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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Illinois lawmaker files legislation allowing delay of legislator pay after court ruling says politicians must be paid
    Comptroller (21) , Legislature (56) McConchie, Dan--State Senate 26
    An Illinois lawmaker filed an amendment to legislation March 23 to prioritize other state spending obligations over lawmaker pay, immediately following a ruling from a Cook County judge saying that politicians must be paid even without a state budget.

    State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, filed an amendment to Senate Bill 989 to allow greater discretion for issuing salary pa...   read more >
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    House committee votes against bill that would protect state workers from having their SS numbers shared with unions
    Labor (55) , Unions, labor (55) Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113
    Illinois Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) recently voted against a bill aimed at protecting state workers from having their social security numbers automatically shared with union reps.

    Hoffman was one of 15 members of the House Labor and Commerce Committee voting against the bill on Feb. 23.

    According to the Illinois Policy Institute, currently state workers re...   read more >
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Judge orders Belleville school board to review teacher’s firing
    Education--Elementary and Secondary (36) , Sexual assault, Sex Crime (96)
    BELLEVILLE

    A teacher who was fired because of allegations that he sexually harassed a coworker wants his job back.

    Jim Watkins filed a complaint in St. Clair County court in 2016, less than a year after the Harmony-Emge District 175 School Board voted to dismiss him. On Friday, Circuit Judge Robert LeChien decided the board should re-evaluate his dismissal based on at least...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Illinois judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking pay
    Comptroller (21) , Legislature (56)

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.

    Last year, then-Comptroller Leslie Munger, an appointee of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, put lawmaker paychecks in line with Illinois' other past-due bills i...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Vienna prison seeking clothing donations for inmates being released
    Corrections (74)

    VIENNA — Darius Saddler has already planned what he'll be wearing April 7: A tan-and-white-striped polo shirt, beige khaki pants, his own jacket and a pair of his own shoes.

    The day is significant because it marks the end of his five-year prison sentence: The clothes are significant because they don't mark him as someone recently released from prison —&nbs...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Voice of The Southern: Thumbs up to a proper burial, thumbs down to dog thefts
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Unions, labor (55)

    Thumbs down to 632 days without a state budget. It’s becoming difficult to find something new to say about this astonishing dereliction of duty by our elected officials. It would be one thing if Illinois stepped into this quagmire with healthy financial deserves, but the state was in dire straits when this exercise in fiscal malpractice began. The state is digging itself into a ...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    After Chance encounter, Rauner pushing CPS funding alternative
    Chicago--Schools (18) , Legislature (56) , Rauner, Bruce

    Continuing a public-relations push that began after Chance the Rapper started putting pressure on his office, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday called on Democrats in the General Assembly to get behind a Republican plan that he says would provide much-needed funding for the Chicago Public Schools.

    “The people of Illinois want compromise,” Rauner said in a news r...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    As hate crimes increase, Bruce Rauner should do more
    Crime (28) , Rauner, Bruce
    I have been fighting hate crime in Illinois for more than 25 years, and I have never seen it this bad.

    As the director of the Hate Crime Project at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, I can remember when Muslims became targets of a wave of ugly hate crimes after the Sept. 11 attacks. Our lawyers fought back by representing the victims for free in court proceedings. I...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Judge: State lawmakers should get paid, even if there’s no budget
    Comptroller (21) , Legislature (56)

    State Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Thursday she will start issuing paychecks to state lawmakers, after a Cook County judge ruled that the law requires legislators get their paychecks even if there is no state budget.

    Mendoza has followed her Republican predecessor by withholding paychecks for lawmakers, arguing that because approval of a state budget has been stalled fo...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Can budget deal ever get done with Rauner, Madigan at the table?
    Budget--State (8)

    At the Capitol, the so-called grand bargain proved to be a grand illusion.

    Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle haven't done much to knock down speculation that they're on the way out of the legislature.

    The over-the...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Chicago aldermen try to push Rauner to bargain with union
    Rauner, Bruce , Unions, labor (55)

    Chicago aldermen waded into the fight between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state's largest public employee union Thursday, trying to turn the screws on the governor to continue negotiating a contract.

    The City Council has no real po...   read more >
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Illinois' new license plate is a mashup of indiscernible clip art
    License plates (80b)

    Even the self-deprecating Abraham Lincoln, who often acknowledged his odd-lot physical appearance, might have objected to Illinois' new license plate. The design slices his face in half, then obscures his signature cheekbone with red lettering.

    Have you seen it? Or rather, can you make it out?

    Secretary of State Jesse White's office says it is reviewing complaints that ...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Judge: Move state lawmaker pay to front of long line of unpaid bills
    Budget--State (8) , Comptroller (21) , Legislature (56) , Rauner, Bruce

    A Cook County judge on Thursday ruled against the "no budget, no pay" policy backed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic Comptroller read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    The wrong way on Illinois DUIs
    DUI (80a)

    In 2015, more than 10,000 people died in this country in crashes involving drunken drivers. One of them was Chicago Ridge police Officer Steven Smith, who was off-duty and riding in a car that was struck head-on by an impaired driver going the wrong way on the Tri-State Tollway. That driver, 22-year-old Sara Lopez, was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated DUI.

    If an Ill...   read more >
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Other View: Hoping we get someone in Springfield to turn around
    Attorney General (6) , Budget--State (8) , Rauner, Bruce

    Belleville News-Democrat

    The programming out of Springfield feels a lot like a television singing contest: Just when you think you are about to see something happen ... they take a commercial break.

    You sit there feeling fooled again.

    Pieces of the Grand Bargain are actually being voted on and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner stops the music over too many taxes...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Other View: How to close dark money loophole in Illinois political campaigns
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) Harmon, Don--State Senate, 39 , McCann, Sam--State Senate, 50

    Chicago Sun-Times

    The "dark money" pouring into Illinois political races needs a lot of sunlight.

    Certain political nonprofits that have set themselves up as 501(c)(4)s, 501(c)(5)s or 501(c)(6)s - special categories that were intended for charities - can donate unlimited sums of so-called "dark money" to campaigns without disclosing where they get their cash. T...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    End of the line: Trump’s budget blueprint proposes funding cuts to rail and utility assistance, but benefits veterans
    Budget--Federal (9) , President (73) , Trains (77) , Veterans (95)

    The Amtrak stop in Mendota sees almost 24,000 riders a year, Daily trains pass through on Illinois routes traveling from Chicago to downstate destinations, as well as Amtrak’s Southwest Chief that travels from Chicago to Los Angeles over a two-day span.

    But that long distance route could be in jeopardy after...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    One St. Louis-area Republican's shuttle diplomacy in the health-care quicksand
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act
    WASHINGTON • Rep. Rodney Davis thought he was about to cast a long-anticipated vote to begin repealing and replacing Obamacare on Thursday.

    Instead, he took another trip to the White House, part of the extraordinary and sometimes confusing shuttle diplomacy that was going on inside the Republican Party on health care reform this week.

    Davis, R-Taylorville, and Rep....   read more >
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Nicklaus: States' economic handouts are poorly targeted
    Economic Development (35) , Economy (34)
    When taxpayers subsidize private companies, we’d like to think there’s some rhyme or reason to who gets how much.

    There isn’t, according to a new study that provides the most comprehensive look yet at economic development incentives. The author, Timothy Bartik of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, calculates that state and local governments handed out $...   read more >
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Circus at state Senate
    Budget--State (8) , Legislature (56)

    A few weeks ago, my wife and I visited the Illinois Senate to witness their early votes on the "Grand Bargain," and my frustrations with these clowns reached a new high.

    Upon entering the chamber we were politely told to remove our hats, take no pictures and have no food. That sounded all fine — until the session began. I understood the removal of hats was symbolic, a resp...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Department on Aging: Innovative changes needed for senior care in Illinois
    SeniorCare (81)

    For decades, the Illinois Department on Aging has maintained a strong commitment to supporting older adults in their own homes through community-based services. Through its partnership with the aging network, the department has succeeded at diverting many older adults from more costly nursing facility care while supporting their ability to remain independent and improving their overal...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Illinois judge rules in favor of lawmakers seeking pay
    Comptroller (21) , Legislature (56)
    A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills.

    Last year, then-Comptroller Leslie Munger, an appointee of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, put lawmaker paychecks in line with Illinois' other past-due bills in an effort to make lawmakers...   read more >

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  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    Thumbs Down: To the never-ending Mendoza-Rauner blame game
    Comptroller (21) , Rauner, Bruce
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza are taking the only sport that matters in Illinois politics — scoring partisan points against an opponent — to a depressingly new low level.
    Through cleverly worded soundbites and scathing news releases, the two have been flinging accusations at each other for weeks now. There's...   read more >
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