Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 2

Proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing in Illinois fell under harsh scrutiny Tuesday night, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) hosted its first …
 
 
 
Video: Creating Skilled Workerswww.nytimes.comManufacturers say there is a critical shortage of trained workers in the United States. In South Carolina, a German company is training high school students in skilled labor through apprenticeships.
 
 
http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/11/week-in-review-for-112513-through-112913.htmlWeek in Review for 11/25/13 through 11/29/13www.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
The sounds of children playing on a Lebanon Avenue sidewalk Saturday afternoon didn’t curb a shooter. An armed man opened fire on Christian Massey, 21, in a nearby alley. The armed man first demanded Massey’s Dr. Dre Beats headphones. Massey did not comply and tried to run, witnesses say. The suspect shot five rounds, striking and killing Massey. The headphones lay near Massey’s lifeless body. He
 
 
Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall addresses hot 2014 issues: Medical marijuana, ban the box, concealed carry and bullying.
 
 
Crews already have removed about 200 ash trees from public parkways in Mundelein, a fraction of the number that will be removed in the years to come because of emerald ash borer infestation. “We are of the opinion that every ash tree will ultimately become infested,” Public Works Director Adam Boeche said.
 
 
 
• A headshot on page C5 of Saturday’s edition of former Bear Tommie Harris was incorrectly published. A photo of current assistant coach Chris Harris should have been published.
 
 
I recently had the opportunity to volunteer at George Gollin’s campaign headquarters in Champaign. Gollin is a true progressive who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives against Rodney Davis. Gollin is running a first-rate campaign that is creating a lot of buzz in the district. read more
 
 
Organizers of an outdoor festival featuring the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse say they’re relocating from their site in Southern Illinois’ Hardin County.
 
 
 
#Illinois + especially #SouthernIllinois lost a great leader with the passing of #DuQuoin Mayor, John Rednour. http://www.kfvs12.com/story/24105627/former-du-quoin-mayor-passes-away … #twill
 
 
Yes RT @kylehillman Amazon Unveils Flying Delivery #Drones / is this legal in #Illinois @danielbiss ? #Twill http://on.mash.to/1iqV4ju 
 
 
 
TRS analysis of pension bill http://capitolfax.com/2013/12/01/draft-pension-bill-released/ …
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Draft pension bill released: * 10:44 pm – Some legislators have received a draft version of… http://bit.ly/1cLNYPy 
 
 
Let’s end the Thanksgiving Holiday with some bright spots. Earlier I reported th… http://ift.tt/1jamWpH 
 
 
Illinois, and especially Southern Illinois, lost a leader and a great man in for… http://ift.tt/1b9R4gP 
 
 
Prolific #Illinois tweeter @RutherfordDan has gone dark since Thanksgiving; GOP gov. candidate has given no reaction yet to #pension plan.
 
 
KFVS: Former Senate president files to keep judicial job http://bit.ly/1irLooT 
 
 
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Hang on to your wallets — the Illinois General Assembly may soon be back in … Madigan has been a part of more than a few pension “fixes” during his more …
 
 
Report: Illinois Ranks No. 5 For Reducing Pollution, Saving Water From Wind …Progress IllinoisIllinois has emerged as a wind energy leader due to the state’s strong winds near demand centers like Chicago as well as the infrastructure needed to transport the power. Most of the state’s wind farms are located in central and northern Illinois …
 
 
Durbin opens Judiciary Committee hearing on court appointment of Shah, Kirk …The RepublicWASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has opened Judiciary Committee hearings on an appointment to a federal court in Illinois. The Springfield Democrat on Wednesday chaired a hearing of the Judiciary Committee in Washington. He nominated Manish …
 
 
On Top MagazineSen. Kirk won’t endorse anyone in GOP governor’s raceThe State Journal-RegisterKirk made the assertion Monday, following a Veterans Day ceremony at Buffalo Grove High School outside Chicago. Of the four Republicans running in the GOP primary, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, state Sen. Bill Brady and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford say …Kirk says Illinois Republicans need to appeal to the
 
 
Letter: How will Illinois leaders trash the Constitution next?The State Journal-RegisterI ask because the Illinois Constitution and rule of law are under attack by Democratic leaders Michael Madigan and John Cullerton and Republican leaders Christine Radogno and Jim Durkin. They apparently are willing to place their own political needs …
 
 
People close to him say that aside from his family, Robert Bergman’s life was defined by an immense interest in politics and history. “He’s always been a …
 
 
Harry Berman: Illinois higher education ‘scales up’ for student successThe State Journal-RegisterIllinois needs more student-focused and responsive programs like the City Colleges of Chicago’s tutoring and mentorship summer program. The Level Up program is designed to prepare first-year students for college-level work in math and English and …
 
 
 
This year, United Way of Central Illinois is proud to partner with local … Each year, United Way commits nearly half of its community funding to education-based …
 
 
 
(December 2, 2013) — A group of lawmakers in Illinois’ state legislature has called for increased state contributions as part of a pension reform plan proposed …
 
 
As the campaign for Governor Progresses, official Rutherford Position Papers will be issued and linked here. Official notice of new postings will be made on …
 
 
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here. … Support CapitolFax.com … Capitol Fax coverage, Sun-Times live-blog, Who’s Who, Google News, #Blagojevich on …
 
 
The Illinois Department of transportation says they already have the nearly 900 new speed limit signs all made up and ready to go. The installation of the signs …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears coach Marc Trestman on Monday said his decision to have Robbie Gould attempt a winning field goal on second down in overtime was “in the best interest of the team at the time.” [cbs-audio url=http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/2013-12-01-coach-trestman.mp3 size=340px download=false name=”Bears Coach Marc Trestman” artist=”WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss&q
 
 
[worldnow id=9589088 width=385 height=288 type=video] CHICAGO (CBS) — You hear about crime and it may seem like it’s getting worse but the number of murders and shootings in Chicago is actually down. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said there were nine fewer murders in November than in the same month last year. McCarthy tells CBS 2 there’s even a more significant statistic to talk about. A total of
 
 
 
Fundraiser supports history of the Rutherford home … for the upkeep of the historic Rutherford property, located a block from the square along Illinois Route 133.
 
 
[ooyala code=”s0b2cwaTofWL_UzFoEEZn0bBwIr_MCxH” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″] (KPLR) – Faurot Field was the place to be Saturday night after Mizzou took down the SEC East crown. Former Aggie and now Cardinal young gun Michael Wacha attended the game, where he chatted with Martin Kilcoyne. Follow Zac Choate on Facebook and Twitter:Zac Choate on Facebook  Zac Choa
 
 
Child welfare has been my top priority throughout my career, dating back to my time as a prosecutor. I care about these kids and will do whatever it takes to find them when they go missing.Exclusive: Patrick Elwood goes inside Cook County`s Missing Minors Unitwww.myfoxchicago.comEvery year, thousands of Cook County teens go missing.<br />
 
 
Carl Dote has had good luck with the village government of Melrose Park. The restaurant he once ran with his wife got a liquor license — despite Dote being a convicted felon. And he got a job as a dispatcher in the public works department that pays $32,500 a year, plus health insurance, the Sun-Times has learned.
 
 
This week, we focus on new efforts at pension reform in Illinois, the state with the worst funded public employee pension system in the nation. Estimates are that …
 
 
Charleston: Retirees, employees ask Righter to vote against pension cuts http://bit.ly/1eNuqwi 
 
 
Amazon.com Inc is testing delivery packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday on the CBS television program “60 Minutes.”
 
 
Some Will County Board members are facing primary election challenges in March, which means they’ll have to dig into their campaign funds, something no candidate likes to do. Former board member Cory Singer will face incumbent Republicans Jim Moustis and Dave Izzo in District 2. Singer said he let everyone know he would run for the county board again if he lost his race for county executive,
 
 
Another U.S. House Speaker from #Illinois? @PeterRoskam misses top five, but @thehill lists as “notable” contender: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/191611-five-republicans-who-could-succeed-boehner …
 
 
Extra Extra: New York Times Breaks Down Illinois Pension PlanChicagoistThe New York Times published an extensive breakdown of Illinois’ pension plan, and it’s your civic duty to read it. [NYT]; Speaking of civic duty reads: The Reader’s Ben Joravsky shows how Rahm supposedly has money for Lincoln Park schools, but not for …
 
 
Lincoln City Council OKs new noise ordinanceLincoln CourierIn a 6-0 vote Monday, the Lincoln City Council approved a new city ordinance pertaining to certain loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises. email · print. By Jessica Lema. Lincoln Courier. By Jessica Lema. Updated Nov. 20, 2013 @ 7:15 pm. By Jessica …
 
 
I’m looking forward to reviewing the bill. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/30/us/politics/illinois-gives-plan-details-for-bailout-of-pensions.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 …
 
 
In the first round of tobacco compliance testing, no Oswego area businesses … unincorporated Kendall County were in compliance with the Illinois tobacco laws.
 
 
* Public employee unions are planning to have their members and retirees meet with legislators about pension reform at numerous district offices on Monday. From an e-mailed schedule, sans organizer contact info… AFSCME • Rockford – Stadelman/Syverson, Jefferson o Start Time: 10 a.m. o Transportation: Self. (Parking is plentiful.) o Meeting Location: All three offices are located in third-floor [..
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this Bruce Rauner (Chicago) – OP-ED: This Tuesday a group of Springfield insiders, many of whom caused the pension crisis with decades of bad deals and giveaways, will try to rush through a pension deal without giving Illinoisans an opportunity to study the details. They want us to trust them. We don’t – and can’t. In the ear
 
 
Drug testing for judges doesn’t have much traction inside the St. Clair County Courthouse, but it’s a different story on the campaign trail.
 
 
Sunday Afternoon Pension Update – All of this information is fluid… The four… http://ift.tt/1cgeanc 
 
 
The coming pension reform vote is absolutely critical. Illinois cannot return to… http://ift.tt/1cU1Oiz 
 
 
SOURCE: City of Wheaton The district office staff of state Sen. Michael Connelly, R-District 21, will be available for a
 
 
State moves to oust firm that’s scrubbing Medicaid rollsA private contractor hired by Illinois has excelled in removing from the state’s Medicaid rolls people who didn’t qualify for the benefit. Now the state is throwing it under the bus.    
 
 
The state needs pension reform … and much moreAll of us should be asking every candidate we encounter whether he or she understands the gravity of the reckoning that Illinois still faces.
 
 
Did stores shoot themselves in the foot?
 
 
I wanted to thank the folks at the local IDOT facility on Old State Road for running the street broom down the shoulder of Rt 16 between Mattoon and Charleston.
 
 
The coming pension reform vote is absolutely critical. Illinois cannot return to prosperity without first reforming its public pension plans.Illinois Gives Plan Details for Bailout of Pensionswww.nytimes.comAround the nation, officials wrestling with rising pension costs and underfinanced systems will be watching closely to see if Illinois is willing to challenge labor.
 
 
Although they didn’t break the world record, members of the Fox Valley Composite Squadron, the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, said they don’t consider Sunday’s attempt to launch the highest paper airplane in history a failure. “Of course it’s disappointing,” said Arizonia Williams, mission control commander for the group. “It fell slowly, so there may have been a leak in the ba
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS December 01, 2013 – 5:18 pm EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. DEKALB, Illinois — Efforts are underway to restore a northern Illinois …
 
 
The Illinois Channel 12 02 2013 Preparing for a School Shooting Effect of Fraudulent Student Enrollees on School Districts Encore of Interview with Bill Brady re: running for Governor. From: wcvideos1 Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:59:52 More in News & Politics
 
 
Luechtefeld said Wednesday he’ll be a “no” vote because he believes changing pension benefits is unconstitutional.Leaders agree on pension dealthesouthern.comSPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ legislative leaders reached a tentative agreement Wednesday to overhaul pension benefits for public school teachers, university employees, state workers and retirees.
 
 
Vikings prevail on Walsh’s field goal in overtimeThe Chicago Bears, desperately needing a victory to keep pace with first-place Detroit in the NFC North, fell 23-20 in overtime Sunday at Minnesota on a 34-yard Blair Walsh field goal. The Bears fell to 6-6, a game behind Detroit (7-5).
 
 
The Australian Financial ReviewADM call ‘disgraceful’: PGAFarm WeeklyKey Western Australian Pastoralists and Graziers Association’s grains committee members will arrive in Canberra on Monday to witness their former colleague and now Liberal O’Connor MP Rick Wilson’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives Monday …Australian government blocks US takeover of key agribusiness
 
 
Dillard calls for specifics on pension dealBelleville News DemocratKirk Dillard wants to read pension-reform legislation before deciding whether to support it. Lawmakers could be asked to vote as early as Tuesday. The Hinsdale Republican is among four GOP candidates for governor in 2014. He says he’s only heard …Gubernatorial candidates differ on pension plan
 
 
Des Plaines Legal Panel Will Review City Attorneys SituationJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineFormer Mayor Marty Moylan spearheaded the change about a year ago to hire Holland & Knight when longtime in-house City Attorney Dave Wiltse was preparing to retire. Proponents felt an outside law firm like Holland & Knight, because of its large size, …
 
 
Illinois Gives Plan Details for Bailout of Pensions http://nyti.ms/1dGWvYO 
 
 
It’s good to see Julius Peppers so involved. He’s having a game. In contrast, Craig Steltz is awful.
 
 
Bad Bears loss.
 
 
Ug. Just get me to here. pic.twitter.com/abdt3jgaCI
 
 
.@SteveTarter: Despite all the negativity surrounding ObamaCare, it could help create millions of new jobs. http://bit.ly/1gtgkQY 
 
 
I was proud to volunteer this morning for “Shop w/ the Cops”, a community event… http://ift.tt/1b6I5Og 
 
 
Imagine a law written by lawmakers who are actively breaking the law while also violating their oath of office. Now, imagine that the law is meant to steal […]
 
 
Highschool Basketball Brawl, Central Illinois From: asasdasdasdxsazx Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 09:41 More in People & Blogs
 
 
I was surprised that Illinois has sanctioned same-sex marriage. One of the driving forces of any marriage is copulation. Religion is not included here — just look up in any large dictionary the meaning of the city Sodom. Look up related words “sodomite” and “sodomy.” read more
 
 
Chicago’s 2014 Budget with @ReporterHal http://buff.ly/18SrwoO 
 
 
“If it weren’t for the reporters, I’d tell you the truth.” Chester A. Arthur 1881
 
 
Washington PostConservative groups and unions don’t like pension fix…for different reasonsQuincy JournalFor years, Illinois’ multibillion-dollar pension crisis has dragged down the state’s finances and jeopardized the retirement funds of hundreds of thousands of public employees. Yet lawmakers remained sharply divided on how to fix the problem. They will …The Tribune’s pension flip-flopSenate
 
 
A new measure that went into effect recently designated the first Saturday of every month as “Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day.”
 
 
Fellowshipping at a great spiritual institution in my district
 
 
 
My thoughts on the pension deal: This Tuesday a group of Springfield insiders, many of whom caused the pension crisis with decades of bad deals and giveaways, will try to rush through a pension deal without giving Illinoisans an opportunity to study the details. They want us to trust them. We don’t – and can’t. In the early 1990’s, Senate President John Cullerton was on a committee of 10 legislators who inserted language into a pension bill that allowed 23 government union bosses to collect an extra $56 million from municipal pension funds. According to the Chicago Tribune, “the changes became law with no public debate among state legislators, and, more importantly, no cost analysis.” Sound familiar? A few years ago, the legislature approved a workers compensation law that was highly touted for its bipartisan “reforms.” Despite the acclaim it received at the time, in the end it accomplished very little. Illinois’ workers compensation system remains uncompetitive with neighboring states and our economy continues to suffer. This time the stakes are much higher. Getting pension reform wrong could devastate Illinois’ economy over the long term. The truth is the savings in this bill are both insufficient and will make true, comprehensive reform more difficult. Illinois right now has the highest unfunded pension liability in the country. This proposal would take us from the worst to merely very bad and guarantee a future of higher taxes. If you thought the Quinn-Madigan 67% income tax hike was bad, just imagine what tax-and-spend politicians have in mind for an encore. Unfortunately, legislative leaders have kept Illinoisans in the dark about the details of this bill. The pension deal was announced on the afternoon before Thanksgiving prior to many legislators being briefed on it. Legislators will be asked to vote for it Tuesday. Yet as of this writing no one has released the legislative language. Whenever politicians act like this, it is a bad sign for taxpayers. Like ObamaCare, they’ll pass the pension deal before most legislators know all that’s in it. While the final details are unclear, summaries released to date raise some real concerns. It’s rumored that the bill would eliminate pensions from collective bargaining alongside pay and health benefits. This could tie the hands of government leaders who will need to negotiate further, more comprehensive, reforms on pensions and related issues in the future. We’ve also learned that the legislation gives “consideration” to government union members by decreasing the amount state workers need to contribute to the pension system. That means you – and everyone else – pay more. The bill is also expected to include a ‘guarantee’ provision that could require taxpayers to pay for government pensions before payments are made for other government services and programs. That means payouts to government union bosses are ranked ahead of investments in our schools, public safety, and the social safety net. Provisions like the pension guarantee give government union bosses more power in a system that is already rigged in their favor. Government union bosses are funded by your tax dollars and use your money to elect and lobby politicians who will grow government and give them more money. It’s a closed loop system with taxpayers left standing on the outside. The biggest problem of all is that the rumored savings from the bill would reduce the government’s unfunded liability by less than 20%! It barely scratches the surface of the problem. All this work for relatively small savings that do nothing to stop future tax hikes, and, in fact, make them more likely. Bigger government. Higher taxes. That’s the future if we continue down this path. There is a better way. Government workers and retirees deserve to be treated fairly. But let’s not forget who pays for this — it’s the hard working taxpayers of our state, who themselves are struggling to make ends meet in an economy that is weighed down by the fiscal blunders in Springfield. We can have a pension system that is fair to both sides of this transaction, the government workers and the taxpayers who pay for it. True reform would cap the current system and fully put in place a 401k-style program that is similar to the retirement plans of most Illinoisans. That’s fair to workers and taxpayers, and it ensures we will never face a pension crisis again. Republican Leaders Jim Durkin and Christine Radogno are trying in good faith to negotiate a solution to the pension crisis. Those good intentions are why Democratic bosses are trying to rush this through before there is a full airing of the facts. We’ve seen what happens when a massive deal is negotiated behind closed doors, announced over a holiday weekend, and no one is given a chance to digest the bill. It ends very badly. A vote for this bill is a vote for insufficient reform. A vote for this bill is a vote for a future tax increase. We can solve the pension crisis. This deal doesn’t do it. Let’s get it right.

 
 
 
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My thoughts on the pension deal: This Tuesday a group of Springfield insiders, many of whom caused the pension crisis with decades of bad deals and giveaways, will try to rush through a pension deal without giving Illinoisans an opportunity to study the details. They want us to trust them. We don’t – and can’t. In the early 1990’s, Senate President John Cullerton was on a committee of 10 legislato
 
 
Catch-phrase bingo: @GovernorQuinn : “make the will of the people the law of the land” :: @BruceRauner : “government union bosses”
 
 
Former House GOP leader Tom Cross on pensions http://buff.ly/Ixn8RU 
 
 
Ebert grew up in neighboring Urbana and attended the University of Illinois. He died in … You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Have an …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois is committed to paying out $620 billion to retirees through 2045, but as of June 2012, the State has only $62 billion in assets. That means …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Candidates running for Illinois governor in 2014 have started shaping up their positions on a new pension proposal that lawmakers are …
 
 
Unions target Senate Dems in pension reform battleSan Francisco ChronicleThirty votes are needed for passage in the Senate. Cullerton says he will work to secure 18 votes, if Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont can get 12 from her caucus. Senate Republican leaders have committed to putting up as many yes …
 
 
The former longtime mayor of Du Quoin, John Rednour, Sr. passed away Sunday morning.
 
 
On this pension vote, you wouldn’t know the teams without a program. Reminder: #politicsmakesstrangebedfellows
 
 
“Indoors you build precision.” Good read on how Illinois, other cold-weather schools draw good golfers north: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304011304579220140423470258 …
 
 
Thank you to everyone that came out on Friday morning for another great Santa Pa… http://ift.tt/187XSer 
 
 
Was out early to get a hair cut in Wauwatosa. Plenty of people out jogging this morning.
 
 
Rick has WUIS-FM Springfield statehouse reporter Brian Mackey on the phone to talk about Illinois pension struggles and Bruce Rauner’s run for governor.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois’ public unions are staging an all-out campaign to thwart approval of a new plan to solve the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.
 
 
Rick speaks with the Chicago Tribune’s City Hall reporter Hal Dardick about the clearance that was given to Chicago’s 2014 budget. It was safe to say it passed quickly and with no contest.
 
 
Do you agree with Rep. Poe?Poe among lawmakers who say pension bill being rushedwww.sj-r.comLawmakers will return to Springfield on Tuesday to address the long-elusive goal of passing a bill to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.House members have been told that a one-day session is anticipated. Senators also could wrap things up on Tuesday, although they’ve been told the sess…
 
 
* From a Bruce Rauner e-mail blast… This Tuesday a group of Springfield insiders, many of whom caused the pension crisis with decades of bad deals and giveaways, will try to rush through a pension deal without giving Illinoisans an opportunity to study the details. They want us to trust them. We don’t – and can’t. In the early […]
 
 
CHICAGO – Sunday morning, GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner released a statement blasting the pension reform plan the Illinois General Assembly will consider Tuesday. Rauner condemns the deal House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Minority Leader…
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is recognizing ‘CNN Hero of Year’ Chad Pregracke with an entire day in his honor.
 
 
December 1, 2013 — A year after the suburban hazing scandal at Maine West High School, the state agency responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children …
 
 
… Chicago couple Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray couldn’t help but feel bitter disappointment: Same-sex marriages cannot legally start in Illinois until June 1, …
 
 
Gov candidates weighing in on #pension plan: @Bill_Brady says he will vote yes, calling it unfair to state employees, but necessary.
 
 
.@BruceRauner blasts #pension plan, “savings in this bill are both insufficient and will make true, comprehensive reform more difficult”
 
 
 
 
Whatever happens, Illinois will remain in dire financial straits. Our pension woes are more than the tip of an iceberg, but other large problems remain. Illinois is …
 
 
Tom Kacich: Howe Brown made his mark in C-U journalismChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteIt was just another odd newspaper coincidence. Exactly 50 years before his obituary appeared in The News-Gazette, Howe Brown wrapped up his coverage of what may have been the trial of the century in Champaign County — or at least one of the trials of …
 
 
KFVS: Ill. group to attempt paper airplane world record http://bit.ly/1jXDUWa 
 
 
Bloomington: Mason case raises questions about Illinois adoption laws http://bit.ly/1j7uLMS 
 
 
“@nytimes: Custom Suits to Make Transgender and Female Clients Feel Handsome http://nyti.ms/IytekE &#8220;
 
 
At Toys for Tots motorcycle parade. Great group of folks supporting a great cause.
 
 
Assuming bill language is as advertised (i.e., no buried surprises), this is critical vote for IL’s financial future. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-illinois-pension-reform-1201-bd-20131201,0,4958350.story …
 
 
Consumer group warns of toys that could pose riskChicago TribuneJan Schakowsky, left, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan join Illinois PIRG to release a list of child toys deemed dangerous. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune). The cartoon pencil case and toy cellphone displayed at a news conference Tuesday might …
 
 
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ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
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Elite Street: Ex-Chicago TV anchor takes loss on homeChicago TribuneFormer WMAQ-Ch. 5 and WFLD-Ch. 32 news anchor and reporter Jeff Goldblatt has taken a loss on his four-bedroom, ranch-style home in Riverwoods, selling it recently for $485,000. Goldblatt paid $635,000 for the house in 2003. Now a news anchor at a TV …
 
 
CHICAGO – A Chicago area Tea Party leader that has been outspoken against ObamaCare was suddenly notified Wednesday before Thanksgiving by the Internal Revenue Service that he owes $6000 in taxes from as far back as ten years ago. The…
 
 
THE ISSUE: Despite ‘staggering’ success, Illinois drops Medicaid fraud finderOUR VIEW: Lawmakers need to look inwardly for root causeTo read the Illinois Watchdog report on the Illinois Medicaid fraud report boondoggle is to miss a few
 
 
Pat Quinn launched a controversial plan last year to close two juvenile detention … During the fight over the proposed closure, Quinn argued it wasn’t just about …
 
 
Shore reports that today the justice system in Illinois is in good shape. He credits much to extensive education programs for judges. Active on the state judiciary’s …
 
 
Erickson: Some big names that won’t be on the ballotBloomington Pantagraph2013-12-01T06:45:00Z Erickson: Some big names that won’t be on the ballotby Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee. net pantagraph.com. 1 hour ago • by Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee. net · (0) Comments. This week marked the annual rite of election …Erickson: Candidates ready to go