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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    The “Give them Distance” campaign aims to keep highway workers safe
    Tollways (91b)
    Joey McLaughlin talks with the Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman about a new highway worker safety campaign called “Give them Distance.” http://wtax.com/podcasts/the-give-them-distance-campaign-aims-to-keep-highway-workers-safe/ ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Child welfare agency again quits just before neglected child dies
    Child welfare (30) , DCFS (30)

    "Justice for Kane" is an illusion. No one can create justice from a situation that took the life of a 2-year-old boy.

    Justice should have come long ago when the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was first...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Progressive taxes higher? Give me a break — on my taxes.
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive , Taxes, income (86)
    There is a dangerous rumor going around Illinois, and it’s time we address it directly and correct this misinformation.

    This rumor, spread by deep-pocketed special interest groups interested in protecting their friends and donors, is that implementing a much-needed graduated income t...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Judge: IDOC must comply with prison mental health plan
    Corrections (74) , Mental Health (64)
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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    : Court ruling that legalizes sports gambling opens door to trouble
    Gambling, Gaming

    I’m sure you’ve heard the U.S. Supreme Court recently set the table for states to legalize sports gambling. The justices voted 6-3 to strike down a 1992 federal law that barred sports gambling in most places.

     

    Yeah, you always had Nevada to fill your point-spread jones, and the sports books in the desert — and, to a limited extent, Delaware, Montana and O...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    ‘Retaliation’? — State rep says questioning Madigan on harassment cost her job
    Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    A North Side Democrat says she was forced to resign from a part-time job in the Cook County Sheriff’s office as political payback for her criticism of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s handling of sexual harassment allegations — a claim the sheriff’s office vehement...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Is the speaker hearing the ‘message’? Or just mouthing the words?
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan on Tuesday moved quickly to quash the latest scandal spattering his operation, directly disputing an allegation of retaliation and calling for an investigation into his own chief of staff and a key legislative ally.

    The powerful Southwest Side Democrat vowed to cooperate fully with any probe conducted by Legislative Inspector General...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    It’s always the guns and never the mess we’ve created
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    Focus on the guns. If we can just keep everyone’s attention on the guns and the homicides, we don’t have to think about all the children whose lives have been destroyed in Chicago by drugs.

    All we have to do is get rid of assault weapons. That’s it. And maybe outlaw bump stocks.

    OPINION

    Focus on the guns and...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Lessons from Chicago’s sorry decision to close 50 schools at once
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    We told you so.

    Parents, community activists, teachers, education experts and this editorial page all warned City Hall back in 2013 that closing dozens of schools in one fell swoop was a bad idea.

    And if Mayor Rahm Emanuel still didn’t get it, plenty of research sounded t...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Madigan denies retaliation; Cassidy says it’s an effort to ‘discredit’ her
    Sexual Harassment (96) Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    In a hand-delivered letter, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan on Tuesday denied retaliating against State Rep. Kelly Cassidy who was among the first to criticize the speaker’s handling of sexual harassment allegations — a move Cassidy says was done to try to “discredit” her.

     

    Despite Madigan’s denial, the North Side Democrat said Tuesday she...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Pritzker’s plan to legalize pot could benefit relatives invested in the industry
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has claimed that his proposal to legalize marijuana would create between $350 million and $700 million in revenue for the state, but the plan could also advance the business interests of certain family members who are deeply invested in pot-centric ventures.

     

    Joseph “Joby” Pritzker, his second cousin, and his fat...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Rauner should support bipartisan bill to reduce gun violence
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Rauner, Bruce

    Once again, Gov. Bruce Rauner refuses to take action on bipartisan gun legislation, saying it is “political grandstanding, grabbing for headlines rather than trying to get real improvement for the people of Illinois.” In typical Rauner fashion he lays t...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    What if millions of parents pulled their kids out of school to force better gun laws?
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    When the number of American students killed in schools this year outnumbers the number of American soldiers killed in war, these are drastic times.

    When the number of Americans killed by guns in the last 50 years outnumbers the number of Americans killed in all wars in America’s ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    A Supreme Court ruling for Janus would be judicial activism at its worst
    Unions, labor (55)

    Should courts have the power to impose wage cuts, shrink the economy and require private organizations to deliver costly services for free?

    Most people would probably say no. Yet this is what could happen when the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, expected sometime in June.

    At issue in Janus — a case that originated here in Illinois ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Madigan under fire again over handling of sexual harassment claims, asks for watchdog investigation
    Sexual Harassment (96) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    House Speaker Michael Madigan asked the legislature’s top watchdog to investigate allegations that his allies retaliated against a Democratic lawmaker, a move that could provide him some insulation as he remains under fire...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Morning Spin

    Chicago’s City Council meeting promises to draw a big crowd Wednesday, with the police union calling on members to descend on City Hall to protest and the Barack Obama Presidential Center proposal drawing both backers and opponents.

    Aldermen also are set to consider using some of the $106 million from the sale of a city maintenance lot near Goose Island...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    My college-educated sons had to leave Illinois to find good jobs
    Employment, Jobs (40)

    I’d like to thank the Democratic leadership for all they have done to ensure a bright future for my children.

    In 2012 my son graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and did not find a career-type first job in Illinois. Yes, retail or service industry positions were available, but he didn’t spend four years getting an international business degree f...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Watchdog report: Rauner administration mismanaged patronage positions
    Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration was scolded by a top state watchdog for “serious mismanagement” that allowed seven state employees to hold patronage positions when their duties did not justify the special job titles, according to a report released Monday.

    The Republican governor’s office also was reprimanded for providing incomplete information to exec...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    When Chicago schools close: How to help students thrive
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    Chicago Public Schools leaders closed about 50 elementary schools five years ago and scattered nearly 12,000 students to other schools. Ever since, one question has loomed large: How did those students fare academically?

    Remember, CPS’ aim was not just to close underenrolled schools but to transfer students to higher-performing “welcoming” schools, where they&#...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Gambling on our future
    Gambling, Gaming

    It's not millions of dollars that's bet illegally each year on sporting events in this country it's billions, with a "b." And furthermore those same dollars go completely untaxed.

    But now that the Supreme Court has made it possible for every state in the union to collect these tax dollars, it's time for Illinois to step up and pass legislation to make it possible. Not ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Time to get serious about protecting our kids in schools
    Education reform (38)

    In the wake of yet another school shooting, it is an embarrassment even to frame the rhetorical question: How many of our children must die before we will act to make them safe at school?

    The lives of elementary and high school students have become caught up in the drive to protect the sanctity of a constitutional amendment and society's inability to reconcile cultura...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Other View: Don't turn back the clock on death penalty in Illinois
    Death penalty (27a) , Rauner, Bruce

    Sauk Valley Media

    Illinois has not executed anyone in almost 20 years. We don't need to bring the practice back now.

    That's what Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed, however, in his amendatory veto of a gun-control measure that would require a 3-day waiting period before a person can purchase an assault rifle. Rauner wants the death penalty reinstated in Illinoi...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Residents take aim at sanctuary resolutions
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Local Government (60)

    An Effingham County resident and others took aim Monday at the county's recent sanctuary resolution and another that is being proposed.

    Funkhouser resident Lindy Schmidt read a statement during the Effingham County Board meeting that criticized the board's recent resolution declaring the county a sanctuary for gun owners, as well as the proposed resolution to make the county a s...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Lincoln foundation turns to GoFundMe to save historic collection
    Libraries/literacy (80c)


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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Madigan calls for investigation after fresh accusations of retaliation from Chicago Democrat
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Sexual Harassment (96) , Whistleblowers (12a) Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Rita, Robert "Bob"--State House, 28
    House Speaker Michael Madigan has asked the Legislative Inspector General to investigate claims from a Chicago Democrat who said she felt pressured to quit her part-time job at the Cook County Sheriff's Office after she publicly questioned the handling of harassment complaints inside the speaker's legislative and political operations.

    State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, was   read more >

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