Today’s headlines – Sunday, Dec. 1

 
The Illinois Channel 11 25 2013 How did you representatives Vote ? Gay Marriage Signed into Law Paul Caprio of Family-Pac Opposed to Gay Marriage Gov Quinn and Legislators Survey Tornado Damage Dan Montgomery Issues Affecting… From: wcvideos1 Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:51:30 More in News & Politics
 
 
More than 3,000 people have signed a change.org petition asking Metra to let pets ride the trains. What do you think?
 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters, anglers and others to help prevent an invasive snail from reaching …
 
 
WASHINGTON IL – Congressman Aaron Schock said he was in church when the tornado hit in nearby Washington Illinois, November 17th. During a meal served for tornado victims and volunteers, he tells in this YouTube how when he arrived at…
 
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — One of the top quarterbacks in school history went to the center of the field for Senior Day activities Saturday.Nathan Scheelhaase hugged mom LouAnn and wife Morgan. Next, he hugged Illinois coach Tim Beckman. Followed by a family photo.But someone was missing. Glaringly so. CHAMPAIGN — One of the top quarterbacks in school history went to the center of the field for Senior Day
 
 
 
For the past few years, I have taken the opportunity on Thanksgiving weekend to update you on the state of the newspaper business. Despite TV’s dire predictions, another year has passed and we are still here. Some may be giving
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Hang on to your wallets — the Illinois General Assembly may soon be back in town. House Speaker Michael Madigan has told his members to be back in Springfield Dec. 3 for a special session
 
 
If and when a pension solution is acted upon, expect at least some elected officials to act as if the state’s financial problems are over.
 
 
A year after the suburban hazing scandal at Maine West High School, the state agency responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children is renewing its push to educate school districts about the state’s “mandated reporter” law and to empower students to speak up about abuse. “We’ve reached an estimated 1.5 million students statewide so far. It’s an effort to speak directly to the
 
 
When I was a boy, unschooled local justices of the peace were infamous for working with small-town cops to set up speed traps to fleece unsuspecting motorists. Not a very reassuring introduction to our state’s justice system. Things have improved much since then, yet vigilance and some changes are still warranted. read more
 
 
The Chicago Police Department said the city’s crime rate is at its lowest point in decades.
 
 
 
At Blago fallout play, “I Wish to Apologize to the People of #Illinois.” Actor playing a reporter has pen stain on shirt. Literally spot on.
 
 
 
Editorial: McCarthy should properly honor first Chicago policeman killed in the line of duty. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-first-chicago-cop-killed-edit-20131201,0,1132304.story …
 
 
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Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire — News, polls and buzz
 
 
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Illinois union leaders on Friday criticized the details of a controversial deal to reform the state’s woefully under-funded public pensions, as legislative leaders revealed more specifics of the deal they reached on Wednesday. The agreement contains propos…
 
 
 
 
While you’re driving hither and yon for the holidays, consider a stop at one of these sites: Baha’i House of Worship for North America The nine-sided structure symbolizes unity and prayer to God; it is one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world.
 
 
Purchase Photo | Fans cheet during the Montini playoff game against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Saturday in Huskie Stadium at NIU in DeKalb. Montini …
 
 
Eisenhower High School transformed into state-of-the-art facilityHerald & ReviewDECATUR — It has been a long process since the first High School Task Force meeting in February 2009. That first evening, more than 100 people met to discuss what to do to bring Decatur’s two public high school buildings up to date, then over the …
 
 
Erickson: Candidates ready to goThe SouthernRather, he collected all that cash from interest on his investments. He’s letting his money do the work while he tries to beat state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the gubernatorial …
 
 
Analysis: Illini seniors leave with pride restoredChicago TribuneCHAMPAIGN — Illinois senior linebacker Jonathan Brown kept his head down and kept powering ahead. Sixth-year offensive tackle Corey Lewis, he of three torn ACLs in a career filled with hurdles, hobbled off the field with help from a staff member.
 
 
David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, is holding a community food drive in … those who are in need enjoy the holidays,” McSweeney said in a news release.
 
 
Science Coalition Honors Rep. Lipinski for Commitment to Maintaining …Lab Manager Laboratory NewsThe Science Coalition recently (Nov. 26) presented Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of his strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of Illinois at the forefront …
 
 
Our View: Term limits should make 2014 ballotNorthwest HeraldThe best argument for term limits is to weed out politicians such as House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has held a stranglehold on Illinois politics for years. Lobbyists and campaign cash are much more effective when they get their hooks into longtime …
 
 
SBA loans to black entrepreneurs drop dramaticallyHispanicBusiness.comThose figures exclude loans in which the borrower’s race was not provided — about 6 percent of overall loans in Missouri in 2012, and 7 percent in Illinois . Dennis Melton , the director of the SBA’s St. Louis office, said the …. to black-owned …
 
 
 
BY HERB GOULD For Sun-Times Media November 30, 2013 9:22PM. storyidforme: 58622324 tmspicid: 19655759 fileheaderid: 8971553. Northwestern 10 10 3 …
 
 
The new ban on cellphone use while driving may encourage more widespread enforcement of ‘distracted driving’ laws in Illinois. http://bit.ly/1gsVtNY
 
 
 
A cost shift is something House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, has long wanted. And even as a pension deal was reached this week, details of the plan …
 
 
Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, who is running for governor, is a member of the conference committee that worked on pension reform throughout the summer.
 
 
Contact Jim Ruppert: 788-1549 or jim.ruppert@sj-r.com. By Jim Ruppert Sports Editor. The State Journal-Register. By Jim Ruppert Sports Editor. Posted Nov.
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is … In Illinois they’ve been found only in Lake Michigan.
 
 
In the past, we’ve stated our support of the process, also known as fracking, in Southern Illinois. But it’s critical that this new method for unleashing oil and natural …
 
 
The HillFive in GOP who could succeed BoehnerThe HillPeter Roskam (Ill.) – Currently the chief deputy whip, Roskam has beefed up his political shop and could be gunning to replace McCarthy if he moves up to majority leader. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.) – Cole has raised his profile as an oft-quoted voice of …
 
 
 
State’s Medicaid applications adding up BY MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporter November 22, 2013 6:14PM
 
 
They just tied the auburn radio call to the tv replay. That’s pretty awesome.
 
 
The Winter Overnight Parking Ban starts at 3am. Avoid being towed or fined: http://bit.ly/1i8L0vh  #Chicago
 
 
Spending a great evening with my family. A little holiday shopping followed by a play. pic.twitter.com/IxpNiSDZGY
 
 
At center stage in the case is the company’s decision in 1999 to reject a $120 million offer from Tribune for Shaw’s Kane County Chronicle and the Northwest …
 
 
Balancing food on packed grocery carts is nothing like the skills needed to play football at Auburn High School or volleyball at Jefferson. Still, as I watched the …
 
 
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nathan Scheelhaase wrote his name into the Illinois record book Saturday, piling up enough rushing and passing yards to become the team’s all-time leader in total yardage. On Saturday, he had a tough time thinking about that …
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belleville: Metro-east TIFs collect $581 million since 2005 http://bit.ly/IANser 
 
 
Maggie learns to count her change at SugarCup Trading. Got a good deal! pic.twitter.com/8kRW7cisRG
 
 
The advance team has already been to the Book Table and Pumpkin Moon–two of our favorite small businesses! pic.twitter.com/RQaKUWr6PQ
 
 
First stop–Val’s Halla! Plugged in some gaps in my record collection.
 
 
What a fun Small Business Saturday! I’d forgotten how many cool small local businesses there are in downtown Oak Park. Time to head home.
 
 
FYI “@ABC7Chicago: Chicago winter overnight parking ban starts tomorrow, runs through Apr. 1st, regardless of snow: http://abc7.ws/1byU0pP ”
 
 
Thanks Sen McGuire & Reps Manley, McAsey, & Walsh for joining me today at Holiday Cards for our Heroes. pic.twitter.com/ked8iyr0Im
 
 
Chicago startup HearHere Radio offers an Internet news radio app with localized traffic reports. Founder John MacLeod relies on prior experience at Navteq, …
 
 
The Illinois General Assembly is gearing up this week for a special session to address the looming insolvency of the state’s pension funds. This is just the latest …
 
 
While pensions are the hot topic, there are rumors swirling around a vote on EDG… http://ift.tt/1hpBeUk 
 
 
Congratulations Sacred Heart- Class 5A State Football Champions! http://ift.tt/1eBAhUG 
 
 
My enormous, new wine glasses don’t fit in the dishwasher. #firstworldproblems
 
 
It looks as though the annual Gathering of the Juggalos’, held in Cave-In-Rock in Hardin County, Illinois, will not return next year.
 
 
You can’t really blame them for distrusting lawmakers who helped get Illinois into this $100 billion pension mess. Underfunding, pension holidays and pension …
 
 
Illini’s Scheelhaase closes bittersweet chapterThe State Journal-RegisterCOACHES: Tim Beckman, 6-17 in second year at Illinois, 27-34 overall; Pat Fitzgerald, 54-46 in seventh year at Northwestern. SERIES RECORD: … Scheelhaase needs two touchdown passes to tie for third place on Illinois’ all-time list. He would need …
 
 
Devin Hester outruns a cheetah. And @20CraigSteltz wasn’t there to hold anyone. @D_Hest23 http://usat.ly/1cGEEfT  via @forthewin
 
 
ABC7Chicago.comSouthern Illinois ‘least impacted by weather’ opening weekend of deer seasonKFVSSPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -. According to Illinois Department of Natural Recourses, hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 55,708 deer during the opening weekend of deer season. There was preliminary harvest of 55,708 for the first three …Illinois drivers warned to be alert for deer on roadw
 
 
DIAMOND, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois couple whose house was destroyed by a tornado one day after they brought their newborn daughter home say they’re …
 
 
Montini’s Drive for Five hit a brick wall here Saturday. Sacred Heart-Griffin of Springfield denied the Broncos their fifth straight state championship, 38-28, in the Class 5A title game at NIU’s Huskie Stadium.
 
 
RT @mjzalewski: We interrupt leftovers for a smart take from @rebootillinois on why funding guarantee is important. http://shar.es/DcgEJ 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill The Tribune’s pension flip-flop: * From the legislative history of SB1, which Speaker Micha… http://bit.ly/1b4j6v4 
 
 
It’s Small Business Saturday! The kids and I are going shopping in Oak Park. Pick you favorite local small business and join us!
 
 
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Illinois union leaders on Friday criticized the details of a controversial deal to reform the state’s woefully under-funded public pensions, as legislative leaders revealed more specifics of the deal they reached on Wednesday. The agreement contains propos…
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation says the following disciplinary orders were filed for October: — Paulette Bell of Urbana, registered nurse license and licensed practical nurse licenses indefinitely suspended for a minimum of 30 days as a result of two sister-state disciplines related to unprofessional conduct. read more
 
 
Small Business Saturday. Get out and shop! http://ift.tt/1hphv6Z 
 
 
Holiday Mall for Heroes Card Drive at Louis Joliet Mall from 10am-1pm http://ift.tt/1gsrWUk 
 
 
Jil and I get to visit many great businesses throughout Illinois like 1871, an i… http://ift.tt/1baj9kD 
 
 
Tell IDNR to strengthen the fracking rules, and ensure that they reflect the bill that was passed.
 
 
Jil and I get to visit many great businesses throughout Illinois like 1871, an incubator with dozens of small businesses. Fostering an environment where small business can thrive and listening to business owners will be a top priority of our administration. Click LIKE if you shopped or are going to shop at a local business this #SmallBusinessSaturday.
 
 
DNA testing to keep resident dogs on file is being implemented in cities and complexes across the country, and the Chicago Tribune reported November 30, that …
 
 
Democrat Evans to challenge Davidsmeyer for state rep seatAlton TelegraphJosh Evans, 26, will run as a Democrat in the election next fall and will challenge Republican C.D. Davidsmeyer. Evans’ stop in Jacksonville was part of a string of appearances leading up to a campaign kickoff event Friday in Carrollton. Evans grew up …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … DANVILLE, Illinois — Another Illinois town is considering giving its residents the option of raising chickens within its city limits.
 
 
From DeKalb School District 428, where former athletic director Dan Jones helped gather signatures in support of NIU’s bid and Matya is school board president.
 
 
Jim Nowlan: A short attempt to explain the big budget shortfallKankakee Daily JournalI was challenged the other day when I heard an expert say that no one has — or could — explain the Illinois state budget clearly, even to capable readers of newspaper opinion pages. So here goes … Yet gaming revenue to the state of $2 billion …
 
 
Shop local Saturday! Keep your money in your community by supporting local small businesses. @sixCorners6 @LSqChamber @AvondaleUnite
 
 
Shoppers spent $5.5 billion on #SmallBizSat last year. What will today’s total be? http://on.nfib.com/1hiw9gl  #ShopSmall
 
 
Today is Small Business Saturday in IL. Support your local job creators! h/t @ILSenateGOP
 
 
If you are shopping today, please consider supporting your local small businesses!! #SmallBusinessSaturday
 
 
Happy #SmallBusinessSaturday, #Illinois! Do your part and help the backbone of our economy by shopping at a locally owned business. #twill
 
 
There is no fixing the State of Illinois’ fiscal future in the absence of pension reform. Pension reform is a must. http://fb.me/2DkobuDyA 
 
 
Don’t forget to get out there and show your support for Illinois’ small business… http://ift.tt/1by1uti 
 
 
@ashvinlad @RonSandack 30+ years of service retirees are shielded the most from this. New cola incentivizes fidelity to the job.
 
 
An average Teachers’ Retirement System retiree pension will double after 25 years of retirement http://illin.is/1c3d0b6 
 
 
Dan Rutherford, Republican candidate for Governor in 2014, is on the air right now.
 
 
IL #Pension proposal highlights http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-pension-reform-box-met-1201-20131201,0,3129427.story … #twill
 
 
Search. Graphic: Law school rolls shrinking. ( Tribune, Tribune / November 29, 2013 ). Email E-mail · add to Twitter Twitter · add to Facebook Facebook · add to …
 
 
ELMHURST – The City Council is expected to vote Monday on two financial issues the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services (FCAAS) Committee brought to the council’s last meeting.
 
 
ELMHURST – After refueling on Thanksgiving leftovers, residents can check out Elmhurst businesses featuring close-to-home deals on Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, the day is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
 
 
LOMBARD – Local businesses are preparing for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 with special deals for customers.
 
 
HINSDALE – Throughout the year, banners line the downtown streets encouraging Hinsdale residents to shop local and support small business.
 
 
Michael Jordan and wife Yvette Preito are expecting a child together, Us Weekly reported Saturday. The 50-year-old Chicago Bulls great and Prieto tied the knot seven months ago in a wedding in Palm Beach, Fla. Jordan has three children from his previous marriage to Juanita Jordan. The couple were married for 17 years before going their separate ways in 2006. …
 
 
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Today is Small Business Saturday–a day dedicated to supporting small, locally-owned businesses. Where will you be shopping today? Give a shout-out to your favorite locally-owned business in the comments!
 
 
PALATINE – Life-long Palatine resident and former State Rep Bob Bergman, 65, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, November 29th, after a …
 
 
My View: Pension fix would trash ConstitutionRockford Register StarIn your next “Deadbeat Illinois article,” please include your view that the answer to the pension problem is that you back legislation prohibited by the Illinois State Constitution. Also, include that the proposal you back would render the spirit of …
 
 
Pension proposal faces local opposition http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-11-30/pension-proposal-faces-local-opposition.html … via @news_gazette
 
 
(CBS) – For a lot of folks, it’s the holiday routine: The day after Thanksgiving, you clear out the pumpkins and make room for a tree. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez has tips on finding the perfect one. Most Christmas-tree shoppers seem to know just what they want. But how do you make sure your tree makes it through the holiday? Jordy Grant, resident tree expert at Christy Webber Landscapes, says i
 
 
The right lane of EB I-74 will be closed between I-474 and I-155 in Tazewell County from 3:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday.
 
 
John Maki of the John Howard Assn on #c2c + John Dempsey @RayLong @EricZorn @NickGale_WLS @wlsam890 #twill http://www.stationcaster.com/stations/wls/?d=AM&cid=5791 …
 
 
Got lots of email from many saying it goes 2 far. But also got email from many saying it doesn’t do enough. Maybe we are on the right track?
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18PCGKU 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1c32xfH 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1c32xMN 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18PCGL4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1c32y36 
 
 
Facing a $100 B unpaid pension obligation debt that is causing the state’s credit ratings to hit bottom, Illinois lawmakers have been negotiating for months to fix the problem that’s been decades in the making. Longtime Illinois Review reader and…
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