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All hail the conquering reformer!

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013

* I thought this was a rather odd story when I first saw a Bruce Rauner opposition research report a few weeks ago

Last week, the Daily Herald ran an interesting piece about how Mr. Rauner improperly had claimed homestead exemptions on three separate residences. The law says you’re supposed to get the tax break on only one residence, but Mr. Rauner for several years declared it on a Winnetka home, and on a Chicago penthouse and a condo located in the same building. […]

“Englander said Thursday that the Winnetka address is currently Rauner’s primary residence,” the Herald reported.

However, since October 2008, Mr. Rauner’s legal voting residence has been at 340 E. Randolph St. in Chicago. And, according to Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen, the law is clear: ‘You should register at your primary residence.” The courts have upheld that standard many times, he said.

So, where does Mr. Rauner live? In Chicago, where he votes, or in Winnetka, where he gets the tax break and where his wife, Diana Rauner, is registered to vote?

Mr. Rauner’s new spokesman, Mike Schrimpf, tries to blow off the whole matter as just a little unmeaningful detail.

“The Rauners have long owned a home in Winnetka, raised their children there and continue to cherish their ties to the community,” he said in a statement, “but Bruce also has worked in Chicago for years, spent a great deal of time there and been deeply involved in improving the city. Consequently, Bruce registered to vote there after purchasing an apartment in the city while Diana continues to vote in Winnetka.”

* The oppo was partially about his wife, so I took a pass. Maybe I shouldn’t have, because Greg Hinz kept digging and discovered something far more interesting

I’ve heard of people doing almost anything to get their kid into Walter Payton College Prep High School. Whatever might work, I’m sure someone would try. […]

According to multiple sources at Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Rauner in 2008 picked up the phone and called Mr. Duncan on behalf of his daughter, who was trying to get into Payton. […]

As it turns out, in establishing residence in the city, Mr. Rauner also established the right of his daughter to attend a Chicago public school. But not just any school. She could have gone to New Trier, since mom still lived in Winnetka and New Trier is pretty highly rated itself. But Payton is rated better. […]

Moreover, another source with direct knowledge confirms that Ms. Rauner was not admitted to Payton via the normal best-score route, but by way of a supplemental, alternate procedure.

So, Rauner buys a condo in the city and establishes residency by registering to vote, falsely claims homestead exemptions on that condo and other homes, claims to the media that he bought the condo because he was “deeply involved in improving the city,” but conveniently fails to mention that he used the residence to help clout his kid into Payton.

* Look, I have no real problems with a parent doing all he legally can to get his kid into the best public school in the Chicago area. You gotta do what you gotta do.

What bugs me is that Rauner always talks about himself like he’s some outsider, just one of us, a regular guy in an inexpensive suit who really, truly believes that Illinois must be reformed. From Rauner’s Twitter feed…


Yep. He’s a reformer alright. Gonna clean up this state. As long as it’s everybody else who gets reformed.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


66 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:00 pm:

    Have you ever met someone running for office who tried to create the impression they were not a regular guy more or less?


  2. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:01 pm:

    Of course, OneMan. But he’s making it way too easy to prove otherwise.


  3. - LincolnLounger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:01 pm:

    When I first started hearing about this guy, I was very intrigued. I’m afraid — for me — familiarity is breeding contempt.


  4. - Boone Logan Square - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:03 pm:

    I look forward to Governor Rauner’s daughter’s admission to UIUC.


  5. - Downfall - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:05 pm:

    Wow. Pathetic. He’s setting Republicans back.

    I’m actually starting to see the path to a PQ victory…


  6. - Ben S. - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:10 pm:

    Nah, Boone Logan, public schools are for little people. If she stays instate she’ll probably end up at Northwestern or Chicago…


  7. - Cicero - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:11 pm:

    I recall another self-proclaimed reformer running for governor who promised no more business as usual if he got elected. He lived in Chicago too.


  8. - OneMan - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:14 pm:

    == Of course, OneMan. But he’s making it way too easy to prove otherwise. ==

    True, but the advantange he has to some degree is he is doing it in the April before the primary. So better to kill that image early when fewer are paying attention I guess.


  9. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:15 pm:

    http://www.hark.com/clips/fsrscqzqyf-im-listening


  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:16 pm:

    Oh, how much would it be to hear the Walter Payton explanation?

    Bruce Rauner is a disappointment of character. Rauner appears to have nothing of substance by which anyone with an honest look at him would think, “Yeah, I give him the benefit of the doubt.”

    Bruce Rauner is weaseling his way through Illinois, attempting to be “cloutless”, an “outsider”, … a “reformer.

    As Bruce says “We”, like a King, the Upper Crust, the … Elite …Bruce Rauner’s talking points, unbeliveably about himself, are utter tomfoolery, to make us the voters HIS fools.

    I am not a fool, “We”, Oswego Willy, can’t wait to hear how “Gaming” the system, by an “Outsider” no less, just didn’t happen.

    Pathetic Campaign, just plain sad.


  11. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:20 pm:

    OW, I think you’ll be waiting an awful long time. Instead, what you’re likely to hear is, “how dare you attack my family and my daughter. Leave them out of this!”

    I keep writing off these various problems as rookie mistakes. But they’re piling up fast and, worse, they’re going right at the heart of the brand he’s attempting to establish. Just how do you end “business as usual” when you’re an archetype of “business as usual?”


  12. - shore - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:22 pm:

    In 10 months after this guy has gotten his 4th place finish and spent his great great grandchildrens college money before we forget him we will stop and ask ourselves whether this guy was andy mckenna, ron gidwitz, or enter rich chicago area republican businessperson name here?

    we should add up all the dollars self funding republicans have spent on statewide and congressional races the last 14 years that didn’t even get the silver medal in their own primary.


  13. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:25 pm:

    Rauner Spin Machine® in 3… 2… 1…


  14. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:27 pm:

    - Chicago Cynic -

    ===Oh, how much would it be to hear the Walter Payton explanation?===

    I figured, to Bruce Rauner, if I asked “how much”, the “money bone” would kick in and Bruce, and “the mouse in his pocket”, would just come up with a dollar amount, like a reflex …

    To the Post,

    Dates would be good. Dates of the Condo closing, dates of Application and/or Acceptence, maybe a quote from Arne Duncan … or just offer “Reformer” Bruce Rauner cash-money?

    Worth a try …


  15. - Publius - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:31 pm:

    The great savior of the chicago public school system uses clout to get his daughter in? Looks like a good excuse for not living in Springfield if one gets electeud governor. Oh, wait, that sounds familiar.


  16. - Just Me - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:34 pm:

    Reminds me of a certain State Senator whom I will not name always pushing for more open meeting act requirements, yet at the same time pushing for more secret caucus meetings on her bills. I once pointed out the irony to her but it failed to register.


  17. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:40 pm:

    His clout kept some Chicago kid from going to Payton on merit.

    Look, I live in Oak Park, and parents from the west side are always scheming to get their kids into the schools. I understand that. If I were in their spot, I might do the same.

    But New Trier isn’t good enough — you clout to get into Payton? That’s…… something I cannot say here.

    Add that to his anti-teachers-union junk, the charter school scheming and….. again, fill in something you can’t say here, here.


  18. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:42 pm:

    Hey, word,

    Don’t forget “pay to play” to get CTU and Pennsylvania pension contracts!


  19. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:48 pm:

    Cincy, leave me out of your Dillard cathecism please, lol.


  20. - Jonathan - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:49 pm:

    So Rauner is really good at working the system. Isn’t that a prerequisite for any potential statewide IL officeholder?


  21. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:50 pm:

    - Cincinnatus -,

    Ever heard the adage, “Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

    Bud, c’mon …

    I would be more worried about Dillard and Co. and all the other GOP Wannabes have the Dollars to get all this out via Paid Media, when the race actually begins.

    Just saying …


  22. - Norseman - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 3:55 pm:

    He is who we thought he was!


  23. - Rudykzooti - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:02 pm:

    whoa, slow down save some if this stuff for later when he is in the thick of it…it will be more fun to see him squirm in front of the cameras.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:03 pm:

    Caption?

    “When you open my Daughter’s application, you will see the new Chicago address in there, and all the paperwork and stuff …(pause) and if you find Arne Duncan’s card in there too, its an accident. I was calling him on his private line and I seem to have misplaced his handwritten note too…”


  25. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:07 pm:

    @TheRaunerChicken - After this picture was taken My Hedge Fund Manager allegedly clouted his daughter into Payton Prep. He is just a normal guy, the Chicago Condo was for me. #TakingTheFallIsPartOfTheJob


  26. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:07 pm:

    Worry not, Rudykzooti. I’m told there’s a rather thick OR book.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:13 pm:

    @TheRaunerChicken - My Hedge Fund Manager calls many people, about many things. Clout is never used in those calls. #DontLookNowButMyBeakIsGrowing


  28. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:15 pm:

    @TheRaunerChicken - I told My Hedge Fund Manager I got to be a KFC Chicken. Ten Minutes & a phone call later, My Hedge Fund Manager told me, “Guess what, now you are a Chick Fil A Chicken”. Clouting rules #JustLikeNormalFolk


  29. - Ouch - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:15 pm:

    As if this girl didn’t already have all the advantages in life.

    I know there is no guarantee that a poor or middle class kid would have ended up taking the spot but what if she DID take a spot from some kid who did not have all the advantages she had.

    Ruthless!


  30. - Michael Westen - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:21 pm:

    He probably figures that if other “reformers” like Ricky Munoz can clout their kids into elite schools and the media still kisses their ring, what does he have to lose.


  31. - Downstater - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:24 pm:

    Oswego Willy seems to dislike anyone who has money and uses it to their advantage.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:25 pm:

    @TheRaunerChicken - My Hedge Fund Manager beleives in transperancy and reform. After My Hedge Fund Manager wins, he will live it too. #HypothethicalHypocrite


  33. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:35 pm:

    “Oswego Willy” …”We” …

    We …do not like when what is presented to us as one thing, is actually another …like

    Resumes. Records. Positions.

    Oswego Willy … We … we can’t stand the hypocricy of candidates looking at something and dumping on how bad it is, and then finding out they are not only a part of it, but doing it at the peril of others.

    Oswego Willy …We … can’t stand the idea that candidates think voters are stupid and if they shine themselves up and pretend to be “just like us” we will let realities “go”, and truths fade.

    I don’t like a 25 year old, money, no money, telling me he can run the 5th largest state in the Union based on Interships and Dad’s HR Department, and I sure as heck don’t like an “outsider”, reeking of inside monies and clout, running on ideas counter the Illinois Constitution, all the while “gaming” the system, even at the cost of another child.

    With kindest personal regards, I remain.

    Sincerely yours,

    Oswego Willy


  34. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:46 pm:

    @TheRaunerChicken - What Oswego Willy seems to NOT understand is that its ok to use money to advance yourself, even at the cost of someone else … if you can “game” the system. #BlameTheSystemNotTheChicken


  35. - siriusly - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:47 pm:

    Doh!


  36. - Will Caskey - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:48 pm:

    Now THIS is interesting. Finally someone managed to do something with the CPS admission appeal list. I tried to FOIA it back when the Trib reported on it in 2010 and got the brush off.


  37. - James the Intolerant - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:51 pm:

    My daughter is graduating from college next week after receiving a phenomenal education at Payton, and she did test in. She hated it when kids got in the other route because her contention was that someone’s entire life can take an abrupt turn when they get the opportunities for college offered by Walter Payton.


  38. - Norseman - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:57 pm:

    Willy - commenting at 4:35 p.m.

    Well said!


  39. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 4:57 pm:

    @TheRaunerChicken - Let’s be quite clear, My Hedge Fund Manager was not TRYING to “game” any system. He was succeeding in “gaming” the system, big difference! #AsLongAsIWinWhoCares


  40. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 5:21 pm:

    We, the-those-Illinoisans-who-he’s-trying-to-”reform”, OBJECT! We ain’t broke (yet, at least) so don’t come around and try to “fix” us!!!


  41. - Muffin Man - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 5:32 pm:

    I, too, was initially intrigued by the first articles on Rauner (by Rauner probably). Then I had the opportunity to meet and talk with him one evening at a political/social function. He was an “okay guy” in my opinion but he was definitely a “self-promoter” who couldn’t work the crowd quickly enough to get his name out there. It was actually funny to watch him. He reminded me of Gidwitz when I first met him and got a chance to talk with him at length when he was running for governor. These guys are “okay guys” but they are driven more by self-advancement than by idealism or wanting to give back to the community/state.

    I don’t blame Rauner or others for wanting the best education they can get for their kids. I didn’t see Obama or Rahm rushing to send their kids to a public school. And. it isn’t because of security concerns although that might be a great excuse to use. These guys “don’t identify” with the rest of us nor should they because they are as similar to the rest of us as a swan is to a starling.


  42. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 5:38 pm:

    Besides the political reformer hypocrisy… I’m kind of intrigued by the education reformer hypocrisy.

    Walter Payton is NOT a for-profit charter school, it’s a non-profit public school. So why was Bruce Rauner, hater of the CTU and CPS public schools, trying to clout his daughter into a CPS school that wasn’t a charter school?

    And if he thinks a public magnet school like Walter Payton is great enough to lie about his primary residence over, why isn’t he trying to get the CPS to make more Walter Paytons rather than wasting his time promoting charter schools that aren’t good enough for his daughter?


  43. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 5:42 pm:

    When the Obamas lived in Chicago they got the tuition at the Lab Schools discounted because at least one of them and sometimes both worked at UC. I can’t imagine not taking advantage of that.

    As far as the current Mayor’s kids going there, none of my CPS teacher-friends want to be his kids’ teacher. I know this because I asked them while they were complaining about what it looked like, sending them to the Lab Schools.

    And there is the security factor–the Lab Schools (and the Friends Schools in DC) already have security measures in place. Imagine the uproar if Ravenswood had to implement security measures because the younger Emanuel children went there. I think the oldest one is old enough to wreak havoc at Lake View, but I could be wrong.

    But Rauner is just cheap if he sends his daughter to Payton–somehow I think she’d be better off at a Lab School too.


  44. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 5:57 pm:

    No Rauner fan here either.

    However-43 comments in and no outrage at Arne Duncan for greasing the skids?

    What’s up with that? If the admission was hinky, it was his job to stop it cold. Instead, he apparently opened the side door.

    For those among you asking about Rauner’s past giving, now you have the answer, in part. Stay tuned for more.

    Mike, don’t unpack.


  45. - Downstater - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:01 pm:

    Oswego willy you must have such a difficult time when you step into the voting both looking for the purist candidate.


  46. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:04 pm:

    ===Oswego Willy you must have such a difficult time when you step into the voting both looking for the purist candidate.===

    Seriously?

    You are asking me … if I have trouble finding and voting for the purist candidate?

    Use the seach engine of your choice and see how I feel about “Purity”…then get back to me.

    Y I K E S!


  47. - soccermom - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:14 pm:

    Could someone please send me the OR book on Rauner? I don’t want to use it - I just want to enjoy it.


  48. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:15 pm:

    - Norseman -

    I thank you.


  49. - soccermom - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:23 pm:

    Okay, folks, this one is for free: When you get caught clouting your kid into a school, don’t deny it.

    Embrace it. Say you are so sorry, but you were blinded by your overwhelming love for your child, who was desperate to attend this school. You know that you shouldn’t have done it, but any loving parent will understand why your devotion to your child overwhelmed your scruples.

    Then write a check equivalent for four years’ tuition at Lab or Parker and give it to CPS. And set up a scholarship fund for Payton grads that will pay tuition at the U of I for a kid who can’t afford to go otherwise. (Not just for next year, but enough to set up an ongoing scholarship program)

    Apologize. Profusely. Do what you can to make amends. And move on.

    Otherwise, this one is going to follow you all the way through.

    You’re welcome.


  50. - Quizzical - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:30 pm:

    Good point AA.


  51. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:32 pm:

    - soccermom -

    Nice work! The one thing you do not have to worry about in dropping knowledge down for some in My Party is that “they know better” and it will fall on deaf ears.

    Me and others always enjoy you teaching, and we also enjoy those Dopes ignoring because it will always catch them in the end.

    No Snark, I would not want to go against you. Much Respect.


  52. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:50 pm:

    AA, that’s a fair point. I am not making excuses for Arne Duncan, but my sense is that clouted admission decisions were made above his pay grade and people in the former Mayor’s office are more culpable. Principals were also involved.

    Again, I’m not making excuses for Duncan. He’s got to answer for himself and these are important questions that need answers.


  53. - K3 - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 6:58 pm:

    Talk about not being ready for prime time! And this guy is the great GOP hope? Bring on 2014!


  54. - Living in Machiaville - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:12 pm:

    Guy with money and influence clouts kids into prep haven…details at 11. Seriously? What hasn’t he done to show his forked tongue? But frankly, we watch almost daily as state reps and senators lie and distort often times in public record whilst in the public’s house. I hold no hope for one honest man/woman.


  55. - foster brooks - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:29 pm:

    another out of touch millionaire trying to position himself so he can screw the middle class.


  56. - soccermom - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:40 pm:

    Thanks so much, OW. And I would kill to jump on a campaign about now. Sigh.


  57. - Wumpus - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:45 pm:

    Oh noes, she took the position of a poor Lincoln Parker who couldn’t get in. Investigate Arne Duncan too and enough about Rauner


  58. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:46 pm:

    - soccermom -,

    When you do hop on a campaign, remember where to get the Golf Shirts.


  59. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:59 pm:

    – Investigate Arne Duncan too and enough about Rauner–

    Why lay off Rauner? Is it because he’s entitled, always looking for “free stuff?” Or can he not take the heat?

    Believe it or not, some people find the story interesting:

    Suburban GOP millionaire candidate for governor, who spends a lot of money and time dissing the CPS and pushing charter schools, clouts his kid into a prestigious Chicago public school.

    No, there won’t be any follow up stories. And certainly no negative spots in the primary.

    Duncan and anyone else involved should answer. It stinks.


  60. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 8:11 pm:

    If it shakes out that Bruce Rauner buys a condo at the time his daughter is trying to be clouted into Payton Prep, and after his daughter NEEDED the clout because the scores wouldn’t even get he in the door…

    Nope, no legs on this story. I give it 2 days, tops.


  61. - ChicagoDem - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 8:12 pm:

    If this is the same Rauner who built the YMCA in Pilsen, then I say he is not cheap. He cares for those in need. The Y couldn’t have been built without his help. But, like many rich guys who run for office, they never brag about their donations to the many foundations that help the poor and the inner city folk; even though they get criticized and pushed to the limits about “uncaring” for the poor.


  62. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:13 pm:

    @ChicagoDem

    So we’re supposed to pity poor little rich boy Bruce Rauner now? The fact that he’s a billionaire who can throw million-dollar donations around like nickels means he doesn’t need to play by the same rules as the rest of us and wait in line the regular folk?

    You do realize that he probably got a pretty hefty deduction on his taxes at the same time he shared his so unfortunately unappreciated generosity on the ungrateful rabble of Chicago, right? Oh but I’m sure there was nothing in the Y donation for him and he didn’t deduct it on his taxes at all, I bet. Also I bet he got no improved connections to Chicago pols for a possible future run for governor. And I bet he got no positive publicity in the media for those political ambitions or his business lobbying government for access to government pension money.

    I do find it curious though if Rauner was so humble and disinterested in credit for his donation then why is it that he put his name on the Y in the first place? Why did he consent to interviews with the media about it? And why did he permit his “good friend” Rahm Emanuel to sing praises of his generosity on the floor of Congress and get his ode to Bruce entered into the Congressional Record?

    http://books.google.com/books?id=ZMdG0AlVQZoC&pg=PA11362&lpg=PA11362&dq=rauner+pilsen+ymca&source=bl&ots=H8s0Cc_7pw&sig=agtx_MBESkzQwhKKcoI4CJws1lA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Qpp4UfP1LoOP2gWynYHgBg&ved=0CHcQ6AEwCTge#v=onepage&q=rauner%20pilsen%20ymca&f=false

    But yeah those rich people. No one appreciates them.


  63. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:31 pm:

    Willy, is selling Golf Shirts and consulting a conflict? Good, I didn’t think so either.

    Just to be clear, I don’t advocate cutting Rauner any slack here. He should be “scrootened” as much as Duncan.


  64. - Davey Boy Smithe - Thursday, Apr 25, 13 @ 6:40 am:

    Richard J Daley would see nothing wrong with this. He’s just helping his family!


  65. - Chi - Thursday, Apr 25, 13 @ 8:05 am:

    “like many rich guys who run for office, they never brag about their donations to the many foundations that help the poor and the inner city folk”

    Putting your name in huge letters across the face of the building doesn’t count as bragging about your donation?


  66. - Jake from Elwood - Thursday, Apr 25, 13 @ 11:25 am:

    Be honest, most of you would do what you could to try to secure an optimal education for your children. However, I am hoping that most of you would not be hypocrites in the process.


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        * Excerpts of Robert Blagojevich's book
        * Book: Blagojevich refused to see brother at prison
        * Blagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor
        * Rain and snowstorms could greet holiday travelers
        * Illinois holiday travelers could see rain, snow
        * Nearly 100M expected to hit the road, head to airports
        * Toby Keith to headline Rauner's inaugural concert
        * O'Toole emerges to lead Illini in bowl season
        * Congressman urges completion of levee project
        * Report: Business linked to appointee saw CPS boost

        * Toby Keith to headline Rauner’s inaugural concert at PCCC
        * Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor
        * Raising juror pay gets mixed reviews
        * Gov. Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers
        * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
        * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised
        * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Quinn names longtime aide Jerry Stermer comptroller until Jan. 12
        * Quinn signs law to nix deadline for asbestos lawsuits

        * Former Chicago alderman Bernie Stone dies
        * Caterpillar looking at deals, has 'lots’ of capital
        * Can one person run long frieght trains alone? Railroad execs say yes
        * Can one person run long freight trains alone? Railroad execs say yes
        * Tribune sells land holding Baltimore Sun printing facility


        * 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


        * After shootings, Chicago union urges police to be cautious
        * Red Line service suspended north of Bryn Mawr due to medical emergency
        * 2 pedestrians hit near Chicago-Evanston border
        * Endia Martin's killing latest focal point in debate over juvenile justice
        * Crash involving vehicle on Metra BNSF line snarls evening commute
        * Mayor during Dixon looting scandal won't seek re-election
        * 7-day-old dolphin calf dies, the second this month at Brookfield Zoo
        * Toby Keith to headline Bruce Rauner inauguration concert
        * Former Chicago Alderman Bernie Stone dead at 87
        * Ex-PTA leader admits stealing from Arlington Heights group, gets probation


        * Toby Keith, Buddy Guy To Play Governor's Inaugural Concert
        * StoryCorps: Bilingual pre-school teacher describes the state of education in Chicago
        * Long-serving Alderman Berny Stone dies at 87
        * Report Faults State For Closing Women's Prison
        * WUIS-SJR Business Report The End of Times For Bel-Aire Motel
        * Local Book Club Provides Camaraderie For Vets
        * Agencies To Ask For More, Rauner Says ... Without Giving An Opinion On If They Deserve It Or Not
        * Rauner Favors Merging Comptroller, Treasurer. Just Not Now.
        * Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure
        * Sangamon Auditorium: Beware Second Party Ticket Brokers


        * Toby Keith to headline Rauner’s inaugural concert at PCCC
        * Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor
        * Quote of the day: Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
        * Raising juror pay gets mixed reviews
        * Gov. Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers
        * Quote of the day: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner talks of dogs, housing and the work ahead as governor
        * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
        * Cathy Becker: Because it’s the right thing to do
        * T. Ray McJunkins: Justice, righteousness descend to fulfill dream


        * LIVE! Murray State
        * Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dream on
        * Back-to-back 3s lift Murray State to 44-39 halftime lead
        * News-Gazette Sports Page 12-22-14
        * Murphysboro duo make their childhood dreams a reality
        * Upcoming Services
        * Danville credit union robbed
        * Pack up the family and go 'Home for the Holidays'
        * Moline selects Parks & Rec director
        * Dr. Juan Jimenez 12-22-14


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        * Rev. Dean Nelson Interview [video]
        * Illinois Watchdog Radio - Live on IR
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        * A Newspaper for Injured Civil War Vets
        * Bi-Partisan lawmakers tropical trio to rock at Rauner inauguration
        * 24 Hours To Vote For Either Uptown or Streeterville
        * Police Still Looking For Owners of Stolen Property
        * The [Wednesday] Papers
        * Fire-Damaged Vintage Home Rises From The Ashes
        * The [Monday] Papers


        * IDHR Reminder: Law Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women in Illinois Takes Effect January 1st
        * Governor Quinn Departs for Annual Trip to Visit Wounded Servicemembers - Will Deliver Holiday Cards to Servicemembers on Monday; Encourages People to Donate Miles and Help Reunite Servicemembers with Families
        * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Recognizes First Program to Help Military Veterans Use their Training to Achieve a Nursing Degree - Bridge Program at Joliet Junior College Could Help Veterans Save Dozens of Credit Hours and Thousands in Tuition and Fees
        * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller




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