Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Jan. 29

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Congratulations to state Rep. David Leitch for his award from the Illinois Psychiatric Society, which bestowed on him a legislative plaque for his efforts in the arena of mental health recovery. “Patients come first, and Rep. Leitch …
 
 
Hays, who issued a press release on the new bill, indicated the proposed action is similar to property tax abatement legislation passed for families who suffered building destruction as a result of a tornado that struck Harrisburg in southern Illinois in …
 
 
An Alton attorney already facing marijuana and sex charges now is accused of having practiced law without a valid license.
 
 
As Gov. Pat Quinn gives his State of the State address at noon today, he’ll likely focus on jobs and the economy and, in this election year, is expected to spend some time on recent political victories, including signing a law cuttings public workers pension benefits.
 
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is slated Wednesday to give what we hope will be his last State of the State speech.
 
 
In less than 12 hrs we’ll hear the Gov’s State of the State. What he will propose/highlight will b interesting.#twill #Government #Illinois
 
 
Our MLK weekend tour made the Robinson Daily News, front page, thanks to Lugene Bond and the Crawford County Democrats.
 
 
By John Gregory – Illinois Radio Network. The top Republican in the Illinois Senate expects the State of the State address to be mostly political. It is an …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. U.S. Rep. Rodney … It’s a pilot program for 10 states, though Davis says it’s unlikely Illinois will be one of the 10.
 
 
Chicago-based companies often come up short on innovation rankings. While top … Q. What should Chicago companies do … … Chicago Tribune.
 
 
This Saturday, Quad-Citians can act to help change Illinois government more profoundly and dramatically than any vote they ever have cast. It simply requires going to the Moline Public Library between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday to sign a Yes …
 
 
Both sides voice opinions at gambling hearingBloomington PantagraphPushing anew to finally expand Illinois gambling, state Rep. Robert Rita figured staging his first public hearing in East St. Louis _ home to a casino and a horse track nearby _ would elicit feedback that would make his measure more inclusive and …
 
 
says 35th District State Senator Dave Syverson. A group of eight retired teachers and administrators filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court. “I’m surprised that it was filed from just the teachers. I figured we’d see several lawsuits before it was …
 
 
Had dinner with Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady in Springfield tonight.
 
 
According to the National Health Alliance on Mental Illness, about 1 in 5 people suffers some sort of mental illness. The Rockford area could soon have new resources to treat those patients. Rosecrance is looking to move into a new building in downtown Rockford to combine its triage program and crisis residential beds all under one roof. If this happens, the center would be the first of its kind i
 
 
Arsenal unveils new National Guard ambulance, will build 500 http://ow.ly/t3vzpArsenal unveils new National Guard ambulance, will build 500qconline.comArsenal unveils new National Guard ambulance, will build 500 – Quad-Cities Online is the Quad Cities leading Internet service provider offering…
 
 
All of the candidates seeking his job plan to be there. Quinn’s Democratic challenger anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, who has worked in Chicago for years, confirmed he’d attend. All four Republican candidates will listen in person, three of which are …
 
 
The handful of people got to hear his plan for Illinois and ask questions about a variety of topics from mental health to job creation. Rauner wants more jobs, lower taxes, better schools, and term limits on politicians. He wants to “run …
 
 
Many weeks after I first started asking, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner finally gave me a full interview about how and why convicted political fixer Stuart Levine was on the payroll of a company Mr. Rauner’s venture capital firm partially owned.It’s a fascinating story, because Mr. Levine was making $25,000 a month at the very same time Mr. Rauner’s company was soliciting business from the
 
 
 
myRA is hard to pronounce & impossible to get past spell-check. Also it’s a great first step to addressing our looming retirement crisis.
 
 
@BarackObama just proposed a new retirement savings program, MyRA. Hm, sounds like the bill @danielbiss filed today: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?GA=98&DocTypeID=SB&DocNum=2758&GAID=12&SessionID=85&LegID=78572 …
 
 
A slightly-more-than-140-character version of my myRA/Secure Choice/retirement savings enthusiastic burbling: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBiss/posts/10100269718718350?stream_ref=10 …
 
 
“The law has failed to keep up with changes in technology, and this is something that has destroyed lives,” http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/25238909-522/kadner-make-revenge-porn-a-crime-state-sen-michael-hastings-says.html …
 
 
10 deployments… enough said. #‎rltw #‎respect #‎dutyfirst pic.twitter.com/XxantXm2eR
 
 
 
Great meeting in Macomb tonight – the McDonough County Democrats are a great group of informed and dedicated citizens. I want to thank them again for the invitation. http://www.robmellon.com
 
 
Lexington Herald LeaderState of the State: Five things to knowJacksonville Journal CourierBy SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press. 1 hours ago |4 Views | | | Email | Print. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to give his annual State of the State speech today, the second time he has addressed state legislators and constitutional officers during an election …Ill. labor unions sue over plan to cut pensions
 
 
 
C’mon Cantor. You’re better than the palm clap. #SOTU
 
 
“@Chris_Moody: Sen. Kirk, a stroke survivor, bangs his cane on the ground to clap at SOTU. It sounds awesome.” Idea for #SOTS tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
Illinois businesses ravaged by those wicked November tornadoes could get some property tax relief http://www.pantagraph.com/business/local/tax-protection-proposed-for-businesses-hit-by-tornadoes/article_ba601494-8888-11e3-80bc-001a4bcf887a.html …
 
 
Changes to sick time, vacation payouts tabled http://ow.ly/2DlOnC 
 
 
A decision could come within months on whether Cronus Chemical LLC will build a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant in Illinois or Iowa, company officials say.
 
 
The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city.    
 
 
Attention all Curious Voters: WBEZ needs your help!Illinois voters head to the polls March 18 to select their party’s candidate for Illinois governor.How’s this involve you? WBEZ’s Curious City is looking for the questions you feel are important but the candidates for governor may not be talking about. We suspect some issues will get a lot of coverage: tax policy, pensions, guns and same-sex marri
 
 
Why it’s possible in 2014House Republican leaders are set to unveil a statement of principles that will guide efforts to pass an immigration reform bill.
 
 
Liberal arts colleges at times take a back seat to big private and public universities, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about them. They’re great institutions and Illinois has a number of them. Here are the best in the Land of Lincoln.
 
 
It is the slam dunk of local government collaboration. Yes, let’s move forward to merge River Forest’s township government with village government. That’s the gist of the bill Rep. Chris Welch (D-7th) will introduce this week in Springfield. Read More…
 
 
Critical maintenance in some buildings, new vehicles and initial work on the north side sewer separation project will be part of a $4.429 million capital improvements budget proposed for River Forest next year.   Read More…
 
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is slated to give what we hope will be his last State of the State speech today.
 
 
Instead of hiring someone from outside to be the DeKalb Park District’s interim director, park board members should focus on finding a permanent replacement.
 
 
In the wake of recent pension reform and marriage-equality legislation, Sneed is told Quinn wants to up the ante from proposals for universal access to pre-K education.
 
 
Think Illinois is headed in the wrong direction? Let’s get 100 new signatures on our petition to defeat Pat Quinn & change Springfield. Sign Today —> http://dillardtracy.com/defeatpatquinn/
 
 
The Madigan pension bill doesn’t work. Let’s get back to work to save the pension systems.SALMAGUNDI: Big shock: Pension numbers don’t look so goodwww.mywebtimes.comThis week in unsurprising headlines, brought to us by a recent Chicago Tribune report: “Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought.”
 
 
My thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends & coworkers of Vincent Petrella during this difficult time.
 
 
We offer wishes for a full recovery for our injured #IL State Trooper & thank him for bravely going above & beyond the call of duty.
 
 
Illinois again has the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Unacceptable and no excuse for it. We need to #ShakeUpSpringfield
 
 
Ron Sandack’s main reason for re-election appears solely based on a 23 year old bad check, while I’m focused on issues that impact middle class families. We deserve better from our elected officials. Judge for yourself who is fighting for Illinois families, by listening to the audio tape of our Daily Herald endorsement session!http://www.dailyherald.com/assets/mp3/DA131664127.mp3http://www.dailyhe
 
 
Blair Minton and Lt. Governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti
 
 
What does Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton foresee for the Spring 2014 legislative session? These two interviews offer some insight. Cullerton pre-session media interviews suggest 2014 prioritiesillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Senator Don Harmon: “We cannot allow Illinois to become the only state in the Union without a poison control center,” Harmon said. “This is literally a life-and-death issue.” Harmon proposal would help Illinois Poison Center keep its doors openillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health are seeking applicants for grants of up to $20,000 as part of the Safe Communities for Illinois program. Collins announces Safe Communities grants (deadline Feb. 14)illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
New laws designed to protect consumers are now in effect in Illinois. Here is the third in our series of Top 5 New Laws, this set for consumers of products and services. Top 5 New Illinois Consumer Safety Laws for 2014illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Ron Sandack’s main reason for re-election appears solely based on a 23 year old bad check, while I’m focused on issues that impact middle class families. We deserve better from our elected officials. Judge for yourself who is fighting for Illinois families, by listening to the audio tape of our Daily Herald endorsement session! http://www.dailyherald.com/assets/mp3/DA131664127.mp3 http://www.dai
 
 
Du Something AMAZING!The DuSable Museum will select 15 Chicago Public School students ages 14- 18 to participate in learning to serve as tour guides for the museum’s exhibitions and programs. Students will be educated on the DuSable Museum exhibits, techniques of theatrical presentation, public speaking, research skills, writing, and employment etiquette. Teens that complete the program will rece
 
 
Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy   The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) program provides training for students interested in careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science. The 2-year program was developed jointly by the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Chicago Police Department (
 
 
Here’s the @wics_abc20 story on propane prices & supply. Helping those struggling to heat their homes is my priority. http://bit.ly/1k1JeJN 
 
 
Collins announces Safe Communities grants (deadline Feb. 14) http://bit.ly/1ndxK8I 
 
 
@Bill_Brady’s interview from this morning with Jim Leach: http://wmay.com/assets/podcasts/20140128jlsBrady.MP3 …
 
 
Reminder: Winter Fundraiser – February 3rd at Boone’s Saloon from 5:00 – 7:00. http://conta.cc/1f9ftU5 
 
 
Schools are resuming tomorrow so make sure your children are dressed warm!
 
 
State Representative Josh Harms and me. He’s a great friend and supporter!
 
 
Blair Minton and Lt. Governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti
 
 
This is my contribution to the Conceal/Carry bill and I’m happy to see that it’s working! This provision identifies and flags gang members and repeat offenders and gives the State Police an opportunity to keep them from obtaining a conceal/carry license. Thank you Tom Kelley for drafting this provision and Jacob Kaplan and Daniel Pogorzelski for organizing the advisory meeting that led to this ide
 
 
Senator Sam McCann is leading the charge to help Illinois families struggling because of propane shortages throughout the state. Read more at this link!Senators McCann, Haine Introducing Emergency Legislation to Address Illinois Energy Crisissenatormccann.comSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville), Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), and Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) are introducing leg
 
 
Please make sure our four legged friends are safe in this freezing weather. Limit your pets time outside especially older pets. Wipe their paws off and check for salt when they come in from outside. Make sure animals do not come into contact with antifreeze. Keep pets hydrated. And avoid leaving animals in the car during these extremely cold temps.
 
 
Sen. Rezin previews the Governor’s State of the State address and says she hopes Governor Quinn will make education funding reform a priority this year. Click to read more: Rezin previews Governor’s address, hopes to see education funding a prioritysenatorrezin.comSPRINGFIELD, IL – Lawmakers will gather in Springfield January 29 for the Governor’s annual State of the State message, and State Senat
 
 
The Affordable College Textbook Act aims increase the use of free open textbooks to save students money http://1.usa.gov/19ZpcyL 
 
 
In order to provide students cheaper alternatives, @alfranken and I intro’d the Affordable College Textbook Act http://1.usa.gov/19ZpcyL 
 
 
College textbook costs are skyrocketing – @uspirg study found students want cheaper alternatives http://bit.ly/1hJr7Hb 
 
 
LaHood Opinion: ‘Roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure must be prioritized’ News, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, Serving the 37th Senate District in the Illinois…senatorlahood.comDarin LaHood proudly serves the 37th Senate District in the Illinois General Assembly. Senator LaHood’s district offices are located in Galesburg, Peoria, and Princeton, IL.
 
 
State Supreme Court justices rake in cash tied to pension-law players – Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24614346-418/story.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Springfield…As families throughout Illinois struggle with the soaring demand and high prices for propane to heat their homes, State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) is asking Governor Quinn and Attorney General Madigan to take additional measures to help affected residents weather the storm.  In letters sent to both Quinn and Madigan, Rosenthal and fellow lawmakers detail four poss
 
 
Lawmakers will gather Jan. 29 for the Governor’s annual State of the State message, and Sen. Rezin said if the speech follows the format of past years, it will be long on positive rhetoric and short on details. Sen. Rezin said she will be listening to hear whether education funding will be one of the Governor’s priorities this year.
 
 
How do you feel about the #StateoftheUnion? Take a second and weigh in on our Dold for Congress issues poll: http://doldforcongress.com/2014issues/
 
 
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky should listen to her colleague Congressman Jim Moran’s concerns about young folks signing up for Obamacare. “I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will, are less likely to sign up… I just don’t know how we’re going to do it frankly,” Moran says. “Like” if you think young folks recognize this generational transfer of wealth “Share” if
 
 
Honored to be receiving vast majority of early endorsements from Republican organizations. After hearing both candidates, the organizations are going our way by 10-1 margin so far. Let’s keep building the momentum to retire Dick Durbin! http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/truax-trouncing-oberweis-10-1-early-endorsements/Truax trouncing Oberweis 10-1 in early endorsements – Doug Truax for Senate | Dou
 
 
GOP: Marriage is a path out of poverty unless you’re Wendy Davis or gay. Then it’s just a fun excuse to demean you.
 
 
Revenge Porn would be outlawed under Senator Hastings proposal: http://senatorhastings.com/index.php/news/119-revenge-porn-would-be-outlawed-under-new-proposal …
 
 
New on our site: Temporary trucking terminations set for week’s end #CDL http://ilsendems.co/1b5yHYk 
 
 
Serious threat of ‘revenge porn’ to victims gets attention of Illinois State Senate http://ilsendems.co/MrajLp 
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/2t7zPyrxa 
 
 
FT Inside Sales Executive in Schaumburg; Visit http://spectruminc.com  for more info #joboftheday @SpectrumMktg http://ow.ly/t35v5 
 
 
Tomorrow Governor Quinn will give his State of the State address, here is my take on his speech http://www.dwightkay.org/state_of_the_state_preview_by_dwight_kay …
 
 
Will 40,000 truckers’ CDL licenses be canceled this week because of a federal mandate? Read what Transportation Chair Senator Martin Sandoval, Pat McGuire, State Senator, Senator John G. Mulroe and the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association say about this potential impending threat to commerce in Illinois. Temporary trucking terminations set for week’s endwww.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Webs
 
 
“Unfortunately, this happens daily to unsuspecting people who often times use technology without fully realizing the consequences,” Senator Michael E. Hastings said. Illinois looks to crack down on ‘revenge porn’www.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
Tomorrow, the Illinois House and Senate will convene in the Capitol to hear Governor Quinn give his State of the State address.  This will be the fourth address that I have attended and here is what I would like to here, “the State of our State is strong and improving every day.  The economy is dramatically better, and our finances are in great shape.  Still, there is much more work to be done.” 
 
 
Tomorrow, Governor Quinn will release his State of the State address, and Tom has shared some expectations on the speech. “The grave challenges confronting our state demand tangible, detailed and responsible proposals.” #CrossForTreasurerCross Outlines Expectations from Governor Quinn’s State of the State Addresswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
Tornadoes destroyed hundreds of homes in #IL, but FEMA couldn’t help the City of Washington. Here’s why: http://on.fb.me/1i8JsOO  #SOTU
 
 
Proud to have invited Rudy Lopez to watch Pres. Obama deliver the #SOTU -Rudy fasted 22 days for #ImmigrationReform pic.twitter.com/2cL7gpTXxU
 
 
Tonight at the #SOTU, I’ll be wearing a @NoLabelsOrg pin with @Sen_JoeManchin and others. Learn more about the pin: http://instagram.com/p/jurrFWMqOX/ 
 
 
Uh, someone clapped at the mention of an unemployed person. #SOTU
 
 
5 things to know about the State of the Union #SOTU http://fb.me/35tx8OGDI 
 
 
U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax (R-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to tonight’s State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama:http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/truax-reaction-state-union-speech/Truax reaction to State of the Union speech – Doug Truax for Senate | DougTruax.comwww.dougtruax.comU.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax (R-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to
 
 
Legislators in the Illinois Senate may soon debate a proposal targeting “revenge porn.” Revenge porn, sometimes called “involuntary porn”, is nude or sexually explicit photos or videos posted online without the consent of the subject – oftentimes done by a bitter ex. The proposal, sponsored by State Senator Michael Hastings (D–Orland Park), would make it a felony to post sexually explicit videos o
 
 
You’re invited to a fundraiser in support of Mike Webster, Republican Candidate for IL Secretary of State. http://on.fb.me/1ngoPTS  #twill
 
 
Let’s make this a year of action. #SOTU
 
 
Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise. #SOTU
 
 
Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. #SOTU
 
 
To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you.
 
 
It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank account, that drives our democracy. #SOTU
 
 
A President who decides to implement an agenda via executive order is really no different than Judge Dredd: “I am the law!”
 
 
Sen. Mike Frerichs Kicks Off Treasurer Campaign http://www.1470wmbd.com/Sen–Mike-Frerichs-Kicks-Off-Treasurer-Campaign/18234149 … Stimulating Talk – 1470 & 100.3 WMBD #twill #Peoria
 
 
Big thanks Evan Keller for organizing Illini for Carol meeting. Thanks College Dems for inviting me. #goillini pic.twitter.com/39AO3ODvE9
 
 
Check out my interview with 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield’s Jim Leach- we discussed lowering state spending and my intentions to lower state income taxes: http://wmay.com/assets/podcasts/20140128jlsBrady.MP320140128jlsBradywmay.com
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Prior to endorsements and check-writing, most state political action committees (PACs) send surveys to candidates asking their …
 
 
* The last two Saturday evenings, we were stunned to see that the parking lot was empty at the popular Ross Issac restaurant. After the second time, I turned the truck around and pulled up to the building. A posted sign said they were working on some equipment problems, but didn’t indicate a target […]
 
 
* From a press release… The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC) today issued its endorsements for candidates running for statewide office in Democratic and Republican primaries in the March 18, 2014, primary election. All the endorsed statewide candidates have strong records supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, particularly regarding the freedom to marry
 
 
* Jason Plummer discusses his Metro East strip mall… “Since we purchased Monticello Plaza we’ve probably added about 12,000 square feet of new space with tenants who are opening and operating; we’ve signed another 30,000 square feet that we have signed leases on, but they’re not open yet,” said Midwest Asset Group owner Jason Plummer. […]
 
 
* The unions aren’t the only groups trying to spoil Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address tomorrow. The Illinois Republican Party has tossed in its two cents… State of the State: 2014 Rhetoric vs. Reality: Gov. Quinn’s failed record on jobs 2010 SOTS: Quinn Rhetoric: “I think the number one issue in Illinois today is getting […]
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleGOP tries to school candidates to avoid disasterBlueRidgeNow.comIn addition to the policy briefings and campaign advice that both parties have long offered, the candidates are counseled specifically on navigating trouble-prone issues related to women. Front-running Republican Senate candidates Todd Akin in Missouri …GOP holding candidate boot camp to avoid political blunde
 
 
EAST MOLINE – Republican candidate in the 17th CD Bobby Schilling is likely to be disappointed tonight during President Obama’s State of the Union address. Schilling says h’s hoping he’ll hear the President admit Obamacare is deeply flawed. “There are…
 
 
* Bruce Rauner is to ____ what Gov. Pat Quinn is to ____?
 
 
* Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki was interviewed recently about his exorcism in response to the new gay marriage law… Paprocki told LifeSiteNews that people in today’s permissive society seem to think that hate is associated with not letting people get “what they want.” “Any good parent will tell you that sometimes you have to discipline your children. […]
 
 
* After months of waiting, Bruce Rauner finally talked with Greg Hinz about his employment of convicted influence peddler Stu Levine… When asked this by his opponents at a candidate debate earlier this month, Mr. Rauner said he “didn’t know” Mr. Levine at the time — Mr. Levine wasn’t indicted on federal corruption charges until […]
 
 
The mayor made his first public comments on the matter since the Chicago Board of Education charter school expansion vote last week after cutting …
 
 
* Bruce Rauner is to ____ what Gov. Pat Quinn is to ____?
 
 
* Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki was interviewed recently about his exorcism in response to the new gay marriage law… Paprocki told LifeSiteNews that people in today’s permissive society seem to think that hate is associated with not letting people get “what they want.” “Any good parent will tell you that sometimes you have to discipline your children. […]
 
 
An estimated 15,000 horse owners, trainers, jockeys and stable-hands are hoping the Illinois House approves a measure that will allow for a normal …
 
 
CHICAGO – It’s being reported that the anti-Rauner Jobs and Opportunity for Illinois PAC has banked $50,000 from the Democratic Governor’s Association; moving it a step closer to launching a TV ad campaign the PAC hopes will bloddy Bruce Rauner…
 
 
Case management set in 14-year-old injury suitMadison County RecordIllinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman is next in line as longest-serving judge in Illinois. … After a lot of prodding by defense attorney Robert A. Miller of Chesterfield, Mo., Danahy answered defense interrogatories in October 2006 …
 
 
Raymond James is the underwriter for the offering, which was filed Jan. 27 with Illinois’ Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.
 
 
Senator wants to change one law for concealed carryWANDA State Senator wants to change the law for posting signs saying businesses don’t allow guns. Senator Don Harmon (D) believes the signs are counter-intuitive. Harmon says businesses that welcome guns should display a sign that says you welcome them.
 
 
CHICAGO – A coalition of government unions filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to overturn a new Illinois law aimed at reducing a $100 billion unfunded pension liability. The lawsuit, filed by the We Are One Illinois coalition in Sangamon…
 
 
Hearing on proposed Illinois gambling expansion draws 250 in ESLBelleville News DemocratEddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis, said he wants the legislation to end up being a “win-win situation” for both sides. But he noted that Casino Queen taxes provide 40 percent of East St. Louis’ revenue, and “the finances are still fragile with the …
 
 
Follow Mike Riopell’s tweets during State of the Union speechChicago Daily HeraldDaily Herald State Government Editor will be tweeting about the State of the Union speech as it happens at 8 tonight. You can follow the tweets and other news feeds on President Barack Obama’s big speech. Just click on the Social Media tab above to …
 
 
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is responding to the President’s State of the Union with a national TV ad buy (below). The woman featured in the ad is Emilie from Tennessee. She’s an Obama voter with Lupus who thought that ObamaCare…
 
 
Examiner.comBruce Rauner gives an incomplete answer to unanswered question about Stu …Examiner.comGreg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business has been pounding Bruce Rauner, the frontrunner in the Republican gubernatorial race, for months about his relationship (or non-relationship) with Stuart Levine. Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax reported today that Rauner …
 
 
Rate the SOTU speech tonight.
 
 
Quinn State of State speech to have re-election flavorChicago TribuneBy Monique Garcia Clout Street. 8:11 p.m. CST, January 28, 2014. SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to deliver a State of the State speech Wednesday that will echo many of the themes already at the cornerstone of his re-election …
 
 
By Sean Crawford · Enlarge image. Credit ilga.gov. Rep. Jim Durkin. The Illinois House Republican leader says his top priority is legislation meant to …
 
 
… noting that the latest measure would use the same framework as one that died last May when he opted not to call it for an Illinois House vote in the …
 
 
Dillard campaign asks: “Where is Mr. Rauner’s moral compass?”The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)He’ll be joined by Jim Meadows, Jak Tichenor, Amanda Vinicky and Chacour. It will be on Peoria Public Radio and can be heard on line. – Oswego Willy – Thursday, Jan 23, 14 @ 2:59 pm: When the Rauetbots go after anyone one on one, you know the talking …
 
 
By Dan Proft – This week two Chicago Democrat politicians who are farther out over their skis than Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards ever was (I’ve got Winter Olympics fever) will tell us their version of the state of United States…
 
 
He said Illinois law prohibits persons from posting identifying sexually explicit content of a minor, or an adult who does not consent, on a website …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — Here is what the Internet thinks of Chicago: It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s segregated. It’s dangerous. That is based on Google’s “auto complete” feature when web users type in the words “Why is Chicago so …” From the Google support page, here is how the search engine determines the results: “As you type, Autocomplete predicts and displays queries to choose from. The search queries t
 
 
Bob and the Illinois House are in session Wednesday to hear the Governor’s State of the State speech.http://ow.ly/rTqDUilga.gov
 
 
Snow day @ no school? Interested n mobile tech app that helps keep students & staff safe? Contact me to see. #schoolsafety #mobileapp #tech
 
 
Great piece on Pope Francis. http://m.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-the-times-they-are-a-changin-20140128 …”
 
 
With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.
 
 
This week State Senator Matt Murphy penned an op-ed column for Crain’s opposing proposals for a progressive income tax: “As neighboring Indiana creates one out of every 10 new jobs in America and actually rebates surplus funds to its taxpayers, how do Illinois’ ruling Democrats look to solve these ongoing fiscal problems? You guessed it: another tax increase.” Read more from Senator Mur
 
 
In the opening shots of a major new assault on the NCAA’s amateurism model, an “overwhelming majority” of Northwestern football players have filed to be recognized as members of a union. Their endgame, if successful, would be college football players officially being classified as employees.
 
 
State Rep. Bob Rita has served the 28th District of the Illinois House of Representatives with…
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Supports the Red Cross Visit us at http://www.redcross.org/stl. From: stlredcross Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:56 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
 
Sun-Times not endorsing candidates in Illinois primary: http://bit.ly/1euI2cU 
 
 
Development of the old state prison site remains the focus of the Grayville City Council.
 
 
Chicago home prices rose 11 percent in November compared with a year earlier, its best performance since December 1988. S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed the 10-City and 20-City Composites increased 13.8 percent and 13.7 percent year-over-year. “November was a good month for home prices,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P Dow Jones index committee. Continue reading →
 
 
WASHINGTON–Rep. Aaron Schock R-Ill. is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee March fundraising dinner here, one of the major events to raise campaign cash for the House GOP political operation. Schock faces no opponent in the March Illinois primary, leaving him free to work on the March 26 dinner. Schock already raised $1.1 Continue reading →
 
 
Suburban Life Media announced new leadership Tuesday as Laura Pass was named as General Manager.
 
 
Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, Sylvia Puente, gave a speech titled “Fuerza Latina, A Paradox of Success and Hardship,” Monday in the Student Center. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and the Hispanic Resource Center co-sponsored the event. The Latino Policy Forum is a non-profit organization out of Chicago working statewide to promote resources, access and investment in the L
 
 
Illinois State Treasurer/Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford stopped in Canton Thursday to reveal one of his policy plans and to field questions from a small audience at the Official Time Out.
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has ordered the state’s flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of a tollway worker who died in a fiery crash on I-88. –> http://via.wqad.com/QQjnBcR
 
 
The amount of crime in Arlington Heights reached historically low levels in 2013, police say. According to the 2013 Uniform Crime Report, a compilation of crime statistics provided by the village to the FBI, Arlington Heights’ crime rate dropped 17 percent from 2012 to last year, and has fallen 45 percent over the past decade.
 
 
Pothole tracker http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/dataset/potholetracker.html City 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.
 
 
Metra’s latest problem (in a long list of problems): http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140127/news/701279951/
 
 
“The Snow Queen is a fun, heartfelt show for the whole family. (It) will keep Andersen’s story fresh with the younger audiences, while their parents can marvel at the artistic design and atmosphere.” – Patrick Dyer CHICAGO THEATER BEAT (Recommended)The Snow Queenwww.filamenttheatre.orgAdapted by Tyler J. Monroe From the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen Directed by A.R.T. Resident Di
 
 
Illinois State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and State Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) recently introduced legislation to grant Jackson County the authority to issue bonds for the repair of the Grand Tower Levee. “Allowing Jackson County to issue bonds in order to repair the Grand Tower Levee is necessary for the safety of the community,” said Rep. Bost.  “The levee is in poor sh
 
 
Honored to be beating Jim Oberweis in early endorsements 10-1. Let’s keep up the momentum! http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/truax-trouncing-oberweis-10-1-early-endorsements/ …
 
 
More truth than fiction sadly! It’s time to rein in government waste, and put your tax dollars to good use. No more needless warfare, insane regulations in the marketplace or increasing the welfare state. It’s time to set Illinois 9th free from Statism!
 
 
Take a moment to check out the guest opinion column I wrote for Crain’s Chicago Business on the progressive income tax proposal in Illinois and why it is a bad idea. If you have problems viewing it on Crain’s website, you can also view it on my legislative website: http://www.senatormattmurphy.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/266/r/1/Default.aspxWhy a progressive income tax is a bad idea f
 
 
In light of the President’s Speech tonight, no doubt trying to “uplift” ObamaCare and its many graces… Here’s a re-post of “Lipinski Approved” ObamaCare and its many TAXES (download it for FREE) http://www.mediafire.com/view/3ba9h976cu37doj/SharonBrannigan-ListofObamaCareTaxes.pdf
 
 
Learn how our Campaign can bring “Results That Matter” to the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District. Download this FREE informative piece on Sharon Brannigan’s “results” … http://www.mediafire.com/view/312ftnjf7rvrbqy/branniganaccomplishments.pdf
 
 
In The Know Illinois: O’Hare noise, propane emergency, Metra police and … http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/ohare-noise-propane-emergency-metra.html?spref=tw …
 
 
@ State of City address in Elmhurst with Mayor Morley. Elmhurst has a AAA bond rating, Illinois A~. Planning v. #Tax/spend/repeat.
 
 
Steve Chapman: Blocking medical marijuana dispensaries is absurd — and cruel. http://bit.ly/1aEOP8J 
 
 
Bost & Luechtefeld Introduce Legislation to Repair Grand Tower Levee – See more at: http://luechtefeld.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/439/r/1/Default.aspx#sthash.NX7pZhP1.dpuf …
 
 
Tonight: Don’t forget to watch the State of the Union at 8pmCST. Don’t miss it: http://wh.gov/sotu  #SOTU pic.twitter.com/Csk8NhwZ4p
 
 
January Newsletter – Spring Legislative update, School closures, Grants, Jobs & Cold weather assistance http://conta.cc/1d5gZUE 
 
 
Just heard @RonSandack speak about #progressiveincometax Tune into #NN17 Fri @ 6 to hear his opinions on the proposed bill
 
 
Metra’s latest problem (in a long list of problems): http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140127/news/701279951/ …
 
 
Congrats to Rep. Chris Welch & Wife ShawnTe On Arrival of Baby Girl! #constantcontact http://conta.cc/1cnO968 
 
 
What do you want to hear from @BarackObama in the #SOTU? Also, this #BlockofCheese parody is great. http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/cheese-day?utm_expid=24505866-17.BX6wH-fnR7mfeW_c5l7zqw.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2Fsotu … #twill #WestWing
 
 
On Wed, the White House is hosting the 1st-ever virtual Big Block of Cheese Day. Use #AskTheWH to ask your questions: http://go.wh.gov/HSnmaY 
 
 
RIP Pete Seeger. He swore it wasn’t too late. Can you do the same?
 
 
This week State Senator Matt Murphy penned an op-ed column for Crain’s opposing proposals for a progressive… http://fb.me/2QhYB7XpM 
 
 
Our thoughts & prayers are with the family of Vincent Petrella, who tragically lost his life last night doing what he loved- helping others.
 
 
I am proud to bring Michelle Burke as my guest to the State of the Union this evening. Michelle is a public school teacher in IL District 54 working on STEAM education. Read more about it here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140122/news/701229852/Schaumburg science teacher invited to State of the Unionwww.dailyherald.comMichelle Burke never thought teaching science and running a technolog
 
 
Metra North Line is not operating until further notice due to a CN derailment.
 
 
Vincent Petrella is a hero. Both he and our injured State Trooper were doing heroic work – assisting their fellow citizens in an emergency. Both men were committed to keeping our roads safe and to helping those in need. Vincent was a selfless man, dedicated to his family and his job. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow employees during this difficult time. I am orderi
 
 
Good news for Chopin Park!Chopin Park to Get New Playground – Portage Park – DNAinfo.com Chicagowww.dnainfo.comThe park advisory council hopes the playground renovation will attract more families to the park.
 
 
Click here to view the flier; right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download.
 
 
We all know how powerful a letter of personal recommendation can be. Would you be willing to share a letter of recommendation? Please spread the word about my campaign and objectives by downloading and distributing my campaign letter – which is available at http://www.balkema.org/letter_campaign – to your friends, family, and neighbors. Feel free to personalize this letter to make it your own.
 
 
More truth than fiction sadly! It’s time to rein in government waste, and put your tax dollars to good use. No more needless warfare, insane regulations in the marketplace or increasing the welfare state. It’s time to set Illinois 9th free from Statism!
 
 
Editorial: Animal registry bill not the way to goBloomington PantagraphSometimes legislation may have the best of intentions, but is still the wrong way to go. That’s the case with a measure introduced by State Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago. If approved, the legislation would create a new animal abuse registry designed to …
 
 
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* For a moment, let’s backtrack to yesterday, when Bruce Rauner and his three opponents were slamming each other over the upcoming anti-Rauner TV ad blitz financed at least in part by organized labor. This was Sen. Bill Brady’s retort to Rauner… Brady noted that union groups opposing Rauner in the primary are made up […]
 
 
UIS will keep its Prairie Stars nickname.UIS to keep Prairie Stars nicknamewww.sj-r.comUniversity of Illinois Springfield athletic teams will be keeping the same nickname they have had since 1977.
 
 
Illinois State Co-Chair of The Fellows of The American Bar Foundation … Clifford is the founder of Clifford Law Offices, a nationally recognized …
 
 
 
* This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Illinois Senate’s vote to remove Rod Blagojevich from office. Kurt Erickson looks at what has changed… Construction: During his six years in office, Blagojevich and the legislature were unable to agree on a way to pay for a job-creating road, bridge and school construction program. Within a […]
 
 
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – Democrat State Rep. Bob Rita (photo right) is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in the state with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois. Rita is pushing a measure that would add five new…
 
 
I can’t remember that in Chicago. I have parents who call me and say, `I understand why school’s closed. But do you have any idea where my kids can …
 
 
 
* This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Illinois Senate’s vote to remove Rod Blagojevich from office. Kurt Erickson looks at what has changed… Construction: During his six years in office, Blagojevich and the legislature were unable to agree on a way to pay for a job-creating road, bridge and school construction program. Within a […]
 
 
 
* Maybe it’s because this Tribune story appeared a few days before Christmas, or maybe because the Tribune is no longer an AP member its stories aren’t being picked up by other papers like they used to, but it’s fascinating to me that this piece has gained absolutely zero traction… State Sen. Bill Brady’s homebuilding business […]
 
 
* From a Bruce Rauner press release… More Pension Problems – Crisis Caused by Springfield Career Politicians Continues – After touting a pension plan that allegedly saved the state $160 billion over thirty years, newly released bond documents expose major shortcomings in the overall scope of the new pension law. Not only does the pension plan save $15 billion […]
 
 
* From a press release… We Are One Illinois Coalition files suit to overturn “pension theft” law The union coalition We Are One Illinois and a group of active and retired public employees filed suit today in Sangamon County Circuit Court to overturn pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 (Public Act 98-599). Defendants in the suit are Governor Pat […]
 
 
Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin closed out 2013 with more jobs than when the year started. But Illinois’ jobless rate remains stubbornly high, according …
 
 
Citing her her ability to expand the Republican Party and her commitment to repeal Obamacare, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has endorsed Manju Goel for Congress. In a statement, Gingrich said: I am proud to join the many…
 
 
Bob and the Illinois House are in session Wednesday to hear the Governor’s State of the State speech. http://ow.ly/rTqDU 
 
 
Bob talks with the Sun-Times about his hearing tonight on gambling expansion. http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25162201-418/gop-governor-hopefuls-give-views-on-expanded-gambling.html …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Prior to endorsements and check-writing, most state political action committees (PACs) send surveys to candidates asking their opinions and positions on issues of interest to the PACs constituents and donors. The Illinois Education Association’s Illinois Political Action Committee…
 
 
Cigna Corp., the sixth-largest insurer in Illinois, and a physicians group affiliated with west suburban Adventist Midwest Health are betting their new …
 
 
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* For a moment, let’s backtrack to yesterday, when Bruce Rauner and his three opponents were slamming each other over the upcoming anti-Rauner TV ad blitz financed at least in part by organized labor. This was Sen. Bill Brady’s retort to Rauner… Brady noted that union groups opposing Rauner in the primary are made up […]
 
 
State Sen. & GOP candidate for Gov Kirk Dillard joins Busboom & Wolfe at 8:10am TALK 101 FM
 
 
Did I just hear @Bill_Brady talk about ending Illinois’ income tax?!?! #ISupportThatIdea!
 
 
Continuing his efforts to save taxpayer dollars, State Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, is sponsoring legislation to cut pay for members of the General Assembly and other elected and appointed officials, for the second year in a row. “As Illinois …
 
 
Sheriff’s probe: Robbins deal heavily favored developer http://bit.ly/1b0npYG 
 
 
Metra North Line is not operating until further notice due to a CN derailment.
 
 
Thank you! I am honored. “@CitizenActionIL: Congratulations to @repalriley on receiving our endorsement for the March primary.”
 
 
People evolve more quickly than politicians. Another example of public opinion moving faster than government http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/242328141.html …
 
 
Bob and the Illinois House are in session Wednesday to hear the Governor’s State of the State speech. http://ow.ly/rTqDU 
 
 
With dangerously cold weather in #Illinois, please stay warm and safe. Find warming centers here: http://www2.illinois.gov/KeepWarm/Pages/warmingcenter.aspx …
 
What if every State of the Union had enhanced graphics? Here’s what it would look like: http://go.wh.gov/8BQPxH  #SOTU
 
 
Ahead of SOTU, Obama uses exec order to raise fed min wage to $10.10/hr. We talked about this last nite on @PoliticsTonight on @CLTVnews.
 
 
Ex-local TV exec sheds Barrington Hills homeCrain’s Chicago BusinessFormer WLS-TV and WBBM-TV President and General Manager Joseph Ahern recently sold a four-bedroom Barrington Hills home for about $1.9 million, county records show. Mr. Ahern, who led WLS from 1985 to 1997 and WBBM from 2002 to 2008, …
 
 
Where have all the editors gone? Mike Miner continues to be concerned by the press’s “numerical illiteracy.” http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/new-york-times-statistical-errors-breast-cancer-fatality-rate/Content?oid=12266041A scary outbreak of “numerical illiteracy” in the presswww.chicagoreader.comThe New York Times’ numerical errors include breast cancer fatality rates, S
 
 
Fair tax should mean fair — not progressive. Five percent for everybody with NO exemptions. I should not be responsible for how many kids you had and whether you can afford them or not. Remember that many state pensioners are making $1,000 a month or less — we weren’t all professors or politicians. read more
 
 
Chicago’s Midway International Airport has set a record for the number of passengers traveling through the facility. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday more than 20 million passengers traveled through Midway in 2013. That’s the highest number in the airport’s 86-year history. Emanuel calls Midway “a vital part of our city’s strong transportation network.”
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