Today’s headlines — Thursday, Jan. 23

Under current Illinois law, the individual income tax rate will be 3.75 percent in 2015. Under Jakobsson’s new plan, however, a higher 4 percent rate …
 
 
 
Teamwork needed on state job growthThe SouthernBefore super storm Sandy, Illinois was the national leader in out of state moves, according to St. Louis-based United Van Lines. … He also referred to the job potential from oil and natural gas exploration and the anticipated openings of new coal mines.
 
 
“We’re working with hundreds of volunteers across the state. We’re very happy … Contact Doug Finke: doug.finke@sj-r.com, 788-1527. By Doug Finke
 
 
Alton Daily NewsChampaign Democrat say she’s ‘Standing tall for Illinois’Peoria Journal Star”If you invest in an Illinois company or you invest in Illinois infrastructure, you invest in projects here you can get a return on,” he said at a news conference at the Peoria Labor Temple. “At the same time, you’re putting people to work in this …Mike Frerichs Officially Kicks Off Treasur
 
 
Chuck Sweeny: Of Rockford Promise and pickleball capersRockford Register StarI’ve talked a lot lately about Rockford Promise, and today I’ll do so again. It occurs to me that if Transform Rockford wants to accomplish something concrete in a short time, the Transformers should take on the funding of this college scholarship program.
 
 
Satellite television is not taxed in Illinois, and the cable TV industry doesn’t think that’s fair. Cable companies pay franchise fees to municipalities to …
 
 
The opposition of the pension bill cite specific language in the Illinois … In addition, he said the changes do not help the bigger issue of Illinois’ debt, …
 
 
By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 22, 2014 8:22PM … By a 5-2 vote, the Community High School District 218 Board on Tuesday …
 
 
Illinois GOP Candidate Says God Put Autism and Dementia on Earth as Punishment for Marriage Equality a… http://bit.ly/1hlOvdJ  #reddit
 
 
Suburban lawmaker tries again to limit high school football tackling. http://bit.ly/LWZ1yc 
 
 
Watchdog: Fired exec at city’s red-light camera firm says bribery scandal widespread http://bit.ly/19Pd1Va 
 
 
 
He was all catchphrases and caring. Those who knew his cantankerous ways say he took genuine interest in helping his students and athletes.
 
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — The four GOP candidates for Illinois governor are expected in Bloomington Feb. 8 for the Lincoln Reagan Day lunch hosted by the McLean County Republican Committee.
 
 
In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.
 
 
Clout goes to college, yet again:
 
 
Beyond minimum wage Gov. Pat Quinn wants to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to at least $10 an hour. Some of the Republican challengers to Quinn have danced clumsily around the issue. Our concern is that this narrow focus on a small shift in wages for a small number of workers misses the real point of debate.
 
 
The city of Springfield’s director of budget and management, BILL McCARTY, who ran in the primary for mayor in 2011, says he’s considering running for a citywide office again in 2015.”I have been approached by several individuals who have asked me about running for mayor, and also running for treasurer,” McCarty told me. He would also consider staying on as the city’s budget chief — a ro
 
 
The departure of Steward Sandstrom from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce opens the door to some real opportunity for the organization to retool and refresh itself this year — especially with unemployment and job creation hot topics in the 2014 gubernatorial election.Sandstrom had been chief executive of the business organization since 2012 after he was chosen from a national search. He
 
 
Officials in Beach Park are mulling over the wishes of tavern owners who want to see video gaming reconsidered. The board is split on the idea.
 
 
This week’s step in Woodstock School District 200’s search for a new superintendent should be applauded.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois drivers who smoke while kids are in their car could get slapped with fines under a proposal pending in the Illinois Senate.
 
 
 
Spent some time with the Champaign County Young Democrats tonight. So excited to have their endorsement and support in this race!
 
 
Kinzinger remembers Mayor Fred Esmond during ceremony
 
 
From good schools to equal pay for equal work, Will stands with women across the 39th District on the issues that matter most. Join Saturday’s #Women4WillCanvass and help spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/events/300293970095734Timeline PhotosWomen for Will are leading the way — join in this Saturday: http://www.willguzzardi.com/women_for_will
 
 
What a great way to end the day, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you to everyone who turned out at our four stops!
 
 
 
We hope you can join us this Thursday night! Politics Notebook: Erika Harold to hold metro-east town hall | Election | News Democratwww.bnd.comErika Harold, who is running in the 13th House District’s Republican primary scheduled for March 18, will hold a community forum in Edwardsville Thursday.
 
 
I work hard to ensure that others succeed and have access to needed resources. #WomenInCongress #SmallBusiness #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (1/23) on @wroywrulnews #Carmi w/ Jordan Rowe at 9:05am, discussing upcoming #Icash & #collegesavings #twill
 
 
Full house this evening in #WesternSprings for our meet & greet graciously hosted by Scott Lewis & Leslie Koczur. pic.twitter.com/ovQj3L7AFw
 
 
Moultrie/Douglas County Ameren high-voltage line placement being reconsidered by ICC – @news_gazette article #twill http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-21/ameren-line-may-take-different-route.html …
 
 
Speechless. Indiana lawmakers advance gay-marriage ban amendment http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-gaymarriage-indiana-20140122,0,3570065.story … @EqualityILL #wrongsideofhistory
 
 
My website is up! Check out http://www.VoteMunger.com!
 
 
Just a reminder, our Edwardsville Town Hall will be held on Thursday (Jan. 23rd), from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Edwardsville Public Library (112 S. Kansas St.). We hope you are able to join us!
 
 
Our town hall series is coming back home to Champaign, and we’ll be having a Champaign town hall on Monday, January 27th, at the Champaign Public Library (200 W. Green St.), from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
 
Not the typical person running for office. You can hear me doing the morning show on 95 WIIL Rock today, as the host! 95.1FM
 
 
Crawford County Democrats, at the Tuscany restaurant, a great bunch of folks and cheesecake too. Perfect.
 
 
On Tuesday, January 21st, Congresswoman Duckworth hosted a Congress at Your Corner Event in South Elgin. She greatly enjoyed meeting with her neighbors at Heritage Woods of South Elgin, answering their questions and discussing how her office can be of assistance. [[{“fid”:”348″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”
 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Herman Cain, the 2012 presidential candidate and former chief executive officer of Godfather’s Pizza, is coming to Illinois next month to campaign on behalf of former Miss America Erika Harold. Harold said Monday that Cain will accompany her …
 
 
If you’re a campaign tracker for the opposition, don’t try to get into a Mike Frerichs press conference. The Democrat was announcing his candidacy for State Treasurer this morning in Chicago when a campaign worker for the Tom Cross for Treasurer team …
 
 
reduction for disabled veterans that was included in the 2014 budget bill adopted in December. * Approximately 700,000 other military retirees under age 62 are still affected by the COLA cut. Congressman Enyart is leading House Armed Services …
 
 
17th District Democrat Cheri Bustos toured several non-profit agencies in Galesburg today, along with the Orpheum Theatre and Galesburg High School North, then he met with several local groups dealing with the issue of local poverty — from Knox College’s …
 
 
ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Congress’ approval rating may not be something to be admired, but that still isn’t stopping some lawmakers from meeting their communities and offering a helping hand Congresswoman Cheri Bustos spent time Friday at Lifescape …
 
 
Pat Quinn for a more than $1 billion increase in funding next fiscal year. Staff at the Illinois State Board of Education will ask board members Thursday to sign off on a proposed spending plan that is 16 percent higher than what the agency is receiving …
 
 
State fiscal conditions: How Illinois stacks up RebootIllinois http://shar.es/Udaf5 
 
 
Thanks to everyone who came out for our announcement in Peoria this afternoon! #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/rVd45nrDXd
 
 
A special thanks to my colleague Sen Dave Koehler for introducing me. #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/zLKxxFeS6j
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – A consultant has issued a highly critical report about Metra’s police force. But as WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports, the commuter rail agency says it has been taking action for months on the consultant’s findings. The report says Metra’s police force has been slow to transition from one that protects property to one that prevents crime and guards against terrorists. play pause
 
 
Our View: Don’t make treasurer a county employeeOur View: Don’t make treasurer a county employeewww.daily-chronicle.comBut that’s what board members decided to do last week when they voted to hire Christine Johnson, a Republican who is the county treasurer, as deputy county administrator for outreach. County Board members created the two deputy county administrator positions intending to give addi
 
 
If looking to meet a candidate for Governor @rutherforddan will be at Sunfields in #yorkville 130 pm on Feb 1.
 
 
HUGE turnout on a cold night for our final stop in #Champaign. #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/6N6TF8Vn3v
 
 
Brunswick Zone XL – Romeoville was awarded 2013 Business of the Year in the medium size business category by the Romeoville Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Senator Pat McGuire, Mayor John Noak, State Representative Natalie Manley, Mary Kay …
 
 
Staff at the Illinois State Board of Education will ask board members Thursday to sign off on a proposed spending plan that is 16 percent higher than …
 
 
Bo Jackson rejoins White Sox as ambassadorChicago Sun-TimesBo Jackson, the “Greatest Athlete of All Time” as designated by ESPN’s Sports Science and a former outfielder and designated hitter and member of the 1993 American League West Division Champion White Sox, is rejoining the organization as a team …
 
 
We are seeing school closings for tomorrow’s frigid forecast. Be safe, check on elderly and bring in animals, please.
 
 
Thanks to everyone who came out for our announcement in Peoria this afternoon! #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/rVd45nrDXd
 
 
A special thanks to my colleague Sen Dave Koehler for introducing me. #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/zLKxxFeS6j
 
 
Joining Deputy Leader Bellock and DuPage State’s Attorney Berlin at a heroin forum hosted @ Westmont High School tonight.
 
 
We’ve got Chris Mooney live on the phone right now! Tune in to CLTV to listen to his interview with Rick Pearson… http://fb.me/6zb6Dr3LC 
 
 
The Illinois Labor Relations Board has ordered the Plainfield Park District to reinstate an employee they say was harassed and ultimately fired last …
 
 
IARO be hosting a Republican Governor Candidates Forum on Feb 9th. Please let me know if you would like to attend.
 
 
Mayor’s “state of downtown” address is tonight. Details coming online and in print.
 
 
While the New Year will bring thousands of jobs to our neighboring states, Illinois is predicted to finish last in job growth according to a recent study conducted by Moody’s Analytics.
 
 
“All Kids Cuss” Says Teen Mom of Foul-Mouthed Toddler http://dlvr.it/4m19H9 
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois coach John Groce said Wednesday that he regrets an outburst that included throwing his suit jacket and yelling at officials during a loss to Michigan State.”For me, my entire life — passion, energy, emotion is a positive thing,” Groce said as the Illini prepared for Thursday’s game at No. 17 Ohio State. “The difference between emotion and emotional is two lett
 
 
Winter weather and wind chill advisories are both if effect tonight. Expect winds up to 35 MPH, reduced visibility and temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees below zero. At these temperatures, frost bite and hypothermia can affect you in a matter of minutes. BE SAFE AND STAY OFF OF THE ROADS IF YOU CAN!
 
 
More Metra stuff?!Investigation questions ‘antiquated’ Metra police effectiveness, trainingwww.chicagotribune.comMetra operates an “antiquated” police department with excessive overtime, irrational staffing plans and officers who were not qualified to use firearms for more than two years, according to a blistering investigation obtained by the Tribune.
 
 
Haven’t had a chance to meet Jil Tracy? Then join us Friday at Pheasant Hollow Winery in Whittington for a Meet & Greet with the Dillard Tracy team!Jil Tracy Whittington Meet & Greetwww.eventbrite.comEventbrite – The Dillard Tracy Campaign presents Jil Tracy Whittington Meet & Greet – Friday, January 24, 2014 at Pheasant Hollow Winery, Whittington, IL. Find event and ticket information
 
 
To honor the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I pledge to you that in Congress I will defend a woman’s right to choose when and if to have a child, period.
 
 
I was the only candidate at the Union League Forum today to advocate term limits for all members of the legislature, not just leadership as one of my opponents proposed. To see where I stand on term limits, clean break ethics, and other issues, please check out my website and click on the issues tab at the top: http://www.bradyforillinois.com
 
 
Laubhan would cut red tape, minimum wageThe State Journal-RegisterROCHESTER — Landon Laubhan, a Republican candidate for state representative, thinks government should get out of the way to allow businesses to develop, and that could include letting Illinois’ $8.25 minimum wage drop a dollar to the federal level.
 
 
And, oh yes, that Michael Madigan and those nasty union labor bosses are terrified of him. That is intended to get GOP voters riled up and out to the …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon recently announced the launch of a comprehensive economic impact analysis of active military bases in Illinois. The study, announced during a quarterly meeting of the state’s Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC), is to be completed by October.
 
 
On Nov. 10, 1831, The State Journal-Register’s predecessor, the Sangamon Journal, printed its first issue. The city it served, Springfield, was just 8 …
 
 
The Chicago Board of Education Wednesday approved proposals for seven new charter schools and denied 10 others. The vote followed the recommendations made by Chicago Public Schools staff earlier in the meeting.
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised his goal for the number of tourists who visit Chicago annually on Wednesday, the same day the city announced it had record hotel occupancy in 2013.
 
 
In Schaumburg on Saturday, January 25th for a Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up in the foyer at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg and goes from 9:00-10:00 AM. I will personally be there from 9:30-10:00 AM
 
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health is implementating the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (P.A. 98-0122). Rules have been drafted for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and the public comment period is open until February 14, 2014.All comments and suggested changes to the draft DPH rules are welcome and encouraged, and should be sent electronically to:  DPH.MedicalCanna
 
 
Another great stop in Rock Island with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Sen Mike Jacobs, Rep Pat Verschoore, Rock Island Democratic County Chairman Doug House, and a fun crowd of Quad City folks! Thanks for hosting us, Cool Beanz!
 
 
John Garrido will be hosting a Meet & Greet and Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up on Saturday, January 25th at the VFW, 10 W. Higgins Road in Park Ridge. The gathering goes from 10:00-11:30 AM. I will be there from 10:30-11:30 AM.
 
 
Great turnout in Peoria this afternoon! Thank you to everyone for your support – those who came out for the event, my friends in labor, and my colleague Sen Dave Koehler for introducing me.
 
 
Illinois Dept of Transportation chief just used the word “pedicycle” in a speech. Is that government speak for a bicycle??
 
 
#Illinois moves to crack down on sales-tax loopholes http://tinyurl.com/o776asq 
 
 
#Rooftops chest thump back at #Cubs in latest #WrigleyField rebuild exchange http://tinyurl.com/pmwscxl 
 
 
$tar Power: Actress Carol Burnett donates $1,000 to Democrat Will Guzzardi who is challenging Rep. Toni Berrios. http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?ID=523309&FiledDocID=523309&ContributionType=All Types&Archived=False …
 
 
Bill Brady, 19 years in General Assembly. Dan Rutherford, 21 years in govt. Now calling for term limits. http://bit.ly/KIhiON 
 
 
What is “The Religious Left”? My new post @ http://thebiblealiveandkickin.com 
 
 
I am one of them…are you? http://fb.me/1c3tIwUop 
 
 
Joined @JolietJrCollege students in a freedom march on campus to honor #MLK pic.twitter.com/zYKKwUXjNn
 
 
Recently visited DMS Pharmaceutical Group with @janschakowsky & discussed important pharmaceutical issues; Read more: http://bit.ly/1eTmVCH 
 
 
ADD YOUR NAME if you agree that a progressive tax would be an unnecessary weight for IL families and #smallbiz: http://bit.ly/1cjphI8 
 
 
Capitol Fax #twill Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY – This just in…: There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. http://bit.ly/1hkNceT 
 
 
Dan Rutherford will be in Morton from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at the Morton Knights of Columbus Hall to help hand out signs for his campaign race.
 
 
COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to alert drivers that use Route 143 at Wesley, in Wood River; that starting on Thursday, January 23rd, may experience intermittent lane closures as IDOT constructs drainage and intersection improvement for a signalization project. Message boards will deployed update drivers of road conditions and detours.
 
 
GOP Candidates For Governor To DebateGOP Gubernatorial Debate Thursday1470wmbd.comThe four Republican candidates for Governor will debate the issues in Peoria. The debate will take place Thursday) at the WTVP studios and will be televised live on WTVP from 7-8:30 p.m. The four candidates are State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dil
 
 
On Jan. 13, Gov. Pat Quinn announced emergency administrative rules to control petcoke, or petroleum coke, a refinery byproduct that has been piling up on Chicago’s Southeast Side. The Illinois Pollution Control Board will take up Quinn’s proposal on Thursday. But some members of the Illinois business community see no need to rush new rules Continue reading →
 
 
The Illinois Department of Revenue has come up with new rules to determine how businesses allocate local sales taxes that are likely to upset several companies, including the nation’s largest airlines.
 
 
The state of Illinois is dangerously low on reserve funds, according to a recent study by an independent think tank.   In a Pew Charitable Trust Interactive map, Illinois is shown to have sufficient reserve funds to operate for less than a day.  This is compared to the national median of reserve funds, which is 20 days. …
 
 
A rooftop club beyond Wrigley Field’s left-field pole has gone up for sale, even as a dispute between the rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs remains in extra innings.Want to buy a Wrigley rooftop? Here’s your chancewww.chicagobusiness.comThe owner of the Wrigley View Rooftop at 1050 W. Waveland hired a broker to sell the three-story building beyond Wrigley Field’s left-field pole, which includes
 
 
Joey Lombardo, the imprisoned Chicago hit man and 84-year-old mob boss, will remain in solitary confinement.
 
 
Naperville budgets about $730,000 per year for 14,000 tons of road salt. We’ve already used 10,000 tons. — http://bit.ly/1g1GqOESalty talk on deicing Naperville roadsnapervillesun.suntimes.comHow much did you pay for salt last year? If you bought one of those 26-ounce cylindrical containers of table salt, which lasts a long time, you would probably guess you paid about $2. Well, actually, many of
 
 
An Oakbrook Terrace woman who authorities say abandoned a sickly alligator at O’Hare International Airport in November has been charged with reckless conduct and cruelty to animals, according to Chicago police. Alexis Prokopchuk, 29, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.
 
 
A Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer is criticizing the Republican incumbent and governor candidate Dan Rutherford for spending on state travel allegedly to promote himself.
 
 
by: Tallie Johnson tjohnson@cbs4qc.com Mike Frerich’s is running for state treasurer of Illinois. He made a stop this afternoon in Rock Island at Cool Beans coffee house.   Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
 
 
Al Filan died of “multiple stab and incise wounds,” according to an autopsy, which ruled the death a homicide.Longtime Brother Rice Teacher Dies – CBS Chicagochicago.cbslocal.comAn Orland Park man who taught at Brother Rice High School in Chicago for more than 30 years and who was known as a soccer coaching “guru” in the Southland has died.
 
 
Oak Park crime dropped to the second lowest level in the last 41 years, according to statistics gathered by Oak Park police and reported to the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Index this week.   Read More…
 
 
My friend and colleague @MikeforIllinois just announced his candidacy for Illinois Treasurer. #standingtall #twill pic.twitter.com/ga2BudxtTi
 
 
The IL Republican Party released 5 Questions for candidate Mike Frerichs. http://goo.gl/xVLLWS 
 
 
Just in time for the #SuperBowl, we’re sending 10k Chicago-style pizzas to our #troops overseas http://tinyurl.com/ktkv7cl 
 
 
I’m proud to partner with #DHL & @Pizzas4Patriots to help honor our servicemembers by sending them a warm slice from home.
 
 
It’s up to us to make sure our #troops are not forgotten on #SuperBowlSunday or any day of the year.
 
 
On our Investment Policy Conf. Call w/Treasurer Team in #Springfield and #Chicago. #twill pic.twitter.com/zwxXNHGlcd
 
 
@MikeForIllinois has been a wonderful CDIL Chair & we can’t wait for what he’ll do as Treasurer. | http://ow.ly/sPDA5 
 
 
In case you missed it, here is the audio from my interview this morning with @bruceanddan: http://cdn.stationcaster.com/stations/wls/media/mp3/Doug_Truax-1390399672.mp3 …
 
 
I promised the good folks @accuraty that I’d use their pen while walking. Promise kept. #door2door #Chambana pic.twitter.com/ZxQn7iv1Dz
 
 
Thanks to all the folks from back home who are in DC for #MarchForLife today. Come by my office’s reception between 2-4pm
 
 
Proud to have Washington #Illinois Mayor Gary Manier as my guest at next week’s #StateOfTheUnion. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=979 …
 
 
Denial of fed resources to Washington #IL after Nov. tornadoes shows why @FEMA must reassess their aid methodology. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=979 …
 
 
Follow the money we’re unfreezing for Iran: how is this good for U.S. national security? pic.twitter.com/ziE3Ylr04x
 
 
BE HEARD! Take @IllinoisDNR survey on #illinois #enviro issues from natural resources to outdoor recreation http://svy.mk/1g10Ffp 
 
 
Rep. Meier will be on the Channel 4 News tonight at 6pm. He will be discussing the conceal and carry process. Below is a picture of the interview:
 
 
Keep warm tonight, there is a wind chill advisory. If using a space heater please exercise caution. Never fall asleep with one on, have three feet of space around it, no coils are exposed, no frayed or exposed wires and make sure it has an automatic shut off. Stay warm and safe!
 
 
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States and the epitome of limited government and sound currency. He is also one of my favorite President’s – next to Ronald Reagan & John F. Kennedy
 
 
On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’m reminded that 17 years ago, a very kind hearted woman in a difficult spot chose life. What a blessing that life, our first son, has been to our family. I know there are thousands of stories out there like ours.
 
 
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States and the epitome of limited government and sound currency. He is also one of my favorite President’s – next to Ronald Reagan & John F. Kennedy
 
 
Meet the 11th Congressional Candidate, Chris Balkema, and his family! https://vimeo.com/82313492Meet Chris Balkemavimeo.comMeet Chris Balkema and his family. Businessman Chris Balkema is a manager at Caterpillar and an elected county board member. He lives with his wife and two children…
 
 
Thousands are facing the bitter cold weather today at the annual “March for Life” to protest abortion on Capitol Hill. Show your support for pro-life by commenting LIFE below! #prolife #marchforlife #antiabortion #chooselifeThousands To Brave Cold For Abortion Protestwww.huffingtonpost.comWASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to ral
 
 
Sen. Rezin attended the State of the Cities Luncheon hosted by the Illinois Valley Area Chamber today. She is pictured here, from left to right, with Kevin Coleman, Village of Hennepin President, Gloria Alvarado, Village of North Utica President, Scott Stavrakas, IVAC Board President, Scott Harl, City of Peru Mayor, Mari Duro, IVAC Executive Director, and Walt Marini, City of Spring Valley Mayor.
 
 
Congratulations, Senator Dave Koehler.Kyle Hillman’s PhotosCongrats to Senator @[100005574578426:2048:Dave Koehler], one of the 2014 Social Work Legislators of the Year. — with <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/dave.koehler.9237?viewer_id=0&#8243; data-ft=”{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;;&quot;}” data-hovercard=”/ajax/hovercard/user.php?id=10
 
 
My thanks to Colleen and Scott for another good conversation this morning on WJBC. We discussed how Illinois implements new programs, for good and for bad, and FEMA’s funding formula and how that has played out in Central Illinois. Spring Session in Springfield begins on Jan. 29.WJBC Interviewswww.wjbc.com
 
 
Here’s a radical idea: Illinois should live within its means. The State of Illinois has never had more revenue come into its coffers. Yet it spends even more! It is Time … to spend less.State spending focus of Naperville forumnapervillesun.suntimes.comNaperville-area representatives in the General Assembly may have their partisan differences, but on the issue of the state’s income tax they are u
 
 
Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant met with Special Agent in Charge, Jack Riley, with the US Department of Justice, Chicago Drug Enforcement Administration to discuss the growing problems of heroin in Illinois.
 
 
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of talking with Naperville constituents and friends along with Christine… http://fb.me/1BDK5W84d 
 
 
Hello #RockIsland! Thanks for a great turnout from local leaders like @cheribustos and my colleague Sen Jacobs #twill pic.twitter.com/dY2AONd0XC
 
 
Here’s a radical idea: Illinois should live within its means. The State of Illinois has never had more revenue… http://fb.me/6mWfzUEKn 
 
 
Sen. Rezin attended the State of the Cities Luncheon hosted by the IL Valley Area Chamber today. Pictured here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=694432543930367&set=a.177164048990555.40871.176889585684668&type=1&theater …
 
 
We had a great time at our Rock Island announcement stop. Thx to Cool Beanz for hosting and @RepCheri for joining us! pic.twitter.com/4cA8Q7cSWd
 
 
Thanks to Justin and the folks from @AFFILeg for stopping by (and future firefighter Mason)! #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/J1GXC1mvLk
 
 
Recently visited DMS Pharmaceutical Group with @janschakowsky & discussed important pharmaceutical issues; Read more: http://bit.ly/1eTmVCH 
 
 
Fight next IL tax hike! Join @senatorconnelly & @DarleneSenger at @afpillinois townhall on Prog Tax Thurs in Aurora: http://bit.ly/LUIpqT 
 
 
Okay just 6 followers shy of the vaunted 2,000 followers. Why? … Why not!
 
 
Follow Ron. He likes baseball, apple pie and puppies. MT @RonSandack: I’m hovering close to 2k followers & would love to cross that divide.
 
 
Thank her- Rep. Kifowit said “definitely I am against the progressive tax,” Naperville Sun article: http://bit.ly/1g1HCSd 
 
 
More Metra stuff?! http://fb.me/3HCJZLJrK 
 
 
Metra’s police force is now drawing scrutiny. http://fb.me/XDupkne9 
 
 
Hello #RockIsland! Thanks for a great turnout from local leaders like @cheribustos and my colleague Sen Jacobs #twill pic.twitter.com/dY2AONd0XC
 
 
Special thank you to the Cambodian Assoc. of IL for hosting our Asian American Advisory Council meeting this morning! pic.twitter.com/HbDywOl2ji
 
 
Thanks @ulcchicago for hosting forum.Enjoyed the dialogue&embrace the chance to discuss issues facing #IL. #twill pic.twitter.com/yxgedGZXc6
 
 
We had a great time at our Rock Island announcement stop. Thx to Cool Beanz for hosting and @RepCheri for joining us! pic.twitter.com/4cA8Q7cSWd
 
 
Thanks to Justin and the folks from @AFFILeg for stopping by (and future firefighter Mason)! #MikeforIL #twill pic.twitter.com/J1GXC1mvLk
 
 
Chicago Tonight will receive Tio Hardiman for Governor and Brunell Donald for Lt. Governor tonight at 7pm.
 
 
Gubernatorial candidate @TioHardiman talks governor’s race, background and more on #ChicagoTonight at 7. Timeline: http://bit.ly/KI1I53 
 
 
The support for #immigration reform is wide and deep. #Illinois business leaders are calling for reform today in Crain’s Chicago Business because it will boost our state and national economy. Read their full article here: http://bit.ly/1inZJlw.
 
 
This afternoon I joined students at Joliet Junior College in a freedom march through campus to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s great to see that his legacy lives on in students who are still standing up for equality and justice.
 
 
See Why @QuinnForIL really withdraw his objection against my running mate The reason is not what has been reported. http://bit.ly/1biuSyX 
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The University of Illinois will honor the late film critic Roger Ebert with its 2014 Illinois Prize for …
 
 
By Bobby Schilling – I am pro-life and proud to say it! Today is the 41st Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. As I like to do each year, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my…
 
 
Mayor tells Frese of delays, other city issuesHancock County Journal PilotAs last week’s regular meeting of the Carthage City Council began, Mayor Jim Nightingale recognized Randy Frese who was visiting the meeting as a candidate for 94th District representative, the position held by Jil Tracy, who is running for Lt. Governor.
 
 
The main reason for financial gaps between school districts has to do with property tax wealth and the heavy reliance on property taxes to fund schools combined with the weak support from the state just makes for very large fiscal disparities, says Larry Joseph, Voices fiscal policy director in today’s Daily Herald.Which school districts tax the most per student?www.dailyherald.comProperty taxes c
 
 
WASHINGTON – Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) honored McHenry County prolife Irene Napier on the U.S. House floor last week along with the late Congressman Henry Hyde in a mention of Wednesday’s 41st anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision:
 
 
Conroy Returns to Springfield for Commencement of 2014 Legislative SessionChicago TribuneVILLA PARK, Ill. – Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) is set to return to Springfield on Wednesday, January 29 for the State of the State Address and beginning of the 2014 legislative session. “I will continue to focus my legislative agenda on creating …
 
 
Laura Fine, D-17th, organized the meeting for Wednesday night in the community room at the Glenview Police Department, 2500 E. Lake Avenue.
 
 
In response to Illinois Review reporting (HERE) that GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign expenditures behind a third-party payroll company, the campaign put out a statement today saying: We have filed our campaign…
 
 
* Go read this. All of it. As soon as you possibly can.
 
 
Please check out the following article for information about scammers who are preying on McHenry County residents. If you are solicited by telephone or email, and asked to provide money or personal data, contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s office at 815-338-2144.Sheriff’s office warns of a scamwww.nwherald.comA person calling from Jamaica with a thick accent attempted to scam a person in McHenry
 
 
“Pilgrimage,” the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum exhibit of Annie Liebovitz photos, will be at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum from February 8 to August 31, 2014.
 
 
 
 
My friend and colleague @MikeforIllinois just announced his candidacy for Illinois Treasurer. #standingtall #twill pic.twitter.com/ga2BudxtTi
 
 
Big thanks to Larry Joseph at @Voices4ILKids for his help with today’s column. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140122/news/701229925/ …
 
 
Rauner skips GOP governor candidate forum; rivals debate term limits. http://suntm.es/1dPD5R9 
 
 
Chipotle Mexican Grill in Arlington Heights is look for for FT Crew Members; Visit http://www.chipotle.com  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
Check out today’s In the Know with guest host Rep. Barb Wheeler. The featured town is Crystal Lake! http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/more-traffic-at-chicagos-airports-no.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29 …
 
 
Get the latest news and updates on Calumet Township’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/calumettownship?fref=ts …
 
 
Lang Wants Rauner Campaign Finance Reports Probe http://www.illinoisobserver.net/2014/01/22/extra-lang-letter-to-elections-board-wants-rauner-campaign-finance-reports-probe/ … @greghinz
 
 
State Senator Mike Frerichs is going on a four-city tour to formally launch his campaign:Frerichs Formally Launching Campaign For Illinois Treasurernorthernpublicradio.orgFrerichs has been campaigning for Illinois treasurer for the better part of a year. He’s insisted he was just “exploring” a run.
 
 
“Meet Your Legislators” will air on Saturday at 9 a.m. on WVUT-TV and WVUB- Blazer 91.1.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has passed a proclamation designating Sunday, January 26 as Kawasaki Awareness day in Illinois. According to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation, an estimated 4,200 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease (KD) each year. KD is a serious illness that causes an inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body and primarily affects young children under 5 years of age. More importantl
 
 
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer has proposed a new revenue source to help fund fire department costs — an $8 per month flat fire safety fee that would be placed on sewer and solid waste bills of city customers. Would you be willing to pay this extra monthly fee to support your local fire departments?City looks at tiered fire safety feewww.commercial-news.comDANVILLE — It was in Oct. 2011 that city officia
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Raghuveer Nayak wasn’t charged in the case of the now-imprisoned former governor. But Nayak is alleged to have offered to raise $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign if he named then-Congressman J
 
 
Director of Policy at Illinois Policy Institute- Paul Kersey speaks on Illinois labor laws and Pam Harris v. Pat Quinn case
 
 
Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone candidate in the GOP primary for the 12th U.S. House District seat, is embracing his May, 30, 2012, rant on the Illinois General Assembly floor…Click to Continue »
 
 
CICERO – The convent of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish might soon serve as a refuge for undocumented immigrants who have been detained and cleared by immigration authorities.
 
 
WBEZ’s Becky Vevea is live tweeting the CPS board meeting today. Here’s her play-by-play: http://goo.gl/JxwLHk
 
 
Tom Cross radio ad bashing Mike Freichs: http://www.jointomcross.com/listen_to_our_next_radio_ad_choice … via @JoinTomCross
 
 
Union League Club Governor Forum now
 
 
Starting the day at the Union League Club of Chicago’s Candidate Forum. Ready to answer some great… http://instagram.com/p/jeXZPPoxvm/ 
 
 
#Illinois GOP’s last nominee for gov, @Bill_Brady, says others had to try twice to win: @JebBush, @BobbyJindal #twill
 
 
Power to the people of Illinois! Stand up and tell our elected officials if you are not working for us we will vote you out!
 
 
Illinois needs fresh ideas to combat all the issues our state is facing!
 
 
The Hardiman Campaign is here to win! We will not stop and we will continue to stand up for the people!
 
 
An injustice against one Illinoisian is an injustice against us all! Our state is not for sale Pat Quinn it belongs to the People!
 
 
I feel sorry for any unions who after being slapped, kicked in the teeth and spit on 4 pension reform then rewards their abuser! Sad!
 
 
Kicking things off with Congresswoman Robin Kelly at @ccctu1600! #twill #Chicago #MikeforIL #Democrat pic.twitter.com/f1qYdgXql8
 
 
Watching @MikeforIllinois kick off his campaign in Chicago! pic.twitter.com/QFsovbki1N
 
 
With @SierraClubIL’s Jack Darin, @robinkelly, @ccctu1600 VP formally announcing my campaign for Treasurer! #MikeforIL pic.twitter.com/mCjG1p4Dmz
 
 
Spoke about growing jobs to leaders at the Building Trades meeting in Peoria who represent members in #IL13 pic.twitter.com/dkWhWGarOJ
 
 
#AlexandraEidenberg contacted the offices of #LuisGutierrez & requested a public debate @RepGutierrez office hasn’t responded #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
Last tweet based on this data. Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis – Pew State and Consumer Initiatives http://shar.es/Ujg9q 
 
 
Many Americans are participating in #March4Life this week. I am proud to stand with them to protect the sanctity of human life #whywemarch
 
 
Take a look at the White House’s Iranian appeasement schedule; what happens when the money runs out? pic.twitter.com/cbnQJV5qYZ
 
 
Learn why the outdated & discriminatory blood ban on gay/bi men doesn’t match the science at http://bit.ly/Lq16x9  #LGBT #equality (2/2)
 
 
Yesterday, I learned more about the partnership between @Rosatis_Pizza, Cooking Matters and the @NoKidHungry Campaign http://ow.ly/sQbh7 
 
 
Thanks @kezcartann. @itssserinn come stop by my #March4Life reception between 2-4pm and enjoy your visit to DC
 
 
AT&T to Host an Open House/Jobs Fair… Saturday, January 25, 2014, anytime between 9 am and 3 pm DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Libertyville – Mundelein) 510 East IL Route 83 Mundelein, IL 60060 Apply online at: http://www.att.jobs/InstallIllinoisAT&T – InstallIllinoiswww.att.jobs
 
 
As discussed on this page, we often hear from constituents telling us their “exit strategies” should the political and economic climate in Illinois not improve. Yesterday, we came across this article, detailing ‘The 21 Things You Will Miss When You Leave Chicago.’ Since living without Portillo’s is almost unthinkable in our office, we pulled out the speech I gave in October as a part of Elmhurst C
 
 
From The Northwest Herald, “School District 155’s school board is prepared to spend a lot of your money Tuesday night, yet you have no idea how much or on what.” http://www.nwherald.com/2014/01/20/our-view-district-155-taxpayers-left-in-dark/anxgmaj/ I wrote a bill that requires posting of public sector union contracts prior to ratification and one public hearing so that all parties –
 
 
This interactive analysis from The PEW Charitable Trusts takes an in-depth look at the fiscal condition of the 50 States. Illinois ranks second to last above Arkansas for fiscal policy. Follow the link below to see how we rank in other areas and don’t forget to share this link with your friends.Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis – Pew State and Consumer Initiativeswww.pewstates.orgFiscal 50: Sta
 
 
An absolutely appalling waste of taxpayer resources: goo.gl/2eq1CJState official returned to work after nearly 30 months of paid leavewww.chicagotribune.comPaid administrative leave for state employees in Illinois is supposed to be an “expeditious” process, according to the governor’s office.
 
 
Know any outstanding advocates for rural Illinois families, businesses or students? Nominate them for our Rural Illinois Champion award, and I may recognize them at a rural development conference in Peoria this March.Lt. Governor : Governor’s Rural Affairs Councilwww2.illinois.govDo you know someone who goes above and beyond to make a difference in rural Illinois? If so, nominate that person or gr
 
 
Graffiti not only defaces property in our community, but is used by gang members to communicate, claim turf and insult opposing groups. Reporting instances to the police allows for quick cleanup and provides important information about gang activities in the neighborhood. If you see graffiti, you should take the following two steps: 1) Report it to the city for cleanup. Call 3-1-1 or report it onl
 
 
Check out today’s In the Know with guest host Rep. Barb Wheeler. The featured town is Crystal Lake! http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/more-traffic-at-chicagos-airports-no.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
Property taxes are too high! I strongly oppose Speaker Madigan’s effort to shift pension obligations to local property taxpayers.Area lawmakers talk pensions at District 300 forumwww.nwherald.comALGONQUIN – Foregoing the microphone, state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, told nearly 100 students and residents during District 300’s legislative forum on Tuesday that Illinois lawmakers misse
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant and Representative Manley participated in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by volunteering at Emeritus at Joliet Courtyard during afternoon BINGO.
 
 
The BNSF Railway will be performing signal work between Hinsdale and Lisle, January 24-26 (8am-4:30pm). Due to this signal work, residents in the eastern portion of Naperville along the railroad tracks can expect increased train horn usage and associated noise.
 
 
New post: Graffiti Reporting Procedures in the 14th DistrictGraffiti Reporting Procedureswww.repcassidy.comGraffiti not only defaces property in our community, but is used by gang members to communicate, claim turf and insult opposing groups. Reporting instances to the police allows for quick cleanup and provides important information about gang activities in… [ 90 more words. ]
 
 
At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in University Park.
 
 
It was my privilege to address the Illinois Association of Realtors Public Policy Meeting in East Peoria this morning! It’s always an honor to host them in my hometown!
 
 
On our Investment Policy Conf. Call with Treasurer Team in Springfield and Chicago.
 
 
The purpose of the air monitor, according to Karen Pride, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, is to identity the current air conditions prior to the completion of the O’Hare Airport expansion project. New runway configurations and airplane arrival patterns now put a number of low-flying aircraft directly over the Maine South High School campus at 1111 S. Dee Road. … The air monitor
 
 
WASHINGTON, Illinois — More than 2,000 people in counties declared federal disaster areas after tornadoes struck Illinois in November have applied for federal assistance, state officials announced Tuesday. Gov. Pat Quinn visited the central Illinois community of Washington, which was the hardest hit when roughly two dozen tornadoes hit on Nov. 17. … Quinn’s office said more than $1.6 million in fe
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers, long known for being unable to get a handle on the state’s finances, soon could find themselves vying to see who is “The Biggest Loser.” It’s not what you might think. A Downstate legislator is setting up a new group at the Capitol he hopes will spark more interest in fitness and help in the fight against the dreaded “Springfield belly.” … Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Dem
 
 
While Illinoisans apply by the thousands to carry a handgun in public for the first time, some lawmakers already are preparing to amend the infant law. When the General Assembly reconvenes at the end of this month, certain legislators will attempt to tailor concealed carry rules by increasing fines, limiting where guns can be carried or purchased, and boosting education and training requirements.
 
 
Great start to the morning with Congresswoman Robin Kelly, CCCTU Suburban Vice President Dave Richland, Sierra Club’s Jack Darin, and a big crowd of supporters. On to Rock Island!
 
 
The Illinois Republican Party released 5 Questions for Mike Frerichs this week. We think you’d like to know the answers too. #CrossForTreasurerFive Questions for Mike Frerichswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
* The Pew Charitable Trusts has a new interactive analysis of state fiscal health and, of course, Illinois isn’t doing well at all. From an e-mail… Rich, Just in time for the start of the Illinois legislative session next week, The Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a new interactive featuring 50-state data on key fiscal, […]
 
 
* Buzzfeed… A Republican state senator in Illinois introduced legislation Tuesday to repeal the state’s new marriage equality law, which takes effect this June. But with a Senate and House controlled by Democrats — who just voted in favor of marriage equality in November — and a governor who pressed for equal marriage rights in the state, […]
 
 
* Nina Totenburg reports on yesterday’s US Supreme Court hearing… At issue: whether nonunion members can be required to pay fees to help cover the cost of negotiating a contract from which they benefit. In Illinois 10 years ago, 28,000 home health workers who care for adults with disabilities approved a union. Since then, hourly wages have […]
 
 
* From the “No Rauner” blog yesterday… Tonight was supposed to be a live GOP debate on WGN TV and WGN Radio, 720 AM. But, again, Rauner chickened out. Bruce Dold, the editorial board editor of the Chicago Tribune, did an interview with Steve Cochran of WGN Radio today about the forum that was cancelled because […]
 
 
* From a June 18, 2003 Koch Pipeline Company press release… Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. (“Koch Pipeline”) announced today it will conduct Phase I of an open season for the Dakota Express Pipeline, a proposed pipeline to transport Bakken crude oil from western North Dakota to Hartford, Illinois and Patoka, Illinois. Koch Pipeline also intends to […]
 
 
CHICAGO – Joined by Chicago’s radical, anti-gun Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk announced a new, taxpayer-funded federal spending bill includes about $18.5 million in additional money to combat gang violence. Kirk says Illinois leads the country in…
 
 
* I’m not sure why he’s doing it now, but after months of actively campaigning for office Sen. Michael Frerichs is “officially” kicking off his state treasurer campaign today with stops in Chicago, Rock Island, Peoria and Champaign… “Over the past year I’ve visited almost every county in Illinois and have talked to thousands of business […]
 
 
* The Daily Herald looks at the vast disparity in suburban school property taxes… The gap between the top and bottom suburban districts is vast. On one end of the spectrum is Rondout Elementary District 72 in Lake Forest, which will collect $30,381 in property taxes per student this year. On the opposite end is East […]
 
 
* Illinois Radio Network… 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 put that out before an election, so this is all being driven by […]
 
 
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – The southern Illinois university city of Carbondale has a new acting mayor. The city council in 26,000-resident Carbondale …
 
 
CHICAGO – Plants in Illinois producing pet coke would have only two choices if Governor Pat Quinn successfully puts through emergency rules he’s planning to announce Thursday: 1.) operate outside compliance, anticipating heavy Illinois EPA fines or 2.) shut down…
 
 
From the Land of Lincoln (and Obama!) comes the latest variation of stupid policy as Illinois grapples with implementing medical marijuana laws. As the Chicago Tribune reports: Patients who want to qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois would …
 
 
Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsementsWindy City TimesMichael J. Madigan ( D-22 ), Rep. Natalie A. Manley ( D-98 ), Rep. Robert Martwick ( D-19 ), Rep. Emily McAsey ( D-85 ), Rep. Christian L. Mitchell ( D-26 ), Rep. Martin J. Moylan ( D-55 ), Rep. Michelle Mussman ( D-56 ), Rep. Elaine Nekritz ( D-57 ), Rep.
 
 
NBC ChicagoRepublican governor candidates tout ability to work with DemocratsChicago TribuneBill Brady and Kirk Dillard and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford came at a Union League Club as the three hopefuls — unable to compete with Rauner’s wealth, fundraising and advertising — continue to come up with free ways to try to distinguish …Rauner skips candidate forum; rivals debate term limitsSource:
 
 
Wrigley Field deal ‘fell apart’ at stormy session with Cubs, rooftop ownersWLSThe long-running dispute between the Cubs and rooftop club owners standing in the way of a $500 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field and develop the land around it will be resolved in the courts — not at the bargaining table, the Sun-Times reports.
 
 
Charter school opinions mixed at Dist. 300 forumElgin Courier NewsRobert Pritchard, R-Sycamore; David McSweeney, R-Cary; and Michael Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, and state Sens. Dan Duffy, R-Barrington and Michael Noland, D-Elgin. Discussions related to funding schools, pensions and capital projects unsurprisingly fell …
 
 
* I’m not sure why he’s doing it now, but after months of actively campaigning for office Sen. Michael Frerichs is “officially” kicking off his state treasurer campaign today with stops in Chicago, Rock Island, Peoria and Champaign… “Over the past year I’ve visited almost every county in Illinois and have talked to thousands of business […]
 
 
* The Daily Herald looks at the vast disparity in suburban school property taxes… The gap between the top and bottom suburban districts is vast. On one end of the spectrum is Rondout Elementary District 72 in Lake Forest, which will collect $30,381 in property taxes per student this year. On the opposite end is East […]
 
 
* From an Illinois State Rifle Association press release… URGENT ALERT – YOUR ACTION REQUIRED ANTIGUNNERS TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ATTACKING CONCEALED CARRY YOU MUST ATTEND TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT Gun-grabbing State Representative Laura Fine will be holding a so-called “Public Meeting” on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Glenview, Illinois. Joining Fine in organizing the meeting is the […]
 
 
* From Transylvania University… It’s called hitting the ground running. “When I graduated in May, I never expected to be in national media by November,” said Transylvania University economics and international affairs grad Lyman Stone ‘13. It’s been that kind of year for Stone, now working as an economist at the Center for State Tax Policy, an […]
 
 
CHICAGO—Illinois officials say some concealed carry applicants are … to do with Java compatibility and the state is offering to help those who need it.
 
 
What choice? Group gives Illinois poor grade for school optionsWatchdog.orgIllinois’ school choice report card from education advocate Students First is a step above failing — not only because the state offers limited school choices (few charter schools or private schools), but also because public schools many times fail to …
 
 
CHICAGO – ACLU of Illinois is conducting an online campaign Wednesday to promote “reproductive rights” and celebrate 41 years of legalized abortion since the 1973 Roe vs Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision. “This week marks the 41st anniversary of the…
 
 
* Three of the four Republican candidates talk about how they’ll deal with Speaker Madigan… On Wednesday, Brady, Dillard and Rutherford each said they had demonstrated their ability to work with Madigan and Democrats in the past without surrendering their principles.. “I know it might be a populist thing in the Republican primary to not admit […]
 
 
#Wrigley rebuild war hits court, as #rooftops file defamation suit http://tinyurl.com/qfzyzr3 
 
 
I knew Bruce Rauner was outspending his opponents on advertising, but these numbers are eye-popping. – Matt Dietrich, editor, Reboot Illinois.
 
 
“We didn’t have any problems” with school buses on Pekin’s streets, said Pekin Community High School Superintendent Gary DePatis. “We checked …
 
 
#Illinois GOP’s last nominee for gov, @Bill_Brady, says others had to try twice to win: @JebBush, @BobbyJindal #twill
 
 
Yankees get Tanaka. Good luck with that, Masahiro.
 
 
Kicking things off with Congresswoman Robin Kelly at @ccctu1600! #twill #Chicago #MikeforIL #Democrat pic.twitter.com/f1qYdgXql8
 
 
Watching @MikeforIllinois kick off his campaign in Chicago! pic.twitter.com/QFsovbki1N
 
 
This interactive analysis from The PEW Charitable Trusts takes an in-depth look at the fiscal condition of the 50… http://fb.me/155uoM9h5 
 
 
Join Laurie Summers for Will County Treasurer tomorrow at the Dancing Marlin in Frankfort. http://conta.cc/LFlvmK 
 
 
To the men and women that work in the snow, wind & cold to keep our neighborhoods safe, cities running & everything in-between. Thank You.
 
 
I’m hovering ever-so-close to 2,000 followers & would love to cross that divide. Please consider suggesting me to your followers. Thanks!
 
 
Attention job-hunters! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151998294553884&set=a.114933238883.100534.40696488883&type=1&stream_ref=10 …
 
 
With @SierraClubIL’s Jack Darin, @robinkelly, @ccctu1600 VP formally announcing my campaign for Treasurer! #MikeforIL pic.twitter.com/mCjG1p4Dmz
 
 
Kicking things off with Congresswoman Robin Kelly at @ccctu1600! #twill #Chicago #MikeforIL #Democrat pic.twitter.com/f1qYdgXql8
 
 
Watching @MikeforIllinois kick off his campaign in Chicago! pic.twitter.com/QFsovbki1N
 
 
This interactive analysis from The PEW Charitable Trusts takes an in-depth look at the fiscal condition of the 50… http://fb.me/155uoM9h5 
 
 
Join Laurie Summers for Will County Treasurer tomorrow at the Dancing Marlin in Frankfort. http://conta.cc/LFlvmK 
 
 
To the men and women that work in the snow, wind & cold to keep our neighborhoods safe, cities running & everything in-between. Thank You.
 
 
I’m hovering ever-so-close to 2,000 followers & would love to cross that divide. Please consider suggesting me to your followers. Thanks!
 
 
* Buzzfeed… A Republican state senator in Illinois introduced legislation Tuesday to repeal the state’s new marriage equality law, which takes effect this June. But with a Senate and House controlled by Democrats — who just voted in favor of marriage equality in November — and a governor who pressed for equal marriage rights in the state, […]
 
 
WOOD RIVER – Koch Pipeline Co. called off plans to build a 250,000-barrel-a-day crude oil pipeline to Illinois from North Dakota’s Bakken formation, where a shale boom has helped lift domestic production to the highest in a quarter-century, Bloomberg reports….
 
 
File photo After struggling with financial difficulties, the Chicago Slaughter have canceled their upcoming 2014 season, triggering Sears Centre …
 
 
State Sen. Kyle McCarter introduced legislation Tuesday that would repeal the marriage equality bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in November. The bill does not go into effect until June 1. ”Well, it looks like it’s an election year …
 
 
College is expensive, but there could soon be some added relief for Illinois residents.http://www.wgem.com/story/24509572/2014/01/21/map-grant-expansion-may-help-more-students-in-illinoisMAP grant expansion may help more students in Illinoiswww.wgem.comThe Monetary Award Program, or MAP grant, helps students in the most need find funding for college and universities, and now, Gov. Pat Quinn wants
 
 
Last night I was at the Kendall County Republican Women Candidate’s night in Yorkville. I want to thank the organization, for putting on a well run and coordinated event. First time I was able to see my opponents up close and personal. When they talked, all I got out of it was that Medicaid is in trouble in the State. When it was my turn, I said I will oppose any tax increase. I will not accept mo
 
 
The SJ-R editorial board’s candidate endorsement meetings began yesterday and will run through February. Gina Lathan said of the temporary tax, “My first choice would be to allow it to expire. I don’t know if that is necessarily going to be an option for us as a state.”96th House district candidate Lathan says tax hike may not be able to expirewww.sj-r.comAllowing the temporary income tax inc
 
 
* The Pew Charitable Trusts has a new interactive analysis of state fiscal health and, of course, Illinois isn’t doing well at all. From an e-mail… Rich, Just in time for the start of the Illinois legislative session next week, The Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a new interactive featuring 50-state data on key fiscal, […]
 
 
Attorney General Lisa Madigan will visit Benedictine University on Jan. 28 to discuss the key initiatives of her office in an event that is open to the public. Read the full release below. Lisa Madigan, chief legal advisor and the first female attorney …
 
 
Durbin and Bustos also announced they have written federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels requesting the agency specifically prioritize Thomson’s timely opening. Both houses of Congress passed the bill last week on bipartisan votes …
 
 
I may be one of the few who was never surprised that the Chicago Archdiocese tried to bury allegations of sexual abuse by priests. The archdiocese is a bureaucracy. Such organizations always try to avoid scandals. There’s a belief that clergymen ought to be better than the rest of us. I can appreciate why people are disappointed, even angry, when that faith is destroyed. But the clergy are su
 
 
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTom Kacich: Would-be candidate faces uphill fightChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteIn 2012, President Barck Obama won the precinct in 2012 with 84.92 percent of the vote while Democratic congressional candidate David Gill got 85.77 percent and Illinois Senate candidate Mike Frerichs got 86.64 percent. Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette …
 
 
Missouri’s revenue is up, so how would you like to see the money spent?Nixon wants more money for schools, spurns GOP tax cut http://www.stltoday.comIn his most impassioned State of the State address, he also defends public school teachers and urges expansion of Medicaid.
 
 
Regarding the March 18 referendum, in view of the recently announced changes at State Farm, it seems like a good idea at this time to defer building any new schools until the impact of those c…
 
 
State employee gets 30 months paid leave, including 7 raises. I’ll work to end “business as usual in Illinois”. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k
 
 
State Rep. Michelle Mussman, a Democrat from Schaumburg, is teaming up with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion seminar from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Conant High School …