Today’s headlines — Monday, Jan. 20

Tony Mayville (D) Cand. for the 115th Dist. seat at 7:20 and at 8:20 Eric Thorsland (D) who is doing some meet… 
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! May we reflect and be inspired by his leadership and courage! “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Today the Trib. offers its thoughts on Metra’s service problems. That’s helpful. So too would be collecting information/experiences from riders.What’s the matter with Metra?www.chicagotribune.comMetra has had a couple of really bad weeks. On Monday, Jan. 6, arctic temperatures, coming on the heels of a heavy snowfall, played havoc with trains, causing numerous delays throughout the commuter rail n
Illinois Republicans will find it tough to beat the ‘Mighty Quinn’ in …allvoicesThen there was Attorney General Lisa Madigan, daughter of the powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who explored a run against the “Mighty Quinn,” until polls showed that voters balked at voting for a governor whose father is the most …
Democrats’ veto-proof margins in the House and Senate as well as control of the governor’s mansion are on the line. Republicans aim to convince …
In Illinois, new Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert participated actively in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting this week in San Antonio, advocating for the preservation of the Renewable Fuels Standard on behalf of …
Northwest HeraldElectricity rates falling after aggregationNorthwest HeraldComEd maintains the infrastructure and responds to calls during power outages. David Hoover is the executive director of the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative, which has helped manage about 100 municipal aggregations in the state.
The State Journal-Register’s Photos of the Week … a look at some of the best photos to appear last week in The State Journal-Register and
Earlier this month, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) formed an … (IPO) that will support candidates in upcoming elections in the state of Illinois.
Read this column while waiting for MetraCrain’s Chicago Business“If you’d asked me in 2012, I’d have said we were moving along pretty well,” says Jim LaBelle, the transit expert at regional planning organization Metropolis Strategies in Chicago and a former Metra board member, speaking of the post-Pagano days …
State spending on higher education is up, after years of cuts, but public … Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education …
Out Here: Are teacher pensions a good deal? 
Reboot Illinois – About Us: …governments. Through non-partisan digital and social media, Reboot Illinois int… 
Trouble with Metra. This time, it’s not the back office. Editorial:,0,1015041.story …
Senator Durbin continues push for an extension of unemployment benefits  via @WCBURadio
Curie Forward Senior Cliff Alexander named the Prep Athlete of the Month for December.
Sangamon and Macon counties are a hotbed for concealed carry permit applicants, according to Illinois State Police data released last week.Excluding Chicago-area and Metro-East counties, Sangamon County’s 569 total applicants were second only to far northern Winnebago County, where 597 people had applied.But when looking at the numbers per capita, it’s a slightly different story.In non- […]
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers to monitor more than just their credit card statements in the wake of big data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus stores.Madigan, along with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, is leading a multi-state investigation into the Target breach.Target revealed in early January that names, addresses, and phone numbers were among the in
The big federal budget bill that is supposed to avert another “government shutdown” is far from perfect, in the opinion of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group, a consumer group. Advocate Dev Gowda says the priorities are still…
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner stuck his foot in his mouth with an impolitic remark recently in the Quad-Cities that the Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 an hour should be cut back by a buck-an-hour. Rauner’s three
Enoch A. Hayslett brought his 1-month-old son to a hospital emergency room in December 2008, saying the baby was constipated.Instead, doctors found the infant had a broken femur — an injury Hayslett and the child’s mother couldn’t explain. So the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services took protective custody of the baby and his two older siblings, and a Cook County judge ordered that
DIXON – A few weeks ago, Lee County Treasurer John Fritts approved an investment plan that will yield 8 times more in investment income. Whose idea was it? Wes Morrissey, who is running against Fritts for the treasurer’s post in November’s election.
After my recent column on pensions, a retired teacher wrote me an email: “Are you aware that teachers do not receive any Social Security? Our pensions are not a perk as in the private sector. We did not pay into Social Security. We paid into our pension fund. This is our Social Security. Without our pensions (which we paid for), we would have no retirement income.”
Government offices, schools and many private-sector businesses in Illinois and across the country are off today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.While this is an honorable gesture to pay tribute to a trailblazer of the civil rights movement, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the immeasurable contributions and philosophy of Dr. King — a great man and visionary w
Dave Bakke’s column on the passing of Jim Solenberger was a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man.Jim came into my campaign headquarters as a volunteer in 1976. He struggled in on his walker with a manual typewriter in tow. He would sit hour after hour slowly typing letters and smiling as volunteers passed by.Late one night it was raining, and I offered to give him a ride home. During that trip
Attention, parents and educators (and anybody who claims to know how to deal with kids): How would you address this scenario?
A letter to the editor: The Catholic Conference of Illinois in August joined other faith-based organizations in an amicus brief to Adolfo Davis’ case, pointing out the high court noted that juveniles lack maturity, are far more impressionable than adults, and still have the capacity to change.
If the rematch for Congress in the northern suburbs’ 10th District sounds unusual to voters, they don’t have to look far to find a similar example. Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth is trying to return to Congress after losing the seat to Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield two years ago. Not far away, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville pulled off a return trip to Washingt
CAROL STREAM – With Illinois’ new medical marijuana law in effect, Carol Stream is considering ways to limit cultivation and dispensing facilities to certain areas of the village.
Business and education leaders from 20 communities in the state are gathering around a career readiness initiative called Pathways.The Initiative places focus on community strategies for having 60 percent of Illinois adults with a postsecondary credential by 2025. State Farm CEO Ed Rust also chairs the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He says engaging children as early as possible in math and science sta
Rockford police have started the first phase of geographic policing. The Register-Star reports this weekend officers staffed the city’s inaugural Pilot Police District. It assigns teams to specific areas of the city.The idea is to divide Rockford into three police districts, each with its own station and commander.
FACEBOOK FEEDBACK — Sen. Dick Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn are both pushing for a minimum wage hike. Do you think the minimum wage needs to be raised? If so, what do you think it should be raised to?
Illinois residents are celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Junior today. The federal holiday means most schools are shut down, and all government offices will be closed. Banks, libraries and courts are closed across the state, and …M-L-K Remembered Across Illinois
Trust in elected leaders has fallen sharply, a global survey revealed Monday, citing the protracted budget battle in Washington that nearly saw the U.S. default on its debts and Europe’s stuttering response to its debt crisis as key reasons for the drop. Ahead of the gathering of political and business leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos, the public relations firm Edelman found that only 44 perce
For almost two years, Jim Walder has not allowed civil-union ceremonies at his bed-and-breakfast near Paxton. And come June, same-sex weddings will be next on the list of activities to be legally recognized in Illinois, yet banned at the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast. PAXTON — For almost two years, Jim Walder has not allowed civil-union ceremonies at his bed-and-breakfast near Paxton. And
Even though Champaign’s mayoral election is more than a year away, candidates continue to step forward.   The 2015 race for mayor of Champaign is getting surprisingly crowded. Even though Champaign’s mayoral election is more than a year away, candidates continue to step forward. Champaign Park Board President Joseph Petry is the latest to acknowledge that he intends to enter the race, bringi
Raising the minimum wage forces all wages and salaries to be increased. When you raise the wage of the lowest level, employers must raise the higher levels to maintain the wage differentials between jobs to reflect the value of positions because of educational requirements, skill required and level of difficulty. read more
On my way to First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park to stand for 2nd Congressional District State Central Committeeman.
Amazing what can be achieved when people of various faiths come together and focus on a common set of… 
Great event today with @iironaction and @peopleslobbyusa. Standing against unfair corporate tax practices #radicalMLK
While Dean Maragos was conducting business, I caught up with the rest of the family.
In #Wheaton, #DuPage Cty for Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up for supporters at the Wheaton Bowl. #twill #ILGOV2014
Two numbers tell the story about Illinois: 50 and 66. More: …
@HastingsforIL Way to go!
42 today.
@SenatorDan I believe you have a sense of urgency in all you do! Thank you
Coffee with Kifowit tomorrow morning at 8:30 am at Benny’s Place on Douglas Road in Oswego.
Holy cow!!! I have a thousand followers–I’m astonished! Who knew that there were so many people out there who actually like insects?!
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Illinois Terminal on Wednesday! We will not only be support a rising star of the Democratic Party but a good friend of mine.
Reggie Phillips does not want to be a Career Politician going to Springfield to receive a pension. He wants to go as a “Public Servant”, serving the taxpayers of the 110th District. As a successful businessman, he wants to see his children and grandchildren be able to stay in this great state and continue what he worked so hard to build. Reggie has been such an asset to Charleston, Matto
Good evening FB Fam, What a wonderful week. I wanted to update you all on the campaign and the wonderful MLK Celebration that closed this week out. Friday, I attended the County-wide celebration of Dr. King at the Hilton Garden Inn, where the keynote and powerful message of Dr. Brown-Henderson stirred the audience and impressed upon us all the long-journey ahead. For the past few Saturdays, I’ve h
Having millions of dollars for campaigning does not make you a good leader. Blacks on your staff does not excuse 92% unemployment of youth
Can’t sleep 92% of young African American males are unemployed between 16-18 years old in IL. Leadership has failed these young people!
The People are saying NO to agendas that adversely affect our Chicago Public School children and leaders overruling with no fear!
The broken spirit of the poor and working class of IL can no longer be ignored. People united vs. Machine can turn their frowns upside down
Chicago Sun-Times – Found 2 hours ago5:22PM Republican primary gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner visits his Chicago campaign headquarter, where volunteer spent the day calling voters
Need a new exercise regimen, guaranteed to lighten your load? Check out my Tribune editorial on Monday!
You can now also follow my campaign on twitter (Winger For Rep).
Appreciate Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig and Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino bringing a group of mayors from DuPage County together to discuss our governor’s race.
Spoke at Riverside, Cook Cty candidates night event. Good to see Judy Baar Topinka.
OfficeMax sent a coupon to a Chicago, Illinois resident’s dead daughter. Mike Seay is telling the public that he was shocked and stunned to recently …
Rauner and Lason: Troubled firm Inc. doesn’t fit candidate’s image machine,0,1464813.story … #Rauner #Lason
That’s the most powerful argument for vouchers. Get the money out of the hands of entrenched interests and into hands of MOMS and DADS.
Teachers, administrators clash over special ed class sizes By Suzanne Baker January 19, 2014 7:44PM
Hanover Park Mayor Craig&Carol Stream Mayor Saverino brought group mayors in #DuPage to discuss our gov.race #twill
Spoke @ Riverside,Cook Cty candidates night event.Good to see Judy Baar Topinka. #Twill @RiversideIL_TC #ILGOV2014
The People United can never be defeated!
Anyone endorsing a failed leader in Illinois should be voted out of office. What teacher points to a failing student to encourage others?
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a candidate for state comptroller, will be the keynote speaker at the annual brunch for the Democratic Women of DuPage County. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 244 S. Main St., Naperville.
Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois’ minimum wage to at least $10.
Service problems day after dayMetra has had a couple of really bad weeks.
New life for mother wrongly imprisoned in son’s death: 
Last week I provided testimony to the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council in Springfield on our progress with the… 
Gov. Quinn pledged to continue his efforts toward helping the most vulnerable in our communities to… 
Proud to share a church pew with a great public servant, Senator Don Harmom. Grateful for your… 
Durbin Wants Increase In Tip Wage As Well As Minimum Wage 
State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) will host a town hall meeting for constituents in the Worden area on Tuesday, January 21st. Rosenthal is encouraging area residents with any questions or concerns to attend. “Town hall …
With @GovernorQuinn, @SenatorDan and 800+ at United Power assembly at Ascension Parish in Oak Park. Urgency!
IL State Rep. @RonSandack addresses the problems facing @Metra 
From my buddy Kevin in Decatur-at the game… 
Rutherford for Governor T shirts … just in time for winter! …
I’m endorsing @Bill_Brady for Governor of Illinois. Best wishes in this election,let’s hope Cook County doesn’t pull tricks this time.
A remake of Robo Cop?! Wow. I guess we’re all out of new movie ideas.
The challenge in a divided government is in getting to yes.” That’s the kind of philosophy central Illinois has embraced regularly in its pols. (C.K.).
Illinois’ same-sex marriage law won’t translate outside state borders, so gay couples, especially those with kids, taking extra steps to protect their rights.
She may be getting older, but that didn’t stop first lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday dance party from going strong well into Sunday morning. How many Chicagoans showed up at the party?
Rutherford for Governor T shirts…… it’s getting warmer out!Dan Rutherford | For Governor Of Illinois | Eventswww.danrutherford.orgAs State Treasurer, the Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee is precluded from accepting donations from entities that have a contract with the office of State Treasurer. In addition, Treasurer Rutherford has issued an Executive Order and his campaign committee will not
On my way to IIRON’s public meeting. Sidenote: Don Cheadle could narrate the Chris Conte blown coverage and make it sound epic #patsbroncos
Excited to be with over 2000 members of @IIRONACTION at their annual MLK day. Fired up for social justice!!
“@rkbradshaw1: @Bill_Brady Support Products, Inc in Effingham, IL. Thank you.” // My pleasure! Effingham is a great community!
#sundaysmallbizshoutouts to @ClutterInv in Springfield!
Another #sundaysmallbizshoutouts to Carbondale music venue @TheHangar9 – want me to mention your business? Just @ reply me!
Kirk Dillard might want to start listening to the questions more carefully. @natashakorecki on Dillard & credibility. 
Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday. In honor of that, the Adams County Right to Life held their annual Walk for Life. What a blessing to walk with my wife Ronda and our oldest daughter Laura!
The Illinois Bureau of Tourism is trying to see if Jay Cutler will shout “NAPERVILLE” next season
Chicago Tribune editorial board says Illinois needs school vouchers, notes Milwaukee’s system:,0,3336227.story?page=1 …
A new law may be passed in Rockford requiring home owners to clear snow from their sidewalks. If they don’t they may get slapped with a fine. Tell us your opinion by calling us at 815-312-7516
Yesterday in Decatur, I spoke about raising #minimumwage & extending #UI benefits for struggling families in #IL13 
I enjoyed door-to-door canvassing in Springfield despite the snow. It’s important to interact with voters. #IL13
… two years of experience at the State Police,” said Millner,.who is now a lobbyist. “He learned a lot in those two years, He learned a lot about state government and about leadership in the state of Illinois. “Sometimes, he makes decisions that are …
Thanks to @98Bob12 for giving #sundaysmallbizshoutouts to #WaterbugRecords in Glen Ellyn! Look them up!
Check out @NewCarMark in Chicago, too! Keep the #sundaysmallbizshoutouts coming!
Made breakfast for the family this morning, now off to church.
I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday! Any local IL businesses that I can give a Twitter shoutout to today? @ reply me and I’ll do my best!
Visiting New Birth Kingdom Ministries International + Revival Tabernacle today. Hitting up @BarackObama’s favorite, Valois, for lunch #twill
Mass and lunch with my mom
My @AP_Politics weekend piece. Budget, tax questions to drive Ill. Lawmakers’ agenda in 2014 session. #twill …
New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.Gov.
DANVILLE — The city of Danville wants to create a monthly “fire fee” that would be paid by residents and businesses and generate more than $1 million in additional revenue for the Danville fire department. One alderman believes it’s a reasonable fee while at least two others predict there will be a backlash from residents and businesses. read more
Agency looks to Boston program as modelA smartphone-based ticket program used in Boston may be in the future for Metra riders as the rail agency’s possible response to the CTA’s Ventra card, officials say.    
State says chief deputy assessor didn’t take required classesThe top deputy to Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios lost his license to appraise property in Illinois after state regulators accused him of saying he’d taken the proper classes to renew his permit when he failed to do so.    
The water crisis in West Virginia should serve as a strong reminder of the importance of protecting our water resources. Pollution of the Mahomet aquifer from the Clinton landfill would not be resolved in days or weeks. It could be a permanent loss of water for our entire region. SHARON CONRY Champaign
Carol Marin: Marin: Five unknowns in race for governor 
To my family, friends & members of our team: Without your support & encouragement this would have not been possible. …
Poor communications is a problem, no doubt. But is that the extent of it? 
Fellowshipping with my neighbors and supporting our great Congresswoman of the 2nd District @RepRobinKelly — at… 
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
Made breakfast for the family this morning, now off to church.
Terrific trivia night fundraiser last night for St. Joseph School. Great group of people.
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
I was against it, before I was for it… Ron Sandack’s votes appear open to the highest bidder; Keith Matune calls on Sandack to return all money related to same sex marriage issue.,0,6022667.storyWest suburban Republican lawmaker who voted for gay marriage
Around 23,000 Illinois citizens have applied for concealed carry permits 
Made it back last night. Not a fun trip. Snow from Lake County down to Sangamon. Thanks to Lake County Right to Life for letting me speak yesterday morning!
Snapshot with Comcast’s Paul Lisnek. We were at the Auditorium Theater for Too Hot to Handel last night. What a show!
Proud to announce that I received the endorsement from Cuba Township Republicans of Lake County last night. Thanks to Chairman Bruce Sauer and the rest of the committeemen who after listening to my qualifications and plans for the office approved me with the 2/3 majority vote in a secret ballot. Township Republicanswww.cubatownshiprepublicans.comTo suppor
Thanks to @PostReid for including me on his best state capital reporters list. In great company! … @postpolitics
Wisconsin grew three times faster than Illinois in 2013 
Catch Capitolview @ noon on Springfield public TV: Jamey Dunn, Bruce Rushton & yours truly or go here: … #twill
Congratulations to @DougTruax who received our endorsement today for @ussenate. #CubaGOP #ILGOP #BeatDurbin
Proud and honored to receive the primary endorsement from the Cuba Township GOP in Lake County.
NORTH BARRINGTON – Cuba Township Republicans in Chicago’s northern suburbs will be pushing Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner for governor and Doug Truax for U.S. Senate in the March 18th GOP primary. ”The candidates we endorsed today represent the promise of…
If you missed the mayor’s State of the Village address, youBolingbrook Review Jan. 12-18: Did You Miss It?bolingbrook.patch.comThese three stories—and many others just like them—generated buzz on Bolingbrook Patch during the course of the last week.
Tio Hardiman said he’s serious about trying to beat incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary election. 
Attorney Brunell Donald and myself will be featured on @WBBMNewsradio this morning at 9:30am and 9:30pm. Listen live …
Thank you, @habeebhabeeb, for your tireless & enthusiastic service to the @ChampaignGOP! 
Thanks to @AmandaVinicky, @jeffzeleny, @RonSandack and Prof. Richard Dye for a great @SundaySpin on @WGNRadio. Podcasts up shortly.
SUNDAY MORNING READING: Today Kurt Erickson takes a look at our campaign finance laws in Illinois. “Illinois… 
To my family, friends & members of our team: Without your support & encouragement this would have not been possible. …
Hinsdale Middle School will remain closed until at least Thursday as workers continue to clean and remove mold —
The latest kink in the enrollment process for the nation’s new health insurance system was announced Thursday, just days after the latest figures showed 61,000 Illinois residents … per year qualify for Medicaid, as do families of four with …
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Compared with last year’s session, when Illinois lawmakers tackled major issues ranging from pensions to gay marriage to concealed carry, the legislative work that begins later this month likely will be less ambitious but more …
WUIS-FM’s Amanda Vinicky joins The Sunday Spin to discuss this week in Illinois politics and the GOP governor race.  
I think they have it backward. Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette editor and columnist. His column appears Sundays and Wednesdays. He can be reached …
School choice, but only for the choice few. Time for vouchers in IL. Editorial:,0,3336227.story …
University of Illinois Professor Richard Dye joined The Sunday Spin to talk about the current financial situation in Illinois’ government. Rick and Richard take phone calls and address issues dealing with IL finances. University of Illinois Professor Richard Dye
Skip the rhetoric, we want the factsThe SouthernWe also face an uncertain future with increased state revenue expected from the startup of hydraulic fracturing to access oil and natural gas reserves deep below the surface of southeastern Illinois. Legal challenges to the law and sustained grassroots …
Pat Quinn too. That means Quinn, who likely faces little competition in the primary from underfunded community activist Tio Hardiman, can accept …
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteJim Dey: Defiant white supremacist: ‘I was right all along’Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteI have a television, a radio, books, a shower and my own light that I can (turn) on and off any time,” he wrote in a letter to The News-Gazette. Hale, now 42, grew up in East Peoria, graduated … In the meantime, he promoted his views, drawing public …
Durbin bill to promote cheaper textbook alternatives 
Rednour continues to support Du Quoin with his memorials …
New report says 16 out 100 black teenage men HAVE a job in Chicago. @politicaleditor @chiurbanleague… 
Paul Green gives Gov. Chris Christie another nickname. Hear it in 45 mins on fox32 Sunday with… 
Grab your morning coffee and tune your radio to WGN 720 AM for @SundaySpin. I’ll be on with Rick Pearson around 8:00 am.
I’m scheduled to speak with Rick Pearson from the Tribune around 8:00 am. this morning on @SundaySpin on 720 AM WGN.
After the 7:30 news: WUIS FM’s @AmandaVinicky will join us to talk about IL politics and GOP governor race 
Will campaign spending determine IL GOP primary? Tune in: 
LIVE: IL State Rep @RonSandack on @Metra’s commuter rail problems. 
LIVE: U of I Professor Richard Dye on Illinois’ government finances