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Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* We’ll be back next Monday, unless big news breaks or Kevin & Mike decide they want to post something. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll talk again soon.

If you want some bloggy-type action, head to Illinoize. And don’t forget to buy an ad at InsiderzExchange, it’s the place to be seen at a reasonable price.

* Your Thanksgiving moment of Zen…


* Bonus video: The complete WKRP in Cincinatti Thanksgiving show.

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A holiday miracle

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* I e-mailed Sen. Dick Durbin’s press staff today asking if the Senator and Gov. Rod Blagojevich had ever hooked up to discuss Barack Obama’s US Senate replacement. Here’s the reply…

Yes. They connected this afternoon by phone.

Will wonders never cease?

* Meanwhile, I’m with Larry. Nate Silver has no clue what he’s talking about

The way Democrats lose [Obama’s US Senate] seat is if they pick a nominee who (i) has some heretofore-unknown scandal or, (2) just doesn’t have the political acumen to click at the statewide level, particularly on his or her first try and a high-profile position as US Senator.

The best way to prevent these things would be to appoint a placeholder like Jones and then let the younger candidates battle it out on a level playing field in the primaries

Emil Jones would prevent that, eh? I’d beg to differ.

The only placeholder I could possibly support is Bill.

* Joe Biden has been replaced, but Gov. Blagojevich said today that he’s still working on his Obama replacement decision

The governor also said he was not ready to make an appointment to Obama’s old Senate seat. He has had a team working on vetting candidates for weeks.

In some of his remarks, he implied he may do so by Christmas, but he gave no indication of who might get the plum appointment.

“We are still working on it,” he said. “It is a process that requires a lot of deliberation. It is not the sort of thing you should push.”

You’d better comment quickly, because I’m just about to shut ‘er down for the holiday.

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Afternoon updates and stuff

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* PI has posted an excerpt from David Axelrod’s interview on Fox Chicago Sunday…


Axelrod was asked whether Obama would be making endorsements in Illinois and Chicago politics….

“I haven’t had this discussion with him, so I don’t want to go too far, but I think his inclination’s gonna be to stick to the task he was sent to perform and not to try and be a kingmaker or boss here in Illinois.”

I suppose that rules out an endorsement of Bill for the US Senate. Still, I can’t help but wonder if this also applies to Alexi.

* Besides recruiting and running a potential “seat warmer” for Rahm Emanuel, there is another idea floating around

In addition, political powers are discussing another option that would allow Mr. Emanuel to have his cake and eat it too without forcing anyone to play seat warmer.

Under that scenario, a new district for Mr. Emanuel to run in would be carved out in district reapportionment after the 2010 elections. Democrats are likely to run remap in Illinois, and with Chicago suburbs increasingly turning Democratic blue, it could be fairly easy to throw GOP incubmbents Peter Roskam and Judy Biggert into one district while peeling off Democratic sections to use as the basis for a new district that would extend into Chicago. That would allow Mr. Emanuel to return to the House and get back in line to become speaker some day, without having to force whoever wins the 5th District job to step down.

* Confusion at DNR after park closure announcements…

IDNR employees are in a state of befuddlement. That and similar remarks came from multiple employees at state sites on Monday. Are they staying or going? Will there be layoffs? If so, how many? […]

The question is whether those closures will mean layoffs of IDNR employees.

“You would think somebody would make decision,'’ said a state employee facing a forced move to another site.

“We are still determining how many employees will now be affected given these changes,'’ IDNR spokesman Chris McCloud said.

What a great way to kick off the holiday season, eh?

The above story also references this study which purports to show that the site closings were based on partisan politics.

* IMRF troubles ahead…

It’s not farfetched to think that virtually every extra cent of revenue coming to local governments in the next couple years will be used to pay increased pension obligations.

* The Peoria Journal-Star editorializes about the need for constitutional amendments on property taxes, the number of local governments, TIF districts, ethics reforms, the unfunded pension liability, etc., etc., etc. and then has this to say…

We fully expect good government groups to lead the charge in drafting and generating support for these amendments, to prove as some promised just how easy it is to amend Illinois’ Constitution without having to resort to something so radical as another Con-Con.

While they’re busy writing up amendments and getting the signatures necessary to put such citizen initiatives on the ballot - please, let’s not rely on the Legislature to do that for us - here’s one issue they should put at the top of their list.

Um, PJ Star? Those dreamy amendments of yours cannot make it onto the ballot without first clearing the General Assembly. Here’s a handy link for future reference.

The same paper recently endorsed Sen. James Clayborne for Senate President apparently without realizing that Clayborne was privately backed by Gov Blagojevich. Oops.

* Steve Thomma of McClatchy Newspapers filed this pool report earlier today…

It’s noteworthy that the press seats at the news conference have been divided into a White Sox section - to the South - and a Cubs section - to the North of the ballroom.

But in a crime against nature, your pooler - a genuine White Sox fan, a man who attended his first twi-night double header at the Old Comiskey in 1963, who sat behind third base for the 50th anniversary All Star Game there in ‘83, who knew Bill Veeck and the wonders of Disco Demolition night, who saw the great Ozzie play before he managed - has been assigned a seat in the Cubs section.

They should just ban all Cub fans from the proceedings.

And, yes, I’m just kidding. Sorta.

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Question of the day

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* Thanksgiving is Thursday, of course, and since we’re probably shuttering the blog for the rest of the week I thought I’d give you an opportunity to say what you’re most thankful for in life.

Please, no snark. Thanks.

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On commenters and the MSM

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* As usual, a “mainstream” media writer misses the point

In theory, [online comment boards are] a great thing. We’re giving the people a voice! But the reality is that commenting either attracts loathsome people or somehow causes ordinary people to express themselves in a way that is loathsome…

The horribleness of commenters isn’t really a mystery: Internet anonymity is disinhibiting, and people are basically mean anyway. Nor is it a mystery why the people who run websites put up with commenters: the economic model for Internet content is based on advertising, which means it’s based on traffic volume, and comments mean traffic. They’re part of the things that make online publishing work….

It’s just hard to tell whether they’re ruining the Web faster than they can save it.

Please, spare me.

Newspapers and magazines are always picky about which letters to the editor they publish in their dead tree editions, but too many of them allow online commenters to go all nutso. For some reason, publishers are squeamish about flat-out deleting the morons and banning them from returning. The SJ-R had a big problem with that a while back, but they appear to have cracked down somewhat. Other area outlets, like The Reader, allow freakish mayhem to rule their comment sections to the point where I won’t even link to that site any longer.

In other words, it’s mostly the publishers’ fault, not just the great, unwashed commenters.

* Eric Zorn recently killed off his comment section

Readers of my comments areas have come to expect that I’ll not only keep out most of the filth via editing or deleting offensive posts , but that I’ll respond to every reasonable challenge that’s issued to me, no matter how small the audience might be for an answer.

I no longer want to try to meet those expectations. I’m finding, among other things, that it brings out the worst in me.

He has a point, and since Eric posts on national politics more than I ever would, he’s had to deal with far more weirdos than me. Every time I post something here about national stuff I find myself deleting, deleting, deleting the goofiness, or responding, which takes up far too much of my time.

* We tend to attract a higher level of commenters here, partly because of the subject matter and partly because I have no reservations about banning or deleting idiots. I’ve always believed that while this has become a community, it’s still my blog. I set the rules and I don’t feel the need to apologize for whatever decisions I make, unless I screw up.

Anyway, I just thought I’d reiterate the policy and give you a chance to have your say.

…Adding… I should’ve stressed that our commenters here are also a big reason that the keel stays mostly even. We have lots of responsible people who won’t put up with ridiculous distractions, except for Bill, but he’s a feature, not a bug.

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No normalcy ahead

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* A “normal” governor would want to try and keep everyone together during this fiscal crisis and not needlessly go out of his or her way to cause trouble. We don’t have a normal governor, however

Seven state parks will still close next weekend, even though Gov. Rod Blagojevich and state lawmakers have approved money to keep them open, the Blagojevich administration said today.

Blagojevich originally targeted 11 state parks to close Nov. 30. Lawmakers approved $230 million in new spending to prevent those park closings and a variety of other cuts, and the governor approved most of that spending yesterday.

But Blagojevich spokeswoman Katie Ridgway said Friday afternoon that only four of those 11 state parks will remain open: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park in Sheffield, Channahon Parkway State Park in Channahon, Gebhard Woods State Park in Morris and Kickapoo State Park in Oakwood.

Nothing like going out of his way to enrage lawmakers over about a million dollars. Good one.

* There’s no doubt that the fiscal mess is real and intense

As the amount of state money owed to the Christopher Rural Health Planning Corp. edges ever closer to $1 million, the nights get longer for its president and CEO Kimberly Mitroka.

CRHPC, a not-for-profit organization that operates 15 healthcare clinics in nine Southern Illinois counties, provides medical, dental and pharmacy services for more than 30,000 patients.

Fully one-third of those patients are on Medicaid, the medical benefits program administered by the state.

As of Friday, the organization was owed a little more than $900,000 by the state for services provided to Medicaid patients.

* And budget holes are appearing everywhere

Once viewed as a cash cow that could fetch well over half a billion dollars and save the state budget, Illinois’ only available casino license is being pursued by three companies offering far less, and industry analysts say even those cut-rate numbers may not hold up in the sagging economy.

“It’s very bad timing for Illinois,” said Bill Eadington, director of a gambling institute at the University of Nevada-Reno. “We’re facing the biggest economic recession in 75 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if the companies that made bids a couple months ago could no longer justify them.”

* To make matters worse, the Wall Street nosedive is devastating the pension funds

The financial markets have taken a toll on Illinois’ pension programs. Lawrence Msall is the head of the Civic Federation.

MSALL: We’re hearing projections of losses in excess of 20 percent or more. And they were already dramatically underfunded to the tune of about 43 billion. So we believe that we’ll be passing the 50 billion mark.

Unless we see a turnaround soon, that will translate into more money from taxpayers.

* And the future is bleak

A breakthrough will take compromise and sacrifice from both legislators and the governor. That message hasn’t truly hit home at the Capitol.

“We’re going to have make adjustments in the budget, just like a lot of people will, and they’re probably going to be painful,” Hannig said. “But we have to recognize the reality that we’re in a recession.”

I don’t want to even think about next year yet. It won’t be fun for anyone.

* Related…

* Blagojevich spares just four parks

* Tribune: No casino for Rosemont

* Lots of talk, little action on state budget crisis

* Bidding for Illinois’ Tenth Casino Enters Final Round

* Moffitt: There’s Still Hope For Historic Sites

* Downstate sheriff wants to limit jailings

* Mansion agreement welcome, but more work needed

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Durbin and the crazy

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* I’m not sure what brings out the crazy in some people when it comes to US Sen. Dick Durbin. He sure does attract the tinfoil hatters.

For instance, a bizarre cottage industry has sprung up which believes that Durbin will refuse to support the reappointment of US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald’s reappointment was never in doubt, and as you saw on Saturday if you surfed this way, Durbin has made that point crystal clear for the doubters…

“I think he has done an extraordinary job as U.S. attorney; I have the greatest confidence in him,” Durbin said. “I want to do what he wants to do, I want to support what he wants to do and I won’t presume what that is.”

By the way, whomever gets Obama’s Senate seat will have zero input into the reappointment. This is the perogative of the president, who also supports Fitzgerald, and the state’s senior Senator. So, spare us your conspiracy theories about the governor’s appointment, please.

* Meanwhile, a far larger group of online and talk radio denizens has been whacking the Senator for months after he made this 2007 comment to The Hill

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”

Google “Durbin” and “Fairness Doctrine” and you get 28,300 hits - most of them quite unkind.

* Durbin is now walking that all the way back

Rauschenberger accuses U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) of wishing to restore the Fairness Doctrine to squelch right-wing talk radio, but Durbin’s office says the senator was merely giving a flip answer when he was asked about it by Roll Call last year. Durbin has no desire and no plan to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine, his office says.

* Durbin’s spokesperson also had this to say to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“That’s a completely made-up issue,” the press secretary to Sen. Dick Durbin told Cogan, stressing that Durbin has “no plans, no language, no nothing.”

So, either the pressure got to him, or Durbin really was being flippant. Either way, with President-elect Obama opposing a return to the Fairness Doctrine, I don’t see any way this happens.

- Posted by Rich Miller   21 Comments      


Ministers want black replacement, but not Emil Jones

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* This was inevitable

A group of Chicago clergymen is urging the governor to appoint an African-American to the Obama seat. They’re not endorsing any candidate but say the person the governor picks should be electable and carry on a progressive agenda.

* There are at least two African-American congressmen vying for the seat - Danny Davis and Jesse Jackson, Jr. - so the ministers say they won’t choose between the two.

The reverends did make one other interesting demand

But they don’t want a short-term fill-in, which Emil Jones, the retiring 71-year-old state senate president, would likely be.

At least that’s some progress. Choosing Jones would be a huge outrage and likely political suicide. It would be political insanity, which is why I won’t rule it out.

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For Cullerton, failure is not an option

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column takes a look at the new Senate leadership

The historical significance of last week’s votes to elect a new Senate President and a new Senate Republican Leader is difficult to overstate.

For starters, replacing both chamber leaders at once is an extreme Springfield rarity. According to Kent Redfield, one of the state’s leading political scientists, the last time this happened was 34 years ago.

Also, Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) became the first woman in all of Illinois history to lead a legislative party caucus.

The historical novelties, however, pale in comparison to the historical imperatives.

The state’s political process has just plain stopped functioning. Illinois’ unemployment rate is soaring, yet no job-creating capital construction bill can be passed. The state’s budget deficit is eye-popping, yet nobody is seriously talking to each other about a real solution. Hundreds of important bills have died because of a fight over administrative rules. Gridlock is too kind a word. It’s as if the government has developed a terminal case of toxic shock syndrome.

As you probably know by now, the Senate Democrats unanimously selected Sen. John Cullerton as the new Senate President last week.

Cullerton vowed to do his best to end the gridlock. He has a long personal and political relationship with House Speaker Michael Madigan and he lives just two blocks away from Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

His campaign for the presidency was a work of art. For instance, he raised almost a million dollars between early September and early November, which impressed just about everybody.

But it was his persistence, patience, evenhandedness and hard work which seemed to pay off the most. A Republican friend of Cullerton’s said he spoke with Cullerton on the phone the Sunday evening before the vote. Cullerton couldn’t talk long because he had just pulled up to Democratic Sen. Ira Silverstein’s house for a private meeting. That’s just one example of many to illustrate how much effort Cullerton put into this contest.

There were no threats of retribution from Cullerton, even when things got nasty.

Last Wednesday, one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s most favored black Chicago activists held a press conference with a few Champaign-area ministers to pressure Sen. Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) to vote for Sen. James Clayborne for Senate President. But the specter of a Chicago-based Blagojevich ally traveling to Champaign to urge a local legislator to vote for an East St. Louis Senator who was privately backed by the horribly unpopular governor didn’t go over too well at the Statehouse.

“If that’s how Clayborne is campaigning for Senate President, how would he govern?” several Senate Democrats wondered.

Also last week, voters in the districts of four Cullerton supporters - Sens. Michael Frerichs, AJ Wilhelmi, Susan Garrett and Linda Holmes - were hit with robocalls. The negative robocalls, paid for by a downstate Teamsters local on Sen. Clayborne’s behalf, were made in direct retaliation for their support of Sen. Cullerton.

Sen. James Clayborne’s people claimed that all four had pledged to back Clayborne and had broken their word. That’s not how the four Democrats saw it, and tempers flared in the hours leading up to the president vote. Several Democrats demanded some sort of retribution against Clayborne, including withdrawing Cullerton’s offer of Senate Majority Leader. But Cullerton calmed the waters and made the offer anyway. Clayborne accepted.

The calm under pressure, the disavowal of the political retribution of the recent past and the willingness to bring opponents into the circle are all extremely positive signs. Cullerton said last week that his first priority is to unstick the capital construction bill and then move on to education funding. Both of those issues have taken a back seat to the politics of vindictiveness that have plagued the Statehouse for years.

The road will not be easy, of course. Cullerton remembers well how Speaker Madigan undercut Senate President Phil Rock back in the day, because Cullerton was in Madigan’s war room at the time.

Madigan prefers junior partners, as does the governor, but Cullerton’s mandate is to remake the Senate into an independent yet cooperative body. That means Cullerton must be an equal partner at the table. And the admirable skills which got him this new job will have to be stretched to the limit if he hopes to succeed.

Failure is not an option.

* Chris Wills at the AP also takes a gander

But it’s hard to see how a new Senate president can fundamentally change the picture in Springfield.

First, the governor is still the governor. […]

Second, the speaker is still the speaker. […]

Finally, the facts are still the facts.

This year’s budget is out of balance by $2 billion or more.

All true. But one thing he misses is that we will no longer get dragged into months-long overtime sessions for no good reason other than the fact that the Senate President wants to help the governor whack the House Speaker.

The governor might try to force meaningless and mean-spirited overtime sessions, but he won’t have any real support.

And here’s something else worth pondering: The Illinois constitution does not spell out who convenes a post-impeachment Senate trial. The Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presides, but the governor’s people have long claimed that they could prevent an actual convening as long as Emil Jones was running the Senate. That’s no longer true, of course. It’s still doubtful that an impeachment proceeding will begin soon, but that card is now certainly on the table.

They dynamics have completely changed.

* From the Tribune

Incoming Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday the Democrats who control state government should be embarrassed by the constant fighting between the legislature and Gov. Rod Blagojevich that has led to a Springfield stalemate.

“We have been embarrassed. We have embarrassed ourselves with all the fighting between the governor and the legislature and the speaker and the president of the Senate. That’s going to end,” […]

Cullerton was joined at the church by his chief rival for the post, Sen. James Clayborne of Belleville. Clayborne was appointed by Cullerton to the chief deputy post of Senate majority leader.

“We’re going to work together to get Illinois back to working. We’re going to provide the social services we need. We’re going to work on the educational funding. And most of all, we’re going to make sure we take care of the most vulnerable in our society in our seniors and our children,” Clayborne said.

* Things are not so touchy feely on the other side of the aisle. Paul Caprio, the Family PAC director who actively opposed Sen. Radogno’s campaign, had this to say last week…

Last night, the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus formally filed a divorce petition from millions of Illinois pro-life and pro-family voters and their own political base.

It will be a messy divorce.

By electing Christine Radogno, a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual rights Senator as their leader, Illinois Senate Republicans have placed themselves under the authority of someone who has been indentured to two of the most radical anti-family groups in Illinois: Personal-Pac, an abortion on demand organization and Equality Illinois, which promotes same sex marriage. Radogno has done the political bidding of these anti-family extremists throughout her political career.

* Related…

* SJ-R: Cullerton is person to limit state dysfunction

* Tree-huggers in the Illinois Senate leadership

* Editorial: State needs cooperation — not lone wolf governor

* Noland sees positive shift in legislature

* A threat to Frerichs?

* A warm welcome back

* Cross retains role as House GOP leader

* Legislative Leadership Changes in Term-limited States

- Posted by Rich Miller   9 Comments      


Morning Shorts

Monday, Nov 24, 2008

* Judge blocks layoffs at Pontiac prison

A Livingston County judge issued a temporary injunction tonight in a lawsuit brought by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees over the state’s plan to close the Pontiac Correctional Center.

Union Executive Director Henry Bayer says the judge’s decision lends credence to the union belief that the state and Gov. Rod Blagojevich rushed into their plan to close the prison.

* Higher vendor fees could ‘finish off’ Maxwell Street

Cesar Delgado has been working at his family’s booth at the Maxwell Street Market selling tools and hardware since he was 8. He’s seen one big change after another come to the legendary market. But the latest one caught him by surprise.

The City Council last week sharply raised the fees paid by Maxwell Street Market vendors to cover the cost of “moonwalks,” or “jumping jacks” — those inflatable playgrounds that the city has long provided for free to neighborhood block parties. Daily fees will double, from $40 to $80, with the yearly license fee rising to $75 from $25.

“That’s a drastic change, especially on the daily fees,” Delgado said Sunday. “It sounds like something that could finish the market off. Some vendors will find it very hard to make the money back.”

* Quigley seeks campaign money

Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley said Sunday he plans to file papers today to start collecting campaign funds to run for the congressional seat of Rahm Emanuel, who is leaving to become President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff.

The only other candidate who has started a committee to raise money for the race is state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz.

Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th), Mayor Daley’s unofficial City Council floor leader, has told the Sun-Times he will seek the seat if he gets the mayor’s backing.

Daley’s support could trump any financial advantage that any other candidate might have in the early stages of a campaign.

* Emanuel won’t take back seat in this race

* Editorial: Accountability will improve schools

* State police announce sweeping changes

Illinois State Police say the high-speed crash of a trooper’s cruiser that killed two Collinsville sisters last year has prompted dramatic policy changes.

State Police Director Larry Trent announced Friday troopers must follow a four-tiered response system that limits how fast they can drive.

* Statewide seat belt crackdown in effect

* Automated enforcement a boon for traffic safety

* Cameras are good — at stopping up budget holes

* 3rd lawsuit claims election-night police abuse

* Chicago Police Department will change how it combats gangs

* Graffiti Triggers Crime & Littering, Study Shows

* Cook County Board President Todd Stroger warns of layoffs without bonds

Nine months after a sales-tax increase that was expected to bring in nearly $400 million a year passed, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is warning that thousands of workers will be laid off if commissioners don’t approve borrowing $740 million.

Treasurer Maria Pappas was told that 85 of her 135 employees would have to go. Sheriff Tom Dart was told that 1,500 of his 5,900 would get the ax.

* CTA’s Holiday Homeless Harassment

* As Pace fares go up, so do top execs’ salaries

In 2006, Pace had 13 people making more than $100,000 a year. The number this year: 20. In all, the agency has 1,547 employees.

Salaries for several top staffers have gone up by 10 percent or more since 2006 — including a 35 percent pay hike for Rocco Donahue, who now has the title of deputy executive director for external relations.

* Airport revenue dries up

* O’Hare: Finish the job

The city has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for nearly $200 million in passenger ticket taxes to get going on Phase Two of the O’Hare expansion. The money would pay for design and engineering work for a new southern runway, reconfiguration of existing runways and a terminal at the west end of the airfield.

United and American Airlines, O’Hare’s dominant carriers, asked the FAA in June not to approve those funds. The city and the airlines are negotiating the timing and financing of O’Hare’s future.

* Tri-Cities face tough budget choices

* 344 foreclosed homes auctioned at Rosemont event

* U. of I. Medical Center cutting 200 jobs

* How Ford Lost Focus

* Even Santa can’t find work this year

* Prosecutors investigate missing cemtery funds

Prosecutors from St. Clair and Madison counties and Illinois State Police were scheduled to meet this week in a probe of $300,000 in prepaid burial funds that are missing from two area cemeteries.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Robert Haida says the group will organize the investigation of Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville and Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

In October, the office of Illinois Comptroller Daniel W. Hynes discovered that the money was missing from more than 450 prepaid accounts at the two cemeteries.

Alan Henry, a spokesman for Hynes’ office, says the money disappeared from May of 2005 to July of this year from the cemeteries’ trust funds, which are set up to maintain money people have paid for prearranged burials.

* Food Depository needs our help

One group that never forgets, that represents our city at its very best, is the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which gives millions of pounds of food each year to some 500,000 poor and hungry men, women and children in Cook County. This is the time of year — the giving season — when the Food Depository’s needs are greatest and our spirit of generosity is at its greatest, and we cannot forget them.

* Former attorney general recalls struggle with son’s suicide

It’s been another tough year for former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and his family.

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        * Airlines cancel 85 flights at Chicago's O'Hare amid wet snow
        * Chicago's mayoral candidates address women's issues at forum
        * Chicago mayoral candidates discuss elected school board
        * Ex-Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly accused of fraud
        * 'Deadheads' ask to camp out during band's Chicago concerts
        * Logan County rejects wind farm plan
        * Authorities say 1 dead in suburban Chicago house fire
        * Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol
        * Banks remembered as ambassador of baseball and Chicago
        * Rose, Butler score 20 each as Bulls top Mavericks 102-98

        * Statehouse Insider: Gov. Rauner sounding a lot like primary candidate Rauner
        * Veterans voice opinions about future of Oak Ridge war memorial site
        * 85,000 temporary driver's licenses issued to immigrants
        * Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol
        * Quinn leaves office without writing final statement
        * AG Madigan blocks Lottery termination agreement
        * Number of Illinois households on food stamps still rising
        * Numbers of Illinois households on food stamps still rising
        * U of I president concerned about future of higher ed
        * Rauner previews 1st-year priorities: Cut taxes, Medicaid

        * 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies at 83
        * How CME is looking to buy its way into foreign markets
        * Need to furnish your new office? Look no further
        * Hospitals full of empty beds
        * This hospital system plans radical surgery to solve its vacancy problem


          * Woman hurt after car slams into bus stop, rolls over on Northwest Side
          * 4 cops injured after 2 squad cars collide in Little Village
          * 2 hurt in crash on Lake Shore Drive
          * Man fatally shot in Gary
          * 7 hurt in shootings Saturday
          * Man injured in shooting in Elgin
          * Police seize over $1 million worth of marijuana
          * No bombs on planes in Atlanta after threats, which prompt response by Chicago police
          * Mother, daughter charged with attacking school officials
          * Man charged with assaulting boy, 10


          * Study projects Illinois deficit growing to $14 billion by 2026
          * Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, 1st black player in team history, dies
          * M.E.R.C.Y. Celebrates 15 Years Amid Financial Challenge
          * Springfield Airport Will Make Another Attempt To Add Gambling
          * Potential Pension Case Holdup
          * Listen to State Week - January 23, 2015
          * Art Beat: Pirates, Local Tunes & Movies Galore
          * Speaker Madigan: How Can Illinois Prevent A Sandy Hook?
          * Frerichs Keeping Rutherford Investigation Under Wraps
          * Collecting On Line Sales Tax & A Springfield Manufacturer Expands On WUIS/SJR Business Report


          * Our Opinion: Vision should be a key theme in Springfield mayor's race
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Campaign contribution gets them talking in Ward 7
          * Angie Muhs: SJ-R, WMAY want to involve readers in Springfield primary
          * Andy Shaw: Settle in for a dramatic first act at the Illinois Capitol
          * Quote of the Day: Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
          * Statehouse Insider: Gov. Rauner sounding a lot like primary candidate Rauner
          * Statehouse Insider: Gov. Rauner sounding a lot like primary candidate Rauner
          * Veterans voice opinions about future of Oak Ridge war memorial site
          * 85,000 temporary driver's licenses issued to immigrants
          * Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol


          * Employers get creative to find skilled workers
          * Idea to tax college savings plans draws fire
          * Storm system moving into Central Illinois; some snow expected
          * Crime blotter 1/26/15
          * SIC to offer virtual training for miners
          * Flick: Lucca, Beningo's ... Mother Murphy's
          * Neighborhood watch: Crimes of the week
          * Off the beat: Hotshots has a new metro-east location
          * Erickson: Rauner can't cut his way out of state's financial mess
          * Immigrant driver's licenses top 85,000


          * Former COD trustee: Breuder was offered $2 million buyout in 2009
          * Neighbors mourn woman killed in Barrington-area fire
          * Heroin recovery treatment 'a partnership, a collaboration,' counselors say
          * Families warm to ice carving demonstrations in downtown Wheaton
          * Man shot while walking along Elgin street

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          * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement in Support o...
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          * House votes to undo Obama immigration acti...
          * Rep. Schakowsky Introduces Bill to Establi...
          * Schakowsky Introduces the Public Option De...
          * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement on Vote Agai...
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          * Renewed Voting Rights effort urged - San D...
          * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement on Martin Lu...

          * Feinstein, Durbin, Gillibrand Applaud New ......
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          * Why are Republicans attempting to thread t......
          * 'Likud politicians instructed to emphasize......
          * Playing politics with climate change in th......
          * Ex-Obama aide says president not tough eno......

          * John Dillon: 2015: The more things change.
          * Sunday morning in Florida.
          * Mailer In the 6th Ward Aldermanic Race
          * State Lawmaker Proposes Red Light Camera Ban
          * We’ve moved!
          * In The Lyons Of Fire
          * BGA Backs New State Disclosure Effort
          * Budget Crisis Task Force Examines Illinois’ Debt Woes
          * To Cut Costs, Suburbs Eye Police Dept. Merger
          * State’s High Court Hears IG’s Case


          * Rauner announces “Turnaround Team” - Stellar team to help turn Illinois around
          * Commerce Department to Review Proposals for Enterprise Zones - Program Promotes Job Growth in Communities Across the State
          * Governor Rauner signs Executive Order for Minority and Veteran Empowerment
          * Governor Rauner Announces Second Round of Appointments
          * Representative Duckworth, US Army Iraq Veteran Honored With The Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award




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