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*** UPDATED x1 - The Cicero quote is bogus *** Ives: “Madigan and his supermajority of traitors”

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014

* Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) writing in the Chicago Tribune

Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician and lawyer. During the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar, Cicero championed a return to the traditional republican government.

In Illinois, Cicero has become synonymous with the crime and corruption that permeate all levels of government. The symbolism is rich. In this state, the remarkable, the principled and the noble are defiled by our ruling class and the culture of corruption they perpetrate.

Last week, in a brazen display of power, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his lawyer Michael Kasper silenced the appeal of tens of thousands of Illinoisans of all political stripes who simply asked that voters have a say in the manner in which election maps in the state are drawn. […]

Fittingly, it was the philosopher Cicero who stated, “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within … the traitor moves among those within the gates freely. … For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim … he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. …The traitor is the plague.”

Madigan has spent decades rigging the system, unchecked by members of the political establishment. These are Cicero’s traitors. They have so infected the political process in Illinois that the people are silenced via loopholes written into election laws by those in power so that they are able to maintain that power. The ruling class took an honest initiative of the people and through political gamesmanship ensured its demise. […]

To all the people who just had their names thrown out and voices silenced by Madigan and his supermajority of traitors, I say: Back a new initiative.

Discuss.

*** UPDATE *** With a hat tip to a commenter, Cicero never uttered that “traitors from within” line. It’s actually

A paraphrase from a 1965 essay by Justice Millard Caldwell. The paraphrase appears to be from the Second Catiline Oration but drastically changes the rhetoric.

Oops.

And from another commenter, here’s an actual quote from Cicero

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


79 Comments
  1. - 6-4-3 - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:04 pm:

    Thanks, Rich, for the new name of my fantasy baseball team next season.


  2. - Anon - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:08 pm:

    Listening to a Republican whine about election maps is pretty laughable.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    Welp, the hyperbole is …fun.


  4. - PoolGuy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:10 pm:

    the Trib actually printed this for an Illinois state legislator? someone licked some bad stamps today…


  5. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    Madigan has developed strong ties to many of the local governing boards with the Town of Cicero which is only nominally Republican. Madigan allies handle much of the legal work for the school boards.


  6. - Come on man! - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    I think Ives is a little naïve is she believes this was an honest initiative.


  7. - PoolGuy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    I think this editorial would have been perfect if it would have only included the last sentence.


  8. - anon - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    I know Ives likes to talk to herself. I hope one day it does some good. Here’s hoping that all the mega donors to the remap petition ask for a refund on their money for botching up the task of gathering actual voter - not fake - voter signatures. Maybe Ives call tell herself that too.


  9. - PoolGuy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    Back a new initiative, i meant only that part.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    …always teaching that Ives…

    Rep. Ives could be the Conservative Female voice in all the General Assembly…if she would just stop with the teaching and talking points and red meat for the sake of hyperbole.

    If she was willing to rehab her image , and do 2-3 things that in no way change anything she believes, advocates…her impact and position in that Caucus would be enhanced greatly, and her influence and voice would be felt under the Dome more effectively.

    But, “teachers teach”.

    Waste of talent…it’s not even as much fun mocking her Dopiness, now I just see wasted talent.


  11. - yo - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    I can hear the people of the coliseum chanting her name now “Jeanne Ives! Jeanne Ives!”


  12. - tominchicago - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    So challenging the ballot initiative in court is now a “brazen display of power”?

    Cicero was right, we will survive Jeannie Ives.


  13. - Obamas Puppy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    Joe Walsh you will soon have a partner in the political burn out house. Next stop for philosopher Queen Ives will be Fox radio.


  14. - train111 - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    Funny she brings up Cicero as synonymous with corruption. Isn’t that town run by the GOP?


  15. - William j Kelly - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    Speaking of Cicero, I wonder if Ives is ready to call out her handler Proft on the subject?


  16. - PoolGuy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    “are you not entertained…???” that sounds like Ives and Trib’s new motto as this is hardly newsworthy.


  17. - LincolnLounger - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:25 pm:

    Not that I don’t agree with some of her points, but her manner and hyperbole are ridiculously short-sighted.

    It must be exhausting being “right” all the time and never passing a bill or doing anything of significance for your constituents.


  18. - William j Kelly - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:27 pm:

    Did Ives mention how she feels about Rauner’s attorney trying to knock the libertarian and constitution party candidates for governor off the ballot?


  19. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    Treason, eh? That’s a serious offense. The most serious.

    I guess we have to take it seriously, coming from a General Assembly member and West Point grad (she’s a West Point grad, right? I think I heard her mention that once of twice).

    Since the deep-thinkers on the Tribbie edit board took it seriously enough to publish, how should we handle it? Scaffolds in Pioneer Court? Firing squads up against the Tower walls? Billy Goat triple-cheeseburgers?

    Hard to believe that a big-city newspaper believed they were shedding light by publishing such hysterical ravings.


  20. - Jeff Trigg - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:34 pm:

    In Illinois, the name Democratic Party is a complete lie and bad joke. It should be changed to the Disgusting Party to more accurately reflect their policies and actions concerning participatory democracy.

    Ives may not be popular, but she’s not entirely wrong about this. The courts have confirmed the sad state of our rigged election laws that have disenfranchised Illinois voters for decades while violating basic constitutional rights.

    And how is it that fake signatures in order to vote are never a problem that we have to worry about, but fake signatures on petitions are often alleged but rarely proven? Both are felonies. Yesterday the supporters of same day registration were all saying voter fraud isn’t a problem, but today Madigan, Quinn, and the entire slate of Illinois Democrats will start accusing the Green Party candidates of “fake” signatures to “protect the integrity of our elections”, as Steve Brown repeats every petition challenge season. The double standard and hypocrisy by Democrats is disgusting.

    I wish our election laws did not treat petition signatures as the exact same thing as a vote, but as Ives points out, this perverted election system that the Democrats have crafted with assistance from Rs, is only meant to preserve power.


  21. - Phil - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    Understated and subtle, just what we expect from Ives and the Trib editorial page.


  22. - Jeff Trigg - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    William j Kelly - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:27 pm:

    Did Ives mention how she feels about Rauner’s attorney trying to knock the libertarian and constitution party candidates for governor off the ballot?
    =======

    No kidding, very good point. I doubt she will say a word about that, and I doubt any of the IL political media will be intelligent enough to even ask her.

    Same with Madigan, Quinn and the Democrat slate trying to kick the Greens off the ballot right after they try to brag about same day registration being such a tool help voters participate. I like same day registration, but it’d be a ton better if there were candidates on the ballot to choose from.

    Voter fraud is never a problem for Democrats, that is, unless Greens or independents are trying to get on the ballot.


  23. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:40 pm:

    Treason has quite a penalty in this country. Wonder how Ives and the Tribbies want to handle it.

    Hard to believe that a big-city newspaper would print such hysterical ravings.


  24. - Knome Sane - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    I suspect this display of “righteous indignation” would be neatly tucked away had Ms. Ives been fortunate to be from Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, etc, etc.


  25. - Chi - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    Rule of Law uber alles!*

    *Except when I don’t like the result.


  26. - Chi - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    Illegal Immigrants? NO!

    Illegal Constitutional Amendments? Yay!


  27. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    I thought the Tea Party was about “reclaiming the Constitution”. Here, the courts threw out the initiative as being inconsistent with the Constitution. Wouldn’t the “traitors” be those who wanted to defy the Constitution?


  28. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    Ives is calling people traitors? That’s a laughable charge coming from a neo-Confederate.


  29. - Adam Smith - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    It’s truly unfortunate that shriekers like Ives help the Democrats’ sock puppets to again change the subject. (Isn’t she obnoxious? How naive!)

    Just ‘cuz she’s a self-important blowhard doesn’t mean she isn’t absolutely right.


  30. - Just the Facts - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    Dreck. The State Board of Elections enforcing the requirement of a proper number of valid signatures means that “the people are silenced via loopholes?”

    This could have been written by Blago. Attacking the Speaker and quoting Cicero to demonstrate her erudition, while ignoring the facts, reminds me of our former Governor.


  31. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    It’s hard to take something like this remotely seriously given the author. That said, I like the history lesson…err the ancient history lesson.


  32. - anon - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    Sometimes I get the feeling she’s auditioning to be the next Sarah Palin.


  33. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    Laughable!!! For her talk about how the democrats are leading us into constitutional disintegration, she defends this unconstitutional ballot measure. Pure hogwash.


  34. - OLK 73 - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    Good message but what a lousy way to represent yourself in a major newspaper. This would rate a D in English 101.


  35. - The Prince - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:01 pm:

    The Tribune has been publishing some dubious content lately.


  36. - MAK - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    Also Cicero: He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.


  37. - olddog - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:04 pm:

    What history lesson? Cicero never said anything remotely like that.

    It took me 0.49 seconds to find the quote is “misattributed” to Cicero. Here’s the discussion on Wikiquote: “A paraphrase from a 1965 essay by Justice Millard Caldwell. The paraphrase appears to be from the Second Catiline Oration but drastically changes the rhetoric.
    Actual example from Second Catiline Oration: “But why are we speaking so long about one enemy; and about that enemy who now avows that he is one; and whom I now do not fear, because, as I have always wished, a wall is between us; and are saying nothing about those who dissemble, who remain at Rome, who are among us? ”

    Google is your friend.

    (Rep. Ives probably ought to Google “treason” too, since she doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the word. But that’s another issue.)


  38. - lake county democrat - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:04 pm:

    The old Pat Quinn could have written this, save maybe the “treason” part.

    Wordslinger: You’re right - Madigan may help guys who steal $100,000 from schools, but he’s no traitor! Heck, some of those gangsters in the late 30’s/early 40’s were downright patriotic.


  39. - tominchicago - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    The Prince “The Tribune has been publishing some dubious content lately.”

    What do you mean “lately”? Kass has had a column for years now.


  40. - 4 percent - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:14 pm:

    Jeanie Ives is the Cal Skinner of the 2010s and the Dan Duffy of the House. She could have the absolute best ideas in the world but nobody would listen because of how she conducts herself. Rather than working for change, they prefer to hop on the stump and make speeches. They cannot even get their colleagues to go to bat for them (many would prefer to stick the knife in the back).

    This is the same woman who berated a homeless lady in the minimum wage debate by asking her what degrees/academic experience she had to back up her opinion.


  41. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    There is one thing to have a disagreement with a colleague.

    It’s another to call a Caucus, or people specifically, as “traitors”

    I was going to leave things as they were on my comments, but the “brazen” hyperbole of “traitors” makes me believe that the shock value and word choices are driving get meager attempt to explain away her frustration in the process working.


  42. - Been There - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:18 pm:

    ===unless Greens or independents are trying to get on the ballot. ====
    ITS NOT THAT HARD!!!!! If you can’t find enough registered voters to sign your petitions then maybe the system and society are trying to tell you ahead of time that your views are not anywhere near a majority. Otherwise follow the rules (by maybe reading them first), get good signatures and get on the ballot.


  43. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:23 pm:

    Well, if you are going to misquote famous orators…

    This is a perfect description of her, her failings, and Ives’ complete ignorance to understanding you are judged by words, spoken or written.

    Stock is plummeting.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:30 pm:

    This is a perfect description of Ives, her failings, and Ives’ complete ignorance to understanding you are judged by words, spoken or written.

    ===He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.===

    Stock is plummeting.


  45. - too obvious - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    3 questions. One, who exactly is the traitor for following the law and not allowing tons of apparently fraudulent signatures to count?

    Two, how many signatures did Jeanne Ives collect herself?

    Three, speaking of Cicero (Illinois) is Ives trying to surpass her handler Dan Proft as most ineffective windbag in Illinois?


  46. - lake county democrat - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    I doubt there would/will be this kind of criticism if the IL Supreme Court turns the language of the contitution on its head regarding pensions and the T-word is thrown around.

    Again (and again and again): where is the outrage for politicians who fight so hard to minimize the power of citizens votes as much as they possibly can? Traitor is a loaded term and no elected official should be using it in print in this context - it’s like throwing “Nazi” around carelessly - but the pooh-poohing of basic democratic principles on a political board is disheartening. Happy 4th of July y’all!


  47. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:40 pm:

    “To all the people who just had their names thrown out as traitors, like Speaker Madigan and his supermajority, I say: Back a candidate to stop her madness from infecting the Illinois General Assembly.”

    Please…


  48. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    another Republican trotting out the traitor card on a Democratic elected official. (see use on Obama ad infinitum.) it’s like she’s taken lessons from a parrot.


  49. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 5:26 pm:

    Wheaton’s Michelle Bachman.


  50. - ... - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 5:26 pm:

    The author is Ives…need we say more?


  51. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 5:42 pm:

    It will play well in Du Page County, but less well elsewhere.

    Some interesting polls out today on the national Zeitgeist.


  52. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 5:48 pm:

    @4 percent:

    The Cal Skinner reference is apt. Difficult to believe that he was once a candidate for statewide office with the full endorsement of the party. He had a lengthy career as a gadfly.


  53. - Can't See the Forest for the Trees - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 5:48 pm:

    This is the reason Democrats will no retain control of the Governor’s Mansion Illinois. And the house of cards will fall. And those in power shall squeal like piglets taken off the teat of their mother sow. And Term Limits shall cometh to the land.


  54. - Bill White - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:04 pm:

    === The urban politicians like the reapportionment decisions which insure their control of the state houses and the Congress. ===

    I believe this refers to the requirement that legislative districts contain equal population.


  55. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:09 pm:

    @Can’t See the Forest:

    I think that the Governor’s race is too close to call, but I do not see how Democrats will lose the legislature since so many seats are uncontested.


  56. - The Prince - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:31 pm:

    Does misquoting Cicero make you eligible for Moutza of the Month?


  57. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:42 pm:

    “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” - Rep. Jeanne Ives.


  58. - Macbeth - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:46 pm:

    At least Blagojevich got his quotations correct.

    That says a lot about Ives now that I think about it.


  59. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:48 pm:

    “The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.’ He was a funny guy.” - Rep. Jeanne Ives


  60. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 6:51 pm:

    “Play it again, Sam.” - Rep. Jeanne Ives


  61. - MrJM (@MisterJayEm) - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 7:01 pm:

    On the list of useless wastes of taxpayer money, West Point’s attempt to educate Jeanne Ives must rank near the top.

    – MrJM


  62. - Bill White - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 7:15 pm:

    Don’t fluoridate our water, bro’


  63. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 7:32 pm:

    @Bill White

    It would poison our precious bodily fluids.


  64. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 7:35 pm:

    Do you think Erica Borggren and Jeanne Ives exchange a “secret handshake?”
    No, me too.


  65. - Under Influenced - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 7:53 pm:

    http://www.elections.il.gov/downloads/electioninformation/pdf/2014canguide.pdf

    It’s a link to the 2014 candidate’s guide.

    If you want to get your green/independent/democrat/republican/tea party/”the rent is too damn high” candidate on the ballot…follow the rules.


  66. - Bill White - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 8:34 pm:

    In a democracy, where the laws should reflect the will of the majority, how can a super-majority be traitorous?


  67. - G'Kar - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 8:49 pm:

    I think Millard Caldwell stole the quote from Taylor Caldwell (no relation that I can tell)as it appears in her novel _A Pillar of Iron_, a fictional account of Cicero on p. 609. Like his speech, the novel came out in 1965.


  68. - Rusty on my Latin - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 9:14 pm:

    I don’t fear Rep. Ives too much - after all, “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious”


  69. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 9:44 pm:

    olddog, not to disparage your 0.49 seconds of research, but I long ago learned to take anything with “wicki” in front of it with a grain of salt.

    Please note that for the majority of the Cicero quotations they made, they first provided the latin then the English translation. They didn’t meet this standard for the quotations they claimed were “misattributed” They just proclaimed the quotation wrong and gave their interpretation of what THEY claimed was correct without referencing the original latin. Unconvincing scholarship at best. The Judge who wrote the essay unfortunately didn’t footnote his quotations, but it’s unlikely when writing his essay that he made that up from his own translation. While I don’t claim to be a scholar of antiquities, I DO know that historians draw from references other than a person’s writings for quotations heard by third parties. Perhaps other Roman historical works provided that quotation. What the Justice wrote certainly has as much validity as an anonymous wicki author.

    I’ve learned over the years that when someone uses a quote with at least SOME valid source, I’m reluctant to be critical of them unless its in a scholarly paper. I find it unworthy of any well read person to use this as an excuse for political criticism.

    Such action on your part demeans both you and your message. I expect better from you in the future.

    Grade for olddog: C–


  70. - Can't See the Forest for the Trees - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 9:47 pm:

    The Republicans will take back the Governor’s house.


  71. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 9:52 pm:

    @OW
    =“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” - Rep. Jeanne Ives.=

    To take the tact of “olddog”, you lose all credibility if you misquote someone!LOL Using the 0.49 seconds of research that is the apparent standard for olddog, that quote source is from SENATOR Bluto Plutarsky, who I believe was a pseudo Republican from Oswego (or was it Wheaton?). Sound familiar?

    You’re exposed. OW, or should I say SENATOR BLUTARSKY?LOL


  72. - DuPage - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 9:59 pm:

    @Anon3:08=Listening to a Republican whine about election maps is pretty laughable.=

    A lot of what she says is laughable,-until I remember I live in her district.


  73. - Res Publican - Wednesday, Jul 2, 14 @ 10:39 pm:

    @Bill White I am hoping that was a joke. The whole point of the democratic-republican structure of our governments is to prevent the destructive impulses of transient majorities without accounting for repercussions


  74. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, Jul 3, 14 @ 1:04 am:

    Ives never claimed to have visited fifty-seven states, did she?


  75. - olddog - Thursday, Jul 3, 14 @ 1:29 am:

    @ Anonymous 9:44 pm

    Got home late and didn’t see your post till now …

    Thanks for sharing your opinions on textual criticism. You’re entitled to whatever opinion you wish, but I stand behind what I said — the alleged “quotation” from Cicero is bogus.

    If you don’t understand how Wikiquote works, just let me know and I’ll be happy to supply a link on crowdsourcing. I won’t assign you a grade, though. Surely we can agree to disagree without making personal comments.


  76. - Bill White - Thursday, Jul 3, 14 @ 2:05 am:

    More from Taylor Caldwell’s “A Pillar of Iron”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Caldwell

    “Antonius [i. e., C. Antonius Hybrida] heartily agreed with him [sc. Cicero] that the budget should be balanced, that the Treasury should be refilled, that public debt should be reduced, that the arrogance of the generals should be tempered and controlled, that assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, that the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence, and that prudence and frugality should be put into practice as soon as possible.” - A Pillar of Iron (1965).

    This sentence is regularly attributed to Cicero, but it’s Caldwell’s own, not in Cicero’s actual work.


  77. - bogus - Thursday, Jul 3, 14 @ 6:11 am:

    I get a kick out of seeing all the Democrats throw a fit when a Republican says something that strikes a note which rings to the heart of the dilemma.


  78. - PublicServant - Thursday, Jul 3, 14 @ 6:26 am:

    And bogus, if I were a republican, I’d be embarrassed to have Ives call herself one.


  79. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 3, 14 @ 8:03 am:

    “I get a kick out of seeing lemmings throw a fit when Ives says something that strikes a note which rings hollow and untrue, or or racial, instead of discussing the straw man of her dilemma.”

    Better.


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        * 2 men rescued from bucket lift in Illinois
        * Guilty plea in crash that killed 2 motorcyclists
        * Durbin, Kirk push for federal action on Asian carp
        * Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago
        * Jewish judge won't give up case of Arab activist
        * Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for farmers
        * Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat
        * 'American Idol' to have auditions at state fair
        * Driver's license site in Belvidere faces eviction
        * Teen who left shoeless from wilderness camp found

        * State lawmaker's replacement named
        * Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for state's farmers
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015
        * Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools
        * Governor candidates differ on overseas tax breaks
        * Quinn: State will 'prevail' in Shakman lawsuit
        * Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug
        * Quinn OKs ballot question on tax hike for incomes over $1M
        * Lawsuit against Quinn back in court in October
        * Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

        * Knock off all 32 Greek tragedies this weekend
        * Emanuel's 2015 budget puts off pension crisis for now
        * Allstate cuts auto rates for first time in six years
        * Chicago biz center aims to foster two-way trade with China
        * Court zaps ComEd for 2011 storm outages


        * Bicyclist hit by Metra train in Des Plaines dies
        * Old tank cars put Chicago at risk
        * Judge, big supporter of Israel, balks at leaving Palestinian terrorism-related case
        * Father of slain teen fatally shot in Humboldt Park
        * Emanuel wants plan to ease lakefront traffic after Lucas museum opens
        * City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election
        * Judge: Fired officer gets new Police Board hearing
        * 3 men rescued after sailboat capsizes near Monroe Harbor
        * Owner of dog killed by cop happy he got fired
        * City’s strict limits on medical marijuana sites go up in smoke


        * Crews struggle to get enough water to fight extra-alarm fire
        * Metra train hits, kills bicyclist on UP Northwest Line
        * Father shot dead 6 days after son slain: 'It hurts so much'
        * Chicago's day of reckoning over pensions delayed
        * Ricketts family to host political fundraiser at Wrigley Field
        * Shootings leave 1 dead, 3 wounded
        * Eric Cantor set to resign from Congress in August, he says
        * U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months
        * Metra train hits, kills bicyclist on UP Northwest Line
        * Sweeping reforms suggested to fix CPS truancy crisis


        * "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical
        * New Choir Brings A Level Of Expertise
        * Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional
        * Some Historic Sites To Curtail Hours Due To Lack Of Money
        * At Historic Sites, Budget Cuts Could Lead To Closures
        * State Fair Manager "Moving Forward" After Ethics Violation
        * Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crime
        * Community prosecutions credited with drop in crime
        * Police responding to shooting in the Loop
        * Demoted worker kills self, wounds CEO in Loop shooting


        * Bernard Schoenburg: Changes coming to Prairie Capital Convention Center board
        * Margaret Niederer: Bruce Rauner is not the change Illinois needs
        * E.J. Dionne: The GOP’s impeachment two-step
        * Esther Cepeda: Giving teachers their voice
        * State lawmaker's replacement named
        * Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for state's farmers
        * Our Opinion: Dangerous pedestrian crossing getting the attention it deserves
        * The GOP as the party of reform
        * John Cooney: Lawsuit abuse is a myth spun by big business
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015


        * Patchy Midwestern Dryness of Little Concern
        * Durbin slams CN for slowing Amtrak
        * Fred Giertz 8/1/2014
        * Poshard Foundation donates $100,000 to jumpstart children’s network
        * Road closure 8/1/14
        * Celebration banking on star power to draw crowds
        * Area history, Aug. 1, 2014
        * RTHS board approves teachers' pay increases
        * Religion calendar, Aug. 1, 2014
        * Monticello board to decide on 2 ballot questions


        * Superintendent Torres leaving District U-46, source says
        * Images: Jose Torres' tenure in U-46
        * Banksy's ‘Spy Booth' artwork defaced
        * Report: Torres leaving District U-46
        * Body found in forest preserve identified as Waukegan woman

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        * David Brooks argues for grit. I hate grit. Seniors are poor because they desire immediate gratification? No grit?
        * No ten minute drawings for the next few days.
        * Words that can get teachers fired.
        * The Weekend Desk Report
        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Window Dressing
        * Rauner leads Quinn; is that shocking at this stage of Ill. electoral game?
        * Short Division
        * Glen Brown. How you benefit from our defined benefit pension.
        * What did $4 million buy the state’s unions in the primary?


        * ICYMI: Federal funds misused in Quinn anti-violence program
        * Rauner Rolls Out Agriculture Coalition and Key Supporters From the Agricultural Community Across Illinois
        * Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Health and Wellness Services in Communities Across Illinois - New Steps Will Help Expand Access and Quality of Healthcare
        * Pat Quinn: Patronage Will Prevail
        * Governor Quinn and Company Officials Open Nippon Sharyo Expansion in Rochelle - Passenger Rail Car Manufacturing Plant Expansion Creating 90 New Jobs




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