Today’s headlines — Thursday, Jan. 2

After the holidays, Illinois voters will be treated to another dizzying season – one that involves campaign ads, stump speeches and soundbites.
Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters 
Get “In the Know” on Disabled parking, winter weather, flu season and more! 
The Sun Times reports on campaign contributions to IL Supreme Court justices from the interest groups directly… 
The recent pension reform bill is either constitutionally permissible or not. The IL Supreme Court justices will… 
Bernard Schoenburg: Potential for craziness in 2014 racesThe State Journal-RegisterIf the 2012 race between Democrat DAVID GILL and Davis is any gauge, millions of dollars — including a lot from outside groups — will be spent to sway voters in the 13th, especially as the November election approaches. And TV viewers will get very …
Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business broke the story earlier this year. The “elite school” in which Rauner’s daughter wanted to enroll, Walter Payton …
“We’re going to put together the biggest grass-roots campaign Illinois has seen in a long, … Maps; 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601, USA … of Illinois’ School of Labor and Employment Relations found that since 1995, …
The University of Chicago is often said to be a school “where fun goes to die.” Yet my College Twitter Happiness Index registered 70 percent happy for …
I have enjoyed the Chicago sports radio airways being filled with fans supporting a guy for QB, yet not actually knowing his name. I did get my fill this …
Carmi Times – Found 2 hours agoHe ran for secretary of state in 2006 and was defeated by Democrat Jesse White. He currently leads many polls for the Republican nominee.
Talking new state laws w/@TheMattyMatt84 on @WVON1690 at 7:20 a.m. Thursday. Topics include new driving laws, @concealedcarry, teen voting.
GRAPHIC: Top Campaign Contributions to IL Supreme Court Justices … via @suntimes
EDITORIAL: Allowing money in state Supreme Court races has a high cost – Chicago Sun-Times … via @suntimes
I will be live tomorrow (01/02) on @cities929 The Morning Rush w/@TheRobertRees 92.9 FM at 7:05 am. #twill
Illinois authors’ works among the year’s best: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” (2013, Abrams Books for Young Readers,… 
EDITORIAL: Here’s a rule about courtrooms they don’t teach in law school but should: If the clout is equal, justice will prevail. When the clout on each side is equal, a judge is free to decide on a case on its merits. Problem is, the clout isn’t always equal, and that can cast a shadow over judicial rulings. And the huge amount of money that pours into state Supreme Court races nowadays guar
Yesterday we posted a top ten list of the worst Illinois towns when it comes to unemployment. That was with October’s figures. They just came out with November’s figures and we’ve got an updated list for you.
Proponents of a transportation sales tax were dealt a big blow last year when a legislative effort died at the last minute. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on putting a 1-cent sales tax increase before voters.   
Everybody loves a good Cinderella story. There’s something about seeing the underdog prevail that gives people hope a fairy tale ending is actually possible.When the top four collegiate chess teams come together in New York City in April, a champion looks to repeat while an unlikely contender hopes simply to keep the magic going.It’s no surprise that Webster University dominated the Pan-American I
Top Illinois stories of 2013 – gay marriage becomes law: Play now!John Gregory of the Illinois Radio Network has a look at one of the top stories of the year in Illinois. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
Both of the candidates forIllinois comptroller are pitching the idea of something that shows you how your state tax dollar is being spent.  Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she will send the information with your state tax refund check,…
A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: It has come to our attention that an amendment is to be put on the ballot to put political mapping in the hands of the voters. Good idea? Yes, it is about time we have a direct effect on the mapping process.
Welcome to 2014, an election year for statewide offices, including governor, state representatives and one-third of our state senators.
Fox Lake collected more than $93,000 in video gambling revenue in the first year the machines operated, according to figures released by the state. The village ranks among the top two in the suburbs. “I feel like we hit the jackpot. It’s really been a boon for us,” Mayor Donnie Schmit said. One expert said Fox Lake is one of several communities that may be benefitting from their proximit
CHICAGO (STMW) – Able-bodied drivers who’ve been illegally using disabled-parking placards to avoid feeding parking meters in Chicago have just a couple more weeks before their free parking passes expire. Only people who have a new yellow and gray “meter-exempt permanent placard” will be allowed to park free at meters statewide under a new Illinois law that takes effect this New Year’s Day. In Chi
CHICAGO (CBS) – It appears that 60 ex-felon apprentice car-cleaners will keep their jobs at the CTA — but they will be cleaning buses instead of rapid transit cars for the foreseeable future. CTA spokesperson Tammy Chase said agreement was reached between CTA and Amalgamated Transit Union Division 241, the local that represents bus drivers and mechanics, and not with Division 308, the local that r
Belleville, IL Rings Bells for Two Minutes to Usher In Its 200th YearBelleville, IL Rings Bells for Two Minutes to Usher In Its 200th Belleville, IL Rings Bells for Two Minutes to Usher In Its 200th Year Belleville, IL residents gathered on the city’s Public Square downtown on New Year’s Day 2014 to welcome in the city’s Bicentennial Year. Starting at 2 p.m., people rang all so
Election officials say starting next year most Illinois 17-year-olds will be eligible to register and vote in the March primary election. The first day of 2014 is Wednesday. Cook County Clerk David Orr says it’s a first in Illinois history. He say…
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially…
Not many people envy Vivian Scott her job. Teaching eighth-graders in Cahokia has to be a tough job.Click to Continue »
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.Hardiman for Illinois Campaigning in Peoria, ILWhile campaigning in Central Illinois, the Hardiman for Illinois campaign recently stopped by the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Peoria IL.
Happy New Year!
Growing up in government assisted housing is one thing. Letting it define you is another, I didn’t.
Reports: Weekly jobless claims, December ISM Manufacturing, November construction spending    
Hackers posted a database containing 4.6 million names and phone numbers of Snapchat users and compromised the social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype in two apparently unrelated attacks.    
International Business Times10 Of 2014′s Most Important New Laws In IllinoisChicago Defender2013 was a busy year for the Illinois legislature. While two of their most headline-grabbing achievements — pension reform legislation and the marriage equality law — don’t go into effect on Jan. 1, plenty other significant new state laws do. Below …A one-ounce bag of medicinal marijuana. (Justin Sullivan
Illinois’ current capital plan, “Illinois Jobs Now,” is set to end next year.Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for a new plan, and he’s looking to tax code changes to help fund it.The basic idea isn’t new. Quinn previously pushed to close what he called corporate tax loopholes to generate $445 million to pay the backlog of state bills. …
CALUMET CITY | Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones expressed his anger Monday at city officials, particularly Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush, for holding a citywide Christmas party for senior citizens at a banquet hall in Indiana. Jones used an …
A big Happy Birthday shout out to my follicly liberated pal … @ashvinlad!! Cheers, my friend!!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted little time replacing Greg Schiano, agreeing to terms with Lovie Smith on Wednesday to become their next head coach, according to multiple reports. Smith, the longtime Chicago Bears coach who did not work in the …
Closure never really comes for parents who lose a child. But sometimes, life begins anew.    
Another actor died today, the media goes crazy.. Where is the media when we lose our military personnel defending their right to freedom?
IL concealed carry officially begins today, permits issued soon. Permit $150. When elected I will work for a much lesser fee #Wozniak71
The so-called “young invincibles” are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity…
JUST IN Mesker Park Zoo officials say three of four Mexican Gray wolves dug their way out of their enclosure this afternoon, causing visitors to stay safe in nearby buildings. Get the details here:
#Illinois Cries Wolf: My AP story; official tells me_w #wolves roaming in_Illinois making plans for wolf population 
In 2011 21.7% of government procurement opportunities went to #SmallBusiness. #WeDeserveMore #ThinkBig
COLETTE DURKIN Obituary: View COLETTE DURKIN’s Obituary by Chicago Tribune 
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thanks so much for being a part of our team. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in 2014!
Wishing everyone a happy and wonderful 2014!
Happy New Year!
Scoot Reeder: Why do you need a license for that in Illinois? …Rockford Register StarThere are some who would have you believe that government bureaucrats are like perched vultures, waiting for some unsuspecting entrepreneur to come along before they swoop in. The reality is something a bit more interesting. Regulation often is the …
Here’s a study with obvious results: Teen drivers actually are very scary #KSDK …
How ya gonna call?The State Journal-RegisterKeating attributed customers’ interest in hands-free communication to House Bill 1247, a law that goes into effect Jan. 1 and will prohibit motorists in Illinois from using their cellphones, tablets, PDA or other electronic device while they’re behind …
@kylehillman The new year calls for hope. Haters refer to disappointment. True cubs fans wait for the end of year to see what happens.
Today let us take a break from carping over things like lawmakers’ penchant for enacting blanket, overwritten laws that infringe on our freedoms or turning ticket-worthy infractions into jailing offenses. To be sure there was plenty of that …
Happy New Year #IL05! Hoping 2014’s full of compromise & getting things done in Congress. And a good @Cubs season. I’m an optimist!
Able-bodied drivers who’ve been illegally using disabled-parking placards to avoid feeding parking meters in Chicago have just a couple of weeks before their free parking passes expire. Only people who have a new yellow and gray “meter-exempt permanent placard” will be allowed to park free at meters statewide under a new Illinois law that takes effect this New Year’s Day.
Happy New Year, Texas! Please join #TeamLVP and help me make this a great 2014!  #txlege
It occurs to me that there’s a prisoner’s dilemma associated with A/B testing end-of-quarter fundraising email subject lines.
Secret of black-eyed peas? Don’t overcook peas, plenty of tabasco, gr. onions only at the last, and lightly brown ham!
Here are some more new laws kicking in this new year … via @davemckinney123
I love being a mom! It is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me to date. #Twins #Family
2014 is here, now it’s time to usher in the #americanreality and #canjan Illinois 9th deserves better than @janschakowsky
Together we can accomplish big things! Let’s stay in touch on LinkedIn to support one another even more 
The time for effective administration is now! I’m looking forward to being the voice of #ChicagoFamilies like yours & mine #WomenInCongress
African-Americans lead Twitter, LinkedIn usage in Chicago
New Illinois Gun Laws In 2014: Mandatory Reporting Of Lost Guns, FOID Checks …Huffington PostA new Illinois law requires private sellers of guns to verify that the buyers’ gun permits are valid, but a State Police website for the verification process was not yet working as of New Year’s Eve. The law, in effect on New Year’s Day, requires that …
Video: Notable Chicagoans Who Passed Away in 2013 From Roger Ebert to Dennis Farina and Charlie Trotter, Chicago lost some significant individuals last year. WATCH:
Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky wants to give terrorists a pass on war crimes. She co-sponsored H.R. 3741 in late December 2013 that would eliminate the death penalty for treasonous offenses such as the use of weapons of mass destruction (chemical or biological), murder done via torture, espionage, and the death of state or local law enforcement officials. Keep in mind that some of the other offe
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014!
Happy New Year, everyone! This year marks 50 since the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. In 2014, let us honor this anniversary with a renewed focus on fairness and equality for all.
Wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity in 2014!
Happy New Year! We are beginning the new year with a push to get signs out EVERYWHERE! If you live or own a property where you would like a yard sign or 4X8 placed call, email or text me and we will bring the sign by or place it for you. Don’t forget to visit the website for opportunities to volunteer or keep up with the campaign activities. Bryantwww.bryantf
For Obamacare, it’s finally showtimewww.politico.comObamacare just got real. Sure, there were some new rules and benefits over the last few years, but that was just a warmup. Starting today, all of the big pieces of the Affordable Care Act — the biggest domestic achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency and one of the most far-reaching cha…
Happy New Year Illinois! I’m so glad 2014 has arrived….the year of a wave Republican election and Dick Durbin’s last year in office. Here’s my New Year’s resolution: Beat Durbin. What’s yours?
Well, it is indeed 2014 and my volunteers and I are headed out into this snow blizzard to get affidavit pages signed to verify voters signatures. It’s a real shame that my opponent McAuliffe just doesn’t have the courage to face me on the ballot in March. Instead, he’s picked some neighborhood croney to stand in his place with the House Republican Attorney Fogarty doing the legal lifting. McAulif
HAPPY NEW YEAR #IL05! I’m hoping 2014 is a year of hard work, compromise and getting things done in Congress. And of course back home in Chicago, I look forward to a new season and new hope for my beloved Cubs! What are your hopes and resolutions for 2014? What you’re looking forward to the most?
Oleg Kazantsev originally from Russia and currently living in Chicago, Illinois will be honored at the 30th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards being held in April 2014 in Los Angeles. The event will celebrate the annual winners in the L.
School zones, dropping off/picking up – posted in Illinois Right to Carry: Was wondering what the carry law was concerning school zones. If I have my …
Congrats to Mayor @BilldeBlasio on his first day building a strong, prosperous NYC.
~~~~~HAPPY NEW YEAR!~~~ #AlexandraEidenberg #TheInsurancePeople #WomenInCongress #2014
Happy New Year to you and your family! With your support, we will make 2014 the best yet! 
A new year brings new opportunities, new challenges and new experiences. Looking forward to them all! Happy New Year!
Click to contribute and help make big changes in our community by electing a #WomenInCongress 
It has been an honor to represent you in the Senate this year. Happy #NewYears to all.
Happy New Year to you and your families. I wish you well in 2014!
Have a happy and healthy 2014, #Illinois! #twill
Happy New Year’s Day, Happy Kwanzaa! & Rep. La Shawn K. Ford’s Job Leads for 1/1/2014 #constantcontact 
2013 was a great year. Here’s looking to an even better 2014!
Happy New Year 2014 #constantcontact 
Have a happy and healthy 2014, #Illinois! #twill
Happy New Year! Today marks the start of the calendar year, but it also represents the chance for a new beginning. #2014 #twill
Illinois preps for possibility of wolf population; already in Jo Daviess County. …
An Illinois state legislator is pushing a law that could help bring down the population in Illinois’ crowded prison system. Representative Michael Zalewski wants a change in the law so that thieves wouldn’t face prison time unless they stole at …Lawmaker Wants To Eliminate Prison Time For Some Thieves
Resolutions: 1. Be a great Dad. 2. Grow the business. 3. Exercise more. 4. Take on the machine in Springfield, and win. #tlot #tcot
Happy New Year to all, looks to be an interesting year!
Happy New Year! We are beginning the year with the push to get signs out EVERYWHERE! If you live or own a property where you would like a yard sign or 4×8, message me, call or email. We will bring the signs by or place them for you. Don’t forget to visit the website to volunteer or to keep up with the campaign activities. Terri Bryantwww.facebook.comKeep constituents informed regarding the 115th I
The 140-some columns of 2013 really began with the February piece about eccentric Broadwell farmer Ray Fulk, whose will left his farm to two actors.
In an age of declining state aid for education, school districts in Illinois have teamed up to share resources through an initiative called IlliniCloud.
Resolutions: 1. Be a great Dad. 2. Grow the business. 3. Exercise more. 4. Take on the machine in Springfield, and win. #tlot #tcot