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Rauner apologizes for no budget, blames Dems

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

* The governor spoke to reporters the other day. And even though he talked on Friday, it’s still worth watching him artfully dodge some questions and responsibilities.

From our pals at BlueRoomStream

* Coverage…

* Rauner ‘personally committed’ to UI, ‘very unhappy we don’t have a budget’: “We’re going through some financial difficulties right now. I apologize for that,” Rauner said during his dedication remarks. “The university and other institutions suffer because of that.”

* Rauner Tells University Presidents He’s Working For Better Funding, Despite One-Third Cut: “I have made it clear to the [U of I] president that I am very unhappy that we do not have yet a budget,” Rauner said. “It’s outrageous, there’s no reason for this to be dragged on so long…and I’m working with the [U of I] president to help him get efficiencies and economies inside the administration so we can save money wherever possible.” Rauner also says he wants to increase state support for universities. That’s despite his spending plan, which cuts nearly a third of higher education dollars from the state’s budget.

* Rauner Sympathizes with U of I: He suggested getting more resources to the university but earlier this year proposed a 31 percent cut in state funding to the universities and also decried what he characterized as a fat-cat culture of administrators. With reporters after the event, the governor blamed lawmakers for not passing a balanced budget, not raising taxes if they so desire, and ignoring his Turnaround Agenda.

* Bruce Rauner on Dems: We’re still talking, but they need to take action

- Posted by Rich Miller        

61 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:34 pm:

    Let’s be very crystal clear;

    ===”… I am very unhappy that we do not have yet a budget,” Rauner said. “It’s outrageous, there’s no reason for this to be dragged on so long…===

    “@RonSandack: I’m frustrated 2, but taking steps towards reforming IL more important than short term budget stalemate.”

    Rauner is choosing the stalemate. Ron Sandack says its so.


  2. - Mama - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:34 pm:

    Rauner is starving the beast (public universities)because he wants the private sector to take over all public universities after they go bankrupt.


  3. - Huh? - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:36 pm:

    Illinois is about to be ridiculed by Comedy Central for not paying out on the lottery.
    http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/comedy-central-interviews-oglesby-couple-stiffed-by-illinois-lottery/article_662061e5-edff-5ebb-9083-12f72b5841d0.html

    So, how about the Cubs?


  4. - Mama - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:37 pm:

    “We’re still talking” Really? When was the last time he spoke to the Dems about the budget?


  5. - Stones - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:40 pm:

    Team Bungle -

    “…and I’m working with the [U of I] president to help him get efficiencies and economies inside the administration so we can save money wherever possible.” Rauner also says he wants to increase state support for universities. That’s despite his spending plan, which cuts nearly a third of higher education dollars from the state’s budget.”

    In other words, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help!”

    Sheesh…


  6. - Juvenal - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:41 pm:

    It’s hilarious to hear Rauner and @StateHouseChick talk about the need for redistricting reform and the virtues of competitive elections while Rauner quashes every single GOP primary challenge.

    As for Rauner’s multiple choice test, I think Democrats are going to go with C).

    We wait.


  7. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:42 pm:

    What a joke. The governor personally selected his hostages. Now he plays the victim while speaking to the victims.

    The lack of funding for unis and social services isn’t an unintended consequence of the governor’s actions; it’s the calculated political strategy, the “leverage.”

    He didn’t want to take the heat for shutting down K-12 to advance his political agenda. Same with employee salaries.

    But sabotaging unis and social services he can live with, as long as some of the people, all of the time, buy the ludicrous spin.

    If you’ll recall, he played this same game throughout the campaign. Whenever any negative story regarding Mr Hands-On’s business practices came to light, he had nothing to do with those, either. He was a victim then, too.


  8. - pool boy - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:43 pm:

    This just in, the voters apologize for electing Rauner.


  9. - doofusguy - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 1:58 pm:

    My Dad had a ‘Don’t blame me I voted for McGovern’ bumper sticker - may have to edit that


  10. - Bemused - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:01 pm:

    For some reason it still seems the media is softballing the guy. I think some bills have been put to a vote with the reforms he mentions in the piece. Of course they did not include the whacks to organized labor that he really wants. Nobody there wanted to point that out. As long as the media does not want to show the public the reality, Rauner will get the poll results posted here.


  11. - JackD - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:15 pm:

    Why is he apologizing if it’s the Democrats’ fault?


  12. - Aldyth - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:20 pm:

    I wonder if he actually believes what he says?


  13. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:21 pm:

    If Rauner is going to require Civics lessons/classes for high school students, I suggest he sign up as well.

    Public Act 099-0434
    (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government and at least one semester must be civics, which shall help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives.
    Civics course content shall focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.

    HB4025 Enrolled LRB099 10024 NHT 30245 b

    AN ACT concerning education.

    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
    represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
    27-22 as follows:

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
    Sec. 27-22. Required high school courses.
    (a) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
    each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 1984-1985 school year
    through the 2004-2005 school year must, in addition to other
    course requirements, successfully complete the following
    courses:
    (1) three years of language arts;
    (2) two years of mathematics, one of which may be
    related to computer technology;
    (3) one year of science;
    (4) two years of social studies, of which at least one
    year must be history of the United States or a combination
    of history of the United States and American government;
    and
    (5) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
    Sign Language or (D) vocational education.

    (b) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
    each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2005-2006 school year
    must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully
    complete all of the following courses:
    (1) Three years of language arts.
    (2) Three years of mathematics.
    (3) One year of science.
    (4) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
    year must be history of the United States or a combination
    of history of the United States and American government.
    (5) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
    Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
    (c) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
    each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2006-2007 school year
    must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully
    complete all of the following courses:
    (1) Three years of language arts.
    (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
    which must be English and the other of which may be English
    or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
    courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
    graduation requirements.
    (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
    Algebra I and one of which must include geometry content.
    (4) One year of science.

    (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
    year must be history of the United States or a combination
    of history of the United States and American government.
    (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
    Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
    (d) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,
    each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2007-2008 school year
    must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully
    complete all of the following courses:
    (1) Three years of language arts.
    (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
    which must be English and the other of which may be English
    or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
    courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
    graduation requirements.
    (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
    Algebra I and one of which must include geometry content.
    (4) Two years of science.
    (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
    year must be history of the United States or a combination
    of history of the United States and American government.
    (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
    Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
    (e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma,

    each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2008-2009 school year
    or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course
    requirements, successfully complete all of the following
    courses:
    (1) Four years of language arts.
    (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
    which must be English and the other of which may be English
    or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
    courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
    graduation requirements.
    (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
    Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and
    one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science
    course if the pupil successfully completes Algebra II or an
    integrated mathematics course with Algebra II content.
    (4) Two years of science.
    (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
    year must be history of the United States or a combination
    of history of the United States and American government and
    at least one semester must be civics, which shall help
    young people acquire and learn to use the skills,
    knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be
    competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives.
    Civics course content shall focus on government
    institutions, the discussion of current and controversial
    issues, service learning, and simulations of the

    democratic process. School districts may utilize private
    funding available for the purposes of offering civics
    education.
    (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
    Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
    (f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform
    school districts of standards for writing-intensive
    coursework.
    (f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement
    computer science course to high school students, then the
    school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high
    school mathematics course and must denote on the student’s
    transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course
    qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for
    students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e)
    of this Section.
    (g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils
    entering the 9th grade in 1983-1984 school year and prior
    school years or to students with disabilities whose course of
    study is determined by an individualized education program.
    This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not
    apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school
    year or a prior school year or to students with disabilities
    whose course of study is determined by an individualized
    education program.

    (h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the
    provisions of Section 27-22.05.
    (Source: P.A. 98-885, eff. 8-15-14.)


  14. - Sprangfield - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:22 pm:

    This just in, people on this site want the old ways of sham budgets and tax increases.


  15. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:25 pm:

    Rich,I apologize for the above post. Feel free to delete it. Copy/Delete went a little crazy:( Only meant to post:

    If Rauner is going to require Civics lessons/classes for high school students, I suggest he sign up as well.

    Public Act 099-0434
    (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government and at least one semester must be civics, which shall help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives.
    Civics course content shall focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.


  16. - Anonin' - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:30 pm:

    Guessin’ the v-e-t-o of Chairman Dunkin’approp bill was,another act of love


  17. - HaroldJones - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:31 pm:

    Rauner keeps running back to wanting to raise taxes on the middle class!


  18. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:34 pm:

    @sprangfield: the old ways are sham budgets and skipping pension payments. illinois taxing enough revenue to match its spending priorities would be a novel occurrence.


  19. - Jocko - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:34 pm:

    Bruce is willing to “take the arrows”, but ninja-like in his ability to avoid the (literal and figurative) points.


  20. - vole - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:35 pm:

    If I was a psychiatrist or psychologist I might be able to come up with a name for the personality disorder displayed here by the gubernator. Anyone wanna help me out here? I mean I am developing a personality disorder from watching this development — Illinoid?


  21. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:42 pm:

    “By golly, I so wish I could be a real governor, so that our state could benefit from needed leadership. But you see I can’t because it would mean confronting my unpopular policies which have absolutely no support in this state.”

    “It requires me to shut down Illinois so that it can have a bright future.”


  22. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:50 pm:

    Fake Governor and Illinois Policy Institute issued this statement: “We need to aspire to our neighboring states, like Indiana. Just yesterday it was reported the population of homeless students in Indiana has skyrocketed. That is proof that even homeless youth are leaving Illinois for Indiana.”


  23. - Facts are Stubborn Things - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:53 pm:

    If Rauner wants a budget, he needs to set down and quite holding it hostage and negotiate a budget with cuts and revenue.


  24. - Norseman - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:53 pm:

    === I’m working with the [U of I] president ===

    “Har har, hardee har har!” Just like he called the Dem leaders on election night.


  25. - Bemused - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 2:58 pm:

    Bruce keeps trying to tailor the fit for the shirt for higher revenues to the D’s. One minute he wants to crow that the other side cannot override his veto’s and then he says they should be able to do just that to get the tax increases he knows have to happen. Of course he may persuade Dunkin to show for that one.

    He forgot to express the option where he cuts everything needed to match current revenue. Seems he ran on a concept something like that.

    Naw, he doesn’t like the fit of that shirt.


  26. - Joe M - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:14 pm:

    Rauner never even tried to push his own budget that he introduced back in March or whenever. He quit talking about that budget almost as soon as he introduced it. And he has never offered any alternatives to the GA-passed budget that he vetoed. Those things in themselves are telling. Makes one think that a budget is not and has not been his top priority.


  27. - IllinoisBoi - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:24 pm:

    Oh boo hoo hoo I can’t do anything, my hands are tied, that mean ol man in Chicago has all the power, I’m going to the Mansion garden to eat worms.


  28. - burbanite - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:25 pm:

    How are the Dems supposed to fix this? With their “veto proof” majority. Right, it doesn’t exist.


  29. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:27 pm:

    The GOP: the party of personal responsibility.


  30. - chi - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:27 pm:

    “Rauner also says he wants to increase state support for universities. That’s despite his spending plan, which cuts nearly a third of higher education dollars from the state’s budget.”

    Rauner in a nutshell.


  31. - burbanite - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:30 pm:

    Not one of the prerequisite “reforms” has anything to do with balancing the budget. Nada.


  32. - Chicago 20 - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:32 pm:

    Rauner correctly states that the general assembly is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.

    What Rauner ignores, and these reporters continually give Rauner a pass on is that it is Rauner’s constitutional responsibility to present a balanced budget to the general assembly.

    We are working hard?

    What’s the count now C.K.?


  33. - How Ironic - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:38 pm:

    Bruce Rauner “Workin’ hard at hardly workin’”

    That about sums up his efforts so far.


  34. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:42 pm:

    Constitutional requirement to PASS a balanced budget by the GA.
    Constitutional requirement to PRESENT a balanced budget by the Gov.
    How’s that workin’ for the State of Illinois?


  35. - Former Hoosier - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:43 pm:

    “I’m working with the (U of I) president to help him get efficiencies and economies inside the administration so that we can save money wherever possible”. So, now our esteemed governor is tutoring the pres. of U of I about how to run the university? Really? The never ending ego of Rauner. He tops his own absurdity every time he talks. And, please, let’s not enter into a race to the bottom by trying to be like Indiana. As a former hoosier, trust me, things there sound a lot rosier then they are.


  36. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:44 pm:

    Sorry C20 just refreshed and saw your post didn’t mean to duplicate


  37. - PolPal56 - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:45 pm:

    On January 4 the “money purchase” option formula for SURS is undergoing an adjustment that will lengthen the time needed to reach maximum percentage of salary. This prompted me to do serious calculations, and coupled with the attacks of the last six years (against both employees and pensioners) that have stressed my physical and mental health terribly, I made the decision to retire. HR told me that I am far from alone in this, and quite a few employees are retiring between 10/1 and 1/1. At this point I’m less concerning about the ongoing drain of institutional knowledge and experience (my former concern as I have already seen the negative impact of this loss) than whether these positions will even be filled.


  38. - Liberty - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 3:58 pm:

    The media keep giving Rauner a pass for talking out of both sides of his mouth.


  39. - Dale Cooper - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:05 pm:

    Hey Governor, workin hard or hardly workin’?


  40. - Gumby - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:13 pm:

    Once BVR intentionally scuttles the state university system…the old “destroy it so it can be built right” thingy, what parent, whether from another state or Illinois, is going to be willing to crack open their checkbooks to pay tuition to such an unstable system?

    Once the desired damage is done, customers/payers/donors will recoil from the history of chaos at the Illinois State Museum, Lottery and state university system. And none of this takes into account the coup de grace damage to our economic system by the applied tenets of the Turnaround Agenda.


  41. - Niblets - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:22 pm:

    Comment deleted.


  42. - Anon - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:33 pm:

    I read the title and the song “boys don’t cry” popped into my head.


  43. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:39 pm:

    Rauner: “I’m sorry, but you can’t believe anything I say.”

    Fixed.


  44. - SourKraut - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:40 pm:

    Nero was Lincoln-esque when compared to Rauner.


  45. - Bulldog58 - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:43 pm:

    And the spin game is now in full gear. Rauner chose this. He told everyone he would do this in April: “Crisis creates leverage to change . . . and we’ve got to use that leverage of the crisis to force structural change.” It’s HIS mess, his hostage situation but the man is acting like a coward, doing and saying anything to avoid owning what is rightfully his so he takes the less than honorable path and begins blaming the other side.


  46. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:48 pm:

    You won’t see a “the buck stops here” sign on Rauner’s desk. Rauner could have made an honest response saying ” if the Democrats will just let me take away worker protections from the middle class so that we can return to the good old days of doing whatever we want to our workers we would negotiate with them on a budget”.


  47. - illini - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:48 pm:

    How long is it going to take for BVR to realize that his “grace period” is over and that he has to deal with the Dems who are in GA?

    This charade has been going on far too long and he has to realize that he has to compromise.

    And, while he has has made some positive statements about my Alma Mater, his credibility is running thin, his statements have little relevance, and it appears that he is trying to curry favor with certain elements of our state ( including the Alumni ) while his heart is not really in it and he is still pushing his own agenda.

    Sorry Governor, but your words mean nothing and your pandering ( and passing the buck ) is even less flattering for someone who was going to Turn Illinois Around. I think many of us know what that really means and many of us are not buying into your delusional and dysfunctional way of running this state.

    Your sympathy for the woes of the UofI fail to meet the actions ( or lack of same ) you have taken. And don’t begin to tell the University President how to do his job when you have no clue how to do your own job!


  48. - Aldyth - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 4:57 pm:

    A vulture capitalist is going to advise the U of I on how to achieve economies? This must involve selling off assets and laying off staff.


  49. - anon - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:00 pm:

    You own the stalemate dems. YOU OWN IT!


  50. - btowntruth - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:05 pm:

    “What a joke. The governor personally selected his hostages. Now he plays the victim while speaking to the victims.”

    Wordslinger with the victory….


  51. - Gumby - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:06 pm:

    There is a stalemate because BVR, literally, won’t discuss the budget with the Dem’s.


  52. - illini - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:06 pm:

    Aldyth - is that really what we deserve - yet you may be on to something! Let’s hope that is not the advice he is giving.


  53. - btowntruth - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:16 pm:

    - anon - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:00 pm:

    You own the stalemate dems. YOU OWN IT!
    ============================================
    Hey anon,which current Governor said THIS:
    “Crisis creates leverage to change … and we’ve got to use that leverage of the crisis to force structural change.”

    So,who owns this again?


  54. - quincy - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 5:56 pm:

    can’t wait for recall


  55. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 6:02 pm:

    ===can’t wait for recall===

    There are mind games you can play for recall. You shouldn’t “wait” for recall, please, be proactive. Try Sudoku, I hear that’s great for recall!


  56. - Jack Stephens - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 6:30 pm:

    Bruce,

    Do. Your. Job.

    Or resign.

    Love,
    Jack


  57. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 7:01 pm:

    Just about the lamest presentation by the Gov to date.


  58. - Sense of a goose - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 7:23 pm:

    In the unspeakable days of Blago, the General Assembly passed the budget without him. They can’t do that now because the Republican members can’t play along for fear of a primary challenge. Slow bleed continues with far too many victims. How do any of them sleep at night?


  59. - Candido - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 7:24 pm:

    Governor = Joke


  60. - illini - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 7:35 pm:

    Jack - would you really rather have Slip and Sue as our Governor? I’d almost prefer that Jason be there ( not really ) and we could have even more great discussions here.

    Wordslinger @1:42 - you have definitely on to something and I have to agree with your assessment.


  61. - DuPage Dave - Tuesday, Oct 6, 15 @ 8:51 pm:

    Thinking about Rauner gives me a headache.


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* Schoenburg: Jones leads fundraising in 13th Democratic primary
* Governor candidates want action on Legionnaire’s outbreak at veterans home
* Schoenburg: Pritzker foundation gave $50 million in 3 years
* Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires' outbreak
* State insurance department promotes ACA sign-up period
* Our View: Better ways for Lincoln Library to address late fines
* Sandy Hook police chief: From grief, doing good
* Catherine Rampell: The Trump administration's tax 'report' reads like fan fiction


* Goodfellow Fund donors 12/14/17
* 5 East St. Louis teens charged with armed carjacking
* Traffic alert: Downed power lines at Central Park and Marquette
* Englebert Spieler was an early shoemaker in Highland
* Highland residents could see slight increase in property taxes
* Road closure: North Lee Street
* O’Fallon Public Safety names 2017 employees of the year
* Woman gets prison term for robbing banks in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon
* YMCA program helps local man overcome effects of chemo
* Officers shot in North St. Louis County; standoff diverts I-270 traffic


* Report: Crystal Lake sex offender receives probation for playing Santa in Huntley
* Pedestrian dies after being hit crossing Randall Road in Elgin
* Athletico, Wingstop slated for Walmart outlot in Carpentersville
* EEI's Schweisthal earns P.E. license
* What's in GOP tax accord: Big cuts for business, wealthy

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* The Week In Chicago Rock
* Charter Schools Are Complicit With Segregation
* I’m sure Van Dyke feels picked upon by reporter-type he wanted to silence
* Journalist Jamie Kalven won't be forced to identify his Laquan McDonald story sources, and other Chicago news
* Chicago’s only brewery-distillery gets into the bar business with Maplewood Lounge
* Ayako Kato's three-month movement workshop Art of Now III culminates with an experimental performance concert
* Chicago music-scene photographer Tim Nagle talks about his first book, Take It Outside


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* eero Pro review: The best mesh home network upgrade you can buy
* Apple Pay Offers $5 iTunes Gift Card When You Shop Online at Select Retailers December 14-21
* BLU Life One X3 makes proper commercial debut to erase painful One X2 memory
* Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio
* Pandora Grants Free Tier Listeners Access to On-Demand Features if They View 15-Second Ad
* iMac Pro pricing ranges from $4,999 to $13,199, with several ‘recommended configurations’ in-between
* [Deal] Grab the TicHome Mini Smart Speaker with Google Assistant for just $48

* White Sox trade rumors: Manny Machado isn’t going away
* White Sox trade Rule 5 pick Tocci to Texas
* Rodon on schedule after shoulder surgery
* White Sox may be busy during Rule 5 Draft
* Winter Meetings Day 2: Rick Renteria’s first chance at a second year
* SHOP SALE: Take 25-50% off sitewide
* Renteria full of praise for Sox prospect Robert


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