Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 - Daley flips to “No” *** Pop tax hurting Preckwinkle petition efforts
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 - Daley flips to “No” *** Pop tax hurting Preckwinkle petition efforts

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

* Greg Hinz reports something that’s being discussed widely in Cook County Democratic circles. Voters are refusing to sign the Democratic slate petitions because they have Toni Preckwinkle’s name on them

Democratic Organization precinct captains are running into something they rarely face as they pass candidate nominating petitions this fall: rejection. […]

“Voters aren’t just refusing to sign, they’re providing their own, not-so-kind editorial opinions” about Preckwinkle and County Assessor Joe Berrios, said one Democratic ward boss who asked not to be named. “The bulk of the comments are about the pop tax and county sales tax,” which Preckwinkle returned to level raised by her predecessor, Todd Stroger. […]

“It’s a huge problem,” said one source close to the matter who asked not to be named. Some precinct workers are resorting to folding over the top line of the nominating petition so that Preckwinkle’s name, which is listed first, is not visible when voters are asked to sign. […]

Dart has been advertising for volunteer petition passers on his Facebook page. Earlier this week he emailed supporters saying, “In order to get on the ballot we need your help circulating petitions and collecting signatures,” and directing them to a sign up page.

A spokeswoman said Dart is passing both the joint petition and one for himself alone. He has done that in the past, but did not do so four years ago, she said.

Sometimes, I’m told, voters are writing “messages” to Preckwinkle on the petitions.

*** UPDATE ***  Tribune

Cook County Board Commissioner John Daley has decided to vote to repeal the controversial soda tax, boosting the chances for repeal next week.

“I am going to vote to repeal,” Daley told the Chicago Tribune. “I listened to the community, the residents I represent, and there’s been a strong outcry.

“It’s a lot of taxes they’ve been hit with,” added Daley, referring to city property taxes, garbage fees and the recent increase in the state income tax. “It’s every economic group. It’s every ethnic group. It’s every part of the district.” […]

Several commissioners said Daley’s flip on the issue could cause a domino effect among the other seven commissioners who originally supported the tax. But Daley said he won’t try to sway anyone and that commissioners have to make the best decisions they can in the interest of the people they represent.

* Related…

* Preckwinkle: County has ‘reached moment of truth’ on budget, pop tax: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday struck a defiant tone defending the controversial soda pop tax as she delivered her 2018 budget address, telling commissioners to back the tax or make severe cuts to county services.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

69 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    Good about time we get some voter revolt


  2. - Anonish - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    I have had more push back on the slate petition over Berrios than Preckwinkle


  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    So … who’s running?


  4. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:14 pm:

    “…about Preckwinkle and County Assessor Joe Berrios”

    Roh-roh. Voters noticing Berrios? That’s not a good thing for certain people…


  5. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:15 pm:

    This is one for the how-not-to books. Consumption taxes have been around since the country’s founding. They were the very first taxes.

    Now on top of the disastrously incoherent rollout, you have Preckwinkle saying it’s all about the money, while Bloomberg is spending millions on TV saying it’s all about kids health.

    How much more can you confuse the issue?


  6. - Texas Red - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:19 pm:

    I’d like to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony…


  7. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    –“It’s a huge problem,” said one source close to the matter who asked not to be named. Some precinct workers are resorting to folding over the top line of the nominating petition so that Preckwinkle’s name, which is listed first, is not visible when voters are asked to sign.–

    Well if you can’t get people to sign honestly, make do I guess.


  8. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    Yep, told ya this was going to be bad. I usually sign petitions just to allow ballot access. This one….NOPE. Toni + Berrios = rotten


  9. - TKMH - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    This is hilarious - looking forward to voting her out come primary time.


  10. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    I will vote for virtually anyoneone but Prekwinkle.

    She is worse than Stroger.


  11. - phocion - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    …and why doesn’t she have a primary opponent yet?


  12. - ChrisB - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    ==telling commissioners to back the tax or make severe cuts to county services.==

    It’s almost as if the voters are telling you exactly what their preference is.


  13. - Real - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    I people are being too crybaby over this penny an ounce soda tax. They act as if paying a few pennys for pop is going to kill them or steer them to bankruptcy. Pop is not a necessity so these people need to relax and stop complaining. Also, I think Precwinkle should go ahead and cut services instead of fight with these people over a small tax. Cut services and let them deal with that.


  14. - Skin in game - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    What Preckwinkle should do is offer to repeal the pop tax if Big Soda offers to pay a penny per ounce into the Cook County Health and Hospital System. This way, the soda industry is paying for the health problems they create. They can decide whether to pass the penny/oz fee on to their consumers.


  15. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    I agree with Real.


  16. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:57 pm:

    Does the donut industry pay the County? How about beef farmers? Oreo maker?


  17. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    “I think Precwinkle should go ahead and cut services instead of fight with these people over a small tax. Cut services and let them deal with that.”

    I agree, that’s what we want anyway.


  18. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:02 pm:

    ==Pop is not a necessity…===

    Neither are inept Cook County Board Presidents.


  19. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:03 pm:

    Ed Burke’s special delivery snowplowing might be in danger.


  20. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    (Sorry, forgot, that’s probably not county. But *somebody’s* special delivery snowplowing would be in danger :-))


  21. - Real - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:08 pm:

    Neither are inept Cook County Board Presidents.
    ====

    Her job is to fill a budget hole. Do you have a better way to do that?


  22. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    –Her job is to fill a budget hole. Do you have a better way to do that?–

    Yeah, let’s try the cuts. Seemed to go OK while the tax was in legal limbo.


  23. - northernwatersports - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:12 pm:

    The time has come for the political leaders to put their spine and their courage where they should have been decades ago, both D and R. I usually don’t accept the thesis that bitter medicine can always teach people to appreciate prevention of the disease, but the general public here in my great State have all learned the bad habits of putting off paying for things with artificially low taxes for decades, increasing debts and no noticeable improvements in efficiency, etc. The unions are generally complicit in the implementation of trends that put us where we are today.
    So, I would counsel all of the D’s on the county board to vote to repeal the Soda tax, lower the sales tax down to pre-Stroger days, and then drop the hammer.
    Amputate.
    Cut county spending back on ALL things that won’t create immediate and increased risks to life, health or safety. Close all the golf courses, forest preserve groves across the county. There are plenty of things that could get cut back. Yes, it will cause pain. Yes, I agree its a poor method of causing people to pay attention to the issue at hand. If you want services, someone is going to pay.
    When enough pain reaches enough people, voters will crave to pay more. Right? If voters, consumers, property owners and others who pay the taxes in cook county don’t want to pay, they’ll finally have to look in the mirror and tell themselves, ‘I’ll just have to live without it.’


  24. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:14 pm:

    –Her job is to fill a budget hole. Do you have a better way to do that?–

    Yeah, let’s try the cuts. Seemed to go OK while the tax was in legal limbo.

    x 1,000,000


  25. - Real - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:16 pm:

    Yeah, let’s try the cuts. Seemed to go OK while the tax was in legal limbo.
    ====

    Those cuts never fully materialized while it was in limbo. I have a friend that works for a Cook County hospital that was on the verge of being laid off, but it didn’t materialize when the legal case failed. I believe Precwinkle should do drastic cuts so these people can stop complaining about a petty soda tax. Let these people get hurt by drastic cuts. I have no ideal why she rather fight with these people over a pop tax.


  26. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    Very few people will be hurt by these cuts.


  27. - northernwatersports - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    I say drop the hammer. Repeal the soda tax, and knock the sales tax back to pre-Stroger days.
    Then….
    Start amputating. Demonstrate to the public what will happen and maybe people will pay attention enough to really be involved in deciding what it is they want to really pay for. Until that cold, harsh and desperate moment when people realize what they had, they don’t care who’s paying for it, as long as its not themselves.
    Unintended consequence…..The R commissioners on the County Board will be forced to vote FOR all the cuts, or be found hipocrites for their lack of governing ability as well.
    Lets see how fast the public cries out when all the forest preserve groves and golf courses around the county get closed and blocked off.


  28. - Real - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    Yeah, only the most vulnerable that need those services would. A healthy middle aged man would probably not be hurt. Idk if you can say the same about those that rely on those services that would be cut.


  29. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    ==Those cuts never fully materialized while it was in limbo. I have a friend that works for a Cook County hospital that was on the verge of being laid off, but it didn’t materialize when the legal case failed. I believe Precwinkle should do drastic cuts so these people can stop complaining about a petty soda tax. Let these people get hurt by drastic cuts. I have no ideal why she rather fight with these people over a pop tax.==

    Cut away. besides the hospital, which is mostly funded by medicaid, and the jail/courts. not sure what else the county is good for.

    Is preckwinkle really throwing out threats like property tax bills will be late? Really?


  30. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    ==Her job is to fill a budget hole. Do you have a better way to do that?==

    Use existing dirt.


  31. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:27 pm:

    Cut the bloated Hospital Administration not the people doing the actual work and nobody will notice


  32. - Taxed to death - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    There is lots to cut in the County budget. The State’s Attorney’s Office laid off experienced attorneys and that same day hire less experienced people at HIGHER salaries. The “promotions” (higher salaries) going on there is crazy. Plus NO ONE in the court system — SA, PDs, etc works a full 8 hour day. Implement at sign in and sign out system and the waste is apparent.


  33. - Responsa - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:47 pm:

    Your “defiant tone” and childish foot stompy refusal to put forth or consider any alternatives says it all, Madame President Toni.

    ==”Preckwinkle will not provide an alternate spending plan in the event the pop tax is repealed next week, county officials said. Instead, she intends to leave the decision on what gets cut and how deeply to commissioners and separately elected countywide officials, even as she continues to warn in public that such spending reductions would mean laying off doctors and nurses, prosecutors, public defenders, sheriff’s officers and jail guards”.==


  34. - TKMH - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    Repeal the tax, close the golf courses. Make sure you actually hire competent people to run the morgue. That simple.


  35. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    None of this matters unless somebody circulates petitions against her. I will vote for anybody other than her-ANYBODY.


  36. - Rookie Writer - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    I’ll admit to a bit of sticker-shock when I bought an iced tea from Walgreen’s a couple of weeks ago when I was thirsty and ran to grab something.

    But I am still for the tax — without revenue to keep services going, we could end up with an increase of people roaming the streets creating a public health crisis. No thanks.

    The problem I do see: this will never get reversed. If we find efficiencies elsewhere, what tax will be reversed? None.


  37. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    Trapped makes a great point. The precinct captains are going to get enough signatures, they’re just just to have to work harder, so it’s never going to happen that Toni doesn’t make the ballot. What Dem will not be afraid of their own shadow (or Berrios’ shadow) to mount a challenge? Will the Repubs put up a candidate who can run a campaign in Cook County that will actually play in Cook County, in other words someone ILGOP will probably call a RINO.


  38. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:35 pm:

    It’s extremely unfortunate that IL Dems have to be water carriers for the public employee unions. Cut the jobs and slash their pay. That’s what needs to be done.


  39. - earl hickey - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:42 pm:

    “Some precinct workers are resorting to folding over the top line of the nominating petition so that Preckwinkle’s name, which is listed first, is not visible when voters are asked to sign. […]”

    I don’t know which is worse, the fact they are hiding her name or the fact that signers aren’t catching on to this trick.

    Just wait unti this story gets a wider audience


  40. - BigLou - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:48 pm:

    Hey Rich, here’s a question fof the day. Since Preckwinkle/Berrios petitions are difficult to pass, what combo would have no problem getting signatures?


  41. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:59 pm:

    Real, your concerns about social services are real, but they could be addressed in other ways. Why not just increase the taxes a tiny fraction across the board rather? Or why not at least try to cure some of the criticized aspects of the tax: that it covers calorie-free drinks but doesn’t cover coffee drinks (something I dare say makes the tax more regressive than if it did cover those things)?

    As for the cuts hurting the needy, probably it will, but at the same time we heard this complaint when the Democrats warned how terrible sequestration would be. A couple years later Obama was taking credit for it and how it cut the budget deficit. In an age of rapid tech disruption, it’s hard to believe that there aren’t some efficiency savings to be found somewhere in Cook County government.


  42. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:15 pm:

    ==we could end up with an increase of people roaming the streets creating a public health crisis. ==

    The county budget is $4.4 billion. The expected revenue from the soda tax is $200 million. So over 4% of the budget, Cook County is suddenly going to devolve into The Walking Dead?


  43. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:25 pm:

    To the update - Daley flipping could be the beginning of the end.


  44. - Texas Red - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    I love the way the Dem’s on the CB are for a tax until the population revolts and then they are against it. Classic flip-flop, Dem’s should have the courage of their convictions by supporting more revenue and better health at the expense of other people money.


  45. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:51 pm:

    yep, Daley flipped. tax over. hope that new commercial with the minister sad about the children who are lured by the pop (apparently with parents who are unable to watch them when they are not in school) will be off my tv soon.


  46. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:52 pm:

    ===I love the way the Dem’s on the CB are for a tax until the population revolts and then they are against===

    It’s not just the Democrats on the board. The Republican governor was pushing a very similar tax last spring.


  47. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:52 pm:

    I’m reading these comments, but I just can’t seem to focus on the names.
    I keep seeing Big Soda…Big Soda….Big Soda…Big Soda….
    This is like going down the rabbit hole.

    Coca Cola:
    20 oz bottle = 65 grams sugar
    1 liter = 108g
    Big Gulp = 91g
    Super Gulp = 128g
    Extreme Gulp = 146g
    Double Gulp = 186g

    Daily healthy sugar limit: 25g (women) 38g (men)

    This is a good tax.


  48. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:54 pm:

    –yep, Daley flipped. tax over.–

    Not yet, but it would force Preckwinkle to have to double down on the tax and veto the repeal. Still need a couple more votes to override a veto I think.


  49. - Mea Gulpa - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:55 pm:

    This is why it is way too early to count Rauner out next year.


  50. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 3:56 pm:

    –Coca Cola:
    20 oz bottle = 65 grams sugar
    1 liter = 108g
    Big Gulp = 91g
    Super Gulp = 128g
    Extreme Gulp = 146g
    Double Gulp = 186g

    Daily healthy sugar limit: 25g (women) 38g (men)

    This is a good tax.–

    If it’s so good, why apply it to Diet Coke then when all the same sugar numbers are zeros?


  51. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:07 pm:

    =If it’s so good, why apply it to Diet Coke then when all the same sugar numbers are zeros?=

    Diet Coke has its own problems/chemicals - may change gut bacteria, etc.

    I quit drinking all soda. I quit drinking orange juice, too ( 8 oz. = 22g sugar - oranges are healthy, orange juice is not)
    I drink tap water, work out 90 minutes a day, lost 20 pounds (and I’m only 5′2′’ so that’s a lot)

    The purpose of the tax is raise revenue. Can’t think of better stuff to tax.


  52. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:15 pm:

    Remember when Quinn introduced the “cuts only” budget and practically every legislator in the statehouse voted against it? Then they voted to approve the budget without any cuts at all, and then voted against taxes to pay for the budget without cuts that they had just approved? That was a fun day. Preckwinkle should do the same, right before she proposes the budget that includes the soda tax. Let’s get a look at what passes for courage on the Cook county board.


  53. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:19 pm:

    ==Can’t think of better stuff to tax.==

    Saturated fats.


  54. - MacombMike - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:19 pm:

    ===The county budget is $4.4 billion. The expected revenue from the soda tax is $200 million. So over 4% of the budget, Cook County is suddenly going to devolve into The Walking Dead?===

    Looks like the 2018 budget is $5.36 billion. Seems to me Preckwinkle increased spending by nearly $1 billion.


  55. - Steve - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    This is a big story. John Daley is a very important person in Cook County government. John Daley wouldn’t change his mind unless he saw major evidence of the need to go back on his soda tax vote. Say what you want of John Daley but… he does attempt to listen and display a certain amount of class that many politicians lack.


  56. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:37 pm:

    =Saturated fats=

    We can tax that next year.


  57. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:45 pm:

    Her tax is well meaning, good for the health of Illinois citizens and could pug some Cook County budget gaps. I supported it, but looks like the populace is tilting against it.


  58. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:48 pm:

    Cook County government needs a diet.


  59. - Ron - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:51 pm:

    How about a simple spending freeze for a year? Every single Cook Agency told to deal with it.


  60. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 4:52 pm:

    ==We can tax that next year.==

    After we tax retirement income.


  61. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 6:41 pm:

    =looks like the populace is tilting against it=

    Gee, I wonder what coulda caused that?
    (Hint: Big Soda?)


  62. - Responsa - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 7:38 pm:

    ===looks like the populace is tilting against it=

    =Gee, I wonder what coulda caused that?
    (Hint: Big Soda?)==

    Hey, thanks for giving us the unforgettable mental image of “big soda” standing in the grocery checkout line beside otherwise happy customers and forcing them to freak out over the new soda tax on their bills.


  63. - Joe - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 8:14 pm:

    just a few more months and my diet coke habit should have the county in the black


  64. - TKMH - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:44 pm:

    TinyDancer,

    I can assure you, I’ve cut more checks to BigSoda than vice versa. I’m all for raising taxes when necessary, but there’s something so viscerally obscene at effectively taxing me at 35% when I buy a 12-pack of Coke Zero (which I now buy in Lake County). Add this news to the Trib report on Berrios’ treatment of poor people’s property taxes, and you can see why even liberal voters like myself are so enraged at the old guard Cook County Dem machine.


  65. - revvedup - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:46 pm:

    Toni has her faults…hubris and arrogance in the best late Harold Washington terms regrading her sweet beverage tax, and trying to sue the Marketer’s Association for the $17 million tax revenue loss during the injunction phase of this fiasco. BUT, she also took over a county far more broke than it is today, and thought she could ride the waves of voter angst until they quieted…until the waves built way higher than she could handle. Now the County Board is about to revolt, while businesses report decreased revenues unless they are outside cook county. She can’t dismount the tiger she’s been riding, while Busybody Bloomberg’s ads keeping harping that sugar causes diabetes (it does not). I live in a south-eastern cook county suburb minutes from Indiana, and I drive to stock up on “assault sodas”, gasoline, and other items. Tony needs a humbling reality check; maybe repeal isit.


  66. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 12:01 am:

    Does sugar cause diabetes?

    “…the results of a large epidemiological study suggest sugar may also have a direct, independent link to diabetes.”

    https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2013/02/quantity-of-sugar-in-food-supply-linked-to-diabetes-rates-researcher-says.html


  67. - Red tower - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 7:26 am:

    Seems to me folding over the top of the form trying to disguise what people are signing is an act of election fraud. Or some sort of fraud. And if someone wanted to they could probably sue or challenge petitions folded as such.


  68. - Buyout is key - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 12:15 pm:

    Let’s face it, the only reason for this tax was to keep all those employees around. Cut the tax and instead of layoffs. Offer those employees with 25 to 30years a buyout so you wouldn’t have to layoff anyone, or layoff much less than you would have to in order to balance the budget. It makes sense to offer the folks who are close to retiring a chance to leave. Then you can keep those younger employees who probably have young families employed. Health care costs are probably cheaper too. Something to take into consideration.


  69. - Over Taxed - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 12:36 pm:

    I agree with buyout. I read an article in the Chicago Sun-Times where 35% of employees were over 50years old making 6 figures due to seniority and tenure. Time to offer the older workers a buyout so younger people who make half that can continue to work. Plus you’ll get more productivity out of them as well I’m sure. Less sick and vacation days too.hmm


TrackBack URI

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


* EDITORIAL: One more way GOP tax plan sticks it to Chicago
* For opening box office, ‘The Last Jedi’ second only to ‘Force Awakens’
* 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


* Year after unveiling, what’s latest on Tiger Woods’ Chicago golf project?
* Doug Jones says don't expect him to always side with Senate Democrats
* U.S. soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger, military investigation finds
* 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


» 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


* Two killed in overnight house fire in Granite City
* 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


* Possible hazardous material found in Lombard
* 2 candidates gone after challenges in Lake County Board races
* Shepard scores 39, No. 2 Notre Dame women beat DePaul 91-82
* Joe Haden out for Pittsburgh's showdown with Patriots
* Exiled Italian king's remains repatriated after 70 years

* 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
* 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...

* 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