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*** UPDATED x3 - SB1 override fails - What’s next? New vehicle bill *** Education funding reform bill gets just 46 votes

Monday, Aug 28, 2017

* Roll call…

Both parties are now going to caucus.

…Adding… Democrats voting “No”…

Andrade, Arroyo, Beiser, Cassidy, Chapa Lavia, Conroy, Costello, Crespo, D’Amico, Deluca, Drury, Feigenholtz, Fine, Flowers, Ford, Gabel, Gordon-Booth, Greenwood, Guzzardi, Halpin, Harper, Hernandez, Hoffman, Hurley, Jones, Kifowit, Martwick, Mayfield, Mitchell, Moeller, Riley, Scherer, Slaughter, Stratton, Stuart, Turner, Wallace, Walsh, Welch, Williams, Willis, Yingling.

Lots of leaders, “regulars,” targets, liberals and Black Caucus members on that list.

* The Democrats only had 18 “Yes” votes…

D Burke, K Burke, Connor, Currie, Davis, Evans, Lang, Lilly, Manley, Moylan, Mussman, Nekritz, Phelps, Rita, Sente, Tabares, Zalewski, Mr. Speaker.

* 28 Republicans voted “Yes,” which is two shy of their target…

Andersson, Batinick, Bellock, Bennett, Bourne, Brady, Breen, Butler, Demmer, Durkin, Hammond, Hays, Jesiel, Jimenez, McAuliffe, Mitchell, Olsen, Pritchard, Reick, Reis, Sauer, Sommer, Sosnowski, Spain, Swanson, Unes, Wehrle, K Wheeler.

…Adding… As noted in comments, it is a little “weird” that the bill didn’t receive 47 votes, which would have allowed the sponsor to place the bill on the order of Postponed Consideration. It fell just one shy of that mark, which is, of course, raising some eyebrows that *somebody* might not have wanted this to pass right now.

*** UPDATE 1 ***  If you look at the rollcall just before they locked it down, GOP Rep. Randy Frese and Democratic Rep. Art Turner switched their votes from “Yes” to “No” at the last second. Click here.

*** UPDATE 2 *** A new vehicle bill was just moved out of the Rules Committee. Amendment 1 to SB444 is apparently identical to the bill which just went down.

The game plan, I’m told, is to allow an override vote on SB1 to placate Madigan’s more liberal members. If that override fails, as expected, they’ll take up the new amendment and try again.

*** UPDATE 3 *** As expected the override fails…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

95 Comments
  1. - Norseman - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:20 pm:

    Boom


  2. - Macbeth - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:20 pm:

    Ruh-roh.


  3. - Put the fun in unfunded - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:22 pm:

    Ok so where are all the folks chiding that caucus for not supporting something that has 90% plus of what they wanted? 71 and 36 anyone?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:22 pm:

    That wasn’t even a structured fail… it was just a fail.


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:23 pm:

    I guess they don’t make dictators like they used to.

    And how about that powerhouse clout Emanuel wields in Springfield?


  6. - Loop Lady - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:23 pm:

    Crisis not averted…


  7. - Real - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:24 pm:

    So mainly republicans voted for a so called Chicago bailout but they are up in arms over sb1? This bill would be bad for a real fiscal concervative.

    I say pass sb1 in the House. Apparently republicans are ok with a Chicago bailout.


  8. - Ed Observer - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:26 pm:

    Anyone else notice the bipartisan nature of the failure? I think that could actually bode well for the SB1 override.


  9. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:26 pm:

    Holy moly that’s bad. Really bad.


  10. - Montrose - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:26 pm:

    On first blush, it appears you can’t pin this on any one group. Yes, Chicago Dems were a solid no, but they got a lot of help from the other side of the aisle to kill it.


  11. - PJ - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:27 pm:

    So much for Madigan and Rauner having firm control of their caucuses. Budget happened in spite of them, and their compromise education bill dies a fiery death.


  12. - Really - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:27 pm:

    Lots of cowards on both sides of the aisle.


  13. - Suburban Hillbilly - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:28 pm:

    Durkin did his job. 27 R’s voted for it and it looks like he had a few in his back pocket that didn’t vote in the end. Oh the irony of CTU and the other unions killing education funding reform over $75 million when CPS gets $450 mil more.


  14. - Three-Finger Brown - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:29 pm:

    Choosing the union over kids. An ugly moment for House Dems.


  15. - Suburban Hillbilly - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:30 pm:

    Common phrase spoken by lots of Democrats these last few weeks. “Take a win when you get 90% of what you want”

    Ya right. Where is that goose and that gander…


  16. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:31 pm:

    With that roll call, as poor as it was, where are the 71 that are needed for this override?

    I’m not cracking wise, I’d like to see that, in a pre-vote list.


  17. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:31 pm:

    Is Chicago’s IGA team still doing a great job? I mean you can’t fix stupid among the rank and file, but what a disaster.


  18. - PJ - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:32 pm:

    === it looks like he had a few in his back pocket that didn’t vote in the end.===

    I don’t know about that. The tone of the Republicans voting no was extremely negative. There’s a lot of ultra-conservative opposition.


  19. - igotgotgotgotnotime - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:32 pm:

    Explain how Chicago gets 450 million ‘more’, hillbilly. I’ll wait.


  20. - Roman - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:34 pm:

    Call the SB1 override now. When that fails, go back to the compromise, it might pass then.


  21. - Steve - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:35 pm:

    This was a big vote. It suggests that the Chicago Teachers Union has enough support to prevent any tax credits for private tuition. Many people view Chicago public schools as a failure: today’s vote suggest many do not. The status quo wins in Chicago ..


  22. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:35 pm:

    Don’t know what the path is now if you don’t have 71 to override.


  23. - Fax Machine - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:35 pm:

    So is how Stratton votes an indication of what Pritzker wants? Does JB have a bloc of State Reps now that killed the bill? Maybe he’s already starting to assume the Rauner role


  24. - ste_with_a_v_en - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:36 pm:

    So what’s left, override or uphold the AV?


  25. - winners and losers - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:36 pm:

    It is just possible there will NOT be the 71 votes to override.

    Approp per current law?


  26. - ILPundit - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:36 pm:

    Takes 47 votes to get postponed consideration. Odd that it only got 46, isn’t it?


  27. - Suburban Hillbilly - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:38 pm:

    Hey not time:

    https://capitolfax.com/2017/08/28/cps-board-president-says-district-stands-to-gain-450-million/


  28. - stlboy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:40 pm:

    This feels like a setup. Madigan is not that weak.


  29. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:40 pm:

    I do not understand why 27 Republicans would vote for this bill but not SB1. I also do not understand why so many Democrats would vote against this bill but voted for SB1.


  30. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:40 pm:

    Along with Madigan and Emanuel, I guess we can add Cardinal Cupich to the list of those whose clout in Springfield is overestimated by many.


  31. - EVanstonian - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:41 pm:

    5 D present votes.
    And this wasn’t a structured fail after a 3 hour caucus mtg? I think this is a midstream course adjustment to get back to override vote.


  32. - PJ - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:41 pm:

    Suburban Hillbilly:

    You understand that that number is their total estimated state aid, right? It’s not 450 million on top of what they already get. It’s 450 million total. He’s saying that it’s more than they expected to get, but that expectation is based on years of underfunding pursuant to our current crappy formula.


  33. - igotgotgotgotnotime - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:41 pm:

    Read your own link, Billy. It’s not ‘more’.


  34. - Steve - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:42 pm:

    Illinois isn’t quite ready for certain kinds of reform. Will Chicago public schools have 370,000 students or 350,000 in the next 5 years??? Or will CPS have again 400,000 students in the coming years?


  35. - Suburban Hillbilly - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:43 pm:

    PJ:

    First I will qualify my statement in that I do not know who if any are absent but there were 4 not voting:

    Fortner, Cabello, Phillips and potentially McDermed.

    Frese potentially can be flipped as he has cover from Some regional support like Hammond


  36. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:43 pm:

    –I do not understand why 27 Republicans would vote for this bill but not SB1.–

    Rauner signaled he was going to veto it. Many days have fallen off the calendar since then. The heat has been cranked up.

    – I also do not understand why so many Democrats would vote against this bill but voted for SB1.–

    See above. They think they have votes for the override now.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:44 pm:

    While I was rooting for this to pass, to get this past us, I look at Rahm and Proft giddy with this bill and see it fall 25 votes short.

    The reality?

    Rauner’s Veto, right now, is holding back school funding and the lone vehicle to get past that veto… failed.

    Rauner’s veto is all left standing, at this moment.

    There is no fix, just a veto.


  38. - Sue - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:46 pm:

    Durkin is not going to provide 4 votes. He did his part to get today’s vote thru. This was the IEA and IFT refusing to afford any support for a voucher program. Madigan now owns this not Rauner or the R caucas


  39. - igotgotgotgotnotime - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:48 pm:

    On the bright side, Gov. Junk won’t have to worry about fixing all the bad things Madigan (Madigan!) put in there with subsequent legislation.


  40. - Ron - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:49 pm:

    CPS is projected to lose another 8k students this year. It will probably be more as they always overestimate. CTU is going to kill itself.


  41. - DownstateKid - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:49 pm:

    Quoting Guzzardi..Please take the win.

    What a joke. If you think Rauner or Republicans will own this, please pass some magic mushrooms. This is CTU and CPS doing business as usual, which equals junk status, 1 billion dollar shortfalls per annum and incompetency.

    I’ll enjoy the 90 percent quotes for years.


  42. - EVanstonian - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:50 pm:

    Sue - see Rep D. Harris speech. Durkin won’t provide 4 votes, maybe someone else will.


  43. - Ron - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:50 pm:

    Overestimate enrollment


  44. - Responsa - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:53 pm:

    CTU has made it harder, not easier, for R’s to vote for override. We shall see if this was a smart move by D representatives or if it ends up having been too clever by half that they eschewed a compromise bill win.


  45. - m - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:53 pm:

    PJ and igotgotgotgotnotime,
    If you think CPS’s whole approp is $450 million you have a rude awakening coming. Chicago’s total state aid is in the billions. And the link and article clearly lay out that CPS “would gain $450 million.”


  46. - Sue - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:54 pm:

    Won’t happen


  47. - Wensicia - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:54 pm:

    Cowards.


  48. - Ron - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:54 pm:

    CTU is one of the worst public employee unions in the nation


  49. - PhD - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:54 pm:

    ==Madigan now owns this not Rauner==

    I disagree. The situation was created by an botched AV without an exit strategy, that is, by the Governor. The Governor should have reduced CPS funding by $100 million and left everything else unchanged. Surprise, the Democrats are against term limits, union busting, and tax credits for private schools.


  50. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:56 pm:

    –Durkin is not going to provide 4 votes.–

    You’re presuming they are his to “provide.”

    See budget, tax increase.

    And take a look at the calendar as well.


  51. - Jibba - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:56 pm:

    This vote is more of a Troll call…

    Maybe a negotiating tactic such as reduce the credit to 50% or less.


  52. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:56 pm:

    ===The game plan, I’m told, is to allow an override vote on SB1 to placate Madigan’s more liberal members. If that override fails, as expected, they’ll take up the new amendment and try again.===

    Process.

    It’s a process…


  53. - m - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:58 pm:

    To add, CPS’s general state aid claim for FY17 was 1,102,385,972.26
    That’s not including man-cats, pension (they do get some limited pension $ from the state already), etc.


  54. - Sue - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 5:58 pm:

    Ron- why be so exclusive add the IEA/ IFT and the parent organizations. Randi Weingarten is a total union hack


  55. - Archiesmom - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:01 pm:

    Ah, the games politicians play…


  56. - Fixer - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:01 pm:

    Sue, he actually didn’t. The yes votes from Rs wasn’t up to ratio either. Both sides failed on this one. If you can’t see the faults in your own party, that’s a problem.


  57. - Ron - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:01 pm:

    You’re right Sue. My apology.


  58. - Mr B. - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:02 pm:

    Kudos to my Rep. Zalewski who voted yes.


  59. - Steve - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:06 pm:

    Who will get the blame? Many people will not stop talking about the Cook County soda tax even though it doesn’t have anything to do with school funding. There’s many Republicans who don’t want to help CPS under any condition.


  60. - igotgotgotgotnotime - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:06 pm:

    Hey ‘m’; School board President Frank Clark said on Monday that Chicago Public Schools may see as much as $450 million from a pending state accord on education funding, about $150 million more than the district had anticipated.*
    * From the link and article that “clearly lay out that Chicago would get 450 million more”.
    Reading is FUNdamental.


  61. - Century Club - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:07 pm:

    Wow. Hard to believe some of those Dem ‘no’ votes have that big a problem with the back door vouchers. Case in point, LaShawn Ford, who INTRODUCED a voucher bill at the beginning of the year.


  62. - Triple fat - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:07 pm:

    ALEC lost. Thank goodness.


  63. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:08 pm:

    ===ALEC lost===

    Nothing’s dead until it’s dead, and sometimes not even then.


  64. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:08 pm:

    (Sigh)

    There wouldn’t be the need of a school funding bill if Rauner signed SB1

    The Rauner veto put this chain of events into motion.


  65. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:10 pm:

    Also SB444 has the same language as the fix.

    Let process play out. Let the votes happen.

    “Let’s watch what does happen”


  66. - Responsa - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:12 pm:

    ==Maybe a negotiating tactic such as reduce the credit to 50% or less.==

    Or, maybe now they’ll need to negotiate to ramp it up to 100% again to get the votes for schools to stay open. :) It’s a process.


  67. - igotgotgotgotnotime - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:14 pm:

    Remember those happy days in Gov. Junk’s mind when the amendatory veto only took a simple majority to pass. Now even a simple majority is out of reach. It seems like so long ago.


  68. - Original Rambler - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:15 pm:

    CTU is one of the worst public employee unions in the nation

    Ron, I think the problem may be they are one of the best.


  69. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:17 pm:

    ===CTU is one of the worst public employee unions in the nation.===

    So if the override fails and SB444 passes, then… what?


  70. - Suburban Hillbilly - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:18 pm:

    IGOTNOTIME,

    Yes reading is FUNdamental. Please read this paragraph from the article:

    “District officials have counted on about $300 million in additional state assistance that was included in an an initial version of the education funding legislation. That bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner prior to a narrow Senate override.”

    Math is also FUNdamental. Take the $300 million in additional funding in SB1 that CPS thought they would get and add the $150 million that CPS President Clark said he did not anticipate and you get a $450 million increase. Wasn’t that FUN.


  71. - Real - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:19 pm:

    I never understood how republicans could hate Unions so much. Republican voters always say they want whats best for workers and the middle-class yet they want to bust what helped create the middle-class and a organization that helps workers i.e. Unions.

    It makes no sense to be up in arms against Unions for doing what’s best for workers. It’s funny that republicans didn’t bat an eye at the $75 billion dollar voucher program that Rauner wanted which would only help the rich with tax credits. Yet they are against middle-class teachers receiving pension money.


  72. - PhD - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:22 pm:

    ==The Rauner veto put this chain of events into motion.==

    Exactly. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Republicans negotiated for tax credits rather than a reduction in CPS funding. Thus, showing to everyone that their stance on SB1 was a polite fiction.


  73. - m - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:23 pm:

    igotgotgotgotnotime
    Reading is fundamental, so since you seem to be struggling with the article, here’s a link, http://webprod1.isbe.net/gsainquiry/default.aspx where you can see exactly how much every district got in general state aid for FY17. You will see that CPS got $1,102,385,972.26 just in general state aid, not even counting categoricals (where the block grant lives), etc. If their total under SB1 was JUST $450 million, the CPS board president wouldn’t be happy. Let me know if you’re still struggling with this.


  74. - Century Club - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:26 pm:

    There should be a pool to see who can name the 25 H Dems that will flip and vote for this after the override fails.


  75. - Thomas Paine - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:27 pm:

    Murder on the Orient Express.

    Remember that one?

    12 suspects, turns out they each stabbed the passenger once.

    Everybody can own a little piece of this one.

    But for me, it all comes back to this:

    Best Team in America’s refusal to meet with Cullerton prior to the AV, and their utter misunderstanding of how many votes it takes to sustain an AV.

    Many on the left feel the same way about vouchers that the Right feels about Planned Parenthood funding.

    And when you are trying to pass a delicately balanced bill that is already opposed by one huge vote bloc (suburbs), inserting an extreme partisan ask in the bill is asking for trouble.

    If democrats had insisted on $75 million to fund planned parenthood, the GOP would be apoplectic.


  76. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:28 pm:

    ===As expected the override fails…===

    It was a “1 in 4″ chance, and it was 8 votes short.

    Now, on to SB444…


  77. - Sue - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:30 pm:

    Word- what was that about Durkin?


  78. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:31 pm:

    ===Best Team in America’s refusal to meet with Cullerton prior to the AV, and their utter misunderstanding of how many votes it takes to sustain an AV.===

    Cullerton publicly stated that 71 and 36 (3/5ths) were needed… twice.

    Meeting, no meeting, Cullerton gave ample warning and counsel.


  79. - Thomas Paine - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:31 pm:

    On the other hand, they could have done a trailer to SB1 without an immediate effective date and probably come up with 60 votes if you look at this rollcall.


  80. - Christopher - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:32 pm:

    And the “NV 10″ in blue on the roll call board means 10 people did not vote one way or the other? If so, that’s part of their job.


  81. - PhD - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:32 pm:

    It is not obvious that SB1 or the new compromise can generate sufficient votes now. We might have to wait another month while pressure in rural school districts continues to build.


  82. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:33 pm:

    –Word- what was that about Durkin?–

    Unlike you, I don’t presume votes are his to “provide,” based on past experience.

    Like about a half hour ago, when he was two short on the 30. And the budget override. And the tax override.


  83. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:34 pm:

    ===without an immediate effective date and probably come up with 60 votes if you look at this rollcall.===

    How would that help schools that can’t make it until, let’s say… November.


  84. - blue dog dem - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:36 pm:

    These votes could be the end of Costello.


  85. - Steve - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:39 pm:

    Rich said something very important. Although the bill didn’t pass : who’s to say in the future with a slightly different composition in the State legislature Son of SB1 might not pass?


  86. - Real - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:43 pm:

    I say dems stand your ground and don’t vote for Rauner’s $75 million dollar voucher program. The republican issue was a CPS bailout so no private school voucher program should be in the mix of a public school funding bill period.


  87. - Responsa - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:44 pm:

    ==We might have to wait another month while pressure in rural school districts continues to build.==

    Wait. So, you really think it’s in the rural school districts where pressure will be building?


  88. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:47 pm:

    –Wait. So, you really think it’s in the rural school districts where pressure will be building?–

    You don’t? That’s strange. Check out the percentage of funding they get from the state.


  89. - Steve - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:53 pm:

    Although many people may try to blame Bruce Rauner for what’s going on in their school district: try looking into the mirror. Bruce Rauner isn’t on your school board. Did Bruce Rauner make CPS do what they did the last 20 years? Is Bruce Rauner causing CPS to lose students? Can CPS really keep so many schools open?


  90. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:55 pm:

    ===Although many people may try to blame Bruce Rauner for what’s going on in their school district:===

    Rauner, as only a governor can, vetoed school funding.

    Believe that, don’t believe that, it’s a fact that right now, today, schools are not getting their full funding due to a Rauner veto.

    The rest of your reconciling falls… to a veto.


  91. - PhD - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:56 pm:

    =Wait. So, you really think it’s in the rural school districts where pressure will be building?=

    Unfortunately, yes. Even under SB1 the CPS district only receives about 16% of state funds (including pension contributions) while educating 20% of all students. Since, it is obvious that the wealthy suburbs do not depend much on state education funding, what districts must be receiving substantial state support?


  92. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:56 pm:

    They did it. Pass.


  93. - wensicia - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:58 pm:

    ==Did Bruce Rauner make CPS do what they did the last 20 years?==

    Why is Bruce Rauner willing to punish school districts across the state over CPS?


  94. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:58 pm:

    Does anyone understand why Sims and Soto did not vote?


  95. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 28, 17 @ 6:59 pm:

    Fresh thread: https://capitolfax.com/2017/08/28/on-second-try-education-funding-reform-passes-with-73-votes/


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* 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


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* Rick's Six: Fog early, road work, shooting, controlled burns and new contest clue
* Ameren picks route options for north expansion
* Europe topic of ISU spring seminar series
* Start the Week Off Right: Maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays
* Holiday gift (and selfie) hunt
* One hospitalized after single-car crash that knocked down power lines in Belleville
* One hospitalized after single car crash in Belleville
* East Moline police investigate shooting


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* Sunday, Sunday.
* Rahm on Colbert.
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* A Black friend and a Jew lawyer.


* 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

  
* Bloomberg report lends further credence to Samsung Galaxy S9 February announcement
* There’s still time to bring the Oculus Rift home for the holidays at a discounted price
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* BlackBerry nixes security support for the PRIV after two years

* 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


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