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Illinois asks for public feedback in transportation survey

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:24:28 GMT

The Illinois Department of Transportation survey is available through Dec. 31. It's conducted through the University of Illinois Springfield's Survey Research Office. Respondents are asked about topics like road conditions, ice and snow removal, commuting habits and driving behaviors.

Michael Gerson: Republicans are failing the Roy Moore test

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:20:52 GMT

The prospect of Sen. Roy Moore has been both horrifying and clarifying. It would be difficult to design a more controlled, precise test of the moral gag reflex in politics.

Former Tennessee lawmaker sues Illinois trucking company

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:58:54 GMT

The Kingsport Times News reports that former state Rep. Jason Mumpower, who is currently the Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed a $1.5 million federal lawsuit against Gogu Trucking Express, Sopranos Inc. and truck driver Pavel Gheleniuc. Multiple crashes took place on Interstate 81 in Kingsport on Nov. 2 that halted traffic for three hours and sent five people, including Mumpower, to the hospital.

'They were generous, loving and fun' - tributes paid to family killed in tragic Wexford crash

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:43:11 GMT

The family had travelled from Illinois to Shannon Airport earlier that day for the funeral of Lily's sister Winnie Keevey in Co Wexford. They said: "It is with great sorrow that our family and friends unite across the Atlantic to mourn the passing of Doug, Lily, Doug Jr. and Steven Alexander.

Editorial: There's a lot that's right about Illinois

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:26:00 GMT

This painting depicts the legendary Lincoln-Douglas debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas during the Illinois senate campaign of 1858. So. our suburbs, as Mick Zawislak explains in the paper today, could have been part of Wisconsin had the quirks of history gone a little bit differently.

Sixth Circuit judge hanging up his robe for good in March

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:13:50 GMT

After 21 years on the bench - four years as an associate judge and 17 as an elected circuit judge - Jones has announced his last day in office will be March 2. Because there is no opportunity for a primary between March and December 2018, when his term officially ends, it's likely that the Illinois Supreme Court will appoint someone to his post. "On the assumption that they fill my position, that person would have the office until the 2020 election," he said.

Claypool's departure caps week of sugarplums for Illinois taxpayers

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:03:11 GMT

Embattled Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool resigned Dec. 8, 2017, after being accused of engaging in a "full-blown cover-up" during an ethics investigation by the district's inspector general. Embattled Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool resigned Dec. 8, 2017, after being accused of engaging in a "full-blown cover-up" during an ethics investigation by the district's inspector general.

Jim Nowlan: It's no fun being from Illinois

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:51:07 GMT

I attended a spiffy wedding in Dallas this past Saturday, at a park on the Texas State Fairgrounds. After the reception, at a dinner table for eight with Dallas executives, both male and female, we played the "Where are you from; what do you do?" game.

Rauner's office pushed appointing monitor he now criticizes

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:47:10 GMT

In this Aug. 28, 2017 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, looks out over the floor of the Illinois House at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. A state purchasing regulator whom Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner now claims is heavily influenced by Democratic House Speaker Madigan was recommended for the post by the governor's office, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

3 dead in Illinois opioid overdoses

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:52:32 GMT

Peoria officers say they recently found fentanyl-laced cocaine in the city. They say each of the deaths happened in the last week.

Central Illinois police find fentanyl-laced cocaine

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:13:11 GMT

Police in central Illinois say three people have died within the past few days from a highly potent form of fentanyl that's also being found in cocaine. The Peoria Journal Star reports that Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell led a news conference Thursday, just days after the police department learned about the drug.

Illinois leads Midwest in clean energy job gains

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:24:06 GMT

That was the message Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered this afternoon during a gathering of innovators and business leaders at the Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust reception at the Mayer Brown law offices on South Wacker Drive in Chicago. The reception coincided with the one-year anniversary of the governor's signing of Illinois' Future Energy Jobs Act.

Children's Cabinet launches online education, work site

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:38:38 GMT

Illinois has turned to an online database to help form policy decisions on health, safety, education and work opportunities for residents younger than 25. It will be a go-to resource for the public as well as member agencies of the cabinet. They include the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development and the departments of Public Health and Commerce and Economic Opportunity .

Illinois' pension crisis: Danville's candid approach

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:05:48 GMT

Illinois State Capitol building is reflected off a puddle as it glows under the setting sun in Springfield in November 2013. Illinois State Capitol building is reflected off a puddle as it glows under the setting sun in Springfield in November 2013.

Dem Candidates for Illinois Gov. Spar Over Who's Most LGBT-Friendly

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:08:01 GMT

The five Democratic candidates for governor of Illinois met for the first-ever forum for statewide candidates focusing on LGBTQ issues at the Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood Thursday evening. Illinois's ignoble fiscal issues were a constant presence throughout the evening - the state recently went two years without a budget - and Republican governor Bruce Rauner was a frequent target of the candidates' derision and ire.

Poland: Time abroad, in finance seen as assets of PM nominee

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:03:52 GMT

Poland Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a former banker, would bring to the office of prime minister economic and international experience seen as assets while the country faces criticism from other European Union members for policies that have aroused concerns of democratic backsliding. Morawiecki, 49, is widely considered one of the Polish government's most competent Cabinet members and has the trust of ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski even though he is a relative newcomer who became Law and Justice member only after he joined the government.

Our view: $600K severance for NIU admin a waste

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:56:42 GMT

We hope some people show up at the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting Thursday to share their opinions on the $600,000 severance deal the board gave former President Doug Baker. That's probably what the board was trying to avoid when they were as vague as possible about the agreement on their June 16 board agenda.