SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Martin and Meeks

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

* Surprise, surprise, Eden Martin uses his Sun-Times column to endorse his old friend Bruce Rauner

Supporters of some of the establishment Republican candidates for governor and a few media commentators are now taking shots at political newcomer and present front-runner Bruce Rauner. Some say he has an “arrogant” streak, and others claim it’s hypocritical for a wealthy candidate to refer in campaign ads to wearing an old watch or driving an old van.

I’ve worked with Bruce for years on state finance and education policy, and I can understand how some who disagree with him might easily mistake self-confidence for arrogance. But I’ve found him to be smart, disciplined and focused on getting results. Full disclosure: I like and respect him, and I’ve contributed to his campaign.

He’s not only given money to Rauner’s campaign, he hooked Rauner up with a key supporter. Mark Brown has the story

The Rev. James Meeks, a former Democratic state senator who pulled out of the 2011 mayor’s race against Emanuel, and Rev. Marshall Hatch, a lower-profile West Side minister most recently in the news for helping bring Rev. Al Sharpton to town, are actively supporting his campaign, Rauner told a Gurnee audience in November.

“They want more jobs, and they want better schools, and the Democrats aren’t delivering,” explained Rauner, who said he expects to win 25 percent of the city vote with their help, enough to keep a Republican competitive in a statewide race. […]

In a phone interview this week, Meeks confirmed he supports Rauner and said he will try to convince other African-American ministers to help him, too.

“I was with him since Day One,” said Meeks, who describes Rauner as a friend and fly-fishing buddy with a shared interest in education. “I think he will do good things for people.”

Meeks said he’d never heard of Rauner before Eden Martin, President of the Civic Committee, called on Rauner’s behalf about five years ago to request a meeting. […]

Rauner ended up paying a three-hour visit to Salem Baptist Church, the 20,000-member megachurch Meeks built in Roseland.

That led to dinners and eventually Rauner hosting Meeks for some fly-fishing at his ranch in Montana. Now he and Rauner email back and forth with photos of fish they’ve caught, Meeks said.

* The two met in 2008, when Meeks was leading protests demanding that South Side kids be allowed to enroll in New Trier. Ironically, Rauner was trying to get his New Trier daughter into a Chicago public school at the same time.

Mark is quite surprised at Meeks’ support for Rauner, but look at the history. Meeks initially fought for a Dawn Clark Netsch-like tax hike for schools, but that was blocked by House Speaker Michael Madigan and Meeks never forgave the Speaker. So, Meeks and Rauner have their distaste for Madigan in common.

* Meeks eventually soured on the whole project and in 2010 keynoted an Illinois Policy Institute school choice symposium. He launched a blistering attack on teachers unions at that event, another Rauner enemy.

* And, of course, there was this tweet from last summer when Rauner announced he was running…


- Posted by Rich Miller        


42 Comments
  1. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    In the article, Rauner praises Meeks for being a Republican and in favor of right to work. That’s not good. Union members earn more than non union members in the vast majority of occupations and industries, and African Americans have the highest unionization rate. By extension, unionized African Americans earn more than their non-union counterparts. Rauner and Meeks must figure that lower salaries are better for African Americans.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    Understanding how each of the Rauner allies have come to the Fold is critical in trying to understand what levers may work best.

    Teacher’s Unions unite some, and those some it’s their #1 “hate, bar none”. It trumps everything else that others do not in commmon, period.

    Big money unite others. They could be Dem donors, Out of State, whatever. Money staying with money.

    Tea Party despise government today types.They want anyone outsode of the government… running government. Anyone. If they are “rich and can’t be bought”, even better.

    These are all single goal constituencies, who, when confronted with truths that are counter to why they normally wouldn’t back Rauner, they can care less, and become more strident.

    Peeling away those who do not know what their “lynch pin” issues that Rauner has is the best and most effective angle in the GOP primary;

    Rahm Emanuel

    DNC Donations

    Payton Prep / Clout plain and simple

    Stu Levine

    Crop “losses” of $600K

    … that needs to be wrapped together so tight, that even a new Carhartt can’t tear it away, as thes facts rip to shreds, and actually add wear and tear to that prop Carhartt.

    Meeks’ support, its rationale, speaks to the challenge, and shows where the soft spots are …

    (Meeks and Rauner schools/unions … soft spot? Rauner clouts OUT of New Trier, Meeks - New Trier saga, and the idea Rauner’s Daughter climbed over 7,000 kids to get there.)

    Simple fundamental connections at play here.

    Education, no pun intended, is the remedy.


  3. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:32 pm:

    The Tea Party is never going to be in Rauner’s corner. Emmanuel, crony capitalist, democrat donor. Rauner is tride and true establishment guy who uses his wealth to be part of the country club crowd. He is Karl Rove’s wet dream and will be despised by the Tea Party types. He is a chamber of commerce Rino candidate


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:36 pm:

    - Generation X -,

    Don’t say the “RIN …”.

    Rauner’s Crew would love that.

    Rauner works, clouts, vacations, donates, all through the likes of Ed Rendell, Rich Daley, Rahm Emanuel.

    Using that “RIN…” word, negates the impact of Rahm, and Rich Daley, and the DNC donations. Don’t get sucked into using THAT word, be smart.


  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    ===will be despised by the Tea Party types===

    Not so far.


  6. - too obvious - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:39 pm:

    How many of Meeks’ congregation I wonder have ever been fly fishing in Montana? I’m guessing zero.

    Montana fly-fishing pastors strike a wrong chord with me.


  7. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:40 pm:

    From Brown’s column:

    –Meeks said he’d never heard of Rauner before Eden Martin, President of the Civic Committee, called on Rauner’s behalf about five years ago to request a meeting. So he Googled the name.

    “When I saw how much money he was worth, I said, ‘Sure, let the guy come on,’” laughed Meeks.–


  8. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:43 pm:

    Rich and Willy you are both right. However, Rauner is just starting to get hit and if his Daley, Rahm ties start seeing the light of day that will be a non starter with Conservatives.


  9. - langhorne - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    thanks, eden. that helps a lot, using terms i can understand. like a new “fiscal doc”, instead of my old guy. shucks, i dont care if his carhartt is shiny, he gets results, like you said. and spreads the money around to do it. maybe i can go fly fishing w bruce some day, too.

    where did rauner and meeks do this fly fishing? the des plaines river? fox river?


  10. - PoolGuy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    the same Meeks who threatens to run for Gov or Mayor and bows out when he probably gets something in return. now he’s backing Rauner who wants to strip bargaining rights from workers and make IL a right to work state and lower the minimum wage. wow way to go Meeks.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    (Palm slaps forhead HARD)

    - Generation X -,

    That is the game at play here, ya know.

    Any help in spreading the word, please do, no snark intended.

    This is the problem - Generation X -, and with the “3″ have ing no cash, no paid media, a lack of solid infastructure in place, today, to make all this know, and educated correctly … thus the challenge to Rauner …

    … as he adds a Million a week to define “Bruce Rauner” over Bruce Rauner.


  12. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:49 pm:

    OW-please take a tying class. your post are great info wise as long as one can interpret the spelling errors.


  13. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===take a tying class===

    First rule when mocking someone else’s spelling: Check your own spelling.

    Doofus.


  14. - justsayin' - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    There isn’t an outcry among the tea party leadership because the leadership has been bought off. This was by design and in the works for a long time. Why was former Illinois GOP leaders Andy McKenna involved in the Illinois Policy Institute from the beginning. Why was he sending establishment GOP donors Tillman and Proft’s way? The Illinois Policy Institute controls a big section of tea party groups - they are considered a partner to the Illinois tea party and a source of the groups’ funding. With Jack Roeser, Tillman, Proft, Adam/For the Good of Illinois, and Joe Walsh connected to Rauner’s campaign, even those who want to speak out are being told to shut it up and keep quiet. Most regular tea party voters have no idea about Rauner other than his TV ad spots.


  15. - justsayin' - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    If the tea party faithful ever really find out about Rauner and there “leaders” are being paid, there will be some cries of betrayal. It will be interesting to see if that happens.


  16. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    Unfortunately the other 3 are going to have to hope for more unforced errors like the minimum wage and lying to Bernie episode. I think the strategy is simple for these three. In the North hammer the clout and in the Central and South hammer the Daley/Rahm connection.
    Also some forget that a large number of Unionized State workers and teachers are Republican and are extremely motivated voters. They already know Mr. Rauner’s feelings on them


  17. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    agree doofus well earned and my bad:) not trying to put ow down his posts and opinions are some of the highlights (my opinion only) of the day only excuse is: too many single malts today


  18. - medium rare - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Just more examples of the unique coalition of voters Rauner will bring to the table that no other candidate can or will.


  19. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Oh, please. He hasn’t bought off everybody. You think millionaire Jack Roeser was bought off? You’re nuts.

    It’s the same gripe about county and township party leaders. “He bought them off!”

    It’s the cry of losers.


  20. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:01 pm:

    =I can understand how some who disagree with him might easily mistake self-confidence for arrogance=

    I generally don’t have a problem with either self-confidence or arrogance if there’s substance to back it up. And that’s the fatal flaw I believe the Rauner campaign made when it began tossing money around everywhere, raised the cap, and started talking out of three sides of its mouth and “tailor” the script to targeted audiences.

    That approach has always reeked of low self-esteem and little courage–especially during a frickin’ Primary when all of this should be pretty simple. Even more so when all of the big money is backing you.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    - medium rare -,

    Coalitions fail because the “Big Picture” versus “Specific Goals” begin to run counter to each other.

    Rauner needs to vote these coalitions too.

    Got to vote them. Get them to the polls, and not wish them there. Rauner can’t even have a bus tour that generates ink as momentum.

    The “3″ can get him. by beating him on the Ground, if they get the air support from the “2PACS”, then it gets to be wide open, with education and real ground game / grass roots winning the day.

    Eight weeks, time will tell.


  22. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:04 pm:

    OW-my bad, my apologies. Your comments are 90% spot on (this is from a conservative). I deserved the chastisement from Rich for my bad typing also. Usually the brain working faster than the fingers, OR believe it or not sometimes the keyboard actually does not work properly (did not happen in my case, I just did not proof properly).


  23. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    Rauner has yet to heed the advice of some of the posters here regarding the Clout. He keeps the story alive by not owning it. He should just say “my kids are my weakness and I want the world for them so I would try and move mountains for them. i realize I may not have gone about it the right way…” Instead he is playing this card that he followed the rules that were available to everyone which is simply not true, and is fooling no one


  24. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    =too many single malts today =

    Most Anons seem to know way better than that.


  25. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    - Anonymous -,

    I should work on my spelling. You are right. I also need a new keyboard on this computer, and non-pudgy fingers when I use my phone.

    I will try better, no snark.


  26. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:16 pm:

    =…(this is from a conservative)…=

    Really? Hm.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:18 pm:

    Back to the Post,

    If Meeks can generate raw votes from his congregation and his old senate seat, with no Dem Primaries of consequence, then you really have something even more solid going on.

    Raw votes, not a percent increase …

    100, 200 or more votes.

    might make a difference, like 193 votes did four years ago, but it only works if Meeks and his Crew works weeks bfore and on Election Day.

    Bigger “get” than just Meeks on his own, adds significant and tangible feedback to just Meeks name.


  28. - dupage dan - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    As usual, OW you are pointing the way. I recall you doing this same thing in previous elections and appreciated the way you present the pathway to the sometimes addled and confused candidates.

    I have a secret wish that 2 of the candidates [I won’t give you their names but their initials are….. ;/) } realize the hopelessness of their position given the time remaining and coalesce behind the candidate who has a chance. I suppose it is possible that one of the ill-fated could cause some trouble while still hunkered down in the bunker of their rent-way-over-due headquarters but I think that may be too little/too late.


  29. - too obvious - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:30 pm:

    “You think millionaire Jack Roeser was bought off? You’re nuts.”

    hmmmmmm dunno Rich. Yes sure put aside all the back and forth money there. But promises of teachers union busting is pretty much the same for a 90-something yr old man.


  30. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    ===But promises of teachers union busting is pretty much the same===

    No, it’s not. Rauner isn’t being a phony on that stuff, he really believes it. So does Jack. You don’t know what you’re talking about.


  31. - PoolGuy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:47 pm:

    he’s made it pretty clear his feelings on unions and wants IL to be right to work


  32. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:48 pm:

    === - Anonymous -

    =…(this is from a conservative)…=

    Really? Hm.===

    Conservatives can’t like me? Ouch!


  33. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    Still trying to hit the right buttons on the keyboard, 4:48? Live and learn.


  34. - walker - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:02 pm:

    Former leader of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club doesn’t see “arrogance” in his fellow member.

    OK


  35. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:03 pm:

    No, that was me, my phone cycled out.

    - Anonymous -, please pick a name.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:08 pm:

    - dupage dan -,

    Thanks for the very kind words.

    We are all here to help each other, and learn too. I learn far more than I give, that I know for sure.

    Appreciate the words, much respect.


  37. - Henry Clay - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:28 pm:

    As one of the “south of I-80 crowd”, I am eagerly waiting to watch the televised GOP gubernatorial debates on WTTW and on WGN television on 1/20/14 and 1/21/14. Rauner will finally be there to answer back to the inferences made about Rauner by his GOP gubernatorial opponents. My guess is that based on the results of the Plainfield straw poll held Tuesday evening, Bruce will have a reasonably “deep hole” to climb out of with Will County GOP voters. Will County has almost 390,000 registered voters in it and yet Rauner still decided to avoid it’s Tuesday night gubernatorial debate in Plainfield? Many GOP voters in Will County saw that as Rauner’s Chicago arrogance and disdain for the collar-county conservative faction.


  38. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:30 pm:

    =- Anonymous -, please pick a name.

    No. I already have one, and I continue to abide by the rule that Rich set for me to continue to use it on CapFax.


  39. - Walter Mitty - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:35 pm:

    I agree that D Lard and Brady should not get out. I also believe if they don’t DRuff (Duff Beer it’s 5:30) loses out. I am starting to think a bit different on some of this. He made the Mayor rich. He is a D. James Meeks. Wow. The nice lady that would not let him in the restaurant…No soup for you or campaigning… But he was a nice guy. Gang, this guy is liked by many of the people that actually meet him. The big negative that was bandied about so long… when they learn about this guy….. Guess what, they are he’s up. Big. I think most importantly, the Referendum again, Are you better with my ideas or PQ’s record? Illinois? Meek’s congregation? It’s legit. He has a shot.


  40. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 5:40 pm:

    =No, that was me, my phone cycled out.=

    You’ve been talking to yourself the entire time? That’s a bit strange–even for you. ;)


  41. - dave - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 11:17 pm:

    RE: Meeks

    Someone has to explain to me how a socially conservative, fiscally liberal Democrat endorses a socially moderate, fiscally conservative Republican.

    Meeks and Rauner agree on education. Its an important issue. I get that. But they pretty much disagree on everything else. So odd. And so disappointing from Meeks.


  42. - Mokenavince - Friday, Jan 17, 14 @ 9:15 am:

    Rev. Meeks is no fool, he knows the inside politics of Springfield. It’s a wise move
    on his part to support Rauner.

    There was a time when the majority of,
    African Americans were Republican.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* We interrupt this break for a special announcement...
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Afternoon updates
* Stop the satellite TV tax!
* *** UPDATED 1x *** Twitter suspends parody account @peoriamayor
* Lesson learned: Don't 'Leave'
* Fitch affirms Illinois GO Bond rating
* BGA: Rauner firm holds state contracts; political round-up
* Question of the Day
* CAPTION CONTEST!
* 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

          
        * Android 4.4.3 imminent release hinted by Google Edu Device Setup app
        * Samsung Galaxy S5 features make it accessible for everyone
        * The Android Community Team: a bit of offline time
        * #Love: I’m Single, Therefore I Tinder
        * Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins
        * In Digital Health, Does Nike Have A Path To Victory After Fuelband?
        * Android Community Weekly Wrap-Up for April 19, 2014

        * Rubens’ Tube Pyro Board Is An Audio Visualizer For Our Times
        * Surprise, Joss Whedon fans: His new film, In Your Eyes, is now available via Vimeo
        * Sony Patents Self-Washing Robot
        * FingerReader Helps Blind “Read”
        * DIY Web-Shooter To Complement Your Cyclops Ruby Quartz Visor
        * Shoot in Soft Pastel Colors for Our Photo Challenge
        * Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition To Get Android 4.4.3 KitKat (Rumor)

        * White Sox Minor League Update: April 20-26
        * Danks heads to mound in series opener against host Tigers
        * White Sox 16, Rangers 2: No sweep, no normalcy
        * Strikeout stands after White Sox challenge
        * Dunn unimpressed with .304 batting average
        * Beckham close, but not back
        * Danks wants to be less wild but equally effective


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

        Archives
        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


        * Gas station owners losing patience over tax-hik.....
        * US Sen. Durbin says he's taking Oberweis seriously..
        * District 300 set to pilot new teacher evaluations..
        * Campaign 2014: GOP challenger Jim Oberweis conc.....
        * Durbin: Taking Oberweis seriously..


        * Official: 4 children wounded in Chicago drive-by
        * Arrest made in death of Chicago man in Utah
        * Former death row inmate details difficulties
        * Cardinal: Could be last Easter as archbishop
        * Police: 6 people injured in Easter party shooting
        * Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions
        * Chicagoan to run 35th straight Boston Marathon
        * Authorities: Newborn baby found in plastic bag
        * Lawyer: No more appeals for Crundwell
        * Downtown Belleville fountain damaged by car crash

        * Addiction experts: Illinois budget cuts could hurt drug treatment
        * Comptroller Topinka reports $125K in income
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin, Oberweis spar over earmarks, minimum wage
        * Statehouse Insider: It doesn’t always add up in the General Assembly
        * Chicago casino plan draws more support at legislative hearing
        * Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
        * U of I officials seeking to prevent retirement rush
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS
        * 2015 tax rates still far from settled
        * Strip club tax brings in much less than expected

        * Census: People are leaving all six Chicago-area counties
        * Trixie and Chad have kids!
        * Quinn administration funds Diana Rauner's nonprofit
        * Why Lenovo's Moto bid is looking smarter
        * Ignoring Shakespeare's butcher, law firm advises how to cut legal bills


        * 4 kids hurt in drive-by on South Side
        * In violent weekend, at least 7 dead, 31 wounded in shootings across Chicago
        * 7 dead, 22 wounded in shootings since Friday evening
        * Chicago man slain in Utah in ‘wrong place at the wrong time’
        * Newborn boy found dead in Northwest Side gangway
        * Six shot at Easter party in suburban Montgomery
        * 4 children injured in South Side drive-by shooting
        * In violent weekend, at least 7 dead, 27 wounded in shootings across Chicago
        * Iowa windmills could blow in energy savings for Chicago area residents
        * Husband, wife — both officers — dead in murder-suicide: police


        * 4 children shot Sunday night in violent Chicago weekend
        * Logan Square residents lament discovery of abandoned baby's body
        * Man in fatal DUI crash was nearly 3 times over the legal limit, prosecutors say
        * Police: Husband and wife -- both officers -- dead in apparent murder-suicide
        * 'Nothing is ever without hope,' ailing George tells Catholics on Easter
        * Man held on $1 million bail in Friday shooting
        * FBI looks for duo who robbed Austin neighborhood bank
        * Man critically injured in crash involving motorcycle, semi
        * Geneva woman killed in motorcycle accident in Kane County


        * Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver
        * U Of I: Illinois Pension Overhaul Had Costly Mistake
        * Fish fry dinners bring food, community to Catholics during Lent
        * Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014
        * Murray Center Advocates Win Appeals Decision
        * Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S.
        * Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
        * WBEZ's Student Stories
        * Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech
        * State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization


        * Our Opinion: Don’t drag feet on drone regulation
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin, Oberweis spar over earmarks, minimum wage
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin, Oberweis spar over earmarks, minimum wage
        * Statehouse Insider: It doesn’t always add up in the General Assembly
        * Statehouse Insider: It doesn’t always add up in the General Assembly
        * Armenta L. Johnson: Advocate for quality education to avoid segregation
        * Catherine Walters: Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault notes anniversary, awareness month
        * Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS
        * Quinn grants 43 clemency requests


        * Inmate missing from Davenport work release
        * UPDATED: Two dead, three others injured in rural Homer crash
        * Area Calendar 4/21/14
        * Steam leak closes part of Main Street in Urbana
        * Rain, cooler temperatures in Q-C forecast
        * Belleville expects little increase in operating expenses
        * This week's lane restrictions
        * An Easter tradition
        * 'Doing a good thing:' Classmates mentor students with autism in Belleville schools
        * Classmates mentor students with autism in Belleville schools


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Meet the 8 House Dems who don't co-sponsor...
        * Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook: In this ca...
        * Rep. Lipinski Honors Vietnam Vets on House...
        * Southwest Airlines Adding 9 Non-Stop Daily...
        * Lipinski Announces Southwest will Start Fl...
        * Lipinski Thanks Voters for Support in Unco...
        * Lipinski announces 2014 Congressional Art ...
        * Lipinski seeks artistic submissions - The ...
        * Lemont VFW honors Vietnam veterans - Subur...
        * Lipinski Votes to Protect the Paychecks of...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * Wishing Buehrle back on Sout’ Side
        * Chris Christie’s pension theft in New Jersey. Nation-wide pension theft needs a nation-wide response.
        * GTCR is Rauner’s Bain Capital. So Squeezy gives him a state contract. Shaking up Springfield?
        * Sunday book review section. This is Not a Test.
        * The Library of Congress Pkwy?
        * Sen. Mark Kirk pokes at Eric Holder: Did NSA spy on Congress?
        * Democratic National Committee Executive Committee meeting in Chicago June 8
        * Emily's List hits Chicago June 27: Sebelius, Lisa Madigan, Neely, Finney to speak
        * Feinstein, Chambliss defend phone data snooping to "keep the homeland safe." Durbin has concerns. UPDATED
        * President Obama official schedule and guidance June 6, 2013. North Carolina, California


        * Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline - Visits Volunteer Beach Clean-up to Announce Investments That Will Support Environmental Education and Stewardship Projects
        * Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
        * Proposed Rules for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Filed
        * Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Begins Today - Annual Event Honors Earth Day, Tackles Roadside Litter After Harsh Winter
        * Illinois Schools Win No Child Left Behind Waiver - Federal Government Approves Flexibility Needed for Successful Implementation of State Strategies to Improve Student Learning




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