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Guv “details” budget cuts - 2,552 headcount reduction

Friday, Jul 31, 2009

* 2:37 pm - The governor’s “Action Plan Overview” is now online. Click here to see it.

The presser starts in a few minutes and we’ll be covering it here. Help out in comments if you can.

The live video link to the guv’s presser is here.

* Here is the overview of the cuts to be announced today…

• State Operations (includes layoffs,12 furlough days) $185 million
• Medicaid $140 million
• Grants $250 million
• Education $175 million
• Corrections $125 million
• Additional Reserves $100 million
• Other State offices, departments and agencies $25 million
Total: $1 billion

Not a lot of detail there, eh?

* Here’s the broad overview of how he’ll allocate that $1.2 billion in undesignated funds that the GA gave him…

• $1 billion for Healthcare and Family Services includes
o $300 million for Medicaid
o $700 million for group health

• $150 million for State Board of Education includes
o $85 million for early childhood education
o $11 million for bilingual programs

• $40 million for Department of Public Health includes
o $17 million for HIV/AIDS programs
o $9 million for breast/cervical cancer screening programs

• $13 million for Amtrak

* And here’s the overview of the remaining problems. They didn’t completely fund group health insurance, for instance…

Medicaid ($600 million)
Group health coverage for state employees, retirees and dependents ($600 million)

* 3:48 pm - Press conference is now over. That wasn’t so hard now, was it? However, he did take the easy way out by holding it in Chicago, where reporters are less aware of state government.
Pre K-12 education ($145 million)
College scholarships ($225 million)
Contingency reserve funds +$180 million

Unmet Needs $1.4 billion

* 2:56 pm - Click here for more budget cutting details.

* 3:02 pm - Dept. of Corrections cuts include ▪ a reduction of 18 Central Office positions and 413 other positions.

…Adding…
A different document claims that DoC headcount was cut 1,073. Thanks to a commenter. More headcount reductions are on that sheet. Here are a few…

* 303 - IL State Police
* 1,073 - DoC
* 866 - DHS
* 105 - Dept. Juvenile Justice

TOTAL: 2,552

* You can take a look at all agencies below…

  • Summary (includes headcount reductions)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Central Management Services
  • Department of Children and Family Services
  • Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of State Police
  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department on Aging
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Other State Agencies and Offices
  • * 3:24 pm - From AFSCME…

    Statement of Henry Bayer, executive director of AFSCME Council 31:

    “These cuts will hurt every Illinois resident.

    “If the cuts stand, thousands of working men and women will lose their jobs. Human services, health care, education and public safety will be harmed. Our communities, families, children and seniors and our environment will suffer.

    “By slashing thousands of jobs, these cuts contradict and undermine President Obama’s efforts to fight the recession, protect public services and keep Americans working.

    “The fault for these terrible cuts belongs to the governor and every legislator who supported an irresponsible budget. The responsibility lies with every Illinois elected official and opinion maker who has opposed raising the revenue needed to avoid them.

    “Every Illinoisan must demand that lawmakers and the governor renounce these damaging cuts, commit to raising new revenue, and return to the Capitol as soon as necessary to fix this broken budget.”

    - Posted by Rich Miller        


    96 Comments
    1. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:42 pm:

      Nice elevator music…..


    2. - not 47 - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:43 pm:

      College financial aid for needy students (Monetary Award Program) is left with a $225 M hole. As Sun-Times reported today, no scholarships for any students after January 1.


    3. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:44 pm:

      I have a feeling that Jerry Stermer will look avuncular.


    4. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:45 pm:

      Anybody else having trouble with the live stream?


    5. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:45 pm:

      yes, rich


    6. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:46 pm:

      Working for me, I see some women in the audience, podium and 4 flags (six flags is more fun)


    7. - South of Sherman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:46 pm:

      Yep, stream was working fine and then it stopped. Maybe the IT budget was cut…


    8. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:46 pm:

      Sounds check, from a quiet individual


    9. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:46 pm:

      Open it in windows media player.
      File –> Open URL


    10. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:47 pm:

      It’s working for me now.


    11. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:48 pm:

      Smone just knocked the camera out of line.


    12. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:49 pm:

      very pleasant on hold music, it shows me as a viewer / citizen that this administration is acknowledging that I am waiting. They know I’m here waiting, and they care. Never had on hold music in the Blago years.


    13. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:50 pm:

      It’s working. I had to refresh windows media player.

      Why does the state continue to use that awful player? Ugh.


    14. - Josh - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:50 pm:

      I’m just excited human services get to be political pawns a little longer!


    15. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:50 pm:

      I get no audio. Others?


    16. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:50 pm:

      Who does the professional dress of the “prep” guys? Wow, I’ve seen better dressed employee’s at Big Lots


    17. - SIU - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:51 pm:

      No MAP grants after January 1st?????This is horrible news for universities who are already loosing enrollment.

      Wake up Illinois!!! Before we go back to the stone ages.


    18. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:51 pm:

      C’mon, anonymous. That’s a working man.


    19. - A Naughty Moose - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:51 pm:

      Funny to watch the Chgo political press corps paging thru the document. “Uh, is that it? There’s nothing here!”


    20. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:52 pm:

      you’re not on mute are you?


    21. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:52 pm:

      gaggle of attendess (or is that a flock?)


    22. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:54 pm:

      lol tight shot of a fire exit blocked by oxes!


    23. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:54 pm:

      ahem boxes*


    24. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:55 pm:

      And, now… Back to the goofy muzak.


    25. - Details - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:55 pm:

      I found some more details here,

      http://www.state.il.us/budget/AllocationPlan.asp


    26. - Stones - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:56 pm:

      Now that we know what is going on I feel better - AHEM!


    27. - whatever - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:56 pm:

      Is anyone ever on time in Illinois???


    28. - You Go Boy - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:56 pm:

      hopefully the Gov won’t be sued by some porn outfit for infringement of music rights….er, or so my cousin told me.


    29. - Jojo - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:57 pm:

      anybody else streaming this? I can’t get on.


    30. - You Go Boy - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:57 pm:

      lets not get impatient….they’re still working the numbers.


    31. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:58 pm:

      “That’s a working man.”

      If only all others could be so lucky.
      :-(

      people need jobs! that’s the only real way out of this mess.


    32. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:58 pm:

      Whatever, they are always on Illinois time, its just that Illinois time is kept secret and operates on a random scale where the amount of time available in any given rotational cycle is divded randomly.


    33. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:59 pm:

      Salute mayor daley for green efforts… develop green jobs for IL


    34. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:00 pm:

      Who are the people standing next to Gov?


    35. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:00 pm:

      IL wants to get people working; but state has been hard hit byu recessions. dealth with it by working together


    36. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:01 pm:

      I inheritated the deficit, did not create it.


    37. - Bill - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:02 pm:

      He sounds like Rod.


    38. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:02 pm:

      we need money to fight pandemics…education…. soldiers (insert political emoitonal plea here)


    39. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:03 pm:

      No way Bill, he is talking to the people directly and honestly. There is nothing Blago-ish about this speech so far.


    40. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:03 pm:

      “I inheritated the deficit, did not create it.”

      no. really??????? geeze.


    41. - Bill - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:03 pm:

      yeah, sure.


    42. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:03 pm:

      GA did not support his budget which uncluded revenue. GA pushed “half baked” budget.


    43. - Bill - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:04 pm:

      Madigan is a republican!


    44. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

      he appears relaxed. straightforward approach.
      no showboating here. this is anti-rod.


    45. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

      Gov got together with GA leaders, all worked together and developed and imperfect plan to provide a bridge to the future…


    46. - A Naughty Moose - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

      “We need jobs, jobs, jobs [fast forward] so I am laying off thousands of people.”


    47. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

      Rich - what’s up with veto session in October?


    48. - Say WHAT? - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:06 pm:

      Rich, please make Bill go away.


    49. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:09 pm:

      Stermer now talking, explaining what the Governor meant.


    50. - tanman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:12 pm:

      Hey, check out the headcount reduction in the summary:
      http://www.state.il.us/budget/AllocationPlan/Summary.pdf

      800+ for DHS plus the 1000 for DOC


    51. - Say WHAT? - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:12 pm:

      “As you see in the power point presentation” we cant see anything. The moment the words power-point were used, the camera went tight on Stermer.


    52. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:16 pm:

      Use your browser Say What. It’s posted here:
      http://www.illinois.gov/publicincludes/statehome/gov/documents/FY10%20Allocation%20Plan.pdf


    53. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:17 pm:

      stermer might be assuming that people at the press conference are referring to a hardcopy of the powerpoint when he says “you can see on page…”


    54. - Cindy Lou - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:21 pm:

      30 of the headcount loss in DNR is suppose to be open positions.


    55. - Say WHAT? - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:25 pm:

      Siriusly, Thank you.


    56. - siriusly - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:25 pm:

      Daley is requiring city workers to do furlough days. Why isn’t Quinn taking 10% salary reductions from his top paid administrators AND furlough days for non-state-union employees too?


    57. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:32 pm:

      I feel sorriest for correctional officers. they’re job is already dangerous and to decrease staff only makes their working conditions more dangerous. I hope that someone can put a prisoner lock down order in effect to help make the working environment a little more safe for the correctional officers.


    58. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:34 pm:

      Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

      yeah, a bridge to nowhere, rather a bridge to worsened debt. hmmm… that is still a bridge to nowhere. will Illinois ever catch up and have a truly balanced budget that isn’t just playing for borrowed time?


    59. - Say WHAT? - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:37 pm:

      Shared sacrifice. I don’t like the sound of it.


    60. - Speaking at Will - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:37 pm:

      The ______ has hit the fan.


    61. - tanman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:39 pm:

      ok…if the union is so PO’ed then why did they vote for a pay raise like the gov said? 125 million is the DOC cut, and that’s amount of raises the union demand. Someone’s not be entirely truthful here…


    62. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:39 pm:

      WCW is a bridge to “a” future, but more a postapocolyptic future we dont want to be living in.


    63. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:40 pm:

      I agree, “shared sacrifice” sounds goofa.
      I do say that the Quinn/Stermer combo is boring but earnest.


    64. - Lefty Lefty - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:40 pm:

      Anyone know why there is no budget for the Illinois EPA in the last document? All zeroes across–same for “Illinois Power” and “PTAB” whatever they are.

      BTW, the last couple of links are broken– CapFaxBlog beginning to the string instead of Illinois.gov beginning with the document name at end. Cut and paste of end of string after word “budgets” gets you where you want to go until Mr. Miller fixes it.


    65. - Vandalia - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:40 pm:

      The Vandalia CC staff will be hit hard. A factory closed there and now 120 more jobs lost. Thanks Governor for your support..see you at the polls!


    66. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:42 pm:

      Link is fixed. Thanks


    67. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:43 pm:

      PTAB = property tax appeal board

      does not bode well for challenges to property tax rates


    68. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:44 pm:

      Quinn is being disingenous when he has repeatedly suggested that he GA played ball under his terms. In truth, he was forced to play under their terms. He’s trying to make it seem like everything that happened over the last six months has gone according to his plan and his wishes. He didn’t want a temp budget, yet he signed it for political reasons. So, trying to clean it up now and make it look like he hasn’t flip-flopped constantly is ridiculous.


    69. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:46 pm:

      Agreed, ghost. agreed.


    70. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:47 pm:

      WCW - not so.

      He’s been saying that things did not turn out as he’d hoped.


    71. - Highway Engineer - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:47 pm:

      lefty lefty - The reports are only for the General Revenue Fund. Many state agencies (DOT, EPA, etc.) receive a significant portion of funding from other sources (federal, MFT, etc). These fund sources may not be used to offset GRF.


    72. - Chi Gal - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:53 pm:

      – Will County Woman - he signed it for political reasons –

      Isn’t that rather disingenuous on your part? We needed something to buy time. Clearly you weren’t one of the state employees who didn’t receive a paycheck on payday.


    73. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:54 pm:

      Look chubs, he is an unmandated governor with no political capital and I guess he really had no other choice but to spin in an effort to make himself look a little better.

      the afscme council 31 statement that rich posted earlier in the hour is interesting and worth noting. afscme 31 council supports hynes, and in very strong language regarding the state budget mess it blames the governor…


    74. - Adolf Berle - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:57 pm:

      It’s good to see that Gov. Quinn is proceeding with cutting $125 million from DOC. The agency was terribly managed the last few years as overtime grew from


    75. - Chubs Mahoney - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:00 pm:

      WCW, I think he just expressed his disappointment and made it clear that he does not relish making these cuts. If you just don’t like Quinn, fine, but it’s not fair to say he’s “disingenuous” when in fact he was very candid.


    76. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:00 pm:

      chi gal, no. it isn’t.,and I am not.

      the gov. is on record having said previously and consistently (before july 1) that a temp budget was in effect kicking the can down the road and wrong. that is what people like govs. edgar and thompson chimed in on to help him with. funny how when lisa madigan took her name out of contention for governor, within a day or so, quinn was ready to sign off on the temporary budget and borrowing.


    77. - Chi Gal - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:01 pm:

      WCW — Yes, while afscme is buying their way into your man Dan’s heart with those whopping political contributions, they can only shoot arrows at the one who has to make the tough decisions (and not hide behind his dad). They can blame PQ all they want but the bottom line is that this state doesn’t have the money to live they way its become accustomed to. And it was PQ who has made that very clear - publicly (not on post-it-note.) And when he says that things haven’t gone the way he hoped, how is that spinning it to make himself look good?


    78. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:02 pm:

      ===it’s not fair to say he’s “disingenuous” when in fact he was very candid. ===

      Yes, it is. WCW is correct.


    79. - Lefty Lefty - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:08 pm:

      Thanks for the clarifications, all. I knew that EPA received $ from hazwaste fund, MFT, etc. but wouldn’t have guessed that only $1.6 million came from GRF.

      In case you’re interested, PTAB zeroed from $2.28 mil last year, and Illinois Power zeroed from $1.32 mil last year.


    80. - batty1 - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:10 pm:

      Adolph B–see WCW earlier message:
      “I feel sorriest for correctional officers. they’re job is already dangerous and to decrease staff only makes their working conditions more dangerous. I hope that someone can put a prisoner lock down order in effect to help make the working environment a little more safe for the correctional officers.”

      WCW is right. And with cuts to human services we will see a higher rate of recidivism–it costs much more to have people in prison than assisted by agencies with programs for ex-offenders that help them turn their lives around.


    81. - Desert Dweller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:12 pm:

      Any particulars on the constitutionals? Is the $25 million the 10% across the board cut?


    82. - Capitol View - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:12 pm:

      Adolg Berle - DOC, by letting go staff, get rid of the least senior staff making the least money. Part of their fiscal craziness of the past few years is that their understaffing has resulted in huge overtime payouts. Bring in new recruits, and these new staffers are paid less and no one needs overtime. The more you hire, the more you save. But the GOMB has’t figured this out yet, despite all the obvious savings from distributing the new recruits for the prison that opened late to the other institutions in the waiting time.

      DOC would save bundles of operating funds by early retirement incentives to senior line staff.


    83. - Another Flip Flop? - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:22 pm:

      I read an article in the SJ-R about the Dunn Fellowship being discontinued. According to the CMS page of the budget allocation, it is funding at full levels.


    84. - troop - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:36 pm:

      So he can fly all around and go overseas for no good reason while we are in this mess. Wake up Illinois, we need to vote all these guys out. What is the use in working anymore when all the government does is take, take, take? I guess if your a state worker your family does not count!


    85. - civil servant - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:40 pm:

      sure does look like the Dunn’s were funded - hmmmm - anyone willing to bet that at least one of them had some big time “clout”?


    86. - RJW - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:57 pm:

      Civil Servant:

      Back off of the Dunn Fellowship program. I was a Dunn and so were many, many other people who now work in state government. It is an internship program that prepares college grades for careers with the state. It is non-partisan and Rutan covered. Who you know can’t help you with that program. I knew nobody and was accepted on merit. There were several in my class that weren’t even from Illinois. Please know your facts before stating something.


    87. - Outsider - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:58 pm:

      I was a Dunn Fellow almost 10 years ago and saddened to hear that it was discontinued a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, it was the best experience I ever had career-wise and I would not be where I am today without it. Someone above talked about how DOC/GOMB can’t get it right by not hiring new people and their lower salaries to avoid overtime. This immediately made me think of a Dunn Fellow. We made $27k a year and worked like crazy-and were better for it. I would much rather see the governor’s office have a couple deputy chiefs of staff and each of them have some Dunn Fellows who would work hard for their money (I think around $31k now) as opposed to a few employees that have been around in government/public sector making 6 figures each. That would be cost savings for government and a great way to continue a program with a rich tradition of creating great public servants.


    88. - RJW - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:58 pm:

      That should be “prepares college GRADS.” How embarassing.

      I would also note that Dunn Fellows are cheap labor. It saves the state money to have them doing work as opposed to hiring a union worker.


    89. - asht79 - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 5:13 pm:

      does anyone know if the layoffs mentioned above have notices gone out?


    90. - Amazing - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 5:54 pm:

      Welcome to Hellinois….


    91. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 6:12 pm:

      “Not a lot of detail there, eh?”

      Hey Rich, you have to admit, those agency sheets are pretty freaking detailed.


    92. - Odd Fellow - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 6:47 pm:

      I have met some Dunn Fellows. Not a one of them represented the program very well. And yes, a few of them were “connected”. Maybe I was just unlucky and met three “bad apples”.

      In a row.

      The program I think has merit. I just was not impressed by the actual individuals I met. They came off as over-entitled princes- and princesses-in-waiting, just killing time doing menial stuff until they got the clouted managerial level jobs waiting for them. If I’m bitter-sounding, it is more because such a program is a good and needed thing, but I’m afraid it’s tainted like much of the rest of the bureaucracy. I’m sure not Every Dunn Fellow is bad. But like I said, the ones I’ve met, did not do your program any favors.


    93. - Can't Say My Nickname - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 8:06 pm:

      Not much has been mentioned about CMS’s Workers Compensation payroll for state agencies. Is it struggling? Does Workers Comp payroll come out of the personnel services line?


    94. - civil servant - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:05 pm:

      RJW - I know most of Dunn Fellows are not political - interviews used to be conducted by “important” staff and Dunns were given serious work. Some bureaucrat at CMS organizes interviews now. Most if not all Blago Dunns worked in Gov’s Office. The Program is not the same as it used to be. Blago had Dunns video taping all of the Chicago news stations and then driving the tapes to his house - and they were paid OT! The Dunns, Lt Gov Interns and SOS Fellows worked millions of hours for little pay without a thought of asking for OT. I wonder if we can find out how much was spent on OT and travel (to and from Blago’s house in Ravenswood) - that would be interesting.


    95. - VanillaMan - Sunday, Aug 2, 09 @ 10:14 pm:

      This is not a surprise, and it is a drop in the bucket.


    96. - Dunn Done - Tuesday, Aug 4, 09 @ 3:33 pm:

      I was going to be a Dunn this year. No clout, letters from professors, essay, resume and interview. Despite what the PDFs indicate, the program is indeed gone for the year and its future unknown. Don’t know why this was released, maybe a cruel error or a way to throw off those that were angry the program was canceled.


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          * Public Pensions Are America's Greece..
          * Republicans On Special Session..
          * Havenstein to New Hampshire Supporters: 'You In.....
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner talks of dogs, housi.....
          * Mother speaks at slain Chicago teen's funeral..


          * 1 dead, many injured in shooting at suburban party
          * 1 dead, many injured in shooting at suburban party
          * Mother speaks at slain Chicago teen's funeral
          * Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home
          * 2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash
          * Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba
          * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
          * Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data
          * 2 charged with stealing from Salvation Army bucket
          * US criminal probes nab 13; race questions raised

          * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
          * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised
          * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
          * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
          * Quinn names longtime aide Jerry Stermer comptroller until Jan. 12
          * Quinn signs law to nix deadline for asbestos lawsuits
          * Quinn to name comptroller replacement this afternoon
          * Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers
          * Quinn calls legislature back to Springfield to approve special election to replace Topinka
          * Audit: DCFS loses track of runaways

          * Can Garcia's run for mayor fire up independents?
          * Chicago's newest workout (and personal statement) options
          * A photo shop for photographers
          * The Life of Patrick Ryan: Act II, Scene 2
          * Office conversions kick small firms to the curb


          * Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location
          * Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals
          * Quinn to appoint new Illinois Comptroller today
          * Gov. Quinn appoints longtime aide as Illinois comptroller
          * Watch: President Obama's year-end press conference
          * Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script
          * time for new course in Cuba
          * Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50
          * Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 19, 2014. Press conference
          * A whole lot of nothing from the City Council


          * One killed, as many as 10 more shot at south suburban house party
          * At least 5 wounded in shootings since Saturday evening
          * FBI: 'Play-Along Bandit' hits 6th bank
          * South Loop crash leaves two dead, one hospitalized
          * Emanuel's son robbed near family's North Side home
          * Man dies day after Albany Park shooting
          * Demario Bailey funeral: 'The kids are the world. It starts with them'
          * DNA leads to murder charges in 1994 stabbing
          * 1 dead, 16 injured in separate shootings
          * Officials: Child at U. of C. tests negative for Ebola


          * Listen to State Week - December 19, 2014
          * Quinn Picks Budget Chief To Be Temporary Comptroller
          * 'Uber-gentrification' a force in Chicago's West Loop
          * Durbin leaving Congressional roommates behind
          * Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls
          * Improviser finds purpose in Chicago police mental health crisis trainings
          * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles
          * Waukegan woman seeks to trademark 'I can't breathe'
          * Obama re-establishing US relations with Cuba
          * Teaching hospitals hit hardest by medicare fines for patient safety


          * Quote of the day: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner talks of dogs, housing and the work ahead as governor
          * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
          * Cathy Becker: Because it’s the right thing to do
          * T. Ray McJunkins: Justice, righteousness descend to fulfill dream
          * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised
          * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
          * Sen. Dick Durbin: Clean water access bill honors Simon
          * Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf
          * Quote of the day: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014


          * Communities show support for family of Lux Brymer
          * Man killed in accident near Heyworth
          * Historic Route 66 goes electric; charging stations to be added between metro-east and Chicago
          * Ready for a road trip? Historic Route 66 goes electric
          * 25 Christmas wishes
          * A star is reborn
          * Lighting fuses in Oklahoma
          * Moving on from controversy
          * Studio Visit: Anna Gutsch and Johann Rischau
          * Christmas was special time at state-run children’s home


          * South Alabama falters in loss to Bowling Green
          * Late TD lifts Bowling Green past South Alabama
          * No. 21 Mississippi State trounces Illinois-Chicago 73-36
          * Air Force beats Western Michigan 38-24 in Potato Bowl
          * Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier dies at 89

          * Lipinski Succeeds on Manufacturing Bill - ...
          * Alumna and congress woman Robin Kelly spea...
          * Ribbon cutting planned for Evans VA Clinic
          * Bill Renaming Mt. Greenwood Post Office fo...
          * Lipinski: Will change lead to commonsense ...
          * Representatives Issue Bipartisan Letter Ur...
          * Lipinski seeks nominations for academies -...
          * Bright Side: Cheri Bustos visits Galesburg...
          * Congressmen sound alarm over anti-Asian ca...
          * Roskam helps lead charge to protect Chicag...

          * U.S. Senator Calling For Better Prosthetic......
          * Hill Democrats taking aim at vapes...

          * GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Supports Gay Marriage...
          * Second GOP Senator Backs Gay Marriage...

          * Politically Connected Profit From United Center Parking Scam
          * Ready Aim Fire
          * Havana memories.
          * Walter Esler: “My brother walked from an empty room into a room full of people.”
          * Illinois Policy staff threatened with arrest at union-lead trainings
          * Governor-elect Rauner Visit with Latino Pastors
          * Governor-elect Rauner Visits with Latino Pastors
          * Illinois Policy staff threatened with arrest at union-led trainings
          * Organization claims Mark Kirk "Grubered" Illinois and America
          * With Frerichs victory, Dems move to merge Treasurer and Comptroller offices


          * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
          * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller
          * Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low - Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years
          * Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States - 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service
          * Law Enforcement, IDOT Make Final Push to Save Lives in 2014, Roadside Safety Checks Planned Over Holidays - New Episode of “The Driving Dead” Premieres Friday as Holiday Travelers are Reminded to Drive Sober and Buckle Up




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