Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Jan. 1

Good morning, 2014 (if anyone is awake)! We still could see eight inches of snow by the end of the day: http://suntm.es/1d9yK5H 
 
 
 
I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year as we ring in 2014!
 
 
 
Happy New Year! May 2014 be your best year yet!
 
 
 
2013 Year in Pictures…Ready to Roar in 2014! http://instagram.com/p/inGAY1QsaH/ 
 
 
 
Here’s to a safe, healthy, and productive 2014 for you and your family! http://fb.me/322GqBtFX 
 
 
IL: Tax bombshell? Will Dems pass tax after election again? http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-look-ahead-tax-hike-20130610,0,4525223.photo … #Madigan #Cullerton #Quinn #tax #twill
 
 
Happy 2014!
 
 
Don’t ever hire DJ Jersey…he is really bad here at Paris…playing songs from the 90s for NYE
 
 
Tribune: Editorial: It was—surprise—a very good year http://bit.ly/1cWSAGg 
 
 
Southern: Woman finds snake in couch brought home from curb http://bit.ly/19H2uG2 
 
 
Thankful for my followers and thankful to those who appreciate real journalism, just how the story unfolds. A great 2014 ahead. Stay tuned.
 
 
Illinois’ Senate Democrats released a brief slideshow on the new laws taking effect in the new year. Wonder where… http://fb.me/6kaPNWMSf 
 
 
Ten months and a few days. Lets get to work.
 
 
The IL medical marijuana law takes effect, but you may want to put that down… http://bit.ly/19Hx7Lw 
 
 
 
Village of Mundelein unveils new website http://bit.ly/1d7SAhE
 
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation in Washington, Illinois Tuesday that ensures FEMA funds to cover last spring’s flooding. The state’s shared obligation for the FEMA relief is nearly $6 million.Quinn used the bill signing as an opportunity to remind people affected by the devastating November tornadoes to sign up for FEMA assistance by the January 27th deadline. That was a chance for
 
 
What news stories do you remember from 2013? There were a lot of headlines here in Chicago. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte takes a look back.
 
 
 
 
https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/187664_1913615_325694492_s.jpgJason Barickman2013 started with a bang (Wally was born 6 weeks early on Jan 4) and never slowed down. I have so much to be thankful for, and am excited for all that 2014 will bring for our family! Have a happy and safe New Year!
 
 
Happy New Year. To All and thanks so much for following our campaign from the start. I predict 2014 will certainly be exciting, and a year to remember. Everyone be safe tonight. My Resolution for 2014, is to work hard to Return Illinois to the People. A second, involves me tweeting more, but I need you to help me increase my Twitter Army. Please Resolve to Follow Me in 2014 @WozniakJim .
 
 
Starting off New Year’s Eve right with Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Morrison. Stay safe tonight!
 
 
Less than 5 hours to 2014, and also the same amount of time until the fundraising deadline. Anything helps! Even small donations of $5, $10, or $25 show the grassroots strength of our campaign.Contributeservices.myngp.comLog in with your social accounts or create an ActionID to securely save your FastAction profile — which will allow you to take future actions with a single click.
 
 
Speaking to students at IMSA. I learned a lot during my visit, especially through their great thoughts and ideas on what legislation they think should be introduced in the 98th GA.
 
 
As the years closes, so will the doors of Regulus Coffee House Company, though they will continue to sell coffee online and at community events. They were founding members of the @Irving Irving Austin Business District and integral to our district events. Their mission was to keep it local, to support our neighborhood, and to bring us all the arts and a place to commune, and they did just that.
 
 
Dear Friends, I wanted to take a moment to send you my best wishes for a happy, healthy new year. With 2013 in the books, it’s a good time for all of us to reflect on the work we have accomplished over the past year. It was a productive year in Springfield but we do have a great deal of work ahead of us in the New Year. Every year in Springfield, the legislature passes a series of new laws. Som
 
 
Happy New Year! Cheers to Republican Victory in 2014! #twill #tcot #HappyNewYear
 
 
Last day of year; time with family, early dinner and crash out long before midnight. Happy New Year & here is to a successful 2014!
 
 
I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year as we ring in 2014!
 
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
 
As 2014 begins, the Senate Republican Caucus wishes you a very Happy New Year and hope that it is filled with joy, good health and prosperity.
 
 
Happy New Year!!! May your 2014 be full of God’s blessing and hope for you and your families!
 
 
Just got home from Iraq in time for the New Year!! Happy New Year everyone!! Hoping for a successful 2014.
 
 
I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2014!
 
 
Wishing everyone a great 2014! May it bring joy and clarity to all!
 
 
As we close one year and begin a new year, embrace the opportunities to engage your world, your state, your community, and the place you are. It is God’s will and intent to use each of us in His net. Some will catch others as they fall, some will cover in protection, even others will provide peace and comfort as their role in this intricate play of life and existence. 2014 will have times of joy a
 
 
Happy New Year! I wish everyone in Illinois the very best for 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
Happy New Years! I look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2014. May God bless you all!
 
 
Happy New Year everyone! I pray your 2014 is one of joy and peace.
 
 
Happy New Year to everyone in the 26th District.
 
 
Happy New Year to all! Be safe. Be wise. Be healthy. Be loved.
 
 
Happy New Year! May 2014 be your best year yet!
 
 
The Grayslake Oasis is an amazing organization! We all need to support it!https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/211331_1151116410_559139105_s.jpgJoyce CampbellThank you State Rep Sam Yingling for arranging the $2500 grant for the Grayslake Oasis from AT&T! That money will help us go a long way toward continuing to serve over 15,000 teens per year!
 
 
State Representative JOSH HARMS 3rd Annual Gun Raffle. IMG950210. Monday, December 30th, 2013 @ 8:42AM. Grand Prize – Bushmaster …
 
 
Policy group urges city to post more information onlineHerald & ReviewDECATUR — Even as city officials frequently emphasize efforts to connect with citizens, a “transparency audit” conducted by the Illinois Policy Institute gives the city’s website a failing grade. Results of the institute’s survey, released earlier …
 
 
Schiller Park mayor hired husband: ‘He wants nothing but to please me’Chicago TribuneThe mayor of that suburb, Bradley Stephens, has justified the hiring of relatives — and their profiting from village contracts — by using arguments similar to those given by Piltaver. … By early July, Piltaver had appointed her husband, John, to …
 
 
Bridge projects planned for DuPage, KaneChicago Daily HeraldLinda Chapa LaVia and state Sen. Linda Holmes both issued statements in support of the work. Holmes, an Aurora Democrat, said replacing the Indian Trail Road bridge is “much-needed” and will “improve the daily commute of countless Aurora motorists.”.
 
 
Legislative changes on the horizon this yearAlton TelegraphDwight Kay of Glen Carbon wants to take away state-funded pensions for any public official convicted of corruption. To which most people would question why it hasn’t been done already. It seems as though there is some of that fine print stuff involved.
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. A Democratic candidate for governor believes the solution to the state’s pension crisis isn’t the pension …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS January 01, 2014 – 4:06 am EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. CHICAGO — A state law taking effect Wednesday limits the use …
 
 
Major changes coming to GED testing in 2014WPSD Local 6Franklin-Williamson Regional Superintendent Matt Donklin says offering the computer test will be a challenge. “What we’ve been doing in Illinois all year is try to figure out how to move online testing in secure computer labs,” Donklin said. His office …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois officials are extending the controlled pheasant hunting season at three state sites. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday the extended seasons for several days in January at each location.
 
 
Editorial: Illinois needs more work comp reformChicago TribuneSome critics of the bipartisan deal on Illinois pension reform say it is doomed to fail and, for evidence, they point to another child of bipartisanship: reform of the Illinois workers’ compensation system passed in 2011. Workers’ compensation …
 
 
Updates on a former Grayslake police sergeant’s pension battle, new … A few months ago, we reported that Illinois Department of Transportation …
 
 
As you wake up this morning, a number of new laws will be in effect in Illinois.
 
 
Skimming the Your Views section of The State Journal-Register from the past year, it’s evident our readers have no shortage of opinions, nor do they …
 
 
Personal tablet use at two Lake County school districts has led to improved student classroom engagement and other benefits, according to teachers and administrators. Lake Zurich Unit District 95 started its mobile device initative in August when 1,300 iPads were issued to middle and high school students. Gurnee Elementary District 56 is in first full academic season with all 2,500 pupils in posse
 
 
YESTERDAY
 
My main goal for the new year: Have my actions and behavior spark the redirection of someone’s life toward positivity. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!
 
 
 (KMOV) –This week, Illinois State Police outlined the implementation of the new concealed carry law as the on-line applications begin on January 5. In addition to a background check and review of Department of Human Services files, Illinois State Police will also make information about a recent concealed carry license application available local law enforcement agencies – giving officers a …
 
 
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be …
 
 
 
 
Editorial: Create jobs, curb spending — tops on resolutions listBloomington PantagraphIllinois currently has the second worst unemployment rate in the nation, and Decatur has the worst unemployment rate in the state. It’s clear the current system … The result is a series of unresolved budget and infrastructure issues. To Congress, we …New Year’s resolutions for lawmakers
 
 
Before it gets too late, Happy New Year friends! Ring it in safely! 🎉🌌🎊
 
 
Please be safe out there tonight. See you all next year God willing.
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I wish everyone a safe evening and a prosperous new year. —– My main goal for the new… http://fb.me/ReKrcq4R 
 
 
Joseph Bertrand Reverse Dunk vs Indiana 12/31/13 Joseph Bertrand’s reverse alley-oop dunk from Rayvonte Rice against Indiana on 12/31/13. The Fighting Illini defeated the Hoosiers 83-80 in overtime. From: IlliniProductionsHD Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 00:23 More in Sports
 
 
Illinois Basketball Highlights vs Indiana 12/31/13 Highlights of Illinois basketball’s 83-80 overtime win over Indiana at State Farm Center in Campaign, Ill., on Dec. 31, 2013. Rayvonte Rice led the Fighting … From: IlliniProductionsHD Views: 5 1 ratings Time: 06:17 More in Sports
 
 
Illinois Basketball Postgame Press Conference vs. Indiana 12/31/13 Postgame press conference with Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce and Illini players Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice following the Fighting Illini’s 83-80 overtime win over Indiana at… From: IlliniProductionsHD Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 21:41 More in Sports
 
 
https://twitter.com/MikeforIllinois/statuses/418134291562766336
 
 
The New Year may bring hope for those affected by the November tornadoes in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn said almost $2-million in Federal grants and almost $6-million in low interest loans have been
 
 
“Mitt Romney of Illinois politics is Bruce Rauner.” (part 2 of 3) We told you in part 1 that Bruce Rauner would like to be the next governor of
 
 
Have a safe & Happy New Year!. In 2014, I will #CANJAN! pic.twitter.com/hmOBV9nFTV
 
 
#HappyNewYear to all of you. See you in #2014!
 
 
More info on why I am running & about my campaign please visit http://alexandraeidenberg.com/  #WomenInCongress
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has no public events scheduled on New Year’s Day. #twill #2014
 
 
Have a safe and fun New Year’s!
 
 
Happy New Year to all of my Facebook friends!! All the best in 2014. Be safe tonight … and always, please. Cheers.
 
 
Great win for the #illini over the Hoosiers! Congrats to the orange and blue!
 
 
Happy New Year, friends! Godspeed and all the best for 2014. Be safe out there tonight. 😉
 
 
2013 has been quite a year. I was sworn in for my first term as your State Senator, made it through my first… http://fb.me/2LcJaPbxx 
 
 
Please be safe out there tonight. See you all next year God willing.
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-house.pdf http://ift.tt/Jt3qaH 
 
 
ILGA — Bills in Conference Committee Stage.pdf http://ift.tt/1hTs8Np 
 
 
ILGA — Conference Committee History-Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/Jt3oQb 
 
 
[ooyala code=”VrbnNjajqRkputMhVTtiMb4nbLC2NaDo” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″] (KTVI) – A new law takes effect in Illinois on New Year’s Day that will throw the book at those throwing cigarette butts out their car windows.  The fine could go as high as $1,500. The law, passed last summer in Springfield, has plenty of detractors.  Many feel the fine is simply too
 
 
WPSD Local 6 Reporter Kendall Downing is leaving us to work for a television station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please help us wish him the best of luck in 2014.Goodbye Party For Kendall DowningWPSD Local 6 Reporter Kendall Downing is leaving us to work for a television station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please help us wish him the best of luck in 2014.
 
 
Just six hours left in 2013! Make your contribution now to ensure we end the year strong and are ready for 2014. Let’s take back Illinois from the Democrats and make our state prosperous once again!Contribute to Bill Brady/Maria Rodriguezwww.completecampaigns.com
 
 
I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year.
 
 
My New Year Resolution in 2014, is to #CANJAN! Have a safe & Happy New Year! FOR A BETTER 9TH!
 
 
Just finished the candidate questionnaires. Personal freedom/responsibility? SUPPORT. Increased state control? OPPOSED. #tcot #tlot
 
 
2013 has been quite a year. I was sworn in for my first term as your State Senator, made it through my first legislative session and got the ball rolling on some much-needed reforms. Looking forward to what we will accomplish together in 2014. Wishing everyone a healthy & happy new year!
 
 
Have a magical New Year’s Eve, friends! Let’s keep each other safe out on the roads tonight. Tatman’s is offering free rides and tow service until 3AM. (<—What an awesome local business!)Free rides home from towing companywww.illinoishomepage.netURBANA — A local company is trying to make it easier for people to stay safe on the roads.
 
 
Snow is expected to fall across much of Illinois throughout the night – please drive with extreme caution and be alert. As we begin to ring in 2014, I urge everyone to celebrate and drive responsibly. For real-time road conditions, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/2ayw8kzWinter Road Conditionswrc.gettingaroundillinois.comThe conditions reported on this page only represent conditions of routes main
 
 
I am sure that it has nothing to do with the concerns that we raised here yesterday about transparency and the sniping that has gone on between the …
 
 
As we begin to ring in #2014, I urge everyone to celebrate and drive responsibly. See real time road conditions here: http://tinyurl.com/2ayw8kz 
 
 
Snow is expected to fall across much of #Illinois throughout the night – please drive with extreme caution and be alert.
 
 
Illinois, let’s get our Swagger back! It’s time for a New Era for Illinois! Join us http://www.wilsonforillinois.com
 
 
Happy New Year to all of my Facebook friends!! All the best in 2014. Be safe tonight … and always, please. Cheers.
 
 
Feeling nostalgic? Just woke up from a coma? I put together a “voices in the news” montage for 2013: http://bit.ly/1cVhVk3 
 
 
Great win for the #illini over the Hoosiers! Congrats to the orange and blue!
 
 
With just hours to go in 2013, we’re counting down to the EOQ fundraising deadline. Give $5 and help Mike win https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/34398 … #twill
 
 
WILL: Illinois Holds Off Indiana in OT http://bit.ly/1hdHVcc 
 
 
How cute is this? White House releases 2013 behind-the-scene photos. Check them out! http://abc7.ws/1dnUSga  pic.twitter.com/lmbeYWA864
 
 
EDITORIAL: Gov. Pat Quinn must craft an austere budget for the coming fiscal year that doesn’t count on one penny of the pension deal’s $1.2 billion in estimated savings ­— not until the courts rule on the bill.
 
 
The amount Illinois must pay to keep pace with its pension systems should grow less than 2 percent next year but still total nearly $7 billion.
 
 
A judge says a Chicago-area chemical company can’t restart a manufacturing unit involved in an explosion and fire until it figures out what happened.
 
 
The Illinois Tollway is putting its full fleet of 182 snowplows on the road as snow blankets northern Illinois on New Year’s Eve.
 
 
The Dome has been growing as readers connected to learn the latest on pension reform. Today, we asked if anything in state government surprised them in 2013. So far, the answer is no. Visit and like The Dome so you don’t miss anything in 2014, a big election year.The DomeThe Dome is your one-stop site for news about Illinois government and politics. Brought to you by The State Journal-Register, Th
 
 
Our View: Stop pension ‘double-dipping’ http://shawurl.com/xh1Our View: Stop pension ‘double-dipping’www.daily-chronicle.comWhile the Illinois Legislature finally took a half-hearted swing at pension reform, no one who’s paying much attention believes the crisis is resolved.
 
 
Here are my New Years Resolutions for Illinois in 2014. LIKE if you agree.
 
 
Target, which is dealing with one of the largest ever payment-data breaches in U.S. retail history, said on Tuesday that some of the gift cards it sold over the holiday season were not activated properly.    
 
 
Alexandra Eidenberg Candidate for IL 4th District US Congress! #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig #SmallBusiness
 
 
Chicagoans can achieve anything we set our minds to. #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig #Chicago
 
 
We have another ten hours before the deadline – if you haven’t had a chance to pitch in, now’s the time. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/gg14 … #IL13
 
 
Beverly/Mt.Greenwood #Chicago #CookCounty Come visit us on Jan.26, 2014 http://beverly-mtgreenwood.patch.com/groups/events/p/free-meet–greet-with-congressional-candidate-sharon-brannigan-on-12614 … … #ILGOP #tpp #tpn #IL #Events #Congress
 
 
Have A Safe & Warm ‘Happy New Years’ … http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=155b1f98e3d5b3d139cbf3ca2&id=ab48f13d5c&e=fcf6aceb79 … … #ILGOP #IL3 #RestoreIL3 #GOP #RNC #Jobs #Unemployment #illinois #IL
 
 
Let’s Strive For Better Than 4th Highest in Nation in Unemployment (13% ‘real’ unemployment) As We Enter 2014 http://votebrannigan.tumblr.com/post/71757020272/lets-strive-for-better-than-4th-highest-in-the-nation … #ILGOP
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 4) Tricky Dick always looking to raise our taxes. http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 5) DD has an odd understanding of the First Amendment. http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 6) DD has an odd understanding of the Second Amendment. http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 7) Driving hybrid cars prevent tornadoes? http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 8) DD dressed down by Sen. Ted Cruz. http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 9) Influential website does series, “Is Dick Durbin the Dumbest Democrat?” http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 10) Durbin’s economic policies drive residents out of Illinois. http://dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10 … #ILSEN
 
 
Former WFLD-Ch. 32 news anchor Jan Jeffcoat has sold her three-bedroom, single-family house in Roscoe Village for $725,000.    
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State and local police officials will be out in force tonight to ensure the roads stay safe.The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 250
 
 
CST Editorial: Why we now might actually find out if innocent cop torture victims are in prison. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24675253-474/good-choice-to-head-torture-inquiry-panel.html …
 
 
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe New Year. – LM
 
 
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. Stay safe tonight friends.
 
 
The good news: After a weeks-long absence, plates are back in the cafeteria. The bad news: Still no forks. But, hey, we have sporks!
 
 
In 2013, mock Metra Twitter handle gave suburban riders an outlet to vent. http://bit.ly/1k4HLGh
 
 
Jackson Cunningham and Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk have warmed hearts and inspired fellow stroke patients with their odd-couple friendship, an unlikely meeting of two distinct worlds — one full of Legos and zombies, the other focused on Iran sanctions and immigration reform.
 
 
Reboot Illinois Blog: http://barrington-il.patch.com/groups/reboot-illinois/p/do-you-live-in-one-of-the-10-worst-illinois-towns-for-employment-barrington-ilWhere Are the 10 Worst Towns for Unemployment in Illinois?barrington-il.patch.comWith 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
 
 
The newest champion of football handicapping may not work as a bookmaker, but he’s no amateur.
 
 
Press release submitted by Terrostar Chamber Website Developed by Terrostar Interactive Media Receives Another Top Award (Bettendorf, Iowa) – The website QuadCitiesFirst.com, developed by Terrostar Interactive Media of Bettendorf, Iowa, has once
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township Senior Prom.Calumet Township’s PhotosAt <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calumet-Township-Community-Center/198368166845667?ref=stream&amp;viewer_id=0&#8243; data-ft=”{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;P&quot;}” data-hovercard=”/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=198368166845667&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22d
 
 
Target confirmed Tuesday that some gift cards sold before Christmas aren’t working for customers. “We are aware that some Target gift cards were not fully activated and apologize for the inconvenience,” spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement.    
 
 
It’s been a busy year in Springfield. Check out the Top 14 new laws here:14 for 14: Top 14 New Illinois Laws for 2014www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
According to a recent Rasmussen Report, 7% of likely voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. In addition, 66% believe a majority of Congress members do not care what their constituents think. Unlike your current Congressman, I CAN relate and WILL listen to YOU. Together we can create a fresh start for District 11.
 
 
Here are the Top 10 science stories of 2013, according to LiveScience. What do you think?The 10 Best Science Stories of 2013www.livescience.comDinosaurs, medieval kings, elementary particles and life below the ice. These are a few of the most exciting scientific discoveries and stories of 2013.
 
 
I stopped by Quinn’s Shell today to wish Elmo and Eula the very best of health and happiness in retirement. This community will miss its “Mayor of Main Street!”
 
 
 
 
 
Hands down, visits to the WWII memorial to greet our veterans arriving on Honor Flights were some of my best moments of 2013. What were some of yours?
 
 
Tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2014, several new laws go into effect. Don’t be caught off guard, check out the new laws here.State Representative Ron Sandackwww.ronsandack.orgIllinois House District 81
 
 
 
 
 
Chicago Tonight | WTTWDick DurbinChicago Tonight | WTTWSenator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. Durbin also serves as the Assistant Majority Leader …
 
 
Some political observers think that the powerful Illinois House Speaker … Both the NRA and gun safety advocates would privately admit they could block the opponent’s proposal but could not get their own bill to the governor.
 
 
A Hit-and-run masturbator; a bank robber who preferred prison; and a man accused of leaving feces at neighbors’ doors are among the more unusual #crime stories in Niles in 2013 — http://bit.ly/1chC3Kp
 
 
I am working w Rep. @bmwheeler to help the family of a murder victim change #Illinois’ domestic violence law http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2013/12/27/f3e94b664ea6488292f91f0e377bca4e/index.xml …
 
 
RIP Paul Sally. I’ll never forget when he left a lecture b/c of loud music outside & came back (music off) w a beer http://chicagomaroon.com/2013/12/30/paul-sally-influential-math-professor-dies-at-80/ …
 
 
Here are the new laws that become effective tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2014. Don’t be caught off guard! http://fb.me/2csPuSmwD 
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob at the Calumet Township Senior Prom. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=100550500096259&set=a.100539610097348.1699.100004239271728&type=3&theater … http://ow.ly/i/3m23D 
 
 
A Chevy Tahoe Hybrid just is not right. #Defeatsthepurpose. What’s next a Chevy Suburban Hybrid?
 
 
Agreed! Thought NYE might be busy. MT @MelindaMusing: @eatQBBQ even if they were required, Q’s would be well worth the wait. #Yumalicious
 
 
New Year Brings 218 New Laws in Illinois #constantcontact http://conta.cc/1alBwDT 
 
 
One state lawmaker cashes out her campaign fund. http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/7835 
 
 
The not-so-cold war between Chicago and Illinois is nothing new here. Chicago is often the focus of vitriol directed as us from the rest of the state – and the country, for that matter. Our politics and self important sense of entitlement a rallying cry Downstate. All of which sounds like so much whining to Continue reading →
 
 
Examiner.com – Found 21 minutes agoComptroller Dan Rutherford), two state senators who had run for governor before (Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard) and a really, really wealthy… Governor Quinn Announces $7 Million to Divert Non-Violent Offenders … – BusinessWeek Money on the way to divert non-violent offenders in Illinois – KHQA 7 Online $7M going toward non-violent offender program – KHQA 7 Onli
 
 
Wishing Jackson a #HappyNewYear and continued success in his rehab during 2014 #nevergiveup http://apne.ws/1hcOH1N 
 
 
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe New Year. – LM
 
 
It’s been a busy year in Springfield. Check out the Top 14 new laws here: http://fb.me/6w6q6hsCD 
 
 
About to talk top #Illinois stories of #2013 on @StLOnAir and humming “Lawyers, Guns and Money” tune, but “Legislators, Guns and Pensions.”
 
 
Sherlock Holmes was freed in a Chicago courtroom http://suntm.es/1haR05u  A photo of Benedict Cumberbatch to celebrate: pic.twitter.com/UPx9d74N26
 
 
“Best thing since sliced bread.” @janschakowsky notice the sarcasm? #obamacarefail pic.twitter.com/i2rgXbja9w
 
 
If I’m lucky enough to earn the support & votes of #Chicago my job will be to take their values & their dreams to DC period #WomenInCongress
 
 
I CAN relate & WILL listen to YOU. Together we can create a fresh start for District 11. MORE https://www.facebook.com/BalkemaForCongress/posts/664076916986166 … pic.twitter.com/z5xI53HNqZ
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 1) If you like your insurance, you can keep it. http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10-durbin-blunders-2013/ … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 2) First Amendment intimidator. http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10-durbin-blunders-2013/ … #ILSEN
 
 
TOP 10 DURBIN BLUNDERS 2013: 3) Gets caught spreading false rumor about GOP. http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/top-10-durbin-blunders-2013/ … #ILSEN
 
 
Congress is supposed to be about community! #WomenInCongress #SmallBusiness #MiddleClassFamilies
 
 
We should have someone fighting to create more good jobs, not their own job. #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig
 
 
It has been a great privilege to serve the people of the 8th district this year. Looking forward to the work ahead in 2014!
 
 
Year in Review – Nov. 13: Protecting schoolchildren. Share your own stories using #My2013. http://bit.ly/my-2013  pic.twitter.com/XiJTF55v0d
 
 
Dear Neighbors, I am writing to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. As the end of the year draws closer, I have been reflecting on my first year on Congress. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of the 8thdistrict, and I look forward to the work to come in 2014. If you are interested in learning more about what I’ve done on behalf of my neighbors in Washington this ye
 
 
As the end of the year draws closer, I have been reflecting on my first year on Congress. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of the 8th district, and I look forward to the work to come in 2014.
 
 
Victims of domestic violence must be afforded a level of protection that will deter their abusers from returning. House Bill 3744 is an important new piece of legislation and I look forward to working with Rep. Barbara Salvi Wheeler to get it passed.Family of murder victim seeks change in domestic violence lawwww.nwherald.comThe first time he attacked her, Diane Kephart’s ex-boyfriend pinned her d
 
 
Thank you all for a great year. 2013 saw so many challenges and triumphs. The challenges were well worth it, and the triumphs were thanks to your enormous support and enthusiasm. Thank you to all of you who have kept us going, steeled our resolve, and made always remember how important our cause is. As we head into a 2014 that will bring enormous change and opportunity for the State of Illinois, l
 
 
 
 
 
No matter what 2013 threw at you, make sure to face it and move forward in 2014…we can begin tomorrow with a clean slate!
 
 
Forbes.com – Found 53 minutes agoGovernor Scott Walker (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Louisiana Governor … Jerry Brown, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland …
 
 
ClickOnDetroit.com – Found 47 minutes ago… incumbents, Connecticut’s Dan Malloy and Pat Quinn of Illinois, also have their work cut out for them. The races for governor could be more…
 
 
 
 
Anybody get a free ride this morning? #CTA says more than 930,000 riders have due to #Ventra snafus: http://suntm.es/1k0TFRj 
 
 
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Poll: Evolution Theory Loses Ground Among GOP Voters. Party Imperiled? http://wp.me/p2kvOk-37h 
 
 
Another Parsons/THR bankruptcy auction. http://www.sj-r.com/article/20131231/NEWS/131239935/-1/json …
 
 
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In The Know Illinois: Delayed payments, top 10 news stories, Medicaid an… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2013/12/delayed-payments-top-10-news-stories.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Program to get unemployable people back into work force may be lost because Transit Union demand. This is the problem http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-78728469/ …
 
 
I wish you and your family a very prosperous and healthy 2014! My District Office will close today at noon and remain closed through…
 
 
Me 2 RT @johnfritchey: Am I the only one who hasn’t been sure of what day of the week it is for the last two weeks? #midweekholidayproblems
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s infrastructure trust ends 2013 much the way it started: more delays, no completed projects http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-chicago-infrastructure-trust-update-met-20131231,0,5009498.story … #Rahm
 
 
The ridiculous acronyms Congress slaps on legislation might be problematic for reasons beyond good taste: http://nytimes.com/2013/12/31/us/colorful-names-for-laws.html …
 
 
It’s time we had more #SmallBusiness owners &#Women making the decisions impacting our families & our communities. #WomenInCongress
 
 
“Best thing since sliced bread.” @janschakowsky notice the sarcasm? #obamacarefail pic.twitter.com/i2rgXbja9w
 
 
#Topinka promises taxpayers new details on #Illinois spending, debts http://tinyurl.com/mfn6ssq 
 
 
Southern: Quinn switches position on corporate loopholes http://bit.ly/1gk0A3h 
 
 
Increasing state income taxes will be a big issue in Springfield this coming year. Increasing state income taxes will be a big issue in Springfield this coming year. It’s inevitable, and perhaps understandable, that candidates for public office try to keep their thoughts about higher taxes to themselves in the midst of a political campaign. read more
 
 
Whether you’re spending New Year’s Eve with a quiet evening at home or going out and partying to ring in 2014, when you wake up Wednesday morning, a number of new laws will be in effect in Illinois.
 
 
Central Illinois lost several public servants this year. A look back in one of WJBC’s Top Stories of 2013 is below.
 
 
New #Illinois laws taking effect Jan. 1 address cigarette litterbugs, breast cancer detection, elder abuse and more: http://bit.ly/18GrWLr
 
 
Crain’s columnist Shia Kapos looks back on the 11 most fascinating interviews she conducted in 2013. A common thread? These subjects shared stories of hardship and perseverance.The most fascinating ‘Takes Names’ interviews of 2013www.chicagobusiness.comCME Group’s Terry Duffy’s story of losing the family home and his climb to success is among the most fascinating interviews in the Takes Names colu
 
 
VILLA PARK – DuPage Optical and State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, will partner in January to offer free eye screenings for Glaucoma Awareness Month.
 
 
Higher taxes, a poor job market, and other issues are forcing people to leave the state of Illinois.
 
 
On behalf of the Harris for Congress Campaign, I’d like to wish you and your family a safe and happy new year!
 
 
New for 2014: cell phone, cigarette butts, and teen tanning illegal. At least you can drive fast. #tlot #tcot http://ow.ly/29IMLI
 
 
One more day in 2013, and it has been quite a year. Help us end the year well, you can still donate. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ericthorsland
 
 
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2014, the year we take back Illinois. Please be safe out there tonight.
 
 
U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected in October but posted their strongest annualized gain in more than seven years, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday.    
 
 
 
End of Year Recap: The Campaign in 12 Pictures12 new photos
 
 
In 2013, the State of Illinois has been challenged in every conceivable way and we have a lot of work ahead of us in 2014 to help make things a little better for the great citizens of Illinois. Alison and I send our best wishes for a Happy New Year. May God bless you and your family.
 
 
The New Year is almost here. Let’s pledge to make next year – 2014 – Pat Quinn’s last one as governor.
 
 
Chicago-area home prices rose 10.9 percent in October from a year ago, the best showing for the local market since December 1988, according to a widely watched housing price index released Tuesday.    
 
 
Dear Neighbors, I am writing to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. As the end of the year draws closer, I have been reflecting on my first year on Congress. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of the 8thdistrict, and I look forward to the work to come in 2014. If you are interested in learning more about what I’ve done on behalf of my neighbors in Washington this ye
 
 
Crain’s Chicago Business reports: Eddie Bauer’s flagship at 600 N. Michigan Avenue is set to close.    
 
 
As the end of the year draws closer, I have been reflecting on my first year on Congress. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of the 8th district, and I look forward to the work to come in 2014.
 
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, met this month with representatives from throughout the 16th…
 
 
http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2013/12/illinois-state-police-provide-update-on.htmlIllinois State Police Provide Update On Concealed Carrywww.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
http://www.intheknowillinois.com/In The Know Illinoiswww.intheknowillinois.com
 
 
I wish you and your family a very prosperous and healthy 2014! My District Office will close today at noon and remain closed through tomorrow. I will return to the office on Thursday, January 2.
 
 
Friends, as 2013 draws to a close, we have a chance to take a stand together against higher taxes, murky laws, and reckless spending. We’re confident that, with your support, the Brady/Rodriguez team can take back Illinois in November. We need to start now. Please help by making a year end donation today- we can win this election with your support of $5, $10, $25, or whatever you can do to help us
 
 
To Janice Schakowsky, look at the horrible mess you unleashed on the American people. Why so quiet these days? You want an alternative to Obamacare? Care clinics for the poor and Insurance Across State Lines. 7 million people and growing are losing their jobs and Health insurance. This is unsatisfactory!
 
 
If you haven’t already, please “like” the OPRF Food Pantry. An anonymous donor has pledged $1 for every new follower they get through today.Oak Park River Forest Food PantryOak Park River Forest Food Pantry’s mission is to work together as a community to reduce hunger locally through • direct hunger relief services • hunger awareness education and • advocacy to influence anti-hunger poli
 
 
Ah, another example of why we need change in Washington. My company pays about 70% of its annual income in taxes! Your thoughts? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/30/congress-letting-55-tax-breaks-expire-at-year-end/?intcmp=latestnewsCongress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year’s endwww.foxnews.comIn an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at t
 
 
Thank you to Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C., The Law Offices of Early, Tousey, Regan & Wlodek, and The Law Offices of Robert A. Chapski, Ltd. for hosting a wonderful event last night. Also thanks to all who came out – it was great to see everyone. Your local support is truly appreciated!
 
 
 
 
 
Many new laws passed by State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and the Illinois General Assembly will take effect on January 1, 2014.“In 2013 the Illinois General Assembly and myself considered and passed many contentious bills,” said Rep. Dwight Kay.  “I believe it is important to let my constituents know about many of the new laws that will be in effect beginning the 1st of the year.”So
 
 
The Illinois state legislature has extended legislation that provides … If the bill had not been signed, the program would have expired Wednesday.
 
 
Photo: The Pantagraph, David Proeber ANCHOR, IL – On Nov. 6, 2012, after all the McLean County election results had been tabulated, conservative Republican Lee Newcom posted a message on his Facebook page: “I won my election but lost my…
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named a Chicago Transit Authority planning officer as the head of the city’s Department of …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … LOUIS, Illinois — Dozens of inmates have sued a southwestern Illinois jail, alleging their constitutional rights were …
 
 
WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — Two Chicago suburbs have reached an agreement in a financial dispute stemming from ownership of the Chicago Executive …
 
 
Medical Marijuana Arrives in IllinoisCBS LocalIt’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 Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws …