Today’s headlines — Monday, Jan. 27

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Don’t let the headline mislead you, this is a good thing. The $160B in projected savings were based on 2012 numbers. This article is based on 2013 numbers & after good investment returns in 2012. The bottom line is, we’re saving less because we owe less! Apples-to-apples. Read on, please.Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thoughtwww.chicagotribune.comSPRINGFIELD — New calcu
Another year, another try for more casinosSouthtownStarLou Lang, D-Skokie, withdrew after a possible conflict of interest arose. Quinn vetoed casino bills in 2011 and 2012 because of several concerns, mainly regarding ethics and regulation, but last year the legislation never reached a House vote after …
Get Covered Illinois held another event Sunday to help the uninsured find coverage. The enrollment workshop was held at Abundant Faith Christian …
On subzero days, TV reporters layer up for live shotsChicago Sun-TimesBut the real tough guys and girls are the photographers, because they’re the ones always outside. The reporters can trick you and sneak into the truck and stay warm. You don’t see us doing that. The photographer doesn’t have that luxury.” WBBM-Channel …
St. Louis Public RadioEast St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion ProposalSt. Louis Public RadioA hearing at the Casino Queen in East Saint Louis Tuesday will kick off an Illinois lawmaker’s renewed efforts to expand gambling in the state. Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island is reviving a proposal to increase state tax revenues by allowing five new …
Equality Illinois blasts attempts to weaken, repeal gay marriage lawChicagoPride.comJosh Harms (R-Watseka) wants to expand on the exemptions already included in the new marriage law that protect religious institutions and members of the clergy from being forced to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. “While we do not expect either …
In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn now wants to expand such supportive housing — typically apartments with subsidized rent and help from social workers …
More than a year after the delayed Illinois Video Gaming act allowed lottery terminals to spring up in businesses statewide, the devices appear to be …
Our View: Preparation key to improved ACT scoresRockford Register StarThe national average is 27.5 percent and the Illinois average is 29.5 percent. Increasing Rockford’s percentage of college-educated adults by just … Your privacy is important, read our privacy policy. © Copyright 2006-2014 Gatehouse Media, Inc. Some …
Radogno says lawmakers might vote on the state’s minimum wage since it’s become a political issue in the governor’s race. Governor Pat Quinn wants …
Illinois’ new law regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing doesn’t kick in until 80,000 gallons of fluid is injected into underground rock formations to extract oil and gas. There’s just one problem: Drillers probably wouldn’t use water or any …
Tom Dart, the sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, has no shortage of responsibilities. One of the largest is the Cook County Jail, a 96-acre facility with a capacity of 10,200 that currently runs at 99 percent capacity. But a closer look inside …
Quad-Cities Online – Found 1 hour agoState Treasurer Dan Rutherford also raised relatively little, but he has squirreled away $1.4 million to be spent on television ads.
Horse racing industry awaits key House vote 
Local legislator takes the pulse of his constituents on need for 1 cent sales tax for MO roads. Results coming up at 6 on @kmoxnews.
How much do you care about the State of the State address?
Last fall’s opening of a new runway at O’Hare International Airport is already kicking up turbulence. Noise complaints have skyrocketed more than 500 percent in the first full month since runway 10C-28C opened Oct. 17, heralding a massive shift in flight patterns. And although the switch to mostly parallel runways from mostly intersecting ones was supposed to reduce delays in all kinds of wea
Cook County Sheriff’s officials say they’ve filed an objection to a gang leader’s state application to carry a concealed firearm — and they’re opposing hundreds of other applications, too.
THE WATCHDOGS: Since 1978, the city of Chicago has required that at least 1 percent of the construction budget for any new or renovated city building has to be set aside for installing works of art in publicly accessible places on project sites. But spending on City Hall’s pioneering “Percent for Art” program has slowed dramatically since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011, records obtain
With the State of the State address less than a week away, what Gov. Pat Quinn will include in that speech is still a mystery.  One potential topic could be passing a new capital bill, but Quinn isn’t saying one way or the other as to…
Illinois’ two U.S. senators want to establish a new national park in the state – not out in the wilderness, but in Chicago. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) are co-sponsoring a bill that would create the…
Those receiving welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program could have to meet a new requirement if the Illinois legislature votes to pass a measure that was recently introduced by State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen…
Wow, did our two U.S. senators really sit down together to co-author the Jan. 21 letter to the editor concerning the lack of FEMA financial assistance for the Illinois communities leveled by the November tornadoes? In their letter they say that in 2012, after another weather-related disaster, they “introduced a bill” to deal with FEMA funding decision rules at a time like this. What happ
The state of Illinois has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Find A Warming Center
A letter to the editor: Illinois ranked near the bottom of the country at 45th place with a D on the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians’ state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment, a striking decline from the 27th place showing and grade C it earned in 2009 on the same report.
A Niles letter to the editor: Words were misconstrued from my interview with the Daily Herald when put in print. As a candidate for Congress in the 9th District,
A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Thanks for the report about the pension crisis on the front page of the Jan. 21 Daily Herald. Illinois citizens need to understand that the pension and deficit crisis are still getting worse. We must pass our financial concerns about Illinois to the politicians running for office in 2014.
A Grayslak letter to the editor: How many Illinois citizens know that Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich (currently in jail) and Pat Quinn have forced mothers who stay at home to care for their disabled children to join SEIU and become state employees against their will?
The March primary election is the big show for a number of suburban incumbent state lawmakers who are facing challenges only from members of their own party. Three sitting Republicans and two Democrats have drawn primary challengers at a time when no one from the opposite party has signed up to run. So for some voters who have an opinion either way about their current representation, March 18 is t
We had a great week last week for the campaign highlighted by our successful townhall with Joe Walsh! I look forward to this upcoming week as we make more strides to become the Republican candidate to win back the 8th District!
An update regarding tomorrow night’s event from Jean Paley: Dear Friends, The weather forecast for tomorrow, Monday, is full of dire warnings of deep cold and strong winds, with wind chills of 25 – 35 below zero. Hence I am rescheduling the Meet and Greet for Sam Rosenberg for Friday, February 7, at 7:00pm. Please let me know whether you will be coming or no, again. Hope to see you here. Best, Je
Eric Wallace, candidate for the 2nd congressional seat. Great guy. Thanks for coming out, Eric!
Tom Cross at Glenn Nixon’s chili cook off!
Kankakee County Republican chair, Wanda Cantrell, my wife, Lynn, campaign manager Tinker Parker and great friend, Joe Eaves. I wonder what they were planning when this photo was taken.
My district office will be closed tomorrow, January 27th, due to the Wind Chill Warning. Both Naperville and Warrenville have information regarding warming centers and emergency contacts. For those of you in Naperville: For those of you in Warrenville:
At the Democratic Party of Evanston endorsement session today. We had a terrific turnout of committed activists ready to get to work, along with a number of candidates and elected leaders, from the top to the bottom of the ticket.
We’ve made the decision to reschedule tomorrow’s events due to the severity of this weather. We look forward to visiting Decatur and Mahomet soon!
We need to save the Illinois pension systems. As I suspected, the numbers in the Madigan plan don’t work.Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thoughtwww.chicagotribune.comSPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quin
1-26-14: With retired Wood Dale Police Chief Frank Biniewicz at Dr. Darlene Ruscitti’s Brunch.
1-26-14: Volunteers assembling yard signs. (If you’d like a yard sign, please feel free to contact my campaign thru the website).
1-26-14: Walked door to door talking to voters about my proven experience as an elected official and keeping expenditures below budget for 11 consecutive years.
I’m live tomorrow (1/27) on @AM560TheAnswer w/ @BigJohnandAmy at 6:35am. #twill
Then I’m live w/ Elizabeth Hess & Dave Gentry on @wdws1400 tomorrow (1/27) at 7:15am. #twill #Champaign #Urbana
Also I’ll be live on @WGILNews #Galesburg w/ @Tom__Meredith & Jim Lee at 7:40am. #twill
We have to do better. …
Ever since I posted about anti-gay Republican Congressman Aaron Schock’s gayer-than-gay Instagram account, things have gotten awfully interesting, as Schock moves more than a few steps closer to being officially outed. Things got particularly interesting …
State Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford picked up some big endorsement Sunday.
Does Quinn deserve another term in office?Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address thetelegraph.comCHICAGO (AP) — With his top priority of pension reform inked into law, Gov. Pat Quinn is preparing for a critical election-year State of t…
The metro-east candidates running for U.S. House nominations in the March 18 primary have filed financial disclosure forms on their household assets and incomes. These documents show that:Click to Continue »
An arctic front has just gone through the suburbs, bringing with it some snow that will soon cease and cold temperatures that will continue to drop into Monday. “That front is clearing the area now,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Steve Wistar, adding, however, that it is opening the “floodgates” to ridiculously cold weather. “The failing snow is ending, but the blo
Check-out why Mike Donahue is our Supporter of the Week! Watch his video now:  #MakeILWorkAgain #ilgov
Extremely cold temps are expected across #IL. Stay warm, check on friends & relatives who may need assistance & please keep your pets inside
If you must travel, please drive w/ extreme caution & take time to prepare w/ @IDOT_Illinois’ winter road safety tips
Please take advantage of our warming centers open around the state. Visit  to find the center nearest you.
House Mass Transit Committee has been cancelled tomorrow. Probably couldn’t take the #Metra to go talk about @Metra anyway.
Momentum continues to build in Springfield for a Fair Tax!  #twill
Good read @GregHinz Where are big ideas in debate over ‘temporary’ income tax hike? @CrainsChicago 
From CPS: Due to extreme cold, all CPS schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 27. Recorded updates 773-553-1000.
Out on the doors today in 26! #coldairdontcare
House Mass Transit Committee has been cancelled tomorrow. Probably couldn’t take the #Metra to go talk about @Metra anyway.
Mass Transit Cmte hearing canceled Jan 27. Tentative resched Feb 10 in Chicago. Service Boards and riding public, be safe.
The Mass Transit meeting scheduled for tomorrow to discuss Metra and other items has been cancelled.
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast – Governor Urges Residents to Stay… 
Thanks to everyone that came out to the Meet and Greet in Mount Greenwood today! Your yard signs will be available in about one week’s time and will distribute all as soon as they arrive!
I support the legislation that provided for health coverage for all children without exclusions visit  #AlFor4thGerry
On friday, I visited Carlinville school district. Thanks to Superintendent Mike Kelley for the invitation. There are good things going on in Carlinville–a lot to be proud of. While I was there, I had an interesting moment: walking through the middle school, I passed this door to what was at one time a classroom. This is the place I first shook the hand of Vince Demuzio in January 1993; I was a se
More info on why I am running & about my campaign please visit  #WomenInCongress #AlFor4thGerry
On road #Chicago to #Pontiac at #Gardner, white out conditions. Cars in ditch in both sides. And no, I not tweeting and driving. #twill
5 miles an hour on I 55 at #Dwight, white out. Another car in ditch. Oh, the challenges of the campaign trail. #twill
Totally stopped on I55 north of #Dwight, nope now moving 12 miles per hour #twill
Semi in ditch on north bound I55 north of Odell. Another car in ditch on south bound. #twill
Two more in ditch at mile marker 213 on I55 south. Down to 7 miles an hour #twill
Between Odell and Dwight, traffic stopped on I55, wind at white out. Car in ditch to left.
Crazy semi passing all stopped traffic in the left lane. Wish I got name of company #twill
After 10 minutes both lanes southbound I 55 stopped we now moving 15 mph. Another car in ditch. Oops there’s another one. #twill
White out cleared up considerably about Odell. Traffic moving. Crazies speeding past in left lane
Discussion group just wrapped. Thoroughly reviewed platform and website.
To say it was a busy weekend would be an understatement! From new endorsements to Nicholas Tremulis, it was a roller coaster. On Saturday I learned of my endorsement from Citizen Action Illinois; one of the true champions of progressive causes within our state. That was followed up by the endorsement of Andy Quarnstrom. From the firehouse to the Township Supervisor’s Office, Andy is always worki
Great times at the Glenn Nixon Chili Cook-off Event!
Some special daddy-daughter time with Monica Nixon Hoevet. She is a sweetheart.
Jeff Keast and his son at the chili fundraiser. Two of the best guys you’ll ever meet!
Great to see State Representative Josh Harms. Thanks for the support!
Evelyn Sanguinetti with Glenn Nixon. Thanks for driving down to support me, Evelyn! I greatly appreciate it!
Thanks Andy for being our MC! You really kept things moving!
Three hard working volunteers – my son-in-law Nathan Hoevet, my daughter, Monica and campaign manager, Tinker Parker.
Tom Cross at Glenn Nixon’s chili cook off!
ABC 7 Chicago: Dan Rutherford picks up gubernatorial endorsements; State Treasurer endorsed by local Republican groups in campaign for Illinois governor “State Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford picked up some big endorsement Sunday. His office says he’s getting backing from the current and former heads of the Chicago Republican Party. He’s also getting support
Pulling off interstate at #Pontiac, looks like we making it home #twill
Kankakee County Republican chair, Wanda Cantrell, my wife, Lynn, campaign manager Tinker Parker and great friend, Joe Eaves. I wonder what they were planning when this photo was taken.
Businesses, individuals honored at annual Charleston Chamber dinnerJournal Gazette and Times-CourierThe event’s featured speaker was Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, who praised Charleston and Coles County for cooperating in economic development efforts. He noted the proposal to bring the FutureGen coal plant project to …
How important will money be to 2014 House races?Belleville News DemocratMike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone candidate for the 12th District’s GOP nomination. Bost reported a net worth of between $68,000 and $200,000. Bost reported earning nearly $41,000 as a state lawmaker by the time he had filed his Form B in June 30, 2013.
House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs told his troops in a memo late Friday that it is “good news to Illinois taxpayers and the systems.” It was a point echoed by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and Senate …
Representative Shimkus meets with constituentsDaily Eastern News… this is grassroots democracy,” Donnell said. “We need more of it.” Those 33 counties that make up the 15th district include places as far north as Livingston county, a sliver of territory running south down the eastern Illinois border and the area …
Every year college students around Illinois race to submit their Free … received awards, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
Illinois lawmakers, health care professionals and educators are taking a hard look at their ability to entice doctors to practice in rural areas. Doctors …
But in what would be a groundbreaking shift, the state’s top education official … Koch told members of the Illinois State Board of Education last week.
The problem is that Metra says it’s going to need at least four more years to install it, despite a federal mandate to get it operational in half that time and …
These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher-quality …
Cub Scout Pack 54 had its Pinewood Derby yesterday. The overall race champion was Drew, our 9 year old. What I was most proud of were his comments when we got home: “What a great day. I went to have fun, I didn’t expect to win.” Congratulations to all the scouts, their scout masters and parents who worked hard to make this year’s Derby a terrific success! – Found 19 minutes ago… of the day at Thursday’s Republican gubernatorial debate for the three candidates — Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford — who trail…
50 years ago: Univ of IL administrator John Desmond announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 22nd CongressionalDistrict
From readers: Raid the TIFs, school vouchers, cut property taxes. Your ideas for New Plan of Chicago. #planchicago,0,6025897.story …
Great afternoon meeting with community leaders at Taylor’s chili parlor in Carlinville.
#IL Gov. Pat Quinn expected to tout pension reform in his upcoming SOS address, but how much credit can he take? 
The flu is hitting extra hard in Illinois this year. Nancy Martin with the Christian County Health Department tells Regional Radio News the latest on the flu season: [audio:martinflu012514.mp3]comment here[/audio] For more information, go to idph.s…
Classes have been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday at all NIU campuses.
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, leading Indiana past Illinois 56-46 on Sunday.The Hoosiers (13-7, 3-4) ended a two-game losing streak to split the season series.Illinois (13-8, 2-6) was led by Rayvonte Rice with 20 but lost its sixth straight. The Fighting Illini have not won since Jan. 4, and this one prevented them from taking their first lead in the
We are so proud of our Chair’s run for State Treasurer! We can’t wait to elect @MikeForIllinois this fall! We’re with him 100%!
Get your Rutherford/Kim yard & window signs today 1/26 in #Chicago 10:30-12 400 East Randolph 7th floor Restaurant, I’ll be there #twill
Thank you to my Niece Jen for her kind words on Facebook. Its great to have such a supportive family!
Thank you also to the #Northfield Township #GOP for allowing me to speak recently. I appreciate your time. #ILGOP #Glenview #Illinois #IL
The Chili Fest in Ravenswood wouldn’t have been as successful w/o these great volunteer chefs cc: @CenterSqJournal
We are so proud of our Chair’s run for State Treasurer! We can’t wait to elect @MikeForIllinois this fall! We’re with him 100%!
Big thank you to @MorrisonFor29th @SenatorDan @HarmonForSenate @DanielBiss & other great legislators 4 joining @ilparkdistricts & @ilparks
Great panel discussion yesterday at St. John’s hospital in Springfield regarding strategies to address the… 
Excited to hear that I received the endorsement of @CitizenActionIL! Thank you! #twill #progressive
Check out this fascinating federal spending tool. I’d love to see an #IL analogue. I think it would surprise people. …
Please read this insightful and important @joshtpm essay on the political economy of spiking inequality: …
Inside Art Studio is one of the newest businesses to open up at Six Corners. Click on the link below to see how they use art to make our community a better place!Chicago studio offers mask-making for disabled individualsabclocal.go.comMask-making is a multi-dimensional form of art that allows individuals to create their own environment with no barriers.
A Letter to the Editor in today’s News-Gazette. Harold a uniquely qualified candidate |’s hard to find the right words to capture the qualities and attributes of Erika Harold. Integrity, assertiveness, openness, fairness, sense of humor, dedication and humility. All seem inadequate in my attempt to present or define a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who is runni
Another cold snap coming to our area. There are people out there who have lost support. Do what you can to check on those in need.
One of my favorite ways to keep warm from the freezing weather is to enjoy a nice bowl of hot chili. Yesterday, I stopped by the Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church for their annual Chili Fest to meet with constituents and try their delicious array of chili made by these great volunteer chefs.
Last night we had a rally. Great turnout! Great friends! It’s why serving our community is a worthwhile endeavor.
Busy few days. Was in Geneva to attend the Batavia Township Republican Organization monthly meeting. Attended Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor’s reception in Mundelein. Aaron is a dynamic leader and is a rising star in Illinois.
Represented Dan at the New Trier and Northfield Township organizations’ endorsement sessions on Saturday morning
What a reception the Treasurer and I received in Chinatown yesterday!! Over 200 people attended a lunch with the Treasurer and I at the Chinese Community Center. After lunch we had a meeting with community leaders and then visited the Dr. Sun Yat Sen museum a few blocks away. What a great tour of Chinatown. It was amazing to see the support we are receiving in Chinatown. Local Chinese media covere
I spoke last night at the Perry County Lincoln Day Dinner. It was a great event. Other statewide candidates in attendance included State Rep Jill Tracy (LtGov) and Bob Grogan (Treasurer).
Held press conf #Chicago @SeveninChicago announcing @angelgarcia , Eloise Gerson, & @adrobins endorsement. #twill  Excerpts from the Debate
Honored to receive the endorsement of Citizen Action Illinois!
Five years ago this week, the Illinois General Assembly started the process of removing Governor Rod Blagojevich from office. Stay tuned for more video with senators who were involved recalling their thoughts and feelings from that time. Here is a sneak peek in the meantime: Sneak peak: 5 years after Blagojevichwww.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Cauc
CPS will be closed on Monday, January 27. CPS will monitor weather…by noon on Monday they will know about Tuesday
With some great people at the Ruscitti Champion for Kids Brunch in #Addison. A great event for a wonderful cause!
I posted a new photo to Facebook 
CPS to close schools Monday 
Frerichs kicks off state treasurer bid  #Pekin #MikeforIL #twill
IL’s Largest Public Interest Group (@CitizenActionIL) Makes 2014 Primary Election Endorsements-  #twill #MikeforIL
Cold and snowy day, perfect for coffee with constituents! Thanks all for attending! #rogerspark
Sneak peek video: 5 years after #Blagojevich 
It really was a nice day for an outside run. Could be awhile before there’s another opportunity.
Check-out why Mike Donahue is our Supporter of the Week! Watch his video now:  #MakeILWorkAgain #ilgov
Here is the story about our New Trier GOP endorsement. …
Did you catch Dick Durbin calling another candidate “out of touch.” Here is our response to Durbin: …
IL Dems need 2 put a high priority on getting @GeorgeGollin into Rodney Davis’ 13 Cong Dist seat! @OFA_Springfield @ildemwmn @UniteBlueIL
Women volunteering & donating to help get another woman get elected is crucial email us to help #WomenInCongress
Held press conference in Chicago at Seven Restaurant announcing Angel Garcia , Eloise Gerson, & Adam Robinson’s endorsement.
The media does cover the congressional race, some better than others. Here is an article from Springfield; House candidate Firsching seeks smaller Firsching, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in the 13th Congressional District, said he thinks spending should be reduced for most federal programs.“We
Tomorrow and Tuesday promise to be more days of extreme cold with schools and other organizations closed for safety reasons. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning from 3am Monday until 9am Wednesday: temperatures can be expected to reach 35 TO 45 BELOW zero. At these temperatures, frost bite and hypothermia are possible after just a few moments of exposure, so stay safe and
From CPS: Due to extreme cold, all CPS schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 27. Recorded updates 773-553-1000.
Effective Jan. 1 in Illinois, electronic cigarettes and nicotine-alternative products joined alcohol and traditional tobacco on the list of purchases that …
Senate President John Cullerton spoke with Rick earlier in the week about minimum wage and pensions. State Senate President John Cullerton in studio on “The Sunday Spin”
Gov. Pat Quinn is declaring Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu (kor-eh-MAHT’-soo) Day” across Illinois.
After sidestepping the issue last year, House Republican leaders are moving toward changing the nation’s immigration laws, a top priority if they want …
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joined The Sunday Spin to talk to Rick about his campaign for governor. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford on The …
This just in: The state’s backlog of unpaid bills will end the fiscal year below $6 billion, according to Gov. Quinn’s budget director. Sharing from Deadbeat Illinois. Like the page for regular updates about the state’s backlog.Quinn budget chief touts good news on unpaid — Days ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, his budget director has sent lawmakers a
Quinn first announced the program in 2012 when officials say Illinois had one of the largest backlogs of drinking water repairs in the nation. The state …
He calls it a victory for Illinois and says credit should be shared with … But his modest attempt to spread the credit could have a political underpinning, …
Braved the oncoming Polar Vortex to visit the Bridgeview Lions Community Service Awards. Nice to see the community come together to recognize public service.
Braved the oncoming Polar Vortex to visit the Bridgeview Lions Community Service Awards. Nice to see the… 
Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for its 400,000 students Monday as the city prepares for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees, the Sun-Times is reporting.
State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) says that it’s a good, but flawed law. Click Here for Beiser Comments State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) has sponsored a similar measure in the senate. Beiser also says that it is important to ensure that local …
Illinois lawmakers face a deadline this week to approve a bill that will prevent severe cuts to this year’s horse racing schedule. The problem is lawmakers are only scheduled to be in session one day, Wednesday, and that is primarily to hear Gov.
“I think it’s bleak for education,” said Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association. “But I think it’s bleak for this entire state, and …
Checking in on Illinois’ gambling industry.Casino revenue down first six months of the revenue from casino gambling is down in the first six months of the fiscal year, and the casino industry is pointing a finger at video gaming as a reason why. State revenue analysts aren’t ready to do the same, although they acknowledge video gaming could be having an impact.
It’s a critical week for horse racing in the state. Should the legislature approve the bill that would continue advance deposit wagering beyond Jan. 31.Horse racing season could hinge on bill action at Statehouse this lawmakers face a deadline this week to approve a bill that will prevent severe cuts to this year’s horse racing schedule.The problem is lawmakers are only sc
Illinois health care group issues workforce reportWashington TimesSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois group studying health care shortages has issued 23 recommendations in a new report. Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck of the Illinois Department of Public Health led the effort. He says shortages of doctors and other …
Can the region’s pubic safety infrastructure handle the increase in population that a “fracking” boom might bring? says a link between fracking and
Jesse White Awards Grants to School Libraries 
Get your Rutherford/Kim yard & window signs today 1/26 in #Chicago 10:30-12 400 East Randolph 7th floor Restaurant, I’ll be there #twill
Who’s giving big money to Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn? I name names in today’s column. #politics 
Dem Gov Cand. Tio Hardiman & running mate Brunell Donald on #NewsViews at 9:45a ABC7 News. @KrasheskyABC7 @BenBradleyABC7 @StaceyBacaABC7
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program offers energy bill assistance to low income residents. “As temperatures continue to fall and energy bills rise this winter, the increased cost of heating a home represents a financial burden for some residents,” State Rep. Costello II said.  “I want to ensure citizens have easy access to the services available to them through LIHEAP to ease the strain
LIVE: Illinois State Treasurer @RutherfordDan joins The Sunday Spin to discuss his campaign
Quick news break, join us in a min. for Sen. Pres John Cullerton’s views on minimum wage and Chicago #pensions. 
Listening to Sen. Pres John Cullerton’s views on min. wage. Kinda scary; wants to increase it though IL 1 of highest. 
LIVE: Illinois State Treasurer @RutherfordDan joins The Sunday Spin to discuss his campaign
Live on @WGNRadio 720AM now (1/26) from 8-9 AM on The Sunday Spin w/ Rick Pearson @rap30 @SundaySpin #twill
Live on @WGNRadio 720AM now (1/26) from 8-9 AM on The Sunday Spin w/ Rick Pearson @rap30 @SundaySpin #twill
CHAMPAIGN — Former Executive Editor John Beck has been named winner of The News-Gazette’s 2013 Publisher’s Award. Beck, who retired in …
… or deny an investigation.” Jim Dey, a member of The News-Gazette staff, can be reached by email at or at 217-351-5369.
We were disappointed to learn last week that School District 155 plans to appeal a local judge’s decision regarding the new bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School.
The newly enacted changes to the state’s pension law, if they pass … at the future of the state budget by the University of Illinois’ Fiscal Futures Project.
Letter: Be smart about sustainabilityThe State Journal-RegisterIn every setting where employees work as a group and repercussions occur when one slacker puts the heat on others, backbiting, obsessive score keeping, to the point of meltdowns, often crop up when resources are limited. The bigger our population gets, …
Though state law now allows Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns in public, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are considering banning non-law enforcement county employees from carrying concealed handguns while working outside of public buildings, even if they have a valid state permit. “Except for authorized people like security and sheriff’s department, employees will b
DECATUR – As of Jan. 1, a new law went into effect requiring a vaccine for children that’s literally a lifesaver. Schools on the East and West coasts, …