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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim
    Courts (27) , Tobacco, Smoking Ban, E-Cigarettes , Tort Reform (27)
    EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

    The precedent, Nesses v. Shepard, creates federal jurisdiction when a violator corrupts a state judicial process to obtain a favorable judgm...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    Illinois Senate passes Chicago bailout, overrides Rauner's amendatory veto
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48 , McCann, Sam--State Senate, 50
    The Illinois Senate voted Aug. 13 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, a school funding proposal. Rauner’s changes to the bill included stripping it of language that primarily or exclusively benefited Chicago Public Schools at the expense of school districts in need across...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    In Illinois district that Trump won, Dem congressional candidate's strategy doesn't focus on him
    Candidates--Federal (13)
    Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Brendan Kelly talks with labor leaders at a Sauget diner, as U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., looks on. Aug. 14, 2017. (Kevin McDermott)

    SAUGET, Ill. • If you're a Democratic congressional candidate, running in a district that Republican President Donald Trump won handily last November, what do you say to the district's voters about ...   read more >
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  • Friday, August 11, 2017
    McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progessive tax system is real motivation
    Education Funding (36a) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48 , McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

    McCarter attended town hall meetings in Sandoval and Vandalia in his 54th Senate District on Tuesday where he said panels of school superintendents explained the bill's funding formu...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Rides at Illinois State Fair all getting inspection
    State Fair, Fairs
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  •   Illinois officials are conducting routine inspections of all rides at the 2017 state fair to ensure they are safe to operate.

    The Illinois Department of Labor's Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is inspecting more than 65 rides at the fairgrounds in Springfield. The department says no ride will be allowed to run if it doesn't ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    Plaintiffs in $10 billion RICO case against State Farm respond to move for summary judgment
    Courts (27) , Tobacco, Smoking Ban, E-Cigarettes

    EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs suing State Farm for $10 billion couldn’t ask Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier about his deliberations in a deposition, but they claim they can prove State Farm corrupted his deliberations anyway.

    Class counsel Steven Blonder promised proof in a brief for U.S. District Judge David Herndon on July 31, though much of it was ...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Employers are latest target of lawsuits under Illinois privacy law
    Business (10)
    The use of biometric, or biologically derived, information in ordinary life is becoming more commonplace every day. Apple’s iPhones have allowed users to unlock their devices with their fingerprints for years, and people have speculated that the company will include facial recognition technology in the newest iPhone to be released in September, according to Business Insid...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Illinois governor stalls bond sales for other options to pay bills
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8) , Comptroller (21) , Governor (44)
    CHICAGO • Illinois is holding off on issuing $6 billion of bonds to help pay its hefty pile of overdue bills despite the state comptroller's public plea for the debt sale, the governor's office said on Monday.

    Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner, said Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza should first tap more than $600 million in various state accounts to pay b...   read more >
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  • Friday, August 4, 2017
    Illinois schools need to know now if they have money to open
    Education Funding (36a)
    Are you all finished yet? Are you done playing games?

    The folks in Springfield by now should all have their sound bites. They’ve all gotten their political bonus points and damaged their opponents and proven their power.

    So can the state lawmakers just get back to work and either pass Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendments to Senate Bill 1, the school funding bill, o...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 3, 2017
    Supreme Court puts hold on Cook Co. judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case
    Asbestos (48) , Courts (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said re...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 3, 2017
    Gauen: Schools at heart of latest unnecessary Illinois crisis
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) , Legislature (56) , Taxes, misc. (89)
    I was delighted the year that my back-to-school supplies included the latest binder with a pencil case secured by a magnetic clasp. There was a wonderful sense of starting over with fresh notebooks and sharpened new pencils for the beginning of classes in the fall.

    It never occurred to me to worry about whether the school district had enough money to open its doors, or to keep them...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    Illinois needs to be a right-to-work state to compete for jobs
    Right to work
    Illinois is surrounded by right-to-work states. Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin all have right-to-work laws protecting employees from forced unionism – as do the majority of U.S. States, 28 in all.

    We, however, are not a right-to-work state. We're in the minority, condemned to suffer the same long-term economic consequences endured by all members of...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    Edgar County Watchdogs file suit in connection with Mautino investigation
    Auditor General (21) , Legislators (former) (58) Mautino, Frank--State House, 76
    It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since an Illinois good government group raised eyebrows over questionable campaign spending by the state’s auditor general, and now the organization is suing over Auditor General Frank Mautino’s failure to respond to records requests.

    Attorneys for Kirk Allen, cofounder of the Edgar County Watchdogs, filed a civil action in state...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    Illinois governor's veto could jeopardize school funding
    Education Funding (36a) , Emanuel, Rahm , Governor (44) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto power Tuesday to strip millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools from a school funding overhaul, a move that could mean no districts get state money before classes begin.

    The Republican removed help for Chicago Public Schools’ pensions along with money the district formerly received in the form of a block...   read more >
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  • Sunday, July 30, 2017
    The Midwest’s basket case: Who should run Illinois?
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)
    A clutch of Democrats are eager to replace the governor

    IN THE two and a half years since he was elected governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner has met the media as little as possible. Recently, though, he has seemed more eager to communicate. In February he started to take questions from listeners once a month on WBEZ, the local public-radio station. On May 9th he appeared on Facebook...   read more >
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  • Sunday, July 30, 2017
    Illinois lawmakers set time bomb to get Rauner, hit students instead
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    The Illinois General Assembly agreed to freeze their per diems at $111 a day and mileage at 39 cents. Gov. Bruce Rauner just signed House Bill 643 into law.

    Interesting that they can come together on something so relatively inconsequential. Interesting that they agreed to anything that is other than self-interest.

    Which makes you wonder whether there is some self-interes...   read more >
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  • Saturday, July 29, 2017
    Latest fight at Illinois Capitol threatens money for schools
    Education Funding (36a) Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    CHICAGO • Schools in Illinois could start classes in a few weeks without receiving any state money to help pay teachers, buy supplies or keep lights on, as a new front in the yearslong fight between the Republican governor and majority Democrats threatens funding for roughly 850 districts statewide.

    Democrats for nearly two months have held off on sending a funding bill to GO...   read more >
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  • Friday, July 28, 2017
    School districts file opposition to Rauner, state’s motion to dismiss school funding dispute
    Education reform (38)
    In an opposition against the state’s motion to dismiss a dispute over school funding, several school districts argue that the “voluntary” Learning Standards are mandated by required tests that help define the students’ college admission.

    The complaint filed in April by Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan Ltd. in Chicago and the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy...   read more >
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  • Friday, July 28, 2017
    Chicago bailout puts downstate and suburban students at risk of missing school
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Governor (44) Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Half a million Illinois children are in danger of having their school year disrupted.

    That’s because state lawmakers purposely made schoo...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Why Illinois Is In Trouble - 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B
    Local Government (60)


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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    ITLA should launch an apology tour
    Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    “We chose it, because it had a great view of St. Louis,” Travis Akin of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) confided to a RiverBender reporter on July 13, explaining why his group had selected Malcolm Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis as the site of their rally that day.

    “St. Louis was listed as the top judicial hellhole in the country by the American Tort ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Metro East casinos continued to be laggards in June
    Gambling, Gaming

    The St. Louis area's six casinos saw total receipts grow by about 4.4 percent in June compared to June 2016, but the performance was,...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    Illinois' 32% tax increase shows need or taxpayer bill of rights
    Taxes, gasoline (88) , Taxes, income (86) , Taxes, misc. (89) , Taxes, sales (88)
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017
    The Government Shouldn't Force Pro-Life Doctors To Promote Abortion, And A Federal Judge Agrees
    Abortion (1) , Health Care
    The Alliance Defending Freedom is a public interest law firm that fights to maintain religious liberty, free speech, and the right of people to freely live out their faith. The group was recently branded a “hate-group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which seems to think that disagreement with its ultra-left beliefs amounts to “hate.” (Major news networks repeated ...   read more >
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  • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    End the legislative extortion: Send the school bill to governor now
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Our governor is frustrated.

    We lost count of how many times Gov. Bruce Rauner used that term when he visited our Editorial Board this week.

    He’s frustrated with House Speaker Michael Madigan. He’s frustrated with lawmakers who haven’t voted the way he expected. He’s frustrated that school superintendents aren’t publicly supporting his own sc...   read more >
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