Today’s headlines — Sunday, Dec. 15

In the next few months, Illinois will become the last state in the nation to begin accepting applications for concealed carry permits. Thus, the reason for the “Guns in the Suburbs” three-part series. We thought it was a good time to take a look at the suburbs’ relationship with guns — how many gun permits already exist; how they are distributed; whether those stats suggest the more the permits, t
 
 
Drivers can finally start using the new Mississippi River bridge between Illinois and St. Louis in February.  The Missouri Department of Transportation announced late last week that the new bridge that’s been under construction for four years…
 
 
Proposed rules that will regulate high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the state fail to mention tornadoes, an oversight some people feel could result in disaster.
 
 
 
Rush, Rangel were outsiders, became insiders who adopted ways they had complained about, writes @MaryMitchellCST http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/24360040-452/community-deserves-answers-from-bobby-rush-mitchell.html …
 
 
 
Funeral services for Route 66 icon Bill Shea set for 1 pm Thurs at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home in Springfield https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheas-Route-66-Museum/204884016208897 …
 
 
On @WGEM Quincy right now with @Matt_WGEM tune in & hear how our team will #MakeILWorkAgain pic.twitter.com/iUk5FnhWUp
 
 
Was told by more than a few to smile in my FB & Twitter pics. So … I’m smiling!
 
 
LIVE: @chasejohn, co-author of the book “Golden”, is on the phone talking about the Blagojevich scandal. http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
Good morning – here’s the front page of today’s Journal Star: pic.twitter.com/xKsRFHbsfg
 
 
Chicago Daily Herald – Found 39 minutes agoThat must be what Governor Quinn had in mind when he said that everyone will have to give a little to make pension reform work.
 
 
 
Chuck Sweeny: Local leaders in the dark about Amtrak serviceRockford Register StarSteve Stadelman, D-Rockford, said the state’s negotiations with the Canadian National Railway over use of their tracks “are agonizingly slow. The governor says he’s disappointed that the cost has skyrocketed. Conversations are taking place now …
 
 
 
Classes to focus on mental health crisis recoveryNorthwest HeraldThe practice is endorsed and promoted by the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health, and is based on the work of mental health advocate Mary Ellen Copeland. Participants must be at least 18 years old and the class is limited to …
 
 
Here’s a rundown on the 2013 highlights for Illinois associations: … The Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance requires the city’s 3,500 commercial, residential …
 
 
Letter: Shameful state of US justice systemThe State Journal-RegisterHas our legal system become so totally corrupt that a wealthy teen driver with three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system can kill four pedestrians and still get probation? That happened in Texas, and apparently this is the shameful state of …
 
 
He is also president of the board that runs the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a prominent residential care facility and school for mentally ill youth. He says …
 
 
Blocks away from the Capitol at Springfield city hall, there is no sweeping plan in … Budget Director Bill McCarty said the type of structural changes needed to …
 
 
Bass in your faceIllinois TimesThat, according to a 911 recording obtained by Illinois Times, is the agency Munoz called in an attempt to get some peace and quiet shortly before midnight on Dec. 2, the eve of a special legislative session called so that the General Assembly could …
 
 
Tom Kacich: 2014 election will have more contested racesChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteNaomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana. The Democrats are Carol Ammons of Urbana and Sam Rosenberg of Champaign, and the Republican is Kristin Williamson of Urbana. In the 106th District, freshman Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka, has a Democratic opponent, …
 
 
 
California has Disneyland and Florida has Disney World. But Chicago has Disney Home. Now a California couple who bought the house where Walt Disney …
 
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. A new report says Illinois is one of many states using only a small portion of the billions paid out by tobacco companies …
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. There’s a small move away from the edge of the cliff regarding the Farm Bill. The U.S. House of Representatives …
 
 
Pat Quinn, also a Democrat. Still, Emanuel has worked the Illinois legislature and Quinn hard and made gains (notably on education reform). De Blasio’s fate is, …
 
 
We are at an important point in our legislative history. We have a legislature committing itself to taking on difficult issues and casting tough votes, on everything …
 
 
If you’d like to share your experience in seeking coverage, send us a letter at letters@sj-r.com. Thanks for reading us and let me know what you think about …
 
 
2013-12-15T05:00:00Z Erickson: ADM decision leaves question of motiveby Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee. net pantagraph.com. 1 minute ago • by Kurt …
 
 
By Ulysses Arn – Republicans elected to office from Illinois are letting those of us who sent them to Springfield and Washington down big time. State Rep. Tom Cross let down everyone who believes in traditional marriage and the Republican…
 
 
Bernard Schoenburg: Schimpf cuts own path in run for Illinois attorney generalThe State Journal-RegisterPAUL SCHIMPF, a Republican from Waterloo who is running for attorney general, has clearly thought more about issues than just reading somebody else’s conclusions. Born at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois, he’s a U.S. Naval Academy graduate …
 
 
What it takes to obtain a gun license in IllinoisChicago Daily HeraldIllinois’ requirement that anyone owning or buying a firearm be licensed by the state is meant to ensure guns stay out of the hands of dangerous criminals and those with significant mental health issues. But critics argue it’s an unnecessary hindrance …
 
 
 
 
 
 
If your community association’s meetings seem to be getting longer, it’s not your imagination. Myriad court judgments, legislation and hot topics this year have …
 
 
Champaign’s stable economic base is anchored by the presence of the University of Illinois . Diverse Revenue Stream: The city’s revenue stream is fairly diverse and includes sales, property and income taxes; the city’s home-rule taxing authority …
 
 
Relaxing with my boy pic.twitter.com/UuoI4HW6og
 
 
Groups throughout the suburbs gathered Saturday to remember the tragedy at a Newtown, Conn. school that occurred one year ago. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a gunman, who invaded the building and later killed himself.
 
 
A Springfield icon and lifetime member of the Route 66 Hall of Fame died overnight. …
 
 
Two Illinois women wed, months before law takes effectGay People ChronicleTwo Illinois women wed, months before law takes effect. by Anthony Glassman. Chicago–Six months before Illinois’ same-sex marriage law officially takes effect, a federal court granted two women an emergency marriage license. Vernita Gray, 64, has …
 
 
LegalUSPokerSites.comChicago’s Pension Situation Both Positive And Negative, Moody’s ReportsHuffington PostCHICAGO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The passage last week of reforms to Illinois’ public pension system could signal that the legislature may soon address Chicago’s pension funding problem, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report released on Friday. But …Illinois May Shift Focus Back to Gambling
 
 
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is getting a divorce.
 
 
Suit contends police chief wrongly firedSouthtownStarThe former police chief in Justice is suing the village, claiming he was wrongfully fired for failing to more severely discipline an officer accused of sexual abuse while on duty in May 2012. The village did not follow proper procedure or hold a …
 
 
Peoria PR: Government Pensions Aren’t What They Used To Be http://bit.ly/1dBoXHd 
 
 
Will ballot access increase or decrease in 2014? http://www.lwv.org/blog/2013-–-watershed-year-voting-rights … #votingrights #balloraccess
 
 
Great meeting with the 44th Ward #Republicans this morning! pic.twitter.com/DJYag4ceaG
 
 
Sorry we had to cancel Maria’s events in Central Illinois today due to weather. We’ll reschedule. #ForAllOfIllinois
 
 
Kwame Raoul could go for SenateChicago Sun-TimesLike Obama, he has insinuated himself with the legislative power base, like Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton and Tom Cross, the former House Republican Leader. Raoul is an astute fund-raiser, tapping into Haitian and legal networks.
 
 
NO.1: Bill Kelly: Did Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller sell out with Rauner Ads? I discuss Bruce Rauner and his ad buy on Capitol Fax and I even read some comments from none other than Oswego Willy. Don’t worry, Rich Miller. I’m on your s… From: TheOfficialMrChicago Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 10:46 More in People & Blogs
 
 
A delightful history of Chicago streetcars, which was the city’s go-to mode of transportation for decades.
 
 
Cigarette butts will be considered litter in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, but police in at least one city say enforcing the new law will be a challenge. Galesburg officials …
 
 
NBC ChicagoThousands Take Entry-Level Police ExamNBC Chicago… Garry McCarthy on Thursday said his department is on track to spend $93 million in overtime this year — nearly triple the amount originally budgeted — but pushed back against an assertion that means there aren’t enough officers. Mary Ann Ahern …
 
 
Illinois tax assessors undervalue properties: reportCrain’s Chicago BusinessFirst, it collected local tax data so it could determine what market value local township and county assessors are placing on Westfield’s shopping centers for tax purposes. Then, it examined Westfield reports to its shareholders on the estimated market …
 
 
According to the Better Government Association, Walmart’s withdrawal from Northbrook may have been a tactical decision to come back later.
 
 
Officers raiding a southwest Chicago apartment have arrested a convicted murderer and seized an assault rifle, a bullet proof vest and rounds of ammunition hidden inside a candy box.
 
 
Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the church he founded and leads and its social service affiliate have repeatedly failed to pay their taxes on time. Records show that this year …
 
 
In an email sent to school board members on Saturday afternoon, Dance said he had called the Illinois based SUPES Academy and told them that he would no …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn refused to debate the merits of a long-sought expansion of gambling in Illinois for months, saying lawmakers must…
 
 
Congrats @ZachWygal for huge response to 2014 Stamp Out Cancer event in Mont Co selling out tickets in 20 mins! #SOC
 
 
Tyler’s visit with Santa went a little better this year. No crying. http://instagram.com/p/h6aLwlQsTh/ 
 
 
Just enjoying the snow http://instagram.com/p/h6arqXQsUc/ 
 
 
Congratulations @ScrumptPantry on the #39thDistrict Homegrown Business Award #LoganSquare @LSqChamber pic.twitter.com/TfoBXguYgh
 
 
7 Delightful Forgotten English Words http://huff.to/1cHsfds  via @HuffPostOWN
 
 
Jefferson Township Property Tax Workshop Dec. 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm @ Kelvyn Park HS 4343 W. Wrightwood. Come out & appeal your property taxes
 
 
This morning I stopped by the Lyons Township GOP meeting in downtown #LaGrange followed by a speaking… http://instagram.com/p/h6hg3FIxsd/ 
 
 
After a couple of days of below zero temperatures, today feels downright balmy!
 
 
Please read poem by Rabbi Gittelsohn and pray for the beautiful angels and saintly teachers killed at #SandyHook pic.twitter.com/je46hYCFow
 
 
Mag ranks Chicago No. 1, 2 for sports bars, pizza, last for winter weather. Yeah, that’s about right. @emmillerwrites http://bit.ly/Jkj4oe 
 
 
The great thing about radio is that you get to use your mind and audio recordings to time travel. That’s one… http://fb.me/6B5Is3gVx 
 
 
Preparing the @SundaySpin tomorrow 7a-9a on @WGNRadio 720. Blago arrest and appeal recap with @chasejohn and pensions with Tyrone Fahner.
 
 
Use this map to see the change in the rate of violent crime from 2011 to 2013 in Chicago. Source: Andrew Papachristos, Yale University
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn Online Staff Report Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will join City of Rockford officials as they dedicate the Morgan Street Bridge Tuesday, Dec. 17. Instead of the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m., in the center of the bridge, the day will begin with a reception at City Hall at 11:30 a.m. At 12:45 p.m., the reception will caravan to the bridge. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and a short firewor
 
 
Rod Blagojevich By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Attorneys for the imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ,on Friday, Dec. 13, appeared in court to appeal his conviction on corruption charges, but a decision on whether he will be granted a retrial won’t be announced for weeks. Friday’s hearing at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago centered on Attorney Leonard Goodman’s motion to overturn B
 
 
A recap of the top stories from Northbrook Patch this week.
 
 
Pekin – “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, or so the saying goes, and one man in Illinois found that for him that was true when he kicked his woman out of …
 
 
New website walks through new medicinal marijuana law http://bit.ly/19oCTVR 
 
 
Emanuel delays contracts at O’Hare and MidwayCrain’s Chicago BusinessThe chairman of the City Council’s Aviation Committee, Ald. Michael Zalewski, says it might be costlier for the city to proceed any faster. The O’Hare deal, for example, could stretch for 20 years. “I think what’s important is to get it right,” says Mr …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chicago TribuneRosenthal: Boeing makes sky-high request for states wanting 777X plantChicago TribuneBut that hasn’t discouraged 22 states, including Illinois, from taking it on in a bid to land at least a share of the thousands of jobs connected to the planned 777X jetliner. What does Boeing want from your state and you? Phil Rosenthal … According …
 
 
 
 
Off to #Wauconda meet and greet this morning
 
 
Meet & Greet at Scrumptious Pantry from 11-12. Join me in awarding the #39thDistrict Homegrown Business of the Month award
 
 
Advance notice of an informative event in Woodridge & Downers Grove on Jan. 15- Understanding & Appealing Your… http://fb.me/6zRi83e9d 
 
 
Is this hammer a good choice? Check out http://www.HammerAndShake.com  #HammerAndShake pic.twitter.com/MN9mpDy3Kz
 
 
Family of Illinois murder victim seeks monitoring law http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-domestic-violence-bill-met-20131215,0,6376622.story …
 
 
Pic of Me & Mrs. Claus w/Mundelein’s finest for their annual Shop-With-A-Cop. Never know who you run into @Target pic.twitter.com/wHr67SlUXJ
 
 
Enjoying breakfast with Santa at the Forest Park Park District. pic.twitter.com/u0nTYPp6nm
 
 
Breakfast with Santa at the Forest Park Park District. http://instagram.com/p/h6J3NZQsW7/ 
 
 
Only in Chicago could I walk outside ad say “oh it’s 29 degrees – kinda balmy today.” Happy Saturday!
 
 
Good for him. 2004 Obama oppo Jack Ryan brings good tidings of great joy to Chicago’s suburbs http://bit.ly/1ftDmqL  pic.twitter.com/NqS3MNYEqf
 
 
Amid a growing controversy over the state’s pension cuts and budget crises, the Illinois Environmental Council broke from its past neutrality over heavily-subsidized “clean coal” projects and announced its commitment today to an end to budget …
 
 
The Illinois State Police have launched a new website dedicated strictly to Concealed Carry. Checkout the link below to begin preparing for January 5th. https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspxIL 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
 
 
A new administrator has been named for one of Illinois’ four homes for aging veterans.
 
 
Our word: Not impressed by FEMA so farPekin Daily TimesOh, we’re sure that in the end, FEMA will indeed provide funding for the municipalities’ costs of dealing with debris and destroyed infrastructure — it is already helping individual homeowners. But in the meantime it’s causing untold headaches and …
 
 
Lewis pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the school district’s former chief operating officer Patricia Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope. The three were …
 
 
(Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune) … secretary of education, William Bennett, visited Chicago and declared Chicago Public Schools the worst in the nation. It was a …
 
 
Even its naming rights turned into a battle of wills. Missouri and Illinois officials announced last week that the new Interstate 70 bridge across the Mississippi …
 
 
Illinois has embarked on a major expansion of Medicaid, including an early and … Senate and House Republicans have expressed concerns that the Quinn …
 
 
Illinois is the dirty car state
 
 
Director. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. University of Illinois at Chicago …
 
 
MURPHYSBORO — Murphysboro will be hosting the 20th Annual Murphysboro Community Christmas Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 606 Plum St. east of …
 
 
THE WATCHDOGS: For the past dozen years, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., hasn’t reported paying any rent for his campaign office, records show, in what experts say could be a violation of federal election law or House ethics rules. It’s one of a series of questionable practices an investigation by the Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times found involving Citizens for Rush, the Sou
 
 
Elections: 13th DistrictBloomington PantagraphAs a strong supporter of Dr. David Gill, I recognize Gollin as having many of the same strong, progressive views and embracing a platform that I believe in. As a higher education teacher, Gollin is prepared with a unique background to help a gridlocked …
 
 
Northfield synagogue hosts hunger summitGlencoe NewsDaniel 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 …
 
 
Visit http://wrc.gettingaroundillinois.com/pages/wrc.htm for updated Interstate travel conditions.Winter Road Conditionswrc.gettingaroundillinois.com
 
 
Rep. Tammy Duckworth to vets: Find your missionArmyTimes.comRep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., receives a Victory Award at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Gala in Washington, D.C., this fall. She was a pilot when she was injured in Iraq. Now, she says, she strives every day not to let down the crew that …
 
 
By CHARLES BABINGTONAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Partisan politics are coloring […]
 
 
Bloomington: Renner asked aldermen not to fight officer’s reinstatement http://bit.ly/1bOrlfc 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department on Aging is awarding individuals and organizations that assist older adults. The awards ceremony Friday …
 
 
I got 2 “Good Mornings” and 4 “can I help you’s” at @Target this morning. #impressive
 
 
Mundelein Chief Eric Guenther w/Mrs. Claus @Target for the Shop-With-A-Cop charity. 71 kids received a $100 spree. pic.twitter.com/yP2SpZZAD6
 
 
Paying attn. IL GOP? State pension issue should have played out similarly. Small win & fight it out in next election. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/12/14/ryan_saves_gop_from_itself_120952.html …
 
 
Sometimes the man meets the moment, and Bob Kustra hopes this is one of those occasions. After a lifetime of accomplishment in education and politics, Kustra …
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