Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Dec. 17

Michael Madigan can’t sue for this song. Michael Madigan can’t sue for this song. Because in libel cases, truth is its own defense. From: thad markin Views: 3 0 ratings Time: 02:28 More in News & Politics
 
 
 
Recent statistics released by the United Census Bureau ranks the richest counties in the country.
 
 
The New Trier Republican Committeeman also served as a presidential advisor and diplomat.
 
 
 
With Illinois pension reform ready to take effect soon, unless court challenges slow things down, school districts move ahead with plans to put the changes in place. Teachers are a big group affected by
 
 
 
Bruce Rauner has the right ideas to put Illinois back on top: — Stop minimum wage laws from sending more jobs off-shore. — Get the abuse out of the workers comp and Medicaid systems.<br
 
 
The Illiana Expressway wasn’t the only major issue on which the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voiced its support Thursday. The commission also supported the push to expand …
 
 
 
Attack robo calls dispensing nonsense during the Christmas season? Hardly pro-family. Hardly flattering to your group.
 
 
@RonSandack How dare you vote for pension reform to actually TRY to fix IL’s fiscal mess. They hit @EdSullivanforIL as well.
 
 
Got a robo call from @FamilyPACFed saying that @EdSullivanforIL “is taking orders from #Mike Madigan.” Hahaha. Thanks for playing Paul.
 
 
Good to see so many Palos Township #Democrats tonight in Palos Hills at their holiday party! #twill #CookCounty pic.twitter.com/ADGCSKtJ6f
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (12/17) at 7:10am on @WJBC #BloNo w/ @Laughlin1230 & Colleen Reynolds. Tune in! #twill
 
 
@EdSullivanforIL Me too. Is that Christmas like? Is that pro-family?
 
 
#Kankakee Daily Journal: Steve Kim convinced he’s part of winning ticket #twill http://www.daily-journal.com/news/elections/steve-kim-convinced-he-s-part-of-winning-ticket/article_6abd0049-b4b4-524d-8092-2348d94cc02a.html …
 
 
WBEZ management is using harsh words against its reporters’ push to unionize: http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/12/16/an-old-story-at-chicago-public-mediaemployees-seek-union-management-seeks-payback …
 
 
 
Just getting home fr #Polish National Alliance #Christmas party
 
 
Illinois Pension Panel, Hon. Daniel Biss, Laurence Msall, and Hon. Elaine Nekritz December 16, 2013.
 
 
 
If you’ll be 18 by the time the general election rolls around, you’re in.New Law Will Allow Some 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaryplainfield.patch.com”Let’s get our children talking about current affairs at the dinner table,” says Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots.
 
 
Al Jazeera produces a really interesting show using social media to discuss important issues. Tonight I received a Tweet from Frank Matt, an Associate …
 
 
Perhaps Santa needs a brand new bag this year. His pack will definitely be lighter. The I-Team has found thousands of bootleg products sent mostly …
 
 
 
Nicklaus: Wall Street has faint praise for Illinois’ pension fixSTLtoday.com“The rating agencies had been hammering on the politicians for two years for doing nothing,” says Ted Dabrowski, a vice president at the Illinois Policy Institute. “No matter what, I think they had to pat them on the back for doing something.” That …
 
 
The resolution is directed at the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Coles County to certify to the county clerk the question of imposing a school …
 
 
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the state has seen nearly 6,000 distracted driving accidents from 2008 to 2012. Officials …
 
 
By Bill Ruthhart and Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune reporters … But even as the mayor and police Superintendent Garry McCarthy pointed to a set of …
 
 
Congressman Talks Energy and Tea PartyAlton Daily NewsStory by WBGZ Radio. WBGZ Radio 12/17/2013. By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) says the talks over the renewable fuels standard are at a pause. “EPA was gathering information to make a ruling,” Shimkus says.
 
 
Alton Daily NewsViolence As A Public Health IssueAlton Daily NewsBy Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. One of Illinois top public health problems isn’t bacteria or a virus. It’s an activity: Youth violence. Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Illinois’ public health director, says it affects people in ways beyond murder …
 
 
New Law Requires Meningitis Vaccine For Illinois StudentsWNIJ and WNIUThe recently signed law requires Illinois school children to receive the vaccine when entering 6th grade, and to get two doses when entering 12th grade. Brandon Meline of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says it’s important that young people …
 
 
 
U.S. Rep. Lipinski Visited Mt. Greenwood For Senior FairPatch.comDan Lipinski (IL-3) hosted a senior fair Monday, Dec. 16, at Mount Greenwood Park. Rep. Lipinski’s congressional staff, as well as close to 50 agencies, organizations and businesses that serve senior citizens, were available to provide local residents …
 
 
That was Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker and his 8-year-old grandson, Pittman Alley, doing a walk-on in crowd scenes in the Goodman …
 
 
Pat Quinn says incentives will be looked at. “I really think this is, the coming year, a good opportunity to take a step back and examine the tax code and …
 
 
 
Later Monday, Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told The News-Gazette she has filed two felony charges of distributing explicit materials …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. Starting Sunday, the days get longer. The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site at Collinsville is observing the …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is worried that a new pollution problem in Chicago is also an issue in other parts of …
 
 
Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky on the Budget DealeNews Park Forest“Budgets are about priorities and those priorities must reflect the realities that are facing individuals, families and businesses around the country. Even though I support the three month SGR fix preventing cuts that could cause Medicare beneficiaries …
 
 
 
#Kankakee Daily Journal: Steve Kim convinced he’s part of winning ticket Kim, a Korean-American who came here at age 2 with his parents, was the first Asian-American on the statewide ballot in Illinois. Four years ago, he ran for attorney general against Democrat Lisa Madigan. Kim lost, but said he was encouraged by reaching a personal goal of getting more than one million votes.Steve Kim convinc
 
 
Two great events tonight in Aurora and Palos Hills. Thanks for everyone who came out!12-16-13Two great events tonight in Aurora and Palos Hills. Thanks for everyone who came out!
 
 
 
The 19th District is home to a thriving Filipino community. Click on the link below to learn more about Simbang Gabi, the important holiday tradition of the Filipino community that begins today!Timeline PhotosChurch bells are ringing for Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition of nine days of early mass before Christmas day. It is celebrated by decorating homes with colorful paról or lanterns. Paról is
 
 
 
If nobody wins soon, the lottery could reach $1 billion by Christmas. Did you get a ticket for Tuesday’s drawing?Why We Buy More Lottery Tickets as Odds Worsenchicagoheights.patch.comThe Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets, spurring many Americans to play the lottery.
 
 
Republican leader pledges help to keep Murray Center open.WJBD – Local News – Illinois House Republican Leader Durkin Visits Murray Centerwww.wjbdradio.comOne of Illinois’ highest ranking legislators visited Centralia’s Murray Developmental Center as well as two Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA’s) in the Centralia Area.
 
 
Contact John Reynolds: 788-1524, john.reynolds@sj-r.com, twitter.com/JohnReynoldsSJR. By John Reynolds Staff Writer. The State Journal-Register.
 
 
Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be …
 
 
Ways for Illinois residents to enroll include, visiting GetCoveredIllinois.gov, calling the Get Covered Illinois help desk at 866-311-1119 or scheduling …
 
 
The Illinois EPA is asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to seek an injunction ordering Blue Island Phenol of Alsip to conduct a “root cause …
 
 
Springfield school board will debate policy change to require students to have immunizations by first day of school. Debate expected in Jan.
 
 
State agency seeks to revoke license of doctor who heads new pot clinic http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-state-agency-seeks-to-revoke-license-of-doctor-who-heads-new-pot-clinic-20131216,0,5965784.story …
 
 
Should the CTA be moved to accomodate I-290’s ramp plans?Letter to the editor: Neighbors fear new Eisenhower ramp plansoakpark.suntimes.comRight-hand side ramps at Austin and Harlem are the biggest concern for people who submitted comments to IDOT.
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/J0ZWLJ 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1ejOuJT 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/J0ZZac 
 
 
The pension cuts Illinois passed with so much kicking and screaming were merely the prelude to bigger problems. Chicago faces a dangerously …
 
 
Officials cite the soon-to-be completed 8,900-foot runway at Gary-Chicago International Airport, which is already home to Boeing’s Midwest corporate jet fleet, as a factor that could lure Boeing.
 
 
Asked what he thought of CPS’s proposal to open 21 new charters after closing more the 52 regular schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in Chicago Monday, said he’s for anything that will improve results for students, but that the proportion of charters to regular schools was a local issue he has no control over.
 
 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois State Rep. Mike Zalewski are leading efforts to change Illinois gun laws .
 
 
Last week at @GoldEagleCo, I launched the #IML that will keep #IL a national leader in manufacturing. #UofI #UILabs http://tinyurl.com/qjbxskc 
 
 
Missing child alert. Elgin police looking for 10 year old Asia Smith who went missing after school. Call 911. pic.twitter.com/eEsbhor4Hh
 
 
Declined to state a position or say how he’d vote?! @CatalystIL: Gay marriage not an issue in 2014 primaries – yet http://ift.tt/JtJowk 
 
 
Not taking a position is … interesting. Voting is required for job. @CatalystIL: Gay marriage not an issue – yet http://ift.tt/JtJowk 
 
 
Missing Elgin child has been found.
 
 
Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky: Government can makes cuts, reduce inefficiencies, but part of any financial solution needs to be growth.
 
 
“@MitchBehna: It was an honor to meet @BruceRauner at the RNHA event in Wheaton yesterday, our future governor of Illinois!” Thanks MB
 
 
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, said she’s happy with the health insurance plan she bought through the federal exchange but said she felt the same technological pain as a lot of people trying to do the same.
 
 
Letter: Wind farm provides clean power, sustainable developmentRockford Register StarThe Register Star recently published an article entitled “Boone County’s delayed wind talks cost stakeholders time, money.” In the article, Jennifer Wheeler correctly points out that the upcoming County Board vote will “either clear the way for a wind …
 
 
The Illinois High School Association board of directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, where …
 
 
State Rep. Carol Sente holds citizens’ advisory on education http://bit.ly/1bUPxfS
 
 
We want to express our sincere thanks to all the local residents who donated items to our recent USO holiday drive collecting items to be sent with …
 
 
12+ INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE: Forecast models are indicating much of Illinois could be in for over a foot of snow this weekend – namely Saturday and Sunday – following up last weekend’s system that left 3-6 inches across most of the region.
 
 
EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Regional Superintendent Robert Daiber has filed to run again for his office.Click to Continue »
 
 
Bill Daley former spokesman lashes out at Bruce Rauner in TweetVoicesState Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard as well as Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are also running. Rauner is running on the platform that he intends to “shake up” Springfield, portraying himself as the outsider amongst longtime Springfield …
 
 
I’ll be bell ringing for the Salvation Army tomorrow at State & Washington from 11-12 p.m. Stop by to meet me and donate some extra change.
 
 
Check out the @NatlAfterSchool’s tip of the week! http://bit.ly/1fhFHVd 
 
 
The penniless in school: New report on homeless students http://ift.tt/1cN06l8 
 
 
SenGOP: Senator Rose recently had the chance to meet with a political science class from…: Senator Rose rece… http://on.fb.me/JAdMWu 
 
 
@ILCampaign Since Blagojevich is back in the news, we created this special cartoon slideshow all about him: http://goo.gl/YSnzYb 
 
 
St. Clair County asks for tax hike to fund jail expansion http://ift.tt/1ejxi72 
 
 
Gay marriage not an issue in 2014 primaries yet http://ow.ly/2Cbg8S 
 
 
Even Chicago’s top-billing radio group isn’t exempt from layoffs: http://bitly.com/1bLbXvD 
 
 
Come say Hi at our holiday open house! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151924024103884&set=a.114933238883.100534.40696488883&type=1 …
 
 
Thanks to everyone who attended my Senior Fair this morning at Chicago’s Mount Greenwood Park.
 
 
… using his “Good Time” pass at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House. … The Illinois farmer’s grandson Ed Orris entered his grandfather in the …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a Mass Wednesday, Dec. 18 celebrating his Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, church officials said Monday. The Mass will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
 
 
Best release so far today: Illinois state winner of national cabbage growing contest. “I see you have a cabbage…”
 
 
State Board of Elections hears challenge tomorrow for 73rd District candidate Mark Zalcman’s petitions
 
 
On Sunday, long-running animosity between Chicago Teacher’s Union president Karen Lewis and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner raised its head once again, this time on Twitter. It began with Lewis, who tweeted a comment referencing Rauner’s current ad blitz asking potential voters to help select his campaign’s next TV ad. She wrote: Who will create the Rauner ad with a close up his sn
 
 
A Shorewood couple is taking the Forest Preserve District of Will County to court, accusing the agency of chopping down trees on their property last fall. The district cut down about 50 trees on Debi and John Abel’s property, the couple alleges in their lawsuit, filed Nov. 8 in Will County. The Abels’ home is situated north of Jefferson Street and east of Route 59, directly west of the DuPage
 
 
Grayslake Elementary District 46 taxpayers are expected to receive a higher bill to fund the school system’s needs next year. Board members have agreed to seek the maximum amount of money next year through what’s called a tax levy.
 
 
Are Republican’s Too Quick to Rule Out Obamacare?Wall St. Cheat SheetAccording to the New York Times, Washington hopefuls include Bob Dold and Bobby Shilling. Schilling believes his chances have improved in the coming election after the bumps in Obamacare’s rollout. “This time is going to be different, because the …
 
 
Senator Rose recently had the chance to meet with a political science class from Millikin University to discuss the state legislative process. Read more at the link below.Rose addresses Millikin Political Science Classwww.senchapinrose.comIllinois Senator Chapin Rose represents the 51st District in the Illinois General Assembly, with offices in Springfield, Champaign and Decatur, Illinois. Senator
 
 
When the Harlem Globetrotters organization learned about Camille Paddock’s anti-bullying crusade via a Patch article, they invited her to join them to encourage kids.
 
 
Latest podcast updates include State Rep. Phelps on Concealed Carry, Ald. McMenamin and Edwards and more: http://wmay.com/podcasts/bishop-on-air …
 
 
By Ted Dabrowski – This week Illinois borrowed $350 million to pay for projects including roads, bridges and schools. The state issued 25-year taxable general obligation bonds, the first borrowing by Illinois since the state passed its pension “fix” in…
 
 
Illinois’ Tax Tribunal continues to improve our state’s business climate, as evidenced by COST’s most recent… http://fb.me/2DBvkIzMc 
 
 
I’ll be bell ringing for the Salvation Army tomorrow at State & Washington from 11-12 p.m. Stop by to meet me and donate some extra change.
 
 
@RonSandack Like it. Stockpiling major league-ready prospects. Besides, Nate Jones can do everything Addison Reed can.
 
 
As a reminder, I will be hosting Office Hours in Canton tomorrow afternoon from 3-5. Feel free to stop in to talk… http://fb.me/6qrGTs2xb 
 
 
Gov EDGAR & THOMPSON endorsed me as “the only Rep candidate who can win in Nov” DONATE today http://bit.ly/1dim4uz  pic.twitter.com/d98SNUbVwn
 
 
Just spoke to district 150 spokesperson Chris Copeland. He says Manual, Central and Richwoods will be accepting Big 12 conf invite tonight
 
 
Durbin Amendment Gave More of Us Free Checking. http://ow.ly/rMQYSDurbin Amendment Gave More of Us Free Checkingow.lyA Kansas City Fed study shows one way financial reforms truly benefited the public — those at smaller banks, anyway.
 
 
The Department of Defense estimates there are about 19,000 sexual assaults in the military per year. But only a few report it #TCRtalks
 
 
He ran for political office and led the way to get rail passenger service in the Quad Cities. Now, Paul Rumler will help lead the business community as an executive for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
Here’s Day 2 of our @nwherald series on suburban poverty focusing on housing, transportation issues http://shawurl.com/wwm 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady paid $37,000 in state and federal taxes in 2012 on $200,500 in income.
 
 
As a reminder, I will be hosting Office Hours in Canton tomorrow afternoon from 3-5. Feel free to stop in to talk with me about any state issues you have or to just say hello! More details at: http://www.mikeunes.net/
 
 
Spread the word! We’re having a self-defense seminar on Wednesday at the Irving Park YMCA. Join us to learn tips from an Illinois State Police officer on staying safe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today, Crain’s ran an article entitled, “Corporate Tax Giveaways are not Worth the Trouble,” which states: “Tax incentives in exchange for corporate commitments have now become the norm, but research indicates that they rarely do what they promise.” Read the entire article here: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/16/corporate-tax-breaks/?r=1117H6533790E1F I am including
 
 
The Illinois State Police has launched a concealed carry website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process. The new website provides citizens interested in concealed carry licensure with additional information that will assist with eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements, official forms, information for firearms instructors,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spfld school board to vote on hiring Bob Hill as interim superintendent and removing collaborative period for teachers tonight
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1k9BHd0 
 
 
Graduated state income tax “a tougher lift in the House.” @ElaineNekritz #twill @wlsam890 http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?pt=Graduated+income+tax+rearing+its+head+in+Springfield&id=78603&is_corp=0 …
 
 
U.S. Dick Durbin tours Chicago’s Southeast side to learn about pet coke. Hear my report at 3 & 5 pm on WBEZ. pic.twitter.com/C3PSVpxCoI
 
 
NEWS RELEASE More than $1 million in federal assistance approved for storm survivorshttp://www.springfieldbusinessjournal.com/releases/FEMA1216.pdfwww.springfieldbusinessjournal.com
 
 
More impact of delayed bill payments by Deadbeat Illinois.Service agency finds new ways of moving forwardwww.sj-r.comTREMONT — Tazewell County Resource Centers has built its reputation on helping people with developmental disabilities overcome the challenges they face.In the last few years, the administration at TCRC has found that they themselves have had to tap their inner potential in an effort
 
 
Now that the General Assembly members have committed the #pension theft of state employees and teachers, Chicago teachers are next.
 
 
MANCHESTER, Mo. (KMOX) – The City of Manchester is set to pass a proposal tonight that would ban text while driving for all motorists. Under current Missouri law, drivers under the age of 22 are not allowed to text and drive. Manchester Police Chief Tim Walsh says that logic doesn’t make sense. “I don’t know of anywhere that you would learn to text in a safer way because of age,” he said. “It ma
 
 
By Amanda Vinicky. The deadline is rapidly approaching to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Illinois is finally taking to the airwaves …
 
 
Long Grove could get video gambling in businesses that have liquor-pouring licenses. Do you think Long Grove should have these machines? – http://bit.ly/1cx7ayY
 
 
We hung a photographer out of an airplane and told him to get us some bird’s eye views of Rockford. He got some great shots, including this one of the Burpee Museum. He also survived, for which we’re grateful. Check out the gallery: http://tinyurl.com/mfuy42a Photo by the daring Max Gersh – Rockford Register Star.
 
 
The union representing teachers aides and assistants in Dixon’s public schools has shared its final contract offer: http://shawurl.com/wxpDixon schools, union talks stalled over insurance | SaukValley.comwww.saukvalley.comDIXON – For nearly 18 months, contract offers between the Dixon School District and the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association have been private. This week, they’ll go p
 
 
Toni Preckwinkle’s divorce comes at the time when fewer Chicagoans are going separate ways. http://www.chicagoreporter.com/preckwinkles-divorce-comes-time-when-fewer-chicagoans-are-going-separate-ways#.Uq9RXuLheaA … pic.twitter.com/pY7BHKK5nT
 
 
The “Illinois Medical Marijuana Law FAQ Handbook,” authored by attorney Cameron Monty, a partner with Palatine’s Lavelle Law, Ltd., is available exclusively on Amazon.com.
 
 
* A federal judge has issued a new ruling in the same sex marriage debate… U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin last month ordered Cook County Clerk David Orr to issue a marriage license to Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray, who is battling terminal cancer. The couple’s lawyer argued that they deserved the license because Gray’s prognosis […]
 
 
LaHood Opinion: Small, positive first step – but tough decisions still wait Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s all began to walk back some of the harsh — but true — dialogue about our state’s fiscal dysfunction. However, with the legislative action on pensions, there is still an amazing amount of work to do to help relieve the $8.8 billion backlog in payments to state vendors, local gove
 
 
Starting Jan. 1 disabled drivers won’t have to pay at parking meters if they have a certain placard. http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/disability-parking-getting-gun-license.html
 
 
Concealed carry State Police moves toward implementation of the concealed carry law. Illinois’s statewide law enforcement agency is required by law to make concealed carry license (CCL) applications available to the public no later than January 5, 2013. The State Police are issuing permits to instructors who will provide the required training to applicants. The rules governing issuance of these li
 
 
Last week the Chicago Tribune Ran an article entitled, “Why Did Republicans Reject Pension Reform?” I sent the following response: Dear Editor, On December 11, Chicago Tribune published the editorial, “Why did the Republicans Reject Pension Reform?” I wish they would have called me. While I have made statements explaining my vote against Madigan’s revised pension reform bill on bot
 
 
New Concealed Carry website released by Illinois State Police (ISP). Read about it in the attached release sent by ISP.
 
 
When authorities in July found the tortured, broken body of 8-year-old Gizzell Ford lying among trash in an Austin apartment, it became yet another heartbreaking example of the failings of the state’s child welfare system. It’s a tragic scene that happens far too often in Illinois. Over the past five years, more than 450 children have died from abuse and neglect, and recent numbers from the Illino
 
 
Tonight is my final fundraiser of 2013! Join me in Aurora and help close out this year on a high note.Mike Frerichs » Join us in Aurora at Mike & Denise’sfrerichsforillinois.comHon. Linda Holmes, Hon. Linda Chapa LaVia, Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching, Kane County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Guethle, Aurora Township Democrats Chairwoman Mavis Bates, Aurora Township Trustee David Mo
 
 
While visiting a school in the 26th district, Representative Christian Mitchell talks to children about the importance that education plays in their future.
 
 
Free Property Tax Appeal help with the Cook County Board of Review on Tues. 12/17/2013 at Kelvyn Park High School at 6PM with Ray Suarez and on 12/18/2013 at Copernicus Center with Robert Martwick for State Representative & John G. Mulroe at6PM. Jefferson Township appeals close on Dec. 20th.
 
 
If you missed last week’s Illinois Pioneers with filmmaker Frederick Marx, don’t fret – it’s now available online. Enjoy!Illinois Pioneers with Frederick Marx – December 12, 2013Illinois Pioneers host David Inge sits down with Academy and Emmy award-nominated filmmaker Frederick Marx, co-creator of “Hoop Dreams” – a film Roger Ebert …
 
 
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy comments on the Yale University report on Chicago neighborhood crime statistics.  
 
 
Lemont-Bromberek District 113A board members tentatively approved an 8.09-percent property tax levy hike Nov. 6. Before final approval, a public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 at Old Quarry Middle School.
 
 
CAROL STREAM – State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D – Villa Park, spent time with several classes during a Dec. 9 visit to Glenbard North High School, where he was welcomed by Superintendent David Larson (left) and Glenbard North Principal John Mensik (right).
 
 
* Kurt Erickson talks about Bruce Rauner’s attack on public employee pensions… The ultra wealthy hedge fund manager who is running for the Republican nomination for governor wants to freeze state worker pensions at their current levels and switch everyone to a 401(k)-style retirement savings program. This is ironic because Rauner became rich, in part, by investing […]
 
 
All Home Kids provides transitional care for children who are medically fragile and ready to be discharged from a hospital but for whom preparations at home need to be made. All Home Kids provides the support parents and caregivers may require to care for their children at home including equipment training and clinical needs.  
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at tightening the pollution controls planned for the FutureGen clean-coal …
 
 
He knew it was illegal when he did itMonday, Dec 16, 2013 * There’s little doubt that the US Attorney’s office did a really poor job at oral arguments last week in Rod Blagojevich’s appeal. Listen to the whole thing if you can… Click to listen That person just wasn’t prepared. During an hour-long hearing that was sometimes contentious, three judges of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeal
 
 
Fracking jobs aren’t worth the riskHerald & ReviewBut why would the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently release rules that undercut protections already given us by state law? Please, do not take my word for this, you be the judge, come to the hearing with the DNR in Decatur at 6:30 p.m. …
 
 
*** UPDATED x1 *** He knew it was illegal when he did itThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)During an hour-long hearing that was sometimes contentious, three judges of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals frequently interrupted a prosecutor and pressed her to explain just how the 56-year-old Illinois Democrat’s actions had strayed into …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, IL (12/16/2013)(readMedia)– On Dec.15, 303 cadets graduated from Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy (LCA), an Illinois National Guard administered program for at-risk youth. The ceremony for the Rantoul-based program was held at the Prairie Capital …
 
 
DIXON – For nearly 18 months, contract offers between the Dixon School District and the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association have been private. This week, they’ll go public.
 
 
* Good news… The new budget agreement making its way through Congress should have “significant benefits” for the University of Illinois and its researchers, its chief federal lobbyist says. The two-year deal struck by Republicans and Democrats last week, and approved Thursday by the House, would provide partial relief for the cuts imposed by the budget […]
 
 
* As we’ve already discussed, the Tribune sharply criticized Republicans who voted against the pension reform bill. Rep. Jeanne Ives responds… The Tribune may bend to the will of Mike Madigan and provide political cover to the same people who brought us the most unfunded pension systems in the country but I will not. Our […]
 
 
By State Rep. Jeanne Ives – On December 11, Chicago Tribune published the editorial, “Why did the Republicans Reject Pension Reform?” I wish they would have called me. While I have made statements explaining my vote against Madigan’s revised pension…
 
 
The Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) and Missouri Health … “Healthcare does not neatly follow state borders, so information about patients …
 
 
Washington Mayor Concerned About SchoolsWashington Mayor Concerned About Schools1470wmbd.comNearly a month after the tornado, Washington Mayor Gary Manier�says business is good. They are seeing a lot of people from Peoria and the surrounding�areas are coming to Washington to shop, as a way to help out. The mayor also says residents t
 
 
Pat Quinn has named his former budget director to the Illinois Finance Authority. David Vaught takes over the expenses-only board position from …
 
 
You and I have to follow the law, but should law enforcement? What’s your take on changes in gun laws since Newtown.Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Controlwww.nytimes.comThe resistance of sheriffs in Colorado to enforcing certain gun laws is raising questions about whether tougher rules passed since Newtown have a muted effect in parts of the nation where gun ownership is common.
 
 
About Illinois Lottery Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public …
 
 
Had great informal discussion at Wauconda Township Hall over the weekend with officials and friends.
 
 
Senator Darin LaHood was recently named Life Services Network’s 2013 Legislator of the Year for his commitment to the advancement of quality older adult services in Illinois. Read more at Senator LaHood’s website.Senator LaHood Named Legislator of the Year by Life Services Networksenatorlahood.comDarin LaHood proudly serves the 37th Senate District in the Illinois General Assembly. Senator LaHood’
 
 
Watch Carol Marin and Ron Magers host a 1989 WMAQ-TV Christmas special (video from the vault): http://www.richsamuels.com/nbcmm/christmas/ …
 
 
Friends, family raise $90K for Chicago libraries in honor of Cindy Pritzker’s 90th birthday. http://bit.ly/IQ5RUu 
 
 
Jennifer Pritzker named chair of @EqualityILL gala. “She’s a role model,” say organizers. http://bit.ly/1fhjHtm 
 
 
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) on Monday increased its regular quarterly cash dividend to 24 cents a share from 19 cents. “Our continued strong cash flow generation and our confidence in the future earnings power of our company allow us to significantly increase our quarterly dividend,” ADM chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz said in Continue reading →
 
 
WASHINGTON–Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former Chicago Public Schools chief, returns home on Monday for events at the Benito Juarez Community Academy and the Economic Club of Chicago. At Juarez, 1450-151- W. Cermak Rd., Duncan will be part of a roundtable discussion with, according to the Education Department, students, parents,teachers “community partners” and “Hispanic education Continue
 
 
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said it has lowered its underlying rating to A-minus from A on auxiliary facilities system and certificates of participation debt issued by Western Illinois University Board of Trustees, Ill. for Western Illinois University.
 
 
Meeting w/ residents&community leaders on Chicago’s SE side to discuss #petcoke storage&community impact pic.twitter.com/O7YWKiVNN1
 
 
W/ @RepRobinKelly @EPA @ILEPA, Alderman Pope, SE Enviro Task Force& @NRDC on Chicago’s SE side to discuss community impact of #petcoke
 
 
Touring SE Chicago neighborhood to see firsthand how #petcoke dust from the storage sites impacts the community pic.twitter.com/5ZGfvXFMGc
 
 
In #Chicago today for meetings, then heading out to #Aurora to see my friends in #KaneCounty for my final fundraiser of 2013. #twill
 
 
Thanks again to the Teamsters Joint Council 25 for having me at your Holiday Celebration last week. Had a great time! pic.twitter.com/5mIfi79Ri1
 
 
Senator Darin LaHood was recently named Life Services Network’s 2013 Legislator of the Year for his commitment to… http://fb.me/6qb3YQvcW 
 
 
Oh thank Dog. RT @MatthewKeysLive Exclusive: Twitter is working on an “edit” feature for tweets – http://bit.ly/1kPmyuQ 
 
 
Gay Activist & Producer Christin Mell Speaks OUTOUTTAKE VOICES (blog)When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Mell stated, “Illinois just passed equal marriage which was so exciting and my wife and I have been very strong supporters. My wife (Deb Mell) is a politician here in Chicago. She was the …
 
 
The prop at @ChicagosMayor’s #crimeisdown presser. Convinced, yet? http://yfrog.com/nzlzwmdj 
 
 
At #crimeisdown news conference, #CPD reports 12k FEWER crime victims in 2013. @ChicagosMayor http://yfrog.com/j2wehqbj 
 
 
Ald. Simpson: encourages skeptics to get on board; hopes more minorities will consider engineering careers
 
 
Sen. Manar: Rail project will change face of Springfield; important that ‘all faces are represented.’
 
 
Will County Maintains AA+ Bond Rating; Keeps Strong Financial PositionChicago TribuneThis favorable bond rating enables the county to negotiate better interest rates when issuing new bonds. “Due to Will County’s fiscal prudence, we have maintained this AA+ rating since 2008,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “Will County is able …
 
 
Inmates injured in a bus crash Sunday morning near O’Fallon were not in federal custody.Click to Continue »
 
 
Illinois village’s firing of officers upheldSan Francisco ChroniclePage 1 of 1. FREEBURG, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois village was within its rights to fire two police officers who vandalized department property and pulled pranks on their colleagues, a state arbitrator ruled. Gerard Fowler concluded in a …
 
 
LEGACY INSURANCE House Speaker Michael Madigan has been uncharacteristically vocal lately — taking credit for passing pension reform and blasting corporations that demand tax breaks. At 71, is Madigan acting to protect his legacy?
 
 
The Illinois State Police (ISP) today launched a website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process.
 
 
The Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets, spurring many Americans to play the lottery.
 
 
CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Illinois Lottery is reminding players that while holiday instant games can be great gifts and/or stocking stuffers, they are only intended for adults. Today, Lottery Director Michael Jones reminded …
 
 
WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU President Glenn Poshard.
 
 
Franklin-Williamson Regional Superintendent of Schools Matt Donkin says he will run for election in the newly expanded district.
 
 
MATT HOPF: The decision by three-term Adams County Clerk and Recorder Georgia Volm to not seek re-election next year came as a surprise to many – especially those in her own Democratic party.HOPF: Open Adams County clerk post draws plenty of interestwww.whig.comQuincy School Board member Scott Stone, County Board member Becky Weed and Chuck Venvertloh, manager for Central State Bank’s Quincy branc
 
 
WASHINGTON DC – A six year old Colorado boy is threatened with sexual harassment charges for kissing a classmate’s hand, and liberals find nothing apalling about a photo taken at a recent holiday party with Vice President Joe Biden groping…
 
 
It’s time for Reader’s Choice 2013! Nominate your favorite Central Illinois businesses for a chance to win great prizes. SHARE this photo to spread the word! Submit your nominations online at: http://herald-review.com/readerschoice
 
 
Mark Wissing to Mike Abts: “The folks that live in this neighborhood pay high taxes and are asking me why the new highway commissioner is doing the things listed above.”
 
 
Nationally, home values have significantly increased this year, but experts say growth is likely to slow down in 2014. The map below shows a snapshot of the percentage of homes that increased in value across town.
 
 
* From the twitters… Happy Birthday @GovernorQuinn !! — Brooke Anderson (@MBrooke20) December 16, 2013 * The Question: Your birthday message to the governor?
 
 
* You’ll be able to begin the application process for a concealed carry permit with the Illinois State Police on January 5th, but only online. And that troubles some folks… “We want the ability to have a choice,” said state Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Harrisburg Democrat. “You’ve got people in some rural areas who don’t have […]
 
 
* The story… Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan says Nelson Mandela was instrumental in his 2003 decision to empty death row. […] Ryan and Mandela met in 2000 on a trade mission to South Africa. Ryan said Sunday to hearty applause that Mandela called him ahead of his decision to empty death row and […]
 
 
* Rate it… Mentioning George Washington and Ronald Reagan was a bit much, particularly since Reagan wanted to repeal the 22nd Amendment… During his final days in office, President Ronald Reagan vows to continue speaking out on issues that concern him. Among other things, Reagan says he will push for repeal of the 22nd amendment that limits […]
 
 
VILLA PARK, Ill. – Rep. Conroy, D-Villa Park, is encouraging residents to determine if they qualify for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance …
 
 
ELGIN – Elgin High School senior Frida Cardenas received a full ride scholarship from the Questbridge Foundation to attend the University of Chicago …
 
 
“We have 111 children that have died. That is not acceptable. Every single one of you all need to resign.”Hunter: child abuse deaths unacceptablewww.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Clarissa Williams, publisher of GateHouse Media’s Delaware Group, will become publisher of The State Journal-Register and the Lincoln Courier on …
 
 
Kifowit Hosts Community Drug Awareness DiscussionChicago TribuneTo help increase community awareness about the dangers of drugs, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, hosted a panel discussion with the Illinois State Police and several local organizations on Thursday that drew many area residents and focused on …
 
 
* From the twitters… Happy Birthday @GovernorQuinn !! — Brooke Anderson (@MBrooke20) December 16, 2013 * The Question: Your birthday message to the governor?
 
 
* Family-Pac’s Paul Caprio is upset that House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has barred Caprio’s group from using the Republican voter file to run candidates against Durkin’s incumbents in the Republican primary. That may sound like a no-brainer to you, but Caprio is furious and sent a letter to rank and file House Republicans […]
 
 
* This is just a friendly reminder that if you’re planning to attend my City Club speech on Wednesday, we’re asking everyone to please bring a gift for kids in Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ early childhood program. The gifts should be for children ages 3-5. You can also bring a gift card […]
 
 
 
Have you visited The Warehouse yet? “As the State’s Chief Fiscal Officer, I have made it my mission to help taxpayers “follow the money,” first with the Ledger of Illinois state finances, and now through the Warehouse.” ~ Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois State Comptroller I looked up Cairo, but I don’t know what much of it means. Here are some facts listed: What is the total population of Cairo City? 2,996 What is the total EAV of Cairo City? $12,415,940 *How many full time employees are paid? 25 *How many part time employees are paid? 10 What is the total salary paid to all employees? $1,095,432 Cairo City Capital Outlay 602t Law Enforcement 54,198 604t Fire 272,795 609t Highways, Roads and Bridges 129,851 616t Libraries 185,920 COMPONENT UNITS AND APPROPRIATIONS Cairo City $2,586,628 Cairo Customs House Committee $16,000 GEM Restoration Fund $1 Total Appropriations $2,602,629 FUND LISTING & ACCOUNT GROUPS Confiscated Goods $890 DECO Infrastructure Fund $63,587 General Fund $3,098,152 GO Bond and Interest Fund $30,827 Il Municipal Retirement $5,789 Library Memorials $209,562 Motor Fuel Tax $5,693 Recapture Fund $2,799 Refuse $215,199 Riverlore Bond Fund $23,650 Riverlore Fund $2,748 Social Security $66,785 TIF District Fund $118,512 Unemployment Tax $61,454 Worker’s Compensation $154,559 Total Expenditures $4,060,206 Here’s the link: http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/

 
Comptroller’s Local Government Warehouse
 
 
“It can only benefit people to see how public funds are spent. Why not? It’s their money.” Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Click here if you agree!
 
 
Do you think UIS should enact a campus smoking ban too? U of I campus smoking ban goes into effect Jan. 1www.sj-r.comCHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is preparing to go smoke-free.
 
 
New Book on Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Law Written by Attorney Cameron MontiChicago TribuneCameron Monti, a Partner at Lavelle Law, Ltd. has authored a new book detailing the aspects of the new Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program in Illinois. Available on Amazon, “Illinois Medical Marijuana Law FAQ Handbook” lays out the …Holy smoke! Medical marijuana about to become legal in Il
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“And we get a lot of people who come here after visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. There’s a sign outside the museum about various historic sites and how to get here.” As for Blagojevich? Five …
 
 
* I told you about this late Friday afternoon, but you didn’t get a chance to comment, so… The governor collected more than $70,000 in uncashed paychecks held since last summer by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at his request in a move originally intended to show his commitment toward solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. And […]
 
 
* My weekly syndicated newspaper column… House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman said last week that his boss’ statement opposing further corporate “handouts” basically “speaks for itself.” But does it? Madigan invoked the populist gods last week as he called for an end to the “case-by-case system of introducing and debating legislation whenever a corporation is looking for […]
 
 
* The Kankakee Daily Journal has a bio piece on Steve Kim, who is Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s running mate… Kim is a successful businessman. An attorney, he advises companies on regulation and has offices around the world. He was a special assistant on international trade during the administration of Gov. Jim Edgar and sits on the […]
 
 
A little holiday cheer elicits smiles and grumpiness at Chicago’s Union Station.
 
 
 
 
Flipped classroom model not like flipping a switchPeoria Journal StarHAVANA — The “flipped classroom” teaching model that is being considered by the Midland School District has been adopted in differing degrees in at least two other central Illinois districts. Those are Havana District 126 in Mason County and Pekin …
 
 
Steve Kim convinced he’s part of winning ticketKankakee Daily JournalFour years ago, he ran for attorney general against Democrat Lisa Madigan. Kim lost, but said he was encouraged by reaching a personal goal of getting more than one million votes. Kim was in Kankakee Saturday morning to speak to the Kankakee County …
 
 
The state of Illinois is trying to compete with the glittery distraction of the holiday season to inform residents about the impending implementation of …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sign up for the Buy Illinois Challenge today and you could win free stuff between now and Christmas!Buy Illinois Challengewww.agr.state.il.usIf every household in Illinois dedicated just $10 of their weekly grocery budget towards Illinois Products – $47 million would be re-invested in the Illinois economy. That’s over $2.4 billion annually.
 
 
Bob and Recorder Yarbrough tell you how to give the gift of peace of mind from property theft for the holidays.Robert “Bob” Rita – Newswww.robertbobrita.comWhether the money maneuver [Quinn’s legislator salary veto] works will be determined in the weeks ahead. We’ll leave the final word to Rep. Bob Rita, D- Blue Island.
 
 
According to some, budget problems are not chiefly on the revenue side. … Western Illinois University’s Budget Director Matt Bierman explained that …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacksonville City Council will meet for the only time this month tonight.City Council convenes for only December meeting this eveningwlds.com
 
 
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission announces DuPage County as site for atom smasher on this date in 1966. #LegResUnit #TIH
 
 
Reps. Halbrook, Cavaletto, Meier, Durkin, Reboletti, & Monica Sobczak of Murray Parents Assoc. CENTRALIA – Though scheduled to close in November, Centralia’s Murray Developmental Center remains open due to a court order after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of…
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1bag6cp 
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Disability parking, getting a gun license, not wanting insurance and… http://goo.gl/fb/ItQ6V 
 
 
Listening to @KirkDillard start the week off on air with Central Illinois’ @WJBC talking about how he and I are ready to #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
Here’s a great story to start off your week in the BenGil Post about Gillespie High School History teacher Jack… http://fb.me/2BAbaj1Mk 
 
 
Starting Jan. 1 disabled drivers won’t have to pay at parking meters if they have a certain placard. http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/disability-parking-getting-gun-license.html …
 
 
Bob and Recorder Yarbrough want to give the gift of peace of mind from property theft for the holidays. http://www.robertbobrita.com/news/ 
 
 
Illinois schools working with police to increase presence on campus http://www.kmov.com/news/mobile/Illinois-schools-no-longer-planning-to-hide-from-potential-active-shooter-235811671.html …
 
 
With settlement money & tobacco taxes, Illinois is getting $1B this year. $11M is going to tobacco-prevention. http://thesouthern.com/news/local/study-illinois-lags-in-spending-on-smoking-prevention/article_366f37c4-62a8-11e3-bc13-001a4bcf887a.html … #twill
 
 
Coming up at 7:30a @WBBMNewsradio, my story about a teacher who was hit by cars & killed along w Good Samaritan over the weekend.
 
 
‘Spider-Man’ director reflects on those cast injuries, Las Vegas and why ‘Ghost’ will wow Chicago audiences. http://bit.ly/1eir2wq 
 
 
Illinois high school team trying to play like Grinnell College http://wrmj.com/talking-high-school-sports-on-the-radio-illinois-high-school-team-employs-grinnell-system/ …
 
 
Is U of I not on the right clout list for $70 million grant? Via @lynnsweet http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/24401797-452/u-of-i-may-lose-a-big-federal-grant-to-clout.html …
 
 
Our latest editorial: Here in the suburbs, our attitude about guns is shaped by a variety of factors and differs… http://fb.me/2R3QN8MlI 
 
 
The University of Illinois’ flagship campus in Champaign-Urbana will be smoke-free as of January 1.
 
 
Gun permits must be sought onlineHerald & ReviewSPRINGFIELD — 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 …
 
 
Urge Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to Grant Clemency to Anthony Dansberry! Anthony Dansberry is serving a 75-year sentence for a robbery and murder …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn issued a statement recently saying he will renew his fight to increase the minimum wage in Illinois. “Earlier this year, I called for …
 
 
WBEZChicago’s Southwest Side, southwest suburbs home to major drug warehousingWBEZWBEZ surveyed major drug and money busts over the last five years in the metropolitan area. We found 97 homes where law enforcement allegedly found narcotics. Thirty were on the Southwest Side of Chicago and another 20 were in the southwest suburbs.
 
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent a team of specialists to a central Illinois nuclear plant to try to determine why a transformer failed and caused the plant to shut down. Officials say the incident happened Sunday night at the Clinton Nucl…
 
 
The snow should start in the Chicago metro area around 3 p.m. Drive safely!Heavy Snow Could Hit During Tonight’s Commutelibertyville.patch.com
 
 
Here birdie birdie! Christmas Bird Count Underway In Illinois @audubonsociety http://bit.ly/19N14d3