Today’s headlines — Saturday, Jan. 18

Latest on our Blog: Week in Review for 1/13/14 through 1/17/14 http://goo.gl/fb/pEo51 
 
 
This week’s Caucus Blog has news on my call for hearings about Metra’s performance & other items of importance. http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/week-in-review-for-11314-through-11714.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IllinoisHouseRepublicanCaucusBlog+%28Illinois+House+Republican+Caucus+Blog%29 …
 
 
Thank You, Ryan! MT @JRyanPotts77: @RonSandack credit should be given when due … you get it. Happy to support you.
 
 
Chicago Boricuas:Puerto Rican Parade may be moved back downtown http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9395089 … @abc7
 
 
Looking forward to speaking with my friends later this morning from the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation…. http://fb.me/3axZS6o3U 
 
 
 
Ron Sandack was one of only three House Republicans to endorse the gay … issue since voting against civil unions when he was in the Illinois Senate in 2011. … Keith Matune, also running for the 81st District House seat, called out …
 
 
The project will be overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation, or DOT. Construction will begin Feb. 3, weather permitting, and be completed …
 
 
 
Pretrial hearing for Illinois Rep Derrick Smith; bribery trial set for Jan 27The TribuneCHICAGO — Attorneys convene for one of the final status hearings for state Rep. Derrick Smith before his bribery trial is set to start. A defense motion to dismiss the charges is still pending and could be discussed at the Thursday hearing in federal …Rep. Smith’s Bribery Trial DelayedBribery trial delayed fo
 
 
Chicago homeowners and businesses already have the ability to track the progress of city snow plows. Now, they’ll be able to do the same with the …
 
 
The top deputy to Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios lost his license to … Nickl sought to draw a distinction that Kruse did not have his appraisal …
 
 
Regulators close bank in IllinoisBelleville News DemocratWASHINGTON — Regulators have closed a small lender in Illinois, making it the first U.S. bank failure of 2014 following 24 closures last year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday it has taken over DuPage National Bank, based in West …
 
 
Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, shared leadership strategy and insight with Leadership Springfield, an organization sponsored by The Greater Springfield …
 
 
Ill. Dept. of Agriculture hosts crop seminarsWANDSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting a series of seminars to help farmers learn about crop conservation. Department of Agriculture officials say the seminars provide a significant opportunity for farmers to enrich …
 
 
Bustos, Durbin discuss budget bill’s Q-C area benefitsQuad City TimesThose are the most obvious benefits to the Quad-City area offered by the federal omnibus appropriations bill passed by both houses of Congress this week as outlined Friday by two Illinois Democrats, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin …
 
 
 
The president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is out, effective immediately. Steward Sandstrom led the chamber for the past 18 months, but in recent months, chamber chairman Tom Fitch says, the board started rethinking its focus, and Sandstrom didn’t fit into those new plans. …
 
 
Evansville Group Pushing for More Women in PoliticsEvansville Group Pushing for More Women in Politicswww.tristatehomepage.com 
 
 
The numbers look good, but Rockford leaders say it can get better.
 
 
No charges in videotaped beating of a pig in Daviess County. CLICK here to find out why – http://bit.ly/1dvR0Jl
 
 
 
Freedom to find the best school for each student”Parents in these poor, overcrowded and failing schools only have one choice, and that’s the choice to send their child to a poor, overcrowded and failing school. What kind of a choice is that?”    
 
 
While colleges across the country talk about ways to limit tuition increases one central Illinois institution has frozen student cost for a second straight year. And that’s after a reduction two years ago.
 
 
Potholes and other damage from the harsh winter so far means a $4 million patching project starting Sunday, weather permitting.
 
 
‘Performance was unacceptable,’ Union Pacific says of stranding passengersOfficials from two railroads apologized Friday for delays, cancellations and car shortages that made Metra customers late and kept them scrambling for seats.
 
 
 
Happy Birthday, Keith!!
 
 
Pretty cool. “Rare photos of #MLKJr at Home”- http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1952031,00.html … #twill #MLKDay #MLKDay2014 #MLK
 
 
Had a great time at the #Champaign Co #MLK celebration! Good to see so many familiar faces + unstoppable enthusiasm for his ideals. #twill
 
 
Equality Illinois PAC first endorsements for 3/18 primary focus on allies for marriage. http://tinyurl.com/EQILPAC2014PRIMARY1 … pic.twitter.com/NhtOPxUN1S
 
 
I gave an update from the School Funding Task Force at the combined School Board meeting in Morris.
 
 
Happy Birthday, Keith!!
 
 
Pretty cool. “Rare photos of #MLKJr at Home”- http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1952031,00.html … #twill #MLKDay #MLKDay2014 #MLK
 
 
Had a great time at the #Champaign Co #MLK celebration! Good to see so many familiar faces + unstoppable enthusiasm for his ideals. #twill
 
 
We have a great turnout this evening at our meet & greet in #Barrington! With your support we will #MakeILWorkAgain pic.twitter.com/RbsClLHRDO
 
 
At Mt Zion schools today visiting with teachers on the upcoming spring session. http://fb.me/2bowDo4pP 
 
 
Yesterday had a chance to visit Richland Community College and meet one on one with all of the Community College… http://fb.me/2nrnM4tyG 
 
 
Thank-you Illinois Family Action, David Smith , and the panel of pro-family leaders for the opportunity to have an interview today.
 
 
King speaker: 60 years after ‘Brown v. Board,’ battle continues http://pulse.me/s/KJHqA 
 
 
Perfect wisdom! Darkness can not drive out darkness. Only light can do that. MLK #CCdDems14
 
 
Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign StaffRutherford Beefs Up Campaign Staffwww.nbcchicago.comThe moves come in the wake of news that of the four Republican primary candidates, Rutherford is increasingly positioned to challenge wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner in the fundraising department.
 
 
Last night’s Candidate Forum at Robinson.
 
 
 
1-17-14: Walked door to door talking with voters about issues.
 
 
Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rutherford-Beefs-Up-Campaign-Staff-240843911.html … #twill #ilgop #gop
 
 
Busy day on the trail. Visited #newsviews, JoAnn Osmond in #Gurnee, and #DillardTracy M&G in #Barrington pic.twitter.com/mfqKW7WxMD
 
 
“@persdevquotes: « Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. »Napoleon Hill” Solid!
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that Rockford has been chosen as one of seven new locations for a “Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2)” program. “I’m pleased to announce this important investment today in Rockford’s economic future,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “The Strong Cities, Strong Communities program will help Rockford implement its economic
 
 
Niemerg’s on Fayette in Effingmam at 8:30 this morning, stop by and say hello.
 
 
 
Appellate court OKs firing of ISP trooper in epic bad breakup. http://tinyurl.com/q99gva7  Also mindboggling because …
 
 
The Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations is celebrating two men tonight, who it says do their part to further Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of an inclusive society. The Rev. Clyde Brooks, the commission’s chairman, and Douglas K. Ray, chief executive officer of Paddock Publications Inc., will both be lauded during the commission’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance and Celebra
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Hunters and trappers could legally bag a bobcat soon under a proposal pending in the Illinois House. With the population of bobcats on the rise in the Land of Lincoln, state Rep. Wayne Rosenthal, R-Morrisonville, said it’s time to give …
 
 
Illinois House of Representative Keith Sommer visited Olympia Middle School and Olympia High School on Thursday, Jan. 16. Prior to touring the school buildings, Dr. Wise and Mr. Olsen met with Representative Sommer and briefed him on the …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD–Wednesday marked the deadline for state political candidates to disclose the results … Her GOP counterpart, Bob White of Mount Vernon, reported raising $3,225 in the final three months of 2013. In the Democratic primary, Tony Mayville …
 
 
Southern: Lawmakers question Illinois’ corporate tax breaks http://bit.ly/1jbH9KX 
 
 
Illinois Bridge http://bit.ly/Lsg0Z2 
 
 
State Representative Brady Appeals FEMA Denial http://tinyurl.com/kn66m4r 
 
 
Fantastic speech by Cheryl Brown Henderson at the 13th Annual CC MLK Celebration. Congratulations to those who were honored. Great event.
 
 
.@DarleneSenger will fix! MT: @RepBillFoster: Today I heard from people in Joliet who want to work, but are still struggling to find jobs.
 
 
A proposal at the State Capitol in Jefferson City would bring back the firing squad for executions in Missouri. While the debate may be interesting many are questioning why State Representatives are even wasting time talking about this. What do you think? Is this even worthy of debate? Click like if you believe this is a waste of time considering other problems in the state. More on News 4 at 6.
 
 
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Senator Kirk’s New Committee to Find Federal Judge for Northern District of …WIFRThe committee will have 16 members, each with legal experience. Among the members is former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. Kirk says he’s confident that the group will submit “the strongest applicant possible.” The applicant must be reviewed by President …
 
 
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all driver services facilities and offices open Monday through Friday will be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Driver services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will close on Jan. 18. All driver service facilities will reopen Jan. 21.
 
 
Fundraising records show who’s lining up behind 50th House candidates http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140117/news/701179839/ …
 
 
Met a nice guy at a breakfast today. He asked how off-the-record conversations work. I told him, but not before be promised not to quote me.
 
 
The PI Week In Review http://ow.ly/2D2nlA 
 
 
Foster Joins Jobless Illinoisans In Call For Unemployment Benefits Extension http://ow.ly/2D2nlB 
 
 
Preckwinkle says her campaign paid over $10,000 in back taxes last October and she promises a personal check to pay the penalty.
 
 
DU QUOIN — John Rednour, Jr., announced Friday that he is stepping down as manager of the Du Quoin State Fair in order to fill his late father’s shoes as chairman of the board at the Du Quoin …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD—One Illinois lawmaker will fulfill his longtime dream Sunday of being a soldier, a businessman and a lawyer. State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills, who graduates with a law degree this weekend from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, will add that milestone to his masters degree in business administration from the University of Continue reading →
 
 
Thousands of Medicaid applications that were stuck in the federal online health insurance enrollment system are now swamping state health officials. Those applications are being transferred to Illinois for processing.Illinois Medicaid officials say they got 5,000 transferred applications on Tuesday, and expect a total of 76,000 applications representing 110,000 residents. …
 
 
ROCK ISLAND – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says $25 million will be spent upgrading Thomson Correctional Prison this year and he’s confident another $170 million needed to open the prison will arrive in October. A budget
 
 
Nancy Tuchman conducted a wonderful tour of Loyola’s Institute of Enviromental Sustainability yesterday!
 
 
Just 60 days left to elect Will Guzzardi. Sign up to volunteer with #TeamGuzz today: http://www.willguzzardi.com/volunteer
 
 
January is Human #SexTrafficking Awareness Month. We must end the scourge of traffickers exploiting kids. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=937 …
 
 
Discussed efforts to combat human sex trafficking with @CindyMcCain. Look forward to working with her on this issue. pic.twitter.com/TvA0thO7mm
 
 
I see career politician Dick Durbin today was attacking @BruceRauner. Durbin needs to answer why his policies have failed IL families.
 
 
Dick Durbin was attacking guv. candidate @BruceRauner today. Does Durbin realize 376,000 fewer Illinoisans are employed since he last ran?
 
 
A variety of state policy issues were in the news during the past week, including workers’ compensation reform, school funding fairness, redistricting reform, environmental protection and the latest in what often seems like an endless supply of bad economic news for Illinois.
 
 
This morning, I was proud to join Senator Dick Durbin, the Chicago Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Transit Authority to highlight the $120 million allocated for the Core Capacity Program in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill Congress passed this week. As the only transit system currently accepted into the program, the CTA is poised to benefit from this important infusion of funding. Learn more ab
 
 
Nancy Tuchman conducted a wonderful tour of Loyola’s Institute of Enviromental Sustainability yesterday! pic.twitter.com/8oHZEYFyJL
 
 
Net Neutrality is wonky&gets no coverage in media so people don’t know, but court decision has big impact on internet http://ow.ly/sHsUK 
 
 
The Daily Herald has dubbed partisan redistricting “the not-so-silent killer of democracy in Illinois for more… http://fb.me/3AA517xgM 
 
 
My District Office will be closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. The office will reopen again…
 
 
Today, I was joined by other House Republicans who represent communities hit by the November tornadoes. We sent a letter to the…
 
 
@Bill_Brady asked to specify what he claims to have “learned” from his 2010 loss #ilgop #twill #ilgov2014 http://bit.ly/1j9NG95 
 
 
Friday Fact: IL to have the worst job growth of all 50 states in ’14 http://bit.ly/1dKPSPn  Let’s get to work & #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
Friday Fact: IL to have the worst job growth of all 50 states in ’14 http://bit.ly/1dKPSPn  Let’s get to work & #MakeILWorkAgain
 
 
“Great when both sides of the aisle can help out our furry friends. Congratulations @GovernorQuinn on adopting…” https://www.facebook.com/Comptroller.Judy.Baar.Topinka?ref=hl#!/photo.php?fbid=662073323844501&set=a.193998560651982.69825.173947439323761&type=1&theater …
 
 
For Immediate Release: Mike Frerichs Officially Kicks-Off Treasurer Campaign with 4 City Tour: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mike-frerichs/for-immediate-release-mike-frerichs-officially-kicks-off-treasurer-campaign-with/635777089814331 … #twill #Democrats
 
 
Our campaign is honored to have the endorsement of former Congressman Joe Walsh! Come see us both at our next Townhall!
 
 
Enjoyed the Countywide MLK Celebration in Champaign. Great seeing such enthusiasm for the ideals of Dr. King
 
 
Had a great time speaking at the Leadership Springfield Legislative Forum today.
 
 
Statement on Last Night’s Spending Bill–Veterans Deserve Better Last night, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that cut veterans’ pensions. While Congress excluded disabled veterans from these cuts, Congress chose to cut the pensions of most other veterans. In a spending bill that makes few cuts anywhere else, Congress’ refusal to honor the promises made to those who have sacr
 
 
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner stuck his foot in his mouth with a recent impolitic remark that the Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 an …
 
 
Q. I’ve sent you a picture of a gizmo that’s attached to the light pole at the corner of Dublin Boulevard and Shannon Lane in Belleville. I’ve seen others …
 
 
Racial profiling, which has always been a thorny issue, is about to get a lot more complicated. In a private meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — A fat-fighting initiative by the federal government could leave Illinois schools unable to sell certain flavors of the state’s official snack …
 
 
State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-55th) will hold his Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the his Constituent …
 
 
Jon Anderson was impossibly handsome and he married a Rockefeller. If there is more to him than that, Chicago wasn’t dying to know about it.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
 
Is Rauner getting nervous? That and 8 other keys from the GOP forum @RebootIllinois http://shar.es/UgLWl 
 
 
Rep. Brady: Communities Struggling with Tornado Damage Need FEMA Assistance http://www.rep-danbrady.com/rep_brady_communities_struggling_with_tornado_damage_need_fema_assistance …
 
 
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, will speak to a government class at Ottawa Township High School Tuesday afternoon, January 21.
 
 
State Senator Andy Manar spoke to a group of Montgomery County residents on Tuesday evening.Manar: Education Funding Should Be Ready By Feb. 1www.thejournal-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 to
 
 
The state’s largest teachers’ union is opposed to a plan by the state board of education that would remove class size limits for students with disabilities.The board’s proposal would mean there would be no statewide limits on special education class sizes. …
 
 
In what it calls “a gargantuan task ahead of us,” state officials said Thursday that Illinois is awaiting more than 70,000 Medicaid applications from the federal government for residents — at least some of which may have been incorrectly referred to apply for Medicaid by the federal website instead of buying a plan. People who Continue reading →
 
 
Congratulations to Doug Finke, recognized as one of the best statehouse reporters in the country. All of his stories are posted at The DomeThe best state capitol reporters in Americawww.washingtonpost.comThe state capital reporters to follow in each of the 50 states.
 
 
#NSAspeech represents responsible reforms needed to rein in NSA, increase transparency & balance national security w/ constitutional rights
 
 
From #Iran’s top nuke negotiator: “We can return again to 20% enrichment in less than one day.” We must take action. http://thebea.st/19ze0IT 
 
 
After the holiday weekend, I will be holding a Congress at Your Corner event in South Elgin. I hope you can make it! pic.twitter.com/pvlsGhbVon
 
 
My office is teaming up with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to produce an economic impact analysis of military bases. Check out the request for proposals below!Military Affairs Committee – Illinois Chamber of Commerceilchamber.orgIn the western part of Illinois, the Rock Island Arsenal houses several vital Army units. In the northeast, Naval Station Great Lakes is the Navy’s only boot camp. In s
 
 
My week as the guest sponsor of In the Know rounds out with a tid-bit about Gilberts. Enjoy! http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/tax-filing-concealed-carry-stats-fema.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
WI phasing out corp. tax for manufacturers. Sounds like we can’t continue to use the shampoo effect to guide tax policy. Tax/spend/repeat
 
 
I now know the plight of cabbies in Chicago vs New York. How much they make & that Mayor Daley is to blame. @RahmEmanuel ducked that one. Ha
 
 
Great speaking with @GrowSangamon’s Leadership Springfield class this morning in the Senate chamber! pic.twitter.com/1UaLWFVO96
 
 
Representative from ALEC is now testifying.
 
 
97.2 percent of Illinois employers are business with <20 employees
 
 
Happy 50th birthday to our incredible 1st Lady and #Chicago native, @FLOTUS! #twill #Democrats pic.twitter.com/MrEVugD4AI
 
 
On 1/22 I’m making stops in #Chicago, #RockIsland, #Peoria, and #Champaign to announce for Treasurer! Join me: http://frerichsforillinois.com/events-2/  #twill
 
 
Congratulations to the PMSA students that were inducted into the National Honor Society last night!
 
 
Grant opportunity: @ComEd & @openlands #GreenRegion program applications are due 3/15. #Protect & improve open space http://ow.ly/sGwpK 
 
 
Good news for Illinois! Data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the 2013 harvest show that… http://fb.me/22y4eCcim 
 
 
Getting ready to speak to 8th graders at Churchville Middle School in #Elmhurst for career day. I am a proud graduate class of 198?.
 
 
Illinois House Republican Caucus Blog: Week in Review for 1/13/14 through 1/17/14 http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/week-in-review-for-11314-through-11714.html?spref=tw …
 
 
This Week: In the office, Representative Brauer working on changes to Ag regulations…
 
 
My week as the guest sponsor of In the Know rounds out with a tid-bit about Gilberts. Enjoy! http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/tax-filing-concealed-carry-stats-fema.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29 …
 
 
Excited to announce that @Robin42CD will join me in #Chicago and @cheribustos will join me in #RockIsland next Wednesday! #twill
 
 
.@KirkDillard says state lawmakers should be required to carry Obamacare insurance #ilgop #twil #ACA http://bit.ly/1j4W3CI 
 
 
Happy 50th birthday to our incredible 1st Lady and #Chicago native, @FLOTUS! #twill #Democrats pic.twitter.com/MrEVugD4AI
 
 
On 1/22 I’m making stops in #Chicago, #RockIsland, #Peoria, and #Champaign to announce for Treasurer! Join me: http://frerichsforillinois.com/events-2/  #twill
 
 
Our list of MLK Day projects across the state is growing. Check it out to find an opportunity near you! http://www2.illinois.gov/serve/Pages/MLKing_Day2014.aspx …
 
 
Excited to announce that @Robin42CD will join me in #Chicago and @cheribustos will join me in #RockIsland next Wednesday! #twill
 
 
3 great public servants! MT @MikeforIllinois: @Robin42CD will join me in #Chicago & @cheribustos will join me in #RockIsland Wed.! #twill
 
 
Representative Sullivan has been in a leader in the fight to reform the state’s budget and economic policies to reignite private-sector job growth, encourage innovation and support our small and family-owned businesses here in Lake County and throughout Illinois. The Sullivan Jobs Record 96th General Assembly (2009-2010) Sullivan Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Legislation: HB 4599 (PA 96-1498) Re
 
 
CHICAGO – State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) joined the nonprofit Tax Foundation and seven other suburban lawmakers at a press conference today on Illinois’ competiveness in the job market and the ramifications for the state’s economy and business climate if the proposed progressive income tax were to become law. A new report from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation has found that proposed change
 
 
Nancy Tuchman conducted a wonderful tour of Loyola’s Institute of Enviromental Sustainability yesterday!
 
 
Bill Cunningham, Kelly Burke and I along with Mayor Sexton, Alderman O’Shea’s office and many others, met with representatives from CSX railroad this morning. We are all trying desperately to avoid “false activations ” “slow orders” and “down gates” on their railroad lines. Permenant relif is in the plans which would alleviate blocked crossings
 
 
Good news for Illinois! Data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the 2013 harvest show that Illinois is first in the nation in soybean production. More at this link. Illinois Tops in Soybean Productionsenategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with less regula
 
 
The Daily Herald has dubbed partisan redistricting “the not-so-silent killer of democracy in Illinois for more than a century.” Share this with your friends!Redistricting: ‘The Not-So-Silent Killer of Democracy’ senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois state government with less regulation an
 
 
My District Office will be closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. The office will reopen again on Tuesday, January 21, at 8:30am.
 
 
Today, I was joined by other House Republicans who represent communities hit by the November tornadoes. We sent a letter to the President urging him to intervene in support of the state’s appeal of FEMA’s denial of public assistance for local governments. For families to get their lives back, damaged streets, infrastructure and other public works need to be rebuilt and our communities need help wi
 
 
Report: American electorate is becoming more progressive http://demgoverno.rs/sGvYu 
 
 
REDHAWKS! See you tonight RT @PNdaily: Recent rivalries return! We are Rivals premieres tonight at the Wentz http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2014/01/17/video-voice-recent-rivalries-return/29528 … @NCTV17
 
 
Bill and I would love to see you at one of our upcoming events!Bill Brady For Governor 2014www.eventbrite.comBill Brady For Governor 2014 is using Eventbrite to organize 8 upcoming events. Check out Bill Brady For Governor 2014’s events, learn more, or contact this organizer.
 
 
Illinois Medicaid to ask feds to approve ‘sea change’ in how it spends moneyCrain’s Chicago Business (blog)“What’s being submitted is a sea change,” said Margie Schaps, executive director of the Chicago nonprofit Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and a member of the group that drew up the proposal. “It’s about providing care really differently …
 
 
They have a program for green certified businesses, and transportation sustainability is a promoted initiatives. In Chicago’s last Bicyclist Crash …
 
 
Prior to her election as attorney general, Madigan served in the Illinois Senate and worked as a litigator for a Chicago law firm. Before she became an …
 
 
* The late, great Chicagoan Otis Spann will play us out…
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign StaffNBC Chicago (blog)In preparation for the last two months of the Illinois Republican primary for governor, state treasurer Dan Rutherford has rolled out new names and positions on his campaign staff. Topping the list is news Rutherford has named Curt Conrad to serve as …
 
 
The annual joint conference of the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society brings together Islamist preachers and devotees from around the country. This year’s event had a special keynote speaker: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
 
 
When a freight train rolls through Barrington, Illinois, gates with flashing … U.S. safety regulations on the nation’s sharply increasing oil train traffic.
 
 
VIDEO: Duplicitous Dillard? Says he’s ‘still waiting’ for $250k union cash — but he’s already spent http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/video-duplicitous-dillard-claims-hes-still-waiting-for-250k-union-donation-but-hes-already-spent-it/ … @suntimes #twill
 
 
An Illinois lawmaker is introducing legislation to track people convicted of animal cruelty charges.Chicago Democrat Toni Berrios said the state would track these people similar to the way sex offenders are tracked on the state registry.If the legislation passes, the registry would include anyone older than 18 who has been convicted of cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty, or animal torture. …
 
 
Some state employees find themselves “out of network” when it comes to health coverage. It’s all because of an administrative change in one of the healthcare plans.
 
 
A public event at Windsor Park on Tuesday, Jan. 21 includes representatives from law enforcement, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and religious institutions.
 
 
A new law that allows some Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is prompting questions for hospitals, churches and even banks as they weigh whether to let people bring guns inside.
 
 
As legislatures return to action and governors outline their budget plans, politicians in many states are facing a pleasant election-year challenge: What to do with all the extra money?
 
 
PLAINFIELD – At Tuesday night’s GOP gubernatorial forum, Plainfield Township GOP Committeewoman Margie Bonuchi asked State Sen. Kirk Dillard why he accepts public-sector union support, and how that affects his policy positions and votes (video below). Dillard began his response…
 
 
Population Declining in States With Relatively High Dependence on GovernmentRealClearPoliticsThe straggler here is Illinois, burdened with a sharp tax increase and huge public sector pension obligations. Its immigration rate has fallen below the national average, and its domestic outmigration rate in 2010-12 (the latest numbers available) was …
 
 
He will be speaking at the RPAC Luncheon of the Illinois Association of … Dr. Lisnek will discuss national and state politics, including the 2014 …
 
 
18, in meeting rooms B and C of the Naperville Municipal Center. Sens. Michael Connelly, Linda Holmes and Christine Radogno, together with Reps.
 
 
Water safety is nonnegotiable. http://fb.me/3JYzI8rPB  @DonGerard @LisaMadigan @sierraclub @PrairieRivers #MahometAquifer #Twill #twCCill
 
 
Thank you to @DonGerard and to @dadeWICD for their #mahometaquifer report. http://www.wicd15.com/  The 2:00 mark on the video is a plus.
 
 
IL needs comprehensive tax reform that cuts tax rates and makes R&D credit permanent. Manufacturers create good, high-paying jobs.
 
 
Barickman bill would encourage faster FOID card renewalsPaxton RecordJason Barickman, R-Bloomington, plans to introduce legislation that would protect Illinois gun owners from a major delay by Illinois State Police in processing Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card renewals. Currently, state police have 30 days to …
 
 
Schrader seeks House seat, solutions for Illinois problemsQuincy Herald WhigHAMILTON, Ill. — Legislative candidate Marshall Schrader said there’s one point of agreement among Western Illinois voters: The state is in big financial trouble. During a meet-and-greet held at Hamilton on Thursday, Schrader told friends and …
 
 
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle assumed responsibility Friday for an embarrassing “oversight” made by her 2010 campaign — in failing to forward to the IRS $10,384 in payroll taxes collected from campaign staffers.
 
 
No state law requires landlords to fix mold problems. A local woman is suing her fmr landlord. Watch the story: http://tinyurl.com/kh2bcxe 
 
 
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., and testing is the only way to know if it’s in your house, county officials say. WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE: The Will County Health Department urges area homeowners to be aware of radon dangers and test their homes for the presence of an odorless gas with potentially dangerous consequences. January is Radon Preven
 
 
January 13 marked the third birthday of the largest tax income hike in Illinois’ history. Senator Duffy was among those who voted against the 67% income tax hike passed by the General Assembly in January of 2011 during the final hours of the 96th General Assembly. The 67 percent increase took roughly a week’s pay away from hard-working Illinois families. Although it was promoted as a way to reduc
 
 
In less than two weeks the spring legislative session will begin as Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his State of the State speech. Many issues are expected to be on the table including the need for further reforms to strengthen Illinois’ workers’ compensation system.  Recent court rulings, and a reform package co-sponsored by Senator Duffy will be a vital part of that discussion. In December, employers wo
 
 
Attorney General Files Appeal In Ruling of Illinois Pollution Control Board The battle over PCBs going into the… http://fb.me/6ybRiUuRX 
 
 
Fundraising records show who’s lining up behind 50th House candidatesChicago Daily HeraldThe current representative, Republican Kay Hatcher, is not seeking re-election. Advertisement. 50th House GOP debate features 2 of 4 candidates. Related Article 50th House GOP debate features 2 of 4 candidates. Former Kane County auditor Bill Keck of …
 
 
2013 passenger numbers up at Springfield airport http://ow.ly/2D1NEK 
 
 
#MetraMt: #UP concedes its still fixing winter damaged trains; 45 of 323 cars still out of service. “Short” trains will end by Mon am rush.
 
 
DCEO’s Adam Pollet did nice job mythbusting what we hear re IL business competitiveness. Look forward to hearing more from him in Spring.
 
 
Information on Retail Data Breaches http://wp.me/p3OPoy-1Kbb 
 
 
CHICAGO — Raising Illinois’ minimum wage and a Republican gubernatorial candidate’s changing stance was the main topic of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s speech at an annual breakfast honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
A review of state campaign finance disclosures for the fourth quarter of 2013 revealed a large fine paid by Republican 55th State House Dist. candidate Mel Thillens in October.
 
 
WSIU Public Broadcasting, in partnership with WILL/Illinois Public Media, WUIS Public Radio Springfield, and the League of Women Voters of Illinois, will host Illinois Gubernatorial Primary GOP Candidates 2014, a live debate between Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois.
 
 
The Cook County Board president didn’t learn about the nonpayment until September and has paid the back taxes, she said yesterday. A penalty of $1,367 will be paid today out of her personal account, she said.
 
 
Metra Board Member Arlene Mulder Chastizes Union Pacific For Railroad’s Poor Performance During Snow, Record Cold http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=68098Gates Stuck Down 01.04.2014Metra Board Member Arlene Mulder Chastizes Union Pacific For Railroad’s Poor Performance During Snow, Record Cold http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=68098
 
 
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in town this morning to help Lifescape Community Services help pack meals for local residents who are struggling to put food on the table. Hear from the 17th District’s Representative tonight as she discusses the reopening of Thomson Prison and the NSA’s involvement in our country’s phone dataTimeline PhotosCheri Bustos helping pack lunches at Lifescape Community Ser
 
 
The 103 coin buckets on ramps throughout the Illinois tollway system may get the boot as tollway officials say the aren’t made anymore, which means they could not be replaced
 
 
Interview with Erika Maldonado at Univision Chicago.
 
 
My view from Revenue Commite. Talking business climate, jobs & tax credits. Might even talk about tax hike expiration. pic.twitter.com/iauPrcVvbo Twitter / EdSullivanforIL: My view from Revenue Com. Talking …pic.twitter.comInstantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
 
 
The State’s Environmental Protection Agency wants to crack down on industries they say are polluting the southeast side of Chicago with petroleum coke, also known as “petcoke.” Read more at this link. State EPA Wants New Rules on “Petcoke”senategop.state.il.usIllinois Senate Republicans goal is to encourage Illinois job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical Illinois sta
 
 
Here is my spirited interview with @allenskillicorn on Left Right and You yesterday: http://www.allenskillicorn.com/2723/left-right-radio-doug-truax-il-governors-race/ …
 
 
My interview yesterday with Channel 4 WHBF in Moline: http://www.whbf.com/story/24477973/us-senate-rep-candidate-doug-truax-says-hes-the-man-for-the-job …
 
 
New videos shows contradictory responses by @BruceRauner regarding “clout” question #twill http://bit.ly/1j89SAu 
 
 
On Wednesday, January 15, I had the opportunity to speak with John Kass and Laura Cohn during their radio show on WLS regarding recent Metra delays and cancellations during extreme winter weather. I sent a letter to Speaker Madigan asking for a special hearing from the House Mass Transit Committee to investigate the matter and I was successful in that quest. Click “Here” to listen to my
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Tax filing, concealed carry stats, FEMA assistance… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/tax-filing-concealed-carry-stats-fema.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Wilsonville CYC well attended last night: the discussion was focused on challenges faced by small communities… http://fb.me/34JgszYos 
 
 
To change IL, we need more folks like @RonSandack fighting for us in Springfield. Not less. http://goo.gl/fb/ay5eq  pic.twitter.com/vxaoQfAV3G
 
 
All Metra directors agree communications must improve.
 
 
University of Chicago Medicine needs a FT Assistant Director-News Office; Visit http://www.uchospitals.edu  for info #joboftheday @UChicagoMed
 
 
Oh. I think my interest in looking into the propriety of Metra’s service/reliability hurt one director’s feelings.
 
 
My view from Revenue Com. Talking business climate, jobs & tax credits. Might even talk about tax hike expiration. pic.twitter.com/iauPrcVvbo
 
 
Joint cmte hearing on tax incentives this morning. Here’s a link to watch/listen online http://www.ilga.gov/house/audvid.asp …
 
 
Should IL continue giving huge breaks to corps to stay or locate in IL? Hearing today to explore tax credit and incentive policy.
 
 
Does IL actually benefit from these giveaways? Are we really creating jobs? Are these jobs that pay enough for people to live on?
 
 
Elected Officials Discuss Illinois’ Marriage Equality…: http://youtu.be/ctAxAuvNRy8  via @progressIL @repkellycassidy @heathersteans
 
 
The EDGE credit program is not working and we must reform it to get our state back to work.http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/95c5029ed3754126a28269f8fe2fbb15/IL-Tax-Incentives … via @therepublicnews
 
 
Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of Stella’s Place in Melrose Park. Seven new jobs in the district! pic.twitter.com/5HBmw7z72n
 
 
Joint Hearing word cloud bingo: #data #facts #robust #longtitudnal #idontthinkispelledthelastoneright
 
 
Here’s a friendly tip to witnesses appearing before a legislative hearing in order to effectively convey your message: don’t be a smarta**.
 
 
    Click here to read about State Rep. Don Moffitt’s Fit Caucus    
 
 
New videos shows contradictory responses by @BruceRauner regarding “clout” question #twill http://bit.ly/1j89SAu 
 
 
Great Interview with @erikamunivision at @Univision Chicago. pic.twitter.com/Fvkc5g1Nni
 
 
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., and testing is the only way to know if it’s in your house, county officials say. WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE: The Will County Health Department urges area homeowners to be aware of radon dangers and test their homes for the presence of an odorless gas with potentially dangerous consequences. January is Radon Preven
 
 
In less than two weeks the spring legislative session will begin as Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his State of the State speech. Many issues are expected to be on the table including the need for further reforms to strengthen Illinois’ workers’ compensation system.  Recent court rulings, and a reform package co-sponsored by Senator Duffy will be a vital part of that discussion. In December, employers w
 
 
January 13 marked the third birthday of the largest tax income hike in Illinois’ history. Senator Duffy was among those who voted against the 67% income tax hike passed by the General Assembly in January of 2011 during the final hours of the 96th General Assembly. The 67 percent increase took roughly a week’s pay away from hard-working Illinois families. Although it was promoted as a way to redu
 
 
Illinois has a dirty little secret buried in its tax history. See what it is: http://goo.gl/wMHNCl If elected, I will lead the charge to reduce federal taxes, which will allow job and economy growth in Illinois.
 
 
Thanks to all who attended the forum. Additional resources can be viewed in the marriage equality section.
 
 
Support Chicago Public Schools…we need to bring arts and music back into educationSign the petition: Support our Chicago Public Schools with Rep. Berrios’ Tax Increment Financing…petitions.moveon.orgI just signed a petition to The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn: Invest in our local Chicago Public Schools with legislation to direct surplus Tax Increment
 
 
Keeping our animals safe with new legislationLegislation eyes Illinois animal abuse registrywww.sj-r.comSPRINGFIELD — An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would create a list of people who’ve been convicted of animal cruelty charges.
 
 
Creating good jobs is the most important goal for Illinois. The facts are clear: our job creation tax-credit program is not working and we must reform it to get our state back to work.Rep. Franks hopes tax-break hearing leads to changes in way Illinois does business (1/17/14 7:46 am)www.therepublic.comCHICAGO – State Rep. Jack Franks says a hearing in Chicago on how Illinois provides tax breaks wi
 
 
Video- Marriage Equality Informational Forum http://wp.me/p3OPoy-1Kb7Video- Marriage Equality Informational Forumwww.repcassidy.comThanks to all who attended the forum. Additional resources can be viewed in the marriage equality section.
 
 
Information on Retail Data Breaches http://wp.me/p3OPoy-1KbbInformation on Retail Data Breacheswww.repcassidy.comAttached is a press release regarding recent retail store data breaches, including Target and Neiman Marcus. If you have any questions regarding these breaches, or other identity theft issues, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Illinois,… [ 584 more words. ]
 
 
Attending this committee hearing today. Stay tuned… http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-lawmakers-tax-credit-reforms-20140116,0,6948003.storyState lawmakers set to consider reforms for controversial tax creditswww.chicagotribune.comIllinois lawmakers are set to meet Friday morning in Chicago to consider possible reforms to a controversial state tax credit program.
 
 
Illinois ranked near the bottom of the nation at 45th place with a D in the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment. It’s a striking decline from the 27th place and grade C it received in 2009. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140116/business/701169874/Illinois drops from 27th to 45th place for its lack of suppor
 
 
Bloomington Pantagraph, January 16, 2014 SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing a state Pollution Control Board order that permits a chemical waste landfill to operate on a site located above a major source of drinking water in DeWitt County. In September, the board dismissed a lawsuit filed by a coalition that includes several area communities that claim the owners of
 
 
Illinois has a dirty little secret buried in its tax history. See what it is: http://goo.gl/wMHNCl If elected, I will lead the charge to reduce federal taxes, which will allow job and economy growth in Illinois.
 
 
* From a press release… An exhibit of sets, costumes and props from Steven Spielberg’s award-winning movie “Lincoln” opened Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, where it will be on display for years to come. Children can explore the exhibit free of charge when accompanied by an adult. The exhibit, “Lincoln: History to Hollywood,” […]
 
 
* Press release number one… 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 citizens are now required to carry under Obamacare. “Far too often, legislators pass laws effecting everyone [.
 
 
Zalewski focuses on business growthSouthwest News-HeraldChange was the prevailing theme in Ald. Mike Zalewski’s (23rd) “State of the Ward” address to members and guests of the Clearing Civic League on Tuesday night at Hale Park. The alderman praised several local business owners in Garfield Ridge for their …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has filed emergency rules with the Illinois Pollution Control Board to deal with petroleum coke piles in Chicago. Petroleum coke or “petcoke” is a black dust that is a byproduct of oil …
 
 
PONTIAC – Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has pulled former Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Curt Conrad from his treasurer’s office staff to be the political director of his gubernatorial campaign. “I am honored to serve as the statewide political…
 
 
Maplewood is home to one funky donut shop http://via.kplr11.com/GqrrGie”Strange Donuts” weird new ad for protein packed pastries via.kplr11.comST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. A little donut shop in Maplewood with a large social media footprint has released a commercial. “Strange Donuts” is now making t…
 
 
Equality Illinois PAC issues early endorsementsChicagoPride.comElizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez (D-24), Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113), Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-35), Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D-29), Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84), Rep. Lou Lang (D-16), Rep. Camille Lilly (D-78), Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22), Rep. Natalie A.
 
 
Spotty participation in ‘5 Essentials’ has raised questions…Click to Continue »
 
 
* Jeff McKinley, the only openly gay legislative Republican candidate in Illinois, withdrew from the race last night. From a press release… “One of the ideas I’ve talked about on the campaign trail has been duty to family. This is a value that guides my life and shapes my decisions as a husband, as […]
 
 
Chicagoans could do their Sunday morning booze shopping three hours earlier, under a change in the works by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council floor leader.
 
 
Thx for having me RT @bruceanddan: Congressman @PeterRoskam joins us at 7:37: We’ll discuss #Iran, #Benghazi, #NSA and #Obamacare. @wlsam890
 
 
.@TomCoburn’s mission to share w/ Americans how costly our govt is has become a key part of natl discussion. I’ll miss serving w/ my friend.
 
 
Magic Johnson’s right – having health coverage can save your life. And that’s no bull. Check it out. #GetCovered. http://youtu.be/wlakfp83iEg 
 
 
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* Jeff McKinley, the only openly gay legislative Republican candidate in Illinois, withdrew from the race last night. From a press release… “One of the ideas I’ve talked about on the campaign trail has been duty to family. This is a value that guides my life and shapes my decisions as a husband, as […]
 
 
 
* Sheila Simon reacts to the AFL-CIO endorsement of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka by the Illinois AFL-CIO… Simon was clearly stung by the show of support to her fall opponent, lashing out at the union brass and insisting she – not Topinka – carried the support of “rank and file working men and women across the […]
 
 
* Bruce Rauner has been paying most of his campaign staff through a payroll service named Paylocity. Illinois Review took a look… In the last quarter of 2013, Rauner’s campaign wrote checks for over $184,000 to Paylocity, effectively hiding the names and remuneration of his staff and consultants. The only hint of staff expenses in the […]
 
 
* From the Chicago Urban League… * While the overall trend of dropping employment rates for all race-ethnic groups continued through 2012, Black teens had the lowest employment rates across all geographic areas. * Nationally, the employment rate of Black teens has sustained a declining trajectory dropping from 25% employed in 2006 to 18% in 2012 and […]
 
 
Connecting the Franklin Park Chamber of Commerce with the IL Dept of Employment Security–good for business! pic.twitter.com/wm5O9GfrJA
 
 
Sun-Times ends lease in its office building http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-suntimes-ends-lease-in-its-office-building-20140117,0,3368373.story … #twill
 
 
Lietzow: Time To ‘Re-Establish’ #ElkGroveTwp #GOP Stronghold http://bit.ly/1b892hj 
 
 
A report out Friday finds Illinois’ new pension law would only make a dent in the state’s fiscal problems.
 
 
Silver, gold, platinum, water — what is the most valuable commodity?
 
 
RIVERSIDE – Pensions. Debt. Term limits.
 
 
Your state income taxes are scheduled to drop from 5% to 3.75% in 2015. However, Democrats want to pass a graduated income tax that taxes you more the more you earn. Here is one proposal by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Would your taxes go up or down under this proposal? Do you agree with me that we should block the Democrats efforts?
 
 
<p>The Illinois AFL-CIO has endorsed Judge Ann Callis in her bid for Congress in Illinois’ Thirteenth District.</p> <p>“Ann Callis is a true fighter for the middle class, and we are excited to support her in this campaign,” said Michael T. Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “Ann will stand up for working families and help us create jobs an
 
 
<div > <p>SPRINGFIELD — Democrat Ann Callis says she’s raised more than $255,000 in the final quarter of 2013 in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.</p> <p>The former Madison County judge said she will head into the final months of the campaign with more than $500,000 to spend in her bid to represent the 13th Congressional Distr
 
 
Federal regulations are strangling our economy and our family budgets. A family making $63,685 a year pays $14,768 in regulatory hidden taxes. Once career politicians like Dick Durbin set forth a federal regulation, and the bureaucrats multiply them, they never go away. My plan is to require every federal regulation to be justified at least once every five years. What do you think?Truax proposes c
 
 
I’m honored to have the support of the Illinois AFL-CIO, and look forward to working with them to stand up for middle-class families in Washington Release: Judge Ann Callis Earns Endorsement of the Illinois AFL-CIOwww.callisforillinois.comThe Illinois AFL-CIO has endorsed Judge Ann Callis in her bid for Congress in Illinois’ Thirteenth District. “Ann Callis is a true fighter for t…
 
 
Thanks to Planned Parenthood for the endorsement this week!
 
 
Help us reach 1000 likes today!!! Please help us ignite the fire for A New Era in Illinois and spread the word…Please share and like Don Wilson for Illinois State Senate with your friends and families!!
 
 
IL AFL-CIO endorses Dem Ann Callis in 13th Congressional Dist, Dem Sam Rosenberg in 103rd House District, Dem Mike Frerichs for state treas
 
 
One great state rep chatting with the next at @rosenberg103’s I4C fundraiser last night! #twil #ccdems14 pic.twitter.com/IKUiVVZVpf
 
 
Retweet if you agree: Strong schools make strong communities. Then join us for Educators for Guzzardi tomorrow: http://www.willguzzardi.com/educators_for_guzzardi …
 
 
@WozniakJim: Jeff McKinley Withdraws from District 71 Race and Endorses Jim Wozniak http://eepurl.com/MAVsX 
 
 
“The right candidate for the northwest side!” http://ow.ly/sFGOa  #IL40 #twill
 
 
In less than two short weeks, the General Assembly will return to Springfield for the Governor’s Annual State of the State Address. The State of the State address is a speech given once each year by the Governor, addressing not only the condition of Illinois, but also outlining their legislative agenda for the coming year. In last year’s State of the State Address, the Governor called for increasi
 
 
CHICAGO – Here’s an Illinois political trivia question: “What do left-wing Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Republican State Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka have in common?” Aside from being women, they were both endorsed this week by Illinois AFL-CIO, and are both AFL-CIO…
 
 
To qualify, runners must participate through an official Chicago Marathon charity, as an official international tour partner or as a “legacy finisher” who …
 
 
LibertyCast “Illinois’s Pitiful Public Pension Crisis” Discussion and Conclusion (part 3 of 3) Ben VanMetre from the Illinois Policy Institute joins us to discuss the real problem in Illinois’s public pension shortfalls! Check out more from Illinois Po… From: Metro-East Libertarians Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 07:01 More in News & Politics
 
 
LibertyCast “Illinois’s Pitiful Public Pension Crisis” Interview (part 2 of 3) Ben VanMetre from the Illinois Policy Institute joins us to discuss the real problem in Illinois’s public pension shortfalls! Check out more from Illinois Po… From: Metro-East Libertarians Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 13:11 More in News & Politics
 
 
LibertyCast “Illinois’s Pitiful Public Pension Crisis” Introduction (part 1 of 3) Ben VanMetre from the Illinois Policy Institute joins us to discuss the real problem in Illinois’s public pension shortfalls! To go straight to the interview… From: Metro-East Libertarians Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 06:03 More in News & Politics
 
 
Study shows that Republicans do a better job governing state budgets than Democrats. 9 of top 10 have GOP Governors. http://bit.ly/1m5tRPM 
 
 
Get “In the Know” on Tax filing, concealed carry stats, FEMA assistance and more! http://goo.gl/fb/djrOz 
 
 
Spending the morning at a joint hearing of the House Revenue and State Government Committee to discuss tax… http://fb.me/2QK2T5AaH 
 
 
What I learned about turning left in online traffic school. I bet you don’t know it. Today’s column. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-schmich-met-0117-20140117,0,6498290.column …