Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Jan. 7

It is still dangerously cold! Please be careful. If you are a Metra customer check Metra’s website before… http://fb.me/16JxpfsPe 
 
 
The weather challenges continue! If you are a Metra customer, check Metra’s website before going to your regular… http://fb.me/2REoC3avI 
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Winter storm continues, concealed carry applications begin, where you… http://goo.gl/fb/nGwIS 
 
 
Be careful out there. It’s best to stay off the roads if you can. http://www.nwherald.com/2014/01/07/snow-ice-hamper-morning-commute/a3nf0lw/ …
 
 
No running for me (!), but this does describe my day yesterday … sans the dog. And I prefer “AntarctDitka.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-cold-weather-edit-0107-20140107,0,120541.story …
 
 
Starting Shake Up Express Day 2 at WJPF in Williamson County.
 
 
Maybe Metra would react better if leadership wasn’t gutted by scandal. “They didn’t say anything about this madness,” said Millot, 63. “I was looking for alerts and didn’t see anything. I’m disappointed. I hate Metra.”http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78790754/Chicago Tribunemy.chicagotribune.comhttp://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78790754/
 
 
Aetna Better Health of Illinois, an Aetna Medicaid plan, and Addus Home Care, a national provider of home and community-based services (HCBS), will conduct a pilot study on the impact of providing smart phones to home care aides who assist …
 
 
Slate Magazine (blog)What If a Republican Congressman Got Outed and Nobody Cared?Slate Magazine (blog)On Friday a producer and former CBS reporter named Itay Hod put up a Facebook post intended to out Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock. The tabloid media, for years, has played a game with the young Republican—wink-wink stories about his photoshoot for a …Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock locks Instagram fo
 
 
I could never get an answer,” she told me Monday. On Jan. 21, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments by lawyers for her and seven other women, all but one of whom look after family members, into whether Illinois’ push to unionize them is constitutional.
 
 
“I have admired the Business Journal ever since it came to Springfield 18 years ago,” CIC president Fletcher Farrar said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing its traditions while building on the foundation it has laid.”
 
 
Expect Illinois’ pension reform promises to be brokenCrain’s Chicago BusinessSo excuse me if I’m not sanguine about what Mr. Madigan, Senate Leader John Cullerton and the two Republican leaders in the General Assembly did to persuade a majority of lawmakers to support their “reform.” We’ve heard this story before. Their “reform …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A deal on Illinois’ pension crisis was reached, but there is another problem on the horizon: the state’s looming fiscal cliff. According …
 
 
Big changes coming for GED this yearQuad City Times1, community colleges and testing centers across the nation switched to a more rigorous, computer-based test that aligns with the Common Core Curriculum Standards, which have been adopted by Iowa, Illinois and other states. Some states, such as Iowa …
 
 
By Scott Reeder Illinois Policy Institute … as hair braiders, interior decorators, barbers, auctioneers and others that are regulated by the state of Illinois.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kankakee Daily Journal – Found 20 minutes agoPat Quinn has already said the talk of fulfilling that promise will have … in general state aid was cut last year, and the governor plans to cut …
 
 
 
Clerks at the gas station were kind of freaked out when I wore this into the store today. http://www.chaparral-racing.com/Product/balaclava-polar-mask/309-0940.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_campaign=paid_search_google_pla&scid=scplp4393444&catargetid=1808323781&cadevice=c&gclid=CJTOjoik67sCFdE-Mgodp04Amw …
 
 
It seems like every day we get more information on ObamaCare and it isn’t good… http://fb.me/6wogd4nZH 
 
 
Chicago’s ban on gun sales overturned http://fb.me/6sqlqi5YF 
 
 
The 2014 Obamacare tax wave http://fb.me/1gH0gdHAK 
 
 
Too many bowl games overall, but it ended with a great National Championship game! Tre Mason was one tough running back!
 
 
 
EDITORIAL: We don’t know how this happens. But it really should not. As Sun-Times reporters Chris Fusco and Frank Main disclosed Monday, a man found unfit to work for the Illinois Department of Corrections on two separate occasions somehow subsequently landed a six-figure IDOC job last year.
 
 
They’re appearing with snowplow drivers and issuing disaster declarations, huddling in public with top aides and meeting with reporters. Heavy snows and arctic blasts are serious business in Chicago and Illinois, and that’s why two officials who soon will be seeking re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn, are seriously on the job today trying to make sure you know they’re doing absolut
 
 
The city agency in charge of keeping Chicago’s streets open and moving failed to meet its own performance standards much of the time and somehow managed to exaggerate how well it did. But the agency claims to be doing better now. So says Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson in a report issued today that takes some pretty good whacks at the Chicago Department of Transportation. In the report c
 
 
 
The compromise of thousands of credit card customers’ information during the holiday shopping season is evidence the cyber-bandits are staying ahead of the enforcers.  “Unfortunately, it seems to be a sign of the times,” says S…
 
 
Carrie Goldstein, a real estate agent at Koenig & Strey in north suburban Libertyville, is a competitive powerlifter. She has her sights set on breaking a national record in April.
 
 
A company that arranges training opportunities for foreign medical graduates has purchased Sacred Heart Hospital and is considering demolishing the shuttered West Side facility.
 
 
A bench trial on a challenge to the state’s decision to close a southern Illinois center for the developmentally disabled is scheduled to begin in Chicago.
 
 
An Algonquin letter to the editor: When I moved here, I supported the Longmeadow Parkway project. But now, I am wondering if this will be a government boondoggle: If you work during the week (250 days/year), that is $750 in tolls added to your family budget, just to cross the river back-and-forth.
 
 
Amtrak is evacuating hundreds of passengers stranded on three trains near Mendota, Illinois. The trains were all heading for Chicago Monday, but got stuck in big snowdrifts and ice. Passengers on two of the trains are being removed right now and will take a bus to Chicago. The third train is in Princeton, Illinois, and those passengers are being served breakfast on the heated train. Amtrak officia
 
 
Illinois’ lawmakers may have passed an overhaul of the state’s pensions. But that doesn’t mean they can count on the projected savings, as IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports. Backers of the pension law say it will save $160 billion. Granted, that’s stretched over the next 30 years. But considering that pension costs had grown to eat up about a fifth of the state’s budget, the savings the state will get
 
 
THE STATE’S CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS THIS IS TRULY ARCTIC WEATHER WE ARE EXPERIENCING. THE COLDEST TEMP EVER RECORDED IN ILLINOIS WAS MINUS 36 DEGREES IN CONGERVILLE IN JANUARY OF 1999. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST JIM ANGEL EXPLAINS WHAT’S DRIVING THI…
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum in time — and got an All-Star in return. The Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls late Monday night for Bynum and three future draft picks, beating the deadline to guarantee his full contract for the season. Along with Bynum, who had recently been suspended indefinitely by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, t
 
 
 
This just out – more good news for law abiding gun owners http://politi.co/1gcxmmfChicago’s ban on gun sales overturnedpoliti.coCHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city’s ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a
 
 
Dold for Congress will be in Buffalo Grove tomorrow. Hope we find you!
 
 
 
After snowed in, stuck in my lane, scores of staff calls, now packing to go to Springfield to work out of Capitol office tomorrow. Stay warm
 
 
At -14, I I wore my carhartt and uggs to speak to the Minooka Lions club tonight. There were 30 members who braved the weather.
 
 
So I picked the coldest night of the last two decades for my first night of extended office hours. Next extended office hours is February 3rd. Of course please call the office if you want to set up something before then…. 773-445-8128 Stay Warm!
 
 
 
The 2014 Obamacare tax wavewww.politico.comTanning salons, colonoscopy scopes and prescription drugs like Xanax — they’re all items hit by taxes in recent years to fund President Barack Obama’s health care law. Starting in 2014, the Obamacare tax man is coming for insurance companies — who contend a good chunk of thes…
 
 
 
Chicago’s ban on gun sales overturnedwww.politico.comCHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city’s ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to p…
 
 
It seems like every day we get more information on ObamaCare and it isn’t good…No cheap option on insurance exchangewww.chicagobusiness.comCatastrophic health policies are intended to attract young consumers to the Obamacare health insurance exchanges by offering cheap coverage. But the plans offered locally are anything but cheap.
 
 
We are heading into a new Legislative session. I rely on input from the people of the 62nd District to help guide my legislative agenda. Please toss out ideas and suggestions!
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosThis Friday, start off the New Year with the first salon concert of the year in the Fifth Province. January 10, it’s traditional Irish music with Ceoltoiri Chicago, featuring Sean Cleland on fiddle, Joe Sheehan on accordion John Shine on piano and Tommy Masterson, with special guests Jim DeWan and Jonathan Whitall, and dance with Brian Cunningham. The show starts at 8pm with stud
 
 
It is still dangerously cold! Please be careful. If you are a Metra customer check Metra’s website before venturing out. Lots of train cancellations.Metra cancels 26 trains on BNSF, Union Pacific lineswgntv.comStaff report Metra cancelled 26 trains this morning and the CTA reported early Red Line delays days after widespread delays in the public transportation system across the city. Fourteen of t
 
 
Contact your Senators and Representatives, ask them to vote to extend long term unemployment benefits. For the benefit of the economy, and for those trying to re-enter the workplace.
 
 
 
Thx to guv candidate Bruce Rauner for visiting my hometown of Waterloo. Great to see Bruce & Monroe Cty Republicans tonight!
 
 
After snowed in, stuck in my lane, scores of staff calls, now packing to go to #Springfield to work out of Capitol office tomorrow #twill
 
 
Dold for Congress will be in Buffalo Grove tomorrow. Hope we find you!
 
 
Report proposes an engineering marvel to stop Asian carp http://bit.ly/1iMjjb8 
 
 
The original plan to name Jennifer Gill as the next superintendent of Springfield public schools at the Jan. 6 board meeting got sidetracked for at least …
 
 
http://tinyurl.com/b3jll79  Though I knew this intuitively, still disturbing to see. Income inequality is the monumental challenge of our time
 
 
At -14, I I wore my carhartt and uggs to speak to the Minooka Lions club tonight. There were 30 members who braved the weather.
 
 
Bruce Rauner and his wife contribute max to Tom DoubleCross; that should tell you everything you need to know…Illinois. http://www.illinoisfamilyaction.org/
 
 
Big SOB Bruce Rauner and his anti-worker efforts. Right, he’s best friends with shitty mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn stood by the state’s top prison official Monday after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that a former gang member was found unfit to work for the Department of Corrections two separate times — and then got a high-paying job anyway.
 
 
Congratulations to Janet Yellen on becoming the first female Federal Reserve Chair!Senate Poised To Confirm Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwww.huffingtonpost.comWASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate, kicking off its 2014 session on Monday, intends to waste no time making history as it moves to approve Janet Yellen to be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. A Senate vote is set for 5:30 p
 
 
Frostbite can happen even when you’re bundled up.Frostbite Tips For Novices: Skip Whiskey And Shed Your Ringsn.prNow it’s not just Alaskans who are contending with frostbite and other cold-related injuries.
 
 
“Today’s core human rights issue is poverty.” This video starts out a little slowly, but really gets going. It gave me a lot of ideas about how to frame some issues for my campaign. I will be speaking at the NAACP meeting on Thursday at 7 at CPL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDLBDzDp0A0Noam Chomsky video conferenceA group of Foundation Degree students had the privilege of taking part
 
 
While you are trying to keep warm in this cold weather, think about all those nice warm parades we have to look forward to this year! Nixon 2014!
 
 
Looking back at my announcement – praising my wife for supporting me and apologizing in advance that not only would I be out campaigning more, but my culinary cuisine would start to disappear, too!
 
 
It wasn’t that long ago that we were standing in front of the courthouse making the announcement that I would run for State Rep of the 79th! Months later we’re going stronger than ever! Nixon 2014! Great team behind me!
 
 
I hope everyone is staying warm.
 
 
Great first stop on the Shake Up Express. COLD night in Waterloo but appreciate all the folks who came out to discuss how we can bring back Illinois.
 
 
The Southern … The Southern · weather-alerts Clear. 0°. Clear. Weekly Forecast … Santana leaving Southern Illinois Miners. MARION — Longtime …
 
 
Why is Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky hanging out with Al Qaeda affiliates? This seriously puts Americas national security at risk!!! http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/group-run-by-al-qaeda-terrorist-invited-to-brief-jan-schakowsky-on-drone-policy.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fdlacomb%2Fillinoisreview+%28illinoisreview%2
 
 
How serious is this weather? Rahm pulls out the fleece & work boots & attends the crisis press conference himself. http://bit.ly/KtXaj7 
 
 
Janet Yellen has the experience & commitment necessary to end the Fed’s ‘easy money’ policies. http://1.usa.gov/1bLVtng 
 
 
Hey #ChiBeria, keep warm at these Warming Centers in #Chicago & Cook, #DuPage counties: http://quigley.house.gov/extreme-weather-updates … #IL05
 
 
Thursday pols find out if they’re kicked from ballot, including Mark Zalcman challenged in 73rd Dist. race vs Leitch: http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/7838 
 
 
Appreciate all the folks who came out to visit on a COLD night in Waterloo. Must really want to #BringBackIL to brave this weather!
 
 
Appreciation today for @IllinoisNG & #IEMA for their response to a dangerous situation on the interstate in S. #IL http://tinyurl.com/oyjjby9 
 
 
Congratulations to the 1st female head of the #FederalReserve, #JanetYellen! #progress
 
 
This weather is nothing to mess with! Even @lincolnparkzoo’s polar bear is hanging inside today. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140106/lincoln-park/chicago-extreme-cold-too-bitter-even-for-zoo-polar-bear … #Chiberia #twill
 
 
Be safe tonight and tomorrow, #Illinois! Emergency heating assistance can be found here. http://www2.illinois.gov/keepwarm/Pages/default.aspx … … #KeepWarm #twill #Chiberia
 
 
Wow! Great photo, Don! RT @DonMykidsrfirst: This pic was taken in Pawnee IL where I grew up @rebootillinois #twill pic.twitter.com/a55H8FyrwJ
 
 
Saw it coming. Glad I worked from home. MT @CrainsChicago: RT @jameshillabc: Huge mess @ Chicago Union Station.#Metra pic.twitter.com/OO3DULlUhh
 
 
Chicago’s gun ordinance ruled unconstitutional by federal judge http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-citys-gun-ordinance-ruled-unconstitutional-by-federal-judge-20140106,0,7182171.story …
 
 
I’ll be on WGN Radio 720 live with Steve Cochran at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. Listen in. http://wgnradio.com/listen/ 
 
 
Indeed! RT @ChrisProvenzano: Love seeing superman @BoJackson as honorary captain tonight for Auburn. #Legend #BCSChampionship
 
 
Glad to report SIU basketball team finally returned safely to Carbondale about 2pm today after a long night of bus trouble–Todd Richards.
 
 
Highland Park Hospital is preparing for a $74-million modernization over the next three years that will be most noticeable in the areas of maternal care, surgery and radiology.
 
 
 
 
 
Check http://www.illinois.gov for winter weather updates, precautions, warming centers, road conditions and more. Stay safe and stay warm!Illinois.gov: Homewww.facebook.comCHICAGO – In front of a crowd of thousands at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s UIC Forum, Governor Pat Quinn today signed historic legislation making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality. The l
 
 
Judge has found Chicago’s ban on gun sales in the city unconstitutional. #SecondAmendment
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after reviewing an Army Corps of Engineers report examining several options for containing invasive species, including Asian Carp, in the Great Lakes. Durbin joined U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Carl Levin (D-MI) and other Great Lakes Senators in requesting and authorizing the report entitled the Gr
 
 
#Immigration is possible this year, as this Sun-Times editorial states. I’m going to be working as hard as ever to get reform passed in the House in 2014. -LVGImmigration reform is possible this year – Chicago Sun-Timeswww.suntimes.comEDITORIAL: This, finally, could be the year for immigration reform. Democrats have long favored cutting a single big deal — Hispanic voters are, by and large, their
 
 
Chicagoans are no strangers to #cold weather, but wind chills this low can be dangerous. If you or someone you know needs a warm refuge, warming centers are available statewide in #Illinois. Facilities run by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services are open for extended hours through tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7. For more information about additional warming center locations call 8
 
 
CENTROS DE CALENTAMIENTO estarán abiertos en Chicago durante horas extendidas del 5-7 de enero, 2014. Debido al frío extremo, los seis DFSS Centros de Servicios Comunitarios y los seis Centros Regionales Principales servirán como centros de calefacción de 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Domingo, 5 de enero – Martes, 7 de enero 2014. DFSS Centros de Servicios Comunitarios: • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Stre
 
 
Tonight I have a meeting at the Gurnee Village Board where I serve as a Trustee.
 
 
I have been discussing how to create another warming center in our community, praying for the safety and security of our citizens, “essential” employees, and talking to the voters of the 103rd District! Seems like my only down time today was making some lasagna for the family 🙂 Stay safe and don’t go out there unless you have to. See ya’ll soon!
 
 
#CrainsChicago released a report that shows “no cheap option on insurance exchange” for #Illinois counties including Cook, DuPage and Kane.No cheap option on insurance exchangewww.chicagobusiness.comCatastrophic health policies are intended to attract young consumers to the Obamacare health insurance exchanges by offering cheap coverage. But the plans offered locally are anything but cheap.
 
 
Pension Reform Act 1, Scene 2 – the numbers don’t really save what they said it would save. “Illinois Pension Law Under Financial Scrutiny”. Chicago Tribunemy.chicagotribune.comhttp://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/588/article/p2p-78787235/
 
 
This Saturday, we’re having our first Latinos for Guzzardi volunteer day of 2014. We’ll be reaching out to Latino voters across the 39th District, and announcing an exciting new endorsement. All are welcome–don’t miss it.
 
 
Pension Reform Act 1, Scene 2 – the numbers don’t really save what they said it would save. “Illinois Pension Law Under Financial Scrutiny”. Chicago Tribunemy.chicagotribune.comhttp://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/588/article/p2p-78787235/
 
 
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Federal-Judge-Strikes-Down-Chicagos-Gun-Sales-Ban-238972531.htmlFederal Judge Strikes Down Chicago’s Gun Sales Banwww.nbcchicago.comA federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago’s ban on the sale of firearms is unconstitutional.
 
 
This weather is nothing to mess with! Be safe and please remember to check-in on your neighbors. Information about emergency heating assistance can be found at Keep Warm Illinois: keepwarm.illinois.gov.Chicago Weather Too Cold Even For Zoo Polar Bear – Lincoln Park – DNAinfo.com Chicagowww.dnainfo.comThe Lincoln Park Zoo’s polar bear, Anana, is being kept warm in a climate-controlled area as temps
 
 
http://votebrannigan.tumblr.com/post/72495326185/dan-lipinskis-global-warming-january-sets-recordDan Lipinski’s Global Warming … January Sets Record Frigid Temperaturesvotebrannigan.tumblr.comDan Lipinski’s Global Warming … January Sets Record Frigid Temperatures Quote: “Yet, despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened by a range of problems, including global climate…
 
 
Lipinski by the Numbers – reviewing our nation’s economic progress from 2009 through December 31st of 2013. Download your FREE copy here: http://www.mediafire.com/view/j1ae3pffge033f3/LipinskiByTheNumbers2014.pdf
 
 
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Federal-Judge-Strikes-Down-Chicagos-Gun-Sales-Ban-238972531.html Federal Judge Strikes Down Chicago’s Gun Sales Banwww.nbcchicago.comA federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago’s ban on the sale of firearms is unconstitutional.
 
 
I’ll be on live with Steve Cochran on WGN Radio 720 at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. Listen in.Listenwgnradio.comListen to WGN radio online right now (will open in a new browser window) Listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. Search for WGN Radio in the App Store or Android’s Google play or click here for iPhone/iPad, click here for
 
 
Kadner: Why winter is a rotten, evil thingSouthtownStarBy Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 6, 2014 5:06PM. Windy day had many residents like Fred Benoit Merrionette Park clearing snow drifts through out day. Windy day had many residents like Fred Benoit, of Merrionette Park, clearing snow …
 
 
Marijuana user questions new Illinois lawLake County News-Sun“We hope state officials will work swiftly to ensure seriously ill patients no longer face legal penalties for using medical marijuana,” said Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Illinois patients and their families …
 
 
From time to time, Illinois has experienced campaigns that have involved shenanigans. Whether it be the ancient (2008) days of “I’ve got this thing and …
 
 
Chicago’s ban on gun sales within the city is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled, saying the local law on weapons “goes too far.” The judge delayed the effect of the ruling to give the city time to respond. Last year,…
 
 
Alert: @ChiPubSchools will remain closed tomorrow. #chicago
 
 
All CPS schools closed tomorrow, Jan.7 due to continued extreme weather. http://on.fb.me/1dqM9pU 
 
 
Stay warm and safe & remember to check on elderly neighbors, children and pets during this extreme weather. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Extreme-weather-assistance.html?soid=1114104712902&aid=Fhf6RaChOtU …
 
 
If you are wondering about road conditions, this is a good resource kept current by the Illinois Department of… http://fb.me/Z1CUHaS1 
 
 
Need to work together w/focus on economic inequality & do more to help middle class succeed. Step1: extending #UI benefits w/vote tonight
 
 
Extending #UI for families trying to find work, raising minimum wage & helping students w. affordable education used to be bipartisan goals
 
 
As rich get richer, the middle class is feeling the pinch. Families struggling to find work need a helping hand.
 
 
Chicago Public Schools closed again tomorrow! #spreadthenews
 
 
I’m blessed to do something I love for a living! #SmallBusiness #WomenInBusiness
 
 
As a member of congress I plan on taking my values of working hard to bring more good jobs to our great city! #Chicago #WomenInCongress
 
 
Cold and snowy on the campaign trail in Burr Ridge. Hope to see you out there. http://ow.ly/sjijj 
 
 
.@mpacatte In Durbin’s last term, approx. 376,000 fewer Illinoisans employed. I’d call that failure.
 
 
Illinois officials say they’ve received more than 11,000 applications for concealed carry permits.
 
 
Bitter cold temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they pose a serious threat to health and safety. Warming centers are available in facilities across the state to help residents stay heated during freezing temperatures. Click below to find a warming center near you.Warming Centers for Cook and DuPage Countiesquigley.house.govKeeping warm is critical when record lows hit our area. These faci
 
 
This weather is nothing to mess with! Be safe and please remember to check-in on your neighbors.http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140106/lincoln-park/chicago-extreme-cold-too-bitter-even-for-zoo-powww.dnainfo.com
 
 
I am not sure how Josh got a caricature of me for the event page, but I am quite excited about the party.
 
 
Please leave a comment on this post if you are experiencing power outages within the 75th District or elsewhere. I am in contact with ComEd, and will be doing everything I can to assist you. Hope you are all staying safe, warm, and indoors during this blast of cold weather.
 
 
I strongly support bipartisan legislation that would repeal cuts to military retiree benefits by closing tax loopholes for offshore corporations. More about this critical bill here: http://1.usa.gov/1ib8NaC Like and Share this photo if you agree!
 
 
Last night, CBS News’ 60 Minutes highlighted the billions of taxpayer dollars wasted on failed green energy technologies. According to the report, “The federal government has allocated a total of $150 billion to Cleantech…with little to show for it.” When the President and his administration try to turn an energy program into a jobs program, it fails on both fronts. Rushing unready technologies
 
 
Please leave a comment on this post if you are experiencing power outages within the 75th District or elsewhere. I am in contact with ComEd, and will be doing everything I can to assist you. Hope you are all staying safe, warm, and indoors during this blast of cold weather.
 
 
JOIN the best party around for pizza, pop & photos. Tomorrow (TUESDAY) night Students for Dillard Tracy host a meet & greet at Papa Passero’s Pizzeria in Westmont.Meet & Greet at Papa Passero’s Pizzeriawww.eventbrite.comJoin the best party around for: FREE PIZZA, POP & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES with local Governor Candidate Kirk Dillard Please join the following student host committee: J
 
 
Team Roskam Puts Capitol Dome in PerspectiveRoll CallThe painter wife of Rep. Peter Roskam spent 18 months preparing various takes on the symbolic structure. The completed works are featured in a 2014 calendar the Illinois Republican sent out to thousands of colleagues, constituents and friends in lieu …
 
 
Photo: AP BLOOMINGTON – Of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates, State Senator Bill Brady’s scant fund-raising of less than $45,000 over the last quarter of 2013 is casting doubts on just how serious Brady is in his 2014 attempt to…
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by key state emergency officials to provide a comprehensive update on the state’s response to the historic winter storm and freeze. As all critical and emergency state services continue, the Governor has also activated the Illinois National Guard to help emergency crews across the state provide assistance during the bitter cold and dangerous weather co
 
 
Although the snow has stopped we are facing a dangerous combination of low temps, black ice, & drifting snow http://tinyurl.com/qg28zwe 
 
 
I want to thank #IL’s emergency personnel who have been working 24/7 to rescue motorists & provide assistance in dangerous conditions.
 
 
Join the best party around for pizza, pop & photos. Tomorrow w/ Students 4 Dillard Tracy @ Papa Passero’s Pizzeria http://bit.ly/KxfvfL 
 
 
Hope you’re all keeping warm today friends! pic.twitter.com/0y9ULlfbZL
 
 
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Monday that the Sheridan, Stateville, Pontiac, Centralia, Graham, Lawrence, Menard …
 
 
.@CrainsChicago report shows “no cheap option on insurance exchange” for IL counties including Cook, DuPage and Kane http://bit.ly/1aASGxC 
 
 
As rich get richer, the middle class is feeling the pinch. Families struggling to find work need a helping hand.
 
 
Extending #UI for families trying to find work, raising minimum wage & helping students w. affordable education used to be bipartisan goals
 
 
Need to work together w/focus on economic inequality & do more to help middle class succeed. Step1: extending #UI benefits w/vote tonight
 
 
Check out my @MySuburbanLife column on threat of ID theft in #ACA. Safety of ur personal info should be top priority http://bit.ly/1gB6QDC 
 
 
Recently, Sebelius was asked if she’d shut down #ACA’s website until all security risks were addressed. She refused. http://bit.ly/1gB6QDC 
 
 
$6.4 billion for extended unemployment insurance should be offset with spending reductions.
 
 
Chicago’s Streets & San Commissioner said last fall he was expecting 30 inches of snow–10 more than last year–most of it “after January.”
 
 
Authorities are still discouraging travel, especially in rural areas. Here’s the Illinois Department of Transportation road condition map.Getting Around Illinoiswww.gettingaroundillinois.comGetting Around Illinois is a web-based interactive mapping site that provides the ability to search and display several sources of transportation data. You can find information on winter road conditions, annual
 
 
On January 4, 2014, I celebrated another birthday and since it’s a new year and cold outside, I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce myself and share a little about how my character was built. This is my only brother, Willie, on his sixtieth birthday. We were the only two children raised in a Conservative Democrat family born to a Chauffeur and a stay at home mom. They never live
 
 
Give Bruce Rauner this: If he’s not the front-runner in the race for Illinois governor, he sure looks like it. Don’t take my word for it. Instead, look at almost every other political faction, organization, interest group or party in the state. More and more, all of their time, attention and money is focused on only one person: Rauner. Take his fellow Republican primary opponents, state senators B
 
 
Town says area not appropriate for special use permitJoseph Dadivas says that by the time he had reached his late 30s, he had already lost several of his friends and family members to cancer and other illnesses. Another friend, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer, went through intense pain after the disease spread throughout his body.
 
 
I55 southbound by Stephenson Drive shut down due to accident. Pieces of car all over highway. People standing in this brutal cold. Stay home
 
 
Have you registered to vote? If not, you can do so at http://goo.gl/uqGd2s . pic.twitter.com/2DF5xhGvL3
 
 
Dick Durbin guaranteed that you could keep your health insurance…and was a chief sponsor of ObamaCare in the… http://fb.me/17qTymBRK 
 
 
Speaking at @DavidAxelrod’s Politics Institute/U of Chicago: state govt issues, including medical marijuana; 1/7; 5707 S Woodlawn; 6:30 pm
 
 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-pension-reform-numbers-met-20140106,0,417400.storyIllinois pension law under financial scrutinywww.chicagotribune.com— 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.
 
 
I hope everyone is staying safe and warm in this extremely cold weather. Don’t forget to check on elderly friends and neighbors and make sure they are doing alright. And thank you to the men and women who are out making sure the roads are safe for those who must travel. You are very appreciated for all you do!
 
 
January 1, 2014 the Federal Incandescent Light Bulb Ban took effect. Many claim that banning Incandescent Light Bulbs would be cheaper on the electric bill and “safer”. Untrue! CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) contain a sufficient amount of mercury that is not just dangerous to the environment- but your health too. The bulb ban creates jobs in China, NOT AMERICA! Who knows the needs of
 
 
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If you think Illinois is taxed too much and want to see change, go to “Reggie Phillips for IL State Representative-110th District” Facebook page and Press the LIKE button at the top!
 
 
February 18 is the last day to register to vote in the primary election. Have you registered to vote? If not, you can do so at https://registertovote.org/forms/register/registration/illinois.html. Photo Courtesy: examiner.com
 
 
Had some fun in the snow this weekend before the deep freeze. My Farm King snow suit I got in Macomb, IL came in handy for snow blowing while the girls got in some sledding. Stay warm today! ~Kirk
 
 
 
Warming center sites – Chicago & statewide | Chicago Coalition for the Homelesswww.chicagohomeless.orgIn Chicago, to seek help for yourself or others, including access to transportation assistance to warming centers, CALL 3-1-1. The city hotline, managed by Catholic Charities, is open round-the-clock throughout the year.
 
 
2013 in Review: Aiming Higher, Labor Tries New Angles and Alliances – Jan 06Beyond ChronCalifornia Walmart worker Anthony Goytia spoke for many when he said it’s no longer paycheck to paycheck for him and his co-workers, but payday loan to payday loan. When long-awaited provisions of Obamacare kicked in, the promise of … Minimum wage …
 
 
Is there power out in Elgin. Where are you huddling for warmth? Let me know.
 
 
More info about Winter Storm Preparedness is available at http://Ready.Illinois.gov .
 
 
With dangerous temps. & hazardous conditions across #IL, I’ve issued a disaster declaration & activated the @IllinoisNG to provide aid.
 
 
State government employees – except those serving in critical government functions – have been instructed to stay home today.
 
 
Due to the severe winter storm impacting much of #IL, I implemented the state’s Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plans.
 
 
Two sisters who live in a Chicago Housing Authority mixed-income development are suing the agency over its practice of suspicionless drug testing.DeAnn and Jessica Stubenfield live with their mother in a townhouse in Oakwood Shores off Pershing Road, surrounded by black-and-white photography and their school awards. DeAnn attends Harold Washington College and Jessica is a recent Columbia College g
 
 
Remember when we introduced you to Xadrian R. McCraven? A follow-up by our #Watchdogs uncovered the ex-gang member had been found unfit to work twice and got a six-figure state job anyway. http://suntm.es/1dorTp5
 
 
Stay safe and stay warm! If you need to find a warming center, visit http://keepwarm.illinois.gov/. Remember to stay indoors as much as possible.keepwarm.illinois.gov : Keep Warm Illinoiswww2.illinois.govEnergy Bill Assistance for Low-Income Households: Call 877-411-WARM (9276) Welcome to Keep Warm Illinois, a one-stop site for information about how to battle winter in Illinois and how to tap to r
 
 
Out campaigning in Burr Ridge, despite the snow! Always great to meet new friends and supporters who care about bringing jobs back to the 11th Congressional District.
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosFrustrated patients walk out without treatment as hospitals have no idea if people are covered or not —> http://dailym.ai/1as2sC6 This is #ObamaCare
 
 
Dick Durbin guaranteed that you could keep your health insurance…and was a chief sponsor of ObamaCare in the Senate…ObamaCare’s four biggest liesnypost.comPresident Obama’s famous vow — “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan. Period.” — isn’t the only broken promise of ObamaCare. Now…
 
 
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, as of 10am the following information is relevant: please consider it if you’re driving around our state.BRIDGES CLOSED I-55/70 The Fairmont Avenue Bridge over I-55/70 (Collinsville) is closed. FERRIES CLOSED Kampsville Ferry Closed at 0745am, 12/30/13 due to ice. Brussels Ferry Closed at 06:12am, 1/2/14 due to ice. Expected to re-open at No
 
 
Blowing and drifting snow as well as extreme low temperatures are making for dangerous travel conditions throughout Illinois. Information on road conditions, warming centers, and more can be found at ready.illinois.gov or by clicking on the link below.Winter Storm Ionwww.illinois.gov
 
 
Implementation of Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Could Be Delayed for a …Huffington PostIn fact, there is a message posted on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website where you can track the state’s progress that claims: “Members of the public should be aware that full implementation of MCPP will take time.” Yeah, because that …
 
 
Medical Marijuana Growers, Dispensaries Could Be Coming to GlenviewPatch.comThe new state law allows people with certain qualifying conditions to obtain a physician’s recommendation for medical marijuana use, and permits up to 60 dispensaries and 22 cultivation centers to be established around Illinois. Cultivation centers may …
 
 
(AP) — The company said sales at stores open at least a year grew 6.1 percent for the month, mostly because revenue from pharmacy departments improved.
 
 
sBarrington officials have canceled tonight’s scheduled village board committee-of-the-whole meeting because of the frigid weather. There was no immediate word on when the meeting, which was to begin at 6 p.m. at village hall, might be rescheduled.
 
 
We’re looking for stories of your adventures today and your recollections of past negative-degree days in the suburbs. #DHweathertales
 
 
Pat Quinn’s signature. But a curious thing happened along the way: The influential 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association, which traditionally …
 
 
The Chicagoland area is currently experiencing severe weather, and I hope you are staying warm! If you or someone you know need shelter, use this resource to find a warming facility near you: http://1.usa.gov/1f6dO6r
 
 
As we continue to monitor weather conditions and work nonstop to respond to this winter storm, we will ensure that critical state services continue. To protect the safety of our employees and the people they serve, I am directing state employees whose duties are not critical to state services to stay home and off the roads today. I also today made a disaster declaration due to the severe winter we
 
 
@RonSandack Also in the political world. Access, respect, communication,transparency unless you intend to actually follow through as you do!
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Brutal winter weather, low gear economic recovery,… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/brutal-winter-weather-low-gear-economic.html?spref=tw …
 
 
State warming centers are open to keep you out of the deep freeze these next couple of days. http://ow.ly/sfREg 
 
 
IDOT Road Closures – CIProud: http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/story/idot-road-closures/d/story/LGWUW_ujqECqj34LuqJ18Q?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#.Usq78Or3fZU.twitter …
 
 
The Education Funding Advisory Committe (EFAC) hearing scheduled for tomorrow in Waterloo has been cancelled due… http://fb.me/UIUUKa48 
 
 
More confident than ever that Illinois is ready to turn the page on failed career politicians like Dick Durbin. #ILSEN
 
 
CONDO ROUNDTABLE POSTPONED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER. STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE . @DNAinfoCHI @CrainsChicago @Suntimes @WindyCityTimes1
 
 
IDNR creates weak regs so they can say “we listened to enviros” when upholding original law- Bullsh!t- Ban #fracking! http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-fracking-law-illinois-0103-20140103,0,7788229.story …
 
 
Know someone in need of shelter during this severe weather? Find a warming center here: http://1.usa.gov/1f6dO6r 
 
 
#Chicago office closed today to ensure safety of our staff. Please stay warm & safe #IL05! Tips for coping w/ cold: http://bit.ly/1cGI2VM 
 
 
During these brutal temperatures, check out http://KeepWarm.Illinois.Gov  for a list of warming centers. Stay safe and stay indoors.
 
 
Governor Quinn ordered non-critical state government workers to stay home … after the work day had already begun for many of them.
 
 
In the face of record-breaking low temperatures, Chicago Public Schools reversed course late Sunday and cancelled school system-wide for students on Monday. The move came amid intense pressure from the Chicago Teachers Union and many parents, who expressed concern that asking children to travel to school in sub-zero temperatures was a dangerous move. Today, many in Chicago are thankful CTU took a
 
 
Thillens, Inc. is enacting a partial shutdown. Stops in rural areas and distances further from our branches are postponed until tomorrow.
 
 
My Chicago office will be closed today to ensure the safety of our staff. Please stay safe and warm out there #IL05! Check out this list of tips for coping with the record lows hitting our area: http://bit.ly/1cGI2VM.Coping with the coldwww.chicagotribune.comTips from the Cook County Department of Public Health, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Department of Water Management and AAA
 
 
#TakeBacktheHouse in 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-alan-grayson/gop-agenda-do-nothing_b_4542529.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037Republicans Have Unveiled Their 2014 Agenda: Do Nothingwww.huffingtonpost.comSo it may seem that the Republicans are doing nothing about nothing. But they’re actually doing nothing about everything. Whatever the problems we face, their infantile solution is alwa
 
 
With extreme cold across Illinois today, visit http://keepwarm.illinois.gov/ to find a warming center close to you.keepwarm.illinois.gov : Keep Warm Illinoiswww2.illinois.govEnergy Bill Assistance for Low-Income Households: Call 877-411-WARM (9276) Welcome 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 yo
 
 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-illinois-pension-reform-numbers-met-20140106,0,417400.storyIllinois pension law under financial scrutinywww.chicagotribune.com— 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.
 
 
Snow day reading: Salon has a good article summarizing and analyzing the upcoming case of Harris v. Quinn and it’s impact on organized labor. http://www.salon.com/2014/01/06/scalias_golden_chance_to_kill_unions/Scalia’s golden chance to kill unionswww.salon.comA “sweeping” ruling could force “Right to Work” on every U.S. public sector worker, Harvard’s Ben Sachs warns
 
 
Stay safe and stay warm! If you need to find a warming center, visit http://keepwarm.illinois.gov/. Remember to stay indoors as much as possible.keepwarm.illinois.gov : Keep Warm Illinoiswww2.illinois.govEnergy Bill Assistance for Low-Income Households: Call 877-411-WARM (9276) Welcome to Keep Warm Illinois, a one-stop site for information about how to battle winter in Illinois and how to tap to r
 
 
Illinoisans are no strangers to cold weather, but today’s temperatures are prompting warnings across the state. As always, please do your best to stay warm and avoid unnecessary trips outside. Be aware of neighbors or friends who may be vulnerable to the cold. Below is a list of warming centers throughout the district where residents can go to keep warm. The list can also be viewed at my website
 
 
With record low temperatures outside, please stay safe and indoors. If you have elderly neighbors or know someone in need, please share this information. You can search by your zip-code to find the nearest location.keepwarm.illinois.gov : Warming Centerswww2.illinois.govWarming centers are available in state facilities across Illinois to help Illinois residents reduce their home heating costs. The
 
 
Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
 
 
State warming centers are open to keep you out of the deep freeze these next couple of days.SPRINGFIELD, Ill.: Ill. opening warming centers ahead of frigid air | Nation | Enquirer Heraldwww.enquirerherald.comWarming centers are preparing to open across Illinois as sub-zero temperatures are forecast to move into the state.
 
 
Here are some tips from the CDC on staying safe during this cold winter weather.Winter Weather|CDCemergency.cdc.govTaking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-r
 
 
Snow day reading: Salon has a good article summarizing and analyzing the upcoming case of Harris v. Quinn and it’s impact on organized labor. http://www.salon.com/2014/01/06/scalias_golden_chance_to_kill_unions/Scalia’s golden chance to kill unionswww.salon.comA “sweeping” ruling could force “Right to Work” on every U.S. public sector worker, Harvard’s Ben Sachs warns
 
 
This just in from Gov. Quinn: “State government employees – except those serving in critical government functions – are instructed to stay home on Monday, Jan. 6.”Illinois.gov – Illinois Government News Network (IGNN) – Search the News Resultswww3.illinois.govIllinois.gov – the Illinois Government News Network is your online source for State of Illinois government news, press releases, a
 
 
Photo time. * SJ-R and AP images from Sunday: http://www.sj-r.com/photogallery/LS/20140106/NEWS/106009999/PH/262_629 * Send us your snow photos: http://extras.sj-r.com/photo-galleries/reader/send-us-your-snow-photos/
 
 
Trudging into the locker room Sunday afternoon following an 18-point loss at Illinois State wasn’t the low point of the weekend for the struggling Southern Illinois basketball team. Everything got worse for the Salukis once they boarded their team bus and …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn issued a disaster declaration Monday due to the severe weather conditions in Illinois. Quinn activated the Illinois National Guard to provide aid and implemented the state’s Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plans …
 
 
Governors, lawmakers return to capitols with eye on NovemberUSA TODAYThe issues include pension reform in Illinois; privatizing liquor stores and the Penn State child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania; and the party switching of Charlie Crist in Florida, a former GOP governor now running as a Democrat. Jobs and the …
 
 
It’s officially cold.  Chicago set a record low temperature today (Jan. 6) with a frigid -16 degree  reading, which was observed M
 
 
Need help from local/state/federal politician: okay for heat if I use my oven and a space heater situated next to a pile of old newspapers?
 
 
Mayor Emanuel will be joined later today by members of the Bilandic family to announce his “One Snowplow, One Chicago” initiative.
 
 
Car won’t start. Gonna pour some coffee on it and try again in a few minutes. #SPIberia
 
 
Critical to Illinois’ future that we win the governorship. Let’s make 2014 Pat Quinn’s last year as governor! http://bit.ly/JXQitP 
 
 
It is critical to Illinois’ future that we win the governorship this year. Let’s make 2014 Pat Quinn’s last year as governor! http://tbo.com/ap/politics/illinois-gop-sees–governors-race-as-critical-ap_politics66a51569cd62473990e79488e9f2bdfdIllinois GOP sees 2014 governor’s race as criticaltbo.comAs primary season picks up, Illinois GOP says governor’s race critical to state, party future