Today’s headlines — Thursday, Dec. 26

Quad Cities officials are eyeing a bid to bring a #Boeing factory, more than 8500 jobs to region http://bit.ly/18MGuOW 
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation and police throughout Illinois announced an all-out effort to take drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season.
 
 
In 2014, it’ll become illegal for people to hold a cell phone while driving, toss a cigarette butt out the window, and tan if they are under 18 years old. Matt Paprocki with the Illinois Policy Institute calls many of the state’s new laws…
 
 
On Dec.13, three judges in Chicago listened to an hour of oral arguments on the conviction of Blagojevich. Judge Frank Easterbrook interrupted prosecutors and asked tough questions about their case against the former governor. He cited the case of California Governor Earl Warren promising Dwight Eisenhower political support in exchange for an appointment to the Supreme Court should Eisenhower win
 
 
 
Congratulations to Champaign’s Dale Morrissey http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-12-24/governor-appoints-champaign-man-task-force.html … @cuDSC @GovernorQuinn @news_gazette #chambana #Illinois
 
 
Merry Christmas! I hope Santa was good to you all this year!
 
 
Can somebody tell me when the NBA jerseys morphed into bad junior high gym uniforms? @NBA @chicagobulls #NBAXmas #NBA
 
 
Important Christmas night reading: @lessig on #aaronswartz http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/aaron-swartz-obituary-101418.html … (or wait until tomorrow if the moment isn’t quite right)
 
 
Is it really free? Missed you cuz. @TommyCornelis: I just earned the ‘Land of the Free’ badge on @untappd! http://untp.it/1gXOPCf 
 
 
Watching the 03 Cubs documentary on @CSNChicago and had never heard the Thom Brenneman – MJ story. Fascinating stuff.
 
 
 
All bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts. (Illinois)
 
 
It is against the law to make faces at dogs. (Illinois)
 
 
Friend created “Illinois Political Survival Kit” Xmas present incl: Dramamine, Purel, Tylenol, Tums, book on Schadenfreude. What’s missing?
 
 
Illinois Rep. Introduces ‘Knockout Game’ Legislation http://cbsloc.al/19jJd0g 
 
 
Clinton Mayor Expresses Concerns of Hiring Police Chief Within Department The City of Clinton has been under the… http://fb.me/1BFULk194 
 
 
 
 
Editorial: Metra tries to change trainsChicago TribuneWill the dog lobby prevail in its campaign to allow pooches to ride the rails? … Among the claims the board wanted to keep quiet: Clifford said he’d rejected Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s requests to hire or promote Democratic foot soldiers.
 
 
The GED test will feature four sections instead of five: reasoning through … standards adopted in Illinois and most other states called Common Core.
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. Illinois 17-year-olds will be in juvenile court for most felonies, under a new law taking effect in the New Year.
 
 
ATRA has received funding from a “who’s who” of industry giants … Contrary to popular myth, few Americans file lawsuits. Consider the facts: A significant majority of cases in our courts today involve businesses suing other businesses and …
 
 
CHICAGO – Typically, being on a “D-list” is a bad thing, but not for a bird that has made Illinois a home. The peregrine falcon’s delisting as a federally endangered species is one of the biggest success stories of the Endangered Species Act …
 
 
Editor’s note: This is the final story in a two-part series on new laws set to be enacted in 2014. MT. VERNON — The state’s new medical marijuana law is set to go into effect Jan. 1, but it likely won’t be until next fall or winter that the legislation …
 
 
The release of the annual “Judicial Hellholes” report from the American Tort Reform Foundation once again paints a grim picture of Illinois. With three counties on the list of “Judicial Hellholes,” the Land of Lincoln has become the Land of Lawsuits.
 
 
 
Aging bridges emerging issueMorton Times-NewsWhile local agencies are responsible for a number of bridge inspections, Illinois Department of Public Transportation spokeswoman Paris Ervin says IDOT closely monitors inspections. She points out that 92 percent of Illinois’ 26,000 bridges are in …
 
 
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 will definitely want to vote on March 18, 2014, if you think it is time for a change in Springfield. That’s b
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — A decade ago this month, Kevin Stein was chosen for a daunting task: following two Pulitzer Prize winners, Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg, as the poet laureate of Illinois.Ten years later the Bradley University professor has put his own signature on a position that is unpaid but considered crucial to widening appreciation for the art form. He has created a s
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — A decade ago this month, Kevin Stein was chosen for a daunting task: following two Pulitzer Prize winners, Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg, as the poet laureate of Illinois.Ten years later the Bradley University professor has put his own signature on a position that is unpaid but considered crucial to widening appreciation for the art form. He has created a s
 
 
Rant by SIU hoops coach hit close to homeLake County News-Sun3) The same fans who are disappointed that Waukegan isn’t hosting the sectional are going to be looking for someone to blame, and sitting out there all along with no cover is brand new Waukegan High basketball coach Mike Wasielewski. The questions have …
 
 
Ethanol Producer MagazineDOE: Gas to outpace coal by 2040Charleston GazetteNatural gas will produce about 35 percent of total U.S. generation, compared to 32 percent for coal, in 2040, according to the department’s Energy Information Administration estimates. “Projected low prices for natural gas make it a very attractive …EIA updates state profiles, adds data on renewables
 
 
LOMBARD – “We’re all hoarders, you know,” my wife Joan explained to me after attending the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s annual meeting.The vets were practicing doing ultrasounds on dogs from the local animal shelter, and the doctors were quickly falling in love with the homeless canines.I’m sure I wasn’t the only veterinary spouse to hear: “Can we adopt one?”Animal doctors have
 
 
You don’t have dinner plans? No worries! Here’s a list of Chinese restaurants open in the area. – http://bit.ly/1cQgyxE
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and to yours. #twill
 
 
Wishing a very #MerryChristmas and #HappyHolidays to all!
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful day.
 
 
The BGA’s top 10 investigations of 2013 http://bit.ly/1jmSAmJ 
 
 
But barring a special need or health-issue McCown bears, hard to imagine Josh’d pass on what should be the most lucrative contract of his 10-yr NFL …
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Please keep those who are defending our country in your prayers! pic.twitter.com/dGKDBw8jar
 
 
Merry Christmas to all. Be safe and enjoy the holiday 🎄🎅❄️
 
 
“@NBUF: We must have unity in the community by any means necessary http://ow.ly/s3zSC “
 
 
To those celebrating today, a Merry Christmas and to everyone, a year filled with joy, love and happiness.
 
 
Happy Holidays!!
 
 
“Replacing these key bridges will make transportation safer and more efficient in north central Illinois,” Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a …
 
 
Bears mascot motivates Chicago Ridge kids to readSouthtownStarThe fuzzy fellow visited last month, and the reason for Staley’s visit was to motivate students to read by presenting them with Staley’s Tackle Reading Challenge, computer science teacher Mark Melka wrote in an email to the SouthtownStar. Students from …
 
 
State Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, is now building support for an amendment to the act to allow pediatric use. My hope is that with education through letters like this, residents can support a bipartisan coalition that will act quickly on the …
 
 
Were you waiting for a last-minute UPS or FedEx package that didn’t arrive today? There’s a reason for that..Weather Delays UPS and FedEx Christmas Deliverieswww.nbcchicago.comSanta’s sleigh didn’t make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.
 
 
The downstate district splits along partisan lines, and voters essentially handed a tie to President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Republican freshman Rep. Rodney Davis captured the seat in 2012 with one of the slimmest margins of the …
 
 
By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented a State of the County address to members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce at its Quarterly Breakfast Seminar, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. Joined by Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer, Preckwinkle emphasized the county’s central role in fostering pub
 
 
Illinois’ youngest state legislator … Organization Executive Director Jay Travis. But the 27-year-old incumbent — who is seeking a second term to represent the district including parts of Hyde Park, Kenwood, downtown and the South Side …
 
 
Unfortunately, Dillard-Tracy campaign engaged in poor taste politicking on Christmas Eve. @jiltracy: http://bit.ly/1clXSLn  #XmasSpirit
 
 
At 24 feet tall, this gold landmark is a replica originally built for the Columbian Exposition #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IMU 
 
 
A special day to reflect and appreciate. Merry Christmas.
 
 
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Rep. Chris Welch #constantcontact http://conta.cc/19h3Udx 
 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
 
 
Sheriff Dart Now Carrying Gun, After Death ThreatsCBS Local(CBS) – It is not unusual for a sheriff to be carrying a gun. In fact, it would be expected in some places. But when Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart recently started carrying one on his belt, it was a bit unusual. So WBBM’s Mike Krauser asked him about it …
 
 
#MerryChristmas to all who celebrate. My thoughts are with those protecting our country away from their families. pic.twitter.com/t8SN1QVMKZ
 
 
I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all those celebrating today.
 
 
At 24 feet tall, this gold landmark is a replica originally built for the Columbian Exposition #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IMU 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Senate Republican Caucus!
 
 
I’d like to clarify some of the confusion that Forum letter writer Richard Smith has about medical marijuana. While marijuana is still illegal federally, 20 states and Washington, D.C., allow for its medical use in various ways besides smoking. Before marijuana was made illegal in 1937 against the recommendation of the American Medical Association, it was one of the most widely prescribed medi
 
 
Last week’s vote by the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) to add the Illiana Expressway to their region’s long-range transportation plan was another critical step forward and an opportunity to continue the process to finance and build the proposed tollway as Illinois’ first public-private road partnership. Officials in Indiana and Illinois have now endorsed the need for a
 
 
You might be a journalist if you wait until Christmas morning to wrap presents. #deadline
 
 
Happy Holidays to all from the #Illini SAAC! Enjoy!
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family. http://ow.ly/rXFgk 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from our family!
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/JddMLI 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1a8egJw 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/JddN20 
 
 
Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Senate Republican Caucus!
 
 
#MerryChristmas to all who celebrate. My thoughts are with those protecting our country away from their families. pic.twitter.com/t8SN1QVMKZ
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all from Bob and his staff.
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1gWZm0q 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1gWZm0y 
 
 
A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.
 
 
Still in the early stages of his re-election campaign, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10, Lincolnshire) played to his base by speaking at a technology firm in Bannockburn on Dec. 18.
 
 
The Dillard family wishes you a very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Video: http://bit.ly/1cPKDgP  pic.twitter.com/254Jcm7qU1
 
 
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! http://fb.me/1bmfnwkBb 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: U.S. Rep. Jessie Sumner (R-Sheldon); her congressional career attracted… http://goo.gl/fb/Dhgfe 
 
 
SMITHTON — State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is inviting citizens to contact his constituent service office for assistance completing the electronic application for an Illinois Concealed Carry License which the Illinois State Police will begin …