Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Dec. 31

While those sites start exploring the possibilities of drone tech for business, the state of Illinois is about to limit the use of drones by law enforcement.
 
 
 
Constitutional lawyer Eric Reyes withdraws 17th District candidacyPeoria Journal StarPEORIA — Third try won’t be the charm for Eric Reyes. The candidate for the GOP nomination in the 17th Congressional District abruptly dropped his bid for the seat Monday, clearing the way for a rematch between former Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona …Reyes withdraws from congressional primaryReyes Withdraws from
 
 
 
For years now, lawmakers in both Chicago and the Illinois legislature have been going back and forth over whether they should raise the floor on …
 
“One thing I know about Chicago: It’s been a long time since we had a quarterback like Jay Cutler,” he told reporters. “So all your stories this offseason, …
 
Our View: Responsible celebrating, comedy, parole in editorial stewRockford Register StarIt’s New Year’s Eve and many of you think you’ll need a nip or two of an adult beverage to celebrate the coming of the new year. We have nothing against adult beverages – we’ve been known to hoist a few, especially while writing difficult editorials …
 
Township tax rate may bump upHerald & ReviewThe Illinois Municipal Retirement fund, at $80,786, and the Social Security contribution fund, $55,293, will remain at the level they were last year. The liability insurance fund will increase $32 from last year. In other business, the township …
 
Geneseo Mayor Linda Van Der Leest was elected one of 36 vice presidents of the 1,124-member Illinois Muncipal League at the organization’s 100th annual conference recently. As a vice president, she is a member of the board
 
Medical marijuana is coming with the New Year. It’ll be available to those who want it to relieve 40 medical conditions, and who get a recommendation from their doctor – but not right away, says Dan Linn, director of the Illinois…
 
WASHINGTON — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and bu
 
Counties across Illinois, including DuPage, will receive nearly $7 million to divert nonviolent offenders out of prison and into community services, according to a Dec. 30 news release from the Office of Gov. Pat Quinn.
 
While the Illinois Legislature finally took a half-hearted swing at pension reform, no one who’s paying much attention believes the crisis is resolved.
 
William “Bill” Strauss will outline economic projections for 2014 at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.’s annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. The senior economist and economic adviser for the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank will deliver his presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture in Sycamore.
 
A look at the two referendum questions on the spring ballot that would directly affect the wallets of Kane County residents. The county is taking a second shot at electric aggregation. Meanwhile, advocates for the developmentally disabled have pushed a referendum that would create a new tax to fund social services for those residents. The referendum has the support of several county board members
 
Is the Land of Lincoln really that bad?  Check out how the state of Illinois did in a recent poll of states that people are most likely to move out of.  Just where are those people going?  Find out by listening to this newscast! Speaking of Illinois, ever wonder how your tax dollars are spent?  The state’s comptroller wants you to know.  She’ll start sending out brochures with next years tax retur
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 1 hour agoThe restrictions came off because super-rich investor Bruce Rauner donated more than $250,000 to his GOP campaign, triggering an automatic…
 
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn visits Washington IL on New Year’s Eve urging residents affected by tornadoes to seek federal aid; Community Center; 10:30 am
 
Nothin’ doin’. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public events scheduled on New Year’s Eve Day.
 
 
 
CTA’s 2nd chance apprenticeship for felons ends http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-cta-apprentice-ends-met-1220-20131231,0,7743480.story … Lollybowean@tribune.com #twill
 
#Church Recommended Bylaw Changes for #Churches | Illinois Family Institute http://illinoisfamily.org/religious/recommended-bylaw-changes-for-churches/#.UrilVRljOo4.twitter … #PJNET #CCOT #FreedomOfReligion
 
Latest on our Blog: Illinois State Police Provide Update On Concealed Carry http://goo.gl/fb/uv6Qd 
 
It’s Dan Proft’s Rockin’ Eve with guest co-host @StatehouseChick. We’ll look back at some notable deaths at 6:27. @wlsam890
 
Boeing Co will not build the wing for its new 777X jetliner in Washington state if members of its largest union reject its latest contract offer in a Friday vote, company executives told Seattle-area elected officials on Monday.    
 
 
 
Friends, we need your help before the ball drops at midnight on 12/31! We’ve accomplished much in the past 97 days. (Read all about it below.) Will you help us reach our final goal of the quarter? Please consider a making a safe and secure online contribution of $5, $25, $50 or more to help our campaign finish strong this this first quarter. Thank you for everything!We need your help before ball
 
Media availability in Fairfield, Wayne County at the Jemini Coffee House.
 
Lunch discussion with political and business leaders in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County at the Rare Chop House.
 
Great news! Language barrier erased on campaign trail thanks to clever volunteers and apps that work in freezing weather, but now how to keep toes warm?
 
On Twitter @IllinoisWilson
 
Visit http://www.wilsonforillinois.com
 
 
 
An extended blog post: http://betternewdeal.wordpress.com/A Better New Dealbetternewdeal.wordpress.comCampaign commentary by David Green
 
A living wage is not politics, it’s ethics. http://pulse.me/s/IsrCg #livingofftips Please join me in my campaign as I not only fight to create jobs in Champaign-Urbana, but to improve the conditions of those who already work within our community.At $2.13 minimum wage, restaurant workers struggle to put food on their own tableswww.pulse.meRestaurant workers are supposed to get at least minimum wag
 
Media availability in Vandalia, Fayette County at Holiday Inn Express.
 
Global warming on ice | Human Eventswww.humanevents.comA group of climate scientists take their own computer models seriously, and run afoul of hard, cold reality.
 
 
 
Illinois police officers are ready to begin ticketing violators of the hands-free driving law as early as midnight on Tuesday. Have you taken steps to remember this new law? Click through to the story to see more information about the consequences of being caught with your phone in your hand.Violators of the new Illinois hands-free driving law will be ticketedwww.connecttristates.comAlthough it is
 
School choice advocates cheered last month when the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its bid to halt Louisiana’s tuition voucher program, but this …
 
Chris Conte checked Twitter on Sunday and found hateful, vengeful notes from Bears fans. Problem was, he wasn’t the Bears safety who was part of the team’s zone defense breakdown on Aaron Rodgers’ last-minute touchdown. He’s a reporter for NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tenn. Conte did a report on the case of mistaken identity — Continue reading →
 
“There’s no excuse for failing schools. Zero. None. Period,” Rauner says in a new TV ad, which was shot at a school. “I got so fed up, I helped start charter schools like this one.” But when it came to choosing a school for his daughter, Rauner didn’t go the route of a charter. Instead, he chose an elite public high school in Chicago.
 
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn’t often … But the bottom line is this: Madigan operatives, as has been their custom for years, dug up a phony candidate to run as a Republican against their boss in the November 2014 election.
 
With the November statistics coming out this week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 worst Illinois towns for unemployment based on October 2013 figures.
 
During a campaign stopoff in Mt. Carmel Sunday, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford said he is the most electable of the four GOP candidates seeking the state’s highest office. And he brought along some recent poll numbers to bolster his case.
 
Emanuel infrastructure trust experiences more delays http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-infrastructure-trust-update-met-20131231,0,7159265.story?track=rss …
 
I’ll be on the radio tomorrow please join me. Click on the following link and follow the link to the radio show. https://m.facebook.com/events/507223896060369 …
 
Great amount of support in #MountCarmel, Wabash County at our Meet & Greet in the Hogg Heaven BBQ Restaurant.#twill pic.twitter.com/Irg5UcOXdS
 
At media availability with friends & supporters in #Albion, Edwards County at the Farm Bureau. #twill pic.twitter.com/htY7xQOxSA
 
#SmallBusiness ownersthat hire a great CPA, Lawyer and #InsuranceAgent to #WinBig. #GreatPeople
 
Having a great team behind you and beside you is key to thriving! #SmallBusiness #ThinkBig
 
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than 700 people die in the United States every year as a result of motorists failing to stop when the light turns red. In response, more than 500 communities in 25 states have turned to red-light cameras to deter the offenders. Just the presence of a camera has been found to reduce red-light running by up to 40 or 50%. But they are not without controversy. Oppone
 
Hancock County States Attorney died over the weekend in Georgia.
 
The Wilmington Police Department has suggested that the city vehicle sticker program, which is costly to administer and enforce, be eliminated.
 
Friends,As the year draws to a close, we are reflecting on what we have accomplished together since beginning our campaign to bring effective representation to Champaign and Urbana in the Illinois House of Representatives. In just 97 days: We formally rolled out a full-scale, professional campaign. We came together to knock on thousands of doors in Champaign and Urbana. We filed an impressive numb
 
Lakeview’s State Lawmakers Push to Ban Guns in Businesses That Serve BoozeDNAinfoSenate President John Cullerton also said he wanted to make banning guns in retail businesses and public places the default, not the exception, so that businesses that don’t want guns don’t have to post state-designated signs. It’s “ludicrous” to …
 
“When you pass a pension reform that has defied previous governors for … equality was something that was very important to civil rights in Illinois.
 
Sun-Times: Good choice to head torture inquiry panel http://bit.ly/1d4AQDH 
 
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 221 PM CST MON DEC 30 2013 [About one-half inch of snow tonight (6:00 p.m. to midnight) before the WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect. Then 4.4 inches forecast for 6:00 p.m. …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for 3-5 Inches of Snow for Chicagoland; 4.4 Inches Forecast for Arlington He
 
Somewhere in the Chicago area, sometime soon, a backboard is coming down. It won’t be … What he does isn’t just unusual for a high school player.
 
Lunch discussion with political and business leaders in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County at the Rare Chop House.
 
Media availability in Fairfield, Wayne County at the Jemini Coffee House.
 
At media availability with friends & supporters in Albion, Edwards County at the Farm Bureau.
 
Great amount of support in Mount Carmel, Wabash County at our Meet & Greet in the Hogg Heaven BBQ Restaurant.
 
Belleville News DemocratGOP lawmaker pushes bill ending pensions quicker for corrupt officialsThe RepublicSPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A Republican lawmaker says he’s ready to push legislation expediting the process to terminate state-funded pensions for public official convicted of corruption. State Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon tells the Belleville News …Kay pushes ending pensions for corrupt offi
 
Tuesday on Daylight Edition, we’ll have a conversation with a representative of the National Safety Council about the state’s ban on using handheld phones while driving, Illinois Public Radio’s Dan Klefstad continues his winter reading series and we’ll have our weekly look at the media on Journalism Shoptalk. Those stories and more come your way Tuesday morning at 5:00 (cst) on 90.9 FM or listen o
 
Nearly 90 percent of interstate highway miles in Illinois will have 70-mph speed limits starting Wednesday, but the sponsor of the law raising the limits is upset that almost all existing posted speeds in the Chicago area will remain unchanged …
 
It turns out the speed limit won’t be going up on some stretches of downstate interstate highways … t want to see them raising the speed limit around Springfield, especially. Not from our standpoint.” Oberweis said he still thinks it …
 
Office of Budget and Management is managing the consolidation of the city’s fleet in one garage.
 
Illinois teens looking to get their tanning fix will have to find somewhere else to go thanks to a new law.
 
Christmas has an additional significance for us Americans, as it is also the time of George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolution. This was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey on the morning of December 26. Planned in p
 
“We are Chicago (based), but we are the National Veterans Art Museum, and we think if we could have ‘Above and Beyond’ tour nationally, it will help our museum get a much larger footprint,” Moore said. Several plans for the massive piece of art stored in Portage Park in today’s Chicago Tribune.Veterans want boxed dog tag artwork back on displaywww.chicagotribune.comIn the basement of Chi
 
Happy New Year! Cheers to Republican Victory in 2014! #twill #tcot #HappyNewYear
 
When students and staff I spent our first school day of 2013 in our Chicago Public Schools high school without heat, I knew this was an injustice I had …
 
Dance took a part-time job in August, training Chicago principals with a for-profit company that had received a $875,000 contract with the school …
 
Illinois government sits on $9 billion in I-owe-yous for ChristmasMadison County RecordHahn said the office believes the total will hit $9 billion by the end of December, exactly where [Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka] predicted it would be last summer. It is the second year in a row the backlog will sit at about $9 billion at the …
 
A new state law says cellphones can be used only if they’re in hands-free … State officials hired a private company, Maximus, to conduct a review of the Medicaid rolls, and their initial efforts identified 127,000 cases of 316,000 cases …
 
The move comes one day before the Hoosiers open Big Ten play at Illinois. Fischer, a 6-foot-11 center, was expected to help fill the void left by the …
 
ALDI to host job fair Jan. 8 for Mundelein, Lake Zurich stores http://bit.ly/1cD5Mys
 
Busy day in district office, catching up on legislative work then heading over to campaign headquarters for phone calls. #MakeILworkagain
 
As cold winter storms move across #IL, I remind all residents of our state’s warming centers. For locations, visit http://tinyurl.com/mcdnpe7 
 
DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba will have to campaign to earn re-election now that a county electoral board decision keeps his Democratic opponent in the race. An effort was made to remove Mike Quiroz, who is a retired DuPage sheriff’s deputy, from the March 18 primary ballot before he could face Zaruba during next fall’s general election. But the county electoral board has decided to keep Quiro
 
Chicago transit officials say problems with the new Ventra fare system have cost it $1.2 million in free rides.The Chicago Transit Authority made the announcement on Monday. The CTA says it will pursue reimbursement from Ventra’s vendor, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. CTA spokesman Brian Steele says Cubic has “indicated they will reimburse” the CTA.The estimate covers the period from
 
Sad that Illinois is among top 5 states people move from. We have everything going for us, but the wrong politicians: http://bit.ly/Jq5Fvf 
 
Busy day in district office, catching up on legislative work then heading over to campaign headquarters for phone calls. #MakeILworkagain
 
Proud to see my alma mater @NorthwesternU speaking out against the misdirected ASA boycott of Israeli universities http://goo.gl/mcsTEX 
 
I hope everyone is fully aware of the ban on use of cell phones while driving. Hands-free devices continue to be permissible for use.
 
Our Capitol on Your Corner (CYC) town halls will start up again in January 2014 in Coffeen, Wilsonville and… http://fb.me/6suoGlMj0 
 
Applications for concealed carry permits will be available online this Sunday through the Illinois State Police. http://fb.me/29c4zbnfp 
 
Instructive to bear in mind. “I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.”- Billie Holiday
 
There should be no mystery when it comes to public dollars in this state. Visit http://www.illinoiscomptroller.com/  to see how IL spends tax dollars.
 
Busy day in district office, catching up on legislative work then heading over to campaign headquarters for phone calls. #MakeILworkagain
 
On #thepattivasquezshow in 20 minutes. Going over 14 laws taking effect in ’14. Call 312-981-7200 or text 24720 with your law ideas.
 
Rep. Conroy and DuPage Optical Offer Free Eye Screenings to Raise Glaucoma …Chicago TribuneVILLA PARK, Ill. – In recognition of Glaucoma Awareness month in January, State Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) is partnering with DuPage Optical to raise awareness about eye health. Dr. Butzon from DuPage Optical will speak about the importance of eye …
 
With the January death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, Chicago garnered national attention and a reputation for violence. Now as 2013 comes to a close, CPD officials say violent crime is down.
 
Goats, sheep, llamas and burros that helped clear vegetation around O’Hare International Airport this year are coming back in the spring.
 
for everyone else, concealed carry application system opens Sunday, January 5th. #twill
 
According to ISP presser today, those with digital fingerprints and completed training can apply for concealed carry on Thursday. #twill
 
I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:December 2013I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:
 
Every American deserves quality, accessible health care. Learn more about Republican health care proposals: http://1.usa.gov/1dHsEeC 
 
Year in Review – Nov 7: 1st floor speech since the stroke. Share your stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/v2Q0D6KGGD
 
This week’s #DuckworthDiary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d 
 
DOWNERS GROVE — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had a banner year in 2013 when it comes to blunders, according to U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax. Because the news media usually gives the liberal Democrat attack dog the benefit of the doubt when it comes to ridiculous comments or actions, you may have missed some of these: Durbin repeated the same Politifact “Lie of the Year” about keeping your insuranc
 
This week’s Duckworth Diary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d
 
On Saturday, emergency unemployment insurance for 80,000 long-term unemployed Illinois residents was cut off because Congress failed to authorize the funding. As I’ve said previously, I am extremely disappointed that Congress passed a budget without including an extension of unemployment insurance to help the more than 1 million hardworking Americans who are depending on these benefits as they loo
 
Museums bring us face to face with artifacts that connect us with people across generations like nothing else can. Thank you to President Richard Lariviere and The Field Museum for a wonderful tour of their latest exhibit on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Make one of your resolutions next year to visit a museum, and I guarantee it will be an eye opening experience!
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, met this month with representatives from throughout the 16th…
 
Are you one of millions that were kicked off HC plan b/c of #ACA? GOP alternatives would ensure that didn’t happen http://1.usa.gov/1dHsEeC 
 
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a group of terrific young people who were participating in the PUSH Excel oratorical competition. The contest is designed to show young people the power of eloquent and persuasive speech as a leadership tool. The contest also aims to address youth violence by showing them the way to build peace through constructive problem solving skills. I am confident that
 
I will be hosting a delightful Día de Reyes, 3 Kings Day, event at Panadería Azucar in Avondale. My goal is to bring local businesses, new customers, and plenty of foot traffic to one of my favorite local bakeries with Mexican flavor.On January 6th, the Mexican community (along with Latinos, Latin Americans, and many Catholics everywhere) celebrate the 3 King’s Day in honor of the holiday sea
 
Thank you to the @FieldMuseum for an inside look of #Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair! pic.twitter.com/GsoZZvtqno
 
SPRINGFIELD — Less than nine months after floating a plan to pay down the state’s massive backlog of bills by closing corporate loopholes, Gov. Pat Quinn has come up with another use for the money.
 
Far more train collisions with cars and pedestrians in the suburbs this year. Story via @DHInTransit. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131230/news/712309960/ …
 
Nothing to see here, just a “coupon kiosk.” @RyanReport on how insiders created new #videogambling loophole. http://bit.ly/JpySXg 
 
Laws Taking Effect in 2014. Read more HERE! http://www.votemccarter.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=386 … http://fb.me/6BScnacqB 
 
Rep. Brown Opens Office as Concealed Carry Registration Location http://www.repadambrown.com/rep_brown_opens_office_as_concealed_carry_registration_location …
 
Rosenthal Opens Carlinville Office as Concealed Carry Registration Location http://www.waynerosenthal.org/rosenthal_opens_carlinville_office_as_concealed_carry_registration_location …
 
New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014 http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/part-1-new-illinois-laws-effective.html?spref=tw …
 
Laws Taking Effect in 2014. Read more HERE! http://www.votemccarter.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=386 … http://fb.me/6BScnacqB 
 
Thanks to your generous retweets and shares, our Top 14 New Laws for 2014 feature has over 1 million views! http://ilsendems.co/18nRuSA 
 
Best/worst of 2013: July: Who pays the bill? (via @theeconomist) http://ow.ly/rXCbH 
 
Worth re-posting because it is the time of the year for resolutions. These are good things to keep in mind. Cheers. http://fb.me/2A9C10i52 
 
Senator Rose presented with ‘Friend of Education’ award. The “Friend of Education” award was in recognition of… http://fb.me/NXjNogak 
 
ICYMI: Here are the 70 mph areas on Illinois interstates http://fw.to/gahHETH 
 
Attorney General Madigan sues Alsip chemical plant over explosion http://bit.ly/KfvcIj  via @SouthtownStar #twill
 
With just 36 hours to go in 2013, donate $5 or $10 today and help end the year on a high note! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/34398 … #twill #Democrat
 
New Ad: No excuse for failing schools. Gov’t union bosses may attack me for it, but I’ll put students & parents first http://bit.ly/1bxjNZY 
 
Just in: No GOP primary in 17th CD. Dem-turned-independent-turned Republican Eric Reyes drops out of race against Bobby Schilling.
 
Year in Review – Nov 7: 1st floor speech since the stroke. Share your stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/v2Q0D6KGGD
 
This week’s #DuckworthDiary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d 
 
Are you one of millions that were kicked off HC plan b/c of #ACA? GOP alternatives would ensure that didn’t happen http://1.usa.gov/1dHsEeC 
 
Thank you to the @FieldMuseum for an inside look of #Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair! pic.twitter.com/GsoZZvtqno
 
There are only a few days left until the new year begins and more than 200 new laws take effect. Check out the… http://fb.me/1KRnCb1Zr 
 
Memo from @The_RGA: Running Scared: Why @DemGovs and Government Union Bosses are Scared http://bit.ly/1kW3oGw  #twill
 
Thanks to Rasmussen College for hosting me at your great institution — It was great to meet your students & staff! pic.twitter.com/06JOUQKbml
 
As the Senator who represents part of Joliet, I am proud that one of our own has taken the helm at my alma mater. http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/123013aaa.html …
 
Sen. Michael Hastings recently met with students at GMS & reviewed the legislative process & importance of voting. http://www.ksd140.org/news/Senator-Hastings-Speaks-to-GMS-Students.cfm?grp_id=10286#.UsG7i_RDvg1 …
 
Be sure to check out http://thonline.com  on Jan. 1 to see a list and watch our top 10 most-watched videos of 2013.
 
Nothing good to say about Ventra? How about $1.2 mil. in unintended free rides? Unless you’re #CTA http://www.suntimes.com/24672881-761/cta-riders-got-12-million-in-free-rides-thanks-to-ventra-snafus.html …
 
As the Senator who represents part of Joliet, I am proud that one of our own has taken the helm at my alma mater. http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/123013aaa.html …
 
Sen. Michael Hastings recently met with students at GMS & reviewed the legislative process & importance of voting. http://www.ksd140.org/news/Senator-Hastings-Speaks-to-GMS-Students.cfm?grp_id=10286#.UsG7i_RDvg1 …
 
Thanks to Rasmussen College for hosting me at your great institution — It was great to meet your students & staff! pic.twitter.com/06JOUQKbml
 
Questions about concealed carry? Join Senate President John Cullerton for an info session 2pm-3pm today. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131229/lakeview/confused-about-concealed-carry-officials-host-event-for-small-business …
 
“@peggykusinski: Every #Bears defensive player supported DC Mel Tucker…” Damning w faint praise. D is old, slow, and entitled.
 
There are only a few days left until the new year begins and more than 200 new laws take effect. Check out the… http://fb.me/1KRnCb1Zr 
 
Getting set up for a press conference at noon. Announcing another way for taxpayers to ‘follow the money.’ pic.twitter.com/mb4orGNpe6
 
Memo from @The_RGA: Running Scared: Why @DemGovs and Government Union Bosses are Scared http://bit.ly/1kW3oGw  #twill
 
I am an advocate for my clients, colleagues and friends. #ThinkBig #SmallBusiness
 
I work hard to ensure that others succeed and have access to needed resources. #WomenInCongress #Insurance #SmallBusiness
 
Thanks to everyone for making this a great year. Help us finish 2013 STRONG! Click on https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/gg14 … & donate $10, $25, $50 #IL13
 
Here is our list of Dick Durbin’s biggest blunders of 2013: http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10-durbin-blunders-2013/ … #ILSEN
 
Rauner Vows To Take On Teachers Unions Over School Improvement Ideas http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83698 
 
Williamson Puts Sheriff’s Department On Facebook http://wmay.com/wmay-news/83699 
 
Many thanks to great friend Dan McGrath for appearing on @SundaySpin, discussing Leo High and urban Schools http://po.st/5Aly7z  @wgnradio
 
Reporter faints in the middle of her report on love TV. http://youtu.be/6ravZzYKR34 
 
Those still planning out their New Year`s Eve and in need of transportation should consider public transportation.
 
Former longtime Indiana Congressman Jacobs dies at 81Fox NewsAccording to his congressional biography, Jacobs served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1959-60, and then the U.S. House from 1965-73, and again from 1975-97. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised Jacobs career in a statement released Saturday …
 
The population of Illinois has remained unchanged according to the most recent Census Bureau estimate. http://bit.ly/JFOO7k
 
State Journal-Register staff photographer David Spencer looks back over the past year and presents a selection of his favorite images.Spence VisionState Journal-Register staff photographer David Spencer looks back over the past year and presents a selection of his favorite images.
 
HANOVER-A Jo Daviess County road project has been announced by Gov. Pat Quinn, who noted that $6.6 million will be invested in northern Illinois roads.
 
While crime overall declined in Evanston this year, the city continued to face concerns about gun violence and how best to improve community safety.
 
The mayor of Dixon would like to see the city become more bicycle-friendly – http://shawurl.com/xfd
 
If you would like to put a Glenn Nixon sign in your yard please private message me your name, address and phone number. We’ll respond to your message and have a sign delivered to you.
 
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hancock County State’s Attorney Jim Drozdz. I knew Jim as a man of many interests and many accomplishments. I will miss hearing him play the bagpipes…but will think of him, with a smile, whenever I hear someone play that instrument he so loved. My prayers of comfort and peace are with his wife, family and many friends in Hancock County.
 
Patch’s countdown hits No. two and three of the ten most read stories of the year.
 
Illinois ranked among the top five states for outbound moves in 2013. Rounding out the top five are New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey, moving company Allied Van Lines says in its annual rankings. New York jumped to the Most Outbound State position from fifth in 2011 and 2012. Texas was the nation’s most Continue reading →
 
In an effort to assist veterans, particularly as they return from service and are in need of jobs, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, helped pass two pieces of legislation to help former service members find civilian work and take effect on Jan.
 
We are putting together a mid January tour of the 15th district. The route will be posted soon. If you would like to host a stop contact the campaign through the website, http://www.EricforIllinois.com .
 
The government union bosses are preparing to spend millions attacking us in the Republican primary. Click “LIKE” if you’ll stand with me and refuse to let the government union bosses hijack our primary! http://bit.ly/JEVl1TIllinois unions’ strength will be put to test in year ahead: Natasha Korecki – Chicago Sun-Timeswww.suntimes.comUnions in Illinois are finding that if they want to sur
 
Litchfield…To assist those individuals who wish to apply for a concealed carry permit in Illinois, but do not have internet access to do so, State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) has opened his Carlinville office as a point of registration.  Those wishing to register may visit Rosenthal’s Carlinville office from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
 
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes edged up a touch in November, marking the first increase in five months, but failed to stabilize by as much as had been expected.    
 
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes edged up in November, marking the first increase in six months and providing a hopeful sign the sector has begun to stabilize after its momentum was sapped by rising mortgage rates.    
 
Concealed Carry is Coming!Everything You Need to Know About Concealed Carrywww.richbrauer.orgIllinois House District 87
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., this week voted in support of a set of bills that, according to his…
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, announced residents and businesses in Grundy, La Salle and Will…
 
Don and Sandy Watson of Walnut spent most of last week seeking volunteers to fill a charter bus that…
 
Rep. Adam Kinzinger –an Ottawa Republican – remains optimistic on the prospects…
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., will tour the Rockford Rescue Mission at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16,…
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said he knows firsthand the importance of local food pantries…
 
Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican whose 16th District includes northwest DeKalb County, went on a daylong…
 
Wells Fargo & Co will pay a net $541 million to Fannie Mae to settle claims over defective home loans, completing the government-controlled mortgage company’s efforts to have banks buy back troubled loans made before the financial crisis.    
 
Happy Monday morning Illinois! Start your day off right by being “In the Know!”Concealed carry board, top news stories of the year, Chicago’s murder toll and more!www.intheknowillinois.com
 
Part 1: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014www.thecaucusblog.com
 
The U.S. uses data only from the 16 largest airlines and many carriers are lengthening scheduled flight times, although they deny it’s an attempt to improve on-time arrivals. Airline delays and cancellations have dropped significantly in the last few years. At least that’s what federal statistics show. But the numbers may not be telling us the whole story.    
 
This morning, I was on WGN radio w/ my cousin Pete McMurray, we discussed everything Springfield. Click here for the audio.IL State Senator Darin LaHood in the Studiowgnradio.comPete’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. ­­
 
http://www.intheknowillinois.com/In The Know Illinoiswww.intheknowillinois.com
 
SPRINGFIELD – With more than 200 new laws set to take effect January 1, 2014, Sate Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) released a summary of several of the more noteworthy Public Acts that will affect Illinoisans in the New Year. “The New Year will ring in hundreds of new laws in Illinois. Some you may have heard about, others you may be just learning about now,” said Reboletti. “I encour
 
As we ring in the New Year, more than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois. While many make minor changes to existing policy, some of the new laws represent significant changes for Illinoisans. Click on the link below to view a summary of the 200+ new laws that take effect on Wednesday, January 1st. New Laws for January 1, 2014 To view a slideshow of the more noteworthy laws for 2014, click h
 
Senator Rose presented with ‘Friend of Education’ award. The “Friend of Education” award was in recognition of the Senator’s outstanding service to State of Illinois schools.News Details | Senator Chapin Rose | Chapin Rose, Illinois State Senator – 51st Districtwww.senchapinrose.comIllinois Senator Chapin Rose represents the 51st District in the Illinois General Assembly, with offices in Springfi
 
“Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Friday asking a judge to order a review of what caused an explosion earlier this month at a chemical factory that left two workers hurt. Madigan [is] seeking an injunction that would order Blue Island Phenol of Alsip to conduct an analysis of the blast and its environmental impact.”Attorney General Madigan sues Alsip chemical plant over expl
 
I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:December 2013I hope everyone had a great holiday week with family and friends. Below are some photos from my time in the district recently:
 
There are hundreds of new laws that will become effective next year on January 1, 2014. Here is a continued list of some of them that were enacted by the Illinois Legislature. A complete list can be found at http://www.ilhousegop.org. Please take note and share them with family, friends, and co-workers. 
 
As 2013 comes to an end, please consider contributing $25, $50 or $100 at (https://erikaharold.nationbuilder.com/contribute) to ensure that we have the resources to bring our message of reform to every voter in the district. It’s been an honor to share this campaign journey with you, and with your help, we know that the best is yet to come!
 
Our 14 for 14 feature has received more than 1 million views! Thank you for helping us share important news about laws taking effect this week.14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
I hope everyone has a fun, safe, and Happy New Year.
 
If you like working with numbers and data–and are looking for a way to support the campaign–then become a Guzzardi data volunteer. Email Melissa@WillGuzzardi.com if you can come by to help with data entry at the office this Thursday, January 2nd, or Friday, January 3rd. Photo by Christopher Dilts.
 
With 36 hours left in 2013, we need to raise just over $300 to meet our end of the year goal of $1,000 in online donations. If you can, give $5 or more right now to help. Thank you for all of your hard work and support this year. Here’s to making 2014 a year of accomplishment!I just gave to Mike Frerichs.secure.actblue.comJoin us! So far, 50 supporters have contributed $5,185.
 
We launched a new television advertisement highlighting our commitment to strengthening education in Illinois. Watch the spot by clicking this link: http://youtu.be/tceMIgEB684 I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois is given an opportunity to succeed. I’ll give parents more control and choices, reward the b
 
DOWNERS GROVE — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had a banner year in 2013 when it comes to blunders, according to U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax. Because the news media usually gives the liberal Democrat attack dog the benefit of the doubt when it comes to ridiculous comments or actions, you may have missed some of these: Durbin repeated the same Politifact “Lie of the Year” about keeping your insuran
 
The post No Excuse appeared first on Bruce Rauner.
 
Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor launched a new television advertisement highlighting Bruce’s commitment to strengthening education in Illinois.Watch the spot by clicking this link: http://youtu.be/tceMIgEB684“I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois is given an opportunity to succeed,” Bruce Rauner said.
 
Comptroller unveils financial database enhancements SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday announced that she has added payment totals for state vendors and listings and compensation for all state Officers and Board …
 
Tax return insert shows how dollars are spent CHICAGO – Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday announced that when Illinois residents open their income tax returns in 2014, they will receive a breakdown of state spending, information about its unpaid bill backlog and other tools to help them better ‘follow the money.’
 
U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).    
 
On Saturday, emergency unemployment insurance for 80,000 long-term unemployed Illinois residents was cut off because Congress failed to authorize the funding. As I’ve said previously, I am extremely disappointed that Congress passed a budget without including an extension of unemployment insurance to help the more than 1 million hardworking Americans who are depending on these benefits as they loo
 
There are more than 200 bills set to take effect January 1st 2014.  For those who subscribe to my newsletter I highlighted some of the more high profile laws in an eblast this morning.  I encourage everyone to become familiar with these new laws so you don’t get caught mistakenly breaking one of them.  View the full list here.
 
Grand Prize – Bushmaster Carbon-15 First Prize – Springfield 1911 in .45ACP Second Prize – Mossberg 535 pump shotgun with 3 ½ inch combo 28” and 24” barrels DRAWING TO BE HELD ON MARCH 18, 2014 * 7:45PM Miss Karol’s in Watseka, prior to the election night party (Free Food) BUY TICKETS BY CLICKING THIS LINK: BUY TICKETS NOW!! MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE * MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO OWN A GUN WINNERS WIL
 
This week’s Duckworth Diary: wishes for a happy holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/JpJm9d
 
Our government is piercing its socialistic agenda further into our lives. Starting January 1, 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will be banned. Learn more at http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/26/time-to-stock-up-on-incandescent-bulbs-before-they-go-out-permanently/. I am running for Congress to remove unnecessary government regulations that eliminate jobs and limit a consumer choice mar
 
I hope everyone is fully aware of the ban on use of cell phones while driving. Hands-free devices continue to be permissible for use.
 
Last week, Roll Call included IL-13 in its list of “Most Fascinating Races of 2014.” My campaign also earned the official endorsement from Progressive Kick, “an organization of “pragmatic progressives,” dedicated to electing viable, progressive candidates. Visit http://www.georgegollin.com to contribute today!George Gollin for Congressgeorgegollin.comScientist, Teacher, Watchdog and Democrat
 
I will be hosting a delightful Día de Reyes, 3 Kings Day, event at Panadería Azucar in Avondale. My goal is to bring local businesses, new customers, and plenty of foot traffic to one of my favorite local bakeries with Mexican flavor.On January 6th, the Mexican community (along with Latinos, Latin Americans, and many Catholics everywhere) celebrate the 3 King’s Day in honor of the holiday se
 
This will be THE issue coming soon. And it’s all about raising more revenue for the State. Fact: High earners already pay higher taxes now.Quinn Says Yes to Progressive Income Taxwww.nbcchicago.comDemocrat issues support for what could be one of the toughest legislative battles in the coming year.
 
There are only a few days left until the new year begins and more than 200 new laws take effect. Check out the full list at the Senate GOP website by clicking on the link below.New Laws for 2014senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with less regulation and lower taxes. Ill
 
More than 200 laws will become effective beginning January 1st, 2014. To see the full list, click here.
 
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hancock County State’s Attorney Jim Drozdz. I knew Jim as a man of many interests and many accomplishments. I will miss hearing him play the bagpipes…but will think of him, with a smile, whenever I hear someone play that instrument he so loved. My prayers of comfort and peace are with his wife, family and many friends in Hancock County.
 
If you would like to put a Glenn Nixon sign in your yard please private message me your name, address and phone number. We’ll respond to your message and have a sign delivered to you.
 
As the Senator who represents part of Joliet, I am proud that one of our own has taken the helm at my alma mater. Make us proud coach! “We have cadets here who will be serving and second-place is not OK so it won’t be with us.” — Jeff Monken http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/123013aaa.htmlMonken Intrdouced As New Army Football Coach – goARMYsports.com – Army Black Knights Of
 
Senator Hastings toured our campus, spoke with several students, staff, faculty, and answered questions regarding pension reform and the importance of higher education. Senator Hastings acknowledged the great work and dedication to student support our faculty and staff deliver on a daily basis. He was also very complimentary of the professionalism and energy our students brought to the roundtable
 
Alumnus Senator Michael Hastings recently met with students at Grissom Middle School and reviewed the legislative process and the importance of voting. http://www.ksd140.org/news/Senator-Hastings-Speaks-to-GMS-Students.cfm?grp_id=10286#.UsG6LPRDvg0Senator Hastings Speaks to GMS Studentswww.ksd140.orgThe mission of Kirby School District 140 is to meet or exceed the needs of the whole student. Our
 
Thanks to Rasmussen College – Mokena/Tinley Park for hosting me at your great institution! It was great to meet your students, staff and faculty — look forward to visiting again!
 
Museums bring us face to face with artifacts that connect us with people across generations like nothing else can. Thank you to President Richard Lariviere and The Field Museum for a wonderful tour of their latest exhibit on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Make one of your resolutions next year to visit a museum, and I guarantee it will be an eye opening experience!
 
Congratulations to Lemont High School in their win against Urban Prep High on the last day of games at Romeoville Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament!
 
Congratulations today to Romeoville High School in their win against Little Village on the last day of games at the Romeoville Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament!
 
The following law banning the use of hand-held cell phones will be implemented on January 1, 2014. We wanted to bring this to your attention: Illinois Hand Held Cell Phone Ban – Public Act 98-506 Beginning January 1, 2014, Illinois drivers may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device. A person who violates the new law will be fined a maximum of $75
 
While we’re bullish on Illinois, we cannot ignore the current circumstances: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/12/illinois-ranks-as-one-of-the-worst-out-migration-states-in-2013.htmlIllinois ranks as one of the worst out-migration states in 2013 – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comUnited Van Lines released its 37th annual migration study to The Associated Press. The comp
 
If I had to sum up my first year as a State Representative in one word, that word could only be: “Whoa.” Since Inauguration Day early last January, I have not retreated from difficult votes, decisions or conversations. We’ve debated everything from Pension Reform to Lion Meat Regulation. I have worked to understand each bill and issue in-depth. I have taken positions that my district asked me
 
State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie says she’s trying to negotiate a bill that would address the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision while respecting …
 
People planning to apply for concealed carry gun licenses are flocking to required firearms classes in anticipation of the Jan. 5 opening of the …
 
Sounds like coal is a goner, but that’s just not true. … above the big coal players because it operates almost exclusively in the Illinois coal basin (ILB).
 
DOWNERS GROVE – GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Doug Truax released his top 10 Richard “Dick” Durbin “ridiculous comments or actions” for 2013: Durbin repeated the same Politifact “Lie of the Year” about keeping your insurance under Obamacare. Our senior…
 
The Rauner campaign launched a new television ad about Rauner’s position on improving Illinois schools: “I know the government union bosses will attack me for it, but I’ll keep fighting for better schools until every child in Illinois is given…
 
County board Chairman Dan Cronin recently sat down with the Daily Herald to share his thoughts about the coming year, which will be the fourth of his …
 
Illinois remains in a deep post-recession funk, with the state’s population barely budging, according to the latest estimates released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Land of Lincoln grew by only about 52,000 residents between the …
 
Of the over 200 new laws coming into effect in Illinois in a matter of days, one of the most expansive areas of change has to do with transportation and …
 
Democrats Seek To Use Unproductive Congress Against Republicans In 2014 …Huffington PostSen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) <strong>Status:</strong> Retiring S.D. Senator Tim Johnson announces Tuesday, March 26, 2013 his retirement from the U.S. Senate after his term ends in early 2015 at the Al Neuharth Media Center in Vermillion, S.D. (AP Photo …
 
NBC ChicagoGovernor Quinn Announces $3.6 Million to Improve Laboratories at Illinois …4-traders (press release)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 competitive in the global marketplace. “We have a responsibility to …Illinois math, science academy
 
[worldnow id=9682012 width=385 height=288 type=video] (CBS) – We’re ready: That’s the message from Illinois State Police ahead of Sunday’s launch of concealed-carry licensing. The application process will be up and available on the state police website. It’s an application authorities say should take under 10 minutes to finish. It covers an applicant’s past and present. [cbs-audio url=http://cbsch
 
He says Illinois needs to borrow a page from the Department of Transportation on strategic planning instead of slashing and burning communities with …
 
New Illinois Law Prohibits Anyone Under 18 to Use a Tanning Bed … or at least I, haven’t heard anything about Illinois House Bill 188 which is an …
 
HB 2768 (PA 98-59) – In a school district other than the Chicago School District, a principal will have the responsibility to utilize the resources of law …
 
MyStateline.comIllinoisans to get state financials in tax returnsCharlotte ObserverCHICAGO State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Illinois residents will get a breakdown of state spending in income tax returns received in 2014. Topinka announced the initiative on Monday. She says her office will also make the information available …Deadbeat Illinois: Nonprofits don’t expect immediate relief fr
 
Two important pieces of legislation initiated this year by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) will take effect as new laws Jan. 1 and include …
 
HAMILTON, Illinois — Authorities say a county state’s attorney from western Illinois is dead after a car accident in Georgia. Dade County Coroner …
 
Pat Quinn a lot of political capital. Writing about the new law cost veteran gun scribe Dick Metcalf and editor Jim Bequette their jobs at Guns & Ammo.
 
Traffic Deaths On Illinois Roadways Increase In 2013CBS LocalWBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports as of noon, 973 people have died on Illinois roads in 2013, 19 more people than 2012 with more than a full day left in the year. Shannon Alderman, coordinator of IDOT’s alcohol program says the biggest reason is believed to …
 
New Director Named To Illinois Torture CommissionCBS LocalCHICAGO (AP) – A former federal prosecutor who most recently has worked as a Harvard University attorney has been picked to lead an Illinois commission investigating allegations of torture by Chicago police officers, the commission said Monday.Illinois torture commission resuming investigation
 
Legislator pushing earlier end to corrupt lawmakers’ pensions … has signed into law an overhaul of Illinois’ roughly $100 billion pension problem.
 
Lewis and Clark will receive $4.9 million and John Wood Community College (JWCC) in Quincy will receive $2.1 million for their parts in the effort.
 
State board honors Illinois’ top teachersPeoria Journal StarShe is recognized by colleagues and students at her Elgin school as an outstanding role model who builds relationships with students. Board Chairman Gery Chico says Reilly and Leisner are “great examples of the great teachers across Illinois.” Journal …Illinois honors top teachers
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois will end 2013 with $7.6 billion in unpaid bills, a 15 percent reduction from a year earlier, officials said Monday.