Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 9

We’re working hard to keep the roads clear for you. Thank you for giving our crews room to work.
 
 
A preview of what’s going on this week in Homewood-Flossmoor and the surrounding area.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says Monday that he’s declared it “Mike Ditka Day” in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and football coach whose jersey is being …
 
 
Editorial: Schools only work if kids show up. Red-hot educ debates should deal w/ what keeps kids out of schl. http://ow.ly/rAa1g  #CPS
 
 
IL roads starting to clear as seen by latest @IDOT_Illinois map pic.twitter.com/4ojk8W0MkZ
 
 
“It’s a God thing,” Patty Fletcher said of Bead Blessings from Haiti, a jewelry-making ministry in Pignon, Haiti.
 
 
It has been 18 years since the northside water tower in Litchfield was last painted and the familiar white hydropillar with purple lettering is in need of some maintenance. During Thursday night’s com
 
 
Illinois lawmakers may have approved a fix for the state’s pension crisis. But Chicago is still facing a massive spike in required pension payments to help bring its own funds up to speed.The city’s four pension systems – for police, firefighters, laborers and municipal workers – were short by a whopping $19.5 billion at the end of 2012.Increased benefits for city workers, early retirement offers
 
 
Why are certain tollway ramps I-PASS only? We answer that question and share your provocative comments on the Route 53 extension plan. “By the time anything gets started on Route 53, I’ll be in the ground taking a ‘dirt-nap,'” one driver says. Readers rule in this week’s In Transit column.
 
 
Innovative approaches to learning are the norm around Glen Ellyn’s Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, and that’s one of the reasons it recently was named an Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. “It affirms that we’re moving in the right direction,” Assistant Superintendent Karen Carlson says.
 
 
Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is hopeful a budget deal can be reached sometime this week. Durbin is the number-two Democrat in the Senate.  He tells ABC’s ‘This Week,’ negotiations are moving in the right direction and he and he doesn’t think…
 
 
State Sen. Chapin Rose was correct — having a few guys and one woman meet in a closed session where they decide on a plan the rest of the legislators must fall in line to adopt is not a democratic process. But politics in Illinois is seldom a democratic process. For the 30 years I have been here, it has been a dictatorial process, with House Speaker Michael Madigan as the dictator. read more
 
 
The amorality of Illinois politics is on display in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s re-election campaign.   The amorality of Illinois politics is on display in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s re-election campaign. House Speaker Michael Madigan has a well-deserved reputation as a ruthless practitioner of the black art of politics, someone few people are willing to cross. read more
 
 
 
#Brady happy w/ stories about his vote for pension reform http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e42e866e5daf838c4f146a765&id=c81012c83f&e=c26a463e39 … #twill #Rauner #Dillard #Rutherford
 
 
Students from #SkinnerWest ES helped light our #Christmas tree this year. The first graders brought… http://instagram.com/p/hjI72Om9tJ/ 
 
 
Join me Thurs, Dec 12, 12-1pm for a fundraiser in #Chicago at The Florentine at JW Marriott, 151 W Adams St Tix: http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/125/EventDetails.aspx …
 
 
Marin: Getting to ‘yes’ meant compromise – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/24216812-452/getting-to-yes-meant-compromise.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Looking mighty professional!
 
 
Met and spoke with Illinoisans all over the state this weekend. Happy to have so much support statewide! pic.twitter.com/QGNVdpH8Zk
 
 
With Dustin McCance and Joel Morel at our annual Hoot-n-Anny. UAW, SEIU, Laborers 582 and so many others help… http://fb.me/3rK4Wj7Y0 
 
 
Our Illinois Politician Snowman with his bag-o-money and a dead cardinal at its feet Ornament. pic.twitter.com/mMgWe6l9lD
 
 
 
WICS: Community Shocked by Menard County State’s Attorney’s Death http://bit.ly/J5sswJ 
 
 
My story on govt workrs grapplin w/pension plan changes signd in2 law lst wk Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24210759-418/government-workers-grapple-with-pension-plan-changes.html … pic.twitter.com/XYMrSWgqND
 
 
Talking about the @suntimes story by Frank Main and @FuscoChris. 24 arrests and a $110,000 year job? @wlsam890 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/23203709-452/2-dozen-busts-no-problem-for-110000-a-year-illinois-prison-official.html …
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18ia3aX 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/18ia4eY 
 
 
ILGA — Bills In Opposite Chamber-with Synopsis-House.pdf http://ift.tt/1f1pZNR 
 
 
 
Critic Roger Ebert to be honoured in sculpturegulfnews.comThe nonprofit group headed by Roger Ebert’s wife will match up to $25,000 (Dh91,827) in donations toward a bronze sculpture honouring the late film critic. … Ebert grew up in neighboring Urbana and attended the University of Illinois. He died in …
 
 
 
… “minority participation plan,” Hanson Professional Services Inc. also has committed to coordinate with the Illinois Department of Transportation to help minority …
 
 
It was only in July that Gov. Pat Quinn halted Illinois lawmakers’ pay (later deemed unconstitutional) for failing to agree on a pension reform solution that has …
 
 
In 2008, City Hall rammed through a deal that turned over Chicago’s parking … In theory, all you need do to board a bus or move through the turnstiles is tap your …
 
 
Deadbeat Illinois: Two years later, promised money arrivesRockford Register StarEUREKA — A late payment from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity came in time to help Woodford County offset a projected deficit for next year’s budget — albeit two years later than expected. “It’s been quite a drawn-out …
 
 
The Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois, Springfield, more than doubled the hedge fund-of-funds assets managed by Grosvenor Capital …
 
 
Former Journal Star columnist Bill Adams diesPeoria Journal StarPEORIA — Former Journal Star columnist William “Bill” Adams, who wrote about the city’s past for decades, died Saturday. He was 88. His colleagues called him a “resource” and a man dedicated to recording the city’s past. Journal Star columnist Phil …
 
 
Gov. declares ‘Mike Ditka Day,’ honors ‘Da Coach’MiamiHerald.comSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It’s Ditka Day in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says Monday that he’s declared it “Mike Ditka Day” in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and football coach whose jersey is being retired. The Hall of Famer’s No. 89 is …
 
 
Property tax rates skyrocket in Illinois, 2nd-highest in USQuincy JournalIllinois’ property tax rates have skyrocketed since 2010, according to new analysis done by the Tax Policy Center. The survey examined the 23 Illinois counties with populations exceeding 65,000. The average property tax rates as a percent of home value …
 
 
 
The big pension story last week was Springfield’s long-overdue passage of a … So yes — Illinois now has some pension reform, but there is still a lot left to do.
 
 
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle, and from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock, depart Monday for Johannesburg to attend the memorial …
 
 
 
Soon, the state of Illinois will stand at a legal precipice when the recent … Let’s hope the one remaining branch of Illinois government upholds the rule of law.
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network … The planned toll highway would connect I-55 and I-57 in Illinois to I-65 in Indiana, mainly to reduce truck traffic on …
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. A new study says cancer rates are higher in Downstate Illinois. The report from the Illinois Department of Health and …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network … resources rural communities can use is making progress, according to the director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.
 
 
The Illinois School of Architecture, one of the oldest and largest schools of … at Urbana-Champaign has consistently broken new ground in the education of …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … BUFFALO GROVE, Illinois — A nonprofit group has donated $10,000 to the village of Buffalo Grove to honor its late police and fire …
 
 
The State Journal-Register’s 53-year-old Friend-in-Deed program provides holiday food baskets to needy Springfield-area residents. This year volunteers hope …
 
 
Alton Daily NewsCongressman Wants Nutrition Fairness BillAlton Daily NewsIllinois Representative Rodney Davis is speaking up about a problem he sees in the school lunch program. The congressman from Taylorville says the cost is too much, there are too many federal rules and some kids may not eat the meals and go hungry.
 
 
MORTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois public library is working to reunite storm victims with their lost family documents that were scattered during last month’s …
 
 
Sen. Gary Forby at 8:20 this morning or listen on line at http://wjpf.com 
 
 
 
The number of car vs. deer collisions have fallen across the state in recent years, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports. | Sun-Times Media file.
 
 
The movie is reportedly functioning under the codename ‘Sage and Milo.’
 
 
Chicago TribuneConservative leaders needed to save IllinoisBelleville News DemocratFollowing his success a recall election was held but Walker won by a greater margin than before. Wisconsin now has a healthy budget surplus as do local school boards. Illinois taxpayers expecting this current group of legislative clowns to reduce …Scott Walker takes to the Chicago Tribune to poke a stick in Illino
 
 
Storm brings Illinois icy roads, school closingsEnquirerheraldCARBONDALE, Ill. — Icy, cold weather has caused dozens of vehicle accidents in southern Illinois as a storm moves in the region. WSIL-TV reports dozens of Illinois schools and day cares are closed on Friday along with facilities like courthouses and …
 
 
American consumers and farmers might soon get a long-awaited Christmas gift: a five-year farm bill that would expand crop insurance for farmers but take less of a bite out of…Click to Continue »
 
 
High-powered lawyer takes on new challenge: ethics in CiceroChicago Sun-TimesKasper, who has close ties to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, won’t talk about his appointment as Cicero’s new ethics officer. “I don’t talk about my relationships with my clients,” Kasper said. According to Cicero town spokesman Ray …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday passed a measure they contend will solve the state’s pension crisis. If only it would. The reality is it likely lays the groundwork for future tax hikes and does little to solve the state …
 
 
February in Illinois gives new meaning to the concept of bleakness. But every Feb. 12 at the Old Statehouse in Springfield, Ill., scores of farmers leave the livestock and the frozen corn and bean fields to sit in the balconies alongside …
 
 
Got a morning jog in on treadmill while watching old VHS movie ‘Men of Honor’. I’m a scuba diver, but deep sea diving is big different. Off to a fundraiser, a holiday party, then meet & greet. Full day on the road.
 
 
We are coming back from a college visit in Providence, RI- beautiful area!
 
 
My primary race is highlighted in this Daily Herald Op-Ed piece emphasizing the importance of better primary election participation.Editorial: Care about government? Time to pay attentionwww.dailyherald.comA Daily Herald editorial says voters need to start paying attention now that it is officially election season.
 
 
 
 
 
Polish American Chamber holiday celebration & speaking to the several hundred friends.
 
 
Appreciate Joan & Leo hosting meet & greet in Libertyville for Steve Kim & me in our run for governor.
 
 
Get to be with the kids before the meet and greet. This race for governor is all about their future.
 
 
Wonderful holiday party in Glenview with Dan & Melanie Peterson.
 
 
A special thanks to the dedicated individuals who help run our district offices and our campaign office. Couldn’t get the job done without them! We had a few people missing, Lisa Marie Stanley, Erica Katava, Mayor Trevor J. Clatfelter.
 
 
After canvassing the 26th district, we took a break to support a local business.
 
 
The Idaho StatesmanThe Problem With Illinois RepublicansWall Street JournalRepublicans in Illinois handed Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn a major victory Tuesday by voting for de minimis pension legislation that will likely serve as the centerpiece of his re-election. We doubt Mr. Quinn will be so kind as to return the political favor.Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into lawIllinois legislature
 
 
Wonderful holiday party in #Glenview with Dan & Melanie Peterson. pic.twitter.com/BwvoEfF3PQ
 
 
Talking w/ my dear friend Ruth O’Connell at the Republicans of Wheeling Township Holiday Party in #ArlingtonHeights pic.twitter.com/5fEpDsTY8O
 
 
Hey wait… weren’t #Republicans the ones who wanted #pension reform so badly? They sure didn’t vote that way.–>http://goo.gl/VWQqKc 
 
 
No surprise, the credit agencies took notice. Had the bill failed I suspect IL might have faced another downgrade. http://lnkd.in/bZy-prv 
 
 
A special thanks to the dedicated individuals who help run our district offices and our campaign office. Couldn’t… http://fb.me/1Yy1acVrb 
 
 
Great crowd here tonight for the #Dundee Township GOP Central Committee Christmas Party.
 
 
Top Sangamon Co. law enforcement officials say there’s “nothing to hide,” go ahead and record police officers. http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_14613.shtml …
 
 
I-72 mile marker 73 so slick “troopers don’t want to walk on road” where they’re clearing axi #scannertraffic
 
 
Legislation would allow flexibility in cord blood storageJacksonville Journal-CourierCongressman Aaron Schock introduced legislation Friday that would allow insurance savings and spending accounts to help pay for the storage of umbilical cord blood. The blood is unique in that it has a high concentration of rich stem cells that can …
 
 
We have hundreds of crews out working to clear the roads right now. Build extra time into your trip & give plows plenty of room. #snow
 
 
Progress IllinoisOp-Ed: Why I’m Participating In The Fast For Families Immigration Reform ActionProgress IllinoisIn Illinois alone, 56,108 children have lost a parent to deportation in the last six years. An immigration system that lacks legal channels for workers to fill available jobs is just like a financial market lacking adequate regulation: a catastrophe …Immigration Reform News 2013: Mome
 
 
Dave Heinzmann from @chicagotribune addresses Chicago crime http://buff.ly/IULrcs 
 
 
My @AP analysis: How Illinois’ pension vote came together – with less Republican votes than expected. #twill #ILGOP http://www.sunherald.com/2013/12/07/5175536/gop-dems-now-face-pension-vote.html …
 
 
Gov Pat Quinn speaking at IAA Annual meeting. pic.twitter.com/vI7Xw66Ohk
 
 
Quinn speaking at the General Session but not really saying much at this point.
 
 
I hope the unions sit out the next elections. No money anywhere, come what may. It would be interesting to see. #chicago
 
 
Visit a #GetCoveredIllinois #DriveToCoverage event to get the info you need to start the New Year w/ health coverage http://ow.ly/ryOOx 
 
 
First Sunday Advent service at Christ Church of Oak Brook.
 
 
@EdSullivanforIL and I were highlighted in @dailyherald Op-Ed advocating for more participation in primaries. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131206/discuss/712069953/ …
 
 
My primary race is highlighted in this Daily Herald Op-Ed piece emphasizing the importance of better primary… http://fb.me/2Qyou8stU 
 
 
With Indiana Senator Coats and Illinois Senator Kirk discussing the Illiana project. pic.twitter.com/0ihaxoVaXa
 
 
Honored to join the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County at their Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
 
 
Great day to stop at farmers market & pick up food for warm meals. @LSFarmersMarket Bundle up!
 
 
Worshiping at Bright Star Church with my friend @ChrisHarrisSr, who is bringing it as usual!
 
 
Brunch with my family, we asked Santa for a new governor! pic.twitter.com/otsCgnHjW6
 
 
Marin: Getting to ‘yes’ meant compromise – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/24216812-452/getting-to-yes-meant-compromise.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Appreciate Joan & Leo hosting meet & greet in #Libertyville for Steve Kim & me in our run for governor pic.twitter.com/9M5UYQliDP
 
 
#Polish #American Chamber holiday celebration & speaking to the several hundred friends. #twill pic.twitter.com/XAIBpsfaOD
 
 
Meet & greet at #IFBmtg13. Agriculture is one of our greatest strengths. Should celebrate it & make it even stronger pic.twitter.com/lWVp1eg5Db
 
 
Talking with folks at the #Schaumburg Township GOP Holiday Party in #Roselle. To all those traveling today, be safe! pic.twitter.com/7ii77t40rz
 
 
Get to be with the kids before the meet and greet. This race for governor is all about their future. #twill pic.twitter.com/Mr8pSJal6z
 
 
Evelyn told me the Schaumburg Township GOPers had a special gift for the candidate who “has it all.” Check it out: pic.twitter.com/0JLlCl6Fda
 
 
“In your face” to IL social cons – GOP State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka offers to be flower girl 4 gay weddings http://bit.ly/1bVD0bz 
 
 
Capital Times – Found 2 hours agoPhoto Scott Walker’s prescription for what ails Illinois may not sit too well with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn or Chicago Mayor Rahn Emanuel.
 
 
 
 
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) announced he will lead a congressional delegation traveling to South Africa to commemorate and celebrate the life of President Nelson Mandela. The delegation will honor the life of President Mandela. Schock said, “I…
 
 
Illinois Tollway officials say they’re ready to put more than 180 snowplows on the road with snow falling in the Chicago area.
 
 
The Illinois Corn Growers Association presented special awards prior to the Illinois Commodity Conference. Honorees were (from left) Holly Spangler, …
 
 
An open house regarding the proposed Lake County Year 2040 Transportation Plan will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Lake County Division of Transportation office, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.
 
 
Cardinal George has asked a Chicago priest to step down after allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago, Rev. Michael W. O’Connell has stepped aside from St. Alphonsus Parish over allegations engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor almost 20 years ago while at his previous parish. The allegation was received by the Archdiocesan Office for Child Abuse Invest
 
 
Four Republican candidates for governor in Illinois will take part in a forum in the Quad-Cities next week.
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — Doctors have been recommending meningitis shots for … 1, 2014, but the requirement won’t be in place until the 2015-2016 school year, …
 
 
Illinois Tollway officials say they’re ready to put more than 180 snowplows on the road with snow falling in the Chicago area.
 
 
Illinois Wesleyan professor voted for MandelaBelleville News DemocratBLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A professor from Illinois Wesleyan University is recalling his vote for Nelson Mandela — and his sense of awe at the time of the historic election in South Africa. William Munro tells The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly
 
 
A Chicago Tribune investigation of municipal bonds finds that city officials have piled mountains of debt on future generations through reckless borrowing and questionable spending.
 
 
CHICAGO—Devion Allen peers wistfully through a door window at the … Special education students also have suffered, say teachers and student advocates.
 
 
By Adam Hoge- (CBS) The Tennessee Titans are considering cleaning house and targeting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the offseason, according to an NFL Network report. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on “GameDay Morning” that Cutler’s first choice is to re-sign with the Bears, but “there’s some serious doubts from both sides about whether that can happen.” He also said “make no mistake, Cutler i
 
 
Merits of the legislation aside, proponents of the controversial pension legislation did a masterful job of insulating themselves from political retribution.   Merits of the legislation aside, proponents of the controversial pension legislation did a masterful job of insulating themselves from political retribution. Over the decades of craven political posturing in Springfield, there have been …
 
 
A classic Chicago story of clout won, lost. My Sunday @suntimes profile of #UNO’s “patron” Juan Rangel http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/24218312-418/unos-juan-rangel-a-tale-of-clout-won-then-lost.html …
 
 
Wednesday’s Pantagraph had an article regarding the ADM incentives bill. It seems the CEO of ADM wants to pull its world headquarters out of Decatur to a …
 
 
Boy what a shock! Based on a Nov. 29 Pantagraph letter to the editor from James Bourke, I attended the Dec. 3 tea party meeting. My intent was to hear the …
 
 
Fitch Rates Ameren Illinois’ $280MM Sr. Secured Notes ‘BBB+’; Outlook StableBusiness Wire (press release)AIC’s ratings are supported by the predictable earnings and cash flows generated by its regulated transmission and distribution utility business, and rate base growth opportunities related to transmission, smart meter, and other infrastructure investments.
 
 
Georgette Braun: Zinging delivery drops for Rockford newsmakersRockford Register Starnewsletter · Rockford Register Star · Home · News · Top Stories · Rockford aldermen to target empty homes near schools · My View: Hop on Bandwagon to support music in Rockford middle schools · All that’s left in Rockford Ponzi scheme trial is the verdict.
 
 
Few local political races to be contested in 2014Pekin Daily TimesState Rep. David Leitch, R-Peoria, will be challenged in the GOP primary by Chillicothe attorney Mark Zalcman. Three other lawmakers will see general election battles: Second-term state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, will square off against former …
 
 
Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery joins The Sunday Spin to talk about the recently passed pension bill and how that effects Illinois’ …
 
 
CHICAGO (STMW) – State child welfare officials are investigating allegations of abuse in the weekend death of a 2-year-old girl at her grandfather’s South Side home, the Sun-Times is reporting. “DCFS is investigating the child’s grandfather for allegations of abuse,” DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said Sunday, adding that the agency has had no prior contacts with the family. The girl, identified b
 
 
#CPS mismanaged $$$ on construction: Trib’s Grotto, Richards & Gillers http://apps.chicagotribune.com/bond-debt/index.html#story4 … pic.twitter.com/1YCAClpiZr
 
 
#Pensionreform law does what 1970 Illinois Constitution tried to prevent. Rich Miller’s @CapitolFax column http://ow.ly/ryUsN 
 
 
Hold on tight, lawmakers. Pensions of Chicago workers, teachers next. Editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-pension-crisis-edit-1208-jm-20131208,0,2012706.story …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – Although CTA is promising faster trains when the latest round of renovations to the Blue Line are complete, they will not be as fast as riders were promised a few years ago. play pause Blue Line Trains Won’t Reach Speeds Promised In 2007 WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts In July 2007, then-CTA President Ron Huberman promised Blue Line O’Hare branch riders
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn is hurtling into the crosshairs of public labor, which is livid over new pension legislation signed into law last week.
 
 
“Pension reform” has been on Illinois lawmakers’ checklist for several years now. State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke joins The Sunday Spin to discuss the recent legislation and the effects of the newly signed bill.
 
 
IL Representative Ken Dunkin (Ally) Speaks At Black LGBT IL Marriage Equality Celebration Check out The G-List Society blog at http://www.glistsociety.com Follow The G-List Society on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TheGListSociety. From: The G-List Society Views: 8 0 ratings Time: 02:45 More in Entertainment
 
 
[ooyala code=”sxdnVhaToLlLrEKy4qSHTUVD-Y02HYbM” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″] (KTVI)- Who is the man who has to constantly defend the biggest on-line failure since MySpace? Who’s the inspiration for John Goodman’s character on a new comedy series from Amazon called “Alpha House” about a congressional crash pad? And who’s one of the two dozen or so most powerful
 
 
PINCKNEYVILLE — Expression Unlimited, an informal group of artists, craft persons, writers, musicians, and hobbyists will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church on the …
 
 
The Illinois Quad Cities are seeing the lowest unemployment numbers in the state right now. In Rock Island county, it’s 7.9 percent, down from last years 8.2 …
 
 
News Gazette – Found 1 hour agoKirk Dillard cited multiple objections that included a lack of time to study the legislation and concerns about its legality.
 
 
What should we expect now that the Illinois General Assembly’s approval of pension reforms has ended years of pension reform discussion?
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Illinois 1, Chicago 0 on pension reformCrain’s Chicago BusinessAfter finally tackling pension reform, Illinois legislators now need to figure out a way to put some points on the board for Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was unable to link legislation for the city to the state’s pension reform vote yesterday, an …Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for IdeologyIllinois L
 
 
 
 
The coffee’s on and the @SundaySpin is getting ready to roll. The @iftaft’s Dan Montgomery is our special guest. Join us at 7a on @WGNRadio
 
 
#IL #PENSION TALK NOW! “@SundaySpin: @DougFinkeSJR on air talking w/ @rap30 re new pension law. Listen: http://wgnradio.com/listen  #ILpension”