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Thu Jan 21, 2010

The Early Bird: January 21, 2010

Quinn Reports $3.1 Million Fundraising Haul
Yesterday marked the deadline for state political candidates to disclose how much money they raised during the second half of 2009. Gov. Pat Quinn emerged as the state's fundraising heavyweight, pulling in $3.1 million, the Illinois Board of Elections reports. Still, Quinn's Democratic challenger Comptroller Dan Hynes ended the period with a $1 million fundraising advantage.

lllinois Lands Green Jobs Grant
Ilinois' own Sen. Dick Durbin announced yesterday that the Prairie State is in line to receive a $6 million federal stimulus grant that will be used to train and place about 1,300 workers in energy-efficient jobs and help another 1,700 workers earn degrees.

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Wed Jan 20, 2010

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Below are our daily picks from the Illinois blogosphere and media at large:

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Wed Jan 20, 2010

The Early Bird: January 20, 2010

Army Corps: Asian Carp DNA Found In Lake Michigan
Yesterday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it collected more evidence indicating the dreaded Asian carp is in Lake Michigan. This revelation came just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to order immediate closure of shipping locks in the Chicago area that would prevent the destructive fish from infesting the Great Lakes.

Prison Release Continues To Hound Quinn
With just two weeks before the primary election, Comptroller Dan Hynes continues to blast Gov. Pat Quinn over the state's unpublicized prison release program. The attacks are taking their toll; a recent poll sponsored by the Alexi Giannoulias Senate campaign shows Quinn's support among likely voters at less than 50 percent.

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Tue Jan 19, 2010

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Tue Jan 19, 2010

The Early Bird: January 19, 2010

Quinn Ready To Play Hardball For Tax Hike?
While he never explicitly linked the redistricting process to votes for hiking the state's income tax rate, Gov. Pat Quinn told the Crain's editorial board that he's prepared to use next year's remap as a pressure point on lawmakers. 

Officials Press Feds For Answers On Levees
Because federal officials might force thousands of Illinois property owners to spend more for flood insurance until $500 million in repairs are made to Mississippi River levees, officials from the southwest part of Illinois are demanding to know exactly what's wrong with the levees.

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Mon Jan 18, 2010

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Mon Jan 18, 2010

The Early Bird: January 18, 2010

Quinn Signs Illinois Cemetery Oversight Law
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill yesterday that overhauls cemetery regulations in Illinois. The legislation, which moves all cemetery oversight into one regulatory agency under the governor's purview, is a response to the scandal at Burr Oak cemetery last year.

Illinois' State Budget Woes Second In Nation
According to new research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Illinois' projected FY 2011 budget gap of $12.8 billion is the second highest in the nation, just behind California, whose population is three times as large.

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Fri Jan 15, 2010

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The Early Bird: January 15, 2010

Nursing Home Taskforce Unveils Recommendations
Illinois' Nursing Home Safety Task Force chairman Michael Gelder unveiled 27 "preliminary recommendations" for eliminating the chronic violence and abuse that plagues some of the state's nursing homes.

Quinn Stands Behind Corrections Director
Gov. Pat Quinn says Corrections Director Michael Randle won't be fired for his handling of the unpublicized early release program, which has created a major political headache for the governor in recent weeks. Quinn also signed a new bill requiring prisoners to serve at least 60 days in state custody before they become eligible for meritorious good conduct credit.

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5:46pm
Thu Jan 14, 2010

Progress Illinois On WBEZ!

This morning on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight, Michael Jasso from the City of Chicago’s Department of Community Development sat down with the hosts to defend Mayor Daley's controversial tax increment financing (TIF) system.  (You can listen to the full segment here.)  ...

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