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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    In Murphysboro, Illinois treasurer announces $500 million investment for new loan program
    Economic Development (35) , Treasurer (92)
    MURPHYSBORO — Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs made a stop in Murphysboro on Tuesday to announce an investment of $500 million for a new loan program he says will help boost the rural community.

    At the Murphysboro Farm Bureau Office, Frerichs said the comprehensive loan program will flow through local banks to help individuals obtain loans at below-market rates.

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    ‘Velvet Hammer’ Mike Madigan getting nailed — by more and more fellow Democrats
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    He’s been called “the Velvet Hammer” for his quiet, forceful style of leadership, but on Tuesday, Mike Madigan was the one taking a pounding.

     

    All three leading Democratic gubernatorial candidates joined a growing group of Democrats calling for an independent investigation into what one state legislator dubbed the “endless cycle of lather, rinse, re...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    ENDORSEMENT: Bruce Rauner for governor in the Republican primary
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    We haven’t always agreed with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s approach to rebuilding Illinois.

     

    Heck, we have almost never agreed.

     

    Rauner has waged an anti-union ideological war with Democrats that he’s not about to win, stalling the engine of government, even as our state falls further and further behind.

     

    But on social i...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Does Daniel Biss Have a Shot Against J.B. Pritzker? His lack of money and early campaign misadventures led many to write off the state senator, but recent polling puts him in spitting distance of his venture-capitalist opponent.
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Now it’s a race. Despite trailing badly in the polls for much of the past 18 months, it appears that State Senator Daniel Biss has solidly entered the top tier of contenders for Illinois’s March 20th Democratic gubernatorial primary. Two recent polls have Biss in a strong second place, a few percentage points behind billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker and well ahead of mill...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Endorsement: For the Democrats, Chris Kennedy
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic primary voters on March 20 will choose from six candidates running for governor: a philanthropist, a state senator, an educator, a physician, a businessman and an anti-violence activist. Any candidate merits another title, “politician.” But some carry it better than others.

     

    Today we endorse the Democrat who has stumbled in that role and, in so doing...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    For the Democrats, Chris Kennedy
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic primary voters on March 20 will choose from six candidates running for governor: a philanthropist, a state senator, an educator, a physician, a businessman and an anti-violence activist. Any candidate merits another title, “politician.” But some carry it better than others.

    Today we endorse the Democrat who has stumbled in that role and, in so doing, demonstr...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Illinois Democrats, force Michael Madigan's hand
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    It’s proper that House Speaker Michael Madigan acknowledges his failure to be a leader in the fight against sexual harassment and bullying in Illinois government and politics. It’s also stunning, given his clenched grip on power and his reluctance to take responsibility for the state of this state. We can’t remember the last time Madigan publicly displayed such humility.

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Madigan's leadership becomes Democratic primary litmus test amid handling of harassment complaints
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    House Speaker Michael Madigan’s undisputed political power came under attack Tuesday amid new criticism over his handling of harassment complaints as the March Democratic primary increasingly turns into a referendum on his leadership.

     

    Madigan faced increasing calls for him to step down from the state Democratic chairman post he has held for two decades, as well as d...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Morning Spin

    Property tax consultant Andrea Raila’s name will appear on ballots in the Democratic primary for Cook County assessor, election officials say, in a development that could improve the re-election prospects of incumbent Joe Berrios  read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Why are Democrats so silent about Madigan's slow-mo response?
    Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    When the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky “bomb” detonated in the ’90s, we witnessed one of the most hypocritical moments in American political history.

     

    Democrats duct taped their mouths shut. Liberal lips were locked. Even the cover girl of Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem, in a New York Times op-ed defended President Clinton, something she has said she wou...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Florida massacre pushes guns to front burner in Illinois campaigns
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)

    The issue of gun violence and what to do about it is emerging as a significant issue this campaign cycle, with politicians up and down the Illinois ballot (especially Democrats) responding to the Florida school shootings.

    The reaction is clearest so far in the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, with candidates Pat Quinn and Nancy Rotering tradi...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Tax overhaul sideshow: Long on gimmicks, short on solutions

    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to freeze local property taxes, but his new Illinois budget seeks to shift hundreds of millions of dollars of spending for teacher pensions off the state's books and onto the same homeowners and businesses he says desperately need tax relief.

     

    Inconsistencies, omissions and logic-bending myopia have long been the stuff of tax-reform talk in ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    SIU chancellor used university money to move daughter’s home
    Education--Higher (37)
    One of the households SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno moved with university money was one in which his daughter and son-in-law lived.

    SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith confirmed that Montemagno’s daughter and son-in-law lived in the second home, which she defined as a “furnished rental.”

    Montemagno has since refunded SIU $11,146.42 for the part of the movin...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Endorsement: Minor for GOP in state House Dist. 42
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Republican voters in the 42nd Illinois House District have a choice among three candidates to replace Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

    Since this is Ives' district, all lay claim to some conservative points of view. However, the most conservative, though not as fiery or polarizing a candidate perhaps as Ives, is DuPage County Board memb...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Endorsement: Sonnefeldt for the Democrats in state Senate Dist. 27
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic voters in the state Senate's 27th District are fortunate to have a choice of two strong candidates in the March 20 primary, where retired attorney and health care professional Ann Gillespie of Arlington Heights is running against Mount Prospect Elementary Dist. 57 board president Joe Sonnefeldt of Mount Prospect. The winner will face Republican incumbent Tom Rooney of Roll...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Endorsement: Stella for GOP nomination to Congress from Dist. 11
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat currently held by Democrat Bill Foster.

    Dr. Nick Stella, 49, of Darien is a cardiologist who is making his second attempt at the GOP nomination. He lost a tight race two years ago to DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri, who eventually lost in the general election to Foster...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Gov. Rauner's misguided budget
    Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce

    Okay, local districts will take over pensions as soon as 1) the state pays all past due amounts, you know the payments that were skipped to support otherwise unfunded spending and 2) we have an opportunity to pass a constitutional amendment removing the protection of these pensions since there is nothing to protect any other citizen of Illinois' pension.

    What Gov. Raun...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Villa Park legislator calls out 'harassment' culture among Madigan staffers
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    A Villa Park Democrat is among those calling out problems with the culture of "harassment and bullying" within the operation of Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Illinois politics in general.

    State Rep. Deb Conroy, who has served the 46th House District since 2013, said she voiced her concerns about the actions of a Madigan aide, whom she said acted improperly within a...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Area superintendents concerned over cost shift for pensions
    Education Funding (36a) , Pensions (70) , Rauner, Bruce Righter, Dale--State Senate, 55

    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday outlined a plan to shift the employer cost of teachers' pension contributions to local school districts — and it has some area superintendents concerned.

    “What the governor said just doesn’t make good sense,” said Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch. “I hate to say that, but it’s reality. I think it’s ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study
    Food-Related Issues

    The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped children tolerate nuts in a major study.

    Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut flour, ...   read more >

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Private school scholarship sign- up: Part 2
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)
    After technical difficulties put an end to last month’s much-anticipated private school scholarship application launch, leaders of Empower Illinois — the nonprofit that will be responsible for the distribution of much of the state’s $45 million in pledges — is ready to give it another go. The group’s second attempt to get families signed up online for scholarship dollars will be...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Calls for investigations, new leadership, rock Democratic Party of Illinois following harassment scandal
    Sexual Harassment (96) Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Raoul, Kwame--State Senate, 13
    Calls from the Democratic Party of Illinois to address the party chairman’s handling of harassment complaints within the political power structure are mounting following another announced shakeup because of inappropriate behavior.

    State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, called Tuesday for an independent investigation, perhaps from outside the state.

    Two political mana...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    AG candidate to remain on ballot, calls out Speaker Madigan for effort to derail campaign
    Attorney General (6) , Candidates--Statewide (12) Drury, Scott--State House, 58 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    An Illinois candidate for attorney general has survived a legal challenge from a union with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan to stay on the ballot.

    An appellate court unanimously ruled Friday that state Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, had properly filed his paperwork to run for attorney general, replacing the resigning Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

    The lawsuit came f...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    LaHood: Illinois can decide carp strategy on its own
    Environment (41) , Rivers (23)
    Once again leaders from other Great Lakes states are trying to move Illinois toward their preferred plan to deal with Asian carp in the Illinois River.

    But Congressman Darin LaHood says that Illinois has a handle on Asian carp, and doesn't need to be pushed, pulled, or told what direction to go.

    A group of congressmen last month considered sending a letter to the Army C...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Pension committee hearing devolves into argument over amount of taxes Illinoisans pay
    Pensions (70) Wehrli, Grant--State House, 41
    A conversation about Illinois’ pension debt became an argument over how much government burden taxpayers carry.

    Lawmakers gathered in Chicago Tuesday to discuss a plan to borrow billions of dollars to restructure the state’s $130 billion public pension retirement accounts. The conversation quickly turned to whether or not Illinoisans are some of the most highly taxed pe...   read more >
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