SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Just 90 days?

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

* This was sent out late yesterday by GOP state Sen. Jason Barickman, Legislative Audit Commission Co-Chairman…

Today, the Legislative Affairs office of the Department of Justice – two staff attorneys and an intern in Washington D.C. – requested that no interviews of those connected to Governor Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program be conducted for 90 days.

We do not want to impede their efforts or compromise the integrity of their criminal investigation.

Therefore, I believe it is appropriate for the Legislative Audit Commission to consider the request and its scope.

Why just 90 days? Federal investigations usually drag on for a very long time. And why the Legislative Affairs Office?

Then again, this is Springfield’s US Attorney’s Office, not the one in Chicago we’re used to hearing from, so they may just do things differently.

* Barickman updated this morning on WLS Radio

“We cannot simply, at our own whim, drop this. We’ve taken legislative action to get to this point, we’ve got a hearing scheduled, we’ve subpoenaed seven witnesses, they’ve lawyered up, they’ve told us they’re going to attend,” Barickman said.

Barickman says he and other members of the commission will vote on the delay request next week.

“We’ll consider why they want us to stand down and what they’ve presented,” Barickman told Bruce and Dan. “And we’ll try to balance that with our own duties, you know we have legislative duties to the people of this state and to our constituents. I think we need to balance those two things in a public hearing, talk about it, and make a decision”.

* Another Republican member of the Legislative Audit Commission, Sen. Bill Brady, said he didn’t think the Commission’s investigation would step on any federal toes

“I frankly don’t see where our role conflicts with theirs,” Brady said.

Whatever the case, when the feds ask you to step aside, you step aside.

After all, in 90 days, we’ll be in mid-October - right before election day.

…Adding… From a press release…

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers’ Grove) will be holding a press conference Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the James R. Thompson Center Blue Room at 2: 30 p.m.

The topic of the press conference is to discuss the latest development with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) and the Legislative Audit Commission.

*** UPDATE *** It looks like Sen. Barickman is attempting to make the Democrats pull the plug. An updated statement…

Following a scathing audit issued by the Illinois Auditor General on Governor Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the Legislative Audit Commission began its legally required public review of that audit and its findings.

We have had a healthy and spirited debate on the Commission. Ultimately, common sense prevailed and – with bipartisan agreement – the Audit Commission has scheduled a two-day public hearing with seven subpoenaed witnesses next week.

The Legislative Affairs office of the Department of Justice – two staff attorneys and an intern from Washington D.C. – has now requested no interviews of those connected to Governor Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program for 90 days.

I believe it is appropriate for the Audit Commission to consider that request at our July 16 meeting. We certainly do not want to impede their criminal investigation of the NRI program. However, we also have legislative duties and obligations that we must fulfill to the people of Illinois and our constituents.

Each member of the Audit Commission – myself included – will have to weigh those competing interests to determine whether we change course on a public review of how more than $55 million in taxpayers’ money was spent.

However, to be clear, the Audit Commission has already taken legal action. Seven witnesses have been subpoenaed and are compelled by law to attend next week’s hearings. We’ve taken legislative action.

This legislative action cannot – and should not – be undone with the sweep of a hand or a backdoor meeting. Only legislative action can rescind those efforts.

Unless Legislative Audit Commission takes new legislative action to change course, then I presume the Audit Commission will proceed with the plan laid out through its bipartisan, transparent process.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


35 Comments
  1. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:36 am:

    Under the circumstances, I think the Feds are more likely to have their request followed if they only ask for 90 days rather than a time period that goes past election day. You’re not going to get full, complete and open testimony from anybody with the Feds lurking anyway.


  2. - Toure's Latte - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:44 am:

    That last part is fascinating. Word is Sandack, something of a lightening rod, has an opponent in the general, and needs to mend fences with local Republicans. Coat-tailing this issue would help.


  3. - Arizona Bob - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    Here’s the purpose of the DOJ legislative office as stated on their web site:

    “The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to advance the Department’s legislative initiatives and other interests relating to Congress.”

    Please note that this is NOT an investigative or prosecutorial branch of the DOJ. This is the “political” arm of the DOJ. It also is unclear why this office is contacting a STATE legislature, when its purpose is quite clearly stated to be relating to promoting DOJ political initiatives to the US Congress.

    Something doesn’t smell right here. This shouldn’t have anything to do with a criminal investigiation. I believe that would be handled by the US Attorney in the district.

    Based upon the channels through which this request was made, I think proceeding with the hearings is the only appropriate action for the Illinois GA.


  4. - OneMan - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    So wondering if someone in the Springfield DOJ office doesn’t like Quinn…

    or

    Are they a lot further along on this than people think.


  5. - dunno - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:51 am:

    If you had any notion that the members of the commission were doing their jobs and this wasn’t political, that is blown out of the water now. The feds ask them to stand down and instead they public comment on the conversation and say we’ll take it under advisement? That’s crazy talk. Notice we haven’t heard a peep from the democrats.


  6. - Cassiopeia - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    This is so not looking good for Quinn and company.


  7. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 9:53 am:

    –And why the Legislative Affairs Office?–

    My uninformed speculation:

    It’s within the realm of possibility that someone with a relationship to the General Assembly could be called to testify before the grand jury as they gather information.

    Perhaps, then, it was viewed as more appropriate to have a third-party make the request to defer, rather than the district office running the grand jury.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:00 am:

    Quinn is going to be saddled two ways on the 90 day window;

    Speculation of what is going on in the investigation.

    The anticipation of October and possibly finding out what was found just weeks, or even days before the election.

    Bad news, bad timing.


  9. - walker - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    Sen. Brady doesn’t see where their committee role conflicts with what the Feds might be doing? Doesn’t the committee’s role include discovering and investigating potential wrongdoing? The witnesses, even if faultless, appreciate the difficulties of dealing with two different bodies on the same quest. With missteps causing all kinds of potential problems for them.

    The Fed attorneys would have a better take on it.


  10. - DuPage - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:02 am:

    Political grandstanding. I guess we should be used to it by now.


  11. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    –After all, in 90 days, we’ll be in mid-October - right before election day.–

    Good point.

    From a strictly political point, the request is a gift for Republicans.

    It’s summer. No one is going to pay attention to GA hearings now.

    Come back in mid-October, after Rauner has been pounding Quinn for weeks on TV, you’ll get some attention.

    It’s all bad news for Quinn.


  12. - Norseman - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:26 am:

    === two staff attorneys and an intern in Washington D.C. ===

    Amusingly detailed, but it tells me that the request was made in some conference call. A call from the legislative affairs office to a state legislative entity doesn’t surprise me. That’s there job. Take off the tin foil hats if you want to assert some political conspiracy.

    The 90 days is unusual and may have been some offhand comment during the conversation. A point the actual investigators may not like.

    From the GOP standpoint, they want to push to keep this in the news for obvious political reasons while maintaining an appearance of working with the Feds.


  13. - orzo - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    By all accounts, the U.S.Attorney’s office in Springfield is highly professional and would not want to appear to be involved in the political process. The Audit Hearings are (despite what the participants try to say) HIGHLY partisan and political, so the Justice Department may have decided to make the contact out of Washington.


  14. - Tom Joad - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    “I frankly don’t see where our role conflicts with theirs,” Brady said. Bill Brady is the last person to go to for an opinion on what is or isn’t a conflict of interest.


  15. - Eastsider - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:44 am:

    So we can never conduct parallel investigations? Really. Forgive me but doesn’t Congress do this all the time (ie, conduct it’s own investigation while Justice is also looking into something)?


  16. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    I believe that the GOP is just doing their job here. They need to demonstrate that they are concerned what happened to all of our money.

    If they didn’t do it, they would be ignoring the importance of legislative oversight on this possibly criminal case.


  17. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:56 am:

    –So we can never conduct parallel investigations?–

    They can if they want to. It’s a request, not an order.


  18. - walker - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    Don’t know about the Feds, but in Illinois, the staff, including attorneys, in government departments are not allowed to talk to legislators directly without a “legislative liaison” person witnessing the call or meeting. Often they just watch. In this case it was an intern.

    It was passed as an anti-corruption regulation, to try to avoid hidden side deals for whatever. I found it incredibly burdensome when trying to propose operating improvements, or getting needed information for drafting bills directly from those who knew what’s up in the departments. For a state with an earned corruption image, we’re buried in bureaucratic restraints trying to prevent it.


  19. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:12 am:

    –They need to demonstrate that they are concerned what happened to all of our money.–

    You could read the audit if you wanted to know that. There is some unaccounted money, but it’s known who got the great majority. The questions are why they got it and what they were were expected to and did deliver for it. And it doesn’t look pretty.


  20. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    My uninformed speculation? If the Illinois Attorney General was investigating this matter, the US Attorney would contact the AG directly and ask for the deferral. Since this is the Illinois General Assembly conducting the investigation, the US Attorney asked its internal legislative relations office to make the request.

    Not much of a conspiracy, just a matter of style or protocol.

    Why the ILGOPs would object is the really weird part of this story. Carry on and it’s just a partisan witch hunt. Stand down and it’s another federal investigation into a Democratic administration.


  21. - Birdseed - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    == Carry on and it’s just a partisan witch hunt. Stand down and it’s another federal investigation into a Democratic administration. ==

    Exactly. They are being handed a gift and have no clue what to do with it.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    ===Why the ILGOPs would object is the really weird part of this story. Carry on and it’s just a partisan witch hunt. Stand down and it’s another federal investigation into a Democratic administration.===

    I always appreciate when the - 47th Ward -, - YDD -, and - Soccermom - try to help My Party, no snark.

    It is as though holding your powder is not a good enough strategy, or letting the heavy lifting narrative be driven by the media is just not impactful.

    I wonder where are the Staff strong enough to say to these Dopes, “just stop, and let it implode in front of us, then take it out !”

    Thanks for trying…


  23. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    ===Sorry if that sounds cynical, but you have to admit there does seem to be precedent for this approach.===

    Why don’t you enlighten us with a couple of precedents?


  24. - Chaos - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:02 pm:

    Eastsider, the Legislative Audit Commission is not an investigative body. They don’t have investigative authority.


  25. - Anon - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    That’s smart. Give the feds the bird. I’m sure barickman can do a much better job than an actual prosecutor. There’s no way THIS exercise isn’t a waste of taxpayer dollars.


  26. - Eastsider - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:05 pm:

    Point taken…doesn’t change the Check/Balance nature of the role


  27. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:12 pm:

    Eastsider, I can’t help you with Benghazi or the IRS. But you’re wrong to suggest those are precedents or somehow analagous to the subject at hand. They are not, and your comment was dumb.

    By the way, Congress has been investigating those two things for some time and they haven’t come up with anything noteworthy. I expect they’ll keep investigating because it gives some GOP Congressmen quality TV time on Fox News.


  28. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:14 pm:

    Wow, Carl the Intern returns in a brand new role…


  29. - CirularFiringSquad - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    Gotta wonder why Jumpin’Jason just getting around to witnesses now. Audit was released in February. Guess that decision to do the 5 month slow walk was a bad one. Another stumble from the 2010 Brady campaign.
    Fire,Aim, Ready


  30. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Yeah, you know the fix goes straight to the White House when the interns get involved.

    The tinfoil hats here are the same ones who said Obama would fix it for Blago, Rezko and Jesse Jr. I guess those conspiracies are still unfolding.

    Why any president, ever, would conspire to obstruct justice, risk everything, for a politician way down the ladder is never explained. I’m guessing Obama has more on his plate than this audit and the fate of the Quinn campaign.

    For those who can’t see what a political gift this is for the GOP and what bad news it is for Quinn, I can’t help you.

    U.S. district attorneys don’t empanel grand juries to give clean bills of health. They’re headhunters, and they get some more than 90% of the time.


  31. - DuPage - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    The feds might have an unrelated investigation going. They might have concerns one of their undercover agents or informants cover might be blown if they are put under oath and asked questions.


  32. - orzo - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    Word makes a good point about the Holder DOJ and Blago, Rezko, JJJr. I would also add Dems Gene Mullins, LaShawn Ford, Derrick Smith, etc. If Holder is protecting local Dem politicians, he has a strange way of demonstrating it. The party who gave us AGs like Mitchell, Meese, Gonzalez, etc cannot imagine an AG who plays it straight.


  33. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:21 pm:

    A DOJ intern calling a super-minority freshman state lawmaker seems like an appropriate use of govt resources #Hey19


  34. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    Re: the OLA, most of you conspiracy people are nuts. The Springfield USA probably put the request into the DoJ’s intergovernmental affairs office, which got merged in the legislative office.

    http://www.justice.gov/ola/oipl-moved.html

    Of course, researching facts is anathema to your point of view, so why would you do it.

    Regarding Barickman’s intern nonsense, the National Association of Attorneys General website says the DoJ IGA office had at least 7 people working there in 2009. Thus, I imagine a merger with another office did not making the combined offices go down to 3 people. Barickman is a joke.


  35. - Just The Way It Is One - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:12 pm:

    ==Federal investigations usually drag on for a very long time==

    Point well-taken. Before I even came across THIS Post, I just commented a couple minutes ago as to this VERY germane reality in the Comments Section for today’s Top, 1st Post…!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 *** The Democrats' budget time bomb is starting to explode
* State threatens to zap all Chicago GSA school funding
* Another optics problem
* This is why we can't have nice things
* Tiny, secluded county wants no part of ATV plan
* It's just a bill
* Feds drop drug conspiracy charges
* Governing ain't easy
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

          
        * Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps
        * Nokia Z Launcher beta update adds icon pack support
        * One Billion Android smartphones shipped globally in 2014
        * How Android could compete with the Microsoft Surface Hub
        * The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax reminds you about tax season, and more
        * Facebook edges into Foursquare territory with place tips on iOS
        * 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

        * iTunes Adds a Notification Center Widget, Here's How to Enable It
        * OpenStack’s Inflection Point: What to Look for in 2015
        * iTunes Connect bug signed developers into others' accounts at random
        * With new apps, Google Now may be your future home screen
        * BuzzFeed gets serious with editorial standards and ethics guide
        * This Week's Most Popular Posts: January 16th to 23rd
        * When to Use Positive or Negative Messages to Motivate Yourself

        * Inbox: How will new-look Sox lineup affect Abreu?
        * Keith Law likes the White Sox (more than PECOTA does, anyway)
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?
        * White Sox embrace their position as favorites
        * White Sox embrace position as contenders
        * What else is returning with Gordon Beckham?
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

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


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

        Archives
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Cullerton: More information needed on high Raun.....
        * Daycare Providers Rally To Get State Funding Re.....
        * State Delaying Payments to Day Care Centers..
        * Standoff escalates over CPS' snub of federal te.....
        * Another optics problem..
        * Marijuana vending machines: Seattle's first dis.....
        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did..
        * Governing ain’t easy..
        * Rauner Slams Quinn For Leaving Behind “Fundamen.....
        * Rauner defends paying staff more than predecessor..


        * Cullerton: More information needed on high Rauner salaries
        * Gov. Bruce Rauner defends paying staff more than predecessor
        * Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack
        * Chicago suburb to honor Harold Ramis during Groundhog Days
        * Crundwell court filing says she wants to keep horse trophies
        * SIU student newspaper bids farewell to old printing press
        * AbbVie reports better-than-expected 4Q on Humira sales
        * Cellphone providers bringing 4G coverage to Chicago subways
        * Visitation for Ernie Banks to be held in Chicago
        * On Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food

        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
        * Top Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * Springfield lawmakers want oversight commission to monitor 10th Street rail promises
        * Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * New DNR director Rosenthal touts experience
        * Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere
        * New DNR director touts experience
        * Springfield unemployment falls to 5.6 percent in December
        * Springfield gaming terminal up 46 percent in 2014; revenue hits $1M
        * Springfield gaming terminals up 46 percent in 2014; revenue hits $1M

        * Ex-Sentinel CEO gets 14 years for investor fraud
        * Citibank shutters seven local branches
        * AbbVie falls on 'disappointing' hep C drug forecast
        * Hanging with Richard Branson at his new Chicago hotel
        * What people don't get about 'boring and bland' Scott Walker


          * Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita facing 'serious health issues'
          * Emanuel won't rule out property tax hike for police, fire pensions
          * State threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test
          * Reward offered for missing U. of I. student from Chicago missing since Sunday
          * For Metra riders, fare increase depends on type of ticket, destination
          * Money manager sentenced to 14 years in prison for massive fraud
          * Young homeless get help from those who've walked in their shoes
          * Illinois No. 10 in identity theft -- so beware in tax season
          * Cop falsely accused in 'honeybee' murder case settles suit with Will County
          * Ban will cost Rita Jeptoo the Chicago Marathon title


          * Could Rauner's Spending Hold Derail New Train Routes?
          * Listen to State Week - January 30, 2015
          * Rauner Staff Receiving Higher Pay Than Quinn's
          * Rauner Defends Higher Staff Salaries
          * Unmasking Ernie Banks
          * Guzzardi Wants Parents To Be Able To Opt Kids Out Of Testing
          * National Weather Service Latest Snow Projections
          * Rauner Tells U Of I To Cut Bureaucracy
          * Group Says Railroad Threatens To Isolate East Side
          * Proposal Would Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors


          * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
          * Our Opinion: Residency not the best gauge of loyalty
          * Cary Collins: Other options for fixing Illinois' pension problems
          * E.J. Dionne: For the Patriots, without apology
          * Esther Cepeda: Paid sick leave is a worthy prescription
          * George Will: Bud Selig's winning legacy
          * Quote of the Day: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
          * Top Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
          * Springfield lawmakers want oversight commission to monitor 10th Street rail promises
          * New DNR director Rosenthal touts experience


          * Loda rejects liquor license that would have meant gaming license
          * School activities being added in Villa Grove
          * GC council recommends approach for backers of Harvest Fest
          * Snowy weekend on tap for East Central Illinois
          * Change of judges granted in retrial over fatal crash
          * Chat recap: 'Bailey wants to play quarterback'
          * Man charged with injuring 1-year-old daughter
          * Tom's mailbag Jan. 30, 2015
          * Bi-State headquarters moving
          * PHOTOS: Hope Academy administrators drink mystery smoothies for students


          * Whistleblower removed from VA press event before it starts
          * Police: 4-year-old Milwaukee boy accidentally shot uncle
          * Braves deal RHP David Hale to Rockies in 4-player trade
          * Wauconda trustee candidate calls vaccines dangerous
          * Indiana library faces major cuts under proposed budget

          * Letter: Bipartisanship from Roskam - North...
          * Hotel Industry Praises House Passage of 40...
          * House immigration rollback bill going nowh...
          * Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement on Vote Agai...
          * Immigration bill passes with Rep. Schock a...
          * Danny Davis Defeats Robert Bumpers In Illi...
          * Durbin, Gutierrez Slam 'Hateful' Republica...
          * Rehab of Affordable Housing Building in Ol...
          * Rep. Aaron Schock's amendment seeks priori...
          * House votes to undo Obama immigration poli...

          * Flake joins group pushing to end travel re......
          * Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows...
          * The Republican Congress Meets Reality...
          * Immigration drama heats up with DHS funds ......
          * Bob's Blog: Romney out of the race...

          * Sen. Kirk pushes $300 million plan to help......
          * Obama Has Given Iranians “80 Percent of Wh......
          * Sen. Kirk blasts British PM for lobbying a......
          * Top Rauner staff more highly paid than Qui......
          * Sen. Kirk pushes $300-million plan to help......

          * December Unemployment Rate Ticks Down In All Illinois Metro Areas
          * December Unemployment Rate Ticks Down In All Illinois Metro Areas (UPDATED)
          * Rauner’s worker empowerment zones.
          * Tim Furman: Andrea Zopp and the zombie lie.
          * Activists Bring Fight To Save A Rogers Park 'Community House' To Citibank (VIDEO)
          * Deb Mell Takes Heat For Family Ties At 33rd Ward Candidate Forum
          * Study: Top 1% Of Earners In Illinois Captured 97% Of Post-Recession Income Gains
          * U Of C Nurses Vote To Authorize 1-Day Strike
          * Poll: Most Chicago Voters Support Parkland Use For Obama Library
          * New Ald. Beale mailer #Aldertrack


          * IDHS reminds eligible workers to take advantage of free tax help and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - More than 30 sites offer free tax services Statewide
          * IEMA, American Lung Association Launch Health House - Radon Excellence Program in Savoy - Two Champaign builders coordinating with Heyworth radon mitigator in program to reduce radon-related lung cancer risks in new homes
          * One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
          * Governor announces latest round of agency appointments
          * Rauner announces “Turnaround Team” - Stellar team to help turn Illinois around




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