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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    As Catholics and mothers, we support abortion rights bill
    Abortion (1)

    As mothers and grandmothers, we care deeply about the future of Illinois, which is what first drove us into public office. We are committed to the women and children of our state — because we know they often bear the heaviest burden when bad policies hurt working families. As Catholics, we share an abiding commitment to social justice, which includes ensuring that all Illinois residents h...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    : Lisa Madigan’s bailing out may have had more to do with father
    Attorney General (6) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    The Madigan pullout . . .

     

    Sneed is told Lisa Madigan’s decision to call it a day as Illinois attorney general was not just motivated by her ability to make big money in the private sector.

     

    It also had to do with dad.

     

    Top Dem sources claim Madigan’s pullout was also motivated by fears her poll numbers would be affec...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Rauner plays it safe on likely doomed GOP Senate Obamacare bill
    Obamacare, Affordable Care Act , Rauner, Bruce

    The potential for Senate Republicans to unravel Obamacare this week diminished on Sunday, when two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Ted Cruz of Texas said their support was unlikely.

     

    Even though the bill drafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. and Bill Cassidy R-La., is on the verge of failure — and may not even get a vote by the end of the month — as l...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Rein in facial recognition technology to protect privacy

    Celebrities have long bemoaned their lost ability to disappear into a crowd. The rest of us are on the brink of sharing that dismal feeling — without the glittery benefits of stardom — because of rapidly advancing facial recognition technology.

     

    To avoid a world in which scanners constantly identify us and report on wherever we go — a political rally, an ...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Lawmakers to send Rauner controversial bill to expand abortion coverage
    Abortion (1)

    A Democratic state senator said he will lift his procedural hold on a bill that would expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women who have Medicaid or state employee health insurance coverage, sending the measure to a Republican governor who's offered mixed signals on the issue.

     

    Sen. Don Harmon's move Monday means Gov. Bruce Rauner will have 60 days to decide what to d...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Morning Spin: Pritzker boasts of Poshard backing, but they're a political odd couple
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker has received the backing of Glenn Poshard, a former congressman and unsuccessful governor candidate.

     

    The retired president of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale remains a popular figure to some Downstate voters and potentially could help Pritzker among more socially conservative Democrats. At the same time, Pritzker has ...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Rauner vetoes geolocation privacy bill aimed at protecting smartphone users
    Cell towers, cell phones, texting (94a) , Rauner, Bruce

    Groundbreaking Illinois legislation meant to protect mobile phone users from having their location information trafficked by companies without their permission is going nowhere, at least for now.

     

    Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the proposed Geolocation Privacy Protection Act on Friday, leaving it to the legislature to consider a possible override vote.

     

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Nekritz bows out of crowded Illinois attorney general race
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Despite expressing interest in running for Illinois attorney general, outgoing state lawmaker Elaine Nekritz won't be seeking the position after all.

     

    "I've decided against it, it was a family decision," Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, told the Daily Herald Sunday.

     

    She said the move "simply wasn't the right time for my husband and family," and she di...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Changes in forfeiture law put burden on police
    Police (28)

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie
    Agriculture (2) , Rivers (23)

    TOLEDO, Ohio – Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie.

    Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish.

    Grass carp are one of four Asia...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Abortion rights bill on way to Rauner
    Abortion (1)

    A controversial abortion rights bill is going to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    On Monday, Sen. Don Harmon, D-Chicago, withdrew a procedural hold on the bill that has stopped it from going to the governor since it passed the legislature in May.

    Harmon said he wanted to give Rauner time to change his mind about his threat to veto the legislation. Harmon could not immediately be reached...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Blackburn College offers free tuition for some Macoupin County students
    Education--Higher (37)

    Blackburn College unveiled a new program Tuesday that will enable qualifying Macoupin County students to attend the college free of charge.

    The new program, called Macoupin Promise, is open to students from any high school in Macoupin County as long as they meet the school’s normal admission requirements, participate in the school’s work program and their family’s h...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Scramble begins in Illinois attorney general race
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The race to become Illinois’ next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s sudden announcement that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term.

    A Republican former Miss America’s campaign has been reinvigorated. Two Democratic state lawmakers have stepped forward. And so many others are contemplating runs that news outlets a...   read more >

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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    Scramble begins in Illinois attorney general race
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The race to become Illinois’ next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s sudden announcement that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term.

     

    A Republican former Miss America’s campaign has been reinvigorated. Two Democratic state lawmakers have stepped forward. And so many others are contemplating runs that news ou...   read more >

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    Most students still not reading, adding at grade level
    Education reform (38) Sosnowski, Joe--State House, 69

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    : Let’s help Illinois get back on track with ‘College Changes Everything’ month
    Education--Higher (37)

    The two-year budget impasse had a serious impact on the state, and college students and those planning to attend were among those who faced significant uncertainty. Challenged by closure of programs and delays in grant funding, some students were forced to go part time, drop out or choose not to attend in the first place — certainly a negative for students, but also for the long-term econ...   read more >

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    Abortion bill is hot potato for Gov. Rauner
    Abortion (1)

    A bill that hasn’t even made it to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk yet could pose the biggest political problem for the governor so far.

    The bill is House Bill 40, a measure that in part is intended to protect abortion rights in the state in the event the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.

    Proponents of the bill believe Rauner must sign the m...   read more >

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    Sen. McCann takes on Cellini in tiff with Bruner
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    A rift has formed between two former allies: JAMES P. BRUNER and state Sen. SAM McCANN.

    This was illustrated last week when 50th Senate District candidate STEVE McCLURE announced his candidacy at the Springfield office of United Contractors Midwest.

    It was the same place that McCann, R-Plainview, made a 2011 campaign announce...   read more >

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    State employees, retirees have opportunity for giving

    As the United Way of Central Illinois gears up for its critical annual campaign to support social services, I’d like to remind state employees of the opportunity to support charitable causes directly through SECA, the State and University Employees Combined Appeal Program.

     

    Since its establishment in 1983, this annual giving campaign has generated over $78 million in...   read more >

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    Statehouse Insider: Illinois finances not the worst? Believe it or not.

    The results are in and, defying all odds, Illinois isn’t the worst.

    And considering it involves state finances, it is even more amazing.

    The non-partisan Truth in Accounting released its annual Financial State of the States report that reviews the finances of all ...   read more >

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  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    FOP asks state labor board to stop changes to CPD use-of-force policy
    Police (28)

    The Fraternal Order of Police has asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to stop the city from changing the Chicago Police Department’s use-of-force policy.

     

    Details about the implentation of the policy were unveiled Thursday and officers have begun training in the new procedures. The FOP, which represents rank-and-file CPD officers, says implementing the new polic...   read more >

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  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    Gov. Rauner sets timeline for $6B bond sale to pay down bill backlog
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday named the firms that will handle the bulk of the state’s sale $6 billion bond sale to help pay off its staggering bill backlog of nearly $15.5 billion.

     

    The first series of bonds will go out in a $4.5 billion negotiated sale, and the state will competitively bid the remaining $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds, according to a stateme...   read more >

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  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    Quit playing politics with Illinois abortion rights
    Abortion (1)

    When in doubt, do what’s right.

     

    Gov. Bruce Rauner believes in a woman’s right to have an abortion. He’s said as much and everybody knows it, whatever the political downside for him.

     

    So he should just go ahead and sign House Bill 40, legislation that would provide insurance coverage for abortions to Illinois workers and Medicaid rec...   read more >

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  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    New Illinois law will let adults earn high school diplomas
    Education--Educators/Administrators , Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

    Rauner signed the amendment to the Illinois School Code on Friday at Goodwill of Northern Illinois in Rockford. It will allow those over age 21 who didn’t finish high school to receive a high school diploma through certified programs. Ra...   read more >

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  • Friday, September 22, 2017
    Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy to visit Marion on Saturday
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    MARION — Chris Kennedy, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, plans to make a campaign stop in Marion on Saturday...   read more >

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