Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Dec. 18

A book looking at the legacy of George W. Bush’s presidency also dives into the Donald Rumsfeld’s impact on the United States government.
 
 
15 minutes ago • Contributed by David Dabagia Public Relations Professional La Porte County Public Library MICHIGAN CITY | As the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln … s funeral train took from Washington D.C. to Lincoln’s home town …
 
 
Ari Emanuel, brother of Mayor Rahm, poised to be King of Hollywood thanks to agency megamerger http://nyti.ms/18PbqsA 
 
 
 
EXCLUSIVE: There are another two and a half weeks until Illinoisans may apply for a permit to carry a concealed, loaded handgun, but FOX 32 News has learned scam artists are already hard at work.
 
 
 
By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association A Rockford-area installer’s potential customer recently decided against a solar hot water system because he could continue to meet his hot water needs using low-priced natural gas. Using the current price of a fuel as a guide is seen as a rational short-term decision, but ignores the long-term risk
 
 
By Fair Economy Illinois EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Tuesday, Dec. 16, marked the halfway point as the clock ticks down to determining the fate of fracking in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) called the third in a series of five hearings to gather public comments on rules that would enact the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The overwhelming majority of participants in the
 
 
I wonder why the legislators and Department of Transportation have listened to the minority who have complained that the traffic cameras are used only as a source of income for the city. I thi…
 
 
In 1938, then in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District, voters elected Jessie Sumner to Congress — only the third woman from the state to serve in the House. Sumner, running on a vigorous anti-New Deal platform, defeated U.S. Rep. James A. Meeks, a Danville Democrat, in a race that attracted national attention. Well, Sumner attracted national attention with good reason. There’s been some exc
 
 
Nick Digilio welcomes Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, to discuss the big stories of 2013 and “That’s So Gay” the new board game she’s developed full of LGBTQ trivia. To download this or any of Nick’s podcast visit our I-Tunes page.
 
 
Illinois’ favorite astronaut will strap on a spacesuit and go for a 6-hour walk outside of the International Space Station on Saturday. Hopkins’ first spacewalk is set for this Saturday Illinois’ favorite astronaut will strap on a spacesuit and go for a 6-hour walk outside of the International Space Station on Saturday. read more
 
 
 
Appears we all should be asking this tomorrow: how is moving 100 jobs away from the city with the highest unemployment rate good 4 IL?
 
 
 
I’ll be chatting with @CochranShow after 6a on @WGNRadio about a unique constituent service letter to a state lawmaker! @SundaySpin
 
 
Latest on our Blog: FEMA Seeking Local Hires to Assist in Disaster Recovery http://goo.gl/fb/t94Dx 
 
 
It is important to remember that sometimes the best legislation is no legislation. ADM stays in Illinois without… http://fb.me/1GeHdmbOe 
 
 
It is instructive to remember sometimes the best legislation is no legislation. This non-deal is a fine example… http://fb.me/2ADSvZUGW 
 
 
ADM headquarters coming to Chicago without city, state incentives http://bit.ly/1fD0WBu 
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Small businesses hurt by Obamacare, drivers have to hang up, Medicaid… http://goo.gl/fb/PHgQR 
 
 
@RonSandack may have the quote of the day re ADM’s move to Chicago w/o state tax breaks: “Sometimes the best legislation is no legislation.”
 
 
Continuing a great week of radio with Champaign’s @wdws1400 at 7:40a join us we talk about how we can #MakeILWorkAgain!
 
 
Kinda looks like Independence Day… pic.twitter.com/eZ2qa2UJVN
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Small businesses hurt by Obamacare, drivers have t… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/small-businesses-hurt-by-obamacare.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Illinois Manufacturing Association – Found 1 hour ago, Illinois joined a growing list of states—now 20—allowing the use of medical marijuana when Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of
 
 
Yep, that’s right, the fictional show about firefighters “Chicago Fire” is looking to cast some real firefighters and firefighter cadets as paid extras on the Chicago area show. “Chicago […]
 
 
Hi, it’s Dave Dahl in the WTAX 24-hour News Center. Joey McLaughlin must have done okay Tuesday, because he is back today hosting the WTAX Morning Newswatch. He’ll interview Sherman mayor Trevor Clatfelter at 7:40 and also today update First Night Springfield and the Auburn ambulance service. In the news, Springfield aldermen approve a water deal with Chatham and an out-of-court settlement with
 
 
With Simplifiles online service, documents can be scanned … secure and definitely more convenient for both the county and its customers, Clifford said. Coles County is the 16th Illinois county to begin e-recording with Simplifile. For more information …
 
 
All too often, in discussions about the risk of municipal bond issuers, the credit default swap market is quoted as the source of information. In this note, we instead turn to the municipal bond market and actual traded prices to analyze the market view of …
 
 
The Red Sox have signed Japanese right-handed reliever Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor-league contract, the club announced on Tuesday. The 37-year-old has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League. The …
 
 
 
… need for a united anti-crime front on May 28, the day they convened an anti-crime summit in the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in Rockford.
 
 
 
Forby, Phelps hold seminar for retireesHarrisburg Daily RegisterState Senator Gary Forby and State Representative Brandon Phelps are sponsoring two seminar sessions at Southeastern Illinois College 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. email · print. By Staff Report. The Daily Register – Harrisburg, IL. By …
 
 
In Illinois, six hospitals performed below the national average on at least one … Advocate Health Care said its hospital readmission rate has declined 9 …
 
 
Grzanich Exits WBBM-AMRadio InkAfter 20 years, I am signing off at WBBM Newsradio to explore other opportunities. I am hungry for a new challenge and must embark on the journey to find it starting now. But don’t go away! I’ll still be here in Chicago and on Facebook with news …
 
 
Matt Donkin, regional superintendent of schools for Williamson and Franklin counties, has announced he will be a candidate for election to …
 
 
California, Illinois and Colorado have recently released draft fracking regulations, adding to an already significant body of existing rules and pending …
 
 
That listing from the Illinois comptroller’s office runs 4,139 pages. … the Illinois Supreme Court, said John Colombo, a University of Illinois Law School …
 
 
The Illinois Green Fleets program provides for “Green Environment, Green Energy, & Green Economics for a Green Illinois,” through the use of clean …
 
 
Engineers: Bridges need more moneyPekin Daily TimesState Rep. Don Moffitt (R-74) says a funding fix lies in curbing the divergence of money set aside for bridge work. Moffitt says money often earmarked for road and bridge construction is then funneled into the cost of personnel or other concerns …
 
 
EXCHANGE: GED aided Rockford trucking entrepreneurBelleville News DemocratIn Illinois, the percentage of adults without that key achievement was 13.3 percent. This week, Boone-Winnebago County Regional School Superintendent Lori Fanello announced that 1,110 people from Boone and Winnebago counties — that includes …
 
 
Pension fix OK’d to dismay of some local education union, state repsMcDonough VoiceIt’s plain and simple,” said John Miller, president of the University Professionals of Illinois Chapter #4100, which represents Western Illinois University’s faculty. “This bill is not constitutional in any way, shape or form.” The measure approved by …
 
 
Kadner: Buying a lottery ticket and a dreamSouthtownStarBy Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com December 17, 2013 9:44PM. Scott Hoormann buys two MegMillions lottery tickets Energy Express Monday Dec. 16 2013 St. Scott Hoormann buys two Mega Millions lottery tickets at Energy Express Monday, Dec.
 
 
Critics of fracking turn out for Decatur hearingBloomington PantagraphWritten comments can be submitted through Jan. 3 to: Illinois Department of Natural Resource Office of Legal Counsel, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702 or online at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/OnlineCommentSubmittalForm …Public voices concern over proposed fracking regulationsFracking opponents dom
 
 
Chicago TribuneControversial Illinois school poll tells what students and teachers really thinkChicago TribuneInstead, the Illinois State Board of Education this fall posted survey questions and answers for each school online, with no analysis or statewide averages to provide comparisons or context. The Tribune obtained data from the state for about 740,000 …
 
 
Chuck Sweeny: Local leaders in the dark about Amtrak serviceFreeport Journal-StandardDave Syverson, R-Rockford, said he asked IDOT last week for a complete report on the status of the Amtrak route through Rockford. As of Monday, he didn’t have it. Page 2 of 2 – “There’s not a lot new to report,” he said. “At this point, I’ve been told …
 
 
Our view: Distracted driving claims thousands of lives per year. Together, we can change that.
 
 
Two local GOP leaders challenge signatures of potential Leitch opponentChillicothe Times-Bulletin (blog)Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, for the GOP nomination in the 17th Congressional District, and even Gov. Pat Quinn, whose petitions have been challenged by his Democratic opponent, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman of Chicago. Hardiman’s petitions …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … CHICAGO — An Illinois health care coalition has been awarded a $7 million federal grant to set up a clinical data …
 
 
By The State Journal-Register Editorial Board, Springfield … Currently, 35 Illinois counties in 13 circuits, from one end of the state to the other, are …
 
 
Even though most health insurers starting in 2014 will no longer be able to reject people for coverage or charge them more because of their health, the …
 
 
After the Illinois Senate narrowly approved a well-intentioned, but misguided, bill last year to compel publicly traded companies headquartered in …
 
 
People wait to buy lottery tickets in California on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. / AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton …
 
 
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – A $29 million bridge over the Rock River in Rockford is open. The 497-foot Morgan Street Bridge christened Tuesday has a …
 
 
 
The test will be replacing the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, better … It is a totally different test,” said school guidance counselor Caleb Sims.
 
 
Video gaming may be heading to Woodridge and it could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual revenue for the village. The Village Board …
 
 
Senator Mulroe with principal McGlade of Garvey elementary school at their “Tunes on Turf” Christmas Assembly
 
 
Senator Mulroe discussing state issues with constituents at a town hall meeting in Norridge this evening
 
 
automated fuel management systems, motor pool systems, and operational asset management systems, announced today that the City of Springfield, Illinois has contracted to purchase AssetWorks flagship fleet management software application …
 
 
Roya Soleimani, Senior Communications Associate at Google, is on to talk about their Google Zeitgeist project. It is lists of the top searches for the year 2013, which can be narrowed by region, topic, country etc. She tells the Cochran show some of the top searches in Chicago, including “Grant Park,” “Blackhawk Parade,” and “Gibson’s Steakhouse.” google.com
 
 
 

 
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki was a “little dismayed” after being featured Tuesday morning on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.” In a report on the ongoing debate on whether MTV should be allowed to film the reality show “16 and Pregnant” in Tinley Park, GMA reporter Linzie Janis talked with Zabrocki, who said the show glorifies teen pregnancy, and the show’s supporters, who call it a form of s
 
 
If you live in Carbondale, Illinois, you already have some of the highest property taxes in Southern Illinois, and after Tuesday’s council meeting, they may be higher still.
 
 
The state is moving to fire a $111,432-a-year Illinois prison official with a lengthy criminal history in the wake of Chicago Sun-Times reports that revealed his past, sources said Tuesday. Xadrian R. McCraven was placed on paid leave Monday afternoon, said Tom Shaer, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections. A “pre-disciplinary hearing” is set for Thursday under the terms of Mc
 
 
Illinois Mayor Says No to MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” http://ow.ly/rRiNBB104 WBWN FM – Continuous Country Favorites – Illinois Mayor Says No to…ow.ly(TINLEY PARK, Ill.) — MTV’s controversial reality show 16 and Pregnant, which chronicles the hardships of teenage pregnancy and motherhood, is…
 
 
Breaking: Michael Jordan’s wife pregnant with identical twin girls: http://bit.ly/1cznEGG
 
 
Our latest data map can show you how much home prices have raised in the past year. -BenMap: What Part of Mokena Had the Highest Home Value Increase?ow.lyNationally, home values have significantly increased this year, but experts say growth is likely to slow down in 2014. The map below shows a snapshot
 
 
I am stunned & humbled at being named, with my friend Ed Sullivan, 2013 co-Golden Horseshoe Award for Best… http://fb.me/1W8FzL9w3 
 
 
Oh what a difference a day makes, yes? Today I learned that I received, along with my friend Ed Sullivan, the… http://fb.me/2cQlBKmVs 
 
 
Humbled to receive the CapFax Legislator of the Year award with @RonSandack. I strive every day to better serve IL. http://capitolfax.com/2013/12/17/golden-horseshoe-awards/ …
 
 
I voted against the budget plan because it raises spending now in exchange for the hope of future cuts.
 
 
Join @KirkDillard today at Jorgio’s in Wheaton for a meet & greet. Let’s talk about #MakingILWorkAgain http://bit.ly/1bMqoj9  #ilgov
 
 
Hats off to 10-year-old Samuel Love from Beasley Academy for sending toys off to flood victims in Colorado. Great job!
 
 
Today I introduced legislation aimed at curbing a new form of mob action called the ‘knockout’ game http://www.dwightkay.org/knockout_assault_prevention_act_introduced_by_rep_kay_aimed_at_deterring_the_violent_knockout_game …
 
 
More can be done to improve rail safety in IL – met w/@NTSB Chair Deb Hersman http://1.usa.gov/1jcBwzw 
 
 
The Hotel Abraham Lincoln at Fifth and Capitol, imploded this day in 1978. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/fQ6XIjVVja
 
 
The IL Supreme Court is auditing the CC Circuit Court system, with special attention paid to pretrial interviews: http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/24423862-452/sneed-illinois-supreme-court-auditing-cook-county-circuit-courts-pretrial-system.html …
 
 
Caucus Blog: Backroom deal threatens bipartisan Medicaid reforms http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/backroom-deal-threatens-medicaid-reform.html?spref=tw …
 
 
My prayers are w/ Bob Murray of @WTAX as he fights brain cancer. Hope he’s back on the air in Central #Illinois soon. http://wtax.com/local/an-open-letter-from-bob-murray/ …
 
 
Most politicians deserve a lump of coal this Christmas. But we need to look ahead to the fu… http://ift.tt/1ke6gOC  pic.twitter.com/kjouLBIe8L
 
 
I’m in Chicago for JCAR- Rules Comm meeting on Conceal and Carry and a Pension and Investment hearing afterwards.
 
 
I had lunch with my kids- Happy 25th Birthday Nate!
 
 
Join me tonight for a holiday food drive & parranda @TumbaoChicago 6-10pm pic.twitter.com/0gBL8kWhnA
 
 
http://bit.ly/1fBPgz1  Best of luck for quick recovery to Bob Murray. In letter, he thanks listeners for support as he fights brain cancer
 
 
RT @ChrisKaergard: Illinois governor’s race comes to Peoria with downstate debate scheduled on WTVP-47 in #peoria on Jan. 23. Get excited!
 
 
Righter: The gov’s office and AFSCME went to the arbitrator…and did not include legislators.
 
 
Righter: The governor signed the legislation. To say the governor was lax in supporting the appeal is an understatement.
 
 
Righter: In those discussions – we agreed on a 3rd party vendor to review the medicaid rolls. The work was a stunning success.
 
 
Sen. Righter: Republicans & Democrats worked together to come up with cuts that would ultimately sustain the medicaid program.
 
 
#DuPageCounty candidate’s cellphone mistaken as a weapon http://bit.ly/JyqJzo 
 
 
In politics, they say signs can’t vote. Sadly, Safe Passage signs alone couldn’t ensure safe passage for this girl http://www.suntimes.com/24437465-761/14-year-old-girl-found-beaten-unconscious-near-safe-passage-route.html …
 
 
Should state’s attorneys be subject to open records laws? Primer on the case set for arguments on Jan. 23. http://tinyurl.com/lygo6ks 
 
 
Jon Burge pension case, FOIAs for states attorneys among cases slated for high court arguments next month. Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/mc6gsbl 
 
 
Help those in need across #Illinois this holiday season and donate to your local food pantry. http://www.feedingillinois.org/contact-us  #twill
 
 
Gratulation! (Congrats in English) @nprnews Angela Merkel Is Sworn In For Third Term As Chancellor http://n.pr/JEISwh  #twill #ImGerman
 
 
Helping protect students from risky campus financial products is exactly the kind of work @CFPB was designed to do http://1.usa.gov/ITBCf9 
 
 
I applaud @CFPB for taking steps to ensure that students are protected from predatory marketing practices&hidden fees http://1.usa.gov/ITBCf9 
 
 
IL is a leader in developing new energy production&storage techniques—met w/@fossilenergygov to discuss IL carbon storage projects
 
 
I really enjoyed the opportunity to congratulate the State Champion 7th Grade Girl’s Basketball Team from Canton… http://fb.me/2yxZasGeJ 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — SB Passed Both Houses Report http://ow.ly/r1FO0  http://ift.tt/1keQanY 
 
 
ILGA — HB and SB Passed Both Houses report http://ow.ly/r1EOU  http://ift.tt/1dl54nf 
 
 
ILGA — Bills Pending Gov Action report http://ow.ly/r1FXY  http://ift.tt/1keQ8fT 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills with Public Acts report http://ow.ly/r1Cub  http://ift.tt/1dl54nh 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
Peoria PR: State board approves Kewanee Hospital merger with OSF http://bit.ly/1dLnoqa 
 
 
Kid’s got talent? Mom Loses CHA Apartment After Son Films Gun-Toting Rap Video Inside via @DNAinfo http://dnain.fo/1kRCVaf 
 
 
Chi officials say it’ll cost $9m to empty closed schools. Wait–make that $19m. Alright, we’ll do it for just $31m! http://www.wbez.org/news/more-overruns-cost-empty-out-closed-chicago-schools-now-set-triple-109387 …
 
 
According to State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka she would have to win the $636 Mega Million jackpot 14 times to… http://fb.me/1HifmLWaE 
 
 
Illinois is the luckiest state with 31 #MegaMillion jackpots won followed by NY and then a three-way tie between GA, MI and NJ #ABCWorldNews
 
 
U. of Illinois named #10 University with Most Driven Students! @Illinois_Alma http://www.businessinsider.com/universities-driven-students-ucla-2013-12 … #uiuc
 
 
#HorseNews One Last Hope to Salvage Illinois 2014 Season: Without action during a one-day session … http://bit.ly/Jz1Y6i  #RacingNews
 
 
Archer Daniels Midland picks Chicago over Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Dallas for headquarters site http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131217/BLOGS02/131219778/adm-to-move-headquarters-to-chicago …
 
 
We are on a roll with some great meet & greets! None better than tonight’s in #Wheaton at Jorgio’s.… http://instagram.com/p/iC1O1CIxk1/ 
 
 
ADM will move its corporate headquarters to Chicago even without major corporate tax breaks from Springfield.
 
 
ADM will move its corporate headquarters to Chicago even without tax incentives from Springfield. #canweendcorporategreednow?
 
 
The new #MorganStreetBridge in #Rockford is officially open. http://tinyurl.com/mvouvzo  pic.twitter.com/BruwxhwIRM
 
 
As many as 60,000 people will cross the #MorganStreetBridge each day, improving quality of life & commerce throughout the #Rockford area.
 
 
Hanging with my Kappa brothers at Christmas toy drive jazz event! Merry Christmas!
 
 
Bring Back Illinois. Shake Up Springfield. To learn more visit http://www.JoinBruce.com Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/BruceRauner Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/BruceRauner.
 
 
Jim Carson, a Plainfield resident, was found dead Monday night.
 
 
I am humbled to receive CapFax’s Legislator of the Year award. I strive every day to better serve the 51st District and the State of Illinois.Capitol Fax.com – Your Illinois News Radar » Golden Horseshoe Awardscapitolfax.com* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Representative – Democrat was almost unanimous. Rep. Greg Harris…
 
 
Pantagraph.com From AP December 16, 2013 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police will only accept online applications from people who want new concealed carry permits. And that’s concerning for one Illinois lawmaker who was the chief sponsor of the state’s new gun law, according to ( http://bit.ly/1fxZzEn ) the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers. read more
 
 
For my medical marijuana constituents in the district. Some FAQ’s are listed below on the Department of Public Health’s website. http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/MedicalCannabis/faq.htmMedical Cannabiswww.idph.state.il.usQualifying patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period from an authorized medical cannabis dispensary.
 
 
Congrats to the Wolves! http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/tinleypark/24278495-521/orland-hills-wolves-close-season-strong.htmlOrland Hills Wolves close season strong – Southtown Starsouthtownstar.suntimes.comDespite a number of rain delays, the Orland Hills Wolves football team closed its 2013 regular-season home games with an intense sweep of the Joliet Raiders. The Wolves Supe
 
 
Representative Christian Mitchell discussing 26th district improvements with Senior Citizens.
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE…..State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) will be hosting two free seminars on January 15 to help residents understand their property tax assessment and learn how to appeal it. “My office receives many calls from frustrated property owners who believe they are being unfairly taxed on their property,” said Sandack. “This informational session will arm people with the facts
 
 
If you are in the Hopkins Park area this Thursday, December 19, please stop by to learn about how the Affordable Care Act works, what the new Health Insurance Marketplace and navigators can do and ask any questions you may have about your health insurance. For more information, please call 708-756-0882.
 
 
Thank you to Chicago Tribune for the opportunity to share my position on the pension vote with their readers. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-illinois-pension-reform-jeanne-ives-no-vote-gen-20131217,0,585391.storyExplaining a vote against pension reformwww.chicagotribune.comOn Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune published the editorial , “Grand old … impostors / Why di
 
 
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
 
 
Last Thursday, I joined Marengo Community High School government students during their simulated legislative session. Discussing ideas with Illinois’ next generation of leaders was a pleasure. I was truly impressed by the students’ understanding of the legislative process and the complexity of the conversation we had on the issues facing McHenry County and our state.
 
 
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) introduced the Knockout Assault Prevention Act aimed at curbing a new form of mob action called the ‘knockout’ game.Incidents of the knockout game have been reported throughout the nation, with occurrences in Missouri, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., including a fatality in New Jersey.  According to the Illinois State Cri
 
 
I am stunned & humbled at being named, with my friend Ed Sullivan, 2013 co-Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Representative- Republican.Capitol Fax.com – Your Illinois News Radarcapitolfax.comPresently, four Illinois corporations are seeking the General Assembly?s approval for tax breaks or incentives.
 
 
Our free, virtual legal clinics for domestic violence survivors expanded to shelters in Freeport, Rochelle and Rockford today. This means 4,000 survivors across 16 rural counties can access legal consults on topics ranging from child custody to immigration at no cost, via webcam.
 
 
More than 200 new laws go into effect January 1, including increasing the state’s speed limits, legalizing medical marijuana, opening up government grants to greater scrutiny and banning cell phone use while driving. Read more about the new laws coming in 2014 at the link below!New Laws for 2014senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Greater Chicago Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr to volunteer at the Jesse Brown Veterans Food Pantry and emphasize the importance of supporting Illinois food banks this holiday season and into next year.
 
 
 
 
As I begin preparations for next years session, I wanted to share the results of our survey. We received responses from almost 750 constituents sharing their opinion on crucial issues. The ideas expressed in the responses will guide the votes I take in Springfield. Last year’s survey results can be viewed here. If you have any questions, or wish to further express your opinion on a piece of legisl
 
 
Today we bring you the holiday traditions of Lithuania and Poland with this tasty treat, available in the many Eastern European Delis and Bakeries in the 19th District.Timeline PhotosDo you know what is the best treat for Christmas? It’s Šakotis (Tree Cake) of course!!! And it's still available at our Gift Shop! A little bit of Šakotis History. Lithuanian Šakotis or Raguolis (also known a
 
 
On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune published the editorial, “Grand old … impostors / Why did so many Republicans reject pension reform?” I wish the paper would have called me. While I have made statements explaining my “no” vote against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s revised pension reform bill on the House floor and via news releases, I am happy to explain my vote,
 
 
Backroom deal threatens bipartisan Medicaid reforms: http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/backroom-deal-threatens-medicaid-reform.htmlBackroom deal threatens bipartisan Medicaid reformswww.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
Most politicians deserve a lump of coal this Christmas. But we need to look ahead to the future, for our kids and for our families. To Make Illinois Work Again what is the ONE gift Illinois should ask for? Share your ideas with us and we’ll feature the best ones on our Facebook page: http://www.formstack.com/forms/DillardTracy-untitled_form3
 
 
Are you In the Know? Here is some news you can use!Obamacare’s unintended consequences, no smoking at U of I, giving guns for Christmas and more!www.intheknowillinois.com
 
 
I’m in Chicago for JCAR- Rules Comm meeting on Conceal and Carry and a Pension and Investment hearing afterwards.
 
 
I had lunch with my kids- Happy 25th Birthday Nate!
 
 
Fulton County Traveling Office Hours are underway in Suite 302 of the Opera House Professional Building on the Square in Canton. We’ll be here until 5:00 today. Feel free to swing by if you have a state issue you’d like to discuss or to say hello!
 
 
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today joined local and state officials to cut the ribbon and open the new $29 million Morgan Street Bridge over the Rock River. The new bridge is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century transportation system that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
In Springfield this afternoon as the Springfield Public Schools – District 186 host a hearing of our Education Funding Advisory Committee. We’re continuing to try to convince the Democrat majority that a poor child from Cairo, Bloomington, or Chicago should all be worth the same.
 
 
Senator Barickman asks a question at a meeting of the Education Funding Advisory Committee this afternoon in Springfield. Today’s hearing was hosted by the Springfield Public Schools. Timeline PhotosIn Springfield this afternoon as the @[432915900082754:274:Springfield Public Schools – District 186] host a hearing of our Education Funding Advisory Committee. We're continuing to t
 
 
In response to revelations of a backroom deal that completely undoes the state’s efforts to save the Illinois Medicaid program State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) criticized the Quinn administration’s most recent efforts to dismantle the most important element of the bipartisan SMART act reforms. Read more at the link below.Righter, Bellock say Quinn admin
 
 
According to State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka she would have to win the $636 Mega Million jackpot 14 times to pay off the state’s unpaid bills.https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/195782_173947439323761_2468312_s.jpgJudy Baar TopinkaTo pay off the state’s unpaid bills, I’d have to win the $636 Mega Million jackpot 14 times. On the bright side, I’d have $104 million to spare.
 
 
Had a great time at the Cook County Building Trades holiday party this afternoon. Good to see Comptroller Hynes as well!
 
 
This morning I visited the new Jesse Brown Veterans Food Pantry to help prepare holiday meals. This pantry serves those who served our country and we are forever grateful for their sacrifice. It is always a good time to support local communities and look out for our fellow neighbors. I encourage all Illinois citizens to make a difference this holiday season and throughout the year by contributing
 
 
How broke is Illinois? According to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, to pay off unpaid bills, the state would have to win the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot…14 times.
 
 
CHICAGO – In response to revelations of a backroom deal that completely undoes the state’s efforts to save the Illinois Medicaid program State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) criticized the Quinn administration’s most recent efforts to dismantle the most important element of the bipartisan SMART act reforms.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he will be departing Thursday of this week on his annual journey to personally deliver holiday cards to wounded servicemembers. This year the Governor will visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Md. Each year schoolchildren across Illinois demonstrate their overwhelming support for our troops through the Illinois He
 
 
My congratulations to Ken Schroeder upon his retirement from the Board of the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District. Ken served for more than 30 years, with nearly 20 as the Board’s President. Ken has done a great deal for our community and for our country, and he is known for his personal involvement and his valued leadership.
 
 
On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune published the editorial, “Grand old … impostors / Why did so many Republicans reject pension reform?” I wish the paper would have called me. While I have made statements explaining my “no” vote against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s revised pension reform bill on the House floor and via news releases, I am happy to explain my vote,
 
 
CHICAGO – In response to revelations of a backroom deal that completely undoes the state’s efforts to save the Illinois Medicaid program State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) criticized the Quinn administration’s most recent efforts to dismantle the most important element of the bipartisan SMART act reforms.
 
 
Follow this link to hear an interview I did with Star 105.5 McHenry County reviewing the Illinois General Assembly’s accomplishments in 2013. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. https://soundcloud.com/stews-news/northwest-spectrum-2014-lawsNORTHWEST SPECTRUM 2014 LAWSThe new Illinois laws on the books after New Years will have specific ramifications on your life . Stew Cohen sat down with S
 
 
I really enjoyed the opportunity to congratulate the State Champion 7th Grade Girl’s Basketball Team from Canton Ingersoll today. What a great group of girls and a fantastic undefeated team record for the year! Congrats as well to Coach Martin, Assistant Coach McKown and Principal Krus.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today announced that a coalition of 20 health and hospital organizations from Illinois has been awarded an 18-month, $7-million federal award to establish a clinical data research network (CDRN). Awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the award will allow the coalition to be part of a larger national network that will model how healthcare inst
 
 
Back in Champaign tonight for a pizza party to thank some of my Fall Fellows for all of their hard work this past semester. What a great group of smart and passionate students. I’m lucky to have their help. Good luck on finals!
 
 
Guess who’s counting the days until Christmas?
 
 
The new Morgan Street Bridge in Rockford is officially open. Residents and businesses who need to cross the Rock River now have a better way. We expect as many as 60,000 people will use the new Morgan Street Bridge each day, improving commerce and the quality of life throughout the Rockford area. http://tinyurl.com/mvouvzo
 
 
At our town hall meeting this evening in Norridge with Sen. Mulroe
 
 
One of the services meant to help families before they reach that point of crisis is called an Individual Care Grant (ICG). The state-funded grant pays for …
 
 
Illinois Violence Prevention Task Force MeetseNews Park ForestIllinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, and the chair of the Illinois Violence Prevention Task Force, recently convened the first task force meeting. … Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), task force duties include preventing …
 
 
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is among more than 20 states bidding to host manufacturing for Boeing’s new 777x airliner. But experts say it doesn’t …
 
 
KMOV.comMetro East lawmaker proposes upping punishments for Knockout Game offendersKMOV.comIt’s when someone walks up on another person and strikes them in the face with the intent of rendering them unconscious. Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay wants the assault to be a felony carrying a three to seven year sentence. Teens 15 or …
 
 
New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On ‘Judicial Hellhole’ ListSt. Louis Public RadioATRA communications director Darren McKinney says over the past six or seven years, St. Louis has emerged as a city that attracts a great deal of liability lawsuits. This year, it became enough of a concern to put the city on the association’s judicial …
 
 
Illinois won’t discuss Boeing plant bid but company’s wants and the state may …The RepublicAnd House Speaker Mike Madigan, an influential Democrat who in the past hasn’t raised objections to tax breaks and other corporate incentives, last week said it’s time for the state consider a new system for evaluating the incentives it offers and how …
 
 
CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Quinn today announced that a coalition of 20 health and hospital organizations from Illinois has …
 
 
Madison County Regional Superintendent Robert Daiber and St. Clair County Regional Superintendent Susan Sarfaty have both filed petitions to run …
 
 
Illinois’ capital newspaper archives back to 1830s going onlineRockford Register StarSPRINGFIELD — News from Illinois’ capital — before it was even the capital — will be searchable online. Springfield’s public library, Lincoln Library, announced Wednesday the acquisition of a $250,000 historical digital newspaper archive. It will …
 
 
Agri NewsIllinois Corn Growers Association elects new officersAgri NewsChairman Paul Taylor of Esmond and Vice Chairman Richard Gates of Carmi will lead the Grassroots Committee. Newly elected to serve on the state board are: * District 4 — Bill Leigh of Minonk, representing farmers in Bureau, Lee, Marshall, Putnam …
 
 
… people with recent injuries or disabilities and the homeless in Chicago’s western suburbs, but this Christmas, funds that have been raised will not be …
 
 
Salaries for Chicago’s private college presidents range from the highest (at the … The Chronicle of Higher Education released their 2011 database of …
 
 
Union pension disdain a factor in governor’s raceJacksonville Journal-CourierUnion pension disdain a factor in governor’s race. by By Benjamin Yount Illinois Watchdog. Now |28 Views | | | Email | Print. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn can pretty much forget about getting any more money from the state’s public employee unions, after …
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn even stopped by to help pass out presents. “Measured by the number of smiles, this year’s Warm Wishes was a huge success,” …
 
 
* Tribune… If Chicago-area voters think they’ve seen a lot of Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on television lately, there’s a reason: He’s spent nearly $1.5 million on ads that began in mid-November and will wrap up before Christmas. […] For Rauner, a wealthy equity investor from Winnetka, it’s a way for a first-time candidate to introduce […]
 
 
* I disagree with this AP report… When Illinois lawmakers considered a landmark vote on same-sex marriage, religious and conservative groups vowed to retaliate against those who voted in favor by grooming potential primary challengers in next year’s elections. But now that gay marriage is Illinois law and legislative […]
 
 
* Fox 32… Illinoisans can begin applying next month for the state’s first-ever permits to carry concealed firearms. But the Cook County Sheriff complains to FOX 32 News that the system to screen those applicants is full of holes. Unless the system is fixed, Sheriff Tom Dart says he’s prepared to take extraordinary action to prevent […]
 
 
“I regret having left the file on my trunk and can only say that it was unintentional and a mistake that I alone am responsible for,” Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard said. http://bit.ly/1jeQkxH
 
 
As Natural Gas Booms, Coal Goes Up In SmokeGilmer MirrorCongressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis say they “will kill the future of coal.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called them a “war on coal.” But the real threat to coal’s dominance isn’t excessive federal regulation. It’s natural gas. With …
 
 
By Daily Herald report. Actress Cameron Diaz will meet with fans next month in Naperville to promote “The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the …
 
 
* Please, don’t forget that if you’re coming to the City Club’s “Christmas with Rich Miller 2013″ tomorrow, we’re asking that you bring a toy or a gift card for a child ages 3-5 in Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ early childhood program. Thanks!
 
 
* Tribune editorial… Chicago will soon be blanketed with [speed cameras], in hopes of slowing drivers around schools and parks. No more cat-and-mouse between cops and speeders. If you’re speeding, you’ll get caught. Why not deploy the cameras on the interstates, where motorists feel they can barrel along with impunity? It’s not a perfect solution. Illinois already uses […]
 
 
… from 2005-2012, and prior to that spent more than 15 years at Chicago Sun-Times as a senior account manager and associate advertising manager.
 
 
CHICAGO – The Chicago Board of Elections reports that 100 or so city precincts will be asked next March whether they support raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour from the current $8.25 per hour minimum. The referendum…
 
 
SAGA Talk WTAX-A-W298AP/SPRINGFIELD, MO “MORNING NEWSWATCH” host BOB MURRAY has told listeners that he is taking an extended …
 
 
By Travis Akin. Akin. Any Illini or Mizzou fan would be thrilled to see their team ranked in the Top Five. But nobody in the Metro-East will be cheering …
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — At least two current regional school superintendents will face each other in the March 18 primary in a battle for a spot in a newly …
 
 
State Rep. Mike Unes (R-91) will present a resolution from the Illinois General Assembly acknowledging the work of the late K9 Halo at the Canton …
 
 
If you love NSW artist Lisa Madigan’s work but haven’t been able to stretch the budget to buy one, her latest special release of small works on canvas …
 
 
“He knew I was Cat CEO, so I said, ‘You know, Mr. President, Cat did not leave South Africa or boycott South Africa. Is that something you’re going to hold against us?'” http://bit.ly/1jeXSQX
 
 
The prosecutor dropped one felony charge and reduced another to a misdemeanor before Jim Moustis’ grandson pleaded guilty to stealing from his boss.
 
 
Greg Hinz on Politics · Shia Kapos Takes Names · John Pletz on Technology · Joe Cahill on … Greg Brown bullish on downtown, immigration reform.
 
 
“The pension moves on the part of the state of Illinois (are) a positive after many years of gridlock. It’s a first step. There’s more work to be done there.”.
 
 
By The Associated Press … ANN ARBOR — Amtrak says it’s adding 14 trains on its Illinois-Michigan service during the Christmas and New Year’s …
 
 
BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief December 17, 2013 6:02PM. Updated: December 17, 2013 6:09PM. ADM is expected to announce …
 
 
By Jamey Dunn Under a deal struck between Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration and union officials today, public employees will begin taking over the …
 
 
Ron Sandack speaks during Thursday’s “Myths & Truths of the Progressive … Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, said Thursday during a forum he …
 
 
A northwest Illinois project was targeted Tuesday in a prominent report about wasteful federal government spending, but an advocate for the project …
 
 
The Illinois Department of Labor sided with Valerie Tolson after concluding that Tolson was given “lip service” in her request for a residency “waiver” …
 
 
Illinois has a corporate tax rate of 9.5 percent (7 percent income, 2.5 percent personal property replacement tax) while Florida has a 5.5 percent …
 
 
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D) announced the expansion of her Virtual Legal Clinic to northern Illinois Dec. 17. The clinic …
 
 
URBANA, Ill. (AP) – No injuries were reported after a suspected natural gas explosion in an unoccupied building on the University of Illinois campus.
 
 
By DON BABWIN Associated Press … CHICAGO — The director of the Illinois State Police has turned down a request from the Cook County Sheriff’s …
 
 
I noticed in the Sunday Herald and Review “Opinion Page” that the paper was patting those worthless lawmakers called, collectively, the legislature on …
 
 
The new bridge is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century transportation system that will drive Illinois’ economy …
 
 
Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was the only House member from Illinois to vote against a bipartisan budget deal, saying lawmakers should …
 
 
By JOHN O’CONNOR. AP Political WriterDecember 17, 2013 Updated 6 minutes ago. 2013-12-18T01:40:46Z. By JOHN O’CONNOR …
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Brady actually has taxable income this time: * Perhaps the biggest story about Sen. Bill Br… bit.ly/JDckTl. by Rich Miller via twitter …
 
 
Kass: Mega Millions is “a tax on our desperation” Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and reporter Jenniffer Weigel discuss their opinions on the Mega Millions. For more video, visit http://chicagotribune.co… From: Chicago Tribune Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 01:49 More in News & Politics
 
 
Bill Brady Explains His Position on Back Pay For State Employees Bill Brady addresses the problem Governor Quinn created by promising state employees raises and then failing to deliver. From: bradyforillinois Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:14 More in News & Politics
 
 
Jack Roeser Responds to Pension Reform Bill Governor Quinn just signed the Madigan Pension Reform Bill that unfortunately far too many Republicans went along with. Why is this a bad bill? Can we expect… From: ChampionNewsOnline Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 01:53 More in News & Politics
 
 
Rauner, Kim and Schimpf confirmed and many more! Kendall Christmas party tonight! http://fb.me/2dz3Rvto4 
 
 
Truly sad news about Bob Murray. In the limited time we got to chat he was gracious and fair. Prayers & well wishes to him and his fam
 
 
State Launches Final Push For Health Insurance Signup Ahead Of Monday Deadline http://wmay.com/wmay-news/82589 
 
 
Sen. Kirk back in Washington after surgery http://bit.ly/JDLdrp 
 
4 Appellate Court Opinions posted to the IL Courts website for 1st and 2nd Districts http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Opinions/recent_appellate.asp …
 
Opponents voice concerns at fracking hearing http://zo.pe/bZhe 
 
Explaining a vote against #pension reform http://illin.is/1bcls7b  via @JeanneIves
 
 
Illinois schools are preparing to change student testing with an unfunded mandate from the IL State Board. http://ow.ly/rNUan 
 
 
#Environmentalists see need for #nuclear after carbon emmissions increase 10% in CA after shutdown of nuclear plant. http://n.pr/1c9HKfG 
 
 
Sandack, Sullivan Win CapitolFax’s Best Illinois State Representative: http://www.championnews.net/?p=65387  #ilgop #twil
 
 
Billionaire developer donates $25 million to Northwestern University – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24434274-418/story.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Knockout Assault Prevention Act Introduced by Rep. Kay Aimed at Deterring the Violent ‘Knockout’ Game http://ift.tt/19QmIwS 
 
 
Why didn’t Michael Jordan’s house sell at auction? @DealEstate explains: http://chi.mg/1cyVEmw 
 
 
#ILnewlaws: I’m counting 12 license plate laws. Priorities, people! http://www.senategop.state.il.us/Portals/0/Senate-Action/January%201%202014%20New%20Laws.pdf … #twill
 
 
Family of murdered former Vernon Hills resident is seeking electronic monitoring of those charged with violent crimes http://bit.ly/1cyOi2z 
 
 
How broke is Illinois? @CompTopinka says to pay off unpaid bills, the state would have to win the $636mil Mega Millions prize…14 times.
 
 
In response to revelations of a backroom deal that completely undoes the state’s efforts to save the Illinois… http://fb.me/2pfP2AqGc 
 
 
.@Motorola’s Greg Brown on pension reform: “It’s a first step. There’s more work to be done there” http://fw.to/SluamqX  #Twill
 
 
Quinn to visit injured vets in Maryland, not Germany this year http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-quinn-to-visit-injured-vets-in-maryland-not-germany-this-year-20131217,0,2239203.story …
 
 
Governor Quinn Opens Rockford’s New Morgan Street Bridge – $29 Million Project Will Improve Commerce and Qualit… http://ift.tt/18xrIeI 
 
 
We are seeking spring 2014 interns for our Chicago and Springfield offices. Visit IEC’s website for more info: http://ilenviro.org/spring-2014-internship/ … #twill
 
 
Illinois corporate counsel who never got a limited state law license get 1-year amnesty period http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2013/12/17/In-House-Counsel-Amnesty-12-17.aspx … @ACCinhouse
 
 
Quinn to visit soldiers at Walter Reed http://ow.ly/2Cd4nt 
 
 
Wisconsin governor looks at abolishing state’s income tax http://bit.ly/1bcDVAo 
 
 
ILGA — SB 635 http://goo.gl/6PKhPw  http://ift.tt/ITszeo 
 
 
ICYMI: Billionaire Neil Bluhm donates $25 million to his alma mater @NorthwesternU http://fw.to/K10CGKQ 
 
 
.@ChicagoVAMC serves those who served & we’re forever grateful. This holiday, help our #IL vets & neighbors by giving to a local food bank.
 
 
The #CTA employs 65 ex-offenders at minimum wage to clean trains. But they’re all about to lose their jobs. Why? Can they be saved? at 7pm.
 
 
RT @bycaseycora: Big news. Helicopter tour company wants to set up on Chicago River’s South Branch in #Bridgeport. http://dnain.fo/18UHsqm 
 
 
Springfield Dispatch: Meet Caitlyn G. McEvoy, a behind-the-scenes player on Illinois’ new gun, marriage laws http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2013/12/17/Dispatch-Caitlyn-McEvoy-12-17-13.aspx …
 
 
@GregHinz reports ADM moving HQ to Chicago despite a lack of state incentives. Announcement expected tomorrow
 
 
RT @davemckinney123: ADM coming to Chicago without state incentives – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24441567-418/adm-coming-to-chicago-without-state-incentives.html …
 
 
Panama City is a lot like Chicago except with more construction, less violent crime and a better bond rating. Central America > Chgo Dems.
 
 
“We’ll wrap this in a Tribune and send it to that Miller guy. Maybe then he’ll lighten up on that blog of his” pic.twitter.com/LohSf5WdiS
 
 
Decatur #fracking hearing about to start. I hear that @ILPeoplesAction got three buses here from Central IL. Congrats! #illinoisspeaks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARION, IL – Illinois has once again secured its place as the “Lawsuit Abuse Capital of the Midwest” and is home to three “judicial hellholes” according to the annual “Judicial Hellholes” report released today by the American Tort Reform Foundation…
 
 
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* I suggested months ago that there was something not quite right about the state’s first “medical marijuana clinic,” so I’m glad to see the state is taking some action… Months before any Illinois residents can legally purchase pot, state regulators have filed a formal complaint against the doctor who opened Good Intentions LLC, the first […]
 
 
* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Representative – Democrat was almost unanimous. Rep. Greg Harris… Have to go with Greg Harris. He not only passed landmark legislation like the marriage bill, but what is not so known is is work as an Appropriation Chair and the headaches and demands that going […]
 
 
Townships feel under assault. That’s obvious. Last year at a conference in Springfield, a law firm offered a session titled, “Townships in Crisis Mode: What Can be Done.”
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – Illinois ranks first among states with the best animal protection laws in the U.S. according to a new report issued by a leading animal advocacy group. Kentucky ranks the worst. “In states like Illinois, people are caring …
 
 
Alton Daily NewsEditorial: Madigan imperils job growth on ADM requestBloomington PantagraphAndy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, and company officials, could be an example for how the state should proceed. ADM, instead of simply having its hand out, is committing to creating jobs. It also shouldn’t be lost on anyone that many of the jobs would be …House should act on ADM incentivesErickson: A case of bad o
 
 
WASHINGTON–Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel flew here to appear on a panel with Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s chairman and chief executive, to tout Chicago’s work on jobs skills at an event to launch the new Chase five-year, $250 million initiative to close the “skills gap” in the U.S. and Europe. On Tuesday, Emanuel will announce the Continue reading →
 
 
* I suggested months ago that there was something not quite right about the state’s first “medical marijuana clinic,” so I’m glad to see the state is taking some action… Months before any Illinois residents can legally purchase pot, state regulators have filed a formal complaint against the doctor who opened Good Intentions LLC, the first […]
 
 
* Perhaps the biggest story about Sen. Bill Brady releasing his 2012 tax returns yesterday was that he actually paid taxes. You’ll recall that Brady only reluctantly released his returns in the 2010 campaign, and when he did we found out that he didn’t pay state or federal income taxes in 2008 and no […]
 
 
Illinoisans can begin applying next month for the state’s first-ever permits to carry concealed firearms. But the Cook County Sheriff complains to FOX 32 News that the system to screen those applicants is full of holes.
 
 
At 8:07 this morning we will be joined by gubernatorial candidate @BruceRauner. @wlsam890
 
 
Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, who added lawmakers had very little indication an online-only application was in the works. For Moffitt, the site was a “relatively …
 
 
EV fleet car in Normal, Illinois. How come Normal, Illinois–about 150 miles south of Chicago–has ten times as many electric vehicles per capita than …
 
 
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — Crews for an Illinois company have begun drilling for oil in downtown Terre Haute on property owned by Indiana State …
 
 
TRS Spokesman: “We’re telling people right now to be very patient, because we don’t have all of the ins and the outs of the law mapped out yet. We will get there. We have to.”Retirement System Prepares For Pension Overhaul And Lawsuitnorthernpublicradio.orgIllinois’ largest state government retirement system is moving ahead with the pension overhaul.
 
 
A total of 120 people have been busted in Illinois for allegedly trying to take advantage of the unemployment system. Employment Security Spokesman Greg Rivara says most of the people were trying double-dip. [audio:rddNoJobs11.mp3] [/audio] Rivara …
 
 
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ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1fB8SmX 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1fB8THv 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18TsrF6 
 
 
MORRIS – U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said he knows firsthand the importance of local food pantries and other organizations that help the needy.
 
 
By Scott Reeder – Starting a small business is tough; starting one in Illinois is even more difficult. Over the years, Illinois lawmakers have created a system that could make even the most intrepid entrepreneur shudder. The Land of Lincoln…
 
 
I’ve got deep family roots in Decatur always a treat to be on the local airwaves, listen at 7:10a as I join Busboom & Wolfe on @talk101fm
 
 
My 12 Days of District virtual district scavenger hunt starts today! I will post a picture and clue of a district landmark. #12DoD
 
 
To participate, take a picture of yourself at the same location and post it on either Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #12DoD.
 
 
Wrap-up the day with us at Jorgio’s in Wheaton for a meet & greet with Kirk Dillard! Stop by between 6:00p – 7:30p. http://bit.ly/1bMqoj9 
 
 
Voters to decide on Oak Lawn term limitsSouthtownStarBy Steve Metsch smetsch@southtownstar.com December 16, 2013 10:24PM. Updated: December 17, 2013 2:07AM. If voters approve this spring, elected officials in Oak Lawn would be limited to three consecutive terms in office —but the current crew need …
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