Today’s headlines — Sunday, Jan. 5

There seems to be a bit of irony in the naming of a political fund apparently aimed at taking on Republican gubernatorial candidate BRUCE RAUNER.
 
 
Here’s a preview of two changes starting this week in The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com and our social media, and I’ll preview others in …
 
 
Chicago TribuneOur View: Conflict enters pension reform conversationNorthwest HeraldDan Brady, R-Bloomington, and his assessment regarding conflict of interest. “If it’s a conflict for judges to be in the pension bill,” Brady said, “then it’s a conflict they’re taking money from the groups they’ll make rulings about.” Of course, the …Six Illinois justices took cash from groups that are tied to p
 
 
Northwest Herald – Found 1 hour agoState Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale The chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Edgar narrowly lost a chance to compete against Quinn.
 
 
 
Politicos, neighbors… Check out my endorsements: http://www.rosenberg103.com/endorsements.html … Let’s make progressive problem solving a reality! #ranoutofroom
 
 
Our work is not done on pensions @rebootillinois: “Chicago is facing a tax disaster from its employee pension funds” http://ow.ly/sgIXw 
 
 
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be elected in District 71 and refuse a pension. Will my competitors resolve the same? #Wozniak71
 
 
Hopefully this weather slows the moving Illinois, Indiana on different roads when it comes to moving @RebootIllinois http://shar.es/9h3Lo 
 
 
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Decatur: Quinn’s tax strategy is flawed http://bit.ly/19VSfOt 
 
 
CBS News reporter charged with DUI, battery in Naperville after beating another motorist and driving children in car — http://bit.ly/JSZPST
 
 
After a year in which state lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on some landmark proposals, you could argue that 2014 might be a bit quieter.
 
 
Our view: We need to work as a region to create jobs, face economic realities and solve problems.
 
 
Raising the minimum wage hurts those who it intends to help. A recent Viewpoint letter by one of the Quad City Labor leaders, brought out the popular minimum wage theme. He is not alone, as it
 
 
Early last week, the Rock Island County Board, for the second time, voted not to add a referendum to the March 18 ballot that would allow the county to build a new courthouse at a cost not to exceed $72
 
 
Concerning state-sponsored gambling: How does it serve the public interest to tax citizens who are down on their luck, bad at math or both? NICK TSIAKALS Champaign
 
 
Even if Illinois could afford all the local units of government it has — and it can’t — it would be foolish to keep them.   Even if Illinois could afford all the local units of government it has — and it can’t — it would be foolish to keep them. Hope springs eternal when a new year begins, and nowhere is that optimistic feeling reflected than in the New Year’s resolutions people make and the
 
 
Dear Friends, Just a quick note to wish you all things good in 2014 and beyond. I believe 2014 is going to be a great year and we are going to make history in the process. As this is the year we throw out the failed policies and politicians that promote big government, high taxes, out-of-control government spending, constrictive regulations on business and Obamacare leaving people jobless and/or
 
 
 
I am a co-sponsor of a bill my friend and colleague Rep. David McSweeney introduced to freeze property tax levies. Together we hope to bring common sense to how units of local government tax our property owners.Illinois Now Has the Second-Highest Property Taxes in the Nationwww.chicagomag.comIn the last decade, the state has been climbing the charts—and could pass New Jersey this year.
 
 
Happy 75th Birthday Bobby Hull!! http://ow.ly/i/4cBzj
 
 
Happy World Braille Day! IL School for the Visually Impaired in #Jacksonville helps great people become their amazing selves! #ISVI
 
 
Mayors, board members, neighbors … Check out and see who is endorsing me at: http://www.rosenberg103.com/endorsements.html I am tremendously excited and thankful for all of the support I am getting. It is time to make progressive problem solving a reality for the 103rd District!
 
 
 
keepwarm.illinois.gov : Keep Warm Illinoiswww2.illinois.govWelcome to Keep Warm Illinois, a one-stop site for information about how to battle winter in Illinois and how to tap to resources that help you keep yourself and your homes and businesses warm, and to do so efficiently and cleanly.
 
 
Thank you Billy for having us! Billy owns Jake Moran’s
 
 
 
 
Petition Filing Day (11/25/13)
 
 
http://www.chicagomag.com/real-estate/January-2014/Illinois-Now-Has-the-Second-Highest-Property-Taxes-in-the-Nation/Illinois Now Has the Second-Highest Property Taxes in the Nationwww.chicagomag.comIn the last decade, the state has been climbing the charts—and could pass New Jersey this year.
 
 
Home tonight after being on campaign trail. Fireplace going & watched very powerful movie: Cold Mountain. I liked it & was impressed. Glad we did the 18 event tour last week before the Article blast moves in. Stay warm.
 
 
Another scene in the play called “Pension Reform”, staring Pat Quinn and Michael Madigan. Tickets for this first act cost $217,000.Chicago Tribunemy.chicagotribune.comhttp://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/588/article/p2p-78769946/
 
 
 
Noooo!! http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140104/lakeview/uncle-fun-iconic-lakeview-toy-store-closing …
 
 
Finke: Assembly earned a bit of a breatherPeoria Journal StarDoug Finke covers Illinois politics for the Springfield State Journal-Register. He can be reached at (217) 788-1527. His email is doug.finke@sj-r.com. Follow him at twitter.com/DougFinkeSJR. Journal Star. Writer. Posted Jan. 4, 2014 @ 8:33 pm. Comment …
 
 
See you all tomorrow on @SundaySpin! I shovel the politics. You shovel the snow! 7-9a @WGNRadio
 
 
WQAD: Illinois businesses can opt out of concealed weapons on property http://bit.ly/1lhSJGk 
 
 
Sunday’s the 1st day to apply for IL Concealed Carry Licenses, but that doesn’t mean you can take a gun just anywhere http://bit.ly/JSuyPL 
 
 
Make-A-Wish Polar Bear Plunge-It’s official! I took the plunge this afternoon with 200 fellow plungers at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa IL
 
 
My Make-A-Wish team before the plunge http://ow.ly/i/4cwxD 
 
 
Our Make-A-Wish team taking the plunge!
 
 
The way Illinois cares for its citizens who have developmental disabilities will be argued this week in a federal courtroom, as a judge decides whether the state can close its…Click to Continue »
 
 
Illinois Tollway to Double Zero Weather Road Patrols During Extreme ColdWIFRWhile on patrol, these vehicles also retrieve debris from the roadway and assist Illinois State Police District 15, as needed. Zero Weather Road Patrols augment H.E.L.P. trucks and State Police patrols and ensure all segments of the Tollway system are …State agencies prepare for cold, snowy weekend
 
 
Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, will be hosting satellite office hours in Park Ridge for constituents of the 55th State House District. Office hours will be …
 
 
Emanuel Staff Shuffle Continues, Tapping New Deputy Staff Chief http://wp.me/p2kvOk-37D 
 
 
Reboot Illinois gives its prediction of who will win the GOP race for Governor:The Best Prediction of the GOP Gov’s Race You’ll Ever Read — Guaranteedalgonquin.patch.comAnd gov candidate Bruce Rauner is raising “mind-boggling” amounts of campaign money.
 
 
CBS 2 Chicago reporter charged with DUI, battery http://bit.ly/Kr1ujH 
 
 
Bloomington-Normal officials ask that residents just stay home this weekend.
 
 
Prison costs have soared in the past 30 years, when laws requiring mandatory prison time for many drug offenses were put in place. The yearly cost for one federal inmate ranges from $21,000 to $33,000 depending on the prison’s level of security. About half of the nation’s more than 218,000 federal inmates are serving time for drug crimes — and virtually all of them faced some form of mandatory mi
 
 
Journalist Itay Hod unleashed a wave of controversy when he appeared to out hunky Republican Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) as gay on Facebook on Friday. In the post, which has since gone viral and has been covered by Queerty, Gawker and the …
 
 
Aaron Schock, the young Republican congressman from Illinois, has made news again for his flamboyant fashion choices. In a photo posted on Facebook on December 29, the 32-year-old politico is seen wearing some checkered slacks that are so tight we can …
 
 
Eating at Manny’s Deli & was stopped by lots of supporters to talk about our campaign and #MakingILworkagain. I Appreciate all the support!
 
 
At my cousin Melissa’s deployment ceremony. Godspeed to the 108th Sustainment Brigade.
 
 
Chicago Public Schools are leaving it up to parents to decide whether their children … chicagobreaking@tribune.com | Twitter: @ChicagoBreaking.
 
 
Congratulations @citynewsstand at #SixCorners on Homegrown Business of the Month for Jan. #39thDistrict pic.twitter.com/TmpLyrJqeO
 
 
LEAKED: Lt. Mueller’s Court Deposition: “Mayor Houston left a meeting for plausible deniability” http://wp.me/p3icAj-AZ 
 
 
‘Chicago lefties look for their own Bill de Blasio.’ @dmihalopoulos dissects what Rahm critics bring to 2015 race. http://bit.ly/19Hz0O5 
 
 
I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!! #ThinkBig #WomenInCongress
 
 
****Major Announcement Coming****** Info@alexandraeidenberg.com #Chicago
 
 
If you are willing to let me work for you, I will put my career on hold and get the job done in Washington. Then I will leave Congress and come back to my career in the manner that the Founding Fathers intended. We need term limits to get rid of the narcissistic career politicians that hinder our nation’s progress. I will lead the charge to pass a law that restricts a Congress member from servin
 
 
Congratulations to Nyles Morgan for being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A senior linebacker at Crete-Monee High School, Morgan is a three-year starter with a record of 40-2. His junior season they went undefeated and won the Class 6A state championship. Good luck in the game this afternoon!
 
 
FORSYTH, Ill. — Retailers in Illinois are getting a boost from the state’s new ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving. Stores are reporting a jump …
 
 
A stunt. I said so back then. A costly stunt. RT @ChicagoBreaking: Quinn’s veto of lawmaker pay piled up legal bills http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-quinn-legal-costs-met-20140105,0,5661490.story?track=rss …
 
 
I think this story is about 30 years too late. http://fb.me/2SAFNFStZ 
 
 
I’m fighting hard to freeze property tax levies in Illinois. We need to cut unnecessary spending, not raise taxes!Illinois Now Has the Second-Highest Property Taxes in the Nationwww.chicagomag.comIn the last decade, the state has been climbing the charts—and could pass New Jersey this year.
 
 
Thanks for joining us Mike! MT@mikeforillinois Good to be w/ so many 27th Ward #Dems this morning! #twill #Chicago pic.twitter.com/JDGsR8h7JP
 
 
@RonSandack, six months later I crossed the 1K mark. Got a ways to go to get to your level and @ashvinlad
 
 
This is clearly a cruel joke: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/01/04/perihelion_2014_the_earth_reaches_its_closest_point_to_the_sun_all_year.html …
 
 
The ability to see & admit the role luck & circumstance played in one’s success is a key mark of character: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/01/social_darwinism_and_class_essentialism_the_rich_think_they_are_superior.single.html …
 
 
Last link of the morning. Please read this #aaronswartz article: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2014/01/02/bob-swartz-losing-aaron/ …
 
 
Illinois isn’t broken. It’s fixed. Here’s how: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-speaker-madigan-patronage-met-20140105,0,2948053,full.story …
 
 
Assistant City Attorney Linked To File Shredding Scandal Leaves Her Job; City Spokesman Won’t Say Why http://wmay.com/wmay-news/84151 
 
 
We have 1,755 trucks assigned to snow duty across the state & nearly 3,700 full & p/t employees throughout IL handling #snow cleanup. #ilwx
 
 
Digging through snowdrifts at Sixth and Monroe during winter storm, Jan. 1964. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/FV1qrjZbbr
 
 
At the 27th Ward Democratic Organization meeting this morning in #Chicago. Secretary of State White is being honored. Rightfully so! #twill
 
 
Join me at 11am to congratulate @citynewsstand on winning the #39thDistrict Homegrown Business of the Month Award @sixCorners6
 
 
Good to be with so many 27th Ward #Democrats this morning! #twill #Chicago pic.twitter.com/VrMNAOByG7
 
 
With Committeeman Burnett at his well attended ward meeting this morning. Thanks for having me, Alderman! #twill pic.twitter.com/Ash439nj0v
 
 
Wow. Read the link. MT @BuzzFeedBen: Clapper couldnt b expected to tell the truth bc he didnt get question in advance http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/04/opinion/testimony-of-the-national-intelligence-director.html …
 
 
A stunt. I said so back then. A costly stunt. RT @ChicagoBreaking: Quinn’s veto of lawmaker pay piled up legal bills http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-quinn-legal-costs-met-20140105,0,5661490.story?track=rss …
 
 
21,000. Yes, I have been at it a little while. More to come. I hope. Cheers.
 
 
Given the weather lately has anyone from the Midwest not asked themselves, “why do I still live here?” http://fb.me/1YNZNlYh2 
 
 
Norovirus Making Rounds in Illinois A RELATIVELY NEW STRAIN OF THE STOMACH FLU IS HITTING SOME PEOPLE PRETTY HARD THIS YEAR. THE “SYDNEY” STRAIN ACTUALLY POPPED UP EARLIER LAST YEAR…BUT IS NOW MAKING THE ROUNDS AGAIN IN ILLINOIS. STATE DEPARTMENT OF …Norovirus Making Rounds in Illinois
 
 
December Was Colder Than Average in Illinois LAST MONTH TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE COLDER DECEMBERS ON RECORD IN ILLINOIS. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST JIM ANGEL SAYS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER TURNED OUT TO BE 25 POINT FIVE DEGREES…WHICH IS ABOUT …December Was Colder Than Average in Illinois
 
 
DECATUR, Ill. — State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is partnering with the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office and the Citizens Utility Board to host a Money-Saving Resource Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin Street.
 
 
Thanks @ilhousegop, good info on gun signage http://ow.ly/29TJ9H. Businesses should also add policy allowing armed guard cash delivery.
 
 
Good morning, from the 27th Ward Democratic Organization! Thank you for inviting me, Committeeman Burnett and Secretary White. Good to see my colleagues, Sen. Van Pelt and Rep. Dunkin as well.
 
 
These are the patronage black holes our tax dollars fall into. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k #tlot #tcot
 
 
These are the patronage black holes our tax dollars fall into. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k #tlot #tcot
 
 
I’m back in the fight after taking a couple weeks of “off the grid” time with Lori and the boys for the holidays. Daddy-time with the boys is more important than anything I can do on the campaign trail. Speaking of S4I, if you want policy/issue updates make sure I have your email address (DM me or “join” on the campaign website).
 
 
With extreme cold and snowfall coming in the days ahead, visit http://keepwarm.illinois.gov/ to find a warming center close to you.keepwarm.illinois.gov : Keep Warm Illinoiswww2.illinois.govWelcome to Keep Warm Illinois, a one-stop site for information about how to battle winter in Illinois and how to tap to resources that help you keep yourself and your homes and businesses warm, and to do so eff
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — About a dozen opponents of hydraulic fracturing Friday marked the final day of a public comment period on the state’s new fracking rules by renewing their call for a complete ban…
 
 
The congressman who went off the grid via @POLITICO for iOS http://politi.co/1djBjSz 
 
 
In which @DHStatehouse and I talk pensions, guns, & money. Funnily enough, that’s also the name of our new rap album. http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-3-2014 …
 
 
Is fat lady prepping swan song for Merlin/Randy Michaels, media figure previously forced out of #Tribune? http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0104-radio-deal-20140104,0,556354.story … #twill