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 …
 
 
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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,…

 

 

Legislative update — State of the State

A couple of items to watch for today:

ADW – My understanding is the House and Senate may vote today on advanced deposit wagering legislation, extending ADW for the horse racing industry before a key deadline later this week. State Rep. Bob Rita is working on that issue in the House. He sponsored Senate Bill 66 in early December to push forward the agreement reached by the various horse racing groups. So if a bill moves today, it could be on that bill or it could be on a House Bill in the Senate. Either way, both chambers would need to act on the new version of a bill today.

Here’s the link to SB 66 — http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=66&GAID=12&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=69164&SessionID=85&GA=98

Below and attached is a fact sheet from the industry agreement. There may be changes in whatever advances today but this should give you the basic outline of what’s being considered. I’m glad to connect you with Bob to talk more as the day develops.

State of the State react – I’d be glad to connect you with any of my legislative clients – state Reps. Rita, Elaine Nekritz or Mike Zalewski – after the speech for reaction if needed. But if the governor discusses a new capital bill today, I’d offer response from the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, the umbrella organization of business, labor and construction groups pushing for infrastructure funding. We might have a statement in response, and TFIC Co-Chair and Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug Whitley will be at the Capitol today as well and could talk.

Ryan

SUPPORT EXTENSION OF ADW LAW AND FUNDING FOR RACING BOARD OPERATIONS

HORSE RACING INDUSTRY AGREEMENT OF NOVEMBER 19, 2013

SYNOPSIS:

An agreement by the Horse Racing Industry would extend the “Advanced Deposit Wagering” law from its current sunset of January 31, 2014 to February 1, 2017. It also funds the Illinois Racing Board and provides for quarter horse purses through a new temporary surcharge of .2% on winning pari-mutuel wagers. Also included is a temporary permissive .5% surcharge on winning wagers by individual tracks to support their operations and purses, and the re-activation of 6 OTB licenses that existed before Sportsman’s Park closed. Those OTB’s would be operated by the 3 Cook County tracks.

DISCUSSION:

The Advanced Deposit Wagering (“ADW”) law was enacted in 2009 to regulate and tax pari-mutuel wagering on horse races conducted over the telephone or Internet. Prior to that law, this activity was conducted outside of regulation. The activity now is permitted only through ADW companies that are licensed by the Illinois Racing Board. These wagers ($122M in 2012) are taxed, with revenues supporting the operation of the Illinois Racing Board. This $122M is 18% of all pari-mutuel wagering in Illinois.

Monies from ADW, after taxes, are split between the “host” track (which contracts with the ADW company) and the associated horsemen purse account. More than $3.3M was generated by ADW to support horsemen purses in 2012.

Due to the loss of ADW tax revenues during the first 6 months of 2013, when the previous ADW law expired, the Racing Board is currently operating at a deficit. In September 2013, the Racing Board issued four different racing dates schedules for 2014, which varied with the possible reauthorization of ADW and obtaining supplemental funding. The worst schedule (if ADW is not reauthorized and no additional funding obtained) would result in Arlington Park’s regular race meet cut to be in half, Hawthorne’s meet going from over 100 days to just 15 days, Fairmount Park going down to 10 days, Balmoral going down to 13 days, and Maywood Park having no racing. This last schedule will result in massive loss of jobs at these racetracks, decimation of the Illinois breeding industry, loss of state tax revenues, and horsemen taking their business to out-of-state racetracks. The industry agreement would provide the supplemental funding needed by the Racing Board to oversee a full racing schedule in 2014, as well as continuation of ADW tax revenues to prevent this from happening in 2015 and 2016.

SUPPORTED BY:

Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association

Illinois Quarter Horse Association

Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association

Arlington Park Racecourse

Balmoral Park

Fairmount Park

Hawthorne Racecourse

Maywood Park

Twinspires.com

TVG

Betzotic

XpressBet

ADW Law Extension- Horse Racing Industry Agreement- (SB66 Claybourne Madigan)- Support.doc

Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Jan. 29

Get the latest Illinois media and political news and updates here: http://www.ilpolitics.org/

 

Congratulations to state Rep. David Leitch for his award from the Illinois Psychiatric Society, which bestowed on him a legislative plaque for his efforts in the arena of mental health recovery. “Patients come first, and Rep. Leitch …
 
 
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An Alton attorney already facing marijuana and sex charges now is accused of having practiced law without a valid license.
 
 
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is slated Wednesday to give what we hope will be his last State of the State speech.
 
 
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Our MLK weekend tour made the Robinson Daily News, front page, thanks to Lugene Bond and the Crawford County Democrats.
 
 
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Chicago-based companies often come up short on innovation rankings. While top … Q. What should Chicago companies do … … Chicago Tribune.
 
 
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Had dinner with Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady in Springfield tonight.
 
 
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myRA is hard to pronounce & impossible to get past spell-check. Also it’s a great first step to addressing our looming retirement crisis.
 
 
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A slightly-more-than-140-character version of my myRA/Secure Choice/retirement savings enthusiastic burbling: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBiss/posts/10100269718718350?stream_ref=10 …
 
 
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10 deployments… enough said. #‎rltw #‎respect #‎dutyfirst pic.twitter.com/XxantXm2eR
 
 
 
Great meeting in Macomb tonight – the McDonough County Democrats are a great group of informed and dedicated citizens. I want to thank them again for the invitation. http://www.robmellon.com
 
 
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C’mon Cantor. You’re better than the palm clap. #SOTU
 
 
“@Chris_Moody: Sen. Kirk, a stroke survivor, bangs his cane on the ground to clap at SOTU. It sounds awesome.” Idea for #SOTS tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
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Changes to sick time, vacation payouts tabled http://ow.ly/2DlOnC 
 
 
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Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy   The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) program provides training for students interested in careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science. The 2-year program was developed jointly by the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Chicago Police Department (
 
 
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@Bill_Brady’s interview from this morning with Jim Leach: http://wmay.com/assets/podcasts/20140128jlsBrady.MP3 …
 
 
Reminder: Winter Fundraiser – February 3rd at Boone’s Saloon from 5:00 – 7:00. http://conta.cc/1f9ftU5 
 
 
Schools are resuming tomorrow so make sure your children are dressed warm!
 
 
State Representative Josh Harms and me. He’s a great friend and supporter!
 
 
Blair Minton and Lt. Governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti
 
 
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GOP: Marriage is a path out of poverty unless you’re Wendy Davis or gay. Then it’s just a fun excuse to demean you.
 
 
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I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/2t7zPyrxa 
 
 
FT Inside Sales Executive in Schaumburg; Visit http://spectruminc.com  for more info #joboftheday @SpectrumMktg http://ow.ly/t35v5 
 
 
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Uh, someone clapped at the mention of an unemployed person. #SOTU
 
 
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Big thanks Evan Keller for organizing Illini for Carol meeting. Thanks College Dems for inviting me. #goillini pic.twitter.com/39AO3ODvE9
 
 
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Senator wants to change one law for concealed carryWANDA State Senator wants to change the law for posting signs saying businesses don’t allow guns. Senator Don Harmon (D) believes the signs are counter-intuitive. Harmon says businesses that welcome guns should display a sign that says you welcome them.
 
 
CHICAGO – A coalition of government unions filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to overturn a new Illinois law aimed at reducing a $100 billion unfunded pension liability. The lawsuit, filed by the We Are One Illinois coalition in Sangamon…
 
 
Hearing on proposed Illinois gambling expansion draws 250 in ESLBelleville News DemocratEddie Lee Jackson, D-East St. Louis, said he wants the legislation to end up being a “win-win situation” for both sides. But he noted that Casino Queen taxes provide 40 percent of East St. Louis’ revenue, and “the finances are still fragile with the …
 
 
Follow Mike Riopell’s tweets during State of the Union speechChicago Daily HeraldDaily Herald State Government Editor will be tweeting about the State of the Union speech as it happens at 8 tonight. You can follow the tweets and other news feeds on President Barack Obama’s big speech. Just click on the Social Media tab above to …
 
 
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is responding to the President’s State of the Union with a national TV ad buy (below). The woman featured in the ad is Emilie from Tennessee. She’s an Obama voter with Lupus who thought that ObamaCare…
 
 
Examiner.comBruce Rauner gives an incomplete answer to unanswered question about Stu …Examiner.comGreg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business has been pounding Bruce Rauner, the frontrunner in the Republican gubernatorial race, for months about his relationship (or non-relationship) with Stuart Levine. Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax reported today that Rauner …
 
 
Rate the SOTU speech tonight.
 
 
Quinn State of State speech to have re-election flavorChicago TribuneBy Monique Garcia Clout Street. 8:11 p.m. CST, January 28, 2014. SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to deliver a State of the State speech Wednesday that will echo many of the themes already at the cornerstone of his re-election …
 
 
By Sean Crawford · Enlarge image. Credit ilga.gov. Rep. Jim Durkin. The Illinois House Republican leader says his top priority is legislation meant to …
 
 
… noting that the latest measure would use the same framework as one that died last May when he opted not to call it for an Illinois House vote in the …
 
 
Dillard campaign asks: “Where is Mr. Rauner’s moral compass?”The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)He’ll be joined by Jim Meadows, Jak Tichenor, Amanda Vinicky and Chacour. It will be on Peoria Public Radio and can be heard on line. – Oswego Willy – Thursday, Jan 23, 14 @ 2:59 pm: When the Rauetbots go after anyone one on one, you know the talking …
 
 
By Dan Proft – This week two Chicago Democrat politicians who are farther out over their skis than Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards ever was (I’ve got Winter Olympics fever) will tell us their version of the state of United States…
 
 
He said Illinois law prohibits persons from posting identifying sexually explicit content of a minor, or an adult who does not consent, on a website …
 
 
CHICAGO (CBS) — Here is what the Internet thinks of Chicago: It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s segregated. It’s dangerous. That is based on Google’s “auto complete” feature when web users type in the words “Why is Chicago so …” From the Google support page, here is how the search engine determines the results: “As you type, Autocomplete predicts and displays queries to choose from. The search queries t
 
 
Bob and the Illinois House are in session Wednesday to hear the Governor’s State of the State speech.http://ow.ly/rTqDUilga.gov
 
 
Snow day @ no school? Interested n mobile tech app that helps keep students & staff safe? Contact me to see. #schoolsafety #mobileapp #tech
 
 
Great piece on Pope Francis. http://m.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-the-times-they-are-a-changin-20140128 …”
 
 
With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.
 
 
This week State Senator Matt Murphy penned an op-ed column for Crain’s opposing proposals for a progressive income tax: “As neighboring Indiana creates one out of every 10 new jobs in America and actually rebates surplus funds to its taxpayers, how do Illinois’ ruling Democrats look to solve these ongoing fiscal problems? You guessed it: another tax increase.” Read more from Senator Mur
 
 
In the opening shots of a major new assault on the NCAA’s amateurism model, an “overwhelming majority” of Northwestern football players have filed to be recognized as members of a union. Their endgame, if successful, would be college football players officially being classified as employees.
 
 
State Rep. Bob Rita has served the 28th District of the Illinois House of Representatives with…
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Supports the Red Cross Visit us at http://www.redcross.org/stl. From: stlredcross Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:56 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
 
Sun-Times not endorsing candidates in Illinois primary: http://bit.ly/1euI2cU 
 
 
Development of the old state prison site remains the focus of the Grayville City Council.
 
 
Chicago home prices rose 11 percent in November compared with a year earlier, its best performance since December 1988. S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed the 10-City and 20-City Composites increased 13.8 percent and 13.7 percent year-over-year. “November was a good month for home prices,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P Dow Jones index committee. Continue reading →
 
 
WASHINGTON–Rep. Aaron Schock R-Ill. is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee March fundraising dinner here, one of the major events to raise campaign cash for the House GOP political operation. Schock faces no opponent in the March Illinois primary, leaving him free to work on the March 26 dinner. Schock already raised $1.1 Continue reading →
 
 
Suburban Life Media announced new leadership Tuesday as Laura Pass was named as General Manager.
 
 
Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, Sylvia Puente, gave a speech titled “Fuerza Latina, A Paradox of Success and Hardship,” Monday in the Student Center. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and the Hispanic Resource Center co-sponsored the event. The Latino Policy Forum is a non-profit organization out of Chicago working statewide to promote resources, access and investment in the L
 
 
Illinois State Treasurer/Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford stopped in Canton Thursday to reveal one of his policy plans and to field questions from a small audience at the Official Time Out.
 
 
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has ordered the state’s flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of a tollway worker who died in a fiery crash on I-88. –> http://via.wqad.com/QQjnBcR
 
 
The amount of crime in Arlington Heights reached historically low levels in 2013, police say. According to the 2013 Uniform Crime Report, a compilation of crime statistics provided by the village to the FBI, Arlington Heights’ crime rate dropped 17 percent from 2012 to last year, and has fallen 45 percent over the past decade.
 
 
Pothole tracker http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/dataset/potholetracker.html City of Chicago :: Pothole Trackerwww.cityofchicago.orgThe map on this page shows potholes patched by the Department of Transportation in the last seven days, based on the corresponding 311 service requests.
 
 
Metra’s latest problem (in a long list of problems): http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140127/news/701279951/
 
 
“The Snow Queen is a fun, heartfelt show for the whole family. (It) will keep Andersen’s story fresh with the younger audiences, while their parents can marvel at the artistic design and atmosphere.” – Patrick Dyer CHICAGO THEATER BEAT (Recommended)The Snow Queenwww.filamenttheatre.orgAdapted by Tyler J. Monroe From the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen Directed by A.R.T. Resident Di
 
 
Illinois State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and State Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) recently introduced legislation to grant Jackson County the authority to issue bonds for the repair of the Grand Tower Levee. “Allowing Jackson County to issue bonds in order to repair the Grand Tower Levee is necessary for the safety of the community,” said Rep. Bost.  “The levee is in poor sh
 
 
Honored to be beating Jim Oberweis in early endorsements 10-1. Let’s keep up the momentum! http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/truax-trouncing-oberweis-10-1-early-endorsements/ …
 
 
More truth than fiction sadly! It’s time to rein in government waste, and put your tax dollars to good use. No more needless warfare, insane regulations in the marketplace or increasing the welfare state. It’s time to set Illinois 9th free from Statism!
 
 
Take a moment to check out the guest opinion column I wrote for Crain’s Chicago Business on the progressive income tax proposal in Illinois and why it is a bad idea. If you have problems viewing it on Crain’s website, you can also view it on my legislative website: http://www.senatormattmurphy.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/266/r/1/Default.aspxWhy a progressive income tax is a bad idea f
 
 
In light of the President’s Speech tonight, no doubt trying to “uplift” ObamaCare and its many graces… Here’s a re-post of “Lipinski Approved” ObamaCare and its many TAXES (download it for FREE) http://www.mediafire.com/view/3ba9h976cu37doj/SharonBrannigan-ListofObamaCareTaxes.pdf
 
 
Learn how our Campaign can bring “Results That Matter” to the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District. Download this FREE informative piece on Sharon Brannigan’s “results” … http://www.mediafire.com/view/312ftnjf7rvrbqy/branniganaccomplishments.pdf
 
 
In The Know Illinois: O’Hare noise, propane emergency, Metra police and … http://www.intheknowillinois.com/2014/01/ohare-noise-propane-emergency-metra.html?spref=tw …
 
 
@ State of City address in Elmhurst with Mayor Morley. Elmhurst has a AAA bond rating, Illinois A~. Planning v. #Tax/spend/repeat.
 
 
Steve Chapman: Blocking medical marijuana dispensaries is absurd — and cruel. http://bit.ly/1aEOP8J 
 
 
Bost & Luechtefeld Introduce Legislation to Repair Grand Tower Levee – See more at: http://luechtefeld.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/439/r/1/Default.aspx#sthash.NX7pZhP1.dpuf …
 
 
Tonight: Don’t forget to watch the State of the Union at 8pmCST. Don’t miss it: http://wh.gov/sotu  #SOTU pic.twitter.com/Csk8NhwZ4p
 
 
January Newsletter – Spring Legislative update, School closures, Grants, Jobs & Cold weather assistance http://conta.cc/1d5gZUE 
 
 
Just heard @RonSandack speak about #progressiveincometax Tune into #NN17 Fri @ 6 to hear his opinions on the proposed bill
 
 
Metra’s latest problem (in a long list of problems): http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140127/news/701279951/ …
 
 
Congrats to Rep. Chris Welch & Wife ShawnTe On Arrival of Baby Girl! #constantcontact http://conta.cc/1cnO968 
 
 
What do you want to hear from @BarackObama in the #SOTU? Also, this #BlockofCheese parody is great. http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/cheese-day?utm_expid=24505866-17.BX6wH-fnR7mfeW_c5l7zqw.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2Fsotu … #twill #WestWing
 
 
On Wed, the White House is hosting the 1st-ever virtual Big Block of Cheese Day. Use #AskTheWH to ask your questions: http://go.wh.gov/HSnmaY 
 
 
RIP Pete Seeger. He swore it wasn’t too late. Can you do the same?
 
 
This week State Senator Matt Murphy penned an op-ed column for Crain’s opposing proposals for a progressive… http://fb.me/2QhYB7XpM 
 
 
Our thoughts & prayers are with the family of Vincent Petrella, who tragically lost his life last night doing what he loved- helping others.
 
 
I am proud to bring Michelle Burke as my guest to the State of the Union this evening. Michelle is a public school teacher in IL District 54 working on STEAM education. Read more about it here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140122/news/701229852/Schaumburg science teacher invited to State of the Unionwww.dailyherald.comMichelle Burke never thought teaching science and running a technolog
 
 
Metra North Line is not operating until further notice due to a CN derailment.
 
 
Vincent Petrella is a hero. Both he and our injured State Trooper were doing heroic work – assisting their fellow citizens in an emergency. Both men were committed to keeping our roads safe and to helping those in need. Vincent was a selfless man, dedicated to his family and his job. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow employees during this difficult time. I am orderi
 
 
Good news for Chopin Park!Chopin Park to Get New Playground – Portage Park – DNAinfo.com Chicagowww.dnainfo.comThe park advisory council hopes the playground renovation will attract more families to the park.
 
 
Click here to view the flier; right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download.
 
 
We all know how powerful a letter of personal recommendation can be. Would you be willing to share a letter of recommendation? Please spread the word about my campaign and objectives by downloading and distributing my campaign letter – which is available at http://www.balkema.org/letter_campaign – to your friends, family, and neighbors. Feel free to personalize this letter to make it your own.
 
 
More truth than fiction sadly! It’s time to rein in government waste, and put your tax dollars to good use. No more needless warfare, insane regulations in the marketplace or increasing the welfare state. It’s time to set Illinois 9th free from Statism!
 
 
Editorial: Animal registry bill not the way to goBloomington PantagraphSometimes legislation may have the best of intentions, but is still the wrong way to go. That’s the case with a measure introduced by State Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago. If approved, the legislation would create a new animal abuse registry designed to …
 
 
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* For a moment, let’s backtrack to yesterday, when Bruce Rauner and his three opponents were slamming each other over the upcoming anti-Rauner TV ad blitz financed at least in part by organized labor. This was Sen. Bill Brady’s retort to Rauner… Brady noted that union groups opposing Rauner in the primary are made up […]
 
 
UIS will keep its Prairie Stars nickname.UIS to keep Prairie Stars nicknamewww.sj-r.comUniversity of Illinois Springfield athletic teams will be keeping the same nickname they have had since 1977.
 
 
Illinois State Co-Chair of The Fellows of The American Bar Foundation … Clifford is the founder of Clifford Law Offices, a nationally recognized …
 
 
 
* This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Illinois Senate’s vote to remove Rod Blagojevich from office. Kurt Erickson looks at what has changed… Construction: During his six years in office, Blagojevich and the legislature were unable to agree on a way to pay for a job-creating road, bridge and school construction program. Within a […]
 
 
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – Democrat State Rep. Bob Rita (photo right) is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in the state with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois. Rita is pushing a measure that would add five new…
 
 
I can’t remember that in Chicago. I have parents who call me and say, `I understand why school’s closed. But do you have any idea where my kids can …
 
 
 
* This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Illinois Senate’s vote to remove Rod Blagojevich from office. Kurt Erickson looks at what has changed… Construction: During his six years in office, Blagojevich and the legislature were unable to agree on a way to pay for a job-creating road, bridge and school construction program. Within a […]
 
 
 
* Maybe it’s because this Tribune story appeared a few days before Christmas, or maybe because the Tribune is no longer an AP member its stories aren’t being picked up by other papers like they used to, but it’s fascinating to me that this piece has gained absolutely zero traction… State Sen. Bill Brady’s homebuilding business […]
 
 
* From a Bruce Rauner press release… More Pension Problems – Crisis Caused by Springfield Career Politicians Continues – After touting a pension plan that allegedly saved the state $160 billion over thirty years, newly released bond documents expose major shortcomings in the overall scope of the new pension law. Not only does the pension plan save $15 billion […]
 
 
* From a press release… We Are One Illinois Coalition files suit to overturn “pension theft” law The union coalition We Are One Illinois and a group of active and retired public employees filed suit today in Sangamon County Circuit Court to overturn pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 (Public Act 98-599). Defendants in the suit are Governor Pat […]
 
 
Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin closed out 2013 with more jobs than when the year started. But Illinois’ jobless rate remains stubbornly high, according …
 
 
Citing her her ability to expand the Republican Party and her commitment to repeal Obamacare, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has endorsed Manju Goel for Congress. In a statement, Gingrich said: I am proud to join the many…
 
 
Bob and the Illinois House are in session Wednesday to hear the Governor’s State of the State speech. http://ow.ly/rTqDU 
 
 
Bob talks with the Sun-Times about his hearing tonight on gambling expansion. http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25162201-418/gop-governor-hopefuls-give-views-on-expanded-gambling.html …
 
 
SPRINGFIELD – Prior to endorsements and check-writing, most state political action committees (PACs) send surveys to candidates asking their opinions and positions on issues of interest to the PACs constituents and donors. The Illinois Education Association’s Illinois Political Action Committee…
 
 
Cigna Corp., the sixth-largest insurer in Illinois, and a physicians group affiliated with west suburban Adventist Midwest Health are betting their new …
 
 
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* For a moment, let’s backtrack to yesterday, when Bruce Rauner and his three opponents were slamming each other over the upcoming anti-Rauner TV ad blitz financed at least in part by organized labor. This was Sen. Bill Brady’s retort to Rauner… Brady noted that union groups opposing Rauner in the primary are made up […]
 
 
State Sen. & GOP candidate for Gov Kirk Dillard joins Busboom & Wolfe at 8:10am TALK 101 FM
 
 
Did I just hear @Bill_Brady talk about ending Illinois’ income tax?!?! #ISupportThatIdea!
 
 
Continuing his efforts to save taxpayer dollars, State Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, is sponsoring legislation to cut pay for members of the General Assembly and other elected and appointed officials, for the second year in a row. “As Illinois …
 
 
Sheriff’s probe: Robbins deal heavily favored developer http://bit.ly/1b0npYG 
 
 
Metra North Line is not operating until further notice due to a CN derailment.
 
 
Thank you! I am honored. “@CitizenActionIL: Congratulations to @repalriley on receiving our endorsement for the March primary.”
 
 
People evolve more quickly than politicians. Another example of public opinion moving faster than government http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/242328141.html …
 
 
Bob and the Illinois House are in session Wednesday to hear the Governor’s State of the State speech. http://ow.ly/rTqDU 
 
 
With dangerously cold weather in #Illinois, please stay warm and safe. Find warming centers here: http://www2.illinois.gov/KeepWarm/Pages/warmingcenter.aspx …
 
What if every State of the Union had enhanced graphics? Here’s what it would look like: http://go.wh.gov/8BQPxH  #SOTU
 
 
Ahead of SOTU, Obama uses exec order to raise fed min wage to $10.10/hr. We talked about this last nite on @PoliticsTonight on @CLTVnews.
 
 
Ex-local TV exec sheds Barrington Hills homeCrain’s Chicago BusinessFormer WLS-TV and WBBM-TV President and General Manager Joseph Ahern recently sold a four-bedroom Barrington Hills home for about $1.9 million, county records show. Mr. Ahern, who led WLS from 1985 to 1997 and WBBM from 2002 to 2008, …
 
 
Where have all the editors gone? Mike Miner continues to be concerned by the press’s “numerical illiteracy.” http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/new-york-times-statistical-errors-breast-cancer-fatality-rate/Content?oid=12266041A scary outbreak of “numerical illiteracy” in the presswww.chicagoreader.comThe New York Times’ numerical errors include breast cancer fatality rates, S
 
 
Fair tax should mean fair — not progressive. Five percent for everybody with NO exemptions. I should not be responsible for how many kids you had and whether you can afford them or not. Remember that many state pensioners are making $1,000 a month or less — we weren’t all professors or politicians. read more
 
 
Chicago’s Midway International Airport has set a record for the number of passengers traveling through the facility. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday more than 20 million passengers traveled through Midway in 2013. That’s the highest number in the airport’s 86-year history. Emanuel calls Midway “a vital part of our city’s strong transportation network.”

Today’s headlines — Tuesday, Jan. 28

Get the latest Illinois media and political news and updates here: http://www.ilpolitics.org/

 

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

Today’s headlines — Monday, Jan. 27

Get the latest Illinois media and political news and updates here: http://www.ilpolitics.org/

 

Don’t let the headline mislead you, this is a good thing. The $160B in projected savings were based on 2012 numbers. This article is based on 2013 numbers & after good investment returns in 2012. The bottom line is, we’re saving less because we owe less! Apples-to-apples. Read on, please.Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thoughtwww.chicagotribune.comSPRINGFIELD — New calcu
 
 
 
Another year, another try for more casinosSouthtownStarLou Lang, D-Skokie, withdrew after a possible conflict of interest arose. Quinn vetoed casino bills in 2011 and 2012 because of several concerns, mainly regarding ethics and regulation, but last year the legislation never reached a House vote after …
 
 
Get Covered Illinois held another event Sunday to help the uninsured find coverage. The enrollment workshop was held at Abundant Faith Christian …
 
 
On subzero days, TV reporters layer up for live shotsChicago Sun-TimesBut the real tough guys and girls are the photographers, because they’re the ones always outside. The reporters can trick you and sneak into the truck and stay warm. You don’t see us doing that. The photographer doesn’t have that luxury.” WBBM-Channel …
 
 
 
St. Louis Public RadioEast St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion ProposalSt. Louis Public RadioA hearing at the Casino Queen in East Saint Louis Tuesday will kick off an Illinois lawmaker’s renewed efforts to expand gambling in the state. Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island is reviving a proposal to increase state tax revenues by allowing five new …
 
 
Equality Illinois blasts attempts to weaken, repeal gay marriage lawChicagoPride.comJosh Harms (R-Watseka) wants to expand on the exemptions already included in the new marriage law that protect religious institutions and members of the clergy from being forced to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. “While we do not expect either …
 
 
In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn now wants to expand such supportive housing — typically apartments with subsidized rent and help from social workers …
 
 
More than a year after the delayed Illinois Video Gaming act allowed lottery terminals to spring up in businesses statewide, the devices appear to be …
 
 
Our View: Preparation key to improved ACT scoresRockford Register StarThe national average is 27.5 percent and the Illinois average is 29.5 percent. Increasing Rockford’s percentage of college-educated adults by just … Your privacy is important, read our privacy policy. © Copyright 2006-2014 Gatehouse Media, Inc. Some …
 
 
Radogno says lawmakers might vote on the state’s minimum wage since it’s become a political issue in the governor’s race. Governor Pat Quinn wants …
 
 
Illinois’ new law regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing doesn’t kick in until 80,000 gallons of fluid is injected into underground rock formations to extract oil and gas. There’s just one problem: Drillers probably wouldn’t use water or any …
 
 
Tom Dart, the sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, has no shortage of responsibilities. One of the largest is the Cook County Jail, a 96-acre facility with a capacity of 10,200 that currently runs at 99 percent capacity. But a closer look inside …
 
 
Quad-Cities Online – Found 1 hour agoState Treasurer Dan Rutherford also raised relatively little, but he has squirreled away $1.4 million to be spent on television ads.
 
 
Horse racing industry awaits key House vote http://bit.ly/1fpIwTU 
 
 
Local legislator takes the pulse of his constituents on need for 1 cent sales tax for MO roads. Results coming up at 6 on @kmoxnews.
 
 
 
How much do you care about the State of the State address? http://www.journalstandard.com/article/20140126/NEWS/140129488
 
 
Last fall’s opening of a new runway at O’Hare International Airport is already kicking up turbulence. Noise complaints have skyrocketed more than 500 percent in the first full month since runway 10C-28C opened Oct. 17, heralding a massive shift in flight patterns. And although the switch to mostly parallel runways from mostly intersecting ones was supposed to reduce delays in all kinds of wea
 
 
Cook County Sheriff’s officials say they’ve filed an objection to a gang leader’s state application to carry a concealed firearm — and they’re opposing hundreds of other applications, too.
 
 
 
THE WATCHDOGS: Since 1978, the city of Chicago has required that at least 1 percent of the construction budget for any new or renovated city building has to be set aside for installing works of art in publicly accessible places on project sites. But spending on City Hall’s pioneering “Percent for Art” program has slowed dramatically since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011, records obtain
 
 
With the State of the State address less than a week away, what Gov. Pat Quinn will include in that speech is still a mystery.  One potential topic could be passing a new capital bill, but Quinn isn’t saying one way or the other as to…
 
 
Illinois’ two U.S. senators want to establish a new national park in the state – not out in the wilderness, but in Chicago. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) are co-sponsoring a bill that would create the…
 
 
Those receiving welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program could have to meet a new requirement if the Illinois legislature votes to pass a measure that was recently introduced by State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen…
 
 
Wow, did our two U.S. senators really sit down together to co-author the Jan. 21 letter to the editor concerning the lack of FEMA financial assistance for the Illinois communities leveled by the November tornadoes? In their letter they say that in 2012, after another weather-related disaster, they “introduced a bill” to deal with FEMA funding decision rules at a time like this. What happ
 
 
The state of Illinois has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Find A Warming Center
 
 
A letter to the editor: Illinois ranked near the bottom of the country at 45th place with a D on the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians’ state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment, a striking decline from the 27th place showing and grade C it earned in 2009 on the same report.
 
 
A Niles letter to the editor: Words were misconstrued from my interview with the Daily Herald when put in print. As a candidate for Congress in the 9th District,
 
 
A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Thanks for the report about the pension crisis on the front page of the Jan. 21 Daily Herald. Illinois citizens need to understand that the pension and deficit crisis are still getting worse. We must pass our financial concerns about Illinois to the politicians running for office in 2014.
 
 
A Grayslak letter to the editor: How many Illinois citizens know that Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich (currently in jail) and Pat Quinn have forced mothers who stay at home to care for their disabled children to join SEIU and become state employees against their will?
 
 
The March primary election is the big show for a number of suburban incumbent state lawmakers who are facing challenges only from members of their own party. Three sitting Republicans and two Democrats have drawn primary challengers at a time when no one from the opposite party has signed up to run. So for some voters who have an opinion either way about their current representation, March 18 is t
 
 
 
We had a great week last week for the campaign highlighted by our successful townhall with Joe Walsh! I look forward to this upcoming week as we make more strides to become the Republican candidate to win back the 8th District!
 
 
An update regarding tomorrow night’s event from Jean Paley: Dear Friends, The weather forecast for tomorrow, Monday, is full of dire warnings of deep cold and strong winds, with wind chills of 25 – 35 below zero. Hence I am rescheduling the Meet and Greet for Sam Rosenberg for Friday, February 7, at 7:00pm. Please let me know whether you will be coming or no, again. Hope to see you here. Best, Je
 
 
Eric Wallace, candidate for the 2nd congressional seat. Great guy. Thanks for coming out, Eric!
 
 
Tom Cross at Glenn Nixon’s chili cook off!
 
 
Kankakee County Republican chair, Wanda Cantrell, my wife, Lynn, campaign manager Tinker Parker and great friend, Joe Eaves. I wonder what they were planning when this photo was taken.
 
 
My district office will be closed tomorrow, January 27th, due to the Wind Chill Warning. Both Naperville and Warrenville have information regarding warming centers and emergency contacts. For those of you in Naperville: http://www.naperville.il.us/snowremoval.aspx For those of you in Warrenville: http://www.warrenville.il.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=85
 
 
At the Democratic Party of Evanston endorsement session today. We had a terrific turnout of committed activists ready to get to work, along with a number of candidates and elected leaders, from the top to the bottom of the ticket.
 
 
 
We’ve made the decision to reschedule tomorrow’s events due to the severity of this weather. We look forward to visiting Decatur and Mahomet soon!
 
 
We need to save the Illinois pension systems. As I suspected, the numbers in the Madigan plan don’t work.Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thoughtwww.chicagotribune.comSPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quin
 
 
1-26-14: With retired Wood Dale Police Chief Frank Biniewicz at Dr. Darlene Ruscitti’s Brunch.
 
 
1-26-14: Volunteers assembling yard signs. (If you’d like a yard sign, please feel free to contact my campaign thru the http://www.wingerforrep.com website).
 
 
1-26-14: Walked door to door talking to voters about my proven experience as an elected official and keeping expenditures below budget for 11 consecutive years.
 
 
I’m live tomorrow (1/27) on @AM560TheAnswer w/ @BigJohnandAmy at 6:35am. #twill
 
 
Then I’m live w/ Elizabeth Hess & Dave Gentry on @wdws1400 tomorrow (1/27) at 7:15am. #twill #Champaign #Urbana
 
 
Also I’ll be live on @WGILNews #Galesburg w/ @Tom__Meredith & Jim Lee at 7:40am. #twill
 
 
We have to do better. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-79048783/ …
 
 
 
Ever since I posted about anti-gay Republican Congressman Aaron Schock’s gayer-than-gay Instagram account, things have gotten awfully interesting, as Schock moves more than a few steps closer to being officially outed. Things got particularly interesting …
 
 
 
 
State Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford picked up some big endorsement Sunday.
 
 
Does Quinn deserve another term in office?Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address thetelegraph.comCHICAGO (AP) — With his top priority of pension reform inked into law, Gov. Pat Quinn is preparing for a critical election-year State of t…
 
 
The metro-east candidates running for U.S. House nominations in the March 18 primary have filed financial disclosure forms on their household assets and incomes. These documents show that:Click to Continue »
 
 
An arctic front has just gone through the suburbs, bringing with it some snow that will soon cease and cold temperatures that will continue to drop into Monday. “That front is clearing the area now,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Steve Wistar, adding, however, that it is opening the “floodgates” to ridiculously cold weather. “The failing snow is ending, but the blo
 
 
Check-out why Mike Donahue is our Supporter of the Week! Watch his video now: http://on.fb.me/1aYCSVR  #MakeILWorkAgain #ilgov
 
 
Extremely cold temps are expected across #IL. Stay warm, check on friends & relatives who may need assistance & please keep your pets inside
 
 
If you must travel, please drive w/ extreme caution & take time to prepare w/ @IDOT_Illinois’ winter road safety tips pic.twitter.com/Atn5aOjfi7
 
 
Please take advantage of our warming centers open around the state. Visit http://keepwarm.illinois.gov  to find the center nearest you.
 
 
House Mass Transit Committee has been cancelled tomorrow. Probably couldn’t take the #Metra to go talk about @Metra anyway.
 
 
Momentum continues to build in Springfield for a Fair Tax! http://bit.ly/1bppLNg  #twill
 
 
Good read @GregHinz Where are big ideas in debate over ‘temporary’ income tax hike? @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/oMGsrmO 
 
 
From CPS: Due to extreme cold, all CPS schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 27. Recorded updates 773-553-1000.
 
 
Out on the doors today in 26! #coldairdontcare pic.twitter.com/bkyU2qxVlz
 
 
House Mass Transit Committee has been cancelled tomorrow. Probably couldn’t take the #Metra to go talk about @Metra anyway.
 
 
Mass Transit Cmte hearing canceled Jan 27. Tentative resched Feb 10 in Chicago. Service Boards and riding public, be safe.
 
 
The Mass Transit meeting scheduled for tomorrow to discuss Metra and other items has been cancelled.
 
 
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast – Governor Urges Residents to Stay… http://dlvr.it/4nRvdv 
 
 
Thanks to everyone that came out to the Meet and Greet in Mount Greenwood today! Your yard signs will be available in about one week’s time and will distribute all as soon as they arrive!
 
 
I support the legislation that provided for health coverage for all children without exclusions visit http://goo.gl/WzTejc  #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
On friday, I visited Carlinville school district. Thanks to Superintendent Mike Kelley for the invitation. There are good things going on in Carlinville–a lot to be proud of. While I was there, I had an interesting moment: walking through the middle school, I passed this door to what was at one time a classroom. This is the place I first shook the hand of Vince Demuzio in January 1993; I was a se
 
 
More info on why I am running & about my campaign please visit http://goo.gl/WzTejc  #WomenInCongress #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
On road #Chicago to #Pontiac at #Gardner, white out conditions. Cars in ditch in both sides. And no, I not tweeting and driving. #twill
 
 
5 miles an hour on I 55 at #Dwight, white out. Another car in ditch. Oh, the challenges of the campaign trail. #twill
 
 
Totally stopped on I55 north of #Dwight, nope now moving 12 miles per hour #twill
 
 
Semi in ditch on north bound I55 north of Odell. Another car in ditch on south bound. #twill
 
 
Two more in ditch at mile marker 213 on I55 south. Down to 7 miles an hour #twill
 
 
Between Odell and Dwight, traffic stopped on I55, wind at white out. Car in ditch to left.
 
 
Crazy semi passing all stopped traffic in the left lane. Wish I got name of company #twill
 
 
After 10 minutes both lanes southbound I 55 stopped we now moving 15 mph. Another car in ditch. Oops there’s another one. #twill
 
 
White out cleared up considerably about Odell. Traffic moving. Crazies speeding past in left lane
 
 
Discussion group just wrapped. Thoroughly reviewed platform and website.
 
 
To say it was a busy weekend would be an understatement! From new endorsements to Nicholas Tremulis, it was a roller coaster. On Saturday I learned of my endorsement from Citizen Action Illinois; one of the true champions of progressive causes within our state. That was followed up by the endorsement of Andy Quarnstrom. From the firehouse to the Township Supervisor’s Office, Andy is always worki
 
 
Great times at the Glenn Nixon Chili Cook-off Event!
 
 
Some special daddy-daughter time with Monica Nixon Hoevet. She is a sweetheart.
 
 
Jeff Keast and his son at the chili fundraiser. Two of the best guys you’ll ever meet!
 
 
Great to see State Representative Josh Harms. Thanks for the support!
 
 
Evelyn Sanguinetti with Glenn Nixon. Thanks for driving down to support me, Evelyn! I greatly appreciate it!
 
 
Thanks Andy for being our MC! You really kept things moving!
 
 
Three hard working volunteers – my son-in-law Nathan Hoevet, my daughter, Monica and campaign manager, Tinker Parker.
 
 
Tom Cross at Glenn Nixon’s chili cook off!
 
 
ABC 7 Chicago: Dan Rutherford picks up gubernatorial endorsements; State Treasurer endorsed by local Republican groups in campaign for Illinois governor “State Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford picked up some big endorsement Sunday. His office says he’s getting backing from the current and former heads of the Chicago Republican Party. He’s also getting support
 
 
Pulling off interstate at #Pontiac, looks like we making it home #twill
 
 
Kankakee County Republican chair, Wanda Cantrell, my wife, Lynn, campaign manager Tinker Parker and great friend, Joe Eaves. I wonder what they were planning when this photo was taken.
 
 
Businesses, individuals honored at annual Charleston Chamber dinnerJournal Gazette and Times-CourierThe event’s featured speaker was Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, who praised Charleston and Coles County for cooperating in economic development efforts. He noted the proposal to bring the FutureGen coal plant project to …
 
 
How important will money be to 2014 House races?Belleville News DemocratMike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone candidate for the 12th District’s GOP nomination. Bost reported a net worth of between $68,000 and $200,000. Bost reported earning nearly $41,000 as a state lawmaker by the time he had filed his Form B in June 30, 2013.
 
 
House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs told his troops in a memo late Friday that it is “good news to Illinois taxpayers and the systems.” It was a point echoed by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and Senate …
 
 
Representative Shimkus meets with constituentsDaily Eastern News… this is grassroots democracy,” Donnell said. “We need more of it.” Those 33 counties that make up the 15th district include places as far north as Livingston county, a sliver of territory running south down the eastern Illinois border and the area …
 
 
Every year college students around Illinois race to submit their Free … received awards, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
 
 
Illinois lawmakers, health care professionals and educators are taking a hard look at their ability to entice doctors to practice in rural areas. Doctors …
 
 
But in what would be a groundbreaking shift, the state’s top education official … Koch told members of the Illinois State Board of Education last week.
 
 
The problem is that Metra says it’s going to need at least four more years to install it, despite a federal mandate to get it operational in half that time and …
 
 
These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher-quality …
 
 
Cub Scout Pack 54 had its Pinewood Derby yesterday. The overall race champion was Drew, our 9 year old. What I was most proud of were his comments when we got home: “What a great day. I went to have fun, I didn’t expect to win.” Congratulations to all the scouts, their scout masters and parents who worked hard to make this year’s Derby a terrific success!
 
 
PJStar.com – Found 19 minutes ago… of the day at Thursday’s Republican gubernatorial debate for the three candidates — Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford — who trail…
 
 
50 years ago: Univ of IL administrator John Desmond announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 22nd CongressionalDistrict
 
 
From readers: Raid the TIFs, school vouchers, cut property taxes. Your ideas for New Plan of Chicago. #planchicago http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/plan/ct-redeploy-public-money-edit-20140126,0,6025897.story …
 
 
Great afternoon meeting with community leaders at Taylor’s chili parlor in Carlinville.
 
 
#IL Gov. Pat Quinn expected to tout pension reform in his upcoming SOS address, but how much credit can he take? http://bit.ly/1eXvQ7M 
 
 
The flu is hitting extra hard in Illinois this year. Nancy Martin with the Christian County Health Department tells Regional Radio News the latest on the flu season: [audio:martinflu012514.mp3]comment here[/audio] For more information, go to idph.s…
 
 
Classes have been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday at all NIU campuses.
 
 
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, leading Indiana past Illinois 56-46 on Sunday.The Hoosiers (13-7, 3-4) ended a two-game losing streak to split the season series.Illinois (13-8, 2-6) was led by Rayvonte Rice with 20 but lost its sixth straight. The Fighting Illini have not won since Jan. 4, and this one prevented them from taking their first lead in the
 
 
We are so proud of our Chair’s run for State Treasurer! We can’t wait to elect @MikeForIllinois this fall! We’re with him 100%!
 
 
Get your Rutherford/Kim yard & window signs today 1/26 in #Chicago 10:30-12 400 East Randolph 7th floor Restaurant, I’ll be there #twill
 
 
Thank you to my Niece Jen for her kind words on Facebook. Its great to have such a supportive family! pic.twitter.com/9q46Pvj8eP
 
 
Thank you also to the #Northfield Township #GOP for allowing me to speak recently. I appreciate your time. #ILGOP #Glenview #Illinois #IL
 
 
The Chili Fest in Ravenswood wouldn’t have been as successful w/o these great volunteer chefs cc: @CenterSqJournal pic.twitter.com/dpqmHkSgav
 
 
We are so proud of our Chair’s run for State Treasurer! We can’t wait to elect @MikeForIllinois this fall! We’re with him 100%!
 
 
Big thank you to @MorrisonFor29th @SenatorDan @HarmonForSenate @DanielBiss & other great legislators 4 joining @ilparkdistricts & @ilparks
 
 
Great panel discussion yesterday at St. John’s hospital in Springfield regarding strategies to address the… http://fb.me/2fggvJuDN 
 
 
Excited to hear that I received the endorsement of @CitizenActionIL! Thank you! #twill #progressive
 
 
Check out this fascinating federal spending tool. I’d love to see an #IL analogue. I think it would surprise people. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/19/us/budget-proposal.html …
 
 
Please read this insightful and important @joshtpm essay on the political economy of spiking inequality: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-brittle-grip-part-2 …
 
 
Inside Art Studio is one of the newest businesses to open up at Six Corners. Click on the link below to see how they use art to make our community a better place!Chicago studio offers mask-making for disabled individualsabclocal.go.comMask-making is a multi-dimensional form of art that allows individuals to create their own environment with no barriers.
 
 
A Letter to the Editor in today’s News-Gazette. Harold a uniquely qualified candidate | News-Gazette.comwww.news-gazette.comIt’s hard to find the right words to capture the qualities and attributes of Erika Harold. Integrity, assertiveness, openness, fairness, sense of humor, dedication and humility. All seem inadequate in my attempt to present or define a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who is runni
 
 
Another cold snap coming to our area. There are people out there who have lost support. Do what you can to check on those in need.
 
 
One of my favorite ways to keep warm from the freezing weather is to enjoy a nice bowl of hot chili. Yesterday, I stopped by the Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church for their annual Chili Fest to meet with constituents and try their delicious array of chili made by these great volunteer chefs.
 
 
Last night we had a rally. Great turnout! Great friends! It’s why serving our community is a worthwhile endeavor.
 
 
Busy few days. Was in Geneva to attend the Batavia Township Republican Organization monthly meeting. Attended Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor’s reception in Mundelein. Aaron is a dynamic leader and is a rising star in Illinois.
 
 
Represented Dan at the New Trier and Northfield Township organizations’ endorsement sessions on Saturday morning
 
 
What a reception the Treasurer and I received in Chinatown yesterday!! Over 200 people attended a lunch with the Treasurer and I at the Chinese Community Center. After lunch we had a meeting with community leaders and then visited the Dr. Sun Yat Sen museum a few blocks away. What a great tour of Chinatown. It was amazing to see the support we are receiving in Chinatown. Local Chinese media covere
 
 
I spoke last night at the Perry County Lincoln Day Dinner. It was a great event. Other statewide candidates in attendance included State Rep Jill Tracy (LtGov) and Bob Grogan (Treasurer).
 
 
Held press conf #Chicago @SeveninChicago announcing @angelgarcia , Eloise Gerson, & @adrobins endorsement. #twill pic.twitter.com/6m91ylKgwK
 
 
http://vimeo.com/85062690  Excerpts from the Debate
 
 
Honored to receive the endorsement of Citizen Action Illinois!
 
 
Five years ago this week, the Illinois General Assembly started the process of removing Governor Rod Blagojevich from office. Stay tuned for more video with senators who were involved recalling their thoughts and feelings from that time. Here is a sneak peek in the meantime: Sneak peak: 5 years after Blagojevichwww.illinoissenatedemocrats.comOfficial Website of the Illinois Senate Democratic Cauc
 
 
CPS will be closed on Monday, January 27. CPS will monitor weather…by noon on Monday they will know about Tuesday
 
 
With some great people at the Ruscitti Champion for Kids Brunch in #Addison. A great event for a wonderful cause! pic.twitter.com/g1OVvgDJpM
 
 
I posted a new photo to Facebook http://fb.me/35kT2Zlal 
 
 
CPS to close schools Monday http://bit.ly/1hARY8l 
 
 
Frerichs kicks off state treasurer bid http://shar.es/UIPBY  #Pekin #MikeforIL #twill
 
 
IL’s Largest Public Interest Group (@CitizenActionIL) Makes 2014 Primary Election Endorsements- http://www.citizenaction-il.org/node/417  #twill #MikeforIL
 
 
Cold and snowy day, perfect for coffee with constituents! Thanks all for attending! #rogerspark pic.twitter.com/QaZKslUUws
 
 
Sneak peek video: 5 years after #Blagojevich http://ilsendems.co/1ggJ0AD 
 
 
It really was a nice day for an outside run. Could be awhile before there’s another opportunity.
 
 
Check-out why Mike Donahue is our Supporter of the Week! Watch his video now: http://on.fb.me/1aYCSVR  #MakeILWorkAgain #ilgov
 
 
Here is the story about our New Trier GOP endorsement. http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/01/new-trier-republicans-endorse-rauner-truax-and-cross.html#comments …
 
 
Did you catch Dick Durbin calling another candidate “out of touch.” Here is our response to Durbin: http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/career-politician-durbin-disaster-illinois-middle-class-yet-laughingly-calls-another-candidate-touch/ …
 
 
IL Dems need 2 put a high priority on getting @GeorgeGollin into Rodney Davis’ 13 Cong Dist seat! @OFA_Springfield @ildemwmn @UniteBlueIL
 
 
Women volunteering & donating to help get another woman get elected is crucial email us to help info@alexandraeidenberg.com #WomenInCongress
 
 
Held press conference in Chicago at Seven Restaurant announcing Angel Garcia , Eloise Gerson, & Adam Robinson’s endorsement.
 
 
The media does cover the congressional race, some better than others. Here is an article from Springfield; http://m.sj-r.com/article/20140123/NEWS/140129712/10283/NEWSU.S. House candidate Firsching seeks smaller governmentwww.sj-r.comMike Firsching, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in the 13th Congressional District, said he thinks spending should be reduced for most federal programs.“We
 
 
Tomorrow and Tuesday promise to be more days of extreme cold with schools and other organizations closed for safety reasons. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning from 3am Monday until 9am Wednesday: temperatures can be expected to reach 35 TO 45 BELOW zero. At these temperatures, frost bite and hypothermia are possible after just a few moments of exposure, so stay safe and
 
 
From CPS: Due to extreme cold, all CPS schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 27. Recorded updates 773-553-1000.
 
 
Effective Jan. 1 in Illinois, electronic cigarettes and nicotine-alternative products joined alcohol and traditional tobacco on the list of purchases that …
 
 
Senate President John Cullerton spoke with Rick earlier in the week about minimum wage and pensions. State Senate President John Cullerton in studio on “The Sunday Spin”
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn is declaring Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu (kor-eh-MAHT’-soo) Day” across Illinois.
 
 
After sidestepping the issue last year, House Republican leaders are moving toward changing the nation’s immigration laws, a top priority if they want …
 
 
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joined The Sunday Spin to talk to Rick about his campaign for governor. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford on The …
 
 
This just in: The state’s backlog of unpaid bills will end the fiscal year below $6 billion, according to Gov. Quinn’s budget director. Sharing from Deadbeat Illinois. Like the page for regular updates about the state’s backlog.Quinn budget chief touts good news on unpaid billswww.sj-r.comCHICAGO — Days ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, his budget director has sent lawmakers a
 
 
Quinn first announced the program in 2012 when officials say Illinois had one of the largest backlogs of drinking water repairs in the nation. The state …
 
 
He calls it a victory for Illinois and says credit should be shared with … But his modest attempt to spread the credit could have a political underpinning, …
 
 
Braved the oncoming Polar Vortex to visit the Bridgeview Lions Community Service Awards. Nice to see the community come together to recognize public service.
 
 
Braved the oncoming Polar Vortex to visit the Bridgeview Lions Community Service Awards. Nice to see the… http://fb.me/6pYE1ug5N 
 
 
Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for its 400,000 students Monday as the city prepares for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees, the Sun-Times is reporting.
 
 
State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) says that it’s a good, but flawed law. Click Here for Beiser Comments State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) has sponsored a similar measure in the senate. Beiser also says that it is important to ensure that local …
 
 
Illinois lawmakers face a deadline this week to approve a bill that will prevent severe cuts to this year’s horse racing schedule. The problem is lawmakers are only scheduled to be in session one day, Wednesday, and that is primarily to hear Gov.
 
 
“I think it’s bleak for education,” said Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association. “But I think it’s bleak for this entire state, and …
 
 
Checking in on Illinois’ gambling industry.Casino revenue down first six months of the yearwww.sj-r.comState revenue from casino gambling is down in the first six months of the fiscal year, and the casino industry is pointing a finger at video gaming as a reason why. State revenue analysts aren’t ready to do the same, although they acknowledge video gaming could be having an impact.
 
 
It’s a critical week for horse racing in the state. Should the legislature approve the bill that would continue advance deposit wagering beyond Jan. 31.Horse racing season could hinge on bill action at Statehouse this weekwww.sj-r.comIllinois lawmakers face a deadline this week to approve a bill that will prevent severe cuts to this year’s horse racing schedule.The problem is lawmakers are only sc
 
 
Illinois health care group issues workforce reportWashington TimesSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois group studying health care shortages has issued 23 recommendations in a new report. Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck of the Illinois Department of Public Health led the effort. He says shortages of doctors and other …
 
 
Can the region’s pubic safety infrastructure handle the increase in population that a “fracking” boom might bring? http://bit.ly/1ld17cOOpponent says a link between fracking and crimethesouthern.com
 
 
Jesse White Awards Grants to School Libraries http://tinyurl.com/ls652b3 
 
 
Get your Rutherford/Kim yard & window signs today 1/26 in #Chicago 10:30-12 400 East Randolph 7th floor Restaurant, I’ll be there #twill
 
 
Who’s giving big money to Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn? I name names in today’s column. #politics http://ow.ly/sX6tU 
 
 
Dem Gov Cand. Tio Hardiman & running mate Brunell Donald on #NewsViews at 9:45a ABC7 News. @KrasheskyABC7 @BenBradleyABC7 @StaceyBacaABC7
 
 
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program offers energy bill assistance to low income residents. “As temperatures continue to fall and energy bills rise this winter, the increased cost of heating a home represents a financial burden for some residents,” State Rep. Costello II said.  “I want to ensure citizens have easy access to the services available to them through LIHEAP to ease the strain
 
 
LIVE: Illinois State Treasurer @RutherfordDan joins The Sunday Spin to discuss his campaign pic.twitter.com/jUbiKVtlKR
 
 
Quick news break, join us in a min. for Sen. Pres John Cullerton’s views on minimum wage and Chicago #pensions. http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
Listening to Sen. Pres John Cullerton’s views on min. wage. Kinda scary; wants to increase it though IL 1 of highest. http://wgnradio.com/listen 
 
 
LIVE: Illinois State Treasurer @RutherfordDan joins The Sunday Spin to discuss his campaign pic.twitter.com/jUbiKVtlKR
 
 
Live on @WGNRadio 720AM now (1/26) from 8-9 AM on The Sunday Spin w/ Rick Pearson @rap30 @SundaySpin #twill
 
 
Live on @WGNRadio 720AM now (1/26) from 8-9 AM on The Sunday Spin w/ Rick Pearson @rap30 @SundaySpin #twill
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — Former Executive Editor John Beck has been named winner of The News-Gazette’s 2013 Publisher’s Award. Beck, who retired in …
 
 
… or deny an investigation.” Jim Dey, a member of The News-Gazette staff, can be reached by email at jdey@news-gazette.com or at 217-351-5369.
 
 
We were disappointed to learn last week that School District 155 plans to appeal a local judge’s decision regarding the new bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School.
 
 
The newly enacted changes to the state’s pension law, if they pass … at the future of the state budget by the University of Illinois’ Fiscal Futures Project.
 
 
Letter: Be smart about sustainabilityThe State Journal-RegisterIn every setting where employees work as a group and repercussions occur when one slacker puts the heat on others, backbiting, obsessive score keeping, to the point of meltdowns, often crop up when resources are limited. The bigger our population gets, …
 
 
Though state law now allows Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns in public, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are considering banning non-law enforcement county employees from carrying concealed handguns while working outside of public buildings, even if they have a valid state permit. “Except for authorized people like security and sheriff’s department, employees will b
 
 
DECATUR – As of Jan. 1, a new law went into effect requiring a vaccine for children that’s literally a lifesaver. Schools on the East and West coasts, …

Advisory: Rita Announces Gambling Expansion Hearing in East St. Louis

A quick reminder about the gambling expansion hearing led by state Rep. Bob Rita that is set for tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.

Let me know if you plan to be there or would want to connect remotely with Bob or others participating, as I’ll be there and can coordinate whatever you need.

Ryan

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Rep. Rita Announces Hearings on Gambling Expansion Plans

Legislator Starts Work on Important Legislation at East St. Louis Casino Hearing

Date: Jan. 23, 2014 Contact: Ryan Keith, 217-737-7369

rkprsolutions

EAST ST. LOUIS – Keeping a promise he made last spring, state Rep. Bob Rita today announced the first of several expected public hearings on the important topic of gambling expansion legislation in Illinois.

Rita, D-Blue Island, is the lead House Democrat negotiator on efforts to expand gambling in Illinois. After negotiations failed to produce an agreement at the end of the legislative session last May, Rita said he would look to schedule hearings to work through a number of issues preventing an agreement from moving forward. The fall veto session produced no further progress, so Rita hopes to use hearings this spring to produce legislation that can move ahead in Springfield.

The first hearing is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Casino Queen casino in East St. Louis, where Rita and local legislators will talk through issues with a number of interests from that area. Additional hearings will be announced as those dates and locations are finalized.

“I’m a firm believer that gambling expansion can provide great benefits to the state of Illinois and the communities where it comes,” Rita said. “But it is important that we put a bill together that is transparent and that deals fairly with taxpayers and all of the interests involved. My hope is these hearings put us on the path to getting that done this spring.”

What: First public hearing on gambling expansion legislation

Who: State Rep. Bob Rita and local lawmakers

Interests representing casinos, horse racing tracks, communities and taxpayers in the area

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28

6 p.m.

Where: Casino Queen

200 S. Front St., East St. Louis

###

On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM, Ryan Keith <rkprsolutions> wrote:

See the media advisory below and attached from state Rep. Bob Rita announcing hearings on his efforts to expand gambling in Illinois. The first will be next Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.

Let me know if you need to connect with Bob or have questions.

Ryan

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Rep. Rita Announces Hearings on Gambling Expansion Plans

Legislator Starts Work on Important Legislation at East St. Louis Casino Hearing

Date: Jan. 23, 2014 Contact: Ryan Keith, 217-737-7369

rkprsolutions

EAST ST. LOUIS – Keeping a promise he made last spring, state Rep. Bob Rita today announced the first of several expected public hearings on the important topic of gambling expansion legislation in Illinois.

Rita, D-Blue Island, is the lead House Democrat negotiator on efforts to expand gambling in Illinois. After negotiations failed to produce an agreement at the end of the legislative session last May, Rita said he would look to schedule hearings to work through a number of issues preventing an agreement from moving forward. The fall veto session produced no further progress, so Rita hopes to use hearings this spring to produce legislation that can move ahead in Springfield.

The first hearing is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Casino Queen casino in East St. Louis, where Rita and local legislators will talk through issues with a number of interests from that area. Additional hearings will be announced as those dates and locations are finalized.

“I’m a firm believer that gambling expansion can provide great benefits to the state of Illinois and the communities where it comes,” Rita said. “But it is important that we put a bill together that is transparent and that deals fairly with taxpayers and all of the interests involved. My hope is these hearings put us on the path to getting that done this spring.”

What: First public hearing on gambling expansion legislation

Who: State Rep. Bob Rita and local lawmakers

Interests representing casinos, horse racing tracks, communities and taxpayers in the area

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28

6 p.m.

Where: Casino Queen

200 S. Front St., East St. Louis

###

Today’s headlines — Sunday, Jan. 26

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Rally last night with strong support! Moving forward. Meeting Sunday 2pm to deploy further efforts. Interested in getting involved? Sign up at http://arthurlukowski.org/
 
 
 
Rockford-area health experts leery of electronic cigarettesRockford Register Starfind n save. |. newsletter · Rockford Register Star · Home · News · Top Stories · Rockford students make fall dean’s list at Tennessee State · Illinois couple trying to turn around after meth addiction · Rockford student makes Itasca Community College …
 
 
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a GOP candidate for Governor of Illinois, made a stop in Park Ridge on Jan. 25. Over 100 people including many first.
 
 
Illinois TimesMeet Jennifer GillIllinois TimesAfter graduating from Springfield High School, Gill earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, then taught fifth grade for three years at Jacksonville’s Washington Elementary School. She then taught third grade at …
 
 
Illinois TimesData mining, Springfield-styleIllinois TimesThat may well be what Springfield aldermen are asking themselves as they ponder whether Nathan Mihelich, the city’s communications director who reports to Mayor Mike Houston, has been snooping though emails sent to city council members via the city’s …
 
 
Local woman petitions to re-open an Illinois state prisonWPSD Local 6TAMMS, Ill. – A new grassroots effort called ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is focused on re-opening the doors of the Tamms Correctional Center that was shut down a little more than a year ago. Founder Marsha Griffin has had five family members work at the …
 
 
Progress IllinoisFoster Pushes Bill To Protect The Legal Rights Of Immigrant DetaineesProgress IllinoisLuis Gutierrez (D-IL,4), Mike Quigley (D-IL,5), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) and Brad Schneider (D-IL,10), are bringing immigration reform advocates as their guests to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday to put pressure on Congress …
 
 
 
Friday, January 24, 2014. SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) hand delivered a letter to Governor Pat Quinn Friday calling on …
 
 
Navistar was one of these; as was Chicago-based Groupon, the young company that slumped badly as individuals seemed to get tired of emailed coupon deals. A new chief executive, co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, and an acquisition that hinted at a new …
 
 
Ameren Illinois $50,000 donation allows Illinois Raptor Center to spread its wings. Jack Nuzzo’s job is for the birds, and he loves it. As program …
 
 
Order your copy of the DVD A Township Board Meeting Gone Bad! … now for the 2014 Education District programs Township Government-Rising …
 
 
A lot of Illinois voters believe the fix is in when it comes to how the state determines where legislative district boundary lines fall on the map — and, …
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
News Gazette – Found 14 minutes agoRepublican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner stuck his foot in his mouth with an impolitic remark recently in the Quad Cities that the Illinois …
 
 
Carlos Zambrano involved in brawl during Venezuelan Winter League finals http://zite.to/1dFMepp 
 
 
Tribune: Editorial: Chicago’s Century http://bit.ly/1e6zdto 
 
 
 
See a slideshow of the 10 most read stories on The Southern Illinoisan’s website this week. Top 10 ‘most read’ stories this weekthesouthern.com’Most read’ stories on thesouthern.com during the week of January 19, 2014.
 
 
Parked cars, cold beer and disabled children riding bicycles are not three things that most people would say have anything in common. But members of the American Business Club of Springfield, one of the area’s largest civic organizations, know the connection exactly. Cars and cold drinks represent how the club generates the funds it raises for charity, and special bicycles serve as a remarkable ex
 
 
 
ICYMI: United States Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill, 16th District) and State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) spoke with area residents regarding Illinois’ recent passage of concealed carry laws and its impact on the region moving forward. — Click to read more from last night’s event in Chatsworth. Kinzinger, Harms talk concealed carrywww.pontiacdailyleader.comUnited States Representa
 
 
With a tarnished reputation as a place for doing business, a legacy of governmental spending sprees, long-term neglect of tax policy and the scheduled end of both a public works spending progr…
 
 
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the start of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.
 
 
What should happen to the temporary state income tax? Should the minimum wage increase statewide?Do you think the pension reform law will withstand the constitutional challenge? Will you make it a priority that the state start paying all of its bills on time?We’ll ask these questions and others a lot over the next few weeks, as the editorial board hosts candidates for office.These are key question
 
 
So much for the notion of seeing how a law works before trying to change it.Or, in this case, just because no one’s been issued a concealed carry permit yet is no reason to sit back and accept the status quo.A number of bills have already been introduced to change Illinois’ new concealed carry law, and there’s still three weeks to go before the deadline for introducing legislation this year. Just
 
 
It sounded like an odd position to take for a first-time Republican candidate for the legislature, and now it’s changed.MIKE BELL of Edinburg, who is running for the GOP nomination to the House from the 96th District, said back in October at his Springfield campaign announcement that he would consider keeping the Illinois income tax at its current level if the extra revenue were used to meet long-
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was ridiculed Friday for suggesting that Chicago be turned into “North America’s city of lights” at the same time that Paris, the global “City of Light,” has toned it down.
 
 
We are seeking nominations for the “Leaders Among Us” awards presented annually to outstanding people by The Southern Illinoisan and Southern Business Journal.
 
 
Illinois is projected to be dead last in job creation this year. That’s just great! We’ve broken down the key findings of a jobs outlook report, it’s not looking so hot!
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address Wednesday gives the Democrat a pulpit to take some of the 2014 political attention back from the four Republican primary candidates for governor that have made their campaigns attacking him. A spokeswoman said Quinn will do some reflecting on the past but also put a focus on the economy and middle class. “It will be jobs, jobs and what’s necessary t
 
 
 
Check out Alexandra in the news! See the below links for interviews and articles on the campaign http://goo.gl/iEFbPD 
 
 
The election will be here before you know it- check here to verify your registration, or for information on how to register if you’ll be a first-time voter this year. There’s no better time than now to stake your claim to a voice in our electoral process! http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/register.aspxVoter Registrationwww.elections.il.gov
 
 
Thank you Niles & Northfield GOP Township for the endorsement. #teamliberty
 
 
Join the effort to elect Carol Ammons as State Representative at a fundraiser this weekend! > Saturday, January 25, 11 am-1 pm >> At the home of Bernadine Stake, 304 W. Iowa, Urbana >>> All levels of donations are welcome! Talk to Carol, pick up a yard sign, meet other supporters, and help bring the positive change we need to Springfield!
 
 
Fundraiser for Carol Ammons at the home of Bernadine Stake. What a fantastic show of support from a truly progressive community in Urbana! Thanks to all who came and to all who donated.
 
 
At the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Night of Stars. Congratulations to all the Community Stars.
 
 
Me at the joint endorsement session today held in Wilmette. It was nice to see a surge of support from those in Illinois 9th. It is time to CAN JAN!
 
 
Spoke at #India’s 65th Republic day celebration hosted by the Federation of Indian Assn. of #Chicago #twill pic.twitter.com/luqqFQehMb
 
 
I will be Live on @WGNRadio 720AM tomorrow morning (1/26) from 8-9 AM on The Sunday Spin w/ Rick Pearson @rap30 @SundaySpin #twill
 
 
Me at the joint endorsement session today held in Wilmette. It was nice to see a surge of support from those in Illinois 9th. It is time to CAN JAN!
 
 
Awesome evening in DuQuoin for the Perry County Lincoln Day Dinner. Great to be back in Southern Illinois. Great to be with Mike Bost, Sen. Luechtefeld, Jill Tracy and Paul Schimpf. Thanks to Chairman Bruce Morgenstern, Vice Chair Bruce Rodely and Michelle Rodely as wonderful hosts.
 
 
 
Thank you to the Rand family for having Stephanie & I as your guests at tonigh’s Black Creativity Gala. pic.twitter.com/MoPrG0NlZC
 
 
What a wonderful day full of canvassing, TY #Chicago for being awesome. #LoganSquare #Pilsen #Cicero.
 
 
I am running against #LuisGutierrez in the IL 4th District for US Congress @RepGutierrez Let’s #Debate @PoliticalEditor #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
Jefferson County Men Cooking for CASA was an excellent event for an outstanding organization. It was a privilege to work for such a worthy cause tonight and we did have a lot of fun. Due to this obligation, my mother Edie Hagene spoke for me at the Perry County Lincoln Day dinner. This campaign has definitely created new opportunities for my family members to explore. I have to say, I’m absolutely
 
 
Spoke at India’s 65th Republic day celebration hosted by the Federation of Indian Associations of Chicago.
 
 
I will be Live on WGN 720AM tomorrow morning (1/26) from 8-9 AM on The Sunday Spin w/ Rick Pearson .
 
 
Finished the day at the Perry County Lincoln Day Dinner. Pictured with Representative (Congressional Candidate) Mike and Tracey Bost, Rick Bryant, and Representative Jil Tracy (Lt. Gov. Candidate).
 
 
1-25-14: Walked precincts door to door talking about the issues with voters and how as a longtime dedicated Republican I can stand up for them in Springfield.
 
 
1-25-14: Played bingo with local residents at VFW sponsored Bingo Night. So grateful to give anything back to the veterans that served us.
 
 
U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) today announced the names of the students he has nominated to the United States service academies.  The academies to which Congressman Enyart has submitted nominees include, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.   Each Member of Congress may nominate candidates for the U.S. service academies.  The number of
 
 
Answering questions at our town hall meeting in Edwardsville. A special thanks to Douglas Dial for all of his hard work in helping with the event!
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Study: Illinois in the worst fiscal condition in the nation http://goo.gl/fb/0Ej7w 
 
 
Rally last night with strong support! Moving forward. Meeting Sunday 2pm to deploy further efforts. Interested in getting involved? Sign up athttp://arthurlukowski.org/
 
 
Several inches of snow are expected to fall through Sunday morning, to be followed Sunday night by the start of what could be the longest stretch of subzero temperatures the Chicago area has seen in decades.
 
 
 
On my way to Hillsboro for Stamp Out Cancer 2014 @ZachWygal @LesleyPollard will have the place hoppin’!
 
 
Today was a beautiful day! Welcome Marley Joyce Welch:) http://instagram.com/p/jnVirCQsSb/ 
 
 
At DG North High for the Hall of Fame Induction of Will Kupisch and Al Quintana. Two very deserving inductees.
 
 
Over 250 people including @aaron_lawlor attending the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce awards night. Great group pic.twitter.com/WNpCznteYO
 
 
 
 
Not a single person we talked to could correctly guess how much our lawmakers actually make.”In Illinois I think its $80,000.  In Iowa I think its $60,000,” said taxpayer Terry Rodriguez.”I would guess
 
 
In what could be an odd partnership, Illinois labor unions are preparing to help Republican gubernatorial candidates.
 
 
Come out next Saturday and help support the Piatt County Democrats at the “Souper Bowl” starting at noon!