Today’s headlines — Thursday, Jan. 9

And when he started talking about why he supported the term limit amendment, he immediately went off on Michael Madigan. Here, I think, is where …
 
 
Bernard Schoenburg: Tracy targets Planned Parenthood; Dillard doesn’tThe State Journal-RegisterDuring a conference call with reporters this week, state Rep. JIL TRACY, R-Quincy, took a harder line than her running mate — they’re both pro-life — on an issue involving abortion. Tracy, who is running alongside gubernatorial candidate and state Sen.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers thought they were saving money five years ago by changing the way the cash-strapped state counts its pension debts, but a report released Wednesday suggests the effort may have landed taxpayers with billions of dollars in extra costs.
 
 
The tour of the 15th district is coming together. Collinsville kicks it off on Thursday the 16th. And no trip would be complete without a visit to Superman in Metropolis. We will be there on the 18th. Time will be posted, Superpeople can meet us there for a photo.
 
 
 
The roads in the state of Illinois are terrible, this is not news. … You’d think it was a rural area down south, we pay enormous property taxes in Will (I …
 
 
 
School districts in Missouri and Illinois vary in how they handle snow days. … And, as in Illinois, Missouri state education officials allow for some …
 
 
Illinois has a vested interest in protecting the economies that rely on its … The study shows the need for national leaders to take prompt action on a …
 
 
The Illinois School Student Records Act of 1975 requires all public elementary and secondary schools to retain permanent student transcripts for at …
 
 
BY JEFF KOLKEY Rockford Register Star … the chance to forge a new law firm in downtown Rockford with his 31-year-old son, Joseph Pumilia.
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – The city of Chicago will lease office space for $1 to a foundation created to remember slain high school honor student Hadiya …
 
 
Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System Board … The influence of the unions – particularly the Illinois Education Association, or IEA – within TRS is …
 
 
 
Ed Duffy, 1945-2014 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-obit-ed-duffy-met-20140109,0,3381435.story … Former state agency official, Sportsman’s leader
 
 
Dick Durbin has had 32 years to figure out growth and prosperity and all he offers is more unemployment checks and higher minimum wage.
 
 
 
Great events in Springfield today. On to Algonquin to overnight & get back to sharing @KirkDillard’s and my ideas to #MakeILWorkAgain #ILGOV
 
 
The IMA is hosting the first GOP gubernatorial primary featuring all four candidates on Feb 4. Ready to hear plans to grow jobs in IL.
 
 
Congrads to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine & Frank Thomas on election to MLB Hall of Fame.
 
 
Fair Maps and Term Limits. It’s Time for both. (Incidentally, I have the term limits bill in the House) http://fb.me/2biwPTok2 
 
 
To really change Illinois’ fortunes, meaningful real reform is needed. It’s Time for Fair Maps and Term Limits…. http://fb.me/PwXZSSUo 
 
 
It’s Time for Term Limits & Fair Maps- reforming Illinois starts there. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-term-limits-for-illinois-edit-0109-jm-20140109,0,286862.story …
 
 
To fix Illinois, fundamental change is required. And that starts with Fair Maps and Term Limits. We’ve seen what our…http://lnkd.in/bPUTmsF 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: No cheap option on insurance exchange http://goo.gl/fb/i6UPN 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Judge scraps Chicago’s ban on retail gun shops http://goo.gl/fb/cgd0N 
 
 
 
Chairman Dan Cronin said he and the rest of the DuPage County Board are striving to make county government operate like a well-run business during a recent State of DuPage County Address.
 
 
There’s no official team and they don’t have a coach, but a group of students from the University of Illinois is quickly becoming the schools best kept winning secret.
 
 
 
 
 
When anyone brings up legislative redistricting — or more accurately, political gerrymandering — too often the listener’s eyes glaze over as he scrambles to end the conversation or turn it to something more compelling. That’s a shame
 
 
A new audit of Illinois pensions shows their unfunded liability has crossed into new territory. It’s no longer almost or about – it’s more than $100 billion.  The auditor general’s report released Wednesday indicates the five…
 
 
It looks like the U.S. Senate has enough support to extend unemployment benefits for another three-months.  But Congressman Rodney Davis says that shouldn’t even be up for discussion.   …
 
 
A new report says almost one-third of Illinois homes are “deeply underwater” meaning that they’re worth at least 25 percent less than what’s owed on the loans.
 
 
After narrowly losing out on Boeing’s new plane factory, Illinois now is pushing to become a major parts supplier for the aircraft maker’s 777X. The specific site: long-suffering Rockford.
 
 
A Daily Herald editorial acknowledges Metra’s herculean efforts this week, but emphasizes the rail service should evaluate its failures, too, to ensure better performance at times when commuters especially rely on the train.
 
 
With the state’s medical marijuana law now in effect, Lake Zurich’s plan commission is resuming its consideration of zoning changes to set guidelines for how and where marijuana dispensaries can open up in the village.
 
 
 
It is with much disappointed that I am annoucing the end to my candidacy for the Illinois House of Representatives 20th District Primary race in March. As I’ve noted in the last few weeks, we have been locked in a legal challenge that ultimately consummated in the Chicago Board of Elections hearing officer ruling against signatures on my petitions that many of you signed. While we do not agree wi
 
 
dissapointment….typing from an i-phone is brutal!
 
 
I got the opportunity to catch up with Senator Brady today at the Jackson County Republican Headquarters in Murphysboro. The roads I commuted on were in much better condition. Thank you to those who have worked so hard to keep our roads clear and safe in the recent weather!
 
 
With the polar vortex finally leaving #Chiberia, this Saturday is a great day to come canvass in the warmer weather. Plus, we’ll be announcing an exciting new endorsement for the campaign — don’t miss it!
 
 
Fair Maps and Term Limits. It’s Time for both. (Incidentally, I have the term limits bill in the House)Editorial: Two antidotes to concentrated powerwww.chicagotribune.comCome November, the most powerful politician in Illinois will punch his ticket for another two years by winning the support of perhaps 30,000 voters in the little district he drew for himself.
 
 
I am, and have been, traveling the state. Recently I took the campaign trail back to Southern Illinois making many stops to host media availabilities, have meet and greets and catch up with my friends. Please take time to look at the pictures of the following stops I made. * Nashville (Washington County)-Press availability at Little Nashville Restaurant https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10
 
 
Enjoying a great night at the Washington County Central Committee meeting. Enjoyed talking strategy with Sharon Kolweir and with candidate for Washington County Clerk Nancy Heseman.
 
 
Decatur, IL –U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that he will be holding traveling office hours in Clinton and Monticello on Wednesday, January 22. Holding traveling office hours enables Davis to continue his dialogue with residents of the 13th District and allows area residents a chance to speak to Davis one-on-one or in small groups to share any concerns or issues. The traveling offi
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conservative pep rally.https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/1086850_100001230153256_1615716827_s.jpgJoe Chavez PtakIt was a fantastic occasion tonight to be allowed to speak and address some of Chicago’s dynamic Hispanic leaders and especially the local leaders involved in the BLACK CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. Special thanks to Deb Leticia Gordils who is a tireless worker and organizer
 
 
Some of our dedicated volunteers having pizza after distributing fliers for our Monticello town hall (to be held on Thurs., Jan. 9th at 6 p.m., at the Community Building, 102 E. Livingston, Monticello).
 
 
[WASHINGTON, DC] Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to call for a renewed commitment to the government social safety net programs that have helped lift millions of Americans out of poverty.
 
 
 
“There’s a lot of money that goes out in grants,” says the sponsor, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). “Taxpayers assume that these are for worthy purposes, and that in fact the projects that are billed as getting completed due to …
 
 
On the wrong side of history, and staying thereChicago politicians have let their hostility toward guns and gun owners blind them to the obvious.
 
 
Report: Deficits, bill backlog will grow if tax expires http://ow.ly/2CM65b 
 
 
Congratulations to @TheBigHurt_35 & @gregmaddux on their election into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A proud day for #Illinois! #HOF2014
 
 
Great events in Springfield today. On to Algonquin to overnight & get back to sharing @KirkDillard’s and my ideas to #MakeILWorkAgain #ILGOV
 
 
Bruce Rauner is running for governor in the Republican primary this spring.
 
 
Former CBS reporter Itay Hod presented circumstantial evidence this week to “out” pretty boy Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). As Hod pointed out, the homophobic lawmaker from Peoria, with the stripper-esque body, seems to make more fashion statements …
 
 
Over the weekend, CBS journalist Itay Hod decided he’d had enough of closeted politicians. In a long Facebook post, Hod ranted that the media has been muzzled from outing anyone for fear of repercussions from gay-rights organizations like GLAAD …
 
 
Chicago, Illinois, January 8, 2014 – You don’t have to have 20 years of political experience to know that this spade of orchestrated “gay” rumor attack pieces on Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) were timed to coincide with the launch of his former aide …
 
 
Chicago Tribune – Found 24 minutes agoThe other three Republican gubernatorial candidates Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Sens.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Veering 180 degrees in a stunning political turn, millionaire private equity investor Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he misspoke and was “flippant” when he appeared to advocate a rollback last month in Illinois’ minimum wage. In fact, Rauner now says he wants to see the minimum wage increase. “I have to be careful about my words, and I didn’t choose my words carefully enough,” Rauner ..
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican candidate for governor is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to remove the state prisons director for hiring an official who has been arrested up to two dozen times and was apparently once affiliated with a street gang.
 
 
PR Fiasco is now complete. @BruceRauner flip-flops on minimum-wage stand http://www.suntimes.com/24842574-761/rauner-flip-flops-on-minimum-wage-stand.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Capitol on Your Corner (CYC) town hall meeting Tuesday, January 14 at the East Fork Township Building from… http://fb.me/2Pp9E0aSk 
 
 
LinkedIn CEO @jeffweiner stopped by the office today to discuss internet freedom & China http://1.usa.gov/1a1y6tj 
 
 
I had the pleasure of meeting some great people at Happy Hearts Senior Center in Metropolis! pic.twitter.com/f9WdY2C0yT
 
 
Spending my evening with Rep @WayneRosenthal at the Worden fire department thanking them for their #volunteer service
 
 
Capitol on Your Corner (CYC) town hall meeting Tuesday, January 14 at the East Fork Township Building from… http://fb.me/2Pp9E0aSk 
 
 
Today’s other lesson: Maybe @BruceRauner’s opponents should all chip in & spring for a tracker?
 
 
Spending my evening with Rep @WayneRosenthal at the Worden fire department thanking them for their #volunteer service
 
 
Thank you to our community members who braved the weather for our heroin informational roundtable. Your commitment is appreciated.
 
 
 
 
 
In 2013, Senator Lightford reinforced her commitment to children and working men and women. Read more here:Education and jobs: State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford’s 2013 legacywww.senatorlightford.com”You learn to read and write when you’re in kindergarten and first grade,” Lightford said. “Those are foundational skills that every student needs. If a child skips those grades or miss
 
 
The Obama administration on Wednesday urged school officials to abandon unnecessarily harsh suspension and expulsion practices that appear to target black students, an issue Chicago Public Schools has been trying to address. Although black students in 2009 made up 45 percent of CPS’ enrollment, 76 percent of all CPS students who received out-of-school suspensions were black, according to Depa
 
 
It’s a scene likely too grisly even for a Quentin Tarantino movie. But the feds say they caught it on tape: former Chicago cop Steven Mandell and an accomplice, gleefully plotting to mutilate a kidnap victim’s genitals.
 
 
Scott Drury (D-Highwood) for amassing reserves of more than $1 million. Drury’s office conducted a financial analysis of the South Lake Mosquito Abatement District and concluded the agency was “hoarding” taxpayer dollars. “We were shocked by what …
 
 
EDITORIAL: Under the state Election Code, a felony on the resume doesn’t appear to prohibit a race for the County Board. So the County Board is the first place felons think of when they decide to run for political office. The Legislature should put a stop to this by amending the Election Code to extend the municipal ban to other elected offices.
 
 
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner to discuss internet freed and China.
 
 
How Mike Madigan gets his way — and how you payHouse Speaker Michael Madigan doesn’t demand favors. Not overtly. He doesn’t have to be direct. He’s Mike Madigan.    
 
 
Mr. Duffy was born on the West Side, where he grew up and graduated from Austin High School. He went on to college at the University of Illinois …
 
 
Almost a month ago, Bruce Rauner pledged at a Downstate candidates’ forum that if elected governor he would slash the state’s minimum wage by $1 to make it equal to the federal rate in an effort to make Illinois more economically competitive.    
 
 
“Saturday Night Live” didn’t just find one African-American woman in its unpublicized but highly-reported audition process — it found three.    
 
 
Chuck Sweeny puts 2 of the 4 GOP nominees for Illinois governor under his microscope. http://tinyurl.com/mszcntg 
 
 
Looks like Boeing was eying Rockford at one point. http://ow.ly/soOoZ 
 
 
How a Buffalo Grove man found himself writing songs about bathrooms – http://bit.ly/1bSebK7
 
 
Fans on the North Side, South Side and all across Illinois are cheering today’s historic selection of Cubs hurler Greg Maddux and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to the ranks of baseball greatness. I can think of few sports moments as electrifying as a Frank Thomas blast or a Greg Maddux ‘K.’ Both athletes were hard-working perfectionists who were dedicated to their craft and their teams. This unpr
 
 
It was great to visit Happy Hearts Senior Center in Metropolis today as well!
 
 
Bruce Rauner wants to roll back the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour? This is another sign as it relates to candidates being out of touch with the working class people in Illinois. Like and Share if you agree we need to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. http://p.ost.im/RgHEqx
 
 
At the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce in Morgan County for media availability discussing need of strategic planning with regards to facility closures.
 
 
IDOT Secy. Schneider: “We’ve made significant progress but roadway segments are still dangerous in some areas.” http://ow.ly/d/1NBq  #ilwx
 
 
Former top aide sues UNO to get back $200,000 job – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/24841606-761/former-top-aide-sues-uno-to-get-back-200000-job.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Power at the Vienna Correctional Center went out at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
 
 
That’s not good. A couple drove their car into a sinkhole in the parking lot of the Jamestown Mall, exposing a water main break on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The unidentified couple, coming to pay their Macy’s credit card bill, were uninjured though the woman was briefly trapped inside the car. Jeff Ogborn, a wrecker driver from Bolin Services, worked to free the car. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohe
 
 
Evanston sets meeting on IDNR’s Harley Clarke mansion proposal: http://evanston.suntimes.com/news/harleymeet-EVA-01162014:article
 
 
BRADY SAYS QUINN AND RAUNER OUT OF TOUCH WITH MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSALS Senator Bill Brady, Republican candidate for Governor, today said proposals by two gubernatorial candidates to change Illinois’ minimum wage rates are counter-productive for Illinois job growth and working families. “We have Governor Quinn proposing to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and Bruce Rauner talking about lowering
 
 
 
For Immediate Release: Mike Frerichs Denounces Tom Cross/Bruce Rauner Opposition to Raising Minimum WageJanuary 8th, 2014   For Immediate Release   Contact: Zach Koutsky 630-269-3826 or zach@mikefrorillinois.com    Mike Frerichs Denounces Tom Cross for Taking $10,000 from Billionaire Bruce Rauner – Call
 
 
Bruce Rauner wants to roll back the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour? This is another sign as it relates to candidates being out of touch with the working class people in Illinois. Like and Share if you agree we need to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. http://p.ost.im/RgHEqx
 
 
The War On Poverty expanded access to education and gave everyone a chance at success50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty & Education Opportunities
 
 
We can create 240,000 jobs if we renew unemployment insuranceWhy Congress Needs to Renew Unemployment Insurance
 
 
It was great to visit Happy Hearts Senior Center in Metropolis today as well!
 
 
Food stamps feed hungry families and millions of children. We should support this vital programThe Importance of the Food Stamp Program
 
 
 
 
 
The remainder of a $98 million state grant, believed to be the largest ever given to a charter school network, was frozen amid reports that UNO had …
 
 
Citizens Club to host Republican governor debate Feb. 18The State Journal-RegisterDetails of the encounter remain to be worked out. WICS-TV will broadcast the debate live, and there will be a media panel of questioners, according to Gray. Who will be able to watch the Springfield debate in person also must be worked out, Gray said.
 
 
Glasser said she picks a grade school or two a month from District 150 and private schools in Peoria to read to students. She only reads to …
 
 
I had the pleasure of meeting some great people at Happy Hearts Senior Center in Metropolis! pic.twitter.com/f9WdY2C0yT
 
 
Big crowd in Effingham to end Day 3 of #ShakeUpExpress pic.twitter.com/1Z6fyiSKY6
 
 
When we support #Middleclass #Families and the working class we support our future #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig #Chicago
 
 
I am running against Luis Gutierrez in the IL 4th District for US Congress WomenInCongress #ThinkBig
 
 
Editorials around the Nation Calling for an Extension of Unemployment Benefits http://afsc.me/1bSsLkA  #1u #RenewUI
 
 
***IT”S OFFICIAL*****!! Alexandra Eidenberg Candidate for IL 4th District US Congress! #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig #SmallBusiness
 
 
State Reps. Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams took part in the discussion, as did Senate President John Cullerton. All three representatives acknowledged that the upcoming legislation is cumbersome and unwieldy, especially in terms of delineating where …
 
 
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is again asking constituents for participation in his “Valentines for Heroes” program. The Congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those …
 
 
Pretty smart move by @MikeforIllinois to jump on Rauner gaffe on min wage http://frerichsforillinois.com/supportminwage/  and bring opponent into it.
 
 
Seems @BruceRauner is starting to realize how insulting his idea to CUT the #minimumwage is. Does @JoinTomCross agree? #Unlikely #twill
 
 
Still amazed by this; “#Republican Rauner: Cut state’s hourly #minimumwage by $1 to be ‘competitive’.”- http://www.suntimes.com/24824178-761/republican-rauner-cut-states-hourly-minimum-wage-by-1-to-be-competitive.html … #twill
 
 
Dem Treasurer hopeful denounces @BruceRauner for lower minimum wage proposal http://bit.ly/1dgRTbg  #twill @MikeforIllinois @JoinTomCross
 
 
Rauner: Trying to Hammer and Shake the Minimum Wage http://p.ost.im/RgHEqx  pic.twitter.com/Qm4vpqVxRh
 
 
I had the pleasure of meeting some great people at Happy Hearts Senior Center in Metropolis! pic.twitter.com/f9WdY2C0yT
 
 
 
Expect Illinois’ pension reform promises to be brokenwww.chicagobusiness.com
 
 
On December 16, I participated in a discussion of pension reform at the City Club of Chicago. On the panel with me was State Senator Daniel Biss and Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation. The video from the event is embedded below. If you have any questions about this or any other issue facing our state, I can be reached at enekritz@repnekritz.org  
 
 
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are cheering the election of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thomas played for the Chicago White Sox and Maddux played for the Chicago Cubs. They were …
 
 
WBBM-Ch. 2 anchor Rob Johnson sells Hinsdale home for $1.07MChicago TribuneWBBM-Ch. 2 weekday news anchor Rob Johnson has sold his six-bedroom house in Hinsdale for $1.075 million. Johnson, 45, the co-anchor of Channel 2’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, had owned the 3,440-square-foot brick and stone home since 2004, …
 
 
(CBS) — A Bolingbrook Police Officer was behind the wheel of a squad car and seemingly not paying attention. The Youtube video was sent to CBS 2′s newsroom Wednesday. The video is very difficult to see but the woman on the video claims the officer is playing video poker during last weekend’s massive storm. The Bolingbrook Police Department says that officer is identified and an internal investiga
 
 
Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for him in his role as state representative because agriculture is the number …
 
 
North Shore Congressman reflects on first year in office.
 
 
Amazing things are happening in CU. “@LauraFrerichs: http://nyti.ms/1kowgcK ” #chambana @WolframResearch #awesome
 
 
Borges out as Michigan offensive coordinator! 2014 off to a great start!
 
 
IDOC hiring a former gang member to a 100k job is one thing, but an advisor to the chief of parole? Stop the waste! http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/article_7525f8c1-d909-5fa1-8c23-0b75962b2817.html …
 
 
#Joliet mayor issues statement on Evergreen Terrace litigation @City_of_Joliet http://www.buglenewspapers.com/enterprise/article_2bd0fe44-7872-11e3-bf6c-001a4bcf6878.html#.Us3ZJIWEZpM.twitter … via @JolietILNews
 
 
BREAKING: Ambulance Stolen From Rockford Memorial Hospital http://bit.ly/1d0bP0d  #news
 
 
Blue Cross Extends Payment Deadline to Jan. 30 http://ow.ly/2CLPC5 
 
 
Last month, Judge Cynthia Raccuglia became the second La Salle County circuit judge to recuse themselves from overseeing the matter.
 
 
Rick is facing two misdemeanor traffic violation charges stemming from a 2011 Halloween incident involving a village police officer.
 
 
Trying to track down where exactly the status hearing for the traffic case against Naplate Mayor Jim Rick will be held on Thursday.
 
 
It’s a story as old as politics: Blame your aides and use them as human shields.
 
 
#ILGov GOP cand Rauner says $1 cut in state min wage remark “flippant.” Now backs hike in fed rate to $10/hr and wants IL rate tied to fed.
 
 
Pretty smart move by @MikeforIllinois to jump on Rauner gaffe on min wage http://frerichsforillinois.com/supportminwage/  and bring opponent into it.
 
 
Dem Treasurer hopeful denounces @BruceRauner for lower minimum wage proposal http://bit.ly/1dgRTbg  #twill @MikeforIllinois @JoinTomCross
 
 
I had the pleasure of meeting some great people at Happy Hearts Senior Center in Metropolis! pic.twitter.com/f9WdY2C0yT
 
 
Republican candidate for governor Bill Brady brought his campaign to southern Illinois Wednesday.
 
 
As gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner faces a crush of questions over his advocacy to lower the state’s minimum wage, his campaign released a new TV spot that emphasizes that “government workers” aren’t the problem. It’s “unions bosses” and “career politicians.”
 
 
Quinn was elected to the appellate court in 1996 and served as the supervisor of the Sixth Municipal District from 1989 to 1991, according to his biography on the Illinois Appellate Courts website.
 
 
The state was among a small number of finalists for Boeing Co.’s 777X airplane factory, a state official said today.
 
 
In his first year as a state senator, Bill Cunningham made cracking down on crime in Cook County one of his top priorities. “Thanks to the nearly 20 years I spent in the Cook County Sheriff’s office, I have seen first-hand the lingering effects of crime in our communities,” Cunningham said. “While in Springfield, I will continue to push policies that keep criminals off the streets and away from ou
 
 
At media availability in Petersburg, Menard County at OMGosh Bakery & Desserts regarding facility closures.
 
 
In his first year as a state senator, Bill Cunningham made cracking down on crime in Cook County one of his top priorities. “Thanks to the nearly 20 years I spent in the Cook County Sheriff’s office, I have seen first-hand the lingering effects of crime in our communities,” Cunningham said. “While in Springfield, I will continue to push policies that keep criminals off the streets and away from ou
 
 
 
Expect Illinois’ pension reform promises to be brokenwww.chicagobusiness.com
 
 
This year I’m again collecting valentines from around the region to send to veterans and service members. You can drop off your valentines at any of my district offices. Click the link below for more details.Shimkus Seeking Valentines for Heroes | Congressman John Shimkusshimkus.house.govMaryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is again asking constituents for participation
 
 
Fans on the North Side, South Side and all across Illinois are cheering today’s historic selection of Cubs hurler Greg Maddux and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to the ranks of baseball greatness. I can think of few sports moments as electrifying as a Frank Thomas blast or a Greg Maddux ‘K.’ Both athletes were hard-working perfectionists who were dedicated to their craft and their teams. This unpr
 
 
Spoke at the Pittsfield Rotary Club today about the reality of Springfield & had a good discussion. Without reality, there is no solution.
 
 
I only deal with reality. Without knowing the real problem, we can’t find a real solution. Here’s to real solutions…Race for District 100: A dose of political reality -myjournalcourier.comWhen I went to Springfield a year ago as your State Representative, I did so with common sense in mind, not politics. Unfortunately, after watch…
 
 
In 2013, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford once again demonstrated her commitment to improving education and ensuring that every Illinois resident has an opportunity to find a good-paying job. Her signature accomplishment for the year was lowering the state’s mandatory school age from 7 to 6, ensuring that all kids get to school before they are old enough to be in second grade. The l
 
 
Poison centers help keep our loved ones safe and offer lifesaving resources to medical professionals. It’s great to see this bill that I worked on with #RepLeeTerry pass the House today and get one step close to becoming law.Roskam’s Poison Center Funding Legislation Passes House | Congressman Peter Roskamroskam.house.govWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the follo
 
 
Even more cash can be won with Jokers Wild. This $5 instant ticket offers $5.8 million in prizes and … the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least …
 
 
CHICAGO – Trade unions are writing large checks to Gov. Pat Quinn for his 2014 gubernatorial bid, Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet says. Quinn’s last quarter report will show $4.75 million on hand in his campaign war chest, some of which has…
 
 
(CNN) — In the past, at times like these, when his life foundered and frayed around the edges, Ryan Bell often prayed for help. But this year, at least, …
 
 
Two important pieces of legislation initiated in 2013 by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White took effect as new laws on Jan. 1. The new laws include …
 
 
Revenue from personal income taxes jumped 15 percent in December for a total 4.6 percent hike in the first six months of the fiscal year … general fund and that federal money continues to fall below projections. In its next budget, Illinois …
 
 
… following release of a federal report with options that could cost billions and require extensive re-engineering of Chicago’s busy waterway network.
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department is reminding residents of the new Illinois law banning most cell phone use while driving.
 
 
Gun rights activists say that the Illinois carry law is hardly perfect, but – if the Prairie State follows the national pattern – the law will gradually be …
 
 
CARBONDALE – GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner said in December that Illinois’ minimum wage should be the same as the national minimum wage – $7.25 per hour rather than Illinois’ current $8.25 per hour level. “I will advocate moving…
 
 
advocate turned into a heated exchange between Martorana and Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano. | David Pollard/Sun-Times Media …
 
 
They’re not dire financial straits but several cities expect to have to pinch … In north-central Illinois, Mendota Mayor David Boelk (BEHLK’) says he’d …
 
 
Last night the Chicago Bulls announced that Luol Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is always tough to lose someone like Luol. We have …
 
 
Money will likely be tight for politicians crafting Illinois’ next budget, despite a pension law that’s supposed to save $160 billion. Democratic House …
 
 
Dillard: Fire IDOC chief for ex-gang member hireThe State Journal-RegisterSen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says Gov. Pat Quinn should fire S.A. “Tony” Godinez. Dillard says “it’s outrageous that former gang members are now running the prisons.” Xadrian McCraven was a $111,000-a-year senior policy adviser to the Department of …Dillard calls for ouster of top prison official
 
 
* Sun-Times… [Earceen Alexander] was a laborer on a city garbage truck nearly 10 years ago when she was pinned between a telephone pole and the truck. The vehicle’s driver, Denise Alcantar, was an inexperienced city employee who owed her job to the Hispanic Democratic Organization’s clout. Alexander’s thigh was gashed, her pelvis broken and a lung […]
 
 
* I told you yesterday that Bruce Rauner had agreed to five debates. Kirk Dillard believes he ought to agree to far more. From a press release… 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 […]
 
 
* Southern Illinoisan… Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s “Shake Up Springfield” bus tour made a stop Tuesday at the Italian Village restaurant in Carbondale. Rauner called Illinois the worst run state in America, citing high unemployment, deficits and deteriorating schools. […] Rauner would not rule out minimum wage increases or decreases, but he said any change to the […]
 
 
* Eric Zorn wants term limits for legislative leaders in order to get rid of Speaker Madigan… Gov. Pat Quinn and Rauner support leadership term limits, though their first choice is legislative term limits, according to their spokesmen. The other three Republican gubernatorial candidates — Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard — […]
 
 
* I don’t think this means people are having fewer babies. Pretty sure it means people are leaving… The Land of Lincoln grew by only about 52,000 residents between the last census on April 1, 2010, and the latest estimate, on July 1, 2013, the bureau said. In the last year of that period — […]
 
 
* Bruce Rauner may, depending on the day, want to lower the minimum wage by a dollar an hour, but Sen. Kirk Dillard says he wants the “marketplace” to decide what the minimum wage should be. To me, at least, that sounds like he wants no statutory minimum wage at all. Audio courtesy of John […]
 
 
* The governor’s budget office has posted its new three-year projection as required by law. Here’s the projection for revenue losses due to the expiration of the temporary income tax hike. These are fiscal years and the first line is for personal income tax receipts and the second line is for corporate receipts… * […]
 
 
* Bruce Rauner’s statement that he most definitely wanted to lower the minimum wage by a dollar an hour is becoming quite a big story, despite his attempt to walk back the demand yesterday. As noted below, all four Republican gubernatorial candidates have now weighed in on the minimum wage issue. And now it’s moved […]
 
 
* Greg Hinz… Mr. Rauner this morning got an endorsement from another figure who doesn’t rank very high on the friends-of-labor list. That would be Jim Tobin, a prominent critic of public-sector pensions and pay levels who’s best-known for heading the group Taxpayers United of Illinois. Another group he heads, Taxpayer Accountability, also endorsed Mr. Rauner […]
 
 
* While I was away, some reporters began to pick up bits and pieces of the anti Bruce Rauner movement building among organized labor. From Bernie’s column on December 26th… Rich Miller, publisher of the Capitol Fax newsletter and associated website, reported this week in his syndicated column that sources tell him labor unions are […]
 
 
CHICAGO – Vince Kolber is the founder and CEO of 31 year old RESIDCO, a company built around America’s Midwest transportation hub based in Chicago. At 62, most CEOs are looking for ways to slow down and enjoy the fruits…
 
 
Rockford Register Star – Found 27 minutes agoFirst, the Republicans: Kirk Dillard , a state senator from Hinsdale in DuPage County, is a veteran of Springfield politics who was chief of…
 
 
 
 
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 it…
 
 
* Bruce Rauner may, depending on the day, want to lower the minimum wage by a dollar an hour, but Sen. Kirk Dillard says he wants the “marketplace” to decide what the minimum wage should be. To me, at least, that sounds like he wants no statutory minimum wage at all.
 
 
A Republican candidate for governor is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to remove the state prisons director for hiring an official who has been arrested up to two dozen times and was apparently once affiliated with a street gang.Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says Gov. Pat Quinn should fire S.A.
 
 
#Chicago Politics look out because Friends of Alexandra means business! #WomenInCongress
 
 
Great visiting this morning with Springfield radio legend Sam Madonia on “AM Springfield” show.
 
 
As our young people get back to school after a prolonged winter break, there are a few new laws that directly impact young adults. One…
 
 
Our consumer affairs staff hosts financial workshops across IL. Give our team a call. Let’s get something scheduled. http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/take-charge-illinois/ …
 
 
I officially opened up my new district office today, we are located at 9 Junction Dr Suite 5 in Glen Carbon http://www.dwightkay.org/rep_kay_announces_opening_of_new_office_in_glen_carbon …
 
 
Our condolences for this sad exposure death in Blue Island. Please be safe as the weather improves. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/24824472-418/elderly-blue-island-man-dies-from-exposure.html …
 
 
Nice work Dist 6 road crew clearing out packed in snow/ice last night I 55 clear this morning @IDOT_Illinois
 
 
No cheap option on insurance exchange http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/no-cheap-option-on-insurance-exchange.html?spref=tw …
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Fracking, asian carp, Medicaid study and more! http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/fracking-asian-carp-medicaid-study-and.html?spref=tw …
 
 
An inspiring story abt how one person, Marseilles student Desmond Norris, fights back against bullying: http://bit.ly/1cYEGCd  @MyWebTimes
 
 
I like the @ILCampaignCash twitter feed but the editorial blurbs at the beginning are a little much. #allin #bigspenders
 
 
As our young people get back to school after a prolonged winter break, there are a few new laws that directly impact young adults. One…
 
 
I officially opened up my new district office today, we are located at 9 Junction Dr Suite 5 in Glen Carbon http://www.dwightkay.org/rep_kay_announces_opening_of_new_office_in_glen_carbon …
 
 
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is opening her district office to help individuals submit concealed carry… http://fb.me/1bMhaZfJC 
 
 
County Assists Some Concealed Carry Applicants, But Others Hit Roadblock http://wmay.com/wmay-news/84612 
 
 
How we’re going to kill your FOIA request, step by step. #oops http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/01/navy-mistakenly-sends-foia-plans-to-reporter-180712.html?ml=po_r …
 
 
Rev. Jackson, who has negotiated with many difficult leaders, thinks Dennis Rodman’s approach might be the right one http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/24823049-452/sneed-rev-jesse-jackson-replaces-tweet-on-dennis-rodmans-n-korea-trip.html …
 
 
Guy claims to have grabbed 350 “dibs” chairs and is trying to sell them for $5 each http://bit.ly/1bRExvB 
 
 
Update on cost of patronage by @dmihalopoulos, who broke the story with @tlighty and Laurie Cohen in ’06 Trib series. http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/it-happens-convicted-pol-says-of-city-workers-death-tied-to-clout/ …
 
 
Today in 1968, Gwendolyn Brooks is named poet laureate of Illinois. #LegResUnit #TIH
 
 
$15 minimum wage in Chicago. The March vote is advisory, would not change the law. -@andyshawbga
 
 
#Chicago Politics look out because Friends of Alexandra means business! #WomenInCongress
 
 
The need for #Childcare, #FairWages for #Women & access to resources is more important than ever. #WomenInCongress
 
 
I am on the Board of the @sbacil and love helping #SmallBusiness succeed. #ThinkBig #WomenInCongress
 
 
I promised we would take campaign to Dick Durbin. Stay tuned for what I dropped off at his office this morning. pic.twitter.com/H5kzcWrvgr
 
 
I spoke with @RepBecerra @repsandylevin about the need to extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits. WATCH: http://goo.gl/UCeYPH  #RenewUI
 
 
>1/4 jobs in America pay wages below the poverty level—to reduce poverty&create opportunity in America, increase the minimum wage.
 
 
We must extend emergency unemployment benefits to people who need them #RenewUI #WarOnPoverty
 
 
We should invest in quality pre-school for every child in America #WarOnPoverty
 
 
50 yrs ago a President&Congress accepted responsibility for lifting poorest Americans out of poverty—now it is our time&our responsibility
 
 
RT if you agree House must #ExtendUI for 1.3M unemployed & FINALLY take up meaningful job creation bills http://youtu.be/9TfwwkfGvdw  #p2
 
 
MT @GOPWhip: As we begin New Year, here’s an economic growth & job creation to-do list 4 @SenatorReid & @SenateDems: http://www.speaker.gov/jobs 
 
 
Release Jafar Panahi from house arrest & allow free expression http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=general&id=58 … MT @HassanRouhani: Art without freedom is meaningless.
 
 
House GOP r focused on pro-growth bills #4jobs. It’s time #SenateDems act on these bills so ppl can get back 2 work pic.twitter.com/DJSsQxyUrC
 
 
Congratulations to a smart and talented puertorriqueña, @MMViverito, the newly elected Speaker of the @NYCCouncil!
 
 
A #HOF day on both the North and South sides. Congratulations to Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas on today’s announcement.
 
 
Congrats to @TheBigHurt_35 and @gregmaddux for being elected to the @baseballhall Great day for Chicago baseball #classof2014
 
 
Today marks 179 years since the U.S. Debt was $0. Washington must learn to live within its means. http://1.usa.gov/K6p2Js 
 
 
Giffords to mark shooting anniversary by skydiving http://bit.ly/1bRH0pV 
 
 
Here’s ’06 story on clouted city trucker & her victim, by Laurie Cohen, @tlighty & me, edited by @JamesEWebb http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-06-16/news/0606160147_1_daley-streets-and-sanitation-department-city-hall …
 
 
Update on cost of patronage by @dmihalopoulos, who broke the story with @tlighty and Laurie Cohen in ’06 Trib series. http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/it-happens-convicted-pol-says-of-city-workers-death-tied-to-clout/ …
 
 
Could the end be near? RT @WGNNews: Cheese Louise! Velveeta shortage looms: http://bit.ly/1cBsYft  #cheesepocalypse pic.twitter.com/pacXb3yiTI
 
 
Great visit to Com-Pac International in Carbondale today! We discussed the need to keep min. wage at current level. pic.twitter.com/F3FOu1VEkD
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Today’s numbers ain’t good: * I don’t think this means people are having fewer babies. Pre… http://bit.ly/1cZhVOj 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Dillard says “marketplace” should decide minimum wage: * Bruce Rauner may, depending on the… http://bit.ly/1dgxItR 
 
 
“@MarkBrownCST: Always tell my kid that when Frank Thomas was in his locked-in prime (about 2-3 yrs), he was best hitter I ever saw.” Amen.
 
 
Eric Zorn: Madigan will observe his 31st year in office on Sunday, 29th as speaker. Term limits, anyone? http://bit.ly/1iRmpdM 
 
 
Northwest Herald Editorial: Our View: Useful tool in fight against domestic violence http://www.barbarawheeler.org/northwest_herald_editorial_our_view_useful_tool_in_fight_against_domestic_violence …
 
 
Went outside to go to lunch and was informed by my (super) smart phone that it was a balmy 7 degrees! #heatwave
 
 
Making progress but many roads have snow/ice on them. As temps rise we’ll have more success treating the roads. Thx for your patience. #ilwx
 
 
Great visit to Com-Pac International in Carbondale today! We discussed the need to keep min. wage at current level. pic.twitter.com/F3FOu1VEkD
 
 
“@MarkBrownCST: Always tell my kid that when Frank Thomas was in his locked-in prime (about 2-3 yrs), he was best hitter I ever saw.” Amen.
 
 
Exelon Corporation in Chicago is in need of a Business Development Manager; Visit http://www.exelon.com  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
Three-year budget projections released by the Governor’s office on January 6 show continued spending growth and… http://fb.me/3xggUZBBL 
 
 
Insurance Rates Expected to Climb in Illinois http://ow.ly/2CLt6Z 
 
 
Rep. Kinzinger Calls for Air Strikes http://ow.ly/2CLt6Y 
 
 
50 years ago today, Pres. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” – Please tell us your stories here: http://afsc.me/1fdbM4r  #1u
 
 
Great visit to Com-Pac International in Carbondale today! We discussed the need to keep min. wage at current level. pic.twitter.com/F3FOu1VEkD
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Red ink as far as the eye can see: * The governor’s budget office has posted its new three-… http://bit.ly/1bSkDk1 
 
 
A Chicago tradition. (@ Wallace’s Catfish Corner) http://4sq.com/1dWqQjL 
 
 
Thanks to @tkacich for the piece in today’s @news_gazette http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-08/tom-kacich-younger-crowd-not-pleased-some-dems.html … via @news_gazette #chambana #winterwonderland
 
 
Congratulations to the Big Hurt! http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-baseball-hall-of-fame-spt-0109-20140109,0,6640835.story …
 
 
GOP Gov. candidate Bill Brady takes middle ground and says Illinois’ min wage rate should stay at $8.25 until fed rate catches up.
 
 
Brady hammers Rauner, Quinn for wanting to change state’s minimum wage http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/brady-hammers-rauner-quinn-for-wanting-to-change-states-minimum-wage/ … via @suntimes
 
 
WASHINGTON — Former U.S. transportation chief Ray LaHood is taking a top role at Building America’s Future, a bipartisan group that promotes investment in infrastructure.     
 
 
Medill Justice Project investigation casts doubt on fingerprints in 2003 murder conviction: http://bit.ly/1czP1mX
 
 
WASHINGTON–The Obama White House and allies, including David Axelrod and Bill Daley, are rallying to dilute criticisms from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” about the White House and its strategy in the war in Afghanistan. Paid analysts, former White House senior strategist Axelrod on Continue reading →
 
 
Any Illinois residents who missed out on a visit to Shedd Aquarium Jan. 6 or 7 can take them up on free admission Jan. 11 or 12.
 
 
Since being exonerated of a crime he didn’t commit, life has been complicated for 48-year-old Eric A. Caine, who spent 25 years behind bars fighting his conviction. On New Year’s Eve of 2013, it took a turn for the worse.Exonerated man is back in jailwww.oakpark.comThe new Riverside resident is back behind bars, held without bond at Cook County Jail and charged with felony drunken driving for alle
 
 
Illinois Law Now is an ongoing series of short answers to common legal questions distributed monthly by the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Press Association. Question: What penalties do motorists face if they violate the new state law that bans the use of cellphones while driving? Answer: Beginning on January 1, 2014, Illinois motorists may not use handheld cellphones for any purpos
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn recently visited the tornado-ravaged community of Washington to encourage residents to take advantage of the federal aid available for those impacted by the deadly storms on Nov. 17
 
 
By Alex V. Hernandez | Staff Reporter | @TheAVHernandez | 
 
 
Most Illinois businesses will see a decrease in unemployment insurance tax rates this year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday.
 
 
In one of the most comprehensive campaign criticisms leveled in the early Republican primary season for governor, the running mate of state Sen. Kirk Dillard assailed rival Bruce Rauner’s wealth and connections and questioned whether he was a “true Republican.”    
 
 
Read Rep. Randy Hultgren’s latest blog.-GloriaConsumers Threatened by Healthcare.gov Security Risksstcharles-il.patch.comWashington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today urged Congress and the White House to quickly pass legislation addressing the distur
 
 
Illinois residents who want to carry loaded firearms in public got an early approval Tuesday — http://bit.ly/K6sh3BMore than 13,000 concealed carry applications get initial approval norridge.suntimes.comIllinois residents who want to carry loaded firearms in public got an early approval Tuesday.
 
 
In its second full year, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has so far managed to avoid the declining revenues that have burdened other Illinois gambling palaces, an Illinois Gaming Board report released today shows. Meanwhile, the Grand Victoria in Elgin and Hollywood Casino in Aurora continue to see the amount of money gamblers spend plummet.
 
 
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff recently honored 121 volunteers who donated their services to Volo Bog State Natural Area, Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam in 2013. Together they contributed 6,019 hours to these sites. Marilyn Huster of Libertyville was named Volunteer of the Year for Volo Bog State Natural Area and Steve Domski of McHenry was named Volunteer of the Year
 
 
The building housing the DuPage County state’s attorney’s offices was temporarily evacuated shortly before noon Wednesday and will remain closed for the rest of the day after sprinklers in an electrical room went off twice within a few minutes, knocking out power to the facility, authorities said.
 
 
Our View: Curious details in nude photographs lawsuitDuchnowski: Curious details in nude photographs lawsuitwww.daily-chronicle.comThat day, she was served an ethics complaint that threatened her law license for allegedly working as a prostitute under the name Nikita and lying to state legal regulators about it.
 
 
SIU graduate begins road to successful public relations firm for southern illinois businesses. http://dailyegyptian.com/student-run-small-business-beginning-to-pay-off/Student-run small business beginning to pay off – The Daily Egyptiandailyegyptian.comBeginning a business while in college is a challenging experience, but for one university student, the struggle is worth it.
 
 
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An update on state road conditions: http://t.co/jpUHaMBkmy #ilwxWednesday weather news | News-Gazette.comnews-gazette.comThe city activated its sidewalk snow removal ordinance as of noon Wednesday. Wednesday to spread a salt mixture since the temperature is warming up.�
 
 
A state report shows the amount of money taxpayers owe five state pension plans hit $100.5 billion on June 30. But that’s $3 billion less when not using a counting method adopted five years ag…
 
 
Paul Green, Director of the Institute of Politics at Roosevelt University, chats with Bob and Marianne about recent developments in the Illinois gubernatorial election. Professor Paul Green with Sirott and Murciano. (WGN Radio)
 
 
With the cold weather comes another dreaded part of Chicago winter, potholes.
 
 
Flu activity increases in Illinois with 122 hospitalized, six dead – http://bit.ly/1bSlUHY
 
 
ARLINGTON — Abby Taylor of Princeton says she’s pretty sure she’s not stepping foot on another train until spring.
 
 
The boisterous Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has come up with a proposal for multi-millionaire Bruce Rauner, a GOP gubernatorial candidate who is supporting a rollback in the minimum wage in Illinois. Lewis charges that Rauner is a billionaire who “makes $7.36 a second” and wants to “wage war on low-income people.” “I challenge Continue reading →
 
 
Our condolences for this sad exposure death in Blue Island. Please be safe as the weather improves.Elderly Blue Island man dies from exposure – Southtown Starsouthtownstar.suntimes.comAn 80-year-old Blue Island man who had dementia died of hypothermia Monday night after leaving his house, authorities said. Elias Contreras died at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island at 9:15 p.m., according to
 
 
Article in the Belleville News Democrat on the first day of the hearing for the Murray Center: http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/07/2992873/murray-center-case-opens-in-federal.htmlCHICAGO: First day of Murray Center lawsuit draws fire from both sides | Top Stories | News Democratwww.bnd.comA federal judge began hearing arguments and testimony Tuesday in a lawsuit about whether the state can close its Wa
 
 
Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
 
 
Great start to Day 3 of the Shake Up Express at PJ’s Cafe in McLeansboro
 
 
Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation states in today’s Wall Street Journal, “On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to announce an ambitious government undertaking. “This administration today, here and now,” he thundered, “declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” Fifty years later, we’re losing that war. Fifteen perc
 
 
If it wasn’t someone’s life he was playing games with if would be just plain sad that he needs attention this badly. This illustrates the danger of giving any kind of credibility or positive attention to a murderous regime.Rodman appears to blame missionary held in N. Koreawww.chicagotribune.comWASHINGTON/BEIJING – Dennis Rodman , in a television interview on Tuesday, appeared to blame Korean-Amer
 
 
If it wasn’t someone’s life he was playing games with if would be just plain sad that he needs attention this badly. This illustrates the danger of giving any kind of credibility or positive attention to a murderous regime.Rodman appears to blame missionary held in N. Koreawww.chicagotribune.comWASHINGTON/BEIJING – Dennis Rodman , in a television interview on Tuesday, appeared to blame Korean-Amer
 
 
Northwest Herald editorialized that legislation inspired by the Kephart family would be a useful tool in fighting domestic violence.http://www.nwherald.com/2014/01/07/our-view-useful-tool-in-fight-against-domestic-violence/a5nftks/Our View: Useful tool in fight against domestic violencewww.nwherald.comJust ask the family of Diane Kephart, who obtained an order of protection against her ex-boyfrien
 
 
The following locations on the Northwest Side have opened their doors to any individual in need of a warm place to stay: Polish American Association 4808 West Berenice Avenue (just off of Cicero Avenue) Monday, 1/6/14 and Tuesday, 1/7/14 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information please contact Daniel at 773-558-3751   St. John’s Episcopal Church 3857 North Kostner Avenue – please enter on Byron
 
 
As our young people get back to school after a prolonged winter break, there are a few new laws that directly impact young adults. One prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Another prohibits a person under 18 from using tanning beds, booths or lamps at tanning facilities. Kelsey’s Law prohibits issuing a graduated drivers license to someone under 18 if he or she has an unresolved traffic c
 
 
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is opening her district office to help individuals submit concealed carry applications online since the Illinois State Police are not accepting paper applications at this time. Read more at Senator Rezin’s website.Rezin opens office for concealed carry application submissions senatorrezin.comPERU, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is opening her district office t
 
 
Bustos Announces Support For Bipartisan Bill That Rewards Hunters Who Support Charity & Help Feed Hungry Families WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced support for bipartisan legislation that would reward hunters from across the country who donate wild game to food banks that help feed the hungry.  The bipartisan Wi
 
 
Following a fire in late November 2013 that severely damaged the district office, State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) announced the opening of a new district office in Glen Carbon.  The new office opened Wednesday. “While we were still able to serve our constituents after the incident, the fire in November was most unfortunate,” said Rep. Dwight Kay.  “I am pleased that we were able to
 
 
It’s imperative for the House to pass emergency unemployment benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed American workers. Workers out of a job for 27 weeks or longer have just a 12% chance of finding a new job within the month. But as members of Congress, we must also ask ourselves, “What have we done to address the issue of long-term unemployment?” Instead of playing politics, let’s
 
 
Be sure to read this story about Marseilles student Desmond “Desi” Norris and his efforts to stand up to bullying in his school. Going against the grain to do what’s right is never easy, and I’m proud to represent this inspiring young man. http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/anti-bullying-group-honors-marseilles-student/article_4fecf6c1-a77c-53a7-b6b9-8a3329a57612.htmlAnti-bullying group honors
 
 
Here is where your federal tax dollars went in 2012. Learn more at http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/27/money-pictures-top-5-charts-2013/. I am running for Congress to reduce taxes, government waste, and unnecessary spending. Photo Courtesy: Heritage Foundation
 
 
Job opportunity: We’re hiring – Community Health Information SpecialistWe’re hiring – Community Health Information Specialistwww.claretianassociates.orgWe are hiring a Community Health Information Specialist, a new, full-time bilingual (Spanish/English) position that works closely with community partners to implement health outreach programs including Community Rx, South Chicago Food Network, 10th
 
 
Today I joined with Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin in calling on our colleagues in the House to pass emergency unemployment insurance benefits for the more than 1 million Americans who are long-term unemployed. Unemployment insurance is a benefit that these Americans earned through their years of hard work and should be th
 
 
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is opening her district office to help individuals submit concealed carry applications online since the Illinois State Police are not accepting paper applications at this time.
 
 
Well, this just seems appropriate….Illinois Conceal Carry Applications Overwhelmingly Outpace Obamacare Enrollmentwww.breitbart.comOn the heels of a federal court striking down Chicago’s ban on gun sales, those seeking gun permits in Illinois flooded the State Police website over the weekend to begin the permitting process.
 
 
I had a great time visiting Com-Pac International in Carbondale this morning. We discussed the need to keep the minimum wage at its current level, rather than the increases and decreases favored by my opponents.
 
 
Join our team today. Make a contribution of $5 or more to help us defeat Pat Quinn and put an end to politics as usual: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/3io6aABu/Kirk-Dillard-for-Governor/
 
 
Parents: Check out the City of Learning activities for winter break. http://explorechi.org/Chicago City of Learning – Winter Passport and Destination: Chicagoexplorechi.orgChicago Summer of Learning relaunches as Chicago City of Learning for year long connected learning opportunities starting with the Winter Passport.
 
 
Northwest Herald editorialized that legislation inspired by the Kephart family would be a useful tool in fighting domestic violence. http://www.nwherald.com/2014/01/07/our-view-useful-tool-in-fight-against-domestic-violence/a5nftks/Our View: Useful tool in fight against domestic violencewww.nwherald.comJust ask the family of Diane Kephart, who obtained an order of protection against her ex-boyfri
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced Nancy Rosenstengel at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, to consider her nomination to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois.
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Nancy Rosenstengel following a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, to consider her nomination to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois.
 
 
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty. While programs such as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and Head Start have played a critical role in preventing poverty, the fight is far from over. Everyone deserves a shot at the American Dream. To make that a reality, we need to extend emergency unemployment insurance, raise the minimum wage and invest in education an
 
 
“An almost $400 million infusion into the Army’s Stryker program comes with strings attached from lawmakers who want to know more about a stockpile of unneeded replacement parts that built up at an Auburn warehouse during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars… Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., requested the limitations on Stryker funding in the $526.8 billion defense bill. She wanted to hold the Army ac
 
 
A nice little piece in the News-Gazette about the Champaign County Young Democrats and upcoming elections. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-08/tom-kacich-younger-crowd-not-pleased-some-dems.htmlTom Kacich: Younger crowd not pleased with some Dems | News-Gazette.comwww.news-gazette.comThe newly formed Champaign County Young Democrats may be about to flex their collective muscles in pa
 
 
There is no excuse for failing to protect victims of domestic violence from their abusers.Our View: Useful tool in fight against domestic violencewww.nwherald.comJust ask the family of Diane Kephart, who obtained an order of protection against her ex-boyfriend after he pinned her down, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. A month later, with an order of protection against him, he
 
 
The Education Funding Advisory committee winds up it’s hearings on Monday. I’ll be asking Senators to act soon and think big: fully fund education and stop the unfair prorating of aid to high-poverty, rural districts.Education Funding Advisory Committee (EFAC)www.isbe.netSR 431 (Manar) created the Education Funding Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to propose a state edu
 
 
Need help submitting a concealed carry application? Call my office! Read more here:Rezin opens office for concealed carry application submissionssenatorrezin.comPERU, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is opening her district office to help individuals submit concealed carry applications online since the Illinois State Police are not accepting paper applications at this time. Sen. Rezin said she
 
 
An order of protection on a sheet of paper can be quite worthless when you think about it. Just ask the family of Diane Kephart, who obtained an order of protection against her ex-boyfriend after he pinned her down, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. A month later, with an order of protection against him, he killed Kephart. Or ask the Crystal Lake woman who was recently held ho
 
 
Wanted to share this information about Naperville Township’s upcoming seminar that is being held at North Central College on January 25th. This will be an informational event that is focusing primarily on the OEF/OIF/OND Veterans and their families, but all Veterans will benefit from the seminar. The VFW and American Legion Service Officers will be there to help with filing of claims.
 
 
 
 
 
Parents: Check out the City of Learning activities for winter break.http://explorechi.org/Chicago City of Learning – Winter Passport and Destination: Chicagoexplorechi.orgChicago Summer of Learning relaunches as Chicago City of Learning for year long connected learning opportunities starting with the Winter Passport.
 
 
We’re proud to have been endorsed by Northside Democracy for America here in Chicago. Now Democracy for America nationally is weighing an endorsement–show your support for the campaign here: http://democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/3151-committee-to-elect-will-guzzardi
 
 
A nice little piece in the News-Gazette about the Champaign County Young Democrats and upcoming elections. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-08/tom-kacich-younger-crowd-not-pleased-some-dems.htmlTom Kacich: Younger crowd not pleased with some Dems | News-Gazette.comwww.news-gazette.comThe newly formed Champaign County Young Democrats may be about to flex their collective muscles in pa
 
 
Enjoyable time with folks at the Westmont Absentee College Night. Here I am with Frank Trilla, Mayor of Willowbrook.
 
 
House GOP continue to focus on pro-growth bills #4jobs. It’s time that #SenateDems act on these bills so Americans can get back to work.
 
 
We’re proud to have been endorsed by Northside Democracy for America here in Chicago. Now Democracy for America nationally is weighing an endorsement–show your support for the campaign here: http://democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/3151-committee-to-elect-will-guzzardi
 
 
Three-year budget projections released by the Governor’s office on January 6 show continued spending growth and massive deficits ahead for Illinois. Follow the link to read more.Budget projections reveal massive deficitssenategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with less regul
 
 
 
https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash1/592047_165583971161_1986139913_s.jpgABC 7 ChicagoIT’S THE LITTLE THINGS: Double digits today. 20s tomorrow. Above freezing for several days starting Friday.Yeah Baby!! – Mike Caplan ABC7
 
 
In 2012, I led a bipartisan effort calling on the Obama Administration to investigate and put strong regulations in place to prevent sexual abuse and assault against immigrants in federal custody. This new eye-opening PBS FRONTLINE piece highlights why the issue is still rampant and what more needs to be done to end the unconscionable and systematic abuse of detainees.Why Immigrant Detainees Still
 
 
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to call for a renewed commitment to the government social safety net programs that have helped lift millions of Americans out of poverty. Today, Durbin asked his Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle to consider legislative efforts to e
 
 
Bruce Rauner and Tom Cross are out of touch. They both oppose raising the minimum wage and Rauner even supports lowering it! Sign the petition and tell them you reject their attacks on working families in Illinois! http://frerichsforillinois.com/supportminwage/
 
 
Crime statistics show that the 87th Illinois Legislative District is one of the BEST areas in which in live.  According to the listings, a score of 100 is the safest in terms of crime. Check out YOUR town here. Towns in the 87th District:  Mt. Pulaski    94/100Sherman       92/100Minier           90/100Illiopolis        85/100Emden          76/100Atlanta          75/100Athens          73/100Peters
 
 
“Outrageous that former gang members are running prisons” View Press Release LOMBARD, Ill. – Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today called on Governor Pat Quinn to fire Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador Godinez, after Corrections officials permitted a former gang member with a lengthy criminal record to be hired by the Department of Corrections. Xadrian McCraven wa
 
 
Jackie is a local resident who was left with severe injuries after an accident. The Affordable Care Act helped her get an affordable insurance policy that she wouldn’t have been able to get before. For more information on how to get covered, visit http://getcoveredillinois.gov.
 
 
It’s officially campaign season! We are already firing on all cylinders and you’re going to start seeing us everywhere beginning tomorrow. Message me if you want to be involved in the campaign!
 
 
A Hall of Fame day on both the North and South sides. Congratulations to Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas on today’s announcement.Maddux, Thomas voted into Hall of Famewww.chicagotribune.comChicago legends Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas were elected Wednesday to the Baseball Hall of Fame , along with former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine.
 
 
Tune in to @WGNRadio 720AM I’ll be live and in studio with @CochranShow at 7:30am!
 
 
Nice work Dist 6 road crew clearing out packed in snow/ice last night I 55 clear this morning @IDOT_Illinois
 
 
Frank Thomas to the Hall? Just put it on the board. Please! For Frank’s sake http://bit.ly/19SRtHo  #whitesox #neverjuiced
 
 
Our condolences for this sad exposure death in Blue Island. Please be safe as the weather improves. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/24824472-418/elderly-blue-island-man-dies-from-exposure.html …
 
 
No cheap option on insurance exchange http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/no-cheap-option-on-insurance-exchange.html?spref=tw …
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Fracking, asian carp, Medicaid study and more! http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/fracking-asian-carp-medicaid-study-and.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Tune in to @WGNRadio 720AM I’ll be live and in studio with @CochranShow at 7:30am!
 
 
Great start to day 3 at PJ’s Cafe in McLeansboro. #ShakeUpExpress pic.twitter.com/LruBL9g9qG
 
 
Stopped by #Sangamon Cty GOP meeting early this morning
 
 
From the 2007 IL law: selling a sales tax to voters #stephensoncounty http://bit.ly/1dU7c89 
 
 
Ex-Bear Sayers part of lawsuit against NFLChicago TribuneBy Jared S. Hopkins, Chicago Tribune reporter. 10:16 p.m. CST, January 7, 2014. Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers is among 11 people who filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the NFL alleging the league was negligent in handling head …
 
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledges the applause after signing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th …
 
 
The Steve @Cochranshow is talking to all candidates for #Illinois #governor. State Sen. Kirk Dillard is here today. pic.twitter.com/KOLreXTGI5
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