Today’s headlines — Thursday, Dec. 12

Before making its decision, the new company sought tax incentives from both states. A tax incentive bill passed the Illinois Senate … Continuing to give some big employers major tax breaks while not doing the same for others is not a viable …
 
 
 
‘Kill switch’ could curb smartphone theftsEvery time you pull out your smartphone in public, you’re making yourself a target.    
 
 
Or is that the sound of one hand clapping for Congress?Dial back one year, to December 2012. For lack of a deal on federal debt and deficits, Congress lurched toward the so-called fiscal cliff. At the same time, Chicken Littles in both major parties were starting to squawk that if Washington couldn’t prevent a strange beast called sequestration from capping the growth of spending in fiscal 2013 an
 
 
NORMAL — A referendum for a 1 percent sales tax for school facilities will be on McLean County ballots on March 18, and a survey commissioned by Unit 5 shows there may be strong support for it.
 
 
The United Health Foundation released it’s annual ranking of America’s healthiest states today. This year, Illinois was ranked 30th for overall health. But even more telling, the state was ranked the 44th
 
 
Take a close look at that image of Pope Francis on the cover of Time Magazine– a Chicagoan created it.
 
 
 
State Sen. Gary Forby, D–Benton, donated $11,400 to Pat’s Kids. The money was raised at Forby’s annual bocce ball tournament.
 
 
The village of Grayslake has joined with the village of Barrington in a nationwide effort to urge tougher new safety standards for rail tank cars that carry hazardous liquids such as crude oil and ethanol.
 
 
The wealthy Chicago area Pritzker and Duchossois families will become joint owners of Milestone AV Technologies, as Duchossois Group sells a controlling stake to Pritzker Group.
 
 
Last week’s arrest of a local man for illegal dumping on the northwest side — an example of what officials say is an chronic, city-wide problem — was announced just as Waukegan implements a new disposal contract intended to boost recycling and cut down on things like discarded televisions.
 
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan has sharply criticized corporate requests for tax breaks and says he’s unlikely to support deals for companies that pay little in taxes. The influential Democrat also said in a statement Wednesday he wants to review how…
 
 
Ron Severson’s run for state representative in the March primary is being challenged, perhaps by his own political party.
 
 
Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys are going over their arguments, as they prepare for a critical court hearing Friday. They will ask a Federal appeals court to overturn the former Governor’s corruption convictions and set him free. Blagojevich was arrested five years ago this week; he is serving a 14-year prison sentence for plotting to use his official actions as Governor to enrich himself personally.
 
 
All those blue United Center signs can stay right where they are. The home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks is going to keep its name for a long time. United Airlines, the facility’s two main tenants and United Center Joint Venture announced Wednesday that they had reached a 20-year extension for the naming rights for one of North America’s largest arenas.
 
 
 
Packed house for our event in #Quincy. Thank you to all are supporters who braved the cold to help #makeILworkagain! pic.twitter.com/i9MvxmmYVN
 
 
Speaking at Tennant Truck Lines in #Colona yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Rggh35ii7a
 
 
Had a great turnout at our fundraiser in #RockIsland last night. pic.twitter.com/g103qGrdr3
 
 
Attended the #QuadCities Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial candidate forum this morning. pic.twitter.com/tLvGmD01Li
 
 
 
@DavidGiltzow @lindsaywalkley @KirkDillard always great having #WIU #CollegeRepublicans join us for an event – thanks for making the trip!
 
 
Enjoyed speaking at the #Naperville #RotaryClub meeting and attending the #Milton Twp. #GOP Christmas Party tonight! pic.twitter.com/gpyCAYj04k
 
 
Breaking Down Alshon Jeffery’s Tremendous Slot Production for the Chicago #Bears http://zite.to/1e76VkM 
 
 
WNIJ Radio: GOP candidates running for Illinois Governor met together this week with an Illi… http://dlvr.it/4VJkgz 
 
 
Tom Wolf IL. Chamber of Commerce joins us at 7:20 he is with GROW-IL and we will be talking Fracking.
 
 
It’s preposterously cold, I am NOT going running! So what to think about while sipping coffee? #WhiteSox baseball!! http://www.suntimes.com/sports/24321083-419/eaton-abreu-garcia-make-white-sox-more-exciting.html …
 
 
Catch me this morning on Will County’s @WJOL AM1340 w/ Scott Slocum, lot’s to talk about from the trail. Hear how we’ll #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Disappointing Obamacare numbers, DCFS investigation, bidding for Boeing… http://goo.gl/fb/vqftZ 
 
 
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/18nH9Gi 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/18nH9Gm 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1bxZJGH 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/18nH9Gz 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18nH8Cl 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1aYBPUy 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1aYBSzU 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1aYBSzZ 
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 2 hours ago9:10PM Former Bears coach and player, Mike Ditka, poses with his honorary license plates given to him by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
 
 
 
Speaking at Tennant Truck Lines in Colona yesterday.
 
 
Had a great turnout at our fundraiser in #RockIsland last night.
 
 
Attended the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial candidate forum this morning.
 
 
 
As a proud member of the Jefferson Park Lions Club, I’d like to recognize my fellow members from the other part of my district in River Grove. The Lions Club is an excellent way to give back to the community, so if you’re looking to help others, I highly recommend you get involved!River Grove Lions ClubServing the River Grove,IL community since 1949…
 
 
 
Housed at the Illinois Science + Technology Park (IS+TP) in Skokie, the new nanotech lab is the cornerstone of the Nanotechnology Education, Employment and …
 
 
IDOT presents proposed improvements for intersection of Rt. 47 and Plato RoadElgin Courier NewsArea residents were invited to attend a public meeting this week at Central High School to learn more about these three alternatives proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for the intersection of Route 47 and Plato Road. IDOT officials …
 
 
 
Every week “Illinois Central” brings you the stories about the people in Central Illinois, from … Get the latest information on delays and closings for your school.
 
 
Decatur Township hears options for assessor’s officeHerald & ReviewAdditional money would need to come from an increase in the assessor’s budget, which is approved by the township board. According to the most recent Sales Ratio study published by the Illinois Department of Revenue, Decatur’s dispersion, or error term, …
 
 
State agency to study Jacksonville waterway’s flooding issuesThe State Journal-RegisterThe state agreed to conduct the survey after meeting with city officials and community leaders about the desire to develop pedestrian and bike trails along the 3.1-mile brook. The idea was first presented a couple of years ago when the community began …
 
 
NBC ChicagoGauen: Illinois pension reform rises or falls on 46 wordsSTLtoday.comIf only it were this simple. With a quick vote of Illinois lawmakers and the swipe of a pen by Gov. Pat Quinn, all was made well last week with the state’s crippling $100 billion pension deficit. Made well, that is, for the length of time it will take …S&P improves Illinois’ rating outlook due to pension reformS&
 
 
While the 16-year-old Illinois Youth Center Murphysboro sits vacant, the state will pay for more than $4.5 million in repairs for the 109-year-old juvenile detention …
 
 
“Manufacturing companies in the northern Illinois region need trained workers as soon as possible,” said Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey. “This program will …
 
 
Parker became assistant principal at Roosevelt Elementary and Junior High … He has a master’s degree in teaching from Chicago State University and a …
 
 
CHICAGO — Two Chicago aldermen want to force coffee shops, restaurants, schools and other frequent users of Styrofoam and other polystyrene food …
 
 
Chicago Public Schools unveiled Wednesday a comprehensive black studies program that will be rolled out at its schools next month, officials said. The program …
 
 
 
LEMONT – The support of Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin played a key role in the passing of a …
 
 
By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune reporter. December 12, 2013. The Chicago City Council had barely finished giving the Cubs additional freedom to expand …
 
 
North Shore Congressman favors spending plan creating certainty through September of 2015. Schneider sponsored legislation helping Israel gets unanimous House approval.
 
 
It’s no exaggeration to say that the fate of Illinois’ budget and economy rests in the hands of the seven members of the state Supreme Court. A furious legal battle already has commenced, even before the unions file their promised legal challenge. It will only grow louder in coming months as the court decides whether to uphold or toss out the pension-reform package adopted last week by Illinois la
 
 
For the first time since Bill Clinton was president — at least — the Chicago Republican Party is contesting many seats in the Illinois General Assembly that come from the city proper.The party today is formally unveiling a group of 18 candidates for the Illinois Legislature who have filed nominating petitions to run in one Senate and 15 House districts. There are even multiple contenders in a coup
 
 
 
 
 
Timing was my good fortune because my first year of covering high school sports for the Daily Herald was their senior year at Elgin High School, and what a year …
 
 
But Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, just signed Senate Bill 1 into law, which will slash the pensions of state workers by over $160 billion over 30 years.
 
 
By Associated Press and Illinois Radio Network. State Senator Bill Brady will be the first Republican listed on next spring’s Illinois primary ballot for governor.
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. Ameren Illinois’ plan to reduce the amount it charges to deliver electricity to homes and businesses does not go far …
 
 
State Sen. Bill Brady will have the top ballot spot in the March 18 primary for governor, due to a lottery conducted Wednesday at the State Board of Elections.
 
 
Obama told the New York Times in an interview that the impending departure of Pete Rouse, who had worked for him since Obama was an Illinois senator, “will …
 
 
In the “politics ain’t beanbag” tradition, judicial candidate KENT GRAY is trying to knock his Republican primary opponent, Associate Judge JOHN “MO” …
 
 
David Leitch for the Republican nomination in a sprawling district that runs from roughly Northmoor Road in Peoria all the way north to near Interstate 80. But two …
 
 
A man incarcerated in the Kane County Jail last year is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from Sheriff Pat Perez on claims that he was denied medication, according to a complaint filed this month.
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several city alderman plan to fast for 24 hours to support immigration reform efforts. The mayor’s office says the 54-year-old will announce his fast during a Thursday evening event at a church on the city’s South Side. He’ll be attending a Mass at St. Pious Church to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Emanuel will stop eating to show his solidarity with
 
 
Long-time 30th District State Sen. Terry Link of Waukegan will be running again on his record in the 2014 general election, but that’s just what motivated his …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chuck Sweeny: US 20 “to be dream thoroughfare of the future”Rockford Register Star“A state transportation official gave local leaders Monday a grim forecast for the future of U.S. 20 between Freeport and Galena. Tim Martin, Illinois Department of Transportation secretary, refused to make promises that he knows state and federal …
 
 
By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer. Updated … SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is spending only about 7 percent of what federal officials say it should on …
 
 
Ameren warns of local scamBelleville News Democrat”It’s happening in St. Louis, it happened to a business in Centralia,” said Brian Bretsch, spokesman for Ameren Illinois. “The scam artist is posing as being with Ameren Illinois, or a local cable or phone service provider and demanding an immediate …
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Riverbend attorney is now in the newspaper business.  John Simmons, Chairman of the Simmons Firm and Alton Steel, has added Today’s Advantage to his portfolio.  He brings with him a number of former key executives at The Alton Telegraph, …
 
 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and county board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday dedicated a monument to more than 13,000 poor or unidentified people who are buried at Homewood Memorial Gardens. The monument, donated to the county last summer by Wenta Monument Co., of Milwaukee, is located on a hill at the northern end of the cemetery, across from the Thornton quarry. The county contract
 
 
The number of Illinois residents who selected an insurance plan created by President Barack Obama’s health plan has increased to 7,043 people — five times more than than the end of October, the federal government said Wednesday.
 
 
Northwest Indiana officials will vote Thursday morning on a controversial highway that been on the drawing books for a century.But some are taking issue with the final vote and how it will be calculated.Some 53 elected officials from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties will decide the two-state Illiana Tollway.They all sit on what is known as the Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, or NIP
 
 
The real estate firm behind some of the First Street development in St. Charles is interested in taking the Thomle Building off of Batavia’s hands, combining it with a building next door, and putting in a restaurant and loft-style apartments. It is one of two proposals for the space at 2 E. Wilson St., the other being a martini lounge.
 
 
Homeowners in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 likely will pay more in property taxes next year as the district looks to offset the cost of additional mandates and shortfalls in state funding.
 
 
Chicago beat out nine other finalist cities to host the college hockey semifinal and … Notre Dame University will be the partner school for the Frozen Four, which …
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dillard cites Medicaid program as top Illinois budget busterQuincy Herald WhigDillard said thousands of people from other states have signed up for Medicaid in Illinois because they know they won’t be challenged by the state agency and will have a bigger menu of services in the Land of Lincoln. “If you want to save money … you …
 
 
Reuters – Found 2 hours agoIn Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a plan that will trim Illinois’s pension hole, which is viewed as being one of the deepest…
 
 
Chicago parents and students march to demand more support for disadvantaged schools.
 
 
Hadiya Pendleton Foundation offered office space in Bronzeville http://trib.in/1jPPt4f 
 
 
BURLINGTON — They can leave it as it is, add traffic signals, or turn it into a … “The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to gather comments in order to …
 
 
 
 
Thomas Cullerton, D-Villa Park, talks to lawmakers during a tax incentives committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield Ill. Illinois will lose 1,600 jobs …
 
 
States fight for corporations like shoppers at a Black Friday sale. And Speaker Madigan isn’t buying: http://wuis.org/post/madigan-resist-temptation-cave-corporate-officials-demands … @WUIS #twill
 
 
How campaigns can end before they begin How campaigns can end before they …Chicago Daily Herald (blog)U.S. Senate: Republicans William Lee of Rockton and Armen Alvarez of Chicago have been challenged, leaving Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and Doug Truax of Downers Grove unchallenged. Congress: Democrat Arlene Hickory of Lake Bluff has had her …
 
 
Springfield – City leaders, including mayor Mike Houston, have said that high speed rails could mean millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs for the city of Springfield. However, some organizations
 
 
Co- chaired the Senate Pensions and Investments Comm. with Senator Raoul. The annual hearings were today in Chicago. http://ow.ly/i/3ZRRr 
 
 
New poll finds maj of Americans support $10.10 min wage: http://on.wsj.com/1bwc4v1  Time to listen&help hard working families
 
 
I am the first kid on the block w/ the new Rauner/ABC bumper sticker. #HammerAndShake pic.twitter.com/l7ItATdcGU
 
 
IL has 42 health centers that served >1.4M patients last year—nearly 30 percent of them uninsured #FQHC #GetCovered
 
 
Today IL received <$3.6M in #ACA funding to help individuals&families enroll in affordable health insurance plans #FQHC #GetCovered
 
 
Community health centers provide critical healthcare to medically underserved #FQHC #GetCovered pic.twitter.com/L0q8IkxcI2
 
 
<$3.6M in #ACA funding will be used to hire 132 additional healthcare workers at comm health centers throughout IL http://1.usa.gov/1bF2KJq 
 
 
“Staying healthy requires access&coverage— #ACA helps w/ both pic.twitter.com/34cIgd5AQO
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Madigan denounces “corporate pay-to-play”: * House Speaker Michael Madigan has issued a sta… http://bit.ly/1drepuk 
 
 
Back in #Champaign 4 my daughter’s holiday program at her pre-school. I’m prepared for an overload of adorableness and immense pride. #twill
 
 
Just reached 26,000 individuals that have given to the Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee. Thank you for all the tremendous support #twill
 
 
Is it cold? To a degree. #literally pic.twitter.com/jZRMOUyN2d
 
 
Manteno – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced today that following an extensive selection process Lester E. Robertson Jr. of Auburn, Illinois, has been selected to be the Veterans Home Administrator for the Illinois Veterans’ Home – Manteno.
 
 
ALTON – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) joined students, faculty, staff, guests and other elected officials to dedicate the new $9.5 million lab space for Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine in Alton on Monday. The 18,000-square-foot John and Anna Markarian Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory offers students and instructors the ability to simulate procedures and gain pr
 
 
Jennifer Cox Weglarz makes homemade marshmallows in a variety of flavors which she also sells on Etsy.
 
 
Lincoln Library gets searchable historical newspaper databaseThe State Journal-RegisterThe searchable database, funded mostly by a gift from the estate of former reference librarian Lucile Fritz, will allow public library visitors and anyone with a Lincoln Library card access to The State Journal-Register and its predecessors, The …
 
 
Pat Quinn signed a bill into law allowing medical marijuana in Illinois. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. Village staffers recommended village trustees enact the …
 
 
U.S. Rep Bill Enyart, D-Belleville U.S. Rep Bill Enyart, D-Belleville talks about his election in 2. From: BNDVideo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:24 More in News & Politics
 
 
A Joliet group is raising money for a court battle they apparently expect to wage in hopes of sending their children to Lincoln-Way high schools.
 
 
By: Crispin Havener chavener@cbs4qc.com Masters of the court and ambassadors of goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters were in the Quad Cities area today. The world famous trick basketball team visited
 
 
North Shore Congressman favors spending plan creating certainty through September of 2015. Schneider sponsored legislation helping Israel gets unanimous House approval.
 
 
WESTERN SPRINGS – Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host three memorial events across the state Saturday, including one in Western Springs, to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. 
 
 
NAPERVILLE – State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) released the following statement today after Office Depot announced they have chosen Boca Raton, Florida over Illinois to locate their new global headquarters. This decision comes after the Illinois House, led by Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), failed to approve tax incentive legislation on December 3 already passed by the State Senate to
 
 
The Bureau County Republican Women hosted a luncheon Tuesday at Fitzgerald’s for State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who is running as a Republican candidate in the primary race for governor in March 2014. Rutherford met and talked with local public officials during the luncheon.
 
 
Speaker Madigan denounces giving tax breaks to #IL corporations, yet his top dem. party lawyer is a lobbyist for one of them – ADM
 
 
Online Staff Report CHICAGO — The Cook County Recorder of Deeds, run by elected official Karen Yarbrough, has agreed to start accepting public record requests through e-mail in the wake of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the Better Government Association (BGA). This should make it easier for the public, moving forward, to obtain documents relating to the mission of the recorder’s office — the
 
 
Alton Daily NewsRepublican candidates for IL Governor participate in public forumcbs4qc.comThat’s what one man says after hearing what the four republican candidates had to say at the forum. A big topic was how to solve Illinois ongoing financial issues. “Why is Iowa’s unemployment rate less than half of Illinois? Senator Kirk Dillard says …Four Illinois GOP governor hopefuls meet in QC
 
 
MCCOOK – Northwestern University scientists have installed a device at McCook’s Federal Quarry that will record seismic activity 24/7 and possibly lead to an explanation for the 3.2 magnitude earthquake triggered near the quarry Nov. 4. 
 
 
After serving almost eight years in prison, Mickey Segal, who was once one of Chicago’s most influential power brokers, is speaking out.
 
 
… the organization, and to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who sponsored a $98 million state school-construction grant to UNO in 2009.
 
 
In Illinois, “the same day pensions were cut the State Senate approved a huge tax break for Archer Daniels Midland” http://prospect.org/article/robbing-illinoiss-public-employees#.UqeDAI3U6pA.twitter …
 
 
Ill. looks for reasons behind rise in child deathsCt Post”When a caseload gets above 12, you pretty much immobilize the worker,” she said. Mattie Hunter, a Democratic member of the Senate committee, said the number of deaths was unacceptable and that she would seek a meeting to take up the issue with Gov.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The City Council agreed Wednesday to snuff out the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products within 500 feet Chicago schools — five times the existing …
 
 
As lawyers for Rod Blagojevich prepare to go to court to try and overturn his conviction, his wife Patti says she is feeling hopeful.
 
 
Introducing Nominee to be US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman From: SenatorDurbin Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:31 More in News & Politics
 
 
Indian tribes, states eye online gamblingSan Jose Mercury NewsStates began legalizing online betting after the U.S. Justice Department reversed its ban on Internet gambling in December 2011. California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts and Texas were among the states that considered proposals related to online …
 
 
The multiracial, multigenerational group of 200 that attended the Chicago Artists … The gathering demonstrated the pent-up need for affordable, secure health …
 
 
RT @Chicago_Reader: Hey look. We’re hiring a managing editor: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ReaderJobs/Page … #jobs #journalismjobs @AltWeeklies
 
 
A man charged with threatening a state representative from Wheaton for her radio show comments disparaging gay marriage is attempting to have the charges dismissed, claiming his perceived threats are constitutionally protected free speech. Stephen Bona, 50, of Chicago was charged March 22, hours after Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives reported getting a threatening voice mail at her district offic
 
 
Kirk Dillard was back on Wednesday. The Republican State Senator from Hinsdale spoke to a Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce group at lunchtime and …
 
 
Stanley Wrice walked out of prison with a plan about what he would do on his first day of freedom after being locked up for 30 years: eat a cheeseburger and get some sleep.
 
 
Order on ballot: Brady, Rutherford, Dillard, Rauner
 
 
State Board of Elections lottery for ballot position. On Dem side; Hardiman, Quinn pic.twitter.com/Tg7lst8QeB
 
 
Speaker Madigan says Legis will hold hearings in Jan. on corporate “tax giveaways;” says he finds them “very difficult to support.” #twill
 
 
ADM tax help may be dead. We talk picking winners and losers w/Kyle McCarter on @ILWatchdog Radio, listen live 4-5 on @Cities929
 
 
As directed by the board, Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower … It’s a place where people want to be and the school district drives this decision …
 
 
“Evanston Township High School is proud to announce that 181 ETHS students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars. The prestigious award …
 
 
The job fairs run Thursday-Saturday. The grocery chain plans to hire 2,500 people after taking over 11 Dominick’s stores at the end of the month.
 
 
NEWS RELEASE MacArthur Boulevard Association meeting set for Thursdayhttp://www.springfieldbusinessjournal.com/releases/MBA1211.pdfwww.springfieldbusinessjournal.com
 
 
Illinois Housing Development Authority announces plans for 30 single-family rental units on Springfield’s east side: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20131211/NEWS/131219887 …
 
 
It’s going to be COLD tonight! As in, minus 30 #windchill in some areas cold. Is your car packed? Make sure it is. pic.twitter.com/3sdOf7Lto4
 
 
text size: AAA. By Daily Herald report … That attitude will benefit the department as we strive to become more accountable and efficient in our daily operations.”.
 
 
* I saw this Illinois Review post a few minutes ago and cannot stop laughing… What could downstate GOP conservative House members Bill Mitchell, Michael Unes, David Reis and DuPage County’s Jeanne Ives possibly have in common with the late South African President Nelson Mandella? All five agree those that register to vote should provide […]
 
 
* House Speaker Michael Madigan has issued a statement about corporate tax break legislation which stalled in his chamber last week… We must resist the temptation to cave to corporate officials’ demands every time they impose a deadline for payment in exchange for remaining in Illinois, and end the case-by-case system of introducing and debating legislation […]
 
 
* What do you think is the likelihood of Gov. Pat Quinn’s reelection? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please. polls
 
 
They say Speaker Mike Madigan’s operation has filed “a fake Republican” to occupy the ballot against him, but they say they have a genuine challenger for …
 
 
Reporter @My_Di_Benedetto – @CSD_158 seeks property tax levy tied to inflation – http://shawurl.com/wod 
 
 
Quinn’s political operation is skeletal, which has some of his backers worried. Quinn sees no need at this stage to put together a data-digital-social media-driven operation that is the hallmark of many campaigns because, he told me, he has an army of foot soldiers.
 
 
* House Speaker Michael Madigan has issued a statement about corporate tax break legislation which stalled in his chamber last week… We must resist the temptation to cave to corporate officials’ demands every time they impose a deadline for payment in exchange for remaining in Illinois, and end the case-by-case system of introducing and debating legislation […]
 
 
Great Twitter Town Hall so far on “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” To join the conversation & ask questions, tweet w/ #womensucceed
 
 
.@rrrobertishere both male & female members of Congress support this effort b/c they know when #womensucceed the middle class succeeds!
 
 
When #womensucceed America Succeeds! We need to ensure #EqualPay, quality early childhood #education & affordable #childcare.
 
 
Our economy is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Now is not the time to cut off this important lifeline.
 
 
Great to have former Statehouse reporter Charlie Wheeler and his UIS Public Affairs Reporting class in today! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.643692219015945.1073741880.173947439323761&type=3&uploaded=6 …
 
 
Only 5 minutes left! To join the conversation & ask questions, tweet w/ #womensucceed
 
 
Mandatory reading for winter: The 10 Best Italian Beef Sandwiches in #Chicago You’ve Probably Never Tried | http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2013/12/10-great-italian-beef-sandwiches-in-chicago-youve-probably-never-tried.html#.UqjPLIgBb9E.twitter … #twill
 
 
I spoke today on behalf of over 1 million Americans, to urge my colleagues to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits: http://goo.gl/FRDy6i 
 
 
Open forum with school board super finalists tonight at 5:30 at Grant Middle School. I will be live tweeting
 
 
Now that the filing period has ended, I am officially the only Democrat on the ballot for next November’s race for State Comptroller. I am running because I want to restore trust in state government. To do that, Illinois needs a fiscal watchdog in the Comptroller’s office – not a career politician. I have already met with thousands of voters across our state, but to reach the millions of Illinois
 
 
The job fairs run Thursday-Saturday. The grocery chain plans to hire 2,500 people after taking over 11 Dominick’s stores at the end of the month.
 
 
“Today: Illinois Dept. of Transportation’s Agriculture Work Group: 7 to 10 p.m., Lena Community Center, Lena. One of several subcommittee meetings with …
 
 
Interview with Sue Scherer Interview with Sue Scherer. From: faberfiles Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 30:23 More in News & Politics
 
 
CHICAGO — Federal officials say more than 7000 Illinois residents applied and selected health insurance plans through the HealthCare.gov website in the first …
 
 
What’s wrong with this picture of an old firehouse on Lake Street near Kedzie? Look closely at how the word “Department” is spelled. Geoffrey Baer is on a hunt for more misspelled signs in the Chicago area for an upcoming edition of Ask Geoffrey. If you know of one, please share the information here. Tags:  Ask Geoffrey Geoffrey Baer Fire Department
 
 
Ron Kremer offers a first-person account of his experience after observing—and taking part—in a conceal carry class taught by a local police officer.
 
 
Roskam Urges Passage of Israel QME Act From: Peter Roskam Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:47 More in News & Politics
 
 
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It has not been as cold as it was on Tuesday morning, -7 degrees in Waukegan, since 1978, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.
 
 
State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-55th) of Des Plaines will host a coffee shop stop at the Frisbie Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. located at 52 E. Northwest Hwy. in Des Plaines.
 
 
The Chicago City Council today approved measures to give the Cubs more flexibility on scheduling night games, an advertising archway over Clark Street and permission to push back the exterior outfield walls at Wrigley Field as part of the team’s planned $300 million renovation of the iconic-but-aging ballpark.    
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A study by a group of health organizations puts Illinois 32nd in spending tobacco-lawsuit money on smoking-prevention programs.
 
 
Can Black Republicans Save Their Party Next Year?ColorLines magazineDavid Earl Williams III is seeking Illinois’s District 9 seat in the House of Representatives (covering parts of Chicago) currently held by Democrat Jan Schakowsky. Facebook followers: 6,405. Twitter: 472. Recent Tweet: Small businesses like the Barber …
 
 
A Pennsylvania company has been hired to provide medical services at the Lake County jail starting in February 2014.
 
 
Three suburban gas station owners were among four men charged with tax fraud after authorities say they underreported gas sales and defrauded the state of more than $1 million in sales taxes.
 
 
The state of Illinois ranks 30th in overall health, which is no change from last year.
 
 
 
 
Shimkus: Sebelius testimony like ‘talking to the Republic of Korea’Washington Post… ‘talking to the Republic of Korea’. 01:09. December 11, 2013 1:38 PM EST — During testimony Wednesday, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) compared answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “talking to the Republic of Korea.
 
 
As the start of medical marijuana distribution nears, Downers Grove village council members debated which places would be suitable for dispensaries.
 
 
Illinois also ranks among the top states for Peace Corps volunteers. With 300 residents now serving overseas, Illinois is No. 6 among all states and No. 1 in the …
 
 
Kathleen Wright, who grew up in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood, has been serving as an English education volunteer in Ecuador since January …
 
 
Several schools have been suggested as sites, including the University of Chicago, where he taught law; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago State …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
State Senator Munoz Doesn’t Like Dub Step http://wmay.com/hosts/greg-bishop/posts/82000 …
 
 
Sheriff candidate Wes Barr says being 1st on ballot is good, as sometimes, people who don’t really know who to pick go for the first name
 
 
Lottery at Sang. Co. election office today determined that in GOP sheriff primary, Wes Barr will appear first in his race vs. Jack Campbell
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township 55+ Choice Market.Calumet Township’s PhotosAt <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calumet-Township-Community-Center/198368166845667?ref=stream&amp;viewer_id=0&#8243; data-ft=”{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;P&quot;}” data-hovercard=”/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=198368166845667&amp;extragetparams=%
 
 
Thanks to the Beverly Review for highlighting Bob’s Shred Day event in Calumet Township.Rita holds shred event, collects nine tons of paperwww.beverlyreview.netState Rep. Robert Rita (D-28th) recently held a shred event at the Calumet Township facility. Hundreds of people turned out, producing 18,000 pounds of shredded paper—nine tons in just a few hours. Seventeen trees are saved per ton of paper
 
 
Lincoln natives dispute NPR article: See a different Lincoln on their visits homeSandburg statue to go on temporary display in GalesburgSt. Louis Art Museum buying Wright chandelier 14 hours ago 14 hours ago 11 days ago This post has been generated by Page2RSS
 
 
ALTON – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) joined students, faculty, staff, guests and other elected officials to dedicate the new $9.5 million lab space for Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine in Alton on Monday. The 18,000-square-foot John and Anna Markarian Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory offers students and instructors the ability to simulate procedures and gain pr
 
 
BENTON – Illinois State Senator Gary Forby (D–Benton) once again is working to ensure Southern Illinois children get a visit from Santa and have a present to open this Christmas. On Wednesday, Senator Forby joined Pat Benton on his morning radio show to present a check for Pat’s charity, Pat’s Kids. For the past five years, Forby has donated to Pat’s Kids from funds raised at his annual bocce ball
 
 
Hunger up, homelessness down in #Chicago @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/uh5dQxT 
 
 
A little backstory: for a while now, a number of aldermen, including Scott Waugespack (32nd), have argued that the process by which Chicago determines its …
 
 
* Lynne Sweet interviewed Gov. Pat Quinn… Quinn’s political operation is skeletal, which has some of his backers worried. Quinn sees no need at this stage to put together a data-digital-social media-driven operation that is the hallmark of many campaigns because, he told me, he has an army of foot soldiers. “There is no substitute for folks […]
 
 
Jil Tracy and I do not accept the fact that on average fifty percent of Illinois children don’t meet standards. Our “Best in Class Education” develops an equitable and strong education system that guarantees all kids have access to a quality education. Watch the video to learn more and then SHARE it on your wall. ~KirkDillard on EducationI am a product of the Illinois public school syste
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1 million in federal aid has been approved to date to help people and households affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes and severe storms. Federal grants totaling $1.06 million thus far will help with disaster-related expenses such as temporary home rental, home repairs and replacement of damaged personal property items.
 
 
#Pension reform > It’s all up to the #Illinois Supreme Court now. How’s it look?
 
 
AURORA, Ill. – To address concerns over media reports of increased drug use in the community, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, is hosting a panel …
 
 
* The nominations for our Golden Horseshoe Award for Best campaign staffer – Senate Democrats were focused on two people. But since this is a non-election year and since Giovanni Randazzo deservedly won it last year, we should definitely go with SDem fundraiser Dovile Soblinskas… Vibrant, motivated, and one of the key components in the […]
 
 
Yesterday, Illinois Review ran a piece by Warner Todd Huston entitled “A Spate of Pro and Anti William Kelly News Making the Rounds.” In his article, Huston questioned why Kelly – an outspoken critic of State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka…
 
 
Started the day in Evanston and am now back in Chicago for a Senate Pensions and Investments Committee hearing on Minority and Women-Owned Businesses participation in our state’s pension investment firms. Increasing M/WBE inclusion and participation would be a focus of mine as Treasurer.
 
 
I hope my friends in Kane County can join me, Linda Holmes for Senate and Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia in Aurora next Monday! CC Kane County Democrats Aurora Democrats.
 
 
New London tree needs TLC — and more lightsTheDay.comI, for one, would like to express my appreciation to Pat and Michael Diodato of Uncasville. They are the gracious citizens … In the words of Linus Van Pelt from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not …
 
 
Listen to my interview with @BruceRauner and his objection to the pension reform plan. http://tinyurl.com/m3qhe4z  #twill #ByersCo
 
 
15 #IL counties have been named in the disaster declaration & I urge all who suffered damage or loss to register at http://www.disasterassistance.gov 
 
 
Thanks to the Beverly Review for highlighting Bob’s Shred Day event in Calumet Township. http://www.beverlyreview.net/news/article_6a565f92-61ca-11e3-8679-001a4bcf6878.html …
 
 
The web page for our Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council is finally up and running. Take a look: http://www.illinoiscomptroller.com/index.cfm/about-our-office/nonprofit-advisory-council/ …
 
 
The lack of confidence coming from enrollees and administrators is troubling. http://goo.gl/GPksId  #SengerforCongress
 
 
Filing paperwork. Looks like I will be saving money on my healthcare plan. I was paying $295/month. Under #ACA I’ll be paying $237/month.
 
 
Join me in #Aurora next Monday for my final fundraiser of 2013! https://www.facebook.com/events/552960578130029/ … #WaynesWorld #KaneCounty #twill
 
 
Delivering coats to the Garden of Prayer Youth Center in Kankakee. pic.twitter.com/EnEzJbOgg1
 
 
Madigan, DOR charge 4 gas station owners for $1M sales tax fraud http://ow.ly/rFNG6 
 
 
Video: Shakman monitor issues scathing report on political hiring by Recorder Karen Yarbrough. Fox 32/BGA http://bit.ly/1gYugTq 
 
 
By: Joshua Welge Source: Daily Herald Opponents of a proposed gas station and convenience store near Glen Ellyn were breathing easier Tuesday after the DuPage County Board rejected the developer’s plans. The board voted 14 to 4 to deny a request from Buchanan Energy to build a Mobil station and Bucky’s convenience store at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53. Opponents had argued
 
 
* One down… The Regional Transportation Authority’s top administrator, one of two agency executives facing a state harassment probe, announced his retirement Tuesday. The transit agency said Joseph Costello, the RTA’s executive director since December 2010, intends to step down at the end of February “to pursue the next chapter in his life.” […] The announcement did not […]
 
 
* The widely expected decision to consolidate the newly merged Office Depot and OfficeMax headquarters in Florida means the loss of up to 1,600 well-paying jobs for Illinois. The company had sought a state tax break, but none were approved last week… Office Depot spokeswoman Karen Denning said Illinois’ lack of an incentives package was […]
 
 
* He’s got spunk… A little-known candidate for governor is hoping to take down Gov. Pat Quinn even before voters head to the polls next March. Democrat Tio Hardiman and his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Brunell Donald, filed a challenge to Quinn’s nominating petitions Monday, claiming the incumbent chief executive doesn’t have enough valid signatures to […]
 
 
* The Tribune published an editorial today that took a shot at Republicans who voted against the pension reform bill. They specifically called out Tom Cross and Kirk Dillard in an editorial entitled “Why did Republicans reject pension reform?” This was the paper’s chief explanation of its headline… Many of the Republicans depend on […]
 
 
* House Speaker Michael Madigan shakes Rep. Carol Sente’s hand after last week’s pension reform vote…
 
 
* The widely expected decision to consolidate the newly merged Office Depot and OfficeMax headquarters in Florida means the loss of up to 1,600 well-paying jobs for Illinois. The company had sought a state tax break, but none were approved last week… Office Depot spokeswoman Karen Denning said Illinois’ lack of an incentives package was […]
 
 
* One down… The Regional Transportation Authority’s top administrator, one of two agency executives facing a state harassment probe, announced his retirement Tuesday. The transit agency said Joseph Costello, the RTA’s executive director since December 2010, intends to step down at the end of February “to pursue the next chapter in his life.” […] The announcement did not […]
 
 
More than $1M in federal aid has been approved to help those in #IL affected by the 11/17 tornadoes & storms http://tinyurl.com/kssjlfh 
 
 
RT @CrainsChicago Chicago GOP — yes, it exists — files paperwork for General Assembly candidates http://fw.to/8Yna0M  via @GregHinz
 
 
A Chicago meat distributor whose chairman
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf https://locker.ifttt.com/f/20a3f3b5-81d9-46bf-94c5-4617ee4b4209 …
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf https://locker.ifttt.com/f/09972633-c9d7-46d4-81af-bb579ba69229 …
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/IFxdfI 
 
 
The open enrollment deadline for the State of Illinois’s new retiree healthcare program — Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL) — is approaching this Friday, December 13.
 
 
The Chicago Bulls have been in desperate need of point guard help with the injury to Derrick Rose, the recent struggles of Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague still not at a point where he can effectively contribute and veteran Mike James still recovering from a sprained MCL. But help may be on the way in the form of DJ Augustin who was recently waived by the Toronto Raptors in the aftermath of a trade t
 
 
When neurosurgeon Juan Alzate, of Glencoe, isn’t pioneering brain surgery techniques in Lake County hospitals, he likes to volunteer as a story reader at South School, where his daughter is a student.
 
 
State Rep. Robert Rita (D-28th) recently held a shred event at the Calumet Township facility. Hundreds of people turned out, producing 18,000 pounds of shredded paper—nine tons in just a few hours. Seventeen trees are saved per ton of paper …
 
 
As a reminder, the deadline for enrollment in the TRAIL Program is this Friday. Two aides from my district office will be at Morris City Hall tomorrow, December 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to assist with enrollment. Also, click on the link below to view some clarification on the program. As always, call my district office with any questions or concerns.Senator Rezin Clarifies Provider Coverag
 
 
Haven’t met Senator Dillard yet? If you live in the Naperville area join us for a meet & greet this Friday hosted by Larry & Diane Watters!Meet & Greet hosted by Larry & Diane Watterswww.eventbrite.comJoin us at the home of Diane and Larry Watters on December 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM for an evening of drinks and conversation with Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard. Come out and s
 
 
Illinois State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) From: Jayme Cain Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:22 More in News & Politics
 
 
* House Speaker Michael Madigan shakes Rep. Carol Sente’s hand after last week’s pension reform vote…
 
 
Representative Christian Mitchell visiting Prince Hall Masons on Thanksgiving.
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Obamacare premiums, electricity rates, disaster recovery and more! http://goo.gl/fb/f67Bp 
 
 
Great to be back in the #QuadCities for the @ChamberQC GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at the @iwirelessCenter. pic.twitter.com/R6IVUpnWzU
 
 
Haven’t met Senator Dillard yet? If you live in the Naperville area join us for a meet & greet this Friday host… http://ift.tt/1e5ixEY 
 
 
Thinking of getting out of radio and getting a govt job. What kind of training does one need to work on an Obamacare death panel?
 
 
In opens, Brady only one to mention pension deal, calls it ‘meaningful’ and a start, not an end. Also notes Chamber support.
 
 
Rauner argues pension deal is a bandaid and pitches his plan to go to 401(k)s. Brady argues pension deal will save state money
 
 
Dillard notes he voted for capital bill funding, which QC Chamber has praised for its spending on area projects
 
 
CMS said today 621 Iowans, 5,673 Illinoians picked private insurance plans at ACA marketplaces in Nov, up from 136 & 1,370 in Oct.
 
 
On increasing minimum wage, all GOP candidates, unsurprisingly, oppose it. Rauner says he’d work to lower it to national level.
 
 
On growing RI Arsenal, Rauner says need to curb bureaucracy that stunts public/private relationships.
 
 
On pension reform, all are critics but Brady, who says it will allow sunset of income tax hike; Rauner says it will set up tax increase
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — The city has started its search for a communications manager to aid in transparency and communication with the public, but the salary range for whomever is hired in the new posit…
 
 
Illinois’ child welfare agency says a spike in the number of children reported to have died of neglect might be the result of a change in reporting guidelines.
 
 
Illiana Expressway is a bad idea on both sidesFor the second time, a regional planning body has the chance to spare taxpayers in two states.    
 
 
Brian Urlacher isn’t part of the Bears anymore. But if he was, Urlacher would be upset if Marc Trestman turned to Jay Cutler over Josh McCown right now. The longtime Bears linebacker and future Hall of Famer said as much Tuesday on “FOX Football Daily.” “In my opinion, [McCown] should be the guy, he should Continue reading →
 
 
Owens-Illinois Inc. logo Owens-Illinois (NYSE:OI) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to a “neutral” rating in a research …
 
 
Principal Ratings, Pension Battles*ChicagoNow (blog)Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding NYT: This article looks at the City of Chicago’s underfunded pension system following the Illinois General Assembly’s December 3 action on pension reform for the State funds. The Civic Federation said …
 
 
(CBS) Martellus Bennett could easily be considered the Bears’ best offseason acquisition. Bennett has caught 53 passes for 588 yards and five touchdowns this season, and when 2014 rolls around, he could be responsible for another major acquisition by the Bears. On The Boers and Bernstein Show on Tuesday, Bennett said once this season is over, he’s going to try to recruit his older brother Michael,
 
 
Many had high hopes that the first budget conference in four years would make a substantial down payment toward fixing the U.S. spending and debt crisis. The new “Bipartisan Budget Act” thoroughly disappoints. While we dig through the details for…
 
 
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (CBS) – Most communities are thrilled to host a TV or movie shoot, but the mayor of Tinley Park says he wants nothing to do with a controversial program that wants to film in his village. WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, when Tinley Park Mayor Edward Zabrocki heard MTV reality series “16 And Pregnant” might be filming at a local train station restaurant, he persuaded
 
 
With five days left before Monday’s auction of the NBA Hall of Famer’s Highland Park home, take an exclusive tour of the former Chicago Bull star’s abode.
 
 
(CBS) Brian Urlacher knows who he wants starting at quarterback for the Bears moving forward. And it’s not who you might think. Urlacher, an analyst for FOX Sports 1, was asked Tuesday if he thinks Jay Cutler should regain his starting role over Josh McCown once healthy. “I think Jay might be healthy right now,” Urlacher said. “If you watch him move around, and some of the film they have of him ea
 
 
PALATINE – Abigail Cornejo is a Sophomore at Palatine High School who merely wanted to write a paper on the controversial topic of abortion. But her English teacher had something else in mind and told Conejo she couldn’t write on…
 
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn smiles during the signing of the pension overhaul legislation bill on Dec. 5 in Chicago. Looking on from left are: Sen. Bill Brady …
 
 
After two months of open enrollment for Obamacare, only 7,043 Illinoisans have “selected” policies. However, the figures released Wednesday still leave unclear how many people actually bought plans. The data include individuals who paid their first month’s premium and those…
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Mega Millions jackpot has reached $400 million for Friday’s drawing, making it the second-largest payout in the game’s history. The winner who takes the lump-sum cash payout would receive $216.4 million. Five tickets in Tuesday’s drawing matched the first five numbers, winning $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and two in Ohio. Tue
 
 
CHICAGO – The City of Chicago and Cook County continue to use voting machines that are illegal, the voting security group Defend the Vote contends. The group asked the Illinois State Board of Elections in a letter released to the…
 
 
Pantagraph.com – Found 1 hour agoThere was an article in the Dec. 6 Pantagraph as how Dan Rutherford’s pension would be affected, how he would see $719,000 less in pension…
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – A little-known candidate for governor is hoping to take down Gov. Pat Quinn even before voters head to the polls next March.
 
 
… Maria Guerra, the mayor’s liaison to the City Council, who called them one at a time out of the Council chambers and into the backroom to try to put out the fire.
 
 
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