Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Jan. 21

SPECIAL REPORT: Beardstown’s Cargill pork plant is population game changerPeoria Journal StarImmigrants who have come to work at the Cargill pork-processing plant over the past two decades have turned Beardstown into an unlikely cultural melting pot and have helped Cass County stave off the natural decrease in population that took place in …
 
 
W. Robert Blair II, a two-term Illinois House speaker in the 1970s who was admired and maligned for his push to create the Regional Transportation …
 
 
 
Letter: We need fairness in taxationRockford Register StarPensions: they are not taxed by the state of Illinois. Any pension amount above $40,000 should be taxed as ordinary income, the same as working people pay. The dollars raised should be allocated with half funding the shortfall in state pensions and the …
 
 
Lincoln’s Alexander picks up 700th coaching winThe State Journal-RegisterThe Railers (15-2 overall, 5-1 in the Central State Eight Conference) made it happen in their usual manner, with efficient shooting (47.8 percent from the field) and ball-handling (17 team assists, only five turnovers) while limiting the Tornadoes (10 …
 
 
Jehan Gordon-Booth was named this year’s recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Leadership Award. She was honored Monday …
 
 
Chicago Public Schools said it will tap into $21.5 million in surplus tax … for 84 physical education teachers and 84 art teachers for schools in need.
 
 
CHICAGO – As in the rest of the U.S., the teen employment rate in Illinois dropped to 27 percent in 2012, reversing progress made over the past decade. According to research prepared for the Alternative Schools Network, black teenagers are …
 
 
GOP gov candidates — minus Rauner — make chess moves at forum: Mark BrownChicago Sun-TimesBruce Rauner skipped a pretty interesting candidate forum Monday with his three Republican rivals for governor—Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford — during which high school students asked the questions. Rauner is planning to skip many more …Miller: Rauner surviving bad press – so far
 
 
Minimum Wage Discussions On Both Sides Of RiverKWQC 6It’s available here at KWQC.com, on Mediacom Channel 247 (in the Quad Cities), over the air on Digital 6.2 or you can call your local cable company…More >> … Governor Pat Quinn is pressing to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to at least ten dollars an …
 
 
That’s a bad sign, since the Illinois law would have allowed the harvest of … “And it says hydraulic fracturing is going to be allowed in Illinois.”.
 
 
With Chicago’s public schools so broke that Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to close 50 of them last year, you’d think the City Council would have more …
 
 
By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 20, 2014 8:22PM … Local school boards, this argument goes, are in the best position to make …
 
 
EquiTrust announced plans last week to open an office in Chicago, move its legal headquarters to Illinois and hire 200 workers there in the next year …
 
 
Pat Quinn will announce today. According to data to be released today, six television shows, three major motion pictures and roughly 150 commercial …
 
 
RT @monicareida: Ouch. RT @richardroeper: Not since Michael Bilandic have I seen a Chicago mayor care less about his city in bad weather.
 
 
Tribune: Emanuel may look outside Illinois for inspiration on gun rules http://bit.ly/1mynUhk 
 
 
Menard County Illinois : One-Half Percent Sales Tax Increase Starts Unnoticed – WICS-TV http://dlvr.it/4lKmQG 
 
 
Please give our plows plenty of room. You can see them but they may not see you. http://www.flickr.com/photos/idot_illinois/10070711146/in/set-72157639593569903 … #ilwx
 
 
 
(KMOV.com) — News 4 confirmed Monday authorities found a one pound propane tank attached to a board with fuses taped to it along train tracks near Illinois Route 140. The…
 
 
We’re now less than two months from the primary election and one of the hottest races on the ballot has three men – two in the same party running for Sangamon County Sheriff.The two republicans vying for Sheriff are hot on the campaign trail. Both have decades of service in law enforcement. …
 
 
 
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard today unveiled a plan he said largely would abolish a tax that many motorists truly hate and allow the state to act faster to replace pothole-filled roads and crumbling bridges. But while I credit Mr. Dillard with being the first contender to put even a partial tax plan on the table, I have to ask if his math adds up.At a news conference, Mr. Dillard, a state
 
 
A state panel last week rejected a welcome tightening of rules for the video slot and poker machines invading Illinois bars, truck stops and clubs at a rate of nearly 1,000 a month. With as many as
 
 
If Illinois lawmakers want to extend the income tax increase beyond this year, their decision probably will come late.  This is the assessment of State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein): “I don’t know that Speaker Madigan would like to …
 
 
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Recent pension reform legislation has been hailed as historic and groundbreaking, but the $160 billion savings plan ultimately won’t make much of a dent in the state’s growing deficits, a report released Tuesday says. “The deficit has gotten off the front burner,” institute Director Chris Mooney said. “And the pension solution, while important in terms of (its effect on) the budget,
 
 
Illinois Woman Makes Cut For Mars ColonyRead Full Story
 
 
Quincy Area School Waiting For Promised State FundsRead Full Story
 
 
Suburban Life recently chatted with College of DuPage President Robert Breuder.Q&A: College of DuPage President Breuder reflects on last 5 years | Suburban Life Mediawww.mysuburbanlife.comGLEN ELLYN – College of DuPage President Robert Breuder celebrated his fifth anniversary with the school earlier this month.
 
 
Several Central Illinois schools are closed today due to the weather. Tune into News 25 for the latest or click on the link below.WEEK News 25 – News, Sports, Weather – Peoria, Illinois | Closingswww.cinewsnow.comWEEK-TV & WHOI-TV is again using our School Closings system. If you previously received access codes, those codes are still valid and active. As in previous years, schools, churches,
 
 
 
Interesting details related to Governor Quinn’s executive order that prompted the case being heard in the Supreme Court tomorrow… “So what is the point of a union in these circumstances? Enriching the union is the point.”Government should not force people into unionswww.humanevents.comViolating the First Amendment?
 
 
If you care to sign up to support our bid for Governor, and have not done so, please go to http://danrutherford.org/survey/gov.asp You will receive an e when there are events in your area such as a yard sign distribution event or when Dan Rutherford or Steve Kim are visiting close to you. Thank you.Dan Rutherford for Governor | Surveydanrutherford.org
 
 
Governor Quinn Democratic Primary Opponent http://p.ost.im/R7RsjS  pic.twitter.com/Gt3gc4XpFf
 
 
@brutusraider@IllinoisReview John the current revenue from the tax is getting diverted & isnt funding what it was supposed2 in the 1st place
 
 
I am running against #LuisGutierrez in the IL 4th District for US Congress @RepGutierrez Let’s #Debate WomenInCongress #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
Speaking at the University of Illinois Springfield’s “MLK Jr. Day of Service” and sharing with the students how Dr. King’s legacy has inspired me to try to make a difference.
 
 
 
MLK Unity Brkfst this morning, Annual Walk from Mt. Emory Baptist Church to MLK Mem in Comm Park afterward and remembrance ceremony tonight.
 
 
Feed your mind with the positive. Anything is possible with vision and determination. pic.twitter.com/0i76jsJkQY
 
 
Primary Challenge To Gov. Quinn Can Continue http://p.ost.im/RnpfeG  pic.twitter.com/n2EIJcgW7u
 
 
I’m live in the morning (1/21) on @WJBC #BloNo w/ @Laughlin1230 & Colleen Reynolds at 7:10am. Tune in! #twill
 
 
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
Congratulations to Adrian LaTrace Jr. in his new position as the new editor of Curbed Chicago!Please Welcome New Curbed Chicago Editor AJ LaTracechicago.curbed.comIt is with great pleasure that Curbed Chicago ushers in a new era today as long time Logan Square resident AJ LaTrace takes the helm of this fair site as…
 
 
Some of our most respected elected officials have been selling out our youth in order to enrich themselves and their friends. Enough!
 
 
Democracy is based on people caring about each other! Our great state Illinois is being dragged into bankruptcy by people who don’t care!
 
 
 
Our View: Education key step in path to prosperity. http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140120/OPINION/140129943
 
 
(CBS) – With more snow expected, the pressure’s on to make sure each community has enough road salt to melt it away. In north suburban Lincolnshire, there have been ongoing supply concerns because demand has been unusually high this season. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports. “We have 200 tons on order right now and probably 100 tons in our facility,” Lincolnshire’s interim Public Works Director Brad Woo
 
 
Today’s MLK Day takeaway: Let’s address the inequity in School Funding in Illinois; today our laws promote and… http://fb.me/2aA0jqebk 
 
 
Excellent meeting tonight at the Lisle Township Republican Organization. I’m always happy to meet with & interact… http://fb.me/1Mux29hCX 
 
 
Won’t you come home, Paul Vallas. Won’t you come home … Vallas will then parachute into his home state in time for less than three weeks of campaigning for lieutenant governor before the primary election on March 18.
 
 
The Supreme Court considers a First Amendment case from Illinois The Supreme Court considers whether home care providers should be forced to pay union dues.
 
 
Back home and Spike the smallest farm dog wants to know how the campaign is going. pic.twitter.com/Qpt3ku0ZME
 
 
We welcomed students back to the campaign this evening. They are a valued asset and our path to victory! #IL13 pic.twitter.com/i4IWixr1JE
 
 
With Keynote speaker Dan Profit.https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/1119076_100000399205313_1847442053_s.jpgAntonio Mannings
 
 
Sassone: One critic of a minimum wage increase is Bruce Rauner, who made more than $53 million in 2012 — or $25,480 an hour, based on a 40-hour work week. – http://bit.ly/1cMfqLh
 
 
Wrapping up a great #MLKDay at roundtable with community leaders. pic.twitter.com/9dGMCAHu90
 
 
Was honored to be @MikvaChallenge candidate forum @wttw today.Some good questions from smart young adults. .#twill pic.twitter.com/jlHsfehEtY
 
 
RUTHERFORD-KIM YARD SIGN PICK UP IN CANTON Thurs 1/23 2:30 PM: Official Time-Out Restaurant, 68 E. Elm Street, Canton
 
 
MLK March in Decatur was a tremendous success. Hundreds of people turned out to remember Dr. King and his vision… http://fb.me/1kgC21OEx 
 
 
Honored to join @RepDannyDavis at the opening of the #MLK Fair Housing Exhibit Center in #NorthLawndale today. #twill pic.twitter.com/7m2p5HAwZB
 
 
Here’s a great article on the new #MLK Fair Housing Exhibit Center that I visited today in #NorthLawndale. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/25018530-418/new-exhibit-center-highlights-kings-fight-for-fair-housing.html … #twill
 
 
Amazing that the same idea, proposed by two public officials at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, can get treated so differently.
 
 
Actually, this is politics, so it’s really not that amazing at all.
 
 
Attended 5 great events today to honor #MLKJr. Now on the road down to #Peoria for an early breakfast event tom. Hopefully no snow! #twill
 
 
“We need to keep the income gap as low as we can… a rising tide lifts all boats…” @KirkDillard #bemygov
 
 
Follow the debate on twitter! #bemygov @wttw @KirkDillard @Bill_Brady @RutherfordDan
 
 
Thanks for pulling it together Andy! “@aconneen: Thanks @KirkDillard for addressing the questions of first-time voters from @MikvaChallenge”
 
 
Speaking at the #Kendall County #GOP Women’s Candidate Forum in #Yorkville. pic.twitter.com/KzSIoA5YBK
 
 
PERRY COUNTY — The first Concealed Carry permits will be issued in Illinois in the next couple months. The change raises a big question for business owners. Do they want to allow people to carry guns in their store or ban them on their property?
 
 
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn hosted the state’s private colleges and universities today at a Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education Forum held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. The forum was held at the University of Chicago and sponsored by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have t
 
 
An international honor for the Chicago Public Library system. A new study ranks CPL as the number one urban library in the United States, and number three in the world. The rankings were released by the Heinrich Heine University in Germany. Researchers studied the core services of libraries worldwide. The CPL includes the Harold Washington Library Center two regional libraries and more than 70-nei
 
 
Chicago Tonight presents a special one-hour candidate forum tonight at 7:00 pm, hosted by Phil Ponce, to give you an opportunity to meet the Republican candidates for Illinois governor. During the forum, high school students from the Mikva Challenge — a program that encourages Chicago youth to be active in the political process — will question the candidates about jobs, gun violence, education
 
 
With my colleague Senator @Napoleon_Harris at the #ThorntonTownship #MLKDay event earlier today. #twill #MLKJr pic.twitter.com/hGfm9pEZlr
 
 
With the President of @South_Suburban, Don Manning at the #ThorntonTownship #MLKDay event. #twill #Southland #MLKJr pic.twitter.com/MQTWnCk7eZ
 
 
Some pictures from today at the #MLKDay Literacy Fair held by @americorps Project YES! in #NobleSquare. #twill #MLKJr pic.twitter.com/4fR2HkfXNG
 
 
I posted 15 photos on Facebook in the album “Decatur MLK March | January 20, 2014” http://fb.me/1gPOTljSN 
 
 
Good to see @ScottCross22 today at the #MLKDay March in Springfield pic.twitter.com/sepoUWD3qH
 
 
Mentally Ill Inmates Often Locked Up In Jails That Can’t HelpKCURWith 10,000 inmates, this place is a small city — except a third of the people here are mentally ill. Dart has created some of the most innovative programs in the country to handle mentally ill inmates, hiring doctors and psychologists, and training …
 
 
Fewer people in the Chicago “urbanized area” are driving, while more are biking and taking public transportation, a recent report from the Illinois PIRG …
 
 
From Reboot Illinois: http://barrington-il.patch.com/groups/reboot-illinois/p/get-ready-for-soft-sell-on-progressive-income-tax-barrington-ilGet Ready for Soft Sell on Progressive Income Taxbarrington-il.patch.comSOFT SELL Can Democrats push a progressive income tax constitutional amendment through the General Assembly this spring? They may try, but look for a
 
 
The council chooses a new mayor tomorrow. Who’s it gonna be?Council to vote on acting mayor Tuesday | Carbondale Timescarbondaletimes.comA high-stakes show of political theater will get underway this week at city hall as leaders take on the abruptly urgent task of naming a replacement for resigning mayor Joel Fritzler — a process that sim…
 
 
The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce endorses Don Monty for acting mayor.Chamber: Monty should be acting mayor | Carbondale Timescarbondaletimes.comCarbondale City Councilman Don Monty is the preferred choice of business leaders to serve as the city’s acting mayor, according to a poll conducted by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.Monty was named by 62 percent of respondents…
 
 
Primary elections lack sizzle of general elections, especially among young votersPrimary elections lack sizzle of general elections, especially among young voterswsoyam.comDECATUR–� In a time when political party lines are dug deeper than ever, more and more young voters are neglecting to pick a side. � With the primary election just weeks away, associate professor of Political Science at Richlan
 
 
Kirk: One day of remembrance isn’t enough for KingKirk: One day of remembrance isn’t enough for Kingwsoyam.comWASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says young people can still learn from the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King. � Kirk asked a crowd of elementary school children in Waukegan today (Monday) what King means to them personally.�Arion
 
 
Got my first picture of Elliot since he was deployed. Thanks to everyone for your prayers! #ProudArmyMom #armystrong pic.twitter.com/L66rCwnH0z
 
 
A pair of Illinois Republicans join Democrats in commemorating #MLKDay http://fw.to/MS01PsH  via @GregHinz #Twill
 
 
ICYMI: Our campaign is picking up momentum from around the state. http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/icymi-truax-campaign-continues-gain-momentum/ …
 
 
Former Illinois House Speaker W. Robert Blair, a Republican whose district was in suburban Chicago, died Saturday at Foster G. McGaw Hospital in …
 
 
By Joshua Dwyer – Reforms that will empower parents, reward and retain high-quality teachers and improve student outcomes are proceeding at a …
 
 
#Dillard uses questionable math in new tax plan. Will his rivals do better? #Illinois http://tinyurl.com/n7w5md6 
 
 
Dillard struggles to explain his own plan on state sales tax on gas http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-dillard-wants-to-cut-state-gas-tax-borrow-for-road-repairs-20140120,0,6322154.story …
 
 
Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.    
 
 
Dennis joined two Illinois House Committee’s to hear witness’ testimony on Illinois’ current tax policy and to examine possible reforms.
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to my Campaign Open House.
 
 
Taxpayer relief, almost a billion for failing roads and bridges (Video: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) LOMBARD, IL – Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today said the state should cut the sales tax on gasoline, providing almost a half billion dollars of needed relief for motorists at the pump. Dillard’s proposal, which includes a bonding provision, also provides almost a billion for failing r
 
 
On February 4, 1968, two months before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon in which he spoke of how he would like to be eulogized when, as he put it, he had to meet his day. Dr. King said: “I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to lov
 
 
(CHICAGO) Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley thinks the President’s new NSA surveillance reforms are a good compromise. Quigley says he thinks the NSA snooping reforms make sense because they strike a balance between privacy and the kind of good police …
 
 
Wrapports LLC, the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and other startups such as the nascent business publication Grid, has disbanded the Grid staff, …
 
 
Harrison seeks GOP chairman postChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteChapin Rose, R-Mahomet. All are candidates for precinct committeeman and would be able to vote at the party’s biennial convention in April. So far there is no other candidate to become GOP party chairman. “As chairman my primary responsibility has been …
 
 
Shimkus, Reis to hold joint office hoursThe Daily Record”In these sessions we will get to hear personally from people about the problems they are facing in dealing with the federal or state government or hear their positions on issues that we could be voting on,” Shimkus explained. “These are one-on-one …
 
 
NBC ChicagoWhat do Illinois governor candidates say about legalizing pot?Crain’s Chicago Business”I am opposed to the general legalization of marijuana or any other controlled substances, which are currently subject to regulation and governance by the federal government,” Brady said. Rauner, a suburban venture capitalist, said he wouldn’t push …Gov. hopefuls cool to more marijuana lega
 
 
John Sikora, a top enforcement attorney in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Chicago office, is leaving after 16 years to join law firm Latham & Watkins LLP.
 
 
Am told my Twitter got hacked and you got some kind of goofy direct message. Sorry about that. Changed my password to the Russian alphabet.
 
 
Great to see everyone at the PUSH Excel Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Always a fantastic event! pic.twitter.com/3vEkbhUbFr
 
 
http://tinyurl.com/mco9frv  Great coverage of @IIRONACTION’s event yesterday! Grateful to be fighting for justice with this multiracial coalition
 
 
Illinois case, People v. Davis, referenced in NYT piece on states not following SCOTUS re: life sentences for minors http://tinyurl.com/kmdxjld 
 
 
McDonald’s on Monday expanded the places where its smartphone app, McD App, can be used to order meals. But we in the Chicago area will have to wait awhile longer. The Oak Brook-based fast-food giant added the greater Sacramento area and northern Nevada to the growing list of areas where customers can order via smartphone Continue reading →
 
 
WICS-TVLawmakers Look Ahead to Spring SessionWICS-TVIn a little more than a week, lawmakers return to the statehouse for the spring session. And due to the … Every week “Illinois Central” brings you the stories about the people in Central Illinois, from area history to the arts, the great outdoors to …
 
 
More pictures from Thornton Township’s MLK Day event. Headed to the 7th Annual MLK Day Literacy Fair -AmeriCorps Project YES event next.
 
 
I always enjoy the Harold Washington exhibit at DuSable. Here’s a pic with Dad and some notables.
 
 
By an overwhelming 45-4, Chicago’s City Council has voted to follow New York, Los Angeles and other cities that have passed or are considering …
 
 
Illinois state Reps. Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, and Elaine Nekritz, a Democrat from Northbrook, will meet with constituents from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Boulevard, Wheeling. The state lawmakers and Village President Dean Argiris will update attendees about plans for 2014, then take comments and questions from the audience.
 
 
Congratulations, @dougfinkesjr, on your recognition as one of America’s best Statehouse reporters. http://bit.ly/1gWFVlq 
 
 
More #snow is expected tonight. Check http://wrc.gettingaroundillinois.com/pages/wrc.htm  through the night for Interstate conditions & weather updates. #ilwx
 
 
27 kids died of abuse/neglect after they or their families were involved with DCFS. By @FuscoChris @tonyjarnold http://voices.suntimes.com/news/child-abuse-neglect-deaths-in-illinois-remain-high-in-dcfs-involved-cases/ …
 
 
Every year I forget .. I hate winter driving ! http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140120/news/701209936/ …
 
 
IAAF names Monsanto’s Ron Meyer as new presidentIAAF names Monsanto’s Ron Meyer as new presidentwsoyam.comSPRINGFIELD– �The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) has elected Ron Meyer of Manteno as its next president. Meyer was chosen this weekend during the association’s 104th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Springfield.&
 
 
TAYLORVILLE – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis met with 30 area mayors at Taylorville Memorial Hospital on Saturday, January 18 to discuss local issues and provide an update from Washington.
 
 
Check out Alexandra in the news! See the below links for interviews and articles on the campaign http://goo.gl/d6WGui 
 
 
Lunch with the Lawrenceville Democrats. Just rolled into town.
 
 
Peggy Noonan nailed it with her column about our selfish political leaders. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304603704579325090935491388 …
 
 
This country has come a long way since 1963. But the struggle continues, and there is much work left to be done. #MLK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs …
 
 
Downtown Lisle Pedestrian Tunnel is now open. $250,000 project was partially funded by a grant from the West Suburban Mass Transit District.
 
 
Hope you are involved today in the National Day of Service to honor Dr. King’s teachings. http://mlkday.gov/serve/index.php 
 
 
At Community Renewal Society MLK Faith in Action Assembly. Faith communities in action show real power! pic.twitter.com/Af87l1OWBg
 
 
Thornton Township — Living The Dream event — at South Suburban College Kindig Performing Arts Center http://fb.me/2AWrAzRiA 
 
 
As always, #ThorntonTownship put on a great event to honor #MLKJr. #twill #MLKDAY pic.twitter.com/Z8yBLUJvQd
 
 
We are underway in Decatur. Big crowd! http://fb.me/6p6BMJo70 
 
 
Join TribLocal reporter @SallyHoTribune at noon Thurs. for a #TLtalk on BYOB in the suburbs. Tweet advance questions, comments to #TLtalk.
 
 
.@natashakorecki answers #3questions about GOP governor candidate Kirk Dillard (VIDEO): http://suntm.es/LIi7I8  http://youtu.be/UKO5Y5-s-K0 
 
 
Gov. Candidates Cool To More Marijuana Legalization http://ow.ly/2D6x7q 
 
 
Congressman Davis, MLK Day, Surveillance State, and Tip for tat http://wmay.com/hosts/greg-bishop/posts/86015 …
 
 
Dem state Rep. candidate Sam Rosenberg of Champaign has loaned his campaign $5,000 … http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?ID=25656&FiledDocID=523068&ContributionType=AllTypes&Archived=False …
 
 
Lobbyists aren’t allowed to jet members of Congress to Scotland anymore; so they’ve come up with a workaround. http://nyti.ms/1cK7Kcl 
 
 
Illinois earns D+ on new national education reform report card http://bit.ly/1joiweg  #twill pic.twitter.com/U7zmoaurgn
 
 
RT @CrainsChicago Tribune Co. has a lot to lose if the Supreme Court blesses @Aereo’s business model http://bit.ly/KxYQaW  via @CahillOnBiz
 
 
Rauner’s gift to biz: a minimum wage hike @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/cmG7DzN 
 
 
Ventra system delivers a hit to transportation services non-profits have provided to the poor http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-getting-around-met-0120-20140120,0,2316690.column …
 
 
At first, Sarah Simmons didn’t realize she would be one of the surprisingly few Chicagoans who would ever have the chance to confront Mayor Rahm Emanuel directly about his education policies. In fact, she said, the opportunity came simply because she was in the right place at the right time. Simmons, 55, created something of a stir Friday morning when she attended the city’s annual breakfast honor
 
 
St. Elmo City officials met for rescheduled meeting on January 9 at the Phillips Building.The meeting had originally been set for Jan. 6 but due to a snow storm the meeting was postponed until Thursday evening.Gail Matlock was present to discuss the issue of barking dogs at an abandoned home adjacent to his property.
 
 
Today we honor a great man whose legacy will forever shape our country and our state. Martin Luther King, JR was a leader’s leader that stood for equality for all before the majority considered it the right thing to do.
 
 
Chicago still needs to address pensions, badly. http://ow.ly/2auyjb
 
 
With @RevJJackson this morning at the PUSH Excel #MLK Scholarship Breakfast in #Chicago. Great event. #twill #MLKDAY pic.twitter.com/oGjvcnKagz
 
 
Save The Date – Birthday Fundraiser – March 13th at Mr. Benny’s in Matteson. http://conta.cc/1cKdkeK 
 
 
There are jobs to be found in and around Chicago — you just have to know where to look. Here’s a field guide: http://fw.to/GbQnwcC 
 
 
I hope you can join Rep. Sente, Village President Argiris and me for a Wheeling Town Hall tomorrow. Details here- https://www.facebook.com/events/666778366712487/ …
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/3g3oY2A3M 
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/2N4DGMkKp 
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/26bdDUQeY 
 
 
To celebrate the 85th anniversary of #MLK’s birth, we should strive every day to build a country worthy of his memory pic.twitter.com/8wBozbpC9e
 
 
Air monitor to remain at Maine South High School through June | Park Ridge Herald-Advocate http://parkridge.suntimes.com/news/schools/monitor-PRA-01232014:article …
 
 
Honor #MLKJr today. We keep his spirit alive when we are in service to others. http://www2.illinois.gov/serve/Pages/default.aspx … #twill #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/z3MneGr2BK
 
 
Hope you are involved today in the National Day of Service to honor Dr. King’s teachings. http://mlkday.gov/serve/index.php 
 
 
Downtown Lisle Pedestrian Tunnel is now open. $250,000 project was partially funded by a grant from the West Suburban Mass Transit District.
 
 
At Community Renewal Society MLK Faith in Action Assembly. Faith communities in action show real power! pic.twitter.com/Af87l1OWBg
 
 
Chicago still needs to address pensions, badly. http://ow.ly/2auyjb
 
 
Very proud to be attending the 32nd Annual King Breakfast at SIU Carbondale. My friend Margaret Nesbit will be sharing “The Dream in Action.” Dr. Ella Lacy, Ph. D. will be awarding the King Academic Excellence Awards.
 
 
The New Zion Baptist Church youth singing a beautiful rendition of “Take me to the King.” Very inspiring!
 
 
I am honoring Dr. King’s legacy today by donating food to a pantry in Moraine Township and reading to families at the DuSable Museum of African American History. It’s a good day for action and reflection.
 
 
Chicago is in a pressure cooker. Real, significant pension reform is necessary now. “Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who declines to comment, warned in his budget address in October that property taxes would have to “nearly double” without pension reform. To be precise, with about $824 million in property tax revenue currently, it would take a 71.6 percent increase next year, assuming no budget cuts, t
 
 
Honor Martin Luther King Jr. by looking for service opportunities in your community today and in the weeks and months to come. We keep his spirit alive when we are in service to others. Find out more here: http://www2.illinois.gov/serve/Pages/default.aspx
 
 
Today we stop and celebrate Dr. King’s amazing legacy. But each and every day we should fight for civil rights and justice for all
 
 
Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose work to build a society in which all people are held equal before the law continues to inspire our quest for a more just and perfect union.
 
 
Bev Johns is a frequent contributor to this blog. She mostly keeps me and you up to date on the attempts by the ISBE to raise the class size limits that …
 
 
LOMBARD, IL – GOP candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today called for the Illinois gas tax to be cut, claiming it would provide almost a half billion dollars of relief to the state’s motorists. Dillard’s proposal, which he says includes…
 
 
Students at Eastern Illinois University planned a candlelight vigil and march. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said she was going to participate in a service day in …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – New federal rules about food options for schools means Illinois schools won’t be able to sell some types of the state’s official snack food. The federal riles now restricts the type of snacks that may be sold…
 
 
WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller reports the morning’s news and weather.
 
 
A fav of mine from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” So relevant 2day
 
 
At the first of many stops today. Starting the morning with Rainbow PUSH for their annual #MLK Breakfast in #Chicago. ##twill #MLKDAY
 
 
3 years ago the Democratic GA and Gov. passed legislation that allowed Chicago to forgo pension payments. Now this… http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140118/ISSUE01/301189978 …
 
 
Let your light shine. Happy Birthday, MLK! http://instagram.com/p/jZMrBitzLq/ 
 
 
Like this one, too! http://instagram.com/p/jZN6FrtzM0/ 
 
 
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/F8ZGxo2xc0
 
 
With my @ILSenDems colleagues at Rainbow Push Dr M L King breakfast. A great turnout for a great cause! pic.twitter.com/HwqvHpDEaJ
 
 
#MLK Breakfast w/ The Frontiers Intl in Spfld then on to Decatur for MLK March
 
 
Remembering a man whose dream helped change the nation. #MLK http://fb.me/1avGS0L9W 
 
 
Read “Letter from Birmingham Jail” today. But live it every day. #MLKDay
 
 
I hope that you will take this day to reflect and be inspired to make MLK’s #dream a reality http://ow.ly/i/4k7fY  #MLKDay
 
 
Tom Kacich 1/20/2014: Play now!Dave Gentry talks with the legendary Tom Kacich on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
Let’s make MLK day a no shots fired day.
 
 
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