Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 16

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Severance agreements cost RTA $276000 over three yearsChicago Daily HeraldAs of this fall, the agency has 112 employees. New hires since 2011 total 33 and one of the most significant was Matyas, an attorney and son-in-law to House Speaker Michael Madigan. Matyas started out in government affairs and now is RTA chief of staff.
Congressman Aaron Schock says it’s not perfect, but it’s a deal.Schock discusses budget
FutureGen coal plant faces another hurdle with lawsuit
Hello from Dave Dahl in the WTAX 24-hour News Center. Corporate incentives are a big topic these days, and they are being covered in both the newscasts and the interview segments this morning. State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will be on at 6:40 to discuss the idea of having Boeing bring its 777X jet plant to the Decatur area. Boeing is just one company with its hand out, trying to pit one st
Some birds may ditch Illinois for warmer weather:Christmas Bird Count Underway In Illinoisnorthernpublicradio.orgThis year there will be about 80 counts in Illinois through January 5th.
One year ago, the national conversation was squarely fixated on gun control legislation.
The auction for Michael Jordan’s mansion in Highland Park is scheduled for today. The sale was going to be held last month, but organizers said they have more interested bidders than they expected. All bidders have to be registered and need their finances checked. Jordan’s property covers 56,000 square feet. There are nine bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, and a full-size indoor basketball court.
With Adams County Chairman Jim Perry & Pike County Chairman Robert Browning. Dillard Tracy Fundraiser in Quincy
Dillard Tracy Fundraiser in Quincy
Diane & Larry Watters opened up their beautiful home & hosted a fantastic meet & greet.
More market reaction to the recent pension reform bill passed by the IL General Assembly. …
Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite films. Peter O’Toole was a strong character. RIP
Chicago man charged after ammunition found in candy box, assault rifle found 15 stories below …
I love this. For no good reason. I’m not an audiophile, not that techie. I just do. …
Join me Thurs Dec 19, 10-11am for free meet & greet in #SouthBeloit at American Legion, 1602 Blackhawk Blvd. Info: …
Nice try, AOL, sorry not sorry I won’t miss Patch. Now who will steal my stories and not link back?
This morning, @RahmEmanuel and CPD Sup will do a “crime reduction” press conference. Pretend you have one question to ask – what is it?
If true, this is more than just a little ironic. 
Stay up to date on Conceal Carry at the Illinois State Police Website: State Police Press – The Illinois State Police (ISP) today launched a website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process.
Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite films. Peter O’Toole was a strong character. RIP
Join me Thursday, December 19, 10-11am for a complimentary meet and greet in #SouthBeloit at the American Legion, 1602 Blackhawk Blvd. Info: Rutherford | For Governor Of Illinois | Eventswww.danrutherford.orgAs State Treasurer, the Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee is precluded from accepting donations from entities that have a
In the District: New benches in the square! Courtesy of Eagle Scout project by Zach Fanning, Boy Scout Troop 122, Mt. Pulaski, IL Front row(L-R) Max Van Rheeden, Shawn Knauer, Back row: Mitchell Hagenbuch, Zach Fanning(Eagle candidate), Liam Davis.
ABC7Chicago.comState Rep. wants choice in Concealed Carry applicationsQuincy JournalSPRINGFIELD — Illinoisans soon will be able to apply for permits to carry loaded weapons in public, but the application process will be online only. The lack of an option for turning in a request for a concealed-carry permit on paper has the chief …Ill. State Police tout new concealed-carry websiteISP launches Co
Starting in the New Year, it will become illegal to talk or use hand-held cell phones and other communication devices while driving in Illinois. The law …
This is ironic because Rauner became rich, in part, by investing and managing public pension funds, including the Illinois Teachers Retirement …
“I am thrilled at this opportunity to work with colleagues and physicians from across the division and system as we transform the delivery of health care …
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. The governor says the new pension law is already paying off for Illinois taxpayers. Gov. Pat Quinn says this is from the …
A professional “intimately familiar” with transportation in Ottawa and the Illinois Valley is designated to be in charge of the upcoming study of possible passenger …
Out Here: No need for Schilling to tout GOP credentialsSaukvalleyBobby Schilling is a Republican, but you wouldn’t have known that from his recent speech to workers at the IFH Group factory in Rock Falls. He is trying to win back the 17th District seat from Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Democrat who beat him in last year’s …
I feel we’ll have a good strong showing from the Democratic side, but we need bipartisan support to pass it,” Durbin, of Illinois, said on the CBS “Face the Nation” …
WASHINGTON (AP) – The president of the University of Chicago is the highest-paid president of America’s elite private universities. That’s according to a survey of tax information collected from 500 private schools with the largest endowments. The Chronicle of Higher Education released that data Sunday using federal tax information from 2011, the most recent available. Robert J. Zimmer’s base pay
Judges say they plan to resentence inmates following a Chicago Sun-Times investigation revealed that violent offenders were being improperly …
Brady (R-Bloomington) was responding to a Chicago Sun-Times investigation that found hundreds of violent offenders have been wrongly sent to the boot camp …
During the government shutdown, local U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis voted 16 times against reopening the government. He has since said that his votes were justified and that he wouldn’t rule out doing it again. read more
Cold temperatures and gusty winds are partly to blame for hunters harvesting significantly fewer deer — both locally and statewide — during this year’s shotgun season. But other factors may also have contributed. Cold temperatures and gusty winds are partly to blame for hunters harvesting significantly fewer deer — both locally and statewide — during this year’s shotgun season. read more
.@lynnsweet: U of I Board Chairman Chris Kennedy worries school may lose $70M fed grant to ‘clout.’ 
Rep. Brian Stewart: Christmas season keeps legislators busy in their home …Freeport Journal-StandardJim Sacia began a number of years ago to provide updates from recent legislative sessions and to solicit input for the upcoming spring session of the General Assembly. Those groups were school superintendents, mayors and village presidents, law …
Friday was the last day on the job for Sarah Reedy, Edgar County Farm Bureau manager.
If you missed me this morning talking Blago on @rap30’s show on WGN, @SundaySpin, here’s the podcast: 
Seven female patients accused long-time Chicago gynecologist Bruce Sylvester Smith of rape or sexual misconduct from 2000 to February 2007. Smith was finally convicted of rape this month.
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — “My name is Congressman Bob Dold!” said the fleece-clad man making his way through a popular restaurant here. Well, not exactly. His name is Bob Dold, but he isn’t a current member of Congress. He’s a former …
Illinois readies the launch of its Medical Cannabis Pilot Program with a new informational website, though many of the fine details of program are slated to be worked out in the months to come. The state officially
It has been a great couple days on the campaign trail! From radio & TV interviews like with WGEM Quincy & NBC Chicago to some great fundraising events in Quincy & Hinsdale. An outstanding forum with the Quad Cities Chamber and Republican Organization of Lyons Township meeting in LaGrange. Our schedule continues to fill up with events, like the meet & greet hosted by the Watters thi
It has been a great couple days on the campaign trail! From radio & TV interviews like with WGEM Quincy & NBC Chicago to some great fundraising events in Quincy & Hinsdale. An outstanding forum with the Quad Cities Chamber and Republican Organization of Lyons Township meeting in LaGrange. Our schedule continues to fill up with events, like the meet & greet hosted by the Watters thi
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz Chosen As AARP Illinois’ Legislator of the YearSYS-CON Media (press release)Both milestones are the result of the hard work and leadership of dozens of advocacy organizations and legislators. State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-12) was a key leader in the General Assembly, fighting to ensure passage of Senate Bill 26 …
Ex-Gov George Ryan’s Mandela speech at US Rep Bobby Rush’s church could preview of how Ryan reenters public life 
Bobby Rush preaches — mostly stories about meeting Mandela in 2000 — was met with hearty applause, particularly as Ryan described commuting the sentences of Illinois’ death row inmates. The move, which put Ryan in the national spotlight, eventually led …
Center for Research on GlobalizationCutting Public Pensions: A Matter of FairnessFox BusinessIn Illinois, nearly 200,000 state pensioners will be impacted by reform measures passed last week that will scale back their cost of living adjustments (COLAs). In addition, the state’s 70,000 current public employees are being asked to work as many as …Detroit ruling opens door to pension cuts across th
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Frustrated with years of overcrowding at Cook County Jail and a lack of consensus on how to fix the problem, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has made an unusual offer: “Give the responsibility to me.”    
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a southern Illinois freeway crash involving a busload of federal prisoners sent all 13 of the vehicle’s occupants to the …
Which suburbs have the most #gun permits. #dhfoid …
Former Illini Meyers Leonard on Sunday was suspended one game by the NBA for an altercation that occurred on the court during Leonard and the Portland Trail Blazers’ win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Leonard, the second-year pro, got tied up with 76ers center Daniel Orton and eventually body slammed Orton to the floor. Orton responded by elbowing Leonard in the mouth.   r
Jamie Durdel, president and CEO, said that running a human service agency in Illinois means perpetually bracing for funding cuts and finding a way to keep the …
Ex Gov of Illinois George Ryan addresses attendees of Mandela memorial in Chicago
On this day in 1970, fourth Illinois Constitution approved by electorate. #LegResUnit #TIH
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Presscbs4qc.comCHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago congressman is hosting a memorial service for Nelson Mandela that’s expected to draw high-profile community leaders and politicians. The event at U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s church is expected to include former Illinois Gov. George …
Vinod Gupta didn’t like the MSNBC introduction of Gov. Quinn.Letter: Jab at Quinn was uncalled Bernard Schoenberg’s column last Thursday, the greeting by former Congressman and “Morning Joe” MSNBC-TV host Joe Scarborough to Gov. Pat Quinn was mean, cruel and uncalled for.Scarborough said, “Pat, let me first of all congratulate you, as a governor from Illinois, for not bein
UIS alumni: Don’t change Prairie Stars nickname UIS alumni: Don’t change Prairie Stars nickname Today’s News: Our Take – Miley Cyrus Flashes Camera in Christmas Photo Today’s News: Our Take – Trista and Ryan Sutter Renew Their Vows Today’s News: Our Take – John Goodman Brings Christmas Cheer to Saturday Night Live UIS alumni: Don’t change Prairie Stars nickname PHOTOS: The best
How is the Affordable Care Act faring in Southwestern Illinois? Click into our interactive graphic… website frustrates metro-east residents days before deadline | Metro-east news |…www.bnd.comBelleville pharmacist Mark Walz isn’t about to let life’s little frustrations get under his skin — such as the federal government’s website suddenly freezing up on him just a
St. Sen. Jill Tracy campaigning for job some wanted abolished a decade ago. Sen. Jill Tracy campaigning for job some wanted abolishedow.lySt Rep Jill Tracy from the Quincy area says a decade ago she might have joined those calling for the elimination of the Lieutenant Governors job…
Meet Republican Paul Schimpf, running for attorney general. Bernard Schoenburg: Schimpf cuts own path in run for Illinois attorney 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 wh
The Illini had not lost to the Ducks in their four previous meetings … scorer with an average of 18 points but left the Cougars after his dad, the director of basketball operations, was asked to take a lesser position. Both father and son decided …
A 970-resident central Illinois village where a tornado last month leveled one-third of its homes says it’s in rebuilding mode, undeterred by a recent cold snap and snow.
The DuPage County Board has allocated funds to train deputies in the DuPage County Coroner’s Office in grief counseling, according to a news release from the county.
In Illinois, out-of-pocket costs higher for some, but law’s caps will lower them for … in Illinois 11 months ago, according to a report from the U.S. Government …
Your Turn: State Rep. Calls for Help Crafting New LegislationPatch.comMcAsey encourages constituents who have ideas about how to improve a current law or area of state government or address a state or regional issue to submit their ideas and make their voices heard. Illinois faces many challenges that will have to be …
McLean County will need about 355 election judges, but they’ve seen some difficulty getting people to sign up.
Why do so few people in downstate Douglas County, #Illinois have #insurance? They’re #Amish, by @DavidMercerAP: … #ACA
Last night back through snow after great meet & greet in #Wauconda. Home time cooking @ConniesPizza had brought back frozen
Morning treadmill jog while watching conclusion of movie Men of Honor; OJ blended with strawberries as a refresher, in between conf calls
Throw wasn’t there. That’s going to bust a ton of @MattSpiegel670 @LaurenceWHolmes o/us
That was a great drive … until Cutler tried to do too much with that last throw. That’s the difference with him… 
Lost in the Cutler/McCown melodrama: in last few weeks, someone’s always open in this offense. Always.
Third Sunday of Advent at Christ Church of Oak Brook followed by brunch with in-laws & kids.
Peter O’Toole has died. What a great actor; loved him in My Favorite Year. Lived a legendary life w/ his pals Harris & Burton. #giantlife
The dreaded pick 6. Ugh.
@RonSandack, One more if those and we better see Cutler with a fake “re-injury”.
Uh, fellas. Bad penalties takes points off the board.
That’s better. Solid drive, good decisions and execution. Portends for a better second half … hopefully.
That takes some of the pressure off. Good start to second half.
Mount Olive’s school board and the teachers’ union met for five hours Saturday and … Teachers in the town 50 miles south of Springfield went on strike Dec.
Does Rod Blagojevich’s time fit the crime? Natasha Korecki takes a closer look at the former governor’s 14-year sentence.
Today is Bill of Rights Day, the date in 1791 that ten bills officially became our first Constitutional Amendments. Which Amendment do you think is most important … which, if any, causes you concern? #1 Freedom of religion, press, right to assemble #2 Right to bear arms #3 Restricts quartering of soldiers in private homes #4 Protection against unreasonable search #5 Protection against double jeo
Getting a health screening might not sound like the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but families who did so at La Pachanga del Año — or “Party of the …
The Illinois State Police have concealed carry requirements, fees and forms ready. Applications accepted starting in January!
Last night back through snow after great meet & greet in Wauconda. Home time cooking frozen Connie’s Pizza I had brought back earlier. Morning treadmill jog while watching conclusion of movie Men of Honor; OJ blended with strawberries as a refresher, in between conf calls.
Illinois added 100 people to food stamps for every net new job created during past decade
But Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios correctly reports that the county … “We’re supposed to assess the value of the property, not the business,” he tells me. “In Illinois, with the case law we have, you don’t get (to include) the value …
On Thanksgiving Day, Scott Reeder of the Illinois Policy Institute (a conservative think tank) recommended that public employees be switched from pensions to …
Senator Duffy’s seven points: “Why I voted against the Pension bill.” The media are oversimplifying the reasons why some Republicans voted against the pension reform bill. They are still not reporting on any of the critical details. The pension bill, SB01, does not add up. Here are some of the reasons why I voted against the bill. 1. This bill was not transparent. It was designed and drafted by legislative leaders behind closed doors. Legislators received the 325 page bill on Monday afternoon (12/2/13) and were forced to vote on it on Tuesday afternoon (12/3/13). We never had a chance to analyze the bill. It reminded me of Obamacare. We were supposed to, “Pass the bill to see what was in it.” 2. Of the roughly $160 billion plan, only $92 billion are projected to be actual savings not attributed to accounting gimmicks. Of that actual savings, 60-70% will not be realized until 2040-2045 IF we keep a balanced budget and “live within our means” until then. The State has NOT balanced a budget in years and we have not come even close to living within our means. It will never happen, therefore the savings will never occur. Speaker Mike Madigan’s outside source came up with the total savings figures and it has NEVER been confirmed by COGFA (Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability) or any other government agency that would be held accountable for the figure. 3. This bill guarantees pensions will take top priority and be paid first – before other essential state services. Since we do not have the money to make these payments, and due to the fact that the legislative leaders REFUSE to cut any wasteful spending, that means they will INCREASE TAXES to adhere to this new law. 4. Only 10% of the projected savings are allocated to paying down future pension debt and 90% of savings are available to spend on other items. If the whole point of this bill is to solve our “unfunded pension liability,” shouldn’t those numbers be reversed? Shouldn’t 90% of savings be allocated towards paying down future pension payments and 10% available for other items? 5. About $1.2 billion dollars will be available for Governor Quinn to spend. Why would we give our current governor over $1 billion dollars to spend at election time? He will be using this money as his own personal campaign fund. While we are broke the governor will be giving away money and cutting ribbons on a weekly basis. 6. Governor Quinn will submit his new budget in February. He will now use these unsubstantiated numbers to increase his spending even though we have not received the money yet. This legislation will be tied up in the courts for the unforeseen future. This will put us even further in debt. 7. Legislative leaders and editorial boards have said the bill is, “very similar” to Speaker Madigan’s previous pension reform bill. Many of these comments were based on Speaker Madigan’s own press releases. If that is the case, why was the bill re-drafted, what took so long to make all the changes, and why are there at least 100 new pages in the bill? This is a bad bill for the State of Illinois and is not how we should reform pensions. Madigan orchestrated the whole deal and it was passed in typical Madigan fashion. Madigan has done this to us before – and he is doing it again. My job is not to make Speaker Mike Madigan’s life easy and follow his direct orders. My role is to fight for the people of Illinois, ask the tough questions, and not get pressured into supporting critical bills like this until they are fully vetted. Sincerely, Dan

Illinois has carried on a practice of delaying bill payments for so many years that …. Western Illinois University’s Budget Director Matt Bierman explained that the …
@RonSandack But who finishes at quarterback?
@EdSullivanforIL The same guy who starts the game … unless he’s re-injured.
LIVE: Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago Ty Fahner in studio talking about pensions. Call in with ?’s 312- 981-7200
A lot to digest in Trib story about CC probation but what stands out for me is AGAIN an arbitrary, irregular application of law by judges.
Meanwhile, here’s my op-ed in @SJROpinions about proposal to be smart on crime. 
J Easterbrook not a fan of honest svcs law. Wrote opinion gutting it a few yrs ago. Keep in mind when reading. ”
Big thanks to @chasejohn and Ty Fahner for coming on The Sunday Spin today. Podcasts will be up shortly at 
Pension reform’s off to a good start in IL but there’s plenty of abuse left to tackle: @bettergov @suntimes column 
Other than Briggs, who are these guys? MT @AdamHoge: Bears inactives: Palmer, Cattouse, Briggs, Tupou, Brown, Scott, Washington.
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Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Ty Fahner joined The Sunday Spin to talk about pensions. Rick and Ty take phone calls regarding teacher pensions and the culture of Illinois/Chicago politics.
@SundaySpin Thanks for the opportunity to take a trip into the way back machine!
Thanks to @SundaySpin on @WGNRadio guests–@chasejohn and Ty Fahner, head of the Civic Committee. And to today’s listeners and callers!
State’s #FOID figures provide as clear a picture of suburban gun ownership as you can get. #dhFOID …
Illinois State Rifle Association isn’t happy with state’s #FOID law, but admits it’s not going anywhere. …
Chicago GOP moves to elect own lawmakersCrain’s Chicago Business (blog)The party even is going on the offensive against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in his Southwest Side district, challenging Terrence Goggin. Mr. Cleveland calls Mr. Goggin “a Democratic plant” who has run several times before and whose …
ABC7Chicago.comIllinois Concealed Carry Applications Go DigitalWSIL TVWSIL — Illinois is just weeks away from processing concealed carry applications, but there are a few limitations that could hinder locals from signing up. Illinois State Police launched a website earlier this week to provide the public with …Concealed-carry website introduced by Illinois State PoliceIllinois announces conceal
Five years after former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tried selling President Obama’s Senate seat, Rick relives the scandal with John Chase (Tribune political reporter and co-author of the book Golden). Rick plays several audio clips, including an exclusive interview he had with Blagojevich where he was offered Obama’s Senate seat. Rick and John cover all that transpired during the former gove
Association security personnel can conduct traffic stops and issue citations to association owners who are speeding on association streets, the Illinois Supreme Court said in its January decision in Poris v. Lake Holiday Property Owners.
WEST CHICAGO – The Creative Writing Club at Community High School in West Chicago will host an Alumni Showcase on Dec. 19.