Today’s headlines — Saturday, Jan. 11

By Mike Nolan mnolan@southtownstar.com January 10, 2014 10:16PM. A barge passes by an electric barrier Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal. Deployed …
 
 
People are hauling out of Illinois at an alarming rate! Could this be the reason why?
 
 
 
“After retiring in 2011, he continued to work as a contracted consultant to the financial services industry in the areas of capital restructuring, managing distressed assets and accounts receivable financing,” notes an announcement. “We are thrilled to …
 
 
Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund … The alternatives target had been 6%. Real estate was raised to 8% from 6%, while fixed income was trimmed to 27% from 29% and international equity, to 17% from 20%. Its 38% U.S. equity and 1% cash targets …
 
 
Chicago Tribune – Found 1 hour agoAs a result, Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka simply hasn’t sent lawmakers the interest checks they are owed. Some lawmakers wary of seeking interest on back pay – Big News Network Explore All
 
 
 
‘Republican Rauner long on political skills, short on details.’ @MarkBrownCST explains. http://bit.ly/1cMDYXC 
 
 
I finished reading “The Smartest Kids in the World” by Amanda Ripley. Interesting book!
 
 
@ABC7Chicago covers today’s #SBAC Gubernatorial Meet & Greet with @Bill_Brady @KirkDillard & @DanRutherford http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=9389123 …
 
 
Able to be home tonight for dinner with the family; Mario’s Pizza #Pontiac , on the road again tomorrow
 
 
Dana, my chief of staff, and I are so happy because we found and cleared a catch basin. We live exciting lives. pic.twitter.com/kUJDXdSXp2
 
 
Trying again. This kid has the best baby picture ever. pic.twitter.com/gTTQ5Asabb”
 
 
 
Snow slows 70 mph sign setup http://bit.ly/JOThVQ 
 
 
Illinois tops in soybeans; U.S. corn supply down http://bit.ly/KLLk3V 
 
 
NW Herald: Our View: Accountability to taxpayers http://bit.ly/1gsye6l 
 
 
Kane County: Our View: New voters http://bit.ly/JPqOiS 
 
 
YESTERDAY
 
While some have labeled the potential invasion of the Great Lakes by the Asian carp an environmental disaster waiting to happen, John Kindra thinks one option being considered to combat the threat could have bigger consequences for the environment. His company, Kindra Lake Towing, moves barges along the southern end of Lake Michigan, hauling raw materials and finished goods to and from steel
 
 
The snow has begun to melt, which means pothole season has begun, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants you to know he’s on top of it. Big time. In an appearance with city cold-patch crews today, Mr. Emanuel, who caught lots of flak for taking a long Indonesian vacation while Chicago shivered earlier in the week, announced that pothole-filling crews from the Chicago Department of Transportation will hit th
 
 
 
Food banks would get more venison and duck to pass along to the needy under a bill to incentivize donations.  U. S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) is supporting the Wild Game Donation Act, which would allow hunters to take a tax deduction of…
 
 
Republican State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville says the annual United Van Lines report on domestic migration patterns shows the potential for more financial woes for Illinois.  Davidsmeyer, who’s district extends south…
 
 
The governor and heads of departments that responded to the snow and cold this week are thanking the employees who did the actual work.  “I want to acknowledge these men and women and praise them for a job well done. They risked their…
 
 
We’ve warmed to dibs — but time’s up.OK, folks. Temps are rising. The snow is melting. No more dibs for now.    
 
 
Lost in all the headline-grabbing fuss last week over the various positions that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner has taken on the minimum wage — He’s for cutting it! He wants to raise it! He doesn’t want to raise it! — was this aside at the end of a story by Tribune political writer Rick Pearson, noting the remarks of another GOP contender, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, at the same event
 
 
 
If you are having problems filling out your conceal and carry app online, call my office for a Tues or Wed appoint with Jen. 815-220-8720
 
 
I finished reading “The Smartest Kids in the World” by Amanda Ripley. Interesting book!
 
 
Able to be home tonight for dinner with the family; Mario’s Pizza in Pontiac. On the road again tomorrow
 
 
Edwardsville tonight…
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement expressing disappointment that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied Illinois’ request for Public Assistance to help nine Illinois counties, including Tazewell County, recover from the tornadoes that hit the state on November 17, 2013.  The State of Illinois plans to appeal the decisio
 
 
 
Plan to attend and bring friends. $20/person all you can eat of over 15 different chili entries. Sunday Jan. 26 at 4:00pm at The Fieldhouse on Heritage in Bourbonnais.
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosIt's so cold outside, I actually saw a liberal with his hands in his own pockets, for once. LOL!
 
 
Plan to attend and bring friends. $20/person all you can eat of over 15 different chili entries. Sunday Jan. 26 at 4:00pm at The Fieldhouse on Heritage in Bourbonnais.
 
 
If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks he can be elected president after his George Washington Bridge scandal, I have a word for him:    
 
 
In Illinois, coming year promises a slew of big ballot fightsSTLtoday.comBill Enyart, D-Belleville, will face a general election challenge from state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, in the 12th Congressional District, and that race could be yet another live one. Enyart has the Metro East Democratic machine in his corner …
 
 
 
Sneed hears Illinois was ranked #1 in the U.S. for the strongest animal protection laws in a new report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund…
 
 
Rauner’s minimum-wage debacle on “OFF MESSAGE” w/@natashakorecki @KateGrossman1 @dmihalopoulos @davemckinney123: http://bit.ly/1d9hlhh 
 
 
By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 10, 2014 7:50PM. Crestwood Mayor Lou Prest(left) speaks with outgoing Mayor Robert …
 
 
WOODRIDGE – Jon Heder, known for his performances in “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Blades of Glory”, will make an appearance at Hollywood Blvd. later this month.
 
 
All political candidates make mistakes, particularly novice pols. The good ones learn something, grow their antennas, as it were, and move on.
 
 
Our full AP story on the colorful sentencing hearing of, yet another, Chicago pol _ former alderman Medrano: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IL_CHICAGO_CORRUPTION_FORMER_ALDERMAN_ILOL-?SITE=ILBLO&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT …
 
 
Rauner’s minimum wage troubles echo Brady’s from 2010. Via @DHStatehouse http://bit.ly/1cM3sUT 
 
 
If you agree that the #minimumwage should be raised, sign my petition http://frerichsforillinois.com/supportminwage/  and fight against the out of touch #GOP. #twill
 
 
If you are having problems filling out your conceal and carry app online, call my office for a Tues or Wed appoint with Jen. 815-220-8720
 
 
AURORA – A handful of state legislators addressed several issues to local governments this week at the Metro West Council of Government’s legislative dinner.
 
 
Visiting the Metro East area today – sitting with Jason White of the Alton Telegraph
 
 
Everyone should be cautious and look out for slick or flooded roads and sidewalks this weekend. The melting snow and rainfall, combined with the frozen ground, is a recipe for flooding in many areas. Please travel safely, avoid standing water and watch out for ice. For more information about flood safety, visit the Ready Illinois website at http://www.Ready.Illinois.gov.
 
 
Alton Daily NewsRepublican Candidate For Governor Kicked Off The BallotWUIS 91.9Elections authorities did kick off a little-heard-of Republican trying to run for governor: Peter Edward Jones, of Franklin Park. That leaves Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale Tres. Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist …GOP Candidates on Capital Bill
 
 
It’s been 48hr since we asked @JoinTomCross if he agrees with major donor @BruceRauner in cutting the #minimumwage. No response yet. #twill
 
 
Not much of a surprise, since @JoinTomCross voted twice in the last 10yr to not raise the #minimumwage. Birds of a feather… #twill
 
 
Saturday morning at 6:00 tune in for Illinois Public Radio’s State Week in Review from Springfield and at 6:30 it’s WDCB’s Week In Review. We’ll have a conversation with DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and this week’s political roundtable. Grab a cup of coffee and a donut and join WDCB News Saturday morning
 
 
Now that the Illinois State Police have started processing applications and implementing concealed carry processes, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions on the subject on our website.Concealed Carry Frequently Asked Questions Updatedwww.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Today I spoke with the 8th graders at Murphysboro Middle School. We discussed how bills become laws and they asked several questions about campaigns. I enjoyed my time with the students and commend the excellent educators there for their hard work.
 
 
http://www.repbrianstewart.com/brian_s_column_01_10_2014Brian’s Column 01-10-2014www.repbrianstewart.comIllinois House District 89
 
 
Guest view: Push Illinois lawmakers to keep tax promiseBelleville News DemocratIt’s not just the economic indicators talking; a We Ask America poll commissioned by the Illinois Policy Institute found that more than 70 percent of Illinoisans surveyed feel the 2011 tax hike has neither helped Illinois’ finances nor improved the …
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 15 minutes ago5:30PM Bruce Rauner Americans usually prefer it when rich politicians at least try to show that they’re just like everybody else, even if everybody …
 
 
To celebrate the former Illini coach’s birthday Friday, we asked members of the booster club he helped found — Rebounders — for some tribute messages. We are in Ft. Myers FL enjoying the warmth and sunshine. We want to wish Lou a very Happy Birthday and many more. You are a special person and we are honored to be considered your friends. Best wishes to Mary too. Warmest regards.— Bill and Pa
 
 
So, #Medrano for county board in 2024? MT @ChipMitchell1: Judge sentences former Ald. Medrano 10½ years in scheme. http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/24878314-418/former-ald-medrano-sentenced-to-10-years-in-bribery-scheme.html …
 
 
 
* Before we close out for the week, I need to post this… Edward Duffy, best known to those he loved most as Dad or Papa, left this earth on Saturday surrounded by his girls. Born in 1945 to Edward & Dorothy Duffy, it was obvious from the start that the world would be changed by this […]
 
 
* I heard this song on the radio last night and needed to share… They turned around and I was gone
 
 
Rep. Welch Celebrates One Year in Office and Reflects on Past Year! #constantcontact http://conta.cc/19iRP9R 
 
 
Roads are terrible. If you have to drive, please be careful!
 
 
If you agree that the #minimumwage should be raised, sign my petition http://frerichsforillinois.com/supportminwage/  and fight against the out of touch #GOP. #twill
 
 
Mike Frerichs | Chicago Tonight | WTTW: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/01/10/mike-frerichs#.UtB_gObxDLY.twitter …
 
 
Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa — all have name recognition from previous campaigns and decades of public …
 
 
Rich Miller analysis of the 2014 Republican Gubernatorial Field Rich Miller, Publisher of The Capitol Fax, tells a City Club of Chicago audience about his thoughts on the 2014 race for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois. From: IllinoisChannelTV Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 44:44 More in News & Politics
 
 
An allegedly drunk man swiped a vehicle from the Rivers Casino valet area this week.
 
 
Government, tobacco companies reach deal on corrective statements http://ow.ly/2CPUNR 
 
 
As part of his resolution to show pity on me in the coming year, CAN TV host Ken Davis invited me to appear on his show, thus getting me out of my home where, stricken with the flu, I had remained hidden in isolation for over a week. Thank you, Kenneth—thank you! My job on the show was to join Community Media Workshop cofounder Thom Clark in a robust discussion of the week’s big events.… [ Read
 
 
CARBONDALE – SIU’s fourth all-time leading passer is returning to the school to coach this season, multiple sources have told The Southern Illinoisan.
 
 
Chicago Tonight | WTTWLisa MadiganChicago Tonight | WTTWOften recognized for her leadership and integrity, Lisa Madigan has brought a high level of activism to the Office of Illinois Attorney General. From her first days in office, she has demonstrated principled leadership, putting policy before politics …
 
 
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) presented a Senate certificate on Jan. 9 to the State Bank of Bement in… http://fb.me/3fAGbZeIF 
 
 
Illinois should be leading the Midwest in all economic categories and we can if the House GOP jobs package became law http://www.dwightkay.org/_rep_kay_alarmed_by_bleak_job_forecast_for_illinois_in_2014 …
 
 
Back when @GovernorQuinn was #Illinois Treasurer … a lesson in spin from @VincentDuffy of @RTNDA_F. http://rtdna.org/article/be_a_reporter_not_a_stenographer#.UtBDFtJDsUM … Journos: read
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today thanked the emergency workers who provided around-the-clock assistance during this week’s historic winter storm and freeze. Since last week, thousands of state employees worked tirelessly to clear Illinois roads, rescue stranded motorists and keep people safe. During the storm, many heroic rescue stories surfaced and the Governor thanked workers who made the stat
 
 
From bills on energy & edu, to reducing red tape & promoting innovation, House is committed to long-term growth of our economy & workforce
 
 
In the new year, the House of Reps will pursue policies that build a 21st Century economy for all Americans. http://1.usa.gov/1hDusuC 
 
 
ICYMI all-male hearing attacking #women’s #choice is an insult, reckless waste of time & taxpayer $ #StopHR7 http://bit.ly/1dj0mdZ 
 
 
ICYMI: City Colleges of Chicago will have extended hours for Spring registration from January 9 through January 11 pic.twitter.com/vRNHrqKJIl
 
 
Eliot Ness took down Capone. It makes sense to name @ATFHQ building after him as they work to take down drug gangs. http://1.usa.gov/1aelFrf 
 
 
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) presented a Senate certificate on Jan. 9 to the State Bank of Bement in recognition of its 100th anniversary. Read more at the link below.Senator Rose recognizes State Bank of Bement’s 100th anniversaywww.senchapinrose.comIllinois Senator Chapin Rose represents the 51st District in the Illinois General Assembly, with offices in Springfield, Champaign and Decatur,
 
 
WESTMONT – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has been elected the 2014 Midwestern Regional Director for Women In Government (WIG), a national organization of women state legislators taking the lead in developing innovative solutions to public policy challenges on a wide range of issues. Bellock, a WIG Board Member for the past six years, was sworn into her new
 
 
Huge crowd in Arthur to listen to @BruceRauner vision to #BringBackIL #ShakeUpExpress pic.twitter.com/mJQNzTFAqT
 
 
Glad to be hosting @ToniPreckwinkle at the DPOP 2nd Sat. mtg. tomorrow. Meeting starts at 10 at 1243 Woodbine in OP. Hope to see you there!
 
 
16B bill backlog for IL by FY17? Read about that and much more in this week’s Sen. Rezin’s Report: http://district38rezin.ilsenategop.net/mail/util.cfm?gpiv=2100111721.53966.275&gen=1 …
 
 
“@CrainsChicago: Affected by the @Target data breach and still have questions? @ChicagoBBB has some helpful tips: http://ow.ly/ssVgl ”
 
 
With implementation underway by ISP, we have updated our concealed carry FAQ: http://ilsendems.co/1c0O0AL 
 
 
I find the news that we are expected to be dead last in job creation extremely disturbing http://www.mikebost.org/_illinois_job_forecast_worst_in_the_nation …
 
 
An existing resolution regarding public input was discussed at Thursday’s DeWitt County Board Meeting. The Muzzle Resolution was brought up toward of the end of the evening’s agenda. Board member George Wismiller explains that it is still in effect. …
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Guzzardi Wins Chicago Teachers Union BackingNBC Chicago (blog)In his second go-around in challenging incumbent Maria Berrios for state representative in Illinois’ 39th District, Will Guzzardi has picked up what his campaign sees as a critical endorsement: The Chicago Teachers Union. In a statement, Guzzardi said …
 
 
Darlene is holding a series of Obamacare town halls in the next week. If you’d like to learn more, or would like to attend one, please visit our site. We’d love to hear your voices! #SengerforCongress #ObamacareFailedSenger Announces Obamacare Town Hallswww.sengerforcongress.comRepublican Candidate for Congress
 
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: City Colleges of Chicago will have extended hours for Spring registration from Thursday, January 9 through Saturday, January 11. Visit any City College to register today.
 
 
We’re going to be in Jerseyville tomorrow distributing fliers for our upcoming Jerseyville town hall. If you can help us distribute fliers, please e-mail the campaign at erikaforcongress@gmail.com, and we’ll provide all the details. Thank you to everyone who has been so helpful in supporting the campaign thus far. We’re really blessed to have so many great people on our team!
 
 
Chicago, IL… A group of Illinois Republican lawmakers are taking action in the wake of the recent investigative report detailing the troubling situation surrounding the high-paid corrections employee with a history of gang membership and falsified job qualifications spanning multiple state agencies.  The trio, including State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) a
 
 
My constituents and I learned a lot yesterday about possible ways to prevent consumer fraud. Thank you to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for the presentation,
 
 
I spoke on the House Floor yesterday to note the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson declaring War on Poverty and to call on our nation to finish the job.
 
 
I had another good conversation with Joe Ragusa on radio station WJPF this morning. Listen to the interview here – http://bit.ly/1aervbW
 
 
Senator Tim Bivins Endorses Bob Grogan for Treasurer I am honored that Senator Tim Bivins has endorsed me for Illinois State Treasurer. Please watch this video of Senator Bivins introducing me at his recent fundraiser: http://youtu.be/h9NVHXSNNx4 “I’ve been following this guy… all over the state and in our district I see him everywhere. And I’ve been telling him and telling him, ‘Bob all you’
 
 
Today, I called on both Democrats and Republicans to come together to repeal the benefit cuts to military retirees included in the recent bipartisan budget deal.Bustos Calls For Repeal Of Benefit Cuts To Military RetireesCongresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for Democrats and Republicans to come together to …
 
 
Consequences of good intentions. Increase in min wage wage, unemployment benefits, put exactly *no one* to work. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-minimum-wage-edit-0110-20140110,0,6721275.story …
 
 
Lesson from #ChrisChristie. Check your arrogance at the door. A-hem, certain Chicago pols. Editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-christie-bridgegate-arrogance-edit-0110-20140110,0,5147871.story …
 
 
Asked how he could be “adamantly” against a minimum wage hike to now backing one, Rauner said, “It’s a fuller explanation of my position.”
 
 
Rauner insists he isn’t insensitive to poor people: “I’m running for governor of this state to help everyone, regardless of income levels.”
 
 
Asked if his handling of the minimum wage has hurt his campaign, Bruce Rauner told supporters in Decatur, “I don’t believe that at all.”
 
 
Bruce Rauner mingles with supporters Friday in Decatur during a stop on his downstate bus tour. pic.twitter.com/mOwKxmpayc
 
 
WATCH: Sun-Times politics show ‘Off Message’ talks two faces of Rauner; Sanchez candidacy http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/watch-sun-times-politics-show-off-message-talks-two-faces-of-rauner-sanchez-candidacy/ … via @suntimes #twill
 
 
#ILClout Photo from today’s presser on IL hiring practices. pic.twitter.com/QcFjI4oA3y
 
 
Lowest labor participation rate since Carter. Not the direction our economy should be heading. CNBC piles on. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101326268 
 
 
Illinois Tollway positions – applications due January 22 http://conta.cc/KayawP 
 
 
My best wishes to Ky Newbill, who leaves next week for basic training with the Marines. I had the pleasure of meeting this young man at…
 
 
The 2014 election is pivotal to the future of IL. It’ll be the year we unseat Pat Quinn. http://instagram.com/p/i_vgCToxsL/ 
 
 
IL govt leaders are working to right this wrong. State officials united in fighting #FEMA rejection http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-09/updated-state-officials-united-fighting-fema-rejection.html … #Gifford #twill
 
 
Our Opinion: Warm round of applause for utility workers who braved the “Polar Vortex” in central Illinois http://bit.ly/1hDVrGg  #SPI #twill
 
 
Great news! U.S. to Recognize Utah Gay Marriages Despite State Stance http://nyti.ms/1bZRV0N 
 
 
New laws in ’14! While driving in the state of IL you must use a hands free device when using a cell phone. Let’s keep our roads safe!
 
 
Thanks @DNAinfoCHI Animal Abuse Registry Would Be Created Under Rep. Toni Berrios’ Proposal @DNAinfoCHI http://dnain.fo/1ejrJ6b 
 
 
We’re just 92 followers away from 1,000! RT this graphic and invite your friends to help shape this campaign. #twill pic.twitter.com/LUs5RHnLyK
 
 
Sen @Bill_Brady talks about need to eliminate fraud & abuse in state’s Medicaid program at today’s #SBAC gubernatorial meet & greet
 
 
“The shit is hitting the fan.” FOIAd emails show reax, buyouts, charity for political couple arrested for $350k theft http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/mobile/24863309-463/email-overload-on-oak-forest-couples-arrests.html …
 
 
Rauner’s got more ‘splainin’ to do: New video shows him blasting minimum wage increase http://fw.to/gcSQTFC  via @suntimes
 
 
Had a great time speaking with polisci students at New Trier today. Questions about ethics, civil discourse, and (shockingly) marijuana.
 
 
@KirkDillard talks about importance of having better oversight panel for EDGE tax credits at today’s #SBAC gubernatorial meet & greet
 
 
Overnighted @redroofinn, @WhiteCastle fr dinner & about to speak at Small Business Advocacy Council in Oak Brook today
 
 
Glad to be hosting @ToniPreckwinkle at the DPOP 2nd Sat. mtg. tomorrow. Meeting starts at 10 at 1243 Woodbine in OP. Hope to see you there!
 
 
Asked how he could be “adamantly” against a minimum wage hike to now backing one, Rauner said, “It’s a fuller explanation of my position.”
 
 
The 2014 election is pivotal to the future of IL. It’ll be the year we unseat Pat Quinn. http://instagram.com/p/i_vgCToxsL/ 
 
 
IL govt leaders are working to right this wrong. State officials united in fighting #FEMA rejection http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-09/updated-state-officials-united-fighting-fema-rejection.html … #Gifford #twill
 
 
@KirkDillard talks about importance of having better oversight panel for EDGE tax credits at today’s #SBAC gubernatorial meet & greet
 
 
Our Opinion: Stick with healthier school lunch menus “Overhauling the way children eat comes as a shock to everyone’s system, but most…
 
 
Letter: Supports sales tax increase for Springfield improvements http://bit.ly/1gWptlK  #SPI
 
 
County may oppose state prevailing wage revisions http://dld.bz/df8Fn 
 
 
My pal Eric Zorn dices Republican “thinking” By request: Liberals may stumble but won’t fall if Obamacare collapses http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2014/01/ask_me_anything.html#.UtA84dUblkU.twitter …
 
 
We’ll be in Jerseyville tomorrow distributing fliers for our town hall. Please email me at erikaforcongress@gmail.com if you can help.
 
 
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to last night’s town hall in Monticello! pic.twitter.com/1Mbxja96JB
 
 
A motivated & dedicated group of individuals who are ready to help Chris win on March 18. #volunteermeeting pic.twitter.com/DT0OiRANAz
 
 
Rick Pearson, Host of WGN Radio Sunday Spin, is in studio to talk the latest in politics. He goes over some of the main points in the Illinois minimum wage discussion. Pearson also talks Chris Christie and “Bridge Gate.” Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson during a taping of Chicago Live! at the Chicago Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 (Joel Wintermantle / for the Chicago Tribune)
 
 
A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam that intends to provide adequate funding for poison control centers passed a big hurdle Wednesday.http://shawurl.com/xxawww.mysuburbanlife.com
 
 
Health officials are putting out the word that supplies are running low after blood drives in Illinois were canceled because of this week’s winter weather.
 
 
Gang members on state payroll?Movement to prohibit gangbangers from getting jobs in law enforcementwww.wlsam.comStory by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron(CHICAGO) Governor Pat Quinn has fired a former street gang member on the state payroll, but that’s not enough for Republicans.
 
 
Op-ed: Sorry, Mayor Emanuel but expanding charter schools doesn’t give parents more choice, it creates chaos as parents lose the choice to send their child to a well-resourced neighborhood school.Chicago doesn’t need more school choicewww.chicagobusiness.comLet’s hope the Chicago Public Schools board comes to its senses and realizes it’s irresponsible to put a massive addition on the house when it
 
 
Our View: Underwater mortgages weighing down IllinoisOur View: Underwater mortgages weighing down Illinoiswww.daily-chronicle.comThe outsized loans can have a number of negative effects on these unfortunate borrowers, all of it adding up to them having less money to spend and less opportunity to meet their goals than they otherwise might.
 
 
Officials at a suburban Chicago hospital are investigating what caused emergency backup generators to fail hours after they kicked in during a power outage.
 
 
The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced they will consolidate the Marion office into Mt. Vernon, saving taxpayers $170,000 annually.
 
 
 
 
 
The Census Bureau says Illinois had the sixth-lowest population growth in the nation in 2013. United Van Lines says Illinois was the 2nd highest ranking state for people to move from. Illinois’ business climate has to start encouraging job growth. Otherwise, we will continue to wave goodbye to more and more of our residents while fewer people move to the state.Illinois’ sputtering population growt
 
 
This week’s Duckworth Diary: Social Security, Extending Unemployment Insurance and an Oversight and Government Reform Hearing: http://1.usa.gov/1dCCAV2
 
 
Thank you to everybody who came out last night. I could not be where I am today without such wonderful friends and family.
 
 
While claiming they are protecting consumer information, the administration can’t have it both ways. Either they follow the standard security practices of companies like Target, who are required by law to inform consumers when their personal data is compromised, or they stop forcing Americans to buy insurance on the exchanges. Consumers rightfully demand a secure and transparent online shopping e
 
 
Barack Obama: If You Like It You Can Keep It. Joe Wilson: You Lie! Janice Schakowsky: Shut up and deal with it. I say, enough is enough. So many people were given a false hope that government could provide the best Health care. Not so true. A good alternative to this disaster, CARE clinics for the poor & across state insurance. http://www.dewforcongress.com
 
 
Under the leadership of Pat Quinn, our fine state projects to be 50th in job growth in 2014. It’s clear that Quinn’s policies are flawed and that his leadership is failing. We must make 2014 the year that Illinoisans take back their government.Illinois predicted to be 50th in job growth in 2014 – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comBy Ted Dabrowski – The same group that says the state of Illi
 
 
“State Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, who grew up in Gifford, said he was “disappointed, but I’m not ready to concede anything yet. This just means that we have more work to do.” Hays added that he believes the state’s appeal could include a higher estimate of expenses incurred, plus other factors. “I’ve been led to believe that the governor in his appeal will try to note t
 
 
Great turnout at the volunteer meeting last night! A motivated and dedicated group of individuals who are ready to help Chris win on March 18. Thank you for your support!
 
 
LaHood Opinion: ‘Temporary’ has all but vanished from the vocabulary of Madigan, Cullerton, Quinn The Beatles’ “Taxman,” must have been the only song to have ever been listened to by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and Governor Pat Quinn, because talk of a “progressive” tax is heating up.News, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, Serving the 37th Senate District in
 
 
“I’m so proud to receive the Chicago Teachers Union’s endorsement in this race. Together we’ll keep fighting to stop school closures, pass an elected school board, and make sure every kid can attend a great public school in his or her community.” -Will Guzzardi http://www.willguzzardi.com/ctu_endorsement
 
 
It’s a New Year and it couldn’t be more important for the future of our state. LIKE if you AGREE we’ll unseat Governor Quinn in 2014!What’s at Stake in 20142014 will be – finally – the year we unseat Pat Quinn and take back the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. The holidays are over. We’re energized. The Dillar…
 
 
Decatur… Illinois ranked as the second-highest state in out-migration in 2013, according to United Van Lines’ Annual Migration Study. Illinois held steady at the number two spot after falling from the top spot in 2011.
 
 
This week, Rezin announces her office is open to help with online concealed carry license applications, three-year budget projections are released from the Governor’s office, and much more.
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant and Representative Natalie Manley met with key community stake holders for a roundtable regarding the heroin epidemic present throughout Illinois.
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant visits with residents at Shorewood Horizons, a local independent senior living community.Shorewood HorizonSenator Bertino-Tarrant visits with residents at Shorewood Horizons, a local independent senior living community.
 
 
Trial on the Murray Center Closure has ended. Here is an article from the BND: http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/09/2996549/quinn-deputy-heat-in-centralia.htmlCHICAGO: Closing arguments made in Murray Center case; ruling expected in March | Metro-east…www.bnd.comA lawyer for Illinois argued Thursday that a lawsuit against the state’s plan to close its Warren G. Murray Developmental Center is being fue
 
 
The Caucus Blog today: Illinois 2nd highest out-migration state in 2013, Federal Aide for tornado-impacted Governments denied and Illinois’ new conceal and carry law: http://www.thecaucusblog.com/Illinois House Republican Caucus Blogwww.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
If you are still interested in a conceal and carry seminar. Rep. Meier will be hosting another event at the Highland Gun Club on January 22. It will start at 6:30.
 
 
2014 will be – finally – the year we unseat Pat Quinn and take back the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. The holidays are over. We’re energized. The Dillard Tracy Team and I laid out our plans for the final push to the March 18th Republican Primary. Our plans our urgent, because we know how important this election is for our families and our friends. Illinois is in tough shape. We have the high
 
 
What does population growth, or lack there of, say about a state? Doesn’t say very good things about Illinois’ future. Let’s turn it around!More people leaving Illinois than coming in could be due to property taxeswlds.comJacksonville’s state representative is concerned about data that indicates more people are leaving Illinois than are coming here. C.D. Davidsmeyer is citing a recent report by th
 
 
Please join us on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 for a complimentary Meet & Greet in Shorewood for Dan Rutherford, candidate for Governor at Skooter’s Road House located 700 W. Jefferson Street, Shorewood, IL 60404 from 5:00-6:00PM. http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/129/EventDetails.aspxDan Rutherford | For Governor Of Illinois | Eventswww.danrutherford.orgAs State Treasurer, the Dan Rut
 
 
$16 Billion Bill Backlog Predicted Even more alarming, Senator Luechtefeld said, is a predicted $16 billion bill backlog by Fiscal Year 17, which would result from the cumulative effect of those deficits. The backlog at the end of the last fiscal year was roughly $6 billion. Every January the Governor’s budget office is required by law to submit three-year revenue and spending projections along
 
 
The Census Bureau says Illinois had the sixth-lowest population growth in the nation in 2013. United Van Lines says Illinois was the 2nd highest ranking state for people to move from. Illinois’ business climate has to start encouraging job growth. Otherwise, we will continue to wave goodbye to more and more of our residents while fewer people move to the state.Illinois’ sputtering population growt
 
 
The House has passed bills that promote job creation and provide critical job training. If the Senate acted on these bills we could put more Americans back to work. http://www.gop.gov/jobs/
 
 
One more story, in the same vein. Being “disruptive” can really help students graduate.How to Escape the Community-College Trapwww.theatlantic.comMore than half of community-college students never earn a degree. Here’s how to fix that.
 
 
More proof that Dick Durbin and the Democrats big government policies aren’t working to help hard working Americans to get back in the workplace… http://youtu.be/l-Y1VpzDBZsCNN: December Jobs Report “A Big Miss” And “A Big Disappointment”CNN: December Jobs Report “A Big Miss” And “A Big Disappointment” (January 10, 2013)
 
 
 
Where are the Jobs Mr. President?citizensunited.orgIn December, President Obama spent over half the month vacationing on the island of Oahu. The month also saw the weakest job growth since the start of 2011 with only 74,000 jobs added.
 
 
We have an opportunity to make systematic changes in Illinois this year! Have your family, friends and co-workers sign a petition that will amend Illinois constitution and develop nonpartisan legislative maps (redistricting) & implement term limits. To get info and petitions, go to: http://www.termlimitsandreform.com and http://www.independentmaps.orgTerm Limits and Reformwww.termlimitsandreform.comWe,
 
 
Dick Durbin shows he has been in Washington too long…Democrats Save Illegal Alien Tax Credit, Kill Move to Restore Veterans’ Pensionswww.breitbart.comSenate Democrats killed an amendment from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that would have paid for unemployment benefits for many Americans and replaced recent cuts to veterans’ pensions by closing a tax code loophole that allows illegal aliens to access
 
 
Ives, Reboletti and Anthony call for legislation and investigation on a self-reported gang member turn Illinois Corrections Employee at a press conference this morning.
 
 
Darlene Senger, Republican for the Illinois 11th Congressional District, announced today that she will be hosting town hall forums on Obamacare.  Senger said events will give the public a chance to learn about and discuss the changes in healthcare due to Obamacare.
 
 
Republican 11th Congressional District candidate Bert Miller today said the latest unemployment report continues to underscore the truth about the sluggish economy and the lackluster recovery that’s failed to put Americans back to work. The Labor Department reported that unemployment dipped to 6.7 percent in December, but that number was largely driven by 340,000 individuals […]
 
 
Great morning of retail campaigning in Decatur. Folks are hurting down here and we need to turn things around. I’ll make that my mission.
 
 
Huge crowd in Arthur!
 
 
Our latest national jobs report shows the labor force participation rate has reached a 36-year low. People are dropping out of the workforce in droves. In Illinois, 376,000 fewer Illinoisans are employed since Dick Durbin last ran for re-election. Something we are doing is not working. What do you think we need to do to reverse this trend?Big miss: Dec. job gains just 74,000www.usatoday.comThe eco
 
 
 
Here Are The States That Will Have The Strongest Job Growth This Yearwww.businessinsider.comThe ;Pew Research Center released an…
 
 
Check out this week’s Capitol Connection and don’t forget to subscribe!Statewide Capitol Connection : Looming deficits, Medicaid worries, jobs outlook and morecapitolconnection.ilsenategop.net’-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN’ ‘http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd’ …
 
 
The latest unemployment report is horrible. Job growth is still unacceptably low, especially in the 11th Congressional District. http://bertmillerforcongress.com/Because JOBS are important. | Bert Miller for Congressbertmillerforcongress.comIt’s not enough. The failed policies of the Obama administration and Congressman Bill Foster are clearly not doing enough to create jobs and put people back to
 
 
Chicago, IL… A group of Illinois Republican lawmakers are taking action in the wake of the recent investigative report detailing the troubling situation surrounding the high-paid corrections employee with a history of gang membership and falsified job qualifications spanning multiple state agencies.  The trio, including State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) a
 
 
When we pass #CIRin2014, it will improve working conditions for both American and immigrant workers.
 
 
THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE: Congress should have opened 2014 focused on job creation and passing extended emergency unemployment. Instead, the House voted on another attempt to deter people from signing up for health care (HR 3811) and a special interest giveaway that lets polluters off the hook and leaves taxpayers with the bill for expensive cleanups (HR 2279). I was proud to vote against both these
 
 
Please be aware of the new laws in 2014. Now while driving in the state of Illinois you must use speaker phone, hands free headset or other hands free device when using a cell phone while driving. Just one more way to keep our roads safe!
 
 
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who give of their time and energy for my campaign. Sandra Hansen and Former County Board Member, Janet Anderson spent yesterday afternoon labeling and stuffing envelopes. Thank you!
 
 
Some of the new laws for 2014 benefit our veterans. Public Act 98-52 makes it easier for a veteran to obtain a commercial driver’s license, and another, Public Act 98-54, permits veterans honorably discharged from the military and National Guard and with certain service medals to have met the college education requirements for State Police officers. A new law also requires that state colleges and
 
 
My best wishes to Ky Newbill, who leaves next week for basic training with the Marines. I had the pleasure of meeting this young man at yesterday’s Bloomington Rotary meeting, where his mom, Melissa Newbill, is a member. Ky shared his commitment to service for his country, and it was an excellent reminder of what our servicemen and women commit to every day.
 
 
“I’m so proud to receive the Chicago Teachers Union’s endorsement in this race. Together we’ll keep fighting to stop school closures, pass an elected school board, and make sure every kid can attend a great public school in his or her community.” -Will Guzzardi http://www.willguzzardi.com/ctu_endorsement
 
 
Please be aware of the new laws in 2014. Now while driving in the state of Illinois you must use speaker phone, hands free headset or other hands free device when using a cell phone while driving. Just one more way to keep our roads safe!
 
 
You can hear me on the radio right now at 95.1 FM WIIL. I am a rock radio dj, great for name recognition! I know this from the people who recognized me when I was getting signatures.
 
 
New legislative proposals submitted to ensure less animal abuse in IllinoisAnimal Abuse Registry Would Be Created Under Rep. Toni Berrios’ Proposal – Avondale -…www.dnainfo.comThere’s been an uptick in animal abuse calls this week, but Berrios said the timing was coincidental.
 
 
Keep up the great work Newman Family Services.New Years Greeting 2014Dr. Teresa Garate, President & CEO, thanks our stakeholders for the great strides the organization made in 2013.
 
 
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and his staff joined us in the D.C. office today for donuts and coffee. We’ve been working alongside one another in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, and he has joined the Science and National Labs Caucus, which I co-founded. As I’ve said before, we can all agree on 80% of issues facing the nation. Getting to know each other, building relationships and b
 
 
“Back when Martin Luther King Jr. was inspiring millions in the struggle for civil and voting rights for African Americans, and for economic justice, the FBI was busy tapping his phone and harassing him. At one point they tried seriously to blackmail King into committing suicide, as the New York Times noted this week. Today they would have a constant flow of real-time information not only on
 
 
 
* One of the main reasons that I felt comfortable with the new fracking regulatory law was that the Illinois Sierra Club was at the negotiating table and agreed to the final cut. But if the Sierra Club is this unhappy with the proposed Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations, well, now I’m very uncomfortable indeed… Six […]
 
 
* Scott Stantis…
 
 
The Associated PressJanuary 10, 2014 … PEORIA, Ill. — Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant …
 
 
By Illinois State Sen. Darin LaHood – The Beatles’ “Taxman,” must have been the only song to have ever been listened to by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and Governor Pat Quinn, because talk of a “progressive”…
 
 
* From last month… Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson became the 15th player to draw a warning for violating the anti-flopping rule, the NBA announced Monday. Gibson drew his warning for a play that occurred in the first quarter of Saturday’s victory over the Cavaliers. A video replay showed Gibson exaggerating contact he drew from Cavaliers […]
 
 
* Moody’s Analytics ranks Illinois dead last among the 50 states for projected 2014 job growth. The firm is predicting a growth rate next year of just 0.98 percent. Click on the pic for the full interactive map… Indiana is ranked 25th at 1.60 percent. Wisconsin is ranked 32nd at a projected 1.49 […]
 
 
* On May 29th, the Chicago Tribune editorial board implored, even begged House Speaker Michael Madigan to use all of his vast powers to pass a pension reform bill by the end of the spring session… Working your bill in the Senate is what a leader committed to pension reform — even you, the House leader […]
 
 
* From last month… Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson became the 15th player to draw a warning for violating the anti-flopping rule, the NBA announced Monday. Gibson drew his warning for a play that occurred in the first quarter of Saturday’s victory over the Cavaliers. A video replay showed Gibson exaggerating contact he drew from Cavaliers […]
 
 
* Conservative gazillionaire Richard Uihlein just contributed $1.5 million to Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC, which is now an independent expenditures PAC.
 
 
PONTIAC – State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s new campaign video is raising eyebrows in his Central Illinois hometown of Pontiac, especially over one individual featured at a local eatery (see photo below). The man sitting just to Rutherford’s left is Mike…
 
 
Illinois Medicaid programs were not prepared for the throngs of new health … of poverty level — eventually were imposed by the Illinois Legislature.
 
 
Eastern Illinois hires Dameron as head coach. The Associated Press … CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois University has hired Louisiana Tech …
 
 
By Jason Meisner Tribune reporter. 12:33 p.m. CST, January 10, 2014. Disgraced former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced to 10 1/2 …
 
 
ABC7Chicago.comChicago Woman Was Sick Of ‘Dibs,’ So She Shoveled Her Entire BlockHuffington PostIce builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures …Polar Vortex: Shocking Images Of The US Big Freez
 
 
Northwest Herald3 more Illinois insurers extend payment deadlinesSTLtoday.comCHICAGO • Giving Illinois customers more leeway, three more health insurance carriers extended payment deadlines Friday for people who signed up in the December rush for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Land of Lincoln …3 more insurance carriers extend payment deadlines2 insurance companies give
 
 
Reboletti Calls for Legislation, Potential Investigation on Troubled Illinois …Chicago TribuneJeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), is seeking a legislative remedy for the future and a potential investigation into the apparent gross lapses in employment standards within the Illinois Department of Corrections. “There’s been a clear breakdown in the system …
 
 
* I spent some time in Munich over the break. I went to college there for a year, so it was cool to see how the place had changed. We also went to the spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle. I’d never been there, and despite the very long walk up the hill, the view was most […]
 
 
* So, does Bruce Rauner really believe in raising the minimum wage? Or is this just a position of convenience to allow him to escape the perils of his previous demands to cut the wage by a dollar an hour? We may gain some further insight into Rauner’s thinking from this audio clip. […]
 
 
Five more companies have announced they will eliminate 484 jobs in Illinois in coming months. Among the cuts: Group O, a management consultancy and supply chain operation company headquartered in Milan, IL, lost will eliminate 143 jobs at its office…
 
 
IL State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is on to talk about his campaign for governor. He talks about what distinguishes him in the primaries, the importance of the private sector over social issues, and being viewed as a “responsible republican.” State treasurer Dan Rutherford greets supporters after announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Illinois, at Harry Caray’s re
 
 
Editorial: Kicking kids out of school should be the last resort. http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/24858347-474/kicking-kids-out-of-school-should-be-last-resort.html …
 
 
Congratulations to the NIU College of Education on its #1 ranking by US News & World Report! http://fb.me/14NYL8g9n 
 
 
Watch blueroomstream’s webcast of Rep. Reboletti, Rep. Anthony and Rep. Ives pre… http://ift.tt/1amLqJk 
 
 
ILGA — House Sponsor Bill List report http://ow.ly/r1z0Q  http://ift.tt/19fNRe4 
 
 
http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/prelude-to-a-dan-rutherford-campaign-spot/Prelude to a Dan Rutherford campaign spotvoices.suntimes.comGOP Gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford’s campaign released an expertly shot web video this week where the Illinois Treasurer vows to make jobs his number on
 
 
Psalms 127:1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
 
 
 
Omnibus Spending Bill | No Member of Congress Will Read This Billblog.heritage.orgIt takes 12 spending bills to fund the entire government. But in an omnibus, Congress throws all of those together and just votes once on the whole thing.
 
 
Watch blueroomstream’s webcast of Rep. Reboletti, Rep. Anthony and Rep. Ives press conference in their legislation in response to the hiring of a repeat criminal offender this morning at 10:00am new.livestream.com/blueroomstream/events/2679390
 
 
Great story on how to support students.How to Help College Students Graduatewww.nytimes.comBetter support systems lead to lower dropout rates.
 
 
While a recent report from the PEW Charitable Trusts paints a rosy picture for increased employment and economic growth nationally in 2014, it tells a different story for Illinois which was placed dead last in a ranking of the 50 states based on projected job creation in the coming year. Read more at the link below.Ranking Puts Illinois Dead Last for Job Growth in 2014senategop.state.il.usIllinois
 
 
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/illinois-predicted-to-be-50th-in-job-growth-in-2014.htmlIllinois predicted to be 50th in job growth in 2014 – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comBy Ted Dabrowski – The same group that says the state of Illinois’ credit rating is the worst in the nation now predicts Illinois will create the fewest jobs in the nation in 2014. Moody’s Ana
 
 
 
 
 
Illinois school uses e-learning on snow daysfox13now.comWATERLOO, IL– It’s been a rough winter for those who live in the Midwest. Sure, kids might love having snow days right now… but when it comes to making them up, they aren’t too happy. That’s why one Illinois high school has decided to use e-learning …
 
 
* One of the main reasons that I felt comfortable with the new fracking regulatory law was that the Illinois Sierra Club was at the negotiating table and agreed to the final cut. But if the Sierra Club is this unhappy with the proposed Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations, well, now I’m very uncomfortable indeed… Six […]
 
 
* So, does Bruce Rauner really believe in raising the minimum wage? Or is this just a position of convenience to allow him to escape the perils of his previous demands to cut the wage by a dollar an hour? We may gain some further insight into Rauner’s thinking from this audio clip. […]
 
 
Historic site offers exhibit on use of of railroad lanterns http://ow.ly/2CP9jd 
 
 
I intend to speak with colleagues in both the House and Senate about possibly scheduling hearings to ascertain… http://fb.me/2FL2HErZj 
 
 
Just weather related issues? I am interested in learning more because Metra, it appears, is truly struggling. http://fb.me/6t5DchK3Y 
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Pension debt, widespread flu, grateful thanks and more! http://goo.gl/fb/4YXE3 
 
 
Pro parenting tip: small children don’t think it’s cool when you sing “Friday I’m in Love” at breakfast, EVEN IF IT’S ACTUALLY FRIDAY.
 
 
Dangerously close to complete meltdown. @BruceRauner Struggles to Explain Shifting Positions on Minimum Wage http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-rauner-struggles-to-explain-shifting-positions-on-minimum-wage-20140109,0,5815966.story …
 
 
Congratulations to the NIU College of Education on its #1 ranking by US News & World Report! http://fb.me/14NYL8g9n 
 
 
While a recent report from the PEW Charitable Trusts paints a rosy picture for increased employment and economic… http://fb.me/2KT3tVcnO 
 
 
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* There’s an interesting turn of events in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Tio Hardiman’s running mate may have some problems staying on the ballot. And that could raise some fresh, tough questions about Hardiman’s ballot access. The State Board of Elections delayed a ruling yesterday and may decide next week. Kurt […]
 
 
* Sun-Times writes about Dan Rutherford’s new campaign video… The video, a prelude to what future ads might look like, stays upbeat and away from mud slinging in the four-way primary. It’s thin on issues but gives you a snapshot of the candidate’s homegrown background, including that his family ran a pizza place when he was […]
 
 
All those poor Americans who lost their Health insurance. Remember, @janschakowsky said, “Just shut up and take it.” pic.twitter.com/gwEtgRr471
 
 
Avg. of 183,000 jobs created per month in 2012 and 182,000 in 2013. Latest monthly was 74,000. We are going backwards. Time for a change.
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