Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Dec. 24

I am a True blue #Democrat that believes in our city, country, unions and the people! #SmallBusiness #WomenInCongress
 
 
 
In Illinois, a new law will prohibit anyone from using a drone – an unmanned aircraft – to interfere with hunters or fishermen. Delaware, meanwhile, is …
 
 
Barack Obama surprises Illinois Women’s Delegation From: Barack Obama Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:48 More in People & Blogs
 
 
The New Year will bring a lot of new laws, one of which will do something you probably thought was already on the books.   State grant money is being used for political activities, and the new law will close that legal loophole.   …
 
 
Mary Lou Wehrli’s campaign to become the next president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is moving forward after a failed attempt to have her kicked off the March primary ballot. The county electoral board on Monday determined that Wehrli, a Naperville Republican, has more than enough valid signatures to remain on the March 18 ballot.
 
 
Besides road projects, Lake County’s proposed 2040 Transportation Plan includes suggestions for transit and non-motorized improvements. Public comment is being acccepted until Dec. 31. “Our first obligation is to make what we have work better,” said Bruce Christensen, principal planner and project manager for the Lake County Division of Transportation. “We’re very heavily invested i
 
 
 
Merry Christmas from the Dillard Family! #christmas #merrychristmas #holidays http://instagram.com/p/iShKK-Ixil/ 
 
 
 
Stopped by the press corp in Capitol this afternoon & found only 4 people working. The rest must be taking time off. Well, we all do #twill
 
 
Tribune: Editorial: The danger of using Twitter http://bit.ly/1ckAkVs 
 
 
Sangamon County Voters To Approve Efficiency Commission Extension http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83299 
 
 
Herald & Review – Found 2 hours agoThe man’s name is Bruce Rauner and he is coming with the idea that everyone that holds office should be limited to eight years.
 
 
Illinois Construction “Holiday” Set To BeginIllinois Construction “Holiday” Set To Begin1470wmbd.comThe Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s suspending non-emergency roadwork to reduce traffic congestion over the holidays. The agency has provided a list of road closures by county on its website. The suspension of non-emergency work begi
 
 
Two west suburban politicians differed on the long-overdue but controversial pension reform bill recently signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. State Sen. Don Harmon (39th) called it an “unpleasant necessity” while state Rep. LaShawn Ford (8th) criticized it as an attack on hard-working people’s retirement. No matter how one slices it, there is no happy medium with the state’s pension overhaul bill t
 
 
 
… and Janet Davies will be principal co-hosts of “Countdown Chicago 2014. … In addition to familiar principal hosts Janet Davies and Mark Giangreco, …
 
 
 
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It’s no secret that Republican primary voters in Illinois have been almost rigidly hierarchical when it comes to choosing gubernatorial candidates.They pretty much always choose the candidate who can best demonstrate that it’s his or her “turn.”In 1990, after eight years as secretary of state, Jim Edgar was the clear choice. Indeed, he barely had opposition. The same went for two-term Secretary of
 
 
It’s no secret that Republican primary voters in Illinois have been almost rigidly hierarchical when it comes to choosing gubernatorial candidates.They pretty much always choose the candidate who can best demonstrate that it’s his or her “turn.”In 1990, after eight years as secretary of state, Jim Edgar was the clear choice. Indeed, he barely had opposition. The same went for two-term Secretary of
 
 
Congressman Schock visits with From: repaaronschock Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 06:32 More in News & Politics
 
 
By Associated Press. Enlarge image. Credit flickr. A central Illinois sheriff is offering to help residents apply online for concealed-carry firearms permits.
 
 
Monday morning four concerned community members dressed as elves visited Governor Quinn’s Chicago residence and set up a hydraulic fracturing …
 
 
22 that the Illinois State Board of Education approved a map that cut the number of educational regions statewide from 44 to 35. “I believe that our …
 
 
CHICAGO – The Chicago Republican Party gained a victory over the Madigan organization after a Chicago Board of Elections hearing officer granted its motion to subpoena Madigan petition circulators, which means the circulators, including candidate Terrence Goggin himself, will be…
 
 
 
CHICAGO – Did GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner buy the Cook County GOP endorsement? That is what State Senator Kirk Dillard’s campaign suggested over the weekend, writing: “There’s only one explanation — the Bruce Rauner money machine was at work again. Only in Illinois would the legitimate concerns of rank-and-file, grassroots republicans be dismissed so brazenly. Welcome back, pay-to-pl
 
 
This letter is sent to correct misinformation that I provided, in a previous letter. Recently I had the honor of speaking to state Sen. Dale Righter regarding the recent Illinois pension legislation. He was kind enough to call me following …
 
 
Republican incumbent Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris is being challenged by first-time Democratic candidate Christine Benson of Ottawa in the district, which includes much of southern
 
 
It’s something you’d expect from Ebenezer Scrooge: Firing 20 employees of a sandwich shop days before Christmas.  The employees of Snarf’s sandwich shop in Chicago were notified via email that they lost their jobs and the store was closing.  They were terminated effective December 23. The email also thanked them for their service and wished them well. These same employees protested earlier this mo
 
 
State Sen. Julie Morrison proposed stiffer penalties for impaired boaters after the death of a Libertyville 10-year-old on the Chain O’Lakes. The Deerfield Democrat’s nephew, Tony Borcia, was tubing on Petite Lake when he was run over and killed by a …
 
 
My Christmas wish is to #CANJAN in 2014 @janschakowsky pic.twitter.com/ysZx5rZuiL
 
 
Thank you to the @618TACC team at @ScottAFB for their work evacuating our wounded service members http://bit.ly/1csC14N 
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — Mayor Tari Renner regrets posting comments on a conservative blog in which he suggested the political activist who runs the site was psychologically unstable.
 
 
#Illinois’ tax incentives for job creation amount to little more than giveaways to companies who can afford… http://fw.to/GfGVXsO 
 
 
This holiday season let us recognize our everyday heroes like members of the #DownersGroveNorth community http://tinyurl.com/krhfxu7 
 
 
Exactly 45 years ago we witnessed one of the most inspiring broadcasts in history delivered by the heroic #Apollo8 astronauts.
 
 
An honor to be joined by Capt.Lovell at @MSIChicago to reenact the famous 1968 #XmasEve Broadcast to Earth. pic.twitter.com/OjT90PSerc
 
 
Job alert: The BGA is looking for a full-time policy coordinator http://bit.ly/15qeKs1  (no calls please)
 
 
DAVENPORT — A planned comprehensive database on students from across the Quad-Cities is meant to help boost educational performance throughout the area. The database, a collaborative effort headed by Achieve Quad Cities, could include data on students
 
 
FREEPORT – Mayor Jim Gitz has been selected as one of the newest members of the Illinois Municipal League board of directors. “It’s an honor to be …
 
 
There is confusion over what I had said about Phil Robertson, I hope this clears it up.America is Christian Nation: Clarification of Remarkswww.ianbayne.comIan Bayne attempted to clarify his recent remarks on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, “We are a Christian nation based upon the foundation of free will and individualism,” said Bayne. “People know this, and those who have come here
 
 
Protecting middle class families and #SmallBusiness owners is my passion! #WomenInCongress #GoodTimes
 
 
Having a great time @wlsam890 cohosting w/ @cohntv. Getting the latest frm my constituent Diane who lost her HC pic.twitter.com/KJbiGuOuvO
 
 
Tune in to @wlsam890 I’ll be cohosting with @cohntv filling in for @roeandroeper 2-5 pm
 
 
Out and about getting a few last minute gifts. I’m grateful to be running for the chance to represent the 11th Congressional District; meeting so many wonderful people along the way.
 
 
As a member of congress I plan on taking my values of working hard to bring more good jobs to our great city! #Chicago #WomenInCongress
 
 
Obamacare website can’t handle customers. America can’t handle Obamacare. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/23/ObamaCare-Website-Crashes-on-Deadline%20Day …
 
 
Support for Obamacare hits new low. http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/12/support-for-obamacare-in-new-cnnorc.html …
 
 
I just posted Clarification of Remarks, read it here: http://www.ianbayne.com/congress11/?p=123 …
 
 
I’m blessed to do something I love for a living! #SmallBusiness #WomenInBusiness
 
 
We are a Christian nation. This means that we have free will, we are not controlled by government. This we must defend.
 
 
I work hard to advocate for my clients every day. #TheInsurancePeople #Insurance #GoodTimes
 
 
Talking now with @dianesdialogue1 an 11 yr breast cancer survivor who lost the healthcare plan she liked bc of Obamacare tune in: @wlsam890
 
 
I am a #SmallBusiness owner in Albany Park and look forward to being the voice of other biz owners. #WomenInCongress #SuperYay
 
 
Please take a look at my new website which includes all of my videos as well as an Issues page. http://www.dougtruax.com/Doug Truax for Senate | DougTruax.comwww.dougtruax.comCampaign website for Doug Truax for U.S. Senate.
 
 
An honor to be joined by Capt.Lovell at @MSIChicago to reenact the famous 1968 #XmasEve Broadcast to Earth. pic.twitter.com/OjT90PSerc
 
 
Exactly 45 years ago we witnessed one of the most inspiring broadcasts in history delivered by the heroic #Apollo8 astronauts.
 
 
This holiday season let us recognize our everyday heroes like members of the #DownersGroveNorth community http://tinyurl.com/krhfxu7 
 
 
I extend birthday wishes to Japanese Emperor Akihito.It’s a holiday in Japan, & to my Japanese American friends it’s a time of celebration.
 
 
Broadband Speeds in Illinois from 2010 to 2013 Broadband mapping and data collection is a backbone of the organization. Partnership for a Connected Illinois’ Geographic Information Systems Team contacts e… From: BroadbandIL Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:15 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
 
Lawmakers will be returning to Springfield in January. One possible topic is a proposed tax on sugary sweetened drinks. It would increase the cost of every ounce of soda sold in Illinois.The bill is by no means final. But it would add 20 cents in tax to a bottle of soda, and $2. …
 
 
Cross, Truax and Roskam to Speak at Republican Township meetingChicago TribuneThe Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO), the official Republican organization of Palatine Township, will feature Tom Cross, Doug Truax and US Rep Peter Roskam at their regular monthly meeting which is free and open to the public on …
 
 
Editorial: Rockford’s violent crime rate virtually unchanged in 2013 — part 1 …The Rock River TimesQuoted by the Rockford Register Star in 2007, Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers said that he believed the city’s ‘location worked against [it,]’ as Rockford receives traffic from the drug markets in Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee, resulting in …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Behind the theme of “An Honest No-Till Education,” the 2014 National No-Tillage Conference will hit the Land of Lincoln for the …
 
 
Since recession, 250K fewer public school teachers with 800K more students nationally. We need to hire more http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/education/subtract-teachers-add-pupils-math-of-todays-jammed-schools.html?hp&_r=0 …
 
 
You don’t see this every day! This check arrived in the mail today at Dixon City Hall as part of what has been… http://fb.me/2zlC9usi6 
 
 
This piece on some of @Elsevier’s unsurprisingly appalling behavior is a great primer on the value of #openaccess http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/19/how-one-publisher-is-stopping-academics-from-sharing-their-research/ …
 
 
#Illinois’ tax incentives for job creation amount to little more than giveaways to companies who can afford… http://fw.to/GfGVXsO 
 
 
I was joined today by retired astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., for a reenactment of the famous 1968 “Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth.” Exactly 45 years ago we witnessed one of the most inspiring broadcasts in history. The world needed an uplifting message in 1968 and the heroic Apollo 8 astronauts delivered. This holiday season let us recognize our everyday heroes, like members of the Down
 
 
Cost of boarding up shuttered Chicago schools triples to $30.9M http://bit.ly/1fC9pV2  #CPS #Chicago .@ChiPubSchools
 
 
The Wemstroms: Examine Scott Reeder’s fantasy world. http://tinyurl.com/mqvrvrg
 
 
Illinois has lost 3 progressive female leaders in past yearChicago TribuneThree of the six statewide elected officials are women: Democrats Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Attorney General Lisa Madigan as well as Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Simon and Topinka are expected to square off for comptroller in November.
 
 
Schools of small fish are capable of crossing an electrical barrier designed to keep Asian carp from using the Chicago ship canal to enter the Great Lakes, according to a new research report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
 
Durbin Votes to cut veteran benefits but votes for benefits for non US citizens. #truax4senate @DougTruax
 
 
Support for Obamacare hits new low. http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/12/support-for-obamacare-in-new-cnnorc.html …
 
 
Obamacare website can’t handle customers. America can’t handle Obamacare. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/23/ObamaCare-Website-Crashes-on-Deadline%20Day …
 
 
As a member of congress I plan on taking my values of working hard to bring more good jobs to our great city! #Chicago #WomenInCongress
 
 
Protecting middle class families and #SmallBusiness owners is my passion! #WomenInCongress #GoodTimes
 
 
I am a #SmallBusiness owner in Albany Park and look forward to being the voice of other biz owners. #WomenInCongress #SuperYay
 
 
VILLA PARK, Ill. – Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is encouraging residents to join one of her advisory committees that will meet during the month of …
 
 
* I’ll be back the Monday after New Year’s Day. I hope everyone has a wonderful and joyous holiday season. I don’t say this nearly enough, but you folks mean the world to me. * As is our custom, we end the year with three videos. Suzy Snowflake… Frosty the Snowman… And Hardrock, Coco and Joe…
 
 
* The 2013 Wordslinger Golden Horseshoe Award for Best CapitolFax.com Commenter is a tie. Retired Non-Union Guy, or RNUG for short, wins because of his invaluable insights into pension reform… If I had a vote in the legislature, I would have voted in favor of the pension bill that passed. But I nominate RNUG anyway. The […]
 
 
Tune in to @wlsam890 I’ll be cohosting with @cohntv filling in for @roeandroeper 2-5 pm
 
 
Having a great time @wlsam890 cohosting w/ @cohntv. Getting the latest frm my constituent Diane who lost her HC pic.twitter.com/KJbiGuOuvO
 
 
Talking now with @dianesdialogue1 an 11 yr breast cancer survivor who lost the healthcare plan she liked bc of Obamacare tune in: @wlsam890
 
 
An Illinois man who persuaded a company to finance a nonexistent telemedicine computer tablet named after the physician on the original “Star Trek” television show admitted to a $25 million fraud scheme. Howard Leventhal, 56, pleaded guilty …
 
 
In Illinois, the price of propane has climbed 15 percent in the last month. Several states in the upper Midwest are dealing with significantly higher prices for propane because of a supply problem caused by a late harvest, persistent very cold temperatures and the temporary shutdown of a major supply pipeline – http://shawurl.com/x72
 
 
Left #Springfield Capitol office, heading home for #Christmas
 
 
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! pic.twitter.com/nj4sabc9Wc
 
 
Merry Christmas from Mike Webster http://eepurl.com/Lk6kf  #twill
 
 
Very happy to be endorsed by the Cook County GOP! http://bit.ly/18IerQH  #twill @CookCountyGOP
 
 
2013 was a busy year for the Senate Republicans. We’re taking a look back at legislative action and our members accomplishments this year. In August Sen. Althoff’s good government bill, intended to increase transparency and public accessibility, was signed into law. Read more at the link below.Althoff Good Government Bill Signed into Lawwww.senatoralthoff.comIllinois Senator Pamela Althoff represe
 
 
In January of 2013, nearly two years after Senator Tim Bivins first sponsored “Erin’s Law” to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, the Governor signed a second law January 24 to help give young victims a voice and prevent future incidents of sexual assault and abuse. Read more about this important news story from 2013 at the link below.News Details | Senator Tim Bivins | Tim Bivins, Illinois Sta
 
 
I am pleased to announce that I have received an endorsement from Illinois Liberty PACWozniak Receives Endorsement from Illinois Liberty PACus4.campaign-archive2.comGood Morning, I pray that all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am pleased to announce that I have received an early Christmas present, an endorsement from the Illinois Liberty PAC. Illinois Liberty PAC’s mission st
 
 
Merry Christmas to my FB friends
 
 
New Laws Effective January 1, 2014 HB 1 (PA 98-122) – Creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the strictest medical marijuana law in the country. It establishes a pilot program that sunsets after four years. A specific list of debilitating, or terminal medical conditions are outlined in the bill which patients must be suffering from in order to qualify. The number of d
 
 
 
 
 
Get a jump on 2014 by RSVPing for #TeamGuzzardi’s “New Year, New Representation” Canvass on Saturday, January 4th.
 
 
Merry Christmas from Team McKinley!
 
 
A common sense solution focused on what should be the goal for all politicians… ensuring that children are allowed to receive a quality education!Building a competitive, choice-driven CPS systemarticles.chicagotribune.comThe combined impact of educational failure, the shrinking tax base, joblessness, crime and the other intertwined challenges confronting Chicago has put the city at a tipping poi
 
 
Help our friend and supporter Laura Schlegel stay in her Portage Park home–sign her petition here.Cogsville Group, Keep the Schlegels in their home!start2.occupyourhomes.orgLaura, her son and 3 small dogs have lived in their Portage Park home for the last seven years. With the help of a partner, she bought the home in 2006 for nearly $400,000. After the market crashed, they attempted to refinance
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Bill Cunningham is reminding his constituents that with the New Year holiday comes a host of new laws for Illinois residents. Laws affecting everything from social media privacy, to tanning bed regulation, to cell phone usage while driving will take effect on January 1st.  A few of the most notable changes are listed below. Talking on a cell phone while driv
 
 
WICS-TVGet Covered Illinois sees spike in calls, visitorsKSDKA crush of health insurance shoppers in Illinois have been calling a telephone help line set up to answer their questions, as an important deadline looms for the nation’s health law. (Photo: Get Covered Illinois). SHARECONNECTTWEETCOMMENTEMAIL …Central Ill. sheriff offers concealed carry help
 
 
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! pic.twitter.com/nj4sabc9Wc
 
 
1) Didn’t make it to an #ACA sign-up event this weekend? Don’t worry! Check out the list of events happening today:Events – illinois health insurance marketplacegetcoveredillinois.govCONTENTS Read more about Events
 
 
Our best 2013 moments on Instagram: #memostatigramInstagramilsenatedems’s video on Instagram
 
 
Our Top 14 New Laws slideshow has received more than 800,000 clicks – have you seen it yet?14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
From State Senator Mattie Hunter, (chair, Human Services): “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Calica, retired DCFS Director, whose legacy of public service spans over 30 years in the field of child welfare. I send my heartfelt sympathy to his family and staff. “
 
 
How does the little-known Illinois State Charter School Commission work? @dmihalopoulos explains (VIDEO): http://suntm.es/18Hl3Pp 
 
 
Plan for Tribune Spinoff Raises Concerns for Future of Newspaper Operations http://nyti.ms/JiGYAa 
 
 
Former City of Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy for his lead role in a bribery and money laundering scheme while he was the former Ohio deputy treasurer. Ahmad, 38, of Chicago, faces up to 10 years in prison. More details to come. …
 
 
 
Union League Club Panel – Pension Overhaul: Policy and Politics
 
 
Reboot Illinois:” Their differences were on stark display Thursday morning, when four legislators – two Democrats, two Republicans, two yes votes, two no votes — sat on a panel conducted by the Union League Club’s Public Affairs Committee… Ives said the bill does not go far enough to cut “already very generous pensions.” “The problem here is that the pensions are overly generous,” Ives s
 
 
A delegation of Allstate employees and agency owners, including two Libertyvillians, met with Congressional leaders recently to discuss key insurance issues.
 
 
BREAKING: Police have evacuated the Pekin Walmart after the store received a bomb threat. The bomb squad is in route.
 
 
Happy #Festivus to all who celebrate…..let the airing of grievances begin! #twill
 
 
Happy holidays, everyone! Help those who were affected by the November tornados recover by making a donation here: http://www.redcross.org/il/decatur 
 
 
You can help #endhunger in your own community by donating to any one of the 2,000 food banks in #Illinois. http://www.feedingillinois.org/member-food-banks … #twill
 
 
Last week I spoke at DeVry University’s graduation ceremony. I was inspired by our next generation of leaders.
 
 
Year in Review – Jan. 3: Climbing the Capitol Steps. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/jZZwC6eOYr
 
 
(AP) — As officials have delayed taking action on a proposed passenger rail line between Iowa City and Chicago, the project’s cost to Iowa has increased dramatically and advocates have all but given up on the plan.
 
 
The city of Jacksonville is considering placing a limit on the number of gaming parlors. Our news partner WLDS radio in Jacksonville says aldermen …
 
 
$4.9 million approved for Carpenter Street underpassThe State Journal-Register“There’s a lot of people skeptical whether it (consolidation) will get done,” said Moll, “but I think this shows local, state and federal governments are working together to make sure it gets done.” State and federal transportation officials have …
 
 
Tribune Co. has agreed to buy Gracenote, which provides music data for iTunes and other digital applications, from Sony Corporation of America.
 
 
Filling in for @RoeConn @richardroeper with @PeterRoskam 2-5pm. Join us @wlsam890.
 
 
Last week I spoke at DeVry University’s graduation ceremony. I was inspired by our next generation of leaders.
 
 
Police: Shoe prints lead to suspects in officer’s slaying http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-no-bail-for-suspects-in-slaying-of-officer-20131223,0,424854.story …
 
 
* Today will be the last regular day of blogging until January. I may write posts if big news breaks, but I doubt comments will be opened. * The Question: Your thoughts about Illinois’ year in politics? …Adding… If you’re looking for a refresher, the Senate Dems have a quick list of […]
 
 
State funding to build bike trail, replace bridgeBelleville News DemocratEddie Lee Jackson, Sr. said in a statement. The Democrat of East St. Louis added the projects increase vehicle safety and help provide economic activity through construction jobs. Copyright 2013 Belleville_News-Democrat. All rights reserved. This …
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined retired astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., for a reenactment of Lovell’s famous 1968 “Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth.” Standing in front of Lovell’s Apollo 8 capsule at the Museum of Science and Industry, the reenactment included the voices of student Mary Doro and the father of student Anne Wagner, who Governor Quinn called the “heroes of Downers G
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today released the following statement on the passing of Richard Calica, former Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who led the department from December 2011 to November 2013.
 
 
Ho Ho Hope you’re ready for holidays? Madeleine Doubek here, filling in for Matt Dietrich this week and I’m so ready, I could knock over a snowman. I’m sure you’re scrambling with last-minute lists, but make some time for our holiday
 
 
State officials announced today that Richard Calica, former director of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, died early today.Calica, 67, resigned from DCFS last month after being diagnosed with cancer. He said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune at the time that doctors had told him he had only months to live.Calica came into the job at a difficult time for DCFS. The agency
 
 
Today’s program included remarks by Mark Davis, Chairman, Civic Federation; the Honorable Elaine Nekritz, Illinois State Representative, 57th District; Laurence Msall, President, Civic Federation; Michelle Warner, Corporate VP, Deputy General Counsel and …
 
 
Cook County ASA: total Oak Forest Deputy Fire Chief, wife embezzled from Palos Heights Fire Protection District from 09-12 $665,547
 
 
Senior Reporter Kevin Craver took some time to talk with Sandra Salgado, of McHenry, about her decision not to run for another term on the McHenry County Board and the changes in her life.On The Record With … Sandra Salgadowww.nwherald.comSenior Reporter Kevin Craver was taken by surprise when he noticed earlier this month that McHenry County Board member Sandra Salgado was calling it quits afte
 
 
Answering questions at employee town hall in Bannockburn, North Shore Congressman talks about solutions which will have impact well into future.
 
 
Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas refused to discuss whether his courthouse services coordinator—who committed suicide last week—had pleaded guilty to felonies he committed when he was a Summit police officer.
 
 
By: Susan Frick Carlman Source: Sun Times So you’re getting ready to step out of the work force, and you’re not yet 65? Perhaps you’ll consider relocating — but it might be wise to stay close to home. It turns out there might not be anywhere that beats Naperville for those who’ve retired early. Personal [&hellip
 
 
Dead: Richard Calica, former Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Calica was suffering from cancer.
 
 
* Paul Green, the Director of Roosevelt University’s Institute for Politics, has penned a long, but interesting look at the history of Republican gubernatorial primaries which includes a preview of how all four candidates could win. He doesn’t include the union involvement aspect, but otherwise it’s pretty good stuff. Click here to read […]
 
 
“Disclosure statements, as they stand now, are a joke. Speaker Madigan, let this bill out of Rules and bring it to a vote. This kind of sunlight is really needed.” — Chicago Tribune on a key piece of legislation I worked on in 2013.Editorial: Politicians’ income, assets too easy to hidewww.chicagotribune.comState and local elected officials in Illinois are required to disclose their out
 
 
If you think you know what’s going on in your city, you may want to think again. A research organization says you actually don’t.The Illinois Policy Institute says Champaign and Springfield are two cities that don’t share enough information with the public via their online presence. …
 
 
 
 
It’s no secret that Republican primary voters in Illinois have been almost rigidly hierarchical when it comes to choosing gubernatorial candidates.
 
 
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(CBS) Well, it’s almost Christmas, so that means most professional sports teams have begun spamming their fans with ridiculous holiday greetings. Today, we’ve been blessed with an interesting holiday video from the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Because who doesn’t want to see Patrick Kane dressed up as Anakin Skywalker? Since words can’t really do this video justice, we’ll just let
 
 
GOP Governor candidates find consensus on income tax http://bit.ly/1crptKY 
 
 
* Sun-Times… Richard H. Calica, who recently left his post as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, died overnight, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Monday morning. Calica, 67, had been diagnosed with cancer and had undergone surgery in recent months. He had been DCFS director from December 2011 until last month, when he […]
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawsville) (Centralia, IL) – State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) reacted to a “very positive” state-ordered audit released last week regarding the status of developmentally disabled individuals formerly living at a state institution in a bizarre, rambling statement claiming the publication
 
 
Caucus Blog: State police issue reminders about new traffic laws http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/state-police-issue-reminders-about-new.html?spref=tw …
 
 
As we head into Christmas week, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. My District Office will close on Christmas Eve at noon and remain…
 
 
Check out my op-ed from yesterday’s @nwherald Franks: Illinois’ property-tax system needs a large dose of fairness http://goo.gl/SQAGKx 
 
 
Biss: Addressing The Looming Retirement Security Crisis Presentation http://bit.ly/1jAC1nj 
 
 
Here’s how the Illinois Charter Commission works: If a private group gets turned down by a local school board in an attempt to establish a charter …
 
 
Richard H. Calica, who recently left his post as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, died overnight, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Monday morning.
 
 
Local grocery stores struggle to survive post-SNAP cuts http://bit.ly/J90uzR 
 
 
Campaign expenses, NW Peoria development, the upcoming gubernatorial debate – all in this week’s Word on the Street. http://bit.ly/1l7BRPM
 
 
Illinois has a corporate tax rate of 9.5 percent (7 percent income, 2.5 percent personal property replacement tax). Florida has a 5.5 percent corporate …
 
 
@RepMikeQuigley @Alderman_Pawar thanks for stopping by the market #IrishXmasMarket
 
 
REMINDER: District Office closed on Christmas & operating shortened hrs 12/26-1/1. Call ahead if you need in-person assistance 773-267-5926
 
 
CHICAGO – Taxpayer-subsidized Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer what the company is calling “free” Internet access. Amtrak announced that Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines….
 
 
An inspiring story… http://fb.me/6qXDcpuZ1 
 
 
ObamaCare deadline is a milestone and marker of uncertainty http://fb.me/W7W0zOFm 
 
 
Merry Christmas Syrian Christians. Your greetings from Kinzinger are not so merry. pic.twitter.com/MGUuRWGdlu
 
 
Born and raised right here in #Chicago and excited to be the voice of #Women & #SmallBusiness in #Congress
 
 
Stop sending guns to Al Qaeda Mr. Obama and Mr. Kinzinger. http://davidhalecongress.blogspot.com/2013/12/hale-demands-immediate-cessation-of.html …
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Unions gearing up while Rauner lays the groundwork: * My weekly syndicated newspaper column… http://bit.ly/1chBLnP 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill The political story of 2013: Quinn’s remarkable resurrection: * My Sunday Sun-Times column…… http://bit.ly/1chBLnG 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Today’s numbers and a morning reading assignment: * New York TImes… Across the country,… http://bit.ly/1chBLnB 
 
 
Belleville News DemocratMilitary pension cuts now unsure; changes likelyBelleville News DemocratIn this Dec. 19, 2013, photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes questions as he briefs reporters at the Pentagon in Washington. Veterans groups are fighting part of the new budget deal signed into law Dec. 20 that curbs annual pension increases for …
 
 
Heartland: Come see if GED test is for you http://bit.ly/1fUBlV0 
 
 
Executions and death sentences continued to drop in 2013:
 
 
Il Supreme Court limits who can be excluded from a car insurance policyPeoria Public RadioThe Illinois Supreme Court has put a limit on just who can be excluded from a car insurance policy. The case goes back to … her own policy. The court says protecting the driving public is more important than making sure people can get lower-cost …
 
 
That’s why it’s important for the public and news media to keep a sharp eye on all elected officials, only some of whom have the public’s best interests …
 
 
News Gazette – Found 40 minutes ago… allows Quinn to play Santa Claus — at others’ expense. It’s no coincidence a gubernatorial election is just around the corner. The governor…
 
 
GRAPHIC: Where Illinois Lawmakers TraveledVoicesNearly all of these trips to Turkey were sponsored by two groups, The Niagara Foundation and the Chicago Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce, and were taken almost entirely by House Democrats. House Speaker Michael Madigan took four of these …
 
 
Over the last year and a half the Chicago police department has trained eight thousand officers in something called police legitimacy. IPR’S Robert Wildeboer reports.The concept is based on research by criminologists, research that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has read and believes in. The idea, in very broad terms, is that if police officers treat people with respect and listen to citizen
 
 
The hike is due to expire at the end of next year. Without it, the state will lose about $5 billion in revenue each year.
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