Today’s headlines — Sunday, Jan. 19

DuPage National Bank has become the country’s first federally insured bank to fail this year when federal regulators closed the West Chicago-based bank Friday. Oak Brook-based Republic Bank of Chicago has assumed all deposits and assets at the failed bank’s three branches in West Chicago and Hinsdale, according to a release from Republic Bank of Chicago. The shuttered branches reopened Saturday un
Contact Jim Ruppert: 788-1549, By Jim Ruppert Sports Editor. The State Journal-Register. By Jim Ruppert Sports Editor.
Shortage of psychiatrists, funding issues create crisis in mental health careSTLtoday.comRecently the only deputy in Clark County, Mo., transported a mentally ill patient 325 miles to Nevada, Mo., which had the closest open bed, according to Keith Schafer, director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. “It’s creating huge problems …
By Doug Finke. State Capitol Bureau. U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Saturday that he expects a farm bill now being negotiated in …
Skip the rhetoric, we want the factsThe SouthernThat’s what is so encouraging about the news we reported last week from conversation between our editorial board and state representatives John Bradley, the Marion Democrat, and David Harris, a Republican from Arlington Heights. They’ve worked …
ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION State Board of Education Meeting 100 N. First St. Board Room, 4th Floor Springfield, IL January 22-23 …
Chamber of Commerce oppose wage hikeGalesburg Register-MailThe Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort, or CIRCLE, is a coalition of 17 chambers of commerce, brought together in order to strengthen the voice of local businesses in Central Illinois when it comes to legislative policies. This month …
On Wednesday, members of the Illinois State Board of Education are scheduled to discuss the details of the so-called federal “Smart Snacks” program, …
Illinois House Joint Committee Hears Testimony on Tax Policy. CHICAGO – In the first of numerous hearings organized this year to address Illinois’ …
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday about whether Illinois’ policy of herding home-care workers into unions violates the workers’ First …
With Springfield’s next city election a little more than a year away, aldermen are wrangling over new boundaries for the city’s 10 wards. Once every …
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteHabeeb stepping downChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteBut during the process where party leaders in the 13th Congressional District were scrambling to find a candidate to replace Johnson on the ballot — eventually choosing Rodney Davis over Erika Harold of Urbana — “that took 40 or 50 hours a week.
The village will employ Illinois Energy Aggregation LLC as an independent contractor to “render professional advice and planning services for the …
Rauner backs 29-year “career politician” in Kentucky Primary 
Jacksonville, Ill. apparently has a bondage scene.  Who knew?
Mercy — when to offer it, when to withhold it — can be tricky, gut-wrenching business.Take Shirley Skinner, for example. The 78-year-old grandmother’s family desperately wants her to be released from the state prison system. She’s old, they say. She’s frail. Her health is diminishing. They miss her. They want clemency for her.That’s a sad story and an ordeal no family would want to endure. But it’
Like much of the country, I have been following the debate regarding the minimum wage, including the Sunday, Jan.12, front-page article, “Wage hike plays to mixed reviews.” The story tells of …
When the dust settled last week, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford was the victor when it came to having the most money in his campaign account in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial primary…
The Illinois Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in the case of Adolfo Davis, who has spent more than two decades behind bars for participating in a robbery that ended up killing two people. He was 14 when he committed the crime in which he never fired a shot, and was sentenced to life without parole.Davis’ attorneys are asking that the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2012 decision in Miller v.
Lock your doors, hug your children and hold onto your wallets. The General Assembly is returning to Springfield in just over a week.Actually, it’s not that bad. Lawmakers passed a political gut check with flying colors in November by approving an ambitious pension reform plan that’s now in the hands of the courts, so let’s hope they’re committed to the rest of the heavy lifting required to restore
STEVEN SHEARER, who left his job as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK, R-Peoria, to form a political action committee designed to combat the candidacy of GOP gubernatorial hopeful BRUCE RAUNER, says he’s doing it to protect the party.”I don’t want to have to apologize on a routine basis for a Republican governor,” Shearer said in an interview last week. “Been there, done […
When it comes to money in the Republican primary for governor, it’s Big Bruce and the three dwarves.In the last three months of 2013, billionaire BRUCE RAUNER reported raising $4 million for his campaign. If the other three GOP candidates pooled all the money they raised during the same period, it would only come to about $794,000, less than a quarter of what Rauner raised. Oh, my.Campaign money i
The Chicago Children’s Museum plans to present a play about racism and segregation to mark the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday.
A Daily Herald editorial encourages the General Assembly to develop a system of incentives and penalties that would strengthen the impact of the audits conducted by the state auditor general.
While we certainly wish her good health, we’re concerned about the lack of information regarding the supervision of the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.
State Sen. Sue Rezin’s district office will help people apply for concealed carry.’s district office to help people apply for concealed carrywww.ottawaradio.netState Sen Sue Rezin is opening her district office to help people submit concealed carry applications online Illinois State Police arent accepting…
W/ @RahmEmanuel & @Repevans33 @ interfaith breakfast celebrating life of Martin Luther King Jr #MLKDay #Chicago
Aurora education roundtable puts spotlight on state budget, charters @RepKifowit @ISBEnews 
Congrats to @davemckinney123 & @natashakorecki for making Wash. Post’s ‘The best state capitol reporters in America.’ 
Thank you #ABATE of Illinois for a nice evening at your state meeting
Enjoyed meeting the Dueling Tony’s and Jennifer Hiebel Price at the Benefit for Special Connections of Grundy County tonight at Chapin’s East in Minooka, IL.
Spoke at the Lake County Right to Life Candidates Forum. Great job to Bonnie Quirk and Penny Pullen for organizing the event
Treasurer and I was at Wheaton Bowl today to help pass out yard signs. Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers to brave the cold and snow to join us today. We will win the race because of the awesome volunteers and grassroots network we have throughout Illinois.
Please read and share Illinois legislators take a stand against a progressive income tax hikeillinoispolicy.orgIllinois does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem.
Image not the best – but this was yesterday in Arcola meeting with Farm Bureau folks.
Education vouchers necessary for Illinois kids says Chicago Tribune . Amen! @edchoice @choice4kids
Enjoying the 28th Annual MLK Banquet in Decatur. So glad to be a guest of @GeorgeGollin for this special event!
A great day traveling the district, real people, with real concerns. Thank you all who came out to meet us, I appreciate everyone of you.
Had a great time at The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I was moved by the American immigrant story of Ralph de la Vega.
Had a great time at Polish National Alliance’s Inaugural Ball. These kids did a great job, enjoyed meeting them!
At the Inaugural Ball for the Chicago Society of the Polish National Alliance in #Rosemont, it was a fantastic event
Relaxing start to Sunday? Listen to @SundaySpin! @jeffzeleny on nat’l pols, @AmandaVinicky on IL pols, @RonSandack on Metra.@WGNRadio.
Congratulations to @BruceRauner our endorsed choice for Governor of Illinois. #CubaGOP #ilgov2014 #ILGOP
The State Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the budget at their meeting in Springfield on Jan. 22. Illinois legislators also tasked the State Board of Education with re-examining school funding formulas, Koch said, which he expected would result …
Wait. Bruce Rauner’s attacking his GOP opponents now? What’s up with that? Here’s are the 9 key developments from the trail this week after the first forum of the year sponsored by the Daily Herald and ABC7 and my take on why you should care …
At the Bond County Dinner with Chairman Dan.
ROCKFORD — State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Belvidere, will use his district office, 305 Amphitheater Drive, as a point of registration to help residents who want to apply for a concealed … an application: – Found 1 hour ago… of a candidate in the hotly contested GOP primary election for governor. … He also had plenty of nice things to say about Gov. Pat Quinn.
Southern: Kirk shows off Illinois foods, products at lunch 
State law prohibits disposal in landfillsCompany disposes of old electronicsthetelegraph.comGODFREY — Illinoisans can’t just throw their obsolete electronics into the trash, but a local business has the solution.T…
Good to be among friends in Bond County tonight. Great way to end a full campaign day #IL13
Just a reminder that my district office is open to help submit concealed carry applications online. Jen is pictured here helping a gentleman do so earlier this week. Please visit the following link to set up an appointment:
Great day to stay inside and work in my office
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Received the endorsement of the Cuba Twp Republicans. Under Chairman Sauer they have become a powerhouse for R’s. 
Having a great time in #Decatur tonight at the 28th Annual #MLKDay Banquet. Thanks for having me, Macon Dems! #twill
The Chicago Cubs have conceded Central Illinois to the St. Louis Cardinals, reports the Chicago Tribune. Sep 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis …
Gave out hundreds & hundreds Rutherford for Governor yard signs in #Wheaton today. Not fun driving, so really appreciate all that attended
Included in that process is 16 hours of training, providing fingerprints, and paying fees. 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt tells the WGIL Evening News he believes the State Police has put in proper safe guards. “I’m very encouraged …
It was introduced by Urbana Representative Naomi Jakobsson. She said that change is needed to generate revenue when a temporary income tax increase expires in 2015. “If we don’t extend it, we’re going to see maybe more cuts in our vitally needed …
Bill Brady said the fact he’s already run against Gov. Pat Quinn and lost is part of the reason you should vote for him … this will help him build on his 2010 vote total. “What we know is that in big states … it’s hard for a relatively …
Joining with Sen Durbin and other community leaders in Springfield for lunch and a discussion about our shared priorities
Looming pension payment could drive city taxes to highest in U.S. @CrainsChicago 
Office of Kentucky State Senator John Schickel(BOONE, Ky.) — A Kentucky senator has filed a controversial bill this week to allow primates to be used as service animals. State senator John Schickel, a Republican representing Boone, Ky., told reporters he’s been ridiculed for the bill, but says the issue is no laughing matter. “Obviously there’s a lot of jokes, but this isn’t a joke,” said a tearfu
He has more than any candidate we’ve ever seen run for the office, vastly more than all of his opponents … And realize that this is Illinois, after all, where anything can happen. And will. So here are a few of the unknowns: One …
Great to start this #MLKDay weekend with @ChicagoCares volunteers to #CelebrateService. #chicares
Take time this weekend to honor Dr. King by serving others. Visit  to find a volunteer opportunity in your community.
Service to others is something Dr. King believed in, and it is one of the best ways we can honor his legacy.
Service to others is something Dr. King believed in, and it is one of the best ways we can honor his legacy. I encourage everyone in Illinois to take time in the coming days and honor Dr. King by serving in their community. Visit to find a volunteer opportunity near you.
On Tuesday, January 21, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) will hold a Congress at Your Corner at Heritage Woods of South Elgin. This event will be an opportunity for residents of the 8th Congressional District to share their questions, comments and concerns with the Congresswoman. Details are below. WHO:                        Congresswoman Duckworth, Staff and her Neighbors WHEN:              
  Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) released the following the statement on Martin Luther King Day. “Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in a crucial moment of the Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of thousands of men and women lined the National Mall and embraced Dr. King’s dream for an end to racial segregation a
What terrific support for the campaign at today’s rally. Many hands make light work. Endless thanks to you all!
Thanks to all who donated this week to our Rutherford for Governor campaign, $50 & under is making a big difference
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KMOV.comChris Carpenter will join Cards front officeSTLtoday.comST. LOUIS • Cardinals starter and the winningest pitcher in the club’s postseason history Chris Carpenter will join the club’s front office in a role that is still in the process of being defined. Carpenter and general manager John Mozeliak had a …Chris Carpenter will take a front office job with the CardinalsCarpenter gets ready fo
Where’s Illinois’? CA #ObamaCare’s new tax-funded promotion features @RichardSimmons #twill
I was endorsed by Andy Martin, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008 and ’10. If you endorse me, please tell me or my campaign manager, Phil Collins.
Excellent forum in Naperville this morning!
The death penalty came up at the Avon Township Dems forum today. One of the folks in attendance said he had not been an opponent of the penalty until this Ohio case. I was proud to support the abolishment in Illinois in March 2011 and hope other states follow our lead.After a Prolonged Execution in Ohio, Questions Over ‘Cruel and Unusual’www.nytimes.comAt a time when the drugs used in executions a
Metropolis, Bill’s BBQ
Kicking off our Educators for Guzzardi canvass today with Brandon Johnson from the Chicago Teachers Union — proud to have teachers and parents standing with us in this campaign.
Chuck Sweeny: Watch out, Illinois wants to raise your taxesRockford Register StarThis is a vicious cycle, because the more taxes are raised, the more people and businesses leave Illinois and the lower our economic rating goes. Until 2011, Illinois’ business climate was 17th, which is good for a big, complicated state with a …
PALOS TOWNSHIP – Saturday morning, the Rauner campaign is celebrating southwest Cook County Palos Township GOP’s endorsement for Rauner – not a surprise as Palos Township GOP’s Committeeman Sean Morrison was a key factor in Rauner getting the Cook County…
CHICAGO – The Illinois Republican Party met Saturday and picked Richard Porter as Republican National Committeeman for the state of Illinois. Porter will immediately begin serving out the term of Rich Williamson, who passed away last month. Porter said, “I…
The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference set a variety of legislative priorities at its annual dinner Jan. 15, including reforming public safety pensions, according to a conference news release.
Proud of Staff Sgt. Jennafer Goodwin of Bolingbrook who organized Jingle Bell Run in Afghanistan for @AFChicagoland. 
After a panel of regional school board trustees denied its request to leave the Bi-County County Special Education Cooperative, the Sterling school district has decided to abandon its plan. The board voted 7-6 on Tuesday in favor of Sterling’s withdrawal request, but a two-thirds majority was needed to approve it. School officials said that although the district had discussed its options before Tu
Kicking off day one of our Illinois conceal carry class in Morris.
Kicking off day one of our Illinois Conceal Carry class.
A few important tips to follow if you’re going to be driving in the #snow today:  #ilwx
Still say the devil won that bet. #CDB #fb
Enjoyed meeting everyone at the #righttolife event in #Gurnee at the Warren Township Hall
Tom Cross vows to take the Governor to court if we don’t get a balanced budget. Good group at the Republican Organization of Elk Grove Township.
Packed house at the MLK Dreamers award ceremony at the Ramada in Waukegan this morning. Very inspirational!
Great to see @RonSandack @DarleneSenger and @SenatorConnelly at the Naperville homeowners confederation meeting!
SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason 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.
JERSEYVILLE — For the most part, those who attended a town hall meeting with Republican congressional candidate Erika Harold liked what they heard and even said they’d vote for her in the March 18 primary election. The problem is, there weren …
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Continuing her efforts to connect area residents with resources to save them money and remain competitive in the job market, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is partnering with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to host a Financial Aid Clinic on Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Springfield Lincoln Library.
Bill Enyart. In correspondence to Jo-Ellen Darcy, a top Army Corps official, the delegation asks that the corps make fixing the Wood River levee northeast of St. Louis near Alton a priority. Calling the problem “critical,” the lawmakers say the river …
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) expressed concern to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about their proposal to reduce the amount of renewable fuels currently blended into gasoline this week, after receiving calls from farmer constituents …
… and Freeport to improve safety and the efficiency of getting children to and from schools. The Rockford Register Star reports ( ) that district officials are using the data to analyze routes for speed and idle times and …
From Michael Barone’s article summarizing the Democratic leadership of Illinois -> “The 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 higher than any other state but Rhode Island. Illinois’s 20
Breakfast with Senator Melinda Bush and then on to the Avon Township Democrats Candidate Forum.
Enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and great conversation this morning at the Ursa Lions Club Pork-a-Rama at Unity High School. A great turnout for a great organization!
MOLINE, Ill.—Citing family concerns, candidate for State Representative from the 71st District, Jeff McKinley (R-Orion), last evening publicly withdrew from the race and offered full support to his friend and colleague, Jim Wozniak (R-East Moline). Below are remarks McKinley delivered to the Rock Island County Republican Party on Thursday.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: McKinley Withdraws from 71st Distri
Tom Cross vows to take the Governor to court if we don’t get a balanced budget. Good group at the Republican Organization of Elk Grove Township.
How can one man, voted into office by one state legislative district, wield so much power in our state? If we are going to solve Illinois’ economic problems, we must get rid of back room deals and patronage hiring, be able to made spending and investment decisions based on where we will get the most for our money, hire those who is most qualified, and give everyone the same chance to be successful
Kicking off our Educators for Guzzardi canvass today with Brandon Johnson from the Chicago Teachers Union — proud to have teachers and parents standing with us in this campaign.
Many in Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say the right to marry here won’t dispel intrinsic legal challenges unique to their community. “If you don’t have a genetic relationship to your child, you’re relying on your marriage to create that parent-child relationship. But that parent-child relationship is vulnerable, too, if you travel to a state that denies that marri
CapitolView | 1/17/14 | WSEC/TV-PBS Springfield Host Jamey Dunn (Illinois Issues) and guests Ray Long (Chicago Tribune) and Bruce Rushton (Illinois Times) analyze the issues in the upcoming Illinois Republ… From: NetworkKnowledge Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 27:06 More in News & Politics
Ray LaHood Endorses Dan Rutherford in the Governor’s Race  twill
Naperville ranked as the 4th safest mid-sized city in the country based on crime statistics.
Renovations at Grand Victoria Casino 
CARBONDALE — The city council will elect a new acting mayor at a special city council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carbondale Civic Center.
The biggest problem with the state retirement systems are the elected officials. If you are a lawmaker and you are in office for 20 years, you will get 85 percent of your pay when you retire. Note the best part of the lawmaker’s pension is you get another 3 percent for each year on top of the 85 percent. read more
This week’s Caucus Blog has news on my call for hearings about Metra’s performance & other items of importance. …
Looking forward to speaking with my friends later this morning from the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation…. 
Kicking off day one of our Illinois conceal carry class in Morris.
Illinois House Joint Committee Hears Testimony on Tax Policy CHICAGO – In the first of numerous hearings organized this year to address Illinois’ dim economic outlook, State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) joined the House Revenue and Finance Committee and House State Government Administration Committee to hear witness’ testimony on Illinois’ current tax policy and to examine possible
Senate Week in Review: January 13 – 17 Tax Hike Anniversary January 13 marked the three year anniversary of the largest income tax hike in state history. On January 13, 2011, Governor Quinn approved the tax hike which had passed in the middle of the night during a lame-duck legislative session over Republican objections.News | Senator Dave Luechtefeld | Dave Luechtefeld, Illinois State Senator –
President Barack Obama is saying weird things again. Last night he claimed that Paul Revere & the Sons of Liberty were the predecessors to the NSA – National Security Agency. No Mr. President, you are quite wrong. They were the whistle blowers of that time against a tyrannical government. This is why we have a 4TH AMENDMENT!!! I think the “Constitutional scholar”, needs to go hit t