Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 - Trib fact check *** He makes a good point
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 - Trib fact check *** He makes a good point

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

* From the governor’s address…

Unfortunately, Illinois’ economy has been split in two, one part with modest growth, the other in decline. There are areas within 90 minutes of O’Hare Airport that compete with other expensive mega-cities around the world. Thanks to access to global transportation infrastructure, first class universities, and world class cultural amenities, white-collar communities in the Chicago area have mostly been able to overcome the financial mismanagement that is now strangling Chicago and Cook County.

But it’s difficult in the rest of the state: Harvey, Blue Island, Kankakee, Rockford, East Moline, Peoria, Decatur, Danville, Mt. Vernon, and Marion. Those communities have to compete with other states like Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina. And too often, we’ve been losing.

In recent years, we’ve lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs.

Many of you have argued that we shouldn’t try to compete with other states, because that would be a race to the bottom.

Well, the numbers prove otherwise.

Factory workers in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, and South Carolina, when you adjust for the cost of living, now make more than workers in Illinois. That’s unacceptable!

Factory workers in Texas are now making more than Illinois folks, even without adjusting for the cost of living.

That’s outrageous! We should be kicking Texas’ tail!

But the numbers don’t lie. We are losing the race for good paying jobs.

* The Illinois Economic Policy Institute “fact checked” part of the governor’s claim…


But earlier in the day, they kinda proved Rauner’s point about wages adjusted for the cost of living with a tweet on property taxation…


…Adding… The governor’s office sent along this chart, which it says is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - “Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates” and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis…

*** UPDATE *** The Tribune fact checked his numbers

Rauner: “Our average working family is making less than they were eight years ago.”

Fact check: Rauner bases this claim on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, but that’s 2 years old: He’s actually comparing 2014 with 2006. In 2014 dollars, the average Illinois household income did fall from $57,150 in 2006 to $54,916 in 2014. But take that drop with a healthy pinch of salt — it’s well within the large margin of error built into the Census Bureau’s calculations. It’s entirely possible the average family made more in 2014 than it made in 2006 and that it’s making more now than it made in 2008.

According to slightly more recent data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state’s average salary in early 2015 was $54,531, up from $45,961 in early 2007. Even allowing for total inflation of 15 percent over that period, that’s a 3 percent increase in the average Illinois wage over the last eight years. […]

Rauner: “In many cases, people are paying more in property taxes over the course of living in their home than the original purchase price.”

The right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute came up with this calculation. It adds up, if you assume the 2.32 percent effective property tax rate and, perhaps a little unrealistically in most cases, that a homebuyer will live in a home for at least 43 years

There’s more at the link.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

48 Comments
  1. - burbanite - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:18 am:

    What numbers do and do not say is a tricky thing. The first part is manufacturing employee salaries. I do not know what percentage of Illinois population is manufacturing, but no one in my home is in manufacturing. I pay high property taxes (and of course would prefer to pay less) but they are based on the value of the home and b/c of Ill property tax structure where i live in the State which has no manufacturing. Any consideration of the application to the equation of property taxes should be adjusted accordingly if tying it to manufacturing incomes.


  2. - Jim Strong - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:20 am:

    Great argument to organize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions. Given time I thought Rauner would come to his sense.


  3. - burbanite - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:23 am:

    Average income in Illinois is $57,444, so $27.62 an hour. http://www.deptofnumbers.com/income/illinois/


  4. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:25 am:

    The National Association of Manufacturers has state-by-state figures regarding employment, wages and manufacturing growth.

    I don’t see how their figures line up with the governor’s claims. But I’d like to see his analysis on state-by-state claims regarding wages and “the cost of living.”

    For example, NAM has average annual manufacturing compensation at $82,359 in Illinois, $73,485 in Indiana and $65,767 in Iowa.

    Are you really better off making nearly ten grand less a year in Indiana, and nearly seventeen grand less a year in Iowa?

    As to the state’s role regarding the “cost of living,” does the governor have some proposal regarding that?

    Does he have some plan to lower average home values, or something?

    http://www.nam.org/Data-and-Reports/State-Manufacturing-Data/


  5. - Philo - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:28 am:

    Politicians, the Governor included,need to drop the fantasy of bringing those lost manufacturing jobs back. They aren’t ever coming back. Manufacturing doesn’t need manual labor like it did 100 or 50 or even 20 years ago. Automation and a small number of higher skilled operators is all you need. He’s fighting fundamental changes in the manufacturing labor market that no government can change.


  6. - A Jack - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:29 am:

    The house values in Chicagoland are greatly inflated compared to downstate. Could this be one of the big reasons people are leaving: to find affordable housing?

    And what may be driving these inflated values? I have never figured out how the house I grew up in Dupage, which originally cost $20k or so is now worth over $150k, even though it’s 40 years older. I couldn’t afford to move back to that area even though I am an overpaid and unreasonable
    state employee. And I suspect there lies some of your state migration causation.


  7. - Ghost - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:34 am:

    again how do our property tax rates compar to CA, Fl and NY. We are the 5th largest state, we should compare ourselves to the other large states. we are not comporable to states ranked 15, 20 and below in size. apples to apples people. Now that said if you compare us to our comporables we are still one of the worst in terms of tax to value of property.


  8. - Anon221 - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:35 am:

    Sometimes the cost of living can be affected by the poverty rates (this site has problems with the county level. I think someone screwed up the FIPS coding when they made the map)- http://www.povertyusa.org/the-state-of-poverty/poverty-map-state/

    Also, found this handy dandy calculator, and ran a scenario of a factory worker making $60,000 (high side) in Decatur and moving to Indy. Do a modified search on that site and run your own scenarios- http://www.payscale.com/cost-of-living-calculator/Indiana-Indianapolis/Illinois-Decatur/Assembly-Line-Worker–Factory


  9. - ChicagoVinny - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:35 am:

    Why should Texas be the example and not say New York? Lower than average unemployment, added a ton of jobs this year - has many of the same issues (megacity in one corner, large rural areas elsewhere). Texas has the highest rate of uninsured (nearly 25%) vs IL’s 10% and NY’s 9%.

    Point is there’s more than one way to skin the jobs cat and the Texas model is not the only model to follow.


  10. - Big Joe - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:37 am:

    If the Governor wants to bring back manufacturing jobs to Illinois, he might want to stop all the negative talk about the business climate in his remarks. You can’t draw any new businesses if all you do is put Illinois workers down all the time.


  11. - cdog - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:39 am:

    re property tax numbers…

    What portion of school funding comes from property tax receipts in this group of other states, I I K M W?

    Are there any states in group that have 0$ from property tax for schools? If so, let’s head that direction, please.


  12. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:41 am:

    ==Factory workers in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, and South Carolina, when you adjust for the cost of living, now make more than workers in Illinois. That’s unacceptable!==

    Are all those jobs nonunion? Just sayin’.


  13. - ChicagoVinny - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    One other thing about Texas - they’ve been riding a commodities boom for 10 years. Oil collapsing has really hit their economy hard - growth slowed to .5% last quarter. With the oil bust in full swing how good are they going to look in a year?


  14. - From the 'Dale to HP - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    Texas is a bad state to compare Illinois to because of the oil industry. Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, even PA and NY are much better comparisons. And Illinois is beating most of those states.


  15. - Just Sayin' - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:47 am:

    Wisconsin is near the bottom of the list for new job growth. If Rauner wants to follow Scott Walker’s path, it will increase the deficit, harm the schools and universities and not improve the job situation.


  16. - RIJ - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:47 am:

    Okay, Governor, then why don’t you focus on the cost of living BEFORE a you pull the rug out from under Illinois taxpayers and lower their income? Let’s see appreciable results on THAT.


  17. - W.F. Buckley - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:50 am:

    I love how everybody here is so open-minded and forward thinking. Much like your Dear Leader up in 300 Capitol, it’s obvious how you’re all ready and willing to compromise.


  18. - Former Hoosier - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:57 am:

    Yes, Illinois has lost manufacturing jobs and so has the rest of the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, manufacturing accounted for only 9% of the jobs in this country while the service industry accounted for 86% of the jobs. To hold the loss of manufacturing jobs up as the primary sign of our state’s employment weakness is a false argument.


  19. - From the 'Dale to HP - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 10:14 am:

    W.F. Buckley, yes because pointing out how flawed Rauner’s example was is being closed minded.


  20. - Tone - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 10:34 am:

    - From the ‘Dale to HP - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    Texas is a bad state to compare Illinois to because of the oil industry. Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, even PA and NY are much better comparisons. And Illinois is beating most of those states.

    Um, you might want to look into this more. In what way is Illinois beating those states?

    Because, WI, IN, IA, PA and NY are all at peak employment.

    IL is not, nor are MI or OH.

    Illinois is at the bottom of the barrel.


  21. - Just Observing - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 10:36 am:

    Saying property taxes are high because home values are high is an oversimplified, misguided notion.

    Home values simply relate to the proportion a home owner pays in property taxes in relation to his or her neighbors. But the aggregate amount of property taxes levied relates to the amount of government spending.

    If there are a total of 100 homes in one community, and every home is valued exactly at $250,000, and in another community of exactly the same number of homes, and all of those homes are valued exactly at $500,000, and all the governments in both communities levy an identical amount, homeowners in both communities would pay an identical amount of taxes. Of course this is a very simplified example, including it assumes no other land uses (e.g. commercial, agriculture, vacant land, etc.).


  22. - Tone - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 10:54 am:

    - Former Hoosier - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 9:57 am:

    Yes, Illinois has lost manufacturing jobs and so has the rest of the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, manufacturing accounted for only 9% of the jobs in this country while the service industry accounted for 86% of the jobs. To hold the loss of manufacturing jobs up as the primary sign of our state’s employment weakness is a false argument.

    Very true, but much of the country is seeing manufacturing job growth now. Of course, Illinois is not. Things need to change folks, ever increasing taxes and continued coddling of unions aren’t gonna work.


  23. - From the 'Dale to HP - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 11:17 am:

    Tone, Rauner wasn’t talking about employment either.


  24. - Tad Lincoln - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 11:37 am:

    Use the Governors comparison to Massachusetts. Boston like The north side of Chicago is booming, while: Worcester (area pop 923,000), Fall River (pop 88,000) and Springfield (area pop of 700,000) are distressed, poor areas with high unemployment, as bad or worse than Decatur/Peoria/ Rockford etc.. These are national trends resulting from outsourcing to China/India……


  25. - Frank Manzo IV - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 11:41 am:

    Frank Manzo IV of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute here.

    The “point” of the top tweet was not to disprove Rauner. He is right when he notes that there are essentially two labor markets in Illinois. That’s mostly a result of the growing income inequality facing our nation as a whole, but of course many state-level policies contribute as well.

    The post was merely to point out that blue-collar manufacturing wages were growing faster in Illinois than in Indiana. Indeed, the starting points for each suggest that manufacturing wages in Illinois were always below those in Indiana after adjusting for the cost of living. But the inflation-adjusted hourly wages are closer now than in 2012, before Indiana became a right-to-work state.

    Economic data isn’t zero-sum. It wasn’t disproving his claim; it was adding more information to it.

    Can’t say all that in 140 characters.


  26. - Tone - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 11:43 am:

    Worcester, MA had job growth of 2% in 2015 with an unemployment rate under 5%.

    Springfield, MA had job growth of 1.9% in 2015 with an unemployment rate of 5.1%.

    Decatur, IL had job losses of 1.8% and a 7%+ unemployment rate.

    Peoria, IL had 0% job growth and a 7%+ unemployment rate.

    Rockford, IL had 0% job growth and a 7%+ unemployment rate.


  27. - Ok - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 11:55 am:

    Seems like in the Governor s own data, Illinois workers are paid more. The adjustment for the cost of living simply accounts for the fact that it is more desirable in Illinois vs. Those other states, reflected in higher housing costs.

    At least for the state on the whole. There are surely individual city differences in desirability.


  28. - Tad Lincoln - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 12:15 pm:

    Tone: your numbers do not paint an accurate picture. Labor participation in Worcester is only 58% in Springield only 62%, the areas are losing population and have decreasing median incomes. Property values are stagnant or declining and the number of foreclosures is much higher than the national average. Both areas have empty down towns with hundreds of of boarded-up/abandoned homes. Rockford is similar but still nicer than both Worcester and Springfield. Idk of any Illinois city that compares to Fall River which is in terrible condition


  29. - Frank Manzo IV - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 12:16 pm:

    One other point to note:

    This data is admittedly a bit old, but “production, transportation, and material moving” jobs in Illinois are more concentrated outside of the Chicago area.

    You can see it visually in this map (http://tinyurl.com/hhhwujh, click “Start Exploring” and it opens up). The darker the shade of green, the higher the share of production and transportation jobs in each county (in 2010).

    Outside of the Chicagoland area, the cost-of-living is actually below the national average. We reported data on that a couple of years ago here, Page 18: http://illinoisepi.org/countrysidenonprofit/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ILEPI-Policy-Brief-The-Benefits-of-Doing-Business-in-Illinois2.pdf.

    So it is unclear whether average manufacturing incomes should really be adjusted by the aggregate state-level cost-of-living index in the first place, since those workers are concentrated outside the highest-cost area.

    Unfortunately, state-level data can only take us so far. A complete analysis likely has a lot more gray areas than the Governor and other policy groups suggest.


  30. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 12:17 pm:

    ===but of course many state-level policies contribute as well.===

    Could you give us a few examples of Illinois policies that contribute to income inequality here?


  31. - siriusly - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 12:20 pm:

    Our property tax system is a mess. It badly needs fixing along with eliminating many layers of local government that have taxing authority with little transparency. I fundamentally agree with Governor Rauner on this point.

    However, it’s just wrong and misleading to talk about how high our property taxes are as a state without adding in state income taxes to that comparison. Many low property tax states have much higher income taxes to support those same systems. It’s in invalid argument to only look at half the equation.


  32. - crazybleedingheart - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 12:33 pm:

    Manufacturing jobs in Texas

    http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/56a6484b58c3238d008b4dbc-960/94c5f66d-c21f-4578-b3b6-80a2470a9158.jpeg

    I guess the governor’s average pay didn’t factor in all those new $0/yr incomes


  33. - ZC - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 12:36 pm:

    Just one nod here to keep in mind is that unemployment rate can be a seriously misleading statistic, wielded in _isolation_, as to measuring the health of a state economy.

    Unemployment rate again is based upon people actively seeking for work.

    To put it another way, if your state is becoming a kind of retirement home, meaning no one young is moving there and looking for work, then your unemployment rate might look great. But you’re not in good economic shape.

    I throw this in not to directly rebut all of Rauner’s claims, just to point out one way that any isolated stat / talking point can be manipulated.


  34. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 1:17 pm:

    The state should really get rid of the state property tax.
    Oh.
    Wait.


  35. - Anon - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 1:18 pm:

    When you look at studies like this, keep in mind the difference between the average (also called the mean), and the median.

    The average household income is simply the total income divided by the number of households. Because of the outsized gains of the rich in recent years, this measure has tended to increase in a way that does not represent the households in the middle.

    A better measure of the middle is the median, which is a “middle” household — equal numbers above and below. This number is affected very little by the outsized incomes of the rich. As a result, this measure of income has tended to lag behind the average income.

    For manufacturing wages the mean (average) is probably a satisfactory measure of the middle.

    BTW it’s curious that Rauner would say that $35,000 a year is a “good-paying job” since he made nearly $60 million last year while also running for guv. That’s probably at least $35,000 an hour.


  36. - Shemp - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 1:41 pm:

    Using statewide numbers here compared to our surrounding states is going to skew things. The others don’t have such a large discrepancy between their major city(ies) versus the more rural areas. Davenport or Cedar Rapids or Waterloo vs Des Moines isn’t the same as Rockford or Moline or Decatur vs Chicago. And Illinois has a lot more people in those small to mid population areas being left behind than do our neighbors.

    Aside from a few pockets, who in downstate Illinois has really prospered in last couple of decades. At best, maybe Bloomington-Normal? Certainly not Danville, Decatur, East Moline/Moline Rockford, Freeport, Quincy, Rockford, Sterling-Dixon-Rock Falls, Charleston-Mattoon, Macomb… you know, nearly anything south of I80 or west of I39.


  37. - Tone - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 2:10 pm:

    Historical state median household income

    http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/statemedian/


  38. - Nick Name - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 2:29 pm:

    “According to slightly more recent data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security…”

    Yes, Gov. Rauner, your own executive branch. You know, the branch that you refuse to adequately fund.


  39. - Beaner - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 2:33 pm:

    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/SMS18000003000000001?data_tool=XGtable
    I understand these facts are going to cause confusion, anger and then madness, but…did you know Indiana has ten percent fewer manufacturing jobs than they had ten years ago? Manufacturing jobs have left Indiana? Yes.
    And as you can see from the graph, three years before WTR passed, the jobs recovery from the recession had already begun and continued on the same growth rate. WTR has not accelerated job growth in Indiana. Facts are a pain in the rear to those Figurers.


  40. - ZC - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 2:52 pm:

    “The right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute came up with this calculation…”

    Forgive me, but I checked out right there.

    It’s not bias, or if it is, it’s smart bias. In our fast-moving information age, I don’t have time to fact-check the fact-checkers. I’ll go some place with higher standards where I don’t have to worry about how the statistical sausage is getting stuffed.


  41. - Facts are Stubborn Things - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 3:27 pm:

    The Gov. needs to keep his focus on non-union busting and bashing ideas that actually have something to do with our business climate such as workers comp and tort reform etc. Pull out the union bashing and get a grand compromise on a budget with cuts and revenue and some structural changes, but stop the crush the state worker crap and stop trying to end run the constitution on pensions.


  42. - Qui Tam - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 3:47 pm:

    In support of the IPI & other Raunerites, it should be noted that Jamie Dimon is non-union and he just got a 35% raise. /s


  43. - BobO - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 3:52 pm:

    Due to the budget impasse, over one thousand jobs have been lost in social services since July 1st. Aren’t these jobs just as important?


  44. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 4:04 pm:

    I agreed with the part where he drew a distinction between the thriving economy in Chicago and tougher economy in the rest of the state. I really do believe that local control would solve that. Chicago would never vote for those parts of the Turnaround Agenda but he parts of the State that are struggling because they have to compete more directly with our neighbors probably would.

    I also thought the point about more needing to be done on Workers Comp was correct. If the 2011 changes fixed everything, why are we losing all of these manufacturing jobs to our neighboring states 4-5 years later?


  45. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 4:07 pm:

    Tone or anyone, what is the MEDIAN stateworker salary? Let’s play fair. You can’t put median income against average income. I don’t know the figure. I looked for it the other day but didn’t find it. Who knows what it is. It might be even higher than the average. We have the smallest workforce and also a LOT LOT LOT of workers close to retirement. I just want to compare apples to apples. But median to average is not statistically valid.


  46. - Tone - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 4:09 pm:

    http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/statemedian/

    Here are historical state medians. I have no idea what the median state worker makes. I bet Madigan doesn’t want that to be public.


  47. - Ottawa Otter - Thursday, Jan 28, 16 @ 4:23 pm:

    still a punk huh richy?


  48. - Anon221 - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 7:53 am:

    Here’s a link to all current workers’ compensation on the Comptroller’s site. would take some work, but some stats could be generated from this database on median incomes. Could even break it down using more metrics.

    http://ledger.illinoiscomptroller.com/index.cfm/find-the-salary-of-a-state-employee/find-state-employee-salary-sql/


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed until Tuesday
* Rauner complains it's "hard to overcome" the "biased" Illinois media
* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Rate Pritzker's new digital ad
* Recent endorsements: Raoul, Biss, Newman, Villivalam
* Joe Berrios' new radio ad features Jesse White, more attacks on Kaegi
* A make-work program for property tax appeals lawyers?
* Rauner tax hike claim ruled "Mostly False"
* Lawsuits expose more problems at Quincy veterans' home
* Could a Moody's methodology change push Illinois into junk status?
* Republicans get into the "holiday spirit"
* Jesse White's GOP opponent: "I'm extremely ordinary"
* Friday open thread
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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


Loading


* The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson Ful.....
* Illinois’ legislative conflicts law could be be.....
* The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson Ful.....
* Elizabeth Hess/Left is Right: Do your homework .....
* Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Can Rauner really take.....


* No more valedictorian, class ranks at Kankakee High School
* Police: Illinois man dies after crashing ATV in New Mexico
* 14 millionth book for U of I library is professor's work
* Iowa homeless shelter sees high demand for beds
* Police in Illinois will begin roadside drug tests
* Canadian company closes on site for new ag equipment plant
* Food stamps cut to tens of thousands in Illinois
* Top member of Cook County prosecutor's office resigns
* Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process
* Portion of Illinois courthouse's stained glass dome falls

* Food stamps cut to tens of thousands in Illinois
* Statehouse Insider: Holiday cheer from Rauner to Madigan
* Lawmaker's daughter gets probation in political rival attack
* Gov. Rauner unveils Bicentennial Pepsi can
* Video gambling numbers level off in Springfield
* Judge: Video gambling profits must be split with operators
* Under the Dome Podcast: "Objection! (to nominating petitions), Pritzker endorsements
* 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

* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* Chicago lawyers: not a diverse lot
* A legal setback for Jimmy John's in wage-theft case
* A health setback for Hunter Harrison punishes CSX stock


* Man charged with trying to kidnap girl, 10, from front porch in Cicero
* Snowy owls, a rock star of the species, roosting in the Chicago area
* STEINBERG: Trump dislikes being investigated; so did Al Capone
* US soldier ambushed in Niger wasn’t captured
* Man, 75, found dead in Clearing is season’s first cold death
* Nikola Mirotic’s five-game tear could be his wanted ticket out of town
* Mundelein boy charged with pointing replica rifle at drivers
* Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings
* Dear Abby: Dad’s obsessed with his will and who gets what
* Treasury chief can’t rule out shutdown, but expects deal


* Year after unveiling, what’s latest on Tiger Woods’ Chicago golf project?
* Teen delivering Tribune shot dead on Southwest Side
* Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport
* Dog survives Indiana plane crash that killed 3 people, another dog
* With Dodgers and Yankees now positioned for a Bryce Harper pursuit, Nationals stick to the blueprint
* Name released of man shot dead by concealed carry permit holder
* Chicago to get additional federal prosecutors to help combat violent crime
* Panthers owner Jerry Richardson made inappropriate sexual, racist remarks: report
* Villa Park man dies after crashing ATV in New Mexico, police say
* Doug Jones says don't expect him to always side with Senate Democrats


» State Week: Why Are People Still Dying From Legionnaires At Illinois Veterans Home?
» Top Three Challenges For Homegrown Star Taking Over Chicago Schools
» Illinois Women Tell Their #Metoo Stories
» Illinois Issues: A Personal Story
» Key Question For Democrats: To Billionaire, Or Not To Billionaire?
» Pritzker To Be First On Primary Ballot
» 3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home
» Protesters Disrupt Meeting, Call For Palos Trustee To Quit Over ‘Racist’ Comments
» Chicago Hospital First To Sue Over Bad Rating
» Cook County Republican Files For Illinois Treasurer Seat


* Andy Shaw: Is Illinois ready to attack bureaucratic bloat and save money?
* UIS Perspectives: Educating leaders in education
* Food stamps cut to tens of thousands in Illinois
* Our View: City should enlist public input in cuts
* Statehouse Insider: Holiday cheer from Rauner to Madigan
* Schoenburg: Bernie-backing Gronemeyer vs. Clinton delegate Mazzotti for Dem post
* Lawmaker's daughter gets probation in political rival attack
* Scott Reeder: Assaults should never be swept under the rug
* Ed Rogers: Shelby channels Atticus Finch, saves the day in Alabama
* Gov. Rauner unveils Bicentennial Pepsi can


* Mary Jo Stanley, of The Stanley Foundation, passes away
* Bungalow will be razed for Rivermont expansion
* Granite City couple killed in house fire
* Herald & Review coat drive keeping kids warm for nearly 30 years
* Shop With a Cop
* PFOP: In 1955, downtown Bloomington 'dressed in holiday style'
* Goodfellow Fund donors 12/17/17
* The best Decatur-area light displays? Right this way
* PHOTOS: H&R News and Feature Images of the Year 2017
* 5 Questions with ... Kyle Karsten of Decatur's Salvation Army


* 2 candidates gone after challenges in Lake County Board races
* The Latest: Vikings crushing Bengals 24-0 at halftime
* Athletic facilities proposed for Lincolnshire office complex
* Israel to probe fatal shooting of Palestinian paraplegic
* Villarreal wins at Celta as Fornals scores his 1st goal

* High school football: Randy Hultgren lauds...
* Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Ro...
* Strong early filing for Illinois attorney ...
* Letter to the editor: Hultgren should oppo...
* Tax cuts for Scrooge McDuck? Dispelling my...
* Letter: Protect our internet from fascism ...
* Efforts continue to have Warrenville Post ...
* Editorial: Roskam gets gun vote right, Hul...
* Kendall GOP chief to challenge Kinzinger i...
* Slew of suburban Democrats seek to challen...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Bling for the budget- and design-conscious
* Standing on the shoulders of ancestors.
* Sketchbook.
* Whenever the fight for democracy reaches a crossroads, look south.
* Sunday, Sunday.
* Rahm on Colbert.
* Sketchbook.
* A Black friend and a Jew lawyer.
* Trump’s banned words. Use them and pass them on.
* Sun-Times calls for democracy in Chicago. Don’t tell us. Tell Cullerton.


* 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

  
* Samsung and Xiaomi reportedly also bringing Windows 10 Always Connected PCs
* Samsung Galaxy S9+ leaked! Net Neutrality repeal & more – Pocketnow Daily
* How to Scan a QR Code Using the Camera on the iPhone or the iPad
* Netflix will look for a repeat play in 2018 after a strong year
* Off-beat: the first Best Buy location reopens in Puerto Rico
* iPhone X sales may not impress for holidays, but will they be enough?
* Samsung Galaxy Note 8 X 99AVANT Special Edition costs $1,828

* Lull in Manny Machado rumors, but plates shift underneath
* Sporcle Saturday: The richest free agent deals in White Sox history
* Former White Sox players return to rep team
* White Sox news that doesn’t involve Manny Machado
* Former White Sox players return to rep team
* The cracks in the White Sox-Manny Machado rumors
* Hahn mum on any White Sox-Machado talks


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

Archives
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