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  • Monday, October 23, 2017
    New testing benchmarks to rely only on SAT exam in Illinois
    Education reform (38) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.

    New testing benchmarks for Illinois high schools are prompting concern and confusion.

    The Chicago Tribune reports that the state is taking the unusual step of using scores from the SAT college entrance exam to judge whether students and high schools are meeting state standards in reading, writing and math.

    The tests will be administered to all public sch...   read more >

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  • Monday, October 23, 2017
    Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression.

    The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is aimed at cleaning voter records and preventing voter fraud. States voluntarily provide their voter lists and the program searches for ...   read more >

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  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    Illinois governor's race could be costliest in US history
    Candidates--Statewide (12)
    CHICAGO • The 2018 Illinois governor's race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat who are airing TV ads and hopping private planes to campaign events more than a year before Election Day.

    J.B. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune and one of the world's richest people, is among severa...   read more >
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  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Asbestos defendants should collaborate more to balance power in tort system, consultant says
    Asbestos (48) , Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    A business consultant who helps companies manage their product liabilities is calling for asbestos defendants to collaborate more in order to achieve better equilibrium with plaintiffs whose litigation risks pale in comparison.
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  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    Broken Illinois, Exhibit A: First Foxconn, now Toyota-Mazda ...
    Business (10) , Employment, Jobs (40) , Right to work

    Illinois offered itself to Foxconn as the perfect location for a planned LCD panel factory. Foxconn didn’t bite. It will put the plant, and up to 13,000 jobs, in southeast Wisconsin.

    Strike one.

    Illinois offered itself to read more >

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  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    Editorial: Success saving teen lives good, but not enough
    Driver's Licenses (80b)

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  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    Legionnaires is back at Quincy veterans home
    QUINCY, Ill. • Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at an Illinois veterans' home more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility.

    The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs said Wednesday that two residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy contracted the disease. Department spokesman Dave MacDonna said one residen...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Don’t send more air pollution to Chicago
    EPA (41)
    Last year, Illinois enacted a farsighted law designed to provide cleaner air, more jobs and lower energy bills. Now, a company that owns coal-fired power plants in Illinois is pushing to weaken clear-air rules in a way that would undermine those goals. The Illinois Pollution Control Board should take a deep breath and refuse to go along.
    Weaker regulations, in this case, would be a big s...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Rauner hopes to turn South Loop dud into world-class research hub
    Chicago (16) , Rauner, Bruce

    An IKEA. Gambling riverboats. A theme park.

    And now a sprawling innovation and research center — helmed by the University of Illinois — touted as an economic boon to Chicago.

    That’s the latest plan for a historically vacant patch of 62 acres of riverfront land just east of the Chicago River and south of Roosevelt Road. Developers envision an eve...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Chicago taxpayers' long, costly path to pension solvency
    Chicago (16)
    The annual budget ritual is underway in Chicago, and the production is often a repeat performance. The costs of city government continue to grow — considerably faster than the cost of living — and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council turn their attention to revenue: Where and how hard can we squeeze taxpayers without triggering revolt?
    And by revolt we mean no worse than w...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Morning Spin

    In recent years politicians have taken to using “invest” as a stand-in for “spend,” but Mayor Rahm Emanuel took it to another level during his Wednesday budget speech.

    The mayor deployed variations of the word no fewer than 31 times, according to his remarks.

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Taxman cometh (again): Emanuel budget raises taxes for 6th time in 7 years
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Chicago (16)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday revealed his seventh budget, and for the sixth time, he is raising taxes and fees, moves he said are needed to keep stabilizing the city’s finances and foster economic growth.

    Even as ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Keeping video gambling numbers in perspective
    Gambling, Gaming
    As proposals to expand gambling in Illinois continue to proliferate -- although it didn't become part of the final deal, gambling expansion was for a time a feature of the grand-bargain proposal that eventually broke the state's two-year budget stalemate -- it is instructive to consider statistics compiled in the state's latest "Wagering in Illinois" report.
    State receipts from video gam...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Brian Milleville: I must exit state representative race
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    On Monday evening last week, our son Luke was a passenger in a life-threatening rollover accident in which he sustained extensive and severe injuries that will leave him hospitalized for the immediate future. Due to the extent of Luke’s injuries, his recovery period will take at least six to eight months. During his recovery, Luke will require near constant attention since his i...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Auto groups pass on Illinois
    Business (10) , Economic Development (35) , Right to work
    Illinois appears to be out of the running for a combined Toyota/Mazda factory. Although the companies have not issued a statement, Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that Illinois has been deleted from the list of states under consideration for the $ 1.3 billion factory that will build both Toyota and Mazda models that use interchangeable parts. The new plant, wherever it is built, is ex...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    The GOP’s fresh face Conservative with a clean image, Erika Harold launches unlikely campaign for attorney general
    Candidates--Statewide (12)
    It’s not unusual for Illinois politicians to end up in prison, but usually it happens after they are elected, not before.

    For Erika Harold, the only Republican running for Illinois attorney general, prison is a place she visits often as part of her ministry with Prison Fellowship.

    With last month’s surprise announcement by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that she...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Another view: Facebook must be prepared for the next election
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    By nearly any measure, Facebook Inc. is an extraordinary success. Its market capitalization exceeds $500 billion. Its user base outnumbers all but one continent. Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive officer, is one of the world’s wealthiest people.

    No one should begrudge Facebook (or Zuckerberg) this success. Yet as it begins to play a more central role in American media a...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Joliet's Briel plans to move back to Ottawa, run for 16th Congressional seat
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    DIXON – Amy Murri Briel paints herself as an ordinary person, but she believes ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things when given the opportunity.

    Briel, a Joliet community activist and mother of three, is one of five Democrats in the race for U.S. representative in the 16th Congressional District. She was at the Lee County Democratic Party headquarters Wednes...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Hennepin steel site salvage halts over legal issues
    Environment (41) , Local Government (60)

    HENNEPIN — Demolition at the old steel mill site has been halted until further notice by Hennepin Industrial Development, owner William Marino says. The halting of demolition follows IPS Steel of Michigan filing a complaint saying Hennepin Industrial has violated a contract.

    Marino said Hennepin Industrial Development and IPS Steel of Michigan came to a mutual agreement on...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    The state makes a terrible parent
    DCFS (30)
    I cringe every time I see a news story, as I do frequently, about a helpless child who is killed by her mother’s boyfriend, or whatever, all while under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
    I wince not because I doubt the professionalism or caring of the DCFS staff, but because they have absolutely impossible jobs.
    The latest tragedy to hit the ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    How much schools will receive from lottery unknown
    Lottery (61)
    The Illinois Lottery is nearing a deal with private management firm Camelot Illinois, but the finer details remain hidden from public scrutiny.
    As reported last week by the Chicago Tribune, the agreement “includes a tiered incentive system in which the new firm, Camelot Illinois, would be paid bonuses for exceeding various profit levels, documents show. But the proposed dollar amou...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Stop the presses, Madigan smiles!
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Forgive those of us in the wilds of Illinois far removed from the state government epicenters of Chicago and Springfield who may have missed the BIG news over the weekend.
    “Madigan smiles!” a headline at chicagotribune.com proclaimed above a Chicago Tribune piece by Kim Janssen detailing how the technologically averse Illinois House Speaker Michael J. has jumped into the inte...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Illinois designates 6 sites as statewide enterprise zones
    Economic Development (35)
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • State officials have designated six sites around Illinois as enterprise zones to encourage business development.

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the sites Wednesday.

    Officials said the Enterprise Zone Board evaluated applications and awarded designations to sites in Chicago; Douglas County; Effingham and Ef...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Carlinville High recognized as ‘Democracy School’
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)

    Carlinville High School has been recognized as an Illinois Democracy School by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition.

    The award is given to schools that offer civics courses and extracurricular opportunities aimed at helping students become more involved in local and state issues.

    Carlin...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Chicago’s Amazon bid focuses on workforce and transportation
    Business (10) , Chicago (16)

    Chicago has officially thrown its hat in the ring with a bid for Amazon’s massive second headquarters, adding to the growing competition from cities bragging about their talent pool, quality of life and cultural amenities to lure the tech giant and its promise of jobs.

    While some cities have creatively played up their hipness or gently ribbed Seattle with pitches of year...   read more >

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