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*** UPDATED x1 *** Sen. Noland cribbed JFK’s civil rights speech

Friday, Dec 3, 2010

* It appears that state Sen. Michael Noland cribbed a big chunk of his civil unions floor speech from former President John F. Kennedy.

From Noland’s Wednesday speech

Our nation was founded, Mr. President, upon the principal that with the respect to our pursuit of happiness each of us are created equal one to another and the rights of everyone are diminished when the rights of any one of us are threatened.

From President Kennedy’s June 11, 1963 civil rights address to the nation

This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

Noland…

Today, we are engaged in the continuing struggle to defend the right of those in committed family relationships in respect of gender to receive equal services in place of public accommodation, such as hospital—-and places of employment without first having to produce proof of legal authorization under powers of attorney.

Kennedy…

Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free.

Noland…

So ultimately this is not even a legal legislative issue, that let alone can not change what is in our hearts. We are at long last confronted with a moral issue which essentially asks the question of whether all Illinois residents are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. Whether we are going to treat our fellow citizens as we wish to be treated.

Kennedy…

This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.

Noland…

Again, legislation can not solve this problem on discrimination, it must be solved in the homes and in the hearts of every citizen and every community across this great state.

Kennedy…

But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country.

Noland…

We send young people from Illinois to fight for freedom throughout the world and we teach our children here at home that all men are created equal but are we to say to the world that much more importantly to each other if not our children that this is state where all are created equal except for those that are born with different gender different affiliation. That we have no second class citizens except the gay or lesbian.

That we have no discrimination or gender bias except for the respect for the gay or lesbian; we have previously voted to uphold that principal such discrimination is not allowed in the conduct of housing and employment law in Illinois now comes the time for the state to complete their promise.

Kennedy…

We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?

Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise.

Noland…

We owe them and owe ourselves and our children a better state than that.

Kennedy…

I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.

Noland…

That is all the vast majority of the people our state are asking. It is a question of fairness, nothing more nothing less. And in answering it I ask the support of my fellow colleagues in this chamber and all the good people of this great state.

Kennedy…

This is what we’re talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.

* Listen to Noland’s speech


Thoughts?

*** UPDATE *** Sen. Noland apologizes

“It was an attribution that I should have made, and I did not,” said Noland, an Elgin Democrat.

“I didn’t. I should have. And I apologize,” Noland said.

It was more than “an attribution.” The speech was a mirror image.

* Related…

* Hetero Civil Unions?

* Vote against gay unions sets Meeks apart in race: Supporters of civil unions will see their votes “split between five or six candidates, while Sen. Meeks will get all the votes of those who are against it,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, who praised Meeks for views that he said “conform to the beliefs of the majority of Chicagoans.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


72 Comments
  1. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:29 pm:

    Fire the speechwriter.

    Give a raise to the flak who brought the story to Capitolfax’s attention.


  2. - Living in Oklahoma - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:29 pm:

    Perhaps Glen Poshard assisted in the preparation of the speech.


  3. - Aaron - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:29 pm:

    It’ve been nice for him to say I based this on JFK. Or, maybe it was deep in his subconscious.


  4. - ChicagoR - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:31 pm:

    Probably should have disclosed the source. But it’s a great speech and perfectly apropos of the occasion.


  5. - Joe Blow - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:32 pm:

    Sounds like he has a lazy speech writer.. the benefits of google..


  6. - Rich Miller - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:36 pm:

    ===Sounds like he has a lazy speech writer===

    US Senators have speech writers, state Senators don’t, unless there’s a campaign going on.


  7. - Aldyth - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:44 pm:

    Reduce, reuse, recycle.

    He’s just being environmentally sound.


  8. - John Bambenek - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:48 pm:

    A state legislator caught lacking originality?

    That’s unpossible!


  9. - CLJ - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:48 pm:

    Not the first and not the last.


  10. - S - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:49 pm:

    Wow, that really bothers me and I’m not even completely sure why.

    Maybe because it steals from a great man (Kennedy). Possibly because the chamber deserves to hear one’s original thoughts during a landmark vote in IL history.

    Or maybe just because someone (the speechwriter or the Sen.) tried to dishonestly advance their reputation through an amazing, eloquent speech that wasn’t their own product.

    I don’t know why that disappoints me so much, it just does. Kudos to whomever spotted that.

    Have a good Friday, everyone.


  11. - piling on - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:52 pm:

    Ever consider that JFK stole it from Noland?
    I mean the man is an alltime genius


  12. - Bill - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:52 pm:

    LOL at Mike!


  13. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:53 pm:

    If you have to write a speech on short notice, you download something good from the internet, change a few words, and it’s yours. Duh.


  14. - Gregor - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:53 pm:

    I hear it was actually Mark Kirk that wrote this for Noland.


  15. - Newsclown - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:56 pm:

    Check Noland’s follow-up rebuttal to the critisism to see if it will include references to his little black and white puppy dog he got for Christmas. The kids just love it, and they ain’t giving it up!


  16. - Rich Miller - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:56 pm:

    ===Ever consider that JFK stole it from Noland?
    I mean the man is an alltime genius ===

    Steve Rauschenberger now knows why he lost the race.


  17. - Gregor - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:59 pm:

    Quinn’s speeches are often nothing *but* references from other famous men’s speeches, but OTOH he has the good sense to credit his sources, often in excruciating detail.


  18. - I'm Just Saying - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:01 pm:

    Noland is an idiot!!!!!!, There I said it, I guess that only makes Rauchenberger a bigger idiot then


  19. - Draznnl (Rhymes with orange) - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:02 pm:

    Just shows how timeless JFK’s speeches were.


  20. - Montrose - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:02 pm:

    I warned them this would happen when they launched www.googlecrib.com, but did they listen? No….


  21. - OneMan - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:04 pm:

    At least he didn’t go with his first draft about Having a Dream of Morning in America without having malice towards none while building a bridge to the 21st century while showing the audacity of hope.


  22. - wordslinger - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:04 pm:

    Looks like he had a dream, then blew his rendezvous with destiny. Probably going to be a lot of blood, toil, sweat and tears over this. Not his finest hour. But eventually, he shall overcome.

    Yeah, that’s way too much. You have to give the credit.

    I was a reporter at a Dem presidential candidates debate in Iowa when Joe Biden misappropriated Brit Labor leader Neil Kinnock’s magnificent speech/TV spot and life history.

    If Smilin’ Joe had just changed the bit about his father “working in coal mines all day, then going out to kick the football around” to “selling used Oldsmobiles all day, then going out to toss the baseball around” he might have gotten a way with it.


  23. - Gregory Tejeda - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:07 pm:

    I actually think it has been reworded enough that, strictly speaking, it is NOT plagiarism. It’s not like one can own thoughts. Only the exact wording of thoughts. He might have bolstered his rhetoric by adding a line alluding to the similarity to JFK. But I’m not about to make an issue out of this. I’ll leave that for the ideologues who will want to jump all over him because of that “D” that comes after his name — and the fact that he didn’t parrot the thought process of Ronald Reagan instead.

    -30-


  24. - Fed-Up - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:09 pm:

    Attribution would have been nice but if you are going to steal someone else’s words those were pretty good!


  25. - You get the elected officials you deserve - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:09 pm:

    Look for a 2012 Latino D challenger in IL 22. What a putz.


  26. - Rich Miller - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:11 pm:

    ===I’ll leave that for the ideologues who will want to jump all over him because of that “D” that comes after his name===

    Not fair at all, Tejeda. Plenty of people with a “D” behind their name think lowly of that man.


  27. - OneMan - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:12 pm:

    Gj –

    I can’t replace the names Romeo and Juliet with Rob and Julie and set it in Bloomington and not give Shakespear some props…


  28. - MrJM - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:17 pm:

    Maybe Ted Sorensen wrote the speech for Mike Noland.

    – MrJM


  29. - Rich Miller - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:18 pm:

    OneMan, exactly. This is not acceptable.


  30. - Joe Blow - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:20 pm:

    Tejeda - If that’s not plagiarism then its as close as you can get w/o it being plagiarism …. but you’re the expert.


  31. - LisleMike - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:24 pm:

    How embarassing! Both that he did it and also that he thought he was the only smart one in the room to use it without being caught. Just when we thought we had turned the corner on boneheaded legislators, along comes Sen. Noland. O well, I guess someone has to replace Sen. Hendon!


  32. - Free Ike Carrothers - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:25 pm:

    Considering he is an attorney, would he have used proper citations if this was a legal brief?


  33. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:26 pm:

    “You know what I find, it’s easier to just make stuff up than to just blatently rip off speeches. Heck, state Sen. Noland could have just said his aircraft was shot at while flying over some civil unions, and knows of what he speaks or something like that.”

    (pause)

    “Honestly, I dunno what to say about it, unless I can make up something, or embellish something about me… ok?”

    Senator Mark Kirk (R) Illinois

    Snark


  34. - wordslinger - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:27 pm:

    –Tejeda - If that’s not plagiarism then its as close as you can get w/o it being plagiarism …. but you’re the expert.–

    C’mon, it’s absolutely plagiarism. When I was in grade school, there was an Eddie Haskell in my class who said you could crib a term paper out of the encyclopedia if you changed a couple of words in each sentence. That seems to be the principle here.


  35. - Adam Smith - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:29 pm:

    There is something in the water out there in Kane County that has produced the two most off-putting members of the GA. Noland and Lauzen are identical in their self-righteous zealotry, narcissism, thin skin and complete lack of interpersonal skills. They are also tireless self-promoters who will out-work any opponent.

    Few posting here are surprised by this from Noland. The shame is that his constituents (and Lauzen’s) seem to fall for the act.


  36. - Marty - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:30 pm:

    Gee, an Illinois legislator who plagiaraizes. I’m gobsmacked!!!

    At least he stole from someone good.

    If that’s the worst he’s ever done, in that crowd he should head the Ethics Panel.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:33 pm:

    Mayor Quimby believes “that um Nolan … did um … Play-jor-ize from me … and um … this … state senator … um … deserrrrves to um … to be um … tarrr and um feathered”

    “Vote Quimby”


  38. - Marty - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:33 pm:

    As for Gilligan’s comments, well, maybe so, but I doubt that many of the Chicagoans who oppose civil unions (even if they are a majority as he sasy) will vote for mayor based on that issue above others.


  39. - WOW - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:37 pm:

    So he stole portions of a good speech to use as his own. Compared to John Jones lying about all the gay friends he has. I think I would rather have the plagiarist in the senate!


  40. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:38 pm:

    At least he didn’t do a speech about having four fathers four score and seven years ago…


  41. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:41 pm:

    WOW -

    Whose speech did Jones “borrow” the gay freinds line from … looks like Noland took all the JFK lines …(searching) … still looking for the cribbed lines for Jones … nope, can’t seem to find them…

    Also, are you questioning Jones’ character to amother’s haracter, who has been “proven” to have plagerized on the Illinois Senate Floor? … really?


  42. - WOW - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:44 pm:

    I’m saying we have enough liars in this government!


  43. - B-non - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:48 pm:

    From Tom Lehrer’s classic song “Lobachevsky”

    Plagiarize!
    Let no one else’s work evade your eyes
    Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
    So don’t shade your eyes
    But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize!
    Only be sure always to call it please “research”


  44. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:49 pm:

    ===Compared to John Jones lying about all the gay friends he has. I think I would rather have the plagiarist in the senate!===

    ===I’m saying we have enough liars in this government!===

    We have enough liars, but you prefer a plagarist? That is what your sentence above is saying to me, am I wrong?

    Just a bit confused, are you defending the plagarist because you “believe” Jones is lying and Jones’ lying is worse than Noland being an “alleged” plagarist?

    Help?


  45. - S - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:51 pm:

    Though it may seem like it at times, the Illinois State Senate Chamber is NOT the same as 8th grade.

    Did he think people would be raving about his amazing oratorical skills the next day?

    Many Sens. made great speeches, even those that weren’t very long (like Rutherford’s comments, which only lasted about a minute but were clearly genuine).

    This just makes me feel dirty. Disappointed and dirty.

    It’s not like we were voting on lugnuts here.


  46. - Cindy Lou - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:52 pm:

    It was a good speech, ah, both times around?

    A bit disappointed it was not acknowledged as to who and when the original had came from before tweaking and using as his own though. I had missed who was speaking that day (asked here who it was)…now I guess it does not matter the gentleman’s name, as I was actually hearing JFK.


  47. - 47th Ward - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:59 pm:

    It’s downright Biden-esque. Ted Sorenson is spinning in his grave.

    Ask not what Elgin can do for you, ask what you can do for Elgin.


  48. - LisleMike - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:01 pm:

    I think what is being said is “Wrong is wrong”.
    There is no defending theft and clearly there were words stolen. There is no defending arrogance and there was clearly arrogance in thinking no one would catch his theft. There is no defending a lack of character. I think every speech he gives in the future will create a bevy of literary investigators looking for a source. He only hurt himself in the long run.


  49. - Pioneer P. - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:06 pm:

    It says a lot about someone’s character when they take short cuts like this and try to pull one over on the public. People don’t pull stuff like this “once.” To me, it’s not acceptable in any way and he needs to face the music to regain some sense of credibility. How does someone stand in the capitol and give a speech that they ripped off and act like no one is going to notice?


  50. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:06 pm:

    Someone needs to check if Noland’s apology is cribbed …

    “Good speeches have a thousand fathers, but a plagerized speech is an orphan…”

    Senator … an attribute is used to make a point, or start a thought … changing words to fit your situation is NOT “borrowing” or not “an attribution”… its plagarism.


  51. - George - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:13 pm:

    JFK and MLK also cribbed a lot from the bible.

    If he had made the reference, it is a great allusion and would have been a great floor speech, still, maybe even moreso.

    Since he didn’t, it makes it seem like he googled “civil rights speeches” and then swapped out some words.


  52. - Wensicia - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:21 pm:

    Well, at least he admitted it, but in this day and age when transgressions like this can be found out almost instantly, what Noland did was really stupid.


  53. - OneMan - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:32 pm:

    To use another example Airplane! is a great movie but they gave credit to Zero Hour (the older film with Dana Andrews) where they stole the story (but not the jokes from)


  54. - wordslinger - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 2:34 pm:

    –To use another example Airplane! is a great movie but they gave credit to Zero Hour (the older film with Dana Andrews) where they stole the story (but not the jokes from) –

    It’s exactly like that, lol.


  55. - just sayin' - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:01 pm:

    Ask not what your state lawmakers can do, ask what you can do for your state lawmakers.


  56. - Old Milwaukee - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:08 pm:

    He admitted it because he got caught. This plagiarism is brazen and outrageous. It says to everyone “I’m smarter than you are.”

    It gives us a window through which we can see this man’s character, and it’s not something to behold.


  57. - Liberal Lady - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:09 pm:

    It was a great speech with a lot of heart and sincerity behind it.

    We all complain about that too many lawmakers are dishonest and that they don’t support enough legislation in their constituents’ best interests, but by not only voting for, but also giving a speech in support of civil unions, Noland showed that he realizes the importance of OPENLY supporting issues as important as the advancement in equality between all Illinoisans.

    Yes, he made a mistake, but his immediate apology showed that he wasn’t trying to “pull one over” on anyone.

    He screwed up. He said sorry. Give the guy a break.


  58. - Old Milwaukee - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:15 pm:

    Noway, Liberal Lady. You are only excusing him because he is on the right side of the issue. If it was an issue you disagreed with, would you think differently?
    Look at the act itself. Anyone who would rip off a speech in such a public forum and pass it off to all those listening as his own thoughts and words is missing more than a couple of cards from the deck.


  59. - collar observer - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:16 pm:

    I know Senator Noland, and I have to say that while I do wish he would have attributed much of his speech to JFK - his demeanor was reserved yet passionate; unlike the usual bulldog. I think he was truly speaking from the heart, and I appreciate his words very much.

    While Mike certainly hasn’t shed the bulldog for good, he does fight hard for what he believes is right by his constituents, and he votes responsibly most of the time. I am glad he is my Senator.


  60. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:16 pm:

    Immediate?

    Immediate would have been … after he did it! Waiting for a blog to call you out isn’t THAT immediate….


  61. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:18 pm:

    ===his demeanor was reserved yet passionate; unlike the usual bulldog.===

    Can you plagerize a “demeanor” …lol


  62. - Liberal Lady - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:24 pm:

    Old -

    You think he intentionally ripped off a famous Kennedy speech and thought no one would notice? Really??

    He should be embarrassed, but I don’t think there was malicious intent behind his error in attribution. And I might be more annoyed if someone on the other side of the issue made the same mistake, but I would feel similarly about the oversight.


  63. - Rich Miller - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:28 pm:

    ===You think he intentionally ripped off a famous Kennedy speech and thought no one would notice? Really??===

    Yes.


  64. - Anonymous - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:36 pm:

    I can’t believe how dumb some of our legislators are - he couldn’t even construct a statement reflecting his own opinion on the issue. Shows what a fraud he really is, and maybe even demonstrates why Illinois is in such a mess.


  65. - Exhausted - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:37 pm:

    Maybe someone should take the time to check on JFK’s speech writer. Seems to me the line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” has been stolen several time form the original. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 1884, “…what has our done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return”. Several other citations can also be quoted. Maybe there are indeed no new thoughts, just thoughts repeated…..


  66. - Way South of the Border - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:42 pm:

    In journalism, literature, science, etc., plagiarism is considered career suicide.

    Only in politics would there be any debate about how egregious this was.

    If the man had heartfelt feelings about this issue, he would have expressed them in his own words.

    And if we appreciate or justify what Noland expressed through stolen concepts and phrases, we are falling for the ruse he created.


  67. - Professor - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:43 pm:

    Even Illinois’ own tenured distinguished academic professors would face being fired if they plagiarized. Good thing he is an Illinois politician. The guy is a goof!


  68. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 4:10 pm:

    If you take all the “attributes” out of his speech and just left his own words/sentences … this is what you would get ….

    (crickets)

    All the apologists, realize there aren’t too many original thoughts coming out.


  69. - Bill - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 4:21 pm:

    Ah, what’s the big deal? No one listens to those goofs on the floor. They don’t even listen to themselves. As long as they vote the right way, who cares?


  70. - Bill - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 4:23 pm:

    In fact, I’m suprised that Noland has even read a Kennedy speech.


  71. - S - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 4:31 pm:

    Oswego Willy nails it.

    Disappointment stems in part from the fact he couldn’t muster entirely original comments on such a historical vote, yet he still felt the need to stand up and speak on it.

    His own words weren’t good enough to stand alone, but he couldn’t resist temptation and let the moment pass by.

    Creates a perception of opportunism and spotlight-seeking in this case.

    At least he’s owning it and not throwing some poor intern under the bus.


  72. - Greg - Tuesday, Dec 7, 10 @ 12:59 pm:

    ‘Back tracking Mike’ is at it again. He probably hoped no one would catch on. He’s only sorry he got caught. If Senator Noland is truly sorry, he should move to have the speech stricken from the record and resubmit his own work.


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        * Latest Illiana tollway step a heartbreaker to some..
        * Kadner: Illinois is broke, with too many state .....
        * Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers..


        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Home confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials
        * Illinois law nixes deadline for asbestos lawsuits
        * Gov. Quinn names comptroller to replace Topinka
        * Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list
        * St. Charles students expelled after computer hack
        * Rauner calls Illinois comptroller appointment 'appropriate'
        * 1 thing even Rahm can't fix: Da Bears
        * AP Interview: Killeen sees UI as economic asset
        * SIUE sending plants to space for research project

        * 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
        * Audit: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids
        * Chicago couple convicted of stealing state grants

        * Rauner already showing he misses Topinka
        * It's not you, it's me: Wintrust finds a new lender
        * Leadership Greater Chicago chief David DeCoursey dies at 66
        * FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
        * These halls are really decked out for Christmas


        * 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


        * East Chicago man shot to death in Gary
        * Firefighter injured in Far South Side blaze
        * 1 dead, 16 injured in daytime Chicago shootings
        * Hospital: Child remains in 'stable' condition, checked for Ebola virus
        * Barrington woman, teammate win Season 25 of 'Amazing Race'
        * High school student among 2 charged with Joliet murder
        * Stolen Northwestern Memorial Healthcare computer had information of 2,800 patients
        * Two more Chicago pot dispensaries get zoning approval
        * Bail set at $2 million in Willowbrook strangulation
        * Two charged with stealing Salvation Army donation bucket


        * 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


        * 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
        * 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
        * Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers
        * E.J. Dionne: Chuck Schumer: Take two
        * Esther Cepeda: The rainbow that isn’t
        * Raoul, Righter, Nekritz, Sandack: Clarifying privacy, eavesdropping bill


        * Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
        * Area Calendar 12/20/14
        * Bellevue woman dies in traffic accident
        * A cloudy day with drizzle on the way
        * No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
        * Parents get suspended sentence for son's truancy
        * Gov. Quinn names comptroller to replace Topinka
        * Q-C man guilty of false statements, obstructing
        * Making merry
        * Upcoming Services (Dec. 20)


        * Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity
        * Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls
        * Women's Top 25 Capsules
        * No. 16 Oregon State women rally in 71-55 win over S Illinois
        * Kehres takes some blame after latest Stagg Bowl loss

        * Ready for ABLE - Effingham Daily News
        * Roskam helps lead charge to protect Chicag...
        * Shimkus discusses ABLE Act - Journal Gazet...
        * Rauner: 'I look forward to working very cl...
        * Rauner in D.C., backs state term limits, n...
        * US Republican congressman to work for bipa...
        * Bost Readies to Join Congress
        * Controversy and change mark 2014 in Highla...
        * US Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) to Serve as Vi...
        * Climate deniers need the boot - Idaho Moun...

        * Jeff Flake Attacks Obama for Making GOP Vo......
        * Rep. Ellison On Education: We Need to Put ......
        * 2012 Predictions Revisited: What the Seers......

        * Kirk applauds bill that invests in Metro East...
        * Where Are Chicago Gang Members Getting The......
        * Report: Mass Shooting in Chicago Was Resul......
        * Senators Durbin, Kirk Join In Support Of S......

        * Marc Little Interviewed at the 2014 Black Conservative Summit
        * Dr. Eric Wallace Interview [video]
        * Medicaid is not serving those it needs to help, so what good is it? [video]
        * Congressman Rodney Davis backs Obama's new Cuba policy
        * Roskam and Rubio speak out on Obama's new deal with Cuba
        * Glo Smith Interviewed at the BCS 2014 [video]
        * State officials pay respects to Judy Baar-Topinka
        * Can America become exceptional again? [video]
        * Thorner: Common Core slanted to produce new generation of left-leaning citizens
        * Rev. Dean Nelson Interview [video]


        * 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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