LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Another way of looking at employment, and another look at labor participation rates

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

* From the Pew Charitable Trusts…

Employment rates for 25- to 54-year-olds were lower in 29 states in fiscal year 2014 than in 2007, before the Great Recession. In 2007, 79.9 percent of people ages 25 to 54 in the United States had a job. In the 12 months ending June 2014, five years after the recession ended, only 76.2 percent of people in that age group were working.

* Methodology

Pew weighted data from the Current Population Survey using values provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These data were used to calculate the total number of civilian, noninstitutionalized 25- to 54-year-olds in each state and in the nation. Pew then calculated the average percentage of people who were employed in each of those populations. These calculations were done for 2007 (January through December) and fiscal 2014 (July 2013 through June 2014). Pew used these values to calculate the percentage-point change from 2007 to fiscal 2014. Significance tests were performed to determine which changes were statistically significant at a 0.05 level.

The top five states, in order were Vermont, Nebraska, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Alaska.

* US average

* Illinois actually did a little bit better than the national average

* Meanwhile, we already discussed this hyperbolic statement by Bruce Rauner’s campaign today

“Tens of thousands of people are giving up looking for work because of Pat Quinn’s failed policies,” Rauner said. “More than 63,000 people have given up hope on finding a job since April and Pat Quinn is out celebrating – it’s downright offensive to struggling families around Illinois.”

* So, I went looking through various Federal Reserve Board publications to see what their explanation was. Let’s start with this chart from the San Francisco Fed

* James Bullard, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, explained the history back in February

If you know only one aspect of the data on labor force participation, it should be this: Labor force participation used to be relatively low, it rose during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, peaking in 2000, and it has generally been declining since 2000. […]

After about three decades of trending up, the labor force participation rate peaked in the first half of 2000 at 67.3 percent. The rate of increase was slower in the 1990s than it was in the 1970s or 1980s. The peak was more than 8 percentage points higher than the average level during 1948 - 1966. Many of the studies of labor force participation during this period focused on the increasing participation rates of women. However, whatever effects came from that source, or any other source, the labor force participation rate could not continue to increase forever. Households are making choice s about how much labor to supply given current wages and work environments, and women newly joining the labor force would find the right level of participation and stop there.

Since 2000, the labor force participation rate has generally been declining. The pace of decline was particularly sharp during the recession of 2007 - 2009, but the participation rate also declined steadily in the early 2000s and since the end of the recession in mid - 2009. […]

According to BLS projections, more than 70 percent of this decline is due to pure demographic factors; that is, changes in population shares by age groups, assuming unchanged participation rates for each group.

* By Willem Van Zandweghe at the KC Fed

The primary factor behind this decline is the rising share of older workers in the population as the baby-boom generation ages and life expectancies increase. The rising share of older workers pulls down the LFPR because older workers have lower participation rates than prime-age workers. A second factor behind the gradual decline of the LFPR has been a steady reduction in labor force participation among young people over the last decade, resulting in large part from rising school enrollment

* Shigeru Fujita, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, February 6, 2014

Nonparticipation due to retirement did not rise until the end of the Great Recession but started to increase significantly in 2010. Since the start of 2012, it has been the most important contributor to the increase in the overall nonparticipation rate.

* Washington Post

Americans over the age of 65 are much less likely to work than prime-age Americans. And since that subset of Americans is swelling, that drives the labor-force participation rate down. Note that this is happening even though older Americans are staying on the job for longer than they did during the 1990s.

* And the Chicago Fed predicted more declines in the labor force through 2020

Roughly two-thirds of the decline is due to the aging of the labor force (in particular, baby boomer retirements)

…Adding… Last year, when Illinois’ unemployment rate was really high, Bruce Rauner focused heavily on the rate. Now, of course, he’s saying the rate doesn’t matter. A few quotes sent over by Gov. Quinn’s campaign…

“Unemployment is awful. But in Danville, Decatur, and Rockford and other places, unemployment is well over 10%. These places share one common need: Jobs - and we need leaders who have experience in creating them.” -Rauner FB Post, 3/10/2013

“Under Pat Quinn we have become hostile to business and have moved up to one of the highest unemployment rates in America. We use to be leading the nation in economic growth and now we are at the bottom.” -WLDS, 8/15/14

“Rauner told the crowd he wants to bring his success in business to Springfield. In the process, his focus is to achieve results that will point to Illinois having the best schools and “the lowest unemployment in the country as opposed to the third highest” -SIOR-AIRE Meeting, 5/27/14

…Adding More… Greg Hinz

For instance, the share of Illinois adults in the workforce dropped a whopping 4.1 percentage points in the past six years, slipping to 64.7 percent from 66.8 percent. Not good. But in Michigan and Ohio, the slippage was a statistically indistinguishable 3.9 percent each. And their current participation rates remain well under ours, at 60.4 percent and 62.8 percent, specifically.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


26 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 12:29 pm:

    Who knew the Baby Boomers would retire? Just everybody, forever.


  2. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 12:35 pm:

    This Baby Boomer retired. Yep, my fault.


  3. - Abe the Babe - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    Rich, something must be wrong with your information. I’ve been told consistently over the past 4 years that obamacare was the primary driver of job loss.

    Are you saying its only #2?


  4. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    As I pointed out in another post about an hour ago, it is far too early to know for certain. There has clearly been a sudden and statistically significant decrease in our labor force taking place during recent months. This decrease also appears to be historically large for our state.

    Data and reports on this exist from the BLS, Census and many others, but a fair bit of it conflicts with each other and very little appears to be Illinois-specific. Every time one report chalks it up to retirements and aging, another report attributes the most likely cause to economic factors and discouraged workers.

    For example, the Chicago Fed estimated that retirements account for only about 25% of the drop in labor force participation while the rest are mostly discouraged workers. But a Barclays economist estimated that discouraged workers account for only about 35% of the drop in labor force participation while the rest are mostly retirees, the majority of whom are baby boomers. I wish we knew, but it appears too early to know with certainty since there is so much conflicting data.


  5. - VM - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    I should add that Illinois’s labor participation rate is a bit (not much, but a bit) higher than the average of the states at 60.3 of the non-institutionalized adult population — worse than Wisconsin (63.9%), better than Indiana (59.5%) and Michigan (55.8%).

    It’s a complicated recovery. Personally, I believe that the bigger problems are national macroeconomic problems (decrease in aggregate demand, consumer debt, and stagnant wages) combined with the argument made by Picketty that capital right now earns far more in rent than the rate of growth (r>g). But we’re beyond the scope of the blog now.


  6. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    Mr. Formerly Known As,

    Yes, much more data needs to be analyzed in order to pin point why the labor participation rate is declining. But, it is a trend that predates Democrats being in control of the Governor’s Mansion. But that’s the point isn’t it? Rauner is blaming this on Quinn when clearly there is something bigger going on here. So, again, Rauner is either dishonest, or ignorant of this important economic issue.


  7. - Louis G Atsaves - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Comparing numbers going back to 1948? When two income families were more of a rarity than today?

    Fun with numbers, indeed. All these studies. All these surveys. Declining number of workers in our economy is good?

    Down is Up. Up is down. Wealth is poverty. Poverty is wealth. Reduced unemployment rates in the face of more dropping out of the workforce. Right now all I’m reading from all this number crunching is a bunch of circular logic that isn’t resolving anything.


  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    === Declining number of workers in our economy is good?===

    Who said that?

    Calm down.

    The numbers are the numbers, and they appear to show that much of his is based on retirements.


  9. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    Thanks so much, Rich, for digging out these numbers and providing us with this useful info.

    I figured that part of the decline in workforce participation is that people are of retirement age. Someone in my family plans on retiring early and perhaps taking a part-time job.

    “obamacare was the primary driver of job loss”

    There’s a school of thought out there that says having Obamacare may benefit people who are older workers and nearing retirement age, or people who are looking for satisfactory work and don’t want to be tied down to a job they don’t like because it offers health insurance–so called “job lock.”


  10. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    –”We use to be leading the nation in economic growth and now we are at the bottom.”–

    When was that, professor? Because the national tilt to the Sunbelt and West has been going on for about 70 years. Who knew Quinn had been around that long?


  11. - Andrew Szakmary - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    I do not see how demographic factors like retirement of the baby boomers, increasing numbers of young people going to college/grad school, etc. can explain a 3.7 percentage point decline in the national employment rate of 25-54 year olds. People in this age group generally do not retire or go to school full time (at least voluntarily).

    My best guess is that the decline in labor force participation stems from the stagnation/decline in wages. If the best job you can get pays $10 an hour or less and you have children at home, foregoing paid employment outside the home (and the resulting child care expenses) may be a perfectly rational decision.


  12. - Responsa - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    In truth, sheer numbers never tell us all we need to know in order to understand patterns. What I’d like to know is how the employment participation rate of recent high school and college grads tracks over a 20 year period. With respect to the boomer retirements, to get the true picture it is necessary to know how many of these “retirements” were much much earlier than people had planned or wanted, and how many were forced to take early social security at a lesser value because of the poor job prospects for people their age to work in this economy. Further, there are some numbers of younger boomer retirees who started small businesses or bought franchises in hopes of maintaining an income stream–a second career. The economy has not been kind to a great many of these businesses.


  13. - Andrew Szakmary - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:19 pm:

    Another, related issue is that many more people are on disability rolls than before the recession. Some of this is no doubt due to the aging of the population, but I suspect that the remainder of the increase is due to disability payments becoming more attractive as wages have declined.


  14. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    Mr., Ms. or Mrs. Anonymous,

    This trend predates Democratic control of the mansion. This sudden acceleration in that trend does not.

    As has been discussed at length here, both Rauner and Quinn “cherry-pick” numbers. Quinn polishes up the jobs numbers. Rauner highlights the labor participation rate. If that makes one guilty of dishonesty or ignorance, then they both are.

    And as commenters such as wordslinger have pointed out, the governor never has as much to do with job creation as some like to think. While wordslinger and I disagree on just how much a role government plays in that, many of us agree that governors get too much credit for good economic news and too much blame for bad economic news. I do not blame Quinn or defend Rauner for any of this, but I would like to understand why we suddenly have so many more people dropping out of the labor pool than finding jobs.

    Respectfully,

    Mr., Ms. or Mrs. Formerly Known As…


  15. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    Andrew:

    Sorry you can’t see it, but thanks for your best guess.

    All of those economists and demographers with their college degrees must be wrong.


  16. - Rod - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    There is also an increase in the percentage of the population across the nation on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and on Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI). There are several major contributing reasons for this increase, first more children with significant disabilities are surviving birth due to advances in medicine. Second more working adults who are significantly injured either at work or outside of work are surviving these injuries and living with significant disabilities. Third there is also a significant increase in mental illness in the United States. Mental illness has been on the rise over the past few decades. Between 1987 and 2007, the number of people with mental disorders that qualify for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance increased about two and a half times.


  17. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    === Declining number of workers in our economy is good?===

    =Who said that?=

    (Actually I suggested that hypothesis yesterday.)


  18. - CapnCrunch - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 3:17 pm:

    “The numbers are the numbers, and they appear to show that much of his is based on retirements.”

    I think that is correct. Last year, for example, 49 million of the 90 million people not in the labor force were over the age of 55. However, the Fed stats concern the LFPR which includes everybody over the age of 16 while the Pew research concerns a different cohort( 25-54 ). These folks are in their prime years. Their research says that about 1 in 4 working age Americans is not in the labor force. According to BLS data, last year about 24 million people in this group were not in the labor force and 21 million of them did not want a job. If they are early Boomer retirees, they have certainly been successful. Are they independently wealthy? If not, how are they being supported?


  19. - Andrew Szakmary - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    Yellow Dog,

    I have a PhD in Financial Economics and yes, I am sometimes wrong. But I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that demographic factors are unlikely to be the explanation for the precipitous decline in labor force participation rates among the 25-54 cohort. Most of the economist comments Rich included pertain to the overall decline (in which demographics do play a part), not specifically to the decline in the 25-54 cohort.


  20. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 4:13 pm:

    == in which demographics do play a part ==

    iirc, Illinois also has one of the younger median ages in the nation.

    I am curious to learn more about what the root cause of this labor force decline is specifically in Illinois, but unfortunately that will take time and many more studies for a conclusive answer.


  21. - Enviros-Anon - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    There is an increasing number of foreign workers with H1-b work visas who are replacing American workers resulting in higher unemployment and underemployment of American workers.
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249174/Readers_rant_about_IT_worker_who_trained_H1_B_replacement_


  22. - Mason born - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 4:58 pm:

    To be blunt why it’s happening isn’t as important as the effects will be. Less people working as a percentage means less folks paying income tax while the same number of citizens requiring vital services and the money to provide them. To me either a smaller percentage of workers will have to pay more or more folks will have to accept less. Neither option is politically popular.


  23. - Enviros-Anon - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 5:04 pm:

    Here is more evidence that H-1b work visas are making it more difficult for workers to find jobs:

    “Irwin Stelzer, writing for the Weekly Standard, and Robert Samuelson, columnist for the Washington Post, show how, despite high unemployment levels for Americans in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, corporate elites would rather import cheap foreign labor to systematically displace these available American workers, who bring tremendous experience, insight, and wisdom to the table.”

    http://www.cis.org/edwards/H1B-Visa-Leaves-Americans-on-the-Sidelines


  24. - CapnCrunch - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 5:21 pm:

    “To be blunt why it’s happening isn’t as important as the effects will be…….”

    You are absolutely correct about the effects but aren’t you curious about why 1 in 4 working age Americans doesn’t have a job and doesn’t want one?


  25. - Mason born - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 5:43 pm:

    Capn

    I am absolutely curious in the same way i am curious about this awesome summer and horid winter we had. The cause of the winter is immaterial when I have 18″ of snow to move I simply put more diesel in the deere.

    Remember we are talking about the choices of 63k individuals going through 63k different scenarios. I lack the omniscience to know the decisions of that many people I have enough trouble figuring out what my wife is going to think of her birthday present.

    The economy of the u.s. and by extension IL is a massive complex beast made up of individuals trying to manage their own micro economies. If the economy was simple we’d have thousands of Warren Buffets.


  26. - ZC - Tuesday, Aug 19, 14 @ 7:06 pm:

    Something else here operating at the margins of these unemployment statistics is as noted the median age of the population.

    If your state is becoming a retirement home and is not attracting any young job seekers, then lo and behold your unemployment rate (drawn from those actively seeking work) is going to be really low. But I wouldn’t call that a healthy economic state of affairs. Illinois is still at least attracting a decent influx of under-thirty workers seeking employment from around the Midwest, and we have Chicago in no small part to thank for that.

    I’m not saying that effect is enough to counterbalance Illinois’ unemployment disparities versus other states - I’m no PhD in economics - but it’s a factor on the margins.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - EXCLUSIVE: Paul Green's Chicago election analysis
* *** UPDATED x1 - AFL-CIO calls bill "Trojan Horse" *** Rauner cranks it up another notch
* Priorities, please
* The Senate Dems fully join the fight
* Rauner asks agencies for strike plans, impacts
* Caption contest!
* Question of the day
* Illinois switches marketing gears
* December's quotable
* Pot, meet kettle
* Sign of the times?
* Exelon backs off closure threats for now
* Credit Unions – Cooperative in structure, valued in service
* Having it both ways
* No surprise, Trib is fully on board
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* Rauner again demanding Senate side with him over Madigan
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* 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

          
        * Apple confirms WWDC keynote date and time, hundreds of sessions will take place
        * Watch the Google I/O keynote live right here!
        * Moto Maker now available in China
        * Lenovo Launches Motorola’s Moto Maker Customization Suite In China
        * Google Now iOS clone, Samsung roadmap, iPhone SMS bug & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Lenovo launches first media casting device, calls it Lenovo Cast
        * Buying a computer and an Oculus Rift should cost “around $1500″

        * Ultra Street Fighter IV for PS4 has tons of bugs
        * GoPro Quadcopter In The Works
        * Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge To Get Camera Update Next Month
        * Motorola’s Moto Maker Launched In China
        * Lenovo Cast Is A New $49 Streaming Device
        * Reserve Strap Charges The Apple Watch Faster (Video)
        * Minecraft Pocket Edition Is Getting Player Skins, New Animals And More

        * White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings
        * Robertson loses Donaldson matchup, gets win
        * Shark positions White Sox for timely win
        * White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 (10 innings): Wacky win
        * White Sox, Orioles set for makeup doubleheader
        * White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings
        * MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

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


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

        Archives
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        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


        * Senate rejects Rauner’s priorities, moves budget..
        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, ad.....
        * Why is Rauner dissing the Chicagoland Chamber o.....
        * Pick a card, any card: In Chicago, a casino isn.....
        * Reeder: Mike Madigan a hypocrite for condemning.....
        * Rand Paul Visits Illinois..
        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner’s priorities..
        * Work Comp Bill Stalls..


        * Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up
        * Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers
        * Gay conversion therapy ban clears Senate committee
        * House passes 'mini' capital projects plan
        * Man acquitted of animal cruelty for blowing pot smoke
        * Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget
        * Democrats tweak plan to separate Lincoln museum
        * Man acquitted of cruelty for smoking pot with chameleon
        * Medical examiner says food critic drowned during seizure
        * Illinois House passes measure to battle heroin abuse

        * Gay conversion therapy ban clears Illinois Senate committee
        * Changes made to Gov. Rauner's hiring-reform legislation
        * New version of Lincoln Presidential Museum bill surfaces
        * Heroin abuse bill passes Illinois House
        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget
        * Lawmakers come to solution on body cameras, police reform
        * Heroin abuse bill passes House
        * Illinois Senate panel rejects Rauner's workers compensation proposal
        * Legislature takes up Gov. Rauner's proposed reforms
        * Democrats start passing parts of state budget; Republicans say it's phony

        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget
        * Andrea Zopp makes Senate run official
        * Top 0.01% of households gain as income concentration rises
        * Expect more cost cuts at Tribune Publishing papers
        * Michigan's Snyder clashes with fellow Republicans on union pay


          * Ex-Bear Ray McDonald arrested for 2nd time in week
          * Owner: Dog stolen from West Loop apartment turned in at shelter
          * Environmentalists sue to stop Illiana Tollway
          * Art Thieme, longtime Chicago folk musician, dies
          * Chicago to borrow $674 million, but junk status adds millions to cost
          * Cops warn of masked man who tried to lure girl on West Side
          * 2nd kidnapping count filed in stolen baby case
          * Senate Democrats block Rauner's workers' compensation measure
          * Man who blew marijuana smoke in pet chameleon's mouth acquitted
          * School board delays vote on Uptown charter, OKs charter for closed campus


          * Avian flu outbreak takes poultry producers into uncharted territory
          * Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death
          * Illinois moves to downgrade pot possession to a fine
          * FIFA officials arrested on charges of bribery and corruption
          * For Bears chairman, plenty to second guess in McDonald case
          * Lawyer: Suburban Chicago man to plead guilty in terror case
          * South Siders lobby for neighborhood promises in writing as Obama library takes shape
          * South Siders lobby for promises in writing as Obama library takes shape
          * Democrats introduce proposed $36.3 billion budget for 2016
          * Chicago Bears' Ray McDonald arrested in domestic violence case


          * Gay conversion therapy ban clears Illinois Senate committee
          * Changes made to Gov. Rauner's hiring-reform legislation
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Langfelder seeks diversity, but looks at 'interior' of appointees
          * Eugene Robinson: Stop logging our phone calls
          * George Will: The separation of campaign and state
          * Michael Gelatka: Video gambling part of Illinois' success story
          * New version of Lincoln Presidential Museum bill surfaces
          * Heroin abuse bill passes Illinois House
          * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget
          * Lawmakers come to solution on body cameras, police reform


          * Police Beat
          * Several accidents occur Wednesday
          * Open Line
          * Lady Tornadoes reach finals
          * Michael Walters
          * Eldon Stotlar
          * Scott Smith
          * Mark Holtz
          * Roger Moss
          * Kamden Feezor


          * Toews, Kane team up to help send it to Game 7
          * Byers, NCAA's 1st executive director, dies at 93
          * Cardinals rally, complete sweep of Diamondbacks
          * Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-2 to force Game 7 in West finals
          * AP Source: Pelicans interview Jeff Van Gundy

          * LGBT veterans honored with monument in nat...
          * House Republicans that voted against Amtra...
          * Orange County teacher Omar Currie could re...
          * House Republicans that voted against Amtra...
          * Skowhegan handbell ringers to perform at C...
          * Democrats hope for Hillary Clinton coattails
          * Davis: Freedom Act restores liberties
          * EDITORIAL: Partisan bickering could derail...
          * TA beach teams compete in Manitoba provinc...
          * Ted Cruz, charlatan

          * Government investigation finds troops not ......
          * Iran accord alarms many liberals, too...

          * Andrea Zopp makes Senate run official...
          * Mark Kirk Makes me Sick...
          * San Bernardino County gets $14 million fro......

          * All Private parking when out in public?
          * Music At Mass Transit
          * #TBT Foster Avenue Beach 70 Years Ago
          * "American Revolutionary" Doc At The Bezazian On Saturday
          * The [Friday] Papers
          * Brookins' Ex-Aide Says Chicago Alderman Was Feds' 'Initial Target'
          * Readin' Writin' and Larceny
          * Fantasy Fix: Value Among The Viagra Set
          * Brookins' Ex-Aide Says Chicago Alderman Was Feds' 'Initial Target' (UPDATED)
          * Report Outlines 'Lapses in Care' At IDOC Facilities


          * State Announces Business Resource Event Coming to Aurora - ‘Make a Connection’ networking and resource program promotes economic growth of small and diverse businesses
          * Gulf War Veteran Reports for Duty as IDVA Women Vets Coordinator, Vet Business Champion
          * Illinois EPA Pollution Prevention Interns begin Twelve Week Program at Illinois Facilities - Students find cost-effective approaches for reducing environmental impacts
          * Vietnam Veteran Confirmed as IDVA Assistant Director
          * The Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus - Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites




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