Today’s headlines — Friday, Dec. 6

 
By Allen Adomite – The initial round of candidate filings for 2014 Illinois judicial elections demonstrate that a small minority of Illinois voters will choose the next round of state court judges. Filing finished up Monday for the 54 open…
 
 
 
Hire them. Just don’t elect them.We’re holding out hope that the CTA and its union will figure out how to continue a program that has given hundreds of ex-offenders a chance to turn their lives around.
 
 
 
November rounded out to be a dry month, despite a round of deadly storms that hit much of the state.  Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says precipitation averages came in below three inches, which is also below average….
 
 
Be aware! If you live in Illinois and have used a credit card to make a purchase in another state, Illinois is going after the sales tax on such purchases. When I investigated a charge on my
 
 
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is pressing Metra to clarify the commuter rail agency’s position on installing a federally mandated safety system.
 
 
The latest pension deal is slated to save the state billions-of-dollars. However, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says lawmakers shouldn’t count on having access to the money until everything’s been resolved in court. [audio:rddRuthPen31….
 
 
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it’s too soon to tell if Illinois’ credit rating will be upgraded since lawmakers passed a pension bill. Moody’s and Fitch have both say it was a good step for the state but there are still a few …
 
 
The deadline for filing paperwork for the 2014 Illinois primary was 5 p.m. on Monday. In Logan County, Republican incumbent Sally J. Litterly is running unopposed for County Clerk and Recorder. Incumbent Vicki Dugan is running unopposed for County Tr…
 
 
COAL CITY – Coal City School District may equip every student with his or her own iPad or Chromebook within the next two years.
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (12/6) at 7:15am on @wdws1400 #Champaign w/ Dave Gentry & Elizabeth Hess discussing #pensions #twill
 
 
WGN Radio: Dan Rutherford: All Should Be at the Table in Pension Negotiations “… http://ift.tt/1bkCIdn 
 
 
Helping some “yutes” with shoes for the holidays. Thanks – Pioneer Leadership, Elgin Area Chamber, South Elgin… http://fb.me/38TBwlgWt 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: BBB’s Top 10 Christmas Scams to Avoid http://goo.gl/fb/nHv5U 
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Blue line upgrades, disaster preparedness, more night games at Wrigley… http://goo.gl/fb/27gG8 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1blcX9D 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1cpZKkp 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1blcW5s 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1blcXq3 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1cpZLVz 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1cpZLVB 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1cpZMbW 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1blcXGG 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1bleuwa 
 
 
Until 1967, Sauget was incorporated as Monsanto, Illinois. #stl #growstl
 
 
a step in the right direction.. Illinois Issues Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants http://bit.ly/18d6MK5  @democracynow
 
 
 
Bruce Rauner, Candidate for Gov. You remember him the man with the cheap watch but 7 villas all over the world, who makes 57 million a year off of pension investments. Illinois Observer: Rauner “Biggest Loser” on Pension Reform. “The defeat is a blow to Rauner’s credibility on both a policy and political level. He was repudiated by his traditional business allies. He was repudiated by Illinois editorial boards. And he was repudiated by Republican legislative leaders. He was made to look like a fringe candidate”. Posted on December 5, 2013 by Administrator David Ormsby’s Illinois Observer wrote a great editorial summarizing the fallout from the Pension Reform vote that Rauner opposed and many business leaders supported. Since launching his campaign for governor in the spring, Rauner has campaigned or sloganeered on a few calorie-free phrases of “shaking up Springfield”, “taking on government union bosses”, “delivering results”, and “taking on Mike Madigan”. In fact, his official policy prescriptions for Illinois’ multitude of ills have run pretty thin. Rauner’s “tax policy” as governor, which is laid out in detail on his “Issues” Web page, clocks in at 111 words or about five tweets. Rauner’s “jobs” plan is a bit meatier at 190 words. And until Sunday, Rauner’s pension reform strategy rested on 183 words or about 8 tweets. You get the idea. To the slight degree that Rauner has spoken substantively on policy during the campaign, he has cited the need for Illinois pension reform. When the legislative leaders announced a bi-partisan, pension reform deal last Wednesday, Rauner, however, decided to go all in to kill the agreement or be robbed of one of his principal political clubs against Governor Pat Quinn. And this: Not only did the legislature sweep aside Rauner’s opposition to Madigan’s bill, it also swept aside one of Rauner’s key arguments of his candidacy to GOP voters – that he’s the best qualified to “take on Mike Madigan”. In his first fight against the powerful House Speaker – Rauner lost. Madigan drained Rauner’s swagger. “A loss is a loss,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown told The Illinois Observer. “There is no other way to explain it.” The defeat is a blow to Rauner’s credibility on both a policy and political level. He was repudiated by his traditional business allies. He was repudiated by Illinois editorial boards. And he was repudiated by Republican legislative leaders. He was made to look like a fringe candidate. Here is the rest of the excellent piece: http://www.illinoisobserver.net/2013/12/04/editorial-bruce-rauner-biggest-loser-in-illinois-pension-reform-fight/ Indeed, for all his tough talk, Rauner faced down Madigan and Quinn and got kicked in the gut and sent packing tail between his legs. So much for “shaking up Springfield.” Bruce got beat. Badly.

 
 
 
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of a tornado-wrecked central Illinois community says the city of Washington has lost nearly half its property tax value because of homes that were destroyed or damaged by last month’s storms. The (Peoria) Journal Star …
 
 
 
Bradley explains veto session votesThe Daily RepublicanThe fall veto session has been completed, and a special session on pension reform has been completed in Springfield. One of the fall session’s most watched votes came when the House and Senate voted to make Illinois the 15th state in the nation to …
 
 
Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson is parting with 19 pieces of art he owns to make way for a different collection in his Loop law office. The artwork, which …
 
 
The city of Elgin needs to create a handbook detailing all locally manufactured products, and businesses should hire more interns and participate in …
 
 
I know when you need to put it down and when you don’t. … Fired up about firetruck: I just wanted to say something about the Elgin Fire Department getting a …
 
 
 
It was disappointing this week to learn that the Sangamon County Democratic Party once again failed to slate candidates for important countywide offices up for …
 
 
Dave Bakke: Warning ticket becomes a keepsakeThe State Journal-RegisterWhen Springfield’s Ed Eck was in hospice care last spring, he received a visit from an old friend of the family, Brad Carnduff, who is an Illinois State Police trooper. Ed was showing Brad the pictures of his family he carried in his wallet when he …
 
 
Sen. Koehler recognizedCanton Daily LedgerKoehler has been a supporter of Illinois electric cooperatives and their rural member-owners on a wide variety of issues. “From addressing local issues that arise, to meeting with our co-op’s kids when they go down to Springfield for Co-op Youth Day, Sen.
 
 
December 5, 2013 (TINLEY PARK, Ill.) (WLS) — Teacher Tyler Teaney was having lunch when he nearly choked to death at Tinley Park High School. He was …
 
 
According to the 2013 Illinois DUI Fact Book, one of the additional DUI … than one drunk driving charge faces is the seizure of their vehicle by law enforcement.
 
 
Illinois law requires the governor to propose a new budget based on existing statutes. In the past, governors almost always would say they would balance the …
 
 
Ameren Illinois Announces Pricing of Senior Secured Notes OfferingWall Street JournalAmeren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 806,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and its mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Ameren Illinois …
 
 
Payne said nurse tanks are regulated by both the Illinois Department of Agriculture for their use in the field and the Illinois Department of Transportation for their …
 
 
“We’re going to be looking at all of those interchanges (on I-55),” Illinois Department of Transportation programming engineer Sal Madonia told committee …
 
 
It didn’t take David Vite, who just retired as president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, very long to land himself a new gig, and you might say …
 
 
Ex-Rep. Schilling talks about health care actSaukvalleyROCK FALLS – Bobby Schilling, a Republican who is trying to recapture his congressional seat, told a crowd of factory workers Thursday that he came from nothing, recalling his family’s old, rusted-out Cadillacs when he was growing up. And he told the …
 
 
CHICAGO — A coalition of unions opposed to Illinois’ newly-signed pension overhaul has directed attorneys to prepare a court challenge. The We Are One …
 
 
illinois The Illinois pension bill signed by Quinn has fatal flaws that will almost certainly prevent it from going into effect on June 1st as scheduled. The fact that …
 
 
In the past two days we’ve seen a federal judge rule that Detroit can go bankrupt, putting its workers’ pensions in jeopardy, and we have seen Illinois’ legislature …
 
 
By Richard Wronski, Chicago Tribune reporter … Dan Lipinski and Michael Quigley came in response to a Tribune story Wednesday quoting Metra officials as …
 
 
Even places where enrollment is strong are having some of same issues faced by HealthCare.gov.
 
 
Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus · 6,664 like this. December 4 at 6:32am ·. Below is a statement I released earlier today following the General Assembly’s …
 
 
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) – Snow is falling in parts of southern Illinois and central Indiana and forecasters say parts of the region could get more than a foot by the time a wintry storm moves through. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. says portions of southern Illinois should receive between a tenth to a quarter inch of ice in addition to the snow. Forecasters say areas south of Interst
 
 
Citing an anonymous source, WTAX-AM 1240 reported that the former associate judge decided to resign because he had presided over traffic cases in which …
 
 
Now that it’s law, pension cuts fuel election campaignsChicago Daily HeraldBrad Schneider of Deerfield and Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth, who held the seat a term ago, would be one of the most-watched races in the country. Now, Arlene Hickory, a Lake Bluff Democrat, has filed to challenge Schneider in the primary election.
 
 
 
Who knew, of all people, the most powerful judges in the state are not following the law. All this week, we’ve exposed how judges in Cook County are skirting more than one law, like getting tax breaks where they shouldn’t or living outside of their courtroom subcircuit. But in tonight’s joint WGN investigation with the Medill Watchdog unit of Northwestern, some question why should they follow the
 
 
The Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center has been activated and employees have been placed on alert as the winter storm approaches. Ron Pate, Ameren Illinois vice president of operations and technical support, said Ameren Illinois is …
 
 
(CBS) – Nelson Mandela holds a special place in the hearts of many Chicagoans. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones talks with residents in Hyde Park. South African graduate student Renju Varghese was walking around the University of Chicago campus with a heavy heart Thursday, hours after Mandela’s death was announced. [worldnow id=9605599 width=385 height=288 type=video] “I think if you talk with any South Afric
 
 
ST. CHARLES — The family of Zachary Bingham, the Kaneland High School graduate killed in a 2012 crash in Campton Hills, blames a sheriff’s deputy for “consciously disregarding” public safety by continuing a high-speed pursuit that ultimately led to the fatal collision, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Bingham, of Maple Park, was driving east on Route 38 around 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2012,
 
 
May we all find inspiration for fighting injustice from Mandela’s dedication to freedom, equality, & forgiveness.- LM http://on.fb.me/ITaM7b 
 
 
Enjoyed Franklin Park winter fest tonight. The season has begun! pic.twitter.com/9VcCZXpYFT
 
 
Lit a lovely tree in Franklin Park too. A beautiful but chilly evening. pic.twitter.com/oQKdN59N4E
 
 
POTUS’ quote on #Madiba struck me. “I’m not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps trying.”
 
 
I released a new video explaining my vote on SB1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GpF5Fayu34 …
 
 
Gr8 speaking w/ @MikvaChallenge students tonight, thrilled to see so many bright 17 year olds getting ready to vote b/c new sufferage@17 law
 
 
Next up–the Austin Tree Lighting at the 15th Distict Police HQ. Thanks, Austin Chamber of Commerce! pic.twitter.com/HvVMzSO9PT
 
 
My comments in support of the incremental improvements within the pension reform bill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXG4HCrwZFo …
 
 
My comments on the House floor in support of the incremental improvements within the pension reform bill…. http://fb.me/2v9E94rUv 
 
 
* Sen. Matt Murphy sat on the pension reform conference committee. Murphy’s seat mate is Sen. Kirk Dillard, who had strongly supported every pension bill that came down the pike except for the union-negotiated proposal. Dillard’s campaign posted a video of the candidate explaining his vote on the Senate floor. Reboot Illinois watched […]
 
 
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Longtime Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter recently stepped behind the camera to direct a series of ads for the Illinois Lottery. Produced by STORY for Downtown Partners Chicago, the ads are sequels to an earlier group of spots that Richter both directed …
 
 
Crain’s Greg Hinz has more details on the CTA’s $492 million Blue Line upgrade, including plans to update the wireless infrastructure in subway tunnels. Here’s all that you need to know: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131205/BLOGS02/131209889/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-ctas-blue-line-upgrade
 
 
And while you’re at it – this is timely – watch the @WGNInvestigates “Pension Games” series. Literal wake up call. http://wgntv.com/wgn-investigates/stories/pension-games-a-wgn-special-report/ …
 
 
Hmmm… “Detroit’s Painful Pension Lesson: Defined-benefit plans are subject to economic and political risk. This week’s legal decision on Detroit’s bankruptcy means Motown pensioners will take a hit, which is unfortunate if unavoidable. But there’s a lesson in this for government workers who have been told that defined-benefit pensions are safer than 401(k)-style defined-contribution plans
 
 
Federal resources provided by disaster declaration President Obama’s decision to declare Champaign and Vermilion County and other areas affected by last month’s tornadoes Federal Disaster Areas qualifies local residents for a variety of grants and low-interest loans. These include: Grants of up to $32,400 for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance, including replacement of property, tran
 
 
Live in WLS 890 AM studio with John Kass & Lauren Cohn discussing pensions.
 
 
In Chicago today with my daughter. Grabbed breakfast with her and then heading over to the 3rd House and Illinois AFL-CIO holiday parties. Then back to Springfield for an event tonight at Island Bay Yacht Club. Email Suzanne (sdeguilio@kohnconsulting.com) if you’d like to attend.
 
 
Was just at a press conference with Mayor Emanuel announcing major improvements to the Blue Line – including a major overhaul of the Jefferson Park station!
 
 
Pension Reform Bill Sent to Governor This was certainly a historic week in Springfield. After years of discussion and countless proposals, the General Assembly on Tuesday sent a comprehensive pension reform bill to the Governor. Following several hours of debate in both chambers, SB1 was approved in the House in a 62-53-1 vote and in the Senate in a 30-24-3 vote. Governor Quinn has promised to si
 
 
PEORIA – Owners of all-terrain vehicles will be protected when using their vehicles on private property under a new law proposed by State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In 2012, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law to help finance the Department of Natural Resources through a series of new and expanded fees – part of an effort to keep the desperat
 
 
“Banks are never going to contact you and ask for your personal information in that fashion,” said [a spokesman for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.] …”Don’t give out your personal information to anyone who calls, emails or texts you unsolicited.”Reports of debit card scam spread in regionwww.sj-r.comReports of a debit-card scam continue to come in from across the Spri
 
 
Three of four General Assembly members who represent Western Springs residents came down on the same side of Tuesday’s big pension reform votes in the Senate and House.Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and Reps. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) all voted to support the pension bill that passed both chambers and now awaits Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature…
 
 
Need help to stay warm this winter? Bob highlights a number of good state programs to keep the lights and heat on.Robert “Bob” Rita – Newswww.robertbobrita.comWhether the money maneuver [Quinn’s legislator salary veto] works will be determined in the weeks ahead. We’ll leave the final word to Rep. Bob Rita, D- Blue Island.
 
 
Hot off the press, here is my legislative update for December 5, 2013: http://www.miketryon.org/legislative_update_for_december_5_2013
 
 
Dear Constituents, I have been asked to post my reasoning for voting in favor of the conference committee report on SB1. Below is an audio clip of my floor speech describing my reasoning for support. I would ask no matter the reaction to the vote, you listen to the speech as it was heartfelt and accurately reflects how I feel. I understand how painful and scary this action is for many who have
 
 
Rep. Meier’s Farm House will be on the Okawville House tour this weekend. It will run from 12pm-5pm on Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sunday. There is a $10.00 donation asked for. You can call the Chamber for more information at 618-243-5694. Below is the article from the BND today: http://www.bnd.com/2013/12/05/2942769/charlies-house-1907-farmhouse.htmlCharlie’s House: 1907 farmhouse on Okawville’s tou
 
 
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is holding a 25 Days of Christmas Buy Illinois Challenge to encourage Christmas shoppers to buy local products. Follow the link below to read more about the contest.25 Days of Christmaswww.agr.state.il.usThe Illinois Department of Agriculture announces the 25 Days of Christmas Contest December 1 – 25. One winner will be selected randomly each day from those w
 
 
Yumz Frozen Yogurt here in Plainfield is sponsoring a holiday toy drive to benefit needy local families through the Edward Cancer Center. Click below to learn how you can donate. http://plainfield.patch.com/groups/giving/p/plainfield-yumz-hosts-holiday-toy-drivePlainfield Yumz Hosts Holiday Toy Driveplainfield.patch.comDrop off toys now through Dec. 20; donations will go to Edward Cancer Center.
 
 
Our office has received emails from many different constituents regarding pension reform – share this one from Mr. Steven Doner, who has an interesting perspective on the issue: “Thanks for the update. One thing I would say is that the debt is not on the taxpayers. What I mean by that is that as a taxpayer, I operate on a pay-as-you go basis. If my taxes go up because of irresponsible indeb
 
 
Enjoyed being with friends in Pleasant Hill to discuss the role of government.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law his number one priority – historic legislation that addresses the most critical fiscal challenge in Illinois by reforming the state’s pension systems. This comprehensive pension reform solution will eliminate the state’s unfunded liability and fully fund the pension systems, a standard set by the Governor two years ago.
 
 
United States flags and the State flags are to be flown at half-staff on behalf of: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Saturday, December 7, 2013
 
 
Conference Committee Pension Reform Proposal (SB 1) Executive Summary   The Conference Committee on Pension Reform was created to address the growing $97 billion unfunded pension liability, the ever increasing General Revenue funds that must be used to meet pension obligations, and the “crowding out” effect that it was having on funding for other state services. After months of negotiations the Co
 
 
At the Portage Park Chamber Holiday Luncheon – Just honored Joe Karson with an official Certificate of Recognition for his years helping out delegate agencies at the City of Chicago
 
 
Also at the Portage Park Chamber Holiday Luncheon – Honored outgoing chamber president Ted Szabo with an official Certificate of Recognition for his years of service at the Chamber!
 
 
Many of you contacted my office about legislation that would impose a new fee on satellite television services. That legislation, SB 1227, was not called for a vote this week. The earliest it could be revisited is in the General Assembly’s spring legislative session that gets underway in January. I sincerely appreciate hearing from constituents on issues and specific legislation. Thanks for callin
 
 
From today’s Northwest Herald regarding the pension bill: http://www.nwherald.com/2013/12/04/our-view-pension-bill-doesnt-solve-states-problems/az99tu1/
 
 
On Monday I was joined by students from Skinner West Elementary School at our annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The first graders performed “Arm in Arm” and brought cards for the annual Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive for wounded troops. Later this month I will deliver the holiday cards to our servicemembers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. T
 
 
Today I signed into law historic legislation that addresses the most critical fiscal challenge in Illinois by reforming the state’s pension systems. This comprehensive pension reform solution will eliminate the state’s unfunded liability and fully fund the pension systems, a standard I set two years ago. After inheriting the worst-funded pension crisis in the nation that was 70 years in the making
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant was joined by Pat McGuire, State Senator and Representatives Natalie Manley, Emily McAsey and Larry Walsh Jr at the Holiday Mail for Heroes. Thank you to all who stopped by and signed/made a holiday card to share a little holiday cheer.Holiday Mail for HeroesSenator Bertino-Tarrant was joined by @[341431305970091:274:Pat McGuire, State Senator] and Representatives @[1000040
 
 
 
St. Mary Immaculate School Visit
 
 
 
St. Mary Immaculate School Visit
 
 
WSIU By Illinois Radio Network and Illinois Public Radio October 28, 2013 Talks are expected this week to find a middle ground on a gun bill that would send offenders to jail for three years if they commit a crime with a gun in Illinois. read more
 
 
State Journal Register By John O’Connor Nov. 7, 2013 A push to fight crime by imposing stiffer penalties for having guns on urban streets came to an abrupt halt Thursday when black lawmakers in the Illinois House used a procedural measure to stall proposed legislation, saying the bill was too focused on locking up young men. read more
 
 
Click here for the full story at CapitolFax.com.
 
 
WPSD Local 6 Reporter: Jason Hibbs Photographer: Chad Darnall Mon Nov 18, 2013 BROOKPORT, Ill. – Local lawmakers visited the storm-ravaged area on Monday, including Illinois Representative Brandon Phelps, who got his first look at the devastation today. “I never wanted to go through this again, what we went through in Harrisburg. You know.. this is just as bad. Just as bad,” he said. rea
 
 
DailyRegister.com Staff Report Dec. 4, 2013 State Senator Gary Forby and State Representative Brandon Phelps are sponsoring two seminar sessions at Southeastern Illinois College 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The sessions are in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Also attending is David Amerson, retiree coordinator for Illinois American Federation of State, County and Municipal Empl
 
 
Great to join The Greg and Dan Show this morning and Robbins and Markley this afternoon. I always enjoy catching up with my friends at 1470 WMBD.Timeline PhotosIllinois State Rep Mike Unes talks pension reform and how it affects you.
 
 
We wanted to share our favorite Christmas Carols with you. What holiday songs do you and your family enjoy? COMMENT below.
 
 
We have lost a legend. #MadibaNelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, Is Deadwww.nytimes.comMr. Mandela’s decades in prison and insistence on forgiveness over vengeance made him a potent symbol of the struggle to end his country’s system of racial domination.
 
 
Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’ Few 20th century figures changed the world as much as Nelson Mandela. Despite 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner, Mandela never lost his optimism, his resolve or his generous heart. A hero of democracy, he earned the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, 2002 U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and eter
 
 
My comments on the House floor in support of the incremental improvements within the pension reform bill. Ensuring participants’ pensions & returning Illinois to a fiscally healthy state is required. Inaction = failure of both.State Rep. Ron Sandack speaks on the house floor about SB 1
 
 
ST. ELMO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Pinnacle Foods Inc., a leading grocery manufacturer, will expand its plant in Fayette County and double its workforce in the first half of 2015. The company plans to add about 90 jobs at the location, where it will spend more than $40 million to buy equipment and make other improvements to bring the production of its salad dressings in-house. Toda
 
 
Jailed TV pitchman pleads for freedomChicago TribuneBy Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter. 4:13 p.m. CST, December 5, 2013. Jailed TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau implored a federal judge today to end contempt-of-court sanctions against him, saying he would gladly pay the multimillion fine for running a …
 
 
A review has found several shortfalls in Illinois’ readiness to respond to disasters and emergencies.
 
 
Revised cost estimates for all 25 miles of a Route 53/120 extension in 2020 dollars now include a high-end figure of $2.87 billion, nearly $500 million more than a low-end estimate aired last year.
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel campaigned on a promise of creating a new system of bike lanes in Chicago, saying he wanted to build 100 miles of lanes by the end of his first term. By one measure, it sounds like his plan is succeeding. Chicago recently gained top honors for “Best Protected Bike Lane for 2013” by PeopleForBikes, a group dedicated to improving bicycling in the U.S. In fact, Chicago has two of t
 
 
WEST CHICAGO – Big things come in small packages in West Chicago, where the city is supporting local businesses by encouraging residents to participate in The 3/50 Project.
 
 
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants to know where Metra stands on Positive Train Control, an automatic braking system that might have prevented the deadly crash in New York last week. “Positive train control would have prevented two derailments on Metra trains in 2003 and 2005,” Durbin wrote in a Thursday letter, referring to two collisions on the Rock Island Line.
 
 
Chicago has transformed from being a technological desert to birthing tech startups that have achieved more than $50 billion in collective market value — but it’s still a challenge to attract startup capital and to keep young talent from fleeing to Silicon Valley, venture capitalist and billionaire J.B. Pritzker said Thursday.
 
 
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has re-scheduled a public hearing on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for Monday, Dec. 16.    
 
 
Illinois has taken a giant step toward fixing its biggest financial problem by approving a major pension overhaul this week. But lawmakers’ inaction on tax incentives aimed at keeping companie…
 
 
Illinois taxpayers have easy access to very few public documents with the potential to shine a light on possible conflicts of interest involving high-level state and local officials with power over jo
 
 
A ring that belonged to the 29th mayor of Chicago, whose diamond comes in at just over four-carats, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder this weekend through Leslie Hindman auctioneers.
 
 
Lawmakers inside a private event where Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark pension reform into law say the mood was somber.
 
 
A former Chicago Police lieutenant pleaded guilty to tax fraud Thursday under a deal with prosecutors that likely spells bad news for his two high-profile alleged co-conspirators.
 
 
DNR supports changes to OHV sticker in new bill. Thanks to Sen. Koehler for his support and sponsoring SB2633. http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/OHVstampmodlegislation.pdf …
 
 
SB1 Bill Signing pic, courtesy of Governor Quinn’s office pic.twitter.com/7whtj8Cov1
 
 
Hearing there may be a private bill signing at 2 p.m. in the governor’s office for Senate Bill 1. No response from the gov’s press office.
 
 
Quinn to sign pension law in private. The man put on earth for pension reform will sign it into law behind closed doors. #twill
 
 
We have lost a giant with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace, sir.
 
 
Illinois Teachers pension fund studying strategic partnerships with 3 firms to boost returns http://goo.gl/2epiZx  #chicago
 
 
#NelsonMandela was a giant in the course of history. His fight for justice will inspire generations to come. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/world/africa/nelson-mandela.html?hp … #Madiba
 
 
With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost a true champion of democracy and compassion. pic.twitter.com/1ismTKaneH
 
 
True Example of life lived to the fullest. Thank you for contribution and inspiration to the world Mr. Nelson… http://fb.me/1wurLehBR 
 
 
Today we mourn the loss of one of the most courageous leaders the world has ever known, Nelson Mandela.
 
 
The world is a better place because of the life Nelson Mandela lived & hope he encouraged. Not even death can dim his light. #Mandela
 
 
Success! I’m enrolled in #ACA with a plan starting 1JAN-Yaay! Def some major frustrations ’cause the DC xchange was down though #persistence
 
 
Nelson Mandela dead at 95 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-nelson-mandela-dead-20131205,0,6266118.story …
 
 
Some things just can’t be expressed in 140 characters. RIP Nelson Mandela.
 
 
#Carpentersville replaces vehicle stickers with sales tax hike @cville_il http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131204/business/712049706/ …
 
 
Ilinois businesses, groups concerned after lawmakers’ inaction on ADM, Univar and OfficeMax tax incentives. http://bit.ly/1f0YuV9 
 
 
Story by myself and @raylong: Quinn signs Illinois pension bill http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-illinois-pension-bill-signing-20131205,0,6943365.story …
 
 
Great to join The Greg and Dan Show this morning and Robbins and Markley this af… http://ift.tt/1dTg941 
 
 
We wanted to share our favorite Christmas Carols with you. What holiday songs do… http://ift.tt/1dTjpMK 
 
 
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(AP) — Some longtime labor supporters chided Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday over his legislative victory on a pension crisis he said he was “put on earth” to solve, a signal of the murky impact the landmark vote could have on next year’s Illinois governor’s race. The Democratic governor’s re-election ho…
 
 
 
 
Ameren, Dynegy close deal on 5 Illinois coal plantsChicago Daily HeraldAmeren got the original waiver after claiming financial hardship that could force it to close some of its plants. Coal-fired plants have been affected by lower electricity prices driven in part by competition from natural gas-fired plants. Illinois …
 
 
PEORIA — When state lawmakers vote on a bill, they’re given three choices: … a stand for a broader point on the need for more open debate on other options.
 
 
WLS-Channel 7 adds Gil Soffer as legal analystChicago Business JournalWLS-Channel 7 is adding Gil M. Soffer as a legal analyst. The managing partner of Katten, Muchin and Rosenman’s Chicago office and a former prosecutor, Soffer will be available to Channel 7 as needed when important legal stories are developing.
 
 
Dekalb Daily ChronicleDeKalb chooses Gaura as next city managerDekalb Daily ChronicleAs its population grew from about 5,500 in 2000 to more than 18,000 in 2010, she helped the village near Aurora build a new police station and village hall and saw retail growth with a Walmart Supercenter, Menard’s and JCPenney. Now, DeKalb leaders …
 
 
Sen. Koehler recognizedCanton Daily LedgerAt Spoon River Electric Cooperative’s Nov. 25 board meeting, State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria, 46) received the 2013 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Sen. Koehler’s dedicated public service to …
 
 
NIRPC environmental committee declines stance on Illiana votenwitimes.comThe Illiana Expressway is proposed to cover 47 miles in a nearly straight east-west line from Interstate 65 in Indiana to Interstate 55 in Illinois. Twelve of the miles would be in Indiana. The committee remained largely neutral on the issue after …
 
 
Washington Post (blog)Caesars: Online bets might hurt land-based casinosQuincy Herald WhigCaesars Entertainment, which owns four of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos, wrote in a filing with securities regulators late Wednesday that online gambling could reduce patron visits to its casinos in New Jersey and Nevada, and harm the company’s bottom line.Florida Lawmakers’ Bugsy FixationOnline gambling is good
 
 
A new report from the Illinois Poison Center, the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, and the IDPH shows a rise in prescription drug overdoses throughout …
 
 
VILLA PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Deb Conroy will meet with her Economic Development Advisory Committee on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 6:00 p.m. at her constituent …
 
 
Streamlined sales tax: Why the big dealKitsap Peninsula Business JournalThe state had tried to impose use tax on the company, a mail-order office supplies retailer based in Illinois. The Supreme Court ruled that collecting the tax was not inherently unconstitutional, but left existing rules in place while … In June, Rep …
 
 
The Rock River TimesRep. Chuck Jefferson defends state retirees, opposes pension reform billThe Rock River Times… House members who voted against the pension bill Tuesday. Reps. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley and John Cabello, R- Machesney Park, all voted no. Sens. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, and Democrat Steve Stadelman voted yes.
 
 
Thousands of people are worried about the new Conceal Carry Law in Chicago and there is no real need to worry based on the background of the majority of …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Devion Allen peers wistfully through a door window at the school he used to attend. Those who live outside his gritty, violence-plagued …
 
 
Pat Quinn has signed the measure into law, Chicago’s City Hall has every … One, Chicago Public Schools faces a huge, $500 million increase in what it will …
 
 
Mayor Emanuel, Governor Quinn Announce Comprehensive Improvement Plan …eNews Park ForestCHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–December 5, 2013. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn today announced a comprehensive improvement plan for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line O’Hare Branch—an overhaul that will provide faster travel times …
 
 
Willie Nelson reschedules Springfield concertThe State Journal-RegisterNelson, 80, originally was scheduled to perform at the auditorium on the University of Illinois Springfield campus in late September. But the concert was postponed because Nelson fell ill after his involvement in the Farm Aid fundraising concert …
 
 
Forby, Phelps hold seminar for retireesHarrisburg Daily RegisterState Senator Gary Forby and State Representative Brandon Phelps are sponsoring two seminar sessions at Southeastern Illinois College 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The sessions are in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Also attending is …Fairness and constitutionality are questioned
 
 
REBEL MEDIA: The nuclear options for city governmentQuincy Journal (blog)If they miss that date, Lisa Madigan and the ISP will yet again find themselves in a court room. After that, once the applications are available (assuming someone sends one in the same day), they state had to approve or deny the permit within 90 days …
 
 
Frankfort Township Supervisor Jim Moustis’ Grandson Misses Court on Plea DayPatch.comKhan, incidentally, was sentenced in July to six months home confinement and ordered to pay $58,150 in restitution to the Illinois Department of Revenue for contraband cigarette trafficking. After waiting until nearly 12:30 p.m. for Nicholas Moustis to …
 
 
Aaron Del Mar To Run For Palatine Township Committeeman UnchallengedChicago TribuneCOOK CO., Illinois – The filing deadline at 5pm on December 2nd passed with no challengers filing petitions to run against current Palatine Township Republican Committeeman Aaron Del Mar. Del Mar secured more than 500 signatures and was the first to …
 
 
By Jamey Dunn Gov. Pat Quinn today signed sweeping public pension changes passed by lawmakers earlier this week. Hard-fought bipartisan compromises of …
 
 
Retirees from State of Illinois agencies, Universities and Community … Program state retirees who were receiving health care benefits from the state and also …
 
 
If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen Ditka (other than touting flu shots on those bus ads), we have you covered. We quizzed Chicago Costume’s owner …
 
 
CLAIM Thanks Legislators and Community for Education ForumChicago TribuneWe are grateful for the participation of all four of our state senators and representatives, Senators Don Harmon and Kimberly Lightford and Representatives La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly. We are also especially thankful for the community members who …
 
 
PEORIA — Medical marijuana becomes legal in Illinois in January, but Washington resident Adam Frederick has already been to Springfield to get the state law …
 
 
* Keep in mind that it’s very important to explain your votes. The number of votes isn’t nearly as important as the intensity of the reasoning behind who y’all think are the best in each category. Also, please make sure to make nominations in both categories. Clear on the concept? OK, let’s […]
 
 
* Sen. Matt Murphy sat on the pension reform conference committee. Murphy’s seat mate is Sen. Kirk Dillard, who had strongly supported every pension bill that came down the pike except for the union-negotiated proposal. Dillard’s campaign posted a video of the candidate explaining his vote on the Senate floor. Reboot Illinois watched […]
 
 
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“Illinois has the lowest credit rating of any state and a $100 billion unfunded … Because of this, I am prepared to explore options of government efficiency and …
 
 
Illinois and eight other states have assembled working groups to try to … More than half of the Illinois nonprofits in the current study said they received late …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose isn’t quite ruling out a return to the Chicago Bulls this season. The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed — even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year. Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22. He had surgery in
 
 
View the photo Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, shows his joy after pension legislation passed on the Senate floor at the state Capitol Tuesday, Dec.
 
 
State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) says he supported a better bill in the spring. … Beiser expects lawsuits challenging the bill’s constitutionality will be filed within …
 
 
Illinois workers and pensioners got an object lesson on the stupidity of supporting state Democratic Party leaders on Tuesday, when Sauron-like House Speaker …
 
 
The 67-year-old retired special-education teacher and administrator from Jacksonville thought she had a secure pension in return for 34 years of work.
 
 
BURR RIDGE – Former Congressman and radio talk show host Joe Walsh withdrew his endorsement of Dr. Barbara Bellar who is running in the GOP primary for Cook County Commissioner against incumbent Republican Liz Doody-Gorman. Walsh, who named Bellar in…
 
 
* From a Northwest Herald editorial blasting the pension reform bill… If they were truly determined to solve the problem, they would have held this vote before Dec. 3 – the day after the current crop of lawmakers found out who they would be facing in the March primary. Voting for a controversial bill after the […]
 
 
* In These Times… According to one campaigner for the recently passed marriage equality bill, [House Speaker Michael Madigan] demanded support for his pension bill from the major sponsors of the bill as a price for bringing it to the floor. * By my count, of those who were around for both votes, 13 of the House’s […]
 
 
* From a press release, and check out MJM’s high praise for himself… Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law his number one priority – historic legislation that addresses the most critical fiscal challenge in Illinois by reforming the state’s pension systems. This comprehensive pension reform solution will eliminate the state’s unfunded liability and fully […]
 
 
The legislation, approved by both the Illinois House and Senate, is written to guarantee full funding of the state’s pension systems by 2044, according to the …
 
 
One of the fall session’s most watched votes came when the House and Senate voted to make Illinois the 15th state in the nation to approve same sex marriage.
 
 
According to one campaigner for the recently passed marriage equality bill, [House Speaker Michael Madigan] demanded support for his pension bill from the …
 
 
Illinois has taken a giant step toward fixing its biggest financial problem by … The Senate and a House committee considered legislation giving tax breaks to …
 
 
(CBS) – Nelson Mandela, whose death at age 95 was announced today, created quite a stir when he visited Chicago back in 1993. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look back at Mandela’s historic visit. Harold Rogers was the man behind the most important trip Nelson Mandela ever made to the U.S. The purpose of the visit two decades ago was to raise money for the elections. It was two years after Ma
 
 
By Benjamin Yount – SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois is one step away from paying one of its biggest companies to pack up and move from a struggling small city to Chicago. While most people were keeping an eye on the…
 
 
The new date is Aug. 12, during the state fair. If you have tickets does this work for you?Willie Nelson reschedules Springfield concertwww.sj-r.comWillie Nelson will return to Springfield in August to perform a concert that was postponed more than two months ago.Nelson, the country music legend best known for hits such as “On the Road Again,” “Whiskey River” and “Always on My Mind,” will perform
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Thursday he has not done the math when it comes to figuring out how the state’s newly enacted pension …
 
 
John Sullivan, D-Rushville, voted against the bill, despite their separate party affiliations. They too agreed it was unconstitutional, citing areas of it that potentially …
 
 
Most Competitive Primary in Ill. Is for Foster’s SeatRoll CallA sought-after Chicagoland district will host the state’s most competitive primary, as four GOP hopefuls are feuding to take on Rep. Bill Foster, a Democrat, in 2014. Until recently, Republicans viewed state Rep. Darlene Senger as the GOP front-runner …
 
 
State Representative John Bradley voted against the measure, as did other members of the southern Illinois contingent to the state legislature. Bradley said he …
 
 
(CBS) – Reaction came swiftly Thursday after the South African government announced the passing of civil-rights icon Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn few figures of the 20th century changed the world as much as Mandela. He called Mandela a “hero of democracy.” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Rick Renteria stood next to Chicago Cubs executives Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein and pulled on a … Renteria is going to need all his strength.
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he was blessed to have known Nelson Mandela, calling him a “transformer and fearless leader” who “chose …
 
 
The pension reform bill has officially been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn. He could sign as early as today, likely in private not at big ceremony.
 
 
Once in my teens, approaching the stop sign a block from my house, with no cars around, I slowed way down then gently glided through in my old VW bug.Bill Hall, my friends’ father and the state poli
 
 
Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed William Winslow House in suburban Chicago is going on the market for the first time in nearly 60 years.
 
 
State Representatives Don Moffitt, and Norine Hammond — Republicans — along with Democratic State Senator John Sullivan all voted “no” on the fix to the …
 
 
Live in @wlsam890 studio with @John_Kass & @cohntv discussing #pensions #Twill pic.twitter.com/eK18PLCs3q
 
 
Worth thinking through post-vote. Some insist more could have been achieved. #unrealistic. Estimated pension savings http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-1203-pensions-gfc-eps-20131202,0,4597796.graphic …
 
 
Don’t get customer service folks sometimes. Call taker fought w me for 10 mins over if I really needed repair. #furnacemunchausens?
 
 
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is holding a 25 Days of Christmas Buy Illinois Challenge to encourage… http://fb.me/35fW2hdfX 
 
 
Wishing His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyade a Happy Birthday. Why this American-born King is so beloved: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7128935.stm …
 
 
The CTA is promising faster trips between downtown and O’Hare International Airport on the Blue Line after a four-year renovation was announced today.
 
 
The Illinois State Supreme Court ruled in October that the state’s online sales tax law, the Main Street Fairness Act, passed in 2011, was unconstitutional. That law required consumers to pay sales taxes on their online purchases through a …
 
 
More than 600 jobs in Ottawa and Peru remain in limbo.
 
 
(AP) — The Chicago Transit Authority is planning fixes to a portion of the agency’s rail lines that could cut 10 minutes off the time to travel between O’Hare Airport and the city’s downtown.
 
 
What to talk about? Since Bears are terrible, I guess we’ll chat pensions w/@KHQA in just a few.
 
 
By State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) – While I have made statements explaining my vote against Madigan’s revised pension reform bill on both the House floor and via press release, I have been asked repeatedly for further explanation. So for…
 
 
Presidential second terms are so often so bad, isn’t it time to move to one six-year term? @wlsam890
 
 
The review also found more needed to be done to identify populations at greater risk … Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says last …
 
 
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A nose-numbing cold greeted about 200 striking fast-food and retail workers downtown Thursday, as they protested wages so low they say they often need public assistance to make ends meet.
 
 
Pension overhaul approvedSouthwest News-HeraldSteve Landek (D-12th), who voted for the measure. “Everyone knew that would happen, but we had to do something.” “We’ve expected there would be a court challenge from the very beginning,” said House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-22nd). “Built into this …
 
 
Candidate for Illinois state motto: “Hey–they lie to everybody, they lie to the fish.” – Robert Duvall, “Falling Down”. #twill #unfixit
 
 
Letters: Pension vote rankles Springfield-area readersThe State Journal-RegisterPlease retire, before we sic WICS-TV anchor Vince DeMentri on you. He may just shred you. Bill Kinsel. Springfield. Frustrated by pension changes. I am so frustrated with what I read this morning in our local paper. The paper said this law’s “changes …
 
 
A former girls basketball coach will not get his job back after being fired for writing a sex-advice book. Brian Craig was a coach and guidance counselor at Rich Central High School in South Suburban Olympia Fields. He was fired last year after school administrators found out about the racy book. Craig filed a lawsuit to get his job back. But an appeals court ruled this week that the district was
 
 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to appoint a high-level city task force Thursday to market vacant Dominick’s stores. The grocery store chain plans to move out of the Chicago market later this month, emptying up to 72 stores in the city. Several companies have announced plans to purchase some of the shuttered stores. Four stores have been sold to Jewel Osco, Whole Foods is a potential buyer for se
 
 
U of I Spokesperson Tom Hardy 12/5/2013: Play now!Dave and Elizabeth talk with University of Illinois Spokesperson Tom Hardy on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
The levy is set at $53.89 million, according to a Kane County press release.