Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Jan. 8

The weather conditions were extraordinary and there’s likely no rehearsing for 16 degrees below, but … Metra’s… http://fb.me/2zI4OYrIU 
 
 
The Polar Vortex having passed (is there always a new name for extraordinary weather?), Metra needs to take stock… http://fb.me/6sXtIju9g 
 
 
H/T to @RepKellyCassidy … “School resumes!!”
 
 
Tune in to @WGNRadio 720AM I’ll be live and in studio with @CochranShow at 7:30am!
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Fracking, asian carp, Medicaid study and more! http://goo.gl/fb/Mp4gF 
 
 
D64 buses cancelled, school open. Better leave few extra minutes for drop off today.
 
 
How is Springfield living up to Lincoln’s test?
 
 
 
Editorial: Politicians’ income, assets too easy to hideChicago TribuneAs a result the most influential political leaders, such as House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, who are both lawyers, can reveal less about their income and client relationships than a Chicago building inspector or a …
 
 
 
By Mike Nolan mnolan@southtownstar.com January 7, 2014 10:12PM. Tinley Park trustees on Tuesday night cleared the way for village bars, …
 
 
Chicago vote set on $15 minimum wageCrain’s Chicago Business (blog)How does he oppose some adjustment if the president and governor are for it and voters in 100 precincts have expressed their support, too? I don’t have a reaction yet from Rob Karr, the new head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. But look …
 
 
Chicago TribuneNiles testimony on video gambling goes on despite severe coldChicago TribuneKathy Gilroy of Villa Park, representing both the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addition Problems, and the Northern Illinois Anti-Gambling Task Force, said research from the New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation found that there is one new …Pro, Anti-Gambling Experts Clash At Niles Hearing On Vid
 
 
County commissioner says community should prepare for frackingWPSD Local 6JOHNSON COUNTY, Ill. – A Johnson County, Illinois commissioner says his county should be ready for the energy companies and fracking to arrive, whether community members want them there or not. However, anti-fracking organizations say that opening …
 
 
Decline in revenue means Peoria County has to prioritize projectsPeoria Journal StarIllinois established the motor fuel tax in 1991, and set rates based upon the road miles within a county. Peoria County gets 19 … “If we don’t start paying more attention to the infrastructure, then we are going to have a real crisis,” he said. “It …
 
 
Our View: Useful tool in fight against domestic violenceNorthwest HeraldJack Franks, D-Marengo. It is sitting in the House’s Rules Committee, which is expected to hear testimony on it this month or in February. We urge lawmakers to quickly move through the process and vote Wheeler’s bill into law. Lives are at stake …
 
 
 
https://twitter.com/SenatorDan/statuses/420724059857383424
 
 
 
Pantagraph.com – Found 2 hours agoKirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, mocked the visit, calling the Rauner road show a “gimmick.” “Wearing a Carhartt vest and a cheap…
 
 
CARBONDALE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s “Shake Up Springfield” bus tour made a stop Tuesday at the Italian Village restaurant in Carbondale.
 
 
 
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#Chicago Politics look out because Friends of Alexandra means business! #WomenInCongress
 
 
Lipinski Bait & Switch on “Affordable Health Care” 2009 to Present http://votebrannigan.tumblr.com/post/72596498519/lipinski-bait-switch-on-affordable-health-care-2009 … … #ILGOP #GOP #RNC @ILGOP #RestoreIL3 #IL3 #IL
 
 
Bruce Rauner Commits to Debates in Illinois Gov Race as Dillard Goes on the Attack http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/bruce-rauner-commits-to-five-debates-in-illinois-governors-race/ … via @suntimes
 
 
 
Voice of The Southern: Transportation detour needed? http://thesouthern.com/news/opinion/voice-of-the-southern/voice-of-the-southern-transportation-detour-needed/article_7a450d7c-7827-11e3-9058-0019bb2963f4.html …
 
 
U.S. butter consumption at a 40-year high http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-fi-butter-20140108,0,5296612.story …
 
 
Crews Battle Elements, Work to Restore Power http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_15021.shtml …
 
 
 
The workship, sponsored by State Rep. Gabel, will be held at the Levy Senior Center on Jan. 9.Workshop on Preventing Fraud on Seniors
 
 
Ricky Castro is a meteorologist, not a neologist, or one who creates new words.
 
 
Some firearms dealers near Chicago contemplated new business opportunities Tuesday following a federal judge’s ruling declaring the city’s ban on gun sales unconstitutional.
 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Republican Bruce Rauner is calling for a $1-an-hour rollback in the state’s minimum wage in a move Democrats described as “class warfare” on Illinois’ working poor. A Downstate Alton radio station Tuesday reported Rauner’s statement in support of moving the state’s minimum wage from its existing $8.25 an hour level to $7.25 an hour. The position puts him at odds with the other t
 
 
Feinberg study finds a direct link between marijuana use and brain abnormalities: http://bit.ly/1eltCgz
 
 
Outdoor lovers still have time to buy the 2014 Illinois Conservation Foundation wall calendar.
 
 
Fred Foreman stepped down from the office of chief judge of the Lake County Circuit Court Monday, essentially marking the voluntary retirement of one of the most well-known figures in the county’s criminal justice history.
 
 
….Elderly and persons with disabilities unable to vote in person in the upcoming General Primary Election to be held on March 18, 2014, may request an application for an absentee ballot beginning Thursday, February 6, and through Thursday, March 13, 2014, by mailing a request or by telephoning the Shelby County Clerk’s Office. Contact information is: Jessica Fox, Shelby County Clerk, Post Office
 
 
Already spending millions in grant money to improve infrastructure at its industrial park, Ottawa may soon spend thousands to promote it.
 
 
Natural Gas Demand Spikes As Temperatures Drop Demand for natural gas is sky high as the mercury drops across America. Millions of people are boosting their thermostats to counter the cold, and that means natural gas use is reaching record highs. …Natural Gas Demand Spikes As Temperatures Drop
 
 
The former head of Chicago’s streets and sanitation department is fighting to stay on the ballot after being convicted of rigging city hiring.
 
 
One state rep is lashing out at a GOP candidate for governor who wants to slash the state’s minimum wage.  Rep Lou Lang says Bruce Rauner is delusional for wanting to cut the minimum wage from eight-25-an hour to seven-25-an-hour.  He…
 
 
State officials say drivers still need to play it safe on the roads. Hundreds of accidents and spinouts have been reported over the past couple of days and at least six cars have slammed into snow plows. IDOT’s Paris Ervin says drivers are just…
 
 
The newly formed Champaign County Young Democrats may be about to flex their collective muscles in party politics. read more
 
 
 
Follow this link to donate and help us get the message out!Donate | Wilson for Illinoiswilsonforillinois.com
 
 
Cabin fever MT @arteyvida Kids’ flamenco session starts 1/8. Last chance to register! @MangiameliDance #logansquare http://t.co/EK51j5pk0D
 
 
A 327-page bill, released for review only 24-hours before the vote was taken, and based upon numbers that were questionable. Here is an update on the recent attempt to reform our broken pension system…Illinois pension law under financial scrutinywww.chicagotribune.com— When Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved major changes to the public employee retirement system last month, supporters touted t
 
 
It’s about time that someone brought this to light. This has been occurring for navy years. It’s time for The Machine to be shut down. Please read and share. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-madigan-seeks-favors-to-build-powerful-patronage-operation-promo-20140103,0,3370247.storyHow Madigan builds his patronage armywww.chicagotribune.comWhen House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally trigge
 
 
42 years is an amazing accomplishment. congrats to both of them.Lily Tomlin marries longtime partner, collaborator Jane Wagnerwww.chicagotribune.comLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Lily Tomlin has married her longtime partner and comedy collaborator Jane Wagner, Tomlin’s publicist said on Tuesday.
 
 
Syria voluntarily giving up all of its chemical weapons is about as believable as “if you like your plan you can keep your plan”. First shipment of chemical weapons material leaves Syriawww.chicagotribune.comBEIRUT — The initial consignment of Syria’s most toxic chemical weapons material was shipped out of the country Tuesday, international officials said, advancing a cleanup effort wide
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq3smdzCiYE&sns=em Chicago Republican Party Announce 2014 CandidatesThe Chicago Republican Party announce that they have filed petitions for 18 candidates in 16 districts for the state legislature in Illinois at this press co…
 
 
 
 
 
It’s about time that someone brought this to light. This has been occurring for navy years. It’s time for The Machine to be shut down. Please read and share. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-madigan-seeks-favors-to-build-powerful-patronage-operation-promo-20140103,0,3370247.story How Madigan builds his patronage armywww.chicagotribune.comWhen House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally tr
 
 
Cabin fever MT @arteyvida Kids’ flamenco session starts 1/8. Last chance to register! @MangiameliDance #logansquare http://t.co/EK51j5pk0D
 
 
At my Treasurer’s Office in Springfield at the Capitol reviewing our FY 2015 Budget which I will be reducing another 5%.
 
 
I will be holding a media avail tomorrow (1/8) at 10:30 AM in #Jacksonville at the Chamber of Commerce (155 W Morton Ave) regarding facility closures. Public is welcome to attend.
 
 
I support the Fight for 15. Neither of my opponents does. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/07-10How the Minimum Wage Became a Political Winnerwww.commondreams.orgLast week, the New York Timesreported that “Democratic Party leaders … have found an issue they believe can lift their fortunes both locally and nationally in 2014: an increase in the minimum wage.”
 
 
A 327-page bill, released for review only 24-hours before the vote was taken, and based upon numbers that were questionable. Here is an update on the recent attempt to reform our broken pension system…Illinois pension law under financial scrutinywww.chicagotribune.com— When Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved major changes to the public employee retirement system last month, supporters touted t
 
 
 
Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced her cosponorship of the Silent Skies Act. The legislation is an important step towards reducing noise pollution at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The bill requires airlines to expedite the development of technologies to reduce airplane noise in their existing fleets. “As one of the nation’s busiest airports, Chicago O’Hare is a vital hu
 
 
42 years is an amazing accomplishment. congrats to both of them.Lily Tomlin marries longtime partner, collaborator Jane Wagnerwww.chicagotribune.comLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Lily Tomlin has married her longtime partner and comedy collaborator Jane Wagner, Tomlin’s publicist said on Tuesday.
 
 
Syria voluntarily giving up all of its chemical weapons is about as believable as “if you like your plan you can keep your plan”. First shipment of chemical weapons material leaves Syriawww.chicagotribune.comBEIRUT — The initial consignment of Syria’s most toxic chemical weapons material was shipped out of the country Tuesday, international officials said, advancing a cleanup effort wide
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosLIKE and SHARE if you agre Congress should live by the same laws as the rest of us!
 
 
 
 
 
Don’t let your parking spot holders get hauled away. Please read and share. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Streets-and-Sans-Crews-May-Collect-Your-Dibs-239189481.htmlStreets and Sans Crews May Collect Your Dibswww.nbcchicago.comWatch your dibs. City crews may soon have it in their sights.
 
 
Don’t let your parking spot holders get hauled away. Please read and share. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Streets-and-Sans-Crews-May-Collect-Your-Dibs-239189481.html Streets and Sans Crews May Collect Your Dibswww.nbcchicago.comWatch your dibs. City crews may soon have it in their sights.
 
 
The 19th District is full of beautiful buildings, from magnificent churches to stately commercial structures. The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago- all for free. Share your thoughts about which hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods ought to be add
 
 
 
Harold to host town meeting in Monticello | Piatt County Journal-Republicanwww.journal-republican.comErika Harold, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 13th District, announced today that she would be hosting a town hall community forum in Monticello at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Community Building, 102 E Livingston, Monticello.
 
 
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN IS CHALLENGING ENOUGH. HOWEVER, IT IS WHEN ONE PUBLICLY STEPS FORWARD THAT THE TRUE CHARACTER OF THE INDIVIDUAL COMES ALIVE. IN SEEKING THE POST OF LEGISLATOR IN ILLINOIS’ 34TH DISTRICT, CHICAGO’S OWN, FATIMAH MACKLIN, RISKS EVERYTHING TO SERVE AND TO SAVE. JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION ON FAITH AND FAMILY, ECONOMICS, EDUCATION AND SERVANT LEADERSHIP.http://ww
 
 
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN IS CHALLENGING ENOUGH. HOWEVER, IT IS WHEN ONE PUBLICLY STEPS FORWARD THAT THE TRUE CHARACTER OF THE INDIVIDUAL COMES ALIVE. IN SEEKING THE POST OF LEGISLATOR IN ILLINOIS’ 34TH DISTRICT, CHICAGO’S OWN, FATIMAH MACKLIN, RISKS EVERYTHING TO SERVE AND TO SAVE. JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION ON FAITH AND FAMILY, ECONOMICS, EDUCATION AND SERVANT LEADERSHIP. http:/
 
 
The Polar Vortex having passed (is there always a new name for extraordinary weather?), Metra needs to take stock of its performance & communications. Suburbanites deserve better.Editorial: It’s 16 below. Where’s my train?www.chicagotribune.comAmtrak hosted an impromptu slumber party for 500 passengers on three trains stuck 80 miles from Chicago. A Denny’s in Hebron, Ind., sheltered dozens of
 
 
The farm bill gets close, but dairy provisions could be the problem that halts progress. The house speaker has issues with the supply management provisions.
 
 
 
Term limits for Illinois state lawmakers would go a long way to solving the problem of entrenched legislative leadership.    
 
 
Nearly three years ago, the Illinois medical board received a letter urging the agency to investigate a Chicago doctor who tried and failed to intubate a 52-year-old woman after giving her anesthesia that stopped her breathing. The letter …
 
 
Pulling an old Pat Quinn meme out of his Carhartt pocket, @BruceRauner just tweeted that he’s staying at a Super 8.
 
 
BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com DANVILLE — One of the biggest state issues and one of the more important issues for Danville and east central Illinois will go hand-in-hand into the new year, according to a local state legislator.Pension reform made it through the General Assembly in 2013, with Gov. Pat Quinn signing the sweeping measure into law in early December. It was scheduled t
 
 
BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com DANVILLE — One of the biggest state issues and one of the more important issues for Danville and east central Illinois will go hand-in-hand into the new year, according to a local state legislator.Pension reform made it through the General Assembly in 2013, with Gov. Pat Quinn signing the sweeping measure into law in early December. It was scheduled t
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. It’s been more than 25 years since workers renovating Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., found a letter fragment in a mouse’s nest inside a wall, but researchers think they’ve finally identified the mystery letter’s author.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Picking a fight with one of his most important union supporters, Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday signed legislation to raise the retirement age for Chicago Park District employees and cut post-retirement benefits for park district retirees. Quinn announced his decision by email early Tuesday evening, drawing praise from the park district as a key step to fix its $971 million pension …
 
 
Kadner: A new chapter for the Tea Party?SouthtownStarShe said among the Republican candidates who have confirmed their appearance are Rauner, U.S. Senate candidates Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax, attorney general candidate Paul Schimpf and Bob Grogan, a candidate for state treasurer. “After each …
 
 
Chicago Tribune – Found 1 hour ago• John McCain • Joseph Berrios • Kathleen Sebelius • Kim Jong-un • Larry Lujack • Lisa Madigan • Madigan • Metra • MLB
 
 
Congrats to the newest member of the Joliet Hall of Fame… – karenRadio Personality Bob Zak Named to City of Joliet Hall of Famejoliet.patch.comRadio Personality Bob Zak is now in the City of Joliet Hall of Fame. Bob Zak was born in Joliet and knew he wanted to be in broadcasting after hearing
 
 
I support the “fight for $15.” Neither of my opponents do. http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/how-change-takes-place-in-the-united-states-the-minimum-wageHow Change Takes Place in the United States: The Minimum Wage | Op-Eds & Columnswww.cepr.netLast week, the New York Times reported that “Democratic Party leaders … have found an issue they belie
 
 
In this candidate comparison, David Green is the one that the journalist discovers has actually said something worth quoting: “Democratic hopes nationally seem to be riding with ANN CALLIS of Edwardsville, who stepped down as chief judge of Madison County to make this run. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is on her side. However, GEORGE GOLLIN, a University of Illinois physics
 
 
Journalist searching for firewood discovers candidate soliciting on Craigslist: “In Green’s posting, the 63-year-old social policy analyst at the University of Illinois’ Center for Prevention Research and Development notes he is running a progressive, populist, leftist, “Occupy” campaign in a district that includes Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Springfield and Edwardsville.
 
 
It’s Official!!! #Alexandra Eidenberg Candidate for IL 4th District US Congress! #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig #SmallBusiness
 
 
Lipinski Bait & Switch on “Affordable Health Care” 2009 to Present http://votebrannigan.tumblr.com/post/72596498519/lipinski-bait-switch-on-affordable-health-care-2009 … … #ILGOP #GOP #RNC @ILGOP #RestoreIL3 #IL3 #IL
 
 
I am officially going to be on the ballot making your hard work, contributions and support worthwhile. Thank you! #WomenInCongress
 
 
Thanks to Schaumburg Township Assessor John Lawson for hosting & Cook County BoR Commissioner Dan Patlak for leading the seminar.
 
 
Proud to co-sponsor this event b/c it allows property owners to make sure they only pay their fair share in property taxes #bangforyourbuck
 
 
Great crowd tonight at the Cook County Board of Review’s Property Tax Appeal Seminar at Schaumburg Township. pic.twitter.com/t2WNz5HHsn
 
 
Most people in my district are members of working class families. Gov. candidate Bruce Rauner wants to roll the minimum wage back. SMH!
 
 
It’s easy for a man who makes $53 million a year to say he will roll the minimum wage back a dollar. Still smh at Bruce Rauner! Wow!
 
 
We had a full house this evening in #Westmont for our candidate meet & greet & pizza party! Thank you all who stopped by to #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
Had a huge turnout of students tonight to support our campaign, it’s great to see young people getting engaged! pic.twitter.com/uw9dGZ7C5D
 
 
Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, @BruceRauner says he wants to LOWER the minimum wage in Illinois. He wants to lower it to $7.25.
 
 
A terrific ripping of Ken Gurnick is found via this link. It is deserved. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/07/ken-gurnicks-hall-of-fame-ballot-is-perhaps-the-laziest-and-most-willfully-ignorant-ever/ …
 
 
Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas belong in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, in my humble opinion. Maddux was the best pitcher… http://fb.me/1Vlr9r1Kz 
 
 
Illinois Gov. Quinn campaign warchest picking up jumbo checks from trade union PACs. http://bit.ly/1kpb06C 
 
 
Feb. 18 debate of GOP governor candidates likely in Springfield. Citizens Club setting up. Rauner and Dillard already issued schedules w/it
 
 
http://bit.ly/1bOK99Y  Sheriff candidate Wes Barr releases tax returns
 
 
My story: Dillard camp questions whether Rauner is ‘true Republican’ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-kirk-dillard-bruce-rauner-republican-gop-illinois-governor-20140107,0,2122201.story …
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a pension-reform measure for the Chicago Park District.
 
 
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will meet with the #Cubs & #WhiteSox this week…likely in Chicago.
 
 
Quick food stop at Dixie Cream in West Frankfort. #ShakeUpExpress pic.twitter.com/Py3304M3hO
 
 
Spent the afternoon at headquarters. Great to see so many student volunteers come through and help out. We appreciate all your support!
 
 
.@IDOT_Illinois is working hard to ensure clear #IL roads, but many remain icy. All who must travel – please be safe, slow down & buckle up.
 
 
MT @BigJohnandAmy: Sure it’s dark out already but we’ll be back @ 6am tomorrow! We’ll be joined by @KirkDillard @SeanTrende & @mattklewis
 
 
Big crowd to end the day in Mt. Vernon. #ShakeUpExpress pic.twitter.com/1JmefVERuf
 
 
Being a US Navy veteran, I am offended and greatly concerned that a Congressional representative like Janice Schakowsky on November 19, 2013 would even dare have a meeting with a member of Al Qaeda about the affects of drones. Talk about spitting in the faces of those who have and still are serving in the Armed Forces. I do not sympathize with terrorist. I do not apologize for calling her Jiha
 
 
I’m proud to have voted to increase the speed limit on interstate highways in Illinois to 70mph. That said, motorists need to be careful- even though the new law is in effect, the speed limit doesn’t actually increase until the new signs are posted!
 
 
Always good to talk with Steve Cochran on WGN Radio 720.State Senator Bill Brady’s Run for Governorwgnradio.comIllinois State Senator Bill Brady is on the show to talk about his run for governor. He talks about several issues, including the pension reform bill, which he supported. He also talks about how Illinois needs leadership (and what he thinks this
 
 
WASHINGTON–Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. will meet with President Barack Obama Thursday morning and other lawmakers to discuss National Security Agency surveillance policies in advance of the president announcing what changes in intelligence gathering he will make in the wake of revelations stemming from leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Durbin’s office confirmed the meeting Continue read
 
 
It’s sad at a time when so many are underemployed #ILgov candidate @BruceRauner suggests lowering the minimum wage when hes made millions…
 
 
Messaging 101: don’t tell me what you do. Tell me what you do for me.
 
 
Does anybody else enjoy the crunching noise that the snow makes? #winterwonderland
 
 
.@DougTruax gives 12 reasons he’s better than Oberweis to challenge @SenatorDurbin #ilgop #twill http://bit.ly/1ieuKp6 
 
 
I am a True blue #Democrat that believes in our city, country, unions and the people! #SmallBusiness #WomenInCongress
 
 
It is completely wrong to hold unemployment benefits hostage to political grandstanding. #IL13 http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/politics/unemployment-vote/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+(RSS%3A+Politics …)
 
 
I look forward to helping #SmallBusiness driving traffic into their stores gaining tax relief & equal opportunity #Equality #WomenInCongress
 
 
Look at @IlliniHoops creeping into the AP Top 25 at #23! #Illini
 
 
The Polar Plunge for Make-A-Wish raised over $64,000. A big thanks to Linda Johnson for organizing the event!
 
 
A1: $414,800.00 in 50 contribs to Taxpayers for Quinn. http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?ID=519769&FiledDocID=519769&ContributionType=All+Types&Archived=False …
 
 
COOK COUNTY – The Cook County Jail will resume inmate visitation Jan. 8. Visitors can access the visiting hours for each jail division at CookCountySheriff.org.
 
 
State Rep. Marty Moylan will host a coffee shop stop at the Oakton Arms Pavilion on Monday, Jan. 13, to provide constituents an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns.
 
 
By Carol Marin – Chicago Sun-Times I can’t get Bruce Rauner on the phone. Apparently, I’m not alone. The Republican Rauner operates from his own Rose Garden. Though he’s never run for elective office, he’s rich enough to plant a garden of his own. And decide who will enter. It’s not that we haven’t seen this movie before. There is a litany of gazillionaires who decided it was their time, after ma
 
 
By Sara Burnett – Associated Press CHICAGO — 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 favoring Democratic candidates — making it highly difficult for Republicans to win back the state House or Senate for nearly a decade m
 
 
Call bus tour a gimmick that won’t work View Press Release LOMBARD, Ill. – Bruce Rauner’s attempt to shed his out-of-touch billionaire image by touring Southern and Central Illinois is nothing more than a gimmick, according to the Dillard-Tracy team. “Wearing a Carhartt vest and a cheap watch won’t fool voters in central and downstate Illinois,” State Senator Kirk Dillard said. “Bruce Rauner made
 
 
By Matt Hopf – Quincy Herald-Whig GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard’s running mate says that Bruce Rauner is not spending enough time in downstate Illinois. State Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, called Rauner’s more than 30-stop “Shake Up Express” bus tour that kicked off this week a “gimmick.” “Kirk and I have been campaigning downstate for some time listening to people, and it’s been very clea
 
 
19 public events scheduled – Rauner takes January off View Press Release LOMBARD, Ill. – The Dillard-Tracy campaign today released the list of debates and forums in which they will be participating in the coming months. This list is in addition to the many other forums that Senator Dillard and State Representative Tracy have already participated in. January 11 – Women’s Republican Club Lake Forest
 
 
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/batinick-grabs-endorsement-of-32-elected-officials-in-bid-to-succeed-cross.htmlBatinick gets endorsement of 32 elected officials in bid to succeed Cross – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comPLAINFIELD – The endorsements of local elected officials and Republican Party leaders can make a difference in a local multi-candidate party primar
 
 
Syrian Refugee Crisis U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a hearing today on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. The hearing focused on the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the violent civil war in their home country…. From: SenatorDurbin Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 09:12 More in News & Politics
 
 
Rep. Conroy names ‘Good Neighbor’ business awardSuburban Life PublicationsSmith was chosen during Rep. Deb Conroy’s Economic Advisory Committee meeting. The award recognizes businesses located in the 46th congressional district that have displayed a dedication to improving their communities, according to a news release.Conroy Announces Winner of Good Neighbor Business of the Year Award
 
 
All resolutions introduced in the House proposing amendments to the Illinois Constitution shall be reproduced and distributed in the same manner in which bills … still pending shall be tabled at the end of business on that day.
 
 
Peaks and valleys in the jobless rate across the state have been perceived as a sign Illinois was struggling to pull itself out of quicksand of recession. The question now is whether that will happen soon. Although unemployment nationally has …
 
 
Expect slick conditions tonight. Roads w/ partial ice melting will refreeze after the sun goes down. Use extreme caution if driving. #ilwx
 
 
Under a new butt littering law which went into effect on Jan. 1, she faces up to a $1,500 fine.
 
 
A female Streator driver was ticketed on Route 23 south of Ottawa Monday by a L C deputy for flicking a cigarette butt on the road.
 
 
Thanks to William L. Kempiners of Springfield for this letter.Letter: Break the tobacco addiction in 2014www.sj-r.comSaturday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. surgeon general’s report linking tobacco with a variety of health problems, including lung cancer.This year, it has a personal impact for me. A much-younger cousin recently informed family members that he has Stage 4 metastatic lung ca
 
 
Great stop at Italian Village in Carbondale.
 
 
More than 45 folks in Johnston City to hear about Bruce’s ideas to bring back Illinois on a cold afternoon.
 
 
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a hearing today on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Today’s hearing focused on the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the violent civil war in their home country. Approximately 2.3 million Syrian refugees have fled the country since the outbreak of the civil war. Of these refugees, three-quarters are women and children, including 1.1 million children.
 
 
Illinois is often used as the poster child for how not to run a state. Money-hungry politicians perpetuate the state’s spending problem with higher taxes …
 
 
Judging from the first campaign salvos of the new year, Illinois’ 2014 congressional elections aren’t going to be about Illinois. They’re going to be …
 
 
Welcome to 2014 and a host of New Year’s resolutions that most of us make at the beginning of the year but by the end of the year realize we need to start over again. Amongst the most popular tends to be lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle …
 
 
Illinois State Senator Bill Brady is on the show to talk about his run for governor. He talks about several issues, including the pension reform bill, which …
 
 
A diamond necklace was hidden in a candle by the candlemaker, according to a report.
 
 
Called on Congress to extend #UI benefits after Davis left 230k IL families in cold. Covered in today’s Post: http://bit.ly/1iPPBC7  #IL13
 
 
Congrats to the new leaders of the Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce! w/ new Exec Board President @scottfishkin pic.twitter.com/tMc87o7lO5
 
 
I am standing up and supporting the community! #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig #SmallBusiness
 
 
.@DougTruax gives 12 reasons he’s better than Oberweis to challenge @SenatorDurbin #ilgop #twill http://bit.ly/1ieuKp6 
 
 
I am a True blue #Democrat that believes in our city, country, unions and the people! #SmallBusiness #WomenInCongress
 
 
I look forward to helping #SmallBusiness driving traffic into their stores gaining tax relief & equal opportunity #Equality #WomenInCongress
 
 
It is completely wrong to hold unemployment benefits hostage to political grandstanding. #IL13 http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/politics/unemployment-vote/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+(RSS%3A+Politics …)
 
 
A Happy and Cold new year it is…worth staying positive when things are falling into place.
 
 
Enjoyed a fabulous lunch with my kids & their friends today. Glad to be with them on their snow day!
 
 
From D65: School will be in session tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8, for all District 65 schools and centers. #Evanston
 
 
PRP Wine International in Elk Grove Village needs an Entry-Level Wine Consultant; Visit http://www.prpwine.com  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
I am hosting Traveling Office Hours in East Peoria at the Fondulac District Library on Friday, January 17th…. http://fb.me/6yjTg91LB 
 
 
Saturday morning, I spoke to the Davis Memorial Church Christian Men’s Fellowship in Taylorville. Pictured here… http://fb.me/2N8S8hYj4 
 
 
Just finished a radio interview with Justin on WCSJ re: Conceal and Carry Applications. Contact my office if you need help.
 
 
3 degrees feels kinda warm, given the previous circumstances. Weird.
 
 
SPREAD THE WORD — Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that school will resume tomorrow Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
 
 
Today’s Tuesday Truth: Quinn is looking for a new progressive income tax…http://bit.ly/1lzHhpR  aren’t we taxed enough? #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
Today’s Tuesday Truth: Quinn is looking for a new progressive income tax…http://bit.ly/1lzHhpR  aren’t we taxed enough? #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
CPS announces all schools will reopen on Wednesday, January 8th, with classes resuming a normal schedule.
 
 
State Budget Status Report-What’s coming around the corner? Read More HERE!… http://fb.me/2PF1pUYvq 
 
 
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announced today that he will participate in five, general debates led by mainstream media prior to the March 18th primary. His running mater Evelyn Sanguinetti has also agreed to participate in the WTTW, public television…
 
 
Former Arlington Heights trustee and Arlington Park executive Ed Duffy, a longtime advocate of horse racing in Illinois, died Saturday. Duffy’s career included time with the Chicago Police Department, working for Gov. Jim Thompson and lobbying in Springfield.
 
 
Based on recent enrollment data, it looks like Illinois really likes the constitution and isn’t too fond of Obamacare. We agree! LIKE if you do too. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/06/Illinoisans-Flood-Online-Conceal-Carry-Application-Site
 
 
* Two weeks away felt like two months, mainly because I had such a fantastic time and didn’t take my laptop with me. But i’m really glad to be back, and not just because I missed my puppy. This Capitol Fax thing has always been more than just a job to me. It’s pretty […]
 
 
Upgrade infrastructure. Stop the Carp. Save the Great Lakes. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-asian-carp-great-lakes-met-20140107,0,5944276.story … @PrairieRivers #AsianCarp #Illinois #twill
 
 
Freezing pipes burst at Belleville Chamber of Commerce: Frigid overnight temperatures caused water pipes to fr… http://bit.ly/1ddrFq0 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Farm animals can withstand frigid outside temperatures if they’re cared for properly. Jim Fraley (FRAY’-lee) is a McLean …
 
 
Is it really raining poop at the Leo Burnett offices in Chicago? Photos, video and statement from @LeoBurnettChi: http://suntm.es/1iet2nN 
 
 
“This study tells us that while we have been successful to date in warding off the invasion of Asian Carp, the pathways for Asian Carp and other invasive species to enter the Great Lakes are increasing,” said Durbin. “Though popular with …
 
 
Discussed the ongoing situation in the DRC w/US Special Envoy to the Great Lakes @russfeingold
 
 
Looking forward to working w/stakeholders to do all we can to protect the environment, jobs. @USACEHQ #AsianCarp http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-asian-carp-great-lakes-met-20140107,0,5944276.story …
 
 
I went to the WH to support passing emergency unemployment insurance legislation & met with Secretary Perez #RenewUI pic.twitter.com/zn8KN6RZ8o
 
 
Administration should release #Obamacare enrollment figures. American public deserves #transparency & truth on massive health care law.
 
 
On my way to chair a #SJC hearing on plight of #SyrianRefugees—watch here: http://1.usa.gov/1lNkPql 
 
 
Today I announced my co-sponsorship of the Silent Skies Act. Read more here: http://ow.ly/2a31J9 
 
 
The ongoing civil war in Syria has created the world’s worst humanitarian&refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide #SyrianRefugees
 
 
Of the nearly 2.3M #SyrianRefugees that have fled the bloody civil war, nearly 1/2 are children (1.1M)
 
 
Disappointing #Chicago handgun sales ban ruling shows need for stronger federal action against straw purchasers http://suntm.es/1gBkSoM  #GVP
 
 
Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is facing a party-backed challenge … being put out this week against both of them, you’d think that Enyart personally created and implemented Obamacare, and that Davis has gone door-to-door yanking money away from the unemployed.
 
 
Enjoyed a fabulous lunch with my kids & their friends today. Glad to be with them on their snow day!
 
 
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois and University of Kansas will play each other during both the 2023 and 2024 football seasons. The Illini and Jayhawks announced the home-and-home series on Tuesday. The Illini will travel to …
 
 
One of the towns in my district is Carlock. With a population of 550 or so, Carlock is in White Oak Township, and it’s northwest of…
 
 
In the 105th District, there are a variety of small communities. I am proud to represent the citizens in these areas. As I continue to…
 
 
Check out the Illinois House schedule for when Bob and his colleagues will be in session this spring. http://ilga.gov/house/schedules/default.asp …
 
 
Thanks to Mayor Martin TullyTully for the reminder. Pizzas wars tonight, benefitting South and North High Schools! http://fb.me/NwNaxdY3 
 
 
Lang: @BruceRauner Proposal to Slash Minimum Wage “Delusional” http://wp.me/pjvXy-5G  via @statereploulang
 
 
More than 4,500 applied for concealed-carry permits on the first day the Illinois State Police began accepting… http://fb.me/1HByNjFCt 
 
 
WASHINGTON — Illinois’ two senators took opposing sides today as a … benefits to the long-term unemployed passed a test vote in the Senate. Sen.
 
 
GOP gov candidate Bruce Rauner officially commits to 5 debates … but not yet the one Jan. 23 in #peoria
 
 
Three complaints have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the pension overhaul Illinois passed in December, and others are expected to …
 
 
IDOT is responding to a rumor that bridges in Peoria are closed. They say this is FALSE. All roads in Peoria are currently open. However, non-essential travel is still being discouraged due to black ice on roads and blowing/drifting snow in some areas. They are asking drivers to SLOW DOWN!
 
 
The CTA will begin work next year to reconstruct the main station house at the Blue Line’s Illinois Medical District station and add an elevator and rebuild ramps to the platforms.    
 
 
Vallas — the former Chicago Public Schools CEO whose wife and family live in southwest suburban Palos Heights — is required to give the school …
 
 
Newspaper reporting is the 8th most stressful job, according to CareerCast. (PR exec is #6.) http://bit.ly/1iPrNyf 
 
 
Check out the Illinois House schedule for when Bob and his colleagues will be in session this spring.Illinois General Assembly – House Schedulesilga.govHouse Schedules for the Illinois General Assembly
 
 
During Dick Durbin’s latest term in office, 376,000 fewer Illinoisans are working. Durbin’s policies are failing. http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/five-more-questions-for-durbin/ …
 
 
Dick Durbin has been in Washington for 32 years and all he has to offer is old ideas and blame. We can do better. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dick-durbin-jobless-benefits-tea-party-20140107,0,6552141.story …
 
 
Looking forward to tonight’s Town Hall meeting in Litchfield! (from 6-8pm, at the Litchfield VFW, at 215 W. Ryder St) pic.twitter.com/p2KtaLWxoB
 
 
Senate moves unemployment measure forward. More work to do, call your Representative. @RepShimkus number (202) 225-5271
 
 
Democrats pay people not to work for how long? Is there an exit strategy for this or does it go one forever? If not, when does it stop?
 
 
Chicago Tonight covers how the city is coping with the record cold: http://bit.ly/1lKRE7n. Send us your severe weather photos here: http://bit.ly/Kn6chI. This photo was taken by Chicago Tonight viewer Ronald Phillips (caption: Other side of lake: Beauty in ‘pain’ in St. Joseph, Michigan pier)
 
 
Holding media avail today (1/7) @ 1:30 PM in #Petersburg at OMGosh Bakery & Desserts (511 S. 6th St) regarding facility closures #twill
 
 
The extremely low temperatures make treating roads more difficult. Black ice is still a problem. Take it slow if you have to drive. #ilwx
 
 
I opposed the IL Pension bill for 3 reasons, including the data behind it & what the actual savings would be. http://goo.gl/OSBdoW 
 
 
Kirk Dillard took aim at opponent Bruce Rauner today, calling his [Rauner’s] Sounthern and Central Illinois bus tour a gimmick, and, like Bill Brady, commenting on Rauner’s Carhartt vest and watch. From the press release: Bruce Rauner’s attempt to shed…
 
 
In the District: I-55 Southbound just north of Springfield.
 
 
* My connecting flight to St. Louis was cancelled Sunday night and I was told I probably couldn’t get on another plane until Wednesday. So, I rented a car and drove home from Atlanta yesterday, with side trips to pick up Oscar the Puppy and our luggage at the STL airport. I rolled […]
 
 
* From a press release… Bruce Rauner’s attempt to shed his out-of-touch billionaire image by touring Southern and Central Illinois is nothing more than a gimmick, according to the Dillard-Tracy team. “Wearing a Carhartt vest and a cheap watch won’t fool voters in central and downstate Illinois,” State Senator Kirk Dillard said. “Bruce Rauner made over […]
 
 
* Your New Year’s Resolution for Illinois?
 
 
Transcript MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I’m Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we will hear from former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. He had a solid eight-year career in the NFL until he was released last year. Now he’s saying in a newly released open letter that it was his support for same-sex marriage off the field, not his performance on it, that cost him his j
 
 
Even though she will soon no longer be a part of the governor’s executive team, the state’s lieutenant governor is still making her opinion known on which candidates may not be right for the governor’s office.Democrat Sheila Simon sounded off Tuesday on the WDWS Morning Show, saying that statements about organized labor by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner trouble her. read more
 
 
GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard’s running mate says that Bruce Rauner is not spending enough time in downstate Illinois. State Rep. Jil Tracy …
 
 
State Rep. Bob Rita has served the 28th District of the Illinois House of Representatives with…
 
 
 
 
#ILGov GOP cand Dillard running mate Jil Tracy questions Rauner GOP cred, hilites his dealing with Rahm in appeal to downstate voters.
 
 
Great work by The SJ-R photo staff. http://www.sj-r.com/photogallery/LS/20140106/NEWS/106009999/PH/262_629 …
 
 
A Q & A with Be the Change Charter School, looking to open in #Bridgeport next year if approved by #CPS: http://dnain.fo/1aEhtRj 
 
 
Newest E-mail Blast Went Out Saturday (1/4/14) “Let’s Make 2014 A Made in America Year” http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=155b1f98e3d5b3d139cbf3ca2&id=1171cf86ea&e=fcf6aceb79 … … #ILGOP @GOP #RNC #IL3
 
 
70% of Americans have NO confidence in our Federal Government http://votebrannigan.tumblr.com/post/71972337024/january-2014-ap-poll-70-of-americans-have-no … … Let’s Change That! #RestoreIL3 #IL3 #ILGOP @GOP
 
 
Lipinski’s Global Warming … January Sets Record Frigid Temperatures http://votebrannigan.tumblr.com/post/72495326185/dan-lipinskis-global-warming-january-sets-record … … @ILGOP #ILGOP @GOP #GOP #RNC #IL3 #IL
 
 
Lipinski by the Numbers 2014: Download your FREE copy: http://www.mediafire.com/view/j1ae3pffge033f3/LipinskiByTheNumbers2014.pdf … … #ILGOP #GOP #RNC #tpp #tpn #patriots #ampats #RestoreIL3
 
 
Tired of the minimum wage being used as a political wedge issue? So am I. http://ow.ly/sk4p8 
 
 
During Dick Durbin’s latest term in office, 376,000 fewer Illinoisans are working. Durbin’s policies are failing. http://www.dougtruax.com/2013/12/five-more-questions-for-durbin/ …
 
 
Dick Durbin has been in Washington for 32 years and all he has to offer is old ideas and blame. We can do better. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dick-durbin-jobless-benefits-tea-party-20140107,0,6552141.story …
 
 
Looking forward to tonight’s Town Hall meeting in Litchfield! (from 6-8pm, at the Litchfield VFW, at 215 W. Ryder St) pic.twitter.com/p2KtaLWxoB
 
 
Senate moves unemployment measure forward. More work to do, call your Representative. @RepShimkus number (202) 225-5271
 
 
Over 80k in IL have already lost unemployment insurance. We can’t cut off this important lifeline. It’s time for Congress to #RenewUI
 
 
Today the Senate took an important step towards extending unemployment insurance. It’s time for the House to act. #RenewUI
 
 
Enjoyed visiting with the owner of Kiki’ s coffee shop in Anna! #ShakeUpExpress pic.twitter.com/ussjSulf4K
 
 
Holding media avail today (1/7) @ 1:30 PM in #Petersburg at OMGosh Bakery & Desserts (511 S. 6th St) regarding facility closures #twill
 
 
The extremely low temperatures make treating roads more difficult. Black ice is still a problem. Take it slow if you have to drive. #ilwx
 
 
If you’re driving anywhere in IL today, expect delays & use extra caution. Black ice is still a problem & many roads are not clear. #ilwx
 
 
ObamaCare Is Slowing Health Inflation, take a look for yourself http://goo.gl/m0zOEw  #ACA
 
 
My wife spent 18 months creating 12 exquisite paintings of the U.S. Capitol. Check them out on @HeardOnTheHill here: http://bit.ly/1cN7Jnz 
 
 
Long-awaited @GLMRIS gives strong options to protect #GreatLakes from invasive species like Asian carp http://1.usa.gov/JFKkxZ  #GLMRIS
 
 
Poison centers save lives & money. Glad to work w @leeterryne on such an important issue. House votes on our bill tm http://1.usa.gov/1d8h8bB 
 
 
I’m told that it’s warmer today than yesterday. Hmm.
 
 
A bit better but still reason for great caution today, Illinois: stay safe and warm and check on those who may need help.
 
 
Speaking at @DavidAxelrod’s Politics Institute/U of Chicago–state govt issues, including medical marijuana; 1/7; 5707 S Woodlawn; 6:30 pm
 
 
Check out our new website! New look, great information, enhanced search capabilities. http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/default.aspx … #ILDCEO
 
 
RT @AndyManar Ed Funding Adv Comm #EFAC mtg scheduled for today has been rescheduled: 1/13/14 12:30p Waterloo High School due to weather
 
 
Free tax preparation services for active duty military in combat zones or qualified hazardous duty areas. If you… http://fb.me/6jFrvLqgo 
 
 
Know of any active duty combat military personnel? If so, read on as the IL CPA society is providing qualifying… http://fb.me/6sadKl9PD 
 
 
Thx IDOT! RT @ILConnected IDOT: We are still out in full force working to clear the roads. The extremely low tem.. http://on.fb.me/1a4GG7I 
 
 
WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller interviews Criminal Defense Attorney Daniel Kay, who is partnering with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department to offer a supplement to the state’s concealed carry training.
 
 
State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, has announced another opportunity for constituents to meet with him outside of his District Office during the month of January. Unes will be available from 9 a.m.-noon for traveling office hours Jan. 17 at the new Fondulac District Library, 400 Richland St., East Peoria in East Peoria’s Levee District. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.
 
 
With historically low crime rates in the United States, why are American parents so anxious?
 
 
Frank Sennett, former president and editor-in-chief of Time Out Chicago, joins Crain’s Chicago Business Jan. 20 as the publication’s new head of digital strategy.
 
 
This is a great show of support! I applaud this decision by Reince Priebus and the Republican Party. #prolife http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/5/gop-make-big-statement-abortion/?page=allGOP to make big statement on abortionwww.washingtontimes.comIn an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s
 
 
Senator Hastings offices are open! His words of wisdom this morning, “Dress as if you are going to the Bears game. It’s that cold! Drive safe, stay warm!”
 
 
Please take advantage of the 100+ warming centers in #IL. Visit http://t.co/SlVkyTGLgm to find a center near you.
 
 
Great turnout at early morning meet and greet in Vienna.
 
 
Enjoyed meeting the owner of Kiki’ s coffee shop in Anna!
 
 
This is a great show of support! I applaud this decision by Reince Priebus and the Republican Party. #prolife http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/5/gop-make-big-statement-abortion/?page=allGOP to make big statement on abortionwww.washingtontimes.comIn an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party
 
 
It’s time to stop making the minimum wage a political weapon. The Democrats try to use it as a wedge every few years to attract votes. Let’s allow the minimum wage to rise each year along with inflation. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/30/in-governor-races-democrats-eye-wage-increase/?intcmp=latestnewsDemocrats eye minimum wage increase as key issue in 2014 gubernatorial electionswww.fox
 
 
 
 
State of Illinois – Home Services Program Electronic Visit Verification (EVV): On Jnauary 1, 2014, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) / Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) will launch a new timekeeping system for care givers under the Home Services Program (HSP)… Click here for the News Release.    
 
 
CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2014) – Ex-Offenders and others, trying to turn around their lives were faced with losing their jobs from rail union leader’s refusal to continue second-chance program…,Click here for the News Release.    
 
 
An educational workshop and networking opportunity for business owners to connect with other professionals and gain access to State programs. Hosted by: Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Supported by the following state & local elected officials: Sen. Mattie Hunter, Dist. 3; Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, Dist. 5; Rep. Arthur Turner, Dist. 9; Rep. La Shawn Ford, Dist. 8; Sen. Pat
 
 
Are you covered??? Meet us there and get covered! Click here for the event flyer.  
 
 
Emergency Home Repair Assistance (Formerly EHAP) For more information call 312.744.3653  Two programs are available to assist with emergency home repairs. The Roof and Porch Repair Program and the Emergency Heating Repair Program help homeowners make improvements to their homes.  Roof and Porch Repair Program  Open enrollment for the 2014 Roof and Porch Repair program starts at 9 AM, Thursday,
 
 
    Equality Illinois has released a toolkit to assist transgender individuals with the sometimes difficult process of legally changing their name or identification documents. The toolkit covers petitioning for a name change and amending drivers licenses, state ID’s, social security cards, birth certificates and passports. The guide can be accessed here. 
 
 
Pekin, IL….. State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) is pleased to announce another opportunity for constituents to meet with him outside of his District Office during the month of January.   Unes will be available from 9:00am-12:00pm for traveling office hours on Friday, January 17 at the new Fondulac District Library, 400 Richland Street, East Peoria in East Peoria’s Levee District   No
 
 
 
Education Seminar for Military Members & Their Familieswww.darlenesenger.orgIllinois House District 41
 
 
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Illinois’ new pension law is under financial scrutiny. I opposed the bill for three primary reasons, including questions about the data used to develop the bill and what the actual savings would be. #CrossForTreasurerChicago Tribune: Illinois Pension Law Under Financial Scrutinywww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] Speaking today on the Senate Floor before a procedural vote to extend unemployment insurance benefits, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on his Senate colleagues to join him in giving a helping hand to struggling families as they look for work. The measure was narrowly passed by a vote of 60-37. 
 
 
As I learned during my Undercover Congressman with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Asian carp and other invasive species remain a serious threat to the drinking water, jobs, health and way of life for more than 30 million people who depend on the Great Lakes. The long-awaited Great Lakes & Mississippi River Interbasin Study released this week provides a strong foundation of optio
 
 
* The Tribune published a long story over the weekend about Speaker Madigan’s patronage army. My favorite part… The Tribune found many cases in which Madigan operatives bounced from government job to government job, agency to agency. One example is David Foley, 50, a longtime top precinct captain who has donated more than $23,000 to […]
 
 
Chicago, IL — Equality Illinois Tuesday released a tool kit designed to … “Negotiating your way through all of the additional hoops you have to go …
 
 
Pat Quinn will not release his budget until February, lawmakers and the public will get a preview of the state’s revenue and spending picture when the …
 
 
BLOOMINGTON – As reported here yesterday, State Sen. Bill Brady’s lackluster fundraising is raising questions about the veteran lawmaker’s ability to win the March 18th GOP gubernatorial primary. When asked about the campaign’s financial position and about rumors that Brady…
 
 
* Reuters… A Chicago ban on gun sales within the city, aimed at reducing gun violence, is unconstitutional because it goes too far in barring buyers and dealers from engaging in lawful sales, a federal judge ruled on Monday. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang found that the U.S. Constitution’s protection of the right to keep and […]
 
 
I will be holding a media availability today (1/7) at 1:30 PM in Petersburg at OMGosh Bakery & Desserts (511 S. 6th Street) regarding facility closures. Public is welcome to attend.
 
 
THV 11$18B would keep Asian carp out of Great LakesTHV 11Mark Biel, executive director for the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, called physical separation “too expensive, too slow and too uncertain to be a viable solution.” Environmental groups saw it otherwise. Marc Gaden, with the Great Lakes Fishery …Engineering marvel may be needed to stop Asian carpKeeping Carp Out of Great
 
 
In case you missed it: Here’s video from the Third Annual Penguin Plunge that benefited Make-A-Wish. I’m at the 8 second mark jumping in the freezing water! It was all for a good cause though! Check it out here:Penguin Plunge 2014More than 230 people plunged into the Illinois River at Ottawa during the third annual Penguin Plunge hosted by Heritage Harbor. The event benefits Make-A-Wi…
 
 
 
 
 
* Bruce Rauner says those who earn $8.25 cents an hour make too much… All four Republican candidates for governor are against raising the state’s minimum wage. Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise it to at least $10 per hour by the end of the year. Bruce Rauner believes Illinois should do the […]
 
 
Amtrak spokesman: First group of passengers from stranded Amtrak trains arrived in Chicago at 7 a.m.
 
 
* Context provided in a press release issued yesterday… – Due to the severe winter storm and dangerously low temperatures and wind chills that have followed, causing hazardous conditions across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today implemented the State’s Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plans (COOP/COG). The inter-agency plans will ensure continued delivery of critical state respons
 
 
* Gov. Pat Quinn told Chicago Tonight that he believes his veto of legislative salaries is what forced a final resolution to the pension reform debate. Watch… Trouble is, the governor vetoed the salaries in July. A judge struck down his veto as unconstitutional in September and legislators were immediately paid all their past-due […]
 
 
Galesburg, IL – Legislation was signed into law this week that will allow volunteer EMT’s to deliver greater levels of medical care to accident and medical victims. According to the measure’s chief sponsor, State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg), “House Bill 2778 gives EMT’s in rural areas the legal authority to provide emergency medical services based upon their level of education, traini
 
 
Starting #ShakeUpExpress day 2 off right: Raisin Bran at the @Super8Hotels in Marion.
 
 
Caucus Blog: Judge scraps Chicago’s ban on retail gun shops http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/judge-scraps-chicagos-ban-on-retail-gun.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Sen. H’s office is open. Words of wisdom to the office, “Dress as if you are going to a Bears game. It’s that cold. Drive safe, stay warm!”
 
 
No cheap option on insurance exchange @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/UecB79Y 
 
 
The District Office in Uptown Normal will open by 10am this morning. Take time this morning so you can drive slower and with plenty of…
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Winter storm continues, concealed carry applicatio… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/winter-storm-continues-concealed-carry.html?spref=tw …
 
 
CYC Town hall meetings next week in Coffeen and Wilsonville. Stop by and let’s talk about economic development,… http://fb.me/ApFGf2Wn 
 
 
Get gov’t out of your gas tank. Sorry, IL farmers, but time to end ethanol mandate. Editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-ethanol-mandate-edit-0106-20140106,0,7010989.story …
 
 
BREAKING: @McHenryCountyIL Board Chairwoman Tina Hill taking a leave of absence because of health issues.
 
 
Domestic battery penalties stiffen in the new year. http://ow.ly/sltve 
 
 
State Senator Mike Frerichs 1/7/2014: Play now!Dave and Elizabeth talk with State Senator Mike Frerichs on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
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/
 
 
 
Metra cancels 14 trains on BNSF linewww.chicagotribune.comMetra cancelled 14 trains between Aurora and Chicago today after a day of weather-related delays and a couple collisions.
 
 
While it’s best to avoid travel if possible during extreme cold weather, this website is a good tool if you have to travel.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 average daily
 
 
Applications for Concealed Carry licenses are now being accepted. See the information below if you plan to apply for a license.Its Official. Online Applications for Concealed Carry License Are Now Acceptedwww.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
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/
 
 
The District Office in Uptown Normal will open by 10am this morning. Take time this morning so you can drive slower and with plenty of time to brake. Looking forward to some “warmer” temperatures!
 
 
Over the last few days more than 11,000 concealed carry applications have been received by the ISP. Read more below: http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/winter-storm-continues-concealed-carry.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
8 years ago this week, George W. Bush’s #Medicare Part D roll-out left over 6 million previously insured American’s without coverage prompting more than a dozen states to declare “health emergencies”. Did Democrats vote to repeal it 43 times? Did Democrats spend millions of dollars fighting implementation and organizing misinformation campaigns? NO! Democrats rolled up their sleeves and