Today’s headlines — Friday, Jan. 31

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Like him or not, you have to admit Michael Madigan is a genius.Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtainwww.vote4mel.comIllinois is broke and the spending continues. Please join Mel to control runaway taxes, restore personal liberty, and grow the Illinois economy.
 
 
I believe I’ll be voting for Bruce Rauner for many reasons. No. 1: He says he would live in the governor’s mansion in Springfield. No. 2: He supports term limits, which we need badly. He doesn’t need the money so he’ll work for the people. Maybe he’s smart enough to give us our casino, to put Danville back on the map and bring in Indiana money. BILL BURTON read more
 
 
A spokeswoman says Illinois small businesses won’t be affected by House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to cut the corporate income tax rate. Kim Clarke Maisch (MYSH) is Illinois director of the National Federation of Independent Business. She sa…
 
 
BREAKING: WSJ reports the State Dept plans to release Friday a much-anticipated environmental review on the #Keystone pipeline.
 
 
But records cast doubt on any strong link between GOP candidate, convicted power brokerBack in 1996, Atlanta-based dental insurer CompDent Corp. bought an Illinois competitor called Dental Care Plus Management Corp., a seemingly run-of-the mill business deal that would be long forgotten if it weren’t now reverberating through the Republican race for governor.    
 
 
The state of Illinois is now accepting and processing tax returns.
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — When it comes to creating a new taxpayer-funded position to help small businesses in Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn may be trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.
 
 
The attorney for former Saline County Chief Deputy Todd Fort, whose lawsuit against the state’s attorney was dismissed last month, filed a notice to appeal last week.
 
 
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of our push to purchase radio. The MoneyBomb event started today and runs through Sunday. Follow the links and contribute now. It’s fun and easy. https://www.facebook.com/events/685481508163878/
 
 
 
The Tribune’s new Plan of Chicago series has pointed to the complex … of Chicago and require stringent background checks on people who want to …
 
 
ROCKFORD – Winnebago County’s jail intervention programs have helped people spend on average nine fewer days each year behind bars and …
 
 
 
Our view: Heating helpJacksonville Journal CourierHis disaster proclamation — which came just a few days after Carlinville senator Sam McCann hand-delivered a letter seeking such an action — allows truckers licensed in Illinois to travel through other states to bring fuel back. It also lets drivers …
 
 
Papal pitch: Be the first to name a Chicago school after new Pope Francis, whose popularity just landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
 
 
By Jim Anderson – Illinois Radio Network. Poverty has changed in some ways in Illinois over the last 50 years, and in some ways it has not.
 
 
Sen. Kyle McCarter 2014 State of the State Reaction From: TheILSenateGOP Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:48 More in News & Politics
 
 
 
Normally tweet unprofessional stuff, but could use some web clicks on the political web show I hosted. http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/79107548/Clout-Street-Springfield-City-Hall …
 
 
#Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter is among packd hous tht came out 4 Ghalib Ghallab’s last nite @MLoungeChicago pic.twitter.com/2ZDP52ZxAS
 
 
 
“@ChiTribCloutSt: OK, here’s the debut show of Clout Street: The Webcast. Please watch so we can keep this going: http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/79107548/Clout-Street-Springfield-City-Hall …”
 
 
Illinois state rep from Glen Carbon proposes drug testing for welfare applicants http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Illinois-state-rep-from-Glen-Carbon-proposes-drug-testing-for-welf-241686571.html …
 
 
Koehler: Tax Increase Should’ve Been Permanent To Begin With Republicans are blasting Governor Quinn for blowing… http://fb.me/3fsLQ077y 
 
 
 
But records cast doubt on any strong link between GOP candidate, convicted power broker Back in 1996, Atlanta-based dental insurer CompDent Corp. bought an Illinois competitor called Dental Care Plus Management Corp., a seemingly run-of-the mill business deal that would be long forgotten if it weren’t now reverberating through the Republican race for governor.    
 
 
 
It’s been a very busy day, with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan unveiling a proposal to slash the state’s corporate income tax, news on big money pouring into this area’s most competitive race for Congress and another pop for Chicago’s booming movie business. The tax move came when Mr. Madigan, who is far more sensitive to business needs than other Democratic leaders and has been hinting fo
 
 
Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is inviting science teacher Michelle Burke, at Jane Addams Junior High School in Schaumburg, as her guest for this year’s State of the Union Address. “When I met her last year it was immediately clear the enthusiasm she had for teaching and her dedication to her students,” Duckworth said. “STEAM education is so important to the future of our country and Mich
 
 
The Bethalto School Board has approved the issuance of $3.1-million in taxable general obligation school bonds.  The board took the action as a result of the state being continually behind on its payments.  Bethalto School Superintendent Ch…
 
 
Katherine A. O’Dell recently announced her democratic candidacy for Judge in the 10th Subcircuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County (Northwest Corner of the City neighboring both western suburbs, Main Township, Niles and Northbrook). O’Dell has a storied legal career. She began working at The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Real Estate Tax Department of the Civil Division. Currentl
 
 
Does this Chicago billboard offend you?Moms Group Denounces Assault Rifle Billboardwww.nbcchicago.comA group is asking an advertising company to take down a Chicago billboard featuring an assault rifle.
 
 
The state of Illinois is now accepting and processing tax returns.
 
 
Sen. Dick Durbin says the passage of a bill that would delay premium hikes for years for buyers of federal flood insurance http://bit.ly/MDrc5J is good news for areas along the Mississippi River.
 
 
In part of an ongoing effort to have more unemployment claims handled electronically, the Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) will close its office on the College of Lake County campus in Grayslake before its lease at the site runs out this year, possibly as early as this spring.
 
 
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park thinks his fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton, could have a shot at being speaker of the U.S. House one day. “I think Petey has a great career ahead of him,” Kirk says. “I thought when he got elevated to the position, with the normal churning of leadership, that someday Roskam could be speaker.” Petey?
 
 
Rep. Mitchell Discusses State of the State Address Local lawmakers continue to react to the Governor’s State of the State address Wednesday. State Representative Bill Mitchell says Governor Quinn’s State of the State address left a lot ot be …Rep. Mitchell Discusses State of the State Address
 
 
DANVILLE — More charges may be coming in the case against a Danville family nurse practitioner charged earlier this week with prescribing medications he wasn’t licensed to and signing prescriptions with another medical professional’s name. read more
 
 
Metra’s Board of Directors on Friday is scheduled to interview the final candidates hoping to become the agency’s new CEO. A decision could be made by the end of the day. Interim CEO Don Orseno is among the finalists for the job, which pays $250,000. Orseno took over after Alex Clifford stepped down last summer in the wake of a scandal that eventually replaced six members of the board. Official
 
 
 
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has nominated 10 Illinois students for admission to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2014.  Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th District for attendance at each of the four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S.
 
 
 
Senator Hastings interviewed with Fox News Chicago this afternoon regarding the criminalizing “revenge porn.” You can see his remarks and that of victims of this in the video below: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24595614/illinois-senator-fights-to-make-revenge-porn-a-felonyIllinois senator fights to make `revenge porn` a felonywww.myfoxchicago.comOther states already have laws makin
 
 
Sen. Michael E. Hastings and Sen. Toi Hutchinson at yesterday’s State of the State Address. Little known fact, in addition to their Senate districts bordering each other, Sen. Hutchinson’s & Hastings attended went to law school together.
 
 
Even with the passing of marriage equality, our fight is not over. Already attacks are underway, and we can not be complacent. We must continue to voice our support for LGBT rights. I plan to never stop working for true equality, and I know you will join me in this endeavor. http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Lesbian-candidate-slams-House-bill-/46055.htmlLesbian candidate slams House bill – G
 
 
A busy day in three counties today working it hard. Put in a 15 hour day. Met lots of great people in the 110th.
 
 
Sen. Hastings interviewed with Fox News today regarding the criminalizing “revenge porn. You can see the video here: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24595614/illinois-senator-fights-to-make-revenge-porn-a-felony …
 
 
If you missed me on Chicago Tonight talking about #fairtax and #minimumwage, here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/m4p7bsb 
 
 
Brown: City, suburban, Downstate property tax bills not equal when it comes to schools -Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/brown/20748197-452/brown-city-suburban-downstate-property-tax-bills-not-equal-when-it-comes-to-schools.html … via @suntimes
 
 
Check out the need for real property tax reform. My home vs. Gov. Quinn’s. Same value, not same taxes paid to our respective school dists.
 
 
A busy day in three counties today working it hard. Put in a 15 hour day. Met lots of great people in the 110th.
 
 
Good times meeting with the Frankfort and Troy township republicans in will county.
 
 
Jim Bolin’s endorsement means alot. Jim understands the importance of someone with business experience going to Springfield to represent him and represent his company, Bolin Enterprises. I want to see Illinois business friendly once again.Timeline PhotosJim Bolin, Vice-President of Bolin Enterprises wants to see me go to Springfield to help the business climate in Illinois.
 
 
Equal pay, we all win. Food security, we all win. Super Bowl, only one winner, the Non Profit!! NFL
 
 
Remember to keep up the pressure, say no to Fast Track, @SenatorReid has.
 
 
Wozniak Comments of Governor Quinn’s State of the State AddressWozniak Comments of Governor Quinn’s State of the State Addressus4.campaign-archive1.com     On Wednesday Governor Pat Quinn held his “State of the State” address. He summed up his remarks with one sentence; “Illinois is making a comeback.” Yet, Illinois still has one of the largest budget deficits in the United States. Unemployment is
 
 
The law, passed last year, allows most businesses to decide whether to allow concealed carry of guns on their premises, as long as they follow Illinois …
 
 
 
At the same time, the Illinois Federation of Teachers donated $1.7 million to politicians, including $515,669 to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. That’s real …
 
 
Alton Daily News: GOP Candidates Disagree on Funding Amtrak | Alton Daily News 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 can get those trains to run on time, I don’t see having any good governmen
 
 
I will be in Monticello on Tuesday, February 4th, 4-5pm, for a Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up at Monticello Red Wheel, 803 Iron Horse Place. This is not a fundraising event, but donations will be accepted: https://www.danrutherford.org/contribute/ You may also mail checks payable to DRCC, 220 W. Howard, Pontiac, IL 61764. Proceeds benefit the Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee. Everyone is welcom
 
 
DuPage County committee studies graduated Illinois state tax idea to combat debt – The Doings Oak Brook http://dlvr.it/4q67k1 
 
 
@tomdemmer thanks my friend. @RonSandack and @danielbiss were great. #letsgetmcsweeneyontwitter
 
 
TBT Photo of the Week: This photo was taken at the St. Pats Parade in Decatur in 2012. These two little guys,… http://fb.me/6B3cjuazv 
 
 
Emanuel, legislative leaders meet to discuss city pensions http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-emanuel-legislative-leaders-meet-to-discuss-city-pensions-20140130,0,4063005.story … #twill @ReporterHal
 
 
LOUIS, Ill. – A Metro East charter school is fighting to stay open, but the state isn’t … The students have circulated a petition to try and save the school.
 
 
Took a break from campaigning to talk about my experience as a judge with some impressive women lawyers in Champaign pic.twitter.com/WrR5RJyjai
 
 
Spent the past half-hour helping my son study for his gov test tomorrow. He said I’m a government geek. True!
 
 
Would you ride it? A new wooden roller coaster being built in Gurnee, IL will be the world’s tallest. Check out pictures and video here.World’s Tallest, Fastest Wooden Roller Coaster in Illinois979kickfm.comSix Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois is building Goliath, which will be the tallest, fastest, and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world!
 
 
Metra’s board of trustees is preparing to name a new CEO following back-to-back scandals.
 
 
CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) from Effingham will be available to meet with local constituents in Coles County today. Shimkus will be at Charleston City Hall in the council chambers, 520 Jackson Ave., from 2:30-4 p.m …
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for the Agricultural Act of 2014, the farm bill conference report. The bill passed the House Wednesday and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law. Shimkus said …
 
 
Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation. But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years …
 
 
Related Stories: ‘It’s offensive’: Lawmaker upset with portrayal of Murray Center backers Closing arguments made in Murray Center case; ruling expected in March Murray Center trial: Is state ‘dead wrong’ to close it or catching up with the times …
 
 
Dillard stresses links to Springfield at GOP lunchThe State Journal-RegisterThe race for the GOP nomination for governor is “wide, wide open,” state Sen. Kirk Dillard told a luncheon group in Springfield on Thursday. “Nobody’s going to know where this race is going until early March,” Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, told the …
 
 
Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis has given his campaign for U.S. Senate $500,000 of his own money as he tries to win a statewide primary election for the first time.
 
 
TheNewsTribune.comFederal rail agency collects minimal enforcement fines, documents showTheNewsTribune.comAdditional documents obtained by McClatchy reveal that the agency agreed to a $17,000 settlement in September 2010 with the Canadian National Railway over a June 2009 derailment in Cherry Valley, Ill. The accident killed one person, injured nine …
 
 
My name is Natalie Manley, and I am a state representative. I am also a certified public accountant, and just over a year ago, I left my position as a senior staff accountant to take on a new role in state government. After nearly two decades as a tax …
 
 
Coming to Six Corners!Timeline PhotosCommunity, coming to Six Corners at 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave. in June 2014! A gastro-pub serving upscale American fare by Quay Tao, the owner of The Portage! @[88060494447:274:Six Corners]
 
 
THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! “hundreds of thousands of these evidence kits were never analyzed across the country, robbing women of the chance to ease their fears through the identification and arrest of their attackers, and putting other women at risk because offenders tend to rape again and again.” Thank you Julie Smolyansky and Jason Burdeen for fighting on behalf of countless victims o
 
 
Meeting people before speaking to a group after Bruce Rauner (in doorway) and Kirk Dillard (with microphone)
 
 
UPDATED w/RAUNER reax: Quinn withholds support, GOP wary of Madigan $1.5 billion business tax-cut plan http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/speaker-proposes-1-5-billion-tax-cut-for-businesses/ … via @suntimes
 
 
#twill Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock Endorses Kirk Dillard and Jil Tracy for Governor/Lt Gov, calling them “Most qualified”
 
 
Catch me on Chicago Tonight at 7pm, with @RonSandack, @danielbiss and Rep. McSweeney
 
 
Join me and Rep. Darlene Senger along with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs for STAND UP AND BE… http://fb.me/2SShD2iAW 
 
 
Tonight! Please tell Veterans you know about this event. http://fb.me/15WTXylY3 
 
 
Sen. McCarter’s Take on State of the State Speech -Read More HERE!… http://fb.me/3CrfeuC9I 
 
 
Needed considerably more make up than my General Assembly colleagues. #noglare #chicagotonight #wttw
 
 
Court Verdicts in Illinois Malpractice Lawsuits http://dlvr.it/4q4wn7 
 
 
The Springfield Area Home Builders Association is now accepting applications for the annual Robert E. von Behren Scholarship Program for $1,000 that is open to students pursuing a career in the building industry. Subscriber Link: http://bit.ly/1ffYfo2
 
 
Five years to the day after he was sworn in as governor, Pat Quinn delivered his 2014 State of the State address to the Illinois General Assembly.
 
 
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is announcing his nominations to the military service academies.  The Congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination wh
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn made a campaign stop at the Dennis Early Childhood Center in Rockford today to discuss his birth to 5 initiative. It’s part of his five year plan for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. The governor’s blueprint calls for making early childhood education a top priority in an effort to create more jobs. What are your thoughts on this plan? For more on this story: http://bit.ly/1
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city’s employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year’s city and Chicago Public Schools budgets.    
 
 
We can fight violence by rethinking our criminal justice policies.
 
 
Today I visited the Dennis Early Childhood Center and Chicago’s Richard Edwards Center for Young Learners to discuss my Birth to Five Initiative. As announced in yesterday’s State of the State Address, the Birth to Five Initiative will focus on three keys to a healthy child: universal prenatal care; access to early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support. Study a
 
 
That was pretty fun today — if you missed it, check out CBS on our Reddit AMA. State Rep. Candidate Turns To Reddit For Q&A, Claims State Rep. Toni Berrios ‘Simply Hasn’t Been…chicago.cbslocal.comWill Guzzardi, a Democrat running for Illinois State Representative, turned to the popular website Reddit on Thursday to have a direct discussion with voters.
 
 
Winter weather alert! More snow on the way. Please be careful driving home tonight!
 
 
Door hangers ready, taking the campaign door-2-door.
 
 
It’s like beating a dead horse but there are now over two million Illinois food stamp recipients. With the lack of job creation this number will expand. Families want dignity, they want employment and they want economic freedom to flourish. My opponent seeks political power, while I seek family power. It’s TIME to empower families.
 
 
That was pretty fun today — if you missed it, check out CBS on our Reddit AMA. State Rep. Candidate Turns To Reddit For Q&A, Claims State Rep. Toni Berrios ‘Simply Hasn’t Been…chicago.cbslocal.comWill Guzzardi, a Democrat running for Illinois State Representative, turned to the popular website Reddit on Thursday to have a direct discussion with voters.
 
 
At several meetings I’ve attended some folks have expressed concern about voting. I feel we should be making it easier to vote than making it harder. Tell me what your thoughts are on voting. What about an election week rather than an election day? Same day registration? Is a photo ID necessary or is voter registration card enough? What if the election judge knows you? What would be an acceptable
 
 
Excited to take a break from campaigning and talk about my experience as a judge with a group of impressive women lawyers in Champaign
 
 
Even with the passing of marriage equality, our fight is not over. Already attacks are underway, and we can not be complacent. We must continue to voice our support for LGBT rights. I plan to never stop working for true equality, and I know you will join me in this endeavor. http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Lesbian-candidate-slams-House-bill-/46055.htmlLesbian candidate slams House bill
 
 
Door hangers ready, taking the campaign door-2-door.
 
 
At several meetings I’ve attended some folks have expressed concern about voting. I feel we should be making it easier to vote than making it harder. Tell me what your thoughts are on voting. What about an election week rather than an election day? Same day registration? Is a photo ID necessary or is voter registration card enough? What if the election judge knows you? What would be an acceptable
 
 
Springfield, IL… State Representative Sandy Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn) issued the following response to the Governor’s State of the State Address on Wednesday. Pihos says that while some of the initiatives set forth in the speech are admirable …
 
 
It seems to me that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan just announced an income tax … t ask me to pay the bill for that generosity. For 30 years or more, Illinois residents have been paying higher property tax bills because the state refused to …
 
 
Vandalia’s love-hate relationship with LincolnChicago TribuneThis town about four hours south of Chicago served as Illinois’ capital for 20 years. Lincoln’s legacy is evident at the modest, three-story State House, carefully restored to how it appeared in the 1830s. Locals boast that Lincoln not only cut his …
 
 
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, right, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, look on as Gov. Pat Quinn delivers …
 
 
Immigration reform: Why are House Republicans poised to act now?Alaska DispatchLuis Gutierrez (D) of Illinois asks: “Does anyone really think the Senate’s going to come back next year and go through that torturous process [of 2013] all over again? So I think now’s the moment.” Other Republicans say now is clearly the wrong time …
 
 
Representative Gutierrez Calls for Classified Briefing on Iran Nuclear …eNews Park ForestToday, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi requesting a classified briefing for all Members of …
 
 
New York TimesRepresentative Gutierrez: A Long Way to Go, But Republican ‘Standards’ Move …eNews Park ForestToday, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), issued a statement in response to the release of the Republican “Standards for Immigration Reform,” a document of principles that House Republicans are debating at their retreat in Maryland this week. Rep.Lawmakers, first lady put face
 
 
Candidates tussle over incumbent’s ‘effectiveness’ in 42nd primaryChicago Daily HeraldElaine Nekritz. The quote came from a Daily Herald article about a previous pension holiday that was approved in 2005. In the article, Nekritz said she was very sorry she voted for that pension holiday. Ives said she respects Nekritz, but felt she …
 
 
NBC Chicago (blog)Opinion: Does Illinois Have a Coherent Corporate Tax Policy?NBC Chicago (blog)On Thursday, House Speaker Mike Madigan called for cutting the state’s corporate tax in half. The powerful Chicago Democrat’s proposal drops the corporate income tax rate from 7 percent to 3.5 percent, setting the stage for $1.5 billion less in …Michael Madigan’s message on taxes and jobsMadigan propo
 
 
Like most area youths, Chicago Public Schools students have missed four days of classroom instruction so far this winter due to the brutal cold.
 
 
“Illinois can lead the nation in early childhood education. We have the foundation in place. Now is the time to get the job done for Illinois’ littlest.”.
 
 
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–January 30, 2014. People with disabilities or special needs will soon move into a new quality affordable housing …
 
 
Thanks to all the GA teachers, staff & bus drivers who took care of stranded students through the night because of yesterday’s snowstorm.
 
 
SpaanTech CEO Smita Shah was mentioned as a person on the move in today’s edition of Crain’s. She was mentioned for being named to the Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governors.
 
 
Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) There can be silver linings in anything, even government shut-downs, at least as far as the eighth grade social studies students at Wilmette Junior High School are concerned. Thanks to the shuttering of federal services last October …
 
 
Gov. Quinn will deliver his State of the State address on Jan. 29, 2014
 
 
State of the State Legislative Reaction: Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer Illinois House Republican Caucus State of the State Reaction Interviews. From: Illinois House Republican Caucus Views: 3 0 ratings Time: 00:30 More in News & Politics
 
 
Sen. Kirk Dillard 2014 State of the State Reaction From: TheILSenateGOP Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:00 More in News & Politics
 
 
Sen. Matt Murphy 2014 State of the State Reaction From: TheILSenateGOP Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:12 More in News & Politics
 
 
Sen. Bill Brady 2014 State of the State Reaction From: TheILSenateGOP Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:44 More in News & Politics
 
 
ISBE spokesperson, on my questions about the new sex education law: “The only people who have been interested in this are reporters.”
 
 
The show airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Central.
 
 
Carbondale – A new license plate in Illinois was unveiled on Thursday to help raise money for a cure.
 
 
They say in politics, money doesn’t just talk, it screams. If so, in Cook County there’s a whole lot of voices yelling at the top of their lungs. Cook County Clerk David Orr has released a report saying that while lobbyists contacted Cook County officials less in 2013, the number of lobbyists and their compensation was higher than any year since online filing began. Orr’s office said 190 registere
 
 
Near South Side residents and their local alderman are warming to the idea of building a $173 million DePaul basketball arena that would double as an “event center” for McCormick Place, thanks to design changes triggered by a court fight over adjacent land.
 
 
Illinois’ most influential pol wants to talk about taxes and jobsMichael Madigan, Illinois’ most influential politician, offers a corporate tax cut — his response to the state’s lousy climate for employers.    
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn says he hasn’t talked to Speaker Michael Madigan about a plan to cut Illinois’ corporate income tax rate in half.
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn says there’s still time to address another capital construction program.
 
 
The attorney for a central Illinois farming business that will pay $5.3 million to settle allegations it faked partnerships to avoid limits on subsidies says the owners did nothing wrong.
 
 
WASHINGTON–House Republican leaders released “draft standards” on Thursday to take on immigration reform in what House Speaker John Boehner R-Ohio said were “bite-size” pieces.
 
 
Thanks @CitizenActionIL for your endorsement! Check out our official twitter handle @LisaMadigan.
 
 
Sen. Sue Rezin joined in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of Illinoisans, at a special Go Red For Women event at the Illinois State Capitol on January 29. She is pictured here with State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (to the right of Sen. Rezin) and other Go Red For Women supporters.
 
 
It’s time we listen to the littlest. Today I visited young learners in Rockford & Chicago to discuss #Birthto5. pic.twitter.com/NqRUSMykae
 
 
Keith Matune Reacts to 2014 State of the State Yesterday, Governor Quinn delivered the annual State of the State Address. His speech recognized a handful of Illinois’ heroes. I especially appreciated his recognition of Annie Wagner and the students of Downers Grove North who demonstrated remarkable compassion and class earlier this year. Indeed, Illinois is a state of people who are committed to h
 
 
Maybe we shouldn’t over-think this. D’s policies have failed; perhaps they are coming around to our way of thinking. http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/speaker-proposes-1-5-billion-tax-cut-for-businesses/ …
 
 
We need to cut tax rates across the board for illinois citizens, small businesses and companies. We need to create incentives for economic growth and job creation.Madigan proposes slashing state’s corporate tax ratewww.chicagobusiness.comAP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing cutting Illinois’ corporate income tax rate in half in an effort to improve the state’s business climate. The pow
 
 
Rep. Bellock endorses the team, “Calls Dillard Tracy ticket most qualified to lead.” CLICK LIKE if you agree!
 
 
One of the more interesting bills I’ve introduced. “IL lawmaker propose tax exemption for diapers”- http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/illinois-lawmakers-propose-tax-exemption-for-diapers/article_9a934069-04cb-50d7-802e-52313615e0e5.html … #twill #diapertax
 
 
The current propane crisis is significantly hurting families in our state. That’s why we’ve introduced legislation to help those being hurt the most by skyrocketing prices.
 
 
Legislators: Where will money come from? http://shar.es/QnG6a  via @sharethis
 
 
On January 1 of this year, residents of Illinois saw a slew of new laws that could potentially impact them.  It is important that we all be aware of some of the biggest changes in this state, so as not to find ourselves in violation of the law. Below is a list of a few of the changes: – In 2014, Illinois becomes the final state to enact a concealed carry law. Gun owners can now apply for a conceal
 
 
Our #TBT pic of the week, Sen Kimberly Lightford’s 1998 swearing in, with her parents http://instagram.com/p/jznAQbRqB4/ 
 
 
I had a great time talking with Mark McDonald from WSEC’s show, Lawmakers, at the Capitol this morning!
 
 
Sen. Mattie Hunter leveled playing field for minority business owners, says Gov. Quinn http://bit.ly/1balhgO 
 
 
Yesterday was Go Red For Women Day at the State Capitol. Heart disease is the number one killer of Illinoisans. I was proud to join the event and raise awareness. National Wear Red Day is February 7. Click to read more:Go Red For Women Event at State Capitolsenatorrezin.comSen. Sue Rezin joined in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of Illinoisans, at a special Go Red For Women
 
 
Village of Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pedersen and I met with some of the village’s bravest this morning to congratulate them on earning a $461,724 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which will be used to hire additional firefighters and paramedics. Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1eaSWKj.
 
 
The 3 keys of #Birthto5 are universal prenatal care, access to early care & learning opps & strong parent support http://tinyurl.com/keuk49b 
 
 
The Gambler Ives Statement on State of the State Address “I’ll see your $10 minimum wage and raise you two sick days,” said Governor Quinn, bellied up to the table with a set of chips stacked neatly in front of him. It was dealer’s choice on Wednesday with Quinn as the dealer. Bluffing his way through the required State of the State address, the cards he dealt didn’t jive with the cards already o
 
 
I’ll be a guest this evening on “Chicago Tonight” at 7 pm on Channel 11. Topics include yesterday’s State of the… http://fb.me/16wrnrkrt 
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant along with Representative Manley join fellow Illinois legislators in wearing red to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s platform for educating women on the risk factors of heart disease. Over the last 10 years, more than 600,000 lives have been saved because of Go Red. Go Red For Women continually funds research s
 
 
There Appears to Be A Choice for the 97th District http://goo.gl/fb/LlJIp 
 
 
Our campaign is currently at 995 TOTAL contributors. Can you help put us over 1,000 donors today? Please contribute $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can! Contribute at http://www.georgegollin.com!George Gollin for Congresswww.georgegollin.comScientist, Teacher, Watchdog and Democrat running for U.S. Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District
 
 
Discussed higher ed & research projects for keeping Great Lakes clean w/ @LoyolaChicago’s president, Fr. Garanzini. pic.twitter.com/CdmzKBm8Vx
 
 
Winter weather alert! More snow on the way. Please be careful driving home tonight!
 
 
* Most everyone was caught by surprise when Gov. Pat Quinn said this during yesterday’s State of the State address… 43 percent of all workers in Illinois – more than 2.5 million people – have no right to a single earned sick day. Among our low-wage workers – the problem is even worse: 80 percent of […]
 
 
Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bill Brady was scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon with the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center’s parent group in …
 
 
“I’ll see your $10 minimum wage and raise you two sick days,” said Governor Pat Quinn, bellied up to the table with a set of chips stacked neatly in …
 
 
In second place is Fletcher O’Brien Kasper, $204,500, whose various principals have worked for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Mayor …
 
 
State Representative Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, joined the American Heart Association for a special event to raise awareness of heart disease at the …
 
 
IL Republicans battling it out at U. of C.Hyde Park HeraldA hour-long roundtable discussion featuring candidates Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event will be moderated by NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin. Organizers …
 
 
Illinois gets 5 stars in preventing drunken drivingOak Park Leaves“Here in Illinois, we have zero tolerance for drunk driving and along with law enforcement throughout the state, we work hard to put programs in place to keep our motorists safe from drunk drivers,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider.
 
 
San Francisco ChronicleQuinn says capital construction discussion aheadWICS-TVQuinn has often celebrated the state’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now as one of his top achievements. He signed the six-year capital construction project in 2009. It’s Illinois’ largest ever. He told reporters Thursday the capital construction program …Quinn sets up election themes in yearly addressQuinn to push for ear
 
 
Ill. Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with Pete McMurray about the governor’s “State of the State” speech yesterday. They discuss minimum wage, …
 
 
(CBS) – The day after a State of the State message that stressed early childhood education, Gov. Pat Quinn hit the road. The governor visited schools in Rockford and Chicago and for the first time in quite a while took questions from reporters. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there to ask the governor about the so-called “elephant in the room”: How is he going to pay for his new initiativ
 
 
CHICAGO – Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner updated his Illinois State Board of Elections reports for 2013’s second, third, and fourth quarters to comply with election law requirements concerning staff salaries. Rauner’s ammended filings show the campaign building up staff…
 
 
Sen. Durbin’s op-ed on immigration worth read. Here’s hoping @RepLipinski et al can find meaningful middle in House http://fw.to/Awoq6FD 
 
 
What is it they say about imitation & flattery @RonSandack: 1st pension reform now cutting taxes MT @RayLong
 
 
Classy response from Chancellor. #GoodOnHer http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chancellor-Responds-to-Hateful-Student-Tweets-Over-No-Snow-Day-242792641.html … via @NBCChicago
 
 
Follow the latest news and updates from Sherman at The Burbs at sj-r.com.The Burbs – The State Journal-Registerwww.sj-r.comGet the latest breaking news, sports, entertainment, obituaries – The State Journal-Register
 
 
Follow the latest news and updates from Sherman at The Burbs at http://sj-r.com : http://www.sj-r.com/section/blogs01?taxid=2147&refresh=true …
 
 
SpaanTech CEO Smita Shah’s appointment to the Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governors got a mention in Crains People on the move.
 
 
Eating disorders continue to be a problem on college campuses. Do you know someone who has struggled with an eating disorder? http://www.wgem.com/story/24584615/2014/01/29/new-study-shows-eating-disorders-continue-on-college-campusesNew study shows eating disorders continue on college campuseswww.wgem.comA recent study shows a dangerous trend on college campuses. 
 
 
From the article: State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said the governor failed to put a price tag on his expanded programs and never even mentioned the word “taxes.” “If you are a business person out there, this has to frighten you. He wants to expand government, but he won’t say how he will pay for it…,” she said. http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/news/718235/Quinn-focuses-on-jobs-education-in-
 
 
I’ll be on “Chicago Tonight” this evening on Channel 11 at 7:00 pm. Topics include the Governor’s State of the State, pension reform & the next legislative session.
 
 
Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin said nearly 30 firefighters spent several hours ….. Pay It Forward… because sometimes people need a little extra help.
 
 
Clout has a special meaning in Chicago, where it can be a noun, a verb or an adjective. This exercise of political influence in a uniquely Chicago style was chronicled in the Tribune cartoon “Clout Street” in the early 1980s. Clout Street, the blog, offers an inside look at the politics practiced fr…
 
 
Here’s what area lawmakers told us about Gov. Quinn’s State of the State speech. http://shawurl.com/z5u 
 
 
Chairman Dorgan on WBEZ: For any voter who’s interested, he Republican Party gives you the best opportunity. #twill
 
 
Chairman Dorgan on WBEZ: “Talk about the economy of Illinois, and that the Republican Party is alive and well, whitch is is.”
 
 
.@AP: Your dedicated staff deserves fair compensation for our excellent work. We’ve already sacrificed more than enough. #fairAPcontract
 
 
Southern: SIU will invest in deferred maintenance projects http://bit.ly/1cyR10a 
 
 
#Quinn to take reporters’ questions at 1:30p today on Southwest side. First newser of 2014.
 
 
Lobbying in #CookCounty hits record level. Time for a fee hike? http://tinyurl.com/oyc2ybp 
 
 
BY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter Multimillionaire Bruce Rauner just pumped another $1 million into his campaign fund, finance records show. The gubernatorial candidate who has been far out-raising his opponents has pumped millions into his campaign. Interactive database: Search for Illinois political contributions
 
 
Champaign park board president and 2015 mayoral candidate Joe Petry says his new role as chairman of the state’s parks association will put the city in a strong position. CHAMPAIGN — Champaign park board president and 2015 mayoral candidate Joe Petry says his new role as chairman of the state’s parks association will put the city in a strong position, and it’s “the kind of thing we need
 
 
Cullerton Says Chicago Pension Debt A Key Challenge Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address was a “strong message on the progress of our state.” The Chicago Democrat says the Chicago city pension …Cullerton Says Chicago Pension Debt A Key Challenge
 
 
“The governor talked in pretty rosy terms, sugarcoating the truth” – Local legislators react to the State of the State Local legislators poke holes in State of State’s list of goals, deedswww.daily-chronicle.comGov. 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 lawmakers bo
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to announce today that Chicago has won a $3 million grant to expand its employee wellness program.
 
 
Give Governor Pat Quinn this: As campaign themes go, “getting the job done” and “Illinois is making a comeback” aren’t the worst ideas ever. Still for a speech that was widely anticipated to be a campaign speech to kick off his re-election effort, Quinn’s State of the State address Wednesday failed to function very well from either a political or a policy perspective. While it was, as many expecte
 
 
Democrats vying for Lake County sheriff have a history in law enforcement and share a similar, critical belief that the office needs new leadership. Jason Patt, 35, of Zion, is running against John Krempotic, 56, of North Chicago. The winner will face incumbent Republican Mark Curran in November.
 
 
By early last season, most Illinois football fans were familiar with Corey Lewis’ story. The hulking right tackle — having been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA — was making one last go at the college game, trying to stay upright despite having suffered three torn ACLs in his left knee during Continue reading →
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed January 29 as “The Band Chicago Day” in recognition of the service the musicians are providing to tornado relief efforts. View more photos on Pantagraph.com: http://bit.ly/1idAjVh (Group photo courtesy of Randy Squires. Musician photos by Lori Ann Cook-Neisler for The Pantagraph.)
 
 
It’s one thing to set out an break a world record. It’s another thing to break three at the same time. That’s exactly what’s being planned for a new wooden roller coaster being built at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The coaster, Goliath, is under construction now. Six Flags claims that when it opens, it will be the tallest, fastest, and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world! C
 
 
Elk Grove Village trustees authorized an emergency purchase of 500 tons of road salt at Tuesday’s village board meeting.
 
 
Two federal agencies have launched a joint investigation into the Monday crash that killed Wheeling tollway worker Vincent Petrella and seriously injured a state trooper along I-88 in Aurora. The probe by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was announced Thursday after U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called for an investigation. Both agencies said the
 
 
Evanston was the only Illinois suburb to make the list. Do you think it deserves the ranking? Does Hinsdale and/or Clarendon Hills — or another Chicago suburb — deserve a spot on this list?
 
 
Residents who live along MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield are getting a chance to help improve that stretch of road.Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the city of Springfield held an open house Wednesday night on ways to improve the area, specifically between Wabash Avenue and South Grand. …
 
 
Speaker Madigan has put forth a $1.5 billion tax cut for businesses – click through to read the whole bill, HB 4479 – to encourage them to “grow their work forces with good paying jobs.”Do you think this will help bolster business opportunity in Illinois – and stem the tide of businesses leaving? http://suntm.es/Leo7HI
 
 
http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/quinn-lays-out-five-year-plan-in-state.htmlIllinois Issues blog: Quinn lays out five-year plan in State of the State addressillinoisissuesblog.blogspot.comThe official blog of Illinois Issues magazine, published by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield
 
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A spokeswoman says Illinois small businesses won’t be affected by House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to cut the corporate income tax rate. Kim Clarke Maisch (MYSH) is Illinois director of the National Federation of Independent Business. She says 75 percent of the state’s business operations pay personal income taxes. Madigan — a Chicago Democrat — proposed cutting
 
 
The assistant basketball coach of a high school on Chicago’s west side is in surgery at this hour after being shot this morning as he sat in his car. MORE: http://bit.ly/MAhTU6
 
 
We’ve lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, have high unemployment, the highest unfunded pension debt, & near junk… http://fb.me/2hFTF5q4G 
 
 
Joining @byers_brian live, listen in WSOY
 
 
To my job seekers: “@MetroFamChicago: #job Job Developer – Metropolitan Family Services #Chicago #IL http://metrochicagojobs.com/j/5985046  #jobs”
 
 
I was on Fox Chicago 32 yesterday responding to the Governor’s unfunded plan to expand state government. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24583735/quinn-promises-more-jobs-but-doesnt-say-how-in-state-of-state-address …
 
 
GOP lawmakers weigh in on Quinn’s State of State address http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/29/3029667/local-lawmakers-quinns-state-of.html …
 
 
State of the State response http://brady.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/847/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Tune in: On Air with Joey at 1240am/107.5fm WTAX
 
 
Think you might have assets being held in the state’s I-CA$H program? Come find out TONIGHT!
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Along with colleagues, staff and visitors to the Capitol, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th), co-chairwoman of the Illinois Conference of Women Legislators, wore red today to promote awareness of the number one cause of death in women: heart disease. “As women, we should be aware that heart disease claims more of our sisters’ lives than all forms of cancer combined,
 
 
The endorsements keep rolling in! I’m excited to announce the support of @CitizenActionIL in my campaign for #IL13 http://www.citizenaction-il.org/node/417 
 
 
Thanks to @NewTrierGOP & Northfield Republicans for their overwhelming support of our campaign! http://goo.gl/NuXH50  #CrossForTreasurer
 
 
Hosted 1st constituent coffee of 2014 today w/ @SenatorDurbin. Enjoyed discussing the bills we have partnered up for. pic.twitter.com/R7f4pJlg9l
 
 
In the District: with Senator Sam McCann this morning…
 
 
Had a great visit with Joey McLaughlin on Newsradio 1240 & 107.5 FM WTAX this morning discussing the Governor’s State of the State address. Check it out below! McCann reacts to the State of the State | Newsradio 1240 & 107.5 FM WTAXwtax.comState Senator Sam McCann stops by to talk about his reaction to the State of the State address Wednesday at the Capitol.
 
 
State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer reacts to Governor Quinn’s State of the State Address. Click here for the video.
 
 
ICYMI Stadelman encouraged by governor’s focus on small business http://bit.ly/LprewY 
 
 
ICYMI Collins after #ILSOTS: “We won’t leave our wounded behind” as economy recovers http://bit.ly/1k8IYZN 
 
 
Senate Dems react to #ILSOTS address (VIDEO) http://ilsendems.co/LoXEaU 
 
 
Collins, colleagues wear red for heart disease awareness http://bit.ly/Le1F1m 
 
 
Check out this JVS event in Skokie tonight to help women in the 50+ age range gain employment in today’s workplace: http://jvschicago.org/event-registration/?ee=279 …
 
 
Senator Chapin Rose sat down with WAND TV in Decatur this morning to discuss the State of the State. Watch at… http://fb.me/3gGiE0OX8 
 
 
Thanks to @AldPatDowell3rd for being our 1,000th follower! #twill #Chicago #Democrats
 
 
IKEA in Schaumburg needs a PT Checkout Services Co-Worker; Visit http://ikea.com  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
Great discussion with @DHBobSusnjara & @DianeDungey @dailyherald. Sorry my opponent didn’t make it. Hopefully he can clear his schedule.
 
 
The AFFI joins in with other Illinois Labor Groups in lawsuit over #PensionTheft http://tinyurl.com/kvr347g  @IAFFNewsDesk @WeAreOneIL
 
 
We’re live! Ask Me Anything on Reddit starting right now: http://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comments/1wkfsp/im_a_progressive_candidate_taking_on_the_chicago/ …
 
 
Must read in this morning’s Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-oped-union-0130-20140130,0,4834662.storyMaking millions off the disabledwww.chicagotribune.comJosh, the youngest child in the Harris family, was born with a rare genetic disorder . He lives with severe physical, cognitive and emotional struggles. This means the day-to-day tasks most of us take for
 
 
lower taxes = higher jobs http://www.mattforillinois.com/2/post/2014/01/lower-taxes-higher-jobs.html …
 
 
Answering some great questions over on Reddit right now — from how I got into politics to whether I’d rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses. Check it out: http://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comments/1wkfsp/im_a_progressive_candidate_taking_on_the_chicago/
 
 
NTRO-New Trier Republican Organization & Northfield Township Republican Organization overwhelmingly supported Tom Cross in the Treasurer’s race this week! Visit our site to read more. #CrossForTreasurerNew Trier Township and Northfield Township Republicans Vote Overwhelmingly to Support Crosswww.jointomcross.comRepublican Candidate for Illinois Treasurer
 
 
Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) was a guest on WTVO in Rockford this morning to discuss Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address. Follow the link below to watch. Senator Dave Syverson Responds to State of the State Addresssenatordavesyverson.comIllinois Senator Dave Syverson represents the 35th District , in the Illinois General Assembly, with offices in Springfield and Rockford, Illinoi
 
 
Representative McAuliffe gives his reactions to yesterday’s State of the State address by the Governor.  
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address focused on what he sees as the successes of expanding government programs, but avoided the realities of Illinois’ economic troubles, according to State Sen. Dale Righter. Read more from Sen. Righter at this link.QUINN’S MESSAGE DODGES STATE’S ECONOMIC REALITIESwww.dalerighter.comIllinois Senator Dale Righter represents the 55th District , in the Illinois
 
 
I welcomed Eric Reece and Taylor Barnard, students at Normal West High School, as my guests to the Capitol for yesterday’s State of the State address.
 
 
Senator Sue Rezin weighed in after yesterday’s State of the State address expressing frustration that Gov. Quinn didn’t address many of the most important issues facing Illinois. Read more below. Rezin reacts to State of the State addresswww.senatorrezin.comSPRINGFIELD, IL – The following is a statement from State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) after Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address on J
 
 
SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax continued to pick up important endorsements today with the news that state Representative Raymond Poe and former state Senator Larry Bomke support his candidacy. Both Bomke and Poe said Truax is best situated to unseat incumbent Dick Durbin because of Truax’s energy, military and business background, Obamacare expertise and fresh approach to turning a
 
 
Keith Matune Reacts to 2014 State of the State Yesterday, Governor Quinn delivered the annual State of the State Address. His speech recognized a handful of Illinois’ heroes. I especially appreciated his recognition of Annie Wagner and the students of Downers Grove North who demonstrated remarkable compassion and class earlier this year. Indeed, Illinois is a state of people who are committed to
 
 
Tomorrow the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) will be offering a Tax Workshop from 9-11am at their Joliet Junior College location. Tax Workshop (SBDC 055) The IRS is here to help you. This seminar, presented by a local representative from the Internal Revenue Service, will focus on the basics of federal taxes. Whether yours is a new business getting started or an established business, tak
 
 
These are the so-called “pro-business” policies brought to us by Quinn/Madigan/Sente. It’s not wonder businesses and jobs are leaving our state. Vote for new leadership in 2014.Health department shuts down 11-year-old girl’s cupcake businessillinoispolicy.orgFor an 11-year-old to start toward her dream in Illinois, she needs to overcome piles of regulations.
 
 
Senator Chapin Rose sat down with WAND TV in Decatur this morning to discuss the State of the State. Watch at this link!Video Landing Pagewww.wandtv.comThe official website for WAND News. Local news, live weather, and sports, along with many special features like Around Central Illinois and up-to-date breaking news.
 
 
Today I returned to Springfield for the State of the State address and the beginning of my fourth legislative session. Last year was difficult, filled with significant and controversial legislative activity. That said, there is much more work to do on a number of fronts. Moreover, we will be electing a governor this fall, and though this is frustrating, the reality is that politics will likely fu
 
 
Thank you to Personal PAC for fighting to protect reproductive rights and for their endorsement of my campaign. It’s pro choice or no choice.
 
 
CHICAGO – After two decades of legal and political obstruction, Illinois finally enacted a law allowing parents to be notified before their minor children obtain abortions. A small victory, and a modicum of restraint after Illinois’ long retreat from human…
 
 
Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). (Chicago) – Extra: Illinois corporations will see a 50 percent reduction in the state corporate income tax under legislation introduced today by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago). “For many years, we have listened to employers about the best manner to improve the busi
 
 
* From the Illinois Observer… Illinois corporations will seek a 50 percent reduction in the state corporate income tax under legislation introduced today by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago). “For many years, we have listened to employers about the best manner to improve the business climate,” said Madigan. “We have tackled worker compensation reform, reduced the estate […]
 
 
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* Yesterday’s State of the State address was aimed right at Gov. Pat Quinn’s base, as WUIS accurately points out… Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick […]
 
 
* Sun-Times… Last Friday, the mayor held a 2.5-hour meeting with the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both Chicago Democrats, to outline the magnitude of the problem and propose solutions. Emanuel wants the General Assembly to impose annual property tax increases on Chicago homeowners and businesses, but put off the balloon payment […]
 
 
* SJ-R… “What are [Gov. Pat Quinn’s] plans because he promised the 67 percent income tax hike would be temporary?” Dillard said. “What are his plans to roll that back? I’m more concerned about what he didn’t say than the perfume he put on the pig to cover up the fact we are rated 50th in […]
 
 
* Here we go again. A new A-1 was filed today by the Bruce Rauner campaign… That’s a total of $3 million of his own money, in case you’re keeping track. And that doesn’t include what he’s given to his term limits PAC.
 
 
* Yesterday’s State of the State address was aimed right at Gov. Pat Quinn’s base, as WUIS accurately points out… Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick […]
 
 
* Sun-Times… Last Friday, the mayor held a 2.5-hour meeting with the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both Chicago Democrats, to outline the magnitude of the problem and propose solutions. Emanuel wants the General Assembly to impose annual property tax increases on Chicago homeowners and businesses, but put off the balloon payment […]
 
 
* SJ-R… “What are [Gov. Pat Quinn’s] plans because he promised the 67 percent income tax hike would be temporary?” Dillard said. “What are his plans to roll that back? I’m more concerned about what he didn’t say than the perfume he put on the pig to cover up the fact we are rated 50th in […]
 
 
* A guy who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates compares his Republican primary opponents to the Democratic governor. Wonder if anybody else will pick up on this irony. Illinois Review… The Rauner campaign took on ILGOP gubernatorial opponents in his response to Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address […]
 
 
… about 180 of those applications have raised red flags with authorities, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, including an application from a known …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois, we are fortunate to be the hub of Midwestern … to start thinking about a new long-term plan for funding our infrastructure.
 
 
Report: Emanuel wants property tax hike, but he wants the state to do itThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Last Friday, the mayor held a 2.5-hour meeting with the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both Chicago Democrats, to outline the magnitude of the problem and propose solutions. Emanuel wants the General …
 
 
Clinton county farm bureau meeting in Breese:
 
 
 
 
 
 
* “How are you gonna approach this thug who runs this state?” John Kass asked Bruce Rauner on his WLS radio show today about House Speaker Michael Madigan. “One way to deal with Madigan I would think,” Kass continued, “is you tell your friends in the Republican Party, particularly the big guys who have a […]
 
 
* A guy who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates compares his Republican primary opponents to the Democratic governor. Wonder if anybody else will pick up on this irony. Illinois Review… The Rauner campaign took on ILGOP gubernatorial opponents in his response to Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address […]
 
 
* As I told subscribers earlier this week, a large number of Downstate Democrats, particularly in the House, are against raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Lee Newspapers has more… “I don’t see that there’s a lot of support in my area for that currently,” [ Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion] said after the […]
 
 
* “How are you gonna approach this thug who runs this state?” John Kass asked Bruce Rauner on his WLS radio show today about House Speaker Michael Madigan. “One way to deal with Madigan I would think,” Kass continued, “is you tell your friends in the Republican Party, particularly the big guys who have a […]
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn called for every worker in Illinois to get at least two sick days. Quinn says his election-year proposal calls for all Illinois employers to give workers one…
 
 
Dale Righter, R-Mattoon. The proposal centers on the 2006 experience of pipefitter Gerald Daugherty of Springfield, who accepted a temporary job at a power plant 200 miles from his home. Rather than commuting from central Illinois to the power plant near …
 
 
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteJim Dey: Of crimes and misdemeanors, political missteps and going to potChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteFrerichs’ misstep, however, allowed Republican state Rep. Tom Cross, who is seeking the GOP treasurer nomination, to take a shot at Frerichs. It’s pretty clear that Frerichs and Cross don’t like each other. So Cross was not reluctant to heap scorn on …
 
 
State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady at 7:20am.
 
 
Republican candidate for governor Bill Brady says Gov. Pat Quinn has “failed over the last five years” but painted a rosy picture during his annual address to the Illinois Legislature. The state Senator from Bloomington spoke following the Chicago D…
 
 
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. Many of the hundreds of comments were pr…
 
 
If elected I promise to never threaten to throw anyone off a balcony, or break them in half, like a boy.
 
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS January 30, 2014 – 1:07 am EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. CHICAGO — Illinois’ overall poverty rate is the same as it was a …
 
 
State Senator Dale Righter 1/30/2014: Play now!Dave and Elizabeth talk with State Senator Dale Righter about Gov. Quinn’s State of the State Address. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” Download now!