Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Dec. 4

 
Pension overhaul passes: Locally, only Bradley voted for billThe SouthernThe retirement system for judges was not included in the package because the judicial branch likely will be weighing in on whether the plan meets constitutional muster, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said. “This was a long-term, decades-old …
 
 
 
MARION — Illinois drivers are set for some big changes at the start of the new year. They will no longer be allowed to use a hand held cell phone at the wheel, but they will be able to go a little faster on some roads.
 
 
 
Alton Middle School parents are invited to a meeting at the main cafeteria tonight from 6:00-7:00 as the district shares information regarding the new Common Core State Standards and the curriculum at the school.  The Common Core State Standards…
 
 
Were you among the millions of Americans who this week participated in Cyber Monday — the Monday-after-Thanksgiving online shopping frenzy? Remember it well, for it might be the last Cyber Monday whe
 
 
INA — Proposed Illinois rules to govern fracking are inadequate to protect the safety and health of people and the environment, numerous speakers testified Tuesday at a public hearing held by …
 
 
Retired state workers will take a cut in their annual cost of living increases under the new pension plan. Ted Street, with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, says the new formula means big losses for retirees. [audio:rddCOLA21.mp3] [/audio] H…
 
 
The pension reform bill is pretty much guaranteed to end up in court.  Union leaders have vowed to sue.  They say it’s unconstitutional because it reduces their retirement benefits.  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he hopes t…
 
 
Lawyers for former governor Rod Blagojevich have made their last filings in hopes to get him a new trial. Blagojevich is serving 14 years in prison for shakedowns, including trying to sell a Senate seat. The new filing claims it was political horse-trading and that Judge James Zagel was biased. Legal experts say Blagojevich might win a reduced prison term. It’s the second-longest sentence ever giv
 
 
CHICAGO – Illinois is beginning to let immigrants apply for a driver’s license if they’re living in the U.S. illegally.
 
 
Striking Will County workers said Wednesday they had reached a tentative contract agreement.
 
 
It looks as though property across Sycamore Road from the shopping center anchored by Lowe’s and Walmart is redeveloping nicely at the moment.
 
 
Illinois State Senator Bill Brady was a member of the committee which created the Pension Bill. He gives the rundown of what the deal says, who it affects, and how it will work. For more information on Senator Brady’s campaign for governor, visit his website here. Republican State Senator Bill Brady.
 
 
 
 
 
Chairman Kwame Raoul (D – Chicago) presided over a public hearing on pension leg… http://ift.tt/IFU9LL 
 
 
Sorry, I think legislators, not judges, should decide pension reform issue..
 
 
Illinois General Assembly manages to pass desperately needed pension reform. That’s good. Now the lawsuits begin…
 
 
 
State office bldg. under construction a year before opening, Dec. 1954. Later named after Gov. Stratton. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/DCtlZbUvDM
 
 
Double pension squeeze: Judge rules Detroit can cut benefits, Illinois lawmakers OK reform http://ibdn.uz/rqsDH 
 
 
 
 
 
Source Article from http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=53&RecNum=11598
 
 
 
Belleville News Democrat – Found 7 hours agoKwame Raoul of Chicago — “If this legislation is found unconstitutional. We’re out on a perch.” — state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale. Illinois Legislature approves historic fix for $100B pension crisis – FOXNews.com $160B Pension Fix Approved By Illinois Senate – Time GovBeat: Illinois lawmakers to vote on public employee pension … – Washi
 
 
 
Join me Tuesday, December 10, 12-1pm for a fundraising luncheon sponsored by the Bureau County Republican Women in #Princeton at Fitzgerald’s, 432 S. Main Street. Tickets and Info: http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/123/EventDetails.aspxDan Rutherford | For Governor Of Illinois | Eventswww.danrutherford.orgAs State Treasurer, the Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee is precluded from accept
 
 
In case you missed this over the holiday: Thanks to a federal disaster declaration, residents or businesses in the 15 counties impacted by the Nov. 17 tornadoes can register for grants and low-interest loans. Call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or go online http://www.disasterassistance.gov.DisasterAssistance.govwww.disasterassistance.govWelcome to DisasterAssistance.gov, your access to disaster help and resourc
 
 
 
“In every society, manufacturing builds the lower middle class. If you give up manufacturing, you end up with haves and have-nots and you get social polarization. The whole lower middle class sinks.”This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading – Wired Sciencewww.wired.comThe Connective is a crowd-sourced digital magazine made in just 48 hours, chronicling how our co
 
 
 
Governor Quinn urges Illinois residents to donate to food banksRockford Register StarPat Quinn is calling on Illinois residents to help someone in need this Thanksgiving by giving time or money to a local food bank. The Chicago Democrat stopped by the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Tuesday to help volunteers prepare meals for …
 
 
Pension Reform Debate Clears First Obstacle In Springfield [UPDATE]ChicagoistSheila Simon, who said the deal “puts too much of the burden on lower income workers and retirees.” “I appreciate the requirement that the state pay its share, but the legislation should be made more fair for those who have worked and earned their …
 
 
 
Suburban lawmakers in both parties on both sides of pension reform voteChicago Daily HeraldMichelle Mussman, Schaumburg Democrat; Rep. Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook Democrat; Rep. JoAnn Osmond, Antioch Republican; Rep. Dennis Reboletti, Elmhurst Republican; Rep. Ron Sandack, Downers Grove Republican; Rep. Darlene Senger, Naperville …
 
 
“We’re not going to arrest our way out of the gang problem that we have in the city of Chicago,” Fardon said in his first interview after taking the post with …
 
 
CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Testing Timers is extending its offering of a game changing holiday gift for high school juniors and seniors headed to …
 
 
Kadner: Create a crisis and save the daySouthtownStarBy Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com December 3, 2013 10:46PM. Illinois Senate President John CullertD-Chicago smiles as pensilegislatipasses while Senate floor Illinois State Capitol. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, smiles as …
 
 
By the time students reach Quincy High School, they say, it may be too late for routine disciplinary interventions to have much of an impact on problem behaviors …
 
 
NPR (blog)Illinois Approves Rescue Of Its Ailing Pension SystemNPR (blog)Amanda Vinicky of member station WUIS in Springfield, Ill., says: “[Gov.] Quinn’s outward push for a pension overhaul puts him at odds with a traditional Democratic ally — the government employees’ unions that helped him win the governor’s office four …Illinois Pension deal passes House and SenateRepublican Hopefuls Sp
 
 
Despite resistance, pension bill OK’dChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteWhile Madigan and the two top Republicans in the Legislature — Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin — were at the conference committee hearing, Senate President John Cullerton missed it. Senate Democrats …
 
 
Illinois Pension Fight Likely Shifting to CourtsTIME… to,” Washington-Murry said. “People are feeling like they’re just violated, like someone stole their money for retirement.” ___. Associated Press writers Sophia Tareen and Kerry Lester in Springfield, and Tammy Webber in Chicago contributed to this …
 
 
Opponents dominate pro-quarry meetingSouthtownStarThe SouthtownStar first reported that Robbins entered into a deal with Riverside-based ALM Resources in May to create a limestone quarry on 60 acres followed by a 169-acre underground mine, asphalt and concrete plants and a therapy horse ranch.
 
 
Illinois Central Railroad cited for violationsBelleville News DemocratSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Central Railroad Co. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor for a number of safety violations and faces more than $110,000 in fines. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it began an …
 
 
Lincoln would be proud: Illinois ranks fifth among the cussingest statesKeyser Mineral Daily News Tribune (blog)x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He’s attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and …
 
 
Washington PostOne state retirement system escapes pension changesPeoria Public RadioBy Amanda Vinicky. Enlarge image. The pension changes will impact all of the state’s retirement systems except for one, the fund for Illinois judges. House Speaker Michael Madigan says that’s because the pension legislation will surely face a …Illinois Approves Rescue Of Its Ailing Pension SystemRepublican Hopef
 
 
 
Aldermen hope to make decision Dec. 17 after more study.
 
 
It happened the Springfield way – from the top down, if with a little more excitement than usual. The political and perhaps even some of the economic implications are not yet clear.But for good or bad, Illinois finally has a pension-reform deal of consequence in the wake of the narrow but decisive approval of a package that supporters say will save taxpayers $160 billion over the next 30 years, bu
 
 
Though the potential return of ex-federal felons Al Sanchez and Ike Carothers caught the headlines, the real news as candidate filing for the 2014 elections closed yesterday is that just about every major incumbent will face a re-election challenge, at least a nominal one. Though filing started slowly, each of the Chicago-area members of Congress ended up drawing either a primary or general electi
 
 
An outside probe of Amer Ahmad has concluded that there is “no indication” the former Chicago comptroller engaged in improprieties here. “After collecting and analyzing over 2,800,000 records and conducting 31 separate interviews, we found no indication that Ahmad abused his influence as comptroller or defrauded the city or its taxpayers,” the report by law firm Drinker Biddle
 
 
 
Sen. Kirk Dillard told members of the Quincy Tea Party that it’s not enough to select a Republican nominee for governor in Illinois. The GOP candidate has to …
 
 
Daniel Biss of Evanston was a member of the conference committee that developed the bill which ultimately won the backing of the four key House and Senate …
 
 
Illinois Democratic State Representative Michelle Mussman. – Bob Lyons is a TRS trustee. Michelle, I can recall a conversation from just a couple of years ago …
 
 
https://vimeo.com/80892866 Smart money says that if SB1 is going to be stopped today it will be stopped in the Illinois Senate. Senate President John Cullerton …
 
 
Although a poll shows 60 percent of voters disapprove of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), it may not be enough for a Republican to take over the state’s top job.
 
 
For a foreshadowing of what was potentially at stake — and may still be — regarding the Illinois Legislature’s vote on pension reform Tuesday, look no further …
 
 
Members of the Chicago Newspaper Guild Tuesday night approved a new, three-year labor agreement with Sun-Times Media Group, a unit of Chicago-based …
 
 
Watching Illinois politicians brag about how they reformed the state pension mess … Boss Mike Madigan, the ruling Democrat and speaker of the Illinois House, …
 
 
By Amanda Vinicky · Enlarge image. Credit ilga.gov. Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is the sponsor of a Senate bill to give ADM a tax credit in exchange for …
 
 
3 hours ago • Associated Press. SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers have adjourned without approving bills proposing tax incentives for Archer Daniels Midland …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – A young Illinois resident has won the grand prize in a national video contest aimed at promoting health insurance to young adults.
 
 
Mason announces run for 6th Congressional DistrictKane County ChronicleWe’re tired of waiting for Peter Roskam.” Roskam’s representatives were offered a chance to respond to Mason’s comments but had not yet done so as of Tuesday evening. As it stands, the candidates would meet in the general election slated for Nov. 4, 2014.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate has approved tax incentives worth roughly $58 million for chemical distributor Univar and newly-merged OfficeMax and …
 
 
Judy Baar Topinka Offers to be Flower Girl for Homosexual “Weddings” Written by David E. Smith. This is ridiculous! Aren’t we tired of liberal cheer-leader Judy.
 
 
By Doug Finke. GateHouse Media Illinois. SPRINGFIELD — After years of trying, Illinois lawmakers Tuesday finally approved a pension reform plan that is …
 
 
As expected, the Illinois Legislature has passed a pension reform bill by a relatively narrow margin. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he’ll sign it, and we expect a lawsuit …
 
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Department of Natural Resources hosted a public hearing to get feedback on its draft regulations for fracking across the state.
 
 
WTAX in Springfield said the building on 222 South College, received a letter with a white powder early Tuesday. Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin said the letter …
 
 
Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (right), R-Burr Ridge, participates in a … Radogno (second from right), R-Lemont, observe at the Illinois State Capitol in …
 
 
Lawmakers work toward passing pension legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday in Springfield.
 
 
 
State Reps. Rich Brauer, Raymond Poe on Pension Reform Tuesday’s Morning Newswatch revisited excerpts of conversations between Poe, Brauer and WTAX’s Ray Lytle. Illinois Policy Institute: Pension Deal is a Bad Deal Kristina Rasmussen joins WTAX’s Alex Degman to talk about what she says is a bad deal for Illinois. Santa tracking goes military with fighter jet escort The famous NORAD Santa
 
 
* Public Policy Polling has released more details of its latest poll… Almost halfway through his first term, Mark Kirk is one of the most anonymous Senators in the country. 32% approve of him, 32% disapprove, and the largest percentage at 37% doesn’t have an opinion about him one way or the other. What’s interesting about […]
 
 
Watch the live blog * For our newer readers, this is just a reminder that you should click here to watch the session unfold on our live blog post. It’s almost like being at the Statehouse. Further blog updates today will be on that post, so click here. Poll: Mark Kirk an unknown Senator * Public Policy Polling has released more details of its latest poll Almost halfway through his fir
 
 
Pension reform no better than baby aspirin, Kass says Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and reporter Jenniffer Weigel on how this pension reform is too small a fix for Illinois’ big problems. For more video, visit http://chicagotribune.com/video,… From: Chicago Tribune Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 01:50 More in News & Politics
 
 
Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway December 2, 2013. From: City Club Chicago Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 35:32 More in News & Politics
 
 
Related; Bill offers tax incentives to ADM, Univar, Office Depot · Illinois State Capitol; Maps; 263 … Office Depot would retain 2,050 and create 200 jobs in Illinois.
 
 
Retirement was the topic of the day Tuesday at the Illinois Statehouse as legislators debated pension reform. I was thinking of the Statehouse and retirement, too …
 
 
Public meetings dates: Village of Homewood, Dec. 9; Village of Northbrook, Dec. 11; Village of Westchester, Dec. 12.
 
 
The Illinois legislature is scheduled to vote on pension reform for public workers. A large winter storm is headed for Chicago. And former editor-in-chief at the Chicago Reader, Alison True, continues the search for potential victims of serial-killer John Wayne Gacy.[View the story “Afternoon Shift: Pension reform in Illinois and the unsolved John Wayne Gacy murders” on Storify]
 
 
Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.
 
 
Sen. Dick Durbin told Gifford residents on Tuesday that he has been impressed by their determination to rebuild their community following the Nov. 17 tornado. GIFFORD — Sen. Dick Durbin told Gifford residents on Tuesday that he has been impressed by their determination to rebuild their community following the Nov. 17 tornado. “God bless you, and I’m glad that no one lost their life,&quo
 
 
The Chicago law firm Much Shelist donated time, goods and money to Lakeview Pantry on ‘Giving Tuesday.’
 
 
Michael Madigan is thought to be the most powerful and controversial Democratic politician in the state, but it appears the house speaker could be getting some republican competition in next year’s election.
 
 
Starved Rock State Park Site Superintendent Mark McConnaughay announced two employees promotions. Don Petre was promoted from ranger to site assistant superintendent II and Jolyn Wise was promoted from site technician II to natural resources coordinator. In addition to the
 
 
Billionaire Sears CEO Edward Lampert’s hedge fund, ESL Partners, distributed about 7.4 million shares of the retailer to the fund’s investors over a period of several months this year, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.
 
 
[ooyala code=”Zma20zaTqA8QskqmU6FQ9nrmkaqfwq1w” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″] ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Bill Behrens knows the ABC’s of big letters. “Well they’re fabricated from aluminum so they’re not all that heavy,” says Bill Behrens, the Sales Manager for Warren Sign Company.  “In fact this five foot letter probably doesn’t weigh 30 to 40 pounds max.” This is a
 
 
On noon news, Speaker Madigan grants rare sit-down intvu: #pensionreform WILL pass today, but no savings ’til IL Supreme Ct approves
 
 
All yes votes on the old SB1 should be a yes on the newly revised SB1 today. We’ll soon see.
 
 
Rep Nekritz: This has been a very long process, with a lot of ups and downs. And “we looked like idiots” when we couldn’t reach a deal.
 
 
Pension pointwoman Rep. Nekritz: “We’re here today to take a monumental step – it’s been a rollercoaster.”
 
 
Nekritz: This bill is constitutional and only does what needs to be done
 
 
Nekritz: “Illinois will be better tomorrow because of our actions today.”
 
 
Nekritz giving huge props to co-pointman @danielbiss for his work on pension fix.
 
 
Nekritz calls Madigan’s efforts “dogged determination” to fix the pension problem. Now giving kudos to everyone who busted butt on the issue
 
 
Nekritz: The $100 bil we now owe is the amt. we should already have in our account to pay future pensions.
 
 
Nekritz read note from constituent & union member supporting reform: “we have to be like Paul Simon and just do what we think is right.”
 
 
Rep. Elaine Nekritz: We’ve given our lawyers a “number of tools” to argue the case before the Illinois Supreme Court.
 
 
Rep Cassidy: looking out for low-paid retirees; thinks ‘this is the best deal we can get’
 
 
Jil Tracy who is Kirk Dillard’s running mate votes yes, but he voted no.
 
 
The #ILpension vote is a big victory for #ILGov Quinn who has said he will sign it. After he does, unions race to IL Supreme Court.
 
 
House roll call on pension reform: http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/house/09800SB0001_12032013_006000R.pdf … Senate roll call: http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/senate/09800SB0001_12032013_005000R.pdf …
 
 
Here is how your senator voted on pension reform. http://bit.ly/1jiuDKL 
 
 
Our full pensions story: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131203/news/712039909/ …
 
 
Below is a statement I released earlier today following the General Assembly’s action on pension reform. http://fb.me/3skelLhrQ 
 
 
Great turnout out tonight’s concealed carry seminar I co-hosted with Rep. Meier in O’Fallon pic.twitter.com/qlIGnPYozf
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1dOrvWW 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/ID9Sux 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1beDWXA 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1dOwqan 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Cullerton responds to pension reform vote http://ift.tt/1beEMDL 
 
 
Mysterious bar tippers give thousands to two Chicago servers – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/24149999-418/mysterious-bar-tippers-give-thousands-to-two-chicago-servers.html … via @suntimes
 
 
And here I mention Gov Quinn’s contention he was put on Earth to solve Illinois’ pension thing… and Squeezy too http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/government-and-politics/lawmakers-ok-fix-for-b-pension-crisis/article_2456d846-5c70-11e3-80a2-001a4bcf887a.html …
 
 
The son of an ex-state lawmaker votes yes on pension reform saying Illinois is paying for the “sins of the fathers” http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/q-c-lawmakers-split-their-pension-reform-votes/article_b538da03-49d7-5314-84db-298a6d559101.html …
 
 
Tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland in limbo as lawmakers depart Springfield until late January http://www.pantagraph.com/business/adm-incentives-in-limbo-after-lawmakers-adjourn/article_cae17dc0-5c88-11e3-a6a9-001a4bcf887a.html …
 
 
Forget pension reform, highlight of tonight’s news is tape of Charlie Wheeler in pursuit in the Statehouse. pic.twitter.com/d99eC33PMU
 
 
 
 
News Gazette – Found 2 hours agoAbout 28.5 percent of the constituents of Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, are government workers.
 
 
 
 
 
This is a sad, dark day for teachers in Illinois! Please read! We Are One Illinois Statement on Governor Pat Quinn and the Proposed Archer Daniels Midland Tax Break The statement below is attributable to Michael T. Carrigan, president of the Illinois-AFL CIO, on behalf of the We Are One Illinois union coalition: “Governor Pat Quinn’s position on the attempt by one of our state’s most profitable corporations to get a handout from Illinois taxpayers is baffling, troubling, and wrong. “The governor would take the life savings of teachers, police, and other public employees and retirees, only to turn that money later into corporate welfare. That’s a win for one big corporation but a devastating loss for hundreds of thousands of middle-class families across Illinois, not to mention another blow to the state’s fiscal condition. “Illinois’ corporate elite push for unfair, illegal cuts to modest pensions promised to public employees and retirees, yet have no problem asking for handouts to pad their own bottom lines and pay huge bonuses to CEOs. Our coalition stands firmly in favor of closing wasteful tax loopholes to get our state back on the right fiscal track.

 
 
 
The hard-fought deal, which includes higher state contributions to the system, could be a template for agreements elsewhere.
 
 
Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois’ pension problems.
 
 
Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois’ out of control pension problems, spreading out the pain.
 
 
Some say the bill goes too far. Others complain it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Some are using this bill for their own political purposes and some are simply scared to do anything. In the end, this pension reform bill is a good step in the right direction. To do nothing means the over $100 BILLION in unfunded liabilities continues to grow another $5 million each day. This debt threatens each Illi
 
 
 
Don’t punish state workers for the mistakes of politicians like Judy Baar TopinkaFriends — You may have read or heard about a pension compromise bill made public yesterday. I congratulate the legislative leaders who came together in a bipartisan way to produce a pension compromis
 
 
The Conference Committee on Pension Reform just recently started hearing testimony on pension reform. Click the link below to listen to live audio of the hearing. Illinois General Assembly – Senate Audiowww.ilga.govNote: If you are experiencing difficulty with the video, it may be due to an unusually high number of viewers. In that event, audio may be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
 
 
Ground Breaking for Lebanon Grade School
 
 
 
Niles’ inaugural Christmas tree lighting a successniles.suntimes.comNiles had their first village tree lighting last week.
 
 
The Conference Committee on Pensions is meeting now in Room 212 of the Capitol. You can listen live here:Illinois General Assembly – Senate Audiowww.ilga.govNote: If you are experiencing difficulty with the video, it may be due to an unusually�high number of viewers.
 
 
Executive Comm.-I’m listening to the pension debate.
 
 
WSILTV.com By Fanna Haile-Selassie By Andy Shofstall Nov 26, 2013 read more
 
 
This is from last night’s Channel 7 News. The Conference Committee is hearing the pension bill right now. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Fpolitics&id=9347060&vid=9347057
 
 
CANTON – State Senator Dave Koehler’s district office director, Jennifer Allison, will be holding satellite office hours in Canton on Thursday, December 5. The purpose of the event is to allow local residents to discuss state-government issues in person without travelling to Peoria. Location: City Hall, Director’s room on lower level Address: 2 North Main St., Canton, IL Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
 
 
The Conference Committee on Pension Reform hearing concerning proposed pension reforms will begin shortly in 212 Capitol. Live audio is available at the link below. Follow @ILSenateGOP on Twitter for live updates throughout the day!Illinois General Assembly – Senate Audiowww.ilga.govNote: If you are experiencing difficulty with the video, it may be due to an unusually high number of viewers. In th
 
 
The Conference Committee is still meeting in 212. Other Committees meeting this morning include Revenue at 10 AM in 400 and Licensed Activities & Pensions in 409 at 10:30. Follow @ILSenateGOPILSenateGOP (ILSenateGOP) on Twittertwitter.comThe latest from ILSenateGOP (@ILSenateGOP). Twitter channel of Illinois Senate GOP Caucus. Springfield, IL
 
 
Want to know more about the pension reforms under consideration today in the General Assembly? Follow the link below for more information at the Senate GOP website.Pension Reform Plan | Senate Bill 1senategop.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
 
 
Small Business Saturday was a huge success, with more than 70 million Americans shopping “small.” Let’s shop “small” in the 19th Senate district every day! http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/inc-well/Small-Business-Saturday-a-Big-Hit-with-Local-Chicago-Shops-233945951.htmlSmall Business Saturday a Big Hit in Chicagowww.nbcchicago.comBig box stores have had their doors open since
 
 
The Daily Herald joins the Tribune, the Sun Times and Crains Chicago Business endorsing the pension reform bill.Editorial: It’s not ‘Goldilocks,’ but pension deal deserves approvalwww.dailyherald.comA Daily Herald editorial says the pension compromise reached in Springfield is not perfect, but moves the state in the right direction..
 
 
State moves to oust firm that’s scrubbing Medicaid rolls because AFSCME, the state employees union, convinced an arbitrator this year that the state couldn’t legally hire Maximus to do the job. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-medicaid-scrub-endangered-edit-20131202,0,2476371.storyEditorial: State moves to oust firm that’s scrubbing Medicaid rollswww.chicagotribune.comA pri
 
 
State Representative David Harris presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Corporal Michael Stone of the Prospect Heights Police Department.  
 
 
195 years ago, Illinois became the 21st state to join the Union. Happy birthday, Land of Lincoln!Illinois becomes the 21st state — History.com This Day in History — 12/3/1818www.history.comIllinois achieves full statehood on this day. Though Illinois presented unique challenges to immigrants unaccustomed to the soil and vegetation of the area, it grew to become a bustling and densely populated sta
 
 
House is in session today at 11:00 a.m. Watch live at http://www.ilga.gov/house/audvid.asp or http://new.livestream.com/blueroomstream. The following bill are on the schedule for Special Session: House Bills – Second Reading ‘Second Reading’ is the stage in the legislative process during which changes or amendments can still be made to the bill. Early in the year it is not unusual for the House
 
 
From the Wall Street Journal: WSJ: Illinois’s fake pension fix December 03, 2013 Democrats in Illinois have dug a $100 billion pension hole, and now they want Republicans to rescue them by voting for a plan that would merely delay the fiscal reckoning while helping to re-elect Governor Pat Quinn. The cuckolded GOP seems happy to oblige on this quarter-baked reform. Legislative leaders plan to vo
 
 
“… we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Doesn’t that sound familiar? Lawmakers should not be asked to vote on something as substantial as the pension deal without first being able to read the bill. I hope that every legislator joins me and gives this bill a thorough examination and votes with their “eyes open,” we don’t want another Obamacare surprise. Click LIKE if y
 
 
Senate Bill 1 would reform the benefits and improve the State funding for four State retirement systems: Teachers, Universities (including community colleges), State Employees and General Assembly. Click to read more.
 
 
In the District: Congratulations to Madison Price, Kyle Baumgarten, Jacob Ewing, Brock Buscher and Robby Bluett—Capitol Area Career Center’s November Students of the Month!
 
 
 
https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/1086456_134816148251_1748859471_s.jpgWCIA 3 NewsBREAKING NEWS: A building across from the Illinois State Capitol is being evacuated. A suspicious substance was found in mail that was sent to the Governor’s Office of Citizen Assistance.
 
 
Pension bill is up for discussion right now on the House Floor. Listen in at: http://ilga.gov/house/audvid.asp#Illinois General Assembly – House of Representatives Video/Audioilga.govThe audio/video capabilities are activated when session actually begins.
 
 
Before the Illinois House started its business for the day, it was my humbling honor to join my colleagues in commemorating the victims of the recent tornadoes in Central Illinois and to honor all those who are helping on the long road toward recovery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gBWTyEzg5IRep. Michael Unes comments on tornado devastation in his area.State Rep. Michael Unes speaks about the d
 
 
We can’t change financial future and prospects without pension reform.Lawmakers expected to vote on pension reform billabclocal.go.comIllinois lawmakers are expected to vote within the next 24 hours on the new compromise deal to address the pension crisis in Illinois.
 
 
This afternoon the House approved my resolution (HR 715) recognizing Naperville Central’s Sydney Dusel on winning the state championship in diving. Congratulations, Sydney! http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/sports/gsw_state2-NAP-11242013:articleGirls Swimming: Sydney Dusel a doozy as state champion for Naperville Centralnapervillesun.suntimes.comGymnastics’ loss was diving’s gain. Just two years
 
 
Springfield, IL… In response to today’s vote on Senate Bill 1, State Representative Barbara Wheeler has issued the following statement: “Today legislators took a large step toward shoring up our five public pension systems. While I believe there are still additional reforms that are needed, I view the components of Senate Bill 1 as a solid beginning point for comprehensive pension reform. “There i
 
 
ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER DAN RUTHERFORD REACTS TO PASSAGE OF PENSION REFORM LEGISLATION Chicago-December 3, 2013- “The will of the General Assembly is the adoption of current pension reform legislation,” said State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. “Litigation is inevitable, and I hope that the courts issue an expedited ruling as to the constitutionality of the legislation. The sooner the better, so we c
 
 
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will be hosting an informational seminar on Wednesday, December 4 to review changes to Medicare Advantage state retiree health insurance benefits.The deadline to enroll in the Medicare Advantage Plans is December 13, 2013, New Medicare Advantage plans go into effect on February 1. Officials with CMS will attend the seminar to answer loca
 
 
Debating the pension bill now.
 
 
 
State Rep Jeannie Ives quizzes Speaker Madigan on why IL’s pension reform does not go further…12-3-13 House Floor Debate by blueroomstream on Livestream – Livestream.com
 
 
 
Rep Ives on sweeping IL’s 401(k) pension reforms, despots, and future general assemblies – from…12-3-13 House Floor Debate by blueroomstream on Livestream – Livestream.com
 
 
SB 1 (pension reform bill) passes in the House Y-62, N – 53, P – 1, NV -2
 
 
Vote History for SB 1: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/house/09800SB0001_12032013_006000R.pdfhttp://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/house/09800SB0001_12032013_006000R.pdfwww.ilga.gov
 
 
SB 1-Pension legislation is being debated in the Senate and the House. Go to ilga.gov to listen.
 
 
CHICAGO – Individuals and business owners out of work as a direct result of tornadoes and high winds on Nov. 17 might be eligible for federal disaster unemployment assistance, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – If you’re trying to find the perfect holiday presents for everyone on your list, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is offering gift ideas to help your loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes.
 
 
Pension reform funding “guarantee” leaves door wide open for future bills to take “guarantee holidays” or “borrowing”. What guarantee!?!
 
 
Discussing pension bill, which still has an uphill battle. 63% of unfunded liability created in the last decade under Blago-Quinn-Madigan.
 
 
401k included in pension reform only allows up to 5% of state employees to choose that option, & no one in tier 2 would be given that choice
 
 
Pension “reform” has passed both the House & Senate.
 
 
Springfield, IL… Today, in response to the General Assembly’s passage of pension reform, State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Belvidere) issued the following statement: “While today’s pension reform bill will make significant progress toward making Illinois’ pension systems more solvent, the measure does not go far enough. The main problem with this proposal is the reduction in employee contrib
 
 
Dear Friends, Today, the General Assembly passed an unconstitutional pension reform proposal that I did not support. Like the supporters of Senate Bill 1, I’m concerned about our state’s fiscal situation and inability to pay its bills on time. But I understand a law that’s declared unconstitutional saves no money. Our state’s pension crisis was not created overnight and shouldn’t be resolved by a
 
 
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno following the passage of comprehensive pension reform: “Today is the day we celebrate Illinois’ 195th birthday as the 21st state in the Union. But it is now the day to celebrate our ability to put partisanship aside and draw together for the good of Illinois and its citizens. The vote to reform our state’s pension system represents a major step forward
 
 
“I take no joy in making this vote today. During my short tenure in the Illinois Senate, I have been consistent in my support for pension reform – not as a means to harm teachers, state workers or retirees, but more to help stabilize our state’s terrible finances….” Follow the link below to read more from Sen. LaHood.LaHood statement on pension reformsenatorlahood.comDarin LaHood proud
 
 
On this date in 1818 Illinois officially became the 21st state. Happy Birthday Illinois!Timeline PhotosHappy Birthday Illinois! On this date in 1818, Illinois was officially accepted as the 21st state in the Union. From our A/V collection, this poster art was created to commemorate the state's 100th anniversary. #illinois #lincolnmuseum
 
 
You know that the Senate approved a major pension reform today. But that wasn’t the only bill sent to the Governor. See what else happened in the Senate on our Senate Action Page.Senate Action | Illinois Senate Republicans (IL Senate GOP)senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state governme
 
 
Hastings on pension proposal SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly passed major changes to the state’s pension systems earlier today to address the state’s more than $100 billion pension debt. State Senator Michael Hastings (D–Orland Park), one of 27 senators who did not support the measure, provided the following statement. “This issue should have never reached this point as past lawmaker
 
 
Many have asked how I voted on the Leaders’ Pension Reform Proposal which passed today. I voted my district and my conscience by voting “no”. I am certain litigation is forthcoming on this issue and it is my hope that a ruling on the constitutionality is made in a timely manner. I fear a lengthy court battle could cost the state millions of dollars and if, in the end, the courts rule thi
 
 
This afternoon, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive pension reform bill. The governor has indicated that he will sign it soon, bringing to a close an incredibly difficult, rancorous, and painful, but essential legislative process. This bill was a report of a 10-member conference committee and was the outcome of discussions throughout the summer and fall, culminating in a final negotiation
 
 
LaHood statement on pension reform “I take no joy in making this vote today. During my short tenure in the Illinois Senate, I have been consistent in my support for pension reform – not as a means to harm teachers, state workers or retirees, but more to help stabilize our state’s terrible finances. The fiscal damage created by two former Governors, who are convicted felons, has caused our state t
 
 
SPRINGFIELD….. In response to today’s historic vote on pension reform, State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) has released the following statement: “The State’s five pension systems are a financial mess. Reforming them is the single most important issue facing the State of Illinois. The ongoing pension crisis negatively affects every other necessary State activity including public
 
 
State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) voted against a measure today that will rob retirees of their constitutionally guaranteed pension benefits.  “This is morally corrupt, we should not be robbing the benefits of hardworking people,” said Delgado.  “This will only punish retired teachers, janitors and the women who serves lunch to children in school.” The measure, voted on today, will diminis
 
 
Today’s pension bill can be used as a mechanism to free up state spending on other programs and not actually be used to tackle the pension crisis.Senator Jason Barickman says Pension Bill Doesn’t Solve Massive Problemsenatorbarickman.comSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) said Tuesday that a bill aimed at reforming the state’s beleaguered pension systems won’t do enough to t
 
 
I have made it clear for months that I will only support negotiated, effective pension reform that brings all sides to the table and makes the state’s pension systems solvent. The lack of both of those in today’s pension bill are major failures of the legislation.Senator Sam McCann Opposes Back Room Pension Deal that Hurts Retireessenatormccann.comSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinvi
 
 
“I have very serious concerns about a bill that is punitive toward our retirees and actually decreases contributions from current employees. The notion that current employees would contribute less and the sacrifice would be borne by those who have spent a lifetime in service to our state is inherently unfair,” said Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin). “The matter will almost certainly be heard in
 
 
Back in Champaign and honored to introduce my friend and mentor, Dick Durbin, at his fundraiser tonight.
 
 
This afternoon, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive pension reform bill. The governor has indicated that he will sign it soon, bringing to a close an incredibly difficult, rancorous, and painful, but essential legislative process. This bill was a report of a 10-member conference committee and was the outcome of discussions throughout the summer and fall, culminating in a final negotiation
 
 
Chairman Kwame Raoul (D – Chicago) presided over a public hearing on pension legislation this morning at the state Capitol, giving interest groups and the public the chance to review the proposal.Chairman Raoul addresses pension committeeChairman Kwame Raoul (D – Chicago) thanks members of the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1 for their work in crafting pension reform legislation.
 
 
Since I took the oath of office, I’ve pushed relentlessly for a comprehensive pension reform solution that would erase a $100 billion liability and restore fiscal stability to Illinois. Today, we have won. The people of Illinois have won. This landmark legislation is a bipartisan solution that squarely addresses the most difficult fiscal issue Illinois has ever confronted. This bill will ensure re
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Illinois General Assembly’s historic passage of comprehensive pension reform which will erase the unfunded pension debt and provide 100 percent funding for the systems. After inheriting the worst-funded pension crisis in the nation due to decades of mismanagement, the Governor made pension reform his top priority,
 
 
“I am pleased we were successful in passing pension reform through the General Assembly today in order to save retirements and protect Illinois taxpayers.   This bi-partisan proposal will go a long ways towards putting our state back on solid financial footing, but it does not mean our work is done.   We must continue to demonstrate fiscal discipline over the next several years to control spending
 
 
I appreciate all of the teachers who came to my office late yesterday afternoon for their pension rally. As always, I encourage constituents to let their voices be heard, however my office was not notified by anyone about this event, and I was attending an Education Funding Task Force meeting in Chicago, which had been on my schedule for a month. I certainly would have made myself available to mee
 
 
To all who have contacted me regarding pension reform, both proponents and opponents: I would like to take a moment and provide some information regarding the pension situation in Illinois. Prior to taking office, I saw the devastation former Governor Blagojevich inflicted on the state budget by borrowing against the pension systems and doubling the state’s debt. Once I assumed the responsibil
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) voted to support the state constitution and protect the retirement benefits of teachers, university personnel and state employees by opposing Senate Bill 1. The plan to reduce benefits passed both the House and Senate on Tuesday and will become law if the governor signs the bill, which he is expected to do so. “This proposal has a drasti
 
 
Want to see who voted what way on SB1? Here is the link to the rollcall: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/house/09800SB0001_12032013_006000R.pdfhttp://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/house/09800SB0001_12032013_006000R.pdfwww.ilga.gov
 
 
A day after surviving a vote to remove him from office, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student senator whose racially charged speech of Nov.… The state will pull back on sponsoring a climate change study, after the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said …
 
 
Doing nothing was not an option. The status quo would see Illinois’ pension liability grow to an even more embarrassing level. The pension reform vote taken Tuesday was difficult, but necessary. Lawmakers’ work is not done, however. Illinois’s …
 
 
4 Hands is the sixth craft brand to join the distributor’s recently created craft beer division in Illinois. In December of 2012, Wirtz announced its appointment of …
 
 
“To me, it’s no longer an issue of politics, it’s about policy and it’s about … “At the end of the day we have a $100 billion deficit and the people of Illinois have said …
 
 
More Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors are expected to arrive this week to provide assistance to Nov. 17 storm victims in 15 Illinois counties …
 
 
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently unveiled a new elementary promotion policy for students exiting grades three, six and eight. This policy change is being …
 
 
Our Opinion: Speed of Illinois pension bill shouldn’t be a problemThe State Journal-RegisterThe We Are One Illinois Coalition of unions representing public workers analyzed it and put out a fact sheet Friday. The unions aren’t complaining that it’s being rushed through; they simply don’t like what it contains and believe it may be …
 
 
Senate supporters of pension plan say time is nowWREX-TVMike Jacobs of East Moline says lawmakers must make the tough decision “pay for the sins” of previous Legislatures, which shorted or skipped required pension payments for decades. Illinois has the worst-funded pension system in the nation with roughly …
 
 
Longtime Chicago Reader media critic Michael Miner has liver disease and needs a … “The doctors have made it clear to us that he will need a Living Donor …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – In the wake of a deadly train crash in New York that might have been the result of an operator falling asleep at the wheel, officials at Metra …
 
 
By Gregory Trotter and Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune reporters … District 109 used to rely on the Northern Suburban Special Education District — a …
 
 
DeKalb County legislators split on pension reform billDekalb Daily ChronicleState legislators representing DeKalb County were lukewarm toward the pension reform bill approved Tuesday to fix the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall. State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, voted against a bill to reform the state’s pension …
 
 
WGN Radio tornado fundraiser raises more than $554000 in 24 hoursWGN RadioTornadoReliefDay1 CHICAGO, Illinois (December 3, 2013) – In response to the widespread damage of the November 17 storms throughout Illinois, WGN Radio partnered with McCormick Foundation, WGN-TV and Chicago Tribune to host the Illinois Tornado Relief …
 
 
Kwame Raoul referred to the decision as a “test of courage. … overhaul · Tackling pension reform in Springfield · Video: Kass commentary on pension vote.
 
 
Naperville Unit District 203 officials this week found that elevating a school activity to become a state-sanctioned sport is not an easy process. “A lot of things go …
 
 
Harvey Vanier, longtime top Illinois trainer, dies at 89Daily Racing FormAn historical record dating to the 1940s is difficult to tabulate, but it appears Vanier, who last ran a horse under his name in 2004, saddled at least 2,043 winners during his career. Based principally in Illinois, though he raced winters in Florida …
 
 
Entitled School Your Parents, the contest gives students in grades 3 to 12 the chance to design a poster or create a video explaining the importance of voting to …
 
 
Credit Shambles Illinois Finally Passes Pension ReformPJ MediaWilliam Delgado, a Democrat from Chicago, called the bill “morally wrong, morally corrupt,” according to the Sun-Times’ Dave McKinney, adding that the bill would, “punish retired teachers, the janitor, the woman who serves lunch to your child in school.”.
 
 
Washington PostIllinois Legislature Approves Retiree Benefit Cuts in Troubled Pension SystemNew York Times“This landmark legislation is a bipartisan solution that squarely addresses the most difficult fiscal issue Illinois has ever confronted.” He is expected to sign the legislation on Wednesday. We Are One Illinois, a coalition of labor unions that …Quotes on Illinois lawmakers’ pension actionI
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleIllinois lawmakers pass measure to fix $100 billion pension debtSTLtoday.comDennis Reboletti, R-Addison. The measure would address the worst-in-the-nation state pension debt largely by getting more years of work from the state’s teachers, professors and other employees, while cutting back on their annual cost-of-living increases.Suburban lawmakers in both parties on both sid
 
 
The rally was organized by the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which hosted similar protest statewide Monday. Copyright 2013 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All …
 
 
Lawmakers take no action on Office Depot tax dealChicago Daily HeraldTom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat. But the Illinois House didn’t take it up, so no proposal went to Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to the Capitol until late January, and it’s unclear when Office Depot will pick a new headquarters.
 
 
Chicago TribuneEditorial: Vote was a test of courageChicago TribuneThe legislature, having found a template for bipartisan agreement on state pension funds, now has to move swiftly to save the pension funds that cover Chicago municipal and school employees. Chicago didn’t get to piggyback on the legislation approved …Chicago Tribune political reporter on pension reform vote
 
 
Officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois will allow customers to keep … being canceled because they fall short of requirements in the nation’s health care law.
 
 
Boone-Winnebago Counties Regional School Superintendent Dr. Lori Fanello … in the Rockford metro area older than 25 do not have a high school diploma or …
 
 
NPRIll. Legislature OKs fix for $100B pension crisisThe MercuryRep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, argues pension legislation while on the House floor at the state Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in Springfield Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman). By KERRY LESTER, Associated Press. Posted: 12/03/13, 7:22 PM EST |. Illinois Sen.Ill. Legislature OKs fix for $100B pension crisis – WNCTIllinois Legislature OKs
 
 
One of Chicago’s most respected journalists is in need of a liver transplant. Former Sun-Times reporter Michael Miner, who became a legend writing a column at …
 
 
While municipalities cannot outright ban medical marijuana under a new state law, they can limit whee dispensaries are located, according to Suburban Life …
 
 
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* The pension reform conference committee meets this morning at 8:30. You can watch a live video feed by clicking here. Watch the session unfold in real time below…
 
 
* From a press release… WARRENVILLE, Illinois (December 2, 2013) – Today in Springfield, Adam Johnson filed his nominating petitions with 1,500 signatures, the maximum number allowed by law, to run for State Representative in the 42nd Illinois House District. Johnson, born and raised in the district, is a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville South High School […]
 
 
* ADM wants its tax break to help open its Chicago world headquarters today… “We need a decision by the end of ‘13 so now is the time,” Gregory Webb, ADM vice president for state government relations, told the Lee Enterprises Springfield Bureau on Monday. * But the bill is caught up in some last minute games… Lawmakers […]
 
 
* House Speaker Michael Madigan spoke to WGN TV on his way out of the Statehouse last night. He was asked about Bruce Rauner’s opposition to the pension reform bill… “I think he wants to blow up the issue and have nothing happen so that he’ll keep his campaign issue that he’s the outsider with the […]
 
 
* From the Tribune’s coverage of this morning’s pension reform conference committee hearing… Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, had a different take on the legislation. “We call it theft,” he said. The union leader acknowledged the pension funding issue needs to be addressed, but said the cuts in the bill are too […]
 
 
* Illinois became a state on this very day in 1818. * The Question: Your 195th birthday wishes?
 
 
* Public Policy Polling has released more details of its latest poll… Almost halfway through his first term, Mark Kirk is one of the most anonymous Senators in the country. 32% approve of him, 32% disapprove, and the largest percentage at 37% doesn’t have an opinion about him one way or the other. What’s interesting about […]
 
 
* For our newer readers, this is just a reminder that you should click here to watch the session unfold on our live blog post. It’s almost like being at the Statehouse. Further blog updates today will be on that post, so click here.
 
 
Now, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association’s David Vite says he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the New York case sends a strong …
 
 
March 18 Primary contests are also taking shape for Lake County treasurer and sheriff.
 
 
Pat Quinn said, that he wonít consider tax breaks to get Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its global headquarters in Illinois until lawmakers address the …
 
 
For years, state employees and teachers did the right thing in Illinois, paying every penny they owed to the public-employee pension systems. Politicians didn’t.
 
 
I am hearing that Park Ridge Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski is calling people and telling them he is inclined to vote for #pension theft. Call him. Springfield …
 
 
Embracing the goal of improving public health for all Illinoisans and the need for government transparency, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) just …
 
 
The Chicago Sun-Times has agreed to hired back four fired photographers and pay $2,000 to each of the photographers who were let go earlier in the year.
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn committed to helping communities across Illinois recover from the November 17 tornadoes that … SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Officials say Gov.
 
 
By Kate Jacobson, Chicago Tribune reporter. December 4, 2013. Libertyville is considering raising property taxes this year, though officials say tax rates in the …
 
 
Clark tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1k6pRgQ ) in a phone interview from jail that he’s been “sober for five months” and has “made changes …
 
 
(CHICAGO) Senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is standing behind the new pension reform bill. Brady joined Roe Conn and Richard …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial. The 33-page filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeats arguments made before, including that trial Judge James Zagel displayed bias against Blagojevich. The brief was posted late Monday
 
 
Op-Ed: Why I’m Participating In The Fast For Families Immigration Reform ActionProgress IllinoisI hope our fast will compel Republican leaders like Congressman Peter Roskam and House Speaker Boehner to act. Allowing Congress to vote on the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill could fix our broken immigration system, strengthen our …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – In the wake of a deadly train crash in New York that might have been the result of an operator falling asleep at the wheel, officials at Metra were warning they might not be able to meet a 2015 deadline to install a safety system to prevent such accidents. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports Metra and other railroads have until the end of 2015 to install “positive train control” systems
 
 
Here’s how it works. Get arrested and booked into jail. Stay one night and you’re billed $117 for that wonderful room and guest service provided by the …
 
 
At a hearing on the measure Tuesday morning, House Speaker Michael Madigan called the pension shortfall – the worst of any state in the country – “one of the …
 
 
State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) – “For the past several years, many pension reform proposals have been presented to the General Assembly including my own reform proposal. SB1 proposed today is just as unconstitutional as the first version. Although…
 
 
Statements from Illinois Policy Institute, Illinois Manufacturers Association and Civic Committee of the Commercial Club – Illinois Policy Institute: John Tillman, CEO of Illinois Policy Institute said, “It’s universally accepted that this bill does not represent a “solution” to Illinois’…
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – House Speaker Michael Madigan says a major pension overhaul is a well thought out and balanced bill that deserves the support of the …
 
 
GOP primary candidate for governor Bruce Rauner – “Springfield politicians today voted to slap a small bandage on an open wound. While it may help them temporarily feel better, it does little to fix the real problems facing Illinois. The…
 
 
Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois’ out of control pension problems, spreading out the pain.
 
 
Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois’ out of control pension problems, spreading out the pain.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican state senator in favor of a major pension overhaul says the bill would help put Illinois on the right path toward fiscal …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Gov. Pat Quinn says the people of Illinois have won after lawmakers approved a major overhaul aimed at solving the state’s $100 …
 
 
BREAKING: @CThomasABC7 reports Illinois House and Senate have PASSED $160 billion pension reform legislation. #twill by BenBradleyABC7 …
 
 
Caught up in that action, legislators had no time or attention left to deal with a bill that must be passed by Jan. 31 to avert sharp cutbacks in the Illinois racing …
 
 
ILLINOIS (WIFR) – After years of discussion and a full day of debate, the Illinois Legislature has passed the $160 Billion Dollar Pension Reform Bill. The Senate …
 
 
From the Evanston Roundtable: Teachers Protest at Rep. Gabel’s office By Larry Gavin Approximately 20 retired and active teachers and state workers met with …
 
 
ES/ – Bob Williams, President of State Budget Solutions, a national … too late’ has applied to most pension reform ideas floated in Illinois for the past two years, …
 
 
The challenge asks Illinois residents to dedicate $10 of their existing grocery budget towards purchasing Illinois made products. If every household in Illinois …
 
 
… replacing the Jefferson Street Bridge shaft and gears that had to be specially made, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation said Tuesday …
 
 
Speaker Michael Madigan, from left, Madigan staffer Heather Wier-Vaught, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, and House Minority Leader Jim …
 
 
Dec. 3, 2013: Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, front left, and Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, right, talk while attending a Pension …
 
 
Join the discussion at The Dome. Gov. Quinn says he’ll sign the pension bill. http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash3/23281_89040773960_4675_s.jpgThe DomeThe Legislature approves the historic plan to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall, considered the worst in the nation. House votes 62-53. Happy or angry?
 
 
Pension cuts go to Quinn; suburban lawmakers were splitChicago Daily HeraldJim Durkin, Western Springs Republican; Keith Farnham, Elgin Democrat; Rep. Kay Hatcher, Yorkville Republican; Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, Aurora Democrat; Rep. Michael McAuliffe, a Chicago Republican; Rep. Marty Moylan, Des Plaines Democrat; Rep.
 
 
Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard, the only GOP gubernatorial primary contender who had not revealed his position on a pension reform bill, today made it clear he …
 
 
Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois’ pension problems.
 
 
“Take a side-by-side look,” says the site, “at Senate Bill 1 as defeated by the Illinois Senate in May (after passing in the House) and as revised and reintroduced …
 
 
… is being unemployed, but in Illinois at least <a href=”http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1681146451/Illinois-cracking-down-on-unemployment-fraud”>12,000 people …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – At noon on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) unveiled its annual display depicting the newborn …
 
 
The bill now goes to Governor Pat Quinn who has said he’ll sign it. The measure is estimated to save about $160 billion over three decades. Illinois is known for …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Simultaneously Tuesday afternoon, the Illinois House and the Senate discussed a pension reform bill that sponsors say will save Illinois …
 
 
Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois’ … After years of dithering, Illinois senators and representatives took a …
 
 
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said the deal was made during a Wednesday morning meeting, hopefully setting the stage for a solution to Illinois’ roughly …
 
 
The Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO), the official Republican organization of Palatine Township, will be holding their annual Christmas Party …
 
 
State Sen. Kwame Raoul (KWAH’-may rah-OOL’) told his colleagues Tuesday that each provision in the bill has been heavily negotiated. The legislation …
 
 
On the eve of a vote today by Illinois lawmakers on a plan seeking to erase a $100 … Similarly, a 49-year-old nurse working in state government expecting a …
 
 
As lawmakers prepare to address a breakthrough solution to the state’s $100 billion unfunded pension liability, the unions that represent Illinois’ government …
 
 
Elaine Nekritz is a Democrat from Northbrook and chairwoman of the Illinois … Nekritz says that like many lawmakers, she’s heard from countless retirees …
 
 
The Illinois House and Senate debate a major overhaul of the state government worker pension system.
 
 
State Sen. Steve Stadelman, R-Rockford, will conclude a conversation series about poverty with a Monday, Dec. 9, presentation at Katie’s Cup coffeebar, 502 …
 
 
“Members of the Illinois General Assembly have been presented with an unfair pension proposal that places an enormous financial burden on those who did …
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today declined to say whether he got a specific pledge from legislative leaders to deal with the city’s pension mess, even as the Illinois …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — House Speaker Michael Madigan says a major pension overhaul is a well thought out and balanced bill that deserves the support of …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A key Illinois lawmaker says she takes no joy in supporting a proposal to fix the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. State Rep.
 
 
CHICAGO – After two years of false starts, the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation overhauling state pensions that backers believe will stabilize a …
 
 
Now that Detroit is unable to pay its $18 billion in debt, it may not be able to fund its pension obligations. Pensions are at risk in other states as well – in Illinois …
 
 
Bill Brady, has said he supports the bill. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or …
 
 
Senator Bill Brady is quoted in your 11/29 issue to the effect that the proposed pension reform plan isn’t perfect but “as good as we’re going to get”. Is it indeed?
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — In a vote that is sure to be remembered by area chicken enthusiasts, city council members on Tuesday night gave their final approval to let …
 
 
URBANA — An Urbana man with a criminal past who admitted he possessed a gun has been sentenced to eight years in the Illinois penitentiary. In return for …
 
 
Staff writer Tom Kacich is in Springfield for today’s pension vote. Follow his frequently updated live report. Kacich on Twitter: Pension bill passes both houses …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS December 03, 2013 – 7:59 pm EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — State lawmakers have adjourned without …
 
 
Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, said the chamber was paying for past mistakes. “I can’t help … Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, opposed the bill in the House, while Rep.
 
 
Editor’s Note: Kendall County and Will County races will be included in a follow-up story in Thursday’s paper. Get ready for the robocalls and campaign mailings to start rolling in again. March will bring the determination of the campaigning landscape for the next election cycle, when numerous local residents will go head-to-head in primary contests for the county, state and national offices
 
 
By Tuesday night, organized labor was shouting “pension theft,” while Republican candidates for governor either grumbled about the constitution or a raw deal for taxpayers. But once again, it was Gov. Pat Quinn who walked away smiling. The incumbent Democratic governor just clinched his trademark issue — pension reform — after both the Illinois House and Senate advanced a controversial pension …
 
 
 
Kadner: Beverly community on way to saving arts center. By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com December 2, 2013 10:36PM. storyidforme: 58693804
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