Today’s headlines — Monday, Dec. 30

For all you smokers out there starting January 1st, you may face stiffer penalties if you don’t dispose of your cigarette butts in the trash.Right now there are already city ordinances in Springfield for those who litter with cigarettes. It’s a $25 fine. …
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1dkeKR8 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/1chkpTG 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/1dkeKRe 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1dkeKRi 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1chknv3 
 
 
ILGA — Public Acts by Effective Date.pdf http://ift.tt/1chkqa0 
 
 
Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation – Industry has come under fire for GMO’s, hormones, and inhumane … http://ow.ly/2CwxuM 
 
 
What do you think of Pat Quinn’s chances, at this moment, of winning the Democrats’ nomination and/or re-election next year?’I want to be a humble governor’: Pat Quinn touts 2013 efforts in bid to keep jobwww.rrstar.comCHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn enters the election year of 2014 on the heels of a number of state legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois’ $100 bi
 
 
E-Cigarette Issue Getting Louderhttp://t.co/PiEIY5r37J http://t.co/46mSgWu275WJOL News (@WJOL) posted a photo on Twitterpic.twitter.comGet the whole picture – and other photos from WJOL News
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Concealed carry board, top news stories of the year, Chicago’s murder… http://goo.gl/fb/qY7ug 
 
 
Tribune’s pictures of the year. Loss, love, hope: http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-20131225-tribune-2013-pictures-of-the-year-pictures/ …
 
 
 
Thousands of Illinois residents are heading back to the classroom next under a new state law allowing people to apply … last state in the nation to approve a law allowing concealed carry. State Police say they expect around 400-thousand …
 
 
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District Attorney From Illinois Dies In Truck Crash At Wildwood, Ga. Sunday, December 29, 2013. The district attorney for Hancock County, Ill., died in a …
 
 
Why now? Why bother?” Got a comment or question? Drop me an email at mpyke@dailyherald.com or follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/DHInTransit.
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. Bob Flider is staying busy and having fun as director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. What does he …
 
 
Deadbeat Illinois: Nonprofits don’t expect immediate relief from pension dealRockford Register StarIn the meantime, organizations like Stepping Stones that serve clients with behavioral and mental health problems are preparing for the upcoming switch to managed care systems for medicaid clients. Instead of billing the state for clients on Medicaid …
 
 
Pete’s cousin, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, woke up early to come in-studio and chat about tornado relief in Peoria, the new laws coming out of Springfield, and pension reform. ­­
 
 
Blessed to participate in the Fellowship Baptist District Association’s 5th Sunday Inspirational at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign. December 5th Sunday Inspirational – Salem 2013
 
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 1 hour agoKirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford — opposed pension reform legislation, keeping alive their chances to get…
 
 
 
Illinois Fracking Regulation Public Comments. Effingham, IL Part 1 http://dlvr.it/4btqYH 
 
 
WBBM: A Chicago Business Entrepreneur Credits Education For Her Success http://cbsloc.al/1jZ9zeV 
 
 
IL Sec of State Jesse White at 7:20 this morning, listen on line at http://wjpf.com 
 
 
‘I want to be a humble governor’: Pat Quinn touts 2013 efforts in bid to keep job – Freeport Journal http://www.snsanalytics.com/pAwOy6 
 
 
No cell phone use while driving, unless you’re hands-free, is the new law beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 1. Some… http://fb.me/3bwYcURJJ 
 
 
The new law banning phone-to-ear cell phone use while driving begins Wednesday, Jan. 1. Beginning then only… http://fb.me/2hmGADNfZ 
 
 
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 horizon, but there are signs that the future may brighten. We
 
 
Most people who use Twitter probably have experienced tweet regret: That tweet you thought was funny but crossed the line. The ornery tweet directed at a specific person. The TMI (too much information) tweet about a gastrointestinal experience. The alcohol-induced
 
 
If the Madison and St. Clair County courts are such terrible places, why are defense attorneys content to have asbestos cases heard there?Click to Continue »
 
 
Even in a year of blockbuster headlines — gay marriage, pension reform, Obamacare and more — it’s worth remembering that people are involved in each one. Here’s a people-centric look back the year that was.
 
 
Most publicly traded companies based in the state saw share prices rise in 2013. Here’s a look at the year’s winners and losers.
 
 
This is not the set up for a bad joke, it’s a real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the pool. Along with a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out.
 
 
Nearly 150-thousand Illinois teachers are preparing to pay more out of their own pockets for supplies in their classrooms.  A 250-dollar federal tax deduction will no longer be available to educators starting next year.  Some teachers estim…
 
 
FACEBOOK FEEDBACK: Starting Jan. 1 teenagers under the age of 18 will be unable to go into tanning beds in IL. What do you think about this law?
 
 
Preliminary figures show the number of deer hunted in Illinois is down this year.
 
 
The Daily Herald’s best images of 2013 from the photographers in our Kane, McHenry and DuPage County bureaus.
 
 
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) – Wish there was a way to predict when a “snow day” will occur? Three northern Illinois teenagers have created a phone app that helps do just that and it’s been getting some buzz. Calvin Breseman, Tanishq Dubey and Gustavo Farias are seniors at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. They created the Snow Day Calculator. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported Monday th
 
 
Area hunters and outdoors men familiar with game warden’s of central Illinois will be saying goodbye to a man they’re accustomed to seeing on a regular basis. Picture: Wichus (Left) Works with area hunter Department of Natural Resources Conservatio…
 
 
 
While the Bears may have broken many hearts tonight, thanks to Jay Shultz for sending this photo
 
 
Thanks to the politically active students who showed their support in DC!
 
 
Bears lose, but on the bright side my weekends opened up in January. More time for campaign work!
 
 
Berrista Coffee will make a great addition to the Irving Park neighborhood. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131218/BLOGS09/131219752/homaro-cantus-berrista-coffee-coming-to-old-irving-park#Homaro Cantu’s Berrista Coffee coming to Old Irving Parkwww.chicagobusiness.comThe Michelin-starred chef is putting his latest idea, a spot built around the miracle berry, in Old Irving Park.
 
 
 
Tune in at 2PM Monday afternoon and join Justin Kaufmann on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift to listen about 100 years of Chicago bungalows. Stay tuned tomorrow for a set of virtual multimedia home tours of bungalows across the city.Robin Amer’s PhotosMonday afternoon I join @[1116611254:2048:Justin Kaufmann] on @[13263980999:274:WBEZ]'s Afternoon Shift to talk about 100 years of
 
 
Blessed to participate in the Fellowship Baptist District Association’s 5th Sunday Inspirational at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign. December 5th Sunday Inspirational – Salem 2013
 
 
 
The most surprising news event of 2013 was the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Web portal to Obamacare.    
 
 
VIDEO BY PATRICK FINLEY pfinley@suntimes.com / @patrickfinley
 
 
VIDEO BY PATRICK FINLEY pfinley@suntimes.com / @patrickfinley
 
 
M—–F—-r!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
Sad for the Bears loss; Postseason games help the local economy. That said, congrats to Packers fans and good luck in the playoffs.
 
 
Torture panel set to resume http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-torture-commission-burge-met-20131230,0,964667.story?track=rss …
 
 
Best quote of the day,”The Bears stink”. Finn age 5.
 
 
URBANA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state-funded rehabilitation project at the University of Illinois’ Lincoln Hall has allowed the building to achieve LEED Platinum status, the nation’s highest “green building” designation. This designation is particularly difficult to achieve with projects on historic buildings like Lincoln Hall, and it is only the second historic building in th
 
 
AURORA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.6 million investment from his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to upgrade laboratories at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) in Aurora. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Illinois to keep the state’s students co
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 31 Illinois counties will receive a total of nearly $7 million to divert non-violent offenders from prison into more effective community-based services. The investments are through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a proven, successful program that is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to reducing crime and improving public safety. Under Governor Quinn’s l
 
 
Chicago TribuneGaming Board calls influx of sweepstakes video games illegalChicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers promised years ago to finally get rid of video poker machines that had long gone unregulated and untaxed in dark corners of bars across the state. In turn, they legalized video gambling machines that were taxed and tightly controlled.
 
 
The post Conte/Cutler/Tucker era begins!
 
 
I found a real good deal on an authentic No 47 Bears Jersey at the thrift store. It seemed barely used!
 
 
A military veteran reportedly tried to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at Midway Airport during the busy holiday travel weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Josephine M. Coleman, 25, of Country Club Hills, was charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon, and ordered held Sunday in lieu of $25,000. Coleman was arrested Saturday after she placed a carry-on bag containing a Smith & We
 
 
Back from a #Bears twitter breather. The Mel Tucker blaming is understandable but the guy who has to fix D is Phil Emery. Did it w O.
 
 
Happy for Aaron Rodgers (but not the Packers). Sad for the Bears (but not Jay Cutler).
 
 
Players from Wisconsin’s football team watched the Packers-Bears game from their hotel in Orlando as they prep for the Capital One Bowl. When Randall Cobb caught the game-winning touchdown for Green Bay, most of them celebrated. Most of them. The Bears fan in the Matt Forte jersey was so, so unhappy.
 
 
Illinoisans soon will be able to stomp the gas pedal a little harder on rural interstates, but they’ll have to put down their mobile phones when they do it. –> http://bit.ly/1ioxWkv
 
 
[Packers cornerback Tramon Williams tries to talk to Brandon Marshall, who’s fine with a face full of Soldier Field grass. Sam Shields had just picked off Jay Cutler to end the game, and the Bears’ season. Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great attendance and huge support at our Meet and Greet in Carmi, White County.
 
 
Best quote of the day,”The Bears stink”. Finn age 5.
 
 
A shame. That one was there for the Bears. They should have won but found a way to lose.
 
 
 
 
Detail on my AP piece: state officials tell us backlog of gun owner ID applications cleared http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/1b33a142e05f4649b2337b79e67256ca/IL–Gun-Permits … via @therepublicnews
 
 
Peoria PR: Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence http://bit.ly/19yUV7z 
 
 
Plus, Everyday Essentials and a handy Patch User Guide.
 
 
A college student who made the final of a national potatio chip flavor contest, a retiring village manager and two police chiefs who took other jobs were among Lake County’s 2013 newsmakers.
 
 
Capitalize on America’s energy boomUncle Sam has a chance to make one of the good-news stories of 2013 even better next year.
 
 
By Jason Prechtel Right now, Turkey is in the midst of a widespread political scandal worthy of Cook County. After conducting a two-year corruption probe, Turkish police detained dozens of individuals last Tuesday morning. Several of the suspects — including the head of a state-owned bank, the sons of three government ministers, and others linked to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoga
 
 
Q: Is it legal to dial a phone while driving? A: Not with a hand-held device. If a driver is holding up and manipulating a device for actions such as dialing, it is a finable offense. Q: Can I push the speaker button and hold it on my lap?
 
 
And we wonder why we don’t win. MT @natashakorecki: ‘Intense’ anti-Rauner attack ads on horizon in IL GOP race. http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/24615209-418/illinois-unions-strength-will-be-put-to-test-in-year-ahead-natasha-korecki.html …
 
 
Ditka! RT @670TheScore: Video: Mike Ditka falls asleep during ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ http://cbsloc.al/19UBpTk 
 
 
 
 
 
DuPage County will host two informational meetings in January about the Human Services Grant Fund, according to a county news release.
 
 
Interest in concealed carry classes reported high. http://bit.ly/1cA8kgR 
 
 
ILGA — House Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zrm  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Committee Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1zzW  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bill Sponsor List report http://ow.ly/r1z5s  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Assignments Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Gly  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Rules Committee report http://ow.ly/r1Ghc  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
You can tell Dominic’s went out of business while at #Mariano’s. 17 check out lanes filled 3 deep. #lovthisplace
 
 
Meet the 11th Congressional Candidate, Chris Balkema, and his family! http://vimeo.com/m/82313492 
 
 
 
I was endorsed by Jon Zahm, a former chairman of the Illinois Center Right Coalition.
 
 
 
Five of the six largest employers in the Chicago area are government entities. That is unsustainable. These aren’t the jobs you’re looking for.
 
 
 
IllinoisStatePolice tell AP they’ve eliminated backlog of gun-owner card applications as they gear up 4 conceal carry http://apne.ws/19vPvfS 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn reflects on pensions, same-sex marriage legislation. Looks ahead at 2014 election year in AP interview http://bit.ly/19vHszO 
 
 
An interesting piece we did years ago! RT@CaseyKlaus: Video: Inside the Cook County Jail http://www.cklaus.net/ccjail/ 
 
 
We’re hiring! Apply to be our Get Out the Vote Coordinator–it’s a great team, an exciting race, and a chance to make real progressive change in Chicago and Illinois. Apply here: http://www.willguzzardi.com/will_guzzardi_campaign_hiring_a_get_out_the_vote_coordinator Photo by Christopher Dilts.
 
 
Illinois Policy Institute posts as great quote.
 
 
Illinois Sends $7 Million to Prison Diversion ProgramSt. Louis Public RadioThe funds come through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a program that encourages local jurisdictions to treat and supervise certain offenders, using tools like drug courts and mental health courts. Quinn’s office says the program saves up to $17,000 per year …
 
 
The bill, championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, calls for … While Madigan’s plan passed the House with ease, the Senate soundly …
 
 
(CBS) — Without mentioning names, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher made some pointed comments on the current Bears coaching staff in a report by Dan Pompei. The former Bears star told Pompei, “The thing is, when Lovie was there, we didn’t make mistakes. We didn’t run through wrong gaps. We did our walk-throughs every day and we knew where we needed to fit, we knew what we needed to do every
 
 
Quinn: “Community-based programs are more cost-effective and produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders,”
 
 
Gov. Quinn announces that 31 Illinois counties will receive $7 million to divert non-violent offenders from prison into community services.
 
 
A published report says credit card statements from the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department were altered several times since 2011.
 
 
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans swept into governorships on a tea-party fueled wave of discontent four years ago, taking over statehouses long governed by Democrats with promises of conservative economic and social policy makeovers.
 
 
CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn enters the 2014 election year on the heels of several legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis and the legalization of same-sex marriage. In a year-end …
 
 
I 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 …
 
 
SUNDAY MORNING READING: Here’s good read in today’s H&R regarding economic development efforts in Decatur. My… http://fb.me/13UMBdIYL 
 
 
Gov. Quinn announces that 31 Illinois counties will receive $7 million to divert non-violent offenders from prison into community services.
 
 
Quinn: “Community-based programs are more cost-effective and produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders,”
 
 
Countdown, Illinois Capitol cats: a month from today session resumes, and @GovernorQuinn gives his State of the State speech. #twill Ready?
 
 
Pat Quinn directly requested that the EPA reconsider the proposed rule. Quinn also stressed the economic and environmental importance of ethanol …
 
 
AP Interview: Quinn touts 2013 efforts in 2014 bidBelleville News DemocratCHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn enters the 2014 election year on the heels of several legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis and the legalization of same-sex marriage. In a year-end …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – A number of new laws going into effect in the new year have a direct effect on Illinois minors.
 
 
The state of Illinois should not raise the minimum-wage rate above its current level of $8.25 per hour.
 
 
#Connected2Chicago Year in Review + Cardinal George today at Noon @wlsam890 #twill
 
 
Rick addresses the recently passed pension law and what to expect moving forward to 2014. He also talks about Ventra’s recent claim that the service is getting better, callers chime in. Chicago also has a new “litter” law in which people who litter will be fined $50. This includes cigarette butts. Rick comes up with the “butt cup” invention to help dispose of your cigarette butts.
 
 
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 …
 
 
BLOOMINGTON – Illinois’ attempt to expand its crisis hotline will require more local fundraising to truly become a statewide service, according to the new man in charge of the effort. Incoming President Dave Barber said nearly all Illinois counties are …
 
 
Tyler turned 1 in 2013 and he found out he’s having a sister in 2014. http://instagram.com/p/igljdXwscq/ 
 
 
In 2013, I hosted job fairs, brought home over $15 million dollars for local communities and… http://instagram.com/p/iglW8iQsca/ 
 
 
2013 was a great year personally and professionally. Here’s a look back at a few pictures where the… http://instagram.com/p/iglIlvwscM/