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  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    Gauen: Metro East official wading into battle among millionaires for governor
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44)
    Illinois, in arguably the worst financial condition of any state, will select nominees for governor in less than 13 months. I have to wonder whether the contenders should — as my parents’ generation used to say — have their heads examined.

    I set off to Edwardsville a few days ago to examine one of those heads. It belongs to a familiar Metro East official who seems...   read more >
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  • Sunday, February 26, 2017
    Highest pay in nation not good enough for Illinois workers
    Governor (44) , Unions, labor (55)

     Should you be taxed more so state workers can be boosted more than double what you earn? Heck no.read more >

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  • Sunday, February 26, 2017
    People still live here One year after HUD took possession of the Alexander County Housing Authority, people still live with roaches, rats, mold and despair
    Federal Government (22A) , Housing (51) Fowler, Dale--State Senate, 59

    CAIRO — On a recent afternoon when Kristen Simelton was digging for the remote under the couch cushion, she pulled out a smashed rat instead.

    Roaches and rats by the hundreds have taken up residency in units at Elmwood Place and McBride Place apartment complexes within the Alexander County Housing Authority. These unwanted house guests share the food and the fu...   read more >

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  • Sunday, February 26, 2017
    Voice of The Southern: Time for HUD to deliver for Cairo
    Federal Government (22A) , Housing (51) Fowler, Dale--State Senate, 59

    Rats. Mold. Roaches. No heat. Toilet water. Bedbugs.

    Those aren’t pretty things to think about on their own. But for residents of Cairo living in the Elmwood Place and McBride Place apartment complexes within the Alexander County Housing Authority, these things are just a way of life.

    The lives of these residents shouldn't be this ...   read more >

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  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Bost says he met with hospital reps, hosted small meetings during congressional break
    Congress (22)

    CARBONDALE — In the best interest of working through such issues as reforming the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost said he met this week with representatives from local hospitals and smaller groups of constituents in order to gain insight on that issue and others.

    Bost said he wanted to sidestep the verbal discord that had marred some other legisla...   read more >

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  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Marion VA official: Center spared from much of Trump's hiring freeze

    CARBONDALE — The Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center is permitted to actively recruit workers for medical personnel positions despite President Donald Trump’s 90-day federal hiring freeze, the office has confirmed.

    In one of his first acts as president, Trump on Jan. 22 signed an executive order freezing hiring for all new and existing federal jobs, ex...   read more >

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  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    SIU Lawyer details ICE detention experience
    Immigration (99a)

    ULLIN — Some mornings, when the weather is warm, a group of adults might play a game of soccer outside.

    Or, some might watch a television in the living space reserved for 20 to 25 people.

    But overall, the inside of the Pulaski County Detention Center in Ullin is not the brightest place, said Cindy Buys, a law professor at Southern Illinois Univers...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    100 Illinois deaths from U-47700? Nope. But it is still a danger
    Children, Teens (19) , Drugs (32) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54


    Recently there was a death near Marion linke...   read more >
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Menard Correctional Center still on lockdown after ‘incident’ on prison yard
    The Menard Correctional Center in Randolph County was still on full lockdown Friday morning after an “incident” on Thursday.

    Officials placed the prison on lockdown Thursday afternoon. Illinois Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said no further details were immediately available.

    “Menard Correctional Center is on lockdown as the IDOC in...   read more >
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Menard Correctional Center still on lockdown after ‘incident’ on prison yard
    Corrections (74) , Prisons (74)
    The Menard Correctional Center in Randolph County was still on full lockdown Friday morning after an “incident” on Thursday.

    Officials placed the prison on lockdown Thursday afternoon. Illinois Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said no further details were immediately available.

    “Menard Correctional Center is on lockdown as the IDOC in...   read more >
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    AFSCME votes to authorize strike
    Unions, labor (55)

    SPRINGFIELD — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced Thursday that union members voted with an 81 percent majority to authorize union officials to call a strike.

    This is the first such vote in Illinois state government. It came after union members voted from Jan. 30 to Feb. 19 on or near local job sites.

    The v...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Plight of company towns: finding a new identity
    Business (10)

    PEORIA — Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar."

    It's been that way for decades in Peoria and in other company towns across the United States. A major employer provided generations of lo...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Pushing for town hall, some constituents ask, 'Where is Mike Bost?'
    Congress (22) , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

    CARBONDALE — A group of local activists gathered at the Carbondale office of U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, on Thursday to demand an in-person town hall meeting, claiming the congressman has been inaccessible to his constituents during his time home from Washington.

    In districts all over the country this week, congressional Republicans have faced a grounds...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Seven years later: Shawnee students say levees still need attention
    Floods (42)

    WOLF LAKE — Students in Jamie Nash-Mayberry’s government and history classes at Shawnee High School know what is at risk because of failing levees along the Big Muddy and Mississippi rivers. It is their school, family homes and belongings, and, in many cases, their jobs.

    Nash-Mayberry began asking her students to share their knowledge with elected officia...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Voice of The Southern: Thumbs up to Illinois ABLE; thumbs down to the budget — again
    Budget--State (8) , Treasurer (92) , Unions, labor (55)

    Thumbs down to 604 days, the length of time Illinois has been without a budget. Hasn’t it been long enough? It’s time for our elected leaders to put political agendas aside, and get to work. The people of this state deserve better. We’re all tired of being the laughingstock of the country. Illinois can and should be a great place. There’s just one thing holding...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    : Senator’s law firm cashes in on state deals
    Harmon, Don--State Senate, 39

    State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, is one of the most powerful people in Springfield, talked about as a possible future president of the Illinois Senate.

     

    He’s also a partner in a Chicago law firm that’s been paid more than $9 million in the past five years for doing legal work for state agencies, government workers’ pension funds and local governments wh...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Lisa Madigan calls for stronger hate crime laws
    Attorney General (6) , Crime (28)

    Responding to what she called a spike in reports of harassment and vandalism targeting Jews, Muslims and other minorities, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling for legislation that would broaden Illinois hate crime laws.

     

    Madigan on Thursday hosted a “summit” at the Thompson Center, with a panel of leaders from two dozen advocacy groups, ranging from the Je...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Morning Spin for Friday, February 24, 2017
    Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner defended his suggestions on how Senate lawmakers can alter their budget proposal to win his support, saying his ideas are “reasonable.”

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Rauner: OK on Obama Day, but no one gets to skip work
    Rauner, Bruce

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that Illinois should take a day each year to honor former Democratic President Barack Obama, but it shouldn't come with a day off work.

     

    Rauner's comments came in response to a bill that would designate Aug. 4, Obama's birthday, as a state holiday. The measure seeks to put the first African-American president among the ranks of Ma...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    State workers should embrace the 40-hour week
    Rauner, Bruce , Unions, labor (55)

    There it was again Thursday, in the second paragraph of Gov. Bruce Rauner's statement in response to the passage of a strike authorization vote by members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the unio...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Union authorizes strike, Rauner doesn't budge
    Rauner, Bruce , Unions, labor (55)

    The largest state employee union on Thursday made its latest move in a years-long chess match against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, announcing its members had taken the unprecedented step of authorizing a strike.

    That doesn't mean...   read more >
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Rauner right to rip AFSCME strike threat
    Rauner, Bruce , Unions, labor (55)

    If Gov. Bruce Rauner were balking at a contract agreement solely for the purpose of breaking Illinois' largest union, we might have some reason to pause over the announcement Thursday that members of AFSCME Council 31 have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

    But here are some of the outrages that AFSCME's leadership won't accept: a provision allowing raises ba...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Illinois union OKs strike over Rauner contract dispute
    Unions, labor (55)
    Tens of thousands of state government workers have sanctioned a strike against Gov. Bruce Rauner and his contract terms, union officials said Thursday, kicking a two-year dispute into an unprecedented higher gear.

    Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 voted to authorize the union's executive committee to call a walkout "if no o...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    AFSCME authorizes strike, but still wants to bargain with Rauner
    Unions, labor (55)

    Still hoping to get the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to bargaining, the state's largest employee union has voted to authorize a first-time strike against the state.

    More than 80 percent of eligible members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 voted to authorize the union's bargaining committee to call a strike at some poi...   read more >

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Economic stakes high for Springfield in labor showdown
    Economy (34)

    The Springfield economy has performed better than most in Illinois since the Great Recession, but the capital city is among areas with the most to lose from a budget deadlock dragging toward the end of its 20th month.

    Now, the possibility of a strike by members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is likely to add to the challenge.

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