SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Locals furious about budget plans

Friday, Mar 8, 2013

*** UPDATE *** The Municipal League has updated with correct numbers

The Governor’s Office is proposing to cap LGDF revenue distributions using State Fiscal Year 2012 as the base year. In other words, cities and counties would not receive any LGDF revenue growth above and beyond what was received in State Fiscal Year 2012. This is absolutely unacceptable!

There is very real discussion among legislators regarding capping LGDF revenue. The IML has had several conversations with legislators who share this view of putting LGDF revenue on the table. The prospect of having to cut spending priorities, such as education, has created a renewed sense of desperation for revenue. THEY WANT OUR MONEY!

The IML received advance notice that the Governor was looking at reducing LGDF revenue by $240 million. Using this number, we estimated that the financial impact would be $18.70 per resident. As it turns out, the $240 million included transfers from approximately 80 funds, including LGDF. The $18.70 estimate based upon that number is therefore too high.

We believe, however, that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is vastly underestimating the financial impact of the proposed LGDF cap and that our revised estimate is more accurate. The OMB believes that cities and counties would “only” lose $68 million, or $5.30 per resident. Using data from the Illinois Department of Revenue and our own financial projections, we believe that the revenue loss would be approximately $148 million, or $11.50 per resident. Keep in mind that this only reflects the “cap” proposals. Other proposals may surface.

Again, this is absolutely unacceptable.

Local government revenues are further endangered each year that the underlying causes of the State’s financial crisis go unresolved. Legislators and the Governor are chafing at having to make spending cuts to critical priorities like education. This places LGDF at great risk.

We are barely into the first act of what will likely prove to be a long play. We urge our members to consistently remind legislators and the Governor that taking LGDF revenue will not solve the state’s financial problem, but will only create tremendous financial problems for hundreds of local governments throughout Illinois.

They also have a video.

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* The Illinois Municipal League fired up the mayors with a Facebook post this week

It’s on! The IML has learned that the Governor’s Office is proposing to reduce LGDF (state-shared income tax) revenue by $240 million. We have also learned that some legislators are supporting the use of LGDF revenue to address the state’s fiscal woes. To calculate the financial impact to each community, multiply the municipal population by $18.70. The IML STRONGLY urges that our members contact their legislators IMMEDIATELY in opposition to this proposed local revenue reduction. The IML will provide additional information as events develop.

Unfortunately, that’s not true. The $240 million is the total number of all automatic transfers that are being looked at by the governors. Local governments’ share of that is much smaller.

* Whatever the amount, the issue has mayors up in arms

“It’s a classic example of the legislature not being able to take care of their own house and now looking to the cities who have been responsible with their money,” said Normal Mayor Chris Koos.

“This would just compound our own pension issues,” said Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder.

“Just because the state of Illinois is going down the tubes doesn’t mean he’s got to take the cities down with him,” Marion Mayor Bob Butler said.

Downstate lawmakers say the proposal has mayors throughout the state stomping mad.

* In other budget-related news, Chicago Democrats have for months pushed a plan to shift a half a percentage point of employer pension costs to local school districts a year over a period of several years. The districts have resisted, and their allies in the General Assembly claim the cost shift would lead to property tax hikes.

But the GA cut education funding last year by $210 million, the second straight year of cuts. And the governor has proposed a $278 million cut this year, which amounts to three percent. One reason for the cuts is that state pension costs have zoomed ever higher. From the governor’s budget address

Without pension reform, within two years, Illinois will be spending more on public pensions than on education.

* The reaction from schools has been predictably intense

Roger Eddy, a former state lawmaker and school superintendent who now heads the Illinois Association of School Boards, said he’s not sure whether some districts will be able to collect enough local dollars to make up for the loss of state money.

In addition, under a law aimed at capping property taxes, school districts have limits on what they can raise from local taxpayers.

“It’s going to devastate school districts,” Eddy said of Quinn’s proposal.

Bill Farley, assistant superintendent for business operations for Wheaton-based Community Unit School District 200 in DuPage County, said that at some point the cuts have to stop.

“The state continues to whittle away at funding, which was lacking from the start, and it puts more and more pressure on the local community to pay for the education of our students,” he said.

* And

Sycamore School District 427, already considering eliminating seven positions in part because of lack of state funding, could be out of close to $1 million in general state aid under Quinn’s plan, Glowiak said. Even more funding would be lost with transportation funding expected to be prorated at 19 percent.

“We seem to want to find scapegoats to beat up and the governor and a couple legislative leaders are making the scapegoat the pensions and schools and that’s disappointing,” Glowiak said.

The cut to transportation funding was the main concern for most local school officials, including James Briscoe, superintendent of DeKalb School District 428.

The district lost $300,000 in transportation funding this year, which contributed to a $2.3 million deficit, and is expected to lose even more this coming school year, Briscoe said. The steep cut to transportation almost assuredly means another deficit budget for the district, he said.

* Related…

* Franklin Hospital CEO: State owed $1.3M at end of ’12

* U. of Illinois looks to rely less on state support

* Officials still have hope for Dwight prison

* Quinn’s Bad-News Budget, With Deep Education Cuts, Has Justice Silver Lining

- Posted by Rich Miller        


27 Comments
  1. - Small Town Liberal - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 1:18 pm:

    The latest installment of the “cut somewhere else” saga.

    Now I’m sure this doesn’t describe all local governments, but in my hometown the public works department functions basically as an employment agency for the aldermen’s kids and friends. They’ve also been known to pave peoples’ driveways and do various other odd jobs unrelated to public property.

    I have no doubt they could stand a haircut.


  2. - Just Me - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 1:22 pm:

    I’m okay with this change, but only if local governments are included in some much-needed pension reform.

    But, this is a Quinn idea, which basically means it is guaranteed not to happen.


  3. - Endangered Moderate Species - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    Representative democracy is not having its finest hour.


  4. - Joe M - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 1:42 pm:

    The Illinois Constitution says that “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”

    But I think Illinois is about last among the states in per pupil education spending - with a great deal of the funding coming from local property taxes. Illinois seems to want to fund public education even less - either though budget cuts to pay for pensions - and/or shifting pension costs to the school districts.
    ______
    SECTION 1. GOAL - FREE SCHOOLS
    A fundamental goal of the People of the State is the educational development of all persons to the limits of their capacities.
    The State shall provide for an efficient system of high quality public educational institutions and services. Education in public schools through the secondary level shall
    be free. There may be such other free education as the General Assembly provides by law.
    “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”
    (Source: Illinois Constitution.)


  5. - nobody - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    The real solutions are painful and therefore will not see the light of day. If they allowed a secret ballot in the General Assembly, the revenue and pension problems would be solved. They know what needs to be done but do not have the courage to do it since their most important priority is to be re-elected rather than to do what is best for ALL of the people of Illinois.


  6. - anon - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 1:48 pm:

    Somebody needs to start calling out these school adminstrator groups. The State’ new actuary, Auditor General Holland, just produced a report assuming teacher raises of 6% a year for as far as the eye can see. The “cost shift” will force school boards to negotiate both wages and pensions. The cost shift will cost school districts zip because it will just mean smaller wage increases. Roger Eddy of all people should no better.


  7. - Captain Illini - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    Speaking of administration requirements, looking into my own school district taught me a lesson in why we needed so many adminstrators in the first place. The regulations imposed that do not teach one student anything have helped to create part of this mess, and those too should be looked at holistically in line with wages, et.al.


  8. - Cassiopeia - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    Given the exceptionally high salaries being paid to local school administrators I have little sympathy for the financial plight of local school districts. They have created an unsustainable situation for themselves.

    The state needs to take care of its responsibilities and local communities need to take care of their responsibilities. If property or local sales taxes have to go then so be it.

    As Madigan puts it “the free lunch should end”.


  9. - Foxfire - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:27 pm:

    Does anyone have a breakdown of the $240MM figure? From what I saw on the video of the press briefing, and the materials provided later, the Governor and his staff are being evasive about these “transfers out” and actually who would be impacted.

    In any event, eliminating the transfers out seems like a tough sell unless there’s something of equal or greater value being provided in exchange (local pension reform).


  10. - Anyone Remember? - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:29 pm:

    anon 1:48 and Cassiopeia

    Chicago still “gets” pension money, they just use it for something else - see Eric Zorn

    http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2012/07/pension.html

    IF we’re going to be fair, that amount should be taken from CPS.


  11. - nobody - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:30 pm:

    For all of you administrator haters out there, try to be specific instead of generalizing based on your very limited knowledge of salaries and other benefits paid. To use only your district information and then try to generalize it to the whole state shows a very small mind indeed. What is a high salary and what percentage of administrators are paid this high salary. That type of argument is counter productive and makes me weary.


  12. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:30 pm:

    A wise legislator once told me: there is no methadone program for those addicted to state revenue.

    The locals are starting to feel the withdrawl pains and the cuts have only been announced. If they kick in, expect the jonesing to begin in earnest.

    On the other hand, Madigan told Tichenor that he thought the locals would be OK. So there you go.

    Rich, there was a lot of good tidbits in that interview. I hope you’ll go back and lift more nuggets from it.


  13. - Just Observing - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:36 pm:

    So the Mayors recognize the state is in a fiscal mess, but they are unwilling to share in the sacrifice. Local and state funding is all interrelated.


  14. - Shemp - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:49 pm:

    The locals are upset because a) local revenues rise and fall with the state’s, so when the state revenues drop, locals drop. b) Locals are also subject to onerous pensions for police and fire, but the State controls the benefits, so they are out of locals control. The GA isn’t even talking about police and fire pensions in all the reform talk. c) when the income tax rose 2 percentage points, the state changed the formula so that the locals didn’t get any of it.


  15. - LincolnLounger - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:51 pm:

    My hometown is 4500 people, central IL, middle class, rural. The “Transportation Director” (head bus driver) makes $80K. The “Service Director” makes $79K. The husband and wife janitor team at the high school pull in 100K between the both of them. I don’t know what happens to common sense people when they get on school boards. I suspect the Superintendent runs amok, but it is curious.


  16. - Dr. Rosen Rosen - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:52 pm:

    If the Illinois Policy Institute wants to open contracts, maybe they should start with Superintendent contracts. For instance, the Superintendent of Plainfield Dist. 202, whose spokesperson was described the impact on the classroom in this story, had a total compensation package in 2010 of $294,744, $320,373 in 2011, and $334,453 in 2012. This does not include retirement enhancements. I’m guessing the teachers did not enjoy similar increases. ISBHE has a good website which details administrative salaries and benefits. http://www.isbe.state.il.us/research/htmls/salary_report.htm


  17. - Amalia - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 2:56 pm:

    can anyone give a more definitive answer on this IML claim? and does the plan apply to Chicago as well as other municipalities? or does Chicago get a pass, hence why other Mayors might be upset. Any clarity on LGDF matter is appreciated.


  18. - Anyone Remember? - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 3:08 pm:

    LincolnLounger -

    Is there no “citizen revolt” against this in your district?


  19. - Small Town Liberal - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 3:14 pm:

    Wasn’t there recently a scandal at the IML involving mismanagement and nepotism? And they’re going to lecture others about getting their house in order?


  20. - M O'Malley - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 3:23 pm:

    Hey Noboby,
    The one district HS my sibling teaches at, the total compensation for the top 2 administrators is $450k. And they just laid off teachers. When you make more than the Governor, that’s a high salary.
    And for all those that are interested, I’ve been told all Illinois school districts must post their salary info on their website. Takes a little digging, but I found it on the sites I looked up.


  21. - Charlie Wheeler - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 3:34 pm:

    Points of information:

    – State income tax revenue sharing

    The PDF file of the governor’s proposed FY 2014 operating budget
    “http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Documents/Budget%20Book/FY%202014/FY2014IllinoisOperatingBudgetBook.pdf”
    contains on page 84 (Chapter 2-62) “Table I-D - General Funds Transfers Out by Fund” which lays out the governor’s plans for those items.

    The table includes the following information for the Local Government Distributive Fund, all amounts in $ 000’s:

    Actual FY 2011 Actual FY 2012
    1,012,975 1,095,287

    Estimated FY 2013 Projected FY 2014
    1,122,162 1,095,287

    Because the money in the LGDF is distributed on a per capita basis, Chicago would sustain a proportionate reduction, if the GA were to cut the LGDF allocation to the 2012 level.

    – “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”

    In a 1973 case, Blase v. State, 55 Ill. 2d 94, 302 N.E.2d 46, the Illinois Supreme Court in essence held that the “primary responsibility” language was hortatory, “intended only to express a goal or objective, and not to state a specific command.” Later cases make clear the justices’ view that the state’s education funding structure is a subject for the Legislature, not the courts, to resolve.

    Respectfully,

    Charlie Wheeler


  22. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 3:38 pm:

    I am no apologist for high school administrator salaries, or God forbid, Roger Eddy’s, but I do object to knee jerk rhetoric like “paid more than the Governor=too much.”
    Benchmark the salaries against comparable positions, not that of an elected official whose salary is more or less set arbitrarily.


  23. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 3:43 pm:

    Oh, and one more thing-guys like that Glowiak quoted in that article are glorified bookkeepers who are waay overpaid.


  24. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 4:00 pm:

    Hey, if the Local Municipal Leaders have incredibly better ideas about how Illinois can BETter get out of this Fiscal Mess we’re in, let’s hear them. The days of Assumed Freebies is coming to an end and everybody needs to join in the sacrifices–they’re always free to consider raising local fees on a variety of services they’ve been able to keep down for eons thanks to the State bailing them out, or raise local sales or property taxes…maybe it’s high time some of these towns figure out how to actually tighten their belts the hard way, the way our State Govt. is having to, and that being a locally elected Official can sometimes prove a lot harder in actually figuring out better how to raise funds for your own services than being always just being able to tout how you’re the Mayor or Trustee or Commissioner and feel/look important to the local residents while knowing you are TOtally relying on “Big Bro.” Illinois to always bail you out each year so you can keep looking good while somebody else behind the Scenes has ACtually been doing most of the heavy lifting!


  25. - M O'Malley - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 4:08 pm:

    AA. I stand by my comment that any administrator who makes more than the Governor has a ‘high’ salary in response to the post by ‘Nobody’.


  26. - Property owner - Friday, Mar 8, 13 @ 4:25 pm:

    “I think Illinois is about last among the states in per pupil education spending - with a great deal of the funding coming from local property taxes.”

    The most current national information from the U.S. Census Bureau for every school system in the U.S. is for the 2009-2010 school year. According to table 11 in the publication “Public Education Finances”, Illinois ranks 16th of the 50 states with average total spending of $11,634 per student. For spending on instruction only, Illinois ranks 20th of the 50 states with average instructional spending of $6,920. By both measures Illinois spends well above the average for the U.S. and more than a majority of the states.

    What some people point to is that Illinois spends more local funds, mainly property tax revenue, than State revenue from income, sales, and other forms of statewide taxes. If you rank Illinois using only State taxes then it is ranked 40th of the 50 states. All of these forms of tax revenue come from the same source, the tax payer.


  27. - Juvenal - Saturday, Mar 9, 13 @ 10:23 pm:

    Always great to hear from Charlie Wheeler!

    Any analysis Charlie? Here’s my take.

    I’ve never been a big fan of the Local Government Distributive Fund, which is really just a backdoor way of passing along the costs of local government to the state.

    People want to know why state taxes are so high? Well, we give local governments over $1 BILLION a year without ever asking them how they’re going to spend it.

    And that, really, is why they’r probably most upset. Most money comes with some sort of strings attached, specifying what it can or can’t be spent on. But these are unrestricted funds, soft money, the kinda cash that you can spend on stuff that no one else will pay for.

    And THAT is why it hurts so much.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x1 - Quinn campaign responds *** Rauner campaign responds to firestorm over Sun-Times reporter's sidelining
* New Quinn ad hits Rauner on nursing homes
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Sun-Times sidelined reporter after Rauner campaign intervention
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Quinn campaign responds to Sun-Times endorsement decision
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's cable TV buys
* Readers to Sun-Times: Tell us how to vote!
* Quinn demands Rauner unseal deposition
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Good news, not so good news
* Question of the day
* September 23 through October 15?
* That's life, baby
* Sparring partners
* Not that this is a surprise, but Quinn's mom loves him
* When a "fact check" is neither
* Rauner: We settled case "because we're nice folks"
* "The Myth of the Incumbent 50% Rule"
* Ebola breaks through as political issue in Illinois
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: LSSI tickets, radio, poll, etc.
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Leaks reveal GPS-sporting Fitbit Surge to be released soon
        * Known NFC spoofing techniques probably wouldn't work with Apple Pay
        * Sony PS4 Remote Play coming to Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet
        * The Week in iOS Apps: Using your new iPhone's barometer
        * Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support
        * Rawer App: Edit raw photos on your Lumia
        * Verizon site CSS spills the beans on Motorola’s Droid Turbo

        * The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards
        * Why Marissa Mayer Is Still the Right CEO for Yahoo
        * How Justin Bieber Could Spoil Instagram’s Plan to Introduce Ads
        * Android Silver Reportedly Shelved Due To Lukewarm Response From OEMs
        * Android 5.0′s Keyboard Available For Download, No Root Required
        * Microsoft’s Wearable Could Be Launched In The Coming Weeks [Rumor]
        * Gmail 5.0 Details Revealed

        * Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad.
        * Pnoles' 2014 White Sox offseason plan
        * Former White Sox star Rowand excited for 'little' cousin Shields
        * The South Side Sox 2014-15 White Sox offseason plan project
        * Sox coaches get to know young players in Glendale
        * The longest White Sox home runs of 2014
        * Alexei Ramirez remains top shortstop at turning two


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch..
        * Evanston Democrats honor politicians, activists.....


        * Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch
        * Obama urges Quinn supporters to vote early
        * Report: Springfield HS often missing armed guards
        * Belleville, Champaign, Peoria papers back Rauner
        * Peoria woman charged in man's stabbing death
        * Homeless man found dead in wooded area in Elgin
        * Elderly couple, both 87, die in house explosion
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Driver in deadly ATV crash in Illinois arrested
        * Illinois voters to face a rare 5 ballot questions

        * 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
        * Phil Luciano: Company paying surrounding counties to support Logan Co. marijuana growing center
        * Parties donate big to area legislative races
        * Reports give snapshot of 2014 spending
        * Quinn, Rauner school funding counting differs

        * How this exec hopes to strike it rich in water, again
        * Two local businesses profit from a jump in skydiving
        * Emanuel, Preckwinkle clash over mandatory minimums
        * John Murray leaves Chicago Sports Commission. What's next?
        * Rauner, GOP matching Madigan's money in House races


        * TIME TO GET AHEAD OF EBOLA
        * Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Editorial: Why we are back in the endorsement business
        * Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Chicago Police officers overwhelmingly ratify contract
        * Judge in Pakistan recommends former city comptroller be extradited
        * Why we are back  in the endorsement business


        * 2 killed when vehicle hits police car, slams into building
        * Obama urges Democrats to vote early for Quinn
        * Man seriously wounded in West Englewood shooting
        * Aunt of slain teen: 'Emanuel, please do something about the violence'
        * Prosecutors: Man repeatedly whipped son, 13, with cord
        * 1 dead in single-car crash in northwest suburban Bull Valley
        * West Side woman held in boyfriend's stabbing death
        * 1 dead, 7 hurt in shootings since Saturday afternoon
        * Man in custody after 4 women found dead in Gary, Hammond
        * Police release sketch of man who tried to lure 2 kids on Southwest Side


        * Quinn, Rauner Agree: No To Education Funding Plan
        * Earlier Than Ever
        * Listen to State Week - October 17, 2014
        * The health problems facing rural and urban poor in Illinois
        * 'Deliverance' Actor Plays Folk Music In Springfield
        * Are Chicago's shorter yellow lights unsafe, or just unfair?
        * Delay In Fracking Regulations Spurs Lawsuit
        * Privacy Issues Complicate Body Cams For Illinois Police
        * Let's Talk Kids - "The Cost of Worry"
        * Scary Story: The Neighborhood By Millicent Bliesener


        * 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
        * Bernard Schoenburg: CWLP’S Burns considers run for city treasurer
        * Rep. Mike Smiddy: Improving care for those fighting breast cancer
        * Deckle McLean: Party imbalance falls along urban, rural lines
        * Statehouse Insider: Does he wish he hasn’t asked that?
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally


        * Mine dust control research hits marketplace
        * Petting zoo opens kids' eyes
        * Memories of a 1940 Soap Box Derby
        * Straight Shot takes aim at expedited delivery
        * No one injured in Bettendorf apartment fire
        * Wonderful weather to start the work week
        * Wonderful weather to start the Quad-City work week
        * Patching work begins on State, Grant streets in Bettendorf
        * Volunteers needed for 'food forest' planting
        * Comcast urges customers to update modems


        * Gary police detain man in deaths of 4 women
        * Dawn Patrol: Teen identified as crash victim; Bears lose again at home
        * Imrem: These Bears are a fine mess
        * Sears up for sale? Not this year at least
        * Butler a bit banged up in Bulls win

        * 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...

        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * Time to Vote: Durbin or Oberweis?...

        * Kirk Challenges Local Entrepreneurs to Mak......
        * Kirk wants travel ban for 3 Ebola-affected......
        * St. Louis-area lawmakers call for travel b......

        * SportsMondayTuesday: Todd Gurley vs. The NCAA
        * The Beer Thinker: An Oktoberfest For The Rest Of Us
        * Excellent Suggestions For The University Student In You
        * South Side Speed Camera Protest Set For Saturday
        * WBEZ Finds Chicago’s Yellow Lights Not Engineered Properly
        * Lower Than Expected Speed Camera Tickets Hurting City Budget
        * It’s that World Series time of year – which ballclub do we follow in Chi?
        * United, American Airlines Execs' Contributions To Emanuel Skyrocket
        * Republicans Crow As Questions Swirl Surrounding Sun-Times' Rauner Endorsement
        * Don’t you wish our schools owned a TV station?


        * Rauner Sweeping Endorsements Across Illinois
        * Belleville News-Democrat Endorses Rauner
        * Champaign News-Gazette Endorses Rauner
        * Peoria Journal Star Endorses Rauner
        * Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Rauner




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller