SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
A complete farce

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013

* Gov. Pat Quinn again threatened unspecified “consequences” if the General Assembly doesn’t approve pension reform today

“It’s time for them to do their job. If they don’t do their job by tomorrow, there will be consequences,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. […]

“They’ve refused to act. We’re not going to take it any longer,” said Gov. Quinn.

We’ve already discussed what one of those consequences might be.

* Meanwhile, yesterday’s testimony by Quinn budget director Jerry Stermer was a complete farce

During the hearing, members of both parties were stymied by Quinn’s budget chief, Jerry Stermer, who would only offer vague answers when asked about what new plan the governor was prepared to offer up. Stermer also wouldn’t say why the governor rebuffed the committee’s invitation to personally testify at Monday’s meeting.

“Part of the difficulty in our discussion today is you’re answering in a lot of generalities. If the governor were here, it would be difficult for him to just answer in generalities,” state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), the committee’s chairman, told Stermer.

“So I’m just curious, where is the governor? What’s more important for him today? He was invited to be here,” Raoul said.

Stermer responded that in the letter Raoul sent the administration seeking testimony before the committee, he invited either “the governor or his designee” to appear.

“My letter was to him, so I assume he declined,” Raoul pressed.

“He sent his designee, as requested,” Stermer shot back.

More

Stermer would not get specific about what sort of plan the governor would like the see come out of the committee process. “The governor’s proposal has been and continues to be: We need a comprehensive solution that stabilizes these systems and enables the systems to actually pay the pensions of the people who have earned them, will erase the unfunded ability, get to 100 percent funding and end the squeeze on the major obligations of state government,” he said. He parroted these components as a response to questions from the committee so many times that his repetition eventually drew laughter from the public audience.

Sheesh.

* An extremely important point

Publicly, Quinn said he wants lawmakers to act on pension reform by July 9. He’s warned of consequences if the deadline isn’t met, but hasn’t specified what those consequences are.

Raoul, though, said Quinn’s office asked pension actuaries to analyze savings on some reform ideas and was told the numbers wouldn’t be available until July 12 at the earliest, three days after the deadline he set for lawmakers to act.

The governor’s people have been negotiating behind the scenes and have come up with their own reform outline (subscribe for more info). which they submitted for actuarial review late last month. And even though the analysis of their own plan won’t be finished until July 12th, Quinn is still sticking to his “consequences” line.

It’s a total spin job, but most of the media hasn’t yet challenged Quinn on it.

More

Raoul said the group is getting two different messages from Quinn: the sound bites for the media and their own interactions with Stermer. Quinn’s office made some suggestions that actuaries are also working on. The estimates on Quinn’s proposals will not be complete until July 12.

“The reason that I invited the governor was because there was a bit of an inconsistency as to what was being said from his office publicly and the work that Mr. Stermer, the representative of his office, was doing privately. So you want to know which is which. Am I wasting my time with Mr. Stermer and having these discussions? Should I be listening to … Brooke Anderson? Who’s telling the truth here? The only person who could resolve that — you know, the buck stops at the governor.”

* Related…

* Quinn budget chief scolds pension panel, gets payment in kind

* Pension committee hears higher ed testimony

* Lawmakers continue hunt for pension crisis fix

- Posted by Rich Miller        


41 Comments
  1. - VonKlutzenplatz - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    Pretty classless of the Gov. to send somebody else to take the heat.

    This is not just poor leadership of the state. It is poor personal conduct.

    Very disappointing.


  2. - RonOglesby - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    He could have gotten Concealed carry off their plate to deal with the pension mess. But he doesnt think like that I guess.


  3. - Roadiepig - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    You would think with Quinn “working night and day” on pension “reform” he could make the shirt trip to the room his asked-for committee was meeting and show what all if that work has produced. What a waste of time


  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    It’s a farce both ways. GA members are not pining for leadership from Pat Quinn. He’ll sign whatever they send him.

    They’re mad that he’s using them to play to the Tribbies hysterics.


  5. - Old and In The Way - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:37 am:

    Wordslnger
    I just read that the Trib owes over $250,000 in back taxes! Is this state or Federal? Anyone have more details on this?


  6. - Small Town Liberal - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:40 am:

    - GA members are not pining for leadership from Pat Quinn. -

    No kidding, I’m sick of the notion that the Governor exists to provide cover for the GA. That’s the kind of leadership that got us into the pension mess in the first place.

    As to the politics, that’s the name of the game, I don’t read this website for deep policy analysis.


  7. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Old, if its state taxes, I’m sure the Trib will just request a tax break. But, if they do, I’d be more than willing to let them move to another state as long as they move completely of of the state of willful ignorance that they’ve inhabited for so long.


  8. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    STL, the problem is that you can’t read Quinn for deep policy analysis either…


  9. - walkinfool - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:59 am:

    ==As to politics, that’s the name of the game, I don’t read this website for deep policy analysis.==

    That’s true for public committee hearings as well.


  10. - Dark Side of the Moon - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    I think Quinn will pull a Blagojevich. Already hearing chatter that his minions are looking for people to run against incumbents. Seriously disappointed in this Governor. Should be an interesting campaign season, needless to say.


  11. - Algonquin J. Calhoun - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    Old and in the Way -

    That’s $225 MILLION the Tribbies supposedly owe.

    Raymond pointed this out and had the NY Times link yesterday:

    - Raymond - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 12:35 pm:

    === In their world, you can tank your employees ESOP, fire scores of veteran employees, spend four years dodging and shorting your creditors in bankruptcy, award your execs big bonuses, then a few months after coming out of bankruptcy borrow nearly $3 billion to buy TV stations. ===

    Then there’s the $225 million in back taxes:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/business/tribunes-clever-tax-strategy-now-spells-trouble.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&


  12. - JC - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 11:12 am:

    For the Tribune, the best defense is an aggressive offense. Shining the blame game on pensions for our state woes serves to deflect any attention on them. Same with the Civvies. While they drown in their mass of cash, they want to make positively sure that no one looks to them to be any part of any solution that might help someone else.


  13. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 11:47 am:

    So it appears that the University Presidents and the Trib have something incoming: hypocrisy. The Trib complains about the state owing money and the University President’s support cutting their employees’ retirement security while their own retirement annuities and/or “retirement enhancements” are outside of these cuts.


  14. - Old and In The Way - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 11:58 am:

    Algonquin
    Sorry, I missed some zeroes! Thanks for the link. These guys are as bad as the oil companies!

    Hey, Tribune……reduce the payment backlog…..pay your taxes!


  15. - Cook County Commoner - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 11:59 am:

    Are these “actuarial reviews” done with a squeaky abacus? Seems to me that the variables regarding income, time, participation, etc. should already be plugged in. We do use computers, right? Oh, I forgot. The “actuarial reviews” I participated in required little work by the machines and number crunchers, but a lot of work for messengers as results moved about and were “massaged” and vetted by stakeholders.


  16. - Old and In The Way - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:01 pm:

    I really like the university presidents selling their faculty and staff down the pension diminishment river while never mentioning their pension enhancements! True collegial leadership! (snark intended) Faculty need to know this and call them out!


  17. - Lil Squeezy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:14 pm:

    I felt bad for Jerry yesterday. It was an embarrassing hearing.


  18. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:30 pm:

    ===the university presidents selling their faculty and staff down the pension diminishment river===

    Is that what’s actually been proposed? I haven’t been following this too closely, but I was under the impression that the Presidents’ compromise was that universities would gradually take over funding the employer share of the University Employees System. In exchange, they’ll get relief from the ridiculous state procurement laws that make it impossible to do anything efficiently.

    When did the Presidents say they were going to diminish the pensions of their employees?


  19. - Keyser Soze - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:32 pm:

    Our last functioning Governor was George Ryan. He’s been gone for more than a decade. Why on earth does Pat Quinn seek to be Governor for a second term when he has yet to govern in his first?


  20. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:42 pm:

    47th Ward, the University Presidents are supporting SB 2591 which is a unilateral cut to pensions (though it does provide some improvement for those in tier 2). As for the cost shift proposals, yes it might solve some very minor procurement issues (which could be its own bill) but it represents a direct cut to public higher education. There are some estimates that it will result in a significant increase in tuition rates for all students (almost 16% increase). However the University presidents always fail to point out that they have their own unique retirement perks on top of their pensions.


  21. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    When did the Presidents say they were going to diminish the pensions of their employees?

    The proposal that the Univ. Presidents endorse links the cost of living adjustment to the CPI, which means low inflation rate, lower COLA, still diminishment.


  22. - Anon. - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    ==Why on earth does Pat Quinn seek to be Governor for a second term when he has yet to govern in his first?==

    For the enhanced retirement benefits, of course.


  23. - Union Man - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    If Quinn wants to be governor he needs to act like one and get his butt in front of the pension committee and tell them what he will sign! Not send your aide to speak in general terms who keeps repeating them over and over. Where was the governor yesterday anyway??


  24. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 1:07 pm:

    The Presidents’ proposal for SURS also raises employee contributions without any corresponding benefit increase. Reasonable people could debate about that being a diminishment of benefits, but it’s fairly clear that such an action violates Federal Tax Law. That is the last place Illinois wants to be with all of its other pension woes.


  25. - Concerned Retiree - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    In fact, SB 2591 which is supported by the university presidents would provide for a COLA of 1/2 of CPI-U. Obviously, a reduction in benefits. And one with 2% increased cost.


  26. - skeptical - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 2:14 pm:

    My guess is that some of the university presidents didn’t read and/or understand SB2591. Somebody just told them to “sign here.”


  27. - Old and In The Way - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 3:29 pm:

    Skeptical

    At least three or four did, they drafted the proposal! Poshard and Easter were key players along with Peters. Not sure who Thomas even is…….the rest were probably along for the ride.


  28. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 4:07 pm:

    Don’t forget about Maimon (Pres at GSU). She was involved in this as well and testified during the first special session back in June.


  29. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 4:40 pm:

    The University presidents are trying to stop the massive brain drain under way at the universities, and that’s their main concern with regards to the profs. Everyone else is a level below that, since without top professors those vaunted rankings and prestige go down the tubes.


  30. - RNUG Fan - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 5:55 pm:

    Public Servant the brains have drained from the U Presidents. UPI part of IFT is opposed to the cost shift and supports 2404 not this thing. It will only add to the brain drain
    For this proposal they would have to run a bunch of inflation scenarios and who knows which is the right one. There is no way to evaluate this plan.
    It was just another piece of junk from UIUC. UIUC pres is a member of of the civic club with U of C and NU I guess he is helping them tank UIUC so they have no public competition


  31. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 6:37 pm:

    Public, do you see the Presidents’ proposal as stopping the drain? I’m not an expert on unis but I would think the profs would still hate the change and want to leave. I would think that it would also make prof recruitment harder.


  32. - RNUG Fan - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 6:42 pm:

    You are right norse


  33. - RNUG Fan - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 6:51 pm:

    I am going to put a couple of treads together here for the pension forum.
    Someone called Denim Chicken did a nice summary of the strange politics of this issue under the Daley thread. He was spot on about being mystified why Demo candidates think this is a good issue for them. I will add under Richs question about a downstate gov the commentators cant seem to understand that a downstate candidate could pop up…..With 40% undecided with 3 well known Chicago names I think this race is crying out for someone new


  34. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 7:31 pm:

    –He was spot on about being mystified why Demo candidates think this is a good issue for them.–

    Politicians of all sorts have been shorting the scheduled pension fund payments for decades and relying on economic and investment growth to make up the difference.

    When things went south in 2008, did you think they were going to take the blame? It’s those bad lunch ladies, janitors and coppers living large in the south of France on their pensions.

    In my experience, the pension “crisis” seems to be willingly accepted among many private workers anxious and embittered about the royal rodgering most regular schmucks have taken in their own work and financial situations since the House of Cards fell with Lehmann.

    Misery loves company. If you can’t beat a rigged game, you feel better if all the players lose.

    The hysteria is fueled by willfully ignorant lapdog mouthpieces like the Tribbie editorial board who get-a-scared by Big Number stories like “$100 billion unfunded liability” as if that’s supposed to mean something over a 30-year payout.

    The Tribbies are bitter, too, because Zell wiped out their ESOP when he took the company private.

    But they’re propped up by the “expert” and oh-so-respectable rating agency and Wall Street types who will tell you with a straight face that its “conservative” to gouge taxpayers now to fund a 30-year payout at an 80-90-100% level so they can play with the money in the stock market and take the cream right off the top.

    Let me ask you something: would you fund, now, 80% of your 30-year mortgage so some hustler could gamble in the stock market and take his fees for doing so? You’d have to be out of your mind.

    If we ever hit 4-5% growth again, the pension “crisis” will go away. Some other silly crisis will pop up. People have short attention spans.

    And no one’s ever missed a pension payment in Illinois, not even in the decades when they were funded at lower percentages.


  35. - RNUG Fan - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 7:33 pm:

    Well said word……I am worried the recent rebounce from Lehman is about to unravel.
    Have you see whats happened to bond yields?


  36. - mokenavince - Tuesday, Jul 9, 13 @ 10:36 pm:

    The State has had nitwits running it for to long.
    Quinn, Blago were inept and incompetent. We owe 100 Billion to pension funds, this was with Madigan’s leadership.
    How can we expect the GA to agree on anything.
    They will punt in 2 weeks as they have for the last 10 years. Taxpayers it’s 17 million a day.
    This is our money their burning. With no end in sight.


  37. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jul 10, 13 @ 6:25 am:

    Norseman, you’re absolutely right that the profs will hate the pension diminishment, but professor recruitment/retention is based on the whole benefit package; salary and benefits. Do you really think the profs won’t be seeing raises to make up for any pension diminishment? My point is that their goal is to retain and recruit top professors first and foremost, and if an academic professional, a civil service employee, two professors and Robert Easter were in a sinking lifeboat, I’d be worried about who gets dumped overboard first.


  38. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jul 10, 13 @ 6:35 am:

    Word, you’re spot on, and that’s why current and former state employees have only the courts to rely on to overturn any law thats passed by these schmucks, and while any other voter may or may not vote for a pol based on their position on the pension issue, I, my friends and family, will most certainly be single issue voters based on this issue, and not only voters but active participants in campaigning against them and getting the word out. You can take that to the bank.


  39. - Old and In The Way - Wednesday, Jul 10, 13 @ 7:20 am:

    Mokenavince
    No, it’s actually $4.9 million. Even PQ. Finally had to admit that $17 million was essentially a fictional number. As for the $4.9 million that is really a fictional crisis too. That number is what the pensions cost this year. No big deal. What do you think Medicaid costs per day? For that matter any of the states expenses? This is pr jumbo jumbo trying to scare the public, wise up Chicken Little! The sky is not really falling!


  40. - RNUG Fan - Wednesday, Jul 10, 13 @ 8:49 am:

    Public The universities are asking for givebacks


  41. - anal sex - Wednesday, Jul 24, 13 @ 8:08 pm:

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one today.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed until Monday
* TrackBill update
* Caption contest!
* It's worse than we thought
* Question of the day
* Long-term debt is not short-term debt
* Today's quotable
* 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

          
        * Zano Is A Sky Selfie Micro-Drone That Flies Itself
        * Pinterest gets makeover in latest Android update
        * The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in stores and online
        * OUYA reaches 1,000 games milestone
        * December’s MVC Award – Nominate your inspiring community members
        * Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans
        * Get smart with Dual-SIM Lumias

        * SuperDuino Arduino Color Display And Accelerometer (video)
        * Ouya Now Has More Than 1,000 Games (Video)
        * Asus Zenbook UX305 Ultrabook Spotted At The FCC
        * Happy Thanksgiving From Re/code
        * TheGoodData wants your browsing data to benefit good causes
        * OnePlus To Open Its First Retail Store in China
        * Memo Box The Smartphone Connected Smart Box (video)

        * Catching up with Tadahito Iguchi
        * White Sox ACE program helps send players to college
        * Additional 2005 fan-favorite players added to '15 SoxFest
        * White Sox introduce Adam LaRoche and their plans for him
        * White Sox plan for contention a work in progress
        * White Sox officially announce LaRoche deal
        * Red Sox seize offseason driver's seat with signings

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


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

        Archives
        November 2014
        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


        * Let's give thanks for aldermanic elections..
        * Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KO'ed pension law..
        * Gun Politics In The United States..
        * Illinois Asks State's Top Court To Revive Pensi.....
        * Illinois AG files notice of appeal in pension case..


        * Clemency for man wrongfully jailed for 1991 murder
        * Illinois doctor fined over medical marijuana slip
        * Archbishop praises Obama's action on immigration
        * Firefighters rescue 4 boa constrictors from fire
        * Illinois AG files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms
        * Wrigley Field bleacher renovation may be delayed
        * Jobless rate falls in all 12 Illinois metro areas
        * New Lincoln museum exhibit has bed where he died
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization

        * Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Quinn grants clemency to 126 ahead of holiday
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization
        * State begins accepting fracking applications
        * Debt rating agencies weigh in on state pension ruling
        * Lisa Madigan to ask Illinois Supreme Court to consider pensions
        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court next
        * State to refund $60 million in retiree health care money

        * Most BP oil spill claims handled correctly, McGladrey says
        * Illinois AG Madigan files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Congressmen sound alarm over anti-Asian Carp move
        * Motorola Mobility loses bid to extend antitrust law reach
        * Chicago business activity is growing—but at a slower pace


        * Charity event looks like turkey tokenism
        * Decatur Classical parents want to expand into old Stewart building
        * Cupich: More must be done to ‘repair our broken immigration system’
        * Norman Schoer, viola player with Grant Park Orchestra and Lyric Opera, dies at 103
        * Charity event looks like turkey tokenism
        * Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KOed pension law
        * Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KO'd pension law
        * Chicago’s overnight parking ban begins Monday
        * At least five cold-related deaths reported in Cook County
        * Release Koschman grand jury records


        * Crash-and-grab robbery in North Austin
        * Flurries, cold expected for Thanksgiving
        * Woman hospitalized after Blue Island crash
        * Ferguson protestor, 57, charged with felony
        * 3 Ferguson-related protesters arrested in Chicago
        * Oak Lawn insurer wants out of $3M award in cop shooting
        * Judge reassigned after failing to follow contempt rules, officials say
        * 5 hurt in separate city shootings
        * Crash-and-grab burglars hitting high-end stores in suburbs and Chicago
        * Cupich calls Obama action on immigration a 'first step'


        * Let's Talk Kids - "Love Is Love"
        * LLCC Offers Variety Of Community Education Classes
        * Incoming U of I President Speaks To Springfield Audience
        * Another Year Of "Messiah" For Springfield Choral Society
        * Fumée Gypsy Project Plays At WUIS
        * New Exhibit On Lincoln's "Undying Words"
        * Locals Organize For Vigil In Response To Ferguson
        * Illinois Hunters Kill 52,000 Deer Over The Weekend
        * Pension Ruling "Credit Negative," But No Ratings Change
        * Tim Landis: Foreclosure Sales, CIPS Icehouse and Heritage River Trail


        * Our Opinion: Help combat hunger this holiday season
        * Eugene Robinson: On replacement, caution urged
        * George Will: Thanks, or something
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 27, 2014
        * Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Quinn grants clemency to 126 ahead of holiday
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization
        * Michael Gerson: The big ‘but’ on immigration
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 26, 2014
        * State begins accepting fracking applications


        * Top of the Morning, Nov. 27, 2014
        * Be prepared before sliding that turkey into the fryer
        * Area Calendar 11/27/14
        * Lincoln museum in Springfield opens new exhibit
        * Archbishop praises Obama's action on immigration
        * Talking turkey
        * Upcoming Services (Nov. 27, 2014)
        * Quinn grants clemencies ahead of holiday
        * Steeple at sunrise
        * New Lincoln museum exhibit has bed where he died


        * The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has evolved, expanded
        * Will helps Prospect repeat at York
        * Girls basketball scoreboard: Wednesday's results
        * Wrestling scoreboard: Wedneesday's results
        * Boys basketball: Wednesday's results

        * Luis Gutierrez: 'My Responsibility' to Reg...
        * Congressman John Shimkus wins 15th Distric...
        * Representatives Schakowsky, Gutierrez and ...
        * Gutiérrez warns of GOP 'fear campaign' aga...
        * Voters Offered Little Choice on Foreign Po...
        * Opponents of deportation relief are scarin...
        * Rep. Gutierrez: Executive Action Questions...
        * Democrat Congressman Insists Obama Is Goin...
        * Democrat to GOP: 'Roll up your sleeves' an...
        * On Sunday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said...

        * Senate committee to hold civil rights hear......
        * St. Marys Cement considers reopening in Dixon...

        * Obama headed for defeat on Iran sanctions...

        * Chicago parents demand answers from Emanuel after sex ed lessons revealed
        * Happy Thanksgiving
        * We're Grateful To Live In Uptown, And For You
        * Will Thanksgiving meal someday come at shopping mall food court?
        * No TIF Funds Will Be Used If Stewart School Reopens As Decatur
        * Some Lakefront Park Closures Thanksgiving Morning
        * The Better Government Association continues to spread the lie about public employee pensions.
        * In Chicago the race is on. It’s easy as ABC.
        * No justice.
        * Be like Martin Luther King.


        * Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Help Regional Food Banks Better Serve Those in Need - Governor’s Investment Will Ensure Lower Cost and Higher Efficiency for Services Reaching Nearly 2 Million Illinois Residents
        * Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Abner Mikva Receiving Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
        * Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Symetra Life Insurance and Symetra National Life Insurance Company - Illinois will share part of a $1.2 million penalty against Symetra Life regarding Life Insurance policies
        * Avoid Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season




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