Today’s headlines — Thursday, Dec. 19

Each year, an outstanding senior from each four-year Illinois college that grants degrees is named a student laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Governors State University’s 2013 Lincoln laureate is Ricca Louissaint, of South Holland.
 
 
 
Scott Reeder finally has jumped the shark. In Sunday’s column, he actually seemed to compare his never-ending barrage of columns on the pension crisis as a courageous stance similar to soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy and further compared
 
 
The Illinois State Board of Education has recognized the state’s top teachers.
 
 
A Miami man captured a small alligator, took it to a store and offered to trade it for a 12-pack. His attempt made news on Chicago TV, where an anchor tried to tell the story. Instead, he started laughing uncontrollably.
 
 
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
 
 
 
Illinois calls Mulligan on Insurance sign up. Next?#aca
 
 
It’s critical that we defeat Pat Quinn in November and that means nominating the… http://ift.tt/1ep8Zon 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/18XKlqo 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1fG0KBt 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1bRcYFN 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1bRd0O1 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1eppzV5 
 
 
About to cast my ballot…for ABATE Chicago officeholders! Love these folks. They do good work, know how to have fun, & have some nice bikes
 
 
One of the Duck Dynasty guys said that stuff? Knock me over with a feather.
 
 
Also grateful to visit the Naperville Rotarians today. Many share my deep concern for how far Springfield is off track.
 
 
“@brandonbernicky: As a student from Illinois, @BruceRauner has my vote which is in fact my first vote. #HammerAndShake” thanks BB
 
 
I’m live in @1440WROK #Rockford studios with @wrok_riley & @ScotBertram tomorrow (12/19) at 8am. #twill
 
 
Sky at night above the Panama Canal is like something Michelangelo would’ve painted on the ceiling of a chapel. #DivineBeauty
 
 
 
Congrats to Rich Miller @capitolfax for committing to do this year’s Chicago Polar Plunge- Benefiting Special… http://fb.me/6DgXbh9NM 
 
 
I’m in good company with Capitol Fax Golden Horseshoe Legislator of Year Award! Congrats to the other winners!… http://fb.me/1HMND4NYO 
 
 
Good lord is @SpeakerMadigan gone from Twitter? #DeclineOfWesternCivilization #WhatNow
 
 
Chicago FOP president suspended, called ‘a dictator’ http://bit.ly/1gGK8ws 
 
 
Medicaid scrubber fired, ADM to Chi and 0 for Decatur, so much to talk about with @KHQA. Wake up and watch.
 
 
Knockout Assault Prevention Act Introduced by Rep. Kay Aimed at Deterring the Violent ‘Knockout’ Game http://www.dwightkay.org/knockout_assault_prevention_act_introduced_by_rep_kay_aimed_at_deterring_the_violent_knockout_game …
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Certified Firearms Instructors can apply for concealed carry license… http://goo.gl/fb/bNdNK 
 
 
Caucus Blog: Part 1: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-1-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Important Notice: Unauthorized access to payment card data in U.S. Target stores https://corporate.target.com/discover/article/Important-Notice-Unauthorized-access-to-payment-ca …
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Medicaid reform, concealed carry applications, fix… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/medicaid-reform-concealed-carry.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Rep. Patti Bellock Medicaid Reform Press Conference: http://youtu.be/ADVtFrmU3I8  via @youtube
 
 
 
Senator Frerichs December 17, 2013 Dear Friends, I’m proud to announce the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has joined forces with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to offer employment opportunities to residents in disaster areas. We are working together to help support our local economy and provide jobs to those who may have lost employment due to the storms. My hope is everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to ensure these jobs stay in our community. FEMA and IDES will screen individuals to work in positions including administration, writing and public information, television/radio broadcast production, planning, individual disaster assistance and logistics. All applications must meet the following criteria: • Be a U.S. Citizen • 18 years or older • Possess a high school diploma or GED Illinois residents may apply at IllinoisJobLink.com NOW through Thursday, December 19. They should enter “FEMA” into the keyword search to find available positions. As always, don’t hesitate to contact my office or send me an email with any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Michael Frerichs Senator Michael Frerichs 52nd District – Illinois Champaign Office 45 E. University, Suite 206 • Champaign, IL 61820 217-355-5252 (Phone) Danville Office 28 W. North Street, 1st Floor • Danville, Il 61832 217-442-5252 (Phone) Springfield Office 124 State House • Springfield, IL 62706 217-782-2507 (Phone)

 
Illinois Treasurer’s Office The Illinois treasurer’s office can provide low-interest disaster recovery loans to residents, business owners and farmers who are waiting on insurance settlements or other aid programs to take effect.
 
 
 
Senator Mulroe greeting constituents at the Cook County property tax appeal seminar being held at the Copernicus Center tonight.
 
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – On Tuesday, Ron Sandack was co-awarded the Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Republican Legislator. “I am stunned & humbled at being named, with my friend Ed Sullivan, 2013 co-Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Representative- Republican.The post Best Republican Legislator Golden Horseshoe Awarded to Ron Sandack appeared first on Ron 4 Illinois.
 
 
At Union League Club for Pensions and Politics Panel Discussion.
 
 
http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-1-new-illinois-laws-effective.htmlPart 1: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014www.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
This morning w/ Riley & Scot – @KirkDillard, @RutherfordDan in studio, Matt Streb @NIUFacAthRep, @RepHultgren. New IL laws for 2014.
 
 
Sen. Sue Rezin says nobody likes everything in the pension bill approved in Illinois, and it doesn’t solve every problem. http://newstrib.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=126&ArticleID=33508
 
 
 
Redden was former planning chief at the Illinois tollway and transportation director for Schaumburg. As senior deputy chief for planning at the RTA, …
 
 
Before that he taught cooking inside prison — the Illinois River Correctional … “I’ve got the students, I’ve got the facility, and I’ve got the time to test.
 
 
MyStateline.comState Treasurer Weighs in on Income Tax Hike DebateMyStateline.comState Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford says “no” but also says the state needs to be smarter about taxing and budgeting. “So I don’t want it to stay but realistically, there may need to be a discussion of some form of revenue in the …
 
 
 
No confidence vote on Boone County chairman failsRockford Register StarBELVIDERE – An effort to discredit the leader of the Boone County Board failed Wednesday with the majority of board members saying they approve of Chairman Bob Walberg’s leadership. Members Bill Pysson, Cathy Ward, Marion Thornberry and Kenny …
 
 
Sixteen students from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University arrived on Monday and will be here until Friday, volunteering at …
 
 
Illinois Collaborative for Education Policy Research. Overview. Goals. Project Profile. Office of Community College Research and Leadership
 
 
Kadner: Turnout sparse for Obamacare sign-upSouthtownStarBy Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com December 18, 2013 10:14PM. Hazel Crest park board member CamillMalone (right) SouthlHealth Care Forum counselor GiDavis (left. Hazel Crest park board member Camilla Malone (right) and Southland Health …
 
 
Township must fix assessment processHerald & ReviewSheets begins her term as Decatur Township assessor on Jan. 1 and she is inheriting a mess. The township assessments are easily the worst in the state. According to the most recent Sales Ratio study published by the Illinois Department of Revenue, …
 
 
Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez says most accidents can be prevented with common sense. The department encourages everyone …
 
 
 
Illinois state representatives and senators have been furiously sending letters home to their constituents justifying their #pension theft. I’ll be posting all …
 
 
Michael Winslow, “the man of 10,000 sound effects,” brings his unique talents to Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend. http://bit.ly/1cRQ1U2
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – Legendary Chicago radio rock jock Larry Lujack has died of cancer at age 73. Lujack had a sarcastic style that included the “Klunk Letter of the Day” and humorous “Animal Stories”. Lujack was known by many names — Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and King of the Corn Belt. His sidekick was “Little Tommy” Edwards. Edwards says Superjock was the hardest working radio perso
 
 
Amanda Vinicky reports that a hike in the state’s minimum wage could affect Illinois’ economy in two drastic, and different ways, depending on whom …
 
 
On a state level, Illinois will still be the corporate home to ADM, which is good. But the world headquarters will be smaller and a technology center …
 
 
2013-12-18T18:32:00Z Logan Co. economic development groups to review missionsBy Kevin Barlow | kbarlow@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com.
 
 
 
The Illinois Constitution specifically protects public workers’ pensions as sacrosanct and enforceable contracts, the benefits of which cannot be …
 
 
Greg Hinz on Politics · Shia Kapos Takes Names · John Pletz on Technology · Joe Cahill on Business · Danny Ecker on Sports · For the Record · On …
 
 
Chicago—(ENEWSPF)—December 17, 2013. Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced charges against a trio of identity thieves for obtaining …
 
 
The Belleville News Democrat reports (http://tinyurl.com/kcezmty ) that ex-Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon’s pension was halted by the Illinois …
 
 
County government and county officials in Illinois are not often the first you think of when you think about local government, or even effective and …
 
 
An army of health insurance navigators has had a busy week helping to enroll people around the suburbs in health care plans ahead of a federal …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — A family has been reunited after 41 years – thanks to a Cook County sheriff’s detective and a woman who would not give up looking for her lost brother. WBBM’s Steve Miller has the story. [cbs-audio url=http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/mp3_bc-wav-carts-steve-miller111-hutton.mp3 size=340px download=false name=”Brother And Sister Reunited After 41 Years” artist
 
 
CHICAGO (STMW) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday will announce an agreement with Beemsterboer Slag Co. — owners of one of three petcoke storage sites on the Southeast Side — that will force the company to remove petcoke and metcoke that neighbors say have coated their homes with black dust. Also on Thursday, Emanuel will announce new city Department of Public Healt
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois State Board of Education has recognized the state’s top teachers. The board honored Illinois Teacher of the Year …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Kirk Dillard says Gov. Pat Quinn’s call for an increase in the minimum wage is merely an “election-year stunt.” But Dillard …
 
 
Pat Quinn faces a relatively unknown challenger, Tio Hardiman, in the primary. A race exists for 14th Congressional District to challenge incumbent …
 
 
State Rep. SUE SCHERER is certainly no limelight-seeker. But the freshman Democrat from Decatur says she is a dedicated proponent of one-on-one …
 
 
 
Workers at Chicago Public Media — most of whom work at the public radio station WBEZ-FM (91.5) — voted overwelmingly to form a union Wednesday night.
 
 
Exhibit A: House Speaker Michael Madigan’s recent complaint about corporations that pit state against state in search of tax breaks. Madigan charged that this has created the appearance of “corporate pay-to-play.” “I question our priorities when …
 
 
Illinois’ representatives have spent thousands of dollars of campaign money on travel, food or salaries for family, among other items, the Tribune has found in a review of five years of spending reports.
 
 
Northwestern School of Law Dean Daniel Rodriguez will serve a one-year term as president of the Association of American Law Schools, the University announced Monday. The AALS, which comprises 176 law schools nationwide, is a nonprofit educational society for law teachers as well as the primary representative of the country’s law schools to the federal government and other academic organizations. R
 
 
The president of Rock Valley College plans to resign six months before his contract is scheduled to expire.
 
 
A former southern Illinois county treasurer who was convicted of rigging tax liens has lost his $90,000 state-funded pension.
 
 
Jefferson Township Property Tax outreach tonight Copernicus Center 5214 W. Lawerence 6pm. Join Com. Carbonargi @robertmartwick & Sen. Mulroe
 
 
Today marks the 13th annual Int’l #MigrantsDay; let’s honor the contributions #migrants have made to #IL & their rights worldwide.
 
 
I’m in good company with Capitol Fax Golden Horseshoe Legislator of Year Award! Congrats to the other winners!… http://fb.me/1HMND4NYO 
 
 
Watching the kindergartner’s sing in the St. Joes all school Christmas program might be the funniest thing ever. #goKaileigh
 
 
Good to see Will Country Executive Larry Walsh Sr. and #Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante tonight. #twill pic.twitter.com/mCUrHVgFr3
 
 
Proud to stand with many of my colleagues tonight in support of Rep. Bill Foster! #twill #IL11 #Democrats pic.twitter.com/OFPNrWyOkF
 
 
Great turnout for the @DupageYRs annual Christmas Party in #Wheaton! pic.twitter.com/8oOXR7sUnN
 
 
Lots if #organizedlabor out in #Joliet tonight for Rep. Bill Foster. #twill #unions pic.twitter.com/R0G1zg4HzN
 
 
@AndyManar joins us at 7:00 am to discuss #ADM move and his efforts to add jobs in #Decatur http://wsoyam.com  #ByersCo #twill
 
 
Quincy School Board VP Jeff Mays warns about potential of interest rates rising. He’s strongly hinting he wants to proceed with building
 
 
Jeff Mays is not happy about withdrawing the referendum note #QuincySchoolBoard
 
 
Jim Rygelski, former editor of the St. Louis Review, died today (Dec. … on religion to the Post-Dispatch, which appeared in print and on STLtoday.com.
 
 
During the Tuesday night meeting, Shields sent defiant text messages to the Chicago Sun-Times. He claimed the state FOP was doing the bidding of …
 
 
According to the Register Star, “Weixue Liu, 27, of Shanghai, China, was pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m. Monday in the emergency room at OSF Saint …
 
 
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has recently been much in the news for his staging of a public exorcism on Nov. 20, 2013, the day Gov.
 
 
Recent statistics released by the United Census Bureau ranks the richest counties in the country.
 
 
Cab driver I’m with can name more of my @ABC7Chicago colleagues than I can…
 
 
Bloomington: Logan Co. economic development groups to review missions http://bit.ly/1fGds3c 
 
 
‘Raise Illinois’ Coalition Issues Statement After Governor Quinn’s Address On …SYS-CON Media (press release)CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Pat Quinn spoke today at Saint Pius Church in Chicago and gave a forceful and passionate plea to lift the minimum wage in Illinois on behalf of low-income workers and struggling families.
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Getting Around Illinois website provides the latest on winter driving conditions, ongoing road construction, traffic volumes on state routes and the status of future projects.
 
 
State pols call #ADM’s bluff, agribiz giant folds, will move to Chicago. @GovernorQuinn http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=9364911 …
 
 
Get Covered Illinois offers help to applicants incorrectly referred to state …KFVS(KFVS) – Get Covered Illinois is advising people who have applied for coverage on the federal web site, healthcare.gov, and who believe they may have been incorrectly referred to the state for Medicaid coverage, to restart the process by using the …Feds: More than 7K Illinoisans select health care plansThousands
 
 
Why outcry over military pension cut is hyped-up exaggeration. It’s hardly a cut. Read this first. @McCormackJohn http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ryan-defends-reduction-cost-living-adjustments-early-military-retirees_770921.html?page=1 …
 
 
Then read this. “I’m OK with cuts …except when I’m in a primary.” @McCormackJohn gets them answer-dancing. http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/john-mccormack?page=2 …
 
 
Same applies here in IL. Curbing the annual growth of your COLA is not a “pension cut.” You’re still getting a raise.
 
 
The Sangamon Co. courthouse (now Old State Capitol) decorated for Christmas, Dec. 1948. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/57h8wZtGIj
 
 
A state arbitrator says a contract between the state and a company credited with removing ineligible clients from Medicaid will end in April of next year.The contract, worth up to $85 million, called on Maximus Health Services to root out fraud in the state’s Medicaid system. …
 
 
The Washington business community will be holding a press conference on Thursday, Dec 19., noon at Russell’s Cycling and Fitness Center. The address is 10 Valley Forge Plaza, Washington.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn says the best way to implement term limits is for lawmakers to first pass a law that would create an “even playing field.”
 
 
Delta CEO says no cell phone calls on flights. On behalf of all not rude/unselfish people, thank you, sir. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-78601109/ …
 
 
It’s critical that we defeat Pat Quinn in November and that means nominating the strongest, most experienced ca… http://ift.tt/19Tq8PE 
 
 
@AndyManar to join @ILWatchdog Radio to talk ADM and what’s next for Decatur. 4-5 @Cities929 #twill
 
 
Thanks to Cap Fax followers on Golden Horseshoe Award. Thanks to staff and colleagues who made a challenging year manageable!
 
 
.@SenatorBillC lays out the complexities of reforming 1st responder pensions well here. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-vp-voice-letters-1217-20131217,0,755344.story …”
 
 
Thanks @IPCassociation for hosting me today. It was great to hear more about what you’re working on & to host an employee town hall.
 
 
In the wake of the U.S. House vote on the federal budget, and looking ahead to the delayed vote for the Farm Bill and the future defense budget, Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart (D – Belleville) spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh yesterday by phone.Here’s what he had to say on a few subjects.On his vote for the 2014 budget proposal, which passed in the House December 12.
 
 
Judge rules school violated law by building bleachers without ok from Crystal Lake http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/crystal_lake_cary/chi-judge-rules-crystal-lake-school-violated-law-by-building-bleachers-20131218,0,224935.story …
 
 
Despite a recent attempted auction of his 56,000-square-foot Highland Park mansion that failed to find a bidder at his minimum reserve price of $13 million, basketball legend Michael Jordan is undeterred, relisting the mansion and 7-acre property on Wednesday for $16 million.    
 
 
Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking?KRCUKris Pirmann and a handful of other Johnson County residents stand outside the county commission office in Vienna, Ill., a town of about 1,400 people tucked into southern Illinois’ rolling hills near the Shawnee National Forest. “Southern Illinois. I …
 
 
Chicago police union president suspendedWBEZThe letter was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, and later leaked to other media outlets, including WBEZ. “As many of you are aware, this past Monday, Lodge President Michael K. Shields publicly accused respected arbitrators, City and FOP labor …
 
 
Southern: Winkeler: That’s Barry as Barry, just a bit louder http://bit.ly/1kj5f8b 
 
 
Letter: Illiana Expressway Critical to County’s Future GrowthPatch.comWill County Executive Larry Walsh lauds Illinois and Indiana’s commitment to the east-west toll road, and encourages private investors to get involved. Posted by Karen Sorensen (Editor) , December 18, 2013 at 04:02 PM. Comment Recommend. Loading.
 
 
Some DNA matches made; law now mandates testing Three years ago, after learning that numerous police departments were failing to take a basic first investigative step and analyze DNA evidence from reported sex crimes, Illinois became the first state to mandate testing, even in older cases in which rape kits had sat untested for years.        
 
 
Today, Archer Daniels Midland , a global food-processing and commodities-trading corporation with 270 plants and 420 crop procurement facilities worldwide, announced that it will relocate its global headquarters from Decatur to Chicago, Illinois.
 
 
CHICAGO – Just one week before Christmas, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. The Governor first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit is part of his agenda to alleviate poverty, drive economic growth and ensure that all wo
 
 
The daughters of a Quad City  teacher found dead on Interstate 88 one month ago, say they are still in the dark about what happened to their father and why he wasn’t found sooner. The body of Lee Catlin, 65, of Bettendorf was found along the highway on November 13th. His car was found about a mile away, the cause of his death has not been released. Catlin was found 12 hours after two callers repor
 
 
PokerUpdateOnline Gambling Hearing Prompts No Urgency by SubcommitteePokerUpdateA handful more may come on board next year, with Pennsylvania, Illinois and Mississippi believed to be the most serious candidates. California could be included in that bunch, but rumors abound that Golden State lawmakers prefer not to partner with …
 
 
Judges would still have discretion on whether to allow cameras. And cameras would always be barred from trials when juveniles or sexual-assault …
 
 
While shopping for a new city for its world headquarters and establish a technology center, it turns out ADM had a plan B the whole time: to slice and dice its offering if it wasn’t getting what it wanted.
 
 
The electric utility’s delivery rates will rise sharply next year, with the average household bill going up about $5.50 a month. Regulators approved the increase today.
 
 
CHICAGO – Just one week before Christmas, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. The Governor first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit is part of his agenda to alleviate poverty, drive economic growth and ensure that all wo
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the below statement on the Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) decision to establish a new world headquarters in Chicago. The Governor spoke with Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz several times in recent days:
 
 
ADM chief: Chicago emerged as ‘best location’ for global headquarters http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/adm-chief-chicago-emerged-as-best-location-for-global-headquarters/ … via @suntimes
 
 
 
 
BUDGET CUTS: “We’ve eliminated 20 positions in the fiscal year 2014 budget,” said Decatur City Manager Ryan McCrady. “10 of those were individuals that were laid off, and 10 of those positions are vacant positions that are either currently vacant or will be vacant by the end of the year.” Read More at: http://www.foxillinois.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/decatur-elimin
 
 
Students march through the Loop protesting the city’s plan to close more than 50 elementary schools on March 25, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Last week …
 
 
Nicor Gas Donates More Than $130000 to Local Energy Assistance Agencies …Chicago TribuneNAPERVILLE – Giving back to the communities it serves is a year-round commitment for Nicor Gas, and this year the holiday season will be a little brighter for northern Illinois residents thanks to the company’s recent donations to 29 agencies and food …
 
 
Basketball coach Matt Jones had to get to practice. So did coach Tevin Russell and team member Antwon Love. Jones honked his horn as he looked for parking on a crowded Austin street and waited for his friends to come out, but finding none he kept circling the block.Rebuilding trust, healing tensionswww.austinweeklynews.comThe officers said there had been reports of a suspicious white man in a car
 
 
Starting in January, electricity customers will pay an extra $5.50 per month on average to have Commonwealth Edison deliver electricity.
 
 
50 Wards in 50 Days: Ald. Michael Zalewski, 23rd Ward [trib_ndn vid=25454509]
 
 
Former Republican state lawmaker and Palatine Township supervisor David Regner died Tuesday. Regner was 82 and battling a rare form of skin cancer. After losing two wives to cancer, Regner in 2011 donated more than $100,000 to Northwest Community Hospital to help pay for renovations to make waiting rooms more welcoming.
 
 
Free Property Tax Appeal Workshop for Jefferson Township tonight at Copernicus Center 5214 W. Lawerence, Chicago, IL at 6pm – bring your last property tax bill…you’ll need your PIN number
 
 
Hearing Rich Miller speak restores hope for newsies. And standup comics, @capitolfax @CityClubChicago
 
 
.@capitolfax: “I don’t have any friends but I have a lot of subscribers”. That’s why we love you, Rich! #journalism
 
 
That’s Rich Miller @capitolfax @CityClubChicago pic.twitter.com/8ioYSp53Bk
 
 
One lawmaker tries to curb the “second-career subsidy” common in government work. … Opinion: Illinois’ taxes make it a tough state to do business in.
 
 
URBANA, Ill. (AP) – University of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase’s father has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge after …
 
 
The Community Word (blog)Peoria Has Major Mental Health Needs: AnalysisThe Community Word (blog)David Leitch’s Central Illinois Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. The Peoria County Community Needs Assessment on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities Services’ key findings for needs and action included: Mental health …
 
 
Xadrian R. McCraven was placed on paid leave Monday afternoon. McCraven is the Illinois prison official with the lengthy criminal history our #Watchdogs reported earlier this month. The state now reportedly is moving to fire him. http://suntm.es/1kfpXpk
 
 
Kwame Raoul… The man ate crow on concealed carry and pension reform after his Leader spent all of his time trashing previous proposals, and he …
 
 
It was my honor to present Illinois House Resolution 642 at the Canton City Council Meeting last evening. HR 642 honors Halo, the Canton Police Department’s K-9 that passed away this fall. Halo was an important part of the Canton Police Department Team and is deeply missed by the Department and by handler Officer Matt Freehill and family. Officer Freehill and many of Halo’s fellow Officers joined
 
 
The ads attempt to further cement Rauner as an outsider who would change the way Illinois works if he’s elected. [ more › ]        
 
 
… Community College System, said he will encourage guests to his upcoming wedding to donate to the Chicago nonprofit in lieu of wedding gifts.
 
 
The health insurance industry says consumers will get an extra 10 days to pay their first month’s premium under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
 
 
It was wrong of me to single out a specific player. I apologized to Marcus and team. I stand by the rest of my comments. Go Dawgs!
 
 
By Doug FinkeState Capitol Bureau  Two Republican lawmakers Tuesday accused the Quinn administration of cutting a “backroom deal” with the largest state employee union that will dismantle efforts to crack down on Medicaid fraud. Sen. Dale Righter of Mattoon and Rep. Patti Bellock of Hinsdale said Gov Pat Quinn should have continued to fight an arbitrator’s ruling last summer that state employees,
 
 
Constitution? What Constitution? Trib’s Scott Stantis on #NSA pic.twitter.com/c92IAKOr3Z
 
 
Stevenson High school officials are pursuing a $25 million loan to fund renovations and other projects at the Lincolnshire campus over the next three years.
 
 
Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson woke up at 6 a.m. on Wednesday with a text from his athletic director, Mario Moccia. Hinson then went to his computer and watched a replay of himself passionately calling out his players in a postgame tirade …
 
 
Highwood’s City Council said no to gaming last night (http://goo.gl/Avl7Oq). What do you think of the decision?-Steve.
 
 
New comprehensive plan on Glencoe’s agenda for 2014. http://bit.ly/1eop9yv
 
 
LA GRANGE – Staff at the village of La Grange proposed a 1 percent food and beverage tax that would cover a projected $200,000 budget shortage next fiscal year and replace a planned 1 percent increase in the village’s utility tax. 
 
 
CHICAGO – House Speaker Mike Madigan’s son-in-law Jordan Matayas continues to face embarrassing charges of inappropriate language and behavior as Chief of Staff at the Regional Transportation Authority, and a report of an independent attorney deems those charges as “credible,”…
 
 
By David E. Smith – An Associated Press report claiming that the challenge to Illinois House incumbents who voted for marriage redefinition has fizzled is utterly misleading. According to our information, eight of the nine Chicago Democrats challenging Democratic incumbents…
 
 
Pat Quinn, wants a new $250 million technology fund, which he says would be used to expand broad-band access, upgrade wiring in schools and …
 
 
“If a day can make a difference, what a difference 40 days can make,” stated East St. Louis Mayor Alvin L. Parks Jr.Click to Continue »
 
 
Bellock, Righter Hit Quinn Deal to End Medicaid Contract Targeting Fraud http://wp.me/p2kvOk-36f 
 
 
Are you ready for me to hammer down Springfield politics? Retweet if you are #HammerAndShake http://www.HammerAndShake.com  pic.twitter.com/TEjYC9Ctqr
 
 
It was my honor to present Illinois House Resolution 642 at the Canton City Council Meeting last evening. HR 642… http://fb.me/17dTSqzkv 
 
 
Signing Christmas cards for our troops. Let’s not forget them during this holiday season! pic.twitter.com/iNKGMekA14
 
 
Knockout Assault Prevention Act Introduced by Rep. Kay Aimed at Deterring the Violent ‘Knockout’ Game http://www.dwightkay.org/knockout_assault_prevention_act_introduced_by_rep_kay_aimed_at_deterring_the_violent_knockout_game …
 
 
Madigan charges three in debit card identity theft ring http://bit.ly/19y37VV  via @buglenewspapers #twill
 
 
I enjoyed touring the food bank at CAMA today in Collinsville. They do a phenomenal job. Thank you AT&T for donating. pic.twitter.com/uSsHTxAdEq
 
 
UPDATE: ADM announces it is moving headquarters to Chicago http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-adm-headquarters-chicago-20131217,0,2066153.story … Now w/ #Rahmbo and #ADM making it official #Emanuel
 
 
Great time with seniors at Belmont Place for holiday party with Ald. Suarez pic.twitter.com/ELpMEwBkv1
 
 
In powerful @nytimes ad Elie Wiesel urges Sen to move fwd w/ new #Iran sanctions. We should & we will. @eliewieselfdn pic.twitter.com/WalbeB0k2w
 
 
Congressman Rodney Davis 12/18/2013 (Ag.) http://t.co/YG1OoMLg7W via @wdws1400Congressman Rodney Davis 12/18/2013 (Ag.) | NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AMwdws.comDave talks with Congressman Rodney Davis about agriculture, the farm bill and other things.
 
 
Governor Candidate Kirk Dillard 12/18/2013 http://t.co/oSNlw6s938 via @wdws1400Governor Candidate Kirk Dillard 12/18/2013 | NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AMwdws.comDave and Elizabeth talk with Governor candidate Kirk Dillard on this morning’s show.
 
 
* Various news sources are reporting that Archer Daniels Midland has decided to open its new world headquarters office in Chicago without any state tax incentives. ADM had asked for up to $30 million in tax breaks over 20 years. Gov. Pat Quinn said he opposed any such proposal until after pension reform was passed. […]
 
 
* From a press release… The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) [yesterday] announced that an Arbitrator has issued a supplemental order impacting the State’s largest public employee union that will allow for a contract with an outside vendor that handles Medicaid eligibility screening to be […]
 
 
* From the twitters… What if we put term limits on pension fund and money managers like Bruce’s old firm? Same principle applies: shake things up right? — Thomas C. Bowen (@thomascbowen) December 17, 2013 Any other deep thoughts to share on this cold December morning?
 
 
* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Senator – Democrat wasn’t even close. Sen. Kwame Raoul… The man ate crow on concealed carry and pension reform after his Leader spent all of his time trashing previous proposals, and he did it in order to get important pieces of legislation passed. And he […]
 
 
* I’m giving a speech today to the City Club, so blogging is gonna be light to nonexistent. If you’re coming to the event, make sure to remember to bring a toy or gift card for a child ages 3-5 in Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ early childhood program. Thanks! You can use this post as […]
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1bQ72gl 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1eom7KB 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1bQ6Z4j 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1eom80T 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1bQ72gp 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1eom8hq 
 
 
I would like to think my media reach is constantly expanding. I have my blog, of course. It just got its 1.5 millionth site visit the other day. And my […]
 
 
Great investigation into IL-based predatory lender AmeriCash by @ProPublica https://twitter.com/reillymorse/status/412907174453473280 …
 
 
Chicago’s Loop was in the spotlight at ‘its 9th annual gala: http://bit.ly/1bYp9S9
 
 
CHICAGO – Illinois could save $300 million immediately if they were to scour the Medicaid rolls, State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Burr Ridge) said Tuesday at a press conference she and State Rep. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) held in Chicago. Instead of…
 
 
“Our transmission of money and our ATM laws are both in need of some … Once the kiosk is delivered to Chicago, Gatz will have to decide where to …
 
 
The political clout of townships should not be underestimated. Of Illinois’ 7,000 tax-funded governments, the state’s 1,433 township governments have …
 
 
Illinois government has certainly not recently earned a reputation for being highly functional. An underperforming government certainly impacts quality …
 
 
By Benjamin Yount – SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has fired the private company that found 40 percent of Medicaid enrollees in the state shouldn’t be in the system. Now, the state will hire hundreds of unionized, public employees to do…
 
 
A Moline business will keep its six figure tax break. A judge says there is nothing unconstitutional about it. What are your thoughts? http://via.wqad.com/m667sDQ
 
 
News Gazette – Found 1 hour agoThe debate sponsors say they’re still waiting to hear from the fourth GOP candidate, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner The debate will take place…
 
 
Governor Candidate Kirk Dillard 12/18/2013: Play now! Dave and Elizabeth talk with Governor candidate Kirk Dillard on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
Because of an error, we didn’t run a crossword today. We’ll try to run two tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you’d like to do the crossword online, you can do them every day at the link below: http://e-rockford.com/go/crosswords/
 
 
Rep. Unes to present resolution for K9 HaloCanton Daily LedgerMike Unes (R-91) will present a resolution from the Illinois General Assembly acknowledging the work of the late K9 Halo at the Canton City Council meeting Tuesday. Halo, a German Shepherd who served with the Canton Police Department for six years, …
 
 
Thanks to Victoria Podesta of ADM for discussing the companies decision to move global HQ to Chicago on Busboom & Wolfe TALK 101 FM
 
 
Editorial: CPS, tread lightly with charters. Proposals on table for at least 39 charters by 2018. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24434290-474/tread-lightly-with-charter-schools.html …
 
 
Thanks to GOP candidate for State Treasurer Tom Cross for joining us on Busboom & Wolfe TALK 101 @JoinTomCross
 
 
Comptroller Weighs In On Mega Millions Prize Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is weighing on tonight’s big Mega Millions jackpot. She says she’d have to win the 636-million-dollar prize 14-times in order to pay off the state’s debt. But, on …Comptroller Weighs In On Mega Millions Prize
 
 
.@MotoSolutions CEO @Gregbrownmoto bullish on Chicago talent, http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131217/BLOGS11/131219796/greg-brown-bullish-on-downtown-immigration-reform … not so much on Springfield. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131217/BLOGS11/131219783/motorolas-greg-brown-on-pension-reform-its-just-a-start …
 
 
City Council’s very one ‘Clouseau’ makes some interesting hires. Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/24436932-418/city-councils-clouseau-makes-some-interesting-hires.html … via @suntimes
 
 
#RTA Audit: #CTA not finalizing lost revenue due to #Ventra free rides til Dec 31.
 
 
#RTA Audit: #Ventra contract w #CTA should limit any significant impact on FY 2013 and 2014 CTA budgets.
 
 
Good morning – here’s the front page of today’s Journal Star: pic.twitter.com/oTVqVGUa1X
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — The Quinn administration said Tuesday it will begin accepting paper applications for new concealed weapon permits, but not until July.
 
 
Here is today’s In the Know…Small businesses hurt by Obamacare, drivers have to hang up, Medicaid reform threatened by…www.intheknowillinois.com
 
 
An independent attorney’s report details a “toxic” environment at the Regional Transportation Authority where off-color comments and salty language by two top administrators along with fears of political interference are hurting morale. The 2012 report cites confidential testimony from employees about racially offensive language by departing Executive Director Joe Costello and Chief of S
 
 
Governor Candidate Kirk Dillard 12/18/2013: Play now!Dave and Elizabeth talk with Governor candidate Kirk Dillard on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
* Various news sources are reporting that Archer Daniels Midland has decided to open its new world headquarters office in Chicago without any state tax incentives. ADM had asked for up to $30 million in tax breaks over 20 years. Gov. Pat Quinn said he opposed any such proposal until after pension reform was passed. […]
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