Today’s headlines — Friday, Jan. 17

In the winter, Chicagoans complain about the slippery sidewalks, the snow plows not moving fast enough and freezing cold subzero temperatures.
 
 
Spending the morning at a joint hearing of the House Revenue and State Government Committee to discuss tax incentives and economic growth. Make it a great Friday, everyone.
 
 
Collinsville Democrats Holiday dinner cake auction. pic.twitter.com/jnkO6AuWpN
 
 
Win-win. Help #veterans and create jobs. That’s my focus. http://ow.ly/sGm0X  #congress
 
 
Here’s my idea to control federal regulations: Make the bureaucrats justify every reg every 5 years. http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/truax-proposes-check-control-federal-regulations/ …
 
 
Dick Durbin, Barack Obama and Democrats continue to use the IRS to stifle political speech. This cannot stand. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304603704579324783339931114 …
 
 
Mounting tuition hikes have increased the cost of a college education for undergraduate students at public universities across the nation, a trend that has been seen since the end of the Great Recession, and one that has not abated. But, not for the …
 
 
In the never-ending battle to keep bad actors out of state-sanctioned gambling, you might think the Illinois Gaming Board could count lawmakers on its …
 
 
But for some birds, Illinois is south — at least farther south than the Arctic tundra … Grassland birds like harriers need large acreages for hunting.
 
 
“This law will help protect victims in our community and serve as a deterrent to future domestic abuse,” says state Rep. Emily McAsey.
 
 
McMillan: Putting Illinois voters back in chargePekin Daily TimesLast year, Illinois House incumbents won 97 percent of their general election races; two-thirds of them did not even face a challenger. Following the 2010 census, a few powerful political leaders behind closed doors, in total secret, drew gerrymandered …Campaign for nonpartisan redistricting process comes to Quincy
 
 
Southern: Speaker: School violence could be a day away http://bit.ly/1j6hfs2 
 
 
Chicago and Illinois real estate markets in crisis: If you live in an area hit hard by the recession, you prob… http://bit.ly/1cztPtW 
 
 
Preckwinkle campaign missed $10,000 tax payment in 2010 @TomCorfman reports http://fw.to/0cPrvgD 
 
 
Did Bruce Rauner talk to @arneduncan or not? We’ll talk about it at 7:07. @wlsam890
 
 
 
The Wall Street Journal published a interesting piece today on the annual rankings of millionaire households per capita in the U.S. in 2013, culling data from Phoenix, a market research firm based in Rhinebeck, N.Y.The Journal focuses on states like Maryland, which ranked No. 1 on the list, as well as North Dakota, which isn’t in the top ten but is making the “fastest climb up the millionaire
 
 
For city dwellers terrified of the blood-sucking alien-like insects known as bedbugs — including your Crain’s editor writing this item — the latest news on them isn’t very soothing.Orkin, the pest control firm based in Atlanta, today released its annual ranking of cities with the most treatments for bedbug infestations. The Windy City tops the list for the second year, followed by Los Angeles. Cit
 
 
Chicago ban on e-cigarette use indoors hurts smokers trying to quit, columnist Katy Vines says: http://bit.ly/LcUgQ6
 
 
 
Former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon began serving his 30-month sentence for rigging the bidding on delinquent property tax liens from 2005-2009 in exchange for campaign donations earlier this week. Bathon reported to the Federal Correctional …
 
 
The next time the subject is base closures, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon hopes the three military bases in Illinois are not considered. Simon, chairman of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee, says an economic development…
 
 
Does anyone else find it ironic that at least 10 new laws went into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1 that required a massive public education effort on the part of local media outlets to ensure that the citizens were aware? Is this the way our representative government is supposed to operate?Granted, legislators want to be effective and productive. This means sponsoring bills that change current laws
 
 
I was considering applying for a concealed carry permit. Then when my investigating informed me it would cost as much as possibly $400, I just decided it wasn’t right to have to pay to defend my wife and myself.Our government bodies provide food, housing, medical care and transportation for those who can’t afford the cost. Most of these people live in areas of low income and high crime. These are
 
 
Springfield City Clerk Cecilia Tumulty has the right idea when it comes to getting the word out to residents about what’s happening in the city.Tumulty, in her third and final term as city clerk, earlier this month started a Facebook page for her office. On it, she updates residents on city meeting dates, posts meeting agendas, and offers links to news that is relevant to the city.By now, most peo
 
 
For some schoolchildren, new field tests will be piled upon regular state exams this springTens of thousands of students will spend more time on testing this spring, as Illinois launches an unprecedented “field test” of new state exams in more than 2,000 schools — about half the schools in the state.
 
 
It takes teamwork to make Illinois roads safer to drive.
 
 
This year, voters in the DuPage County Board’s 4th District are getting something rare: a Democratic primary. M. Moon Kahn of Lombard and Jeremy Custer of Glendale Heights are seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to one District 4 seat on the county board.
 
 
Bob Schillerstrom is running for GOP national committeeman, and the decision will get made Saturday. Sandack and Matune square off. Truax gets a DuPage County boost. And the Wheeling Republicans cross up Cook County.
 
 
Illinois residents have just begun applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons, and police say businesses who do not want firearms on their premises must display a sign.
 
 
If only we could get out of our own way a little more, maybe the Illinois economy could grow faster.
 
 
State Rep. Jack Franks says a hearing in Chicago on how Illinois provides tax breaks will be the first of several that may lead to a change in the way the state does business.
 
 
Structural work on a $45 million transportation-training center will begin soon at Chicago’s Olive Harvey College.
 
 
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has appealed a decision not to move forward with a complaint against Clinton Landfill’s operation of a chemical waste unit above the Mahomet Aquifer. SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has appealed a decision not to move forward with a complaint against Clinton Landfill’s operation of a chemical waste unit above the Mahomet Aquifer. re
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs has the largest campaign fund among the three candidates for state treasurer, but Republican Tom Cross is gaining on him. In campaign disclosure reports filed earlier this week, Frerichs — a state senator whose district includes Champaign and Vermilion counties — reported $833,165 on hand on Dec. 31, 2013. read more
 
 
 
Toured several businesses, now at a meet & greet in #Rockford. Great turnout of supporters ready to #MakeILWorkAgain pic.twitter.com/djlYJRWX52
 
 
FYI – We are going on #5 — Take care of your neighbors! http://tinleypark.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/5th-home-hit-in-tinley-park-burglary-spree …
 
 
Doug Truax Candidate for US Senate stopped by today to talk about his race. I believe Durbin is vulnerable in 2014 pic.twitter.com/sUZLdm3sgD
 
 
Was in Quad Cities today, and, yes, our government spends too much. http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/gop-senate-candidate-says-spending-bill-too-big/article_7e2c0eeb-c483-5016-900d-eb067463cca1.html …
 
 
We are moving around the state and you can tell people are restless about what career politicians are doing to them. http://skokie.suntimes.com/news/government/truax-SKO-01232014:article …
 
 
Had over 150 people attend our fundraiser this evening in #Rockford! Thank you for your support to #MakeILworkagain! pic.twitter.com/12wfEvV4im
 
 
Good Forum in #Riverside township with our birthday girl @CompTopinka and Mike Dropka pic.twitter.com/98FxqWNa50
 
 
 
Thank you to everybody who came out tonight to the Institute 4 Creativity! New friends and old friends in a fantastic space. Just being with so many dynamic people makes me tremendously excited for the future of CU.
 
 
Today, along with the Hastings family, I am deeply saddened with the loss of our friend, Chris. Friends with our brother PJ, he would visit our home with the rest of the crew, play turkey day football, share a few “high lifes,” among many other funny things. He was a staple in our community, worked at “the K”, he saw you in the morning grabbing coffee or caught you while you
 
 
Saddened tonight by this loss. Chris was from a loving family, a hard worker and was a staple in our community. http://www.13abc.com/story/24476784/man-killed-in-3-vehicle-crash-on-turnpike …
 
 
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Bill Foster voted in favor of the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014 which included robust funding levels for scientific research and development. “While it wasn’t perfect, I was pleased that the 2014 Appropriations bill preserves essential funding for scientific research and development,” said Foster. “The work done at Argonne and Fermi National
 
 
Chgo Aldermen want O’Hare noise hearing. Suburbs to the north should be careful Chgo doesn’t redirect flights. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k
 
 
The Homewood-Flossmoor varsity girls basketball team had just grabbed the No. 1 ranking in the state when a new adversary appeared — a lawsuit alleging its coach had recruited players in violation of the rules.    
 
 
Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board members on Thursday voted to keep student user fees at the same prices they’ve been for years, but they raised the cost of lunch by 10 cents.
 
 
 
A new Illinois law lets you get paramedic level care, even if your community’s ambulance service only has a basic license. @YourFox18
 
 
FutureGen Project Gets Federal OKRead Full Story
 
 
January 16, 2014 Congress Blocks Domestic Horse Slaughter WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2014) — The spending bill passed this evening by the Senate, and that cleared the House yesterday, includes a provision that halts any efforts to resume slaughterin
 
 
The government union bosses and special interests who make their money from the government know that I’m the only candidate who will take them on and fight for the people of Illinois. That’s why they are planning to do everything they can to stop us. Click “LIKE” if you think we will win anyway! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IL_ILLINOIS_GOVERNOR_UNIONS_ILOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=
 
 
@RonSandack @DennisReboletti That’s all well and good to follow him but he has to make one compose one tweet at least.
 
 
Voters need to know the whole story about Bruce Rauner. http://ow.ly/sFtZE 
 
 
Had over 150 people attend our fundraiser this evening in #Rockford! Thank you for your support to #MakeILworkagain! pic.twitter.com/12wfEvV4im
 
 
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Marijuana? Not just yetPontiac Daily LeaderOn April 17, 2013, Josh Harms, State Rep. 106th District Illinois (R-Watseka), voted “no” on the act which passed 61-57. He says the biggest problem is it’s still a federal crime to posses marijuana. He recognizes that there are some cases where it …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As a new year dawns on yet another attempt at legalization of industrial hemp production in Illinois, proponents are cautiously optimistic that opposition may be softening. State Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, D-Chicago, introduced a …
 
 
EDITORIAL: On Monday we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who was hounded and harassed by the FBI. Who’s to say another J. Edgar Hoover will not run the FBI again some day — or run the NSA or the CIA? Free societies do not rely on wise and ethical leaders to preserve personal liberties. Free societies rely on the rule of law, imposing strong and explicit limits on th
 
 
Would you like to be state Rep. La Shawn Ford’s guest at Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2014 State of the State in Springfield on Jan. 29th? In 250 words or less, write what you believe should be included in the governor’s annual address as the General Assembly …
 
 
 
Arsenal, Thomson Prison could benefit from new billwww.whbf.comBill to further prison opening and maintain Arsenal capabilities goes to President
 
 
… health and science museum, planned for downtown Springfield. So far, organizers have raised $4.7 million of the $6.5 million that it needs to open.
 
 
PETERSBURG — The chairman of the Menard County board has died after collapsing during a board meeting.
 
 
Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly is on with Steve Cochran to discuss the ongoing debate over e-cigarettes and why he voted against an indoor ban. Reilly cites evidence to suggest e-cigarettes reduce harm over all, thus receiving his support. Hear his take on the both sides of the debate. Electronic cigarette (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)
 
 
Dissatisfied with the response from Mayor Mike Houston’s office, four Springfield aldermen are filing Freedom of Information Act requests for email records pertaining to the city’s communications director Nathan Mihelich.The aldermen want to know if he’s been taking a peek at their email from city residents. …
 
 
The gov’t union bosses know I’m the only one who will take them on. That’s why they’ll do anything to stop us. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IL_ILLINOIS_GOVERNOR_UNIONS_ILOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT …
 
 
Toured several businesses, now at a meet & greet in #Rockford. Great turnout of supporters ready to #MakeILWorkAgain pic.twitter.com/djlYJRWX52
 
 
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has publicly said the county’s watchdog has no authority to investigate him, but a Wednesday court ruling says the inspector general has every right to scrutinize operations at the tax office. In the ruling, a Cook County circuit court judge upheld the ability of the office of the inspector general to investigate corruption and fraud in not just Berrios’ office,
 
 
Marty Hickman admits that “it looks a bit awkward.” The executive secretary of the IHSA said Thursday, however, that Homewood-Flossmoor was in compliance with the organization’s guidelines during the process of accepting six transfer students who are members of the girls varsity basketball team. The school is being sued by an unnamed player (through her parent), alleging that first-year basketba
 
 
Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Christopher Koch has reviewed the school’s performance and found it wanting. He is recommending …
 
 
In a matter of days, state workers processing Medicaid applications for Illinois residents who signed up under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face a monstrous backlog as thousands of ap
 
 
MARION — School shootings are a big concern for educators and law enforcement. On Thursday, those officials had the chance to learn from a national expert on violence.
 
 
Two people with ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be among those to benefit from new, publicly financed charter schools up for approval next week by Chicago Public Schools officials. A real estate broker who is an Emanuel friend and a South Side minister allied with the mayor could end up as landlords for new schools, collecting rent paid for by taxpayers.
 
 
Ten DePaul law alumni made the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers 2014 list: (from top left, clockwise) Miles N. Beermann, Joseph G. Bisceglia, Robert …
 
 
She has taught for nearly a decade as an adjunct professor at the St. Louis University Law School. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and …
 
 
Federal funding comprises 57% of the funds included in the Illinois …. Efforts like building an affordable housing complex in Canton, Illinois, take place …
 
 
Medical marijuana patients still in for a waitWindy City TimesLegislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana in Illinois took effect Jan. 1, which many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups see as good news, but the state has yet to iron out many specific plans for the law’s full implementation. Consequently, marijuana …
 
 
ROCKFORD, IL – Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard joined State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) in announcing legislation that would require state Constitutional Officers and state lawmakers to carry the same standard health insurance benefits that citizens are now required…
 
 
Both proponents and opponents throughout Illinois have been vocal about the … Fergus said Illinois is “among a handful” of states that have a limit on … and development at Teach For America – Chicago, said that eliminating the cap …
 
 
Chicago, IL — Equality Illinois and Randy Hannig, EQIL’s Director of Public Policy, Wednesday announced Hannig’s intention to leave the …
 
 
One of the local 6 area schools is cracking down on students smoking electronic cigarettes on campus.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD-The Illinois AFL-CIO snubbed Democrat Sheila Simon in embracing Republican Judy Baar Topinka for state comptroller and set aside tensions from its public-sector unions by endorsing Gov. Pat Quinn for another term, the group announced Thursday. The influential union’s governing board also went out of its way to gin up its membership to fight against Continue reading →
 
 
Pizza Wars at South High School.
 
 
Metra hires firm for police chief transition http://bit.ly/1dkg06c 
 
 
Fyi I just went through security at O’Hare without taking off my shoes or taking my laptop out of my bag. #progress
 
 
At Tuesday night’s CYC town hall in Coffeen, we discussed Common Core, problems w/ the State’s new Medicare… http://fb.me/1F5B5X7zZ 
 
 
Behind the scenes: interviewing our Pres Pro Tem, Senator @DonHarmonIL. http://instagram.com/p/jPski5xqIH/# 
 
 
A recent ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court has once again highlighted Illinois’ failing workers’ compensation… http://fb.me/6lrEISeNw 
 
 
Long-time safety advocate John Cullerton at a presser on kids’ seat belt use. #TBT http://instagram.com/p/jPwH_vxqMk/ 
 
 
See “target-rich” @BruceRauner counterpunch @ABC7Chicago @DailyHerald forum. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/html5/video?id=9395893&pid=9396404&section=null …
 
 
#GOP Gov hopefuls in Mt. Prospect for 4-way political “smack down”. #twill #itson http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=9396404 …
 
 
Medill professors are in the early stages of bringing a sports journalism program to the graduate school: http://bit.ly/1b4ZcwM
 
 
#TBT Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton speaks at a press conference about kids’ seat belts.Instagraminstagram.comilsenatedems’s photo on Instagram
 
 
The Sherman Fire Protection District has maxed out its funds for services.Sherman is one of the fastest-growing areas in Sangamon County. That growing population means a greater need for emergency services. A referendum will be on the March ballot to try to pass new tax levies. …
 
 
Touting economic growth and supporting working families across Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn today urged Illinois residents to apply for the earned income tax credit.Last year alone, 900,000 families in the state applied for the tax refund, with $160 million handed out in 2013. …
 
 
¿Hay 100,000 personas que luchan conmigo por una #reforma migratoria en el 2014?
 
 
Thank you to the working men and women of the Illinois AFL-CIO for your endorsement for the 2014 primary election. Our re-election campaign appreciates your continued support!
 
 
I think state lawmakers should be required to carry the same Obamacare health insurance benefits that are now required of Illinois citizens. ~Kirk Do you agree? SIGN THE PETITION: http://on.fb.me/1b6N7aj
 
 
#TBT Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton speaks at a press conference about kids’ seat belts.Instagraminstagram.comilsenatedems’s photo on Instagram
 
 
Enjoyed speaking about the life and accomplishments of MLK with the Seniors at the West Suburban Senior Services Center today!
 
 
JACKSONVILLE –State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is inviting residents of the 100th District to contact his Jacksonville office for help in filling out the online application for a concealed carry license.
 
 
We’re calling on Congress to pass legislation that encourages businesses to train and hire veterans, especially in the manufacturing sector. See my press release. Would welcome your comments. http://bertmillerforcongress.com/
 
 
If Obamacare is good enough for citizens of Illinois, it’s good enough for elected officials ROCKFORD, IL – Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today joined fellow State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) in announcing legislation that would require state Constitutional Officers and state lawmakers to carry the same standard health insurance benefits that are now required of the citizen
 
 
Great time tonight in Moline with Rock Island County GOP. Thanks to Chairman Mike Steffen and the rest of the committeemen and volunteers.
 
 
We’re calling on Congress to pass legislation that encourages businesses to train and hire veterans, especially in the manufacturing sector. See my press release. Would welcome your comments.http://bertmillerforcongress.com/
 
 
* From the twitters… Bert Odelson has w/drawn objection to Tio Hardiman and Brunell Donald’s nominating petitions, meaning they’ll appear on the primary ballot. — Dave McKinney (@davemckinney123) January 16, 2014 “With the withdrawal of the objection, it’s finished. It’s over,” says Rupert Borgsmiller, exec dir of the St Bd of Elections. — Dave McKinney (@davemckinney123) January 16, 201
 
 
CHICAGO – Julia Louis-Dreyfus won’t find herself and her e-cigarettes welcomed in Chicago any longer. The actress, who stole national attention Sunday night when she scandalized the world on camera with an e-cigarette in her mouth, will not have a…
 
 
* Bruce Rauner raised $4.1 million during the fourth quarter. Most of that was spent on TV ads… Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner poured $3.2 million into advertising during the final three months of last year, far outraising and outspending his three rivals for the March 18 nomination, campaign disclosure reports show. Rauner spent more than […]
 
 
* I forgot to put up a link for this morning’s Republican gubernatorial debate. However, here are the tweets from three reporters on the scene, Mary Ann Ahern, Mike Riopell and Natasha Korecki. Click here if your phone can’t see the embed…
 
 
* Do you think any of the three Republican gubernatorial candidates who are being vastly outspent by Bruce Rauner should drop out of the race? If so, which one(s)? Take the poll and then don’t forget to explain your answer in comments, please. survey hosting You can vote for more than one.
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE – While the Illinois General Assembly passed pension reform last year, there’s still much more to be done, State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downer’s Grove) said Wednesday at a press conference with other state lawmakers. “The State’s problems were…
 
 
Rose: progressive income tax doesn’t have enough supportChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteThen voters would have to approve that amendment. Meanwhile, Republican Senator from Mahomet Chapin Rose said he doesn’t think there’s enough support among lawmakers for the change, and that citizens he’s heard from aren’t excited about it either.
 
 
* Tribune… An obscure panel of lawmakers unexpectedly shot down video gambling reforms Tuesday, leaving regulators grasping to close loopholes in the lucrative business. Aaron Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, which proposed the reforms, said he was “astounded” by the move, which came with no public discussion after a closed-door meeting by the lawmakers. “This is […]
 
 
* Surprise, surprise, Eden Martin uses his Sun-Times column to endorse his old friend Bruce Rauner… Supporters of some of the establishment Republican candidates for governor and a few media commentators are now taking shots at political newcomer and present front-runner Bruce Rauner. Some say he has an “arrogant” streak, and others claim it’s hypocritical for […]
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — In two weeks, nearly 22,000 Illinois residents have … But in the past three months, only 61,000 have selected an insurance plan …
 
 
(CHICAGO) U.S. Senator Mark Kirk debuted a video Thursday demonstrating why Illinois is the best state. The video was shown during the Senate …
 
 
The project will be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation. … left turns at 38th Street will be eliminated and so will the traffic signal. That …
 
 
The former Illinois governor is serving a 14-year federal sentence for corruption after he was found guilty of soliciting bribes for political appointments, …
 
 
CHICAGO – It’s said you can tell one’s leadership ability by the people he hires. In the case of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, that may be easier said than done. The Republican candidate’s latest election filings are more than…
 
 
Oak Brook Business LedgerGOP candidates for governor clash at forumOak Brook Business LedgerBy Mike Riopell, Daily Herald Business Ledger Writer. Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:32 AM. Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner, second from right, makes a point during a GOP candidate forum Thursday.
 
 
* Bernie Schoenburg interviewed Bruce Rauner about clouting his kid into Payton Prep back in September. Bernie asked if Rauner called then CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan about his suburban daughter’s application to the Chicago public school… Bernie: Did you talk to Mr. Duncan about it? Rauner: I did not. Bernie: And, did you […]
 
 
Rauner: “This has been a little bit of beat-up Brucey morning, and that’s ok.”
 
 
The candidates are asked about roads and bridges, which could be a focus this year. Dillard says use the sales tax on gas to pay for it.
 
 
Brady says Rauner doesn’t know the difference between running quarterback for Joliet Catholic and Notre Dame.
 
 
Brady to Dillard’s contention there wasn’t enough time to read the pensions bill: “We are paid to examine bills.”
 
 
Brady needles Rauner over minimum wage. “When you make statements about lowering the minimum wage, you scare the heck out of families.”
 
 
Rauner on minimum wage: OK with raising it if there’s workers comp and other changes, but don’t raise it until then.
 
 
Rutherford points to his business experience as a VP with ServiceMaster while he worked as a lawmaker.
 
 
Case in point: “I want eight years and out for everyone in the legislature,” Rauner said.
 
 
“It’s going to be rough, it’s gonna be ugly, it’s gonna cost a lot of money.” Rauner on his running, addressing the last few weeks.
 
 
“Why wouldn’t you want that kind of state again?” Dillard on Edgar years. He, Brady, Rutherford will tout govt experience, Rauner opposite
 
 
“We need more suburban sensibility. I think we need a suburban governor,” Dillard tells the Mount Prospect crowd.
 
 
GOP debate tweeted point-by-point by Trib’s @MoniqueGarcia Today’s Mount Prospect showdown in great recap Go check out her tweetporting
 
 
#Rauner brings in new media adviser — from Mark #Kirk’s office. Hummmm http://tinyurl.com/mubrdra 
 
 
Bruce Rauner says other candidates are beating up on him, refers to himself in the third person as “Brucey.” http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140115/news/701159656/ …
 
 
Illinois Supreme Court case could impact 80 inmates serving life in the state for crimes they committed as juveniles http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-15/news/ct-juvenile-life-sentence-met-20140116_1_adolfo-davis-sentences-illinois-supreme-court …
 
 
Our Opinion: Speed along Illinois pension reform lawsuits http://bit.ly/1asfLmr  #twill
 
 
Attorney General Madigan Urges Consumers to Protect Against Identity Theft in Wake of Data Breaches http://bit.ly/1dzfGmP  #twill
 
 
Had the opportunity to share some world famous #Illinois products and delicious food with @Senate_GOP today. http://1.usa.gov/1dxSFyZ 
 
 
January is #NationalMentoringMonth. We support mentoring every month! #BBBSNMM
 
 
After @dailyherald forum, a quick lunch at @BuonaBeef with sweet peppers.
 
 
Seems like the perfect opportunity to remind people that deep dish is not pizza — “it’s a f—ing casserole.” http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-13-2013/tower-record … (2/2)
 
 
Yes, @SenatorKirk is serving not one, but two chafing dishes (!) of deep-dish pizza at a Republican lunch. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/hYnzJPRnMW
 
 
#Metra, #O’Hare win, #highspeedrail loses in new fed budget http://tinyurl.com/kxs2ac4 
 
 
Peoria PR: State Health Coverage Sign-Ups Paint A Complex Obamacare Picture http://bit.ly/1cwbYEt 
 
 
A big @SundaySpin! @jeffzeleny on nat’l pols, @AmandaVinicky on IL pols, @RonSandack on Metra and Prof Richard Dye on IL budget. @WGNRadio.
 
 
IL AFL-CIO bd also calls on union members to defeat Bruce Rauner, who the union says has made workers “scapegoats” w/talk of min wage cut.
 
 
Illinois AFL-CIO backs Quinn and Republican Judy Baar Topinka. Nod for her is a huge disappointment to Dem Sheila Simon in comptroller race.
 
 
Al Sanchez kicked off the ballot. Voters left with only one convicted felon to vote for. http://bit.ly/Km7mKe 
 
 
http://bit.ly/1b6S3Mu  Associate Judge John ‘Mo” Madonia allowed on ballot by 8-0 Elex Board vote, despite petition “sloppiness”
 
 
#Rauner gives as good ad he gets in first televised debate. Jay Levine/Eds. Marshall w/ the sparks @cbschicago.
 
 
Flu comes to #FultonCounty, correctional center http://shar.es/UoM6U 
 
 
Illinois foreclosures were down 27% in 2013, but we’re still ranked third highest in the nation http://suntm.es/1aUAQcF 
 
 
“@CTULocal1: Kenwood Academy seniors garner more than $12.5 million in scholarship offers in one day! http://ow.ly/sE5vm ” Congrats!
 
 
For Immediate Release: Mike Frerichs Ends 2013 Raising More Than $720,000 in Race for Treasurer: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mike-frerichs/for-immediate-release-mike-frerichs-ends-2013-raising-more-than-720000-in-race-f/635314463193927 … #twill #Democrat
 
 
Behind the scenes: interviewing our Pres Pro Tem, Senator @DonHarmonIL. http://instagram.com/p/jPski5xqIH/# 
 
 
A recent ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court has once again highlighted Illinois’ failing workers’ compensation… http://fb.me/6lrEISeNw 
 
 
Long-time safety advocate John Cullerton at a presser on kids’ seat belt use. #TBT http://instagram.com/p/jPwH_vxqMk/ 
 
 
Enjoyed speaking about the life & accomplishments of MLK w/ the Seniors @ West Suburban Senior Services Center 2day! pic.twitter.com/JDfzI2Rebl
 
 
Fyi I just went through security at O’Hare without taking off my shoes or taking my laptop out of my bag. #progress
 
 
Thank you to the working men and women of the Illinois AFL-CIO for your endorsement for the 2014 primary… http://fb.me/3kNOeTAZZ 
 
 
Friends please follow @DennisReboletti … he’s new to Twitter. Let’s get him some follower. That is all. 😉
 
 
AFL-CIO also endorses Quinn, despite his push for pension reform.
 
 
It’ll be 4 after all. Bruce Rauner has committed to 1/23 downstate public broadcasting debate in #peoria at WTVP.
 
 
Beth Fenner of Chicago Magazine is in the studio live with Steve Cochran. She teases the upcoming February issue, featuring the Best New Bars in Chicago. Then Fenner discusses the breaking story of Juan Rangel and the United Neighborhood Organization. Visit Chicago Magazine’s website and read the full Juan Rangel story here.   Chicago Magazine Editor Beth Fenner
 
 
Convicted former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez should be kicked off the ballot for the Cook County Board, a county Electoral Board hearing officer is recommending. The Chicago Sun-Times obtained a written copy of the hearing officer’s recommendation Thursday.
 
 
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Laura Liu is headed for the appellate bench, a court spokesman confirmed to the Sun-Times.
 
 
Officials from the state Department of Natural Resources met with about 60 Evanston residents Wednesday night to describe plans for moving the DNRs Coastal Management Program offices to the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion.
 
 
While many metro-east schools have applied for an “Act of God” exemption to avoid having to make up their lost snow days, others are looking for alternative solutions to missed…Click to Continue »
 
 
Three Republican governor candidates lobbed criticism at opponent Bruce Rauner today over everything from his shifting position on minimum wage, efforts to get his daughter into a Chicago prep school and willingness to spend vast amounts of his own money to get elected.    
 
 
Some changes are being made in the registration process for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This year, runners can register with a guaranteed entry or through a non-guaranteed entry lottery, any time from noon Wednesday, March 5th through noon Monday, April 7th. Lottery entrants will be notified of their status on Monday, April 14th. There’s a maximum of 45,000 participants. The registr
 
 
The Illinois EPA continues to look into this week’s incident at Cortland Elementary School.
 
 
State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is introducing legislation to protect Illinois gun owners from delays in processing Firearm Owner Identification card renewals.
 
 
Nearly 278,000 people fled the Land of Lincoln in 2012. Is Illinois the next New Jersey? Columnist Randy Blaser weighs in — http://bit.ly/1fC7t2O
 
 
An updated national report on emergency medical care awarded Illinois two “F” grades for its lack of protection for doctors against malpractice suits and poor disaster preparedness, dropping the state’s ranking to 45th in the nation for supporting emergency care.    
 
 
Should the minimum wage be increased? Share your thoughts. Is 2014 the Year for Increasing the Minimum Wage?evergreenpark.patch.comSeventy percent of country supports increasing the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
 
 
A new round of local road and bridge projects will be considered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) over the next several weeks that include improvements to U.S. Route 50 in Clinton County, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter.
 
 
Ice Cube? More like Ice Cub after he does the team a huge favor.
 
 
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s bus tour is making dozens of stops these days, but the wealthy businessman got turned away from one Central Illinois restaurant.  Farren’s Pub and Eatery in Champaign was listed on Ra…
 
 
Aaron Simpson thrives at LC Lincoln College usually depends on sophomore point guard Aaron Simpson during crunch time — for good reason. Simpson hasn’t cooled since he was named NJCAA Division II Player of the Week in the beginning of the season. He currently averages 25.5 points through 15 games, which is sixth best in Division II. Despite a slow start on Monday, the 6-0 guard nearly rallied t
 
 
Courthouse Employee Arrested On Obstruction Charges A Central Illinois courthouse employee is in jail for allegedly obstructing justice on two murder cases involving her sons. Forty-three-year-old Kimberly McNeil could make a court appearance today …Courthouse Employee Arrested On Obstruction Charges
 
 
Island Lake officials will meet tonight to discuss how to fill a $389,000 hole in the local police pension fund. The session is set for 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave.
 
 
Community members who have already completed Rend Lake College’s Concealed Carry Certification class will soon have the option to get fingerprinted to complete their application.
 
 
 
 
Greg KotChicago Tribune Billy Joel will become the first artist to headline Wrigley Field twice when he performs at the historic ballpark July 18, promoters Live Nation announced Thursday. Joel, who co-headlined Wrigley in 2009 with Elton John, is now also doing an extended once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden in New York. He has sold more than 150 million albums, but has not released
 
 
Winnebago County ranks 7th in the state when it comes to the number of concealed carry applications opened. Find out who it’s behind and where your county ranked HERE: http://bit.ly/1mci9Wm
 
 
An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would create a list of people who have been convicted of animal cruelty in an effort to protect animals. The database would track anyone who’s older than 18 and has been convicted of charges involving animal cruelty. The list would include their names, birthdates and addresses and those on the list wouldn’t be allowed to own a pet or work with a
 
 
Springfield – Income taxes for the state of Illinois are on a two week delay.
 
 
Kirkwood High School was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a news reporter walked into the building in an attempt to test the school’s security protocol, according to a school official.
 
 
Bruce Rauner has embarked on the “Shake It Up” bus tour, a 30-community trek across Illinois to carry his message.
 
 
Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) has raised millions for the Republican governor’s race. That money has allowed him to saturate the airwaves with television ads, but it’s also made h…
 
 
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing a decision that would put a central Illinois landfill a step closer to storing toxic waste over an aquifer that provides water for about 750…
 
 
Cook County Democratic Party endorses Judge Anthony Kyriakopoulos — http://bit.ly/1fCeKzOCook County Democratic Party endorses Judge Anthony Kyriakopoulosnorridge.suntimes.comThe Cook County Democratic Party, along with other Chicago-area organizations, endorsed Judge Anthony “Tony” Kyriakopoulos for the 10th Judicial Subcircuit.
 
 
Mayor Emanuel backed a plan to charge for rail cargo traveling through Chicago with hazardous materials — http://bit.ly/1fCt4bqMayor Emanuel backs fee for rail cars carrying hazardous materials norridge.suntimes.comNoting that 30 percent of the nation’s rail cargo passes through Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday threw his formidable support behind a plan to slap a “hazardous materials trans
 
 
Chicago ranked number one on a troubling list that came out Thursday, Orkin’s 50 worst cities for bedbugs.
 
 
We’re heading to an education roundtable with State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit and the state superintendent at Aurora Public Library’s Eola branch at 6 p.m. Any education policy questions you want answered? Post them here or send an email to kbelsha@stmedianetwork.com.
 
 
The chairman of the RTA Wednesday ordered a “post-mortem” on weather delays endured by Metra train riders last week, while lawmakers scheduled a hearing on the same topic. The double-whammy of scrutiny erupted just as Metra had seemed to have put the buzzsaw of controversy surrounding the up to $871,000 buyout of its ex-CEO behind it.Metra double whammy: Weather delays spur RTA review, legislativ
 
 
The Downers Grove Township has increased its efforts to provide updates and information about township services and programs that will help to make your lives a bit easier, and in some cases, may even save you money.
 
 
It looks like IDOT is getting to our neck of the woods in filling in potholes (at least in the northbound lanes). Please be careful as you travel around and watch out for the workers.
 
 
Republican GOP forum gets heated between governor candidatesRepublican GOP forum gets heated between governor candidateswsoyam.comMT. PROSPECT– A forum today (Thursday) with all four Republican candidates for governor ended with a tense exchange. � State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) and Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) both attacked Bruce�Rauner�during the forum, held in
 
 
Republican candidates for Governor promise Springfield residency if electedRepublican candidates for Governor promise Springfield residency if electedwsoyam.comSPRINGFIELD– All four Republican candidates for governor are pledging to live and work in Springfield. � State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) says by promising to move to the state’s capital, he’s fulfilling an obligation of the governo
 
Harvey Radney, a former deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, was named today as Metra’s interim police chief, the commuter rail agency announced.    
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has created a new state office to oversee changes in health care, including efforts to expand the workforce and restructure services for people with disabilities.
 
There’s one word Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk says he can use to describe the city’s past year: Progress. “As we look back at the past year in Wheaton and the progress made, I look forward to what 2014 will bring,” he said Thursday during his annual State of the City address at Arrowhead Golf Club.
 
“I am happy we were able to make a change that will positively impact the developmentally disabled individuals in our community,” Mulroe continued. “This land will give the New Horizon Center ample space for sports, recreation and outdoor activities it does not currently have.Senator Mulroe aids New Horizon Center in land acquisitionillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senat
 
Great time with the Effingham Democrats last night. Tonight the Collinsville Township Democrats New Years Dinner.
 
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity releases new website. Why Illinois: Why Illinois?www.illinois.govIn today’s global economy, lllinois connects you and your business to the world. With the nation’s largest inland transportation hub and port, it’s no wonder we are home to over 30 Fortune 500 companies, and headquarters to hundreds more. With talent available to you from some
 
Rep. Meier to Host Seminar on Concealed Carry Law in Highland Highland… Want to learn more about the new concealed carry law? Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will be hosting a public seminar covering ‘What You Need to Know About Concealed Carry’. The seminar will be conducted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:30 p.m., to be held at the Highland Pistol and Rifle Club, locat
 
Make sure you’re In the Know! Today the District 66 community of Algonquin is featured. http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/metra-performance-cigarette-litter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
Hot off the press, here’s my latest Legislative Update: http://www.miketryon.org/legislative_update_for_jan_16_2014
 
Teachers, parents & neighbors—walk the 39th District at our #Educators4Guzzardi canvass Saturday: http://www.willguzzardi.com/educators_for_guzzardi …
 
Congrats to @MikeforIllinois on his endorsement by @EqualityILL! Mike will stand up for ALL Illinoisans, @JoinTomCross, not exactly.
 
. @Bill_Brady “we have to have a governor who’s disciplined” … to not spend and not legislature to spend. #twill
 
Take back Illinois! Get term limits on the November ballot–sign this petition: http://termlimitsandreform.com/ 
 
Make sure you’re In the Know! Today the District 66 community of Algonquin is featured. http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/metra-performance-cigarette-litter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29 …
 
The new disability placard law goes into effect today. Make sure you know the law and avoid getting fined. http://bit.ly/L5t0Tu 
 
Mike reported raising $723,810 in 2013 for his campaign for Treasurer. He raised $169,694 in the 4th Quarter and has $833,165 COH. #twill
 
New study finds that a progressive income tax would give IL one of the worst business tax climates in the nation. http://bit.ly/L60wcn 
 
Metra is on the docket for the Jan. 27, 2014 Mass Transit Committee hearing. http://fb.me/6xgQTFN4N 
 
“On the Democratic side @MikeforIllinois reported nearly $170K in receipts and closed with a balance of $833K” http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24982241-505/republicans-rutherford-rauner-faring-best-in-money-race-reports-show.html … #twill
 
Thank you to the thousands of volunteers/donors who have helped support this campaign in 2013. We start 2014 in a strong position! #twill
 
Thanks! “Senator Pat McGuire becomes ‘Principal for the Day’ at Joliet West High School” @ILSenDems @ilprincpals http://ow.ly/sEsBy 
 
 
 
 
Will County Board recognizes MLK Day of Service on Monday, calls on residents to serve. Info here: http://mlkday.gov  #twill #MLKDay
 
 
Taking a stand on a progressive tax hike. @David_McSweeney @EdSullivanforIL @SenMattMurphy http://illinoispolicy.org/illinois-legislators-take-a-stand-against-a-progressive-income-tax-hike/ … #twill
 
 
Hot off the press, here’s my latest Legislative Update: http://www.miketryon.org/legislative_update_for_jan_16_2014 …
 
 
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. in Chicago needs a Manager of Container Drayage Sales & Services; Visit http://www.odfl.org  #joboftheday
 
 
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.
 
 
IL Treasurer candidate @JoinTomCross speaks about his candidacy to a packed room #twill #ILGOP #PTRO pic.twitter.com/L8uf0bmVGR
 
 
“We haven’t had a balanced budget in IL since Blagojevich and Quinn took over.” @JoinTomCross #twill #ilgop #PTRO #BudgetGimmicks
 
 
Congrats to @MikeforIllinois on his endorsement by @EqualityILL! Mike will stand up for ALL Illinoisans, @JoinTomCross, not exactly.
 
 
Just getting started this morning at the Daily Herald forum this morning. Ready to talk about how… http://instagram.com/p/jO6S9VIxtz/ 
 
 
Vote for @BruceRauner in @cities929’s online poll! Let’s show we’re ready to #ShakeUpSpringfield & #BringBackIL. http://bit.ly/1kE4rgF 
 
 
Mike reported raising $723,810 in 2013 for his campaign for Treasurer. He raised $169,694 in the 4th Quarter and has $833,165 COH. #twill
 
 
“On the Democratic side @MikeforIllinois reported nearly $170K in receipts and closed with a balance of $833K” http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24982241-505/republicans-rutherford-rauner-faring-best-in-money-race-reports-show.html … #twill
 
 
Thank you to the thousands of volunteers/donors who have helped support this campaign in 2013. We start 2014 in a strong position! #twill
 
 
My bill to make Free File permanent saves ppl $ & makes filing taxes less confusing. @taxgirl has good Free File read http://onforb.es/Klt29d 
 
 
When will the House defend #LGBT workplace rights & stand up for #equality? Time to pass #ENDA! http://youtu.be/ANSbEjeUS3M 
 
 
An independent actuarial assessment of the pension system, policymakers determined to drive reform, realistically assess liabilities, transparency through informational townhalls… Rhode Island presents a good case study for true pension reform.Pension Reform Case Study: Rhode Islandreason.orgIn 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a major pension-reform bill that suspended cost-of-livi
 
 
Reading the Shriver Report right now – great info. Check it out at http://goo.gl/FKyWyI .
 
 
To date Free File has saved taxpayers ~$1.1 billion. My bill makes it permanent. Check out more: http://onforb.es/Klt29d  via @taxgirl @forbes
 
 
“On the Democratic side, Treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs reported nearly $170,000 in receipts and closed with a balance of $833,000.”Republicans Rutherford, Rauner lead money race, reports show – Chicago Sun-Timeswww.suntimes.comWith more than $1.37 million, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford has the most cash available in his campaign kitty, while competitor Bruce Rauner raised by far the
 
 
74,000 jobs created in December 2013. 91 million Americans are still out of work. That’s pretty pathetic. Time after time, thanks to the empty promises of “representatives” like Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky; unemployment has increased. The people want JOBS, not more government dependency! It’s time to allow the free-market to naturally run its course; and get government out of it (w
 
 
 
 
The solution to Illinois’ problems is to get more people working in good jobs, not higher taxes on families and small-business owners. Check out this article and video from Reboot Illinois to learn more about why I am against the graduated income tax hike: http://goo.gl/GWuf49
 
 
CHICAGO – Last week, the governor signed into law a change to the state’s property procurement process that will allow the City of Chicago to transfer a portion of city-owned property to the New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10), the sponsor of the land transfer legislation, is pleased the unused city property can now be put to good use by the non-profi
 
 
An actual underdog that can relate to the everyday voter. A New Era for Illinois! http://www.wilsonforillinois.com
 
 
Illinois’ Department of Human Services wants mental health professionals to be aware of their responsibilities under the state’s new Concealed Carry Act. Read more at this link. Mental Health Database for Concealed Carry Applicants senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government wit
 
 
Enjoying the annual State of the City address at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Big things happening here. This is a city on the move.
 
 
Now at the State of the Village of Bolingbrook. Hundred are here! — at Bolingbrook Golf Club http://fb.me/6jGwIkXiy 
 
 
I urge all who are eligible to apply for the #EITC. For more info & to find the nearest location, visit http://EITC.Illinois.gov 
 
 
Thanks to those who purchased advanced tickets for Pizza Wars! Tickets are $12 at the door. Hope to see you tonight! http://www.csd99.org/assets/1/7/121313-Pizza_Flyer.pdf …
 
 
Speaking to a group of manufacturers in #Rockford. Talking about crucial issues important to IL businesses. pic.twitter.com/2wL5Bl33pN
 
 
Pls join me @ 1pmCentral/2pmEst 4 chat on #Cervicalcancer by @NLIRH @lacasablanca @HHSLatino 4 underserved #women. #OurSalud @NewAmericanLP
 
 
About to tour the new Institute for Environmental Sustainability at Loyola. Super excited!
 
 
Illinois Senators @49JBT & Pat McGuire & Reps @repmanley, @StateRepAnthony, & Larry Walsh Jr thank #mentors! #BBBSNMM http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=823177b082dc403709c0b3e3e&id=ead198eb49&e=%5BUNIQID …
 
 
Thanks Kasia Deli & Bogdan for providing lunch @ campaign ofc today.
 
 
If you’re looking for ways to lower your gas bills this winter, stop by our utility bill savings clinic on Feb 3rd. http://www.staterepsara.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Utilty-Bills-Savings-Clinic.jpg …
 
 
Constituent Outreach today from 2pm – 4pm at Asbury Court, located at 1750 S. Elmhurst Road in Des Plaines. Come on over!
 
 
January is #NationalMentoringMonth. We support mentoring every month! #BBBSNMM
 
 
The ballot battle is over. Our campaign have survived over 30 objections and character assassination. It’s time for the people to speak.
 
 
It was good to drop in at Jacksonville Kiwanis with Senate Certificates for two members with 50 and 57+ years of perfect attendance.
 
 
Illinois’ Department of Human Services wants mental health professionals to be aware of their responsibilities… http://fb.me/UFUXv0Fz 
 
 
At the clean energy lab at Loyola University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Inspiring stuff. pic.twitter.com/sgttYgXSsa
 
 
“This race isn’t about the four of us. It’s about you and the future of Illinois.” – from the @dailyherald Governors Forum today.
 
 
Bruce Rauner, Dan Rutherford turn fiery in forum, as candidates clash http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/bruce-rauner-dan-rutherford-turn-fiery-in-forum-as-candidates-clash/ … @natashakorecki @Suntimes #twill
 
 
What a guy! Thank you @RodneyDavis for the birthday wish!
 
 
The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the best ways to fight poverty & that’s why I fought for legislation to double its value in IL. #EITC
 
 
All eligible residents can apply at their nearest tax assistance location. In 2013 more than 900k #IL families received $160M from the #EITC
 
 
I urge all who are eligible to apply for the #EITC. For more info & to find the nearest location, visit http://EITC.Illinois.gov 
 
 
Great to spend time with the #TroyTownship officials at our Meet & Greet in #Shorewood at @SkootersRoadHse. #twill pic.twitter.com/4gbzQjQrUT
 
 
Speaking to a group of manufacturers in #Rockford. Talking about crucial issues important to IL businesses. pic.twitter.com/2wL5Bl33pN
 
 
Jim Harbaugh sounds like my kind of guy. http://lat.ms/1gRm0V3 
 
 
Attorney General Madigan Urges Consumers to Protect Against Identity Theft in Wake of Data Breaches http://bit.ly/1dzfGmP  #twill
 
 
After @dailyherald forum, a quick lunch at @BuonaBeef with sweet peppers.
 
 
Candidate for IL Sec. of Treasurer Tom Cross significantly outraises all other candidates. #twill pic.twitter.com/3b9d8o9wL4
 
 
Had the opportunity to share some world famous #Illinois products and delicious food with @Senate_GOP today. http://1.usa.gov/1dxSFyZ 
 
 
Congrats to @HarperCollege on their partnership w/ local high schools featured @WhiteHouse higher education summit! http://bit.ly/1dUmoyy 
 
 
I just signed Israeli PM Ariel Sharon’s Commemoration Book. We will always remember his legacy of service to freedom pic.twitter.com/6ZiqRQssMu
 
 
What are your top priorities for Congress in 2014? Please take this quick survey, then share with your friends!Survey: Your Priorities for 2014bustos.house.govCheri Bustos wants input on what Congress should focus on in 2014. Take the survey.
 
 
We support mentoring in our communities.Senator McGuire promotes BBBS mentoring monthwww.senatorpatmcguire.comOfficial site of Senator Pat McGuire
 
 
Extending the current tax hike, or implementing another one disguised as a graduated income tax, is something I simply will not support and am proud to stand against. What do you think?House Republicans: No support for graduated taxwww.dailyherald.comA collection of suburban Republican state lawmakers said Wednesday that no House GOP members will vote for a graduated income tax, a system that taxe
 
 
House Republicans Unanimously Oppose Tax Hike Proposal At a recent press conference to discuss the latest call to renew a tax increase proposal, Rep. Ron Sandack told reporters that all 47 Republicans in the Illinois House oppose a graduated income tax. To see the whole story go to the Caucus Blog below: http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/house-republicans-unanimously-oppose.html?utm_source
 
 
ICYMI – Tonight’s Town Hall has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts and will be rescheduled soon. Thank You! http://www.sengerforcongress.com
 
 
You can’t complain, if you want more of the same. Time to take charge and be involved in the political process. “Share” and “Like” if you agree.
 
 
Meeting today with school superintendents from Calhoun, Greene, Pike, & Scott Counties. Education must be a priority for Illinois’ future.
 
 
“This race isn’t about the four of us. It’s about you and the future of Illinois.” – From my appearance at the Daily Herald Governors Forum this morning. Bruce Rauner, Dan Rutherford turn fiery in forum, as candidates clashvoices.suntimes.comCandidate Bruce Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford tangled in the final minutes of a debate in which Rutherford angrily implored: “Br
 
 
Here are two more photos from Sunday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Dinner showing Secretary of State White, IWU’s President Wilson and the Jesse White Tumblers. There are other events marking the holiday this weekend (Saturday, 1pm, at the Marriott) and on Monday (3pm, Westbrook Auditorium, IWU) here in Bloomington-Normal.
 
 
Dr. MLK Jr. Fellowship Dinner with President Wilson and the Jesse White Tumblers.
 
 
You can’t complain, if you want more of the same. Time to take charge and be involved in the political process. “Share” and “Like” if you agree.
 
 
Millions of Americans were impacted by the Target data breach and deserve to know why this happened, how quickly consumers were notified, and what is being done to prevent it from happening again. I am calling for a Congressional investigation to answer these questions. Were you impacted by the data breach? What do you think should be done?Foster Calls For Investigation Into Target Data Breachwww
 
 
ICYMI – Tonight’s Town Hall has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts and will be rescheduled soon. Thank You! http://www.sengerforcongress.com
 
 
I spent some time with the St Clair County republicans earlier this week. I enjoyed our discussion. Thank you for the support and opportunity to be there!
 
 
Enjoyed speaking about the life and accomplishments of MLK with the Seniors at the West Suburban Senior Services Center today!
 
 
A recent ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court has once again highlighted Illinois’ failing workers’ compensation system and the need for legislative reforms. Share this link!Workers’ Compensation Reform a 2014 Legislative Prioritysenategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with
 
 
As we begin 2014, I thought I would provide you with an update of recent and upcoming activity on the legislative front in Illinois: House Republicans Unanimously Opposed to Graduated Income TaxThis week I participated in a press conference where several members of the House Republican caucus announced that all 47 Republican Representatives stand united in opposition to the upcoming Democrat prop
 
 
Education funding in Illinois needs serious reforms to create a system that treats all of our children fairly, regardless of where they attend school.No Solution yet on School Funding Inequitysenategop.state.il.usA special Senate Committee formed last year to review inequities in school funding held their latest meeting Jan. 13, in the southwestern Illinois community of Waterloo.
 
 
A Chicago Democrat is pushing legislation that would protect animals by creating a registry of people convicted of … state registry of convicted sex offenders. It would track adults over the age of 18 who have been convicted of cruel treatment …
 
 
A county-by-county list of concealed-carry permit applications made to Illinois State Police from Jan. 5-13. SPRINGFIELD – Almost one in four of the roughly 23,000 Illinois residents who have applied for concealed carry permits live in Cook …
 
 
Will Bruce Rauner address his dealings with Stuart Levine? We’ll talk about it at 7:37. @wlsam890
 
 
When he was up at the Daily Herald/ABC7 candidate forum, Bruce Rauner said his teenaged daughter had specific opinion about his candidacy. “My youngest daughter said ‘daddy don’t run for governor, I don’t want you to go to jail.’” Rauner said he would move to Springfield mansion, impose term limits on himself and the legislature. Continue reading →
 
 
SIH is now out of network for individuals covered by a Cigna plan through the state’s health benefits plan. The two sides are working on a direct contract. —-> http://bit.ly/1eUKivT
 
 
An article re: my views on the Constitution, the debt ceiling and veterans’ pensions. http://www.journal-republican.com/news/politics-and-government/2014-01-14/harold-holds-town-hall-meeting-monticello.html …
 
 
Throwback Thursday: Government Contracting http://www.jimoberweis.com/throwback_thursday_government_contracting?recruiter_id=4 …
 
 
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The state of Illinois put into effect more than 200 new laws January 1, including motorist and health-related regulations that will influence students, …
 
 
Letter to the Editor: Regulate e-cigarettes on behalf of our kids — http://bit.ly/1cpzqTN
 
 
News Gazette – Found 2 hours agoThat’s why Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner beat a hasty retreat last week after he was quoted as saying that Illinois’ $8.25…
 
 
“The senator has made it clear he’s not endorsing” in the race among Mr. Rauner, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk …
 
 
The crowd has been asked not to cheer at the forum. But the coffee was delicious!
 
 
A suburban man stayed in a state job inspecting amusement rides even after evidence emerged that he falsified reports. Changes at the Illinois Department of Labor and Illinois Executive Inspector General’s office could fix that, a Daily Herald editorial says.
 
 
My sympathy goes out to the people of Gifford. A natural wrecking ball (tornado) is one thing, but to have our government, which lives on our tax money, tell a community that it does not qualify for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is disappointing. read more
 
 
Good morning from Mount Prospect, where the four GOP governor candidates are together for a forum hosted by the Daily Herald.
 
 
I’ll try to tweet event, but there’s no wifi and of course my reception is spotty.
 
 
Question: While our state wrestles with gaping budget holes, the Better Government Association released information that you as State Treasurer gave out some…
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Metra performance, cigarette litter, disabled parking and more! http://goo.gl/fb/jUSNs 
 
 
Good government is good politics Branstad kicks off re-election bid in strong position for 6th term: http://bit.ly/1eETxQs  via @scj
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/1ireqUZY3 
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/2anUCzL8H 
 
 
Pizza Wars is tonight at South High School from 5:30 to 8 pm. This cool event benefits District 99 Education Foundation.
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/1zI7PAxm5 
 
 
FYI “@JudyHsuABC7: #Chicago enforcing new state law on #disability #parking placard violators. Details here.. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9395563 …”
 
 
Bi-partisan photo last night at the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference with Ron Sandack. pic.twitter.com/zT4DM2JWIR
 
 
He’d be great. MT @WDCBnews: ‘Schillerstrom Applies for National GOP Post’ by @WDCBNews @ilgop https://soundcloud.com/wdcbnews/schillerstrom-applies-for?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter …
 
 
AMERICAblog (blog)NYT kinda outs Aaron SchockAMERICAblog (blog)Well, my good friend Adam lost that bet in a hurry. Adam and I were arguing, friendly-like, on Facebook the other day about whether the New York Times would ever cover the outing of GOP 100%-anti-gay Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) that went wild …