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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Attorney General candidate stops in Chester
    Candidates--Statewide (12)
    The March primary election is three months to the day away, but candidates are already drawing up their battle plans.

    Illinois Attorney General candidate Erika Harold, a Republican, made a stop in Chester on Tuesday for a meet and greet lunch that included many of Randolph County's Republican candidates for the upcoming election.

    Harold, a 2002 Miss Illinois winner as we...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Illinois State Senator Andy Manar
    Hospitals, Health Facilities Planning Board (48) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48
    Joey McLaughlin talks with Illinois State Senator Andy Manar about what he learned on his recent hospital listening tour. http://wtax.com/podcasts/illinois-state-senator-andy-manar-13/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Illinois lawmakers keep leash on their sexual harassment watchdog
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Sexual Harassment (96) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    The Republican woman who wants to be the next Illinois Attorney General was campaigning in the area recently, and she had some interesting things to say about government corruption, sexual harassment and the office’s potential for helping change the statehouse culture.

    It was an interesting juxtaposition, as news emerged that our state lawmakers allow themselves veto power on...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires' outbreak
    Veterans (95)
    Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a western Illinois veterans' home were preventable.

    The families, who spoke to Chicago's WBEZ , are seeking changes to the state-run Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where the outbreak two years ago killed 12 and sickened d...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    New law aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions
    Drugs (32)

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

    The measure Rauner signed Wednesday requires prescribers with an Illinois Controlled Substance License to register for and use ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    SIU board mulls restructuring plan, tuition hike
    Education--Higher (37)
    CARBONDALE — At a standing-room-only work session Wednesday, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s new chancellor presented his controversial academic reorganization plan to the SIU Board of Trustees, eliciting an apparent mix of skepticism and support.

    In the Student Center’s jam-packed Mississippi Room, SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno argued that his plan t...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Cook County ballot question on legalizing weed blazes ahead
    Drugs (32)

    Cook County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted to move marijuana legalization talks to the voters, meaning they will see an advisory question on the March ballot.

    John Fritchey, D-Chicago, is the chief sponsor and creator of the referendum item. He called it a ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Lobbyist retires with integrity intact — honest
    Lobbyists (12a)

    The lobbying profession has never enjoyed a particularly good reputation.

    Then there’s Dick Lockhart, who is retiring at the end of this month at age 93.

    Lockhart is the dean of Illinois lobbyists. He has practiced his craft in the hurly-burly of state government since 1958.

    And yet his reputation is impeccable.

    OPINION

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Pritzker and Quinn win top ballot spots in gov, AG races
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Former Gov. Pat Quinn and billionaire entrepreneur J.B. Pritzker will take the top ballot spots in the March primary in heated races for attorney general and governor, thanks to a lottery conducted Wednesday in Springfield.

    Top ballot placement is most helpful in races wit...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Morning Spin

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been mostly quiet as Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has been under fire following a Chicago Tribune-ProPublica Illinois investigation.

    In June, read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Chancellor proposes third revision of university reorganization
    Education--Higher (37)
    During a special Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Carlo Montemagno presented his third revision of the university’s reorganization.

    Altogether the reorganization will move eight colleges into five colleges, and 42 departments into 20 schools.

    The plan includes: The college of social sciences, humanities, media and arts; the college of science, tec...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Governor candidate Ives: 'Every school district should be a unit district'
    Education Funding (36a)

    Small school districts with big budgets are sucking up taxes across Illinois and should be consolidated, Republican candidate for governor and state Rep. Jeanne Ives said Wednesday.

     

    "First thing, every school district should be a unit district," Ives of Wheaton told the Daily Herald editorial board. "No more high school districts, no more elementary districts."

    &n...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    A broken records unit AG no help when government hides
    Attorney General (6) , Secretary of State (80)

    Seven months after Secretary of State Jesse White, right, refused to release the personnel file of an employee who embezzled six figures from Southern Illinois University, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, left, still hasn’t done anything about it.

    Remember Candace Wanzo?

     

    She’s the secretary of state employee who was escorted from her office last May and ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    In spite of tax hike, ratings agency eyes change that could junk Illinois
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Taxes, income (86) Harris, David--State House, 53
    Illinois could be on the fast track to a junk credit rating, despite lawmakers assuring that a tax hike in July would keep the state from the infamous designation.

    “If we don’t get this done we will become the first state in the history of the United States of America to be in junk bond status,” state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, said this summer. He and several...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    McCaleb: Lawmaker wants taxpayer-funded conferences to end
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Local Government (60) Skillicorn, Allen--State House, 66
    A former village trustee, state Rep. Allen Skillicorn says he knows all too well the kind of training that municipal staff and elected officials get each year at the Illinois Municipal League's annual conference in Chicago.

    It's not the kind of training that can be viewed as beneficial to taxpayers.

    “I have known the IML. I have seen their publications and actually...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Paul Evans would be big improvement over Vincent Lopinot
    Candidates--Judicial (27b) , Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Metro East (65)
    Four years ago, in the course of a single year, Katherine O’Malley, daughter of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, was charged with felony drug possession, shoplifting, and 14 traffic violations, but fined only $1,000 after pleading guilty to shoplifting, improper lane usage, and a seatbelt violation.

    An anonymous judge expunged the record of her fe...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Gauen: Logic lost in competing priorities among Illinois governments
    Local Government (60) , Taxes, property (87)
    It is a fix-up year at the Gauen mansion, addressing neglect and making improvements in a prioritized way.

    First came replacement of an exhausted old heating and air-conditioning system that long threatened — depending upon the season — to leave us freezing or sweltering. We made sure we could afford it before moving down the list to new gutters, which came ahead of int...   read more >
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Governor candidates want action on Legionnaire’s outbreak at veterans home
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Veterans (95)

    Illinois gubernatorial candidates pounced Wednesday after a report aired on public radio about ongoing deaths at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy from outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease.

    The story produced by Chicago’s WBEZ and aired statewide documented repeated outbreaks of the disease which...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Pritzker foundation gave $50 million in 3 years
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Just like GOP BRUCE RAUNER, Democratic governor candidate J.B. PRITZKER has had a family foundation making contributions to various organizations.

    And they have something in common — both give to the Ounce of Prevention Fund, where First Lady DIANA RAUNER is president.

    From 2013 to 2015, the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Founda...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Under the Dome Podcast: “Objection! (to nominating petitions), Pritzker endorsements
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Candidates have turned in their nominating petitions for the March 20 primary. Now, some of those petitions are being objected to. We talk about who might get kicked off the ballot.

    Plus, Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker picked up some more high-profile endorsements last week. Is he going to run away with his party’s nomination?

    And we also talk abou...   read more >

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Video gambling profits must be split with operators
    Gambling, Gaming

    — A judge has ruled that Illinois video gambling parlors must continue to evenly split their profits with companies that operate the terminals.

     

    The Chicago Tribune reports Cook County Judge Neil H. Cohen ruled this month that splitting profits equally prevents terminal operators from offering incentives to gambling establishments.

     

    The two comp...   read more >

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