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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Rauner vetoes bill that would have changed political makeup of metro-east levee board
    Governor (44) , Local Government (60) , Metro East (65) Haine, Bill--State Senate, 56 , Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113
    Granite City

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner came to the Metro East Sanitary District headquarters Tuesday morning to veto a proposed state law that would have required the sitting mayor of Granite City to automatically be named to the flood’s agency’s board of directors.

    In doing so, he sent a political message to Democratic lawmakers.

    The measure, introduced by...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Governor, please don’t veto Illinois’ best bet to limit gun violence
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Rauner, Bruce

    Illinois got a little safer this week as Gov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills to reduce gun violence. We’re glad the governor took a stand in favor of commonsense gun-law reform.

    Unfortunately, the governor said he plans to veto the most significant gun-violenc...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Lawmakers found more money for schools this year, but what about down the road?
    Education Funding (36a)

    This is one of the best plans for school funding reform the state has ever passed. This is one of the most confusing things you will ever hear.

    This is Illinois.

    Before you get lost in the details, I’m eventually going to tell people in a few lucky school districts (especially in the south suburbs) how they may eventually claim millions in cash and give their taxpay...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Rauner ‘troubled’ by Trump’s Russia remarks, but rejects Dem anti-hacking claim
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday took a strong stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin and “Russian agents” who may have hacked into the state’s election system — saying they are “not friends” of the U.S. — but the governor stopped short of signing a measure Illinois Democrats claimed would protect voters from being hacked.

     

    Th...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Morning Spin

    When it comes to fundraising, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is lapping the 10-challenger field, so far raising five times the amount of his competitors combined.

    Despite hauling in more than $10 million for the 201...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    New Illinois adoption tax credit eases financial burden on families
    Adoption (30)

    Even before they were married, Cory and Christena Estby knew they wanted a big family, including adopting children who needed loving parents.

    As the years passed, the Kankakee County couple went through difficult pregnancies but were thrilled with the birth of their son, then a daughter. Given the challenges Christena faced during childbirth, they decided adoption was the best way ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    'Prison is not where women need to be': All-female task force wants to cut Illinois’ female prison population in half
    Corrections (74)

    The number of women locked up in Illinois prisons would be cut by as much as half under an ambitious proposal by reform advocates who argue that the corrections system has largely ignored the needs of female inmates, many of whom suffered years of trauma, abuse or poverty before winding up behind bars.

    Though their numbers overall are dwarfed by the size of the male prison populati...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Rauner declines to remove Illinois from multistate voter database, criticizes Trump over Putin meeting
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have withdrawn Illinois from a controversial multistate voter registration system, dismissing read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    State senators putting tollway on the hot seat over hiring policies
    Tollways (91b) McAuliffe, Michael--State House, 20 , Murphy, Laura--State Senate, 28

    State senators will scrutinize Illinois tollway procurement policies next week after reports of potential conflicts of interest involving contracts.

     

    A special hearing of the Senate Transportation Committee prompted by Sen. Laura Murphy of Des Plaines is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Chicago.

     

    The Daily Herald has reported on tollway contracts invo...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Illinois governor: No need to leave voter crosscheck program
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Governor (44)
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out of time to act on a plan to get Illinois out of a national voter database program, but the governor said he sees no need to exit. 

    Lawmakers in Springfield, almost exclusively Democrats, voted in the spring to remove Illinois from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. They said the program that compares voter rolls across 26 stat...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Indiana social service providers turn away Illinois foster kids because of state’s Medicaid delinquencies
    Budget--State (8) , Medicaid, Managed Care

    Illinois is ramping up efforts to place children under its care in other states to prevent them from having to stay in mental institutions longer than necessary, but some providers in other states won’t take the kids because of Illinois’ poor record of payment.

    Recent controversies over Illinois’ youth-in-care being locked up in mental health facilities longer t...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    New report finds 6.8 million Medicaid recipients opting not to work
    Medicaid, Managed Care , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act , Welfare (75)
    More than eight years since the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land, the impact of the massive rewrite of the nation’s health insurance ecosphere is still a hotly debated topic.

    And one of its most polarizing provisions has been the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. The expansion was intended to provide health insurance for those who lack employer-provided coverage and w...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Teachers' union leader says Janus ruling has made members 'more aggressive'
    Education--Educators/Administrators , Labor (55) , Unions, labor (55)
    A national labor official said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling widely seen as a defeat for public-sector unions has proven to be a rallying cry for members.

    In a 5-4 read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Vote 'Yes' to make Madison County a Second Amendment sanctuary county
    Constitutions (24) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Metro East (65)
    To the Editor:

    At the last Madison County Board meeting on June 20, Republican County Board members decided to hear what voters had to say by asking you to vote on a Second Amendment resolution this November. The ballot question will read:

    "Shall Madison County become a sanctuary county for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws passed by the Illinoi...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Demmer appointed to GOP leadership position
    Legislature (56)

    State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, on Monday was named deputy House minority leader, giving him the second highest ranking in the House Republican Caucus.

     

    Demmer’s district includes northern La Salle County.

     

    House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, who announced the appointment, cited the role Demmer played in the bipartisan budget negotiations. Gov. Br...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Governor visits Dixon, calls on legislators to pass school resource officer bill

    Gov. Bruce Rauner went to Dixon High School on Monday to advocate for school resource officer legislation and to again thank the officer who put a stop to the May 16 shooting at the school.

     

    Accompanied by DHS resource officer Mark Dallas, local legislators and law enforcement, the governor called for the General Assembly to pass House Bill 5887, which would allow school d...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Building balance: Iowa, Illinois agencies offer fall prevention programs for seniors
    Senior Citizens (81)

    Even with the help of two other people, Earl Edwards is slow to get out of his chair and even slower to take his first step.

     

    Standing at 6 feet, 2 inches, the wobbly 85-year-old Rock Islander uses a cane for assistance as he shuffles carefully across the room.

     

    “The l...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Missouri Supreme Court says state regulators erred in denial of Grain Belt Express transmission line
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93)

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Missouri Supreme Court says state regulators erred in denial of Grain Belt Express transmission line
    Agriculture (2) , Energy, Alternative Energy (93) , Utilities (94)
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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Rauner ‘deeply troubled’ by Trump’s Helsinki comments
    Rauner, Bruce

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “brutal dictator,” and President Donald Trump’s comments about election interference at a joint news conference with Putin this week were “deeply troubling,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday.

     

    Trump on Tuesday sought to clarify his statements, saying he misspoke during a news conference in Helsinki, Finland,...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Rauner signs laws to improve Quincy veterans’ home
    Rauner, Bruce , Veterans (95)

    Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday signed bills stemming from the legionella outbreaks at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy that resulted in the deaths of 13 veterans.

     

    At a ceremony at the Capitol, Rauner signed Senate Bill 5683 which makes an unused nursing home adjacent to the Quincy facility a part of the veterans’ home operations. The state bought the nursing h...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    Dorsey takes over as new SIU president Trustees strike a deal with Dunn
    Education--Higher (37) Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58
    The troubled SIU system is under new leadership after university trustees Monday approved a separation agreement with embattled President Randy Dunn Monday and hired an interim president, J. Kevin Dorsey, to steer the university through what has proved to be a divisive few months.

    Meeting in special session on the Edwardsville campus, trustees unanimously approved an agreement with...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    University president’s resignation will heal rift? Guess again
    Education--Higher (37) , Governor (44) Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113
    So are we to now expect Southern Illinois University’s entrenched constituencies and wounded feelings to all fall away as they join hands and sing “Kumbaya?”

    Unlikely.

    SIU President Randy Dunn fell on his sword — with his crash softened by a $215,000 6-month s...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    SIU board approves Dunn's termination, calls for new chapter
    Education--Higher (37)

    EDWARDSVILLE — After months of controversy, the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a separation agreement ending the tenure of Randy Dunn as president of the SIU System.

    At a special meeting on Monday on the SIU Edwardsville campus, the board also unanimously approved the hiring of J. Kevin Dorsey, a former dean of SIU School of Medicine...   read more >

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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    Gillibrand in Chicago boosting Pritzker, Underwood, Bustos: Mulling 2020 bid
    Candidates--Statewide (12)
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y., a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, is in Chicago boosting Democratic candidates J.B. Pritzker, running for governor and Illinois House contenders Cheri Bustos, an incumbent and challenger Lauren Underwood.

     

    Fundraising and helping to get out the vote for others is a standard move for political figures looking to move up ...   read more >

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