Today’s headlines — Thursday, Jan. 16

I will sign resolution opposing Escalating Tax. My opponent won’t. It needs 2 more to stop the increase. http://ow.ly/2amxjO #KeepILFlat
 
 
By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 15, 2014 7:50PM. Updated: January 15, 2014 11:08PM. Despite all of the commentary about the …
 
 
Pat Quinn announced that the newly renovated Lincoln Hall achieved the LEED Platinum status — the highest status for “green buildings” and the …
 
 
Pat Quinn’s past support of her department’s budget gives Borggren reason to believe money for expansion may eventually be provided. The facility …
 
 
Manar: Education Funding Should Be Ready By Feb. 1thejournal-news.netOn Tuesday evening, State Senator Andy Manar spoke to a group of Montgomery County residents at the East Fork Township Building in Coffeen. Manar has been serving the 48th District for the past year and stated that this was the 26th townhall meeting …
 
 
But if you are the Illinois Legislature, you can simply say, We will make … to go into the pension systems that the Legislature spent on other programs?
 
 
Our View: Let DNR know what you want from outdoorsRockford Register StarIf you have an idea for how best to use the resources Illinois has, you can make your opinion known through an online survey for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete, is available at …
 
 
It’s unknown how long it may take for lawsuits over Illinois’ pension reform law to wind their way through the courts, but one thing is certain — unnecessary delays will only serve to prolong the fear and uncertainty state government …
 
 
Once fully bloomed, the Watergate affair was devastating for its simplicity: Republican Richard Nixon’s White House broke laws to gather political …
 
 
Pat Quinn signed the bill to permit hydraulic fracturing in June after it overwhelmingly passed the Illinois General Assembly, the debate still continues.
 
 
Now that we’ve thawed from last week’s deep freeze, Illinois Department of Transportation crews hope to install about 900 new speed limit signs …
 
 
Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner story on school clout seems to have changedThe State Journal-RegisterAll three stations reported that Rauner called Duncan. JAY LEVINE of CBS-Channel 2 said in his story: “Rauner admits making a call to Arne Duncan to get his daughter into Payton despite what he calls her middle school attendance record marred by illness.”.
 
 
A ballot question in Johnson County, Illinois, is an example of an increasingly popular tactic among fracking opponents: trying to assert local control …
 
 
Jim Dey: The truth can hurt, politically speakingChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteMike Frerichs, who is running for state treasurer, jumped on the bandwagon by attacking Rauner and linking him to his likely Republican opponent, state Rep. Tom Cross. Frerichs suggested Rauner “took his cues from Tom Cross” and said both are “clueless …
 
 
 
I wonder if anyone selling me something on Craigslist would accept bitcoin. Wait. What… http://springfieldil.craigslist.org/acc/4285371452.html …
 
 
Perhaps Bill Brady’s fundraising numbers would be better if he concentrated on getting bitcoin
 
 
#Patch #DailyShare: A woman was evicted from a #nudist camp for exposing the camp’s ‘swingers’ lifestyle. http://bit.ly/1j7nePL 
 
 
 
What is the next issue that Bruce Rauner will have to address? We’ll talk about it at 5:37. @wlsam890
 
 
Speed Limit Sign Changes Made Through Sangamon County http://wmay.com/wmay-news/85593 
 
 
Regan Running as Write-In Candidate for Sangamon County Sheriff http://wmay.com/wmay-news/85595 
 
 
 
Mayor Emanuel backs fee for rail cars carrying hazardous materials http://bit.ly/1fzHqcD
 
 
 
The race for the 36th Senate District is expected to bring in the big bucks again this year. In 2013, incumbent Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, raked in $1.6 million, while his Republican opponent, Bill Albracht, raised about half that, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
 
 
Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are vowing to block any effort to establish a progressive income tax.  A progressive tax charges higher rates at higher income levels, like the federal income tax, whereas Illinois charges a flat tax …
 
 
The Illinois Gaming Board says they are shocked that lawmakers shot down proposed video gambling reforms during a closed-door meeting.  The board approved some new regulations in November to prevent unlicensed middlemen from profiting through lo…
 
 
State Rep. John Bradley stopped by the newspaper earlier this week to talk about the Illinois business environment, taxation, incentives and the like.
 
 
A called-for hunger strike by prisoners at Menard Correctional Center on Wednesday didn’t amount to much, according to the state’s prison administration.
 
 
Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation wants the Army Corps of Engineers to use some of the funding included in a spending bill to fix portions of a Mississippi River levee.
 
 
Illinois officials are urging residents to “Resolve to Be Ready” in 2014 for potential emergency situations.
 
 
A search by federal agents of a cabin owned by an Illinois judge turned up drugs, guns and ammunition.
 
 
WASHINGTON — More than 80 presidents of colleges and universities will gather with President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday as the administration kicks off a campaign to encourage low-income students to attend college.    
 
 
A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I’ve been watching and paying attention to the political ads of Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner. This guy is so out of touch with reality that it’s actually comical to watch and listen to what this billionaire (venture capitalist) has to say.
 
 
A Palatine letter to the editor: Last spring, my spouse and I drove to Springfield to visit the fairly new (and fabulous) Abraham Lincoln Museum. While in town, we toured the state Capitol and both its legislative chambers, where my (lovely but perturbed) wife whispered a question to me: “Why do the parties sit on opposite sides of the aisle?”
 
 
The first full week of the Missouri’s General Assembly is officially underway, and already the focus has shifted away from the expected topics – tax cuts and Medicaid expansion – and landed smack dab in the midst of a potentially bruising battle over labor rights.The fight offers the potential of overshadowing other legislative issues for weeks, if not months.
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington businessman is forming a political action committee to oppose a March 18 referendum for what he called an “egregious and unnecessary” sales tax for McLean County schools.
 
 
Frequent storms have eaten away at local salt supplies and many communities are wary of more storms. To keep pace, many communities, including Libertyville, Gurnee, Schaumburg and Wheaton, have ordered more salt. Others, including Naperville, Vernon Hills, and Elgin, started the year with a surplus. “What’s a normal year now?” asked Kevin Kerrigan, of Lake County.
 
 
Worst mascot ever? Burt Constable thinks Clark the Cub has plenty of competition. And they all seem better than his old high school’s mascot.
 
 
Should colleges allow students to carry concealed weapons? Black Hawk College plans on voting on a new policy on the matter tonight. Concealed Carry on Campus?www.whbf.comShould people on a local college campus be allowed to carry concealed weapons?
 
 
 
My discussion with Jim Williams from CBS Channel 2 about Metra’s recent reliability struggles.Metra Commuters Still Have Rough Ride After Last Week’s Brutal Weather – CBS Chicagochicago.cbslocal.comWhile Metra is try to put problems behind it, commuters are still experiencing them, such as extremely crowded trains in the wake of last week’s weather delays and cancellations.
 
 
At the Lawyers Club of Chicago event tonight with Father Pfleger.
 
 
Thanks to the Adams County Republican Party for the opportunity to speak at your meeting tonight. I appreciate your continued support.
 
 
My opponent, Mike Quigley, refuses to join other House Democrats in opposing Fast Track for the TPP. Join me to Stop the TPP, Saturday. Feb. 1, 11:40 am at Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood at the intersection of Lincoln, Sheffield, and Wrightwood. We will march to Quigley’s office nearby. Let’s show him what standing up for jobs and the environment looks like!
 
 
Thanks to the Adams County Republican Party for the opportunity to speak at your meeting tonight. I appreciate your continued support.
 
 
 
I celebrate the legacy of MLK and the imprint he made on the world. The dream that inspired and invigorated a nation still lives on.
 
 
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Spoke @ Arie & Bozena’s company new years Party. Lots of good #Russian and #Polish food. #twill pic.twitter.com/rAb7CFya14
 
 
2014 MLK Commemoration Celebration | UChicago News http://shar.es/U3QyL  via @sharethis
 
 
Illinois predicted to be 50th in job growth in 2014 http://illin.is/1gGQ8CX 
 
 
A policy proposal on the table right now could put Illinois right back into a recession. http://bit.ly/L60wcn 
 
 
We have 57 endorsements of local community leaders ! I am humbled and proud. http://steveanderssonforstaterep.com/endorsements.html …
 
 
Filings show Gov Quinn spent over $32K on oppo research last fall. Gotta figure its all about Rauner
 
 
Candidates overspend on #campaigns these days. If they legitimately had the ppl’s well-being in mind, no need to spend so much $.
 
 
Join me and Jill Stein, Green Party 2012 Presidential Candidate , along with other members of the Green Party Shadow Cabinet for the Launch of Global Climate Convergence, Saturday January 18, 7:30pm, Workers United Hall, 333 S. Ashland Av., Chicago. Together we can change course!
 
 
Are you one of the 23,000 Illinoisans that has already applied for your concealed carry license? Demand for concealed carry keeps growing in suburbswww.dailyherald.comNearly 10,000 people in the Chicago area have applied to carry a concealed handgun in public, according to the first regional numbers released by the Illinois State Police. Cook County received more concealed carry licenses applicati
 
 
Washington, DC — Congressmen Bill Foster (IL-11) and Ted Deutch (FL-21) introduced the Deutch-Foster amendment to end the costly and inhumane practice of imposing arbitrary immigrant detention requirements. The amendment to the FY 14 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was rejected by the Republican controlled Rules Committee.  The legislation would strike language in the appropriations for the Departmen
 
 
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after language to protect funding for the nation’s  252 contract control towers, including the towers in Bethalto, Bloomington and Decatur, was included in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. “Last year we saw the Administration try to play politics with passengers by attempting to needlessly close nea
 
 
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, a bipartisan measure that will fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. It includes funding for a number of programs that Congressman Schneider has advocated for, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, invasive species protections and important job training program
 
 
This morning, our Campaign sent out our newest E-mail blast to over 1875 Illinois Citizens. “We Must Fight To Protect Our 2nd Amendment Rights” ……. Get your copy here >>> http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=155b1f98e3d5b3d139cbf3ca2&id=ff5a82968f&eWe Must Fight For Our 2nd Amendment Rightsus3.campaign-archive2.com
 
 
Washington, DC – U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) today applauded language included in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act to help the Army Corps of Engineers address the Wood River levee issues. “This language represents a bipartisan effort in the House and the Senate by the Illinois delegation and holds the Army Corps of Engineers accountable by stating that the
 
 
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) is joining Democratic members of the Financial Services Committee in calling for an inquiry into the Target data breach that led to personal information, including credit and debit card accounts, being compromised for millions of Americans. “The millions of Americans who were impacted by this data breach deserve to know why this happened, how quic
 
 
(Bloomberg) — CME Group Inc., owner of the biggest futures market, was sued by shareholders who started with the exchange in the 1970s and allege that operational changes to their trading rights have diluted the value of their memberships.
 
 
(AP) — The three veteran Illinois lawmakers seeking the Republican nomination for governor continued to struggle to raise money in the final quarter of last year, as newcomer Bruce Rauner brought in more than five times the amount of his three…
 
 
 
Incumbent protection is in full forceIllinois voters have few choices for General Assembly in the March 18 primary election. That’s because the system discourages competition. Two proposed constitutional amendments aim to change that.    
 
 
Just spoke to a group of educators about the Common Core and their role in helping us build assessments. We , must (and can!) get it right.
 
 
The Education Funding Advisory Committee (EFAC) members continued their thoughtful discussion on reforming school… http://fb.me/2gTOnbVpb 
 
 
    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state’s plans to push for emergency administrative rules for the management of petroleum coke, or petcoke, a thick, powdery byproduct of oil refining that can pollute the air and water. “We want to make sure that every neighborhood in the state of Illinois is protected from the hazard of petroleum coke,” Quinn said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Bill Brady, one of four Republican candidates for governor, drew in $74,000 during the last three months of 2013, his campaign revealed Wednesday. Brady, the second Republican gubernatorial candidate to file his quarterly campaign disclosure by Wednesday’s filing deadline, reported $271,214 in his arsenal at year’s end via his two political campaign Continue reading →
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — In small towns Downstate, murders may happen once every 50 to 100 years, if that frequently, and the worst crimes might be a meth lab getting busted or someone driving away from a gasoline pump without paying. Yet, these extremely low-crime pockets of the state are precisely where people appear to be lining up the fastest to apply for state permits to carry concealed handguns, acco
 
 
I just received word that I was endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO. I cannot think of any greater duty than fighting for the hard working men and women of Illinois. Thank you for your support.
 
 
Interview at Univision in chicago. Talked about needs for jobs and quality education in Hispanic community. Enjoyed it. Pic here with anchor Erika Maldonado and Larry Sands, regional VP and GM
 
 
I’m looking forward to talking with Piatt County Democrats and the great food at the Red Wheel Restaurant! If anyone is in the area please come out tonight at 7:30!
 
 
More than a year after the taxi-hailing app, Uber came to Chicago, there remains tensions between cabbies and the tech-company.
 
 
Bruce Rauner is taking heat for skipping out on a major GOP forum. He chose not to participate in the Will County Tea Party event last night in Plainfield. Organizers put an empty chair on the stage where he would’ve been sitt…Rauner Skips Out On First GOP Forum
 
 
State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) will host a town hall meeting for constituents in the Worden area on Tuesday, January 21st. Rosenthal is encouraging area residents with any questions or concerns to attend. “Town hall …
 
 
By Jane McEnaney – The Tax Foundation—a nonpartisan, D.C.-based think tank—hosted a press conference in Chicago this afternoon on the effects of a proposed tax increase in Illinois. The Tax Foundation’s analysis of the proposed progressive tax legislation found that:…
 
 
Cook County leads the state in number of conceal-carry applications: http://riverforest.suntimes.com/news/cook_county_leads_the_state_in_number_of_conceal_c-BCR-01152014:article
 
 
Cook County, Ill. is coming to market Thursday with $130 million of refunding bonds, marking the largest general obligation bond offering from an …
 
 
This just in: Fox 32 assistant news director Chris Myers joins Al Jazeera America: http://bit.ly/1a8hliB 
 
 
A collection of suburban Republican state lawmakers said Wednesday that no House GOP members will vote for a graduated income tax, a system that taxes people based on how much they earn. At a Chicago news conference, state Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills touted his resolution opposing the idea, which has nearly garnered enough support so far in the Illinois House to block a change.
 
 
Following a series of fits and starts, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval Wednesday for his first Chicago Infrastructure Trust project, but only after the work was scaled back again due to lack of interest from investors.    
 
 
Champaign eatery says no to Rauner http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-15/tom-kacich-farrens-stays-out-political-fray.html … via @news_gazette
 
 
State Senator, @KwameRaoul, joins #AfternoonShift talking the issues facing Illinois.
 
 
“@ILSenDems: A familiar face on Instagram via @WBEZ: @KwameRaoul http://instagram.com/p/jNBjWPL-T-/# “
 
 
Vote for Dillard Tracy in @cities929’s online poll. Let’s show our central IL support, it’ll only take you a second http://bit.ly/1dwDaca 
 
 
Vote for Dillard Tracy in @cities929’s online poll. Let’s show our central IL support, it’ll only take you a second http://bit.ly/1dwDaca 
 
 
The State Police backup in processing FOID renewals has left many law-abiding gun owners around the state in a lurch. http://bit.ly/1m79zrV 
 
 
I had been planning a hearing for Mass Transit since mid Dec – due to recent issues with snow, @Metra will be a topic of the hearing.
 
 
Mayor Collins presented the State of the Village and the annual business awards at today’s Chamber Luncheon. http://ow.ly/sCUS7 …
 
 
As a reminder, I will be hosting Traveling Office Hours this Friday Morning at the new Fondulac District Library…. http://fb.me/24eAPYgma 
 
 
If you are able, my discussion with @JimWilliamsCBS2 runs on the 5:00 news on channel 2.
 
 
A backup in processing FOID renewal applications has left many law-abiding gun owners around the state in the… http://fb.me/UhILX9r9 
 
 
The Hidden Danger in Public Pension Funds By Truong Bui, Reason Foundation Public pension expert Andrew G. Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, offers a great insight into the risk level of current public pensions in a recent study, “The Multiplying Risks of Public Employee Pensions to State and Local Government Budgets,” which he summarizes in an article at
 
 
Rhode Island’s reform effort offers lessons for other states – such as Illinois – and municipalities facing significant unfunded pension liabilities. These principles were key to their reform of significant unfunded pension liabilities: 1. Policymakers must be determined to drive reform. 2. Policymakers must realistically assess liabilities. Pension funds must not try to hide their liabilities
 
 
PRESS RELEASE from State Rep. Jeanne Ives State Rep. Jeanne Ives calls for General Assembly to reject “progressive tax” hike WHEATON (Jan. 15, 2014) – Today, state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) called on the Illinois General Assembly to reject a proposal to raise state income taxes by implementing a progressive tax. Democrats, special interests and government unions are urging the Ge
 
 
In my first year on the Appropriations Committee, I’ve been proud to fight for infrastructure and public safety programs that will strengthen the Chicago area economy, create jobs and increase safety in our local communities. The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act represents the bipartisan compromise needed to move Chicago and America forward, providing some relief from the devastating sequester
 
 
#SCOTUS is hearing a challenge to the Massachusetts no-entry zone law today. Read more here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-court-abortion-20140106,0,5290141.story … #reprorights #prochoice
 
 
I am proud to support Sam Rosenberg for IL State Rep 103rd Dist. @rosenberg103… http://fb.me/1iKBvv3up 
 
 
I’m very excited about my latest endorsement from Alderman Charlie Smyth supporting my run for the 103rd.
 
 
Just received word that I have been endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO. #humbled #unionproud #twCCill #twill @AFLCIO
 
 
If the EPA gets their way and scales back biofuels, it will hurt our state’s economy, affect job growth, and drive gas prices up.Bustos Speaks Out Against EPA Proposal to Scale Back Renewable Fuel StandardCheri Bustos spoke out on the US House floor against a recent EPA proposal to scale back the RFS.
 
 
Physics Prof Running For Congress Wants To Educate Others On Capitol Hill http://wmay.com/wmay-news/85497  via @sharethis #WMAY #IL13
 
 
I just received word that I was endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO. I cannot think of any greater duty than fighting for the hard working men and women of Illinois. Thank you for your support.
 
 
I met with EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, today and expressed my concern over the EPA’s proposal to reduce the amount of renewable fuels currently blended into gasoline. For details see my press release – http://1.usa.gov/1dwLCs6
 
 
The Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus appropriations bill passed today with my support. This legislation is a positive step to keep our government running. It funds our military and gives our members of the armed services a much-needed pay raise. And it ensures critical federal programs will move ahead without cut-backs or shut-downs. See my press release for details, including impact on our region – http:
 
 
South Suburban Veterans Commission makes donation to Amvets Post 192(Pictured, left to right, Rich Janik, senior vice commander, Senator Steve Landek, Police Commander Rich Perna,  and Rich Struzik, co-chairman of the South Suburban Veterans Celebration Committee. Not pictured is Jeff kranig, Committee co-chairman.)Recently, the South Suburban Veterans Committee made another donation to support ve
 
 
Progress IllinoisOp-Ed: Illinois Teachers Strongly Oppose Proposal For Bigger Special Ed ClassesProgress IllinoisThe following comes from the Illinois Federation of Teachers as parents and teachers from IFT, IEA, & CTU “unite against State Board of Education plan to remove class size protections for students with disabilities.” Today, Illinois’ largest teachers …
 
 
In his campaign for governor, Bruce Rauner has been telling Republican audiences he would have an edge over previous GOP nominees in …
 
 
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has created a 16-person panel to look for potential federal judicial nominees. The panel of judges and attorneys include …
 
 
Lt. Gov Hopeful Tracy Touts Business EffortJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineIllinois lieutenant governor candidate, Republican Jill Tracy said that her gubernatorial running mate, State Senator Kirk Dillard, has assured her that if they are elected in the Mar. 18 primary followed by the Nov. 4 general election, she will serve …
 
 
Illinois Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin joined Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey Tuesday in a letter to …
 
 
A public apology is coming from the Archdiocese of Chicago as thousands of documents detailing sexual abuse claims against Illinois priests are released. “My abuse case was 40 years ago,” Joe Iacono said.  Iacono was just 11 years old when he says his priest sexually abused him. …
 
 
State of Illinois prevents potential logging in Saline County by Peabody Energy… http://bit.ly/1apHWSYState Prevents Peabody Energy from Logging in Saline Countynews.wsiu.orgThe Rocky Branch Forest in Saline County is safe, for now, from illegal logging.
 
 
Pat Quinn to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $10. … The Associated Press asked the Illinois candidates for governor to sum up why they are running in …
 
 
http://www.reggiephillips.com/volunteerBecome a volunteerwww.reggiephillips.comLearn How Reggie Phillips Will Bring His Successful Private Sector Background to Springfield
 
 
Flu activity is on the rise in Illinois. The flu season peaks in January but runs into April. Flu prevention- flu shots, vitamins, proper hydration, frequent hand washing and homemade chicken noodle soup.
 
 
49 Freshman House Democrats today, led by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), urged Speaker of the House John Boehner to schedule an immediate, up-or-down vote to extend emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans who lost their benefits due to congressional inaction at the end of the year. “As members of the freshman class, we are writing to request an immediate, up-or-down vote to ext
 
 
I will be in Effingham tonight, a Poverty Conference tomorrow in Centralia, and Greenville for a meet the candidate event on Saturday night. I will hopefully be posting a video this weekend if editing goes smoothly. Thank goodness my old jeep keeps on going!
 
 
Flu activity is on the rise in Illinois. The flu season peaks in January but runs into April. Flu prevention- flu shots, vitamins, proper hydration, frequent hand washing and homemade chicken noodle soup.
 
 
Pleased to announce today that $11.4 million for the Lockport Powerhouse is included in the bipartisan $1.1 trillion government spending bill that is under consideration in both the House and the Senate. The funding will facilitate the completion of the design and the awarding of a construction contract for repairs to the forebay wall at the facility operated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation
 
 
A backup in processing FOID renewal applications has left many law-abiding gun owners around the state in the lurch. State Senator Jason Barickman wants to fix it. Read more at this link.Barickman Legislation to Address State Police FOID Backlog senatorbarickman.comSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) plans to introduce legislation in Springfield protecting Illinois gun owner
 
 
I am very pleased with Secretary Kerry’s visit to the Vatican yesterday, something I had encouraged him to make a priority in a letter I sent with three of my colleagues in June. This was the first time in nearly nine years that a Secretary of State had visited the Vatican, and it was reported that President Obama will be traveling to meet with Pope Francis in the future. This isn’t just an import
 
 
Dear Friend, Ever since you elected me, I’ve been working to make real progress for the 26th District and all of Illinois. I’m grateful to have been able to fight for education funding reform, to help pass a law that prevents criminals from buying guns illegally, and to co-sponsor marriage equality in Illinois. I’m up for re-election on March 18, and I hope that you will send me back to Springfiel
 
 
Lt. Gov. Simon launches military studyhttp://rockrivertimes.com/happening-now/2014/01/15/lt-gov-simon-launches-military-study/
 
 
You’d think that with all the money Bruce Rauner contributed to Payton Prep, the school could afford a librarian. As opposed to having a librarian-less library , which serves as a convenient backdrop for a Mayor Emanuel press conference.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
 
Deloris P. Jordan, mother of famed NBA star Michael Jordan, says she’s hoping to turn her valuable collection of items from her son’s past into a museum. The announcement came as she was disputing claims that a recruiting letter sent to Michael Jordan by Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame and head coaching legend at the University of North Carolina, was real. “All that stuff I kept,” she said. “I put it
 
 
Items being associated with or belonging to Michael Jordan continue to find their way to auction houses, but his mother Deloris P. Jordan is disputing the legitimacy of a recent item on the auctioning block. It’s a recruiting letter sent to Michael Jordan by Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame and head coaching legend at the University of North Carolina. The item was listed at Goldin Auctions, which desc
 
 
Rauner still needs to answer questions about his Stuart Levine ties @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/uFfhRhJ 
 
 
An exhibition about the award-winning movie “Lincoln” will open Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
 
 
Rockford-built audio speaker unlike any other http://rockrivertimes.com/happening-now/2014/01/15/rockford-audio-company-announces-new-products/Rockford-built audio speaker unlike any other | The Rock River Timesrockrivertimes.comRockford bassist Jim McDowell demonstrates the TD-12 Guitar Cabinet Wednesday, Jan. 15, at EIGERlab in Rockford. ((Photo by Jim Hagerty) By Jim Hagerty
 
 
Legalize it or outlaw it? Dimitrios Kalantzis is Colorado bound: http://bit.ly/L6nK20 But Phil Angelo disagrees and says legal pot will leave too many in a fog: http://bit.ly/1dRkf6Q Where do you stand?
 
 
Today I met with students from Wheaton Academy through Close Up – Washington D.C. Educational Programs to talk about Congress and getting involved. Thank you for visiting, and enjoy the rest of your trip.
 
 
As a reminder, I will be hosting Traveling Office Hours this Friday Morning at the new Fondulac District Library. Learn more at: http://www.mikeunes.net/rep_unes_to_host_traveling_office_hours_in_east_peoriaRep. Unes to host Traveling Office Hours in East Peoriawww.mikeunes.netHouse District 91
 
 
I am leading the fight against efforts to raise taxes under the guise of instituting a progressive income tax in Illinois. Taxpayers in Illinois need relief, not a bigger tax bill: http://goo.gl/BLplhj
 
 
ASK PETER: Learn how to submit your ideas on a bill to prevent human trafficking in the foster care system and give at-risk children greater opportunities for success here: http://1.usa.gov/1d7MKwb. I want your input to make this bill to fight human trafficking as strong as possible.
 
 
 
https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/368567_1366483840_232189656_s.jpgMattie HunterToday I celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the imprint he made on the world. As a leader of Civil Rights, he spoke of a better tomorrow and without him, our country would not be the great nation it is today. The dream that inspired and invigorated a nation still lives on.
 
 
The State Police backup in processing FOID renewal applications has left many law-abiding gun owners around the state in a lurch. I want to fix it. Barickman Legislation to Address State Police FOID Backlog senatorbarickman.comSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) plans to introduce legislation in Springfield protecting Illinois gun owners from a major delay by Illinois State
 
 
I will be in Effingham tonight, a Poverty Conference tomorrow in Centralia, and Greenville for a meet the candidate event on Saturday night. I will hopefully be posting a video this weekend if editing goes smoothly. Thank goodness my old jeep keeps on going!
 
 
I met a true hero today: Naval Officer Hans Lauzen, son of proud parents Chris and Sarah who is now stationed in San Diego. Service members from the 14th district like Hans have consistently shown impressive devotion to our country.
 
 
It was a pleasure having Doug Truax for U.S. Senate speak last night at Niles Township Republican Organization. In 2014, let’s not just CAN JAN- but DUMP Durbin 🙂
 
 
Approps bill far from perfect but I’m proud to fight for programs that strengthen #Chicago area. FULL STATEMENT: http://1.usa.gov/1eTpxk8 
 
 
The bipartisan spending bill passed 359-67, moving Congress away from governing by crisis, returning the legislative branch to the normal appropriations process and opening the door to tackle the larger issues our country faces. For four years House Republicans have reduced discretionary spending, and this bill continues that record. It freezes spending on the President’s broken health care law b
 
 
[Neighborhood Advisory Councils] are being facilitated by members of Stand for Children, a pro charter school organization. The NW Side NAC is …
 
 
The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. … tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving …
 
 
Chicago bans indoor electronic cigarette smoking http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-chicago-bans-indoor-electronic-cigarette-smoking-20140115,0,3192054.story … #Chicago vaping outside only #rahmbovaporizer #e-cig
 
 
Mihelich Denies Seeing Messages For Aldermen; Says Changes Are Being Made To City Website http://wmay.com/wmay-news/85530 
 
 
Democrat Regan trying again for Sangamon County sheriff’s job http://ow.ly/2CYl2t 
 
 
While the federal government is divided and gridlocked, some states have become political monopolies where one party controls both the state legislature and the governor’s office.The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore says relaxed restrictions on political donations in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision are helping special interest groups influence elections to create single
 
 
Friends in #Providence, RI – Join me & @RepCicilline @ St. Michael’s on Friday to support #immigration reform. http://bit.ly/L9sUe9 
 
 
My letter condemns ASA’s academic boycott of #Israel & has 100+ cosigners. Congress should come together to combat this injustice
 
 
ICYMI @chicagotribune editorial about #Iran’s secret nuclear deal – Americans still don’t know the full story. http://1.usa.gov/1apeu2G 
 
 
Affected by severe weather in IL? The deadline to apply for Disaster Assistance Loans with SBA is 1/27. Apply here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela 
 
 
Chris Christie(along with Karl Rove … Also, don’t be surprised to see Adam Kinzinger vote for whatever version of amnesty Speaker John Boehner introduces in the House following the filling deadline for Republican primaries.
 
 
* This is a partial image of a flier handed out at last night’s Republican gubernatorial forum in Will County by Sen. Kirk Dillard’s supporters… Too bad he doesn’t have any money to mail that thing. But, as some commenters note below, he …
 
 
Forbes’ Chicago conference on industrial innovation this spring features speakers including Ford Motor’s Bill Ford, billionaire investor Sam Zell and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
 
 
Wauconda Township Republican Club (in Lake County) last night endorsed me unanimously! My thanks to Michael McKay, Robert Cook, the committeemen and other members for the confidence they are placing in my candidacy. That is 4 endorsements from 4 grassroots organizations in 4 days! http://Www.waucondagop.comwww.waucondagop.com Republican Wauconda Twp. Republican Clubwww.waucondagop.comRepublican Club Ann
 
 
I am happy to have Diane W. Marlin’s endorsement and support. From environmental concerns to the issues that are important to Urbana’s 7th Ward, I look forward to her questions, suggestions, and criticisms.
 
 
More residents are packing up and leaving the Land of Lincoln than are moving in—that’s the conclusion of two recently released migration studies conducted by two well-known national moving companies. Share this story…More people are moving out of Illinois than moving in senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transpar
 
 
Tremendously happy to have the endorsement of Urbana City Council Member Diane W. Marlin. #twill #twccil #urbana #chambana
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Tobacco Use, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin spoke on the United States Senate Floor today to recognize the landmark report and the progress that has been made since it first sparked a public debate on the public health impact of smoking half a century ago. Today, Durbin also called for a renewed commitment
 
 
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with Debo Adegbile, the nominee to be Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. 
 
 
Honored to be endorsed by @EqualityILL! I’m proud of my vote in favor of both civil unions and #marriageequality. #twill #LGBT #Progressive
 
 
Here’s a photo of the first 70mph speed limit sign going up this week in Illinois Department of Transportation… http://fb.me/2UcvEGAWV 
 
 
It is time to make Springfield more responsive to you. Time for #TermLimitsAndReform #twill pic.twitter.com/drtNBlJr2M
 
 
Terrific conversation with Channel 2’s Jim Williams about my call for legislative hearings as to Metra’s operational struggles.
 
 
Great discussion with @JimWilliamsCBS2 about Metra’s struggles. Watch it tonight at 4pm or after on channel 2 news tonight.
 
 
State Rep. Elgie Sims reads to 2nd Graders at Schmid Elementary School during Real Men Read! pic.twitter.com/xHjogD3xiK
 
 
Thanks, BGA, for shining the light on possible corruption! Just another example of why we need to end business as usual and fix whats…
 
 
End business as usual and fix what’s wrong with IL. http://ow.ly/sCBVX 
 
 
Just completed a press conference with Taxpayers Foundation and several colleagues expressing our opposition to a… http://fb.me/29xLzgttp 
 
 
More residents are packing up and leaving the Land of Lincoln than are moving in—that’s the conclusion of two… http://fb.me/6FJAIWwVc 
 
 
Winning Wed: Not so much 4 Rauner @GregHinz: “Rauner still needs to answer questions about his Stuart Levine ties” http://bit.ly/1dwwAlY 
 
 
Winning Wed: Not so much 4 Rauner @GregHinz: “Rauner still needs to answer questions about his Stuart Levine ties” http://bit.ly/1dwwAlY 
 
 
A familiar face on Instagram via @WBEZ: @KwameRaoul http://instagram.com/p/jNBjWPL-T-/# 
 
 
I visited, GE, a company in Grundy Co that provides storage for spent nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors. Workforce from Navy Nuke program
 
 
“@ILSenDems: A familiar face on Instagram via @WBEZ: @KwameRaoul http://instagram.com/p/jNBjWPL-T-/# “
 
 
MCCOOK – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan to recognize Tru Vue, Inc. of McCook with the department’s SHARP Award for creating and maintaining high safety standards for its employees. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to workplace safety in Illinois.
 
 
Listen to my interview with @RutherfordDan http://tinyurl.com/m3qhe4z  #twill http://wsoyam.com 
 
 
Please note that our #Peoria announcement stop has switched venues. We’re now at the Labor Temple. Join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/207265772810445/ … #twill
 
 
Honored to be endorsed by @EqualityILL! I’m proud of my vote in favor of both civil unions and #marriageequality. #twill #LGBT #Progressive
 
 
Lunch at my desk of my Treasurer’s office
 
 
Chicago archdiocese turning over 6,000 documents on clergy abuse today http://bit.ly/1aoSDVQ 
 
 
e-cigarette regs pass City Council 45-4. No using them in bars, restaurants, other indoor public places under new Chicago rules.
 
 
In an effort to promote local businesses and Illinois’ economy, state Representative Kate Cloonen is encouraging residents to participate in the Illinois Department of Agriculture Day’s “Buy Illinois Challenge”. The pledge asks Illinois residents to …
 
 
State Rep. Kate Cloonen D-Kankakee, is continuing her districtwide “Coffee with Kate” schedule in January. Residents are encouraged to attend for an informal discussion on state and local issues as well as to offer input on the upcoming spring …
 
 
* from a press release… Two major Illinois institutions today welcomed a unique partnership, as Equality Illinois announced that Chicago-based United Airlines is becoming the Exclusive Airline for the state’s oldest and largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans. The partnership makes United the first choice for air travel by Equality Illinois. “We are the
 
 
* AP… The Illinois Secretary of State’s office says more than 1,200 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have received Illinois driver’s licenses since December under a new state law. [The AP updated to correct the number.] Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 […]
 
 
CICERO – Cicero Town President Larry Dominick was recently listed as one of the worst bosses in America in 2013 by website eBossWatch. The list also includes five restaurant managers, eight law enforcement officers and officials, two fire department bosses and a church bishop.
 
 
Your input is needed on EDGE tax credits. The link below gives a summary of EDGE tax credits in Illinois. This Friday, the State Government Committee is meeting in Chicago for a subject matter hearing on this topic. Your input will be presented so the committee and the State of Illinois can hear your views. Feel free to comment to this post with how you believe Illinois should handle EDGE tax c
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Illinois police departments say officers are using discretion about whether to cite drivers who are breaking the state’s new ban …
 
 
Our View: People have a right to be outraged about the rancid odor that made people sick at Cortland Elementary SchoolOur View: Take steps to keep school safewww.daily-chronicle.comParents, teachers and neighbors have a right to be outraged about the rancid odor from the Waste Management landfill that made people sick at Cortland Elementary School on Tuesday.
 
 
Lunch at my desk of my Treasurer’s office
 
 
On Friday, the House State Government Administration Committee, which I chair, will hold a joint hearing with the Revenue and Finance Committee to look at the effectiveness of our state’s tax incentives for employers. The politics of inertia and insider deals is failing us badly. Our state needs a paradigm shift in how we think about job creation and this hearing is intended to begin the process o
 
 
Celebrating a great man today, the memory of whom inspires and challenges us all to continue his work for justice . . . Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
The Miller Minute Abstract vs. Reality When the American people first heard about Obamacare, it was all in the abstract. We were told nothing but blue sky and affordable coverage for all. Now, it’s clear the reality is much different. “I don’t have coverage” The first big jolt of reality was when we learned that […]
 
 
Here’s a photo of the first 70mph speed limit sign going up this week in Illinois Department of Transportation District 6, which covers west-central Illinois from Springfield to Quincy. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Dept. of Transportation.
 
 
Happy birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The community is invited to attend the 13th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration this Friday from 4:00-5:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn. I hope to see you there!
 
 
 
Illinois’ Hands-free cell phone Law, effective 1.1.2014www.slideshare.netTalking Hands-Free in 2014 How to navigate hands-free cell phones while driving
 
 
Yesterday I introduced an amendment to end the costly and inhumane immigrant detention bed mandate. The commonsense amendment was rejected by the Republican controlled Rules Committee. Mandatory detention comes at a high cost both for taxpayers and families who are torn apart. Not only is it fiscally irresponsible, but it makes it impossible for law enforcement officials to make rational decision
 
 
Illinois: Chicago Is Granted More Time to Write Gun LawNew York TimesJudge Edward E. Chang of Federal District Court on Tuesday approved Chicago’s request for a six-month delay to allow the city time to come up with a new ordinance regulating gun sales. Judge Chang ruled on Jan. 6 that the city’s ban on gun sales was …
 
 
Past Freedom Award winners include Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, state Rep. Greg Harris, former state Rep. Constance “Connie” A.
 
 
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* This is a partial image of a flier handed out at last night’s Republican gubernatorial forum in Will County by Sen. Kirk Dillard’s supporters… Too bad he doesn’t have any money to mail that thing. But, as some commenters note below, he would first need to fix the “Rham” typo. Sheesh. * Rauner wasn’t there […]
 
 
* 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 the nation’s highest unemployment rates and a multibillion-dollar backlog of […]
 
 
* Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s gubernatorial campaign filed its D-2 yesterday. Rutherford reported raising $392,583.25 in the quarter and had $1,369,468.52 cash on hand. * Sun-Times… Since Rutherford was the first gubernatorial candidate to file ahead of a Wednesday deadline to file quarterly campaign-disclosure reports, it was too early to tell how his warchest stacked […]
 
 
Rutherford Discusses Pension, Minimum Wage Issues1340 WJOLState Treasurer and GOP Candidate for Governor Dan Rutherford was in the 1340 WJOL studios yesterday to discuss his campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor. Rutherford spoke with our own Kevin Kollins about two of the big issues facing …
 
 
* Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s gubernatorial campaign filed its D-2 yesterday. Rutherford reported raising $392,583.25 in the quarter and had $1,369,468.52 cash on hand. * Sun-Times… Since Rutherford was the first gubernatorial candidate to file ahead of a Wednesday deadline to file quarterly campaign-disclosure reports, it was too early to tell how his warchest stacked […]
 
 
* If people believe that the last week of negative stories about Bruce Rauner has dampened the candidate’s enthusiasm, they prolly have another think coming… Embattled Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner appeared energized and combative at a Republican candidates forum in Oak Lawn on Monday night. “You know what, there’s an old saying in politics: ‘If you […]
 
 
* Back in December, the Sun-Times ran a long piece online by Timothy Meegan entitled “Selecting charters in Chicago a rigged game.” Meegan wrote about how Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) were set up to allow communities to review proposals for new charter schools… [Neighborhood Advisory Councils] are being facilitated by members of Stand for Children, […]
 
 
* I received a text message over the weekend from Oswego Willy… Out & about and look who I have in front of me? lol That would be Rep. Tom Cross’ car… As most of you know, Willy wasn’t exactly Cross’ biggest fan back when Cross was the House GOP Leader. In those days, Tom might’ve thought […]
 
 
ILLINOIS – To make it easier for Lake County jail inmates to earn an … the jail has been named as a registered general education development (GED) …
 
 
WHEATON – Congressman Peter Roskam is asking for feedback concerning legislation he’s promoting that would toughen federal laws on human trafficking, a problem throughout the United States and even in Chicagoland:
 
 
(AP) – Thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver’s licenses. The Illinois Secretary of … Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave …
 
 
The party had just $157,000 in the bank at the end of the third quarter. But having a national party leader speak will help. Tickets are going for up to $10,000 each, with basic admission $150. The event will only hold a couple of hundred diners …
 
 
Verafin Inc., North America’s leading Fraud Detection and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) software provider, announced a new exclusive partnership with the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) today. After an extensive review of fraud detection and …
 
 
Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapersSacramento BeeHydraulic fracturing might be the ultimate hot-button issue facing our state, especially the region we so fondly call Southern Illinois. It is considered the doorway to an economic boom by the energy industry, but an ecological bomb by those who strive …
 
 
* An interesting little turn of events… Pharmacist Joseph Friedman has a dream to open his own medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois. […] One problem: Pharmacists’ federal licenses prohibit them from dispensing the drug. That’s why Friedman, of Lincolnshire, is leading a push in Illinois to have pharmacists run marijuana dispensaries and to reclassify the drug as a […]
 
 
Supporters say the law will save Illinois motorists money and make roads safer. Critics say the state should be cracking down on immigrants who …
 
 
* From the Senate Republicans… Here’s a photo of the first 70mph speed limit sign going up this week in Illinois Department of Transportation District 6, which covers west-central Illinois from Springfield to Quincy. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. The pic…
 
 
* Back in December, the Sun-Times ran a long piece online by Timothy Meegan entitled “Selecting charters in Chicago a rigged game.” Meegan wrote about how Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) were set up to allow communities to review proposals for new charter schools… [Neighborhood Advisory Councils] are being facilitated by members of Stand for Children, […]
 
 
Scott Reeder makes the case that Illinois is an “outbound state.” http://ow.ly/sBZ6h 
 
 
Think gun murder is up? Think again. http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140115/NEWS/140119693 …
 
 
Tip: If you’re going to stage a political event, make sure you have permission to use the location. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-15/tom-kacich-farrens-stays-out-political-fray.html …
 
 
Chicago City Council takes up e-cigarette indoor smoking ban. Some opposition, but mayor wants it. Over/under on “no” votes? #ChiCouncil
 
 
Ald. Brendan Reilly voicing his concerns about e-cigarette ban. #ChiCouncil
 
 
City Council will vote today on the 1st project from Mayor #Rahm Emanuel’s infrastructure trust: $13M in retrofit projects in 62 city bldgs
 
 
KANKAKEE – Teenagers can now obtain a youth hunting license to hunt with the supervision of an adult.
 
 
Illinois Attorney General candidate Paul Schimpf checks in with the DWS Morning Show crew today at 7:40. We hope you can tune in!
 
 
Three of the four Republican candidates running for Illinois governor debated in southwest suburban Plainfield Tuesday night. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports on how the fourth candidate’s absence was felt.Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner wasn’t in attendance. He has a huge financial lead over the other Republicans, and has committed to other forums. 
 
 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will present a five-year housing plan to city council on Wednesday that calls for investing $1.3 billion to produce or preserve 41,000 units of housing.“Bouncing Back” tries to address forces that have battered Chicago – namely the foreclosure crisis and a population decline of 200,000 people from 2000 to 2010 — with a focus on putting vacant and foreclosed properties b
 
 
IL. State Rep. and Congressional Candidate Mike Bost at at 8:20 this morning.
 
 
UPDATE: The last of the approximately 35 Illinois National Guardsmen who assisted the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and other state agencies completed state active duty Jan. 14 following a snow storm that dropped up to 17 inches of snow in some parts of the state.
 
 
Already under fire from passengers for chronic delays, cancellations and rail car shortages, Metra is now coming under official scrutiny for its much-criticized performance during last week’s arctic blast.    
 
 
Seventy percent of country supports increasing the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
 
 
You’ve heard of Springfield lobbyists? -PamMorton Grove Hires Lobbyist To Get State Moneyniles.patch.comThe village is trying to get grant money to fund a new police station and other needs, according to the Morton Grove Champion.
 
 
From SJ-R Opinion Page: Sen. Durbin praises Amtrak workers and service.Letter: Outstanding work by Amtrak crew in bitter coldwww.sj-r.comJan. 6, was a day I won’t soon forget.I woke up in Springfield to a morning temperature of -12 degrees and a -35 degree wind chill. Plotting a return to Washington with all flights cancelled and Interstate 55 down to one lane because of the snow, my only option w
 
 
The candidates for Illinois governor and other elected offices have until midnight to report how much money they raised in the last three months of 2013.
 
 
A Davenport woman faces criminal charges after she was accused of using her work computer to access her ex-boyfriend’s email account without his permission. A spokesman for East Moline Police said Juliet Muller, 32, was charged with two felony counts of official misconduct plus one misdemeanor count of computer tampering. Muller is accused of using her work computer to get into her ex-boyfriend’s
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – As Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepared to introduce a five-year housing plan to the City Council on Wednesday, some aldermen and housing activists were urging the administration to halt what they see as a loss of public housing in Chicago. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Altgeld Gardens resident Cheryl Johnson, CEO of the Chicago Housing Initiative, a group dedicate
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE – State Rep. Ron Sandack’s Republican primary challenger Keith Matune says Sandack invited him to a meeting at a Downers Grove restaurant Sunday to tell him members of the House Republican Organization will soon release unflattering personal information about Matune.
 
 
HINSDALE – Illinois Super Lawyers has named Jeffrey Kroll of Hinsdale to its Illinois Super Lawyers list for 2014.
 
 
Thank you all for following and for your interest and support. Let’s keep rolling!
 
 
What does @KirkDillard think of the Bruce Rauner controversy? We’ll ask when he joins us at 7:07. @wlsam890
 
 
We are joined now by State Senator and GOP Gubernatorial Candidate @KirkDillard. @wlsam890
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Metra safety, FEMA deadline, processing concealed carry applications and… http://goo.gl/fb/Xje4F 
 
 
Courageous. RT @ChicagoBreaking: Cubs stand by the Clark the mascot http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-cubs-mascot-20140114,0,2633032.story?track=rss …
 
 
@Bill_Brady wins big at 1st #ILGOV2014 forum in Plainfield. http://bit.ly/1m4TGCq  pic.twitter.com/b6bVcEcWqu
 
 
Was honored to meet Magic Johnson yesterday, who was in town for a jobs announcement. Great guy!! pic.twitter.com/nwCyv7El23
 
 
Nicely done Dan Rutherford. I was wondering why Bruce Rauner’s was a no show?http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.htmlGOP Gubernatorial Candidates Square Offwww.nbcchicago.comThree of the candidates, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard attended the Will County Tea Party forum in Plainfield, but the
 
 
Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today urged the Army Corps of Engineers to use a portion of the approximately $200 million in funding appropriated for construction of high priority projects as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014 to fix the portions of the Wood River Levee that have been negatively impacted by a design deficiency in the construction of the
 
 
U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) announced today that the Village of Olmsted has been approved for a $76,000 loan and $15,000 grant under the Water and Waste Disposal program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development. The funds will be used to upgrade the Village of Olmsted’s existing sanitary sewer collection and treatment system. “A reliable sewer system is an impo
 
 
 
Timeline PhotosNow is the time to consider all those fantastic business ideas you shared last month … a speakeasy dinner club, antique store, a natural health shop, a video arcade! One of the brightest and sunniest locations at @[88060494447:274:Six Corners] is now available to rent! Located at the southeast corner of Irving and Lamon, a new business falls within our SSA boundaries and
 
 
Going on @KassCohn show on @wlsam890 at approx. 9:05 to talk Metra delays/frustrations & my call for Legislative hearings. Tune in, please!!
 
 
Nicely done Dan Rutherford. I was wondering why Bruce Rauner’s was a no show? http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.htmlGOP Gubernatorial Candidates Square Offwww.nbcchicago.comThree of the candidates, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard attended the Will County Tea Party forum in Plainfield, but th
 
 
Thx to NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AM for having me on this morning. I always enjoy telling the Saddam Trial stories!
 
 
Here is the link to the podcast from this morning’s WDWS interview. “If you like the status quo and think our state has become less dysfunctional over the past 12 years, by all means, vote for Lisa.” http://www.wdws.com/multimedia/podcast/dave-gentry-and-elizabeth-hess.html
 
 
Below is a column by Rep. Charlie Meier regarding the fight to keep Murray Center open and the federal hearing that took place last week in Chicago. The Whole Dirty Truth about the Closure of Murray Center by State Representative Charlie Meier Throughout the federal hearing last week in Chicago regarding the future of Murray Center and the residents who depend on it, officials with the state of
 
 
Dear Representative Smith: At AT&T, we believe that education is one of the most important issues facing U.S. businesses, communities and families today. Currently, about one in five students do not graduate high school on time, and many of those who do are not fully prepared for success in college or careers. In 2008, we launched AT&T Aspire, which is now a $350 million commitment to e
 
 
This application is for students seeking an undergraduate degree. Applicants should be an accepted student at an accredited institution of higher learning to include community colleges, private institutions and certified vocational training programs.ILBC Members (and their *immediate relatives), ILBC employees (and their *immediate relatives), and ILBC Foundation members (and their *immediate rel
 
 
I enjoyed speaking to Will County Republicans last night and am thankful that they recognize me as the best conservative candidate for Illinois! Brady wins big at first GOP gubernatorial forum – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comThe first GOP gubernatorial forum of 2014 took place last night at the Plainfield Central High School, with three of the four GOP candidates taking questions and de
 
 
Featuring our own Illinois Senate President John J. CullertonTimeline PhotosThanks again to the cast and crew of @[400320916651790:274:Old Jews Telling Jokes Off Broadway] at the Royal George Theatre for inviting me on stage to tell a joke. I had a blast!
 
 
Thank you all for following and for your interest and support. Let’s keep rolling!
 
 
We still aren’t being told the truth about #Benghazi. Fox News has a series of important reports that show the President was told right after the attack that it was terrorism. Another report says all living witnesses said the same thing. A third report shows just how unprepared our military was despite known threats and the 9/11 anniversary. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Dick Durbin don’t see
 
 
As we enter the second session of the 113th Congress, I want to hear from you about what issues you think are important in the coming year and what I can do to help address them. My 2014 constituent survey is now available at the following link. (While the survey provider was previously experiencing technical difficulties, we believe the issue has been resolved. If you have any further issues, pl
 
 
Beware of those promising you the “benefits” of the minimum wage being raised. It is discriminatory against those with no job experience, it will cause your hours to be reduced to part-time or you will unemployed and replaced by automation. Lower Taxation = More Revenue Meaning you get to keep more of what you earn- NOT GOVERNMENT!
 
 
#Chicago should be equal in the federal housing loan process. Urging FHFA to raise limit without delay http://1.usa.gov/1drY0b6  #RealEstate
 
 
Kendall Area Transit (KAT) dial-a-ride service is now available in Oswego. KAT is the public transportation program offered by Kendall County. Anyone wishing to utilize the service must register by calling 877-IGO-4KAT (877-446-4528). Transit service is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).
 
 
The installation of 70-mile-per-hour (mph) signs on Illinois’ interstates has been slowed by extreme winter weather, and motorists are reminded that slower speed limits will be enforced until the new signs are in place. Share this link with your friends!FYI: Speed limits sign installation slowed by weather senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by
 
 
The Elect Keith Matune campaign website went live this morning! Please visit http://www.electmatune.com to get a deeper sense of who Keith is and what he will do to fight for all familes in Illinois!
 
 
I am pleased to announce the 30th endorsement from one of my colleagues on the Urbana City Council. Mr. Charlie Smyth, University of Illinois alum and former employee (Statistician and IT Professional). I want to thank Mr. Smyth for his support and confidence in my ability to represent the people of the 103rd District.
 
 
Just smiling. Appreciating the leadership and sacrifice of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be lots of celebrations, speeches and quotes but I am reminded of something my mentor, who served as the director of direct action in the Civil Rights Movement, shared as he recounted a story. When asked for an autograph by a young man he replied, “….come join the movement with m
 
 
Last weekend I helped cut the ribbon on the Oak Lawn Park District’s renovated Community Pavilion. The project included rebuilding the front entrance, doubling the gymnasium space, adding a multipurpose room and new rest rooms. Congratulations to the park district on the completion of this outstanding new community resource in the Village of Oak Lawn.
 
 
Thx guys, it was fun @bruceanddan
 
 
@bruceanddan @KirkDillard @wlsam890 Dillard is the right man for Illinois Governor!
 
 
Happy 106th birthday to largest and oldest Polish language newspaper in the United States. Keep up the fantastic work, @Dzwiazkowy!
 
 
Excited to have the support of the Hanover Township Republican Organization! http://www.hanoverheros.com/ 
 
 
Join IDNR for a series of live, interactive webcasts- Thursdays with IDNR- focused on topics that were discussed at last year’s regional meetings. After reviewing feedback from the public who attended the meetings, the agency is seeking new ways to enhance its communications efforts to provide Illinois residents a greater window into the work IDNR is performing. The live webcasts will feature IDNR
 
 
Highland, IL…While the New Year will bring thousands of jobs to our neighboring states, Illinois is predicted to finish last in job growth according to a recent study conducted by Moody’s Analytics. “This report by Moody’s confirms our worst fears, namely that we are rapidly losing jobs and there are next to none coming in to replace them.  Illinois has every advantage for success, between both na
 
 
John Kass & Lauren Cohn radio gig? Check! Next, a property tax/assessments seminar in Woodridge, then a press conference to fight the progressive tax in the City, then an on-camera interview about Metra’s service, and then finally another property tax/assessments event this time in Downers Grove.
 
 
“@MagicJohnson: Thank you to @GovernorQuinn and Mayor @RahmEmanuel for recruiting investors like myself to the great state of IL.”
 
 
The installation of 70-mile-per-hour (mph) signs on Illinois’ interstates has been slowed by extreme winter… http://fb.me/17f1vGV6o 
 
 
Target offers shoppers a year of free credit monitoring after breach | The Doings Clarendon Hills http://barrington.suntimes.com/news/target_offers_shoppers_a_year_of_free_credit_monit-BCR-01132014:article …
 
 
Thx guys, it was fun @bruceanddan
 
 
Looking forward to joining @JoeMoore49, @heathersteans, @RepKellyCassidy @eyohnka @ #marriageequality forum tonight. http://bit.ly/1kyxja6 
 
 
John Kass & Lauren Cohn radio gig? Check! Next, a property tax/assessments seminar in Woodridge, then a press… http://fb.me/1i8nCnK8I 
 
 
John Kass & Lauren Cohn radio gig? Check! Next, a property tax/assessments seminar in Woodridge, then a press… http://fb.me/6BvwUio9a 
 
 
Check out today’s In the Know for good information and a tit-bit about another one of my communities– West Dundee. http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/metra-safety-fema-deadline-processing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29 …
 
 
AARP Volunteers Gear Up for Free Tax Prep in Illinois http://prn.to/LdHp0E  #volunteers #services #free #$
 
 
The Village of Buffalo Grove is looking for FT Firefighters/Paramedics; Visit http://www.vbg.org  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
Thanks Planned Parenthood IL Action on your endorsement for 2014. @PPact @Latinos4PP #39thDistrict #womensrights
 
 
State Rep @ElgieSims speaking with “students” of the Civil Rights Era at the MLK Jr Reflections! #HappyBDayMLK pic.twitter.com/T24MnpwDfr
 
 
Please give your input on this very important topic: http://www.barbarawheeler.org/wheeler_64_report11514 …
 
 
On Sunday, January 12, I attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Dinner at Illinois Wesleyan University, where guests shared…
 
 
Please note that our #Peoria announcement stop has switched venues. We’re now at the Labor Temple. Join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/207265772810445/ … #twill
 
 
Where did your federal tax dollars go in 2012? Although President Obama promised he would not raise tax rates for the middle class, Obamacare will be responsible for several tax hikes, which will total more than $500 billion. For more information, visit http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/27/money-pictures-top-5-charts-2013/ I am running for Congress to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free mark
 
 
Check out today’s In the Know for good information and a tit-bit about another one of my communities– West Dundee. http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/metra-safety-fema-deadline-processing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
Still no word from Dick Durbin’s office whether he targeted anyone other than conservatives in letters to the IRS. Will keep you posted.
 
 
Good piece by @IllinoisReview on how regulation is strangling our economy. Stay tuned for my solution. http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/thorner-dismantling-the-regulatory-state-is-a-good-place-to-start-part-2.html …
 
 
Places like 1871 Chicago help create & bring good jobs to Illinois, the start-ups of today will create the jobs of tomorrow! The Dillard Tracy campaign is proud to be working with local companies, like SimpleRelevance, that got their start at 1871. LIKE if you SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURS & creating jobs in Illinois! http://bit.ly/1kC19dT
 
 
T&T is making a $350 million commitment to education focused on helping more students graduate high school. At AT&T, we believe that education is one of the most important issues facing U.S. businesses, communities and families today. Currently, about one in five students do not graduate high school on time, and many of those who do are not fully prepared for success in college or career
 
 
Excited to have the support of the Hanover Township Republican Organization! http://www.hanoverheros.com/
 
 
Is anyone else frustrated with the lies? Please read and share. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140107/OPINION/140109938 Expect Illinois’ pension reform promises to be brokenwww.chicagobusiness.comExcuse me if I’m not sanguine about what Michael Madigan and others did to persuade a majority of Illinois lawmakers to support their pension ”reform.” We’ve heard this story before.
 
 
House #GOP blocks #unemployment benefits extension. They hope noone will notice. I intend to make sure people do! Time to #TakeBackTheHouse in 2014! http://goo.gl/6JPhaKDaily Kos: Republicans hope you won’t notice that they just blocked jobless aid for 1.4 millionwww.dailykos.comThese guys are the ones standing in the way.
 
 
Congressman Rodney Davis 1/15/2014 (Ag.): Play now!Dave Gentry talks ag with Congressman Rodney Davis on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
Department of Human Services spokesman Tom Green says they need to make … “The information is supplied to the Illinois State Police, who do a …
 
 
Metra defends performance during cold, snow http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-metra-car-shortages-0115-20140115,0,632252.story …
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