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VIDEO: Durbin references Antioch man in debate

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 14:38

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, references a man from Antioch on the Senate floor while supporting the extension of unemployment benefits.

"A 35-year-old man from Antioch, Ill., Ryan, writes to me, with two children, about how difficult it is for him to keep his family together while he continues, day after weary day, looking for a job."

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Getting kicked?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:27

The state Board of Elections is set to meet Thursday and could make final decisions then about whether some local candidates can stay on the March primary ballot.

Among the highest-profile suburban questions: Will Republican Manju Goel of Aurora be allowed to stay in the 8th District Congressional race?

Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville is her opponent, and the winner will take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the fall.

Thursday is, by law, the last day to certify the March ballot, so we should get some answers by then. Stay tuned.

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Boozer won't play vs. Atlanta

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 19:30

Another day, another injury for the Bulls.

Carlos Boozer will sit out Saturday's game against Atlanta at the United Center because of a sore right knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the injury occurred sometime during Thursday's win over Boston and an MRI exam was negative. Boozer did not practice on Friday.

The Bulls are down to two players who have played in all 32 games this season -- Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy.

Another storyline for this game is ex-Bull Kyle Korver trying to extend his NBA record streak of 102 straight games with a made 3-pointer.

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Mark Kirk's 2013

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:08

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, released this video about his 2013, which began with a climb up the Capitol steps to mark another milestone in his stroke recovery.

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Cashing out

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:50

In hunting through campaign finance records, we noticed former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Des Plaines Republican, closed out her account in the past few days. She finished her legislative career in 2012, and there was no money left in her final report.

Looking at the report before that showed that Mulligan had paid herself the remaining balance of the fund, $23,662.71, in July.

Can lawmakers just give themselves the remainder of their campaign funds? Usually not.

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Candidate: 'Duck Dynasty' star is like Rosa Parks

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 12:53

As the controversy continues over A&E's suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson over comments he made to GQ magazine, Republican candidate for Congress Ian Bayne of Aurora sent a statement this morning comparing Robertson to Rosa Parks.

From the statement:

Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white person, as was the rule of her day, provided inspiration for a movement of equality of black people and white people in America.

"What Parks did was courageous," said Bayne. "What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too."

Bayne believes that the Duck Dynasty star knew that going on GQ (magazine) would result in the current controversy going on surrounding his suspension...

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Noah meets obstacle in OKC locker room

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 01:08

It's not unusual for NBA players to stop by the opposing locker room after games, usually to greet former teammates.

Joakim Noah met some resistance, though, when he walked into the Oklahoma City locker room after Thursday's 107-95 loss. Noah was there to greet former Bull and fellow French speaker Thabo Sefolosha, no doubt. But he was stopped by a former enemy from Boston, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

There were still players and reporters in the locker room at the time, so plenty of witnesses to the verbal exchange between Noah and Perkins. Anthony Slater from The Oklahoman sent this account:

Perkins: "They just let anybody in the locker room?"
Noah: "Come on, man."
Perkins: "I'm just asking."
Noah: "Come on, man."
Perkins: "Just let anyone in the locker room now?"

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Lottery mania

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:22

I found this tweet from Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka amusing because, first, everyone is caught up in lottery mania, and, second, I usually do these calculations for the blog, too. Now I don't have to.

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Democrats detail coming unemployment cuts

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:01

A handful of Illinois Democratic members of Congress Tuesday outlined county-by-county numbers of people who will lose unemployment benefits Dec. 28.

Their numbers come from the the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was the only House member from Illinois to vote against a bipartisan budget deal, saying lawmakers should have extended unemployment benefits.

"That is inexcusable and Congress has an obligation to ensure that millions of people can keep their modest benefits," Schakowsky said in a statement.

As it is, people are set to lose benefits Dec. 28 if Congress doesn't extend benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks. Illinois has a higher unemployment rate than the national average.

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Democrats detail coming unemployment cuts

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:01

A handful of Illinois Democratic members of Congress Tuesday outlined county-by-county numbers of people who will lose unemployment benefits Dec. 28.

Their numbers come from the the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was the only House member from Illinois to vote against a bipartisan budget deal, saying lawmakers should have extended unemployment benefits.

"That is inexcusable and Congress has an obligation to ensure that millions of people can keep their modest benefits," Schakowsky said in a statement.

As it is, people are set to lose benefits Dec. 28 if Congress doesn't extend benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks. Illinois has a higher unemployment rate than the national average.