Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Jan. 28

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) is inviting Schaumburg teacher Michelle Burke, a science teacher at Jane Addams Junior High School, as her guest for this year’s State of the Union Address. Ms. Burke is instrumental in FUSE, a partnership with Northwestern University that is designed to expand STEAM  (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics) programs in elementary classrooms throu
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE — Demonstrating his ability to build a wide coalition needed to defeat Dick Durbin, West Point grad, Army veteran and successful businessman Doug Truax is trouncing opponent Jim Oberweis in endorsements for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Truax has a 10-1 edge in endorsements or recommendations from Cook, Lake and DuPage County Republican organizations that have heard each candid
 
 
 
High school student’s hidden talent takes her to Broadway             When high school student Morgan Brown signed up for the forensics team, she had no idea that she’d end up on Broadway.             “Everyone was signing up for forensics, so I walked into the meeting thinking I was joining the debate team,” said Brown, a senior at Southland College Prep High School in Richton Park.             S
 
 
Kinzinger and State Rep. Josh Harms spoke with area residents regarding Illinois’ recent passage…
 
 
Aldermen voted 5-3 Monday night to seek a $200,000 grant to install surveillance cameras along Dodge Avenue and Church Street leading to Evanston Township High School.
 
 
 
Pat Quinn’s budget office estimate that Illinois will have a $2 billion budget deficit by the end of Fiscal Year 2015 and $7.5 billion in unpaid bills.
 
 
 
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard and Lt. Governor candidate Jill Tracy will hold a free meet and greet from 3 to 4 p.m. Feb.
 
 
Illinois has a long way to go before it adopts a fairer system for drawing political maps, but it appears as if the first few steps of the process are heading …
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. Would students learn better if they went … Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) wants to find out. He’s sponsoring legislation to …
 
 
Originally Posted by ludin Detroit thought the same thing and looked what happened to them. Companies go where the best conditions for them to …
 
 
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A big boost in state funding hasn’t closed the nearly $1,300 gap in per-student funding between Texas school districts in rich …
 
 
Kadner: New Cook County tax bills comingSouthtownStar… New Cook County tax bills coming. By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com January 27, 2014 10:44PM. Cook County Treasurer MariPappas | File photo. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas | File photo. storyidforme: 61219543 tmspicid: 10827248
 
 
In the State of Illinois, to “expunge” means to “physically destroy the records or return them to the petitioner and to obliterate the petitioner’s name from any official index or public record, or both.” The term “seal,” in Illinois, means to “physically …
 
 
New information from an Illinois state agency raises questions about whether the state was right to make home health care workers eligible for unionization, a case now before the Supreme Court: It is not clear that the state ever properly …
 
 
Il Dep of Juvenile Justice in need of new directorPeoria Public RadioThe Department of Juvenile Justice runs Illinois’ six youth prisons. Whoever takes over will be responsible for about 900 incarcerated kids. The new director will also be inheriting some huge projects, and lingering scandals. The department is still …
 
 
That appears to have come about due in part to intermediary Michael Sacks, vice chairman of World Business Chicago, the city’s corporate recruitment …
 
 
NBC ChicagoLegislators expect economy talk from QuinnGalesburg Register-MailMonths later, in November, Quinn signed marriage equality legislation into law and it will go into effect on June 1, making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Last year, Quinn also cited the need for a solution to the state’s …Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn addressAs much as things cha
 
 
CHICAGO – If you missed the kerfuffle concerning former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s controversial comments about women at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting last week, don’t depend on legacy media to provide the other side of the story. Here’s…
 
 
 
Artisanal toast? http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/toast-story-latest-artisanal-food-craze-72676/ … Posh grilled bread? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545832/The-new-artisanal-toast-bars-springing-San-Francisco-UK.html … The Press Room, ahead of its time: http://instagram.com/p/Ydp53rOmLz/ 
 
 
 
Senators Kirk and Durbin Announce New Legislation to Help Bring Fairness to Disaster Assistance http://tinyurl.com/kjsf8b7 
 
 
Southern: Lack of legislative action could hurt state’s horse racing http://bit.ly/1cos4V4 
 
 
State plans hearing on U.S. 30 widening http://bit.ly/1nbquu4 
 
 
State School Superintendent Defends Request For More Money The state’s superintendent of schools is defending… http://fb.me/3oxyQInoz 
 
 
 
An owner of a major Illinois hospice-care provider encouraged subordinates to extend end-of-life care to patients who weren’t actually terminally ill and to fraudulently switch to categories o…
 
 
Rutherford receives rare endorsement from current and former Chicago GOP chairman and President of Chicago Young Republicans (Chicago)–Illinois State Treasurer and candidate for Governor Dan Rutherford is receiving unprecedented support from Chicago Republicans, and the Chicago GOP leadership is certainly not shy when it comes to talking about it. “Dan Rutherford has built his reputation o
 
 
Student Senate will be looking over future lobbying plans, which were brought up at the Illinois Board of Higher Education- Student Advisory Committee meeting, during their next senate meeting.
 
 
After an ice storm in Jan. 1941, a moody view of the State Capitol. To get a daily dose of pictures from Springfield’s past, follow State Journal-Register photo editor Rich Saal on Twitter @richsaal.
 
 
 
Update, 3 p.m. — The court battle is on.In a statement reacting to today’s earlier news that the Chicago Cubs have applied for a permit to build a large right-field sign at Wrigley Field, the rooftops released a statement saying that they will sue.“Rooftop owners believe a blockage of our views violates the contract we have with the owners of the Cubs,” said Ryan McLaughlin, spokesman for the Wrig
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn will fulfill his constitutional duty Wednesday by addressing the General Assembly. There has been plenty of speculation about what his condition of the state address might contain. especially given that so much of what
 
 
Illinois Legislators will reconvene in Springfield Wednesday to hear Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address. It is also imperative that they take the time to pass legislation allowing Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW). ADW allows horse
 
 
Lawmakers will be back in Springfield beginning next week, but the leader of the Republicans in the Illinois Senate doesn’t sound hopeful that much will get done over the coming months. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says s…
 
 
For communities considering overturning their local ordinance prohibiting video gambling, I suggest their local elected officials first go to several towns that offer it, visiting each establishment that is up and running. If they have children living at home, I suggest they bring them along for the ride so they, as parents, can fully appreciate the full effect of what they see.I recently drove to
 
 
Congratulations to the University of Illinois students at Urbana-Champaign who on Sunday lived up to the “Generation Me” moniker that sociologists long ago assigned the millennial generation.Apparently devastated by news that the university would not be calling off Monday classes for weather, scorned students took to Twitter and began lobbing racist and sexist insults at Chancellor Phyll
 
 
The Chicago Tribune next month will stop selling a product that helped advertisers reach non-subscribers on Sundays.
 
 
When state lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday, they are expected to take up the future of the state’s income tax.
 
 
DeKALB – Sycamore resident Jake Jensen used to drive all the way to Elgin to visit one of his favorite gaming stores.
 
 
An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday evening at a casino in East St.
 
 
It was flattering to learn that Champaign-Urbana residents are among the most enthusiastic signers of petitions that call for stripping state legislators of their authority to draw — and gerrymander — state House and Senate district lines.   The politicians have failed Illinois; it’s time for the people to step forward. It was flattering to learn that Champaign-Urbana residents are among the
 
 
Tom Kacich ended his Jan. 19 column, “Why risk polluting our aquifer?” saying that candidates who talk about too much government regulation and red tape have it backward. I think he’s right. We need state legislators who are willing to use regulations to protect health and welfare. read more
 
 
It’s State of the Union Night in Washington, D.C. We asked University of Illinois communication professor John Murphy — an expert on presidential rhetoric — to rank the five best commanders-in-chief at the podium. It’s State of the Union Night in Washington, D.C. We asked University of Illinois communication professor John Murphy — an expert on presidential rhetoric — to rank the five best c
 
 
Congressional candidate Erika Harold checks in with the DWS Morning Show crew today at 7:40. If you’re not near a radio, you can listen on your smartphone or tablet via the TuneIn app.
 
 
A lawmaker is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in Illinois with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois. Democratic state Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island near Chicago says a forum Tuesday night at East St. Louis’ Casino Queen seeks input from the region’s casinos, a horse track and East St. Louis officials.
 
 
[ooyala code=”05eGRmazrpzf_I5Z5ZBrKh_LkihIoolU” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″] COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Much of the horse racing season at Fairmount Park and at other thoroughbred tracks around Illinois could be wiped out if state lawmakers don’t extend a state law allowing online betting. The law expires Friday. A three-year extension is on the line. The extens
 
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE — Demonstrating his ability to build a wide coalition needed to defeat Dick Durbin, West Point grad, Army veteran and successful businessman Doug Truax is trouncing opponent Jim Oberweis in endorsements for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Truax has a 10-1 edge in endorsements or recommendations from Cook, Lake and DuPage County Republican organizations that have heard each candid
 
 
I’ve seen a lot of #hashtags this election season, but I gotta say, @JoinTomCross’s #TallTales is the most clever…
 
 
“Illinois Voters deserve to know the truth about each of their candidates. @BruceRauner is no exception.” @Bill_Brady http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/brady-calls-for-rauner-to-come-clean-about-his-business-dealings.html …
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (1/28) on @WGEM #Quincy at 7:20am w/ @Rich_WGEM & Greg Haubrich. Tune in! #twill
 
 
In Yorkville for Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up 2/1 Sunfield’s Restaurant, 382 E. Veterans Parkway. Goes 1:30-2:30 I there that time.
 
 
My Lt Gov Steve Kim in Hancock Cty fr Meet & Greet, Rutherford/Kim sign pick up 1/31 Country Cafe 105 E Main St in La Harpe 12-1:00 PM
 
 
Rutherford to spend ‘overwhelming majority’ of $1.3 million on ads http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/rutherford-to-spend-overwhelming-majority-of-1-3-million-on-ads/ …
 
 
A sign interpreter will be at my Meet & Greet, Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up Tuesday 1/28 5:30 pm & I arrive 6:00 pm in Sherman IL #twill
 
 
Flossie & Delzena’s 420 Crossing, Sherman I am providing interpreter service for the deaf that will be attending #twill
 
 
Awesome endorsements yesterday from Adam Robinson, chairman of Chicago Republican Party and 48th ward committeeman, Eloise Gerson, 42nd ward committeeman (largest republican ward in chicago) and former chair of Chicago Republican Party and Angel Garcia, president of chicago young republicans and state central committeeman. Momentum is building!!!
 
 
The Studio Arts Program at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance has canceled classes today and tomorrow due to the harsh weather. If you registered in the Mosaic Apprenticeship, report to class on Wednesday Jan 29. Just a few spots left in the Mosaic Apprenticeship. If you know any youths between 13 to 20 years of age who are interested in a creative environment and in earning some extra cash please fo
 
 
 
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) is inviting Schaumburg teacher Michelle Burke, a science teacher at Jane Addams Junior High School, as her guest for this year’s State of the Union Address. Ms. Burke is instrumental in FUSE, a partnership with Northwestern University that is designed to expand STEAM  (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics) programs in elementary classrooms throu
 
 
Standing-room only crowd at tonight’s town hall in Champaign. Thanks so much to everyone who came out with such great questions!
 
 
Property taxes going UP when values go DOWN?! It’s Time for property tax relief! http://www.Ron4Illinois.com/taxes  http://fb.me/24F63iCg9 
 
 
Why healthcare is so important: http://m.nbcnews.com/health/families-struggle-pay-medical-bills-survey-finds-2D11999571 …
 
 
Property taxes going UP when values go DOWN?! It’s Time for property tax relief! http://www.Ron4Illinois.com/taxes
 
 
robmellon.com is getting very positive feedback – help Rob get the word out share the new website with all of your friends.
 
 
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has invited Pam Davidson, a John Deere worker from Galesburg, to be her guest to the President’s State of the Union Address this Tuesday, January 28, 2014.   Davidson is a lifelong resident of Galesburg, and has worked at John Deere in Moline since 2004.  Before that, Davidson worked for Maytag in Galesburg for 15 years, until the plant
 
 
Senator Murphy hits the nail on the head in this Crain’s op-ed. Why a progressive income tax is a bad idea for Illinoiswww.chicagobusiness.comDoubling down on the failed policies of the past decade with another tax increase truly is the definition of insanity.
 
 
What’s the plan to cut #ILGA spending? Here it is, three years old and waiting to be done. http://ow.ly/2aLwMc.
 
 
Pothole tracker http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/dataset/potholetracker.htmlCity of Chicago :: Pothole Trackerwww.cityofchicago.orgThe map on this page shows potholes patched by the Department of Transportation in the last seven days, based on the corresponding 311 service requests.
 
 
As usual Ditka is right. It is stupid. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-79063805/
 
 
My banjo is autographed by this American icon. Glad to share his music, sad to hear of his passing.Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94www.nytimes.comMr. Seeger, whose agenda paralleled the concerns of the American left, was a prime mover in the folk revival that transformed popular music in the 1950s.
 
 
Kinzinger and State Rep. Josh Harms spoke with area residents regarding Illinois’ recent passage…
 
 
Term limits, fair maps and property tax relief can help turn our State around. http://fb.me/6GvM3LhK5 
 
 
Power company is asking you to conserve energy use today, especially from 6-10 a.m. and 5-9 p.m. http://bit.ly/MoSZGX 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Know the Law: New law lets 17 year-olds vote in primary elections http://goo.gl/fb/tqYox 
 
 
Op-ed: Why a progressive income tax is a bad idea for Illinois http://fw.to/8W2d7Eb 
 
 
Just interviewed with @AndrewHansen2 on Channel 20 Sunrise. Thanks Andrew, @nataliesparacio and @JoeCrain for a great start to the morning.
 
 
Get “In the Know” on O’Hare noise, propane emergency, Metra police and more! http://goo.gl/fb/wEasj 
 
 
The Farm Bill gets a chance to move forward at last with less drastic cuts to food security.
 
 
Prayers to all families involved. “@WGNNews: Tollway worker killed, state trooper seriously hurt in I-88 crash http://bit.ly/1euHyUm ”
 
 
February is around the corner, and it is a new finance year, our grassroots efforts to put a real candidate on the ballot have been successful. And now it is time to ask for support again. Tell your friends, write a letter to you local paper, hit our ActBlue button on the website. Lets get the word out, lets show the incumbent we mean it and get those contribution numbers up too. http://www.EricforIlli
 
 
 
Senate Bill 1585 allows Evanston Township voters to abolish their township. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Biss, clarified state law as to whether Evanston voters could dissolve the township. It also, clearly, spells out the steps to …
 
 
“Illinois Voters deserve to know the truth about each of their candidates. @BruceRauner is no exception.” @Bill_Brady http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/brady-calls-for-rauner-to-come-clean-about-his-business-dealings.html …
 
 
@BruceRauner Launches Welter of Attacks Jolting Illinois GOP Governor Race http://www.illinoisobserver.net/2014/01/27/rauner-launches-welter-of-attacks-jolting-illinois-gop-governor-race/ …
 
 
Rebuild Gifford Committee seeks volunteers http://bit.ly/1hGuVsK 
 
 
$18 bil tax-hike revenue taxpayers provided did nothing to stabilize Illinois’ finances. Additional $7.7 billion that taxpayers will fork…
 
 
IL State 22nd Senate District Office of Michael Noland will not be open tomorrow. 847-214-8864 / http://senatornoland.com . Please be safe.
 
 
Hearing Metra’s day today was WAY better than during Polar Vortex I. That’s good. Hoping tomorrow is similar. In… http://fb.me/VYaEIW9j 
 
 
January 26, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Two men are vying for the Democratic nomination, in the race for Illinois Governor. Incumbent Pat Quinn will face the former head of Ceasefire, Tio Hardiman. He and his running mate attorney Brunell Donald …
 
 
EXCLUSIVE: City turns to private truckers to replenish salt supply, thanks to ‘challenging winter.’ @fspielman scoop. http://bit.ly/1aDtX1s 
 
 
So what does MRE have to say about the #polarvortex, no school again tomorrow, requests to conserve power Tuesday, 6p NBC5 #RahmChicago
 
 
As you sit down for dinner, you may want to rethink what you’re drinking.
 
 
With friends and mentors StateSen David Luechtefeld and StateRep Mike Bost in DuQuoin on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/OWF3Q35PdF
 
 
Press release: Call for debates in IL-13 The following letters have been mailed to my opponents in the Democratic Party primary for U.S. Congress, IL-13: January 27, 2014 George Gollin 813 W. University Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 Dear Professor Gollin: I agree with your call for “a series of town-hall forums around the district over the next eight weeks before the election.” As you may know,
 
 
Chicago Tribune – Found 1 hour agoA handful of satirical Bruce Rauner accounts have popped up on Twitter recently. Each mocks Rauner’s alleged $18 watch, his flip-flop on…
 
 
Illinois should look to WisconsinChicago TribuneDon’t try to argue that a recent package of minor changes to the public employees’ pension system, grudgingly enacted by the serfs in the state legislature, is reform. Even if it were, it’s going nowhere because it will be dead on arrival in Illinois …Wisconsin emerges as model for the nation
 
 
A look at minimum wage legislation in statesKnoxville News SentinelThe initiative would hike the lowest legal pay in Idaho to $9.80 an hour by 2017. —Illinois: Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn wants to raise the rate from $8.25 to at least $10. —Indiana: A Democrat-backed bill to increase Indiana’s minimum wage by $1 was …
 
 
Rep. Schneider hosted a discussion to bring attention to the expiration of emergency unemployment compensation. – http://bit.ly/1gkP0rW 
 
 
Agreement reached on Farm Bill; expected to be voted on Wednesday http://bit.ly/1aDOHX4 
 
 
House Speaker “Petey” Roskam? http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/7845 
 
 
Do you think the other GOP candidates should side with Bruce Rauner on this request?Rauner calls on rivals to denounce union attackswww.sj-r.comCHICAGO — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is calling on his primary opponents to denounce organized labor’s plans to run ads attacking him.
 
 
It was a great pleasure to speak with students at Wilmette Junior High School last week! http://fb.me/6jxCWsGoh 
 
 
After @FEMA denied aid to #IL towns rebuilding from tornadoes, @SenatorDurbin & I intro’d bill to make process fair. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=983 …
 
 
I was a mediocre sax player, yet I have the support of my HS band director, Mr. Hengesh @GlenbardWest @iftaft @ieanea pic.twitter.com/9gMyTxReQY
 
 
“@NCTV17: Tonight at 7PM, NCTV17 will rebroadcast the annual 2014 State of the City Address, presented by @MayorPradel.”
 
 
A better economy and lower property taxes will help these homeowners 32 percent of Illinois homes ‘deeply underwater’ http://bit.ly/KK6yQl 
 
 
In the wake of a devastating tornado that tore through my hometown of Gifford, the community is looking to come together to help families who are not yet back to normal. The Rebuild Gifford Committee is looking for individuals and groups who can provide help in the form of labor, building equipment, food for the volunteers and families, and cash donations. For more information, please view the fli
 
 
We’re launching our first campaign video today to highlight some of the #TallTales Mike Frerichs has been telling since he launched his campaign for Treasurer last week. Click the link below to watch our video, “Mike Frerichs: Tall Tales.”Mike Frerichs: Tall TalesPlease watch our first campaign video below, “Mike Frerichs: Dishonest Politician” and find out why you shouldn’t
 
 
Welcoming the Mayor of Washington, IL Gary Manier to the “other” Washington. Glad he could be in town for the President’s State of the Union. Washington continues to recover from the tornado that destroyed 1,500 homes this past November. Haven’t taken off the #WashingtonStrong orange band he gave me months ago. To support the rebuild effort you can purchase an orange band by calling city
 
 
Learn why Sharon Brannigan will bring “Results That Matter” to the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District. Download this FREE informative piece on Brannigan’s results >>> http://www.mediafire.com/view/312ftnjf7rvrbqy/branniganaccomplishments.pdf
 
 
A beautiful sunset tonight looking out the window of my congressional office in Washington, DC. Tomorrow I join my colleagues in the House Chamber to receive President Obama for his State of the Union address.
 
 
We decided to keep the Park District open today as a place to get out if you need it. Kids are filling the gym. WGN will be there for a live broadcast at 5pm.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A master’s student in the public affairs reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield has been hired by The …
 
 
RICHMOND, VA – This toddler was born 11 weeks premature and weighed 3lbs. He is now 22-months old and has 15 brain surgeries and has a hearing loss. Hew was recorded while doctors tested Dylan Lipton-Lesser’s new hearing aids. The reaction is priceless. The video was posted to YouTube last month by his mothers India Lipton and Shirley Lesser. YouTube description: “Dylan’s reaction to the first
 
 
AURORA, Illinois — Five members of Illinois’ congressional delegation have invited immigration advocates as their guests to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday in Washington. The congressmen include Bill Foster of Aurora, Luis …
 
 
Reed Smith LLP | Illinois Issues Emergency Sales Tax Sourcing RegulationsLinex Legal (press release) (registration)As anticipated after the Illinois Supreme Court decision in Hartney Fuel1 described in our November 25, 2013 alert, the Illinois Department of Revenue (the “Department”) has decided to issue emergency regulations (the “Rules”) to provide guidance to …
 
 
 
 
Leavenworth Times – Found 20 minutes ago… don’t have access to this database.” The four-year medical marijuana pilot program that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law allows…
 
 
Des Plaines’ city council members are throwing their support behind a longtime local business getting a break on its property taxes, but at the same time some aldermen are requesting that the company make improvements to its property’s exterior. The council last week unanimously endorsed a Cook County Class 6b tax incentive renewal application for R.G. Smith Equipment Co., a truck body and trailer
 
 
Thanks to the 30+ friends who walked with me Saturday & Sunday. Seemed warm compared to today! Stay safe and warm today and tomorrow.
 
 
Harmon proposal would help Illinois Poison Center keep its doors open http://bit.ly/1ebUqCp 
 
 
Tomorrow is expected to be at least as cold as today. Check http://www.nwherald.com/2014/01/26/weather-cancellations-list-for-jan-27-and-jan-28/ak81062/?t=Weather+cancellations+list+for+Jan.+27+and+Jan.+28 … for updates on closures. Stay warm! #chiberia
 
 
Check here for emergency closings or to track flights http://abclocal.go.com/wls/feature?section=news/education/closures&id=5802855 … #ColdOutThere
 
 
Welcoming the Mayor of Washington, IL Gary Manier to the “other” Washington. Glad he could be in town for the President’s State of the Union. Washington continues to recover from the tornado that destroyed 1,500 homes this past November. Haven’t taken off the #WashingtonStrong orange band he gave me months ago. To support the rebuild effort you can purchase an orange band by calling city
 
 
This morning I spoke at the Illinois Association of REALTORS “Talk Real Estate.” The Second District has the highest foreclosure rate in Illinois and one of the highest in the country. That’s why I’ve supported legislation that eases the burden on families struggling with their mortgage payments so whole communities can improve. When families are denied the opportunity to own their first home, and
 
 
Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will be hosting an educational workshop and networking opportunity for business owners on Tuesday January 28, 2014 at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Cultural Center-Main Level, Chicago from 9 …
 
 
The group also will hear from Illinois State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Rochelle, during a noon luncheon. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center. Morning discussions include conversations about current activities …
 
 
Thousands of individuals with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) could see their license cancelled in late February due to a federal regulation that began in 2011, but there’s an easy way to prevent that. Learn more at the link below.Secretary of State warns of possible cancellation of Commercial Driver’s Licenseswww.senatoralthoff.comMCHENRY, IL – State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) said th
 
 
Come out and meet your neighbor at the “Avondale Social” this Wednesday at Milano Cafe!
 
 
This afternoon Senator McCann sat down with reporters to discuss ways to reduce the hardships Illinois families face because of propane shortages throughout the state.Mobile UploadsSpeaking with reporters about ways to alleviate some of the hardships faced around the state with current propane shortages and price spikes.
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant visited the Illinois Math and Science Academy to speak with students about Society and Culture.
 
 
This month’s one-two punch puts the winter of 2014 in the running for worst ever. But that’s in the eye of the beleaguered.    
 
 
LINCOLN, Illinois — Wind gusts have damaged a popular Abraham Lincoln tourist attraction in the central Illinois city of Lincoln. The Courier in Lincoln reports (http://bit.ly/1n9leai) winds severely damaged the covered wagon featuring Lincoln.
 
 
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.
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this (Chicago) – The Illinois GOP gubernatorial contest exploded in a barrage of attacks and counter attacks that lasted throughout the day on Monday. GOP businessman and insider Bruce Rauner initiated the exchange on Monday morning against fellow Republicans, suggesting that they are siding with Governor Pat Quinn in an atte
 
 
Just days before his State of the State address, Gov. Pat Quinn is touting what he calls “encouraging” developments with the state’s backlog of unpaid bills.Quinn sent a letter to lawmakers Sunday, saying the state’s backlog will be $5.6 billion by the end of the fiscal year. …
 
 
The Chicago Department of Public Health is ramping up its campaign to increase teenage HPV vaccination coverage. We talk vaccinations and disease prevention with the agency’s medical director, Dr. Julie Morita. Read an interview and view graphics on HPV. Tags:  Julie Morita Vaccine HPV
 
 
* Now that his three Republican opponents have essentially told him to take a flying leap at a rolling doughnut, Bruce Rauner has issued a new press release attacking all three… Why Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford Won’t Denounce Efforts of Pat Quinn’s Allies – Their Records Look a Whole Lot Like His – Bill Brady, Kirk […]
 
 
I’m supporting term limits for members of Congress. Our challenges are too great to be left to an entrenched group of the political elite. Learn more at http://bertmillerforcongress.com/.
 
 
On January 22, our campaign sent a letter to Ann Callis asking her to join us in a series of debates around Illinois’ 13th District. With the election less than seven weeks away, voters deserve to learn as much as possible from those asking for the job as their Representative. If you agree that democracy is best served by more debate, not less, go to http://www.georgegollin.com, and we’ll make sure Ann
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Monday to expand to 1,000 students a program that produced eye-popping results by combining “math tutoring on steroids” with sports-based mentoring for troubled teens. In just eight months, 106 participating freshmen and sophomores at Harper H.S. learned in math what the average American high school student takes three years to learn, Continue reading →
 
 
Another bill backlog update from Deadbeat Illinois.Timeline PhotosThis week's state bill backlog update …
 
 
Chuck Sweeny isn’t riding the fence when it comes to regulation of e-cigarettes. Agree with him? http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140129407
 
 
“Treacherous” winds blew a bus off the highway Monday morning in a northwest Illinois town, a Greyhound spokeswoman confirmed. None of the 22 passengers were injured when bus No. 6549 slid off the road around 12:30 a.m. on Interstate 57 as it traveled through the village of Manteno on its way to Memphis from Chicago, Lanesha Gipson said. The Manteno Fire Department said the bus was tra
 
 
Make filing your income taxes easier this year with these important tips. http://tax.illinois.gov/Individuals/index.htm …
 
 
.@KAgrimes: Updating the site soon, will add. But strongly support add’l funding for shelters, supportive housing, mental health clinics
 
 
.@KAgrimes I come from family of social workers, so these issues matter a lot to me. Happy to discuss more: info@willguzzardi.com
 
 
We all know how cold it is today in Illinois. Here’s a list of IL warming centers to stay protected: http://www2.illinois.gov/KeepWarm/Pages/warmingcenter.aspx …
 
 
Please enable Javascript to watch this video “He doesn’t involve himself in politics at all. He’s active with Misericordia and several other charities. Loyola Academy basketball. He attends every game. That’s about it. He’s just completely …
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant visited the Illinois Math and Science Academy to speak with students about Society and Culture.
 
 
Cook County property tax bills to hit this week http://trib.in/1jY5Xq4 
 
 
Speaking with reporters about hardships faced around the state with current propane shortages and price spikes. pic.twitter.com/Vu7lDiQRVf
 
 
At a NE IL Public Transit Task Force meeting. Theme of the moment: access is better than ownership. The transit world is changing.
 
 
Manar pushes through grant to fix roads in Royal Lakes http://bit.ly/M6b3Vx 
 
 
 
 
Sen. Mike Frerichs (D – Champaign) sits down with the Illinois Channel to discuss why he is running for state treasurer, whether Illinois should adopt a prog…
 
 
PRINCETON — A fairly new item that is popping up in the news and is being marketed as a smoking cessation aid is the electronic cigarette.
 
 
United States Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill, 16th District) and State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) spoke with area residents regarding Illinois’ recent passage of concealed carry laws and its impact on the region moving forward.
 
 
Today, I introduced House Bill 4329, to make hunting and sport fishing licenses, and the various required stamps, free for Illinois residents over 75. Seniors are more likely to be on fixed incomes and have been paying for hunting and fishing licenses for decades, many for their entire lives. As a lifelong fisherman, I don’t believe that the right to go fishing with one’s grandkids should be somet
 
 
Speaking with reporters about ways to alleviate some of the hardships faced around the state with current propane shortages and price spikes.
 
 
From CPS: Chicago Public Schools will be closed for a second day Tuesday due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that remain in the area.Chicago Public Schools : CPS SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TUESDAYwww.cps.eduCHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will be closed for a second day Tuesday due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that remain in the area. District officials continue
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions are slick and dangerous in Northern Illinois, and motorists should only travel if absolutely necessary. Due to current weather conditions, IDOT encourages motorists who must travel to check the latest winter road conditions and road closures at http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com. To find a warming center near you, cal
 
 
Rep. Meier had a great supper at the Alhambra’s UCC sausage supper on Saturday. Afterwards, he headed to Scooters in St. Rose to participate in the a Euchre Tournament with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. One of the Reps favorite things is to go out and meet with the citizens of the great 108th District.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Throughout their lives, Colette Ann Durkin’s eight sons all heard it from friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers: “Your poor mother.” Diminutive in size, Mrs. Durkin presided over the inevitable childhood mischief …
 
 
BREAKING NEWS: A big move that will shape the future for the Gary airport.Gary airport authority OKs 40-year privatization dealwww.nwitimes.comGARY | The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority on Monday approved an historic 40-year privatization deal for development and airfield operations at the lightly-used airport.
 
 
CARLINVILLE – “Architectural jewel” is the phrase most commonly used by Macoupin County Sheriff Don Albrecht to describe the 140-year-old courthouse in Carlinville. Unfortunately, the courthouse is in need of some major repairs and the county does not have the funds to cover the cost. So Albrecht and other local officials spearheaded an effort, back in 2010, to find other revenue sources to help c
 
 
ROYAL LAKES – The Village of Royal Lakes will now have the necessary funds to repair crumbling roads and replace dated culverts and sewage pumps thanks to a $70,000 state grant from the Illinois Jobs Now! program secured with help from State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). “These investments will benefit both businesses and residents in Royal Lakes by providing safer roads and improved water f
 
 
Kinzinger introduces bipartisan bill to bring fairness to FEMA disaster declaration process. http://ow.ly/sZNkLKinzinger introduces bipartisan bill for FEMA fairnesswww.ottawaradio.netRepublican Congressman Adam Kinzinger was one of a group of Illinois lawmakers who introduced a bipartisan bill to bring fairness to the Federal…
 
 
Lincolnshire Review – Found 54 minutes agoIn his piece, Mr. Sassone portrayed GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner as a supporter of cutting minimum wage.
 
 
ICYMI: Kirk Dillard’s late hit on Bruce Rauner, plus Aaron Schock’s latest fundraising imbroglio. http://fb.me/XArGpDdB 
 
 
Parents, do take note. @ChiPubSchools says all schools will be closed again Tuesday due to extreme cold.
 
 
NORMAL — CNN anchor Don Lemon will be the featured speaker at University Housing’s cultural dinner at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Brown Ballroom at ISU Bone Student Center.
 
 
Last chance at Farm Bill comes this week http://ow.ly/2DiEyx
 
 
A second candidate in the GOP gubernatorial primary is going up with TV ads. Dan Rutherford’s campaign said the ads will go up on in early February, when the winter Olympics are underway. “He’s confident that we have enough resources to go up and stay up to get to the finish line,” said spokesman Brian Continue reading →
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — A second Republican contender for Illinois governor is planning to hit the airwaves with advertising.
 
 
Rep. Schneider hosts discussion on unemployment benefits – http://bit.ly/1gdTy3s
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has declared a propane supply emergency in Illinois.
 
 
In my latest Southwest News-Herald column, I write about my opposition to the Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, HR 3830. This legislation essentially would allow the president and his administration to negotiate trade agreements with foreign nations, then “fast track” legislation implementing these agreements through Congress in a short time period. Click on the link below to read the en
 
 
.@Bill_Brady calls for @BruceRauner to “come clean” about his business dealings #ilgop #twill #ilgov2014 http://bit.ly/1n79aGq 
 
 
Early morning driving to #Bloomington to meet with statewide #BuildingTrades leaders. Tried to make it up to #Chicago but I-55 is bad #twill
 
 
State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) hand delivered a letter to Governor Pat Quinn Friday calling on the… http://fb.me/2lYiygiPS 
 
 
Dangerous cold: 10 things to know during the latest round of sub-zero temps http://bit.ly/1jX7Cwc 
 
 
Repealing Same Sex Marriage -Let The People Speak; Crushing IL Financial Report Points to -Too Much Government;… http://fb.me/15cLihx4J 
 
 
X-Change Dialysis, Inc. in Barrington is looking for a FT Administrative Sales Associate; Visit http://www.x-changedialysis.com  for info #joboftheday
 
 
See you there! MT @kristenjungles: The cold isn’t stopping me from listening to Mayor Pradel at the @NaperChamber State of the City address
 
 
Glad to be in #Bloomington this morning with my friends in the #BuildingTrades. #unions #twill pic.twitter.com/WQKmPkIuwi
 
 
Join @RahmEmanuel in #Chicago on Feb. 6th for a fundraiser in support of my campaign! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/585606914856878/ … #twill #DaMayor
 
 
I’m introducing legislation to raise the Illinois Estate tax threshold which burdens family farms & small businesses. http://bitly.com/1m79zrW 
 
 
Raising the minimum wage only cuts jobs and causes businesses to be more uncompetitive. MORE: http://goo.gl/5IZ0K7 
 
 
ICYMI–check out yesterday’s SJR article about my son and his service. I am incredibly proud! #ArmyMom #Il13 http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140126/OPINION/140129610/2011/OPINION …
 
 
Hillary’s 3 am phone call from Benghazi was unanswered. EPIC FAIL Hillary Obama http://youtu.be/7yr7odFUARg  via @youtube
 
 
I work hard to ensure that others succeed and have access to needed resources. #WomenInCongress #SmallBusiness #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
We have two more township GOP endorsements to announce once we get the OK from the organizations. Momentum continues to build.
 
 
Raising the minimum wage only cuts jobs and causes businesses to be more uncompetitive. Small businesses need the freedom to determine their own compensation packages, and the federal government needs to get out of the way. Photo: Heritage Foundation
 
 
It was great getting back to the district last week to meet with constituents, visit local schools, and talk with local business owners about the biggest issues on their minds. You can view a wrap-up from my time in the district by clicking below. I’ve also included some pictures here. http://kinzinger.house.gov/press-releases/sixteenth-district-update/January district-work periodIt was great ge
 
 
Excited to announce that Jeremy Bird–Obama 2012 field director and one of the best organizers around–will be kicking off our Grassroots for Guzzardi Canvass at 10am this Saturday. RSVP here: http://www.willguzzardi.com/grassroots_for_guzzardi
 
 
Building momentum with $170 million in 2013 new construction projects @champaigncity and @cityofurbana , @CHCEDC http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/2014-01-26/building-momentum.html …
 
 
Congrats to 100,000 Jobs Mission & @JPMorgan for reaching their goal 7 years early w/ over 117,000 vets hired. http://bit.ly/1lh5T98 
 
 
Stop by Rev. Bogan’s to wish him a Happy Birthday and share a slice of cake. @livingsoul7 pic.twitter.com/MijZWZPVsh
 
 
http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/rauner-asks-competitors-to-call-for-dems-to-stay-out-of-primary/Rauner asks competitors to call for Dems to stay out of primaryvoices.suntimes.comRepublican primary candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is asking his opponents to call on Democratic forces to stay out of the primary race in Illinois. Rau
 
 
The cold has been relentless this year. Attached are the Red Cross’ extreme weather safety tips. Please stay safe and warm! http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-TipsTop Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tipswww.redcross.orgTemperatures are expected to dip below normal across much of the eastern half of the country from the Plains to the East Coast and as far s
 
 
Just a reminder: The Kimberly A. Lightford Saturday University is open for registration. The deadline to sign up is this Wednesday, January 29. If you have a student in grade 5 through 8, this is a great opportunity. Learn more here: Registration open for the spring term of the Kimberly A. Lightford Saturday Universitywww.senatorlightford.com
 
 
Just a quick reminder that our Champaign Town Hall is tonight (Jan. 27th), from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Champaign Public Library. We hope you are able to join us! Harold to hold town hall at Champaign | News-Gazette.comwww.news-gazette.comCHAMPAIGN — Republican congressional candidate Erika Harold, an Urbana attorney, will hold a town hall meeting tonight (Monday, Jan. 27) at the Champaign Public L
 
 
We’ll hear the President’s State of the Union address this week. I’d like to know what you think. What’s the "real" state of the union?
 
 
Today, I introduced House Bill 4329, to make hunting and sport fishing licenses, and the various required stamps, free for Illinois residents over 75. Seniors are more likely to be on fixed incomes and have been paying for hunting and fishing licenses for decades, many for their entire lives. As a lifelong fisherman, I don’t believe that the right to go fishing with one’s grandkids should be somet
 
 
Rep. Meier had a great supper at the Alhambra’s UCC sausage supper on Saturday. Afterwards, he headed to Scooters in St. Rose to participate in the a Euchre Tournament with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. One of the Reps favorite things is to go out and meet with the citizens of the great 108th District.
 
 
ICYMI: Newsviews: Tio Hardiman, Brunell Donald http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/newsviews&id=9407688 …
 
 
Glad to be in #Bloomington this morning with my friends in the #BuildingTrades. #unions #twill pic.twitter.com/WQKmPkIuwi
 
 
I am a former DCFS ward. Over 100 children dead on this Governor’s watch! Unacceptable! I was in the system for 11 years! No more! Enough!
 
 
Our DCFS system is broken. Instead of giving more money and services to foster parents help the biological parents nurture them!
 
 
I fought battles as a Public Defender to return children home to parents. The system keeps children in foster care. Big Business!
 
 
Join @RahmEmanuel in #Chicago on Feb. 6th for a fundraiser in support of my campaign! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/585606914856878/ … #twill #DaMayor
 
 
I sat in a group home 1 1/2 years case worker left me there! Cried every night! I was broken but I kept dreaming to be an attorney!
 
 
How do u even think it is ok to make Arthur Bishop head of IL DCFS? Did you speak to any of the children he was responsible for at Juvenile?
 
 
How do u appoint Arthur Bishop a person who was just over warehousing children as criminals to IL DCFS where children need Love! Why Quinn?
 
 
Will other Republican governor candidates denounce efforts by Pat Quinn’s allies to hijack GOP primary? http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/rauner-asks-competitors-to-call-for-dems-to-stay-out-of-primary/ …
 
 
The real State of the State question, are you better off? #MakeILworkagain #illinois http://instagram.com/p/jrqhs-oxv-/ 
 
 
We made a video highlighting some of the #TallTales Mike Frerichs has been telling since he launched his campaign http://goo.gl/N1VN16 
 
 
On January 29, 2009, the Illinois Senate impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich. Five years later, Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton Senator Don Harmon James F. Clayborne, Jr. Bill Haines and Ira Silverstein look back. Five years later: impeaching Blagojevichillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Speaking with reporters about ways to alleviate some of the hardships faced around the state with current propane shortages and price spikes.
 
 
1 draft pick on the short list of names to ascend to the top of the House Republican Conference: Peter Roskam of Illinois. Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., who …
 
 
* OK, here are the questions I came up with for our gubernatorial candidate questionnaire. I took your suggestions and your follow-up preferences, tweaked some of them and settled on those that I think the candidates are most likely to answer. I like all the questions, but I really believe we need to whittle down […]
 
 
Macoupin County receives grant to repair historic courthouseKSDKAlbrecht contacted State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) last fall to see if Manar could obtain a grant to help cover the cost of the first phase of restoration to the courthouse exterior. The Macoupin County Courthouse cost approximately $1.3 …
 
 
ChicagoPride.comEquality Illinois confers Freedom Award on US Sen. Mark KirkChicagoPride.com”From his military service to his work in Congress, Sen. Kirk exemplifies the true meaning of being a public servant. He approaches LGBT issues not by the political labels that some people attach to them but by whether they are the right thing to do …Sen. Kirk’s Re-Election Campaign Getting an Early
 
 
IL GOP Gov Stealth Candidate Bruce Rauner Actually a HologramChicagoNow (blog)Or he’s standing in front of a farmer’s field making sure those crops grow straight and don’t malinger the way they are wont to when a democrat is in the statehouse. Or he’s hanging out in a stairwell with a bunch of scrubbed school kids who are …
 
 
Previous speakers have included Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who was Illinois Veterans Affairs director at …
 
 
Reacting to a barrage of negative press, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner went on the offensive today, citing the national and state GOP’s …
 
 
Kirk Dillard, Sen. … Becky Weed and Scott Stone, U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax, Illinois Attorney General candidate Paul Schimpf and Illinois Lt.
 
 
The investments Ameren makes in critical energy infrastructure create and … Ameren Illinois provides electric and natural gas delivery service while …
 
 
We break down the rules Illinois has outlined for medical marijuana, and some additional restrictions Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Ed Burke would like to impose in Chicago. Tags:  Rahm Emanuel John Byrne Ali Nagib Walter Burnett Medical Marijuana
 
 
The Chicago Cubs have formally requested permission to install a large advertising sign in right field — an action that almost certainly will set off a …
 
 
… fraud and obstructing a federal audit and is due to appear before a federal judge in Chicago Monday afternoon. … Email: kjanssen@suntimes.com.
 
 
Hillary Rodham Clinton admits that one of her biggest regrets about her public life is that she cannot drive anymore.
 
 
* Dan Rutherford tells Greg Hinz that his TV ad campaign will start during the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 7th… Mr. Rutherford declined to say how big or long the ad campaign will be. “We’re planning it out,” he said. “We are going to be sustainable.” But he did say the spots will be “positive,” concentrating […]
 
 
Greg Hinz is reporting that GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford will be running TV ads during the Winter Olympics, which begin February 7. Rutherford told Hinz the spots will be “‘positive,’ concentrating on what he brings to the table as…
 
 
The visitation is today for a long-time southern Illinois broadcaster.
 
 
Illinois Super Lawyer James Hagler on Chicago Counterpoint TVEIN News (press release)About the Host: Attorney Jeffery M. Leving was named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio(TM) and has co-authored several Illinois laws, including the Illinois Joint Custody Act. Leving is committed to social justice and is chairman of the …
 
 
Please watch our first campaign video below, “Mike Frerichs: Dishonest Politician” and find out why you shouldn’t trust him again. Paid for by Cross for Trea…
 
 
* AP Chicago… Days ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, his budget director has sent lawmakers a letter detailing “encouraging” developments on Illinois’ billions in unpaid bills. The Sunday letter says the backlog will be $5.6 billion by fiscal year’s end, down from roughly $10 […]
 
 
* The Tribune takes a relatively quick look at Bruce Rauner’s problems with his nursing home investments, including alleged deaths and major lawsuits… But earlier this month, attorneys for GTCR and the other parties called the law firm’s complaint a “fantastical, meandering tale.” “Each successive pleading is more chaotic, implausible, melodramatic and absurdly far-reaching in the scope […]
 
 
Illinois’s tollway agency is set to issue $400 million of tax-exempt bonds in the biggest sale from the state since lawmakers took steps to bolster the worst-funded U.S. state pension system. The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority plans to …
 
 
 
 
This is Chicago’s 13th coldest winter on record. Can you imagine it any worse?! – http://bit.ly/1i3JRC1 
 
 
Senate Week in Review: January 20-24 – http://luechtefeld.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/438/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
CHART OF THE WEEK: Yesterday, the Governor’s office reported significant progress in the State’s unpaid bill… http://fb.me/2Mc8Or5Qd 
 
 
#MI ballot initiative to restore part-time Legislature has submitted proposal for review http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/michigan_part_time_legislature_ballot.html#incart_river …
 
 
full video of GOP debate from Jan. 23 http://bit.ly/1dU0Ky5  #ILGovRace14 pic.twitter.com/MBzaQafSgH #brady #dillard #rauner #rutherford
 
 
IL lawmakers return to Springfield this week — why the light load? http://bit.ly/MjWu18  @IllinoisIGPA
 
 
Last month’s agreement on a state pension reform bill won’t save Illinois as much money as its supporters promised. Accountants at the pension systems took another look at the numbers and concluded that Governor Quinn and state legislative leaders overstated the savings by $15 billion, or about 10%. Critics say state officials will have to revisit the pension cuts and make new ones; but supporters
 
 
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford 1/27/2014: Play now!Dave and Elizabeth talk with State Treasurer Dan Rutherford on this morning’s show. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!
 
 
New Illinois medical marijuana laws put #OakPark in a bind as all property is near residential areas: http://oakpark.suntimes.com/people/voices/sassone-OAK-01302014:article
 
 
Illinois has finally found itself in the green.
 
 
Evanston aldermen tonight will discuss whether the city should use nets or other barriers to try to prevent suicides after two people jumped late last year from city parking garages.
 
 
Springfield- Navigators with Get Covered America are traveling from place to place making sure people have health insurance. On Sunday they were at Abundant Faith Christian Center in Springfield. The
 
 
Don’t let the headline mislead you, this is a good thing. The $160B in projected savings were based on 2012… http://fb.me/1UKWUhbvN 
 
 
Projections are but a snapshot in time and discussing pensions require attention to detail. Because if you are… http://fb.me/6jr4PsY57 
 
 
In The Know Illinois: Concealed carry reasons, horse racing, unsustainab… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/concealed-carry-reasons-horse-racing.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Caucus Blog: New law lets 17 year-old vote in primary elections… http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/new-law-lets-17-year-old-vote-in.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Comptroller breaks down spending State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says her office will provide taxpayers with a breakdown of state spending in income tax returns received in 2014. The tax return inserts will show what state agencies spend each year, and an analysis of the state’s unpaid bills over time. That information will also be made available on the Comptroller’s Web site.News | Senator D
 
 
Make sure you’re in the know by reading In the Know… http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/concealed-carry-reasons-horse-racing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheKnowIllinois+%28In+The+Know+Illinois%29
 
 
This weekend I went to science fairs at Dirksen Junior High School in Joliet and Metea Valley High School in Aurora. As a scientist and a businessman, it’s great to be able to see kids excited about science and engineering!
 
 
Pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought. ILGA session starts this week. Keep working. You’re not done! http://ow.ly/1RUM8k
 
 
Psyched to have @jeremybird—Obama field director/one of the best organizers around—kicking off our canvass Saturday: http://bit.ly/1bstwS5 
 
 
Thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, chili chefs and sponsors for making the Chili Cook Off a very, very successful event! I can’t express my gratitude enough. Thanks to all the elected officials and candidates who made the trip to Bourbonnais for my event. And especially to everyone who attended knowing the roads were not the best. This would not be possible without your support. Movin
 
 
Hold on to your wallet – the real facts behind the proposed progressive tax. The 2011 income tax hike took an additional one week of pay from the average Illinois family, a total of $25 billion by the end of 2013. That was more than enough to pay off the backlog of bills totaling $8.5 billion (one of the main reasons given for the “needed” tax hike), yet the backlog remains… How do y
 
 
The Belleville News Democrat looks at gambling in the Metro East and Bob’s hearing set for tomorrow. Casino revenue drops while video gambling in bars rapidly rises | Metro-east news | News Democratwww.bnd.comVideo gambling at bars, truck stops and other local establishments saw rapid growth in its first year of being legal in Illinois, while revenue slid at the state’s casinos in 2013.
 
 
During last year’s protests over school closings, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis threatened to register 250,000 voters before the next …
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS … AURORA, Illinois — A 25-year-old immigration activist from Aurora will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the …
 
 
* Bruce Rauner’s campaign sent this out earlier today… It has been widely reported in news outlets including the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and Capitol Fax that Pat Quinn’s Democratic Party and labor union allies – a coalition that has invested $10 million in Quinn’s political career – are threatening to spend millions of dollars […]
 
 
The shift in public attitudes on same-sex marriage has been nothing less than breathtaking, with Illinois among the latest states to jump on the …
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleQuinn seeks support of Evanston DemsEvanston ReviewEvanston supplied about half of Quinn’s narrow 30,000 statewide vote margin in his first election to the Governor’s office over Republican Bill Brady in Nov. 2, 2010. He could probably do better, though. In that same election, Evanston voters supplied …Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address
 
 
* Tom Cross’ campaign has a new Internet ad attacking Mike Frerichs. Rate it… * Script… From Washington to Springfield the typical politicians are failing us. Dishonest politicians like Mike Frerichs. Here’s Frerichs in his very first ad: “In 2006 I ran for the State Senate where I led by example by cutting my own pay and ending free […]
 
 
* Buried at the very end of an article about big money being poured into the gubernatorial race is this quote from Michael Keiser, who, according to the Tribune made his money selling recycled greeting cards and said he met Rauner through the charter school movement… “I think of public employees as the ‘haves’ of current […]
 
 
* My weekly syndicated newspaper column… I don’t think I’ve seen a Republican – or just about any candidate of any stripe – work as hard for an AFL-CIO endorsement than Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka did. She assiduously courted the unions who represent workers in her office, worked to help the Teamsters pass a bill important to […]
 
 
* The Sun-Times profiled some concealed carry applicants… Peter Besenhofer, 47, worries that the gasoline tanker truck he drives to construction sites across the city and suburbs, sometimes carrying loads worth nearly $30,000, could make him a target. “I don’t want to have to shoot anybody. Just showing a firearm can defuse so many situations. That’s […]
 
 
Let’s #bemoved to keep students safe today at school. #studentsafety #schoolsafety #noviolence
 
 
There is some generally disingenuous rhetoric in this piece. The truth: better investment returns have reduced… http://fb.me/6C1GYq8mn 
 
 
EDWARDSVILLE – Businessman and former Presidential candidate Herman Cain will announce his support for Erika Harold’s this Friday in St. Louis and Saturday in Edwardsville and Champaign. Harold is challenging GOP incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis for the Republican Party’s 13th…
 
 
I think you should vote for a politician by his record. You should go through the trouble to check on how a politician votes.
 
 
Workers at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield are reviewing security procedures after a man broke in to the basement.
 
 
Bill Cartwright became a household name in Chicago winning championships for the Bulls in the 1990’s. Now at 57, Mr. Bill is gaining a new generation of fans, impressing fundamentals on the basketball court.
 
 
Lunch yesterday (1/26/14) at Medinah Shriners in Addison. http://votegrogan.tumblr.com/post/74716413646/lunch-yesterday-at-medinah-shriners-in-addison … … Don’t tell @CompTopinka that I’m not a coffee drinker!
 
 
So-called pension reform will save $15 billion less than promised. We need to shake up Springfield and deliver real results for taxpayers.