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*** UPDATED x2 - Audio posted - Rutherford could speak today *** Attorney says complaint to be filed today

Monday, Feb 10, 2014

* The treasurer’s office says they haven’t seen anything yet, and pointed out that the attorney didn’t even know in what court she was filing the charges, but say they’re ready to rebut and refute. They’d better be

Attorney Christine Svenson, who represents a former employee of the treasurer’s office, and was on with Bruce and Dan Monday morning, says the allegations lay out the employee being forced to do political work on state time as well as sexual harassment.

Svenson detailed points in which she says her client was allegedly harassed by Rutherford, including an incident at an overnight retreat at Rutherford’s home in 2011.

Svenson told Bruce and Dan, “Mr. Rutherford entered my client’s bedroom and grabbed at his genital area. My client immediately forced him off of him, gathered his belongings and left. He went to go talk to the chief of staff about it, and the chief of staff said quote…’at least we have job security’…unquote, and that it had happened to him as well.”

Svenson says complaints are also being filed against Rutherford’s chief of staff.

Oy.

This story has been going around for a bit, and at least some people have said that it appeared to change over time. So, let’s all reserve judgement on this for a while.

Also, in my opinion, Svenson ought to be doing her talking in court from now on.

*** UPDATE *** Sun-Times

“Obviously the allegations are false. If there is a lawsuit filed today then the Treasurer will respond,” his spokeswoman Mary Frances Bragiel said. “He’ll possibly have a media avail if something is filed today.”

That’ll probably be the wildest presser since the Jack Ryan death march.

*** UPDATE 2 *** The full audio has now been posted

- Posted by Rich Miller        


69 Comments
  1. - Commonsense in Illinois - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    >

    Agreed. Unfortunately she’s already put a more salacious charge out there, and of course a civil suit doesn’t require beyond reasonable doubt…just preponderance of the evidence.


  2. - Not Rich - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    This Republican primary is going to get very interesting real quick. It isn’t going to be your typical boring rich white guy fight anymore..


  3. - Nonplussed - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    Rich: If his attorney says the complaint will be filed today, then under what rule of journalistic ethics are you still avoiding releasing the person’s name? The accuser has not asked to remain anonymous. Rutherford hasn’t asked it either. He has said that he is prevented from doing so.


  4. - Walter Mitty - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:16 am:

    Rich, I like you have kept it under wraps. We knew it would be soon for a name… Today, we will know. Today, lives change forever. Nothing good is coming for many.


  5. - Demoralized - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:17 am:

    This is either one of the most slanderous episodes in Illinois politics or the end of Dan Rutherford’s political career.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    The miscalculation by the Rutherford Crew or even Rutherford himself on that Friday, and what was going to “hit” probably puts this all out there more than if it rolled out and responded to.

    Rutherford can talk at the end of business today.

    Will he? “Can” he? And, can he?

    Agree with Rich, enough with the “trial in the public eye”, how about, as warrented, like the filing, and maybe a statement, and then let the courts sort it out.

    You get the “rollout” Ms. Svenson, then anything after, well, then it looks like Bad Form.


  7. - anonymoose - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    Never a fan of harassment claims where allegations are held back (from 2011???? really)….to be used like a trump card. If it was bad in 2011, it should have been brought out in 2011 - not 2014.


  8. - Frank - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    The fact that she’s making extra-judicial statements before even filing suit indicates to me that she is more motivated by politics than properly representing her client. That said, this is devestating to Rutherford. Particularly if there is more than one complaintant.


  9. - Snucka - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:21 am:

    So is the accuser going to remain anonymous even after the suit is filed? Is that allowed legally?


  10. - Siriusly - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:22 am:

    All the media engagement she is doing really hurts her credibility here. The delayed lawsuit also. I find it totally odd that this person has another government job already too.


  11. - CicrcularFiringSquad - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:23 am:

    The non Mitt Rauner lawyer has been on every Blagoof-AM show for the past week….probably why the complaint has taken so long. Hard to write stuff down when you are talkin’ to Dan, Kassamoron, Roe and any other else who will answer the phone.


  12. - O RLY - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:25 am:

    At first I wasn’t buying it, but this is really starting to look more like a political hit than a serious complaint.


  13. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:25 am:

    Ouch.

    That’s a bit more than crude comments or pin-ups on the cubicle walk.

    Quite a bit more.


  14. - Samurai - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    ==All the media engagement she is doing really hurts her credibility here. The delayed lawsuit also==

    It was Rutherford who initiated the media involvement one Friday morning. Svenson than responded. Also, a week or two to prepare a well stated Complaint for a lawsuit is not uncommon at all, particularly with the multiple allegations we can expect later today.


  15. - x ace - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    Say it in Court - Attorney protected ?

    Say it on the Radio - Attorney vulnerable ?

    Strange tactics ?


  16. - Rahm'sMiddleFinger - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:31 am:

    IS that the fat lady I hear in the background?


  17. - John A Logan - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:33 am:

    To quote Bill on the day Rod Blagojevich was arrested, “Uh Oh.”


  18. - Cassandra - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:33 am:

    I have no opinion on the allegations yet, but I am wondering why on earth an ambitious politician would be having retreats at his own house. Why not have a retreat at a state park or something. It’s just clunky, as, I fear, is Rutherford. Not ready for prime time. Keeping a wall between personal and official life is critical when you are seeking higher office, and if he doesn’t get that after all this time in politics, he needs to go back to politics school.


  19. - Red Ranger - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:35 am:

    If I were Ms. Svenson’s client, I would be outraged by her media tour. It reminds me a bit of Drew Peterson’s attorney. Is she more interested in the case or becoming a media talking head? Right now, she is not doing her client any favors.


  20. - Wensicia - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:35 am:

    If the identity of the accuser must be protected after this is filed in court, then the judge should bar Ms Svenson from speaking about the details to the press, though it’s pretty much too late.


  21. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:35 am:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Multiple press conferences surely to come from both sides, with repeated questions at every campaign stop, all while a train wreck slowly and painfully stretches out for weeks.


  22. - AFSCME Steward - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:37 am:

    So this happened in 2011, but was never an issue until now ? At first I didn’t quite know how to react to this story. Now it is beginning to look a little fishy.


  23. - Leave a Light on George - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    IF this stuff about grabbing genitals and other sexual harassment is true then when the victim chooses to address it is their choice. So what if it is timed poorly for the perpetrator. I think engaging the media is smart. Makes sure the complaint/lawsuit doesn’t fade from the public’s eye.


  24. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    Still with the accuser anonymity when his attorney is putting words in the mouth of Rutherford’s chief of staff?

    I understand sort of deeming Rutherford fair game for anonymous accusations after his presser and that he is a public official and candidate, but this report anonymously accuses Kyle Ham by his title of something when he is not an elected official or candidate.


  25. - Mokenavince - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    Any way you look at it it’s bad news for Rutherford. This is a case where he’s guilty until he proves he’s innocent.
    The public will only read the headlines and
    this should sink his campaign.
    He’s lost the Tea Party vote.


  26. - Survivor - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:41 am:

    Rich:
    Most of the news organizations routinely do not publish the names of those who say they have been raped, either when the rape is reported or when the victim testifies at a public trial. This person is reporting a sexual assault. He did not choose to go public; Rutherford made these charges public. I hope you continue to withhold the name.


  27. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:42 am:

    Rich, why do you keep deleting my comments? I’ve played by your rules. What gives?


  28. - Samurai - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:42 am:

    ==
    So this happened in 2011, but was never an issue until now ? At first I didn’t quite know how to react to this story. Now it is beginning to look a little fishy==

    It was never a publicized issue heading to court until now.


  29. - Soccermom - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:47 am:

    2011? And you don’t say anything until the month before the primary? Aw geez.


  30. - Living in Machiaville - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:49 am:

    Anyone dreaming that the Rutherford campaign can withstand this is living in the land of denial and I ain’t talkin’ Egypt.


  31. - Wensicia - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:51 am:

    ==2011? And you don’t say anything until the month before the primary? Aw geez.==

    While trying to arrange a $300,000 payoff to keep silent.


  32. - Tom Joad - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    The Plaintiff did say something before last week He said it to the person whose job is to handle employee issues. That is the job of the Chief of Staff. But, it appears, he did nothing. That is why he is going to be sued too.


  33. - Commonsense in Illinois - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    It will be interesting to see if Ms. Svenson files today…she’s already got the news hit/value. No reason to hurry now. The “victim” can remain anonymous while Mr. Rutherford fights off accusations in the court of public opinion.


  34. - DuPage - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    This is going to get real UGLY! “An overnight retreat at his house.”

    I have never seen “attend overnight retreats at someone’s house” to be part of a job description for a public employee.
    What people do on their own time is their own business, but staying overnight at the bosses house could easily cause misunderstandings.
    If his boss had been a female, would he go stay overnight at her house? What if it had been a female boss that entered the room? This is going to turn into “he said, he said.” It will probably inspire an episode of “the good wife”, seen nationwide and around the world. More fame for Illinois politics.

    Timing is everything and right before an election makes it look very suspicious. Even if this is totally phony claim, there is no time for Rutherford to refute before the election.

    What is Bruce thinking right now? One down, two to go?


  35. - 4 percent - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    Most insiders around Springfield know the person’s name so its not much of a secret. But I’ll give credit to Rich and the media for treating it seriously.

    However, the fact that (1) it allegedly occurred in 2011 and (2) the person sought a $300,000 payoff make it look opportunistic at best and a shakedown at the worst.


  36. - Leave a Light on George - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    Tom Joad glad to see somebody gets it.


  37. - Levois - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    I don’t know Rutherford as well as many of you might. These allegations are troubling, but I have many questions at least about the timing. They’re out now, but still shouldn’t they have come out long ago before an election?


  38. - Walter Mitty - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    Tom Joad… Spot on…This is bad… Just having a retreat in your own home is really enough with a claim like this… If true, as Mr. Burns say’s “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” That is why it came out when it did…Because this person felt violated…. And worse, nobody helped. This person is going to be very public soon…


  39. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:12 am:

    Time to move on from “He said, he said” to “He did, he proved”. We’ve seen the movie clips now, time to let the movie roll for either of their sakes. Someone has done someone wrong here. Let the court and the judge figure it out from here under oath.


  40. - Samurai - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    What about a retreat at Rauner’s ranch(s)?

    To the fact that [the sexual harassment] allegedly occurred in 2011. Was that the first time? Were there other alleged acts? True, if one isolated act in 2011, it seems suspicious. But, these claims sometimes have a series of acts over time that eventually cause the victim to say enough.


  41. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Svenson said her client expected other employees would be at this retreat, but he ended up the only employee there. Implied is that this was a rouse by Rutherford to get the employee alone. This doesn’t pass the smell test. Who goes on a company retreat without discussing it with their coworkers before the event? No one, that’s who.


  42. - Angry Republican - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:43 am:

    All of the comments that are defending Rutherford sound a lot like the Catholic bishops defending priests. At least a few commenters understand that an allegation of sexual harassment is treated differently than other allegations, especially when it involves a person of authority. It is in everybody’s best interest to wait until all the facts are in before crucifying either party.

    Rutherford is innocent until proven guilty, but his campaign for governor is surely finished.


  43. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    I would be beyond careful after the “Friday Fiasco”.

    Please “think” what you are going to say, how you are going to say it, and have very critical people peppering Rutherford and/or others who will be facing the media.

    Rutherford Crew; you are not going to make it “better”, all you can do is try to not make it worse. I say this becuase after the Dopey presser y’all had last time, trying to “get ahead of this” has left the station.

    I have a sinking feeling a presser is not going to go well. BTW, Rutherford Crew, expect a question or 9 about where your OWN investigation stands.

    Maybe just a “release” and not a presser might best.


  44. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Nothing says credibility and pursuit of justice like an appearance on the “Bruce and Dan” show.

    Somebody grabs at my Testicular Virility, they’re picking their chiclets off the floor.

    No lawsuits. No complaints. No going back to work. No motormouth sleazy lawyer. No victim here.


  45. - Soccermom - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    What? It’s a “staff retreat,” but when you get there you’re the only person there? And you stay anyway? I don’t mean to blame the victim here, but that just seems like a very odd choice.


  46. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    What will Proft ask at this evening’s gubernatorial debate? Will the complaints be filed before the debate begins?


  47. - Soccermom - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    Hey, wait a minute. Did Christine just publicly name another “victim” by saying that the Treasurer’s chief of staff said the same thing happened to him?


  48. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    === but still shouldn’t they have come out long ago before an election ===

    === these claims sometimes have a series of acts over time that eventually cause the victim to say enough ===

    Also remember that they were reportedly good friends beforehand. Mr. Rutherford even attended the accuser’s wedding.

    You may forgive things you wouldn’t normally forgive when you have long history with someone.

    But things can get really ugly when you feel a friend has turned on you or is taking advantage of you. The closer you are, the angrier and uglier it can get.

    Meanwhile, the cycle of anger and mistrust feeds on itself within both parties. Soon enough, you have fireworks.

    Sometimes those fireworks blow off a hand or a leg in the process


  49. - olddog - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:02 pm:

    What Survivor said at 10:41 a.m.

    I’m not thrilled by the way the ex-employee’s lawyer is behaving here, and there are too many inconsistencies to sort out. But until (unless?) a complaint is filed in a court of law, no matter whether it’s civil or criminal, the journalistic ethics are clear. I think three points in the SPJ Code of Ethics apply here:

    – Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
    – Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
    — Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.

    The SPJ Code isn’t binding on everyone, but it’s widely considered the best statement of ethical standards. When (if?) a legal complaint is filed, the complainant’s name will be a matter of public record and a process for sorting out what may (or may not) have happened will get under way.

    Until (unless?) that happens, no matter how fishy the circumstances are and what the obvious political repercussions will be, the ex-employee’s name is nobody’s business.


  50. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:02 pm:

    Yes, Soccermom, that’s exactly what Chris did. It’s a terrible violation of ethical behavior to name victims as collateral damage of your own gain.


  51. - x ace - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:06 pm:

    Lawyer’s website intersting:

    www.svensonlawoffices.com

    Indicates Employer focused representation

    Lot of blank areas - coming soons

    Has Article from Republican Attorneys Assoc. says political activist

    Has Article that says promotes business with a Fashion show and sometimes ” sets clients up on dates”

    Gotta call this a Full Service Law Office


  52. - overcooked - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    So Dan Rutherford spends eight years on the chicken dinner circuit, trying to get elected staewide, and in the first year in office he jeopardizes his political life with a destructive act that has him labeled as a sexual predator when he wants to run for governor. I can’t believe that. It does not add up.


  53. - Palm Tree - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    Svenson used his first name? She used his real first name!

    Let’s see, his first name is Ed, and he made $97,000 at the Treasurer’s Office. I don’t think he’s anonymous anymore, Christine.


  54. - Soccermom - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    Not to mention — it’s kind of a serious allegation to say that the chief of staff in a State office blew off a report of sexual harassment.


  55. - Soccermom - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    And there’s a 300-day statute of limitations on sexual harassment claims.


  56. - Chicago Publius - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    The facts reported so far don’t support an allegation of sexual harassment. If the boss makes a pass at you, and you rebuff him, and you are not later subject to negative decisions regarding employment (e.g., lack of promoting, discharge, no raise, etc.) as a result of rebuffing him, there will be no liability for sexual harassment. There could be another kind of civil rights violation called “hostile environment” — but that would require continuing advances on the part of the boss for a date, sexual favors, etc. In any event, the facts that are alleged by the complainant’s lawyer don’t support the claim of “sexual harassment.”


  57. - Will Caskey - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    On the one hand, why would someone fabricate something like this when his name will inevitably be all over the headlines in approximately now?

    On the other hand, why would Rutherford do something like this then run for governor?

    A dilemma only Illinois Republicans can answer.


  58. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    ===And there’s a 300-day statute of limitations on sexual harassment claims.===

    Is this why the attorney is filing as a 1st Amendment case?

    Not an attorney, but as - Soccermom - raises the question, is that the lean the attorney is going?

    The more this goes today, I might want to think twice before rolling out Rutherford, the “Special Invesigator”(?), any legal counsel, flacks …

    I might lean towards a crafted relesase and leavie it there until the dust settles after the filing…


  59. - BYE DR....... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    @Chicago Publius…….

    Maybe by the “legal definition”, but if you have ever been in a situation where your boss wants sexual favors from you then its harassment especially if it happens after you said NO and made it clear.

    Being on a list of 13 with termination the result of the refusal is very serious. More people will be coming out with this, they all wait for the first to do it and others follow.

    DR is toast, put a fork in him.


  60. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    ===and you are not later subject to negative decisions regarding employment===

    Except he is apparently claiming just that.


  61. - girllawyer - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    A “300 day statute of limitations on sexual harassment claims” filed with whom? There is no crime of “sexual harassment” in Illinois and I’ve never heard of a 300 day S of L on anything filed in court - civil or criminal. Is this with some state agency?


  62. - Irish - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    Willing to wait until all the “facts” are in and will reserve judgement until then.

    However, a couple of things I would like to know that aren’t going to be part of the court process.

    What was the initial contact between Mr. Rauner or a representative and Ms. Svenson?
    How soon after, or during, the $3500.00 “job” did Ms. Svenson become interested in the employee’s case?
    What was the reason the employee dropped his request for monetary relief? (His request to be paid off instead of bringing the charge himself makes me wonder how violated he felt.)
    Has any money or favor moved between Mr. Rauner or a schill, and the accuser?

    If the employee has a legitimate complaint then by all means follow it to the end. But I wonder about a three year old complaint that went from a complaint, to a shakedown, to being a player in a very rich, unethical, person’s campaign against the accused, promulgated by a pretentious attorney who used to be an employee of the unethical, very rich, candidate.

    Like Gibbs says “I don’t believe in coincidences.”


  63. - anonymous - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    The employee goes on a re-treat to find out that he was the treat. How awful. Its like the story of Hansel and Gretel.


  64. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    Sun Times has suit–
    http://www.suntimes.com/25506138-761/former-state-employee-alleges-illinois-treasurer-dan-rutherford-sexually-harasssed-him.html


  65. - Bobo - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    I hope, at the very least, the chief of staff sues for defamation. This guy plotted for years till he thought the moment just right, lines up another job and tries to shakeout as much taxpayer money as he can on exit. The recorder gets the employee they deserve


  66. - Bobo - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    Nearly Normal, thanks for that. Quite the catch..I see


  67. - Bobo - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:11 pm:

    Nearly Normal, thanks for that. Quite the catch…eh


  68. - State worker - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    I’m a Dem and still think this doesn’t pass the smell test. Also as a Union rep for many years I’ve always been suspect of anyone that claims harassment long after it started. In Illinois we have too many avenues to go to if our supervisor won’t respond to our complaint. I’m not buying this.


  69. - steve schnorf - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 5:28 pm:

    so how many of the “List of 13″ were terminated?


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* Duckworth: Kirk 'unhinged,' hearings on Iran payment 'waste'
* Duckworth: Kirk 'unhinged,' hearings on Iran payment 'waste'
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
* Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults
* East Chicago school district faces lead contamination woes

* Rauner signs bill to punish trafficking guns into Illinois
* Rauner to sign bill to clamp down on gun trafficking
* Gov. Rauner signs bills to assist juvenile, other offenders
* Gov. Rauner signs package of criminal justice legislation
* Tax on feminine hygiene products repealed in Illinois
* Gay rights setback seen in Illinois Supreme Court ruling
* New Illinois law addresses financial exploitation of elderly
* Democrats at Illinois State Fair taunt GOP's Trump reluctance
* Democrats taunt GOP's Trump reluctance
* Illinois Democrats trumpet Trump name, taunt GOP reluctance

* How Pabst is reinventing Stroh's, Old Style, Schlitz
* Duckworth goes after Kirk in City Club speech
* Grad students can unionize at U of C, NU
* Northwestern, U of C grad students can unionize, NLRB says
* Social Security rolls back security measures on website


* Englewood shooting leaves 1 wounded
* Charges filed against teen shot by state trooper in Chinatown
* White Sox notes: Garcia, injury updates, Narvaez, Burdi
* Police: Man fatally shot in Ashburn
* Dog(fish) days and early kings: End of summer Chicago fishing
* Abortion opponents sue city over ordinance restricting protesters
* Editorial: Enact gun laws that make a real difference
* CPS budget denounced by good government, disability rights groups
* Famous faces spotted: Conor Dwyer, Amy Schumer, Topher Grace
* Man missing from Woodlawn


* Who was the greatest Cubs catcher?
* Advocacy groups hit CPS budget on eve of vote
* Foundation donors got face time with Clinton at State
* Recordings capture chaos of Florida face-biting slayings
* Anger after fire kills 3 kids, man; arson suspect's family defends him
* Trump floats Obama-like deportation plan, and followers approve
* Family: Cancer patient killed in Zion attack a 'kind-hearted free spirit'
* Judge rules famous artist did not paint landscape at center of lawsuit
* Boiled-water attack on gay couple was premeditated, prosecutor says
* Darien man dies after being struck by train in Hinsdale


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* Michael Gerson: Cheap populism helps no one
* E.J. Dionne: Trump's sour Virginia cocktail
* Michael LeRoy: Map case shows courts' flaws
* Our View: Both parties need plans for Illinois, not rhetoric
* Catherine Rampell: Millennials aren’t buying homes. Good for them.
* Rauner signs bill to punish trafficking guns into Illinois
* Rauner to sign bill to clamp down on gun trafficking
* Gov. Rauner signs bills to assist juvenile, other offenders
* Kathleen Parker: A nice column about Trump
* Gov. Rauner signs package of criminal justice legislation


* STM's new AD makes himself at home
* Zilis' top area volleyball setters
* Zilis' volleyball storylines: Michael wants to finish strong
* EpiPen price spike shocks users
* Du Quoin city officials looking to appeal state's decision to not pay $58K bill
* Federal judge sides with environmentalists in lawsuit against Edwards coal plant
* Who has questions?
* Prep Soccer: SJ-O vs. Monticello 8/23/16
* PODCAST: Sports Talk 8-23-16
* Lacon school demolition starts, stirring memories


* Imrem: Security concerns always present at sports venues
* Chicago Bears' receivers getting healthy, better
* Chicago Bears' Goldman says he feels faster this year
* Round Lake woman in animal cruelty case insists she loved her dogs
* Woman on 'last chance' probation over prescription pills arrested in Elgin

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* Simon considering state Senate bid
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* Arrests Made At Fair Economy Illinois' Protest Against 'Corporate Tax Loopholes'
* Cartoon Of The Day
* Cartoon of the Day - 8/23/16 Lochte
* Fair Economy Illinois Targets ComEd, Exelon During Protest Against 'Corporate Tax Loopholes'
* Texas Judge Halts Federal School Guidance On Transgender Students
* Illinois Rep To Propose Legislation To Protect Parks, Property From Pokemon Go Players
* Intermittent blogging with a chance of rain.
* Rauner is not looking forward to this week’s TRS meet.
* U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, Congressional Colleagues To Host Symposium On Black Women, Girls
* Illinois To Establish Human Trafficking Task Force


* Governor Rauner Signs Firearms Trafficking Bill to Help Protect Communities from Gun Violence
* Governor Rauner Takes Action towards Normalcy for Illinois Youth in Care
* State Announces September 1 Start of Low Income Energy Assistance Program Enrollment - LIHEAP, PIPP applications available for seniors, people with disabilities beginning September 1
* Governor Rauner Signs Bills to Further Reforms to Illinois’ Criminal Justice System
* Governor Signs Bill Creating Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking




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