In the News ~ March 20


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State News


Teachers, board to meet before strike
(Effingham Daily News © 03/20/2014)

In a last-ditch effort to avoid a strike, the Teutopolis Unit 50 Board of Education is meeting with representatives of the Teutopolis Education Association teachers union at 6 p.m. today. Because tonight’s meeting concerns collective bargaining, it is not open to the public under conditions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. TEA Co-President Amy


Neoga schools face ‘revenue problem’
(Effingham Daily News © 03/20/2014)

Neoga School Board President Tina Moore told a crowd of about 100 Wednesday cuts are inevitable. We are looking at the future, and the future includes the bottom line, she said. With only two weeks until teachers need to be notified of impending staff cuts, Neoga School Board held a public hearing to let the community know what impact may be coming for staff and students


Seven teaching positions gone
(Harrisburg Daily Register © 03/20/2014)

With an operating deficit of $722,100 Tuesday the Harrisburg Community Unit School District …


Board OKs staff reductions due to enrollment decline
(Mattoon Journal Gazette © 03/20/2014)

Teaching staff reductions that were said to be needed because of declining enrollment got the OK from the Charleston school board Wednesday night. The board didn’t have to vote on but didn’t object to the plan from Superintendent Jim Littleford to reduce elementary classes for the 2014-15 school year by replacing only three of five retiring teachers.


Belleville District 118 lays off 25 staff members
(Belleville News-Democrat © 03/20/2014)

The Belleville School District 118 school board unanimously approved the honorable dismissals of one full-time teacher and 24 teaching assistants at its meeting Tuesday night. Superintendent Matt Klosterman said the district’s enrollment is holding steady, and he anticipates staffing needs next school year to be similar to this school year. “We are not in a situation where we are eliminating …


Belleville school district announces layoffs
(Southern Illinoisan © 03/20/2014)

A southwestern Illinois school district is laying off three first-year teachers and nine teaching assistants because of uncertainty about state funding to the district. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the Belleville district’s board made the cuts during its meeting Monday. Superintendent Jeff Dosier calls it “an unfortunate thing” but a necessary “precaution.”
Neoga school board announces possible district cuts
(Mattoon Journal Gazette © 03/20/2014)

The Neoga school board announced that five teaching positions could be affected as a portion of the next round of district cuts that total $275,066 in possible savings.  School Board President Tina Moore led the discussion Wednesday during the first of two community forums where residents learned about the cuts, which include reducing kindergarten and first grade classes


Dunlap School board votes to fire 17 teachers
(WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 03/20/2014)

The Dunlap School board has voted to remove 17-full time positions from the district in an attempt to fix its budget deficit. …


Peoria County Schools Disappointed After Sales Tax Defeat
(WMBD CBS 31 Peoria © 03/20/2014)

Peoria County’s eighteen school districts faced a setback seeing results from the primary election sales tax proposal. Voters said no to a one percent sales tax increase that would have been used solely for school facility needs; about $18-million a year. Chad Wagner, superintendent at District 68 is speaking his mind. We’re disappointed in the result, he said.


McLean Co. Schools React to Failed Sales Tax Referendum
(WMBD CBS 31 Peoria © 03/20/2014)

In McLean County, the debate over a county-wide sales tax sizzled for months, but on Tuesday, that debate fizzled. Voters overwhelmingly said no to the proposition by 2-1 margin. Lexington schools superintendent Curt Nettles was optimistic as he waited to hear the results of the county wide sales tax referendum.


Sixteen teachers released by District 200
(Woodstock Independent © 03/20/2014)

Sixteen teachers were dismissed by Woodstock School District 200 in a move officials said is a response to shrinking enrollment. A drop in student enrollment was cited as the reason the staff members — who held an equivalent of 6 1/2 fulltime positions — were released from the district. The cuts were approved at the school boards March 11 meeting.


Bill would require concussion training for coaches, ADs
(DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 03/20/2014)

A year ago, State Rep. Carol Sente felt as if she was sitting on the opposite side of the table from the Illinois High School Association in how it handled head injuries among high school athletes. Now, while the IHSA waits to learn whether schools will approve eliminating full-padded summer football workouts, the Lincolnshire Democrat will turn her attention to educating coaches and athletic i…


Morrisonville Strikes Down Consolidation
(Hillsboro Journal News © 03/20/2014)

Much to the chagrin of many in the Panhandle School District community, any hope of a consolidated school district between themselves and their neighbors to the northeast, Morrisonville, seems to be dead in the water. A proposition to consolidate the two districts passed by a wide margin with Panhandle voters, with 775 voting yes and 216 voting no. In the Morrisonville School District, the measure …


Rockridge voters reject new school
(Quad City Times © 03/20/2014)

The Rockridge School District was hit with a double whammy in Tuesday’s primary election. Voters not only rejected the 1-cent school facility sales tax referendum for all Rock Island County schools, but also one that asked whether the district could build a centralized elementary school and issue nearly $15 million in bonds to do so


Despite being on state watch list, Dist. 90 says finances are stable
(Belleville News-Democrat © 03/20/2014)

O’Fallon District 90 Superintendent Todd Koehl, Ed.D., said he is not alarmed that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has given his school district the lowest possible rating in its recent annual review of the financial health of the state’s school districts. He said Dist. 90 has made significant progress in stabilizing its finances since the numbers were gathered to develop


After defeat, school districts preparing for project delays
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 03/20/2014)

Without revenue from a proposed county sales tax soundly rejected by voters Tuesday, Twin City area public school districts will move forward with long-term facilities plans, but they could be leaner and take longer to implement. Bloomington District 87 and McLean County Unit 5 have both come up with facilities plans totaling $30 million in anticipation of using revenue generated…


Passage of 1% Sales Tax will benefit Chester School District
(Chester Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

By a slim margin, voters in Randolph County approved a 1% sales tax on a vote of 3,269 to 3,147. Money generated by the tax will be used exclusively for school facility purposes in Randolph County. Once the election results are certified, the sales tax is expected to begin later this spring. Chester Unit School District #139 Superintendent Chris Diddlebock explained what the money …


East Aurora teacher took long journey to the classroom
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

Engineer. Missionary. Construction worker. Customer service representative. Church leader and chaplain. Tutor. Obed Mendoza did a little of everything before discovering what he truly wanted to do was teach. “I was working as a corporate chaplain with Market Place Ministries when I felt as though I was missing the use of something I enjoyed a great deal — my skills in physics and…


Concussion policy OK sparks academics discussion in Dist. 203
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

A policy that governs when student-athletes who suffer concussions can return to practice and play is officially on the books in Naperville Unit District 203. As specified in Illinois High School Association guidelines, students who suffer a concussion during a game cannot return to that game unless cleared by a certified athletic trainer or a doctor.


Barrington District 220 will give iPads, laptops to all students
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

Barrington Unit School District 220 has signed a contract with Apple that will provide iPads or laptop computers to most district students starting this fall, the school board announced this week. Board President Brian Battle said board members believe the program is worth the expense, which is $980,227 in the first year. “The cost to provide this technology is less than 2 percent of …


Hardin schools mourn death of teacher
(Harrisburg Daily Register © 03/20/2014)

Hardin County Schools are mourning a veteran teacher who died in a vehicle accident Sunday …


Business manager says proposed pension shift would place big burden on Quincy schools
(Quincy Herald-Whig © 03/20/2014)

The Quincy School District would have to come up with more than $6 million in new revenue if the state of Illinois required all school districts to begin paying for their own pensions, according to Business Manager Joel Murphy


QPS seeks opinion of students, parents and teachers
(KHQA (CBS) 7 Quincy © 03/20/2014)

Quincy Public Schools is seeking the opinions of individuals in the district. The district is asking for 6th through 12th grade students, parents of any QPS students, and all teachers to take part in the Illinois 5-Essentials Survey. The survey provides a report on the climate and culture of the school district. It’s measured along side the five essentials- effective leaders, collaborative


QPS gets tougher on student reading standards
(KHQA (CBS) 7 Quincy © 03/20/2014)

The Quincy Public School District plans to get tough on students who fail to meet a certain reading standard. That was the focus of a curriculum discussion at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. Beginning next school year, the district plans to strictly enforce a policy that says students who are a year or more behind in their reading achievement level could be held back if they can not meet…


$10 per hour would provide needed income for students
(Edwardsville Alestle © 03/20/2014)

There are college students across Illinois working minimum wage jobs and attending school either full- or part-time. Between school and a social life, the constant feed of money students are paying takes a toll on the wallets of these hardworking Americans. Not everyone working a minimum wage job is a student, but it can be said that a large number of students work such jobs to pay bills, loans, …


SIUE works to find alternative revenue due to uncertainty
(Edwardsville Alestle © 03/20/2014)

The state still owes SIUE $23 million according to the current budget agreement, but next fiscal year’s budget has become a concern for the university since it looks as though a decrease in state funds is coming December 31. In Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe’s first open forum of the semester, Budget Director Bill Winter said what is causing concern is that the income tax level is set to lower. …


The Fear of Opting Out
(Huffpost Chicago © 03/20/2014)

There was a lot of controversy in Chicago surrounding the recent Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT). All sorts of opinions were offered regarding whether or not parents should or should not opt their kids out of taking the ISAT. The articles and editorials in the papers provided the perspective of a handful of reporters and editors, but I was far more interested in the discussion among parents …



District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS


Today’s news: CTU wants tax hikes over pension cuts.  Everybody says the Quinn/Rauner race is going to get very interesting (ugly). Joravsky says that the anti-Rahm crowd won (sort of). Ames, Kenwood.  Plus national news and updates from other cities.




Chicago unions call for tax hikes instead of pension cuts Chicago Tribune: “We actually think the people who do the work in this city should be a priority, and that we can’t simply solve every problem on the backs of retirees or the people who do the work,” said Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey.




He’s pretty sure the race for governor will get pretty ugly Sun Times: This election is going to be worse because it’s going to get personal, and not just between the candidates. Before it’s over, regular people are going to see that this race hits them where they live, either directly or by impacting …


Unions caught between a Rauner and a Quinn place Sun Times: Now that it’s clear the fall gubernatorial campaign will be between Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn, the public-employee unions find themselves facing a bit of a Hobson’s Choice.


Kass: Quinn vs. Rauner: Let the class war begin Tribune: What will the campaign for governor of Illinois look like between liberal Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner?



Editorial: Election results to cheer Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union onslaught against state Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago, who supported the pension bill, failed. Adam Johnson of Warrenville, the Illinois Education Association-backed candidate against state Rep. Jeanne Ives, lost.


Mayor Rahm loses in primary election! Reader: Yes, yes, Mayor Emanuel’s guy—state rep Christian Mitchell—won. But it was closer than expected. Jay Travis, the challenger, pulled just more than 47 percent of the vote. And she clobbered Mitchell in most of the black precincts—like those portions of the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and 20th wards that are in the district.


Christian Mitchell defeats Jay Travis, winning another hard-fought, tough race Examiner: Mitchell defeated Travis by a similar margin. The victory was impressive, however, since Mitchell was actively opposed by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who resides in Mitchell’s district. Chicago Teachers Union PAC also donated to Travis.


Madigan loses some, wins more in Democratic primary Chicago Tribune: Christian Mitchell also voted for the new laws that rewrite pension benefits for public workers and legalize same-sex marriage. He became a major target of the Chicago Teachers Union…




After Ames Referendum Victory, Ed Activists Want CPS To Reverse Course Progress IL: After more than two-thirds of voters voiced their support to keep Ames Middle School as a neighborhood school, education activists are calling on the Chicago Public Schools to reverse course on their plans to introduce a “Marine-affiliated” program.


Kenwood students find their ‘Happy’ video is contagious Chicago Tribune: Tired of the frigid weather and constant criticism of Chicago Public Schools, Kenwood Academy HighSchool students recently decided to show the world how truly “happy” they are. And, as it turns out, their happiness is contagious.


Sutherland LSC Breaks Silence On Principal Catherine Gannon’s Ouster DNA Info: Beleaguered Local School Council members at Sutherland Elementary responded to critics on Tuesday.




U.S. Education secretary praises L.A. program LA Times: Arne Duncan visits the Hollywood FamilySource Center, which provides students in high poverty areas with the support and enrichment offered to their more affluent peers.  Tucked in the corner of a grimy East Hollywood strip mall is a shining hope of public education. See also LASR.


Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention TeacherBeat:  To reduce the achievement gap, schools should pay attention to teacher retention, says new report.


Bobby Jindal: Bill De Blasio A ‘Petulant Tyrant Holding Low-Income Kids Hostage’ HuffPost: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio does not have a friend in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. On Tuesday, the New York Post published an op-ed by Jindal in which he criticized the mayor’s hostility to charter schools, saying that de Blasio’s actions have the “markings of a petulant tyrant holding low-income students hostage.”




Charter school group spends $3.6m on TV ads attacking de Blasio NYDN: “They have parents believing there’s no way they’re going to find space for these 194 students,” said Zakiyah Ansari of the labor-backed lobbying group Alliance for Quality Education.


Growing Number of Parents Want Students to Opt Out of High-Stakes State Tests NY1: In 2012, there were 113 students in the city who opted out. A year later, that number nearly tripled, with 320 students sitting out the tests. This year, there may be considerably more.



Political News


Unions caught between a Rauner and a Quinn place
(Chicago Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner has demonized “government union bosses,” declared public-employee unions are “organized against the public good” and signaled he wants to go far beyond last December’s pension-reform package that unions opposed. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is being sued by those same unions over a pension-reform package he enacted and that one leader said would “rob working people of their …


Unions, groups ‘all-in’ for Illinois governor’s race
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO – The candidates for Illinois governor laid out their vastly different visions Wednesday on how to revive the state’s lagging economy, as national labor unions and other outside groups with much riding on the outcome began making their presence felt and promised to keep doing so through the November election. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner won the…


Illinois Primary 2014 Results: Rauner’s Margin Of Victory Cost $622 A Vote

CBS Local - ‎21 hours ago‎

By the numbers, Rauner spent nearly $43 per vote he received. More importantly, his margin of victory–about 22,500 votes–over Kirk Dillard cost about $622 a vote. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Rauner received 326,166 votes, or 40 percent, compared …


How Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary
(Crains Chicago Business © 03/20/2014)

To win the Republican nomination for governor, first-time candidate Bruce Rauner used a disciplined TV message financed with plenty of cash. If Bloomberg was running for governor of the state of Illinois, Bruce would outspend him, state Sen. Bill Brady, one of Mr. Rauner’s opponents, quipped during the campaign, referring to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire. In June, when…


Governor’s race could be most expensive in history
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

Political Editor The populist political battle between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could create a cauldron of political advertising for the next eight months, with the two candidates spending more money on the race than any in Illinois history. Rauner used his vast wealth to flood Illinois TV markets with advertising in the prima…


Another object lesson in the problems with political polls
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

Now about those political polls … In sports, the common epithet when the lesser of two seemingly unevenly matched opponents wins or very nearly wins is “that’s why they play the game.” In politics, the sentiment is the same, it’s just a different arena: “That’s why they hold elections.”…


Dillard ‘looking forward, not backward’ after loss
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

Kirk Dillard has some “what ifs” but says he has no regrets as he prepares to return to life as a private citizen. The longtime DuPage County lawmaker lost his bid for governor to Republican nominee Bruce Rauner in Tuesday’s primary. Dillard gambled his state Senate seat, which he’s held since 1995, on a victory. He’ll leave office in January.


Editorial: No denying, Illinois faces real, defining choice
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

Now that the voters have spoken and the party slates are set, at least two things are clear about the coming campaign for the governor’s mansion in Illinois. The stakes are about as high as they can get. And voters will have a real choice. Anyone paying the least bit of attention to Illinois government knows that we are at the threshold of momentous times


Downstate vote totals seen as warning to Quinn
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 03/20/2014)

Democrats backed Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid in a big way Tuesday, sending him on to the general election with more than 70 percent of the vote. But a review of vote totals shows his vastly underfunded and virtually unknown opponent actually fared better than the sitting governor in many downstate counties.


Brady not saying what political future holds
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 03/20/2014)

Instead of cutting deals as the next governor of Illinois, state Sen. Bill Brady soon could be making sandwiches at a sub shop in Florida. Although Brady isn’t saying what his political future holds after losing his third bid for chief executive Tuesday, the Bloomington Republican is poised to open a Jimmy John’s sandwich franchise north of Fort Lauderdale in the coming months. …


Tom Kacich: On outs with downstate?
(Champaign News Gazette © 03/20/2014)

Was Gov. Pat Quinn’s dismal showing downstate in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election just a protest vote, or a sign that Democrats are so upset they’ll sit out the November election? Whatever the case, Quinn has work to do downstate, even though his base is — and more than half of his votes will come from — Cook County. Quinn lost in about two dozen downstate counties —


Grass-roots campaigning at its best
(Champaign News Gazette © 03/20/2014)

In her cardinal red suit — a wool one; this is March in Illinois, after all — and with a big smile, Carol Ammons walks through downtown Champaign as dawn unfolds. “Isn’t this nice?” she says as the sky turns a muted pink. She has a cup of coffee, just one, at Merry Ann’s Diner before heading over to Cafe Kopi, where for 20 minutes she greets every person who walks in the door.


Illinois’ race for governor: A populism and proxy war
(Chester Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog The working man in Illinois apparently can’t lose. Both Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his newly minted Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are laying a “man of the people” groundwork in their run at the governor’s mansion in Illinois. “As long as I’m governor, I’m here to fight for the 99.99 percent,”


Kadner: GOP leaders see new era in Illinois
(Chicago Daily Southtown © 03/20/2014)

To win the November election for governor, the party’s candidate is going to have to appeal to minorities, women and union members. That’s pretty much the boilerplate for success in the Democratic Party, but Southland Republican committeemen used those very words to describe Bruce Rauner’s path to victory Nov. 4.


Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties
(Chicago Press Release Service © 03/20/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn spoke to supporters Tuesday night at Carpenter’s Hall in Chicago. Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Quinn faced challenger Tio Hardiman, a community activist and the former director of Ceasefire.


When the rich play poor
(Chicago Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

When multimillionaire Bruce Rauner, now the Republican candidate for governor, speaks of his humble roots, flipping burgers and parking cars, he is employing a very old rhetorical device. Resentment is a powerful force in politics, so it’s always better to be seen as a common man climbing up than a rich guy stooping down.


He’s pretty sure the race for governor will get pretty ugly
(Chicago Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

It’s going to get ugly, but don’t you dare look away. The upcoming Illinois governor’s race between Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner may go down as the most brutal in the state’s history. And I’m not talking about the campaign ads, which everyone has already come to expect will only get progressively worse from one election to the next. This election is going to be worse because it’s going to get personal …


Sen. Kirk, Ray LaHood part company on Rauner
(Chicago Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial primary win sent a strong message about the future of the Illinois GOP, the state’s ranking Republican said Wednesday. “With Rauner’s victory, it showed that a pro-choice Republican can be nominated by the party and go on to win,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who also supports abortion rights. “If you are a social moderate and a fiscal conservative, you’re likely …


Governors race to be a class event
(Chicago Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

With the race for governor barely a day old, Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner Wednesday delivered the opening blows in what promises to be a vicious fall gubernatorial campaign whose most potent theme will be class warfare. The two primary winners came out swinging, with Quinn attacking the private equity investor from Winnetka as a heartless “billionaire” and Rauner jabbing back at …


A House challenge to bosses’ power
(Chicago Tribune © 03/20/2014)

Primary challengers tested the power of Democratic Party bosses Tuesday in several contentious races against state lawmakers from Chicago. Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios, daughter of Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios, was trailing early in her bid to extend her 12-year hold on a Northwest Side House seat with the help of House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state party chairman. …


Why this Democrat is voting for Rauner
(Chicago Tribune © 03/20/2014)

President John F. Kennedy once said that “sometimes party loyalty asks too much.” I believe Kennedy was right as we consider the election for Illinois governor this year. As a longtime member of the Democratic Party, I’m taking a leave of absence from the Democratic Party’s campaign for governor in November and will vote for Republican Bruce Rauner for governor. Here is why. …


Editorial: Quinn’s class war is a distraction
(Chicago Tribune © 03/20/2014)

“This is a billionaire with nine homes, nine mansions …” — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner at an appearance Wednesday morning All of us understand why Gov. Pat Quinn and his political brain trust want to change the subject — that is, why they urgently want to distract Illinois voters. We can even sympathize with Team Quinn. When your state is one of on…


Editorial: Election results to cheer
(Chicago Tribune © 03/20/2014)

On Tuesday, voters rewarded courage. They supported incumbent legislators who had cast risky, difficult votes. They chose newcomers who had spoken truthfully about the painful job ahead to repair this state’s finances and put Illinois back to work. They rejected some candidates who were heavily dependent on the support of party bosses. Efforts by organized labor to defeat candidates who supported …


Who’ll win the Rauner-Quinn race?
(Chicago Tribune © 03/20/2014)

I can make the case that Bruce Rauner will win the November election for governor of Illinois, and I can make the case that Pat Quinn will win. I’m not sure at the moment. But if I had to bet today, I’d bet on Rauner. Why does he stand a good chance? First, he’s got all the money a candidate could need. Second, he’s proven to be a much savvier candidate than the typical novice from the business …


Gov. Quinn, Rauner already at each other’s throats
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – Two candidates for governor didnt spend much time celebrating their victories in last night primary election. Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner were up early Wednesday already waging what could become the most expensive political battle in Illinois history.


Record-low voter turnout in primary election
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 03/20/2014)

Primary election night 2014 was an exciting one, and yet odd. Voter turnout was exceptionally low. In fact, record breaking low. Voter turnout in the city of Chicago was only 16%. In suburban Cook County, turnout was 15.7%. DuPage was at 19%. Analyst said the main reason for low turnout is there was no major high profile race on the democratic ballot.


Quinn vs. Rauner in Illinois Governor’s Race
(Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 03/20/2014)

The race for Illinois Governor will come down to a political veteran and a businessman turned politician. Bruce Rauner won the GOP nomination in Tuesday’s primaries. He won with at least 40 percent of the vote, in a race that had a very low voter turnout. State Senator Kirk Dillard trailed him by just three percent.


Battle for governor begins
(CLTV-Chicago © 03/20/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner made one of his first official campaign stops as the GOP nominee for governor Wednesday at Chicago’s Union League. Hours earlier his opponent, Governor Pat Quinn, came out swinging, airing a TV ad that blasts Rauner for a speech he made last December opposing the raising of the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour. Rauner later retracted to say his words were taken out of cont…


After tight primary, Rauner tries to unify Republicans
(Crains Chicago Business © 03/20/2014)

A day after squeezing out a victory in the Illinois GOP primary, gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner sought to bring the sometimes fractious party together by stressing his economic agenda and soft-pedaling social issues such as abortion. The Illinois Republican Party held a March to Victory luncheon today, one day after the private-equity investor received 40.1 percent of the vote, narrowly defea…


Quinn favored, but Rauner is in the game if GOP unites
(Crains Chicago Business © 03/20/2014)

As I write this, GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner and party leaders are holding a unity luncheon downtown. I’m sure everyone will say the right things. Even Jim Oberweis. Give him a plate of food, somebody, so his mouth is too full to talk. But the unity move better be real, because without it, Mr. Rauner’s hopes of finally leading Illinois Republicans out of the political wilderness w…


Quinn focuses on Rauner’s wealth post primary
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t wasting any time trying to differentiate himself from Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. Quinn stopped at a construction site Wednesday morning to thank labor unions and talk about a rebounding economy. The visit followed his Tuesday evening Democratic nomination for re-election and Rauner’s win in a field of four GOP candidates. Quinn’s first campaign co…


Downstate counties vote displeasure with Quinn
(Decatur Herald and Review © 03/20/2014)

Democrats backed Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid in a big way Tuesday, sending him on to the general election with more than 70 percent of the vote. But a review of vote totals shows his vastly underfunded and virtually unknown opponent actually fared better than the sitting governor in many downstate counties.


Rauner: ‘We’re going to beat him this time’
(Dixon Telegraph © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Republican nominee for Illinois governor says he’s ready to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn. Speaking Wednesday morning on Chicago’s WLS-TV, Bruce Rauner says he’s anticipating a “very, very tough” general election that’s expected to be one of the hardest fought and most expensive in the nation. Rauner says Quinn is “failing us and we’re going to beat him this time.” The Winn…


Republican Governors Association gives Rauner $750,000
(Lincoln Courier © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO — The Republican Governors Association has donated $750,000 to businessman Bruce Rauner’s campaign for Illinois governor. Jon Thompson is communications director for the RGA. He says Wednesday’s donation is a sign the group is “all-in” to defeat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November. Rauner is a wealthy venture capitalist from Winnetka who won the GOP nomination Tuesday in his first run


Rockridge superintendent: taxes will rise despite vote
(Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 03/20/2014)

The Rock Ridge bond referendum was voted down yesterday in the Illinois March primaries. Voters were hesitant to the referendum because it would have meant a substantial tax hike. However there are some people in the area that are frustrated with the outcome. Elizabeth Hughes is a mother of three kids who attend Rock Ridge schools.


Letters to the editor: Concerns with Rauner
(Morris Daily Herald © 03/20/2014)

To the Editor: I find it very disappointing that you, the Morris Daily Herald, would endorse Bruce Rauner for governor of Illinois. A man who flat-out said he is against raising the minimum wage and would like to lower it. He also is against unions and would like to do away with all of them. Do you have any idea how many union families you have in Grundy County alone?


Guest Post: Lessons Learned In Primary 2014
(Progress Illinois © 03/20/2014)

The following guest post is from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. Incumbents seeking to erode retirement security in Chicago had better beware Throughout this primary season, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has been a strong and vocal advocate for voters on the South and West Sides of Chicago—many of whom have been most impacted by the foolishness of education deformers and…


Clash on approach to economy could determine Illinois governor
(Quad Cities Dispatch Argus Leader © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO (AP) — The race for Illinois governor is shaping up as a battle of vastly different visions on how to revive a lagging economy in one of the Midwest’s last Democratic strongholds, and the candidates wasted no time Wednesday shoring up those distinctions. While incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has increased taxes and pushed for raising the minimum wage, the Republican nominee


Rauner, Quinn win chance to face off in Illinois governor’s race
(Quincy Herald-Whig © 03/20/2014)

Bruce Rauner’s message did not change Tuesday night after winning the Republican primary in his bid for the Illinois governorship. “We never deviated from a simple truth: Our government is run by lobbyists, for special interests, and the career politicians in both parties let it happen,” Rauner said in his victory speech.


Voice of The Southern: Skip the attacks; give us your plans
(Southern Illinoisan © 03/20/2014)

Our political landscape became a great deal easier to navigate through the clarifying powers of primary election voting across Illinois. The confusing jumble of candidates – especially the four-way logjam in the GOP gubernatorial race – broke apart and left only the finalists to campaign for the offices at stake in the Nov. 4 General Election.


Illinois parties to rebuild unity after primary
(Southern Illinoisan © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO — Republicans spent the day after the Illinois primary stressing the need to work together to reclaim the governor’s mansion in November. New GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner told a group of party officials at a “March to Victory” luncheon in Chicago that “division doesn’t help anything.” The Winnetka businessman says the party must effectively communicate that it cares for people…


GOP group gives Rauner $750K
(Southern Illinoisan © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO — The Republican Governors Association has donated $750,000 to businessman Bruce Rauner’s campaign for Illinois governor. Jon Thompson is communications director for the RGA. He says Wednesday’s donation is a sign the group is “all-in” to defeat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November. Rauner is a wealthy venture capitalist from Winnetka who won the GOP nomination Tuesday in his first run …


Quinn, Rauner Quick To Trade Attacks In Race For Governor
(WBBM TV CBS 2 Chicago © 03/20/2014)

CHICAGO (CBS) Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner wasted no time in attacking each other Wednesday, just hours after winning their respective primaries. Quinn, who easily won the Democratic primary against underfunded and lesser-known challenger Tio Hardiman on Tuesday, started his attacks even before the primary was over, buying airtime for his first TV ads as voters were …


Governor’s Race: How Much Money Will be Spent?
(WJOL-1340 Joliet © 03/20/2014)

The fight for governor is likely going to be the most expensive in Illinois history. Political analysts expect Governor Quinn and Bruce Rauner to spend between 80 and 100-million-bucks between the two of them. That means voters can expect to see an overflow of TV ads from the candidates. The mudslinging has already begun. Quinn is attacking Rauner for being out of touch with working class people a…


6 More Reasons Pat Quinn is the Luckiest Politician Alive
(WTVO ABC 17 Rockford © 03/20/2014)

ANALYSIS — Maybe Gov. Pat Quinn really is the ‘Luckiest Politician in America.’ Hillary Clinton called him that after both Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Obama advisor Bill Daley dropped out as primary challengers in the Governor’s race. On the day after primary election day, he now finds himself facing the Republican who may be the easiest for him todefeat in November. Here are 6 reas…


Could Governor Candidates Spend $100 Million?
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 03/20/2014)

Credit flickr/BevandSteve Political experts anticipate the Illinois gubernatorial candidates could spend more than 100 million dollars in the next eight months. University of Illinois Springfield political science Professor Kent Redfield says Republican nominee Bruce Rauner and incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn should attract big money from donors both in- and out of Illinois. “It’s both a …



National News


Jeb Bush: Follow through on Common Core standards
(Chicago Sun Times © 03/20/2014)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is urging state officials to stay the course on Common Core education standards despite what he called an “avalanche” of criticism from those who oppose them. Bush said at an education forum with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Wednesday that the standards are key to improving educational achievement…



The Regional Transportation Authority is now going after Genoa, Savanna and Morris and three fuel-oil companies it says are working together to avoid paying the agency’s sales taxes by locating “sham sales offices” on the periphery of the agency’s area. Crain’s Greg Hinz has the story.

2. It will be deja vu for two congressional races

Two of the hottest races for Congress in Illinois this year will rematch one-term Republicans against the new Democratic officeholders who unseated them in 2012. Crain’s has more.

3. Australia locates possible debris from missing Boeing jet

Australia dispatched four military search planes today to determine whether two large objects bobbing in a remote part of the Indian Ocean are debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. More from the Associated Press.

— Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that four days went by before officials acted on satellite data showing the missing plane flew for several hours away from the area being covered by a massive international search.

4. Does new Walgreen’s store put patient information at risk?

A federal agency is probing whether pharmacists working at a new type of Walgreen Co. store are properly safeguarding sensitive patient information. The Wall Street Journal reports.

5. Loyola names business school building after Schreibers

Alumnus John Schreiber is donating $10 million to help finance the new downtown home for Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Crain’s has details.

6. Photos: How much home does $1 million buy?

Apparently, less than it did this time last year. From high-rise condos to suburban homes, Chicago Real Estate Daily has a peek at homes that have sold for roughly $1 million in the past several weeks.

7. The next Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson may be here in Chicago

Shred415 co-founders Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer have taken high-intensity interval training, added hot playlists and hotter instructors and turned it all into a rapidly growing business with month-long wait lists. Read Crain’s profile here.

8. CFTC seeks better grasp on swaps data

Citing an inability to fully understand swaps-market data, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has started an overhaul of information collected by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., CME Group and others. Bloomberg has more.

9. Senate race sets up uneven playing field

The Chicago Tribune writes of the “lopsided nature of the race for U.S. Senate,” with day one on the campaign trail illustrating the advantages enjoyed by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and the challenges ahead for Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis.

10. Here’s Crain’s first Instagram office fashion favorite

Meet Crain’s first Business Model: photographer and writer Ashley Hutchinson, 26, whose professional style stood out among our #ccbstyle Instagram submissions. See her look here and tune into WFLD-TV/Channel 32′s “Good Day Chicago” at 9:20 this morning to watch a live interview


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The Washington Post
Ukraine says it is preparing to leave Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — Ukraine prepared to evacuate its troops and their families from Crimea on Wednesday as Russia forced the Ukrainians to abandon several military bases and facilities on the peninsula, including their navy headquarters.
Robert S. Strauss, Texas lawyer and versatile political insider, dies at 95

Robert S. Strauss, a smooth-talking Texas lawyer and businessman who became a consummate political insider and played a key role in reviving the Democratic Party’s fortunes after its landslide loss to Republicans in the 1972 election, died March 19 in Washington. He was 95.
Australia spots objects possibly tied to Malaysia jet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Australia’s prime minister said Thursday that two objects that may be related to a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet have been spotted in the southern Indian Ocean.
New dinosaur called the Chicken From Hell

Scientists have discovered a freakish, birdlike species of dinosaur — 11 feet long, 500 pounds, with a beak, no teeth, a bony crest atop its head, murderous claws, prize-fighter arms, spindly legs, a thin tail and feathers sprouting all over the place. Officially, it’s a member of a group of dinosaurs called oviraptorosaurs.
Fed lays groundwork for a future rate hike

The Federal Reserve began laying the groundwork Wednesday for the first increase in interest rates since the Great Recession upended the economy.


Word of the Day  Thursday, March 20, 2014



\ TOH-tuhm \  , noun; 


1.a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, orgroup. object or natural phenomenon with which a family or sib considers itself closely related

3.a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.

4.anything serving as a distinctive, often venerated, emblem or symbol.