Today’s headlines — Friday, Jan. 10

Former Arlington Heights trustee, state level director, Arlington Park executive and Chicago police officer Ed Duffy, 68, died January 4, 2014 of pulmonary fibrosis with his family beside him at Northwest Community Hospital. Ed Duffy was a Village of Arlington Trustee from 1983 to 1987, and was instrumental in the beginning stages of downtown redevelopment for Arlington Heights. While on the Villa
 
 
Omnibus Spending Bill | No Member of Congress Will Read This Bill http://fb.me/6kQa2ddyM 
 
 
Stopping at Rite Liquors on Division and buying a lottery ticket turned out to be the rite decision for a Chicago woman. Carmen Borjas stopped by there on New Year’s Day and her husband told her to get a scratch off ticket while she was inside. Good thing that he did, when she got home and scratched it off, she realized she’d won a million bucks (or about 700 grand after taxes.) She got the big ch
 
 
I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by all 5 Republican members of the Rock Island County BoardJim Wozniak Receives Endorsement from All Five RICO GOP County Board Membersus4.campaign-archive1.comHello, I am pleased to announce that I have received the endorsement of all five currently seated Republican Rock Island County Board members.  I am truly excited that Christine Filbert – D
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois’ first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy. The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. The sponsor of minimum-wage legislation in the Illinois Senate is optimistic her bill to raise the wage to ten …
 
 
Ameren Illinois wants rehearing on rate reductionHerald & ReviewIt offered a streamlined rate-setting procedure in return for the utility spending $625 million over 10 years to improve electricity infrastructure. “That is the purpose of the law,” said Ameren Illinois spokeswoman, Stacey Shangraw. “But I think there …
 
 
The MEA, a local chapter of the Illinois Education Association, represents about … Learning to share is a good lesson for all kids, but at one Rockford …
 
 
https://twitter.com/jiltracy/statuses/421465681637683200
 
 
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Thanks to the Aurora Township GOP for the opportunity to share the Dillard-Tracy ideas to #MakeILWorkAgain #ILGOP pic.twitter.com/5F9G2ZGjFa
 
 
Glad to see you there, Tish. Hope we all left with a little food.., for thought. http://fb.me/1ZiqJkkKU 
 
 
I attended the Grundy Co Farm Bureau Annual dinner tonight and then participated on a legis panel at the Metro West Council of Govt. Dinner
 
 
I attended the Grundy Co Farm Bureau Annual dinner tonight and then participated on a legis panel at the Metro West Council of Govt. Dinner
 
 
 
One last picture from tonight’s big event in #DuPageCounty. Had a great time seeing so many friends! #twill #unions pic.twitter.com/QvMPzEFHUh
 
 
#IBEW701 has an amazing facility. Thanks for hosting me & for all of the support from my friends in #DuPage. #twill pic.twitter.com/sxBDxB9thU
 
 
Big turnout tonight in #DuPageCounty! Thanks to all who came and helped us have a great first fundraiser of 2014! pic.twitter.com/OdKEBtemK9
 
 
@MikeForIllinois has been a consistent advocate for an increased #minimumwage and will continue to be as Illinois’ next Treasurer.
 
 
@MikeForIllinois supports working Illinoisans and wants to help raise their wages. In 10 yrs, @JoinTomCross voted twice against raising it.
 
 
Illinois is projected to be the only state with less than 1% job growth in 2014. http://bit.ly/KEdRZd 
 
 
In #dupage county tonight to join @RonSandack & his wife for a great event on his behalf #twill pic.twitter.com/ghRxANsKvf
 
 
LaSalle: Mailing letter to cost more for eighth time since 2000 http://bit.ly/KIfDs8 
 
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn recently made a statement urging the importance of residence to use one of Illinois’ 100 available warming centers as temperatures reach extremely cold temperatures during this winter season. “The state will do everything it can to protect residents during the severe cold that’s coming our way,” Governor Quinn said. “We also urge citizens to be aware of the serious health prob
 
 
 
One day after a verbal broadside from one of the City Council’s most influential African-American aldermen, Emanuel refused to return fire. In fact, the mayor agreed with Austin, who unloaded on Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy when asked how she felt about Chicago’s first homicide of 2014 occurring in the Far South Side’s Roseland community she represents.
 
 
The Illinois EPA is allowing Caterpillar to store hazardous waste at its Mossville plant for up to three months.  The variance allows Cat to temporarily store the waste without having to obtain a permit and operate as a hazardous waste facility. The state EPA says it granted the request because extreme weather delayed Cat’s ability to schedule removal of the wastes in a timely manner. 
 
 
The four Republican candidates for governor have differing opinions on passing a new capital bill.  State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) isn’t dismissing supporting a new construction spending program, but says he wants a longer…
 
 
No one likes to pay property taxes. When you pay them, though, you might be comforted by the fact that the money goes toward critical public services. For instance, the city portion of your bill, you may reason, funds needed services such as police, fire protection and street maintenance.
 
 
A 2-year prison sentence was handed a former southern Illinois police officer convicted of forcing a woman to have oral sex, stealing village funds and evading taxes.
 
 
Chicagoans seeking flu shots can find a pharmacy or clinic nearby using an online tool from the city’s health department. The ChicagoFluShots.org website shows where people can get vaccine to protect against the virus….
 
 
A Bloomington-Normal filmmaker has made a Kickstarter-funded documentary getting noticed by Slate, Huffington Post and newspapers around the country, including the L.A. Times.
 
 
Illinois has one of the highest concentrations of underwater mortgages, but RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist says things are improving. [audio:rddMortgage11.mp3] [/audio] RealtyTrac’s report shows that 775-thousand Illinois homeowners were…
 
 
GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford says the Illinois’ minimum wage should stay right where it is. [audio:rddRutherford31.mp3] [/audio] Rutherford says he doesn’t want to mess with Illinois’ minimum wage. He says lowering i…
 
 
Illinois employers warned more than 500 workers in December that they would lose their jobs in the coming weeks and months, according to a filing with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.     
 
 
Congressman John Shimkus is asking metro-east residents to be the valentine of a U.S. military member stationed overseas.Click to Continue »
 
 
 
Very excited to be speaking to the Women in Leadership Program at Southern Illinois University Law School tomorrow. I will be speaking as part of a panel discussion. My portion will center around a program close to my heart the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series.
 
 
I will be live tomorrow (01/10) on WGN Radio 720 AM The Steve Cochran Show at 6:40 AM.
 
 
“Shot, over. Shot, out.” That’s military-speak for sending a round down range. Our first fundraising email of 2014 is out. It talks about how we will win this AG race. You can read it at the campaign website. http://www.schimpf4illinois.com/shot_over_shot_out
 
 
 
Submitted my 2nd Amendment Pledge to the Citizens of Illinois today.
 
 
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to tonight’s town hall in Monticello! I sincerely enjoyed meeting you and answering your questions regarding my goals for the 13th District. It would be an honor to represent you in Washington, DC!
 
 
I attended the Grundy Co Farm Bureau Annual dinner tonight and then participated on a legis panel at the Metro West Council of Govt. Dinner
 
 
January 18th we will be in Bond County at VFW Post 1377 in Greenville 6pm. Stop by and say hello.
 
 
Madigan has a stranglehold on our pocketbooks. Chicago Tribunemy.chicagotribune.comhttp://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/530/article/p2p-78823979/
 
 
Excellent meeting with community leaders in Robinson yesterday.
 
 
 
By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 9, 2014 8:00PM. Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announces …
 
 
Moody’s Analytics predicts IL will have worst job growth in nation in 2014. Time for change to attract employers & create good jobs.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Officials say they’re united in trying to overturn a federal decision denying tornado assistance to local governments, including Gifford …
 
 
Thanks to the Aurora Township GOP for the opportunity to share the Dillard-Tracy ideas to #MakeILWorkAgain #ILGOP pic.twitter.com/5F9G2ZGjFa
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — State election regulators could decide next week whether Gov. Pat Quinn has an opponent on the March 18 primary election ballot. On Thursday, the Illinois State Board of Elections delayed making a decision on a challenge to Democratic …
 
 
Politics and economics will also make cozy bedfellows in 2014 as buff Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) opens a high-end retailer, Het’roMetro. Amid the cute socks and skinny jeans, Schock will cash in on all that coy “Is he or isn’t he?” cache, with dressing …
 
 
17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is signing onto a bill that hopes to restore Cost of Living Adjustments to active military retirees. A 1% reduction in COLA benefits was approved at the end of 2013 through the bipartisan budget. Now, elected …
 
 
Former CBS reporter Itay Hod has presented circumstantial evidence this week to “out” pretty boy Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL). As Hod pointed out, the anti-gay lawmaker from Peoria, with the stripper-esque body, seems to make more fashion …
 
 
County highway department engineers start to tally the winter storm price tag.
 
 
Bruce Rauner may be a political novice, but he can see a freight train when it’s about to plow him.
 
 
A behind-the-scenes look at how 69 brave employees worked 16-hour shifts to clear snow from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Some of these facts and figures are staggering.
 
 
With @DougTruax and @SenatorConnelly in Downers Grove at Rep. @RonSandack’s event this evening. pic.twitter.com/AwPp4WiHzs
 
 
Rockford Register Star – Found 2 hours agoJust 193 votes separated Brady from state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, who finished second in a six-man field.
 
 
Chicago Tribune – Found 34 minutes ago• ACA • Affordable Care Act • AFSCME • Baseball • Bashar Assad • Benghazi • Bill Daley • Bruce Rauner • bulb ban • Cartoon…
 
 
 
 
I had a great time in Tamms discussing reopening their Correctional Facility yesterday! pic.twitter.com/Gd71yrjAea
 
 
Great catching up w/ everyone at Pastors United for Change this morning at Bethlehem Star Church in Chicago. PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658145007570666.1073741882.173947439323761&type=3&uploaded=7 …
 
 
.@FEMA has brought needed relief to our residents & businesses affected by the deadly 11/17 storms, but local governments need assistance.
 
 
I’m disappointed by @FEMA’s denial of federal aid for local governments affected by the #IL tornadoes and will appeal http://tinyurl.com/ncj5suv 
 
 
We will continue doing everything possible to help our hardest hit #IL communities rebuild and recover from the 11/17 tornadoes. #twill
 
 
I’m disappointed by @FEMA’s denial of federal aid for local governments affected by the #IL tornadoes and will appeal http://tinyurl.com/ncj5suv 
 
 
CBS 2 reporter Dave Savini will challenge driving suspension after his DUI arrest http://bit.ly/1e9VEhd 
 
 
Nice today to see a chief executive act like a leader. Wish we saw that in Washington.
 
 
Protecting middle class families and #SmallBusiness owners is my passion! #WomenInCongress #GoodTimes
 
 
As the country reflects on Johnson’s War On Poverty, we have to remember that helping people have to include safety nets that reaches them.
 
 
I am ready to be in DC working with politicians who are out of touch and who continue to put large burdens on Chicago #MiddleClass…
 
 
Was passing Illinois fracking compromise law the easy part? Now, debate over the rules. http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/backtalk/fracking-where-theres-a-drill-theres-a-way-in-illinois-maybe-not/ …
 
 
Giving his first TV news conference since his appointment late last year, U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon said the cuts imposed on his office by the sequester don’t make economic sense, because Chicago’s federal prosecutors collected $78 million in fines and seizures last year — twice what it cost to run his office.
 
 
By Adrienne Fawcett In response to the new Illinois law legalizing medical marijuana, Lake County created a “Medical Cannabis Zoning Task Force,” which recently released model zoning regulations for local medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries. These are guidelines – not law — but they provide a glimpse of what the local medical marijuana trade might – and might not — look like in
 
 
Submitted by the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff On Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff will host a GOP Candidates’ Forum at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois, Lake Forest (north-east corner of Illinois and McKinley). The Forum, free and open to the general public, provides the opportunity to hear and question ca
 
 
People in Illinois are a step closer to concealed-carry.Fingerprinting the next step to concealed-carrywww.illinoishomepage.netCHAMPAIGN COUNTY — People in Illinois are a step closer to concealed-carry.
 
 
The District 219 Education Foundation, with the assistance of the student organization Dance Marathon, will host its 4th annual Pizza Wars on Jan. 16. The Foundation’s signature fundraiser, “Pizza War
 
 
Rauner scheduled to appear live Friday on 970 WMAYRauner’s Latest Statement On Minimum Wage Contradicts On-Air Views Last Septemberby WMAY NewsRAUNER #3  010914   Bruce Rauner’s position on the minimum wage remains a question mark as the issue continues to stir up controversy in his campaign to become governor.&nb…
 
 
The Hanover Park Police Department, Schaumburg Township Library District and the College of DuPage were among the honorees when the American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter handed out its 2013 Excellence in Design and Merit in Design awards. In all, 10 projects out of 59 entries submitted from across the region received awards.
 
 
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today expressed disappointment after receiving word that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied the State of Illinois’ request for Public Assistance to help nine Illinois counties recover from the deadly tornadoes that struck the state on November 17, 2013. The State of Illinois plans to appeal the decision
 
 
My thanks to the Bloomington Rotary Club for the good food and the good company this afternoon at Second Presbyterian.
 
 
Federal dollars that directly contribute to keeping us safe are dollars well spent. I am proud to announce the award of a $461,724 SAFER grant to the Franklin Park Fire Department, which will be used to hire additional firefighters and paramedics. One of the core roles of government is protecting its citizens, and grants like this directly support that mission.Quigley Announces Federal Grant to Ai
 
 
                    I am cosponsoring a forum on the Marriage Equality Law at 7pm on Wednesday, January 15th. The meeting will be held at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse (1230 W Greenleaf, 2nd floor). The purpose of the forum is to review the details and processes involved in the law. Joining me will be: – Cook County Clerk David Orr – State Senator Heather Steans – Alderman Joe Moore – Ed Yohnka, ACL
 
 
[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. Her nomination is expected to receive a vote in the committee within the next few weeks. If approved, her nomination will receiv
 
 
Share your experience with the new healthcare reform law…
 
 
As a result of the severe storms that impacted Illinois earlier this week, State Farm Insurance is expecting to receive a large number of Homeowners claims from across the state.  Several counties in Northern Illinois sustained damage, including areas in and around the 75th district.  State Farm has mobilized its catastrophe response team and employees and agents are working hard to help our custo
 
 
Look out for your neighbors. If you see something, say something! http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/24824096-418/police-issue-warning-about-burglaries-in-tinley-park.htmlPolice issue warning about burglaries in Tinley Park – Southtown Starsouthtownstar.suntimes.comThe Tinley Park Police Department is investigating several daytime residential burglaries that have occurred in the village since
 
 
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) and 48 freshmen Members of Congress are calling for an immediate vote in the house to extend emergency unemployment insurance. On December 28th, 1.3 million people, including over 80,000 in Illinois, lost their unemployment benefits. A copy of the letter sent to Speaker Boehner is available here. Yesterday, Foster spoke on the floor of the
 
 
As Americans continue to look for work in a sluggish economy, the House continues to pass jobs bills to help. Will Senator Reid allow the Senate to vote on them? Or will they keep piling up on his desk…
 
 
50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before Congress and declared an “unconditional War on Poverty.” While I’m inspired by the progress we’ve made since then, recent events like the expiration of unemployment insurance remind us that this war is not over. To assist families around the Second District during our economic recovery, I’ve created an Employment Support and Resource Guide.
 
 
Thanks for a great night with the DuPage County Building trades! Honored that our first event of the year has started off so strong.
 
 
More news coverage of our downstate tourBrady Makes Campaign Tour Across Southern IllinoisCARBONDALE — The primary election’s a little more than two months away, and campaigns in southern Illinois are heating up.
 
 
I find the news that we are expected to be dead last in job creation extremely disturbing. Illinois should be growing and thriving. We have the resources, the manpower, and a central location that businesses desire; however leadership policy at the state and federal level has made it all but impossible for us to grow. I want to bring back Illinois and foster a sense of urgency when it comes to job
 
 
Join Enroll Lake County! for an ACA enrollment event on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday! http://t.co/I5SIJXEgguMelinda Bush, State Senator of Illinois District 31bit.ly
 
 
Last night a big crowd at Milton Township GOP in Wheaton. I can be found wherever Republicans gather.
 
 
FILE – In a May 21, 2013 file photo, a protester attends a rally after a House Committee hearing on oil drilling, “fracking” legislation at the Illinois State …
 
 
Chicago police began turning 17-year-olds over to the juvenile courts last week, under a new Illinois law that sets the bar for felony prosecution at 18. A little more than a year ago, The Chicago Reporter revealed that Chicago police trumped …
 
 
It seems Illinois needs a full-fledged drilling rig if it wants to extract acceptable rules on fracking in the state. Six months ago, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law legislation that had passed by wide margins in both houses to regulate fracking, or hydrauling fracturing. The bill was the result of an agreement hammered out Continue reading →
 
 
Farm Bureau reschedules crop insurance seminars to Jan. 20Quincy Herald WhigThe Pike, Scott and Cass-Morgan County farm bureaus, and Country Financial representatives will sponsor two crop insurance seminars Monday, Jan. 20, featuring Doug Yoder, senior director of affiliate and risk management at the Illinois Farm Bureau.
 
 
The SIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee met Thursday, January 9 at SIU Edwardsville to continue discussing candidate applications.
 
 
David Leitch, lacked enough signatures to qualify for the March 18 GOP primary ballot. “It wasn’t unexpected,” Zalcman, a Chillicothe attorney, said …
 
 
You wouldn’t believe how much I hate snow right now.
 
 
After feeling as though she was blown off by Will County officials, it’s onward and upward for Mary Ann Buonadonna of New Lenox in her battle to limit open burning.
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill FEMA denies assistance for nine counties: * Ugh… Hours after FEMA denied the state’s reques… http://bit.ly/1ajVWkv 
 
 
Please join us to learn how to do business with Illinois’ Department of Central Management Services! pic.twitter.com/ilDoG6fwsR
 
 
Tax tribunals give IL #SmallBiz owners new avenue to protest tax liability, says @NFIB and @KimMaisch: http://www.nfib.com/article/independent-tax-tribunal-begins-in-2014-64516/ …
 
 
Great to visit @unichicago today to tape Conexión Chicago with Èrika Maldanado @erikamunivision #ILGOV #ilgop pic.twitter.com/6I9z8dSJfW
 
 
My thanks to the Bloomington Rotary Club for the good food and the good company this afternoon at Second Presbyterian.
 
 
I had a great time in Tamms discussing reopening their Correctional Facility yesterday! pic.twitter.com/Gd71yrjAea
 
 
Last call for my fundraiser later today at Emmett’s Downers Grove. No, the outside patio won’t be open because… http://fb.me/VBVh542A 
 
 
One more shameless plug for my fundraiser tonight at Emmett’s Brew Pub in Downers Grove. http://fb.me/ShKt4oJR 
 
 
Illinois 2nd highest out-migration state in 2013 http://www.repmitchell.com/illinois_2nd_highest_out_migration_state_in_2013 …
 
 
Join us for Senator @ToiHutchinson’s holiday event – Jazzin’ with Toi on Wednesday, January 22nd! pic.twitter.com/2YHDJX3qn7
 
 
Join Enroll Lake County! for an ACA enrollment event on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday! http://bit.ly/1aL2VPT 
 
 
Upcoming Event: Informational Forum on Marriage Equality Law http://fb.me/2GKnI5wNy 
 
 
Please join us to learn how to do business with Illinois’ Department of Central Management Services! pic.twitter.com/ilDoG6fwsR
 
 
Is there a German word for the inability to decide which schadenfreude-inducing story to follow? My twitter feed was just wondering.
 
 
One year ago I was honored to be sworn in as State Rep 7th District IL. Looking forward to ’14 to continue fighting for working families!
 
 
Zach Fardon complains sequestration means he can’t fill 19 vacant positions for prosecutors. He tells us, “We have 19, cold empty chairs.”
 
 
“This is political speech. If I want to say I support this guy and that guy, I don’t see why the village would say I can’t.” Trustee, ACLU say #RiverForest law limiting political signs is ‘unconstitutional’ http://riverforest.suntimes.com/news/signs-RFO-01162014:article ACLU Nationwide
 
 
BREAKING: Judge denies bid to dismiss involuntary manslaughter case against Daley nephew Vanecko. http://suntm.es/1ajQJcl 
 
 
Quinn, appellate justice, dies; colleagues say he was a scholar with a magnetic personality #lawyers #illinois http://bit.ly/1eJBskv 
 
 
CHICAGO – Hours after FEMA denied the state’s request for federal assistance to help local governments in nine counties recover expenses related to the deadly storms on Nov. 17, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the state will appeal the decision. While the federal government has approved millions of dollars to date of aid to help people and businesses recover, today’s decision denies aid to loca
 
 
.@FEMA has brought needed relief to our residents & businesses affected by the deadly 11/17 storms, but local governments need assistance.
 
 
I’m disappointed by @FEMA’s denial of federal aid for local governments affected by the #IL tornadoes and will appeal http://tinyurl.com/ncj5suv 
 
 
We will continue doing everything possible to help our hardest hit #IL communities rebuild and recover from the 11/17 tornadoes. #twill
 
 
Had media availability today in Lincoln at the Logan County Courthouse to discuss need of strategic planning on facility closures.
 
 
Dan Rutherford releases web video bio & highlights vision for Illinois: http://www.danrutherford.org/content/bio-video-13201452758pm.aspxDan Rutherford | For Governor Of Illinois | Bio Videowww.danrutherford.org
 
 
* Former Aaaron Schock chief of staff Steve Shearer has been noticeably quiet ever since I first wrote that he was heading up a new political group – funded by trade unions – to attack Bruce Rauner. Shearer finally spoke via press release today… “You can’t put toothpaste back in the tube,” said Steven Shearer, […]
 
Roadblock to rematch between Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) cleared.
 
Together we can accomplish big things! Let’s stay in touch on LinkedIn to support one another even more http://tiny.cc/dhnc1w 
 
As a member of congress I plan on taking my values of working hard to bring more good jobs to our great city! #Chicago #WomenInCongress
 
 
Protecting middle class families and #SmallBusiness owners is my passion! #WomenInCongress #GoodTimes
 
 
Nice today to see a chief executive act like a leader. Wish we saw that in Washington.
 
 
Why research is so important in campaigns MT @davemckinney123: Rauner ‘adamantly, adamantly’ against raising min wage http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/rauner-in-newly-surfaced-video-adamantly-adamantly-against-raising-the-minimum-wage/ …
 
 
Uh-oh. Did Bruce Rauner “adamantly, adamantly” misspeak about minimum wage? http://ow.ly/sqYBa 
 
 
The Edinburg Board of Education met for it’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the Junior High School. Superintendent Patty Wood announced that general State aid payments are current but the state is behind on a few categorical payments including Special Education, Driver Education, and Transportation, a total of roughly $40,000.
 
 
* From almost a year ago, we look back on a profile of Dawn Clark Netsch… Basically it’s ALS; Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Netsch said in an interview. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disorder, is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famed New York Yankees baseball player. “And my first reaction was I’m not even […]
 
 
* Sun-Times… A day after Bruce Rauner offered qualified support for a minimum-wage hike, a new video surfaced Thursday showing the GOP gubernatorial candidate telling an audience of Downstate Republicans in September that he “adamantly, adamantly” opposes raising the income bar for Illinois’ working poor. The video in which Rauner appears to contradict the minimum-wage platform he […]
 
 
State Senator Darin LaHood on Tuned INRead Full Story
 
 
One day after a verbal broadside from one of the City Council’s most influential African-American aldermen, Emanuel refused to return fire. In fact, the mayor agreed with Austin, who unloaded on Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy when asked how she felt about Chicago’s first homicide of 2014 occurring in the Far South Side’s Roseland community she represents.
 
 
Rauner in newly surfaced video: ‘adamantly, adamantly’ against raising the minimum wage http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/rauner-in-newly-surfaced-video-adamantly-adamantly-against-raising-the-minimum-wage/ … via @suntimes
 
 
@ChicagoReporter @BruceRauner @ChicagosMayor @mikeklonsky @BeachwoodReport Rahm to buddy Rauner: Let no crisis go to waste.
 
 
None. Voters alwys been there MT @ChicagoReporter: The backlash against Rauner happened [fast] – what role did @fightfor15 and others [play]
 
 
@ChicagoReporter @capitolfax Precisely what does Rauner do that makes him over 3,000 times more productively valuable than the next human?
 
 
Know the law: Illinois’ new concealed carry law http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/know-law-illinois-new-concealed-carry.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Thanks to @RepTryon for hosting breakfast for @KirkDillard & I with a group of McHenry County mayors this AM. #ILGOV pic.twitter.com/6QRoqcm29t
 
 
Tax tribunals give IL #SmallBiz owners new avenue to protest tax liability, says @NFIB and @KimMaisch: http://www.nfib.com/article/independent-tax-tribunal-begins-in-2014-64516/ …
 
 
Great to visit @unichicago today to tape Conexión Chicago with Èrika Maldanado @erikamunivision #ILGOV #ilgop pic.twitter.com/6I9z8dSJfW
 
 
My thanks to the Bloomington Rotary Club for the good food and the good company this afternoon at Second Presbyterian.
 
 
I had a great time in Tamms discussing reopening their Correctional Facility yesterday! pic.twitter.com/Gd71yrjAea
 
 
Last call for my fundraiser later today at Emmett’s Downers Grove. No, the outside patio won’t be open because… http://fb.me/VBVh542A 
 
 
One more shameless plug for my fundraiser tonight at Emmett’s Brew Pub in Downers Grove. http://fb.me/ShKt4oJR 
 
 
Kane County will hire consultant to verify $1M heating fix http://bit.ly/1cGUYyo 
 
 
Breaking: Parents are learning that six Chicago area Catholic elementary schools will close at the end of this school year —> http://bit.ly/1a3OGc8
 
 
JUNEAU — An Illinois man has been found guilty of shocking his wife with a stun gun after she lost a bet on a Green Bay Packers game. John Grant …
 
 
U of I Trustee James Montgomery said Thursday that Athletic Director Mike Thomas’ base pay could be increased to $554,000 and extended by two years. Thomas was hired in 2011 on a five-year contract with a base salary of $475,000.
 
 
Great to visit @unichicago today to tape Conexión Chicago with Èrika Maldanado @erikamunivision #ILGOV #ilgop pic.twitter.com/6I9z8dSJfW
 
 
Great to stand with Secretary of State Jesse White this morning at Pastors United for Change. pic.twitter.com/381PtgEl4k
 
 
Media avail in #Lincoln @ #LoganCounty Courthouse to discuss need of strategic planning on facility closures.#twill pic.twitter.com/LZ5KDQ9cdn
 
 
Dan Rutherford releases web video bio & highlights vision for Illinois: http://www.danrutherford.org/content/bio-video-13201452758pm.aspx … #twill
 
 
At least 2.73M #IL residents volunteered in 2012- a $6.6B impact -enough money to purchase 3 space shuttles & the #Cubs, with money to spare
 
 
One person can truly #makeadifference. Nominate those who #ServeIL for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award at http://Serve.Illinois.gov 
 
 
Stopped by the #Springfield #IL #HarleyDavidson H.O.G. Chapter meeting to say hello. pic.twitter.com/n944922QpN
 
 
#Christie I am stunned by the abject stupidity exhibited here. But I am ultimately responsible for what happened here & why I took action
 
 
An underling of Gov. Pat Quinn testified Thursday that he recommended holding off on the development of alternative homes in the Centralia area for Murray Center residents until “things cooled…Click to Continue »
 
 
The largest outbreak of a very specific and very dangerous bacteria in the U.S. has been linked to procedures performed at a north suburban hospital last year, the Sun-Times is reporting.
 
 
“We have Governor Quinn proposing to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and Bruce Rauner talking about lowering it by $1. They are both …
 
 
You care about Illinois’ future, and we do too. Come take our survey & tell us what *you* think http://goo.gl/taJ5Ip  #CrossforTreasurer
 
 
In #Chicago for meetings before heading out to #DuPageCounty this evening for a fundraiser with my friends in the #BuildingTrades. #twill
 
 
News coverage of my visit to Carbondale yesterday -> Bill Brady’s campaign for governor focuses on jobs http://ow.ly/sqyyj 
 
 
More news on our state tour -> Brady Makes Campaign Tour Across Southern Illinois http://ow.ly/sqzBh 
 
 
At least 2.73M #IL residents volunteered in 2012- a $6.6B impact -enough money to purchase 3 space shuttles & the #Cubs, with money to spare
 
 
One person can truly #makeadifference. Nominate those who #ServeIL for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award at http://Serve.Illinois.gov 
 
 
Thanks to @RepTryon for hosting breakfast for @KirkDillard & I with a group of McHenry County mayors this AM. #ILGOV pic.twitter.com/6QRoqcm29t
 
 
Stopped by the #Springfield #IL #HarleyDavidson H.O.G. Chapter meeting to say hello. pic.twitter.com/n944922QpN
 
 
* OK, I got a little chuckle out of a recent Investment News story. Who knows, maybe there’s something to it. I really doubt it, though. The story goes that Vincent Romano was a broker at Morgan Stanley. He decided to run against Rep. Lou Lang as a Republican back in […]
 
 
MAD ABOUT MADIGAN The Chicago Tribune editorializes today that House Speaker Michael Madigan is the poster child for term limits in Illinois, and cartoonist Scott Stantis draws the poster.
 
 
WOOD RIVER, IL (KTVI) – Amtrak has confirmed a train headed northbound to Chicago has derailed. One wheel left the racks near Rudder Street inWood River around 9:00am Thursday. There are 106 passengers on board. They are being removed from the train and will be transported by bus to another train. There are no injuries reported.
 
 
Northern Illinois Farm Show continues with tech focusNorthern Illinois Farm Show continues with tech focuswww.daily-chronicle.comDeKALB – Some have specific reasons for attending the 32nd annual Northern Illinois Farm Show, but many just go to browse and see what’s new.
 
 
State Senator Darin LaHood talks about state issue’s during the January 9th edition of People to People on WKEI [audio:1914sendarinlahood.mp3]Senator LaHood[/audio]State Senator Darin LaHood on Tuned IN
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — Red kettle donations came up short, but the Salvation Army of Champaign County still has until the end of the month to try and meet its holiday fund-raising goal. “It will take an extraordinary effort and some extraordinary gifts,” said corp officer Major Tom McDowell. The organization has raised $375,000 toward its overall $428,000 goal, he said Thursday. read more
 
 
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, references a man from Antioch on the Senate floor while supporting the extension of unemployment benefits. “A 35-year-old man from Antioch, Ill., Ryan, writes to me, with two children, about how …
 
 
He said a $540,000 grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program was recently used to help fund a $650,000 streetscape improvements …
 
 
Up to talk making money and spending money (minimum wage and Gov Quinn’s budget expectations) w/ @KHQA. Tune in watch.
 
 
New report on state debt comes just after report on multi-billion $$ cost to “manage” IL’s exploding debt. http://ow.ly/spQdb  #twill
 
 
In order to know what’s works and not working in #Obamacare, Americans need answers from the White House. #RightToKnow #transparency
 
 
If Congress had to file for unemployment after a lost election, do you they would be as likely to not vote on an extension to benefits.
 
 
I spent my 30th birthday with lovers of liberty. In 2014, let’s CAN @janschakowsky pic.twitter.com/AaByCXfmPn
 
 
I am endorsed by @IStandUpOrg@eWomenNetwork #Chicago @FoundingMom. #GoodTimes #GreatPeople #SmallBusiness
 
 
RT @illinoisdnr: IDNR sets stage for Conservation Congress 2014. http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/ConservationCongress/Pages/default.aspx …
 
 
Look out for your neighbors. If you see something, say something! http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/24824096-418/police-issue-warning-about-burglaries-in-tinley-park.html …
 
 
In the past 50 years Illinois has seen 4 Governors sent to prison for betraying the public’s trust, is it too… http://fb.me/6sOh24hLc 
 
 
E-Waste recycling coming up at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey. Don’t throw away your old tvs,… http://fb.me/1cj1YQTwT 
 
 
Part of the 105th District includes a portion of Livingston County, including the City of Fairbury. Fairbury is northeast of Normal, on…
 
 
Lots of rail news expected today in Springfield. Watch our website, http://www.sj-r.com .
 
 
How It Played: Rauner Minimum Wage Fiasco Draws Ugly Headlines http://wp.me/p2kvOk-387 
 
 
Perspective by @BruceRauner: How to raise the minimum wage http://bit.ly/1ffWNH0 
 
 
Gubernatorial hopeful blasts empty spaces. Uses now-dormant JDC as example of ‘lack of long-range vision’ http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/home_top-news-politics/655811/Gubernatorial-hopeful-blasts-empty-spaces …
 
 
Spoke @ #Sangamon Cty Evening #GOP Club meeting in #Springfield at the Route 66 Hotel&Conference Center. #twill pic.twitter.com/xx2kMVbDEb
 
 
“@illinoispolicy: IL predicted to be 50th in job growth in 2014 http://illin.is/1gGQ8CX ” // IL can’t afford 4 more years of @GovernorQuinn
 
 
Looking forward to meeting Pastors United for Change in Chicago this morning! pic.twitter.com/jNPcPTaJNt
 
 
@BruceRauner you can’t #HammerandShake or video your way out of this one.
 
 
Jim Edgar with then VP and presidential candidate G.H.W. Bush at state Capitol rally this week in 1988. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/LzYk2wCapA
 
 
Gov. Otto Kerner and wife Helena dance at inaugural ball at State Armory this day in 1961. #spihistory pic.twitter.com/In6fs0pMhN
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn says Republican governor candidates opposed to $10 minimum wage “have all the compassion of C. Montgomery Burns.”
 
 
Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Club, located at 14912 S Eastern Ave, Plainfield, IL, for a Volunteer Meeting!
 
 
Here is the letter I personally delivered to Dick Durbin’s Springfield office yesterday: http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/truax-personally-drops-letter-durbins-springfield-office/ …
 
 
http://ow.ly/i/4f9bp  Will LDC become a pot farm? Dan Rutherford talks about his strategic plan for closed state buildings. We’ll ask
 
 
City Colleges of Chicago class registration extended due to closures during the severe winter weather #Chicago-http://bit.ly/1hzORAA 
 
 
We need your help! #Printing #Promotional Goods, #Volunteers #Soical Media #PublicRelations Email us @info@alexandraeidenberg.com
 
 
Not sure this is how railroad crossing gates are supposed to function. pic.twitter.com/Q72iP4QZNU
 
 
 
 
Northwestern University is adding to its master of fine arts degree with a program in documentary media. The program’s director, Debra Tolchinsky, says in a news release that documentaries were once considered secondary but they’re now a vital part of entertainment, promotion and advocacy.
 
 
Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis isn’t buying Bruce Rauner’s contention that he really wants to raise the minimum wage — not lower it. “I have to be careful about my words, and I didn’t choose my words carefully enough,” Rauner told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview following a report about his statement before Continue reading →
 
 
For those wondering about the issues with spring turkey hunting permits in Illinois, here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. There will be a formal notice posed on the site, but here is a more extended explanation from IDNR spokesman Chris McCloud. We will still hold regular lotteries but they have Continue reading →
 
 
Chicago’s growing network of speed cameras so far has issued more than a half-million warnings to lead-footed drivers, but it brought in just a tiny fraction of the money that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration had expected in 2013, according to new numbers released this week.The city’s Department of Finance says the cameras, situated in so-called “children’s safety zones” near city parks and sch
 
 
One person was killed and five, wounded yesterday in shootings across Chicago. Meantime, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are expected to discuss the city’s efforts to continue the reduction of violent crime in 2014 at 11 a.m. Central time. Watch live:
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has instructed city attorneys to ask for a six-month delay on firearms sales in Chicago. read more
 
 
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say Rockford was a finalist being considered for a massive Boeing plant before the aerospace company reached a deal with a union and agreed to build its 777X planes near Seattle. read more
 
 
Illinois wildlife officials want to persuade landowners in some northern Illinois counties to let them shoot deer to control the spread of chronic wasting disease.
 
 
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has approved the sale of the Rhythm City Casino.The approval allows Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. to sell the downtown Davenport casino to Scott County Casino, LLC,
 
 
Hint: it’s not what you think.
 
 
Four prominent conservatives, including former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, have filed suit challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent executive order to allow same-sex couples who have married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri.
 
 
State Senator Darin LaHood talks about state issue’s during the January 9th edition of People to People on WKEI [audio:1914sendarinlahood.mp3]Senator LaHood[/audio]State Senator Darin LaHood on Tuned IN
 
 
Rep. Peter Roskam cosponsors Poison Center legislation, which passes the House.- GloriaRoskam’s Poison Center Funding Legislation Passes Housebarrington-il.patch.comCongressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3527 The Poison Cente
 
 
Republican gubernatorial candidate and North Shore resident Bruce Rauner is saying he wants to raise, not lower, the minimum wage after saying the opposite previously. http://bit.ly/1a3x3ZO
 
 
Here’s the latest on the 2014 Conservation Congress from our friends at the Illinois DNR.Conservation Congress : Conservation Congresswww.dnr.illinois.gov
 
 
Gubernatorial hopeful blasts empty spaces Uses now-dormant JDC as example of ‘lack of long-range vision’ http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/home_top-news-politics/655811/Gubernatorial-hopeful-blasts-empty-spacesGubernatorial hopeful blasts empty spaces -myjournalcourier.comAfter the Jacksonville Developmental Center’s last residents moved out at the end of 2012, the campus and its many buildin
 
 
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Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.
 
 
Part of the 105th District includes a portion of Livingston County, including the City of Fairbury. Fairbury is northeast of Normal, on Route 24. With a population of 4000 or so, Fairbury is a great town! There is always something going on. Good restaurants and lots of great locally owned businesses. Check out The Blade for local news. Kids in Fairbury attend Prairie Central schools. I hold mobile
 
 
In the past 50 years Illinois has seen 4 Governors sent to prison for betraying the public’s trust, is it too much to ask for transparency about a close relationship between lobbyists and public officials? A leading non-partisan advocacy group doesn’t think so. Read more at the link below.Transparency legislation gets a boost from Reboot Illinois senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans go
 
 
 
New health laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
 
 
 
“The dangerous air pollution from this plant posed a serious threat to Honeywell’s neighbors,” Madigan said. “We took action to hold the company responsible for failing to prevent these incidents while ensuring new measures have been implemented to avoid them in the future.”Honeywell to pay penalty for hazardous chemical releases in Metropoliswww.wpsdlocal6.comAttorney General
 
 
Yesterday I spent my 30th birthday with fellow lovers of The US Constitution. I also spoke a bit about my candidacy, and making Illinois 9th a great place once more! In 2014, let’s CAN JAN! http://www.dewforcongress.com
 
 
 
 
With the closure of Dominick’s at Howard and Clark, here are 12 local grocery stores that can fulfill any needs you may have. The search for a replacement store at the Gateway Center continues.  
 
 
 
New health laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
The Illinois State Police have already received more than 15,000 applications for Concealed Carry licenses, just a few days after the agency began accepting electronic applications from Illinois residents.ISP begins accepting Concealed Carry License applicationsillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Club, located at 14912 S Eastern Ave, Plainfield, IL, for a Balkema for Congress Volunteer Meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
 
 
Check out the coverage on our denunciation of our opponent, Tom Cross, and his millionaire buddy, Bruce Rauner, for wanting to cut Illinois’ minimum wage. How out of touch are they?Frerichs tries to coattail onto the minimum wage issuecapitolfax.com* 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 atte
 
 
Our #TBT pic of the day, with Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr. and a visiting school group from the Metro East area, circa April 2002.
 
 
The use of scrubbing technology by companies such as Peabody Energy Corp. has put coal from the Illinois basin back in play. Coal from the basin contains high amounts of sulfur, and with the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, mining in the …
 
 
According to data collected from the Springfield Police Department by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield police searched 51 …
 
 
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* Sun-Times… 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. […] Rauner insisted he never meant to suggest lowering […]
 
 
* From the Rauner campaign… Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor released a new television ad today explaining why government union bosses are preparing to attack Bruce in an effort to try to hijack the Republican primary. “Springfield is broken and too many career politicians are controlled by the government union bosses and special interests who make their […]
 
 
In her latest fiscal report, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka warns that Illinois will see billion dollar payments in interest on the state’s exploding …
 
 
Springfield’s homes and were lit by gas starting in 1855. The Illinois State Journal declared that gas light “is not only more brilliant than that of candles …
 
 
On November 27, 2013, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois issued an Order in a lawsuit filed by the American Council of Life Insurers, Inc. (“ACLI”) v Andrew Boron, Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Illinois Department of …
 
 
* I asked “RNUG,” co-winner of our 2013 Golden Horseshoe for best commenter, to take a look at the lawsuits filed so far against the state pension reform law. And here it is… As everyone should know, last year’s SB-0001, now Public Act 98-0599, “reformed” the Illinois Pension Code. There was an outcry at the […]
 
 
* From a press release… Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard [yesterday] 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 was fired only after a Sun-Times investigation […]
 
 
* From a fundraising e-mail… Dear Friend, As I prepare to lay out plans to continue moving Illinois forward in 2014 and beyond, four right wing Republicans are busy talking about their schemes to drag us backwards. All four Republicans oppose my plan to raise the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour in Illinois. One of […]
 
 
* This case ginned up a big uproar in the St. Louis area when the initial allegations surfaced in November… A 23-year-old Metro East college student said she was viciously punched in the face along a south St Louis sidewalk Monday. Police say the woman was ambushed and deliberately knocked to the ground in what officers say […]
 
 
From our Deadbeat Illinois page where it’s getting reaction: Given this report, do you think the tax increase should stay in place? Report: Deficits, bill backlog will increase if income tax expireswww.sj-r.comA new report from Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office shows the state facing massive cuts in spending and a huge increase in its bill backlog if the temporary state income tax is allowed to expir
 
 
The Rutherford campaign has released a biopic video, below:
 
 
As unions prepare to spend significant money against Bruce Rauner in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, his campaign released this television ad restating his position with regards to unions.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Board of Elections shows at 10:37am Thursday that GOP primary candidate for governor Bruce Rauner reported writing another check on January 2 for $1 million to his campaign, bringing Rauner’s self-financing up to $2.5 million:
 
 
* From an e-mail to supporters… Dear Friend, As I prepare to lay out plans to continue moving Illinois forward in 2014 and beyond, four right wing Republicans are busy talking about their schemes to drag us backwards. All four Republicans oppose my plan to raise the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour in Illinois. One […]
 
 
* The specific local might not be willing to back Gov. Quinn any more because of this signature, but I highly doubt that SEIU as a whole is gonna walk away anytime soon… Picking a fight with one of his most important union supporters, Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday signed legislation to raise the retirement age for […]
 
 
* Bruce Rauner reported giving his campaign a million dollars today. He’s well over $2 million to his own campaign now. He also reported several hundred grand in contributions from others this week, including a $100,000 check from the MacLean-Fogg Company in Mundelein. Looks like a ramp-up is ahead.
 
 
* AP… 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. The report released today by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac says that represents almost 775,000 Illinois homes. The report is based on […]
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