lee Newcom posted a message on his Facebook page: “I won my election but lost my job.”
 
 
Re Bernie col No. 2: Schock spending at ultrasound clinic was a ‘baby gift’? What happened to onesies?