Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Rauner pushes Gaming Board to back off fantasy sports site issue
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Rauner pushes Gaming Board to back off fantasy sports site issue

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

* Can you imagine the uproar from the Tribune and others if Gov. Pat Quinn had stuck his nose this far into Illinois Gaming Board regulations? Wow

In a move loaded with political implications, Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to put a brick on efforts to regulate and potentially block fantasy sports sites such as Draft Kings and Fan Duel from accepting bets in the state.

The action appears at least partially linked to poor relations among Rauner, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and her father, Rauner’s arch foe, Mike Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House. But it also comes after the sports sites retained lobbyist Eric Elk, who hired or supervised several senior Rauner aides when they all worked in U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s office.

The Illinois Gaming Board this fall had publicly expressed its intention to seek a legal opinion from Lisa Madigan, the state’s chief legal officer, on whether the sites can legally operate here. AGs in Massachusetts and New York have recently argued that major consumer protections are needed.

But at a meeting two weeks ago, the gaming board abruptly backed away from its request, with its spokesman saying the fantasy sports operations are “currently under review.”

The reason is Rauner. “We suggested to the Gaming Board that they should gather more information and complete a review before seeking an opinion from the AG, just as a matter of good practice,” Rauner Communications Director Lance Trover told me in an email. Rauner appoints the members of the gaming board.

“The administration believes there are laws on the books to deal with this issue,” Trover added. “As to requesting an opinion from the attorney general, that’s up to the IGB once they complete their review.”

I’m sure there’s zero coincidence that Eric signed up as a lobbyist for Draft Kings and Fan Duel earlier this month.

Elk said he had nothing to do with it, but again, this is a highly unusual move by a governor.

…Adding… As pointed out in comments, it probably doesn’t help Rauner’s position that he’s a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFL has been a player in those fan sites.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

53 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:38 am:

    Absolutely zero snark;

    NFL owners, like Rauner, own parts of both Fan Duel and Draft Kings.

    Robert Kraft (Patriots) and Jerry Jones (Cowboys) have stakes in this industry, as does the networks covering the NFL.

    Something to consider.

    NFL and MLB owners are a very, very, small and elite club of wealthy folks.


  2. - illinoised - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:39 am:

    Rich, you hit the nail on the head with your opening statement. Very unsubtle move from governor’s office.


  3. - Maguffin - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:39 am:

    Glad to see it’s business as usual in the Governor’s Office, whether Quinn or Rauner, lobbyists dictating public policy.


  4. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:41 am:

    Can a task force be far behind? Maybe Eric Elk can be the chair of a “blue ribbon” task force, looking into fantasy sports.


  5. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:46 am:

    Looks like they hired the right lobbyist. That’s shakin’ things up.

    Willie makes a good point about the governor’s NFL ownership stake, too. Blind trust or not, he knows he has a piece of the action.

    A favored lobbyist, personal business issues, gambling, an allegedly independent board — you don’t have to be a superstar to advise the governor to stay away from this one.

    There’s no upside, and a lot of potential downside.

    These superstars really need to work on their cost/benefit analysis skills, how to think a few miles down the road.


  6. - Dilemma - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:49 am:

    There is nothing unusual about the governor making a move that benefits a business he owns as well as the people in his rarefied economic stratosphere.


  7. - Austin Blvd - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:50 am:

    OW hits nail on the head.
    Rauner has an obligation to recuse himself.


  8. - Austin Blvd - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:51 am:

    Word hits nail on head.


  9. - Bogey Golfer - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:58 am:

    Appears to be a lot of carpenters out there (hitting the nail on the head). Not a fantasy player - how are the winnings from these sites reported for tax purposes?


  10. - Anon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:58 am:

    Lance Trover should be called “Lance Troller” from this day forth.


  11. - walker - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:59 am:

    Isn’t getting an AG opinion part of any “review,” especially if, as the Gov’s staff claims, it is covered well in current law?

    More likely they want to get their own lawyers’ ducks in a row, before letting the AG review.

    They just assume the AG will disagree?


  12. - Game on - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:59 am:

    Not sure who to bet on….where can I find the odds on the guv vs the ag?


  13. - Huh? - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:03 am:

    “… Rauner, own parts of both Fan Duel and Draft Kings.”

    “…Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to put a brick on efforts to regulate and potentially block fantasy sports sites such as Draft Kings and Fan Duel from accepting bets in the state.”

    D’oh


  14. - Ghost - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:05 am:

    Rauner the anti specicila interest, term limits to avoid influence, and banner of state employees connections to anything is supporting a cause because a lobbyist which pays his allies and a tram he owns benefits from the use of his political power to manipulate the law…..

    so why is this not a conflict of interest??? why do we bave ethics laws? they seem to mostly just to limit line workers and havr no impact on the actual decusion makers who hold power.


  15. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:35 am:

    This is all very bizarre.

    Do the two behemoths fall under any current law? Before they came around and advertised ad nauseum, the only real “gambling” in fantasy football constituted joining a pro or pay league via ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, etc. Of course, individual commissioners could easily take money via cash, check or PayPal, but that is impossible to regulate.

    Then came DraftKings and FanDuel. How do you regulate them? They just kinda “happened” and have the backing of enough wealthy people to scare off potential legal challenges.

    Walker, my guess is that Team Rauner assumes that AG Madigan will use her standard “consumer protection” stance and be out in front of the issue. Just me guess, but I could see that as their line of thinking.


  16. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:53 am:

    Not just NFL overlap: Rauner owns piece of Chicago Bulls LP and Bulls Media LLC too. The NBA is an equity investor in FanDuel. This was incredible slop by superstars/Kirkites/Elk.

    Based on staff/lobbyist request, our governor, with a clear financial conflict of interest making money from the sites’ sponsorships with his multiple investments in sports teams, has stopped the state’s independent gambling authority from seeking an opinion on the legality of these sites.

    In the mean time, tens of millions more was wagered over the past month from Illinois residents on these sites and they sponsored millions of ads with the NFL and NBA.


  17. - x ace - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:55 am:

    Fine line between Legal and Illegal appears at Multiple Levels

    No Upside( as Wordslinger said )

    And Downside could be Blagovichian or Ryanesque

    Bad Move(s)


  18. - anon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:55 am:

    Let’s see, lotteries and gaming machines are legal, even though the odds of winning are minuscule, and winning is pure luck. Online poker is not currently legal and it is a game of skill and online fantasy sports is under fire, and it is a game of skill.

    Makes sense. Right???


  19. - Snucka - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:18 am:

    Let’s not get crazy here. Of course Rauner did this as a favor to Elk, because of his ties to Kirk and the governor’s employees. That is why companies hire well-connected lobbyists: they can get politicians to do things that they otherwise would not do. Whether it’s George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich, Jim Edgar, Barack Obama, Pat Quinn or whomever — they are all human politicians, and they all help their friends and allies. Nobody who reads this blog can claim to be legitimately stunned to find that Rauner is also a human politician who likes to help his friends.

    I do think it would be good if this sort of thing was reported more often, because most citizens don’t realize how often it happens.


  20. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:23 am:

    ===and online fantasy sports is under fire, and it is a game of skill.===

    There’s an awful lot of luck involved in on-line fantasy sports betting. Jay Cutler took a knee and cost some poor sap $20,000 in NY.

    I agree that on-line poker should be legal, especially if on-line fantasy betting is legal.


  21. - Anonymous 5 - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:36 am:

    anon, the issue is the online fantasy sports are not viewed as a game of skill by many people including myself. While skill may be involved, chance is a much bigger factor for the vast majority of players. There are also concerns about employees of the companies playing with insider knowledge. There is a grand jury investigation underway.

    It is worth noting that Gov. Kerner went to prison for having a financial interest in the outcome of assigning dates for horse races even though there was no evidence that he directly influenced the decision making process. In this case, Rauner has a financial interest and is directly influencing the decision making process. From my limited understanding of Kerner’s case and this situation, this situation looks worse.


  22. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:38 am:

    It is really hard to take any state that runs a lotto seriously about restricting on-line gambling (DFS, Poker, etc). Heck Illinois is the only state that allows you to buy lotto tickets from your phone.

    Zalewski has the right approach. Make the industry set up proper regulations to cut out the insider-info elements, and let people play. Or shut them down and watch the jobs and potential tax revenue shift offshore to the Bovada’s of the world.


  23. - Centennial - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:40 am:

    Anonymous 5 brings up a good point. Any legal eagles know how Rauner’s actions here differ from what Kerner did?


  24. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:41 am:

    The “game of skill” argument is hilarious.

    Like that funny-shaped ball doesn’t take some crazy bounces, or refs can’t blow a call, or players don’t blow a play or slip on the field….

    If the “game of skill” argument was kosher, no bookie would have ever seen the inside of a jail cell.


  25. - Anonin' - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:46 am:

    So part of the SuperStar shake it up plan is to hire some insider to put in the fix and then issues a press release —- funny stuff


  26. - Juice - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:53 am:

    Centennial. The issue with Kerner, or at least how he got caught, was the fact that the stock in Arlington was given to him by the park, presumably for free. And the owners then claimed that this alleged bribe was a business expense for tax purposes. Because…Madigan or something.

    To the extent a conflict exists here, the Governor’s ownership in the Steelers was not gifted to him by the Rooney family.

    And at the end of the day, I suspect this has a lot more to do with the fact that the frat boys enjoy playing DFS themselves than things that may or may not be in the Governor’s “blind” trust.


  27. - anon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 12:24 pm:

    I would expect Word to say something like he did. Of course there is some luck involved, just like there is usually some luck landing a major account in business.

    To think it is not a game of skill is ludicrous but I seem to forget someone is the smartest one in this online room.

    You could put me at a table with 8 really good poker players and I could almost assure you I wouldn’t win that table.


  28. - Centennial - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 12:28 pm:

    Thanks, Juice. In fairness to Rauner, that is quite a different set of circumstances. Rauner’s actions still don’t quite pass the smell test for me though on this.


  29. - CrazyHorse - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 12:41 pm:

    A game of skill? Hmmm… Absolutely laughable. Without a doubt knowledge can improve your results somewhat but you still can’t account for Joe Blow dropping a wide open TD pass that costs you a victory. Luck plays a major role. Really I don’t see why they just don’t legalize all of this stuff: Sports betting, Fantasy, Poker, etc. and just tax the hell out of it.

    Every restaurant I go to is allowed to have a Kitty Glitter slot machine but if I bet 50 bucks on the Bears I’m commitiing a crime. Man is it a joke.


  30. - carbaby - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 12:45 pm:

    It is not a game of skill. How this blew up recently was due to employees and some of their friends using not only inside information- but feeding that information into a computer program that uses algorithms to calculate the best player picks for your fantasy team. While technically there’s nothing illegal about creating your own computer program to calculate your odds/risks, it just really made it appear more like insider trading when it’s an actual employee of the company and their friends, who then win a lot of money from this.


  31. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    Snucka - correct, especially since lobbyists write and have a big say in a lot of legislation. Why else would they have hired someone like Eric Elk?! Some of these “appalled” comments are silly. And, eventually, this could find its way to the House or Senate floor and then Rauner’s legislative team would go gangbusters and try to kill it there.

    FFB is a combo of skill and luck. Period. Again - there is a reason that FanDuel and DraftKings are often dominated by math and stats gurus who play the field.

    Snark alert: perhaps Dan Biss dropped out of the Comptroller’s race so he could focus on dominating on FanDuel and DraftKings?! :)


  32. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    Anon 12:24, if I’m following you correctly, poker is not gambling either, but a game of skill?


  33. - anon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 1:20 pm:

    If I played draftkings NBA tonight, 10 times against my wife, I would beat her 8-10 times. Is that skill?

    Word, poker has been determined to be a game of skill. Is investing in the stock market gambling?


  34. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 1:24 pm:

    anon,

    Do you have a case citation? All I can find are cases where it’s classified as a game of chance. I know there are active cases out there to be decided.


  35. - Obamas Puppy - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 1:34 pm:

    Shaking up the shake up express, influence comes with its privileges. This issue has contract lobbyists salivating, new issue new money mmm delicious.


  36. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 1:36 pm:

    Anon, you’re playing a silly kid’s game, one you’re very skilled at.

    There are statutes defining games of skill and games of chance as a matter of law. That is what is in question, not whether you’re a lousy poker player.

    If your opinion was the definition, they all would be a game of skill. That’s not how the law works.


  37. - You - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 1:40 pm:

    Can someone please tell me the difference between betting on the performance of football players and betting on the performance of companies in the stock market?

    I would argue there is less insider trading in the former. Sure, regulation is fine. No one under 18, yada yada yada. If you ban fantasy type bets then you need to ban stock market bets.


  38. - anon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 1:40 pm:

    LizPhair—Federal Judge Jack Weinstein in 2012.


  39. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:04 pm:

    Thanks.


  40. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:08 pm:

    Old blue dog says,”get the govt the heck out of my Funtime.”If I want to gamble, so be it. Next thing you know, uncle Abe’s gonna regulate and own the Lottery. First my beloved world Shooting Complex, what’s next?


  41. - You - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:11 pm:

    CrazyHorse, is playing the stock market a game of skill?


  42. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:14 pm:

    I am on the DFS-side of the argument. But, if their company talking point is to compare it to the stock market (as evidenced by the DFS anon-bots above)…. whew, those high priced consultants are doing a pretty poor job.


  43. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:22 pm:

    You - public companies have to perform well enough to earn their stockholders dividends. Failure to do so could potentially cause board turnover, the firing of CEOs, corporate restructuring, etc. Corporate boards seemingly put the interests of their own shares and of the shareholders above the interests of their employees and even high-level staff. There are also SEC regs galore.

    What happens to Odell Beckham, Jr., only catches one pass for 10 yards and no TDs? The Giants don’t host a shareholders meeting, and my guess is that Tom Coughlin won’t demote or fire him.

    Football players have NO incentive to do anything for fantasy owners. They have an obligation to the team’s owner and fans and their teammates but certainly not to FFB owners.


  44. - anon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:27 pm:

    Word, I love it when you argue in circles. If poker is mostly luck, it wouldn’t make much difference if I was a lousy poker player. If my wife didn’t know a thing about the NBA, she would still be successful with draft kings.

    Why don’t you test your theory. Go to the local casino on a Friday night and walk into the poker room and play for 4-5 hours. Report back on your results as you may get a little lucky because of the fish playing. But, make sure you have your card ready and know where an ATM machine is located.


  45. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 2:40 pm:

    - anon - is doing shots again…

    To the Post,

    The main argument I have with the very visible “interference” is that of Citizen Bruce Rauner has a very clear and obvious interest in this, including partners (NFL, NBA ownership within closed leagues) that have more than a passing interest in this moving forward or dying in Illinois.

    That’s the ball game, for me.

    The rest is the argument that Gov. Rauner just doesn’t care about. It’s about what Citizen Rauner and his needs.


  46. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 3:24 pm:

    Perfect example of rauners thought process–wheres mine? Whats good for me and my kind? Appearances be damned. Not, what should or shouldnt be legal. And what is ethical.

    Extrapolate this example to huge EDGE credits good, while cutting day care for the poor, etc.


  47. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 3:26 pm:

    Wow, the governor corruptly blocking investigation and regulation into an industry from which he profits? I’m shocked that Bruce Rauner, coming the financial industry, would do such a thing!


  48. - Anonymous 5 - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 3:37 pm:

    I looked into my Kerner comment and answered my own question. The issue revolves around the legal concept of “honest services fraud.” Kerner was convicted based on this concept. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled past interpretations were too broad and vague and tightened up the definition to be more specific to cases where there is a bribe.


  49. - Anonymous 5 - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 3:40 pm:

    If you google “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daily Fantasy Sports” He does a devastating commentary on the idea that fantasy sports leagues are games of skill and not gambling. Well worth watching.


  50. - Illinosvoter - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:56 pm:

    Thank you Anonymous 5 John Oliver was well worth
    the time. Do we have here a business owner acting
    in a official capacity in a gaming industry that
    is regulated and taxed giving advantage to his
    own interests over those of his competitors and
    the state’s interests?


  51. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:07 pm:

    Anon, I’m sorry that the concept of legal definitions for games of chance and games of skill elude you.

    I could play poker in a casino. You know why? Because under the law, it is legal to participate in games of chance for money there.

    But if my buddies and I play poker for money in a bar, we’re all breaking the law, including the bar owner.

    You see, gambling is regulated, under the law, and that’s the issue here.

    Tough concept, apparently.


  52. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:00 pm:

    You just can’t admit when you are wrong. It was tough for you when you claimed the Sox swept the Cards 4 straight this year, even when several people pointed it out.

    That’s okay, I get people like you. Best of luck when you go play poker in that casino and you win big at that game of chance.


  53. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:31 pm:

    Children, might I remnd you, that the real issue here is the RAUN Mans obvious conflict of interest. This clearly reinforces my opinion , that he is a hypocrite of the first degree!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Janus apparently no longer loves his state job, hires on with Illinois Policy Institute
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Pritzker meets with moms who've lost their kids to street violence, police shootings
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list
* Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign stuff: Morrison; Ives; Skillicorn; Nybo; Rooney; Curran; Breen; Frese
* "And admit that the waters/Around you have grown"
* A tiny bit of good news from Moody's
* Proft files suit so his independent expenditure committee can coordinate with campaigns after caps busted
* Cook shifts governor's race from "Toss Up" to "Lean Democrat" - Third-party candidates "the tipping point"
* Unsolicited advice
* The impasse and the damage done
* Entire IPHCA executive committee resigns, lawyer let go after racism controversy
* Chicago to get its first public law school, but is it a wise move?
* Doom and gloom abounds, but a new pension idea emerges
* Another lawsuit filed in Quincy veterans' home deaths: "For a year and a half, he loved that place. And it killed him"
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

...............
<


Loading


* Chicago Ridge's RidgeFest 2018: What You Ne.....
* McHenry Fiesta Days parade lights up the city..
* Trump visits Granite City Thursday, home to reo.....
* Rep. Kelly asks Rauner for update on securing I.....
* Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson hands o.....
* 'Show me the money,' Skillicorn says ab.....
* Fact-check: 'Ultra-rich' Rauner, Pritzk.....
* EDITORIAL: Illinois should be protecting voters.....
* State debt surpasses $7 billion, ending streak..
* State employee in major union-undermining Supre.....


* 6 Illinois students earn fellowships to fight gun violence
* Chicago set to pay $3M to family of 2 killed in police chase
* The Latest: Woman gives survivors flowers at boat memorial
* Some researchers in Texas part of DUNE particles experiment
* Boat accident survivors join hundreds at Branson memorial
* Hero grandma, couple on 45th anniversary among boat victims
* Bell chimes 17 times at memorial for Branson boat victims
* EXCHANGE: Lack of players forces Legion to suspend baseball
* A look at the 17 people killed in the Missouri boat accident
* Memorial service planned Missouri boating accident victims

* Mark Janus leaving state job, joining Illinois Policy Institute
* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Incumbents hold big fundraising leads in central Illinois legislative races
* Springfield man wins Illinois State Police logo contest
* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring

* Home Run Pizza CEO dies
* Home Run Inn Pizza CEO dies
* Your neighbor isn't a business
* The future of the U.S. looks a lot like Chicago
* Cook County board moves to prevent repeat of pop tax fiasco


* Classic Royko: Once upon a time, there was a woman who ran a dry cleaners store
* 44 shot — 6 killed — over weekend of Chicago gun violence
* ’Spur-of-the-moment’ move makes Henry Cavill’s fist a ’Mission: Impossible’ meme
* Family Vacation Specialists
* 2 in custody as Lake Villa police investigate suspicious death
* Man shot, wounded in Brainerd
* Passenger wounded in Englewood shooting
* 16 shot — 3 killed — in Sunday gun violence
* Man shot on Englewood porch
* 2 wounded in Roseland shooting


* Man firing into Toronto cafes shoots 14 people, killing 2
* Many questions remain about fatal police shooting, despite swift release of video snippet
* Girl, 12, saved by grandmother who died in duck boat accident: ‘If it wasn’t for her grandma, she wouldn’t have made it’
* Repairs are planned for some of the CTA's older 'L' stations, but money still lacking for others
* Inside Matt Nagy's 'Beautiful Mind': Creativity. Collaboration. Details.
* Missing sailor's mother feels 'like we're in limbo' as search continues; he's a swimmer who completed triathlons
* Evanston's Harley Clarke Mansion faces Monday vote on demolition agreement
* Iran dismisses President Trump's explosive threat to country's leader
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 7/23/18
* Omarr's daily astrological forecast, For release 07/23/18 for 07/23/18


» Conservative PAC Suing Over Illinois Restrictions On 'Independent' Committees
» The Week in Review: Public Outcry Over Police-Involved Shooting
» ‘Ali: A Life’; Sexual Harassment In Bars; NPR’s Sam Sanders
» WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 20, 2018
» UIC To Acquire John Marshall Law School, Creating The City’s First Public Law School
» State Week: Russia Reactions, Gun Laws, Campaign Cash
» #660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake
» July 19, 2018 - Full Show
» Berwyn Homeowners Squeezed By School District Miscalculation
» How Conservatism Won In Wisconsin; Illinois Election Security; Special Olympics 50th Anniversary


* Mark Janus leaving state job, joining Illinois Policy Institute
* George Will: Will New Jersey send a Republican to the Senate?
* Adams: Try umpiring before knocking it
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Women collaborate for the common good
* Guest View: How to solve the Illinois pension crisis and dramatically lower property taxes
* Our View: Let the new EDC director lead the way
* Statehouse Insider: Prognosticator says Rauner most vulnerable incumbent
* Bernard Schoenburg: Purchase may, Cahnman will take on Proctor in Ward 5
* Scott Reeder: Understanding is what journalism should be about
* Counterpoint: His pick is bad news indeed for health care, women, consumers and unions


* Check out the latest Macon County restaurant inspection scores, July 13-19
* The total package: UPS driver delivers sparkling safety record over nearly 30-year career
* President Trump announces visit to Southern Illinois
* Decatur and Macon County neighbors: Obituaries published today
* Giving back: Leadership program announces 10th class
* Area churches 'leave the building' to help community
* Back-to-school events offer free school supplies, services
* Rick's Six: Mild temps plus road and bridge work updates
* Daily Digest: Women of Distinction nominations sought
* Area Calendar 7/23/18


* Constable: After daughter dies at 26, parents say pay her kindness forward
* Parma gets 5-point penalty, Calaio banned 2 years
* Suburban lawmakers call out tollway for $1M in PR spending
* Benfica drawn to play Fenerbahce in Champs League qualifiers
* Champions League third qualifying round draw

* GOP primaries: Nazis, white supremacists a...
* Travel agent faces 15 felony counts, alleg...
* Deputies: Travel agent steals from clients...
* Livonia travel agent accused of taking mon...
* Travel agent scams group to book Cancun trip
* Tom Kacich | Spending in 13th District rac...
* Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill negotiati...
* Tom Kacich | Spending in 13th District rac...
* Winston Watson returns to Petrojam as gene...
* Congress eyes 2026 centennial, tourism pot...

* Mak Capital One Stake In Maxwell Technolog......
* Senate Passes Resolution Telling Trump Not......
* $0.38 EPS Expected for Emerge Energy Servi......
* Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Ad......
* Senate Dems Hit Kavanaugh For Proposal The......

* CNN's Jake Tapper Asks If Carter Page ......
* Tammy Baldwin's Running Against A Coup......
* Iraq War Vet Congressman Questions Trump&#......
* Congress eyes 2026 centennial, tourism pot......
* Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Corte......

* We need a citywide hearing for the Lincoln Yards project
* The film Sorry to Bother You and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
* Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years
* The payoff for helping to undermine organized labor influence in Illinois?
* Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema
* Study: Aldermanic prerogative is reinforcing Chicago’s segregation problem
* Hackers can purchase government login credentials for cheap on the dark web
* Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms
* Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?
* Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?


* THOMAS RHETT TO DELIVER ?UNFORGETTABLE' PERFORMANCE AT 2018 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR
* IDPH Investigation Continues As Foodborne Illnesses Increase
* Gov. Rauner signs HB 5611
* Summit for Success: IDOT providing tools, opportunity for disadvantaged businesses
* Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100

  
* Galaxy S9 software patch brings new slo-mo video tricks
* Qualcomm unveils 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave) and sub-6 GHz RF modules for phones
* Samsung’s Wireless Charger Duo will charge the Galaxy Note 9 and Galazy Watch simultaneously
* Samsung's Smart Speaker will be called Magbee, coming at IFA 2018
* Samsung ad pokes fun at iPhone X and Apple Store ‘geniuses’ (Update: more cringey ads)
* Backup best practices: A NAS is not enough
* Broadband blues: Why the UK could lag in the fibre slow lane for 20 years

* Six Pack of Stats: Mariners 8, White Sox 2
* White Sox in 60: 5-0 1st inning deficit too much for Sox
* White Sox Minor League Update: July 22, 2018
* White Sox, Angels go with young starters
* White Sox Minor League Update: July 22, 2018
* White Sox, Angels go with young starters
* Reynaldo Lopez allows five runs in first inning as White Sox...


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

Archives
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
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




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