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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    In Murphysboro, Illinois treasurer announces $500 million investment for new loan program
    Economic Development (35) , Treasurer (92)
    MURPHYSBORO — Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs made a stop in Murphysboro on Tuesday to announce an investment of $500 million for a new loan program he says will help boost the rural community.

    At the Murphysboro Farm Bureau Office, Frerichs said the comprehensive loan program will flow through local banks to help individuals obtain loans at below-market rates.

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    SIU chancellor used university money to move daughter’s home
    Education--Higher (37)
    One of the households SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno moved with university money was one in which his daughter and son-in-law lived.

    SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith confirmed that Montemagno’s daughter and son-in-law lived in the second home, which she defined as a “furnished rental.”

    Montemagno has since refunded SIU $11,146.42 for the part of the movin...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Calls for investigations, new leadership, rock Democratic Party of Illinois following harassment scandal
    Sexual Harassment (96) Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Raoul, Kwame--State Senate, 13
    Calls from the Democratic Party of Illinois to address the party chairman’s handling of harassment complaints within the political power structure are mounting following another announced shakeup because of inappropriate behavior.

    State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, called Tuesday for an independent investigation, perhaps from outside the state.

    Two political mana...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    AG candidate to remain on ballot, calls out Speaker Madigan for effort to derail campaign
    Attorney General (6) , Candidates--Statewide (12) Drury, Scott--State House, 58 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    An Illinois candidate for attorney general has survived a legal challenge from a union with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan to stay on the ballot.

    An appellate court unanimously ruled Friday that state Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, had properly filed his paperwork to run for attorney general, replacing the resigning Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

    The lawsuit came f...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    LaHood: Illinois can decide carp strategy on its own
    Environment (41) , Rivers (23)
    Once again leaders from other Great Lakes states are trying to move Illinois toward their preferred plan to deal with Asian carp in the Illinois River.

    But Congressman Darin LaHood says that Illinois has a handle on Asian carp, and doesn't need to be pushed, pulled, or told what direction to go.

    A group of congressmen last month considered sending a letter to the Army C...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Another Legionnaires’ case found in Quincy as lawmakers meet
    Legislature (56) , Veterans (95)

    Heated discussion continued at the Capitol on Tuesday about the 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy, where another case of the disease has been confirmed, the fourth in just a week.

    Contributing to lawmakers’ frustration on Tuesday was the fact that representatives from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office, the Capital Devel...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Dig deeper than campaign ads
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Last month the SJ-R published my letter, “Governor’s race leaves us feeling like we’ve already lost,” which expressed my extreme frustration over the upcoming gubernatorial race. Since then I have found encouragement in awareness of the ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Gov. Rauner accused of politicizing Janus union dues case
    Rauner, Bruce , Unions, labor (55)

    Just days before U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a key labor relations case emanating from Illinois, the head of an organization representing the plaintiff is asking Gov. Bruce Rauner quit “falsely” taking credit for the case, and to quit making it a political issue.

    A Rauner spokesman said that to accuse the governor of not being involved in the case is to...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Madigan’s leadership becomes Democratic primary litmus test amid handling of harassment complaints
    Legislature (56) , Sexual Harassment (96) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    House Speaker Michael Madigan’s undisputed political power came under attack Tuesday amid new criticism over his handling of harassment complaints as the March Democratic primary increasingly turns into a referendum on his leadership.

    Madigan faced increasing calls for him to step down from the state Democratic chairman post he has held for two decades, as well as demands ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Our View: Illinois Democrats, tell Madigan to step aside
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Anyone reading the text messages Alaina Hampton received from her supervisor would get the creeps.

    Kevin Quinn repeatedly asks her out. He pesters her for months, even after she politely but firmly turns down his advances and says she just want...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Rauner’s budget proposal fails our schoolchildren
    Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce

    In a rare moment of candor, Gov. Bruce Rauner, in the Executive Summary to his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, admits it “does not include a plan to reduce the current bill backlog, which as of today totals $8.8 billion.” Of course, that backlog is “only” $8.8 billion because the state just borrowed $6 billion to pay a portion of its late bills. Otherwise the...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    HCI Alternatives celebrates two years in Springfield
    Medical Marijuana
    Joey McLaughlin talks with HCI Alternatives Chris Stone about the second anniversary of the Springfield’s first medical cannabis dispensary. http://wtax.com/podcasts/hci-alternatives-celebrates-two-years-in-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Mass shootings and mental health
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Mental Health (64)
    Is America’s mass shooting problem rooted in a mental health crisis? http://wtax.com/podcasts/mass-shooting-and-mental-health/ ...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Senator Dick Durbin
    Congress (22) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Immigration (99a)
    Durbin discusses the recent immigration debate and the Florida school shootings http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    The official Illinois bicentennial beer from Hand of Fate
    Alcohol (32) , Historic Preservation, historic sites (50)
    Joey McLaughlin talks with Mike and Brie Allison with Hand of Fate in Petersburg about brewing the official Illinois bicentennial beer, and Illinois Farmhouse Ale. http://wtax.com/podcasts/the-official-illinois-bicentennial-beer-from-hand-of-fate/ ...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Rauner's budget plan makes property taxpayers cringe
    Education reform (38) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)
    Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking Illinois to do as he says, not practice what candidate Rauner preaches.

    He delivered a budget address Wednesday that would do things very differently than what he advocates as the Illinois ideal. The biggest concern for most of Illinois is what would happen to property taxes.

    Rauner is right that school districts should be responsible for thei...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    SIU president: Plenty to worry about in governor's budget proposal
    Education Funding (36a)
    CARBONDALE — A key cost-saving measure in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal is a plan to shift pensions and health insurance expenses from the state budget to universities, community colleges and school districts.

    Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn said administrators in higher education have been hearing discussion about such a shift for years, ...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    ENDORSEMENT: Joe Sonnefeldt in Illinois Senate 27th District Democratic primary
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Two very capable Democratic candidates in musician Joe Sonnefeldt of Mount Prospect and read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    If you think Illinois needs help, now’s the time to bone up on March election
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Do they have your attention yet? The candidates running in the 2018 primary, I mean.

    They should.

    Perhaps that controversial ad from Republican governor candidate Jeanne Ives that many find racist, anti-feminist and homophobic did the trick.

    Or maybe it was the transcript of Democrat J.B. Pritzker telling former Gov. Rod Blagojevich that Secretary of State Jesse Whi...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Illinois Senate 27th District Democratic candidate: Joe Sonnefeldt
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    On Feb. 18, Joe Sonnefeldt appeared before the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board. We asked him why he’s running for the Democratic nomination in the Illinois State Senate 27th district in the March 2018 primary:

    My name is Joe Sonnefeldt. I lived in Mt. Prospect for 20 years and I’ve been involved in a number of campaigns including education funding referendum, ...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Madigan taps trio of women, including Bustos, to change ‘culture of politics’
    Sexual Harassment (96)
    Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan on Saturday announced in a letter to Democratic committeemen that a group of three key Democratic women, including Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, will lead a statewide discussion about the role of women in the Democratic party and how to “change the culture of politics.”

    The letter wraps a whirlwind of a week for the speaker. It be...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    People with disabilities don’t need ‘compassion’
    Budget--State (8) , Disabled (47) , Rauner, Bruce
    In his budget address, Gov. Bruce Rauner said structural reforms will enable Illinois to be “as compassionate as we want to be,” and later he said, “compassion is in the DNA of Illinois.” As a person with a disability who works with a disability organization, I think compassion is the wrong approach.

    Disabled residents of Illinois need sound policy, no...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Madigan parts ways with second operative after female lawmaker alleges 'abuse of power'
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    For the second time in a week, Illinois House Speaker Michael M...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Morning Spin
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The latest $7 million Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker gave to his campaign puts him at more than $56 million for the primary, surpassing the $50 million "first installment"  read more >

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    It's criminal what Illinois is doing to Medicaid patients with hepatitis C
    Medicaid, Managed Care

    Every day, Illinois Medicaid patients with hepatitis C are denied access to a simple cure to a disease that jeopardizes their life because of outdated and unconscionable restrictions on who can get this proven treatment.

     

    Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation and scarring of the liver. People who are infected with hepatitis C usually have no or few symp...   read more >

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