Today’s headlines — Thursday, Jan. 30

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We’ve lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, have high unemployment, the highest unfunded pension debt, & near junk credit. It’s Time for a different path. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24583735/quinn-promises-more-jobs-but-doesnt-say-how-in-state-of-state-address Quinn promises more jobs, but doesn`t say how in State of State addresswww.myfoxchicago.comGov. Quinn also promised Wednesday to &
 
 
 
By Ray Long, Tribune reporter. 5:47 p.m. CST, January 29, 2014. SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed into law a bill the …
 
 
Kadner: A way for you to reform IllinoisSouthtownStar… redistricting amendment, includes Common Cause Illinois, the Illinois Manufacturers Association, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Policy Forum, to name a few.
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleLocal lawmakers concerned about budget, jobsThe State Journal-RegisterLocal lawmakers focused on dealing with Illinois’ financial problems and creating jobs in their reactions to Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address on Wednesday. Democrat Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill called the speech “upbeat” and said the state …Education investments top Quinn’s priorities; lawma
 
 
 
Our view: Heating helpJacksonville Journal CourierBill Haine of Alton to introduce legislation that would offer additional assistance for heating. The measure, Senate Bill 2757, would give a $10 million increase in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program through March, would increase …
 
 
Dekalb Daily ChronicleLocal legislators poke holes in State of State’s list of goals, deedsDekalb Daily ChronicleTim Bivins, R-Dixon, disagreed with Quinn’s proposal to increase minimum wage. “Anytime you raise the minimum wage, you impact businesses,” Bivins said. “The question then becomes, can the businesses afford it?” State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, …
 
 
By Mike Riopell. SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn took a minute of his State of the State address to honor Downers Grove North High School senior …
 
 
By State Sen. Darin LaHood – SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois, we are fortunate to be the hub of Midwestern commerce and transportation. Because of our …
 
 
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois will be honored with the Equality Illinois Freedom Award at the LGBT organization’s annual gala on Feb.
 
 
CHICAGO (AP) – The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is offering free admission for children during the month of February. The museum …
 
 
… the state treasurer’s office when he brought her on the campaign. Beckler started with the office of Treasurer DAN RUTHERFORD in January 2011.
 
 
ILLINOIS (WIFR) — Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is encouraging Winnebago County residents to stop by his I-Cash table in Cherry Valley on …
 
 
Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax gave a heads up to its readers today with the cryptic posting statement that didn’t give a clue to its contents:  “Go read
 
 
Rockford Register Star – Found 45 minutes agoQuinn also injected a thorn in Rockford’s side, saying boldly, “We’re moving forward with the south suburban airport.” The governor touted…
 
 
Quinn sets up election themes in yearly address (from @AP) by @sophiatareen http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=t0p3p7R7 …
 
 
Voice of The Southern: Think about wage raise http://thesouthern.com/news/opinion/voice-of-the-southern/voice-of-the-southern-think-about-wage-raise/article_dbc7c2f0-8971-11e3-9bc6-0019bb2963f4.html …
 
 
Mayor Emanuel says approving new charter schools after closing dozens of neighborhood schools isn’t contradictory http://ow.ly/t5auu 
 
 
Attn: IL businesses: no longer any need for a HR Dept. @GovernorQuinn has you covered. #twill http://www.kwqc.com/story/24583140/quinn-calls-for-earned-sick-days-for-illinoisans …
 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn wants every worker in Illinois to have the chance to get at least two sick days.
 
 
CTA says number of homeless aboard trains has increased because of cold; union points to agency’s staffing cutsAs the mercury has plummeted since late December, CTA riders’ complaints about dirty rail cars have risen. Union points to staffing cuts.
 
 
WOODSTOCK – The portion of Woodstock’s Secretary of State branch that issues driver’s licenses and driving records remains closed nearly a month after a U-Haul truck rammed through the building.
 
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois says former Illini basketball player and Harlem Globetrotters owner Mannie Jackson is donating $3 million to build a basketball hall of fame in the State…
 
 
Metra has had more than its share of woes lately, from frozen switches to political hiring scandals. But it looks like the troubled commuter agency is about to get a new permanent top boss. The Metra board has scheduled a special meeting for Jan. 31 at which insiders expect acting CEO Don Orseno to get the job for good after the agency surveyed who else might be right for the job nationally. The n
 
 
Illinois politicians have a dangerously cozy relationship with government unions. Two unions are making millions off caregivers in Illinois by forcing them to pay dues.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn sounded tone-deaf in his declaration that “Illinois is making a comeback” in his State of the State address Wednesday.
 
 
Illinois’ overall poverty rate is the same as it was a half-century ago despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people struggling to get by,…
 
 
A campaign consultant to Undersheriff JACK CAMPBELL’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Sangamon County sheriff was charged in 2007 with stealing five pairs of sunglasses from Macy’s in Springfield.KIMBER BECKLER, originally charged with a felony, ended up pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to two years’ probation. She was dismissed from probation […]
 
 
These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher quality educational opportunities for more students with limited resources and help students afford college without going too far into debt.Illinois’ independent colleges and universities are stepping up to meet the challenge, and the results are encouraging.The
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Teasing out his 2014 re-election platform, Gov. Pat Quinn presented his plan Wednesday to reverse Illinois’ stubborn unemployment over the next five years in an annual speech fall
 
 
Letter to the editor: James Miller of Arlington Hts. says the cold weather is causing the local roads to buckle, a problem he doesn’t see on Arlington Heights Road.
 
 
Letter to the editor: David Hochberg of Northbrook says it’s hard to discredit state Rep. Carol Sente when she has established such a good record of performance in Springfield.
 
 
As the Chicago Cubs battle with Wrigleyville rooftop club owners over plans to renovate the 100-year-old ballpark, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens says his door remains open to Cubs brass to move the team to his town. “Obviously we’d listen to anything. We don’t have any redevelopment agreement on that site, so if they’d call, we’d talk to them,” Stephens said.
 
 
The four Republicans running for the 45th state House seat agree Illinois’ path back to prosperity begins with creating a business-friendly climate. Four candidates — Seth Lewis, Daniel Brinkman, Christine Winger and T.J. Lewis — are vying in the March primary for the seat vacated by Rep. Dennis Reboletti, who is running for the state Senate seat Kirk Dillard is leaving in his bid for governor.
 
 
There will be a vacancy on the Carbondale City Council when Mayor Joel Fritzler resignation is finalized at 11:59 p.m. on Feb 3 and Carbondale Councilman Don Monty assumes the role as acting m…
 
 
Last minute action by Illinois lawmakers will prevent cuts in the horse racing industry.Tracks had been threatening to slash the number of race days unless Illinois re-authorized “advanced deposit wagering” — basically a form of online betting.Lawmakers rushed it though Wednesday with minimal debate. A few hours later, the governor signed it into law.State Representative Lou Lang is a D
 
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – After listening to Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address, Illinois State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Loves Park) felt encouraged by the governor’s plan to help small businesses and spur economic growth. “I have been focused on economic development in Rockford,” Stadelman said. “I was pleased to hear the governor talk about things we can do right now to help create
 
 
Gov. Quinn said in his State of the State address today that Illinois had “turned the corner” from the condition the state was in when he took office. The people leaving the state and the unemployed disagree; so do I. Only by enacting strong pro-growth policies, reining in spending and paying the bills we owe will we actually turn the corner and embark on a sound fiscal future for our st
 
 
Glad to have my State Senator Sue Rezin join me today in the people’s house for the Governor’s State of the State address.
 
 
Rutherford makes his move with Olympics TV buy. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140127/BLOGS02/140129796?template=mobile&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1 …
 
 
Multiple staff meetings & phone interviews today in #Capitol office after #SOTS in #Springfield. #twill pic.twitter.com/NukBiMqSuO
 
 
Good to see @News25Update Reporter Denise Jackson & News Photographer Doug Smith at Capitol office. #twill pic.twitter.com/RjsXSa3CLW
 
 
Quinn: Our minimum wage workers are doing hard work, but living in poverty. That’s not right.
 
 
Will be on tomorrow with Gary Zidek on @WDCBnews talking #STOTS.
 
 
Listen To Gov. Pat Quinn’s State Of The State Address http://bit.ly/1fdAEEy  via @WUIS
 
 
My remarks start at the 50 minute mark.
 
 
Listen To Gov. Pat Quinn’s State Of The State Address http://bit.ly/1fdBfGe  via @WUIS. My comments begin at the 50 minute mark.
 
 
I’ll be on the WTTW (Channel 11) Chicago Tonight tv show at 7PM tomorrow (Thursday). Please watch me discuss my platform of lower taxes, less spending and real reform in Illinois.
 
 
Illinois is heading in the wrong direction and the state is insolvent. We need to lower tax rates across the board and cut spending!Quinn asks for $10 minimum wage, local reps pan addresswww.nwherald.comGov. Pat Quinn painted a rosy picture Wednesday of a state “making a comeback” and laid out proposals to increase the minimum wage and help the state’s most vulnerable, but conspicuously
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, supported passage of the first bipartisan, five-year Farm Bill since 2008.  In 2012, Congress failed to pass a five-year Farm Bill, so instead a short-term extension was passed which expired last year.  The bill contains an amendment sponsored by Bustos that would quantify the impact upgrades
 
 
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement in reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “Tonight, the President outlined his view for a path forward and emphasized two issues I’ve been focused on since taking office: restoring our economy and expanding our middle class. “Like the President, I believe passing comprehensive immigration reform and
 
 
 
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) told the story of her unemployed constituent Mary Pakos on the floor of the House of Representatives. Last month unemployment insurance expired for nearly 80,000 individuals in Illinois, with nearly 3,500 losing unemployment insurance each week during the first half of 2014. Watch her speech here. The text of her remarks are included below. Mr. Speaker, Mary P
 
 
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) released the following statement on her vote for the Farm Bill which passed the House of Representatives. “While it is far from perfect, I am pleased that Congress came together to pass a much needed Farm Bill. The Agricultural Act of 2014, legislation that represents bipartisan compromise, provides much needed support and certainty for Illinois farmers and sa
 
 
Want to scheduled an interview Please contact Jennifer Smith at Jennifer@mediainc.tv or 404-454-7660 for booking @fiesa @PoliticalEditor
 
 
Tomorrow (1/30) I’m live on @WGNRadio #Chicago w/ @CochranShow & @AndreaDarlas at 7:10am. #twill
 
 
I’m live on @wlsam890 #Chicago at 7:36am tomorrow (1/30) w/ @BruceWolfChi & @DanProft. #twill
 
 
At 8:10am tomorrow (1/30) I’ll be live on @WJBC #BloNo. #twill
 
 
My kid cried because the Hawks were preempted by SOTU. He’s 9 so there’s time. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4687154?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 …
 
 
A great big THANK YOU and CONGRATS to the BoD, staff, and vols that made the Jersey County Busn Assn’s Annual Dinner a huge success tonight!
 
 
Come hang at the best Super Bowl Party @ 369 E 147th. Plus halftime buffet pic.twitter.com/TfWZXCSnrc
 
 
Mayor Emanuel says approving new charter schools after closing dozens of neighborhood schools isn’t contradictory http://ow.ly/t5auu 
 
 
Thanks to all who have given a little back to those in need. Once again thank you for supporting us. pic.twitter.com/QY1IiRnei5
 
 
Latest on our Blog: State-of-the-State Response http://goo.gl/fb/lqOM9 
 
 
 
Multiple staff meetings & phone interviews today in Capitol office after the State of the State address.
 
 
Response to today’s State of the State. http://www.barbarawheeler.org/rep_wheeler_responds_to_state_of_the_stateRep. Wheeler Responds to State of the Statewww.barbarawheeler.orgIn response to the Governor’s State of the State address today, Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has issued the following statement:
 
 
Belleville News DemocratLegislature extends online wagering; Fairmount to host 52-race seasonBelleville News DemocratThe upcoming season at Fairmount Park will not be reduced now that state lawmakers have agreed to continue horse track race betting online in Illinois for three more years. In a last-minute move Wednesday afternoon, legislators who were already in the …
 
 
The report grades all 50 states, and the District of Columbia on the existence and strength of what the group calls 15 basic traffic laws. Illinois has …
 
 
Springfield, IL… In response to the Governor’s State of the State Address Wednesday, State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) says …
 
 
A broad coalition of Illinois unions accuses the state of pension “theft” in its long anticipated lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state’s pension system …
 
 
Kane State’s Attorney’s Office to help fight proposed ComEd projectElgin Courier NewsGENEVA — The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a petition for leave to intervene before the Illinois Commerce Commission regarding ComEd’s proposed Grand Prairie Parkway project. The plan under … It claims the project would impact the …
 
 
Education investments top Quinn’s priorities; lawmakers ask for budget detailsQuincy Herald Whig”Other than a good proposal to reduce the filing fee for creating a limited liability company, he did not lay out any real solutions that will make it easier to create jobs,” Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, said. “I hoped to hear some ideas …
 
 
NBC ChicagoIllinois lawmakers save 2014 horse racing seasonCrain’s Chicago Business (blog)The Illinois General Assembly saved the state’s 2014 horse racing season today in a photo finish, voting to extend by three years the state betting law that partially funds the sport’s regulatory board. The law, known as Advanced Deposit Wagering …Illinois horse racing industry anxious over online betting d
 
 
Despite the polar vortex weather conditions, Illinois Representative Jim … of the Republican House and approach these two controversial issues.
 
 
ISBE Plays A Major Role for Many School Districts. Republican candidate … WICS conducts station tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am or 4pm.
 
 
Lawmakers’ Light Spring Calendar Allows For CampaigningWUIS 91.9Amanda Vinicky reports on the General Assembly’s relatively light Spring calendar. The General Assembly had a jam-packed 2013. It started with new members being sworn into office, and ended with new laws legalizing same-sex marriage and overhauling …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn’s annual State of the State address will focus partly on the state’s business climate and on early childhood education …
 
 
The Metro IndependentAmeren Warns of Nationwide Email ScamAlton TelegraphAmeren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 806,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois. Ameren’s service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. Follow …Ameren Shares 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility ReportAmeren, Bellevill
 
 
WYZZ-TV – Found 56 minutes agoThe Illinois Chamber of Commerce said it agrees with Governor Quinn Illinois is turning the corner but cautions the governor on becoming too
 
 
Rockford Register Star – Found 1 hour agoPat Quinn’s view of the state is much rosier than ours. We expected the governor to be optimistic about the direction Illinois is going.
 
 
PJStar.com – Found 1 hour agoPat Quinn repeatedly declared Wednesday in his annual State of the State … members during the Nov. 17 tornado — the governor was certainly well
 
 
Comeback? Illinois predicted to be 50th in job growth in 2014 http://illin.is/1gGQ8CX  #ILSOTS #twill
 
 
#burn RT @natashakorecki: Whatever Madigan is looking at it appears far more interesting than the governor’s address #TWILL #ILSOTS
 
 
When Gov talks of the value of education, remember IL spends $6b on public education and $7b on pensions More $$ to retire than teach #twill
 
 
VIDEO: Gov Quinn pushed birth to five initiative #twill
 
 
Mention of value of education. But Gov has NOT talked about extra $1b request from ISBE OR prorating every dollar to local schools. #twill
 
 
150k of those Quinn says now have coverage were added to Medicaid. IL couldn’t afford 2.7 million on Medicaid. Now 3 million enrolled #twill
 
 
I wonder what Pam Harris would say about Gov Quinn’s thoughts for those with developmental disabilities. #twill
 
 
Quinn wants to cut the $500 LLC fee for small business start ups to $39.
 
 
We agree. Illinois LLC fees need to be cut http://illin.is/1egQssi  #ILSOTS
 
 
A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn says the governor supports the move to stave off horse racing season cuts. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140129/news/701299907/ …
 
 
Illinois regulators to @ComEd: Do more to cut power usage http://fw.to/UCaSBlH  via @stevedaniels27
 
 
It was a pleasure to sit with my friend State Representative @Dan_Brady during today’s State of the State address. pic.twitter.com/EcQPLKSYUy
 
 
HB11, reauthorizing Advanced Deposit Wagering, signed into law by @Governor Quinn. Saves tracks from slashing #horserace dates. @ilhorse
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed the horse racing plan into law. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140129/news/701299907/ …
 
 
Jobs was to @GovernorQuinn’s speech today as F word was to ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ @max__rust breaks it down #twill http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/graphic-what-gov-quinn-said-most-often/ …
 
 
With Mike Madigan’s rare public blessing, white alderman runss for re-election in Latino-majority ward. By @fspielman http://voices.suntimes.com/import/chicago/veteran-aldermen-to-seek-re-election-in-re-drawn-majority-hispanic-ward-with-madigans-endorsement/ …
 
 
FOX 32’s @PoliticalEditor Mike Flannery gives his take on Gov. Quinn’s State of the State address tonight at 9.http://bit.ly/1gs1EFN 
 
 
Gov Quinn in Bloomington with the band Chicago at 25 or 6 to 4 pic.twitter.com/XFgUFK7pQc
 
 
Scrums = major personal space invasions RT @DanLobbies: Got stuck behind a Bruce Rauner press scrum in the Capitol: pic.twitter.com/8fLRuRXcaa
 
 
So tomorrow Team Politics at the Trib will tape the debut episode of Clout Street: The Webcast. First thought of a year ago, now ready to go
 
 
Expect some of your fav bylines, including @rap30 @RayLong and @_johnbyrne on the first episode. We’ll tape at 130p and it’ll be live soon.
 
 
Quinn, outlining his birth to 5 initiative of investing more in early childhood care, says prenatal care, quality early learning are a part of that.
 
 
The Governor’s State of the State speech is coming up shortly after noon on WJPF 1340 AM. Rush Limbaugh will still air on 1020 AM.
 
 
Gov. Quinn says he wants to double the amount of MAP grants available to students.
 
 
If the cold and snow are not enough to bring you down, a number of communities around the area could soon be facing a new weather related problem: A shortage of salt.
 
 
Wednesday marks the 5th anniversary of the impeachment of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich – the only governor in state history to be removed from office.
 
 
Quinn: Illinois Has “Stopped The Bleeding”Quinn: Illinois Has “Stopped The Bleeding”1470wmbd.comGrowing the economy, child care, and a call for a minimum wage increase topped Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address. The Chicago Democrat gave the annual speech in Springfield on Wednesday afternoon in front of not just current state
 
 
A West Central Illinois Congressman is telling us what he liked and didn’t like about President Obama’s State of the Union address.Schock reacts to State of the Unionwlds.com
 
 
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.    
 
 
“This was the Pat Quinn you know: He thinks the way to grow a state’s economy is for government to spend more money and give private-sector employers more mandates.”
 
 
The four GOP hopefuls weigh in following the State of the State Address.Republican Candidates Are Critical Of Governor’s Speechwuis.orgState Sen. Kirk Dillard says Gov. Pat Quinn missed the biggest issues facing Illinois during his State of the State speech. The GOP gubernatorial
 
 
Tio Hardiman faces Pat Quinn in the March Democratic primary:Quinn Challenger Says No “Comeback” For Illinoiswuis.orgGov. Pat Quinn’s challenger in the March primary says the Chicago Democrat’s claims that “Illinois is making a comeback” don’t add up. Tio Hardiman is a
 
 
UIS political science professor Kent Redfield joins Brian Moline today at 4:20 for his take on the Governor’s State of the State Address. Listen on DWS or wdws.com.
 
 
A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.  Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is “making a comeback.” It’s also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed h
 
 
Rockford area senators discuss Quinn’s push for raise in minimum wage. Do you think minimum wage should be raised to $10? READ MORE: http://bit.ly/1ehkITP
 
 
Arlington International Racecourse found good news with the action taken today by the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives to pass legislation crucial to the survival of the Illinois Horse Racing industry. House Bill 11, which awaits the signature of Governor Pat Quinn, extends the ability of state residents to wager on horse races online via Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) through Jan. 31,
 
 
Some workers are cheering President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.
 
 
State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) says Gov. Pat Quinn’s annual address put a rosy spin on his tenure and avoided “some of the hard stuff.”
 
 
Gov. Quinn says he’s worked to ‘rebuild Illinois’ http://shawurl.com/z4sGov. Quinn says he’s worked to ‘rebuild Illinois’www.saukvalley.comSPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod
 
 
Carroll County State’s Attorney questioned for delay in removing former prosecutor: http://shawurl.com/z55
 
 
NAPERVILLE — Dozens of former elected officials in suburbs surrounding Chicago are collectively receiving tens of thousands of dollars a year in pension benefits even though they mostly worked…
 
 
Hint: Think unions. If you said all three rank in the top 10 of states with the highest unionized workforce percentage, then pat yourself on the back.
 
 
Former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray says JFK wanted him to be the next president. http://ow.ly/t5DXz
 
 
“Media Relations” is the topic for the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Networking Breakfast, to be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday (Jan. 31) at the Park Ridge NonProfit Center, 720 Garden
 
 
University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy and President Robert Easter say derogatory remarks directed by some Urbana-Champaign students at Chancellor Phyllis Wise were disgraceful. http://bit.ly/1fcXpsjU of I leaders condemn remarks about chancellorwww.wandtv.com
 
 
If the state doesn’t keep the temporary income tax hike in place, what will it do to make expenses and income meet? The three people seeking the Republican nomination for the 65th District state house seat cite spending cuts and getting more people working as ways to go.
 
 
Gov. Quinn calls for minimum wage hike, celebrates pension reform — http://bit.ly/1ibuU0N
 
 
It’s the first of its kind on the Knox college campus according to college police.  They say officers were alerted about a student who had ingested the drug and was a psychotic episode and needing help.
 
 
If the state doesn’t keep the temporary income tax hike in place, what will it do to make expenses and income meet? The three people seeking the Republican nomination for the 65th District state house seat cite spending cuts and getting more people working as ways to go.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law extending online betting in time to allow horse racing tracks to keep their racing schedules intact this year.
 
 
The decaying old Cook County hospital building could be coming back from the dead.
 
 
Police ordered them out of their vehicle and handcuffed Ford and Douglas, who had been driving, the suit claims. Officers opened both men’s waistbands and searched down their pants. At one point, a female officer searched a woman in the group, while a group of male officers watched and “made jokes and comments about” the woman’s body, the suit claims.
 
 
The Chicago Teachers Union has forged a coalition with a group of public-sector unions to “aggressively defend” against a “pension heist” by Illinois lawmakers at the request of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We have been in negotiations with [Chicago Public Schools] for two years trying to figure out a way to do this and it’s always been clear to me they didn’t really want to solve the problem
 
 
Bill Cosby to perform at North Central College on March 29 — http://bit.ly/1gs3xSC
 
 
The Department of Justice says a central Illinois farming business has paid $5.3 million to settle allegations it used fake partnerships to avoid limits on federal subsidies its owners could receive.
 
 
ICYMI: @ILReview picked up Tom’s demands for Gov Quinn’s State of the State Address tonight http://goo.gl/z3u2CG 
 
 
In GOP Senate Caucus meeting before today’s State of the State address.
 
 
No election year speech will change the fact that hard working Illinoisans are suffering under Pat Quinn and we need to change governors.
 
 
Join me and @RahmEmanuel in #Chicago next week! http://frerichsforillinois.com/event/join-mayor-rahm-emanuel-in-chicago/ … #twill #Democrat #MikeforIL
 
 
At the Illinois capital for Gov. Quinn’s SOTS speech. I’m sure we heard it all before. #twill #ILGov
 
 
That’s the problem with Illinois Politicians, wanting to much #personalprivilege #twill #SOTS
 
 
Looking forward to hearing @GovernorQuinn’s plan to keep moving IL forward.
 
 
getting ready to head into the Illiinois House Chamber to hear Governor Quinn’s State of the State speech…
 
 
Quinn has ridden the coattails of the capital plan passed right after he became gov. He wants more ribbons to cut. No proposal on how to pay
 
 
Governor talking more programs … means more government and more spending. That playbook is broken. Need a pro-growth/pro-jobs agenda #STOS
 
 
LaHood: ‘Quinn is five years too late and $9 billion short on results’ State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) offered the following comments after Governor Pat Quinn’s annual State of the State address on January 29. 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 Gener
 
 
Recovery, Governor? Really? There is very little evidence of recovery in IL. Need pro-growth and pro-jobs agenda. AND LESS GOVERNMENT!!
 
 
Oh, and don’t call it a comeback. #STOS
 
 
And with his trademark “will of the people the law of the land” closing, Quinn’s #ILSOTS is done.
 
 
#ILSOTS heavy on lofty goals, but light on how to accomplish them.
 
 
After listening to #ILSOTS, not sure Gov. Quinn and I live in the same state.
 
 
After that pep talk, I think we need a new coach. #ILSOTS
 
 
[IL] SB68 Minimum Wage: Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson https://trakbill.com/bill/IL/98/SB68/employment-tech … #twILL
 
 
Luechtefeld statement on Quinn’s ‘State of State’ “Governor Quinn has presided over five years of stagnation and his policies have been an extension of the Blagojevich years.”News | Senator Dave Luechtefeld | Dave Luechtefeld, Illinois State Senator – 58th District |…www.luechtefeld.senategop.orgIllinois Senator Dave Luechtefeld represents the 58th District , in the Illinois General Assemb
 
 
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin listen to the annual State-of-the-State Speech.
 
 
Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement after Governor Quinn’s State of the State Address: Cullerton reacts to State of the State Addressillinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
 
 
SPRINGFIELD….. In response to Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address today, State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) has issued the following statement: “I view the Governors speech today as just one more chapter from a democrat playbook that is not working. His ‘solutions’ continue to rely upon tried-and-failed policies. Meanwhile the debt continues to grow and a balanced budge
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement after Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address today: I was encouraged by the focus on extending a helping hand to those who bore the brunt of the recession and are not reaping the rewards of the recovery. I am resolved that as Illinois moves forward from this time of crisis, we will not leave
 
 
In response to the Governor’s State of the State address today, Representative Mike Tryon has issued the following statement: “Today I was hoping to hear a speech about how we would address unemployment and the unfriendly business climate in our state. Unfortunately, legislators heard a campaign kick-off speech that was heavy on buzz-words and tiresome rhetoric, but lacking in details that would t
 
 
Springfield… Today, before a joint-session of the Illinois House and Senate, Governor Pat Quinn presented his annual State of State address.  In response to the Governor’s remarks, State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) issued the following statement. 
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn presented his fifth ‘State of the State’ today before the Illinois General Assembly.  State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) released the following statement.“For the fifth year in a row I have listened to Governor Quinn tout his perceived accomplishments instead of painting an accurate picture of our current State of the State.  Since Quinn took office the Stat
 
 
Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his annual State of the State Address to both chambers of the Illinois Legislature at the State Capitol in Springfield. While Quinn tried to paint Illinois’ economy as a bright picture, Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) does not believe Quinn has worked with the legislature enough to focus on the issues which will get Illinois back on
 
 
SPRINGFIELD… On Wednesday, the Governor gave his annual State of the State address.  The following is State Representative Charlie Meier’s response to the speech. “To listen to the Governor today, you’d think Illinois was a land of prosperity. Unfortunately, the families of my district know better.  Jobs are scarce and folks are struggling to get by.  Employers just don’t have the confidence in ou
 
 
State of the State Address.
 
 
Ives gives her reaction post-speech
 
 
Below is my reaction to Governor Quinn’s State of the State Address today. We need real, honest solutions now more than ever!Unes pans State of the State as “too political”www.mikeunes.netHouse District 91
 
 
At this point, I feel @RutherfordDan is the candidate making the most sense on how to fix Illinois. He’s on my show today at 5 #twill
 
 
On today’s show Gubernatorial candidate @RutherfordDan joins me a little after 5pm. Looking forward to taking a Ray/Dan selfie for twitter.
 
 
By tackling hard issue after hard issue & never giving up, we are getting the job done. Illinois is making a comeback. #ILSOTS
 
 
I propose providing earned at least two earned sick days for every worker in Illinois. #ILSOTS
 
 
When more people enter the middle class our economy grows. #ILSOTS
 
 
In the last 5 years, we’ve doubled the #EITC for #IL #workingfamilies & over the next 5 years, I propose doubling it again #ILSOTS
 
 
Raising wages for workers who do some of the hardest jobs isn’t just the right thing to do-it’s also good for our #economy. #ILSOTS
 
 
I said it last year and I’ll say it again: It’s time to raise Illinois’ #minimumwage to at least $10 an hour #ILSOTS
 
 
Quinn says Illinois is making a comeback. At this rate, we’ll be back by 2064. #weneedajumpstart
 
 
@GovernorQuinn once again stood before the people and mislead them with false facts and promises. #SOTS #ILGOV #twill
 
 
.@dougtruax @DarleneSenger @LarryKaifesh Illinois responds to Obama’s State of the Union address http://bit.ly/1aGs4Bg  #twill
 
 
Heading to the Capitol today to hear the Governor’s State of the State address and join my Senate colleagues in beginning the Spring 2014 session.
 
 
BEHIND THE SCENES: Before leaving the House chamber after last night’s State of the Union, President Obama stopped to say hello. “Even for you, it’s too cold out to play hockey,” he said. “Mr. President, that’s the first time I’ve disagreed with you all night,” I replied. Blackhawks fans know it’s never too cold for the greatest sport in the world.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) made the following statement in response to Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address which was delivered today at the State Capitol in Springfield.
 
 
Interestingly, no discussion or mention of IL tax code and temporary income tax scheduled to sunset at end of year. Biggest issue in GA.
 
 
Would have been nice of Gov. Quinn to actually update us on the State of the State. Financial outlook poor so let’s talk reelection! #twill
 
 
Today was the easy day for Gov. Quinn. Next comes his budget and how he plans to deal with the sunsetting of the 67% temp. tax increase.
 
 
Last week, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) received the Will County Friends of Education Award from the Will County Regional Office of Education. “I am honored to have received this award from the Will County Regional Office of Education,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.  “It is gratifying to know they support the work I am trying to do in Springfield.” The Friends of Education Award
 
 
SPRINGFIELD –State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) issued the following statement regarding today’s State of the State Address by Governor Pat Quinn.
 
 
   “Our number one priority needs to be creating good paying jobs that will allow families to prosper, not just survive,” said State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin). “According to Moody’s, Illinois is projected to be dead last in job creation of any state in the nation. The Danville area in my district has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, yet the Quinn administration is clo
 
 
Senator Hastings responds to Governor’s State of the State Address SPRINGFIELD – Earlier today, Governor Quinn addressed the General Assembly on the State of the State. State Senator Michael Hastings (D–Orland Park) response to the address: “I was pleased to hear Gov. Quinn’s commitment to improving key Illinois infrastructure such as roads and bridges. I was also happy to hear the governor tou
 
 
“While many of our neighboring states have emerged from the recent recession, Illinois remains in serious economic trouble. Unemployment remains high and families and businesses are leaving us for states with lower taxes and better opportunities; and Governor Quinn doesn’t seem to be able to turn that around,” said State Representative Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville). “Today the Governor hit on a number
 
 
Springfield… Today, before a joint-session of the Illinois House and Senate, Governor Pat Quinn presented his annual State of State address.  In response to the Governor’s remarks, State Representative Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) issued the following statement.
 
 
PHOTO: @RonSandack: “The real minimum wage is ‘zero’. That’s unemployment. It’s going to curtail hiring.” #ILSOTS pic.twitter.com/RzQDO6biFf
 
 
And statehouse journos, too! RT @ILSenDems: Lawmakers talking with hometown reporters after the #ILSOTS on the rail: pic.twitter.com/r1Z6iq1DDg
 
 
Sen. Hastings & fellow legislators supporting Women’s Heart Health Month http://www.goredforwomen.org  pic.twitter.com/xzPE2hvgPT
 
 
Collins after State of the State: “We won’t leave our wounded behind” as economy recovers http://bit.ly/1k8IYZN 
 
 
Senator McCann weighs in on the Governor’s State of the State address. Click on the link to hear what the Senator… http://fb.me/2kC3TQubG 
 
 
With the General Assembly session now underway, don’t forget you can catch up on Senate Committee and Floor… http://fb.me/1g2wdL977 
 
 
My reaction to @GovernorQuinn’s State of the State address: http://senatorrezin.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/115/nid/177/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Stadelman encouraged by governor’s focus on small business http://bit.ly/LprewY 
 
 
On the rail with reporters after the SOTS2014 State of the State Address and Go Red Day
 
 
Rep. Meier response to the State of the State address SPRINGFIELD… On Wednesday, the Governor gave his annual State of the State address. The following is State Representative Charlie Meier’s response to the speech. “To listen to the Governor today, you’d think Illinois was a land of prosperity. Unfortunately, the families of my district know better. Jobs are scarce and folks are struggling to
 
 
Springfield – Governor Pat Quinn delivered his annual State of the State Address Wednesday before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Quinn painted a rosy picture of Illinois’ fiscal and jobs outlook, claiming the state has turned the corner.
 
 
Schaumburg Township GOP Endorses OberweisSchaumburg Township GOP Endorses Oberweis – Oberweis for Senatewww.jimoberweis.comTo elect Jim Oberweis to the United States Senate
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO4wIDeGPKY&feature=youtu.be
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Deputy Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) released the following statement today after the Governor’s annual State of the State address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly:
 
 
Great discussion with National Journal and The Atlantic magazine about State of the Union. Best way to lift people out of poverty= grow our economy. Pass #TaxReform #ImmigrationReform #trade #AtlanticNJSOTU
 
 
Gov. Quinn painted a very rosy picture of Illinois in today’s State of the State, mentioned there is still some work to do, and presented his solutions that all had a common denominator: the expansion of government. Just a new program here and a doubling of funding there, and this state will be thriving. Oddly, he didn’t give answers to these questions: Governor, where will you get the money to p
 
 
In response to the Governor’s State of the State address today, Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has issued the following statement: “I was extremely disappointed by the Governor’s speech today. He seems out of touch with the fiscal realities of our state and with the fact that current policies are hurting Illinois families. Citizens deserved to hear a well-thought-out plan for creating jobs
 
 
Everyone deserves #equalpay for equal work. 5 years after @Lilly_Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed & there is much more work to be done.#talkpay
 
 
15yrs since @RepGutierrez had someone run against him waiting for a response to my request for a public debate #AlFor4thGerry @NewsHour
 
 
Our seniors worked their entire lives investing in Social Security they deserve to get back every $$ they paid in #AlFor4thGerry @NewsHour
 
 
Another way to strengthen the middle class is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for all workers
 
 
According to this WSJ/ABC News poll: http://on.wsj.com/1bwc4v1  63% of Americans support $10.10 min wage
 
 
7.25 an hour. 40 hours a week. 50 weeks a year. Works out to $14.5K a year – 40% below poverty line #RaiseTheWage
 
 
I support the President’s action to #RaiseTheWage for contractors who work for fed govt – Congress now needs to act for all the others
 
 
Let’s restore the promise that if you work hard, you can make a better life for you & your family #RaiseTheWage
 
 
Why ruin a good story with the facts? Because we don’t deserve to be lied to on national television.State of the Union 2014 fact checkwww.politico.comPresident Barack Obama’s State of the Union address prodded Congress to act on issues like immigration and economic inequality, with a warning that he won’t hesitate to act unilaterally if lawmakers drag their feet. But he real audience wasn’t the la
 
 
Interview with Tom Negovan WGN-TV at out State Capitol last evening after my drive down from meetings in Chicago.
 
 
Interview with Charles Thomas ABC 7 Chicago at the Union League Club before speaking at Rotary Club of Chicago meeting yesterday.
 
 
Here’s my reaction to Quinn’s State of the State speech today. “LIKE” and “SHARE” if you agree this should be Quinn’s last term as governor! Brady says Quinn ignored the future in his State of the State Address – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comSenator Bill Brady, Republican candidate for Governor, said today that Governor Quinn’s State of the State message ignored the
 
 
Great amount of support at our Rutherford/Kim Yard sign pick up event in Sherman at Flossie & Delzena’s Cafe.
 
 
I commend Sen McCann, @MikeforIllinois and the other Senate sponsors of SB2757. Propane prices are soaring, this bill will be welcome relief
 
 
I’m calling on the ILGA and @GovernorQuinn to issue a stay of propane sales tax to combat skyrocketing prices #twill http://www.mattforillinois.com/2/post/2014/01/propane-price-relief.html …
 
 
Inspiring words from @rosenberg103 at @CCYDems @IlliniDemocrats @ElectILDems #Sam103 pic.twitter.com/cNc6sY1HQG
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State of the State Address earlier today. I strongly agree with his goals on early childhood education and his Birth to Five Initiative will help provide our children with a brighter future. We also need to increase the minimum wage in Illinois because full time, hard working individuals should not be living in poverty as a result of only earning a minimum wage.
 
 
We need a pro-growth/pro-jobs agenda. That means lowering taxes for all, reducing regulations on businesses and LESS government. http://www.ronsandack.org/rep_sandack_responds_to_state_of_the_state_addressRep. Sandack Responds to State of the State Addresswww.ronsandack.orgIllinois House District 81
 
 
Honored to have the support of @EqualityILL! I was proud to vote for #CivilUnions + #MarriageEquality! http://eqilpac.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/RELEASE-PAC-2nd-Endorsements-2014-primary.pdf … #twill #LGBT
 
 
Governor Quinn’s State of the State address was more of the same: taxing more, spending more, and borrowing more. http://bit.ly/1k9hzqr 
 
 
BREAKING NEWS Springfield Fire Department on scene at the HIlton
 
 
BREAKING: Springfield firefighters are putting out a fire in the laundry room at the Hilton. More details soon pic.twitter.com/TW7HmbwcqM
 
 
Here’s my reaction to Quinn’s State of the State speech today http://ow.ly/t5Hv2 
 
 
#Illinois pols, ready to feel some envy? RT @USATWashington: Many of the nation’s governors have budget surpluses — http://usat.ly/1cvZtgN 
 
 
Here is what MAP is #monetaryawardprogram https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/grants/monetary-award-program.html …
 
 
Here’s a link to my video response to the Governor’s State of the State Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTqwybAb49U&feature=youtu.be …
 
 
Click “LIKE” if you agree! Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner of suburban Chicago called it a campaign speech from a failing governor. “We’re one the worst-run states in America,” he told reporters after the speech. “We have entered an economic death spiral, and Gov. Quinn is trying to cover it up and put a rosy picture on it.” http://www.therepublic.com/vi
 
 
Gov. Quinn said in his State of the State address today that Illinois had “turned the corner” from the condition the state was in when he took office. The people leaving the state and the unemployed disagree; so do I. Only by enacting strong pro-growth policies, reining in spending and paying the bills we owe will we actually turn the corner and embark on a sound fiscal future for our st
 
 
The “admire money in a bank vault” line was pretty good #SOTS
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob and Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers at a property tax appeals event. http://ow.ly/rTnRv 
 
 
Senator Bill Brady, Republican candidate for Governor, said today that Governor Quinn’s State of the State message ignored the real job climate in Illinois that is causing people and jobs to flee the state. “While other states are recovering from…
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for doubling the number of monetary award program scholarships for college students.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting a new Chicago center that will open later this year to help start medical technology companies.
 
 
A its response to last night’s State of the Union Address, an abortion group continued the liberal’s war on women, by caricaturing them as a puppet uterus:
 
 
 
 
Gov. Quinn said Illinois is “making a comeback.” Not while he’s in charge, we’re not. The REAL comeback begins in November, when we elect a Republican governor in Illinois! Join us – and share with your friends – to make our comeback a reality! http://www.weareillinois.org/get-involved/ Get Involvedwww.weareillinois.orgHelp us register and elect more Republicans in Illinois. Join us to
 
 
Follow Mike Riopell’s tweets during State of the State speechChicago Daily HeraldDaily Herald State Government Editor will be tweeting about the State of the State speech as it happens. You can follow the tweets and other news feeds on Gov. Pat Quinn’s big speech. Just click on the Social Media tab above to follow along. Comments ( ).
 
 
COAL CITY – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of public assistance to Illinois counties affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes, has …
 
 
Springfield… Today, before a joint-session of the Illinois House and Senate, Governor Pat Quinn presented his annual State of State address.  In response to the Governor’s remarks, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) issued the following statement. 
 
 
Alexis Hex, a drag queen from Evanston, is featured on Chicago Spectrum, … How long have you been a drag queen and how much of that time has …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) says Gov. Pat Quinn’s annual address to the Legislature was “a campaign speech from a governor that is failing the people of Illinois.” Rauner spoke following the Chicago …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – During Governor Quinn’s State of the State address in Springfield today, he urged state lawmakers to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.
 
 
Flashback photo: Bob and Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers at a property tax appeals event.Timeline Photos@[180545418781489:274:State Rep. Bob Rita] and @[269563983065770:274:Larry Rogers Jr.] take a selfie.
 
 
Here’s everything you need to know about Sherman’s parks and recreation areas.Parks & Recreation | Village of Sherman – Sherman, ILshermanil.orgThe Village of Sherman has approximately 100 acres of park and recreation areas dispersed throughout the community. In addition, the Village Board continues to expand potential for additional sites and facilities for our residents to enjoy. Presently t
 
 
Here’s everything you need to know about Sherman’s parks and recreation areas. http://shermanil.org/Residents/ParksRecreation.aspx …
 
 
.@GovernorQuinn starts out honoring Tollway worker who lost his life on Monday on I-88. #SOTS
 
 
.@GovernorQuinn asks for a much lower LLC fee. Nice, tangible step toward helping small biz.
 
 
Good stuff about allowing vets to obtain their LPN licensure. Will offer to help with that in Health Care Licenses Committee #SOTS
 
 
State Rep Lisa Hernandez will host a Legal Clinic on Saturday, January 25th from 10 am until 1 pm. The clinic is intended to help residents address a wide range of issues. Residents will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with attorneys who can …
 
 
Full story: IL Senate gets legislation that could prevent cuts to Arlington’s racing season going. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140129/news/701299907/ …
 
 
The House won’t do this before Quinn’s speech. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140129/news/701299907/ … Will they do it after? That’s the question of the day for racing fans.
 
 
The fun part: announces another revenue hearing next week, and start of estimating how much #Illinois will (or won’t) take in next year.
 
 
[ooyala code=”hocDJnazp-7tangDbd8MuMGhPpxyZsB2″ player_id=”728b068401c44c3e960e1c9f3ab47295″] Schools on the Illinois side of the metro went back on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. On Tuesday, the Iowa side of the metro went back while the Illinois side of the metro did not. Wednesday though, students were seen outside of Ericsson Elementary walking to school as early as 7:30 a.
 
 
ICYMI: The IL Review picked up Tom’s comments on Governor Quinn’s State of the State Address tonight. Cross demands Quinn provide “detailed and responsible” proposals in SOTS speech – Illinois Reviewillinoisreview.typepad.comSPRINGFIELD – In anticipation of Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, Illinois State Rep. and candidate for Illinois State Treasurer Tom Cross today released
 
 
[WASHINGTON, DC] U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a video statement today following President Obama’s State of the Union address.
 
 
Washington, D.C. – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today following President Obama’s State of the Union address:
 
 
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (HM3) Joseph Marcinkowski from Batavia, Illinois who will be his guest for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address later this evening. Durbin has invited Illinois servicemembers who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as his guests to the State of the Union since 2005 when he hosted A
 
 
Five years ago tonight, we voted to remove Rod Blagojevich from office are you better or worse off?
 
 
Gov. Quinn will give the State of the State at Noon today, watch it here http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/default.aspx#tabitem1Governor : Pat Quinnwww2.illinois.gov: Governor Pat Quinn will deliver his 2014 State of the State Address.
 
 
[WASHINGTON, DC] U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a video statement today following President Obama’s State of the Union address.
 
 
Today we #GoRed for women’s heart health. #WearRedDay Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton Instagraminstagram.comilsenatedems’s photo on Instagram
 
 
Rep. Meier stopped by the Office this morning. It’s his first day in session in Springfield for 2014. He said he is proud to be back representing the GREAT 108th District. They will have a short session meeting and then he will be at the Governor’s State of the State Address.
 
 
One of the seven charter schools approved last week by the Chicago Board of Education will be in Austin. The Chicago Education Partnership, …
 
 
* Let’s revisit Greg Hinz’s interview of Bruce Rauner’s about convicted influence peddler Stu Levine… “I didn’t have ‘a relationship’ with Levine. I didn’t know him,” Mr. Rauner told me. “I didn’t interact with him. What I’ve been told is that he was an employee of a company in which we had a minority interest.” In further […]
 
 
* Based on a recent study, you might wanna call your broker and buy some stock in Illinois-based companies this morning. Crain’s… The study looked at 388 state of the state speeches between 2002 and 2010, along with data on 5,271 publicly traded firms, including 211 in Illinois. Software called Diction 6.0 counted the positive […]
 
 
* Former GOP Congressman Bobby Schilling is pretty darned hardline on abortion, as this recent fundraising e-mail clearly shows… Radical pro-abortion groups, including EMILY’s List—one of my opponent’s top financial contributors—are fighting to not only protect abortion, but to grow the abortion industry by leaps and bounds. Apparently claiming 1.2 million lives each year isn’t enough. […]
 
 
 
* Everybody’s gonna be at the Statehouse SOTS address today… 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 public office holders: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady. Bruce Rauner, […]
 
 
* Tribune… The union coalition also contends the pension law is a violation of the state constitution’s contracts clause and breaches another constitutional provision — the so-called takings clause — which prevents a person’s private property from being taken away for public use without “just compensation.” As part of the “takings” argument, the unions raise the issue […]
 
 
* Bruce Rauner… “We’re being bombed every day by [Pat] Quinn, by the Democrats, by Republican opponents, by the establishment, but that’s OK,” Rauner told the group. “They’re trying to throw mud but it’s not going to stick. I’m very proud of the fact they are attacking because leaders take arrows. I’m happy to take arrows.” […]
 
 
* Illinois Radio Network has a piece about where the GOP candidates stand on Amtrak funding… Rutherford, the state treasurer who is in a four-way Republican primary for governor, said it’s ridiculous for the government to prop up an outfit which makes customers wait in gravel parking lots for trains which are four hours late. “Until they […]
 
 
MyStateline.comCollege Textbooks Cost “Too Much”, Students Seek Alternatives Survey SaysMyStateline.comWTVO/WQRF – With the cost of a college education increasing, students say textbooks are too much to handle. 65% of students say they don’t buy textbooks because of their high price, according to a survey conducted by the Illinois PIRG Education Fund.
 
 
Quincy JournalWhy it may be a good thing that Illinois schools won’t get an extra billion …Quincy JournalStill, Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch is asking for an addition $1 billion in his new budget request. “We have to anticipate that providing student in Illinois with an education isn’t going to cost less from year to year,” Koch told Illinois …
 
 
Former gang member hired at Ill. DOC?CorrectionsOneDennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), John Anthony (R-Morris) and Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) are outraged that Xandrian McCraven, a former Chicago gang member with more than 24 arrests and falsified job qualifications spanning multiple state agencies, has …
 
 
Marion, Ill. school district to get weather shelterWPSD Local 6MARION, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois school district will use a $1.2 million federal grant to pay for part of the cost of building a weather shelter in an elementary school. The Southern Illinoisan reports the planned, above-ground “safe room” at …S. Illinois school district to get weather shelter
 
 
Proposal would stall tax hikes for rebuilt businesses http://ow.ly/2DmCJM 
 
 
Thanks to Dan Rutherford GOP candidate for Gov for joining us this morning on Busboom & Wolfe on TALK 101 FM @RutherfordDan
 
 
Juventino Guzman is the “slip-and-fall victim who now must pay back the insurance he collected fraudulently.
 
 
Political Analyst Paul Lisnek joins WGN Morning News to talk about President Obama’s State of the Union address
 
 
A meteorologist from the Weather Channel was reporting from South Carolina’s College of Charleston Tuesday when a bystander rushed into his live shot. Jim Cantore calmly delivered a knee to the groin area of the jokester and continued speaking. The clip has gone viral, with many praising how smoothly Cantore handled the situation. This embed is invalid
 
 
The national news website chain Patch reportedly laid off most of its editors around the country today.
 
 
We will convene at 11 am in the Senate, then move to the House for @GovernorQuinn’s State of the State Address.
 
 
http://bit.ly/1jJ3fHC  Democrats Senators recall impeachment of Blago 5 years ago
 
 
Illinois State of the State: 67% income tax hike, taking billions away from families like ours, for more gov’t spending! #QuinnFail
 
 
State of the State address today at noon, you can follow the live stream here: http://www.blueroomstream.com/ 
 
 
Five years ago tonight, we voted to remove Rod Blagojevich from office are you better or worse off?
 
 
In GOP Senate Caucus meeting before today’s State of the State address.
 
 
What’s your opinion on this plan?Senate Republicans Develop The Most Credible Plan Yet To ‘Repeal And…www.forbes.com“Repealing and replacing” Obamacare with market-oriented reforms has been the Republican mantra for years now. If you’re a long-time follower of…
 
 
I am honored to have the endorsement of my friend, retired State Senator Max Coffey.
 
 
Mr. Sandack says taking money from special interests on both sides of an issue is participating in the political process, but he asks me to drop my campaign as NOT to give the citizens of district #81 the same consideration. How puzzling. It’s TIME for new leadership.
 
 
IN the District: Delavan loses it’s grocery store to fire…Mayor: Delavan wants burned-out grocery store rebuiltwww.pantagraph.comDELAVAN — The mayor of Delavan says it’s a community priority to help the owners plan to rebuild a grocery store destroyed by fire early Sunday.
 
 
Springfield…As rural Illinois residents continue to see the cost of liquid propane (LP) used to heat homes skyrocket due to critical shortages nationwide, State Representative Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) is calling upon 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, Poe and fellow law
 
 
What do you expect to hear from Governor Quinn’s State of the State speech today? I would love to hear him advance a pro-growth/pro-jobs agenda: Lower taxes for all, less regulations on businesses & LESS government spending. But that’s highly unlikely. To watch or listen live today at Noon, follow this link. http://www.ilga.gov/house/audvid.aspIllinois General Assembly – House of Representativ
 
 
Today is the beginning of the spring session for the Illinois General Assembly, with Governor Quinn’s State of the State address at 12. I’ll share my response to his address with you in a variety of ways.
 
 
Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette editor and columnist. His column appears on Wednesdays and Sundays. He can be reached at 351-5221 or at …
 
 
By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network. This should be another year in which the Illinois legislature debates whether tax incentives to lure new …
 
 
By State Rep. Dwight Kay – Wednesday, 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…
 
 
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* Let’s revisit Greg Hinz’s interview of Bruce Rauner’s about convicted influence peddler Stu Levine… “I didn’t have ‘a relationship’ with Levine. I didn’t know him,” Mr. Rauner told me. “I didn’t interact with him. What I’ve been told is that he was an employee of a company in which we had a minority interest.” In further […]
 
 
* Based on a recent study, you might wanna call your broker and buy some stock in Illinois-based companies this morning. Crain’s… The study looked at 388 state of the state speeches between 2002 and 2010, along with data on 5,271 publicly traded firms, including 211 in Illinois. Software called Diction 6.0 counted the positive […]
 
 
* You can watch the State of the State address here or here. Our friends at BlueRoomStream.com will have live Democratic react at about 1 o’clock here, and live GOP react about the same time here. The Senate is convening a little early today, and you can watch its session beginning at 11 […]
 
 
Breaks are nice but it’s time to go back to work. Public safety, job creation, and criminal justice reform remain… http://fb.me/C06Vpkzm 
 
 
Bob’s East St. Louis hearing on gambling expansion drew a packed room and strong media coverage like this AP piece. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/little-compromise-seen-at-forum-on-illinois-gambling/article_390aeec5-e1f4-56a6-8954-83998c5c3481.html …
 
 
Breaks are nice but it’s time to go back to work. Public safety, job creation, and criminal justice reform remain my top priorities as we enter a new legislative year.
 
 
Bob’s East St. Louis hearing on gambling expansion drew a packed room and strong media coverage like this AP piece. Little compromise seen at forum on Illinois gambling : Electionswww.nwitimes.comEAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. | A state lawmaker hoping compromise will propel his push to expand Illinois gambling got little showing of it during a public hearing Tuesday, when a
 
 
Gov. Quinn’s speech the day after #SOTU is his version of finding the local angle.
 
 
COAL CITY – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of public assistance to Illinois counties affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes, has inspired U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, to take action.
 
 
MORRIS – Although Morris City Clerk John Enger officially retires next week, he won’t be going far.
 
 
As Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gets set to make his way to Springfield today for his annual State of the State address, one local lawmakers has a checklist of items he’s going to be listening to. State Senator Chapin Rose says he’s going to be liste…
 
 
We are seeking nominations for the “Leaders Among Us” awards presented annually to outstanding people by The Southern Illinoisan and Southern Business Journal.
 
 
Going on @bruceanddan @wlsam890 shortly to discuss last night’s #SOTU and how it was more of the same bad economic policies #WhereAreTheJobs
 
 
Chatting with @fox32news this morning about last night’s #SOTU. Tune in now
 
 
Pat Quinn’s State of the State at noon today. You can watch here: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/default.aspx#
 
 
In Springfield for the State of the State today.
 
 
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a bill he co-sponsored which codifies the patchwork of federal provisions that ensure no taxpayer dollars fund abortions except in cases…
 
 
WASHINGTON DC – As a cosponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 7), Congressman John Shimkus (R, IL-15) released the following statement on its passage in the House: “As a 100 percent pro-life Christian, I was proud…
 
 
Is current taxing of farm ground fair?McLeansboro Times LeaderIncluded are some phone numbers of people who should be able to answer your questions: Mark Becker, supervisor of assessments, 643-3971; state Rep. John Bradley, 997-9697; state Sen. Gary Forby, 439-2504. Accompanying this letter is an article that …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – State Senators Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) and Bill Haine (D-Alton) are introducing legislation in the Illinois Senate to help Illinoisans facing skyrocketing prices and short supply for propane to heat homes and businesses. The Senators have filed an amendment…
 
 
Forum: Lawmakers need to save harness racingSouthtownStarWhen Illinois legislators reconvene today to hear the State of the State address, they must also pass legislation allowing Advance Deposit Wagering, which permits online betting on horse races. ADW has been legal since 2009 but is due to end Friday.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – In anticipation of Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, Illinois State Rep. and candidate for Illinois State Treasurer Tom Cross today released the following statement: “Illinois faces great challenges that require innovative policies and bold solutions….
 
 
Tom Kacich: Campaign records show local donationsChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteNaomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, who last year announced that she would retire at the end of this term. Kristin Williamson of Urbana is the only Republican candidate in the 103rd District, which includes almost all of Champaign and Urbana. And finally .
 
 
Disappointing that all the stories about Obama “going alone” don’t include euchre references.
 
 
By State Sen. Darin LaHood – SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois, we are fortunate to be the hub of Midwestern commerce and transportation. Because of our national status, the state must make an honest commitment to ensuring that our roads, rail,…