In the News ~ Nov. 5

Meridian Schools referendum passes, sports coming back – With all of the votes counted in Ogle County, the Meridian Community Unit School District referendum passed with 57 percent of the vote. Failure of the referendum could have meant the end of high school sports in Stillman Valley next year to help offset the districts precarious financial state.


Bruce Rauner defeats incumbent Pat Quinn for Illinois Governor – In a photo finish, republican candidate Bruce Rauner has defeated incumbent Pat Quinn for Illinois Governor. Rauner pulled ahead of Quinn with percent of the vote. Final numbers came in shortly after 10:30 p.m. …


Rauner: Illinois Will Move in a New Direction (WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 11/05/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner says winning the governor’s seat over incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn means Illinois is moving in a new direction. It’s the first time Republicans have been in control of Illinois’ Executive Mansion since 2003.


Illinoisans waking up with a new Governor-elect Wednesday (WHBF (CBS) 4 Quad Cities © 11/05/2014)

Illinoisans are waking up to a new governor-elect Wednesday morning, as results from Tuesday night’s midterm election bring big changes to the Quad Cities and the entire country. Republican Bruce Rauner is the new governor-elect of Illinois. after narrowly defeating Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn Tuesday.


Images: Bruce Rauner Claims Victory in Race for Governor (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/05/2014)

Images of Election Night as Bruce Rauner claimed victory over Pat Quinn in the race for Governor of the State of Illinois.

Dawn Patrol: Rauner says he won, Quinn doesn’t; more from election (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/05/2014)

Rauner defeats Quinn, who isn’t conceding yet After 12 years of Democratic leadership, voters yesterday appeared to chose Republican Bruce Rauner to lead Illinois. The Winnetka businessman and first-time candidate rode a wave of suburban support in pursuit of a new home in the governor’s mansion.


Republican businessman Bruce Rauner elected as Illinois governor over incumbent Pat Quinn (Bloomington Pantagraph © 11/05/2014)

Republican businessman Bruce Rauner elected as Illinois governor over incumbent Pat Quinn ….


Rauner claims victory in race for governor (Bloomington Pantagraph © 11/05/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner claimed victory Tuesday in his race to break the Democratic stranglehold on Illinois politics, besting Gov. Pat Quinn by a 50-46 margin in a race that could change the political dynamic in the capital city. Although thousands of ballots remained uncounted, Rauner’s lead was viewed as insurmountable by Republicans who have been shut out


Bruce Rauner declares victory; Quinn not conceding (Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 11/05/2014)

Illinois — Bruce Rauner has declared victory over incumbent Pat Quinn in the race for Illinois Governor. The numbers support Rauner’s win, with 100% of the precincts reporting their numbers, Rauner hauls in 1,739,416 votes to Quinn’s 1,575,054 or 51% to 46%.


The top 6 reasons why Bruce Rauner won the IL Governors race tonight (Chicago Now © 11/05/2014)

The top 6 reasons why Bruce Rauner won the IL Governor’s race tonight: 6. Rauner had a clear message from the get go– even in the IL Republican Primary: Get state spending (and in particular state employee pension benefits) and state taxes under control. Get onerous state regulations out of the way of the private sector—


Illinois voters declare they’ve had enough (Chicago Tribune © 11/05/2014)

After a dozen years of one-party rule marked by mounting debt, unpaid bills, festering corruption and pathetic economic growth, Illinois voters demanded a new direction. This blue state on Tuesday rose up angry. Businessman Bruce Rauner said he would shake up Springfield, and voters said: Bring on the earthquake. It’s a shame that Gov. Pat Quinn had to be the target. He’s a decent, caring man. …


Bruce Rauner, political rookie, rises to claim governorship (Chicago Tribune © 11/05/2014)

As the first Republican to claim victory in an Illinois governor election in 16 years, Bruce Rauner is poised to fulfill at least one of his campaign promises shaking up Springfield. Are you ready for a new direction? Are you ready to bring back Illinois? Rauner asked supporters late Tuesday night. This election is about bringing back our great state. Even as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn vowed not…


Quinn aide says votes still need to be counted (Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 11/05/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn’s spokeswoman says there are outstanding votes in Chicago and Cook County that need to be counted before it’s known who will be Illinois’ next governor. Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) won the governorship over Quinn on Tuesday. With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner led Quinn by about 4 percentage points.


Quotes from candidates in the Illinois election (Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 11/05/2014)

A sampling of quotes from candidates in races across Illinois in Tuesday election. “We are going in a new direction. The voters have spoken.” Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, who was elected Illinois governor. “There a lot of votes still to be counted…


Republican Bruce Rauner elected governor of Illinois; beats incumbent Pat Quinn (Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 11/05/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner elected governor of Illinois; beats incumbent Pat Quinn Republican Bruce Rauner has unseated Democrat Pat Quinn in the race for Illinois governor. The race, which has been close for since this summer, was expected to go late into Election Night.


Rauner Wins Illinois Governor, Beats Quinn (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 11/05/2014)

Bruce Rauner’s money management skills showed through in a big way on Tuesday night as Illinois voters ousted Pat Quinn and chose the millionaire venture capitalist to shake up Springfield, NBC News projects.  …


Pat Quinn Refuses to Concede (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 11/05/2014)

Governor Pat Quinn said Tuesday night that he wouldn’t concede the election to Bruce Rauner until all the votes were tallied. “I don’t believe in throwing in the towel if that many votes are …


Rauner defeats Quinn in governor’s race (Columbia Chronicle © 11/05/2014)

With exuberant cheers and a resounding 4-point lead, Republican candidate Bruce Rauner won the race for Illinois governor on Nov. 4. At the campaign reception at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, the cheers began when 88 percent of the precincts reported back with Rauner in the lead. A supporter waved a hand-drawn portrait of Rauner and his wife in the air, and people pressed…


Rauner wins Illinois governor’s race November 04, 2014 (Crains Chicago Business © 11/05/2014)

Barring some stunning last minute development and it would have to be a beaut Illinois is going to have a new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner. But based on the numbers I see, there’s no way for incumbent Pat Quinn to make up the difference with outstanding votes.


Bruce Rauner unseats Pat Quinn in tight race for Illinois governor (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 11/05/2014)

Republican businessman Bruce Rauner unseated Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday, ending Democrats’ 12-year grip on the executive office in President Barack Obama’s home state and handing the GOP one of the Midwest’s last remaining Democratic strongholds. Rauner, making his first bid for public office, was credited with re-energizing the state GOP with resources and a statewide push f…


Bruce Rauner takes Illinois governor seat in midterm elections: AP (DeKalb Northern Star © 11/05/2014)

Bruce Rauner Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside his polling place at Sacred Heart Center in Winnetka on Election Day, Tuesday. Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner has taken Gov. Pat Quinn’s seat in the midterm elections, according to projections. The race — one of the closest and most expensive in…


Rauner defeats Quinn to become state governor (Evanston Daily Northwestern © 11/05/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner was named the winner Tuesday night in a highly contested race, defeating Gov. Pat Quinn to become the next Illinois governor. Multiple news outlets called the election in Rauner’s favor at about 10:30 p.m. With more than 99 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner beat the incumbent governor, securing more than 50 percent of the gubernatorial votes.


Quinn declines to concede governor’s race, waiting for final tally (Evanston Daily Northwestern © 11/05/2014)

Despite multiple outlets calling the Illinois gubernatorial election in favor of Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, Gov. Pat Quinn refused to concede the election Tuesday night. Quinn, who has served as Illinois’ governor since 2009, said he wanted to make sure every vote was counted before relinquishing his seat. “I don’t believe in throwing in the towel if that many votes are being co…


Bruce Rauner Wins Illinois Governor’s Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Republican candidate Bruce Rauner emerged the victor of the race for governor of Illinois Tuesday night, narrowly defeating the Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races in the country. NBC Chicago and The Associated Press called the race for Rauner shortly before 10:30 p.m. local time. This will be Rauner’s first time holding public office. Prior to…


Rauner Camp So Far Mum on Wednesday Plans | NBC Chicago (MSNBC Chicago © 11/05/2014)

After one of the most expensive gubernatorial races in state history, Wednesday begins the dawn of a new era with venture capitalist Bruce Rauner claiming victory in the campaign for Springfield. …


GOP scores significant gains in Illinois races (Pekin Daily Times © 11/05/2014)

Republicans made significant inroads in Democratic-leaning Illinois on Tuesday, winning an expensive and contentious campaign for governor as voters expressed frustrations with the state’s stubborn financial crises. In addition to Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner’s successful challenge to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, the GOP also took two congressional seats away from D…


Our View: Bruce Rauner victory shows Illinois wants a shakeup (Rockford Register Star © 11/05/2014)

Congratulations, Bruce Rauner. If you thought campaigning for governor of Illinois was difficult, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. We didn’t endorse you one of only two newspapers we know of that didn’t but we want you to be a successful governor. If you’re successful, it will be good news for all Illinoisans.


Rauner defeats Quinn in race for governor (Urbana Daily Illini © 11/05/2014)

According to AP, Republican Bruce Rauner has defeated democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in what has been widely regarded to be one of the closest gubernatorial races of the 2014 election cycle. Tuesday’s victory marks the first time Rauner has been elected to public office.


GOP’s Rauner now turns to governing Illinois (WAND (NBC) 17 Decatur © 11/05/2014)

With a hard-fought election behind him, Republican Bruce Rauner now turns to an even taller task: How to advance his agenda in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Rauner’s victory over Gov.


Illinois approves increase of minimum wage (WEEK (NBC) 25 Peoria © 11/05/2014)

Illinois voters have approved to increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour to $10. Gov. Quinn in June signed a bill to put the advisory referendum on the Tuesday’s ballot. …


Illinois Voters Push For Higher Minimum Wage (Harrisburg WSIL (ABC) 3 © 11/05/2014)

Illinois voters have approved a non-binding ballot question on raising the minimum wage. The advisory referendum asked whether the state should raise its minimum wage to $10 from $8.25 by 2015. Democratic campaigns nationwide have pushed the idea. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the initiative.


Davis: An opportunity for Republicans (Champaign News Gazette © 11/05/2014)

Two years ago, Republican Rodney Davis sweated out his first congressional election, defeating Democrat David Gill by 1,002 votes. But Tuesday, running for re-election in the 13th Congressional District, Davis coasted to a much easier win over former Madison County Judge Ann Callis of Edwardsville. Unofficial returns late Tuesday night gave him about a 16-percentage point lead over Callis. T…


Illinois voters explain their vote choices (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/05/2014)

Here’s a sampling voter voices from around Illinois why on why they cast their ballots for a particular candidate: —— “Illinois is miserably failing as a state. It’s almost an embarrassment to claim to be an Illinoisan. … That sounds kind of pessimistic, but the people of Illinois need to wake up and realize that Democrats have failed this state for years.” Ed Oates,…


2014 Election results roundup (Champaign News Gazette © 11/05/2014)

As the country leaned to the right with Republicans taking control of both houses of Congress, area voters cast plenty of meaningful ballots. They rejected tax increases for new high schools in Champaign and Monticello. They elected the first African-American to represent Champaign-Urbana in the Illinois General Assembly.


Madigan, White, Topinka declare victory over Republican foes (Chicago Tribune © 11/05/2014)

Three Illinois executive office holders declared early victory Tuesday night. Voters favored the well-known, long-serving Democrats Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White over their rookie Republican challengers. And in the comptroller’s race, Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka declared victory over Democratic challenger Sheila Simon, the state’s lieutenant governor…


Republican Judy Baar Topinka wins second term as comptroller (Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 11/05/2014)

Republican Judy Baar Topinka won her second term as Illinois Comptroller Tuesday night by a smaller margin than originally expected over Shelia Simon. Topinka, the former state treasurer, GOP party chair and 2006 nominee for Governor, bested current democratic Lt. Governor Sheila Simon by more than three percent. Topinka is a proponent of merging the offices of Comptroller, in charge of paying…


Race for treasurer too close to call

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, less than 1 percentage point divided former House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs.


Illinoisans Support Tax Surcharge on Millionaires (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 11/05/2014)

Voters in Illinois have supported the idea that millionaires in the state should pay more for education. The non-binding referendum proposed a 3 percent income-tax surcharge on anyone making more t…


Illinois statehouse incumbents win across board in McHenry County (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 11/05/2014)

Statehouse incumbents representing McHenry County districts took home solid wins Tuesday night based on unofficial results reported by area county clerks. Two incumbents, state Rep. Mike Tryon and state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, had no challengers and neither did newcomer Steve Andersson, a Geneva Republican looking to represent the 65th Illinois House District. Of the three incumbents who faced …


Scherer wards off Bell in 96th House race (Decatur Herald and Review © 11/05/2014)

State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, planned Tuesday to go into her second term continuing to try to do what’s best for the people in the 96th House District. Scherer, a former teacher, was re-elected to a second term, with 13,878 votes, or 55 percent, to Republican Mike Bell’s 11,531, or 45 percent, in Macon, Sangamon and Christian counties, according to unofficial results. Bell, who …


Election: Dick Durbin re-elected to U.S. Senate; Illinois Republicans seek more House seats (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 11/05/2014)

Illinois Republicans wrested two congressional seats away from Democrats on Tuesday, while Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin was re-elected to a fourth term on a night his party lost the Senate majority for the first time in eight years. Former GOP Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth won a rematch over Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield in Illinois 10th District, which stretches from Chicago…


Dold beats Schenider for 10th seat (Addison Press © 11/05/2014)

As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a number of races involving candidates with districts in Lake County remained close. 10th Congressional District Incumbent U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) have, for months, presented one of the most heated races in the 2014 election.


Republicans headed for McHenry County Board sweep (Addison Press © 11/05/2014)

McHenry County eight-year experiment with two-party rule on the County Board may have come to an end Tuesday evening with the defeat of both Democratic incumbents. Related Links Republicans headed for McHenry County Board sweep 14th District candidate making Crystal Lake stop McHenry County incumbents lead in campaign fundraising race U.S. House race for Illinois 6th District:


Suburban Dems winning fight for veto-proof rule of Illinois House (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/05/2014)

Besieged suburban Democrats appeared to be keeping a grip on their Illinois House seats despite a Republican push in Tuesday’s election. At stake is the Democratic supermajority of 71 members in the Illinois House. If Democrats lose just one seat, the party next year would no longer be able to override a governor’s veto or borrow money without Republican help. …


Tammy Duckworth Defeats Lawrence Kaifesh In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was re-elected to Congress in Illinois’ 8th congressional district on Tuesday. Duckworth defeated Republican Lawrence Kaifesh to earn her second term in Congress. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Duckworth, the first female combat Iraq war veteran to win a congressional seat, announced that she was pregnant in September.


Bill Foster Defeats Darlene Senger In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) was re-elected to Congress on Tuesday. Foster defeated Republican challenger Darlene Senger, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, to hold on to his seat. Foster previously represented Illinois’ 14th congressional district, but lost his seat in 2010. He was elected to represent the 11th congressional district in 2012.


Bobby Schilling Defeated In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Republican Bobby Schilling lost to Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) in Illinois’ 17th congressional district on Tuesday. The race was a rematch from two years ago, when Schilling narrowly lost his seat to Bustos after serving in Congress for two years. During the campaign, Schilling called out Bustos for failing to keep a promise she made to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board


Brad Schneider Defeated In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) lost to his Republican opponent, former congressman Robert Dold in Illinois’ 10th congressional district on Tuesday. Dold represented the 10th district from 2011 to 2013, but was unseated by Schneider after the boundaries in the district were redrawn.


Bob Dold Defeats Brad Schneider In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Former Rep. Bob Dold (R) defeated Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) in Illinois’ 10th congressional district on Tuesday. Dold represented the 10th district from 2011 to 2013, but was unseated by Schneider after the boundaries in the district were redrawn. The race was one of the most competitive in the state, and Schneider was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline pr…


Ann Callis Defeated In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Democrat Ann Callis lost to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in Illinois’ 13th congressional district on Tuesday. The race was one of the most competitive in the state. Davis narrowly won his seat in 2012, and was seen as a vulnerable incumbent after the boundaries of the district were redrawn to include more Democratic voters.


Aaron Schock Defeats Darrel Miller In Illinois House Race (Huffpost Chicago © 11/05/2014)

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) defeated Democratic challenger Darrel Miller and was re-elected to Congress in Illinois’ 18th congressional district on Tuesday. Schock, who was elected to Congress in 2008, was widely expected to defeat Miller, a farmer.


Illinois voters support contraceptive coverage (Southern Illinoisan © 11/05/2014)

Voters in Illinois supported an advisory referendum about whether insurance plans in Illinois should include birth control as part of prescription coverage. Illinois law has required contraceptive coverage since 2003. Supporters of the ballot question said if it gets overwhelming approval, the voters’ endorsement will ensure that the provision remains law in the future.


Davidsmeyer cruises to easy victory in race for 100th Illinois House seat (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/05/2014)

Early vote totals showed voters in central and western Illinois favoring incumbent Republican state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer for a second term representing the 100th House District in the General Assembly.Davidsmeyer, 36, of Jacksonville, held a sizeable lead over Democratic challenger Josh Evans, 27, of Jerseyville.With 97 percent of the vote counted, Davidsmeyer had more than 23,000 votes to Evans’…


Scherer headed for another term in Illinois House (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/05/2014)

Democratic Rep. Sue Scherer appeared headed to another two-year term in the Illinois House. Scherer, from Decatur, received 54.6 percent of the vote to defeat Republican challenger Mike Bell of Edinburg in the 96th House District. The 96th district extends from the east side of Springfield, across northern Christian County and includes most of the city of Decatur.


Manar bests Little in state Senate race (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/05/2014)

Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar appeared headed to victory over Republican challenger Linda Little in the 48th Senate District. With 69 percent of the vote counted Tuesday night, Manar held a 58 percent to 42 percent lead over Little in a district drawn to favor a Democratic candidate. The district covers the east side of Springfield, most of Decatur, and all of Christian and Montgomery c…



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Hinsdale voters say ‘no’ to boosting teacher pensions (Trib-local Hinsdale © 11/05/2014)

Voters in Hinsdale Township High School District 86 appeared to reject a proposal to offer pension bumps to teachers in the last four years of their careers, according to unofficial election results late Tuesday night. With all 77 precincts reporting late Tuesday, 69 percent of voters said No to the question that asked whether the school board should continue to offer eligible teachers


Hinsdale Votes No to Continued D86 Salary Hikes Over Next Four Years (Hinsdale © 11/05/2014)

Hinsdale residents voted ‘no on whether to continue 6 percent salary hikes over the next four years, according to unofficial vote totals in DuPage and Cook counties. The salary hike would have affected faculty in District 86 schools, Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High School. With 71 of 81 precincts reporting as of 11 p.m., 14,501 no votes were cast to 6,518 yes votes.


Voters reject end-of-career salary spikes for teachers (Burr Ridge Doings Weekly Edition © 11/05/2014)

Residents in Hinsdale High School District 86 are giving a resounding no to the question of whether a practice known as pension spiking should continue. With about a third of the precincts reporting, nearly 75 percent of residents voting said the practice should end. The voters have weighed in to confirm that pension spiking and the long term costs are unacceptable, unethical and unsustainable…


School referendums fail in Brooklyn, Breese (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/05/2014)

Residents of Brooklyn School District 188 who voted in Tuesday’s election overwhelming want to keep their high school open, while Breese voters rejected a tax increase for schools. The Brooklyn district asked voters to consider a referendum closing Lovejoy High School and sending the students to East St. Louis District 189. However, residents voted down the proposal 130 to 55. Henrietta Young, …


After loss, board to explore tweaks (Champaign News Gazette © 11/05/2014)

A new Central High School will have to wait, at least until next April – and possibly longer. By a 1,200-vote margin, voters turned down the plan to build a new $97.7 million Central High School on the northern edge of town and spend $51.3 million to renovate Centennial High School
Kansas school funding measure wins approval (Mattoon Journal Gazette © 11/05/2014)

A majority of those voting in the Kansas school district gave their approval Tuesday to a funding referendum that supporters say is critical for the district’s viability in the immediate future. The referendum, which was placed on the ballot by the Kansas school board, won approval with 350 “yes” votes to 152 “no” votes.


Voters reject Pennoyer’s plea for additional funds (Norridge and Harwood Heights News © 11/05/2014)

Program cuts most likely are in store for Pennoyer School District 79, according to unofficial voting tallies. By a tally of 720 against, or 56 percent, to 571, or 44 percent, voters rejected a referendum to increase by .39 percent the amount the district could collect through property taxes. The increase would have been about into 39 cents per $100 assessed home value.


‘With this vote, we’ve changed Quincy': $89 million school bond issue passes easily (Quincy Herald-Whig © 11/05/2014)

Supporters of the Quincy School District rejoiced Tuesday over what they regard as a milestone in the community’s history. Voters overwhelmingly approved — with 11,001 votes in favor and 5,620 against — an $89 million bond issue to build five new elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School.


Voters pass Quincy Public Schools referendum (WGEM Quincy (NBC) 10 © 11/05/2014)

Quincy Public Schools referendum passed, and school officials say they are excited. The mood at the Town Country Inn and Suites, where supporters met to watch results, was very festive. As the numbers came in, officials laughed and hugged. “This is a whole new positive outlook,” School Board President Stephanie Erwin said.


Liberty superintendent says only options are to cut or borrow money after tax increase is soundly rejected (Quincy Herald-Whig © 11/05/2014)

After seeing a proposed 75-cent property tax increase for the Liberty School District garner the support of only 32 percent of voters Tuesday, Superintendent Kelle Bunch simply said, “Ouch.” The vote was 506 in favor, 815 against. Bunch said the Liberty School Board put the tax issue on the ballot because the district has been dealing with a deficit budget the past few years…


Winnebago, Boone county voters OK five referendums; reject two (Rockford Register Star © 11/05/2014)

About 63 percent of Boone County voters approved a referendum to raise approximately $800,000 through a property tax to pay for the construction of an animal services building. Owners of a $100,000 home can expect to see an $8.50 increase in taxes for the next three years.


Rockford voters support new schools (Rockford Register Star © 11/05/2014)

Rockford voters handed the final piece of a years long puzzle to Rockford School Superintendent Ehren Jarrett on Tuesday when they gave the Rockford School District permission to build new schools. The vote officially puts a $250 million 10-year facilities plan in motion. That means closing eight schools, building two and making improvements at the districts nearly 40 other early childhood…


Whiteside voters OK new sales tax for schools (Sterling Sauk Valley News © 11/05/2014)

It took four tries, but Whiteside County voters finally approved the County School Facility Occupation Tax for its nine school districts. Related Links Kinzinger retains seat in 16th District Smiddy edges Wozniak in 71st District race Round 2 goes to Bustos over Schilling Anderson pulls surprise in 36th District Whiteside voters OK new sales tax for schools Voters return 12 Whiteside

U46 District Board backs school funding reform measure (Elgin Courier News © 11/05/2014)

School District U46 Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of Senate Bill 16, the School Funding Reform Act of 2014 during its Nov. 3 meeting. The legislation aims to make education funding more equitable based on student need and is estimated to generate approximately $24 million for U46.



For the record: Paying for preschool with social impact bonds Banks stand to potentially double their $17 million investment through Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “social impact bond” program that will pay for expanding child-parent centers that enroll children from preschool through 3rd grade. Dyett supporters vow fight for “green-tech” plan Community activists are taking aim at Ald. Will Burns, who they say wants CPS to give control of the Washington Park school to a private contractor. The activists want Dyett to remain a district-run school and to offer a curriculum on global leadership and green technology. Take 5: ISAT scores stagnant, college disparities, consultants’ clout Catalyst’s analysis shows that most schools that took in students displaced by closings posted declines in state test scores. Another analysis reveals disparities between college-going and college readiness. Take 5: Preschool enrollment falls, union election spending, asbestos concerns Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants more children to enroll in preschool, but the numbers in CPS have fallen. Also, the AFT won’t yet commit to giving Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the $1 million it had promised CTU President Karen Lewis had she run.



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How Will Rauner Affect CPS Most?


Big news of the morning is the Rauner victory over Quinn. But that’s not all that’s going on. There’s internal conflicts within CTU over the Garcia endorsement by Lewis — ignoring Fioretti. Plus key election wins and losses in California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc. Read all about it below, and then let us know what the most immediate impact Rauner is going to have on CPS.



Bruce Rauner, political rookie, rises to claim governorship Tribune: As the first Republican to claim victory in an Illinois governor election in 16 years, Bruce Rauner is poised to fulfill at least one of his campaign promises — shaking up Springfield.


With Rauner’s victory, voters get change they sought Sun Times: It looks like Illinois voters are finally going to get that “change” thing they’ve been wanting all these years with Tuesday’s election of Republican Bruce Rauner. I hope the majority is correct in its calculation these will be positive changes. If nothing else, I can certainly predict this next year in Springfield should be the most interesting in my adult lifetime as the wealthy businessman completes his hostile takeover of state government.


High school students play Election Day role WBEZ Chicago:Rahman is one of about 50 Stevenson students serving as an election judge this year. Across the Chicago region, about 2,000 students are working as election judges. In Chicago, the Chicago Board of Elections and Mikva Challenge have teamed up for the past 15 years to get students working as judges.This year, nearly 1,500 students will work at city precincts.




Critics Call Emanuel’s Pre-K Program ‘Privatizing Head Start’ Chicagoist: Last month Emanuel proposed expanding Chicago Public Schools’ Child-Parent Center preschool program by 2,618 children over the next four years through the use of a pay-for-performance financing plan called “social impact bonds.”




Fiorettio snub prompts growing outrage in CTU Substance News: Even those union members who might have considered a honest plea on behalf of the Garcia campaign [endorsed by Karen Lewis] were angered by the way in which the night was handled.




Celebrating 25 years: 1990-2015 Catalyst: Catalyst founder and publisher Linda Lenz, then a Chicago Sun-Times reporter, was there for all of it and then launched the country’s first professional news publication focused on a school system. We will celebrate that and more in Education: Then, Now, Next. Celebrating 25 years of Catalyst Chicago. Here is a preview.




The most dangerous block in Chicago? A stretch of South King Drive where a young Michelle Obama once lived Sun Times: They call it “O Block.” It’s a notorious stretch of South Side real estate, including the sprawling Parkway Gardens apartment complex, known for violence. Nineteen people were shot on O Block — the 6400 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive — between June 2011 and June 2014, making it the most dangerous block in Chicago over that period, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis found.




Torlakson wins superintendent race EdSource Today: Tom Torlakson has won a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. The 65-year-old incumbent defeated Marshall Tuck 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent with 98 percent of precincts reporting. See also: Torlakson declares victory over Tuck for California schools chief SacBee.


NEA’s and AFT’s Awful Election Day Dropout Nation: In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker won a second term over Mary Burke … In Michigan, Rick Snyder beat the NEA- and AFT-backed Mark Schauer by a four-point margin. Then there is Rhode Island, where State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won a first term as governor in spite of opposition from the NEA earlier this year… And let’s not forget Bruce Rauner, the private-equity fund boss who defeated incumbent Illinois Gov.




Rocketship wins green light for its first charter school in D.C. WashPost: The D.C. Public Charter School Board gave full approval Monday night for Rocketship Education, a California-based charter operator, to open its first school in the District in 2016.


Philadelphia Schools: Another Year, Another Budget Crisis NPR: The city’s public schools have lurched from one crisis to the next. The latest: canceling the contract with the teachers’ union. Just about everyone worries that there’s no long-term fix in sight.


Teen Admits to Planning School Attack NBC News: Maryland police are charging a 16-year-old boy as an adult after he admitted to planning to attack his school using a handgun and explosives. WBAL’s Lisa Robinson reports.


Pre-K Teacher Salaries Fall Short of De Blasio’s Promise WNYC: At the time, he said certified teachers would earn $44,000 a year and if they had a master’s degree they could get an annual salary of $50,000. But they are not the salary figures teachers and pre-k directors shared with WNYC in recent interviews.



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Republicans sweep governors’ races (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/05/2014)

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans swept governor’s races across the country Tuesday, holding on to control of key swing states like Florida, Michigan and Ohio and scoring upsets in Democratic bastions like Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois. Among the victors was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative darling who won his third election in four years.


Teacher evaluations amendment gets failing grade (KHQA (CBS) 7 Quincy © 11/05/2014)

The proposed amendment to base teacher pay on student performance has failed in Missouri. Amendment 3 was a source of contention for many rural school districts. In fact, more than 100 Missouri school districts adopted resolutions opposing that amendment. In September, KHQA spoke to Dr. Ritchie Kracht, Superintendent of Clark County R-1 School District about the measure.


Governors: Wisconsin’s Walker bests Democrat Burke (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/05/2014)

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years — and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016. While Walker downplayed talk of a White House bid during the campaign, his victory in a state that voted


Factbox: Key U.S. governors’ races at stake on election day (Chicago Tribune © 11/05/2014)

Governors’ seats in 36 U.S. states were up for grabs on Tuesday, with more than a dozen contests viewed as competitive, and incumbents from both parties locked in some of the closest races. The current governors in states seen as toss-ups are evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, and the Democratic party would need a nearly unbroken string of victories



Rauner scores big victory, but governing will be no strollNorth Shore businessman Bruce Rauner becomes the first Republican sent to the governor’s mansion since George Ryan won in 1998. As Crain’s Greg Hinz writes, he’ll have his work waiting for him, with the state facing huge fiscal and economic problems, and Mr. Rauner confronting a Democratic-controlled House and Senate.
GOP wave washes over two Illinois congressional racesRepublicans seized both of the Illinois congressional seats that were in play, including the expensively hard-fought North Shore district of Rep. Brad Schneider and a downstate seat that has been in Democratic hands for more than three decades. Crain’s reports.
Quinn has refused to concede beforeGov. Pat Quinn hasn’t conceded, arguing that every vote must be counted. The Sun-Times looks back to the 1998 election, when the Democrat refused to concede for five weeks after losing his primary bid for lieutenant governor. — Just getting every vote in proved a trial in some locations, where voting problems got extreme. WGN-TV reports on the North Side at Welles Park, one of five city locations where people could register to vote on Tuesday and still cast their ballot. The final ballot was cast at 3:15 this morning, more than eight hours after polls closed.
Madigan maintains veto-proof majorityIllinois House Speaker Michael Madigan fended off Republicans who were struggling yesterday to cut into his Democratic majority by even a single seat. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times have more.
Midterms carry high stakes for U.S. economyThe elections come just as U.S. growth has been showing consistent improvement, thanks in part to a congressional truce on budget fights. A repeat of previous fights could quickly damage the recovery. The Associated Press looks ahead.
Businesses see hope for stalled agendaAmerican businesses are hoping the dust will settle from yesterday’s GOP takeover of Congress with new attention on corporate taxes, immigration, trade and energy. Here’s the Wall Street Journal analysis.
Illinois treasurer candidates locked in extremely tight raceWith 99 percent of precincts reporting, less than 1 percentage point divided former House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs. The AP has the story.
Why the UAW hopes it can eliminate two-tier payscalesUnited Auto Workers members at a parts supplier in Hammond, Indiana, recently won a contract that officially does away with the factory’s two-tier wage system. Crain’s explains how the UAW wants to follow their lead during negotiations with Detroit’s Big Three carmakers.
Technology takes party pics into the 21st centuryCrain’s has a look at three photo technologies making their way onto the local party scene, giving nonprofits a marketing boost and satisfying the urges of the selfie generation.
Will minimum wage efforts make a difference?First Business News considers ballot initiatives in five states, including Illinois, that asked voters to weigh in on raising the minimum wage. Here is the video report. (Click on image to launch video.)


How Republicans Did It

Republicans won the Senate for the first time in almost a decade on Tuesday night, giving the GOP control over both chambers of Congress, thanks in part to a national Republican group that trained candidates on how to avoid campaign-ending gaffes

McConnell Plans for the Future

What’s Next for Republicans

Republicans Win the Senate


Guide to the 2016 GOP Primary

As the starting gun sounds on the presidential election in two years, all signs point to an unwieldy pack of Republican candidates


Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes

Berkeley, Calif. is the first U.S. city to pass a law taxing sugary drinks, with more than three-fourths of voters backing a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on soft drinks


Benedict Cumberbatch Is Getting Hitched

The Sherlock actor has announced his engagement to actress Sophie Hunter in an old-school newspaper classified ad. Cumberbatch, 38, who is also the voice of Smaug the dragon in the Hobbit trilogy, had largely kept his relationship with Hunter, 36, out of the media


Ray Rice’s Appeal of His NFL Ban Begins Today

A U.S. judge will begin hearing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s appeal of an indefinite ban from the NFL on Wednesday. The big question: When did the NFL see the video of him punching his then-fiancée?


Government Requests for Facebook User Data Up 24%

Government requests for user information rose by 24% between the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, while the number of government requests for content restriction rose by 19%, according to a new report by the social-media giant


Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the accusations, adding that “investigations are currently under way by several bodies inside and outside the Israel Defense Forces, into over 90 incidents” that occured during the war against Hamas in Gaza this summer


Taylor Swift’s 1989 Has a Huge Week

Swift’s chart-topping album sold 1.287 million copies in its first seven days of release — that’s more copies in a week than any other album since 2002, when rapper Eminem shifted 1.322 million copies in a week of The Eminem Show


WNBA Star Brittney Griner Cut But OK After Knife Attack

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner was lightly injured in Shenyang, China, on Monday after a knife-wielding man attacked her and two teammates as they were boarding a team bus. “The guy was clearly either mentally ill or very drunk,” she told the Associated Press


Here’s Where Ice Bucket Challenge Money Is Going

New research projects dedicated to solving ALS have begun to receive millions of dollars in additional funding thanks to this year’s Ice Bucket Challenge. The funding marks the ALS Association’s first move toward distributing the $115 million it raised to fight the disease


Word of the Day Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Pusillanimous \pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muhs\


  1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.