Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Dillard Family!
 
 
  Some young adults in Illinois are trying to make the season bright for those who can’t be home.  The FFA of Illinois has packed 143 parcels with snacks, toiletries, games, and other goods for members of the armed forces. …
 
 
Illinois Lottery officials are asking people to take another look at those old lottery tickets.
 
 
It was a bitterly cold day Tuesday, but the work continued at the Illinois Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Arlington Heights.
 
 
 
Just left candlelight service at Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose. M.C. Hammer was in the congregation. pic.twitter.com/bXUGmBvimm
 
 
Built in 1905, this historic site used to be a country club and was also featured in the movie Blues Brothers #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IHb 
 
 
 
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Peace, Love and all the best in 2014. Cheers. http://fb.me/3zxT57itw 
 
 
Merry Christmas to all ! May 2014 bring greater cooperation among nations, for peace and the prosperity of mankind.
 
 
 
By Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune reporter … That means students entering the sixth and 12th grades of Illinois schools will likely need the extra …
 
 
 
Casino taxes still important to state’s financesnwitimes.comSlot machines at Illinois bars and restaurants, tribal casinos in Michigan and Ohio’s state-licensed casinos and horse track casinos, commonly known as racinos, combined to shrink Indiana’s gaming revenue to $752 million during the 2013 budget year …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – The deadline has passed, and so too the surprise grace … Associated Press Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson can be reached at …
 
 
Pat Quinn will be spending part of this Christmas Day with U.S. service members. The governor’s office says he’s having Christmas lunch Wednesday …
 
 
“I never looked at it as losing 100 pounds,” he added … He’s also dropped about 11 inches from what was his 46-inch waist. “Last year at Christmas, I put on one of my old pairs of pants,” he said, like the guy in the fast-food …
 
 
 
Built in 1905, this historic site used to be a country club and was also featured in the movie Blues Brothers #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IHb 
 
 
Officials in Indiana and Illinois have now endorsed the need for a new east-west toll road — which will be 47 miles long and connect Interstate 55 near …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A long-ago fire at the State Arsenal that destroyed many military records sparked plans to provide a permanent home for documents important to the Land of Lincoln. The late Margaret Cross Norton, superintendent of the State …
 
 
A hot dog lawsuit WOULD be done in a Judge D. Franks’ courtroom. http://www.jta.org/2013/12/23/news-opinion/united-states/court-hears-appeal-of-case-that-hebrew-national-is-not-100-kosher …
 
 
Five bid teams have responded to an Illinois Department of Transportation … The Indiana Department of Transportation issued a similar request for …
 
 
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media December 24, 2013 4:42PM … But ice is solidifying around Chicago harbors again, which opens more …
 
 
Christmas Eve service at Christ Church of Oak Brook with family and friends. pic.twitter.com/D2WoxL5xkw
 
 
For all who celebrate…hope Santa brings us more hope, love, joy and peace! pic.twitter.com/NlYfrUHs8P
 
 
CARBONDALE — It’s that time of year when many people are thinking about making a New Years resolution. And if you put “stop smoking” on that list, a local business owner claims he has just the answer.
 
 
By Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune reporter. 5:15 p.m. CST, December 24, 2013. In a world where beefy Big Macs and Whoppers still rule, high school …
 
 
The new law sets a goal of collecting 15,500 thermostats in the first year, … The legislation joins California, Rhode Island and Illinois laws requiring …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has been a longtime supporter for term limits, but still hasn’t committed to one himself. Quinn says he’s not presuming a win in his 2014 re-election run, and he’s taking it one term at a time. He added it’s important to first approve an amendment so it’s fair for all elected officials, and he still believes in term limits for executive officials and legislators. …
 
 
Lake County: Waukegan must manage school traffic issues http://bit.ly/1e9FxOB 
 
 
Illinois residents will see more than 200 new laws take effect on January 1, 2014. According to Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) lawmakers approved measures addressing issues such as litter, cell phone usage, state hiring, and public safety.
 
 
MARION — Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, a candidate for governor, will join Williamson County Republicans for breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ryan’s Steak House, 2706 Walton Way, Marion.
 
 
It’s clear that in the new year, the race for the GOP nomination for governor will get much more intense. And there’s a recent indication that some of that …
 
 
Illinois ‘puppy lemon law’ to take effect next weekKMOV.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 …
 
 
GIFFORD — State officials are being urged to extend a property tax exemption to commercial property as well as residential property affected by natural disasters. A Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption law was approved last year by the Legislature in response to damaging tornadoes in southern Illinois. read more
 
 
On Friday, I hosted a Vets forum in @HanoverParkIL. Great to meet so many Vets! pic.twitter.com/NFmnQdnD52
 
 
Year in Review – July 3: Reducing VA Claims Backlog. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/P5KPivjkD6
 
 
Wishing a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to #IL05! Thanks for letting me represent you this year. pic.twitter.com/C7dWXzVO2q
 
 
I am passionate about helping others succeed. #WomenInBusiness #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig
 
 
In 1870, our country set aside a national holiday to commemorate the birth of Jesus. MORE: https://www.facebook.com/BalkemaForCongress/posts/660674457326412 … pic.twitter.com/x8f1TsfuUy
 
 
Beautifully written Christmas Eve column from @John_Kass. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-kass-met-1224-20131224,0,805889.column …
 
 
I work hard to ensure that others succeed and have access to needed resources. #WomenInCongress #Insurance #SmallBusiness
 
 
Picking up a few last minute gifts? You’re not alone. Drive safely. http://ow.ly/rXFEl 
 
 
Here’s hoping you and yours enjoy a wonderful holiday season! Thank you all for your support! Randall Olsen… http://fb.me/2VQWFlEqI 
 
 
Christmas is magical http://fb.me/2O3u7QoV2 
 
 
What schedule and structure do you live your life by? Do you like it? Does it work for you? #HealthyLiving
 
 
Yesterday stopped by the press corp in Capitol & found only 4 people working. The rest must be taking time off. Well, we all deserve a break. It’s now Christmas Eve day and I am getting my tax returns ready to release to media. Soon taking a break and having family time this afternoon & tomorrow.
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful holiday!
 
 
(cont) and “The Bottom of the Well–Pts 1 & 2” @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com  . Click on Posts.
 
 
Have a great holiday! Don’t forget to enjoy my x-mas trilogy: “Christmas Brew”; “Your Prescription is Ready”; (cont)
 
 
Surround yourself with the right people.People going where you want to go. #ThinkgBig #SmallBusiness
 
 
Merry Christmas to all of my Carlinville CMS and CHS friends! You are all definitely on Santa’s “nice” list!
 
 
Caroline and I are making Christmas cupcakes for the family today. We hope they turned out okay! pic.twitter.com/5YHbQSkpfA
 
 
Are you living a life of passion, love and wonder? #ThinkBig #SuperYay
 
 
Research shows that kids crave structure and thrive on scheduling. #Education #Family #Twins
 
 
For Shaun Livingston, the story was about home … “In 10-15 seconds, their place was gone.” Tammy Ammerman didn’t have a basement, so she and daughter Haven were forced to hide under a little table. Her two sons weren’t at home, but safe.
 
 
State Rep. Marty Moylan will hold satellite constituent service office hours in January in Elk Grove Village, where residents can come with questions or opinions on state issues.
 
 
Fitch Ratings has affirmed an AA+ bond rating for Will County based upon key rating drivers such as healthy financial reserves, a robust regional economy and manageable long-term liabilities, according to a news release from the county.
 
 
ST. JOSEPH — With less than two minutes remaining in the first half of The Leader Classic’s third-place contest and Paxton-Buckley-Loda leading Fisher 20-12, the lights went out at St. Joseph-Ogden High School. read more
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has unveiled a task force of local labor, business, government and community leaders to look at the impacts of the closing of 72 Dominick’s stores in the Chicago area.
 
 
I support @rosenberg103 to represent IL103rd #twil pic.twitter.com/zxDEb8j5bp
 
 
#job Program Supervisor – Metropolitan Family Services #Chicago #IL http://metrochicagojobs.com/j/5675232  #jobs
 
 
The #Obamacare deadline was extended through today to get January coverage: http://cnnmon.ie/1ezDgRr  #NewDay
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Fixing Springfield streets, holiday travel, are O’Hanlon’s friends right… http://goo.gl/fb/EwMN9 
 
 
Tune in today 2p-6p, @wlsam890. I am excited about co-hosting with Lauren @cohntv. Call in, 312-591-5900!
 
 
Rep. Welch Honors the Life and Bravery of Officer Temo Estrada! Commends Bellwood Police! http://conta.cc/JWP6qQ  via #constantcontact
 
 
Who’s been on Santa’s Naughty List this Christmas? ONE DAY LEFT to cast your vote by sending some coal: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn 
 
 
Who’s been on Santa’s Naughty List this Christmas? ONE DAY LEFT to cast your vote by sending some coal: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn 
 
 
What a way to spend Christmas Eve day, getting tax forms ready to release to media? Family time this afternoon & tomorrow.
 
 
On Friday, I hosted a Vets forum in @HanoverParkIL. Great to meet so many Vets! pic.twitter.com/NFmnQdnD52
 
 
Wishing a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to #IL05! Thanks for letting me represent you this year. pic.twitter.com/C7dWXzVO2q
 
 
Year in Review – July 3: Reducing VA Claims Backlog. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/P5KPivjkD6
 
 
Gubernatorial candidate Treasurer Dan Rutherford will be at the Grecian in Pinckneyville at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27.
 
 
Have a Merry Christmas and stay warm! The temperature is almost as negative as the finances of Illinois! #Wozniak71
 
 
Remembering the 3 progressive female leaders Illinois lost in the past year: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-women-legal-leaders-met-20131223,0,6742253.story … #trailblazers #illinois
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody. I hope you are able to spend the time with family and friends…. http://fb.me/6SZLrpjJJ 
 
 
“This Day” -Merry Christmas! Read more Here! http://www.votemccarter.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=385 … http://fb.me/2Ad6sSPHA 
 
 
The AlphaGraphics Lisle Daily is out! http://paper.li/AG221LisleIL/1319472250 … Stories via @RonSandack @JenPetersen_316
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township swearing in ceremony. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190580471093261&set=a.190579281093380.1073741826.100004239271728&type=3&theater … http://ow.ly/i/3m20m 
 
 
@RonSandack You are in a position to pass legislation against such an abomination, aren’t you?
 
 
Really hoping Honda is just messing with us with those Michael Bolton commercials.
 
 
Three Cicero residents guard a candidate’s headquarters against mobsters during the 1924 election. pic.twitter.com/hICPrTJPIh
 
 
Flu activity builds in Illinois – http://shawurl.com/x8a 
 
 
DNR’s solution to kill deer called ‘sad’ – http://shawurl.com/x8c 
 
 
Happy Holidays! Our office will be closed this afternoon and tomorrow, December 25th.
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Medicaid Surrender http://goo.gl/fb/926v9 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Brady and Rodriguez Families! http://eepurl.com/LokvD 
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/S9evEEy0 
 
 
Cusack family home in Evanston sold for $940,000 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cusack-family-home-in-evanston-sold-for-940000-20131224,0,1952468.story?track=rss …
 
 
Editorial: What Christmas says in Chicago http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24561886-474/what-christmas-says-in-chicago.html …
 
 
Gas prices are rising just before Christmas http://wlds.com/?p=4226 
 
 
Jobless benefits extension finds support in poll http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-12-24/jobless-benefits-extension-finds-support-poll.html … via @news_gazette
 
 
Kifowit-Backed Bills to Offer Greater Protection for Domestic Violence Victims …Chicago TribuneTwo measures sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and aimed at protecting women and children from domestic violence will take effect on January 1. “I am committed to working collaboratively with law enforcement, community groups, and …
 
 
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
 
 
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  
 
 
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Thursday, December 26 until sunset, Saturday, December 28, 2013.
 
 
1 DAY TO GO: Which liberal do you think is at the top of Santa’s NAUGHTY LIST? Let us know your thoughts by sending them a lump of coal this Christmas. For every piece you send we’ll donate $1 to The Salvation Army! Let’s see who gets the biggest pile of coal Christmas morning!Which Liberal Will You Send A Lump Of Coal?www.dillardtracy.comWho’s been on Santa’s Naughty list this year? Cast your vot
 
 
The Holiday season is all about spending quality time with your family and friends. On behalf of the Hardiman Family, I would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas.
 
 
Yesterday stopped by the press corp in Capitol & found only 4 people working. The rest must be taking time off. Well, we all deserve a break. It’s now Christmas Eve day and I am getting my tax returns ready to release to media. Soon taking a break and having family time this afternoon & tomorrow.
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful holiday!
 
 
 
 
Wishing you all a Christmas filled with love and joy!
 
 
 
 
Little known fact: Hardrock drove the sleigh, working his through a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, eventually becoming the CEO of a worldwide operation of cafes, hotels, and casinos that bear his name. Joe was promoted to driver.Hardrock, Coco, and Joewww.youtube.comThe best Christmas video ever!!
 
 
So fortunate to have had “women that were made of steel” forging trails.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-women-legal-leaders-met-20131223,0,6742253.storyIllinois has lost 3 progressive female leaders in past yearwww.chicagotribune.com— This month marks one year since the death of Mary Lee Leahy, one of three progressive women who broke gender barriers in politics, gov
 
 
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
 
 
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a wondrous New Year in 2014! From our family to yours – Keith
 
 
 
 
 
Please enjoy a safe, warm and Merry Christmas!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township swearing in ceremony.Calumet Township’s PhotosAt <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calumet-Township/184230358313915?ref=stream&amp;viewer_id=0&#8243; data-ft=”{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;P&quot;}” data-hovercard=”/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=184230358313915&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_
 
 
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Seasons Greetings, Dave Luechtefeld & Staff
 
 
Merry Christmas and warm wishes for a very happy holiday season!
 
 
“State Sen. John Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the law, said witnessing several near-accidents during trips to Springfield convinced him that “hands on the wheel and eyes on the road are the way to go.” While he says the law won’t eliminate distractions, he hopes it’ll cut down on accidents.”SPRINGFIELD, Ill.: Cellphone law new challenge for drivers in 2014 – Technol
 
 
Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year
 
 
Christmas at my Dad’s side.
 
 
We are grateful for the participation of all four of our state senators and representatives, senators Don Harmon and Kimberly Lightford and representatives La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly. We are also especially thankful for the community members who asked …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Offices of the Illinois Secretary of State and driver services facilities will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to observe the Christmas holiday. Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is reminding residents of the closures. The …
 
 
SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois priest is showcasing his mini … Wolford says most of the buildings have been given to him as gifts.
 
 
The State Journal-Register’s favorite images of 2013The State Journal-RegisterOf the thousands of pictures that appeared on our newspaper and web pages over the past 12 months, these are some of The State Journal-Register photo department’s favorites. Posted Dec. 24, 2013. « Linda Bowen adjusts her hat as she waits to cross …
 
 
The Illinois State Police say paper applications for concealed carry permits will ….. Pay It Forward… because sometimes people need a little extra help.
 
 
… the day Quinn pronounced as “Downers Grove North High School Day in Illinois” in honor of Anne Wagner’s bravery and her classmates’ passion to …
 
 
Caterpillar digs up big export win [Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill. :: ]BusinessweekDec. 22–DECATUR — After a grindingly tough year for Caterpillar Inc. comes a very nice early Christmas gift: the U.S. Export-Import Bank has signed off on a more than $694 million loan deal that will allow Australian miners to buy boatloads of CAT …
 
 
Are you a new mom with an old Lemonheads t-shirt? The map below shows where you can find other new moms of your generation.
 
 
By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer. CHICAGO (AP) – The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government’s health care website arrived …
 
 
A Chicago blogger has put together a useful and fascinating interactive map for tracking average teacher pay by state since 1970. You can even adjust the figures for inflation. Highly recommended.
 
 
There are no other races for the superintendent’s position in other regional offices of education in The Pantagraph area. Others regional …
 
 
Matyas, who is the son-in-law of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Costello have denied all accusations of improper behavior, according …
 
 
Chuck Hagel to support a bid by the University of Illinois and its partners for a … and the White House to transform the face of American manufacturing.
 
 
EAST PEORIA — John Anderson compares bridges to carnival rides. Anderson is the Tazewell County Highway Department engineer. “Think about …
 
 
Don’t be that guy, warns a New Lenox YouTube video.
 
 
A plan for an Albany Park Walgreens is under fire from Ald. Deb Mell and community members, largely because of driveway and parking lot …
 
 
CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has announced 14 appointments to state boards and commissions, including a son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the …
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is among those last-minute holiday shoppers. The Chicago Democrat told The Associated Press on Christmas …
 
 
CHICAGO — Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date as far back as 1971. The Democratic governor …
 
 
CHICAGO – The city renown for its political corruption has launched a 10-week pilot program to help control the city’s rat population — the rodent kind. To accomplish this, the infamously crooked Chicago streets and sanitation dispatches a rodent baiting…
 
 
Not a single state in the Union closed its offices for Christmas on December 25 in 1834 … The Lincoln family never had a White House tree and sent no Christmas cards. Nobody was much shocked by these omissions. The public Christmas as …
 
 
Preliminary estimates show it could cost $43 million to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to Lake Zurich, where officials say more discussion is needed before deciding whether to attempt to move from deep wells. “We have to get to a point where we trust the numbers on both sides,” Mayor Thomas Poynton said. “We’ve got a lot more digging to do.”
 
 
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say a man working at a suburban Chicago business was injured after more than two tons of sheet metal fell on his …
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