Today’s headlines — Friday, Dec. 13

Amid all the woe and worry over public-employee pension funding shortfalls in Illinois, … Illinois’ public pension plans can only dream of such funding levels.
 
 
 
If you would like tickets to the Dec. 19 panel discussion at the Union League Club, please use this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pension-overhaul-politics-andpolicy-tickets-9732832163Pension Overhaul: Politics and Policywww.eventbrite.comThe Dec. 3 roll call on Senate Bill No. 1 to reform Illinois’ public pension systems revealed fascinating divisions between and within the two parties: State
 
 
Enjoyed being with friends at the Jersey Co. Business Association Christmas open house in Jerseyville tonight. #MerryChristmas
 
 
 
Great event tonight discussing why IL should not change from a flat tax to progressive tax state. Thanks to Americans for Prosperity, Illinois Policy Institute & the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry for their support of tonight’s event.
 
 
Fox News By Ben Yount December 12, 2013 Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn can pretty much forget about getting any more money from the state’s public employee unions, after signing a landmark pension overhaul. Unless, maybe, conservative Republican Bruce Rauner wins the GOP primary. read more
 
 
 
An international controversy. The deaf community is outraged after learning the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service wasn’t actually signing at all.We spoke with superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, Dr. …
 
 
Some of us have already had that helpless feeling this year. We are about to leave for work and our car won’t budge. There are people prepared to take us where we need to go, no matter what the weather outside, but even they are preparing for mechanical problems. …
 
 
 
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one year ago sparked a national conversation about the country’s troubled mental health system. Politicians convened task forces and promised additional funding and new laws.
 
 
Illinois hospitals are being recruited to join an effort focused on the quality of surgical care.
 
 
The budget bill the U.S. House passed overwhelmingly on Thursday will need at least a little Republican support in order to win Senate approval, a Democratic leader says.  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said yesterday that least…
 
 
Medical marijuana goes live in Illinois Jan. 1, but that’s not stopping some county board members from saying they want nothing to do with either marijuana farms or distribution centers. “I’m a little disappointed that we’re even discussing this. I feel like Nancy Reagan failed us,” board member Kurt Kojzarek said.
 
 
LOMBARD – A firefighter has a busy job, making it important to find meal recipes that are both quick and fulfilling, said Bob Hopper, firefighter/paramedic for the Lombard Fire Department.
 
 
It doesn’t look like there’s much hope for Ag giant ADM getting a tax break and that’s okay with State Senator Kyle McCarter. He doesn’t support the idea because he’d rather see lawmakers fix the system for all businesse…
 
 
I am writing to express my opinion about the importance of physical education in our schools. Growing up in today’s society with all of the electronics and technology is causing our youth to be too sedentary. They spend too much time staring at some sort of screen. Because our youth are not active at home or in their free time, they need some sort of physical activity is at school. read more
 
 
 
Anchorman is to Broadcast News as Taco Bell is to Mexican food
 
 
“Embrace the Suck” what more do we need to know?#budget
 
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (12/13) at 7:20am w/ @NewsradioWJPF, 1340AM #Marion, discussing the state bond sale and #pensions #twill
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (12/13) on @WGEM #Quincy at 7:50am w/ @Rich_WGEM & Greg Haubrich discussing the state bond sale and #pensions #twill
 
 
Great event tonight discussing why IL should not change from a flat tax to progressive tax state. Thanks to… http://fb.me/6B8KSt7XC 
 
 
Bloomington: ‘We are Lincoln’ rallying cry for community group http://bit.ly/1dvzofi 
 
 
Judges to hear arguments in Blagojevich appeal: Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday gets… http://bit.ly/1fpdblh 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Chicago homeowners get tax break relative to ‘burbs http://goo.gl/fb/aUMlZ 
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Disaster assistance, tax reform, the Murray Center… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/disaster-assistance-tax-reform-murray.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Disaster assistance, tax reform, the Murray Center and more! http://goo.gl/fb/23aZT 
 
 
NIU PR: Bill Targets Illinois Charter School Commission http://bit.ly/1jWzFwH 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  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/1jWB4Dz 
 
 
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ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1b20Vlq 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1jWB7z7 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1b20Yh7 
 
 
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ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1ea927o 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/IJpI7J 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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From the Governor’s office, Dec 5, 2013: 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 t
 
 
 
Here is the list of the human filth who voted in favor of violating the law, as well as the Illinois Constitution, to gut the pensions of Illinois public servants.. Ironically, most of these same pukes voted to RAISE their OWN pensions in July, 2012! Hey, pukes: YOU SUCK! Remember these names… if you back them in the next election, you’re a FOOL! 98th General Assembly Senate Vote First Special Session Senate Bill No. 1 10 Republicans, 20 Democrats Senator Pamela J. Althoff (R), 32nd District Senator Christine Radogno (R), 41st District Senator Kwame Raoul (D), 13th District Senator Sue Rezin (R), 38th District Senator Daniel Biss (D), 9th District Senator Don Harmon (D), 39th District Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D), 20th District Senator William E. Brady (R), 44th District Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D), 11th District Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D), 8th District Senator Mattie Hunter (D), 3rd District Senator Karen McConnaughay (R), 33rd District Senator Steve Stadelman (D), 34th District Senator Pat McGuire (D), 43rd District Senator Heather A. Steans (D), 7th District Senator Michael Connelly (R), 21st District Senator John J. Cullerton (D), 6th District Senator Mike Jacobs (D), 36th District Senator Julie A. Morrison (D), 29th District Senator Emil Jones, III (D), 14th District Senator John G. Mulroe (D), 10th District Senator Dave Syverson (R), 35th District Senator Bill Cunningham (D), 18th District Senator Antonio Muñoz (D), 1st District Senator Dan Kotowski (D), 28th District Senator Matt Murphy (R), 27th District Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D), 5th District Senator Darin M. LaHood (R), 37th District Senator Steven M. Landek (D), 12th District Senator Jim Oberweis (R), 25th District

 
 
 
WICS-TVIllinois State Police to Use DroneWICS-TVIllinois State Police to Use Drone. It’s a controversial technology. Drones fighting terrorists overseas. Drones delivering packages like Amazon.com wants to do some day, along with Dominoes delivering pizzas. Now, drones are being used as a tool for …
 
 
 
Posted on December 12, 2013 by Jeanne Ives. If you’d like to join State Representative Jeanne Ives at this event, please use this link: …
 
 
More than 200 Special Olympics athletes from across Illinois competed in the State … From the Collinsville School District: Kaitlyn Tipton, of Maryville, who won …
 
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Interstate 70 motorists and truckers crossing the Mississippi River in St. Louis soon will have a different option. Missouri and Illinois officials …
 
 
… and shelter for people in need or giving an orphaned child a chance to go to school. … Participants will include: Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Zambian …
 
 
Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard makes campaign stop in QuincyWGEMIllinois State Senator Kirk Dillard delivered his message on why he should be Illinois’ next governor to people in the Tri-States Wednesday. The Quincy Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Meet The Candidate” luncheon at Tiramisu. Dillard was accompanied by …
 
 
CASEYVILLE, Illinois — A southwestern Illinois township will pay $60,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed it charged a nonprofit group quadruple what it …
 
 
IPA scholarship named after Sam GarnatiThe SouthernAll Southern Illinois law enforcement and correctional personnel are welcome to attend the group’s next meeting, a Christmas party, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan’s Family Steak House. A raffle will begin in January to assist with the new scholarship. For …
 
 
The politics, money behind keeping HQs in suburbsChicago Daily HeraldU.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 …
 
 
 
Though they may find it hard to believe, Chicago property owners pay relatively less in property taxes than suburban owners do, particularly in the city’s collar …
 
 
Lipinski announces new seismograph for McCook QuarryDesplaines Valley NewsAs part of his commitment to finding out what caused the Nov. 4 seismic event that shook several communities in his district, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) has announced that Northwestern University, in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, has …
 
 
By Brian Costin – Illinois has 43 percent of the nation’s public pension plans, according to a 2012 study published by the Commission on Government …
 
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network … Phillip Nelson, former president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, says farmers have concerns about where the structures …
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. Latino groups want the Illinois attorney general to investigate a nutritional supplement company for being a pyramid …
 
 
With Illinois officials mulling whether to raise speed limits in much of metro Chicago, the Tribune analysis reinforces earlier studies that show suburban and …
 
 
Murray has been in broadcasting in central Illinois since joining WMAY in the Springfield market in 1970. He was a weatherman on Decatur-based WAND-TV …
 
 
The state’s financial condition is still troubled, even if the new pension law stands up in court. The pension adjustments will save billions, but the state still will be …
 
 
In a twitter response to HuffPost blogger and Illinois environmental activist Will Reynolds, who called for the retirement of the state Office of Coal Development, …
 
 
Labor Official Blamed As CTA Gets Ready To Lay Off Ex-OffendersCBS Local“We’re going to take on the union and anybody who’s sympathetic to these hard-hearted, callous union leaders who are playing Scrooge,” Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush said. Kelly says the activists have turned the dispute into a racial issue, which he …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. The lobbyist who chairs the lieutenant governor’s Survey Evaluation Committee says many things about public education …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS December 13, 2013 – 1:10 am EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. CHICAGO — A lawyer for imprisoned former Illinois Gov.
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS December 13, 2013 – 5:05 am EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. BELLEVILLE, Illinois — The fire chief of southwestern Illinois’ Belleville is …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … The National Weather Service says some parts of central and northern Illinois could get up to six inches of snow before a strong …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Out of Control by Tony Toni Tone Munoz: http://youtu.be/rmd-5vfUWas  @kramerradio
 
 
Rep. Bobby Rush’s Englewood tech center dream dead, where did $1 million go? http://bit.ly/19l8NCD 
 
 
MOLINE — Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, will host an interactive budget workshop in Moline on Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will work in groups to act as legislators and decide
 
 
Spent the afternoon at DMM Group making fundraising calls & now at an event in #Hinsdale hosted by Doris Christopher pic.twitter.com/HDTjnBTBVh
 
 
Play by play guys doing Illini game tonight have a….unique…style. Sounds like they’re doing the game from their basement. @Illini8364
 
 
.@gmail implements a ten-second take back window. This will come in exceptionally handy one day. http://goo.gl/uUVZV9 ”
 
 
Office hours at Morris City Hall this morning to answer questions regarding Medicare Advantage/afternoon phone calls and emails
 
 
Many thanks to Andrew Nelms @afpillinois & @ilpoliski @illinoispolicy for their excellent work tonight at the progressive income tax talk.
 
 
Busy couple of days in 26. Holiday parties in Bronzeville, Streeterville, Kenwood. Proud to represent such a great and diverse district!
 
 
By Amanda Vinicky. Enlarge image. It’s still too early for Illinois gun-owners to apply for concealed carry permits. But they can get some parts of the application …
 
 
Quinn touts lower borrowing costs after pension overhaulChicago TribuneBy Ray Long, Chicago Tribune reporter. December 13, 2013. SPRINGFIELD—. — Illinois taxpayers saw the first fruits of a massive government worker pension overhaul Thursday, saving $20 million because the new law helped lower the cost of borrowing …
 
 
http://bit.ly/JkjmMu  Best of luck to Bob Murray, who is leaving job at WTAX; has health concerns
 
 
and is line to get another $5 million from the university, according to state and U. of I. officials. Close to 600,000 people work on factory floors across Illinois, but the number of jobs has been declining. The state hopes this program will …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn refused to debate the merits of a long-sought expansion of gambling in Illinois for months, saying lawmakers must first send …
 
 
“If I said to anyone in the State of Illinois, or the city of Springfield,” said Dennis, “that I was going to leave Illinois because I’m not getting tax credits, they would …
 
 
O’Hare and Midway airports once again land at the bottom of the list for on-time departures this year, although that may soon change — for O’Hare, at least.
 
 
JOLIET — Don’t hold your breath if you’re a medical marijuana enthusiast who’s anxious to either grow or dispense pot in Will County. The county land use department is recommending a 120-day moratorium on marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas until the county zoning ordinance can be amended to address such operations. David Dubois, the county’s zoning administrator, said there are no zo
 
 
… items categorized as “litter,” such as garbage, grass clippings, construction materials, and others, according to Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.
 
 
Gery Chico, Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education Gery Chico, Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education October 29, 2013. From: City Club Chicago Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 35:50 More in News & Politics
 
 
NBC ChicagoExcerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapersKansas.comKwame Raoul and longtime proponents of pension reform, including Sen. Dan Biss and Reps. Elaine Nekritz and Darlene Senger. Subscribe to our newsletters. The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in …Temporary tax hike looking less temporaryGovernor Quinn signs pension reform bill, Mood
 
 
MARION — The state commission that oversees attorney conduct has filed a formal complaint accusing the longtime Williamson County State’s Attorney of unprofessional conduct.
 
 
For further information please contact Debi by phone at 815.842.2475 or by email at Debi@DanRutherford.org or Suzy Brown at SuzyBrown@DanRutherford.org
 
 
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joined John and Amy with reaction to the pension reform deal, and the odds that it could survive a court battle
 
 
DeLuca Introduces Bill to Return Tax Dollars to Local CommunitieseNews Park ForestChicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, chairman of the House Cities and Villages Committee and former mayor of Chicago Heights, recently introduced legislation to return more state income tax revenue to local …
 
 
Zalewski reworks crime bill, trims some gun penaltiesDesplaines Valley NewsMike Zalewski has introduced a larger package of bills to address shortcomings in Illinois’ criminal laws from juvenile sentencing and theft to gun and drug crimes. Zalewski (D-Riverside) fervently worked through a number of concerns about Senate Bill …
 
 
Sneed: Fur sureChicago Sun-TimesBow wow: Our irrepressible State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, an avid dog lover, has now rescued 2,000 pets through her Comptroller’s Critters program, which allows all Illinois shelters to post adoption-eligible pets on the comptroller’s website.
 
 
Video of cows being beaten and stabbed prompts Nestle, maker of DiGiorno and Jack’s frozen pizzas, to drop Wisconsin dairy farm.
 
 
The goal of the presentation was to “discuss methods to keep township government a strong and relevant form of government in Illinois.” An outline of that …
 
 
Schakowsky only Illinois ‘no’ vote on budget dealChicago TribuneWASHINGTON — Fifteen of the 18 House members from Illinois voted today in favor of the federal budget deal, which passed 332-94. One Illinois Democrat voted no and two others skipped the vote. The two who did not vote were Reps. Bobby Rush and …
 
 
Watch the video Rossen: Illinois School Using Tech to Step up Security on Yahoo Movies . NBC’s Jeff Rossen reports on an elementary school in Niles, Ill. that is …
 
 
A Johnson County Committee trying to ban fracking in the county turned in the signatures they needed to put a fracking ban referendum on the March 18th ballot.
 
 
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a shopping guide, detailing toys and clothing that have been recalled.
 
 
Can Illinois Schools Crack Their Property Tax Addiction?Budget & Tax NewsLocal taxpayers, through local property taxes, pay $12 billion of the $20 billion it costs to educate kids in the state each year. State government chips in about $6 billion and the federal government kicks in another $2 billion. But each year, public …
 
 
Results from the Southern Illinois Inter-school TournamentCarmi TimesStudents from six area Taekwondo schools gathered to compete against each other. Participating schools were: Carmi Taekwondo Center, Olney Taekwondo Center, Wabash Valley Taekwondo, Princeton Martial Arts, Fighting Tigers Taekwondo and …
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that residents affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes will now have until May 31, 2014 to file any tax returns due on or after Nov. 15. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to help rebuild every community impacted by the deadly storms.
 
 
Despite warnings of major drops in enrollment, Chicago Public Schools issued billions in bonds to fix up buildings: http://apps.chicagotribune.com/bond-debt/#story4 …
 
 
RTA’s top planning official scheduled to be named acting executive director http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rta-planner-to-become-agencys-executive-director-20131212,0,3142706.story …
 
 
Illinois sold $350 million of taxable bonds on Thursday at lower yield premiums than a similar sale in April, marking the latest sign that investors are encouraged by the state’s pension reforms. The sale was Illinois’ first test of the …
 
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., will tour the Rockford Rescue Mission at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16, as part of day-long tour of nonprofit agencies that provide …
 
 
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections says an inmate serving a 70-year sentence on a murder conviction plunged five stories to his death …
 
 
kyoshino/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — If you happen to have been one of the better looking kids in high school, there’s a good chance that you also got better grades …
 
 
Tribune: A year after the full Arts Education Plan was released, where are you … Emanuel: For the first time in the history of the Chicago Public School system, …
 
 
The Stateville Correctional Center inmate who fell to his death Thursday has been identified.
 
 
BLOOMINGTON – Illinois Chief Justice Rita Garman wants to focus on education in her three-year term. Chief Justice Garman took the post in October and on Thursday she laid out her agenda before members of the Chicago Bar Association. Supreme Court Director …
 
 
* Here are our 2012 Golden Horseshoe Award winners, with runners up in parentheses… * The Wordslinger Golden Horseshoe Award for Best CapitolFax.com Commenter: Oswego Willy (Michelle Flaherty) * The Mike McClain Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Statehouse Insider: Mike McClain * Best Statewide Officeholder: Auditor General Bill Holland (Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka) * Best “Do-Good
 
 
By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune reporter … Chicago is among the first cities expected to receive money, but Emanuel declined to predict how much it could …
 
 
Question of the dayThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)The Mark Beaubien Lifetime Service award for the Illinois House: Rep. Skip Saviano, Rep. Joe Lyons (tie). * The John Millner Lifetime Service award for the Illinois Senate: Sen. Susan Garrett (Sen. Tom Johnson). * Best Illinois State Senator …
 
 
Them’s fightin’ words. Rhetoric you won’t want to miss. CTA versus rail union over ex-offender program. Jay/Edw. at 6p on CBS2. Truth squad.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 74,191 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 22-24 and Dec.
 
 
* The dirty little secret of Chicago’s high parking meter rates is that many businesses love them. Why? Because the meters create turnover. Potential customers don’t park a long time in front of their businesses, so the cars of more potential customers then replace them. And while some hailed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s renegotiated […]
 
 
* I don’t know if this statistic is even close to accurate, but it’s fascinating. From a Reuters story about Michigan’s new “right to work” law… Tracy Bosman, a Chicago-based site selection consultant with Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co, says Michigan’s law has generated interest in the state. Up to 50 percent of manufacturers automatically screen […]
 
 
The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Illinois is small compared to the Hispanic population, but the growth of those businesses is nearly three times that of all other companies in the state, according to a study by a new entrepreneurial …
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosDec. 13-15 is Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season. Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloader during the second firearm season on Dec. 5-8. & during the Muzzleloader Season Dec. 13-15. For more info http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DeerHuntingInfoAndCheckInSystem.pdf
 
 
 
Eight Retailers Recall 32” Coby Flat Screen Televisions Due to Fire and Burn Hazardswww.cpsc.govAn electronic component in the TVs can fail, catch fire and ignite nearby items.
 
 
 
THE OSFM REMINDS RESIDENTS TO PROPERLY USE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS TO PREVENT HOME FIRES. Please click for entire press release.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        CONTACT: Monday, December 9, 2013                                                               Milly Santiago (312) 814-09
 
 
IDNR says preliminary figures show hunters took a total of 74,191 deer during the firearm season.News : Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 74,191www.dnr.illinois.gov
 
 
New ISP website provides information about the concealed carry application process.IL Concealed Carry Licenseccl4illinois.comNOTE: A separate website link is available if you have forgotten your Illinois Digital I.D. username and/or password. If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call 1-800-366-8768.
 
 
Illinois Loses Office Depot, Is ADM Next?WNIJ and WNIUEarlier this month the Illinois Senate passed an incentive package — one that gives ADM tax breaks in exchange for jobs — but the House adjourned without a vote. It’s the same legislative wall met by Office Depot – which recently merged with …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is launching a long-delayed TV advertising blitz Friday telling people to “enroll now” for insurance coverage under the nation’s health …
 
 
“A coalition of law enforcement officials, including Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan, is pushing an initiative called Secure Our Smartphones. The group has been pressuring cellphone makers to provide a remote antitheft feature called a “kill switch.” If a phone is lost or stolen, the owner simply reports it to the carrier and the phone is rendered inoperable. If the phone do
 
 
I wish to strongly disagree with the Pantagraph editorial of Dec. 8, “Yes on pension bill was a show of courage.”
 
 
Although I am a businessman and generally support governmental policies that aid business and marketing enterprises, I am mildly taken aback at the possibility that Archer Daniels Midland is a…
 
 
Online Staff Report U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., will tour the Rockford Rescue Mission at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16, as part of day-long tour of nonprofit agencies that provide care and support for the needy. Rep. Kinzinger will visit agencies across the 16th District in an effort to raise awareness of the important work being done to help families struggling to make ends meet these winter mont
 
 
Ice fishing will open at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area on Saturday. “The Slough,” considered the top spot for panfish in the Chicago area, is just off Route 41, about an hour south. Click here for site info. Access will be from the front or Filbert Lane (off Patrol Road). Mormon Hill be closed Continue reading →
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE – After the tornado destroyed Maureen Fandel’s home in Washington, Ill., she found many of her photos just feet from where she kept them, but some in the same collection landed more than 100 miles away.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD-House Speaker Michael Madigan’s denunciation of big corporate tax breaks aligns with what organized labor has been pushing at the Capitol for years, but one top union official said Thursday the speaker’s stridency on the issue won’t be enough to soothe public employees and retirees hurt by last week’s landmark pension vote. “We’ve had a Continue reading →
 
 
Aetna Inc. has said it will not renew the health insurance plans for Illinois residents it canceled because they did not meet the requirements of President Obama’s health care law.
 
 
PORTAGE — The Illiana Expressway zoomed into the fast lane Thursday, with support coming at about a 3-1 margin from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. The commission approved three separate resolutions, all backing Illiana. The first vote didn’t come without debate. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who opposes the $1.3 billion tollway to be built in southern Lake County
 
 
Grundy County will be giving its employees the holiday gift of extra days off with pay. The county board Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution to close county offices on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, which fall on Tuesdays this year. This means the county’s employees will have 15 paid holidays this year instead of the usual 13. The value of those paid holidays for about 200 emplo
 
 
A veil of secrecy surrounds a proposed development on Grayville’s south side.
 
 
URBANA, Ill. – Much of the discussion in the corn market, and in crop markets in general, has become focused on the potential for a protracted period of low prices and the likely impact on farm income
 
 
The bulk of local residents are apparently satisfied with the results of “municipal aggregation” of electric rates.
 
 
Three DuPage County candidates, including two seeking countywide seats, could be kicked off the March primary ballot if residents opposing their candidacies can prove mistakes were made on their nomination papers.
 
 
The president and vice president of a prominent Chicago real estate company best known for developing Block 37 in the Loop were indicted Thursday on charges related to the redevelopment of the old Goldblatt’s department store in Uptown, federal authorities said. Laurance H. Freed and Caroline Walters of Joseph Freed and Associates were accused of lying about and concealing unpaid property taxe
 
 
Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) launched a website Dec. 12 to provide the public with information about the concealed carry application process. The Concealed Carry License (CCL) website is being launched in advance of the Jan. 5, 2014, application posting date to provide citizens with additional information that will assist with eligibility requirements, a
 
 
The Chicago Transit Authority will host their first ever memorabilia auction beginning Thursday and lasting one week.
 
 
ST. LOUIS-(KMOX)–An environmental group announces its preparing a lawsuit against Ameren, alleging the utility has violated the Clean Air Act at its St. Louis-area power plants. The Sierra Club claims Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in Franklin County, St. Louis County and Jefferson and Franklin counties are spewing particulate matter into the air, contributing to asthma, heart attacks and premat
 
 
Five Illinois bus companies — including four in the Chicago area and another that provides daily transportation for college students — are among 52 carriers that have been shut down by federal regulators nationwide, officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced. NBC5 Investigates found the local companies have been cited for such violations as ignored warning lights, vehicle ma
 
 
Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
 
 
Senator @AndyManar & Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy join us at 8:10am on Busboom & Wolfe TALK 101
 
 
RT @ilgop: #ILGOP candidates Dold (4) and Schilling (6) make @RollCall’s Top 10 Congressional Comebacks list #twill http://www.rollcall.com/news/top_10_comeback_congressional_campaigns-229550-1.html?pg=2 …
 
 
Looks like Madigan won’t hand ADM a tax break; “difficult to support tax giveaways for … millionaire shareholders” http://wuis.org/post/madigan-resist-temptation-cave-corporate-officials-demands …
 
 
Madigan has been overlord when IL gave big incentives before (Sears, CME) “@tonymess: Good for him. MT @jrosenbaum http://wuis.org/post/madigan-resist-temptation-cave-corporate-officials-demands …”
 
 
Editorial: A new feature that could curb smartphone theft http://trib.in/1f9wH4d 
 
 
Driving back up to #Chicago this morning for meetings and a slew of holiday parties tonight. Looking forward to seeing @DanLobbies. #twill
 
 
Stopped by @faithinplace breakfast this morning in #Champaign and also ran into my friends from the @ieanea. #twill pic.twitter.com/ROH9utQirM
 
 
NEWS: Protecting our children; Senator Hunter says abuse and neglect deaths are unacceptable, demands improvement http://bit.ly/1fnoPNl 
 
 
Wonderful Time this morning speaking to CEO (creating entrepreneurial opportunities)High School class in… http://fb.me/17xUzpHg8 
 
 
On #Chicago #Polvision TV having interview with Sergio Zgrzębski. #Polish #twill @sergiusz_z pic.twitter.com/09Udr45kY9
 
 
Four gas station owners charged with tax fraud http://bit.ly/1e85jqY  via @LincolnwoodNews #twill
 
 
After nearly a year away from home, members of a Peoria-based Army National Guard unit are expected to be home… http://fb.me/2vCFvbYTb 
 
 
“Michael Jordan’s ‘flu game’ shoes sell for $104,765.” Came to work w/ a cold last year. Anyone wanna buy my chair? http://bit.ly/1bHEB4Z 
 
 
Editorial: We have a problem with Xadrian R. McCraven, and you should too. The trouble with clout. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24295500-474/the-trouble-with-clout.html …
 
 
Home-schooled kids got back to nature and learned about the oceans Wednesday in a special class at the #Peoria Zoo. http://bit.ly/1fleUYP 
 
 
Squires & Stratton remind you to invest in WUIS and firm up your 2013 tax deductions along with fab radio. http://campl.us/qGkY 
 
 
Blog: I posted names of the 10 charters CPS already approved to open fall 2014. The bd votes on more charters in Jan. http://bit.ly/18Gh5UP 
 
 
@RepBibbyRush: “I intend 2 wrk w/IL delegation & 2 send lettr 2 Sec/Transpo ths aftrnoon seekin intrvention” pic.twitter.com/cMFhJSzacL
 
 
House Speaker Madigan criticizes tax breaks for companies like ADM. The local reaction tonight on WAND News at 6pm. NBC
 
 
WSIU: Some Murray Center Residents to Remain Pending Litigation http://bit.ly/1fnRgLf 
 
 
Southtown: Kadner: Social Security plans office service cuts http://bit.ly/1jTNs7l 
 
 
Joliet: Reeder: On some issues, there cannot be compromise http://bit.ly/1duihuo 
 
 
Podcast updates: Munoz’s 9-1-1 call, 9-1-1 etiquette, Bruce Rushton, Dan Noll and more: http://wmay.com/podcasts/bishop-on-air …
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Disappointing Obamacare numbers, DCFS investigatio… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/disappointing-obamacare-numbers-dcfs.html?spref=tw …
 
 
IDNR says preliminary figures show hunters took a total of 74,191 deer during the firearm season. http://fb.me/2c11r1Sy6 
 
 
Illiana tollway gets green light; Ind. planning panel passes three resolutions backing project. http://bit.ly/1da9eOW 
 
 
 
 
A choo choo boo boo at Christmastime? ◆ Translation: Sneed hears activist Catholic priest Michael Pfleger wants to clean up a CTA janitorial mess impacting ex-offenders trained to clean trains. ◆ Explanation: Pfleger is said to be infuriated with the unwillingness of union chief Bob
 
 
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.
 
 
Shake up Springfiled. Bring back Illinois. Vote for your favorite #HammerAndShake video here: To learn more visit.
 
 
WASHINGTON, Ill. — Governor Quinn is extending the tax deadline for residents and businesses affected by last month’s tornadoes.
 
 
Senator Hunter says abuse and neglect deaths are unacceptable, demands improvement Frustrated by the number of children dying from abuse and angered by the tragic story of one Chicago girl’s recent death, Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter confronted the state’s child welfare agency on Tuesday and demanded changes. “We have 111 children that have died. That is not acceptable. Every single one of
 
 
Bob talks with Comcast Newsmakers about why he’s concerned about money tracking at the state Lottery.Questionable tracking of lottery fundswww.comcastnewsmakers.comRobert Rita, State Representative, 28th District, Illinois General Assembly discusses questionable tracking of lottery funds
 
 
There are both facts and misinformation being circulated about the impact of pension reform law passed by the General Assembly earlier this month. We have some answers for you. Please share.Pension Reform Q & A: the factsillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Top 14 New Laws: Every year in Springfield, the legislature passes hundreds of new laws. Some of these new laws might change what you do each day or present new opportunities for safety, security or other enhancements for you or your loved ones. Please review a few of these new laws to see what they may offer you.14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial W
 
 
Rep. Brauer at Zara’s Collision Center’s Annual Benevolence Vehicle giveaway to Deanna Logan & her 5 children~ loaded with Biketek bikes and presents for the children!
 
 
Senator Hunter says abuse and neglect deaths are unacceptable, demands improvement Frustrated by the number of children dying from abuse and angered by the tragic story of one Chicago girl’s recent death, Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter confronted the state’s child welfare agency on Tuesday and demanded changes. “We have 111 children that have died. That is not acceptable. Every single one of
 
 
Please join me, along with Sen. Kimberly Lightford, Sen. Matt Murphy and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie at the Union League Club of Chicago on December 19 for a panel discussion on the recent pension vote.
 
 
My staff just met with FEMA representatives regarding the FEMA programs for Disaster Recovery. The critical thing all effected persons homeowners/renters need to do is register with FEMA for assistance. This can be done in person at the Disaster Recovery Center (Festival Building, East Peoria), by phone at 800-621-3362, or online at disasterassistance.gov. All effected persons should do this regar
 
 
The latest news on Speaker Madigan’s recently passed pension reform bill: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131211/BLOGS02/131219939/pension-reform-up-to-illinois-supreme-court?r=1117H6533790E1F#Pension reform up to Illinois Supreme Courtwww.chicagobusiness.comThe politicians in Springfield finally did their jobs and passed a decent plan to reform Illinois’ pension system. Quite soon, it wi
 
 
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 Conf
 
 
After nearly a year away from home, members of a Peoria-based Army National Guard unit are expected to be home for Christmas. This holiday season we are grateful for all the men and women currently serving our nation in the U.S. military.Peoria-based guard unit expected home before Christmaswww.pjstar.comPEORIA — After nearly a year away from home, members of a Peoria-based Army National Guard uni
 
 
Stopped by the Faith in Place /Illinois Interfaith Power & Light breakfast this morning in Champaign and also ran into my friends from the Illinois Education Association. Now I’m on the road back to Chicago for meetings and a slew of holiday parties tonight. Stay warm out there today!
 
 
 
Lt. Governor Simon survey: Education funding reform needed in IllinoisCHICAGO – Dec. 12, 2013. Nearly 65 percent of participating school district superintendents believe state funding for education is poor or in need of improvement, according to an online survey that wi
 
 
At Annual DuPage County Christmas Prayer Breakfast w/guest speaker Alan Krashesky.
 
 
Enjoyed visiting with good friend Liz Martinez and Milton Twp. Trustee Marty Keller at the Annual DuPage County Christmas Prayer Breakfast.
 
 
On Chicago Polvision TV having interview with Sergio Zgrzębski.
 
 
CHICAGO – El Gobernador Pat Quinn publicó hoy la siguiente declaración en la víspera de la celebración a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe:
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $542,000 for work at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
Today I am hosting the last Affordable Care Act Registration Day at my office of the year. Join the Puerto Rican Cultural Center at my office and get your questions answered from now until 2PM. Call the office for more information.
 
 
Season’s Greetings from the cute gingerbread man in the Water Street District in downtown Naperville!
 
 
 
14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
For those wondering what new laws will take effect on January 1, 2014 you can find a few on this link below: http://illinoissenatedemocrats.com/index.php/caucus-news/feature-story-archive/3829-14-for-14-top-14-new-illinois-laws-for-201414 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
To the hundreds of residents in the 19th District that I have had the pleasure to talk to and for those who have sent messages, we appreciate your feedback. In response to your questions, below is a Q&A fact sheet. We also encourage you to call the office and set up an appointment if you have further questions. Our office number is (708) 283-4125. You can email us at district19@senatorhastings
 
 
Senator Hastings sends Holiday Message to the 19th District TINLEY PARK – The holiday season is here… along with the snow! For a lot of us, the holiday season is a time where we count our blessings and enjoy our time with family, friends and neighbors. It is also a time where we should remember that there are those in our community that may be struggling through rough times with issues ranging
 
 
“The defendants have illegally profited at the expense of the state and Illinois taxpayers,” AG Lisa Madigan. “This round of indictments demonstrates our standing commitment to hold dishonest business owners accountable for committing state tax fraud.”Four gas station owners charged with tax fraudlincolnwood.suntimes.comFour area gas station owners charged with defrauding the state of more than $1
 
 
Last call inviting all to a great discussion tonight on a critical issue- the pitfalls of the proposed progressive income tax. Bad for families/taxpayers/small biz.
 
 
Escape the cold and snow this weekend with a family outing to the beautiful Patio Theater. They will be screening HOME ALONE 2 on Sunday at 2:00pm & 5:00pm. Tickets only $3. Hot cocoa and cider in the lobby.https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/157904_309527919063120_1725699251_s.jpgPortage Park Neighborhood AssociationEscape the cold and snow this weekend with a family outing
 
 
Met with a group of state retirees in Jerseyville to discuss changes in state pensions & healthcare. Contact me with questions.
 
 
The Illinois State Police has launched the website to apply for a concealed carry license. Check it out below.IL Concealed Carry Licenseccl4illinois.comNOTE: A separate website link is available if you have forgotten your Illinois Digital I.D. username and/or password. If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call 1-800-366-8768.
 
 
The Illinois State Police has launched the website to apply for a concealed carry license. Check it out below.IL Concealed Carry Licenseccl4illinois.comNOTE: A separate website link is available if you have forgotten your Illinois Digital I.D. username and/or password. If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call 1-800-366-8768.
 
 
“It’s Christmas for all at Murray Center.  It’s been a great day in Clinton County.  Our families and residents are safe and warm in a loving, caring, small village inside the city limits of Centralia that they can call home.” -State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) On Wednesday, Clinton County Judge Becker ruled that the Department of Human Services cannot transfer residents of Murray C
 
 
My staff just met with FEMA representatives regarding the FEMA programs for Disaster Recovery. The critical thing all effected homeowners/renters need to do is register with FEMA for assistance. This can be done in person at the Disaster Recovery Center (Festival Building, East Peoria), by phone at 800-621-3362, or online at disasterassistance.gov. All effected persons should do this regardless of
 
 
 
Protecting our childrensenatorhunter.comState Senator Mattie Hunter represents the 3rd Legislative District of Illinois.
 
 
 
 
The headlines all say that the General Assembly has reformed Illinois’ public employee pension system. The headlines lie. Legislators didn’t reform what has …
 
 
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn can pretty much forget about getting any more money from the state’s …
 
 
On Nov. 21 the pollution control board granted Illinois Power Holdings, the Dynegy subsidiary, a variance from a 2006 law that regulates certain air pollutants.
 
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone 6 months and … local health departments, health clinics, pharmacies and other health care …
 
 
12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Illinois chapters of the American … Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), and Northwestern Medicine have …
 
 
Redbox president leaves; parent cutting jobsCrain’s Chicago Business(AP) — The president of DVD rental kiosk business Redbox has left, and its parent company, Outerwall, is cutting about 251 jobs. Along with Redbox DVD rental kiosks, Outerwall operates Coinstar coin-counting machines. It said it will conduct a search …
 
 
State Rep. Chris Welch faces challenger in Democratic primaryRiver Forest LeavesMeanwhile, Democratic incumbents La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly, both of Chicago, are running unopposed in the Democratic the primary for the 8th and 78th districts of the House. Mark Salispan of Maywood is running unopposed in the Republican …
 
 
Northfield synagogue hosts hunger summitNorthbrook StarDaniel Biss and Julie Morrison, and state Reps. Scott Drury, Laura fine and Elaine Nekritz was moderated by Steven McCullough, who is the Vice-president of Community Partnerships with the greater Chicago Food Depository. “What we’ve seen in the past …
 
 
GE finances Invenergy natgas power plant in IllinoisMSN MoneyDec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. multinational General Electric Co said Thursday it is anchoring a lending group to finance construction of the 584-megawatt Nelson natural gas-fired power plant in Illinois for privately held power company Invenergy LLC …
 
 
WICS-TVICC tells Ameren to lower electric ratesKankakee Daily JournalAccording to the company’s website, there are 10,901 Ameren customers in Iroquois County, 5,732 in Ford County and 4,648 in Livingston County. Ameren has about 1.2 million electric customers in Illinois overall and about 800,000 natural gas customers …Rate Cut for Ameren IllinoisAmeren told to lower electric delivery rateICC te
 
 
Hindsboro farmer Gary Hudson was elected president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) for 2013-2014. Hudson has served on the ICGA board for …
 
 
WBEZIndiana planning group signs off on Illiana CorridorChicago TribuneIllinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said much work remains over the next year to complete planning and start soliciting bids from private investors who would partner with the state. More than 300 people jammed a park building in Portage for …Illiana tollway gaining speed; planning panel approves first of three …
 
 
Illinois penalty shrinks 29% on bond sale after pension billCrain’s Chicago Business(Bloomberg) — Illinois sold $350 million of taxable general-obligation bonds via auction, its first borrowing since lawmakers passed a bill aimed at repairing the worst-funded U.S. state pension systems. Today’s offer included debt maturing in …
 
 
Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) … now in its third year, has led to a new law in Illinois to penalize these criminals.
 
 
US Rep. Aaron Schock finds inspiration in Mandela memorialPeoria Journal StarPEORIA — The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela was at times somber, but at other moments a celebration. U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock led a delegation of about two dozen lawmakers to the event and said from Johannesburg …
 
 
Aetna Inc. has said it will not renew the health insurance plans for Illinois residents it canceled because they did not meet … 2012 Illinois School Report Cards.
 
 
Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., will tour the Rockford Rescue Mission at 9 a.m., Monday … of the important work being done to help families struggling to make ends meet …
 
 
Chicago GOP — Yes, There Is One — Backing 18 Legislative CandidatesCBS2 ChicagoFatimah Macklin is running in the 34th District, hoping to face off against Democratic incumbent Elgie Sims. “I’m running because my neighborhood needs a decrease in crime, and an increase in jobs,” she said. Another GOP candidate, Mark Ekhoff has …
 
 
Rep. Conroy to hold coffee talk, open house next weekSuburban Life PublicationsDeb Conroy will host two local events next week in Villa Park. Conroy will host her “Coffee Shop Stop” from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Funky Java, 40 S. Villa Ave. The event will provide constituents an opportunity to speak with Conroy. Conroy will also …Rep. Conroy’s Office To Host Holiday Open House
 
 
Governor, Illinois EPA , Chicago Clean Cities Coalition designate nine new …The Rock River TimesBROOKFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), in partnership with the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition, designated nine new “Illinois Green Fleets” at an event held Dec. 12 at Brookfield Zoo. The Illinois Green Fleets …
 
 
The specter of massively under-funded public pension liabilities across, … Munis issue by California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey combine for about 52% …
 
 
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by three members of the rock group Cheap Trick against the band’s …
 
 
Negotiations continue to bring plant to Tuscola, but no decision yetChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteThu, 12/12/2013 – 1:43pm | Michael Kiser. Audio: State Senator Chapin Rose 12/12/2013. State Senator Chapin Rose 12/12/2013. » more. Dave and Elizabeth talk with State Senator Chapin Rose on this morning’s show. (Sorry about the abrupt start. – E.) …
 
 
MT. VERNON — District 80 will be audited soon by the Illinois State Board of Education and school officials say the process is normal and not a cause for …
 
 
“With the help of these federal resources, made available through the Affordable Care Act, Illinois health centers can provide expanded assistance for …
 
 
Accessibility upgrades coming at UISThe State Journal-RegisterWork is expected to begin early next semester on upgrading accessibility at the University of Illinois Springfield campus. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office on Thursday announced a capital investment of more than $542,000 to upgrade accessibility at UIS. The …
 
 
President Obama and Penny Pritzker WASHINGTON – In response to a question from the Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said Wednesday that an Obama presidential library should be located in Chicago. “I am very hopeful,” Pritzker said. “I…
 
 
By Mark Rhoads – Members of the nonpartisan Illinois State Society of Washington, DC donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross for Washington & Central Illinois Tornado Relief & Recovery. Please join us whenever you can in making individual donations…
 
 
MORRIS – 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. According to State Senator Sue Rezin, there may be a misunderstanding about…
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this The Chicago Buildings Department issues new building construction permits. (Chicago) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week named a new commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings. Emanuel on Tuesday tapped Felicia Davis, the mayor’s Executive Director of the Office of Public Engagement, to the post enforcing the city’s
 
 
By Nancy Thorner – Part 3: Application Of Common Core Should Raise Your Dander Although not happening in all school districts throughout Illinois at the same time or to the same degree, several similar practices have being reported in school…
 
 
CHICAGO – The arena where the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks play will continue to be called the United Center for the next two decades. The teams, arena and United Airlines said Wednesday that they’ve entered into a new naming…
 
 
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* I forgot to post this because I was on break at the time, but a longtime reader was waiting in line at Springfield’s Best Buy on Thanksgiving night and sent me a couple of pics. From his e-mails… Paid circulators last night at Best Buy in Springfield working the line for term limit petitions. […]
 
 
* SJ-R… 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. Following Brady — a member of the state Senate from Bloomington and the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee — […]
 
 
Though a proponent of many education reforms taking place in Illinois, Stewart said changes are occurring too quickly, contributing to emotional stresses …
 
 
Physicians Immediate Care announced the grand opening of its first clinic in Kendall County, providing Oswego residents a convenient solution to their urgent and unexpected health care needs. The new 3,500 square-foot clinic at 2322 Route 34 (in front o
 
 
WASHINGTON – The top ten Republican 2014 races nationwide include Illinois’ 10th and 17th CDs, a story in RollCall.com pointed out Wednesday. Hopes to strengthen the Republican majority in the U.S. House rest with ten nationwide races, and in Illinois…
 
 
Rahm Emanuel hits Washington today for Aspen Institute jobs forumVoicesJan Schakowsky D-Ill and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett also spoke to the protesters in the tent. City Hall said Emanuel tonight will “announce a fast in solidarity with immigration reform activists that have been fasting on the National …
 
 
Jennifer Gill has been selected to be the next superintendent of Springfield Public Schools – District 186, pending contract negotiations.Board to enter into contract negotiations with Gillwww.sj-r.comThe Springfield School District announced Thursday it planned to enter into contract negotiations with Jennifer Gill to be the next superintendent. Gill, 44, is a Springfield resident who serves as t
 
 
  ELGIN (CBS) – Felony charges have been filed after a seven-year-old boy took a loaded handgun to school in Elgin Thursday morning. [cbs-audio url=http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/mp3_bc-wav-carts-steve-miller2-elgin-gun.mp3 size=340px download=false name=”Gun In Elgin School” artist=”WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller “] It’s an adult who’s charged with two felonies:
 
 
The pensions that government workers receive in Illinois are often based upon more years of service than these employees actually worked. That’s because …
 
 
* The dirty little secret of Chicago’s high parking meter rates is that many businesses love them. Why? Because the meters create turnover. Potential customers don’t park a long time in front of their businesses, so the cars of more potential customers then replace them. And while some hailed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s renegotiated […]
 
 
* I don’t know if this statistic is even close to accurate, but it’s fascinating. From a Reuters story about Michigan’s new “right to work” law… Tracy Bosman, a Chicago-based site selection consultant with Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co, says Michigan’s law has generated interest in the state. Up to 50 percent of manufacturers automatically screen […]
 
 
* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best campaign staffer – Illinois House Democrats goes to Kristen Bauer… I’ve worked multiple campaigns for House Dems, and my vote would be Kristen Bauer. She’s 8 am to midnite and beyond, seven days a week. She is 200 percent dedicated and loyal. It’s a chore just to get […]
 
 
* From House Speaker Michael Madigan’s statement yesterday about his opposition to the corporate tax break bill… The companies requesting these taxpayer-funded breaks currently pay little to no corporate income tax to the state, contributing little or nothing to help fund the very services from which they benefit significantly. Meanwhile, middle-class families continue struggling through a […]
 
 
CHICAGO – Liberal Chicago aldermen Ed Burke and George Cardenas want to force coffee shops, restaurants, schools and individual users of Styrofoam and other polystyrene food containers to stop using them. The two “progressive” pols proposed an ordinance Wednesday that…
 
 
WASHINGTON DC – The Illinois congressional delegation’s vote Thursday on the five year budget plan agreed upon by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. …
 
 
… wards of the state because they don’t have parents and guardians to protect their rights.” ___. Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com.
 
 
This comes after a survey called for by Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D). It says superintendents believe state funding for education “is poor or in need of improvement.”.
 
 
Take, for example, Illinois, where state lawmakers reduced workers’ contributions to pensions and at the same time cut their benefits in a 30-year plan to erase a …
 
 
Following an oversight hearing yesterday held by the Senate Environment and … U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reiterated his commitment to working …
 
 
After a year of frustrating setbacks for immigration reform activists, Senate … met with the Illinois Democrat on the National Mall Wednesday, a Durbin aide said, …
 
 
Two Democratic incumbents were the only candidates running for Illinois state … Biss sits on the committees of Licensed Activities and Pensions, Education, …
 
 
LEBANON – Wednesday, Lebanon’s Nick Miller got an oversized envelope from Congressman Bill Enyart’s (IL-13) office. Miller, who is a Republican on the St. Clair County Board thought it had something to do with county business. He opened it up…
 
 
Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, argues pension legislation while on the House floor at the state Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in Springfield Ill. (AP …
 
 
By Samantha Bomkamp Tribune reporter. 3:44 p.m. CST, December 12, 2013. Laurance Freed, a prominent Chicago real estate developer best known for the …
 
 
By Brian L. Cox Special to the Tribune. 2:56 p.m. CST, December 12, 2013. Chief Keef’s lawyers told a Cook County judge today that the Chicago rapper is …
 
 
Sheriff Tom Dart says the monument will help to rectify Homewood Memorial Garden’s dark history of “horrific” burial practices.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Illinois State Police say they’ve launched a new website that publicizes the application process for Illinoisans who want to carry …
 
 
Lawmakers in Illinois may have agreed on pension reform, but one analyst says … The measure signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn does several things, …
 
 
By DAVID MERCER Associated Press December 12, 2013 … CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — In Dino Babers’ world there is no pretty good. There is only good and …
 
 
The survey is required by statute and asks superintendents to evaluate the Illinois State Board of Education and the Regional Offices of Education. A total of 355 …
 
 
In the Illinois Senate, Biss sits on the committees of Licensed Activities and Pensions, Education, Higher Education, Environment and Local Government.
 
 
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Maybe reopen some prisons, and pray for Bruce Rauner to win. How Gov Quinn can win back IL union support. http://ow.ly/rHfJV  #twill
 
 
City Council Office of Financial Analysis is a critical reform and something the taxpayers of Chicago absolutely need.