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  • Friday, August 17, 2018
    Texting while driving could lead to license suspension under new Illinois law
    Driver's Licenses (80b) , Texting Ban , Transportation (91)
    A new law in Illinois enhances the punishment for texting behind the wheel.

    Starting in July 2019, drivers caught using cell phones while driving will not only get fined, but it will count as a moving violation that could lead to license suspension.

    The new law signed this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner now makes the first ticket for texting and driving a moving offense. That means it ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Congressman Rodney Davis & State Fair Mgr Luke Sailer
    Congress (22) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) , State Fair, Fairs
    A mix of politics and fair fun http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Governor Bruce Rauner
    Rauner, Bruce , State Fair, Fairs
    Rauner joined us at the Illinois State Fair and discussed his million dollar contribution to the state fairgrounds foundation. http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady
    State Fair, Fairs Brady, Bill--State Senate, 44
    Sen. Brady joined us at the Illinois State Fair http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    WTAX 1240
    Governor (44) , State Fair, Fairs Butler, Tim--State House, 87
    Joey McLaughlin talks with Illinois State Representative Tim Butler about the Illinois State Fair, Governor’s Day at the fair and the possibility of him running for Mayor of Springfield. http://wtax.com/podcasts/illinois-state-representative-tim-butler-28/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Governor’s Day at state fair puts focus on November election
    Rauner, Bruce , State Fair, Fairs
    Illinois Republicans are converging on Springfield and the Illinois State Fair for Governor’s Day.

    The annual festivities Wednesday draw a focus on the crucial November balloting. Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to win re-election along with a slate of statewide and congressional candidates.

    Republican regulars meet early Wednesday in downtown Springfield before GOP faithful hi...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Rauner asks Republicans to ‘chip in’ to fight Pritzker’s ‘inherited’ wealth
    Rauner, Bruce
    Two years ago as he prepared for Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed to outspend Democrats to beat the “machine.”

    On Wednesday, Rauner asked for some help — both financially and in ground game support — to help keep the governor’s office in Republican hands. It was a new message for the governor, whoR...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Are Illinois' highways prioritizing safety? Or construction suppliers?
    Transportation (91)

    On a trip the other day to and from the Illinois State Fair, I couldn’t help but notice the many hundreds — perhaps thousands — of orange barrels with red flasher lights that directed vehicles along the numerous construction sites on the highway.

    How very thoughtful of the state’s Department of Transportation for our safety on the highways, I thought. But...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Morning Spin

    He may not bring the swagger or entourage of former Vice President Joe Biden, but Illinois Democrats will be hearing from a northern Indiana mayor with a rising national political star at the party’s day in the Illinois State Fair spotlight Thursday.

    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be joining gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker and other Democ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Public Pensions And Public Trust
    Chicago Mayor (16) , Pensions (70)
    Readers who follow me on twitter or read my personal blog "Jane the Actuary" already know that I am in a sour, sour mood, due to the Pennsylvania grand jury report revealing the extent to which bishops reassigned molester-priests and committed other grievious sins, revelations that have been devastating for Catholics.  Bishops seemingly stayed silent to further their own careers, or out ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    A free press is essential to democracy
    Journalism, TV (54) , President (73)
    “Thank you for what you’re doing.” We don’t hear that often, but we hear it enough A to know that many people who read the Rockford Register Star and The Journal-Standard of Freeport do not consider our journalists the “enemy of the American people.” We’re your neighbors and friends, the folks standing next to you when you’re having fun at Rockford ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Illinois lawmakers now banned from using public funds for harassment hush money
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Legislature (56) , Sexual Harassment (96) McSweeney, David--State House, 52
    Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law making it illegal for Illinois lawmakers to silence sexual harassment victims with taxpayer money.

    Even though the bill’s sponsor isn’t aware of it happening, given Springfield’s secretive nature, he said it’s best to get ahead of it.

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    Illinois to impose tougher penalty for texting while driving

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — People caught texting while driving will face stiffer penalties under a new Illinois law.

    Starting July 1, 2019 drivers caught texting will be issued a moving violation that will go on their driving record. Anyone convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period may have their license suspended.

    Under the cu...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    You can tell state lawmakers what you think will solve SIU’s ‘turmoil.’ Here’s how.
    Education--Higher (37) Welch, Emanuel "Chris"--State House, 7
    A state lawmaker from Cook County is planning trips to Edwardsville and Carbondale to hear from people about the future of the Southern Illinois University system.

    SIU recently lost its president and is the subject of state legislation to   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Williamson County commissioner says GOP applied heavy pressure to get gun measure on ballot
    Candidates--Legislative (11) Fowler, Dale--State Senate, 59 , Severin, Dave--State House, 117

    MARION — A Williamson County commissioner says the push for a gun control advisory question on November’s ballot has nothing to do with letting the voters speak and everything to do with heavy-handed Springfield politics.

    Commissioner Ron Ellis said when the Williamson County Board first started talking in June about letting the voters decide if the board should oppos...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Gov. Rauner buys Taco for charity at state fair — that is, a steer named Taco
    Rauner, Bruce , State Fair, Fairs

    Gov. Bruce Rauner is the proud owner, once again, of a prize-winning steer after offering the top bid for it Tuesday at Illinois State Fair.

    Rauner ponied up $60,000 for Taco, the grand champion steer, a fair spokeswoman said. It ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Morning Spin
    Rauner, Bruce , State Fair, Fairs

    Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Republican Party on Wednesday get their day at the Illinois State Fair, an annual ritual that draws politicians from across the state for long speeches, large livestock and lots of food on sticks.

    Rauner typically rides his Harley to the festivities, which could largely serve as a rally for his re-election bid as he tries to unify th...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Rauner hopes Madigan's a crook, but he still can't back up his accusations
    Rauner, Bruce Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters Monday he hopes Democratic House Speaker read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    The number of 'structurally deficient' bridges in Illinois is growing, building group says
    Transportation (91)

    The horrific collapse of a bridge near Genoa, Italy, killing at least 26 people, is shining a spotlight on the safety of bridge infrastructure worldwide.

    While there are no Illinois bridges in danger of collapse, the state did rank fifth in the nation in terms of the number of “structurally deficient” bridges in 2017, at 2,303 bridges or 8.6 percent of the total, up fro...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    State sues Trump Tower over Chicago River pollution

    The state of Illinois is taking the Trump Organization to court, alleging it is polluting the Chicago River without a permit.

     

    A lawsuit filed yesterday by the Illinois attorney general's office alleges that the Trump International Hotel & Tower's state permit to discharge a limited amount of pollutant into the river has lapsed, but that it has continued to operate for...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    SIU Board of Trustees moves forward with allocation study, approves Buys and Balkansky as interim deans
    Education--Higher (37)
    The SIU Board of Trustees will be moving forward with a request for proposals on a system funding allocation study using an informal process that gives the board and the university more input.

    After discussion with the Amy Sholar, SIU Board of Trustees chair, creating an request for proposal by Aug. 1 and presenting multiple potential consultants to the board at the Sept. mee...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Governor signs bill requiring public notice of tollway contracts
    Tollways (91b)

    A new law requires the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to publicize information about contracts over $100,000 at least two business days before tollway board meetings.

     

    "This will better enable Illinoisans to have adequate advance notice when large sums of tollway user-fee dollars are being considered for allocation toward transportation projects," said Gov. Bruce Ra...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Pritzker, Rauner storm the suburbs in battle for swing voters
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    It's July 29 and Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker is posing for photos at the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Day parade. Come July 31, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is hobnobbing with village officials in Hoffman Estates.

     

    The appearances weren't isolated ones during a barnstorming July that revealed a power struggle between the two gubernatorial rivals for the...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    City considers changes to marijuana ordinances
    Local Government (60) , Medical Marijuana
    FREEPORT — The City Council on Monday discussed a possible ordinance amendment that would ensure Freeport keeps up with the state's marijuana laws. The changes would bring the city in line with the state's Cannabis Control Act. Currently, the city's ordinances cite state statute in three of the four instances in which cannabis is mentioned. The goal is to ensure the city follows state law in all ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    IT study: MI election performance drops, OH & IL increase, MN stays at 2
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently released its rankings of how well each state facilitated its elections in 2016. There were a number of fluctuations in Midwest states from the 2012 results.

    Most notably, Illinois moved up from 20 to seven in the ranking, Ohio moved up from 24 to 21, Michigan dropped from six to 23, South Dakota dropped from 29 to 45 and Wisconsin dropped...   read more >

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