Today’s headlines — Sunday, Dec. 29

FRANKLIN COUNTY– Saturday has been the day that more than a million Americans have dreaded. Long-term unemployment benefits run out for 1.3 million people across the country.
The state of Illinois will provide $3.6 million to upgrade laboratories at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in suburban Chicago.
Meeting w/ members of the #BrookportIL community after touring some of the tornado damage. My prayers are with them.
In Southern IL again tonight & First Baptist Church of Raleigh (Saline) services tomorrow. #twill
Tomorrow I’m having a free meet & greet in #CarmiIL at the White County GOP HQ (108 Main St) from 1:45-2:45pm. #twill
I will also have a free meet & greet tomorrow (12/28) in #MtCarmelIL at Hogg Heaven BBQ Restaurant (411 W 9th St) from 3:30-4:30pm. #twill
In which @CarolMarin calls out @BruceRauner for ducking the press: …
Springfield-area residents: Health-care law’s long-term impact uncertain – Springfield, IL  #twill #ACA #ObamaCare
Campaign to sign up ‘young invincibles’ goes to the extreme – The Washington Post 
SIU to accept scholarship applications …
After a lifetime in politics, State Sen. Kirk Dillard never takes a single position on anything. He even appeared in an ad for Barack Obama AND endorsed John…
Illinois is the only state in the country that doesn’t allow concealed carry for weapons. But a new law is changing that. People are packing the classes in a rush to get their permit. In order to get that permit people have to take a sixteen hour class …
Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2013. There is 1 day left in the year.1863 — 150 years ago: The custom of issuing a New Year’s address has been discontinued by this office as it
The Lake County Jail is moving closer to getting out from under the federal consent decree that required changes at the jail.
A federal judge has let John Hinckley — who tried to kill President Reagan — out for a longer stretch every month from the hospital, but that doesn’t worry one of the men he shot. “Not in the slightest,” says Tim McCarthy, the former U.S. Secret Service agent who has been Orland Park’s police chief since 1994. “Maybe it should be the other way around . . . I’m still in law enforcement. I have n
What do you think Stephenson County can do to attract jobs in 2014?Year in Review: Local firms target unemployment ratewww.journalstandard.comFREEPORT – Stephenson County’s unemployment numbers hovered around 10 percent for the majority of 2013 but local leaders are hopeful that the job market will improve in 2014.
Chicago real estate icon dies at 98Chicago TribuneBy Jonathan Bullington Tribune reporter … John W. Baird, a prominent Chicago real estate developer who led his family’s Baird & Warner real estate company for decades, died Friday night in a Glenview hospice at age 98, according to a company release.
Region loses their own in 2013, while peace comes to SIU Board, Herrin …The SouthernDanny Coston of Carmi received 50 years in prison for murdering Jacob Wheeler, 22, and Jessica Evans, 17, in 2012. • Toren Stanley, 20, was shot and killed in March in Carbondale. … Marcus Marshall, who was convicted and sentenced in 2011 to 85 years …
Bridges aging across Illinois, nationCanton Daily LedgerIn a 10-county area in west-central Illinois, 282 bridges are deemed deficient, with 54 of those in Peoria County, 46 in Livingston County and 41 in Knox County. As a whole, the region accounts for roughly 8.1 percent of the state’s 2,311 deficient …
Transportation issues facing 2014 LegislatureWaterloo Cedar Falls CourierFew lawmakers dispute the Iowa Department of Transportation’s estimate of a $215 million annual backlog in critical infrastructure needs. But they haven’t mustered the votes to make a significant dent in it despite support from powerful lobbying groups …Road funding on the line for Iowa lawmakers
WBGZ Radio 12/29/2013. By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. Tio Hardiman Does Gov. Pat Quinn have a challenger in the Democratic primary?
Two outlet malls, a Hy-Vee supermarket and more hospital construction are on the schedule for 2014 in Springfield. The new year also should bring …
Anyone who drives a motor vehicle in Illinois will be impacted by a new state law that takes effect in just a few days. On Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, it …
The Republican candidates for governor all believe Democratic policies are to blame for Illinois’ unemployment rate. State Sen. Kirk Dillard …
U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK, R-Peoria, used a national platform last weekend to deliver a message that he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a “ripoff” …
Thank you for your great readership in 2013. It was a year that brought some content additions to The State Journal-Register and set the groundwork …
From the copper doors at the Statehouse to the shredding scandal that rocked Springfield city hall, 2013 was marked by a drumbeat of moments that …
The state of Illinois should not raise the minimum wage rate above its current level of $8.25 per hour. The federal government, however, might …
Initially, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the span into downtown Joliet would be shut for three weeks but the closure became …
The Michael Bolton-Honda commercials persist. Someone at Honda really hates Honda and must be trying to sink the… 
Celebration planned to mark Governor’s Hometown Award won by Barry YMCA. 
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Love it! “@AmandaVinicky: Can’t escape #Illinois’ elections…Need a campaign song, @KirkDillard?”
Who are the 25 longest-serving #Illinois lawmakers?—->  Before you click, who do you think is #1? #twILL
GENEVA – For the first time, news cameras were allowed inside Kane County courtrooms in 2013. The Kane County Chronicle was granted access for …
Meanwhile, bridges in Morton are mostly sound. sound in Mortonwww.mortontimesnews.comA strong part of Morton has always been the public works department. Besides managing the streets and pipes running through the city, director Craig Loudermilk said that the department also looks after 31 bridges and culverts in the village. The
There are hundreds of new laws that will become effective next year on Jan. 1. Here is a continued list of some of them that were enacted by the Illinois Legislature. A complete list can be found at Please take note and share …
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.
Hey Veterans. Air Force pilot and Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted to cut your benefits. In fact Vets were singled out for this cut.
I’m running for Congress to repeal Obamacare & replace it with free market concepts. 
School facilities sales tax goes into effect Wednesday in Henry CountyKewanee Star CourierThe United Township district could receive approximately $45,000 a year while the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico district could see $11,000 a year. The one-cent sales tax will be collected by the State of Illinois and then distributed to the school …
Two of the three eastbound (into Illinois) lanes of the J.B. Bridge will be closed this weekend for repairs. closures on JB Bridge this weekendfox2now.comST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Two of the three lanes on eastbound Interstate 255 on the JB Bridge will be closed this weekend. Starting Friday night at seven, only one lane of
As for Illinois’ new law, there are a few exceptions and perhaps even a loophole or two. Drivers still can talk on the phone and drive if they use …
Wheaton financial planner sends clients $100, asks them to spend it on helping …Daily JournalWHEATON, Illinois — Every Thanksgiving since 1984, independent financial adviser Terry Hannon of Wheaton has mailed her clients a holiday letter that thanks them for their business and explains how she made donations to charities in their names.
RT @DonWalkerJS: Sun-Times says Chicago will have lowest # of homicides since 1965. In #Milwaukee, homicides trended up slightly in 2013.
Thanks to the great Dominick’s employees who worked hard, fed their families, and now search for work. We are in your debt.
Lunchtime media availability today at Kiki’s Coffeehouse in #AnnaIL.
Marion stop & late breakfast at Mary Lou’s in Carbondale, greeting customers & working the grill. Going Deep South this afternoon #twill
LEMONT – U.S. senators Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wrote a joint letter asking U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to approve an Argonne National Laboratory project on mass transit safety, according to a news release from Kirk’s office.
OTTAWA — LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne has been named president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.
A tax credit for employers who hire veterans or ex-offenders expires next week.Tax credit for employers who hire veterans to expirewww.wjbc.comCongress will let a tax credit expire at the end of the year. It offered a credit of up to $9,600 to employers who hired veterans or ex-offenders. (Photo from WikiCommons/KathrinTausch)
ISU Asst. Professor resigns after faking AIDS Vaccine Results. Read the latest here:Federal Documents: ISU Asst. Professor Resigns After Faking AIDS Vaccine Results – CBS St. Louisstlouis.cbslocal.comAn assistant professor involved in AIDS vaccine research at Iowa State University has resigned after an investigation showed that he made the medication appear more effective than it actually was.
Cook County Clerk David will preside over the first Cook County marriage of 2014, at about 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. A tradition for more than 20 years, Orr marries the couple who get the first marriage license of the year, who also get gifts donated by local businesses.
Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher tested his acting chops on stage Friday night. Urlacher is appeared in the Goodman Theatre production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ It’s a one-night only performance, part of the theatre’s annual Make-a-Wish night. He is appearing with 17-year-old Kenneth Schumacher who suffers from a heart condition. Other athletes participating in the past include Scottie Pippen, Bob
Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president. Yet in the search for a home for…
The Grayville City Council and the Grayville School Board are working hand in hand to land a “Safe Routes to School” grant for over $170,000.
It was a fantastic, memorable run. There were no disappointments — the ones Chicago sports fans have come to expect. The Bears, believe it or not, …
State Farm Center Receives $5 Million Donation … University of Illinois alum John Guiliani has secured naming rights for the State Farm Center’s …
At the Williamson County GOP meeting this morning in #Marion.
Olson: Rutherford a practical candidate with a planDekalb Daily ChronicleOn how he would get along as governor with the state House and Senate solidly controlled by Democrats, Rutherford said he will work with the two leaders rather than antagonize and try to force them into things the way former Gov. … On jobs …
He was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2002, following a 10-year term in the House of Representatives where he served as assistant Republican …
DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba is reminding residents of new traffic laws being put in place starting Jan. 1 aimed at reducing crashes and distracted driving, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Hey Veterans. Air Force pilot and Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted to cut your benefits. In fact Vets were singled out for this cut.
I’m running for Congress to repeal Obamacare & replace it with free market concepts. 
We can’t keep spending what we don’t have… 
At the Williamson County GOP meeting this morning in #Marion.
W/ Marilyn Martin, owner of Mary Lou’s Grill in #Carbondale, where I held a media avail this morning.
Bruce Rauner dodges news media as he runs for gov. @CarolMarin column …
A light bomber lifts off from Route 66 bypass (Dirksen Pkwy), Dec. 30, ’42. It needed emergency repair. #spihistory
2014 ushers in new state laws on issues from medical marijuana to tanning beds 
There will be other lawsuits too. RT @Ward_Room: Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law 
Since last night’s mess with @southwestair, I now have 6 different confirmation numbers and no faith I’m actually getting on a plane.
Quinn: Concealed carry panel board named,0,6341954.story … #twill
Feels like the third Saturday this week. Breaks are nice but things feel so disjointed.
Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger … via @ward_room
During the Cold War, this location was home to part of the Nike Hercules missile defense system #12DoD 
Year in Review – Sep. 18: Inspired to #NeverGiveUp. Share your own stories using #My2013.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit over the chemical plant explosion at Blue Island Phenol in Alsip in unincorporated Cook County.
The map below is a snapshot of what section of town has the most carpoolers.
Illinois has some of the top universities and colleges in the country. Leaders at these fine institutions must make pretty good money. We wondered how much. You’ll find the answers here.
State Rep. Carol Sente’s ‘Cell Phones for Soliders Drive’ a a success
Are you looking forward to the Kidzeum? The second phase of its capital campaign, “Vital for Our Youth 2.0,” is underway.Springfield’s Kidzeum closing in on $6.5 million funding blueprints are drawn, the floor plan laid out and a color scheme is set.Now, all Kidzeum needs to become an interactive destination for kids and their parents to learn about science is the rem
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, candidate for Illinois Governor in 2014, will be in Carmi at the White County Republican Headquarters on Main Street from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.
At the Williamson County GOP meeting this morning in #Marion.
With Marilyn Martin, owner of Mary Lou’s Grill in Carbondale. I held a media availability there this morning as part of my Southern Illinois tour.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced appointments to the state’s Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. Today’s appointments fill each of the board’s seven positions and will continue the state’s implementation of the law.
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today announced that the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) provided more than $471 million in financing this year to make 5,000 quality affordable rental homes available to working families, seniors and people with disabilities. Since Governor Quinn took office, IHDA has provided $2.2 billion in financing to build or preserve more than 19,600 affordable apartme
Defy the odds. Push the body count lower in 2014 and beyond.Only in Chicago, where murder is a macabre civic pathology and an almost daily habit, would the slaughter of more than 400 people in 2013 be cause for relief. But with the 503 killings of 2012 still haunting the city, this year’s 4TK through Dec. 26 is an improvement. Context, though, counts: These two years flank by nearly equal margins
It won’t be long before voters will be hearing nasty advertisements on radio and television, the prelude to Republican and Democratic voters selecting party nominees for the November 2014 election. The days left in 2013 are dwindling down to a precious few. By this time next week, it’ll be 2014. A new year is generally perceived as a hopeful sign. It signals a light at the end of the tunnel,
The following is a press release from the office of State Representative Carol Sente regarding her Holida Cell Phones for Soliders Drive. Read on for details. VERNON HILLS, Ill. – State Representative Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, announced …