Today’s headlines — Friday, Jan. 24

The Illinois EPA cites Waste Management for the incident at Cortland Elementary; and DeKalb’s new City Manager settles into her job. Details on these and other stories this Friday morning at B-95, and at http://www.b95fm.com
 
 
Same sex marriage could be an economic boon to IllinoisAdvocacy Group Continues Marriage Equality Education EffortEquality Illinois continues to prepare for the state’s first same sex wedding. The marriage equality law takes effect on June first. Between now an…
 
 
Let’s change this…This Map Shows Which States Americans Are Moving To And Leavingwww.businessinsider.comThis is a spectacular map of migration flows.
 
 
 
… the Mikva Challenge, a youth empowerment organization, located in Chicago. … The forms are different depending on what needs to be expunged.
 
 
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The question of assuring equitable school funding … Kirk Dillard says Chicago Public Schools have too much clout in Springfield.
 
 
 
Attempted outing of Aaron Schock is bad for the LGBT communityNewsworks.orgRecently, the sexuality of Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, an anti-gay rights Republican, has become an Internet obsession because of a Facebook “outing” by journalist Itay Hod. People have responded in two ways: to say outing him is justified …It Actually Matters How Rep. Schock ‘Plays’ in Peoria
 
 
Peoria congressman Aaron Schock touts tax credits for Madison TheaterEast Peoria Times-CourierPEORIA — Most definitely, the Madison Theater is an oldie. But with some effort, one of its owners — among others — believes it still can be a goodie. “I was in favor of razing this building,” J.D. Comfort said Tuesday. “But now, after seeing what …
 
 
Pt.1 Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs- Chris Mooney talks on fiscal problems concerning the state’s pension deal.
 
 
From State Rep. Tim Schmitz – As I begin my sixteenth and final legislative session, I find the moment bittersweet. On the one hand, I am extremely excited about the opportunities ahead; on the other hand, I continue to be…
 
 
The ICC Board of Trustees sought to update the policy to align itself with the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which became law in July, and will …
 
 
We need immigration reform nowCrain’s Chicago BusinessLast year, every sector of Illinois’ economy — including technology, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health care, engineering, energy, finance and real estate — spoke in one voice through the Illinois Business Immigration …
 
 
Private colleges tout affordability because public universities cost more nowadays http://qctimes.com/news/local/education/report-says-college-price-gap-shrinking/article_e99dd854-c583-547b-83b7-d4bc1393274d.html …
 
 
 
Western Illinois University announces more reductions to their already low budget.
 
 
The state’s Republican gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on whether gambling should be expanded in Illinois.
 
 
Southland police chiefs on Thursday heard leaders from the Chicago Crime Commission and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration describe how Chicago has become the hub of the Mexican drug cartel. Last year, the privately funded commission and the DEA joined together to name Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1. Al Capone is the only other criminal to have been given that
 
 
Analysis of tonight’s GOP Republican Primary Gubernatorial Debate, which just concluded, is airing live NOW on WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio, and being streamed live online at http://news.wsiu.org/ and http://bit.ly/WSIU_decision2014.Illinois Republican Gubernatorial Debate | WSIU Public Broadcastingwww3.wsiu.orgStay in-the-know about WSIU TV with our bi-monthly program guide, Previews. View the current
 
 
 
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is ratcheting up his campaign to save the state’s corn growers from one of the senator’s usual pals: President Barack Obama.In a letter co-signed by dozens of Senate colleagues, most from big agricultural states, Mr. Durbin says a proposal to ease standards requiring the use of ethanol in vehicle fuels “is a significant step backward — undermining the goal of in
 
 
All they want is for the legislature and governor to allocate what they’re supposed to.  Members of the Illinois State Board of Education Thursday are expected to follow the superintendent’s recommendations and ask for a…
 
 
The private colleges of Illinois –from Northwestern to McKendree and everywhere in between – are trying to make their voices heard. About 60 institutions are in the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, which…
 
 
La semana pasada, el Gobernador Pat Quinn introdujo la nueva La Oficina de Innovación y Transformación de la Salud, que vigilará los cambios en el cuidado de salud y promoverá esfuerzos para ayudar a la gente discapacitada. La Oficina de Innovación y Transformación de la Salud reemplaza la Oficina de Información Tecnológica de la Salud. La nueva oficina implementará recomendaciones hechas por l
 
 
State Rep. Ron Sandack defended accepting donations from groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue, according to a report.
 
 
The private colleges of Illinois –from Northwestern to McKendree and everywhere in between – are trying to make their voices heard. About 60 institutions are in the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, which has i…
 
 
I had a good laugh reading Bernie Schoenburg’s column attempting to trash Bruce Rauner.To think that Steven Shearer is trying to protect the non-existent Republican party of Illinois? Protect it from what? Becoming the conservative party it should have been these past 15 years instead of Democrat light?Thanks, but no thanks.You know Rauner must be a formidable candidate when both the Illinois […
 
 
An Illinois business leader has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate from the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois during commencement in May.
 
 
A southwestern Illinois school district is getting nearly $4.4 million from Illinois taxpayers to help in replacing an elementary school’s gymnasium and two classrooms rendered unusable because of structural issues…
 
 
In the wake of overhyped pension reform, experts are reminding us that Illinois’ financial woes are far from over.
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – A judge has set a Feb. 18 trial date in a dispute between a musician and the CTA over a damaged viola. The CTA is refusing comment, but attorney Kevin Case said he even spoken directly with CTA President Forrest Claypool about it during a chance encounter on the Pink Line, to no avail. [cbs-audio url=http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/viola-w1-fri.mp3 size=340px downlo
 
 
Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students. Trustees voted Thursday to raise tuition by 1.7 %. They also increased fees and housing costs.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – As Illinois Governor Pat Quinn prepares to give his State of the State address next week, speculation about what he will include and what he won’t is rampant in Springfield. Many of the governor’s priorities in his 2013 speech were dealt with by the legislature and are off the table now including pension reform and same-sex marriage. Though Quinn didn’t spill the beans i
 
 
 
I’ll be at the 40th District State Representative Candidate Forum the evening of February 10 sponsored by Old Irving Park Association, Albany Park Neighbors, Avondale Neighborhood Association, Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Assn., Horner Park West Neighborhood Association, PEAP Block Club and TRIP – The Residents of Irving Park.
 
 
Thank you to Western Springs Patch for covering our Campaign and inviting the public to our FREE Meet & Greet this weekend in Mt. Greenwood. http://westernsprings.patch.com/groups/weekend-planner/p/meet-a-dan-lipinski-challenger-this-weekendMeet a Dan Lipinski Challenger This Weekendwesternsprings.patch.comRepublican Sharon Branigan, a current Palos Township trustee, is hosting a meet-and-gree
 
 
At Media availability in Canton, Fulton County with friends and supporters.
 
 
Thank you to Western Springs Patch for covering our Campaign and inviting the public to our FREE Meet & Greet this weekend in Mt. Greenwood. http://westernsprings.patch.com/groups/weekend-planner/p/meet-a-dan-lipinski-challenger-this-weekendMeet a Dan Lipinski Challenger This Weekendwesternsprings.patch.comRepublican Sharon Branigan, a current Palos Township trustee, is hosting a meet-and-gree
 
 
I’ll be at the 40th District State Representative Candidate Forum the evening of February 10 sponsored by Old Irving Park Association, Albany Park Neighbors, Avondale Neighborhood Association, Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Assn., Horner Park West Neighborhood Association, PEAP Block Club and TRIP – The Residents of Irving Park.
 
 
Great discussion tonight on both sides of the Common Core school standards in Macoupin County.
 
 
1-23-14: Represented local citizens at City Council Committee Meeting. I plan to take my experience serving people to Springfield.
 
 
“My proposal: post a sign if guns are welcome in your store. No sign? No guns.” – State Senator Don Harmon SPRINGFIELD – Last year, Illinois passed a heavily criticized law to allow residents to carry concealed weapons. Business owners who want to keep guns off their property must now post signs saying that guns aren’t allowed inside. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) wants to change that. He
 
 
No better way to spend some rare down time than watching Dumb and Dumber. #lloydchristmas
 
 
.@ChampaignMatt I had completely forgotten about the live action one. He will always be Bueller to me. #saveferris
 
 
I guess my brother gets me, as shown by my recently arrived birthday gifts. #Chambana pic.twitter.com/27tCwUI8bR
 
 
 
Great crowd in #Marion for our debate watching party. Everyone is fired up for #dillardtracy pic.twitter.com/i5FJtOvVLU
 
 
In #Morton @ #KnightsofColumbus w/friends&supporters at our Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up. #twill #ILGOV2014 pic.twitter.com/dyHW6yMwzT
 
 
At Media availability In #Canton, #FultonCounty with friends and supporters. #twill #ILGOV2014 pic.twitter.com/9TYiQb75Qb
 
 
In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny the state of Illinois’ request for public assistance following the devastating storms on November 17, 2013, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to finally bring f
 
 
Continuing his advocacy for Congress to debate comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) invited Estefania Garcia, a DREAMer from Highwood, to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Garcia was born in Mexico and brought to the United States as a young child.  She graduated from college in 2013 and now works for a nonprofit organizat
 
 
U.S. Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (IL-4), Mike Quigley (IL-5), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Bill Foster (IL-11) each invited an immigration reform advocate to be their guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address this Tuesday. “The State of the Union helps lay the road map and set the priorities for the upcoming year,” Reps. Gutiérrez, Quigley, Schakowsky, Schn
 
 
@RutherfordDan you were by far the best tonight…. We need to talk though because it was again evident how out of touch the GOP is socially
 
 
@RutherfordDan wins GOP gubernatorial debate. #ilgov2014
 
 
Great performance by @RutherfordDan in the debate tonight #tcot #twill #GiveEmHellDan
 
 
You can tell who knows their policy beyond talking points… @RutherfordDan and you can tell who doesn’t…cough…cough…. @BruceRauner
 
 
At Peoria debate, @KirkDillard drops “drip, drip, drip” line on @BruceRauner again. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=9405451 …
 
 
Out in the District Canvassing….It is cold!!
 
 
1-23-14: Represented local citizens at City Council Committee Meeting. I plan to take my experience serving people to Springfield.
 
 
I have the strongest name recognition of any candidate to face the sitting senator in the 30th District. Building it again this morning as I am on 95.1 FM WIIL as the morning host today and Monday. Donate today at http://www.wilsonforillinois.com!
 
 
This past week, concerned citizens in the 3rd Representative District, were reaching out frantically to have someone respond to a major health & safety hazard in the community. A ComEd electrical pole was severely damaged and was on the verge of collapsing. Thanks to a quick response by Representative Arroyo, the problem received the much […]
 
 
All four GOP Gubernatorial candidates debated last night in Peoria. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k
 
 
Going to college is alarmingly expensive these days. It seems like costs continually increase & outstrip inflation. Illinois public universities included. This is a real problem on many levels.Affordable public universities worth it – Chicago Sun-Timeswww.suntimes.comEDITORIAL: A statistic that popped up Thursday shed light on the state of public higher education in Illinois. The Federation of
 
 
GOP gubernatorial rivals stress being ‘reasonable,’ and electable in first TV debate http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/25146443-505/gop-gubernatorial-rivals-stress-being-reasonable-and-electable-in-first-tv-debate.html … via @suntimes #TWILL
 
 
On live in studio in moments 1470 am Peoria with Dan and Greg
 
 
Town Hall Meeting with State Representatives Carol Sente and Elaine Nekritz 1-21-2014 Town Hall Meeting with State Representatives Carol Sente and Elaine Nekritz 1-21-2014. From: wheelingiltv Views: 2 0 ratings Time: 01:22:21 More in News & Politics
 
 
 
AP’s @chacourkoop asks a question about school funding disparity that sounds like it could have come straight from Charlie Wheeler.
 
 
Electability argument has been a key theme of the race. Brady: Been there. Dillard: Woulda won. Rutherford: Won statewide. Rauner: Outsider.
 
 
Gambling expansion? Rutherford open to discussion. In today’s world, he’d work with Mayor Emanuel. Oversight by Illinois Gaming Board.
 
 
The lawsuit filed by attorney Joel Brodsky named Patch editor Joe Hosey, the Chicago Tribune and another former Peterson lawyer among others.
 
 
State Senator Jason Barickman has responded to Mike Frerichs’ announcement that he’s joining the Treasurer’s race. #CrossforTreasurerWhat State Senator Jason Barickman Has to Say About Mike Frerichswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
Progress IllinoisFoster Pushes Bill To Protect The Legal Rights Of Immigrant DetaineesProgress IllinoisLuis Gutierrez (D-IL,4), Mike Quigley (D-IL,5) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9), are bringing immigration reform advocates as their guests to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday to put pressure on Congress to pass a comprehensive bill.
 
 
I’ll be at the 40th District State Representative Candidate Forum the evening of February 10 sponsored by Old Irving Park Association, Albany Park Neighbors, Avondale Neighborhood Association, Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Assn., Horner Park West Neighborhood Association, PEAP Block Club and TRIP – The Residents of Irving Park.
 
 
Kirk Dillard sayd “Ellenois” is economic capital of Midwest. GOP Peoria @WTVP Debate. http://bit.ly/LNL4l 
 
 
@KirkDillard “Illinois is the economic capital of the midwest and we should settle for nothing less.” #ILGov2014
 
 
@KirkDillard ppl tell him that “the cadence of corruption must end.” Neat phrasing. #ILGov2014
 
 
All 4 candidates TONIGHT @ 7PM in the IL Public Broadcasters Downstate Debate! CLICK HERE http://bit.ly/1mMCq5e  to WATCH the live stream
 
 
All 4 candidates TONIGHT @ 7PM in the IL Public Broadcasters Downstate Debate! CLICK HERE http://bit.ly/1mMCq5e  to WATCH the live stream
 
 
@Illinois_Stage Tichenor/Vinicky 2014?
 
 
Rutherford says Amtrak question “hit a nerve” with him. #ilgovrace2014
 
 
High speed fail? Rutherford says until Amtrak gets the trains to run on time, no state money for Amtrak. #twill.
 
 
Bill Brady’s hand gestures fairly elaborate, but too often out of camera range. GOP Peoria @WTVP Debate. http://bit.ly/LNL4l 
 
 
“I look forward to the opportunity to identify the differences between the four of us.” @Bill_Brady #ILGovRace14
 
 
Dillard: “You’ve got to know how to run this state with a Democrat-controlled Legislature. And I’ve done that.” #twill #ILGOVDEBATE
 
 
State Sen. Brady: we need a governor who’s focused like a laser on increasing education funding, lowering tax burden.
 
 
Bruce Rauner says “education should be the top priority” in tax $ at GOP Peoria @WTVP Debate. http://bit.ly/LNL4l 
 
 
Rutherford yields his time in Clarification Round of debate to let “other guys keep going at it.” Is only candidate to not call out another.
 
 
VILLA PARK, Ill. –State Rep. Deb Conroy joined administrators, teachers, and students this morning for a tour of schools in District 45. Superintendent …
 
 
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) and others to discuss how the planned rebuild of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red and Purple Lines could benefit from the Federal Transit Administration’s new Core Capacity Program at a news conference in Chicago on Friday, January 17. The Core Capacity Program was created by Durbin in the 2012
 
 
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) discussed how the omnibus appropriations bill which the Senate passed last week provides the funds necessary for the activation of Thomson Prison at a news conference in Rock Island on Friday, January 17.
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Al Franken (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and twenty-six of their Senate colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy yesterday urging the agency to firmly support the future of biofuels and revise its proposed waiver of the Renewable Fuel Stand
 
 
In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny the state of Illinois’ request for public assistance following the devastating storms on November 17, 2013, U.S. Reps. Bill Enyart (D-Ill.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to finally bring f
 
 
MARION — It was touted as a deal to bring a shopping and entertainment complex to Marion. Right now there is little progress to show.
 
 
Kifowit to Host IDOT Construction UpdateChicago TribuneAURORA, Ill. – There are several major projects in the area to improve local roadways. To help educate motorists of the status and location of these area projects, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, will be hosting a construction update with …
 
 
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)– The Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights has been open for more than a year, but the owners are inviting you to see its makeover. The Hollywood Casino is betting $62 million they will win the casino war in St. Louis. That is how much it cost for the major renovation of what used to be Harrah’s Casino.  The owners thought with a new name should come a new look.  The $62
 
 
MORTON, Ill. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford was in Morton on Thursday handing out yard signs to his supporters.
 
 
How does Chicago count its homeless population? On a long, cold night: http://goo.gl/ihB88o
 
 
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Al Franken (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and twenty-six of their Senate colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy yesterday urging the agency to firmly support the future of biofuels and revise its proposed waiver of the Renewable Fuel Stand
 
 
Congratulations to Maywood Rotary Club on 90 years of service to the community! Thank you for service above self!
 
 
1-23-14: Finished with Daily Herald Interview. Went well. Presented my positions on the issues and that I am the most qualified candidate.
 
 
Stopped by before the Peoria debate to get my shoes shined by my old friend George Manias!
 
 
I’d be honored to have all of you tune in to the link below to live stream tonight’s Illinois Republican Gubernatorial Debate from 7-9PM CST. Illinois Republican Gubernatorial Debate | WSIU Public Broadcastingwww3.wsiu.orgStay in-the-know about WSIU TV with our bi-monthly program guide, Previews. View the current edition of Previews Program Guide.
 
 
Democrat Cullerton Wants To Meet With GOP Nominee For Governor http://bit.ly/1eHhpEG  via @WUIS
 
 
Debate will begin at 7 pm, click to watch
 
 
Cigna Insurance and Southern Illinois Healthcare have reached an agreement on a new contract.
 
 
DeKALB — Waste Management violated state law by polluting the air last week, according to a report released Thursday by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
 
 
During her decade of service in the Illinois Senate, Collins has fought against foreclosure, mortgage scams, unfair lending practices, abuse and neglect in nursing homes, the exploitation of children and other threats to economic and social justice. Collins honored with PUSH Excel’s King-Johnson Dream-Makers Awardwww.photos.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democr
 
 
“Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts smoking indoors. This protects children from prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even less-ventilated setting,” Silverstein said. Outlaw smoking in cars with minors: Silversteinwww.senatedem.ilga.govOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
“Since the concealed carry law took effect, I’ve been getting question after question about where guns are allowed and where they aren’t,” Harmon said. “Let’s simplify the situation for everyone. My proposal: post a sign if guns are welcome in your store. No sign? No guns.” Harmon: Businesses shouldn’t have to say “No guns allowed”www.senatedem.ilga.govOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democ
 
 
A diverse selection of science photos from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.23 Hilarious, Weird, and Funny Science Photos From Fermilabgizmodo.comWhen I put together this post showing some awesome science photos, I expected to be amazed, but not to find myself becoming extremely cheerful. However, in the middle of digging for cool research image material, I went deep into Fermilab’s Visual Me
 
 
Washington, DC – In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny the state of Illinois’ request for public assistance following the devastating storms on November 17, 2013, U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) today introduced bipartisan legislation t
 
 
Our region of Illinois should receive fair treatment when it comes to qualifying for federal disaster assistance. So today, I helped lead a bipartisan effort to ensure downstate Illinois communities are competing on a level playing field when it comes to qualifying for the support they need to recover from natural disasters.Reps. Bustos, Davis, Shimkus, Schock, Kinzinger, Enyart Introduce Bipartis
 
 
Catch all four Gubernatorial candidates TONIGHT @ 7PM in the Illinois Public Broadcasters Downstate Debate! CLICK HERE http://bit.ly/1mMCq5e to check your local listings or WATCH the live stream at 7PM TONIGHT
 
 
Heroin is a real problem in our communities, now. Get the facts tonight in Wheaton. DuPage County IL Official Website – DuPage County Hosts Heroin Prevention Forum Jan. 23www.dupageco.orgContact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022 The DuPage Coalition Against Heroin will host a Heroin Prevention Forum on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Wheaton.
 
 
Menard & Sangamon County FFA & 4-H Clubs! $250 grants are available for “establishing projects that make local communities better places to live”. Find details here: http://www.fcsillinois.com/resources/community/grants/Pages/default.aspx
 
 
Sen McGuire,Rep Walsh and I met with IDOT,area first responders and the State Police to discuss concerns re: the upcoming I 55 construction
 
 
* Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp responded to the new state rules forcing medical marijuana patients would have to surrender their FOID cards and concealed carry permits by saying carrying a concealed firearm after smoking medical marijuana is OK by him. He just doesn’t want people driving high… “I just don’t think anyone should have […]
 
 
The new law reduces cost-of-living adjustments, increases the retirement age … Many university employees participate in the $16 billion Illinois State …
 
 
WICS-TVIllinois school officials know big budget request will be hard sellQuad City TimesSPRINGFIELD — The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education acknowledged Thursday his agency’s request for a $1 billion boost in taxpayer funds might be a long shot during turbulent budget times. But, Gery Chico said, “Hope springs eternal.State backs off plan to change special ed class sizesIL ne
 
 
GOP’s Rauner could face toughest rival yet in Illinois governor’s race …The Republic”As vigorously and vehemently as (Rauner) has come out against labor, we would be remiss if we just sat back,” said Jim Reed, director of government relations for the Illinois Education Association, a major teachers union. A simultaneous effort is …
 
 
State Rep. Bob Rita has served the 28th District of the Illinois House of Representatives with…
 
 
Business Critics: Quinn Emergency Petcoke Rules “Based on Politics” http://wp.me/p2kvOk-396 
 
 
John A Logan enrollment up. Despite a statewide trend JALC up over 300 students topping 7000 students for only 3rd time.
 
 
Various Illinois retiree associations are challenging the state’s recent changes to the pension system. | http://bit.ly/LWr8NW 
 
 
Illinois’ stack of unpaid bills shrinks from $9.9 bil. to $5.6 bil. If bills getting paid on time, it would be abt $3 bil.
 
 
#IL #Gambling discussion kicks off with @RepBobRita conducting hearings: @AP http://bit.ly/1dSC6jd 
 
 
State board denies emergency petcoke rules http://bit.ly/1bl4g0e  via @WCBURadio
 
 
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn disappointed in petcoke ruling. We are reviewing alternative options.
 
 
Colette Ann Durkin, 83, small woman raised big family with big heart – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/25101940-418/colette-ann-durkin-83-small-woman-raised-big-family-with-big-heart.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Darin LaHood released a statement on Mike Frerichs’ decision to join the Treasurer’s race. http://goo.gl/Qr9VvX  @lahooddarin
 
 
The IL Republican Party has weighed in on Mike Frerichs’ claims yesterday and done some debunking. http://goo.gl/xTxto7  @ilgop
 
 
The Illinois Supreme Court disciplined 18 lawyers, including one who remains in a federal prison. http://chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2014/01/23/ARDC-Discipline-1-23.aspx …
 
 
Lake County plans to spend $557 million on transportation over the next six years. Here’s where – http://bit.ly/1g47TPM
 
 
IDOT notes 5% increase in traffic deaths last yearIDOT notes 5% increase in traffic deaths last yearwsoyam.comCHICAGO– Fatalities on Illinois roads rose 5 percent last year. � The preliminary total for 2013 is 1,002, the first time in five years the death count was over 1,000 on Illinois roads. This is because vehicle miles driven are on the rise as the eco
 
 
WASHINGTON — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, addressing the nation’s mayors, today proposed a national hazardous-freight fee be assessed on rail cars carrying dangerous substances.     
 
 
Thanks to Ernie Slottag for his guest column today.Ernie Slottag: Crime Stoppers making a difference locallywww.sj-r.comCitizen involvement in crime fighting is not a new concept. It has taken many forms through the years.Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties is a citizen-driven organization through which residents can make a big difference.Begun by a group of dedicated volunteers more th
 
 
The SJ-R editorial board met with Mike Firsching, Republican candidate for the 13th Congressional District, this morning. Full video of that endorsement interview will be posted online after we interview all candidates in the race.
 
 
Representative Shimkus will be in Charleston to meet with constituents: http://t.co/x9LE150C76Shimkus to meet with constituents at Charleston officet.coHouse Representative John Shimkus (R-Ill.) will be visiting Charleston to meet with constituents Tuesday, according to a press release from his office.
 
 
    Editor’s Note: A hearing in a lawsuit that challenges the state’s decision to close the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia concluded Jan. 9 in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen is expected to make a ruling in the case in March at the earliest.    A lengthy essay titled “The whole dirty truth about the closure of Murray Center,” written by state Rep. Charlie Meier, was published i
 
 
In the news at this hour: Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students. Trustees voted Thursday to raise tuition by 1.7 percent. http://will.illinois.edu/news/story/four-years-of-ui-tuition-to-top-100000-for-1st-time
 
 
Republican leaders are calling for Susanne Atanus to drop out of the GOP primary for the 9th congressional district following comments she made to the Daily Herald earlier this week on same-sex marriage, autism and her religious beliefs. She said Thursday she will not withdraw.
 
 
The next leader of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has 20 years of experience running a business in which she “inspired people” for a living. Now, Nicki Anderson says she will work to inspire at least 1,500 other area business operators and chamber members as the organization’s president and CEO.
 
 
The resistance of many major food processors and distributors to label their products as containing or not containing genetically modified organisms presents an interesting observation. 
 
 
The legislator seeking approval of Illinois expanded gambling will hold a number of hearings to seek public input.
 
 
Private colleges and universities reported a continued robust economic and social impact on Illinois with minimal taxpayer investment, according to a report released Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges & Universities.FIICU president David Tretter said that while higher education has not been immune from Illinois’ dire fiscal straits, private institutions continue to sav
 
 
A proposed plan would only allow marijuana sellers in Chicago in manufacturing areas and each would need special City Council approval.
 
 
Illinois lawmakers will consider renaming a stretch of Interstate 55 after a Pontiac police officer who was killed during a crash.
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn has announced an investment of more than $157,000 to build a bicycle and pedestrian path in Vienna, Illinois.
 
 
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Judge Mitchell Hoffman as Circuit Court judge of the 19th Circuit Court. – http://bit.ly/1g4IlC1
 
 
Keeping Bradley Students And Staff SafeKeeping Bradley Students And Staff Safe1470wmbd.comThere have been a number of campus shootings in recent years, and one just a few days ago at Purdue University.� How do Bradley University Police train for critical response situations like that without scaring students and staff?� BU Police C
 
 
There is no question that I could be spending my time in a more productive manner than writing a letter to the editor, but some of the things Republican governor hopeful Bruce Rauner keeps spouting in his TV ads aggravate me so much that they demand a rebuttal.  
 
 
State Rep. Jack Franks has tried without success to pass laws limiting governments’ ability to raise their property tax levies when property values fall.
 
 
A measure in the Illinois Senate would name a portion of Interstate 55 in honor of Casey Kohlmeier, the Pontiac Police Officer who was killed while on duty in October.
 
 
Garrett Peck Resigns from Plainfield Park District http://t.co/uD77NjBFsGhttp://t.co/uD77NjBFsGow.lyGarrett Peck, the executive director of the Plainfield Park District, has resigned from his position effective immediately. Peck stated in his letter of resignation that he has become a lightning rod in the community and that at this time it would be best if he stepped away from the position. Assist
 
 
Illinois’ new law permitting people to carry loaded handguns in public allows individuals to have guns in their cars in school parking lots, the Peru Elementary School District board learned Wednesday.
 
 
Back to the 80s for this week’s #TBT pic, then-Rep Cullerton with Mayor Harold Washington http://instagram.com/p/jhFlSwxqGD/ 
 
 
Check out this throwback showing years of soot and smoke being cleaned off the Capitol dome in the late 1980’s! #tbt http://fb.me/2DLPKZHf5 
 
 
Our website now features a map with information on local parks, beaches, and museums. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151896181093693&id=40696488883&stream_ref=10 …
 
 
Cold again – and the weather folks say there’s more to come. How was your commute this morning? While I do not… http://fb.me/2l2dOAT2f 
 
 
Outlaw smoking in cars with minors: Silverstein http://bit.ly/1dYgxMw 
 
 
Enjoyed touring the facility and meeting workers at the Whiteside County Public Health Clinic in Rock Falls yesterday. Thanks for all you do to keep our community healthy!
 
 
Great turnout last night for the grand opening of our headquarters. Excellent questions about how we can put our District back to work.
 
 
Here is today’s In the Know: http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/propane-shortage-wrigley-renovations.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
Last night I met with my student advisory council. These future leaders are learning a lot about the legislative process in Illinois. Next week I will file an education bill that we have been working on for the last few months. It’s a great bill and I’m hopeful it will have wide bipartisan support. This is a wonderful group of high school juniors and seniors from the five District 66 high schools.
 
 
Thanks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, Mike Jacobs, and my friends in the Rock Island County Democrats for a great turnout yesterday in Rock Island!Mike Frerichs kicks off Treasurer Campaign in Rock Islandwww.whbf.comby: 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
 
 
My favorite supporter joined me in Champaign last night. Thanks to the hundreds of people who came out in the brutal cold and snow yesterday. Your support means the world to me and will sustain this campaign in the months to come.
 
 
Senator Dave Koehler and my friends in the Peoria IL County Democrats helped with a great turnout yesterday in Peoria for our announcement stop. Thank you! State senator now seeking new position as state treasurerwww.cinewsnow.comPEORIA, Ill. — Democratic State Senator Mike Freichs is looking to take a new seat in Springfield as State Treasurer.
 
 
State Senator Matt Murphy released a statement in response to Mike Frerichs’ announcement tour this week. #CrossForTreasurerWhat State Senator Matt Murphy Has to Say About Mike Frerichswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
What is being said about Tom Cross and the Illinois Treasurer’s Race.Treasurer’s Race QuotesWhat is being said about Tom Cross and the Illinois Treasurer’s Race.
 
 
Rich Morthland has also released a statement in response to Mike Frerichs’ announcement tour this week. #CrossForTreasurerWhat Rich Morthland Has to Say About Mike Frerichswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
Thanks to Union League Club for hosting yesterday’s forum. I enjoyed the dialogue and embrace the chance to discuss issues facing Illinois.
 
 
Event part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Taylorville as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program. The event is from 6 to 7:30 pm, January 23 in the Taylorville Township Building at 1620 W. Spresser St. Manar regularly hosts “Capitol on y
 
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health released the first in a series of governing how medical marijuana can be legally grown and sold to patients. Under the proposed rules released this week, qualifying patients would have to be fingerprinted for a background check, pay $150 a year for a permit, and possibly give up their right to own a gun in order to access medical marijuana. Click on the lin
 
 
I toured the LyondellBasel plant and met with the executive staff to discuss projects,capital investments,and jobs created for 2014-2016.
 
 
Our office has been really busy helping constituents apply for their concealed carry license online! Jen is pictured here during one of her appointments with a gentleman. If you haven’t applied yet and would like some help through the process, please give the district office a call at 815-220-8720. Also, make sure that you’ve completed the “checklist prior to applying” on the Illinois St
 
 
Thanks to LyondellBasel for participating in our HS internship program. We have increased from 12 internships last year to 26 this summer.
 
 
Today, I introduced House Bill 4273, which will places an advisory referendum regarding my signature property tax reform legislation on the general election ballot this November. I believe it should be fundamental that if your property values decrease, property taxes should not go up. You deserve the opportunity to tell local taxing bodies to stop using your money to pay lobbyists to keep your tax
 
 
State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) recently introduced a plan creating a penalty for adults who smoke in a car with minors. “Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts smoking indoors. This protects children from prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even less-ventilated setting,” Silverstein said. The plan, Senate Bill 2659, creates an up-to $100 fin
 
 
State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) introduced a plan this week requiring firearm owners to have at least $100,000 of insurance coverage for firearm related accidents. “Illinois already requires liability insurance for a potentially life-threatening automobile accidents and an accidental discharge of a firearm can cause just as much—if not more—harm,” Silverstein said. Any insurance policy w
 
 
Want to scheduled an interview with #AlexandraEidenberg Please contact Jennifer Smith at Jennifer@mediainc.tv or 404-454-7660 for booking
 
 
Check out Alexandra in the news! See the below links for interviews and articles on the campaign http://goo.gl/iEFbPD 
 
 
After almost a whole week of illness, finally feeling like myself again. Down about 5lbs on the week, so there’s some good news to share.
 
 
Crushing US unemployment, failed Dem policies, #Obamacare is a disaster, Kiev is burning, Syria, and the media talks Bieber all day.
 
 
WAKE UP #TEXAS #TX #DFW 1 pic.twitter.com/XHGRBuFfCv 2 Cornyn backs obama gun restrictions http://bit.ly/JNGh2R  3 pic.twitter.com/D67HdRL2M7
 
 
“You can’t go wrong with Nancy on your side!” http://ow.ly/sLgOU  #IL40 #twill
 
 
Hollywood conservatives under IRS scrutiny – because they met with Herman Cain? http://shar.es/UlwLB  via @sharethis
 
 
 TAKE SURVEY HERE.
 
 
  (The Real Community Conversation) For A Drug & Violence Free Society Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 6:00 PM Sharp United For Better Living 4540 W. Washington Blvd Chicago, Illinois 60624  
 
 
January 21, 2014 Dear Sir/Madam,Attached is correspondence that I am, confident will be an asset to your school.  The communication is comprised of community information, and funding opportunities.  Please review the information for these are excellent opportunities for your schools and students. Sincerely, Derrick Smith Illinois State Representative 10th District Click here for the attachment.
 
 
A good LOOK BACK on 2013 and the Progress we ARE making http://goo.gl/fb/1n2S6 
 
 
Another day of dangerously cold temperatures across #IL. Remember to bundle up, check on your neighbors & stay safe on the roads.
 
 
During these cold days, please remember our state’s 100+ warming centers. To find a center near you visit http://keepwarm.illinois.gov 
 
 
1/26 press conference announce Chicago GOP Chairman endorsement of my candidacy for Governor 11:00M 400 E Randolph-7th Floor. #twill
 
 
1/26 400 E Randolph-7th Floor Rutherford/Kim yard and window sign pick up from 10:30 AM-noon. Join me #twill
 
 
Chicago, IL… In the wake of reports detailing hundreds of cases where Cook County judges sentenced violent offenders to a boot camp program reserved for only nonviolent offenders, State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) is proposing legislation to eliminate Cook County’s boot camp program, citing gross lapses in sentencing oversight.
 
 
We have #AffordableCareAct Navigators in my office until 4pm today. If you have questions about #ACA, swing by.
 
 
I toured the LyondellBasel plant and met with the executive staff to discuss projects,capital investments,and jobs created for 2014-2016.
 
 
Thanks to LyondellBasel for participating in our HS internship program. We have increased from 12 internships last year to 26 this summer.
 
 
We simply cannot continue to afford the abuse within our welfare system… http://www.dwightkay.org/rep_kay_introduces_bill_that_would_require_welfare_recipients_to_pass_drug_test …
 
 
I never dreamed about success I worked for it. Estee lauder
 
 
A good LOOK BACK on 2013 and the Progress we ARE making http://goo.gl/fb/1n2S6 
 
 
Harmon: Businesses shouldn’t have to say “No guns allowed” http://bit.ly/1mLMewp 
 
 
Many questions about where guns are allowed in IL after concealed carry legislation; My proposal: No sign? No guns. http://bit.ly/1asXnPW 
 
 
PCB delays coal/petcoke vote until 2pm so they can meet behind closed doors to discuss.
 
 
I’m joined by Sen @lahooddarin & @SenChapinRose seeking support from the President for disaster relief in Illinois: http://bit.ly/1c7CY1q 
 
 
Rep. Kay Introduces Bill that would Require Welfare Recipients to Pass Drug Test http://www.dwightkay.org/rep_kay_introduces_bill_that_would_require_welfare_recipients_to_pass_drug_test …
 
 
Reboletti Seeks to Abolish Cook County Boot Camp Sentencing #twill http://www.dennisreboletti.org/reboletti_seeks_to_abolish_cook_county_boot_camp_sentencing …
 
 
Northwestern University in Evanston needs a FT Senior Compensation Consultant; Visit http://www.northwestern.edu  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
IL has the 4th highest unemployment rate in the nation and the worst prospects for job growth. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-poverty-jobs-illinois-edit-0123-20140123,0,6792371.story …
 
 
Appreciated the opportunity to speak to Channel 4 News about my new bill that keeps drug users off welfare. pic.twitter.com/DVUn6DfGzg
 
 
1st District Appellate Court Oral Argument Audio for 3 cases heard 1/23/14 now available http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Media/Appellate/1st_District.asp …
 
 
I’ve been joined by Senator Darin LaHood and State Senator Chapin Rose asking President Obama to reconsider FEMA’s denial of disaster aid to nine Illinois counties impacted by devastating tornadoes in November. Barickman, LaHood, Rose Seeking FEMA Disaster Aid for Illinoissenatorbarickman.comState Senators Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap), and Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) have s
 
 
As we are hit with more dangerously cold temperatures, remember to bundle up, check on your neighbors and stay safe on the roads. Please remember the 100+ warming centers we have available around the state. To find a center near you, visit http://www.keepwarm.illinois.gov.
 
 
On Sunday, January 26th we will be having a special press conference to announce the Chicago GOP Chairman endorsement of my candidacy for Governor at 11:00 AM. It will be held at 400 E. Randolph-7th Floor. In addition, there will be a Rutherford/Kim yard and window sign pick up from 10:30 AM-noon at the same location. Join us.
 
 
The harsh reality is that most Americans are no longer represented in Washington. Chances are that their own members of Congress don’t know any struggling and worried people, share nothing in common with them and can’t relate to their real-life needs. Thus, Congress is content to play ideological games with such basics as health care, minimum wage, joblessness, food stamps and Social Security. htt
 
 
Washington, DC – In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny the state of Illinois’ request for public assistance following the devastating storms on November 17, 2013, U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) today introduced bipartisan legislation t
 
 
Headed out to meet with Daily Herald to talk about my candidacy.
 
 
Sen. Rezin toured the LyondellBasell plant today in Morris. She met with workers and executives to learn about new projects and jobs, plans for the future and to discuss issues they face.
 
 
Tonight, join state Rep. Jaime Andrade and Albany Park Neighbors at Golden Crust Pizza and Tap (4620 N. Kedzie Ave) for pizza and conversation about the community issues most important to you. See you at 5 p.m.!
 
 
ICYMI: Cap-Fax covered Mike Frerichs’ announcement tour yesterday. #CrossForTreasurerCapitol Fax.com – Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 *** Frerichs pulls announcement…capitolfax.comThe embarrassing move had to be made because Frerichs claimed in the original video that he had “led by example” by “ending free lifetime healthcare for legislators.”
 
 
State Senator Darin LaHood had some comments about Mike Frerichs’ announcement tour yesterday. #CrossforTreasurerWhat State Senator Darin LaHood Has to Say About Mike Frerichswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
WHY VOTE FOR DOUG: REASON #12: FRESH FACE, NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM: Illinois voters are tired of our political class and are craving articulate young conservative leaders, like me, with firm principles but a welcoming, friendly manner. Learn more here: http://www.dougtruax.com/values/
 
 
It is time for several great bamboozles to end. The public has been fooled into supporting some bad ideas thinking there was good ideas behind them when in fact they have been harmful to most of us. The second great bamboozle is that the only good candidates are those with lots of donations. I was labeled as underfunded by some reporters. Some intimated I had low support because my donations were
 
 
FEMA appeal letter to President Obama.
 
 
Talked about this at every stop on our weekend tour. FEMA formula fix, something moving at least. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-23/revision-sought-fema-rules.html
 
 
This afternoon at a conference hosted by DuPage Coalition Against Heroin at the county building in Wheaton. A problem that none of us can ignore. http://www.dupageco.org/Content.aspx?id=45303DuPage County IL Official Website – DuPage County Hosts Heroin Prevention Forum Jan. 23www.dupageco.orgDuPage County IL Government Website with information about County Board officials, Elected Officials, 18t
 
 
IL has the 4th highest unemployment rate in the nation and the worst prospects for job growth. Via Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-poverty-jobs-illinois-edit-0123-20140123,0,6792371.story …The real jobs debatewww.chicagotribune.comGov. Pat Quinn wants to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to at least $10 an hour. Some of the Republican challengers to Quinn
 
 
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) discussed how the omnibus appropriations bill which the Senate passed last week provides the funds necessary for the activation of Thomson Prison at a news conference in Rock Island on Friday, January 17.
 
 
I joined a number of my colleagues in the Illinois Delegation to call for new rules for FEMA to use when evaluating an area for disaster assistance. Illinois was recently denied a disaster declaration despite the devastating storms that hit Illinois communities in November. See my press release for more information – http://1.usa.gov/1mMgwyT
 
 
Grants of $250 are available to 4-H clubs and FFA chapters for implementing valuable community improvement projects. Funds will be awarded to assist club and chapter members in bringing positive change by establishing projects that make local communities better places to live. For more information: http://www.fcsillinois.com/resources/community/grants/Pages/default.aspxFarm Credit Illinoiswww.f
 
 
The University of Illinois board of trustees, Urbana, passed a resolution to explore alternative … The new pension law goes into effect on June 1.
 
 
All posts, comments and statements made on IR are those of the authors only. Any disputes must be addressed to the writers, who are solely responsible for their posts, comments and statements.
 
 
The Fiscal TimesElection 2014: 6 Gubernatorial Races to WatchThe Fiscal TimesThe big issues: Education will be a major theme in the campaign. Davis unveiled a plan to increase teacher pay and hire more classroom aides, while Abbott is pushing for more charter schools. Abortion will also be central to this race, since Davis made …
 
 
Illinois gives AD Mike Thomas a raiseBelleville News DemocratCHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees have raised Urbana-Champaign campus Athletic Director Mike Thomas’ base salary and extended his contract. Trustees voted Thursday to increase Thomas’ annual pay to $554,320 and extend his deal three years …
 
 
The Illinois Student Senate currently faces a financial identity crisis, said Treasurer Kevin Seymour, as senators continue to submit resolutions toward …
 
 
Last week, they opened a retail space in Chicago’s Lincoln Square … While the jury is still out on the exact effect nicotine vaporizers have on people, …
 
 
State Rep. Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee, has announced that her constituent service office staff will begin assisting residents who wish to register online …
 
 
9, Rich Miller of CapitolFax took a break from chronicling Illinois lawmakers … We have a 9/11 memorial but nothing that commemorates the terrorist …
 
 
Cullerton Tells Chicago Unions to Get Going on Pensions1340 WJOLIllinois’ Senate President says Chicago unions had better negotiate a pension fix before state lawmakers take action. John Cullerton admits that any deal, especially one dealing with Chicago’s police and firefighter pensions, could be complicated. If …
 
 
* Lots and lots of new bills are being introduced, so, as always, keep in mind that a bill introduction doesn’t mean that it’ll pass. For instance… An Illinois driver who smokes while kids are in the car could get slapped with a fine under a proposal pending in the Illinois Senate. The measure would make […]
 
 
* Sen. Michael Frerichs has pulled his treasurer campaign announcement video off YouTube and replaced it with a new one. The embarrassing move had to be made because Frerichs claimed in the original video that he had “led by example” by “ending free lifetime healthcare for legislators.” Actually, Frerichs voted against that bill. * […]
 
 
* WLS… At City Hall, a stink is being raised over medical marijuana regulation. Some of the aldermen don’t like where the state is forcing the city to allow medical marijuana dispensaries and growing areas. It’s basically in manufacturing districts and Alderman Carrie Austin is crying foul. “Very resourceful individuals in the City of Chicago might open up […]
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) – Some Chicago City Council members said they’re worried about where newly-legalized medical marijuana would be made available in the city, and how much control aldermen will have over dispensaries and grow sites. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the state law prohibits medical marijuana cultivation centers from operating within 2,500 feet of schools, childcare
 
 
If passed, House Bill 4255 would require the state to establish a drug testing program that all applicants of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families …
 
 
The Top 10 List features only the best of the best attorneys in Illinois who have the … Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms.
 
 
Illinois’ Board of Education is asking the General Assembly for a billion dollar increase in the new state budget. This comes even as the state’s already …
 
 
* Here we go again. From 2011… A group of drivers filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. alleging that Cardinal misclassified drivers as independent contractors. The drivers allege that they were employees, as opposed to independent contractors, and the misclassification allowed Cardinal to be relieved of the obligation to reimburse the drivers for any and […]
 
 
While getting his own firm off the ground, Gabe Klein says he is consulting with companies, including Alta Bicycle Share.
 
 
MINOOKA – High school senior Gabby Muir has no plans of becoming a career politician, but there were things U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said to her Tuesday that hit close to home.
 
 
What GOP (and Dems) should be doing to help low-income families–not hike min wage. Specifically: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-poverty-jobs-illinois-edit-0123-20140123,0,6792371.story …
 
 
Good morning everyone everywhere in Chicago. Be sure to check http://EveryBlock.com  every day to find out what’s going on around you.
 
 
Today’s weather? Ridiculous.
 
 
WBGZ Radio 1/23/2014. By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. The people who treat addiction see heroin moving into second place in Illinois.
 
 
Congressman Rodney Davis 1/23/2014: Play now!Congressman Rodney Davis joins Dave and Elizabeth in the studio. 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!
 
 
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteDavis: Budget deal could be good signChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteMONTICELLO — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said that last week’s congressional agreement over a $1.1 trillion federal spending plan could be a good sign. The omnibus spending bill was approved by both houses and signed by President Barack …
 
 
DCCC Launches Attack On Republicans Over Obamacare Repeal VotesHuffington PostWASHINGTON — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a paid campaign Thursday attacking House Republicans’ obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act instead of focusing on the economy and jobs. The campaign …
 
 
State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and State Rep. Esther Golar (D-Chicago) sponsored the act, HB 2591. “People with disabilities deserve an equal opportunity to receive gainful employment,” Golar said in a statement. “This legislation will level the …
 
 
The race for Governor of Illinois is heating up. There is a debate today at Augustana College – Illinois. What do you want to hear from the candidates?IL Governor race heats upwww.whbf.comThe race for Illinois governor is just getting started, but people in our area already have their eyes on the issues.
 
 
Brain freeze from the outside this a.m. Hope you all are safe and warm.
 
 
My district office team is at Park Ridge Library today from 9:30-11:30 am. Stop by w/questions, concerns or to say hi #constituentservice
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Propane shortage, Wrigley renovations, school fund… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/propane-shortage-wrigley-renovations.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Chicago brought in record film revenue in 2013, and with that came record subsidies estimated at $39M http://illin.is/1iqhYGZ  #cronyism
 
 
Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego), and Republican Senate Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) and state Reps. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) and Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in what has become a …
 
 
* I asked all four Republican candidates and the governor’s campaign for comment on yesterday’s story by Doug Ibendahl about Bruce Rauner’s company’s involvement in some allegedly spectacular nursing home scandals. Dan Rutherford’s campaign politely declined comment “at this time.” Only Sen. Kirk Dillard’s campaign decided to weigh in. I […]
 
 
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Between training dogs and training people, it’s a busy life for John Wright Sr. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. Between training dogs and training people, it’s a busy life for John Wright Sr. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I feel if a person doesn’t have a purpose in his life, he’s going to go downhill fast,” said Wright, whose busy pace belies his age of 68. read m
 
 
Chicago Daily Herald – Found 1 hour agoKirk Dillard of Hinsdale, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa in the March 18 GOP primary for…
 
 
Chicago Daily Herald – Found 1 hour agoIf Bruce Rauner stays true to his word, he will push for term limits that hopefully will cleanse Springfield of some of the political hacks…