Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 23

The evidence is clear: public transit is vital to America’s health. Read “The Latest” from Voices for Public Transit: “Public Transportation Makes for Healthier Communities.” #Voices4Transit. http://bit.ly/1gpNn9wPublic Transportation Makes for Healthier Communitiesvoicesforpublictransit.orgPublic health researchers have found that public transportation helps build healthy communities by promoting
 
 
“Never let perfect be the enemy be the good” (or something close thereto) is often attributed to Voltaire…. http://fb.me/SkbF498Z 
 
 
My friend and General Assembly colleague Matt Murphy offers a clear and concise guest editorial in today’s… http://fb.me/17vYJY3SJ 
 
 
Caucus Blog: Part 5: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 20… http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-5-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Assault weapons ban, unpaid bills, protecting your… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/assault-weapons-ban-unpaid-bills.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Staff Report COLOMA, Wis. — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 19 that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) failed to adequately consider the cumulative effects of high-capacity well pumping in the vicinity of the proposed Richfield Dairy in Adams County, Wisconsin, when it prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in 2011. The EA was triggered by the dairy’s application for several pe
 
 
(KMOV.com) – Tanning beds will be banned for anyone under 18-years-old in Illinois starting Jan. 1.
 
 
Gifford homeowners and renters are invited to attend a community meeting later this week on rebuilding Gifford following the Nov. 17 tornado. GIFFORD — Gifford homeowners and renters are invited to attend a community meeting later this week on rebuilding Gifford following the Nov. 17 tornado. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gifford. read more
 
 
Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014 http://slidesha.re/1ez5QCB 
 
 
Beloit Daily News: Candidate for Governor visits #SouthBeloit #twill http://www.beloitdailynews.com/candidate-for-governor-visits-south-beloit/article_0f5f9954-698c-11e3-8cdc-001a4bcf887a.html …
 
 
.@23WIFR: Sacia Endorses Rutherford #twill http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Sacia-Endorses-Rutherford-236641101.html …
 
 
Tracy pushes for expansion of Concealed Carry applications http://ow.ly/2ClR8Q 
 
 
Caller states he shot himself in the foot and someone ran off w/ the gun. #ChicagoScanner
 
 
Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access. The passenger train company says Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines. It’ll also be expanded to all four roundtrips on Chicago-to-St. Louis trains; those trains also stop in Springfield.
 
 
Illinois officials are welcoming public feedback on proposed rules for the controversial fracking program that is expected in Illinois soon. Five public hearings downstate drew big crowds, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will t…Public Comments Welcome On Fracking
 
 
 
WIFR: Sacia Endorses Rutherford “He does what is right and that’s a rare commodity in any politician and I don’t look at Dan Rutherford as a politician, I look at him as a fellow citizen that wants only the best for all of us in Illinois. Rutherford is running with Steve Kim as his Lieutenant Governor asnd the primary election is set for March 18.Sacia Endorses RutherfordOne candidate for govern
 
 
Beloit Daily News: Candidate for Governor visits South Beloit Rutherford, one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, held a meet and greet at the American Legion in South Beloit on Thursday morning. He said it’s important for the state to remain competitive with surrounding states to bring in small businesses. However, he added the state should remain fair to all businesses. “I want to keep
 
 
 
During 2014, there will be two important Illinois elections: the primary in March and the general in November. In just a couple of months, the primary election will be history. Even if you usually don’t make the effort to vote during the primary, you …
 
 
Problems remain with state’s four-drug policyThe State Journal-RegisterGreg Harris, D-Chicago. He is sponsoring a bill that would exempt certain generic medicines for mental illness from the policy. In addition, a Medicaid recipient from South Beloit, Robert Ciarpaglini, is challenging the policy as unfair in a federal …
 
 
“Puppy lemon law” to take effect Jan. 1KMOV.com(KMOV.com) – Starting Jan. 1, those who purchase pets at stores in Illinois will have a 3-week guarantee if the puppy is unhealthy. Gov. Quinn signed the so-called “puppy lemon law” in August to protect buyers if their animal dies within 3-weeks of …
 
 
 
By Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune reporter … boys growing up in a working-class family on the West Side of Chicago, Fosser loved the holidays.
 
 
The city of Springfield is preparing to launch a three-year effort to repair streets, sidewalks and storm sewers. Mayor Mike Houston’s administration has …
 
 
 
… CMSA and the two new, state-approved Concept schools in McKinley Park and Austin, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network … Anyone applying for a license in Illinois has to complete 16 hours of training – the most out of any state.
 
 
… Explaining a vote against pension reform. By Matt Murphy … Matt Murphy of Palatine represents the 27th District. Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune …
 
 
Dave Browning, excellent letter about the Illinois’ pension issues. Ever since this fiasco has become news I have asked “Who was the very first Illinois …
 
 
As hundreds of volunteers fan out across the Springfield area this morning to deliver food boxes to 2,500 families through The State Journal-Register’s …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. If you’re still looking to fill a few stockings, you could try an Illinois-made food product. “The Illinois Department …
 
 
 
Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times last weekend. It raised … Charities affiliated with Rush were given more than $1.7 million by …
 
 
Rep. Brian Stewart: Christmas season keeps legislators busy in their home …Freeport Journal-StandardTim Bivins and I attended the 21st annual Community Development Fund of Galena at the DeSoto House in Galena. This event brings together members of Galena and Jo Daviess County governments and business leaders. This event was led by various …
 
 
The trend is reflected in recent Census data that indicates more and more downstate counties in Illinois are seeing more deaths than births. In Menard …
 
 
LINCOLN — Patrick Doolin could have located his software development company, Integrity Data, anywhere, but he chose his hometown of Lincoln.
 
 
That’s one of the factors that’s led to a drop in population in Montgomery County and other rural countries across Illinois. “There aren’t a lot of other …
 
 
Madison County taxpayers are learning that retaliation comes at a steep price. Mary Parker, an employee of the county’s Regional Office of Education, complained because she was paid about $13,000…Click to Continue »
 
 
Illinois home delivery customers of the Quad-City Times will receive their Christmas Day newspaper on Dec. 26 along with the Thursday edition. The Dec. 25 newspapers can be purchased that day …
 
 
My new @Suntimes editorial calls for city, FAA & O’Hare to do more to address community noise concerns http://bit.ly/1fz2P1x  #IL05 #Chicago
 
 
#OperationHeroMiles uses donated frequent flier miles to provide airfare to connect #woundedwarriors to their families.
 
 
Give back this #holidayseason by donating your frequent flier miles to our #servicemembers at http://fisherhouse.org/ .
 
 
NHL has the Stanley cup. The Sullivan’s have the Ping Pong Christmas Tournament Paddle. 2006 was a long time ago… pic.twitter.com/QS9pZfMfZb
 
 
Eli, a hopeful city turns its eyes to you.
 
 
A positive trend on the death penalty. CST Editorial. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24497917-474/positive-trend-in-criminal-justice.html …
 
 
Mental heath care workers need money for training … more at http://www.960kzim.com 
 
 
 
 
A group of young suburban baseball players got the thrill of a lifetime Sunday when former White Sox slugger Jim Thome led a three-hour clinic on hitting at the Bulls/White Sox Academy in Lisle. After the clinic, participants received autographed bats from Thome.
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is traveling to China to promote trade with Chicago and city tourism.
 
 
Well, it looks like Mr. Icicle got his hands on our main transmitter. The ice coating risks overheating sensitive equipment, so we must operate at reduced power. To get the full WNIJ and WNIU experience, stream us live on our new app. Visit Google Play or the Apple store to download your free mobile app.Thanks for your patience!
 
 
The St. Clair County Board on Monday night will consider placing a referendum on the March ballot asking voters to approve a sales tax to fund the $37 million expansion…Click to Continue »
 
 
A Chicago woman died while giving birth, but lived to tell about the experience. While delivering her son via C-section her heart stopped for 37 seconds with no vital signs. –> http://via.wqad.com/dyYCkM9
 
 
Menard Correctional Center will get a new roof with money from the Illinois … “Our investment will help maintain this key Department of Corrections …
 
 
Students rank the top colleges and universities in [STATENAME]] according to liberal political activity.
 
 
2 bald eagles released in central IllinoisSTLtoday.comDECATUR, Ill. • Christmas has come a few days early for two bald eagles, or at least for their rescuers, as the birds were set free after their successful rehabilitation in central Illinois. The Illinois Raptor Center released them Saturday near the …Bald eagles released in central Illinois
 
 
Rep. Lipinski Presents Palos Heights Vietnam Vet With Bronze StarMENAFN.COMDec 22, 2013 (Menafn – Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) –U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) at a ceremony this week presented Dr. William DeRose, of Palos Heights, with the Bronze Star he earned for his work as an Army …
 
 
State and local elected officials in Illinois are required to disclose their … As a result the most influential political leaders, such as House Speaker …
 
 
brilliant rt @scottfilmcritic If you only see one mismatched headline and photograph today, make it this one. pic.twitter.com/DUsPGBwlbe
 
 
“@CoveredIllinois: Extended Help Desk hours through Dec. 23! Call 866-311-1119 between 7am-10pm for more info on getting covered!”
 
 
“@CoveredIllinois: Only TWO DAYS left to sign up for coverage beginning Jan 1. Visit http://bit.ly/JDlzSJ  and get covered today!”
 
 
Our efforts to change school funding continue. Last week’s Ed Funding Adv Comm (EFAC) produced more solid… http://fb.me/2ftGNPykM 
 
 
Monday is deadline for insurance sign-ups in marketplaceHerald & ReviewPlans: 39 plans available through the insurance marketplace at four levels: three Catastrophic, nine Bronze, 14 Silver and 13 Gold. The platinum plan is not being offered. Each plan offers varying deductible and premium costs, but the tax credits are …
 
 
When you’re a politician, does it matter how you spend the money you get from your donors? Certainly a Chicago Tribune article last week has people asking that question. It looked at members of Congress from Illinois and how much they spend out of their campaign funds and for what.
 
 
Chicago needs to trade away Taj Gibson. Again, some people don’t like to hear that, but the fact of the matter is he just makes too much money (due …
 
 
Deadbeat Illinois: Hospitals owed for Medicaid, employee health care. email · print. By Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois. Rockford Register Star.
 
 
This hotel, named after George Pullman’s oldest daughter is located in the Historic Pullman neighborhood #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Sh81Np1Skb
 
 
In 2011 21.7% of government procurement opportunities went to #SmallBusiness. #WeDeserveMore #ThinkBig
 
 
Racked up a ton of endorsements already & the real campaign hasn’t even started yet! Retweet if you’re w/ us too! pic.twitter.com/jMG82GzrhK
 
 
Racked up a ton of endorsements already & the real campaign hasn’t even started yet! Retweet if you’re w/ us too! pic.twitter.com/x0ICfh3FRB
 
 
It’s a gr8 day to hear another gr8 sermon–@ http://Valecc.org  . I love my church!! Click on media.
 
 
“The Bottom of the Well–Pt 2–The Lost Star” @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Another “Modern-day Reporter” story. Click on Posts.
 
 
Amazing service at church today, including a visit from Shanghai music missionaries! pic.twitter.com/0FDmqpjGfx
 
 
“@ILRepublicans: @Bill_Brady thanks for the Christmas card Bill! pic.twitter.com/RtE7c8gPyR” // My pleasure, have a Merry Christmas!
 
 
Check out more interesting facts on #SmallBusiness& how they impact our economy. http://tiny.cc/pnnc1w 
 
 
Since becoming a mom I’m reminded why we need more #WomenInCongress. Our voice needs to be heard The voice of families like yours & mine!
 
 
Had a great time with my brothers watching the #Illini win in a squeaker last night in #StLouis. #twill pic.twitter.com/pMiiyikx3l
 
 
ILLINOIS 2-PERSON 3-DAY WATERFOWL HUNT SPECIAL FOR $895! FOR DETAILS & BOOKING CONTACT MITCH@MITCH-SMITH-OUTDOORS.COM
 
 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says suspects are being questioned in the shooting death of an off-duty Cook County Officer.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Multitaskers who drive while chatting on the phone may face some bitter medicine in 2014. Starting Jan. 1, Illinois motorists can …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — While the public meetings have ended, there’s still time to submit public comments on proposed rules for high-volume oil and …
 
 
WBEZIn Illinois, what has and hasn’t changed since NewtownWBEZIn the year since 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself, Illinois has seen its share of legal and policy changes. The parents of some Sandy Hook victims traveled across the …What Has Changed In Illinois Since Sandy Hook?
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleIllinois Power Holdings Completes Acquisition of Ameren Energy ResourcesBusiness Wire (press release)HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) subsidiary, Illinois Power Holdings (IPH) completed its acquisition of New Ameren Energy Resources (AER), an Ameren (NYSE:AEE) subsidiary. The transaction includes AER and its subsidiaries …Ameren completes sale of 5 power
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn to push donation of frequent flier miles to Operation Hero Miles for injured soldiers & their families; Hines VA; 1:30 pm
 
 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Bellwood Shooting and concealed carry laws http://bit.ly/1hwsau8 
 
 
Representative Christian Mitchell engaging with residents of the 26th District at Prince Hall Masons.
 
 
DIXON – While State Treasurer Dan Rutherford did not release a press statement after losing the Cook County GOP endorsement to Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner Saturday, while appearing at a campaign event in Dixon, Rutherford gave a peek into his…
 
 
Anyone who follows the news knows that pension reform is one of today’s most contentiously debated issues.  From a mathematical rather than political perspective, the following will focus […]
 
 
This focuses mostly on Chicago increases but touches on the State too. In sum, government reaches deeper into… http://fb.me/2dSNHlWHs 
 
 
Thank you for helping us achieve “largest percent increase of all the candidates” on twitter in 2013! It’s b/c of u http://bit.ly/1bXJhTv 
 
 
Serving IL in ’13 has been an honor. Here are a few highlights. Share your own with #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/Oc0Ds925Of
 
 
Mulligan endorses Rauner “..b/c of his close relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; the two men are friends and worked together..” hmm…
 
 
This hotel, named after George Pullman’s oldest daughter is located in the Historic Pullman neighborhood #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Sh81Np1Skb
 
 
Okay sports fans tonight’s Philly game has me in a bit of a conundrum. Why? Because the Eagles have a great… http://fb.me/6m1U1MmKs 
 
 
Racked up a ton of endorsements already & the real campaign hasn’t even started yet! Retweet if you’re w/ us too! pic.twitter.com/jMG82GzrhK
 
 
Calling it 35-28, Bears over Eagles. Why? Because it’s the season of giving & both D’s give up LOTS of points. Bears will outlast ’em 2day.
 
 
Caucus Blog: Part 4: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 20… http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-4-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Amazing service at church today, including a visit from Shanghai music missionaries! pic.twitter.com/0FDmqpjGfx
 
 
Serving IL in ’13 has been an honor. Here are a few highlights. Share your own with #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/Oc0Ds925Of
 
 
This hotel, named after George Pullman’s oldest daughter is located in the Historic Pullman neighborhood #12DoD pic.twitter.com/Sh81Np1Skb
 
 
Carol Marin: Christmas on old death row http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/24502494-452/marin-christmas-on-old-death-row.html …
 
 
Rich Miller: Gov. Pat Quinn’s remarkable political resurrection http://www.suntimes.com/news/miller/24503474-452/gov-quinns-remarkable-political-resurrection.html …
 
 
Vote for your favorite #HammerAndShake video here: http://www.HammerAndShake.com Hammer Down and Shake Up Springfield Politics. To learn more visit http://www.JoinB…
 
 
“Mitt Romney of Illinois politics is Bruce Rauner.” (part 2 of 3) We told you in part 1 that Bruce Rauner would like to be the next governor of
 
 
The Mitt Romney of Illinois politics is Bruce Rauner, who would like to be the next governor of Illinois in the worst way. It appears that is just how
 
 
A northern Illinois teacher has been named 2014 Teacher of the Year by Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
 
 
Click to contribute and help make big changes in our community by electing a #WomenInCongress http://tiny.cc/d9wp6w 
 
 
11th Congressional District candidate Chris Balkema’s name will appear first on the March 18th Republican Party primary election ballot.
 
 
@erika4congress I knew you were Erika! We must take our conservative case to all Americans. Fight on Erika!
 
 
Informative posts Erika. ty u for Following @erika4congress You bring Promise to The Republic & Hope; God Speed. http://www.erikaharold.com/ 
 
 
In 2011 21.7% of government procurement opportunities went to #SmallBusiness. #WeDeserveMore #ThinkBig
 
 
It’s a gr8 day to hear another gr8 sermon–@ http://Valecc.org  . I love my church!! Click on media.
 
 
“The Bottom of the Well–Pt 2–The Lost Star” @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Another “Modern-day Reporter” story. Click on Posts.
 
 
Check out more interesting facts on #SmallBusiness& how they impact our economy. http://tiny.cc/pnnc1w 
 
 
Not making news, but a significant consequence of the awful government in Illinois, is the the steady stream of businesses fleeing the high taxes, poor …
 
 
Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was arrested early Sunday morning in Grapevine, Texas and charged with public intoxication and assault. According to Grapevine police, Melton was arrested at 1:45 a.m. at Chill, a bar in downtown Grapevine. Police said they were called to Chill for an altercation involving staff members. Melton was arrested for public intoxication and later charged with assa
 
 
The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking announces its 2014 Annual Scholarship Program which enables Illinois high-school seniors to enter a …
 
 
Statehouse Insider: Public vs. private at the stateThe State Journal-RegisterFace it, if a recipient lives in Wisconsin, Illinois shouldn’t be paying his bills. The state wasn’t exactly vigilant in dumping ineligible people from the program. Whether this was due to a lack of willpower or lack of manpower is still being argued …
 
 
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The father of a mentally disabled teenager has filed a lawsuit against the Joliet nursing home where the girl allegedly was sexually assaulted by an employee, a Tinley Park resident, in November.
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Part 3: New Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://goo.gl/fb/IRJTr 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Know the law: Illinois’ new cellphone ban http://goo.gl/fb/z64Bu 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Part 4: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://goo.gl/fb/g1fzz 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn to push donation of frequent flier miles to Operation Hero Miles for injured soldiers & their families; Hines VA; 1:30 pm
 
 
CHART OF THE WEEK: Last week’s Ed Funding Adv Comm (EFAC) produced more solid information on why the Pro-Ration… http://fb.me/P0ckMoD4 
 
 
Over the last 10 years or so, the Medicaid rolls experienced tremendous growth. With that the cost of… http://fb.me/2IPQclJTT 
 
 
“That money is coming from someplace, and I would say video gaming is cannibalizing the casinos,” Tom Swoik, of the Illinois Casino Gaming …
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times parent Wrapports LLC plans to sell the Joliet Herald-News to suburban newspaper owner B.F. Shaw Printing Co., according to …
 
 
Shedding light on politics while it’s still dark outside. Join the conversation: 312-981-7200 http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
Erickson: Quinn visits troops at Walter ReedBloomington PantagraphPreviously the position was held by former House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, who is now running for state treasurer. The purpose of the committee is to help elect Republicans to the House, where Democrats hold a virtually insurmountable 71-47 …
 
 
“@SundaySpin: LIVE: Cynthia Dizikes and @tlighty join the show to talk about IL prison system. http://wgnradio.com/listen ” Cook’s breakdown
 
 
ANCHOR — On Nov. 6, 2012, after all the McLean County election results had been tabulated, Lee Newcom posted a message on his Facebook page: “I won my election but lost my job.”
 
 
Re Bernie col No. 2: Schock spending at ultrasound clinic was a ‘baby gift’? What happened to onesies?