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*** UPDATED x1 - Mendoza responds *** Republicans put Statehouse tracker on Mendoza

Thursday, Mar 30, 2017

* Press release…

SPOTTED: Mendoza’s “LOADED” Taxpayer Funded SUV
Mendoza Used Taxpayer Dollars to Buy $32,000 SUV With Heated Leather Seats, Navigation, Power Trunk

Last month, Comptroller Susana Mendoza drew heat for using taxpayer dollars just weeks into office to buy herself a $32,000 luxury featured SUV, sending her staff with a check to pay for the car in full.

Listing records reveal that Madigan’s comptroller spent taxpayer dollars to get herself a “LOADED” SUV with heated leather seats, navigation, and a power liftgate - luxury features paid for by you, the taxpayer.

New footage shows just how fancy Mendoza’s taxpayer purchase is.

* The video

*** UPDATE ***  From the twitters…


…Adding… The ILGOP tweeted back at her…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

92 Comments
  1. - I said it - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:03 am:

    That, and a driver too. Good to be a politician.


  2. - MissingG - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:03 am:

    This repetitive “LOADED” makes me think of:
    Baked Potatoes
    WWF: Fully Loaded


  3. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    Could have some real fun coming up with a counter piece, only substituting the suv with a certain deputy governor.


  4. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    The only thing ‘loaded’ is the BS that the GOP is trying to put on Mendoza for this used vehicle purchased.

    I suppose they would have gone after her if the seller had noted “low milage, 1 car owner” as well.


  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    ===Could have some real fun coming up with a counter piece===

    First you’d need a functioning state party that concerned itself with more than House races.


  6. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:07 am:

    That press release was written with a breathless passion usually reserved for the cheapest romance novels.

    – MrJM


  7. - Carhartt Representative - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:08 am:

    Why does she need four cup holders? Does she have a drinking problem. What is Mike Madigan’s Controller trying to pull here?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    No way does Rauner want to find common ground with Democrats, or keep from not being the narrative, campaigning.

    This is what Democrat Diana Rauner is helping to play for, congratulations, Diana, you are paying for a tracker on a female Democrat.


  9. - South of Sherman - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    A power liftgate?

    How soon are we expecting the angry peasants to arrive with pitchforks and torches?


  10. - Honeybear - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:11 am:

    49 million dollars siphoned off gratis iLGOP
    For Rivian EDGE deal

    To a company that has yet to produce a single car

    THAT’S #LOADED


  11. - LibrarianRyan - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:11 am:

    She bought a used car. Get over it people. They probably needed to replace the last one. Lots of state cars have over 100,000+ miles on them. She didn’t go out and pick out something brand new and fully loaded. She chose a used car. That is saving money.

    And while I am at it, what happened to the governors purple van? If he and his people are so worried about how much was spent, send over the purple van because I never see him driving it.


  12. - really - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    Is Rauner still riding around in Quinn’s 200k mile crown vics? Or did he end up with those new black Expeditions? Have yet to see the trash can prop outside the JRTC.


  13. - AlfondoGonz - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    I hope Rauner does not plan to stick with this line of attack for her entire 4 year term. By 2022, the purchase will look like a good one.


  14. - Redraider - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    Everytime that Rauner goes after Mendoza, it just reminds me that he refused to listen to voters and employed Munger.


  15. - Don Gerard - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    I’m bad at math…so, I thought she got rid of three under-performing vehicles with one new, efficient model…while the Governor - for five times as much (per year) - adds new Deputy Governors to a staff which decidedly under-performs.


  16. - Seats - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:17 am:

    They could have bought 4 of these SUVs every year if we weren’t paying Munger to do a made up job.


  17. - The Dude Abides - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:18 am:

    I’ll bet this will resonate with the 36% who approve of the job the Governor is doing.


  18. - Arsenal - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Rauner’s bizarre fixation on Mendoza is doing him no favors, either operationally or politically.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    The temperature and lacking of collegial respect, going back to “The Owl”, and the first tracker popping up against GA members, Rauner has poisoned even the thought of bipartisan “détente” is long gone with Rauner.

    Rauner has crumbled the premise that “we’re all in this together” with trackers intimidating in hopes of breaking it all… for his personal agenda.

    Whoa.


  20. - Dan Johnson - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    Seriously? A tracker on the driveway of the Capitol? That is really uncool.


  21. - Earnest - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    More (and effective) distraction from Rauner’s deliberate destruction of human services and higher education and digging Illinois’ financial hole ever deeper.


  22. - Carhartt Union Negotiating Team - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    Ummm…so she’s not flanked by a bunch of $100K + state police protection folks. So, maybe there is a savings afterall.


  23. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    So am I to assume Rauner will be paying the bills for the State Police escorting him to campaign events, and he will be using his personal vehicles?


  24. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    Oh for pete’s sake. What a joke.


  25. - RNUG - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    It’s bigger than the luxury SUV I bought last year, probably equipped similarly, and cost less since it was used. I’d guess they saved $10K-$20K off of a new one.

    Lot’s of those vehicles running around today. So what’s the story supposed to be?


  26. - Dee Lay - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:34 am:

    Welp, its about time to deploy a tracker on the Gov.


  27. - Rocky Rosi - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:35 am:

    The story is why is she spending tax payer money on a SUV? Does she not have her own car to use? Dems and GOP are both guilty of pushing the limits.


  28. - Skeptic - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:37 am:

    I’ll bet it has air conditioning! And a radio!


  29. - Seats - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    Skeptic - of course it has a radio so she can listen to the radio and the stations that Madigan controls.


  30. - PDJT - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:42 am:

    Comptroller Susana Mendoza could buy 4.3 of these cars every year for the $138,000 salary Leslie Munger is being paid in her created-out-of-thin-air political patronage job.

    …just sayin’


  31. - Albany Park Patriot - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:46 am:

    She’s getting under their skin. Good for her. If they spent as much time working on an actual budget, maybe this state would get somewhere.


  32. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    This governor and the IL-GOP minions he controls only know how to campaign, as evidenced by his compete failure at governing.


  33. - Politix - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:50 am:

    This is silly. Seems desperate.

    Up until today, I’ve always seen the price tag for this “LOADED” vehicle at $17,000.


  34. - Sir Reel - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:57 am:

    Good luck finding any large SUV, new or used, that isn’t “loaded.”

    Yes, Republicans are so concerned with saving taxpayers’ money. That’s why they hire the cheap legal and financial firms for State business.


  35. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:01 pm:

    A tracker on a state officer, with no election in site?

    From GOP to KGB.


  36. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    Dear Comptroller, a State party is funded by private donations, not public taxpayer money. You’d think that’d be something a Comptroller would know.


  37. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    Can Mendoza back up her “facts” that the tracker is being paid out of taxpayer money?

    My take on this is simple: She wanted the attention. She wanted the limelight. She shouldn’t complain about the attention.


  38. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    ==A tracker on a state officer, with no election in site?==

    There’s no election in sight? Weird, I wonder what all these people who’ve announced campaigns for office recently are running for?


  39. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:13 pm:

    Super creepy video. But that’s Rauner’s style.


  40. - A Jack - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:15 pm:

    Rather rude of the GOP considering that the Comptroller paid that contractor Munger well ahead of much more deserving service provider contractors.


  41. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    Louis,

    She posed it as a question not as fact. Maybe read it again?


  42. - Joe Bidenopolous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    Anonymous (pick a name) and Louis:

    Y’all might want to look up what a question mark is


  43. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    ===My take on this is simple: She wanted the attention. She wanted the limelight. She shouldn’t complain about the attention.===

    Wow, - Louis G Atsaves -

    I never thought you’d think a tracker, not during campaign season and on the Capitol grounds is acceptable.

    I learned something today, Counselor.

    You’re not about the breathing room and respect, but making clear, you want to chide “who is paying for what”, but the tracker, that’s fine.

    Wow. Speaks volumes how far you have fallen.


  44. - A Jack - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:19 pm:

    Well Louis, since the Comptroller pays all the bills, she may have inside information on who is getting paid what.


  45. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    ==Y’all might want to look up what a question mark is==

    Please. That’s as much a question as “I’m Aron Burgandy?” Or Is she so clueless that she doesn’t know and has to ask?


  46. - Fool On The Hill - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    Anonymous,
    There’s no election in sight?

    No Comptroller election…please keep up. (Hat tip to OW)


  47. - Hhood - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    If you drive a state car. Every state workers notices where and for what business purpose you use the vehicle. Why does the new comptroller think she is any different. Buy a luxury car while other state workers are driving wrecks only gets you more on the radar. And I really thought things would change with different gov. Different comptroller. And up dated staff. Boy was I wrong.


  48. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    ==not during campaign season ==

    LOL


  49. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:25 pm:

    ==No Comptroller election…==

    So they’re skipping Comptroller ? No, they’re not. It’s up the same time as Governor.


  50. - A guy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    The perception is kinda creepy stalkerish.

    The reality is kinda creepy stalkerish too.

    Stop this.


  51. - A guy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:29 pm:

    There’s plenty (and I mean plenty) of fertile ground for criticism of Comptroller Mendoza…inside the lines.

    Stay there and knock off this stuff. It looks bad because it is bad. Knock it off.


  52. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:30 pm:

    @Willy,

    I’m not a big fan of trackers, but I will acknowledge their usage by both political parties. Please don’t be shocked by their existence. I can recall trackers in the State Capitol Building and the James R. Thompson Center following around candidates of both political parties. That pseudo-shock is not very becoming of you.

    With campaigns and politics getting uglier each year, expect trackers to multiply accordingly.

    And as to those ??? in the Comptrollers tweets, they are in the same as President Trump’s in messaging. Stalking????? Public Funds being used????? Puleeze!

    The only taxpayer funds used in that snippet appears to be used for the purchase of a 1 year old “used” Ford Explorer with low mileage and all kinds of fancy bells and whistles. Let me roll up and park next to her luxurious ride my 16 year old Jeep with 373,000 miles on it so we can do a better comparison. (And I bought mine new).

    She wanted the limelight. Suddenly she is offended? And you are horrified!

    LOL!


  53. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    The - @MisterJayEm - rule, got me is in full effect on the - Anonymous -

    Either respect the dialog, discussion, even the place we’re lucky to comment or don’t expect much.

    (Tops cap to - Fool On The Hill - )


  54. - northsider (the original) - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    “No taxpayer money was used”
    Why should we trust you?
    Show the receipt, please.


  55. - train111 - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    Our state burns while a bunch of overpaid four year olds write dueling tweets
    Swell!!


  56. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:37 pm:

    Let’s calm down with the “Luxury” SUV comments, it’s a Ford afterall.


  57. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:43 pm:

    ===The only taxpayer funds used in that snippet appears to be used for the purchase of a 1 year old “used” Ford Explorer with low mileage and all kinds of fancy bells and whistles===

    This is so overblown. When statewide officials accept state police protection, the auto purchase doesn’t come out of their budgets. Mendoza didn’t opt for protection, so the car is paid for by her office. Rauner does get protection, so his cars are paid for by the cops - but the money still comes from the same source: taxpayers.


  58. - A Jack - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    And Munger will get paid two months for approximately the same cost as that SUV for doing what exactly?

    At least the SUV serves an important state service.


  59. - justpeachy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    @Louis 12:30…sounding a little jealous there buddy. Really, it’s ok to drive an old Jeep.


  60. - Ratso Rizzo - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:57 pm:

    I know, for a fact, that Rauner is being driven around by the ISP Executive Protection Unit in what one would consider luxury vehicles. Not to mention the 100k salaries (plus overtime) of those troopers. Those who live in glass houses…


  61. - Scooteriffic! - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    If it’s that big of a deal, why doesn’t Captain Carhartt just donate the trash can van to the Comptrollers Office, and ask that the new/used SUV be sold?


  62. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 12:59 pm:

    Oh - Louis G Atsaves -…

    ===I’m not a big fan of trackers, but…===

    Yeah, I’m not “this”, but…

    That’s not an argument, that’s an excuse, Counselor. You don’t get the whole “I’m not a fan” when you add the “but”… continuing…

    I will acknowledge their usage by both political parties.===

    On state property, not during a campaign season? Please cite.

    ===Please don’t be shocked by their existence. I can recall trackers in the State Capitol Building and the James R. Thompson Center following around candidates…====

    Counselor, I’m going to stop you there.

    You shift TO candidates but Comptroller Mendoza isn’t a candidate.

    How do I know? Councelor, when are petitions due?

    Counselor, when did Comptroller say she was a candidate.

    Words matter, - Louis G Atsaves -.

    ===That pseudo-shock is not very becoming of you.===

    Actually, when Rauner starred tracking a member of the GA, I felt the same way. Again, no campaign or petitions, or election date in sight.

    What is unbecoming, Counselor, is trying to sneakily say “candidate” for your argument, but that’s not what’s at play. And you… you know it.

    You’re not a big fan of trackers, as Governor Rauner says “You know what?”… you are, and just just can’t admit it.


  63. - BBG Watch - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    So tired of this schoolyard bickering. Lock them all in a room until they get a budget.


  64. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:03 pm:

    If you’re waiting for petition day to consider it campaign season, you’re losing message and elections. So keep telling your candidates that, OW.


  65. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:05 pm:

    Pick a name or don’t address me.

    Thank you.


  66. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:10 pm:

    This is what we all think we should be spending our time on? The purchase of an SUV. If this purchase really has anyone’s shorts in a bunch then you’re priorities of what to be worried about are entirely out of whack.


  67. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    ==not during a campaign season?==

    Keep telling your candidates that, OW. When your in public office, in a battle of messaging, it’s always campaign season.


  68. - illini - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    @Willy - I totally concur with the @MrJM rule about the Anonymous and never respond - hopefully more will follow this lead and get with the program.


  69. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    Pick a name or don’t address me.

    Repeating yourself is being respectful.

    I’m done.

    Thank you.


  70. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    Just how many miles has Rauner put on the trash can van for official business?


  71. - pskila - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    can you say reaching?…


  72. - Yiddishcowboy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    Wow…I used to like and respect Rauner and the ILGOP. Now, I just pity them. Rauner: what a pitiful and little man you have become. No amount of money can give you class. Heartless and classless to boot. Mazel tov.


  73. - Grand Avenue - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    Call me crazy, but I have a feeling Munger might be running against Mendoza again in 2018.


  74. - The Real Just Me - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    Can someone answer me this? If the Comptroller used her own car instead, would she be reimbursed mileage? Could that cost more than the purchase of the used vehicle? Are other state officials, like the heads of agencies and commissions reimbursed mileage? How much does that cost the State?


  75. - Sasquatch - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    Guv, we are not in High School anymore, grow up! $32,000 is minimal compared to what you have done to our state.

    Question: As far as paying the legislators, besides it being a court order, did the ruling give Mendoza a time frame when they had to be paid?


  76. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===Could have some real fun coming up with a counter piece===

    ===First you’d need a functioning state party that concerned itself with more than House races.===

    Not necessarily Rich. There are plenty of witty commenters here providing free material on a daily basis. All it would take is an intern to pull it together and disseminate. Easy peasy


  77. - Han's Solo Cup - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    What’s next? Are we going to find out she’s using taxpayer dollars to pay for electricty to her office instead of relying on oil lamps and candles? Nice expose’ IRP. Top notch work.


  78. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    ==Are other state officials, like the heads of agencies and commissions reimbursed mileage?==

    Most, if not all, of those people have state vehicles.


  79. - Whatever - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:07 pm:

    ==Dear Comptroller, a State party is funded by private donations, not public taxpayer money. You’d think that’d be something a Comptroller would know. ==

    Yeah, especially since he/she was wearing an “I work for the Illinois Republican Party” badge and had the party name, email and phone number on the doors of the car. /s


  80. - Steve Rogers - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:14 pm:

    @Just Me. Yes, if she used her own car, she could request mileage. Doesn’t have to request it, but she could. Current state mileage rate is 53 1/2 per mile. Chicago to Springfield and back is about 425 miles. So, about $227 for one trip. That’ll add up fast.


  81. - The Real Just Me - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:21 pm:

    Does Deputy Governor Munger have use of a state vehicle or get reimbursed for mileage?


  82. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    === On state property, not during a campaign season?===

    Last I’m seeing the campaign “season” never ends. Perpetual campaigning by everyone. Do I like it? No. Do I acknowledge that reality? Yes.


  83. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    ===Last I’m seeing the campaign “season” never ends. Perpetual campaigning by everyone===

    No, not “everyone”

    Just Bruce Rauner, rubbing ads I mean, at a million dollars right now.

    Mendoza isn’t “everyone”, has she announced she’s running for… anything?

    I must’ve missed her announcement.

    You can’t excuse this… it’s wrong. Not everyone is doing this, like this, in this time frame.

    Cite if you’d like. “I’ll wait”

    Rich had a whole Post on Rauner using a tracker on a member of the GA, on the Capitol Grounds.

    Can’t remember a similar episode, and I’ll bring you the Post if you’d like with similar inquiries.

    This speaks, directly, how far you have fallen. You’re better than this.


  84. - AlfondoGonz - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 4:08 pm:

    That anyone would defend this nonsense is demonstrative of partisanship and nothing else. This is childish, useless, wasteful, and counterproductive. Full stop. And it would be the same if trackers sprung out and asked Munger what she was doing to earn her salary.

    Be better.


  85. - Arsenal - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 5:07 pm:

    ==but I have a feeling Munger might be running against Mendoza again in 2018.==

    I can’t imagine she doesn’t get *some* strong challenge, but Munger is extraordinarily poorly positioned for it.


  86. - Seymourkid - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 7:00 pm:

    The price of that “extravagant” vehicle and $8000 more will get you 1 ticket to Rauner’s fundraiser tonight.


  87. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 7:43 pm:

    & Rauner hired Munger at $138,000 a year… Why?

    & Rauner’s wife had a secretary paid $100,000 a year…Why?

    & Rauner purchased two, not one but two new suv’s for his office….@ nearly $60,000 each? Why?


  88. - reasonable - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 8:10 pm:

    has anybody checked on how much the State paid for motorcycles for Rauners security detail so that he could go out for his rides?


  89. - Rabid - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 8:34 pm:

    Leslie on paid lunch hour filming her old spot?


  90. - XDNR - Thursday, Mar 30, 17 @ 11:15 pm:

    Put a tracker on the “Trash Can Van” Rauner vowed/campaigned to use if elected, among all the other snake oil the people who voted for him bought. The Dems need to start messaging big time! Oh by the way does Munger have a state vehicle?


  91. - Lech W - Friday, Mar 31, 17 @ 9:58 am:

    There is no need to either defend or condone this. The ILGOP thinks this might resonate with the electorate. The Dems are free to pursue their own interests as well.


  92. - Generic Drone - Friday, Mar 31, 17 @ 9:58 am:

    With Rauners facination with Mendoza, it seems he has a crush on her.


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» April 24, 2018 - Full Show
» Proposal To Get Pre-Trial Detainees A Chance To Vote From Jail Passes IL House
» Getting Books To Illinois Prisons; Virtual Medical Interpreters; Chicago’s Gang Database
» Illinois Pushes For State Net Neutrality Rules After Federal Rules Expire
» Prince Heirs Sue Illinois Hospital Over Care During Overdose
» Immigrants Shine In New CPS Varsity Sport
» State Legislature Considers Tougher Penalties on Texting While Driving
» April 20, 2018 - Full Show
» April 23, 2018 - Full Show
» Madigan Elected For 6th Term As Democratic Party Chairman


* Gun dealer licensing veto override vote deadline arrives
* Google aims at Illinois' privacy law after Facebook lobbying failed
* Michael Madigan wins re-election as Democratic Party leader
* Illinois' late fees skyrocket over past 3 years
* Gun dealer licensing veto override vote could happen today
* Our View: Budgets should include estimates of late payment interest penalties
* Guest View: Illinois’ 4 pillars of bad budgeting
* Byron York: Is 'can't prove untrue' the new standard in Trump probe?
* Marc Thiessen: Veterans deserve better
* Catherine Rampell: Tax cuts were supposed to save the GOP from Trump. Oops.


* DACC to consider campus repairs
* First-graders to show off their math skills
* Decatur and Macon County Neighbors: Obituaries published today
* Volunteers needed for annual Fishing Expedition for Special Populations
* Area Calendar 4/25/18
* Daily Digest 4/25/18
* Fire Calls
* Police Report
* Rick's Six: Volunteers carry on at Vineyard, mac & cheese eatery coming to Bettendorf, and Salute to Sports finalists
* Common thread: Sewing group produces comfort, friendships


* Mount Prospect adding new park to downtown revival
* Library tells Barrington to find another way to fix Northwest Highway intersection
* More is too much in ambitious 'Avengers: Infinity War'
* 8 players the Chicago Bears might be looking to take in first round of NFL draft
* Why major changes are paying off for Wheaton's Kevin Streelman on PGA Tour

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* The time Chicago skinheads beat up a Nazi
* Facility Theatre transforms The Little Match Girl Passion from a vocal piece into a meticulously pitched spectacle
* Chairwoman Preckwinkle's Machine takeover a far cry from days of Fast Eddie
* Deacon Jones cofounded the legendary Baby Huey & the Babysitters—and that was just for starters
* When your third eye is your only eye on the gig poster of the week
* Life inside a supermax prison
* Work To Begin This Spring To Prepare For Lawrence-to-Bryn Mawr Red Line Upgrades
* Apprenticeships
* ‘Reefer Madness’-type rhetoric bound to swarm over Ill.; will Lege ignore it?
* Martysaurus Rex: A Creative Life More Important Than Football


* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

  
* Alexa app from Amazon is finally iPhone X compatible
* Spotify for Free, an improved ad-supported experience, is rolling out globally
* Xiaomi has capped how much money it makes from hardware, forever
* Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) follows A5 (2017) and A3 (2017) on the Oreo bandwagon
* Twitter’s user numbers are growing again
* The people in Amazon’s car delivery promo, ranked by how gladly we’d give them our keys
* Why we should collectively worry about Facebook and Google owning our data

* Mariners shut out White Sox, rubber match Wednesday vs King Felix
* White Sox Minor League Update: April 24, 2018
* Mariners shutout White Sox, rubber match Wednesday vs King Felix
* Renteria tossed arguing called third strike
* Relievers keep M's in check, but White Sox fall
* Renteria tossed arguing called third strike
* Renteria tossed arguing called third strike


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