Today’s headlines — Saturday, Jan. 4

Census results reveal more people are working from home than before. The map below shows a snapshot across town of the change in the number of people who worked from home between 2000-2011.
 
 
One of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest, facing the Illinois economy in 2014 will be job growth. Illinois had the fourth-highest unemployment …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Emergency medical technicians in Illinois can now provide advanced life support even if they’re assigned to ambulance services designated for basic levels of care. The change is part of a new law meant to improve medical care in …
 
 
Many people who hear that the once-great state of Illinois is in a death spiral may wonder what that means. In two words: effective bankruptcy. The longer explanation is that without dramatic changes in how it does business Illinois will no longer have the …
 
 
Remember that story about how Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago had gone seven years without paying rent on a Chicago Public Schools building she …
 
 
Outside Opinion: Chicago must stop kicking can down the road on debtChicago TribuneWe asked six leaders to identify the Chicago area’s biggest challenge in 2014 and a solution. Here is one of their answers: In 2001, I was proud to serve on the Commercial Club committee that helped land Boeing, now Chicago’s largest public company, …
 
 
Southern: New law leaves drivers looking for phone options http://bit.ly/1e2Xxde 
 
 
Tribune: Crop insurance created a windfall out of a drought http://bit.ly/1lcl5lg 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Businesses must post approved signs to keep out concealed guns http://goo.gl/fb/hiuJP 
 
 
 
No government job too small for House speaker to exert his considerable influenceAn investigation documents hundreds of public employees with ties to the House speaker — a snapshot of the patronage army he uses to influence elections.
 
 
ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County Court Services will receive a $300,000 state grant to help nonviolent offenders complete probation and not go to prison.
 
 
 
Lawyers’ fees for governor, House and Senate leaders exceed $200,000Gov. Pat Quinn’s failed attempt to withhold lawmaker pay during last summer’s stalemate over pension reform cost taxpayers at least $217,000 in legal fees after Democratic House and Senate leaders sued to overturn what many legislators ridiculed as a populist stunt.
 
 
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
 
 
EDITORIAL: We’re glad to see that ex-felons who as apprentices cleaned CTA rail cars won’t be getting pink slips after all.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – During the decades I’ve covered government, I’ve seen a steady stream of people heading to Springfield wanting to have their profession licensed.
 
 
Readers and I are dancing together on that fine line between educated guesses and gut feelings, offering up hunches in bunches about the year ahead in Change of Subject’s annual predict-the-news survey.    
 
 
And earning our Upper Midwest street cred It’s an old-fashioned deep freeze in the Chicago area, with mammoth snowdrifts, biting wind and temperatures falling into single digits and below. It feels less like a winter cold snap than the onset of a new ice age. You expect to see a glacier advancing across the Wisconsin state line any minute.    
 
 
Congress shouldn’t renew corporate welfare to this politically favored industry In the early 1990s, with dreams of cheap and clean wind energy ascendant, Congress lavished a generous subsidy on power from the tall, twirling turbines. The wind industry responded, and since then has increased its installed generating capacity 30-fold.    
 
 
Emergency medical technicians in Illinois can now provide advanced life support even if they’re assigned to ambulance services designated for basic levels of care.
 
 
Welcome to 2014, an election year for statewide offices, including governor, state representatives and state senators.
 
 
The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
 
 
 
Join our first big volunteer day of 2014–RSVP for tomorrow’s “New Year, New Representation” canvass.
 
 
What we do for our dogs.Pulling Out the Stops for Four-Legged Residentsonline.wsj.comWith pet ownership at an all-time high, architects, builders and developers are pulling out the stops to please dog and cat residents.
 
 
If you have any concerns about ANYONE keeping warm, the best first thing to do is call 311 for options on well-being checks, warming centers, etc. Thinking warm thoughts for everyone.http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss/provdrs/emerg/svcs/dfss_warming_centers.htmlCity of Chicago :: City Warming Centerswww.cityofchicago.orgBitter cold temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they pose
 
 
Had dinner tonight at the Herscher fish fry. It was nice to re-connect with people there and enjoy incredible food. Thanks
 
 
You are invited to the Litchfield Town Hall meeting, on Jan. 7th (from 6pm-8pm), to meet Erika Harold, a Republican candidate for Congress in IL’s 13th District. More details can be found at: http://www.erikaharold.com/litchfieldth.
 
 
Had dinner tonight at the Herscher fish fry. It was nice to re-connect with people there and enjoy incredible food. Thanks
 
 
 
Congrats to Angel Garcia in being appointed by Treasurer Rutherford to chair the Advisory board in the Illinois Office of Job Creation and Retention, which I will chair as the Lt. Governor
 
 
With Lincoln at Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier. He loved it!!!
 
 
I truly believe in the power of shopping local, and Hagen’s Fish Market is certainly one of my favorite spots. Fresh fish and seafood flown in from both coasts, outstanding fried shrimp, and savory salmon, trout, and more smoked over a hardwood fire!Hagen’s Fish MarketThe freshest fish and seafood flown in from both coasts, outstanding fried shrimp, and savory salmon, trout and more smoked over a
 
 
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule that would permanently eliminate the grain and protein limits under the National School Lunch Program. “The USDA’s rule provides a permanent fix to one of the issues facing our local schools by removing the meat and grain maximums under the
 
 
9:30am this morning. Anastasia’s in Waukegan Noon JB’s barbershop in Norrh Chicago 5pm Jake Moran’s in Mundelein Join Don at one of these locations today!
 
 
Thanks @ilhousegop, good info on gun signage http://ow.ly/29TJ9H. Businesses should also add policy allowing armed guard cash delivery.
 
 
 
Ke$ha is headed for a 30-day stint in rehab to treat an eating disorder … “I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder.” Ke$ha strips down in her video for “Dirty Love,” which premiered on …
 
 
There are many things we don’t want to think about as we head into 2014. Edward Snowden is one of them. Is he a hero or a traitor? Perhaps for some it is a simple decision. For most, the line between right and wrong becomes so blurred it is easier to ignore the controversy and move on. It does seem important to know the government is spying on all of us. It may even be illegal, according to the
 
 
Campbell releases tax returns; Barr says he will, tooThe State Journal-RegisterContact Bernard Schoenburg: 788-1540, bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com, twitter.com/bschoenburg. By Bernard Schoenburg Political Writer. The State Journal-Register. By Bernard Schoenburg Political Writer. Posted Jan. 3, 2014 @ 7:22 pm. Comment or view …
 
 
 
 
Mike Miner wonders, “Can culture be legislated?” http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/01/03/can-culture-be-legislated …
 
 
The St. Louis Archdiocese today revealed that 115 employees have been accused of sexual abuse over three decades.St. Louis Archdiocese reveals that 115 employees have been accused of sexual abuse over three…www.stltoday.comThe information was included in court documents successfully seeking delay in releasing names of accused priests
 
 
Feel how cold it is out? It’s supposed to get THIRTY degrees colder. I’m predicting a surge in births in about 9 months.
 
 
Pulled this picture from my Twitter feed. Thought it beautifully described today. Can you imagine what Monday… http://fb.me/3EZSbY5Vv 
 
 
Politicians often talk about taking the political plunge, but State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, confirmed Thursday she will be among those participating in the Penguin Plunge in the frigid waters of Heritage Harbor on Saturday. It will be the third year for …
 
 
The GOP hasn’t offered an alternative to #ACA and they only want to take away something thats helping people access quality healthcare
 
 
The #ACA is going to help millions of people, this is something that many want and need and shouldn’t listen to GOP scare tactics
 
 
I’m coming up on @PoliticsNation at 6 pm EST don’t forget to watch! We are talking #ACA
 
 
I’ll be on @PoliticsNation tonight to talk how millions of Americans finally have access to quality and affordable healthcare #ACA
 
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding residents about two health conditions caused by cold winter weather that can lead to serious injury and even death, hypothermia and frostbite.  
 
 
You can now submit your application for concealed carry permits. The Illinois State Police are only accepting online applications for the time being, so a local state representative is stepping up to help.
 
 
Springfield Business Journal – Fletcher Farrar, ed/pub; Michelle Higginbotham, assoc pub; Scott Faingold, assoc ed. SBJ to share IT offices.
 
 
RT @nprnews: 7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014 http://n.pr/KntDbm 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Public museums in Illinois can receive funding assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which administers the program, is accepting applications from qualifying public museums. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on Monday, February 3, 2014.
 
 
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that winter weather crews are continuing cleanup from Winter Storm Hercules, the New Year’s Day storm, with additional winter storm advisories coming for Saturday night and Sunday in Illinois.
 
 
Because you haven’t had enough pension talk, my appearance on @WBEZ’s “Morning Shift” today: https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/new-lawsuits-oppose-pension …
 
 
http://www.repbrianstewart.com/brian_s_column_01_03_2014Brian’s Column 01-03-2014www.repbrianstewart.comIllinois House District 89
 
 
Greyhound racing in Dubuque has another significant opponent, but two key state lawmakers are split on the issue.
 
 
Cities across the country saw sharp drops in violent crime rates in 2013. For some big cities, murder rates reached historic lows. The numbers reflect a decades-long decline, which shows that plenty of neighborhoods in urban areas are safe while some remain troubled by violent crime.
 
 
 
 
You have got to be kidding! @SchwarzABC7: More snow coming later Saturday with possibly another 3-6 Reminds me of the winters of the late70s
 
 
Did he salt the roads? MT @ABC7Chicago: Western IL man charged after allegedly taking drunken joyride in salt truck: http://abc7.ws/1a6QpO0 
 
 
Illinois state agencies are preparing for the extreme cold and additional snowfall that is forecast for the next… http://fb.me/SsgIh5Jm 
 
 
ILGA — House Approps 2nd Yr report http://ow.ly/r1Cnr  http://ift.tt/1iA8WHl 
 
 
ILGA — HB 2453 http://goo.gl/NlZSFy  http://ift.tt/1iA8WXD 
 
 
ILGA — HB 2494 http://goo.gl/B1W20j  http://ift.tt/1csqJI2 
 
 
ILGA — HB 2747 http://goo.gl/doa3DD  http://ift.tt/1iA8WXI 
 
 
ILGA — HB 2898 http://goo.gl/quVARw  http://ift.tt/1csqJYy 
 
 
ILGA — HB 353 http://goo.gl/UXR1Db  http://ift.tt/1csqKeS 
 
 
ILGA — HB 924 http://goo.gl/pwZGWl  http://ift.tt/1iA8Xea 
 
 
ILGA — SB 2352 http://goo.gl/kijvA1  http://ift.tt/1iA8Xee 
 
 
ILGA — SB 2270 http://goo.gl/dxwUea  http://ift.tt/1iA8Vmz 
 
 
Anti fracking group delivering petitions and comments to DNR. #twill pic.twitter.com/vlrruvk1br
 
 
The parent company of Illinois Times — Central Illinois Communications — has acquired the Springfield Business Journal. Fletcher Farrar is editor and publisher; Michelle Higginbotham, associate publisher; Scott Faingold, associate editor. The Business Journal will share offices with Illinois Times in its new building at 1240 S. Sixth St.
 
 
BROOKFIELD – The Chicago Zoological Society announced Friday the first baby born at the Brookfield Zoo in 2014 – a grey seal.
 
 
Please check out my press release announcing the beginning of town halls throughout the 13th District. Anyone who seeks to represent voters in Washington must be willing to directly engage those voters in the district. http://www.erikaharold.com/thannounce
 
 
Blue Island Mayor Domingo Vargas offers some good advice in this video for dealing with the deep freeze temps the next few days.Mayor Domingo Vargas on Cold Weather in Blue Island, Illinois new HDMayor Domingo Vargas on Cold Weather in Blue Island, Illinois
 
 
As we head into this extreme winter blast, state of Illinois personnel and emergency crews are working around the clock to help people stay warm and safe, while keeping roads open for those who must travel. During this bitter cold and snowy weather, Illinois residents should stay inside as much as possible and limit their exposure to the cold temperatures. Don’t forget to dress in layers, check in
 
 
What we do for our dogs.Pulling Out the Stops for Four-Legged Residentsonline.wsj.comWith pet ownership at an all-time high, architects, builders and developers are pulling out the stops to please dog and cat residents.
 
 
Here’s my interview with the Naperville Sun about the major new state laws that took effect on Wednesday and how they impact local families. As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated! http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/newlaws-NAP-01012014:articlehttp://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/newlaws-NAP-01012014:articlenapervillesun.suntimes.com
 
 
If you have any concerns about ANYONE keeping warm, the best first thing to do is call 311 for options on well-being checks, warming centers, etc. Thinking warm thoughts for everyone. http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss/provdrs/emerg/svcs/dfss_warming_centers.htmlCity of Chicago :: City Warming Centerswww.cityofchicago.orgBitter cold temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they po
 
 
With a Winter Weather Advisory for high winds and blowing snow in effect this afternoon from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. Saturday, January 4, the City of Naperville reminds residents to make preparations to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.City of Naperville || Emergency Preparedness Guidewww.naperville.il.usEmergencies occur quickly and without notice. That is why being prepared for anything is
 
 
New mental health proposals to strengthen our background check system are an encouraging step forward in the fight against gun violence. More work lies ahead to close the gun show loophole and implement other commonsense reforms, but it’s a cause I’ll always stand up for in Congress.White House: New gun rules for mentally illwww.politico.comThe Obama administration proposed two new federal rules F
 
 
CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) — A Chicago area policeman has been put on leave while his superiors investigate how he got a $20,000 check from an 85-year-old man with dementia, officials say. Sgt. John Wasilenko, of the Elmwood Park police department …
 
 
CPS Abruptly Removes Earle STEM Elementary Principal … Joel Hood, a spokesman for Chicago Public Schools, said Melendez would be …
 
 
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to …
 
 
EDWARDSVILLE – Monday, Illinois gubernatorial primary GOP candidate Bruce Rauner is likely to get a colder than expected reception when his “Shake Up Express” bus tour stops in southern Illinois next week, thanks to an arctic blast sending Illinois temps…
 
 
The city of Springfield has declared a snow emergency starting Saturday, January 4 at 8 p.m. and ending Tuesday, January 7 at midnight. A snow emergency means all vehicles must be removed from designated Snow Emergency Routes, and any other streets where signs prohibit parking during snow emergencies. …
 
 
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast – Governor Urges Residents to Stay I… http://ift.tt/1l89KCK 
 
 
2014 Prediction: A ‘Get Out of Jail’ Card for Rod BlagojevichCNSNews.comThat’s true for anybody with an incarcerated loved one, but as the eldest daughter of former ward boss Richard Mell, and the sister of 33rd Ward Ald. Deborah Mell, the former Illinois first lady is not just anybody. She knows when to keep her mouth …
 
 
Peoria Riverfront Museum begins effort to chronicle tales from November tornadoes. Story soon at http://pjstar.com  or Sat. dead tree.
 
 
Looking for a Lobbyist? Here are 250 New CandidatesThe BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and John Sullivan (R-Okla.) Affiliate publication Corporate Counsel has more. Posted by Andrew Ramonas on …
 
 
“Governments will always act more responsibly when they know that the public has access to what’s going on. So the more we have people paying attention, the better off we are going to be.”
 
 
Our race is ranked as one of the top 5 gubernatorial races in the country. Politico reports: “Pat Quinn is another one of America’s least favorite governors: The Democrat has been mired in low approval ratings throughout his tenure…” LIKE if you agree we’re going to defeat Pat Quinn in 2014. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/2014-election-governor-races-101626.htmlStates in play:
 
 
I just read a devastating article about the corrupt way President Obama and his cronies in Congress are grabbing power in Washington. Rest assured that this is the type of nonsense I’ll help put a stop to if I’m elected as your U.S. Representative. I hope you read this article and let me know your thoughts.Strassel: The Year of the Washington Power Grabonline.wsj.comIn The Wall Street Journal, Ki
 
 
Charter says they’ve invested over $2 billion in their … rich network to make that happen.” The Missouri and Southern Illinois all-digital upgrade is scheduled to begin in mid-January and run through mid-summer, with groups of customers …
 
 
BISMARCK – A woman with extensive library experience in Illinois is the new director of the North Dakota State Library. Mary Soucie will assume her new role on Monday, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announced Friday …
 
 
It’s a steep cut from the $US29 million that the house was originally on the market for. The truly enormous compound has every bell and whistle you …
 
 
Lawmakers push bill preventing multiple taxes on goods sold onlineCBS NewsCHICAGO, IL – APRIL 11: Laptop computers are offered for sale at a Tiger Direct store on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. According to a recent report, … The legislation is currently pending before the House Judiciary Committee. © 2014 CBS …
 
 
… on a bus hit the officer while she was directing traffic outside Prairieview School, 103 E. Route 120 in Hainesville, according to the Chicago Tribune.
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn has said he supports an increase in the state’s minimum wage, a move opposed by all four of the Republican primary candidates.
 
 
If I could visit one #Illinois destination in 2014, I’d go to _________. Start planning your getaway with the new 2014 Illinois Travel Guide! ORDER your free copy here: http://bit.ly/11iHKAg #Travel
 
 
State hog numbers continue to plummet77Square.comWisconsin’s hog farm numbers were the worst among Midwest states that included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. The increasing cost of feed “has been a killer” to the state hog industry, Wachter said. He also said that it takes a …
 
 
WLS-Channel 7’s live New Year’s Eve celebration is a hit with viewersChicago Business JournalWLS-Channel 7 New Year’s Eve show co-hosts Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies have reason to celebrate the start of a new year. Lewis Lazare: Reporter- Chicago Business Journal: Email | Twitter. Maybe it was the truly lousy weather in Chicago on New …
 
 
Mayor Domingo Vargas on Cold Weather in Blue Island, Illinois new HD Mayor Domingo Vargas on Cold Weather in Blue Island, Illinois. From: KarmaTUBER Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:57 More in People & Blogs
 
 
South Carolina Enquirer-Herald – Found 13 minutes agoPat Quinn on Friday urged residents to use any of the state’s warming … The governor also asks Illinois residents to check on senior citizens
 
 
Classic Chicago dibs: http://bit.ly/1g3LVZ0  pic.twitter.com/nCjDvNtq8C
 
 
****Major Announcement Coming****** Info@alexandraeidenberg.com #Chicago
 
 
What can we do to remove the Austin neighborhood in the 7th District from the most dangerous list? #Chicago #austin #safety
 
 
My long time incumbent opponent has a rather short list of accomplishments for so many years in office. govtrack.us
 
 
Today in 1877, the current state Capitol in Springfield sees its first legislative session convene. #LegResUnit #TIH
 
 
Illinois is No. 1 in many dubious categories, including most units of government. That, my friends, is no honor…. http://fb.me/2YVXZv82i 
 
 
My weather radio reports it is now 2 below zero. Minus 2!! When is it so cold that there’s no distinguishing… http://fb.me/2KkbqWGva 
 
 
One New Year’s resolution for Illinois: Lose the fat (from governmental bodies) http://fw.to/8mK9BPU  Op-ed via @AndyShawBGA
 
 
According to public health officials it’s not too late to get vaccinated this flu season. Read more in the article… http://fb.me/TIuVuElN 
 
 
The new Illinois ban on cellphone use while driving netted its first #Peoria citation at 8 a.m. on Thursday. http://bit.ly/1g4b3iz 
 
 
No-gun signs loading up business windows to keep out concealed weapons http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-concealed-weapons-sign-met-20140102,0,5674121.story … #twill
 
 
U-S Drivers Distracted 10 Percent of Time on Road http://dlvr.it/4d1z6l  via @LiveScience
 
 
Reading Illinois’ population numbers: http://bit.ly/1bDF2cE  @PSimonInstitute
 
 
This just in: Cumulus Media, owner of WLS AM/FM, buys Merlin Media’s WLUP, WIQI in Chicago: http://bit.ly/1dZJxRp 
 
 
Meijer has purchased 1,200 tickets for Saturday’s Chiefs-Colts game to donate to local military families. Game now a sell out, no black out.
 
 
GateHouse names Brad Dennison senior VP of publishing. #APME http://bit.ly/1d5Jw29 
 
 
Uh oh. Another wiener seasoning emergency in the Illinois prison system http://www.purchase.state.il.us/ipb/IllinoisBID.nsf/frmBidDocFrameset?ReadForm&RefNum=22031540&DocID=7E461D35A3F4D91D86257BB10057D9DF&view=viewNoticesClosedByDate …
 
 
Talking IL Sup Ct justices’ fundraising from players in the state pension fight at 10:05 on @wlsam890 w/@John_Kass & @BenBradleyABC7.
 
 
Talking IL Sup Ct justices’ fundraising from players in the state pension fight at 10:05 on @wlsam890 w/@John_Kass & @BenBradleyABC7.
 
 
Uh oh. Another wiener seasoning emergency in the Illinois prison system http://www.purchase.state.il.us/ipb/IllinoisBID.nsf/frmBidDocFrameset?ReadForm&RefNum=22031540&DocID=7E461D35A3F4D91D86257BB10057D9DF&view=viewNoticesClosedByDate …
 
 
GOP gov candidate Bruce Rauner might need one of these for next week’s bus tour http://www.wallyhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/snowbus.jpg …
 
 
Wow. Struggling w/ that notion. RT @CollinCorbett: @RonSandack They say wind chill Mon-Tue could hit as low as 40 below.
 
 
McLean County Health Department announces that it now accepts a wide variety of insurance for immunizations. Vaccinations at the Health…
 
 
Driving back to #Chicago on a snowy I-57. Lots of snow drifting around. Will be up in the city all weekend attending various events. #twill
 
 
Here is my column from last week – LaHood Opinion: Together, we will put Illinois back together – http://senatorlahood.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/115/nid/350/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Planning a trip to #Illinois in 2014? ORDER a free Illinois #Travel Guide: http://bit.ly/11iHKAg  #TTOT pic.twitter.com/qTOE2fvvBz
 
 
The holdup on #fracking in IL: Let’s get on with it already. Editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-fracking-law-illinois-0103-20140103,0,7788229.story …
 
 
A new law prompted by a series of local Emergency Medical Service Taskforce hearings took effect when signed into… http://fb.me/14na7oXWV 
 
 
IL lags when it’s a good thing but “leads” in several dubious categories, like this. Having the most units of govern…http://lnkd.in/bRbN9J3 
 
 
Editorial: Will Chicago ever warm up to Jay Cutler? http://bit.ly/1d62wNU 
 
 
Goals for 2014 from the @nwherald editorial board that I share 100%: Our View: New year’s wish list for Springfield http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2013/12/30/d7b98cbc563b41bca8db54e836ecd7f7/index.xml …
 
 
Where in Illinois you can drive 70 mph? http://www.scribd.com/embeds/194137501/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true …
 
 
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Chicagoland from 4PM Fri to 9AM Sat in anticipation of a blizzard. Drive safe and stay warm!
 
 
I am a #SmallBusiness owner in Albany Park and look forward to being the voice of other biz owners. #WomenInCongress #SuperYay
 
 
I graduated from #CPS and plan to send my girls to public school too! #Education #WomenInPolitics
 
 
I am ready to be in DC working with politicians who are out of touch and who continue to put large burdens on Chicago #MiddleClass…
 
 
On @SundaySpin, interviews with 2013 guests, digital journalism with @amysimons and min wage with Tanya Triche of IRMA. 7-9a. @WGNRadio 720.
 
 
Our Opinion: Move forward with work of Citizens Efficiency Commission in Sangamon County http://bit.ly/192pwwj  #SPI #twill #government
 
 
Letter: Don’t believe Illinois lawmakers’ pension promises http://bit.ly/1dh0BAX  #twill #pensions
 
 
Letter: One-stop website needed for local government http://bit.ly/1d5V999  #SPI
 
 
Driving back to #Chicago on a snowy I-57. Lots of snow drifting around. Will be up in the city all weekend attending various events. #twill
 
 
Morning in #Chicago Treasurer’s office for staff meetings and conference calls.#twill
 
 
Excited to hit the road next week! http://bit.ly/1f0OWgo  #ShakeUpExpress
 
 
Ken Bennett, #Rahm Emanuel’s new deputy chief of staff, was a White House deputy assistant to Obama & recently Sec. of Labor’s Chicago rep.
 
 
Mayor Emanuel names Ken Bennett as deputy chief of staff & head of public engagement, replacing Felicia Davis who now heads Buildings Dept.
 
 
Quinn vs Rauner could be an ugly affair http://bit.ly/1lFBZpV 
 
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
Today, I announced a HUD grant for @ElginIL and @DuPageCounty. Read more here: http://1.usa.gov/1e0DpIG 
 
 
Encouraging step forward! New @WhiteHouse mental health proposals will strengthen gun background check system http://politi.co/1bEglNe  #GVP
 
 
Join me in congratulating 2 IL teachers, the 2013 recipients of the Presidential Award for Math & Science Teaching. http://1.usa.gov/192veOH 
 
 
Looking forward to doing some live retweeting of Monday’s winter storm, you guys
 
 
This remarkable story about @ScottAFB Staff Sergeant Vaughan’s health recovery reminds us to #NeverGiveUp http://on.ksdk.com/1au5BRQ 
 
 
One of Chicago’s neighborhoods has been named the best in the world…but why? Dave Fogel has the answer….It’s Official! Boystown Is The Best! – 104.3 K-Hits Chicagokhitschicago.cbslocal.comChicago’s Boystown is #1!
 
 
BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern believes the choice that voters will have in approving an increase in sales tax on March 18 will provide a more cost-effective means of addressing the overcrowding of the jail facility in Belleville through expansion and renovation than building a new one would.
 
 
This was a rough month — 4 train deaths in 5 weeks. A look back at some of 2013’s top stories.4 BNSF Pedestrian Deaths Reported in 5 Weeks: Year in Reviewhinsdale.patch.comAmong the victims was a 42-year-old Clarendon Hills man who was struck near the West Hinsdale station on March 18.
 
 
We applaud the work of the Citizens Efficiency Commission and hope it continues. Our Opinion: Move forward with work of Citizens Efficiency Commissionwww.sj-r.comCome March, Sangamon County voters will have an opportunity to say yes to the second part of an effort to examine efficiencies, or lack thereof, in local government.This second step, which involves implementing cost-cutting measures recom
 
 
Libertyville is moving forward with regulations that would include where and when food truck an
 
 
Eight interesting calendars to inspire your choice for 2014
 
 
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it awarded Lake County Housing Authority $150,977 grant to help residents receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program gain access to education, job training and employment
 
 
DuPage County Faces of the Year for 2013
 
 
The City of O’Fallon announced launching of the website redesign is set for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.Click to Continue »
 
 
In what could be the biggest shake-up in the GOP gubernatorial primary yet, a new group poised to launch attack ads against candidate Bruce Rauner has formally filed papers to begin its work.
 
 
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — An index that measures the growth of Illinois’ economy finished 2013 at one of its highest points since 2007.The University of Illinois said Thursday its Flash Index hit 107 in December. That was up from 106.5 in November and tied September for the highest reading of 2013. …
 
 
Our Fran Spielman analyzes Rahm Emanuel’s yo-yo year as mayor of Chicago: http://suntm.es/19ESClV How would you grade his performance?
 
 
A Chicago Public Schools technology coordinator stole more than $400,000 in school funds before fleeing to Mexico, where he was later found dead. And that’s just one of the cases highlighted in a just-released Chicago Board of Education Office of the Inspector General annual report. http://suntm.es/1l74peVCPS report highlights stolen funds, fake vendors, ‘ghost students’ – Chicago Sun-Timeswww.s
 
 
DARIEN – The Better Government Association (BGA) is reporting more “unusual events” surrounding the Tri-State Fire District, this time centering around confidential tape recordings from closed-door meetings from Tri-State’s board of trustees.
 
 
You were patient with the government’s kooky website, and now you have your health insurance card. That’s good, since your family is expecting a new baby.
 
 
Clerk Orr Marries First Couple of 2014 http://ow.ly/sfnRJClerk Orr Marries First Couple of 2014www.enewspf.comA relentless snowfall that covered the Chicago area Thursday could not deter one couple from becoming Cook County’s first to get married in 2014….
 
 
And gov candidate Bruce Rauner is raising “mind-boggling” amounts of campaign money.
 
 
Illinois schools prepare as conceal carry permit applications begin — http://bit.ly/1cG1cj8
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation says most of the primary roads in the state have been cleared after a winter storm.
 
 
The Chicago Wolves will wear specially designed first responders jerseys during their games on Saturday, Sunday and Jan. 17 at Allstate Arena to raise money for the 100 Club of Chicago, the 5-11 Club, and Chicago Wolves Charities. Wayne Messmer, Wolves senior executive vice president, will have a jersey in honor of the first responders who helped save his life after he was shot on the Near West Si
 
 
LITCHFIELD — State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) and staff will hold traveling office hours in Assumption and Pana on Wednesday, January 15th. Rosenthal encourages any constituents seeking assistance, or those with questions or suggestions to stop by. 
 
 
ELMHURST – More than photos and quotes bring Carl Sandburg to life at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.
 
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently reflected on his biggest accomplishments during 2013: Pension reform and the same sex marriage act.Click to Continue »
 
 
State officials say more than 1,200 people braved the cold on New Year’s Day for the state’s annual “First Day Hikes” at Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs.
 
 
Workers sue claiming unconstitutional pension reform. This bill was just another delay for a true solution. Chicago Tribunemy.chicagotribune.comhttp://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/414/article/p2p-78754708/
 
 
The IL House Republican Caucus continues to publish a daily report about policy, politics and more. Read on to stay “In the Know.”Spending information, flu shots, Illinois’ wolves and more!www.intheknowillinois.com
 
 
RT @illinoispolicy. Every nine minutes someone moves out of IL. http://ow.ly/29RedQ #deathspiral #pullup
 
 
 
 
 
The campaign will visit Bond, Coles, Crawford, Douglas, Lawrence, Massac, and Vermilion counties. And be at WSIL TV and WJPF Radio. Starting on the 16th. Details soon, come out and meet us.
 
 
In case you missed it, last night I joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on WTTW Channel 11’s Chicago Tonight to discuss the bipartisan budget deal and what lies ahead for Congress in 2014. Check it out at http://bit.ly/1hlQKkh.Congressional Roundtable | Chicago Tonight | WTTWchicagotonight.wttw.com
 
 
Are you a Lincoln fan? The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is offering FREE admission on Monday, January 20 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They have a great collection of items and exhibits that tell the fascinating story of Lincoln’s life and legacy. Click below for details. http://wsoyam.com/The-Abraham-Lincoln-Presidential-Library-and-Museu/180594
 
 
According to public health officials it’s not too late to get vaccinated this flu season. Read more in the article below.Public health officials say it’s not too late to get flu vaccinethesouthern.comInfluenza activity is increasing in Southern Illinois but public health officials say it’s not too late for residents to protect themselves from the virus.
 
 
RT @illinoispolicy. Every nine minutes someone moves out of IL. http://ow.ly/29RedQ #deathspiral #pullup
 
 
Obamacare is falling apart as you can see. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing my opponent and other Democrats trying to promise the people that raising minimum wage will ‘fix’ everything. It’s an absolute lie – and a road to unemployment for the unskilled. Did I forget to mention a higher cost of living?
 
 
Illinois is No. 1 in many dubious categories, including most units of government. That, my friends, is no honor. It’s Time to reduce the layers of government in IL.One resolution: Lose the fat (from governmental bodies)www.chicagobusiness.comA wishful watchdog hopes Illinois’ legislators spent New Year’s Eve considering some serious resolutions.
 
 
McLean County Health Department announces that it now accepts a wide variety of insurance for immunizations. Vaccinations at the Health Department save money and time. Call 309-888-5455 for an appointment. There is convenient, free parking. And it’s not too late for that flu shot.
 
 
Fox River Valley 2014 Scholarship Program The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has announced their 2014-2015 Scholarship applications are now available. Eligibility is limited to residents of the community foundations service area, which includes Aurora, Kendall County, and southern Kane County. Scholarship Application Forms are available through Feb. 3 at http://www.communityfoundationfrv.or
 
 
Here is my column from last week – LaHood Opinion: Together, we will put Illinois back together Illinois is a state rich in resources, people and an amazing work ethic unmatched by our neighbors. For too long, Illinois has been kicked around by the national media and surrounding states – we are making progress to again retain the luster we had in the 80s and 90s. We should strive for those days
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosThis snow is made for playin', and that's just what we'll do…at this Saturday's Winter Exploration Day! Come out between noon and 4 pm at Thatcher Woods (8030 W. Chicago Avenue) in River Forest. There'll be sledding and snowshoeing, snacks around a campfire, snow crafts, nature hikes and more at this free event! And if you can'
 
 
Bruce Rauner will begin a weeklong “Shake Up Express” bus tour on Monday in Jacksonville. The bus tour is also scheduled to include stops in Edwardsville, Waterloo, Carbondale, Anna, Vienna, Marion, Johnston City, West Frankfort, Mt. Vernon, McLeansboro, Carmi, Mount Carmel, Albion, Effingham, Decatur, Champaign, Chicago, Elmhurst, Lake Forest and Gurnee.“Illinoisans are ready to shake up state go
 
 
 
 
 
Always great to talk with Scott and Colleen on WJBC!WJBC- Scott Laughlin & Colleen Reynoldswww.stationcaster.comState Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joins Scott and Colleen on WJBC.
 
 
 
WJBC- Scott Laughlin & Colleen Reynoldswww.stationcaster.comState Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joins Scott and Colleen on WJBC.
 
 
The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from 4 PM Friday to 9 AM Saturday in anticipation of blizzard-like conditions. Drive safely and stay warm!
 
 
Check out this recent editorial from the Northwest Herald that identifies four key policy goals for the State of Illinois in 2014. Like and share this link if you agree.http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2013/12/30/d7b98cbc563b41bca8db54e836ecd7f7/index.xml?t=Our+View:www.nwherald.com
 
 
Check out this week’s Capitol Connection and don’t forget to subscribe to get it every week in your inbox.New laws signed by Gov, ISP to accept concealed carry apps beginning Jan. 5capitolconnection.ilsenategop.net’-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN’ ‘http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd’ …
 
 
A new law prompted by a series of local Emergency Medical Service Taskforce hearings took effect when signed into law just before the new year began. According to the legislation’s sponsor State Sen. Chapin Rose, the new law is expected to provide better access to care for downstate citizens. Read more at the link below.Locally Driven Downstate EMS Push Becomes Law http://www.senchapinrose.comIllinois Se
 
 
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) announced that they are fighting to protect military retirees by supporting bipartisan legislation that would repeal cuts to military retiree cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that were included in the recent Bipartisan Budget Act.  The Military Retirement Restoration Act is fully paid for and would repeal the COLA cu
 
 
“In other words, taxpayers pay up when expected investments fall flat… And taxpayers also will pay if the pension systems lower their investment expectations… But Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for at least a $7 billion pension payment in the next budget… … the only way to break the cycle of boom and bust is to end Illinois’ defined-benefit pensions and move public employees to a
 
 
Today, I announced a Housing & Urban Development grant for Elgin and DuPage County. The program encourages communities to develop local strategies to help families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. Read more here: http://1.usa.gov/1e0DpIG
 
 
I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Season. I am looking forward to continuing my efforts in 2014 to improve the 26th district.
 
 
Detroit’s police chief has looked at the data and admits that allowing citizens to concealed carry saves lives and lowers crimeDetroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crimewww.detroitnews.comIf more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.
 
 
Excited to hit the road next week! http://bit.ly/1f0OWgoMedia Advisory: Bruce Rauner Announces “Shake Up Express” Bus Tour – Bruce Raunerbrucerauner.comBruce Rauner will begin a weeklong “Shake Up Express” bus tour on Monday in Jacksonville. The bus tour is also scheduled to include stops in Edwardsville, Waterloo, Carbondale, Anna, Vienna, Marion, Johnston City, West Frankfort, Mt. Vernon, McLean
 
 
 
 
 
Every day is an opportunity to start anew. I hope that 2014 brings along with it all new things for the American people and the constituents of Illinois First Congressional District. Happy New Year!
 
 
Fox River Valley 2014 Scholarship Program The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has announced their 2014-2015 Scholarship applications are now available. Eligibility is limited to residents of the community foundations service area, which includes Aurora, Kendall County, and southern Kane County. Scholarship Application Forms are available through Feb. 3 at http://www.communityfoundationfrv.or
 
 
The national weather service is predicting a high of -9 degrees on Monday with a low of -17 degrees. Please remember to check on the elderly, those with medical conditions, and those with special needs during periods of extreme cold weather. Pets will also need extra care. Here are a list of warming centers that serve the 75th District and the state hotline number.Warming Centers Available for Col
 
 
The national weather service is predicting a high of -9 degrees on Monday with a low of -17 degrees. Please remember to check on the elderly, those with medical conditions, and those with special needs during periods of extreme cold weather. Pets will also need extra care. Here are a list of warming centers that serve the 75th District and the state hotline number.Warming Centers Available for Col
 
 
With the holidays over, we now look forward to the 2014 Primary on March 18th! Check out Steve’s new video on his website – and remember to like his Facebook page!www.steveanderssonforstaterep.comwww.steveanderssonforstaterep.com
 
 
http://www.repbrianstewart.com/brian_s_column_01_03_2014Brian’s Column 01-03-2014www.repbrianstewart.comIllinois House District 89
 
 
The national weather service is predicting a high of -9 degrees on Monday with a low of -17 degrees. Please remember to check on the elderly, those with medical conditions, and those with special needs during periods of extreme cold weather. Pets will also need extra care. Here are a list of warming centers that serve the 75th District and the state hotline number.  State of Illinois Hotline: 877
 
 
A new year is upon us, bringing with it a host of new laws by which Illinois residents need to abide. A total of 218 pieces of state legislation, governing everything from cell phones to medicinal marijuana, took effect Jan. 1. “There are a couple of bills out there that I don’t think people are really aware of,” said 41st District state Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville. “When people find out, th
 
 
What was your new year’s resolution for 2014?
 
 
Environmentalists say thousands of comments have been submitted about … The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will use the comments to …
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