Today’s headlines — Monday, Jan. 6

It is dangerously cold today. The roads are slick and there are significant mass transit delays with more likely to come. If at all possible stay home. It’s the best call.
Thillens, Inc. is enacting a partial shutdown. Stops in rural areas and distances further from our branches are postponed until tomorrow.
Our Opinion: ALPLM attendance an ongoing challengeThe State Journal-RegisterAccording to a report in Thursday’s State Journal-Register, attendance at the $145 million library and museum was up 7.7 percent over the previous year and was on pace to be the highest since 2010. The museum opened in April 2005; the library in …
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, which operated the psychiatric … The State Journal-Register reported in October that Puvalai’s medical …
Gov. Pat Quinn encouraged Illinois residents to take extra precautions as a winter storm continues to blast through the area, bringing several inches of …
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.
Be safe tonight and tomorrow, #Illinois! Emergency heating assistance can be found here. … #KeepWarm #twill
Day of work fr home. Hunkered down for the night. Watching National Geographic 30 years of Specials. My lane drifting even higher at garage
SIU men’s basketball makes ESPN yet again, this time for player tweets during being stranded on interstate 57 …
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Day of work fr home. Hunkered down for the night. Watching National Geographic 30 years of Specials. My lane drifting even higher at garage
Lazy dog knows where to sleep tonight. #Lazydog #Comfyfire
I interrupt all of the postings about this ridiculous weather we’re experiencing in Chicagoland to remind… 
Running for elected office is an expensive endeavor, unfortunately. Seeking support for a campaign is never easy…. 
One of the new laws in the New Year makes it even more of a crime to litter cigarette butts: The fine is now $1,500. Lori Gummow, executive director of Loves Park-based Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, says police tell her they’ll make an effort to…
Illinois’ new concealed carry law requires permit applicants to undergo 16 hours of training. What do they learn? For people who are new to guns, 16 hours is barely enough to get it all in, says Richard Pearson, executive director of the…
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is embarking on a 30-stop bus tour of the state, but one of his rivals in the primary isn’t impressed. Rauner’s campaign says it will travel more than 1,000 miles around the state during…
One of the top federal appeals courts this month took a major step forward in opening the historically opaque federal judicial system to the public by expanding the use of cameras. When will the Supreme Court follow suit and finally
As a retired person, I get the opportunity to talk to a lot of people. I have conversations with people at the diner, the grocery store, the mall, hardware store 00 sometimes even the gas station. The one thing I
CHICAGO — Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation are taking the next step to establish a national park in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood.
Concealed-carry permit holders won’t be allowed to carry firearms on college and university campuses
This early in the race, are you swayed by any of the four GOP contenders for Illinois governor?Election 2014: Illinois GOP sees governor’s race as criticalwww.rrstar.comCHICAGO – It has been a rough time to be a Republican in Illinois.For more than a decade, Democrats have ruled the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature. After the 2010 elections, they drew new legislative maps fav
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) – Some areas of Illinois are digging out from more than foot of snow after the weekend’s winter storm. The National Weather Service in St. Louis says 15 inches of snow was reported in Mascoutah in southwestern Illinois during Saturday and Sunday’s storm. Nearby Belleville, Glen Carbon and Wood River each got more than 14 inches. In central Illinois, the agency’s Lincoln offi
These are the kind of guys that I hope win out trip to Punta Cana, they’re crazy! Even though it was snowing and the temps were falling all day, 200 golfers were out on the greens (even though the green was under a whole bunch of snow) at the Eskimo Open Golf Tournament at Cog Hill in Lemont yesterday. The score really doesn’t matter (I mean, really, how could it?) and most of the people played al
(Bloomberg) — The University of Chicago is among six institutions sharing a $540 million grant for cancer research from funds established by late real estate magnate Daniel K. Ludwig.
Stay warm!
The Park District is closing tomorrow. Good idea or no? Ridge Park DistrictDue to the Wind Chill Warnings expected to cause dangerous temperatures issued by the National Weather Service for Monday, January 6, all Park District programs are cancelled, and all facilities closed; with the exception of the C
Temperatures tomorrow could reach as low as fifty degrees below zero. Check the following article on the Northwest Herald’s website for updates and stay warm!Monday’s weather cancellationswww.nwherald.comWith the forecasts of cold temperatures and wind chills of 40 to 50 below zero, some local schools have already announced cancellations for Monday, according to the Emergency Closing Center websit
The total tax burden on Illinois residents is one of the highest in the country. In addition to having the 4th highest property taxes, we have high income taxes, high sales taxes, gas taxes, utility taxes, cell phone taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, parking taxes, estate taxes, and so on. Yet, even with the passing of the income tax hike in 2011, we still have over $9 billion in unpaid bills. We
The total tax burden on Illinois residents is one of the highest in the country. In addition to having the 4th highest property taxes, we have high income taxes, high sales taxes, gas taxes, utility taxes, cell phone taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, parking taxes, estate taxes, and so on. Yet, even with the passing of the income tax hike in 2011, we still have over $9 billion in unpaid bills. W
With a Wind Chill Warning in effect from now until mid-day Tuesday, please be aware of local weather alerts, safety tips and information on local warming centers for residents of Naperville and Warrenville. Stay safe, everyone. Naperville: The main page has links to winter weather information, keeping water lines from freezing and warming centers. Warrenville’s War
Due to the inclement weather being experienced in the Naperville area, garbage and recycling collection will not take place on Monday, January 6. All garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
UPDATE: We’ve been locked in a legal challenge with my primary opponent Mike McAuliffe who is attempting to deny me ballot access, thus depriving the voters of a choice in the March primary. It has come down to handwriting experts and attorneys arguing in court as to whether voters who signed my petitions have an actual say. It’s unfortunate that after 16 years in office McAuliffe is unable to run
Please contact the Leyden Township Republican Committeeman, the Honorable Bradley Stephens’ office and let him know that you are not okay with this cowardly behavior by Mike McAuliffe. Leyden Township Republican Organization The Hon. Brad Stephenson 6029 Hawthorne St. Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone: 847-825-4404 E-mail:
Looking forward to the March 18th Democratic Primary: The March 18th Democratic Primary is fast approaching and I’m looking forward to meeting with all of the voters in Illinois. This entire gubernatorial race is all about bringing an end to machine politics in Illinois. The Hardiman for Illinois staff have done everything possible to make sure that we stay on the ballot and now it’s time to ma
http://www.wilsonforillinois.comCitizens For Don Wilson | A New Era for Illinoiscitizensfordonwilson.comWe live between Chicago and Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, where every train in America passed through our area next to the busiest airport in the country. There’s no reason we should not benefit from ample career level jobs.
Please be safe everyone
Please be safe everyone
My birthday and Campaign Kick-off! This is not a fundraiser, just a celebration! (Donations are accepted of course) If you cannot attend but want to make a donation visit
Dangerous winter weather caused some travel problems for the SIUs Men’s Basketball Team this weekend.
Too funny. Since my boys r Puerto Rican we received the same CPS closing message in Spanish.
Thanks to all Chicagoans who emailed, tweeted CPS to rethink what -45 really means. Together our voices are heard!
Thousands and thousands and thousands of people are homeless in Illinois tonight. We have to do better than this. …
President Cullerton has announced our offices will be closed Monday due to severe weather. Be safe, Illinois.
It’s official: Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Monday due to the extreme cold. Spread the word and stay… 
Update to earlier tweet: Cold beer in hand. Fire going in the fireplace. #Packers LOST at home. Life indeed is good. #Go49ers
State of Illinois Response to Extreme Winter Weather: …
To find a list of statewide warming centers during the extreme temperatures, please visit:… 
Be safe tonight and tomorrow, #Illinois! Emergency heating assistance can be found here. … #KeepWarm #twill
Temp tomorrow could reach -50. Check this article from @nwherald for updates on closings and stay warm  #winterstorm
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures that will continue to be taken by Illinois state agencies in response to the ongoing extreme winter weather affecting more than 90 percent of the state. He also urged residents to stay safe and warm and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather.
First pass w/ snowblower, preparing for frigid temperatures later on tonight. Be sure to stay indoors and keep warm!
First 3 events of Bus Tour will be rescheduled b/c of the weather. Impacted cities: Jacksonville, Edwardsville & Carlinville. Stay safe!
Dangerous temperatures are expected tonight & tomorrow throughout #IL. To find a warming center near you, visit 
During this extreme winter storm please be safe. Check on neighbors, keep pets inside, stay off the roads, & limit outdoor exposure.
If a tow truck can’t get them out, as the bus is stuck a few feet off the highway, the Illinois State Police is expected to help them.
SIU mbb team bus is stranded on Interstate 57 heading south near Tuscola and plans to stay there tonight because of the storm.
New enrollment numbers show that lllinois’ public school system for the first time does not have a white majority, with Latino, black, Asian and other …
Niles Video Gambling Hearing Set For Monday … via @tweetmeme
— When Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved major changes to the public employee retirement system last month, supporters touted the measure as saving $160 billion over 30 years. While that estimate was more than a back-of-the-cocktail-napkin …
Geoffrey RitterWeekend Times MARION — A onetime pitcher in Major League Baseball now faces a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine in Williamson County. Steven C. Waterbury, 61, of Marion was charged in November with using personal property to violate the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, a class 2 felony that can result in between three and seven years in prison. Waterbury,
Check out these images from the Chicago suburbs.
Writer Itay Hod apparently just “outed” GOP Congressman Aaron Schock on Facebook. In case you don’t know who Schock is, he’s a model-handsome, uber-fit Illinois Congressman who is vehemently anti-gay rights. So his being gay would be quite a story.
‘Con you trust them? Out of prison, Ike Carothers and Al Sanchez want shot at office’ My column … via @suntimes
All non-essential travel is discouraged. Whiteout conditions are being reported in some areas & many roads are #snow/ice covered. #ilwx
Amounts billed and paid for exceeding 6% cap on salaries used in final average salary; information from Teachers Retirement System. read more
BLOOMINGTON — Due to the blizzard conditions, home delivery subscribers will not be receiving their Pantagraph at the usual delivery time on Monday morning.
Up to date severe weather warnings.  Monday the 6th Chicago is expected to have near-record low temperatures, with the wind chill factor getting as low as -40 degrees. This weather can be dangerous if out in the cold for a short period of time, or if in a home without heat, especially for children or the elderly. Schools throughout the area have already announced they are closing. Click here for u
One of our dedicated Champaign County volunteers shares why she is supporting the campaign. If you’d like to help our campaign as we head into the March 18, 2014 election, please sign up at Harold Volunteer TestimonyA volunteer with Erika for Congress gives a testimony about her belief in Erika and calls for others to help in volunteering for her campaign
This is a great video from wgntv about some things you can do to prepare for the dangerously cold weather coming up. Be safe and stay warm!Chicago area preps for coldest weather in three decadeswgntv.comChicago is bracing for some of the coldest weather in 30 years. Before the temperatures plunge to below freezing, there are some things you can do to prepare for the deep freeze. Plumbers say you c
My district office will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 6. Thank you to all who will work so hard in this very cold weather to get our communities back up and running after this snow and wind die down.
Illinois legislators say when it’s fronting for illegal gambling. It looks like history is repeating itself for the Illinois gambling industry. For years, Illinois …
Illinois appeals court rejects application of absolute pollution exclusion to …Lexology (registration)In Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Hilltop View, LLC , 2013 IL App (4th) 130124, an intermediate Illinois appeals court held that the absolute pollution exclusion in an umbrella policy did not preclude coverage for a claim by neighbors for …
Updated 01/06/14 – 7:30 a.m. CHICAGO (CBS) – With the Chicago area stuck in a deep freeze through Tuesday, virtually all local schools have canceled classes for Monday, and local officials were advising residents to stay inside as much as possible, as temperatures are expected to remain below zero until Tuesday night. “It is important to keep in mind – with the frigid temperatures, blowing winds,
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Glad to be safe and warm at home with the family today. Hope you are too. Please check on friends and family who may need help with the cold
Spent yesterday visiting constituents in Galewood. Had many good conversations and the weather held out.
Please check on family and friends who may be having a harder time with this snow and bitter cold. Call me if we can help in any way.
Glad to be safe and warm at home with the family today. Hope you are too.
We know that you can think of a hundred things to call Monday, especially given this “polar vortex” we’re enjoying. But officially, as declared by Governor Pat Quinn, January 6th, 2014 is Wild Chicago Day. The official celebration is set to happen Monday at Manny’s Delicatessen on Jefferson
Should they be banned in public?The debate over the electronic alternative known as e-cigarettes is just lighting up. But we need to learn more first.    
Let’s get the government out of your gas tankThe law has succeeded in pumping up profits for corn-ethanol producers and their suppliers, but it has failed to serve the public interest.
Please read this if you need it. Most importantly, try not to worry too much, as it will be in the mid 30s by Wednesday.How to Survive a Chicago Winterm.wikihow.comEvery year in Chicago, when winter begins to take grasp, you’ll hear endless complaints about how miserably cold it is. Most of these complainers have recently moved to Chicago in the last few years and have been spared the nagging from
Please use caution while venturing out in the 26th district during this arctic blast.
Hoping everyone stays safe and warm over the next few days.
With much of the state facing winter storm conditions, I encourage you to stay home, and avoid travel. Be sure to dress in layers if you must go out. You can also visit to find a warming center near : Keep Warm Illinoiswww.facebook.comEnergy Bill Assistance for Low-Income Households: Call 877-411-WARM (9276) Welcome to Keep Warm Illinois, a one-stop
Our Bloomington district office will be closed tomorrow due to inclement weather. Stay home and stay safe!
My weekly thought for the week: Do Democrats Want a Nation of Laws? Do Republicans?Are We A Nation of Laws?www.ianbayne.comThis week, Democrat congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) told a gathering that she expects to raise the minimum wage in congress, but if the effort fails, then “the president will raise it on his own.”
People over Parties!
Our re-election effort for November 2014 continues. We have our Trivia Night Fundraiser coming up on February 15th in Springfield. Guaranteed fun! Details can be found on our EVENTS page or here:
Not even one single scientific study was utilized in concocting the Illinois Draft Fracking Regulations. Very recently I completed a scientific study entitled “Fracking Industrialization and Induced Earthquakes”, which took a comprehensive …
[Republicans] say they particularly like their chances against Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat on whom they’ll pin responsibility for Illinois’ high unemployment, worst-in-the-nation state credit rating, increased taxes and billions in unpaid bills. “Our greatest chance is to take back the governorship,” said Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois GOP. “Illinois is in an economic
With winter storms hitting IL, please avoid exposure and stay indoors. Visit  to find a warming center near you.
Hoping everyone stays safe and warm over the next few days.
Excited to join the congregations of New Tabernacle of Faith Church and Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in #Chicago today! #twill
Heading to MacArthur’s on the west side for lunch after church. Be safe out on the roads today! #twill #Chicago
Happy Bday Mayor — Great party!!! 
It. Just. Keeps. Snowing. #fb
Some not so keen observations about today: 1) That’s quite enough snow, thank you Mother Nature. Feel free to… 
Thank you Chicago Police for your work “@nbcchicago: Man Charged in Brutal Attack of Teen on Northwest Side ”
Our Bloomington district office will be closed tomorrow due to inclement weather. Stay home and stay safe!
@RonSandack, the #OldSpice commercial during the #Chargers game may be just as bad as the Michael Bolton commercials.
The author of a letter fragment found inside Abe Lincoln’s Springfield home has been ID’d. 
Excited to join the congregations of New Tabernacle of Faith Church and Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago this afternoon. Heading to MacArthur’s for lunch afterwards. Be safe out on the roads today!
Pleasure to meet Thom Jones yesterday at the Rock Island Hy-Vee on my “Supermarket Saturday.” Thank you to Thom, who is a retired Air Force veteran, and all those who have served their country on our behalf.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Randall Olsen for Congress – Illinois 16th
Another supporter of Obamacare gets the cold-shoulder when it comes to the reality of this failed plan. A simple alternative = care clinics & across state Insurance. cheerleader learns she can’t afford health insurance for her and sonwww.examiner.comThirty-three-year-old Ka
For those affected by the cold weather – stay inside and stay warm. For a better 9th!
UPDATE: CPS Announces Closings (CBS) – The Chicago Teachers Union were demanding that CPS close all schools due to the extreme cold that is forecast for Monday. CPS announced late Sunday afternoon that they would close schools on Monday. Initially, CPS planned to open schools early and parents would not have to send their kids to class. It would have been considered an excused absence. In a press
Luciano: The disappearance of former standout high school athlete Derick Higgins remains a baffling mystery. (link fixed)
According to a News-Gazette analysis, some school districts — like cash-strapped Urbana … Unit 4 in Champaign has paid about $224,000 total.
We have thousands of crews out but you should only travel if necessary as the majority of Illinois roads are #snow & ice covered. #ilwx
Republican governor candidate Dan Rutherford paid more than $18,000 in taxes last year on an adjusted gross income of $114,145 in 2012, according to documents his campaign released Sunday.    
First and foremost, Happy New Year everyone. Thank you for your continuous support and praise: we are going to make some great things happen for our communities in the 4th Congressional District and beyond!As temperatures around Chicago continue to drop, I want to remind everyone to use precautions to stay safe this winter. According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, temperatures will b
Timeline PhotosA group of scientists had to be rescued because their ship was stranded in ice near Antartica. Of course, the liberal media FAILED to report.. they were on a Global Warming mission! LOL! Read More:
Sawyer: Predictions: Elections, pensions, taxesBloomington PantagraphThe 13th Congressional District race will feature Republican incumbent Rodney Davis against Democratic challenger Ann Callis. It will be a brutal race, with the parties and special interest groups pouring in money from both sides. In the end, Davis …
Until four years ago, Illinois was one of the highest institutionalized states in the nation.
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GOP primary, an obese government, and more from Reboot Illinois.The Best Prediction of the GOP Gov’s Race You’ll Ever Read — Guaranteedoaklawn.patch.comAnd gov candidate Bruce Rauner is raising “mind-boggling” amounts of campaign money.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close what he calls corporate tax loopholes and use the money for a new program to build roads and bridges.
Some of our editorial board’s themes for the new year are outlined today. Our Opinion: Striving for a better Springfield in past year, difficult and challenging in many ways, was not an altogether bad one for Springfield and the state of Illinois.The city of Springfield made progress in a long-term effort to root out institutional racism. The public works department continued t
Do you think the legislature should get involved in this when the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association supports the Sunday ban?State lawmaker wants to bring back Sunday auto 30 years, Illinoisans have not been able to buy a vehicle on a Sunday. If Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove has his way, that will change. All he has to do is convince Illinois car dealers tha
The Murray Parents Association lawsuit will be in court beginning Tuesday as the group tries to keep the home open.Click to Continue »
For anyone thinking about traveling today, here are the latest road conditions (as of 10:14 a.m.) from IDOT. Red = snow or ice covered, Yellow = patches of ice and snow, Green = clear of ice and snow.
Our Newest E-Mail Blast that went out Saturday (1/4/14) Night…. “Let’s Make 2014 A Made in America Year” >>>>’s Make 2014 A Made In America Year – You Can Help!
CHICAGO – Politics makes strange bedfellows; especially as candidates work to be all things to all people in a diverse state like Illinois. For example, while GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner appeals to gun owners by publishing photos of himself…
How suburban districts are handling changing ACTChicago Daily Herald… director of research and evaluation for Northwest Suburban High School District 214. “ACT is supposedly the watchdog of student performance; they say 25 percent of students are ready for college in Illinois,” Cordogan said. “It has no resemblance …
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerIllinois GOP sees 2014 governor’s race as criticalDanbury News TimesAfter the 2010 elections they drew new legislative maps that favor Democratic candidates _ all but guaranteeing that Republicans won’t win back the state House or Senate for nearly a decade more. That’s left Illinois Republicans eyeing the 2014 …10 things to watch for in 2014
From WMVP ESPN 1000 to the Chicago Sun-Times to ESPN NFL countdown, Mike Ditka is ubiquitous. Even if has absolutely no clue what he’s talking …
Serving on the county board may have its benefits, but providing a sense of adventure isn’t one of them.   Serving on the county board may have its benefits, but providing a sense of adventure isn’t one of them. read more