Today’s headlines — Friday, Dec. 27

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
 
 
 
After typically going in their own varied directions most of the year, the chief executives of metropolitan Chicago’s seven counties did something that’s almost unheard of shortly before Christmas. They got together with top city and other regional officials to talk about cooperating in the name of economic development.The unpublicized session was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where
 
 
Remember the column I wrote last month about how Chicago Transit Authority pension fund adviser Larry Gray is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and resigned under fire as a consultant to Atlanta’s largest pension fund? At that point, the CTA, its pension fund and the union that represents CTA workers didn’t seem very concerned about the matter, with all of them say
 
 
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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is hoping next year will bring more cooperation in Congress.  Durbin is encouraged by the agreement reached on the budget, but can’t say whether that will translate into legislators passing the farm bill and compre…
 
 
Be ready for the student in your house to be talking about PARCC and not ISAT.  Illinois is moving to what’s billed as a better indicator of readiness, the multi-state Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers test.  “PARCC i…
 
 
A week ago today, a Hiawatha School District 426 bus carrying 22 students skidded off an icy Malta Road and went into a ditch.
 
 
Every year near the Christmas holidays we endure the “silly season” of news stories from the current year (in case we have forgotten), and predictions for the New Year. I started making predictions back in 1988 when
 
 
Illinois should look to other states that have adopted a more fair redistricting process, a Daily Herald editorial says.
 
 
Saturday will mark the end of an era in Chicagoland, as 57 Dominick’s stores across the area close their doors for the last time.
 
 
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be taking to the theatrical stage.
 
 
 
Public Policy Polling survey indicates @RutherfordDan only GOP candidate expected to defeat Governor Quinn http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/11/quinns-numbers-up-but-still-in-perilous-shape.html … #twill
 
 
Outline of laws taking effect January 1, 2014. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Sims-outlines-new-laws-taking-effect-January-1–2014.html?soid=1114104712902&aid=ZdMVxEW6hsw …
 
 
 
#GoHuskies
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/19kFcpv 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1cs973m 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1cs95sh 
 
 
Illinois’ new concealed-carry gun law is “a Byzantine maze.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-guns-concealed-carry-law-20131227,0,400180.story …
 
 
 
Illinois’ gun transfer law starts Weds., but key details of the new process have yet to be announced. http://bit.ly/1cVb2K6 
 
 
WICS: Doctors Warn Cases of Whooping Cough on the Rise Among Adults http://bit.ly/19mkyIv 
 
 
Traffic fatalities are slightly up in Illinois from 2012. LSCO has seen 12 traffic crashes involving fatalities, BUCO with 5 and PUCO with 1
 
 
Illinois has something else to worry about-people are moving out in droves. Numbers from a new study coming up at 6 on KMOX. @kmoxnews
 
 
IL.Treasurer Dan Rutherford on the air at 7:20 this morning. Dan will be visiting Marion and Carbondale Saturday.
 
 
Indiana Prairie Farmer – Found 1 hour agoThe governors are part of the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition and sent … Pat Quinn, made a direct request to the EPA to reconsider the proposed Governors group urges administration to reconsider proposed … – Big News Network Explore All
 
 
DeWitt County Sheriff Reminds Drivers of 2014 Cell Phone Law New legislation makes its way into the Illinois law books every year and 2014’s new laws will affect cell phones in the car. Drivers will no longer be allowed to use hand-held cell phones …DeWitt County Sheriff Reminds Drivers of 2014 Cell Phone Law
 
 
State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, talks about new Illinois laws going into effect Jan. 1. http://ow.ly/s1XahState Rep. Frank Mautino on new Illinois lawswww.ottawaradio.netThe speed limit is changing on all rural Illinois interstates on January 1 Spring Valley Democratic State Rep Frank Mautino talked about the bill…
 
 
 
Mother always said it was darkest just before dawn. When it comes to the state of Illinois, I cannot yet see the sun or its penumbra from beneath the …
 
 
 
Alton Daily NewsCar Leasing Law To Be ConsideredAlton Daily NewsA bill being considered in the Illinois House could lower the tax on leasing a car. Unlike most states, if you lease a car in Illinois, you have to pay tax on the full purchase price. Under the proposal sponsored by state Rep. Mike Zalewski (D …
 
 
The influence of the unions – particularly the Illinois Education Association – within … The board’s president is the state superintendent for education.
 
 
Letter: Illinois law needed to address knockout gameThe State Journal-RegisterI consider state Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat, among the gutsiest legislators in Illinois, and I wish others had his tenacity. I plan to see him to discuss introducing legislation to change and strengthen criminal law. I’ve talked to various levels …
 
 
Most people who use Twitter probably have experienced tweet regret: That tweet you thought was funny but crossed the line. The ornery tweet …
 
 
Illinois still accepting comment on tough fracking rulesAkron Beacon Journal (blog)There were also complaints that the time line for public input was compressed. Proponents have said fracking will benefit the local economies and create thousands of jobs. Republican state Rep. Don Moffitt of Gilson is a member of the legislative panel.
 
 
Newsmakers: Jim OberweisKane County ChronicleIn January 2013, he began to question Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady’s open support of same-sex marriage. Brady, of St. Charles, resigned in May, stating that he had other professional goals he hoped to accomplish and said he wanted to focus on his …
 
 
Chicago’s victory in the contest for Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s new headquarters confirms we have everything a big company needs in a corporate …
 
 
Illinois State Treasurer, candidate for Illinois Governor, Dan Rutherford will be in Vienna Saturday afternoon, December 28. Rutherford is expected to …
 
 
At least one Illinois resident has joined those suing Target after the retail giant disclosed hackers stole millions of … Copyright Associated Press.
 
 
This article was written by a reporter from The State Journal-Register’s content partner, the Better Government Association, an independent and …
 
 
Pat Quinn in November? And can the party claim the governor’s mansion for the first time in more than a decade? The one sure thing: The election is …
 
 
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/1h023P2 ) Alex Wellman of Bloomington won the U.S. Figure Skating sectionals in Michigan last …
 
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington has received a website transparency score of 77.2 percent in a review by the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank.
 
 
Satellite TV providers increasing prices next year http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/2013/12/26/satellite-tv-prices-2014-directv-dish-network/4211451/ … #ksdk
 
 
While applauding Illinois lawmakers for reaching the political and legal milestone of allowing same-sex couples to marry, the advocates say the legal …
 
 
As of Jan. 5, concealed carry promises steep learning curve http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-guns-concealed-carry-law-20131227,0,400180.story … Trib’s Dahleen Glanton … #twill
 
 
GENEVA—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently announced that he is now accepting applications for spring 2014 semester internships in both his Washington, D.C. and Geneva offices. The position is unpaid and will run approximately …
 
 
Terrence Goggin, who filed to run as a Republican against Democratic powerbroker Mike Madigan, suddenly dropped out of the race Thursday.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Costumes, furniture and other props used in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film “Lincoln” are set to go on display in Springfield next month. The items will be featured in an exhibit that opens Jan. 17 at Union Station, across the street …
 
 
Just knocked on Goggin’s door to ask why he suddenly dropped out of race vs Madigan. Shockingly, no one answered.
 
 
CONFIRMED: President of Dynachem shot by employee. Sheriff says employee then shot and killed himself.
 
 
A new Illinois law will take effect on January 1st, aimed at cracking down on construction employees who mis-classify employees as independent contractors.But it could also affect many small sub-contractors, who can’t afford to pay workers compensation and employment taxes on themselves. …
 
 
Celebrity foundations often strike outYou wouldn’t expect a certified public accountant to be able to hit a 90-mph fastball. But you might expect a Cubs slugger to be able to start and oversee a foundation.
 
 
State medical disciplinary board will have to be notified if resident leaves early; move comes after doctor charged with 4 killingsMedical residency program officials soon will be required to tell the state disciplinary board when residents fail to complete their training, according to legislation that will go into effect Monday.
 
 
Motorists should buckle up and prepare for a volatile year at the gas pump, some analysts say.
 
 
Jeremiah Muhamad took off running after Joliet police saw him lose control of the stolen car while making a U-turn, Capt. Tab Jensen said.
 
 
The Tribune also discovered thousands of government vehicles and school buses go thru red light cameras. http://bit.ly/19OibyS 
 
 
The Tribune examined a lot of city red light camera data. Here’s our story on the worst offenders. http://bit.ly/1eGr8y4 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $438,000 for a waterproofing project at the Howlett Building in Springfield, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced capital investments of more than $42.5 million for the Halsted and West Harrison Street Bridge canopy and new approaches, part of the ongoing work on the $475 million Circle Interchange construction project in Chicago. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
AURORA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $9.7 million for a bridge replacement project in Aurora, part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD¬ – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $629,000 in state investments in central Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and bolster the state’s infrastructure while improving health and safety in Illinois.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD¬—Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1.2 million in state investments in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and bolster the state’s infrastructure while improving health and safety in Il
 
 
SPRINGFIELD¬ – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $299,000 in state investments in northern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and bolster the state’s infrastructure while improving health and safety in Illinois.
 
 
More than $15.3 million in state funding will pay for bridge repairs and resurfacing along Interstate 64 from 18th Street to Route 111 in Washington Park … “Our investment will make travel through the metro-east area safer and more efficient …
 
 
An Affordable Care Act navigator in Illinois Bureau helps a woman shop for … But on the other hand, fix health-care inflation and you’ve fixed the …
 
 
The GateHouse quarterly project this year is on the condition of bridges in central Illinois.Engineers: Bridges need more moneywww.washingtontimesreporter.comThe deteriorating state of bridges all comes down to money, said Mercer County engineer Jimmy L. Samaniego. Like many regional engineers, Samaniego claims the lack of adequate budgets for bridge work is putting more strain on an already-suffe
 
 
Filling in for @roeconn @richardroeper with @comptopinka 2-5 @wlsam890.
 
 
Co-hosting @wlsam890 with my friend @CohnTV today! Click here and listen in folks: http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/citadel/?sid=1044&nid=2920 … pic.twitter.com/3kyDKEccYG
 
 
“For today we’re just happy that we in the Chicago Republican Party have removed this fake candidate from the ballot and that we can move forward …
 
 
(AP) — More money has been approved to redo Chicago’s Circle Interchange.
 
 
VILLA PARK – A Route 83 bridge that crosses Salt Creek in Villa Park will be repaired using more than $400,00o in state funding.
 
 
President & Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Debra Birnbaum joined Dave Plier to talk about the Top 20 T.V. shows of the year. What were your favorite T.V. shows?Dave Plier: TV Guide’s Cheers & Jeers 2013wgnradio.comDave visits with Debra Birnbaum, President & Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide about the Top 20 shows of the year including Homeland, The Blacklist and Veep, plus their annual Cheers’
 
 
Our editorial: Flash back three years ago, when federal transportation authorities awarded Iowa and Illinois a $230 million grant to study Chicago through Iowa rail service. Shortly after, Iowa DOT officials abandoned the Q-C to Iowa City portion, choosing instead to spend the federal money studying another interstate route. Read the editorial at http://qctim.es/1dbiLYeIowa slams door on Amtrakqct
 
 
When announcing the scores for Skokie and other Illinois communities this month, the Illinois Policy Institute concluded that “Skokie residents have …
 
 
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved 10 new construction contracts and four engineering contracts totaling $105.3 million, including $93.3 million for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project.Appro
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure extending the time period to protect homeowners from losing their home to foreclosure while seeking federal assistance to modify their mortgages.    
 
 
#ILPension reform and the #Jacksons’ downfall among top #2013 stories—->http://ow.ly/s4Dsp  #twILL #ILnews
 
 
Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Struggling Homeowners http://buff.ly/K71ftp…pleased … to sponsor in the House.
 
 
Co-hosting @wlsam890 with my friend @CohnTV today! Click here and listen in folks: http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/citadel/?sid=1044&nid=2920 … pic.twitter.com/3kyDKEccYG
 
 
BREAKING NEWS: We have received a report of a shooting at a chemical plant between Georgetown and Westville.BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shots fired at DynaChemwww.commercial-news.comVermilion County police are investigating reports of a shooting at DynaChem between Georgetown and Westville. More information will be available as s
 
 
The holidays are winding down, but some area plumbers are just getting to work thanks to damage done during the celebrations.
 
 
Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.
 
 
Schock: Leaders on both sides of the aisle are too concerned about their ideological bases. http://ow.ly/s19EGSchock: Leaders too concerned about their ideological baseswww.ottawaradio.netThe leadership of the Congressional Future Caucus say theyre out to reduce partisanship in Congress Illinois Republican Aaron Schock and Hawaii…
 
 
Governor’s Christmas joy: Betsy’s back!Chicago Sun-TimesPat Quinn’s caramel-colored leather briefcase, which he has been dragging around for more than three decades! In recent months, several of the governor’s aides have commented that Betsy, stuffed to the brim with Quinn’s “special” files, “could be on …
 
 
Belleville: BND wants to know what you think of the new cellphone ban http://bit.ly/1cBWoNd 
 
 
Governor announces $20.8 million for reconstruction of Route 20 Bypass bridges http://rockrivertimes.com/happening-now/2013/12/26/governor-announces-20-8-million-for-reconstruction-of-route-20-bypass-bridges/ …
 
 
Gov. Quinn just announced plans to replace I-57 bridges over Kankakee River for $19.3 million.
 
 
Edgar County WatchdogsCity of Centralia Terminates Recreation Dept. Director –Edgar County WatchdogsHe also had cable television installed, at city expense, for the friend. While this may seem trivial to some readers, it is a clear violation of Article VIII, Section 1 (a) of the Illinois Constitution which reads: “Public funds, property or credit …
 
 
(AP) — Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven’t stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys…
 
 
As your congressman, I will lead the way when it comes to spending less & create a path to balance the budget. MORE: https://www.facebook.com/BalkemaForCongress/posts/661619453898579 …
 
 
What is your biggest political goal for 2014?
 
 
I am honored and pleased to officially be endorsed by @progressivekick! Thanks for all your support. #IL13 #CCDems14
 
 
Great time with family and friends, now back to the campaign! Planning the mid January tour of the district.
 
 
A new CNN poll released today reveals that 2/3rd of Americans think this is the “worst Congress ever”. In… http://fb.me/2TwVJ1bHv 
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a number of key appointments to the state’s boards and commissions. Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 38 and denied 129 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.
 
 
BERWYN – Governor Pat Quinn spent Christmas Day with more than 100 servicemembers from the Great Lakes Naval Base at the City of Berwyn’s eighth annual “Christmas Day with the Sailors.” Governor Quinn was joined by Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero for a traditional holiday meal and presented awards to those who made the event possible.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Quinn announced more than $438,000 in state money to waterproof the Howlett Building in Springfield.The project will address water drainage and infiltration concerns on the north plaza
 
 
Fifty students will travel to Washington, IL, on Dec. 27 to volunteer at a distribution center.
 
 
In 1960, this beach was the site of ‘wade ins’, which protested the segregation of Chicago beaches #12DoD http://ow.ly/i/47IOD 
 
 
Year in Review – Aug. 14: Helping Vets Find Jobs. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013 
 
 
Here is that link to the information about the NPD’s public auction on January 4.
 
 
The Normal Police Department will hold a public auction on January 4 from 10am-6pm at the Neighborhood Auction House located at 705 E…
 
 
On at 11:05am today to talk about what’s going on this year in politics with Dave Plier on @WGNRadio. Listen: http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
Several inches of snow fell this day in ’39. Here is traffic on Monroe between Fourth and Fifth streets. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/tZY8BTtZqE
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1g41a4X 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1fJYGYz 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1fJYGYD 
 
 
Launched in 1979 to help needy families during the Christmas season in DuPage County, the Humanitarian Service Project provides to 150 …
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan ChallengerNBC Chicago (blog)When it comes to running a fake challenger against the powerful incumbent, it’s like the Mike Madigan organization doesn’t think it has to try very hard anymore. On Thursday, a hearing will take place at the Chicago Board of Elections over the validity …
 
 
A Cook County judge will allow hundreds of unincorporated Maine Township homeowners to proceed with a property damage lawsuit against Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge: http://bit.ly/1cr6r67
 
 
Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for him in his role because agriculture is the number one industry …
 
 
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–December 26, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect Illinois homeowners by preventing a lender from selling a home while the homeowner is applying for a federal mortgage assistance program. This legislation is part …
 
 
State Senator Plans to File ‘Merry Christmas’ Bill http://fb.me/2amtCKghx 
 
 
Will this apology make it easier to “stomach” the firings for these River North sandwich shop workers?A River North Sandwich Shop Is Apologizing To Some Of It’s Fired Employees! – 104.3 K-Hits Chicagokhitschicago.cbslocal.comRemember the story about how a River North sandwich shop fired all it’s employees just a few days before Christmas via email? Well, the owner of that company is apol
 
 
Schools soon won’t be able to request social media passwords from students:Social Media Privacy Rules Extended To Studentsnorthernpublicradio.orgA new Illinois law aims to protect internet privacy for students.
 
 
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ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
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ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1c8CTpa 
 
 
State of Illinois Signs Over Former Animal Disease Lab to Kaskaskia CollegeHerald PubsDr. Underwood also thanked State Representative John Cavaletto for his help in facilitating the transfer of the building. “This is the best possible outcome to a difficult situation,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “The decision to consolidate …
 
 
What are some of your old school punishments that are no longer in play, like soap in the mouth?
 
 
Slowly but surely, things seem to be looking up for McLean County residents with mental illness.
 
 
It may be winter break, but there are still dozens of students living at the University of Illinois.
 
 
 Editor’s note: In an interview with U of I News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora, finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown, who’s also the director of the Center for Business and Public
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn has ordered flags across the state lowered to half-staff today in honor of an Cook County sheriff’s investigator killed while off-duty last week. Cuahtemoc Estrada, 50, was fatally shot Friday night in west suburban Bellwood …