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Reform and renewal

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012

* Way back in the early 1990s, I worked for Hannah Information Service. It was essentially a private LIS with “modern” features and additions.

In those days, the General Assembly’s LIS was a dial-up bulletin board system open 8 hours a day, five days a week. You had to consult a thick book and then enter long “libsynch” codes to pull up any information. It was truly a pain in the posterior and very inconvenient.

Hannah, a Michigan company, created a menu-driven system and kept it “live” 24/7. The company downloaded all of the info from LIS, made it much easier to read and resold it. I can still remember the day when we finally convinced LIS to install a 9600 baud modem, which we paid for.

This was pre “mouse,” so while there were no libsynch codes, you had to enter digits helpfully displayed on your screen to navigate to what you needed. For those days, it was easy-peasy.

I wrote the daily “Hannah Report” back then and also managed our team of committee reporters.

The committee reporters would take notes on all debates and record the roll calls. Committee roll calls were not publicly available in those days and lots of legislators were very upset that we were recording their votes. Actually, “upset” is not he word. They were furious, and there were multiple attempts to shut us down, particularly after my column got a whole lot more pointed.

* Anyway, I told you that story to give you some background about how important this seemingly innocuous development is

The Illinois House Clerk is making committee roll call votes available soon to folks who visit the Illinois General Assembly’s website.

“This is a positive step toward greater transparency,” said longtime Statehouse observer Mike Lawrence. “It will help shift the focus of political discourse from rhetoric to records.”

I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get those official records online. The Senate has not yet followed suit

Senate Secretary Tim Anderson said his chamber is not yet ready to begin publishing committee roll calls online. He added the chamber is experimenting with transmitting more committee data electronically and may post online committee roll calls in the future.

It should be done.

Back when I was at Hannah, I was once threatened with arrest for grabbing a paper copy of a Senate amendment which had not yet been voted on by a committee. The amendments were supposed to be “secret.” But they were only secret to the non-insider public. They’re now all online.

About a dozen years ago I came up with a business idea of transmitting House and Senate floor debate live on the Internet. I was blocked from doing that. But now you can even get House committee live streams online.

Progress here is slow. And not always sure.

* I always try to maintain a healthy skepticism on ethics reform attempts because so many have not produced the intended results. Other reporters often treat reformers like gods. But those alleged gods often don’t know the first thing about what they’re trying to reform.

But this doesn’t look like a bad idea at all. From a press release…

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) [last week] to introduce ethics reform legislation that will overhaul the much-maligned financial disclosure forms filed by tens of thousands of public servants each year.

The bill proposes a new disclosure form – known as a Statement of Economic Interests – that would require filers to list outside sources of income, lobbyist relationships and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public, for the first time. It also closes loopholes that allowed filers to answer “not applicable” to almost all of the questions on the current version of the form introduced 40 years ago.

Simon said the goal of the new form is to help Illinois residents determine if elected officials, high-ranking employees and candidates hold any conflicts of interest. The new form will also be easier for filers to complete thanks to the plain-language questions, definitions of terms and obvious connections to information found on tax returns and investment statements.

“At over 40-years-old, it’s time our financial disclosure forms get a facelift,” Simon said. “This legislation is about making our Statement of Economic Interests more understandable for the people who fill them out, and making them more transparent for those who want to get information from them.”

* From the News-Gazette

In a stunning statistic released by Simon’s office, it was revealed “none” or “not applicable” was the response to 75 percent of the answers to the questions on state forms. Simon said that the same answers were given 85 percent of the time in Cook County.

In other words, the disclosure forms don’t disclose much, if anything, either because the questions are so vague as to be easily avoided or people filling the forms out do not fear being held accountable for their misstatements.

That’s not unlike judicial disclosure forms. Judges are required to fill out reports detailing their outside income and reveal any possible conflicts of interest or violations of rules of judicial conduct. But no one checks the forms.

What Simon and Kotowski propose is a much more thorough set of questions that would seek information on officials’ outside employment, relationships with lobbyists and more exact details about the type and size of investments people hold.

It’s hard to determine possible conflicts of interest if you don’t know what interests could be in conflict. More complete disclosure would make a huge difference.

The bill is here.

* And a southern Illinois hiring scandal comes to an end with a small fine

A former top state transportation employee has been fined $4,000 in connection with a summer job hiring scandal at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Danny Clayton, who was removed from his $102,000 post as assistant regional engineer in the agency’s District 9 Carbondale office nearly two years ago, was found by the state’s executive ethics commission to have violated state ethics law.

At issue were allegations that Clayton tampered with tests used to grade potential employees of a 2009 summer jobs program. Investigators suggested Clayton may have altered scores or asked applicants to take tests a second time to boost their results.

Clayton also was found to have attempted to convince a co-worker to lie about the scandal to investigators.

That employee, Michael Bigler, blew the whistle on Clayton and told investigators he was being pressured by Clayton to cover up the tampering.

One can only now wonder if the executive commission will go after Gov. Pat Quinn for that ridiculous youth “jobs” program up north.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


34 Comments
  1. - Liberty First - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:28 pm:

    Maybe they check it off because the average state worker has nothing to disclose.


  2. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:30 pm:

    Now if we can just do something about the State Board of Elections website next…

    Kudos to LIS for taking these steps.

    The new online system for committee information and witness slips appear to be a step in the right direction as well.


  3. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:34 pm:

    Here is a sample line from the current form: “The name and instrument of ownership in any entity doing business with a unit of local government in relation to which the person is required to file if the ownership interest of the person filing is greater than $5,000 fair market value as of the date of filing or if dividends in excess of $1,200 were received from the entity during the preceding calendar year.”

    With language like this, is it any wonder people have trouble figuring out what to report? I suppose that there are people that think this is perfectly clear, but I am not one of them. I have been filling out this form for years and there are still sections where I am not sure what qualifies as a correct answer.

    I know that I need to report potential economic conflicts of interest, but the trick has always been figuring out what to report on which line.

    (Plus, why isn’t there an on-line fill-in-the-blank version?)


  4. - Stooges - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:37 pm:

    Clayton was a gift to IDOT from Blago and ex-congressman David Phelps. He was a coal miner that came in to tell the highway engineers how to do their jobs. He deserves worse.


  5. - Norseman - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:38 pm:

    “It also closes loopholes that allowed filers to answer ‘not applicable’ to almost all of the questions on the current version of the form …”

    The form could use an update and some plain language, but really, calling these “loopholes” is typical hyperbole used by politicians. “Not applicable” was used by employees because it was just that. The only thing I had to disclose in years of statements was the fact that my wife worked for the state - she started two weeks before I did and about a month before I met her.

    I don’t find it surprising or ominous that 75% of the answers were answered in that way. You’re talking about a lot of employees and they all don’t have connections to lobbyists or own multiple homes, etc.

    What we have here is another sexy press pop that will not lead to anything meaningful.


  6. - Don't Worry, Be Happy - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:43 pm:

    I remember getting copies of the recordings of the proceedings for committees. I think only the House did it, not the Senate. You’d put in the request, and it would take a week or two for them to make a copy - which you would then receive on a cassette tape!


  7. - Norseman - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:56 pm:

    Read the bill.

    Okay, instead of answering “not applicable,” the form tells you to answer, “none.” Whether the terms are clearer is in the eye of the beholder. While I don’t have to file anymore, my statement will remain the same. Oops, not the same, I would use “none” instead of “not applicable.”

    Big reform.


  8. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 12:59 pm:

    I think some people may have answered “not applicable” because “I do not have a clue as to what should go here.” was not an acceptable answer.


  9. - frustrated GOP - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:03 pm:

    I remember the Hanna report… on the EIS, or the none form, because that is what you answer to everything, none.
    It really is a useless exercise. I’ll have to review the bill. I wonder how many times someone has used the form in a legal proceeding which is the use of such right?


  10. - RNUG - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:13 pm:

    I think Liberty First is close to the mark for the average State employee. They don’t have anything to disclose.

    I was a SPSA and had to file two different forms (one SOS, one Gov office / CMS) simply because of the level of my salary. Unlike most the other SPSA’s I knew, I did have some outside income from book royalties and one single family rental home (owned with my wife) … so I actually answered two of the nine questions … even though that ‘outside’ income had nothing to do with my state job. But all the other questions were answered “not applicable”.

    Now if they had asked for detailed information on my neighbors … one retired State Senator, one lobbyist, one agency director, one member of a prominent political family …


  11. - Esquire - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:19 pm:

    “I always try to maintain a healthy skepticism on ethics reform attempts because so many have not produced the intended results.”

    I agree completely. It has amazed me to learn how many “reforms” ended up being undiluted “power grabs” when put into practice. In some cases, it was the law of unintended consequences, but it other instances the power plays were designed to appeal to popular opinion while producing results for the well connected.

    I could give examples, but it would take too much space!

    I also agree that the Illinois State Board of Elections web site seems to be designed to frustrate people seeking information. The upgrades have made the site worse than what it was before.


  12. - Quinn T. Sential - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:26 pm:

    The IL LIS and broadcast systems are a bad joke compared to many other states. Take the FL LIS and live legislative broadcast system for a test drive sometime and you will once again be embarrassed for Illinois


  13. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:31 pm:

    The problem with the canary yellow forms is that they are so inartfully drawn that you need to consult with your legal counsel to answer them. Good for the bar, bad for everyone else.


  14. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:31 pm:

    It used to take me almost a minute to write “NA” nine times on my form. But I felt holy for doing so.


  15. - This Beholder - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:35 pm:

    === Whether the terms are clearer is in the eye of the beholder. ===

    I read the bill, and the more important question may be whether the questions and terms are clearer in the eye of the filer who has to fill out one of these forms.

    NEW FORM’S QUESTION in SB 3941
    “2. Excluding the position that is requiring you to file this form, list the source of any income in excess of $2,500 as reported on your federal income tax return covering the preceding calendar year. If you sold an asset which produced more than $2,500 in income in the preceding calendar year, list the name of the asset and the transaction date on which the sale or transfer took place. If you had no other sources of income exceeding $2,500, list “none” below.”

    For this question from SB 3941, I think I would look at my federal income tax return and see if I had any source of income exceeding $2,500 besides the job making me file the disclosure form and to look to see if I sold any investments that generated more than $2,500 in income. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

    CURRENT FORM’S QUESTION
    “List the name and instrument of ownership in any entity doing business in the State of Illinois, in which the ownership interest held by the person at the date of filing is in excess of $5,000 fair market value or from which dividends in excess of $1,200 were derived during the preceding calendar year. (In the case of real estate, location thereof shall be listed by
    street address or, if none, by legal description.) No time or demand deposit in a financial institution nor any debt instrument
    need be listed.”

    So, for the current form, am I supposed to double check with the Secretary of State to see if an entity is “doing business in the State of Illinois” or at least filed its paperwork properly? What is a “time or demand deposit in a financial institution” exactly?

    I have to file one of these forms every year, and this seems like progress to me. Will it end corruption in Illinois? No, but it sure seems like clearer language to figure out what they are asking me to disclose.


  16. - shore - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 1:37 pm:

    government it with the exception with jesse white’s license renewal thing which is awesome is absolutely awful. Most city, state and local websites are 1996 esque and impossible to navigate and find information. A lot of them crash and I’m leaving out the voting stuff which is even worse. Some of you are potential candidates or officeholders. Fix this.


  17. - Norseman - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 2:13 pm:

    Shore - as you probably already know, it’s not going to get any better. In most agencies IT expenditures are a low priority compared to program needs. There is always a delay in upgrades. Version 1 is made available to agency staff after Version 2 most likely Version 3 are fully adopted by the outside world.


  18. - Original Rambler - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 2:17 pm:

    Maybe they can also tell Ethics Officers what they are supposed to be looking for when doing their statutorily obligated “review” of these Statements.


  19. - CircularFiringSquad - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 2:18 pm:

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  20. - Colossus - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 2:21 pm:

    County and below websites are truly atrocious. Not to mention unable to interact with the Board of Elections system to streamline reporting.

    Want to talk about an embarrassment for IL? The mainframe computing system, designed in the early 80s and had its last overhaul in 1997 (or thereabouts). The state’s backend system is an absolute mess, and the cost of maintaining it is skyrocketing as seasoned veterans retire only to come back on 75-day contracts at inflated retiree rates because they’re the only ones who know how to use the darn thing.

    Want to help the state save money? Spend the cash to rebuild it from the ground up with modern technology with an eye towards making it last 30 years, with modular portions to allow for upgrades during that time. A new system would allow younger workers to get in on the ground floor, require fewer workers to use and maintain, and allow for better services to be provided.

    You have to spend money to save money.


  21. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 3:15 pm:

    I, like many commentors, filled out the disclosure form for years. Why? I knew of employees with clear conflicts of interest and nothing happened. Based upon the quality of my agency’s “ethics” officers, I know why. Waste of time.


  22. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 3:19 pm:

    This should be SOP, but I’ll say it anyway since it’s not always obvious even to companies for some reason:

    - Hire independent business analysts to elicit, manage, and most importantly, obtain sign-off on the requirements for any new systems you’re designing. By “independent,” I mean someone who collects their salary or an agreed-upon fixed rate consulting fee and no more, no less (i.e., no more, no less in kickbacks in the form of bonuses for sending business someone’s way or increasing even their own company’s headcount on a project (yes, I’m looking at you big “consulting companies” that provide way too many resources and sell vaporware that you then spend decades developing and maintaining in-house before transitioning the now oudated system over to in-house staff–or preferrably, your off-shore subsidiary as a legacy system));

    Make sure your BAs and project managers know how to manage and administer change orders so that you’re not constantly moving a wall three inches to the right, then left, then back again–and wondering why you’ve exceeded your budget during the first quarter; and

    Probably most importantly, if you’re going for “transparency,” it’d be nice if the citizens of this state got that feature first. Always demoralizing to get “classfied” (whether labeled same per definition or treated as same per current “best” practices) from overseas. Especially when it’s your own personal information.

    And if you can’t, or refuse to, meet that last objective (i.e., ensuring that the State of Illinois controls maintenance and distribution of the data to the benefit of its Citizens, then forget about even attempting to meet the first two objectives.

    Instead, show your transparency by issuing a press release that says you’re handing control of the data (and thereby to a great degree, control of the State itself) over to a foreign country for their benefit. We’ll respect you more for that…

    ….really.


  23. - titan - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 3:29 pm:

    I’ve helped a lot of people with these forms through the years. If you’re a pay check to pay check employee (like most people), the odds are that the “N/A” answer is fully truthful to the vast majority of questions.


  24. - Judgment Day (Road Trip) - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 3:30 pm:

    Three years ago I got together a small development group and in about 3 weeks, we had a fully browser based LAMP environment for Counties to handle their Statement of Economic Interest forms and reporting. Worked beautifully.

    Went nowhere. Only conclusion I can draw from numerous conversations is that it was way, way too innovative - too ‘computery’. Just as an aside, one fairly constant objection was that people required to file would provide incorrect/incomplete/invalid data if it was all handled online. To which my (admittedly flippant) response was “How would you be able to tell?”

    Seriously, it went nowhere because first off, the entire process is nothing but an irritant to the County Clerk’s offices, and all the other groups who have to make sure such annual filings occur. It’s just more paper.

    Plus, currently (and as noted), the entire process is as clear as mud, nobody wants to be seen as providing legal advice on the ‘questions’, and to make matters worse, most of the time these forms fall in the same time period as both elections and real estate tax extension work by the Clerk.

    So, what do you think is going to take priority?

    Honestly, the biggest impediments to progress in using cloud based technology at the state level are (a) CMS, and (b) Internal Auditors within departments. Everybody is so convinced that it’s not ’secure’ (and can’t possibly be secured), so nobody is ready to do anything. Looking at it from outside, the State is in a hell of a mess - but if they can’t jump all the way to perfect, they aren’t moving. May not make much sense in reality, but… whatever.

    We’ve just extremely recently put together browser based apps (LAMP) for both tax exempt bonds and West Nile virus, so we’ll see if anything has changed. Not holding my breath, though…


  25. - Endangered Moderate Species - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 3:36 pm:

    I am surprised the 75% number isn’t much higher. There must be more government employees doing business with State vendors than I had guessed.


  26. - Judgment Day (Road Trip) - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 3:37 pm:

    Sorry, LAMP = Linus (open source operating system), Apache (open source webserver software), mySQL (open source backend; database), and PHP (Hypertext Pre-Programming; open source software development language).

    Got to stay away from all the IT acronyms.


  27. - Excessively Rabid - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 4:10 pm:

    ==County and below websites are truly atrocious.==

    Please note the very nice work done by the Sangamon County Clerk, of whom I am not otherwise a fan, on this.


  28. - titan - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 4:16 pm:

    @Moderate Endangered Species - a lot of the 25% non-”N/A” answers are essentially bogus “over answering”. Noting that one has a spouse employed by another public body or have money in a mutual fund that holds some GM or Ford stock (and the State buys some GM or Ford cars) or such - things that could have been answered “n/A” but the employee isn’t sure about and gives the “over answer” to so no one can say he/she wrongly left it off.


  29. - amalia - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 4:28 pm:

    poor Illinois Legislature. you created a system for legislation that many of you still think is great. lost in the way past, as in over 20 years ago.


  30. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 4:56 pm:

    For years I have served on my small town’s public library board. For four years I was on the regional Alliance Library System board and fill out those forms every year. I’m sure I speak for the rest of us on these boards that we have answered N/A on all the questions, as it is irrelevant to us. We are volunteers. How many 1,000 of other Illinoisans are serving as volunteers on boards who also find these forms to be a pain in the rear end?


  31. - Rod - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 4:58 pm:

    Sen. Dan Kotowski filed SB 3941 on Nov 29, yet by Dec 4 it is not co-sponsored. Is the concept not popular?


  32. - DuPage Dave - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 6:14 pm:

    This is the first time I’ve been disappointed in Sheila Simon. This proposal is complete baloney. As several commenters have noted, the reason 75 percent or more of the responses are “none” or “n/a” is that the questions don’t apply to typical state workers.

    In recent years, the requirement to complete this form has increased to many, many low-level staff. 15 years ago I was the only person in my unit at DHS to complete the form. Now almost everyone is required to complete it.

    State workers don’t own businesses on the side, don’t get dinners from lobbyists, don’t contribute much of anything to any campaigns.

    The implication that workers are submitting false information or just avoiding telling the truth is offensive. The form is not just aimed at “high-ranking employees” as per Simon’s statement.

    Kotowski is the brains behind the simplistic “budget for results” effort that anyone who’s been around more than 10 years has seen twice under other names. I’ve met him and he seems sincere, but going after state workers on the truthfulness of their economic interest statements is distasteful.

    The quote from the News-Gazette is just plain wrong-headed: “people filling the forms out do not fear being held accountable for their misstatements”. If you don’t own a business, don’t have another job, don’t have a spouse on a public payroll- the correct answer is “not applicable”.

    This kind of baloney coming from two good Democrats just makes me sick to my stomach.


  33. - Old timer - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 6:24 pm:

    They need to investigate the program that pays kids to stay in school


  34. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Dec 4, 12 @ 8:27 pm:

    -this proposal is complete baloney-

    An excellent summary, DD.

    In addition to being baloney-filled unadulterated hooey, this idea appears to be an answer to a question no one has been asking.


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        * What is at stake in the 2014 gubernatorial races?..
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        * Illinois' top educator: Funding problems to remain
        * Funeral set for basketball coach Wayne McClain
        * USDA: Illinois corn, soybean harvests slogs along
        * Bill Clinton to campaign for Quinn Tuesday
        * Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot
        * Quinn, Rauner debate income tax increase
        * Governor hopefuls disagree on charter schools
        * Illinois governor candidates spar in last debate
        * Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Sun-Times, Belleville, Champaign, Peoria newspapers endorse Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally
        * Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers
        * Illinois unemployment rate falls again, to 6.6 percent
        * Panel to look at body cameras in eavesdropping law discussion

        * McDonald's: 'By all measures our performance fell short of our expectations'
        * Final guv debate: taxes, jobs, schools
        * With a boost from Lurie, Central DuPage wants to expand
        * It's official: AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
        * Northwestern, U of C among four hospitals that would treat Ebola patients


        * Father Bob Botthof, teacher who became priest after losing wife, dies at 85
        * Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery
        * Emanuel’s cable tax hike to cost average consumer $28.80 a year
        * Fix pot law conflicts so industry can grow
        * Chicago Public Schools to sell headquarters for $28 million
        * Cardinal George’s advice to Archbishop Cupich: ‘Spend a lot of time listening’
        * Convicted sex offender in custody after 7 bodies found in NW Indiana
        * Fioretti tries to put heat on Emanuel over short yellow lights
        * Neely’s pre-election resignation deja vu of how she got her start
        * Scholar’s take on bishops’ synod: ‘Amazing days if you’re a Catholic’


        * Public input sought on Museum Campus plan
        * Staples probing possible payment card data breach
        * Cops: Boy, 17, fatally shot by officer after refusing to drop knife
        * Man killed, two people wounded in Dixmoor shooting
        * Marquette Park man charged with beating Tennessee man to death
        * Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday
        * Ebola fear puts family in voluntary quarantine in Rock Island
        * Foes, supporters speak out on New Trier tax increase request
        * 'My heart breaks,' says mom of one of 7 Indiana slaying victims
        * What experts say about serial killers


        * Area Cub Scouts Burned In Explosion
        * Notes On The Final Governor Debate
        * Scary Story: Hand In Glove By Shawna Mayer
        * Task Force Hopes To Help Turn Students Into Good Citizens
        * Digging up the history of a Civil War camp on Chicago's South Side
        * Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program At Odds With Federal Policy
        * UIS Poverty Series Continues With "American Winter" Screening
        * Third & Final Governor Debate Tonight
        * Are Computer Keyboards Killing Cursive?


        * Our Opinion: White, Madigan for another term
        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Our Opinion: Say yes to Magro’s project
        * John Schick: Letter confirmed aggression toward bicyclists
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Our Opinion: Re-elect Durbin for another term in U.S. Senate
        * Bill Press: Do you trust your government on Ebola?
        * Quote of the Day: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
        * Our Opinion: Rodney Davis has earned another term


        * This ride has its ups, downs
        * Car flipped over in unofficial celebration
        * Daily Digest 10/21/14
        * Daily business briefing: CVS developing tobacco-free network
        * Harvest delays remain apparent
        * SIU investigating reported sexual assault
        * Former Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart 10/21/2014
        * Westbound MetroLink trains running late
        * Granite City man accused of exposing himself to students on bus -- twice
        * Domestic abuse simulation lets participants live ‘In Her Shoes’


        * Lombard dermatologist convicted of Medicare fraud
        * Woman's body found on Fort Wayne cemetery property
        * Mail carrier to keep working after lottery win
        * Planetariums offer safe view of partial eclipse
        * Illinois man has chance to hunt alligator

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * Dick Durbin bio...
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......

        * Senator Mark Kirk: Congress Will Not Suppo......
        * Obama's Iran nuclear deal would skirt Cong......

        * Insidious At The Haunted Drive-In
        * If GOP blows November election, its anti-conservative strategy will be to blame
        * Higgins: What Should Conservatives Learn from Frederick Douglass
        * Your Tax Dollars At Work: Liberal religious organizations make amnesty pay
        * Chicago North Side Bank at Center of Power and Corruption
        * Biden calls Tea Party Crazy. Son gets kicked out of Navy for using cocaine.
        * Study: World's Economic Freedom Ascends, as U.S. Freedom Falls
        * Rauner Statement on Monthly Jobs Report
        * Our America Fund launches new anti-Durbin ad: Cop Killer
        * Religious persecution in US can be tied to the equivocations of Pope Francis


        * Rauner Campaign Statement on Final Debate
        * What They’re Saying About Pat Quinn
        * What They’re Saying About Bruce Rauner
        * Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark - 3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining
        * Rauner Sweeping Endorsements Across Illinois




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