Today’s headlines — Sunday, Dec. 22

Now that the county board has done what we believe was the fiscally responsible thing and set aside a proposed March building referendum, we urge county judges to be patient and join the quest for solutions to the urgent fiscal
 
 
A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the newspaper’s thinking in casting its votes for AP’s top stories of the year.
 
 
While the Illinois Legislature finally took a half-hearted swing at pension reform, no one who’s paying much attention believes the crisis is resolved.
 
 
The Chicagoland Speedway has plans for an overhaul.
 
 
 
See you in the morning on the radio. @SundaySpin on @WGNRadio 720. 7a to 9a.
 
 
Can only imagine the trash talk between @AmanderP19 and @Snoop_Kitten12 over the Illini win over Mizzou. Love my girls!
 
 
Simply terrible. The young woman who was shot at Arapahoe HS last week passed away. My deepest condolences to her family & entire community.
 
 
Morning jog and at campaign office for the afternoon. Fundraising going very well. Going to close the year strong with donations.
 
 
With my wife Stephanie and bumped into Cubs Ronnie Woo Woo at Martina McBride Christmas Concert in #Rosemont! pic.twitter.com/vWhHG2JKaq
 
 
 
Re Bernie col No.1: Karen McDonald was working for Schock long before leaving the PJStar, if you read her coverage.
 
 
Dillard Rips Rutherford Over Tax Statement http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83128 
 
 
PJStar.com – Found 6 hours agoSince it did pass, Quinn is dropping the appeal. We’ll have to wait for another day to learn definitively if a governor can take away salaries…
 
 
 
 
Study to consider vehicle, foot traffic on MacArthur BoulevardThe State Journal-RegisterA study in the works at the Illinois Department of Transportation would take a look at changes needed to improve traffic flow for vehicles and pedestrians on the stretch between Wabash and South Grand avenues, including more and better sidewalks, road …
 
 
City bets on casino dollars for streets, college programnwitimes.comCity officials say the annual $32 million in municipal casino gaming revenues from Horseshoe Casino on Hammond’s lakefront make possible projects and perks in the city that otherwise wouldn’t occur via tax money. But critics of the way the city spends …
 
 
My View: Wind energy a boon for Boone CountyRockford Register StarIllinois counties have opened the door to clean energy and huge economic potential through safe, common-sense zoning requirements for wind farms. Boone County now has similar opportunities. The Rockford Register Star recently reported that a new wind …
 
 
Erickson: Gov. Quinn has a domestic holidayThe SouthernDan Brady, R-Bloomington. State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said he hadn’t gotten a clear signal from Quinn on the vacancy either. Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette said staffers are continuing to vet applicants. A name could be floated “soon,” …
 
 
Good things come to those who wait. At least that’s how the old saying goes, but it may not be the case when it comes to aging schools. Illinois …
 
 
Dave Bakke: How the Capitol dome lights were litThe State Journal-RegisterAbout those holiday lights on the Illinois Statehouse dome, the ones I wrote about a few weeks ago saying maybe it was time for a change. It’s funny how people can see the same thing, but it brings to mind something completely different.
 
 
Illinois officials tell thousands to start over on health insuranceCrain’s Chicago Business(AP) — Illinois officials are emailing and calling thousands of people, advising them to start over on their health insurance applications if they believe the federal government mistakenly referred them to Medicaid. The latest wrinkle in the troubled …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says $20 million in grants are available to help improve public museums.
 
 
It isn’t often that a reader finds it enjoyable to read a history book from cover to cover, but the contents of a new Illinois history book is interesting …
 
 
Franks: Illinois’ property-tax system needs a large dose of fairnessNorthwest HeraldThe most recent data available indicate that property-tax rates in Illinois are second only to New Jersey and that, on average between 2005-2009, six of the 40 counties with the highest property taxes in the United States were in Illinois. One of them …
 
 
Tom Kacich: Illinois GOP admits it needs more womenChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteOne hundred years ago, when the Illinois Legislature led much of the nation in giving women limited voting rights — they could vote only for offices such as mayor or alderman that were not mentioned in the state Constitution — it was Republicans who …
 
 
 
And Mason County was one of 58 in Illinois where deaths exceeded births last year. As the rural … “Back then we had gambling. Slot machines and …
 
 
 
Rep. Miller Introduces Bill to Exempt Disabled Veterans from Reduced …Targeted News Service (subscription)Y., Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Ann …
 
 
Quinn delivers words of thanks to injured service membersHerald & ReviewRodney Davis of Taylorville in the 13th Congressional District, recently held a fundraiser in Washington D.C.. As you know, Harold has been criticized by some members of her own Republican party for challenging a sitting incumbent in a district …
 
 
Good things come to those who wait. At least that’s how the old saying goes, but it may not be the case when it comes to aging schools.
 
 
Contact political columnist Bernard Schoenburg: 788-1540, bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com, twitter.com/bschoenburg. The State Journal-Register.
 
 
It’s made possible again in 2013 because of generous donations and volunteer time of State Journal-Register readers. An estimated 500 to 600 …
 
 
WBGZ Radio 12/22/2013. By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. Offering tax breaks to attract companies to Illinois may become a thing of the past.
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network … One Illinois politician is wondering what all the fuss is about the move of ADM headquarters to Chicago.
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. Some state lawmakers are interested in a graduated income tax. This is a tax where people with higher …
 
 
Pat Quinn and politicians in Springfield have cast to smother small contractors now covers many small towns. According to a Northwest Herald article, …
 
 
GIFFORD, Ill. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has visited a central Illinois community damaged by last month’s deadly tornadoes and delivered holiday …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield has been decorated for Christmas in much the same …
 
 
 
Remember to always wear your safety belt and ensure children under the age of 8 are securely restrained in child safety seats … to slow down and give other motorists and snowplows the space they need to travel safely. Snowplows often work in tandem …
 
 
Billy Goat Tavern’s”shiny new outpost” quietly opens in Loop http://fw.to/SDfRCXJ 
 
 
Mary Kenney, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority Mary Kenney, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority October 30, 2013. From: City Club Chicago Views: 11 0 ratings Time: 31:04 More in News & Politics
 
 
Children in grades 1-12 were asked to learn the speeches of such world leaders as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.
 
 
On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to publicly join together for much of anything — much less birthday cake. Yet there was Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, surprising Republican Sen. Mark Kirk with a sheet cake and a round of “Happy Birthday” following one of th
 
 
Which liberal do you think deserves the biggest pile of coal this Christmas? Send them some: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn  pic.twitter.com/LisbK5YPwC
 
 
Which liberal do you think is at the top of Santa’s NAUGHTY LIST? Let us know your thoughts, send them a LUMP of … pic.twitter.com/XWYD7b2jt7
 
 
Burnham Christmas party with Mayor Polk and his trustees. Along with the southeast side of Chicago, The Village… http://fb.me/2FjINUqUd 
 
 
Go Illini!!!
 
 
And a GREAT Illini win!!!!
 
 
Belleville: Report says former Murray Center residents doing well; Meier calls audit biased http://bit.ly/1cJHv60 
 
 
Belleville: Military retirees oppose pension cuts; local lawmakers promise to restore them http://bit.ly/1cc0Q3w 
 
 
Walker may push casino decision until next November http://dlvr.it/4YVWtZ 
 
 
The Cook County Republican Party, beset by a lack of money, internal feuding and a long losing streak, has endorsed wealthy Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner for governor in the March primary election.        
 
 
Which liberal do you think is at the top of Santa’s NAUGHTY LIST? Let us know your thoughts, send them a LUMP of COAL this Christmas. For every piece you send we’ll donate $1 to The Salvation Army! CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn & let’s see who gets the biggest pile of coal Christmas morning!
 
 
A controversial medical marijuana evaluation clinic from Niles is on its way to Morton Grove, but Mayor Dan DiMaria is insisting that no permits will be granted unless the clinic is without a doubt obeying the new state law: http://bit.ly/1c8bh80Mayor promises strict review of pot clinic’s legalityniles.suntimes.comA controversial medical marijuana evaluation clinic from Niles is on its way to Mor
 
 
Wanna see where the taxes are high in Illinois?Which Illinois Counties Have the Highest Property Taxes?evergreenpark.patch.comThere are 23 Illinois counties that rank among the highest property taxes nationally. We made a chart of them ranked by the average home price in each
 
 
Pretty sure this one won’t go viral …Hinson plays it straight at postgame news conference : Southern Illinois Universitythesouthern.comCARBONDALE — This one won’t go viral.
 
 
FINAL: #illini beat #mizzou 65-64 to snap 4-game losing streak in Braggin’ Rights Game. Abrams 22 points, Rice. 14.
 
 
Illinois State Fair offers deal on 2014 Mega PassKWQC 6SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois State Fair is offering its popular Mega Pass for a discounted price through the end of the year. The pass is good for unlimited rides on all the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village attractions during the fair …
 
 
WBEZ Afternoon Shift Holiday Sing-Along. Friday … Top Headlines On WBEZ.org … School board supersizes contract, creates military school. Chicago …
 
 
Richard) Ogilvie would be … a four-lane replacement for U.S. 20 between Rockford and Dubuque.” – Rockford Register Star, Feb. 17, 1971.
 
 
MUNSTER, Ind. — Illinois is hobbled with a billion dollar budget shortfall, looming pension crisis and politicians flirting with tax hikes. Neighboring …
 
 
“We think we can make a difference in Chicago’s public education system.” At its annual fundraiser earlier this year, it provided separate $10,000 …
 
 
Legislator calls for explanation of RTA boss’s resignation http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-rta-franks-letter-met-20131220,0,7818362.story …
 
 
Buffalo Grove trustees this week got a look at the village’s new website, vbg.org, which officials say is more interactive and user friendly than the previous version. “With a product that is so dynamic and adaptable, I know we will continue to make improvements to better serve the community online,” village management analyst Lauren Stott said.
 
 
For the second consecutive year, the Daily Herald earned a Top 10 Sports award for its website as judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
 
 
Champaign’s website flunks audit for ‘online transparency’Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteCHAMPAIGN — The city is failing when it comes to providing information on its website, a conservative research institute says. The Illinois Policy Institute this week released its annual “online transparency audit,” which evaluates towns and cities …
 
 
 
 
Here is Dan Rutherford comments on making the temporary tax increase permanent. “So I don’t want it to stay but realistically, there may need to be a discussion of some form of revenue in the position to put Illinois back into a financially solvent situation,” said Rutherford (R). “But I”ll tell you what, I will not sign any bill into law that will generate revenue that does not fit into a compreh
 
 
Anthony said he asked the House Republican Organization to drop their challenge to Severson’s petitions the HRO they agreed to do so.HRO drops objection to Severson’s campaign | Morris Daily Heraldmorrisdailyherald.comThe objection against the petitions of Ron Severson to run in the primary election for state representative for the 75th District is going to be dropped, as requested by state Rep. J
 
 
Can We Stop Public Employees from Retiring and Getting Rehired?Patch.comGOLDEN YEARS When someone “retires” at age 55, they generally don’t “retire.” They embark on a second career. There’s an effort afoot, spearheaded by State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, to restrict the pensions public employees can collect if they do …
 
 
CHICAGO — John Coady of Taylorville, a 4th Judicial Circuit Retired Judge, received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at its convention last week at a noon luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
 
 
Why Madigan’s broadside worries business groupsCrain’s Chicago BusinessPat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton have been supporters of the program, although Mr. Quinn told the Illinois Radio Network last week that this is a good time to examine tax incentives. ‘FREE MONEY’. After the pension vote, Mr. Madigan …
 
 
No deal likely in near future over Byron nuclear plant value. http://tinyurl.com/n48omcn  @AlexPGary
 
 
The News-Democrat checked in with Belleville aldermen elected in the April municipal election, and one alderman who was appointed, to see how they have progressed on their campaign goals. These…Click to Continue »
 
 
SIU coach Barry Hinson enters the #SIUArena to a standing ovation for today’s game against Ball State. @PaulPabst
 
 
LolRT @STUPlDLAWS: Illinois: In Joliet, it is illegal for one to mispronounce the city’s name.
 
 
Editorial: For many reasons, no rush to buy insuranceKankakee Daily JournalThe Illinois Policy Institute reports that the administration is counting as a “signup,” anyone who puts an insurance plan in their computer shopping cart, EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T PUNCHED THE PAY BUTTON. Heck, we would all be great salesmen under that …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch the video Pat Quinn looks back on 2013; Illinois governor sits down with ABC7 Eyewitness News’ Charles Thomas on Yahoo News .
 
 
Rauner statement on winning endorsementThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)“While government unions and national Democrats are lining up to attack Bruce in the GOP primary, Republican leaders and activists are lining up to support Bruce. Republicans know that Bruce’s ideas to increase jobs, control spending, reduce taxes, …
 
 
Myriad problems plague many of the 79 charities and foundations started by professional athletes from Chicago’s five major teams, a Tribune analysis revealed.
 
 
Senator Lightford’s Saturday University began its Fall Term October 12 and ended December 14, 2013.The partnership with Senator Lightford and Black Star Project continued to provide the Saturday University students with an outstanding comprehensive learning system.  
 
 
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner has won the Republican pre-primary endorsement from the Cook County Republican Party, Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned exclusively. Rauner won by securing 63.3 percent of the 200,750 votes. Amongst his opponents, state Sen. Kirk Dillard placed seco…
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn, Rev. Michael Pfleger to comfort families who have lost a child and advocate against youth violence; St. Sabina; 11:30 am
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public events scheduled today. #Chicago
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleChicago Gets ADM HQ, But St. Louis IT Center Still PossibleKMOX.comBut House Speaker Michael Madigan criticized ADM and other companies for seeking the incentives. The powerful Chicago Democrat also said he was unlikely to support perks for companies that pay little in taxes. Chicago, their ‘preferred location’. St …ADM headquarters coming to Chicago without city, state in
 
 
Cong. @AaronSchock delivered the Weekly Republican Address on ObamaCare’s impact on young people #twill http://www.gop.gov/media#v-qdvK0mTzosM …
 
 
http://bit.ly/1jtAakb  Rep. Schock delivers GOP weekly address
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced capital investments of more than $6.6 million for construction projects in Boone, Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.
 
 
First time in quarter century @CookCountyGOP has endorsed a candidate for gov, and it chooses political newbie @BruceRauner, campaign brags
 
 
James Nowlan: The saturation point in gamblingKankakee Daily JournalI recently walked down the main street of my hometown to the R Bar tavern to try out the new video gaming machines. Not a gambler, I did so for research on this column about why the state of Illinois pushes gambling onto its citizens in such an …
 
 
Grateful for overwhelming support from Cook County GOP. Republicans won’t let the union bosses and national Democrats hijack our primary.
 
 
My condolences to the family of the Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy that was killed in the line of duty last night.
 
 
Mourning the tragic loss of my friend Timo Estrada, a Cook County Sheriff’s investigator killed last night in Bellwood.
 
 
The citizens of Cook County lost honorable public servant last night to senseless act of gun violence. RIP, Timo Estrada.
 
 
On 8/11/13, approximately 20k fans came to watch a summer camp practice at this college campus #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Uot8QWiXwS
 
 
The top stories from Illinois this year. http://fb.me/11Kihlt6R 
 
 
My condolences to the family of the Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy that was killed in the line of duty last night.
 
 
Thought about working in social media? @SproutSocial plans to double its workforce in move to the Loop http://fw.to/4uR5c2b 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — 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.
 
 
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ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1caCg2J 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1caCg2U 
 
 
Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton says the village is trying to communicate with residents, so he’d like more of them to sign up for a twice-monthly electronic newsletter.
 
 
It’s not unheard of for Lake County villages to alert residents about the potential for snowplows smashing their curbside mailboxes, but Grayslake is continuing a tradition with a different kind of reminder. Grayslake this week issued what’s become an annual request for residents to not allow portable basketball hoops to remain on any public rights of way in the winter.
 
 
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner has won the Republican pre-primary endorsement from the Cook County Republican Party, Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned exclusively. Rauner won by securing 63.3 percent of the 200,750 votes. Amongst his opponents, state Sen. Kirk Dillard placed second with 10.18 percent of the votes. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford came in third with 5.94 perc
 
 
CARBONDALE — The Presidential Search Advisory Committee wrapped up its holiday session with a video conference call on Friday as the search for the next SIU president is entering the reference…
 
 
December has been colder and dryer than average so far. Snow has been above average though. This weekend will bring 1 to 5 inches of rain with a mixture of snow and rain. State Climatologist Jim Angel has more. [audio:wx1220.mp3][/audio]
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – President Barack Obama has honored two teachers from Illinois with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – If you’re still looking to fill a few stockings, you could try an Illinois-made food product. “The Illinois Department of Agriculture works with a variety of food companies,” said spokesman Jeff Squibb. “The department has a couple of …
 
 
Lincoln Daily News – Found 2 hours ago… report unauthorized charges Send a link to a friend [December 21, 2013] CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan warns consumers to be on…
 
 
ALSIP – Word from the Cook County GOP is that Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner met the 60 percent threshold and won the state’s most populated county’s endorsement for the March 14th, 2014 primary. Among the county’s township and…
 
 
He cited reports showing that younger, healthier people will be paying overpriced premiums under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to …
 
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health says flu activity is at a regional level in the state. Spokesperson Melaney Arnold says that’s the second highest level for flu activity. Arnold says there’s still time to get a flu shot that can h…Flu Activity Starting To Pick Up
 
 
An Illinois hotline established for people looking to sign up for the new federal health insurance program is extending its hours. The “Get Covered Illinois” help desk will be staffed from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday. People who want to b…Illinois Hotline For Healthcare Extending Hours
 
 
While the Illinois Legislature finally took a half-hearted swing at pension reform, no one who’s paying much attention believes the crisis is resolved.
 
 
You may have big plans today but please take it slow on the roads. Freezing rain/wintry mix conditions are occurring in many areas of Illinois this morning and throughout the day.
 
 
It’s not often that toilet paper turns into legal paper, but it happens. It’s not often that toilet paper turns into legal paper, but it happens. read more
 
 
JACKSONVILLE — Illinois College plans to use a $200,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to leverage additional money to renovate …
 
 
An Illinois hotline established for people looking to sign up for the new federal health insurance program is extending its hours.  The “Get Covered Illinois” help desk will be staffed from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday.  People who want to b…
 
 
Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton says the village is trying to communicate with residents, so he’d like more of them to sign up for a twice-monthly electronic newsletter.
 
 
Caucus Blog: Know the law – Illinois’ new cellphone ban http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/know-law-illinois-new-cellphone-ban.html?spref=tw …
 
 
HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE:Today is official start of winter. Shortest amount of daylight of the year. Bright side:Days only get longer from here
 
 
Looking forward to tonight as this annual get-together has become something special to watch. Go Illini!! http://fb.me/6jweBZ5Cy 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn distributes toys to children at annual Christmas in the Wards; A. Finkl & Sons Co.; 10:15 a.m.
 
 
 
Schock Says Obamacare Is A ”Ripoff” For Young Adultsby WMAY NewsCongressman Aaron Schock says President Obama’s health care reform law is a ripoff for young adults.    The Peoria Republican delivered the weekly GOP radio and Internet me…
 
 
My View: Pension reform stops abuses, plugs loopholesRockford Register StarThere’s an old fill-in-the-blank joke that goes: “What do you call 500 ____ at the bottom of the ocean? You insert your least favorite group, and the answer is: “A good start!” That’s how some people are describing the pension bill approved by the …
 
 
Pension fix, gay marriage top 2013 Illinois newsWSOC CharlotteThe Illinois General Assembly’s much delayed agreement on fixing a $100 billion pension funding shortfall was the overwhelming, nearly unanimous choice among Associated Press members and staffers for the top story of in the state in 2013. It was …
 
 
A Lombard letter to the editor: Did the teachers pension fund enter into a retirement system with an enforceable contractual relationship as stated in our constitution.
 
 
When Severson received the news Friday from the Morris Daily Herald, he said he was glad to hear it, but noted he was fully prepared to challenge the …