Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Jan. 15

Metra defends performance during cold, snow http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-metra-car-shortages-0115-20140115,0,632252.story …
 
 
 
Oswego 308 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt said talks regarding the STEM school have been happening since around 2007, and it has come to …
 
 
Mark Zalcman kicked off GOP ballot in 73rd House contestChillicothe Times-Bulletin (blog)Now no central Illinois legislators will face primary elections. The State Board of Elections ruled Thursday morning that Mark Zalcman, who was challenging incumbent. Republican Rep. David Leitch, lacked enough signatures to qualify for the March 18 …
 
 
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T & I), advocated for the …
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–January 14, 2014. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the inclusion of $300 million in funding for the …
 
 
U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today called on the … In a severe storm or natural disaster, communities in a state, like Illinois, …
 
 
 
The flu is spreading in Illinois, and the prison system is not immune. … IDOC officials say all inmates who have a confirmed case of the flu, or even just …
 
 
New VisionOur View: Let Congress address GMO labeling firstPeoria Journal StarState Sen. David Koehler has proposed legislation that would require Illinois farmers and food manufacturers to tell consumers whether their products have been genetically engineered on their labels. At first blush we view this as a right-to-know issue …Midwest takes a look at labeling GMOs
 
 
… hour on his way to and from work at the Illinois State Library. He went west on Capitol in the morning, east in the afternoon; rain, snow and sunshine.
 
 
Editor’s note: The first communication that follows was an e-mail sent Dec. 18, 2013, by the Illinois Education Association (IEA). The e-mail contained a …
 
 
 
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Northwest Herald – Found 14 minutes ago… styled as a question and answer session, saw a tame discussion between panelists and candidates Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford.
 
 
 
Chicago Tribune – Found 1 hour agoWas it seemly for Bruce Rauner to then drop a quarter-million dollar donation on Payton Prep Initiative for Education in December 2009? Yes.
 
 
Quad-Cities Online – Found 1 hour agoIf Bruce Rauner manages to successfully back away from his recently unearthed statement from December that he favored reducing the state’s minimum
 
 
“There’s nothin’ to apologize for that. There’s nothin’ wrong with it. And I would do it again and again.”
 
 
In 12 hours, I had a parody accounts of Bruce Rauner, Kirk Dillard, and Metra follow me on Twitter.
 
 
 
WOODSTOCK – Facing a room of constituents Tuesday, several area lawmakers criticized the Democratic majority in Springfield for scheming to pass another lame-duck tax increase to fuel their wasteful spending habits.
 
 
“Anyone who wants to own a gun has issues.” “Anyone who hates guns has issues.” Read More…
 
 
Brookport families will be able to move whatever mobile homes they want onto the sites of their old homes.
 
 
It’s been a long and painful recovery for the mayor of Brookport, Ill., but for the first time since his serious car crash he was back on the job.
 
 
Would you want a snow plow headed your way if you knew the driver had been drinking? How about a salt truck? Last year, NBC5 Investigates and the Better Government Association revealed how some suburban police and fire departments had language in their union contracts, spelling out the amount of alcohol officers and firefighters were permitted to have in their systems before they could be discip
 
 
It’s a modern (well, a century-old) marvel: reversing the flow of the Chicago River, moving a growing city’s waste water away from Lake Michigan and opening a shipping channel to the Mississippi River.But what seemed like a godsend to Chicago turns out to have a price.Here’s one price tag: $18.4 billion. And 25 years. That was the estimate contained in a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report
 
 
 
The manufacturing sector has a problem with the state’s new rules regarding petcoke.  Petcoke is a byproduct of oil refining, and it has industrial uses in the production of cement, steel, paper and brick, and it’s used as a coal sub…
 
 
A recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts shows Moody’s Analytics is predicting job growth in Illinois in 2014 at .98 percent – the worst forecast in the nation.  This has State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) concerned and …
 
 
In the summer of 2012, in a case called Miller v. Alabama, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles are cruel and unusual punishment, and therefore unconstitutional.The key word here is “mandatory.” In the 1980s and 90s there was a lot of talk about young “super predators” and almost every state enacted tougher punishment for juveniles who committed
 
 
Our state isn’t likely to quickly shed its reputation for Election Day shenanigans. Chicago is usually the focal point for those who are skeptical about voting in Illinois.
 
 
Feds charge Houston woman with illegally funneling donations— A Houston woman who has donated to the campaign of Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois was arrested by the FBI last week for allegedly funneling illegal campaign money to two unspecified candidates for federal office.    
 
 
Pharmacist Joseph Friedman has a dream to open his own medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois.    
 
 
Illinois prisons will soon offer video visitations for inmates. A watchdog says it could be beneficial. But it has concerns about how the trend is playing out in county jails.
 
 
A letter to the editor: Instead of increasing taxes again, politicians should be held accountable for the 2011 tax increase. That means all of us need to hold politicians to their promise to reduce the income tax rate in 2015.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois’ Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his gubernatorial campaign raked in nearly $393,000 during the final three months of 2013. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Rutherford campaign now has about $1.37 million in funds as of Dec. 31. Rutherford of Chenoa is one of four Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the March primary to face Gov. Pat Quinn or
 
 
Even after his supervisors at the Illinois Department of Labor discovered Chuck Drager fudged a safety inspection report for a Villa Park ski lift, he was allowed to continue working for more than a year. Drager not only received almost $100,000 in pay while being investigated, but he continued to falsify safety reports, state inspectors said. He also sometimes left work early for his side gig as
 
 
 
Erika Harold @erika4congress holding town hall meetings. These folks are showing up to listen. The People Want More Erika! Go Erika!
 
 
Great speaking about my priorities with my friends at the Mid-Central Regional Council of Carpenters tonight #IL13 pic.twitter.com/1YoWtXcaCI
 
 
RT @BenLNoble: Down in #Plainfield at the Will County GOP-Tea Party #ILGov Forum. Auditorium full of @KirkDillard supporters. #twill
 
 
Magic brings Hall of Fame credentials and 200 jobs to our state! Nice job, Governor! http://ow.ly/sALiS 
 
 
Good Capital On Your Corner tonight with @AndyManar. Education reform is long overdue and he’s leading the charge.
 
 
@danielbiss That might be the most fascinating demographic fact I’ve ever heard. Thanks for the link. Great article.
 
 
@Bill_Brady “I’m the only candidate who has been vetted” #ILGOV2014
 
 
I’ll be on the radio with John Kass and Lauren Cohn on WLS 890 AM at around 9:05 am tomorrow morning. We’ll be… http://fb.me/6jtoxEQaS 
 
 
If you are able, tune into WLS 890 AM tomorrow at around 9:05 am. as I’ll be on with John Kass and Lauren Cohn… http://fb.me/2AMy2tL1T 
 
 
In Clinton tonight at the local listening sessions on “Aging” issues put on by the ECIAA-nice crowd at the… http://fb.me/1Vqzv4B4G 
 
 
My friend @DennisReboletti is now on Twitter!! This is a BIG deal, trust me. Please follow him.
 
 
Thank you to Northside Democracy for America for inviting me to speak tonight!
 
 
I urge State Board of Ed to drop their proposal to end class size limits for students with special needs. #ClassSizeMatters@ISBENews
 
 
Michelle Obama just spent $2 Million more of your tax dollars by having Air Force One fly out to Hawaii & bring her back to Washington.
 
 
I will be live tomorrow (01/15) on WSOY 1340AM Byers & Co. Show at 6:33 AM.
 
 
In Clinton tonight at the local listening sessions on “Aging” issues put on by the ECIAA-nice crowd at the invitation of the Friendship Center!
 
 
Our town hall in Jerseyville, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15th (from 6:00-8:00 pm) has been moved to the Jersey County Administrative Building, 200 N. Lafayette.
 
 
Jim at tonight’s West Suburban Patriots meeting getting signatures for the term limit petitions! #termlimits
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014, which was filed in the House and Senate earlier today includes two provisions that will help solidify the future of Rock Island Arsenal.  The bill, which reflects a budget agreement between the House and Senate, must now be vote
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014, which was filed in the House and Senate earlier today, includes funding for the activation of the Thomson correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois.  The bill, which reflects a budget agreement between the House and Senate mus
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T & I), advocated for the transportation and infrastructure priorities of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District at a full T& I Committee hearing on “Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization.”  Among other projects, Bustos discussed repla
 
 
JCAR today in Chicagi
 
 
If you are able, tune into WLS 890 AM tomorrow at around 9:05 am. as I’ll be on with John Kass and Lauren Cohn talking about Metra’s reliability lately.Rep. Ron Sandack Requests Committee Hearing on Metra System Failure During Extreme Cold Weatherwww.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/mcsweeney-follows-through-on-pledges-to-cut-salary-and-office-budget-.html Nothing better than results…McSweeney follows through on pledge to cut salary and office budget – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comCARY – In an attempt to encourage budget belt-tightening, one state lawmaker reimbursed the state 10 percent of his own salary
 
 
 
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/mcsweeney-follows-through-on-pledges-to-cut-salary-and-office-budget-.html Nothing better than results…McSweeney follows through on pledge to cut salary and office budget – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comCARY – In an attempt to encourage budget belt-tightening, one state lawmaker reimbursed the state 10 percent of his own salary
 
 
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) introduced H.R. 3856, the Homeowners Debt Relief Extension Act.  The legislation would reduce the tax burden for underwater homeowners by extending the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. “With millions of struggling homeowners still underwater on their mortgages, now is not the time to cut off this tax credit,” said Foster.  “We
 
 
Our town hall in Jerseyville, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15th (from 6:00-8:00 pm) has been moved to the Jersey County Administrative Building, 200 N. Lafayette.
 
 
Weds. AM w/ Riley & Scot – @PJORourke #thebabyboom at 7:23a, @RutherfordDan at 8:09, @sewardct @Heritage #spendingbill at 9:09a.
 
 
I will be Live tomorrow (01/15) on @wsoynews 1340AM w/ @byers_brian at 6:33 AM. #twill
 
 
I will be live tomorrow (1/15) on the Riley and Scot Show @1440WROK at 8:09 AM. @ScotBertram @wrok_riley #twill
 
 
In #Plainfield for the Will County Governors forum. #twill pic.twitter.com/C15WTmirwq
 
 
I will be Live tomorrow (01/15) on the Riley and Scot Show 1440 WROK at 8:09 AM.
 
 
In Plainfield for the Will County Governors forum.
 
 
The Cook County Assessor announced today that his office has mailed out Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption applications for the 2013 property tax bills. These exemptions will appear as deductions on second-installment tax bills mailed this summer. The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet mailed to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the income-based Senior Freeze Exemption ap
 
 
Come to @rodanchicago on Sat as we collect clothing, #food, funds 4 victims of #PuertoRico #earthquake, #Pilsen fire. pic.twitter.com/fh9FAZ0rXj
 
 
My campaign is reporting an enthusiastic group of students @IWUCollegeDems! I look forward to talking with you again later on this semester
 
 
TY! RT @JacobBSims: Been following @erika4congress political career. She’s a future GOP star. I hope Illinois D-13 takes notice #BestOfLuck
 
 
Anti choice Democrat Dick Durbin, don’t tell women what to do with their bodies! http://tinyurl.com/k86msbd 
 
 
Totes #winning: 1 of the best pieces on my #campaign to #congress: http://extranews.net/jorge-g-zavala-new-local-democratic-candidate-u-s-rep-4th-district.html … #Zavala4U #IL #TimeIsNow
 
 
@KirkDillard “I’m tested and prepared…I’ve been there.” #ILGOV2014
 
 
JCAR today in Chicagi
 
 
Need to end business as usual and fix what’s wrong with our state: http://www.bettergov.org/cta_union_hits_up_pension_advisers/ …
 
 
.@eceILLINOIS building project at #ILLINOIS could become world’s largest net-zero bldg http://www.earthtechling.com/2014/01/net-zero-at-unprecedented-scale-on-illinois-campus/ … pic.twitter.com/seYNQFq7QW
 
 
Interesting case in NJ about #freedomofspech and #criminallaw. Comments welcome. Rap on Trial http://nyti.ms/19qGbcR  #twill @ISBAlawyer
 
 
Happy birthday to MLK. Quotes, statues and speeches will never do your legacy or your work justice. May we soon reach the promised land.
 
 
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” – MLK, 4/4/67
 
 
Caution: reading this late at night might make your blood boil and cause you to loose sleep. We are in desperate need of a leadership change…Pat Quinn has failed our state. Illinois 2nd on “Outbound List” for moveswww.weareillinois.orgUnited Van Lines publishes an annual “migration study” of the states that Americans are moving to, and moving from. For the second year in a ro
 
 
 
Nearly 10 years after self-proclaimed white supremacist Matthew Hale began serving a 40-year prison sentence for ordering the murder of a federal judge, his mother says she wish he would have …
 
 
“No. 2, the best way to raise wages is a booming economy with multiple job opportunities for everybody who wants … and a newly formed Tea Party chapter, the SW Chicago & Suburban Tea Party. The only other Republican candidate for governor in attendance …
 
 
January 14, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A milestone Tuesday for Chicago’s leading tech startup incubator, 1871, as Governor Pat Quinn joined local entrepreneurs in celebrating the success stories at the startup hub, which opened in the Merchandise Mart 18 …
 
 
 
 
(AP) — All four Republican candidates for Illinois governor said fixing the state’s economic woes would be among their top priorities if they win — an issue they’ll be trying to distinguish themselves on in a state that’s home to one of…
 
 
Empty chair for #BruceRauner who is skipping first big #ILGOV2014 GOP Forum tonight #WillCounty Tea Party pic.twitter.com/zyNQCgBRhR
 
 
Can we call #RoseGardenStrategy by its true meaning? “Wimping out.” Weak. Want to run for office? Then show up. For everything.
 
 
Thank you, Earvin! MT @MagicJohnson: Thank you @GovernorQuinn & @RahmEmanuel for recruiting investors like myself to the great state of IL
 
 
@Bill_Brady “I’m the only candidate who has been vetted” #ILGOV2014
 
 
55 minutes into #gop debate and so far very little talk or criticism of candidate who isn’t here tonight, @BruceRauner
 
 
.@KirkDillard says Emanuel wouldn’t be Chicago’s mayor if it weren’t for @BruceRauner
 
 
.@RutherfordDan answers question about working with @RahmEmanuel as gov by talking about Chicago street violence
 
 
.@Bill_Brady says @RahmEmanuel hasn’t sold city #pension issue to city yet; says Rahm has work to do before asking for Springfield bailout
 
 
.@Bill_Brady only candidate who raises his hand saying he’s applying for concealed carry permit
 
 
.@KirkDillard having to answer for former Gov Jim Edgar #pension policies
 
 
.@Bill_Brady says he will pay down unpaid bills in 4 years; also says he wants taxes to go down in 2015; says IL spending too much
 
 
Chicago State’s interim provost accused of plagiarismChicago State’s top academic officer is accused of plagiarism. That school and UIC, which issued her degree, face tough questions.
 
 
The Chicago Park District is giving you a chance to get your movie on the big screen next summer.
 
 
Editorial: Illinois soybean farmers were the most productive in the nation. Gov. Pat Quinn is correct to recognize their achievement – http://shawurl.com/y7t
 
 
 
Marion IDES Office to Closewww.wsiltv.comWILLIAMSON CO. — The Illinois Department of Employment Security is cutting costs and closing its Marion location. The department feels the decision will benefit most people, but not everyone is on board with the move.
 
 
 
New GED Test Begins in Wiliamson CountyCARTERVILLE — The revamped GED test was offered for the first time in Williamson County Tuesday.<br />
 
 
State Rep. Marty Moylan will host a meeting of fire and police officals Jan. 23 in Des Plaines. Residents can voice their concerns about public safety and learn more about proposed bills during the meeting at the Democrat’s constituent office.
 
 
The Chicago City Council should ban the sale of all e-cigarettes in kid-friendly places and include e-cigarettes in its Clean Indoor Air laws.
 
 
#Iran’s nuke negotiator says enrichment will continue, centrifuge research will expand. We need insurance policy now. http://lat.ms/1a50pcT 
 
 
Why I oppose the #TPA legislation. http://goo.gl/KVFeTR 
 
 
I’m a cosponsor of HR 3824, to extend unemployment insurance benefits, because I stand by my friends in tough times http://youtu.be/4lma_2Y4QVA 
 
 
I look forward to working together to pass legislation that truly meets our transportation needs. #surfacetrans http://goo.gl/We1Hzj 
 
 
Visited The Oakland Chamber Of Commerce Luncheon Today!
 
 
Last minute reminder … my campaign tele-town hall will start around 7:15 pm. tonight. If you don’t get the automated call but still want to participate or just listen-in, call (855)-756-7520 and then put in the password 23415#. Thanks!!
 
 
Recently, legislation has been introduced by some members of Congress that would allow new international trade agreements currently being negotiated by the Obama administration – such as the Trans Pacific Partnership – to be “fast tracked” through Congress. This would be a terrible mistake. Too often in recent years Congress has failed the American people by abdicating its responsibilities and rel
 
 
Today the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee started the important task of creating and passing a comprehensive, long-term surface transportation bill that creates jobs and invests in our future. I have long believed that transportation is the backbone of our economy, vital to improving the quality of life in our local communities and spurring economic growth. This is especially tru
 
 
I spoke on the House Floor today to support the 1.3 million people whose unemployment insurance has expired. I’m a cosponsor of HR 3824, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, because I stand by my friends in tough times.Rep. Robin Kelly Floor Speech- Unemployment Insurance ExtensionI’m a cosponsor of HR 3824, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, because I stand b
 
 
Successful Meet and Greet at Skooter’s Roadhouse in Shorewood.
 
 
Putting Illinois to Work Illinois competes for jobs, not only in a global market, but also with the states surrounding us. Our problems in Illinois have caused many small businesses, those that employ your families and friends, to flee our state. Our dysfunctional government helped our neighbors – Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin – to take our jobs. Years of total Democratic control of Sprin
 
 
Funding included in Omnibus Appropriations bill agreement that now goes to the House and Senate for a vote…
 
 
Click to contribute and help make big changes in our community by electing a #WomenInCongress http://tiny.cc/d9wp6w 
 
 
Senate GOP votes no on unemployment extension. GOP led house has not even attempted to act on a bill. Yet voters support it 58%-37%.
 
 
Updates to this weekends district tour loaded up. http://Www.EricforIllinois.com 
 
 
Great piece in @smilepolitely about The Institute 4 Creativity http://shar.es/U1Ods  C’mon out for my birthday party / fundraiser on 1/16!
 
 
Hunter’s top 5 legislative issues of 2013 http://slidesha.re/1m5GNVH 
 
 
College students & families file your taxes for ’13 asap! The FAFSA is used by colleges to determine if you are eligible for financial aid
 
 
Travel a little north on I-55, and you’ll find Towanda, another town – well, actually, a “village” – in my district. Population 500…
 
 
It’s true. Which wasn’t always easy for my parents… RT @realjohngreen @LMcCJ Indeed. They are brothers. (cc @danielbiss)
 
 
Just left the very interesting transit task force meeting. I even somehow wound up speaking about our report: http://senatorbiss.com/images/Transportation_Policy_for_a_21st_Century_Global_Hub.pdf …
 
 
Way to go, Magic! Nice job on this effort to bring 200 jobs to IL, Governor Quinn. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78894497/ …
 
 
In further #metra news, the conductor punched my ticket twice on my ride home. Success! (Though I wonder how often they get that request.)
 
 
Fascinating look at all worldwide air traffic in 24 hours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XBwjQsOEeg …
 
 
Appreciated the opportunity to discuss many important issues at the Leadership Council’s State Legislative Forum. pic.twitter.com/0loy6KMRnC
 
 
Take a look at our upcoming announcement tour stops on 1/22 in #Chicago, #RockIsland, #Peoria, and #Champaign! http://frerichsforillinois.com/events-2/  #twill
 
 
Down in #Plainfield at the Will County GOP-Tea Party #ILGov Forum. Auditorium full of @KirkDillard supporters. #twill
 
 
Magic!!!! http://ow.ly/sAIjP 
 
 
Say hi to Schaumburg Township Democratic Committeeman Mike Cudzik and his new baby girl, Sarah! http://ow.ly/sAImR 
 
 
Last minute reminder … my campaign tele-town hall will start around 7:15 pm. tonight. If you don’t get the… http://fb.me/YGcgQA2a 
 
 
Last minute reminder … my campaign tele-town hall will start around 7:15 pm. tonight. If you don’t get the… http://fb.me/3BJEILsuO 
 
 
Great speaking about my priorities with the Mid-Central Regional Council of Carpenters tonight. Good to see my friends!
 
 
Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin have all been taking away our businesses at very fast clip the last decade. ~Jil LIKE if you agree that Illinois should be the capital of the Midwest!Jil Tracy – Putting Illinois to WorkIllinois competes for jobs, not only in a global market, but also with the states surrounding us. Our problems in Illinois have caused many small businesses,…
 
 
Thanks to members of the Sierra Club for meeting with me today. Unlike our current Representative, Rodney Davis, I know that global warming is real, and there are measures we can take to combat it.
 
 
During my career as a Worldwide Peacemaker, I found myself in the company of leaders from across the world. To check out more pictures that were taken during my journeys across the world click here. http://bit.ly/L1XMNe
 
 
Great piece in Smile Politely about the Institute for Creativity and Bill Longfellow. I don’t think my hosts could have picked a better spot for my fundraiser / birthday party. I hear there will be punch and pie. 1/16/14 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM – 111 S. Walnuthttp://smilepolitely.com/culture/the_institute_4_creativity_holds_strong/The Institute 4 Creativity holds strong : News & Culture : Smile Pol
 
 
Illinois College athletic director resignsThe State Journal-RegisterJACKSONVILLE — Illinois College athletic director Gale Vaughn has resigned after serving in the position since 2001, the school announced Tuesday. Vaughn, who had been with the school for 34 years, also oversaw the Bruner Fitness and Recreation …
 
 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Chris Lee was surprised to learn from a colleague that one of his photos was on Twitter with a @stlramsphoto …
 
 
INDOT and the Illinois Department of Transportation want the winning investment team to defray the $1.3 billion cost of the expressway by providing …
 
 
I called the Chicago-based Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank … As it turns out, the group has information on retired teachers in Illinois, …
 
 
Specifically, that Rauner called then-Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne … read from the 2010 inspector general’s report at chicagotribune.com/zorn.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — State Treasurer Dan Rutherford booked more than $392,000 in contributions in the final fundraising quarter of 2013, leaving him …
 
 
Letter: Back and forth from Illinois pension crisis to crisisThe State Journal-RegisterGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a 19th-century German philosopher who devised a method of argument for resolving disagreements by the exchange of logical arguments. This is still used to this day, called Hegelian Dialectic. The basis dictates that …
 
 
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@RutherfordDan Congrats on the Libertyville #GOP endorsement. Keep rolling Sir.
 
 
“@drapakdan: @Bill_Brady I hope you win the election and reverse the ultra liberal path this state is stuck in” // thanks!
 
 
#EquiTrust’s decision to come to #Illinois was based on the state’s large & dynamic economy & its pool of talented workers.
 
 
Thrilled to announce #EquiTrust and @MagicJohnson are bringing 200 new jobs to #Illinois – and hundreds more to come http://tinyurl.com/mdfzksw 
 
 
Since Jan. 2010 #IL has added 281,400 private sector jobs & continues to attract new & expanding businesses like #EquiTrust across the state
 
 
It was good being In-Studio Live on @WJOL 1340AM with Kevin Kollins @thekkshow. #twill pic.twitter.com/czXmkZvQrQ
 
 
Does anyone else see absurdity in a politician holding an event to thump his chest over new jobs, then saying he won’t talk about politics?
 
 
(CBS) — Governor Pat Quinn’s self-imposed silence on all things political continued Tuesday. The Governor was once again turning down requests for interviews and reaction to continued attacks by Republican Bruce Rauner. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says it appears to be part of carefully constructed campaign strategy and says he is doing it because he can. Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel we
 
 
College students and families file your income tax return for 2013 as soon as possible! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by colleges to determine if you are eligible for financial aid.
 
 
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement on the announced implementation of the P5+1’s Joint Plan of Action with Iran: “I am pleased to learn progress has been made in the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action announced in November; however, it is important to fully understand the timelines, milestones and specific promised deliverables agreed to before assessi
 
 
Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education.
 
 
Dancer dies after ‘freak occurrence’ during rehearsal, death ruled an accidentChicago TribuneMarco Antonio Huicochea Gonzàlez, 22, died Monday afternoon after the accident in the 5000 block of Kimberly Avenue in Albany Park, according to DanceWorks Chicago, which he joined just last year. … lbowean@tribune.com | Twitter: @lollybowean.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — More than a dozen Illinois counties have purged their voter registration rolls to remove the names of people who’ve died or …
 
 
And guess which state is dead last in job growth.
 
 
Hey big spender! $25,000.00 from Taxpayers for Quinn, Pat Quinn to IL Machinist Non-partisan Political League. http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?ID=521783&FiledDocID=521783&ContributionType=All+Types&Archived=False …
 
 
A1: $25,000.00 in 1 contribs to IL Machinist Non-partisan Political League. http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?ID=521783&FiledDocID=521783&ContributionType=All+Types&Archived=False …
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined EquiTrust Life Insurance Company to announce that the company is opening new offices in Illinois that will create 200 jobs in the coming year and could employ hundreds more in years to come. According to company officials, EquiTrust will open their first Illinois office in Chicago, where they expect to add approximately 200 employees over the coming year.
 
 
WALWORTH, Wisc. – Hebron’s Village President could face bulked up sentencing from a previous cocaine case if he’s convicted of pending drunken driving charges in Wisconsin.
 
 
Southtown Star, December 27, 2013 Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Friday asking a judge to order a review of what caused an explosion earlier this month at a chemical factory that left two workers hurt. Madigan filed the lawsuit Friday at the request of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, seeking an injunction that would order Blue Island Phenol of Alsip to conduct an analy
 
 
WPSD Local 6, January 8, 2014 Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Wednesday Honeywell International, Inc., has been ordered to pay a civil penalty of $90,000 following three dangerous releases of hydrogen fluoride at its Metropolis, Ill. plant. The company also completed a series of system upgrades as required by Madigan and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. “The dangerous air
 
 
#uiuc is #10 on the list of Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Patents in 2012! http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-academy-of-inventors-and-the-intellectual-property-owners-association-release-list-of-top-100-worldwide-universities-granted-us-patents-236010571.html … #InnovationMadeHere
 
 
Yeah, we are! Congratulations The Illinois Marathon! http://tinyurl.com/la7fu7q  http://fb.me/2lW8Ixi0y 
 
 
Why has the GOP declared war on the Tea Party?@johnfund & Greg Valliere join #LouDobbsTonight 7pm ET @FoxBusiness
 
 
Volunteer Rally 1/18 at Kane County Bar Assoc. See details on our website http://www.SteveAnderssonForStateRep.com  pic.twitter.com/5ynzuNKd83
 
 
Opinion: Paul Krugman, NY Times – The #GOP – Enemies of the Poor http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/opinion/krugman-enemies-of-the-poor.html?ref=opinion&_r=0Enemies of the Poorwww.nytimes.comThe reverse Robin-Hoodism of the Republicans runs deep.
 
 
I am having a Tele-Town Hall Meeting tonight beginning at 7:15 pm. If you want to participate call (855)-756-7520… http://fb.me/2GSRTE4LC 
 
 
Are you a college student looking to help #Democrats take back a #GOP held seat in #Illinois? Sign up here: http://goo.gl/8h1HSy  #twill
 
 
Were you left stranded by Metra during polar vortex? Rep. @RonSandack wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again: http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/rep-ron-sandack-requests-committee.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Property Tax Workshop tonight, 6 PM @StateRepSara @RepAnnWilliams @johnfritchey @AldermanSmith43 #cookcounty #chicago pic.twitter.com/kvK01kRjdz
 
 
Missing the holiday season… But I still have a great picture of the tree! http://ow.ly/sA6l5 
 
 
“@skyliner007: @bruceanddan @Bill_Brady is the most conservative Republican running.” // Thank you!
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Rep. Ron Sandack Requests Committee Hearing on Metra System Failure… http://goo.gl/fb/PU5KX 
 
 
I’ve heard from too many people about Metra’s reliability issues, and not just due to the recent extreme weather…. http://fb.me/17ri6aqCO 
 
 
Were the problems only weather related or are there larger systemic issues that need to be addressed? Metra’s… http://fb.me/1agTnOTCX 
 
 
Due to scheduling conflicts w/ the gubernatorial candidates forum, we’re postponing our Obamacare Town Halls. Apologies for inconvenience.
 
 
Safety and child-protection issues at the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) were the focus of a… http://fb.me/39r0VYjEz 
 
 
Queen Isabel Taylor recently made her transition at 104 yrs old. She lived a great life. Remembering her today… pic.twitter.com/GmKY360oQR
 
 
“@drapakdan: @Bill_Brady I hope you win the election and reverse the ultra liberal path this state is stuck in” // thanks!
 
 
Start the countdown clock! 1 month from now (Feb. 14), #Illini will open 2014 season against @GSUPanthers in Atlanta: http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/ill-m-basebl-sched.html …
 
 
Want to save money on your gas bills? Take advantage of this free kit from Nicor… http://ow.ly/sAlRV 
 
 
CYC Town hall meeting tonight in Coffeen and Thursday in Wilsonville. Stop by and let’s talk about economic… http://fb.me/10MYCN7ZH 
 
 
How will we sustain programs for kids when @Voices4ILKids reports the governor’s budget projects a 4.5 billion shortfall by 2017?
 
 
Voter registration, early voting, absentee voting: You need to know these dates for the March 18 primary elections: http://ow.ly/szv8R 
 
 
Thanks to the members of The Council of Islamic Organizations of a Greater Chicago for visiting my district office! pic.twitter.com/QSHs9ccqX5
 
 
Education advisory committee entering final phase of work – http://luechtefeld.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/436/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Due to a scheduling conflict, tonight and Thursday’s Town Hall meetings will have to be rescheduled to later dates. Tonight, at Plainfield Central High School, there will be a gubernatorial candidates forum, where attendees can expect to learn more about the four candidates for Illinois governor. Due to this event, we will be postponing our Town Hall meetings. We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
 
Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky voted No on H.R. 3811, Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014. This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to notify individuals who have signed up for Obamacare within two days if their personal information is stolen or improperly accessed as a result of a security breach in a federal or state insurance exchange. It passed 291-122
 
 
I’m encouraged that recent bipartisan legislation will help fund the account that could spur the activation of Thomson prison. I’ll continue to work closely with Senator Durbin and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to ensure this job-creating facility remains on track to open.On paper, a step closer to Thomson prison openingwww.saukvalley.comSTERLING – Funding to open a federal prison in Thomson is in
 
 
Big Ag issues outlined in first meeting of Kinzinger committee
 
 
Safety and child-protection issues at the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) were the focus of a Senate subcommittee hearing January 13.Subcommittee Hears Testimony on DCFS Improvements senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with less regulation and lower t
 
 
College students and families file your income tax return for 2013 as soon as possible! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by colleges to determine if you are eligible for financial aid.
 
 
Enjoyed being In-Studio Live on The Kevin Kollins Show. WJOL 1340 AM.
 
 
This afternoon I joined Earvin “Magic” Johnson to announce EquiTrust Life Insurance Company is opening new offices and creating 200 jobs in Illinois – with hundreds more to come! We are thrilled that EquiTrust has chosen Illinois based on the state’s large & dynamic economy & its pool of talented workers. We are also excited to have Earvin Johnson become a corporate citizen of our state. H
 
 
Freshman lawmaker honors commitment to cut salary and office budget CARY – Fresh off his first year in the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative David McSweeney (R-Cary) honored two more campaign pledges this week by cutting his salary and district office budgets by 10%.  “I have consistently stated my belief that the State of Illinois can operate more efficiently and I want to set an ex
 
 
Education advisory committee entering final phase of work “We will move into the final stages of putting together a legislative solution to more fairly fund our schools. This committee was formed out of a need to explore state funding of downstate schools compared to their Chicago counterparts,” Luechtefeld said.News | Senator Dave Luechtefeld | Dave Luechtefeld, Illinois State Senator – 58th Di
 
 
Were the problems only weather related or are there larger systemic issues that need to be addressed? Metra’s reliability is important to the people of the 81st and otherwise.State Rep. Ron Sandack Requests Committee Hearing on Metra System Failure During Extreme Cold…www.ronsandack.orgIllinois House District 81
 
 
Just a reminder that my office is open to help submit concealed carry applications online. Jen is pictured here helping a gentleman earlier today. Please visit my legislative website below to set up an appointment: http://senatorrezin.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/115/nid/172/r/1/Default.aspx
 
 
A hearing officer recommends that the Democratic challenger to Gov. Pat Quinn should stay on the ballot – but not his running mate.
 
 
PLAINFIELD – Three of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates will answer questions at a forum at the Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield IL, doors opening at 6:00 PM. Illinois Review will be reporting live as WLS AM 890 talk…
 
 
Due to scheduling conflicts w/ the gubernatorial candidates forum, we’re postponing our Obamacare Town Halls. Apologies for inconvenience.
 
 
The federal government is imposing a single teaching model, known as Common Core, on all 15,000 school districts across the country. This is blatant socialism. I am strongly against Common Core and, as your congressman, I will work to remove it. “Like” if you agree!
 
 
The pathway to citizenship remains the cornerstone of any serious immigration reform plan. Without it, immigration reform will not stand and our system will remain broken. With over half of the 113th Congress behind us, the House has ignored one of the signature issues the American people sent us to here to solve. At the very least, we owe it to them to give it a try. Click below to watch my speec
 
 
IL Rural Healthcare meeting, good discussion on issues & some possible solutions. Good to be with folks from Greene, Jersey, & Macoupin.
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today welcomed new rules announced by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today that would require total enclosure of petroleum coke piles and other protections associated with the potentially harmful byproduct of petroleum refining, also known as pet coke.
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today expressed optimism that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s new online adverse event reporting system will improve submission of reports from dietary supplement consumers and members of the industry and help FDA better detect dietary supplements that pose health risks. Previously, only volunt
 
 
Congratulations to Alisa Fallon of Des Plaines who won the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick Contest in Denver on Sunday! Read more about her accomplishments here: http://bit.ly/1fuBZeTDes Plaines girl, 14, wins NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick contestwww.dailyherald.comWeeks of preparation paid off this weekend for Alisa Fallon of Des Plaines, who won her age group in the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest in
 
 
I am proud to introduce legislation to improve our veterans’ access to health care. Our VA health care system is designed to provide our veterans with the best medical care possible, but too often today, veterans are required to drive long distances just to see a doctor at the nearest VA medical facility. This is especially true for veterans living in rural communities. My bill, the Veteran-Cent
 
 
Governor’s budget projection forecasts increased deficits, bill backlog. Read more from the Caucus Blog week end review: http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/week-in-review-for-1614-11014.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IllinoisHouseRepublicanCaucusBlog+%28Illinois+House+Republican+Caucus+Blog%29Week in Review for 1/6/14 – 1/10/14www.thecaucusblog.com
 
 
By Nancy Thorner – Turning to 2014, how will the year stack up for issuing federal rules and regulation sans Congressional involvement? Fasten your seat belts, for federal agencies are off to a running start! It will be a bumpy…
 
 
State Rep. Elgie Sims, District 168 Board President Sharon Davenport, Sauk Village Mayor David Hanks and Trustee Derrick Burgess also attended.
 
 
Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler resigns to take position at Northern Arizona University http://dailyegyptian.com/carbondale-mayor-resigns/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter …
 
 
Campbell: More Important To Be Right Than Fast With Concealed Carry Applications http://wmay.com/wmay-news/85356 
 
 
Former Schock Aide, Unions Team Up For Anti-Rauner Effort http://wmay.com/wmay-news/85355 
 
 
Honored to recognize 26 successful @1871Chicago alumni companies that have created hundreds of new jobs in #IL http://tinyurl.com/mzcdlty 
 
 
.@1871Chicago- an incredible resource for the #IL tech industry- is keeping #IL a center for innovation worldwide while growing our economy
 
 
Nothing funny about state’s finances. Thanks @altontelegraph for taking a look at our latest Fiscal Focus issue. http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/editorials/670382/Nothing-funny-about-states-finances …
 
 
GOP Gubernatorial candidate @Bill_Brady joined the show to address the controversy surrounding Bruce Rauner. http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1201&c=5751&f=2307783 …
 
 
We just filed our campaign financial disclosure showing close to $1.4 million cash on hand #twill
 
 
Are you a college student looking to help #Democrats take back a #GOP held seat in #Illinois? Sign up here: http://goo.gl/8h1HSy  #twill
 
 
“@skyliner007: @bruceanddan @Bill_Brady is the most conservative Republican running.” // Thank you!
 
 
Libertyville #GOP announced endorsements. 60% Committeeman’s weighted vote was required: Dan Rutherford was endorsed for Governor #twill
 
 
The ball is turned over by Chicago’s Prosser High School with seconds remaining, and the Grandview Greyhounds went in for a game winning layup.
 
 
Money wasted on road salt. #twill @wlsam890 http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?feed=11&pt=Alderman:+City+wasted+money+salting+streets+during+deep+freeze&id=81554&is_corp=0 …
 
 
Illinois’ senior Senator admitted that the health insurance marketplace got off to a bad start, but he said the program won’t collapse on itself. read more
 
 
For the first time since the Great Recession, Schaumburg’s plans for the year ahead almost make it seem that the debilitating economic downturn never happened. In his annual state-of-the-village presentation Tuesday, Mayor Al Larson previewed a 2014 all about new restaurants, residential subdivisions, car dealerships, corporate headquarters, hotels, entertainment venues and tollway interchanges.
 
 
Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard has one word to describe the condition of the biggest east-west road in the city this weekend: “pathetic.”City street department working to fix potholeswlds.com
 
 
Reminder: Take the Illinois Conservation Congress Online Survey Now. Find it at this link:… http://fb.me/2f20vBRsU 
 
 
I want this to be the only place you go in the country to start your business. @tullman #1871alum
 
 
Honored to recognize 26 successful @1871Chicago alumni companies that have created hundreds of new jobs in #IL http://tinyurl.com/mzcdlty 
 
 
.@1871Chicago- an incredible resource for the #IL tech industry- is keeping #IL a center for innovation worldwide while growing our economy
 
 
Nothing funny about state’s finances. Thanks @altontelegraph for taking a look at our latest Fiscal Focus issue. http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/editorials/670382/Nothing-funny-about-states-finances …
 
 
GOP Gubernatorial candidate @Bill_Brady joined the show to address the controversy surrounding Bruce Rauner. http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1201&c=5751&f=2307783 …
 
 
We just filed our campaign financial disclosure showing close to $1.4 million cash on hand #twill
 
 
Are you a college student looking to help #Democrats take back a #GOP held seat in #Illinois? Sign up here: http://goo.gl/8h1HSy  #twill
 
 
Libertyville #GOP announced endorsements. 60% Committeeman’s weighted vote was required: Dan Rutherford was endorsed for Governor #twill
 
 
“@skyliner007: @bruceanddan @Bill_Brady is the most conservative Republican running.” // Thank you!
 
 
 
2.1 million Americans “enrolled” in ObamaCare through Dec.illinoispolicy.orgFar below the Obama administration’s impending goal of enrolling 3 million people by the end of Dec.
 
 
At some point Southern Illinois will rise up against these crooks that treat our residents as some pawns in a game. Human life is no game. As a doctor you stress about giving the best care possible to your patients. These people are playing doctor and risking the lives of over 200 people. Back room deals, pay to play, political favors, and these people are caught in the crossfire. Sick. http://www
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014, which was filed in the House and Senate earlier today, includes funding for the activation of the Thomson correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois. The bill, which reflects a budget agreement between the House and Senate must
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014, which was filed in the House and Senate earlier today includes two provisions that will help solidify the future of Rock Island Arsenal. The bill, which reflects a budget agreement between the House and Senate, must now be voted
 
 
Gen. William Fraser, Commander of @US_TRANSCOM HQ’d @ScottAFB, visited my office. Scott AFB is vital to Metro East. http://instagram.com/p/jKFek9MqLn/ 
 
 
Americans deserve answers from Admin on #ACA unilateral delays, waivers & exemptions. House votes this week to demand weekly #ACA reports
 
 
Congrats to Alisa Fallon (@thelala31) of Des Plaines for winning @NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick Contest! http://bit.ly/1fuBZeT 
 
 
I’m pleased to see the DC Circuit Court of Appeals strike down the FCC’s net neutrality rules. This will keep the government’s hands off of the Internet and end Administration attempts to stifle online innovation.Court strikes down net neutralitythehill.comThe decision is blow to President Obama, who made net neutrality a campaign pledge in 2008.
 
 
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) became the first transit system accepted into the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s “Core Capacity” Program in November of last year. As the only system to be accepted into the program thus far, CTA and the FTA have begun moving forward on the environmental work necessary for design and construction of the planned rebuilding of the CTA’s Red Line and Purple
 
 
RT if you agree that if Congress must do piecemeal #immigration reform, path to citizenship MUST be piece #1 http://1.usa.gov/1hnS3ws  #CIR
 
 
Ill. attorney general picks new solicitor generalBelleville News DemocratCHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has appointed a new solicitor general in her office. Madigan said Tuesday that professor Carolyn Shapiro of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will take the role. The solicitor general is in charge of more …
 
 
Gun applications overwhelm authoritiesGalesburg Register-MailBrandon Phelps, a sponsor of the legislation, said 30 days is long enough for local law enforcement to submit objections to the state panel made up of former prosecutors, judges and others. He also says it isn’t necessary to provide additional funds …
 
 
Coles County Farm Bureau members mark your calendars to attend the 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference …
 
 
This event is part of the “Chicago Style” series, in which the Institute of Politics invites a prominent elected official, policymaker, political operative, journalist, lobbyist or organizer to our historic home on South Woodlawn for an informal …
 
 
At some point Southern Illinois will rise up against these crooks that treat our residents as some pawns in a game. Human life is no game. As a doctor you stress about giving the best care possible to your patients. These people are playing doctor and risking the lives of over 200 people. Back room deals, pay to play, political favors, and these people are caught in the crossfire. Sick. http://www
 
 
Way to go, Rep McSweeney. That is an example I will follow once elected.David McSweeney Gives Back 10% of Salary & Office Expense Allowance |mchenrycountyblog.comThis is a journal of news and opinion designed to bring to light matters of public interest and to encourage public participation in the governmental process.
 
 
* Chicago may ban the indoor use of e-cigs… Several aldermen continued to express concerns about the indoor ban Monday, arguing there is no clear scientific consensus that the vapor emitted from electronic cigarettes is dangerous like smoke from tobacco products. “It is a ban, because you’re making people go outside, you’re treating it just as you […]
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE…..State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) sent a letter to House Speaker Mike Madigan today requesting a hearing to get to the bottom of the near-total shutdown of the Metra commuter rail system during last week’s extreme cold weather.
 
 
Sick to death of social media marketing, yes? Fortunately, there are new tools that can make it easier http://fw.to/6vDDNjP 
 
 
The four Republican candidates for governor plan to attend a Daily Herald and ABC 7 forum on business issues Thursday. Republican governor …
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleBusiness groups go on record against minimum wage hikeQuad City TimesAlong with lobbying groups such as the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the Illinois Manufacturers Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the coalition includes the Illinois Farm Bureau, Six Flags Great America and the National …Minimum wage increase to test governor candidatesMinimum wag
 
 
* Chicago may ban the indoor use of e-cigs… Several aldermen continued to express concerns about the indoor ban Monday, arguing there is no clear scientific consensus that the vapor emitted from electronic cigarettes is dangerous like smoke from tobacco products. “It is a ban, because you’re making people go outside, you’re treating it just as you […]
 
 
* As I’ve already told you, Sen. Kirk Dillard responded to these claims by Bruce Rauner’s campaign… “Kirk Dillard is the worst type of career politician. He’s double-talking and has more clout baggage than O’Hare during a snowstorm. The fact is Kirk Dillard and the other career politicians repeatedly clouted people into the University of […]
 
 
Huffington Post – Found 8 minutes ago… to join with Frack Free Illinois in delivering comments on the regulation and a petition asking Governor Quinn to oversee a rewrite.
 
 
Beanie Babies Founder Gets Probation For Tax Evasion « CBS Chicago http://cbsloc.al/1dt4tnU 
 
 
Naming new ATF headquarters after Eliot Ness “a lousy idea,” according to author of book on Capone http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/24940777-452/sneed-exclusive-get-capone-author-says-naming-building-for-eliot-ness-a-lousy-idea.html …
 
 
I’m excited to announce that we ended 2013 with our strongest fundraising report of the year. I am truly honored by your support and look forward to working together in 2014!Callis Ends 2013 Raising More Than $720,000 For Congressional Racewww.callisforillinois.comEDWARDSVILLE, IL – Today former Judge Ann Callis announced her campaign will report raising more than $720,000 in her first 8 months in
 
 
Interesting info in today’s In the Know. My featured community today is Lake in the Hills: http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/cell-phone-ban-concealed-carry-outlook.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
Never forget about Benghazi, because if you’re Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky meeting with representatives from Al Qaeda is just fine. Well, it’s not fine with this US Navy Veteran or the 4 Americans who died in the embassy attack. In 2014, let’s CAN JAN! Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Jan Schakowsky on Drone Policyhttp://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/group-r
 
 
The federal government is imposing a single teaching model, known as Common Core, on all 15,000 school districts across the country. This is blatant socialism. I am strongly against Common Core and, as your congressman, I will work to remove it. “Like” if you agree!
 
 
Opinion: Paul Krugman, NY Times – The #GOP – Enemies of the Poorhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/opinion/krugman-enemies-of-the-poor.html?ref=opinion&_r=0Enemies of the Poorwww.nytimes.comThe reverse Robin-Hoodism of the Republicans runs deep.
 
 
He also advised the Illinois Attorney General on constitutional and other significant legal issues. In this capacity, Michael was a leader in coordinating …
 
 
* From this morning… Why is my train moving backwards? I hope this is discussed at the transit task force this afternoon. #metra — Daniel Biss (@danielbiss) January 14, 2014 And then… Also, because of #metra’s ludicrous fare-collection mechanism, I was once again unable to pay for my train ride. Speaking of backward… — Daniel Biss (@danielbiss) January 14, 2014 Oops.
 
 
* From last week… “Anyone who wants to see more people going back to work should support lowering the minimum wage,” John Tilman, Illinois Policy Institute, said. * From this week’s Crain’s we have Illinois Policy Institute writer Scott Reeder… I’ve been covering politics for more than 25 years. I’ve seen politicians prevaricate, flip-flop, quibble and just about […]
 
 
* Chicago Tribune, May 07, 1991… A Woodridge man was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice after police discovered he is wanted on a larceny charge in Montgomery County, Va. Police said they stopped a car driven by Keith R.W. Matune, 21, of 5921 Jackson Drive early Friday on the 6200 block of […]
 
 
* CBS2 interviewed Bruce Rauner about the renewed controversy over the alleged strings he pulled to get his Winnetka daughter into a top-flight Chicago public school ahead of other applicants… Rauner admits making a call to former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan to see how he could get his daughter into Payton, despite what he […]
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Dillard Suffers Continuing Fundraising WoesNBC Chicago (blog)When running a political campaign, self-financing can mean one of two things: either you have deep pockets and can spend as much as you want, or you’re in trouble financially. For Kirk Dillard, his campaign for governor looks more and more like the …Dillard relying on running mate to keep campaign afloat financiallyAn
 
 
* Jacob Huebert at Illinois Review looks at the three lawsuits filed to overturn the new pension reform law… All three suits allege that the law violates the Pension Clause because it makes modest reductions to annual increases in retiree benefits, commonly referred to as COLAs. The Cook County suit also alleges that the law’s increases […]
 
 
Lincoln Daily News – Found 2 hours agoGovernor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness helps Illinoisans start a … a healthy lifestyle,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “Innovative programs …
 
 
Yahoo! Finance – Found 1 hour ago… takes over from interim 1871 CEO Jim O’Connor Jr. “At 1871, there is fertile ground for entrepreneurship and new ideas,” Governor Quinn said. Governor Quinn Celebrates Successful Startups at 1871 – BusinessWeek Governor Quinn Celebrates Successful Startups at 1871 – Reuters Governor Quinn Celebrates Successful Startups at 1871 – KNDO KNDU Governor Qui
 
 
State Rep. Bob Rita has served the 28th District of the Illinois House of Representatives with…
 
 
Exciting launch of ‘1871’ 2.0 this morning. Etrapraneurship is key for growth and innovation for #Il10 pic.twitter.com/pLVxkbaq10
 
 
Excited to say we finished 2013 with our strongest fundraising report. I’m honored by your support to win back #IL13 http://bit.ly/1eBMtEg 
 
 
Sangamon County jury duty questionnaire permits an exemption for a “stay at home mom,” but is silent on dads. Equal rights, shmequal rights.
 
 
Magic Johnson to bring insurance company, 200-plus jobs to Chicago http://fw.to/WTC1laE  via @GregHinz @CrainsChicago
 
 
Congressman John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has nominated 22 young people in the 15th Congressional District for appointment to the national military service academies. Among the 22 are residents of Gifford, St. Joseph, Mahomet, Chrisman, Tuscola, Shelbyville and Humboldt. read more
 
 
Chicago Police recovered nearly 7,000 illegal guns last year, police announced Monday.
 
 
A little remarked upon requirement in the federal health law expands treatments for people with cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.
 
 
In another somewhat rare issue that will pit Democrats against Republicans on the Kane County Forest Preserve Commission, there is a move to oppose a change to the state’s prevailing wage law. The change would broaden the number and type of workers receiving the prevailing wage and, opponents argue, disqualify a number of small, local contractors from being so-called “responsible bidders.&quo
 
 
The map below shows a snapshot across town of the change between 2000 and 2011 in the percentage of people whose incomes are $200,000 or more.
 
 
State Sen. & GOP candidate for Governor @Bill_Brady on with Riley & Scot next. http://t.co/XeQPZ8fy0h1440 WROK Radio – Rockford News/Talk – Rockford News Radio1440wrok.com1440 WROK Radio is the best news station in Rockford, Illinois.
 
 
A little more than a week into the process of allowing Illinois residents to acquire concealed carry handgun licenses, some state legislators are already seeking to tweak the new law.
 
 
Attorneys for Chicago have made it official: The city will ask for six months to craft a new gun sales ordinance rather than fight a federal judge’s findings that its ban on gun sales is unconstitutional.
 
 
Springfield City Council is beginning to review Mayor Mike Houston’s $599.1 million budget for the city’s 2015 fiscal year. Of that, the city’s number crunchers expect revenue to be in the neighborhood of nearly $555 million. However, upwards of $30 million from the sale of bonds is expected to be added to the final revenue numbers. …
 
 
The war on #reprorights is very real. The Odyssey to Get an Abortion in Texas – http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/the-odyssey-to-get-an-abortion-in-texas/283045/ … @PersonalPAC @PPact
 
 
Big story: Declassified docs show immediately after Benghazi attack President was told it was a terrorist attack. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/14/benghazi-transcripts-top-defense-officials-briefed-obama-on-attack-not-video-or/ …
 
 
Meet us at the Effingham Democrats meeting Weds 7pm Effingham city building. pic.twitter.com/aZ9MtHjbbo
 
 
We will be at the Effingham Democratic Central Committee meeting Wednesday evening 7pm. At the City Building 201 E Jefferson Ave. Come out and say hello.
 
 
The Civic Federation confirms that the numbers don’t add up on Madigan’s pension reform. Illinois pension reform falls short in promised savings, says Civic Fed – Blogs On Politics -…www.chicagobusiness.comVisit Crain’s Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
 
 
Pizza Wars are on in District 99! Help select the best pizza in the community with all proceeds going towards innovative curriculum and technology at nationally recognized Downers North & South High Schools.http://downersgrove.patch.com/groups/schools/p/pizza-places-faceoff-to-raise-funds-for-district-99Pizza Places Face-off to Raise Funds for District 99downersgrove.patch.comLocal pizza place
 
 
26,000 people in #WestWirginia can use tap water again after chemical spill #MorningMinute http://cnn.it/1kzzbiP  pic.twitter.com/h6FnBBwMQk
 
 
#job Teacher Assistant (Bilingual) – Metropolitan Family Services #Wheaton #IL http://metrochicagojobs.com/j/5816786  #jobs
 
 
#job Social Worker 1 or 2 (Bilingual) – Metropolitan Family Services #BlueIsland #IL http://metrochicagojobs.com/j/5816789  #jobs
 
 
#job Social Worker 1 or 2 (Bilingual) – Metropolitan Family Services #PalosHills #IL http://metrochicagojobs.com/j/5816789  #jobs
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Cell phone ban, concealed carry outlook, roadside emergencies and more! http://goo.gl/fb/j36Tp 
 
 
The same group that warned #Illinois credit rating would be worst in the nation, now predicts IL will be the worst in Job Creation for 2014
 
 
One of the best ways to be in the know, is to follow “In the Know.” http://fb.me/6W0I28DgP 
 
 
Great op-ed from John Comerford, the new President of Blackburn College in Carlinville entitled “Making College… http://fb.me/TVMmXSG7 
 
 
Why is my train moving backwards? I hope this is discussed at the transit task force this afternoon. #metra
 
 
Also, because of #metra’s ludicrous fare-collection mechanism, I was once again unable to pay for my train ride. Speaking of backward…
 
 
On deck: I have a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules hearing today, Tuesday, at the Bilandic Building; 11:00 a.m. #PeoplesBusiness
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Cell phone ban, concealed carry outlook, roadside … http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/cell-phone-ban-concealed-carry-outlook.html?spref=tw …
 
 
One of the best ways to be in the know, is to follow “In the Know.”Cell phone ban, concealed carry outlook, roadside emergencies and more!www.intheknowillinois.com
 
 
Have a say in DNR matters! Take the survey now…Conservation Congress : Conservation Congresswww.dnr.illinois.gov
 
 
I called the so-called pension reform bill a Band-Aid on an open wound. Now a new study shows that the legislation won’t save the amount of money the politicians promised: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140113/BLOGS02/140119959?template=mobile&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1Illinois pension reform falls short in promised savings, says Civic Fed – Blogs On Politics -…www.chicagobusiness.comVisi
 
 
How is it possible to have a 6.8% unemployment rate with 92 million Americans not working? It’s called high taxation and you, the worker- not getting a single cent for your labor. That’s also called slavery.
 
 
I’m excited to announce that we ended 2013 with our strongest fundraising report of the year. I am truly honored by your support and look forward to working together in 2014!Callis Ends 2013 Raising More Than $720,000 For Congressional Racewww.callisforillinois.comEDWARDSVILLE, IL – Today former Judge Ann Callis announced her campaign will report raising more than $720,000 in her first 8 months in
 
 
Three years ago, Illinois raised income taxes by 67%. What did we get as a result? Debt that continues to rise and unpaid bills that continue to pile up. I am committed to finding solutions so we can right our fiscal ship and pay our bills. Only then will Illinoisans have a shot at one day living in a prosperous state.Frese says income tax increase hasn’t accomplished its goals – Quincy, IL News –
 
 
How is it possible to have a 6.8% unemployment rate with 92 million Americans not working? It’s called high taxation and you, the worker- not getting a single cent for your labor. That’s also called slavery.
 
 
No federal website that intakes the personal data of Americans, including Healthcare.gov, should be online without basic, industry-accepted standards of security–especially when Americans are forced to use that website to buy health insurance. Please read the details of H.R. 3635 to see how this bill will protect your online identity.Hultgren Supports Safe and Secure Federal Websites Acthultgren.
 
 
<p>EDWARDSVILLE, IL – Today former Judge Ann Callis announced her campaign will report raising more than $720,000 in her first 8 months in the race. The final quarter in 2013 was her best yet, as Callis will report more than $255,000 raised in October, November and December and over $500,000 cash on hand heading into 2014.</p> <p>“I am honored by the support and succes
 
 
Here is last night’s WCIA 3 News story on our efforts to make education funding more equitable for students across the state.Some lawmakers want school funding formula retooledwww.illinoishomepage.netSPRINGFIELD — School districts in our area say they don’t get as much state funding as they should, so a group of lawmakers is trying to make a change.
 
 
Please join Sen. Pamela Althoff, Rep. Barbara Salvi Wheeler and I for a town hall meeting tonight moderated by Reboot Illinois. The meeting is at 7pm in the Woodstock City Hall Council Chambers, located at 121 W. Calhoun St. I hope to see you there and look forward to hearing your ideas about getting the State of Illinois back on track.Legislative town hall to be held in Woodstock on Tuesdaywww.nw
 
 
Second in our series of Top 5 New Laws for 2014: laws to protect children and parents.Top 5 New Illinois Parenting Laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
We share exclusive photos via our #Instagram page. See the work of our talented photo staff.Instagraminstagram.comilsenatedems’s photo on Instagram
 
 
 
http://goo.gl/WufHDwillinoispolicy.org
 
 
I’ve kept my promise to cut my own pay and district office budget by 10%. I’m also refusing to take a state pension. We need to cut unnecessary spending and I’m trying to lead by example.David McSweeney Gives Back 10% of Salary & Office Expense Allowancemchenrycountyblog.comCARY – Fresh off his first year in the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative David McSweeney (R-Cary) honored t
 
 
Retooling the state’s school funding formula is essential to providing all children in Illinois with a quality education:Some lawmakers want school funding formula retooledwww.illinoishomepage.netSPRINGFIELD — School districts in our area say they don’t get as much state funding as they should, so a group of lawmakers is trying to make a change.
 
 
After Mike Scott’s news @KirkDillard talks about the race for Governor & Rauner’s donation to Payton Prep
 
 
I called the pension bill a Band-Aid on an open wound. New study shows it won’t save as much as promised: http://bit.ly/1aBJpZM 
 
 
@IllinoisWilson thanks for your hard work supporting @KirkDillard & me. It’s important & with your help we’ll #MakeILWorkAgain #ILGOP #ILGOV
 
 
@KirkDillard will join us this morning. Also, @gatewaypundit. 10 am ct on 930 WTAD and http://wtad.com !!!
 
 
Tuesday Truth: Was the Cook County GOP endorsement rigged? Kelly says it was pay-to-play politics. Southtown Star: http://bit.ly/1afrQOH 
 
 
Tuesday Truth: Was the Cook County GOP endorsement rigged? Kelly says it was pay-to-play politics. Southtown Star: http://bit.ly/1afrQOH 
 
 
Have a few minutes next Wednesday? Join me in #Chicago at 10am for my official announcement! https://www.facebook.com/events/1376236365948439/ … #twill #Democrats
 
 
In #RockIsland next Wednesday? Join me at 2:30pm as I officially announce for Treasurer! https://www.facebook.com/events/1395202467400603/ … #twill #Democrats
 
 
In #Champaign next Wednesday? Join us at the #Illinois Terminal at 7:30pm for Mike’s formal announcement! https://www.facebook.com/events/1429861943898755/ … #twill
 
 
Honored to be endorsed by @PPIAction in my primary! I’ve always stood for a woman’s right to choose. #twill #Progressive #womenshealth
 
 
Headed up to #BurrRidge for a quick stop at the #Illinois @AFLCIO Exec Board meeting. Thanking my friends in #labor for their support #twill
 
 
 
 
 
The Internal Revenue Service announced this week plans to open the 2014 tax filing season Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fasted way to receive refunds. The process for updating IRS systems was delayed in October after the 16-day federal government closure. April 15 is still the deadline to file.
 
 
John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
 
 
Senator Dick Durbin 1/14/2014 http://www.wdws.com/audio/2014-01-14/senator-dick-durbin-1142014.html … via @wdws1400
 
 
Proud to join my colleagues on the Ed Show to talk about trade and jobs. Show airing later this week. pic.twitter.com/6WdIdSdKDc
 
 
Secret #Iran agreement includes a super secret side deal too? What else is hidden from Americans? http://lat.ms/1dszWX6 
 
 
January is #humantrafficking awareness month. Through education, together we can make a difference pic.twitter.com/nPbsHIQ3Mo
 
 
Did you know I have an eNewsletter? Sign up here (bottom left menu) to stay current w/what I’m doing for IL http://1.usa.gov/1dnxCN2 
 
 
O’Hare noise complaints at record high but working w/ city/FAA on solutions http://bit.ly/1gBKmC1  via @jhilkevitch @ChicagoTribune #Chicago
 
 
RT @Cityofatlanta: This morning Mayor @KasimReed testified on behalf of @USMayors at @Transport: http://bit.ly/1dsWdnE  #surfacetrans
 
 
Great time, thanks for the invite! MT @SteveKornacki fun on ice interview w/ Congressman/hockey fanatic Mike Quigley pic.twitter.com/NneBpjbCon
 
 
Enjoyable day with voters in Clark and Crawford Counties.
 
 
The Internal Revenue Service announced this week plans to open the 2014 tax filing season Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fasted way to receive refunds. The process for updating IRS systems was delayed in October after the 16-day federal government closure. April 15 is still the deadline to file.
 
 
Three years ago, Illinois raised income taxes by 67%. What did we get as a result? Debt that continues to rise and unpaid bills that continue to pile up. I am committed to finding solutions so we can right our fiscal ship and pay our bills. Only then will Illinoisans have a shot at one day living in a prosperous state.Frese says income tax increase hasn’t accomplished its goals – Quincy, IL News –
 
 
Volunteer Rally 9:30am January 18th at the Kane County Bar Association Offices, located at 555 South Randall Rd., Suite 205, St. Charles, IL, 60174. Come and have coffee and refreshments and we will provide an update on his campaign and an overview of the work that lies ahead. We will also be asking for volunteers for various different tasks, such as knocking on doors, obtaining yard sign location
 
 
Retooling the state’s school funding formula is essential to providing all children in Illinois with a quality education:Some lawmakers want school funding formula retooledwww.illinoishomepage.netSPRINGFIELD — School districts in our area say they don’t get as much state funding as they should, so a group of lawmakers is trying to make a change.
 
 
 
http://goo.gl/WufHDwillinoispolicy.org
 
 
The statistics are alarming, and there should be no surprise why people are getting out of our state as fast as they can. Let’s make Illinois a place we can be proud of again.Timeline PhotosMore than 1 million Illinoisans are unemployed or underemployed. Read more: http://illin.is/1gGQ8CX
 
 
Way to go, Rep McSweeney. That is an example I will follow once elected.David McSweeney Gives Back 10% of Salary & Office Expense Allowance |mchenrycountyblog.comThis is a journal of news and opinion designed to bring to light matters of public interest and to encourage public participation in the governmental process.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Way to go, Rep McSweeney. That is an example I will follow once elected.David McSweeney Gives Back 10% of Salary & Office Expense Allowance |mchenrycountyblog.comThis is a journal of news and opinion designed to bring to light matters of public interest and to encourage public participation in the governmental process.
 
 
Here is last night’s WCIA 3 News story on the Senate Advisory Committee on Education Funding’s ongoing efforts to ensure equitable funding for schools across the state. Some lawmakers want school funding formula retooledwww.illinoishomepage.netSPRINGFIELD — School districts in our area say they don’t get as much state funding as they should, so a group of lawmakers is trying to make a change.
 
 
Extreme winter weather across the Midwest has caused a severe shortage of blood donations. To combat this shortfall, the American Red Cross has launched a new campaign to help increase the number of donations this January during National Blood Donor Month.University Blood Drive Initiative Helps Combat Blood Supply Shortagesenategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illino
 
 
Today I joined 1871 to recognize 26 alumni companies for their astonishing success and impact on Illinois’ economy, creating more than 300 new jobs and $10 million in revenue. At 1871, there is fertile ground for entrepreneurship and new ideas. 1871 has become an incredible resource for the technology industry in Illinois while working to grow our economy, create jobs and keep our state a center f
 
 
 
Top 5 New Illinois Parenting Laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
IN THE NEWS: A robust aviation system should not be incompatible with robust neighborhoods. I’ll continue pressing the city and FAA for solutions that reduce the noise burden over single neighborhoods. I don’t think anyone who lives near O’Hare bargained for such a saturation of noise in a single area. The Chicago Tribune has more: http://bit.ly/1gBKmC1.O’Hare noise complaints reach record heights
 
 
Volunteer Rally 9:30am January 18th at the Kane County Bar Association Offices, located at 555 South Randall Rd., Suite 205, St. Charles, IL, 60174. Come and have coffee and refreshments and we will provide an update on his campaign and an overview of the work that lies ahead. We will also be asking for volunteers for various different tasks, such as knocking on doors, obtaining yard sign location
 
 
Have a few minutes next Wednesday morning? Join Mike in Chicago as he formally announces his race for Treasurer!
 
 
Honored to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action!
 
 
 
St. Mary Immaculate School Visit
 
 
 
St. Mary Immaculate School Visit
 
 
More than 1 million illnoisans are either unemployed or underemployed. #twill @illinoispolicy
 
 
I am a True blue #Democrat that believes in our city, country, unions and the people! #SmallBusiness #WomenInCongress
 
 
Exciting launch of ‘1871’ 2.0 this morning. Etrapraneurship is key for growth and innovation for #Il10 pic.twitter.com/pLVxkbaq10
 
 
Excited to say we finished 2013 with our strongest fundraising report. I’m honored by your support to win back #IL13 http://bit.ly/1eBMtEg 
 
 
I look forward to helping #SmallBusiness driving traffic into their stores gaining tax relief & equal opportunity #Equality #WomenInCongress
 
 
@MikeAmeryDC @NeurologyToday @ROBERTDOLD candidate for US house, IL-10 met with MDs, focus on need to preserve access to independent MDs
 
 
Women need to the ability to take care of their family through access to fair wages, healthcare,childcare & more! #ThinkBig #WomenInCongress
 
 
I am strongly against Common Core and, as your congressman, I will work to remove it. pic.twitter.com/cJppGZx1Mz
 
 
I am passionate about helping others succeed. #WomenInBusiness #WomenInCongress #ThinkBig
 
 
Tuesday Truth: Was the Cook County GOP endorsement rigged? Kelly says it was pay-to-play politics. Southtown Star: http://bit.ly/1afrQOH 
 
 
Tuesday Truth: Was the Cook County GOP endorsement rigged? Kelly says it was pay-to-play politics. Southtown Star: http://bit.ly/1afrQOH 
 
 
 
http://fb.me/3CfG5JPTL 
 
 
Have a few minutes next Wednesday? Join me in #Chicago at 10am for my official announcement! https://www.facebook.com/events/1376236365948439/ … #twill #Democrats
 
 
In #RockIsland next Wednesday? Join me at 2:30pm as I officially announce for Treasurer! https://www.facebook.com/events/1395202467400603/ … #twill #Democrats
 
 
Join @pamelaalthoff and @bmwheeler and I for a #Townhall meeting tonight in #Woodstock: http://nwherald.com/2014/01/13/legislative-town-hall-to-be-held-in-woodstock-on-tuesday/ajudp2v/ …
 
 
“@johnvmoore: #ff @dulcecalor @torihatesyou @D_v_E @ncbiillinois @repalriley @capitolfax @yepsen
 
 
In #Champaign next Wednesday? Join us at the #Illinois Terminal at 7:30pm for Mike’s formal announcement! https://www.facebook.com/events/1429861943898755/ … #twill
 
 
Honored to be endorsed by @PPIAction in my primary! I’ve always stood for a woman’s right to choose. #twill #Progressive #womenshealth
 
 
Headed up to #BurrRidge for a quick stop at the #Illinois @AFLCIO Exec Board meeting. Thanking my friends in #labor for their support #twill
 
 
Extreme winter weather across the Midwest has caused a severe shortage of blood donations. To combat this… http://fb.me/1aOMPr6y2 
 
 
Republican candidate’s 1991 arrest questioned. http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/7842 
 
 
Interesting info in today’s In the Know. My featured community today is Lake in the Hills: http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/cell-phone-ban-concealed-carry-outlook.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29 …
 
 
After passing the largest tax hike in IL history, Democrats now want to amend the IL Constitution so they can raise tax rates even higher!
 
 
Do you wish your paycheck was just a little smaller each week? If so, you’re in luck.. IL Democrats have a #taxforthat. #twill
 
 
GOP Gubernatorial candidate @Bill_Brady joined the show to address the controversy surrounding Bruce Rauner. http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1201&c=5751&f=2307783 …
 
 
Are you a small business owner that’s tired of creating jobs and making a profit? No worries, IL Democrats have a #taxforthat too. #twill
 
 
Liv Home in Skokie is looking for an Executive Director; Visit http://www.livhome.com  for more information #joboftheday
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill The curious case of Keith Matune: * Chicago Tribune, May 07, 1991… A Woodridge man was arr… http://bit.ly/1cjyekT 
 
 
Having lunch with the North Chicago Rotary Club today. My guest is a Waukegan School Board Member.
 
 
This is mostly a plug for my brother. But w a moral! Good online ed complements (not replaces) traditional options: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303370904579299050262986262 …
 
 
Why won’t Cheri Bustos stand up for the brave men and women who once stood up for this great nation? Our veterans deserve better!Dem Rep Bustos Admits She Knew About Veteran Pension Cutswww.breitbart.comCongresswoman Bustos recently told a Galesburg, Ill. radio station that she knew the veterans cuts were included in the budget, but she voted for it anyway.
 
 
Chicago Public Media hopes to protect its spirit and reach a consensus without splitting into factions. by Michael Miner The idea of unionizing the professional staff of Chicago Public Media, which operates NPR affiliate WBEZ, was an old one that for years never went anywhere. But last July CEO Torey Malatia resigned under fire, and the idea was reborn with urgency.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to
 
 
CHICAGO – The media story about GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner making a call, and possible donation, to get his daughter into Walter Payton College Prep School seems to have legs in legacy media. Tuesday, Chicago Sun-Times’ Natasha Korecki again…
 
 
“No pants, terrified eyes. Yep, he’s a Cub.” While the team was pretty clear that Clark, the first-ever mascot of the Chicago Cubs, is designed for kids, a fan base hungry for a winning team didn’t take too kindly to the team’s new symbol on Twitter. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140114/BLOGS04/140119936/clark-draws-snark-twitter-sneers-at-cubs-new-mascot
 
 
The Civic Federation confirms that the numbers don’t add up on Madigan’s pension reform. Illinois pension reform falls short in promised savings, says Civic Fed – Blogs On Politics -…www.chicagobusiness.comVisit Crain’s Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
 
 
Pizza Wars are on in District 99! Help select the best pizza in the community with all proceeds going towards innovative curriculum and technology at nationally recognized Downers North & South High Schools.http://downersgrove.patch.com/groups/schools/p/pizza-places-faceoff-to-raise-funds-for-district-99Pizza Places Face-off to Raise Funds for District 99downersgrove.patch.comLocal pizza place
 
 
7 story in The State Journal-Register, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail, had only received about 30 applications for …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … CHICAGO — Executives of two Illinois companies are joining the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on her first trade mission.
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