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[17 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) on yesterday’s shooting at Dixon High School…
“The decisive actions taken by Officer Mark Dallas today prevented what could have been a tragedy on a massive scale at Dixon High School. I know I am joined by many in the Dixon-area and throughout the state in thanking him for his bravery; […]

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[17 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…

The Illinois State Board of Education took on sweeping authority to supervise special education at Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, voting to appoint an outside monitor who for at least three years will have to approve any changes to the district’s special ed policies and procedures.
ISBE will now meet with CPS to map out […]

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[17 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Kathleen Chwalisz, co-chair of the SIUC Faculty Senate Budget Committee, in a Southern Illinoisan op-ed…
After Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the rest of the region were blindsided last month by a $5 million reallocation threat to campus and the associated $39 million threat to the region, the SIUC community has been wondering, “How did […]

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[15 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Trib…
At Friday’s [Kemp Forum], Rauner discussed his belief in attempting to create a movement for economic opportunity that mirrored his statements about mobilizing his re-election effort.
“The system of government, the system of politics in Illinois is broken. We need a movement to take it on, and it’s not Democrat or Republican, it’s not liberal […]

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[15 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Fox News…
The Russians attacked Illinois, and now authorities vow to protect the state.
“In a sense, it’s a declaration of war. It’s a cyberwar,” said Steve Sandvoss, executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections.
“When a foreign government attacks your system, obviously you know they are up to no good,” he told Fox News. […]

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[11 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* RGA…
The Belleville News Democrat is taking Illinois Democrat gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and his top ally, House Speaker Mike Madigan, to task for opposing political reforms and proposing massive tax hikes on already overtaxed families.
Madigan, without a word of opposition from Pritzker, killed efforts to allow Illinoisans to vote on reforms backed by GOP […]

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[11 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune yesterday afternoon at 4:32…

With more money come more problems. Illinois is scheduled to get $108 million as part of the Volkswagen diesel scandal settlement, but critics of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, who are preparing to disburse the funds, say Illinoisans are not getting enough input on how to apply the funds.
“They purported […]

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[10 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* SJ-R…
A Springfield lawmaker said Thursday he’d be willing to look at selling some non-Lincoln artifacts that were part of the Louise Taper collection acquired in 2007 for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
However, Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, labeled as “ridiculous” any suggestion that Lincoln-related items should be sold to help retire the debt […]

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[10 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Rauner campaign…

At an event in McLean County on Tuesday, JB Pritzker was asked if he’d commit to only serving two terms as Governor. He replied curtly with: “Do you really want me to commit to that right here?” (VIDEO)
Pritzker did not make that commitment and later said, “I’m not in favor of term limits […]

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[10 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Sen. McCann, who said he was kicked out of the GOP caucus after launching his governor bid.
McCann contended Brady violated his right to free speech because he no longer has access to Republican legislative staff and other […]