SPRINGFIELD - Illinoisans that aren't assisted by state agencies or don't work for state government may have not noticed yet that the state's budget for Fiscal Year 2016 remains at an impasse and is over 90 days past due.
That's about to change, because effective immediately, the "rubber will meet the road" because the Nanny State of Illinois has paused sending reminders out to the state's vehicle owners.
DuPAGE - DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri released a new introductory video ad Wednesday - she's running for the GOP nomination in the 11th CD, currently represented by Democrat incumbent Bill Foster. Khouri says she's "locally focused, globally aware."
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said this week on the U.S. Senate floor that the problem with the national GOP is that the party's donor class despises the base. It's totally different within the Democrat Party, he said.
On the Democratic side, the major donors don't despise their base, Cruz said. "The billionaires who write the giant checks to fund President Obama and Hillary Clinton and the Democrats on that side of the aisle, they don't despise the radical gay rights movement or the radical environmentalist movement or all the people that knock on doors and get Democrats elected."
"The simple reality is a very large percentage of Republican donors actively despise our base," Cruz said. "Actively despise the men and women that showed up to put you and me into office."
Illinois most closely reflects the nation's demographics, writer Philip Bump suggests
SPRINGFIELD - While Illinoisans rev up their state office petition drives to add signatures for presidential delegates in Illinois' party primaries, at least one political pundit says Illinois - not New Hampshire or Iowa - should be home to the first presidential primaries.
Illinois most closely reflects the U.S. population, The Fix's political columnist Phillip Bump wrote Wednesday in the Washington Post.
WASHINGTON - Wednesday morning, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger took to the House floor with a scathing criticism of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Asaad and Republican candidates that defend the Syrian dictator. Russia began air attacks on Syrian Wednesday morning.
"This is not a Russia interested in defeating ISIS for the sake of the world. this is a Russia interested in rebuilding the Soviet Empire and propping up their dictators in the Middle East, regardless is that dictator having killed a quarter million of his own people," he said.
"This is not a choice between Bashar al-Assad or ISIS. Mr. Speaker to defeat ISIS, you must defeat Bashar al-Assad. The two choices are not separate, they are one in the same."
WASHINGTON - Tuesday evening, Liberty Council attorney Matt Staver made public a secret meeting between Pope Francis and Rowan County Kentucky's Kim Davis while he was in the United States last week.
Kim Davis, who was jailed for six days for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and her husband Joe met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24. Davis was in Washington for another purpose: She received a Cost of Discipleship award at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Friday night.
WASHINGTON, DC — Wednesday, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) opening a hearing on the Department of Labor's proposed fiduciary rule that could dramatically change the way Americans' retirement investments are handled in the future. Roskam's concerns were outlined in his comments:
"Good morning. Welcome to today’s hearing on the Administration’s recent proposal to change how people can get retirement investment advice. I know everyone on this dais agrees that saving for a secure retirement is more important than ever given all of the economic challenges our economy has faced in the last several years.
"Last April, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule that would drastically expand the definition of a fiduciary. The Administration says this regulation will protect people from bad financial advice. That’s a good thought, and an objective we can all support. But you know what they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The reality is this regulation would prevent many people from getting any investment advice at all.
By Mark Weyermuller -
Ohio governor and 2016 presidential hopeful John Kasich stopped by for lunch in Chicago Tuesday. He met with supporters at Portillos in River North, where he ate a Chicago hot dog - with mustard as most real Chicagoans do - and a piece of chocolate cake. The local media did extensive video and still photography as he ate.
Editorial comment: When I run for higher office, there will be no media coverage of me consuming food.
Monday night, Governor Kasich met with about 50 people at the Parthenon in Chicago's Greektown, including newly-appointed Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison and local GOP committeemen.
CHICAGO - Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich met up with Chicago Republicans Tuesday afternoon after grabbing a hot dog at Portillo's.
Kasich's public and private meetings drew out House Republicans Ed Sullivan (Mundelein), Ron Sandack (Downers Grove, Tom Demmer (Rockford) and DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. Among other GOP notables that attended the luncheon was former IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady.
Kasich's current polling shows him at five percent among Republican candidates. He has a 25% favorable and a 33% unfavorable rating, and 42% unsure.
WASHINGTON - A group of 200 "Patriotic Millionaires" abruptly condemned GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed tax rate revision he introduced Monday.
Trump's proposal - which would need approval in Congress for implementation - would shrink the number of tax rates from seven to four, including zero percent for individuals making under $25,000 and couples making $50,000. Others would gradually increase to 10%, 20% and 25%. The overall effect would be a tax cut for the poor and the rich.
The Patriotic Millionaires roundly rejected the bulk of Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform that would give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in America.
WHEATON - Tuesday morning, Illinois' Congressman Peter Roskam told a local morning talk show host he's not "in the mix" for Speaker.
A letter he wrote last week to House Republican leadership suggested there should be a time of reflection and contemplation before plowing ahead to elect a new leader to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner.
By Mark Weyermuller -
The Heartland Institute held their Emerging Issues Forum 2015 last week at the Marriott Hotel on the magnificent mile in Chicago. It is a nonprofit research organization now located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It's mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.
By Congressman Randy Hultgren -
Sound tax policy is about more than just the government’s bottom line.
It’s a tool governments often wield to avert or incentivize certain behaviors.
At times, Washington has taxed gasoline to discourage Americans from relying on it exclusively to power their vehicles. Washington has taxed cigarettes and alcohol to discourage Americans from smoking and drinking too much.
So when Washington passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, the justification for taxes on health insurance plans and medical devices was to … make health care more affordable?
By Howard Foster -
I feel alienated from the Republican party. I’ve been involved in campaigns since high school and was even a delegate to the 1984 National Convention (President Reagan was renominated by acclamation). But I’ve come to believe the Republicans are simply the party of business.
Exhibit number one is the refusal to enforce our immigration laws. The border has never been enforced. Reagan and the Bushes were rhetorically anti-illegal immigration. But they did not built a wall or enforce the law at the workplace.
Workplace enforcement, the basis of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act signed by Reagan, was doomed from the start. Employers are the beneficiary of illegal immigrants. They get cheap labor. What a ridiculous idea to put the onus of enforcement on them. Once it became known that the government would not really enforce IRCA, the whole process became a farce. Every poultry processing plant and fruit orchard in the country is rife with illegals. The government knows this and does nothing. It’s the Republicans’ fault.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) against Franklin County, IN, over a Nativity Scene displayed by private residents on the Courthouse lawn at Christmas-time. Judge Pratt ruled that FFRF failed to show any continuing constitutional violation by the County and dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.
“This dismissal of FFRF’s lawsuit against the Nativity Scene is a tremendous victory not only for Franklin County but for religious liberty in general,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “The decision reaffirms the right of private citizens to exercise their religious faith in the public square. This dismissal is also a solid precedent for counties and cities seeking to fend off nuisance lawsuits by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.”
In December 2014, the ACLU of Indiana and FFRF filed a lawsuit against Franklin County over a Nativity Scene on the Courthouse lawn, claiming that permitting such a display violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. However, Thomas More Society defended the privately-sponsored Nativity Scene displayed on Franklin County’s Courthouse lawn as protected under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The defense of Franklin County was led by Thomas More Society attorneys Peter Breen, Jocelyn Floyd, and Corrina Konczal.
Regardless of one’s personal opinions on the effect man-made greenhouse emissions have on the climate, the Obama Administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan will exact a high price on Americans and have a negligible impact – if any – on global temperatures. NERA’s economic consultants estimate a temperature reduction of only 0.018 degrees C in 2100 at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars. In August, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its final rule to achieve a 32% reduction in “carbon pollution” from the electric power production sector by 2030.
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R) celebrated his bipartisan meeting with Xi Jinping, President of Communist China, during his visit to the United States. Kirk's staff issued the following statement on behalf of the Senator:
“This has been a historic week for the United States, and today I joined Congressional leaders to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss common goals for our two nations. Though we face challenges, our friendship with China is the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century. China is Illinois’ third-largest trade market, with our state exporting more than $6 billion in goods to China last year alone. As co-chair and co-founder of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group, I remain committed to strengthening our trade agreements and collaborating on sister museums and sister schools to enhance both our countries.”
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CHICAGO - Democrat Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez' reaction to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's resignation announcement Friday was mixed:
“First, I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his many years of service to his country and to the House of Representatives. He is a good and decent man and someone for whom I have a lot of affection. We do not agree on many issues and I disagree with almost everything his Caucus does, but the Speaker has been in a very difficult position for years.
"What his Caucus wants and what the Speaker and the country want are almost always in conflict. It cannot be easy for a decent man to be the head of what is becoming the New Know-Nothing Party of anti-immigrant policies and intolerance."
CHICAGO - Illinois' junior Senator Mark Kirk has a fierce temper and has verbally and physically abused staffers, the Chicago Tribune is expected to report Sunday.
Such accusations are false and nonsense, the Kirk campaign insisted Friday through a left-leaning state political blogger.
Saturday, the Huffington Post picked up the story, saying Kirk's campaign strategically pre-empted the Chicago Tribune's expected accusations with hopes of defusing a Kirk campaign implosion. Republican Kirk is already trailing his likely Democrat challenger Tammy Duckworth in recent polling.
ST. LOUIS - Saturday morning, senior Republican among Illinois congressional delegation Rep. John Shimkus had high praise for House Speaker John Boehner, who announced Friday his resignation at the the end of October. Shimkus told the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
“I’m just shocked. People, I think, have conflicting emotions, even those who were the alligators,” said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, a long-time Boehner ally, and for whom Boehner first campaigned nearly a quarter century ago.
“You put it in the context of the Christian faith, and you know we can’t match that, but this was an act of sacrificial love,” Shimkus said. “I can’t explain it any other way: that he is leaving a position of power, second in line to the president, for the good of the institution, for the good of the nation, and for the good of the Republican conference (in the House).
“I just shake my head,” Shimkus added. “You don’t see this from politicians very much, right?”
By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on the latest tax hike request from the City of Chicago...
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked for a massive tax increase. No surprise there.
Massive tax increases have been the stock-in-trade of the Democratic Party for a century, so it barely merits comment nowadays. It’s what you expect when you elect Democrats (the sad thing is that you expect an equal level of opposition to taxes when you elect Republicans, but contrary to the laws of physics, such an equal and opposite reaction rarely appears).
The oddity of this new one – worthy of note – is the nature of the tax increase, as presented. It’s estimated to be a $600 million property tax increase, but even before it was announced, the Mayor started lobbying Springfield for a broadened homeowner exemption to dampen its effects. He’s simultaneously reaching into your pocket with his left hand, while his own right hand slaps away his own left hand as he does it. Why not just ask for a smaller tax increase and be done with it, you may ask? Ah, that would be too easy.
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's name will not be on the 2016 ballot, but the Democrats' future will be, and the Democrat Senate Campaign Committee is focused on regaining the majority in 2016.
The president is actively asking for donations to enable Senate Democrats' win in 2016, with an email blast that went out Saturday. His note warns that Republicans are pushing to "shut down the government" in order to defund Planned Parenthood:
WASHINGTON - Illinois' Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) was mentioned on Fox News Bret Baier's newscast Friday night as a possible successor to retiring House Speaker John Boehner, but Politico says Roskam is circulating a letter calling for House Republicans to take a pause to reflect before moving ahead.
The letter, written to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (who is running for speaker and who schedules the vote) needs 50 signatures to slow the process down. Politico suggests Roskam is using the letter as a test of the caucus' support for a leadership role.
According to Fox News, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam is being talked about as a possible candidate to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House...or at least for a leadership position.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy is presumed to be the one who will take over as Speaker, and there seems little interest in challenging that succession.
However, McCarthy's promotion will create a shuffling of leadership positions.
Congressman Paul Ryan has already taken himself out of the running for majority leader, which leaves House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, House Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry of North Carolina.
However, Roskam, who has recently gained favor with the conservatives, is expected to eye a slot.
Roskam was in a leadership position until former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock knocked him out prior to being forced to resign from Congress.
WASHINGTON - Illinois' Congressman Peter Roskam contends that the Iranian deal could face at last obstacle in federal courts. He's been leading the charge to stop the deal since the Obama Administration assumed its operation.
It's all about Congress' "standing," he says. The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal interviewed Roskam this week:
By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O'Neil -
A very thoughtful article was published by Mark Rhoads at Illinois Review on Thursday, September 17. Rhoads took to task former Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsay Graham for their shallow answers regarding the same-sex marriage decision. Both men reasoned that Obergefell v. Hodges must be regarded as "the law of the land", because of Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803) and Article III of the Constitution. Article III defines the judicial branch as such:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof," and treaties, "shall be the supreme Law of the Land."
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is on a college campaign town tour promising students financial aid by pressuring lawmakers to pass legislation (SB2043) that funds the Monetary Assistance Program, or MAP grants, $373,000,000 out of the General Revenue Fund.
The treasurer told a crowd of voting-age students and taxpayer-funded college administrators that action needs to be taken on the issue sooner than later.
A press release by Governor Rauner’s office said the Governor would likely veto the legislation, arguing that the bill would simply pave the way for more debt or higher taxes. The Senate passed the bill along party lines in August.
SPRINGFIELD - After a mere four months on the job, Phil Nelson, the newly-confirmed director of Illinois' Department of Agriculture, stepped down Thursday. No one seems to know why or is willing to say - neither Nelson nor the governor's office.
Along with Nelson, State Fair director Patrick Buchen resigned. His review of how it all happened reflects poorly o the governor's office.
“The way they handled it was very unprofessional,” said fair director Patrick Buchen. “They wanted him to sign a resignation right there on the spot and wouldn’t give him a reason why he was asked to resign. He asked to see the governor, and they refused to let him see the governor.”
According to Buchen, Nelson was forced out.
In a moment long awaited by conservatives around the nation, House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he will resign both his post and his seat at the end of October. An aide claims Boehner had intended to resign at the end of last year, but he delayed the transition after then-Majority Leader and presumptive successor Eric Cantor lost his seat in a huge primary upset. The trouble with Boehner is that he failed to lead — perhaps not surprising given that his entire goal seems to have been merely winning the position of speaker. Donald Trump's rise in the presidential field is almost directly proportional to failed GOP leadership. As Mark Alexander noted recently, "Trump’s support reflects very little about his qualifications, but a lot about his message and how dissatisfied millions of disenfranchised grassroots conservatives are with Republican 'leadership.' The status quo represented by Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has, in effect, underwritten Trump’s rising stardom. Despite greatly increasing the numbers of conservatives in the House and Senate in the historic 'Republican Wave' elections nationwide in both 2010 and 2014, the much-loathed 'establishment types' still hold the reins and they have failed to counter Barack Obama’s socialist policies. GOP leaders continue to marginalize or ignore the concerns of the conservative/Republican base — grassroots conservatives — and we are rightly outraged."
Resigning now means Boehner loses nothing from stopping a shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding. And while it's likely that Majority Leader and close Boehner ally Kevin McCarthy will step in to the speakership, he will undoubtedly be under pressure to move Right.
From Patriot Post
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Times says when Governor Bruce Rauner left a ceremony at the Capitol while a Holocaust victim was speaking, they wanted to know where Rauner went that was so important. When they filed a FOIA to obtain access to the governor's official calendar, they got a copy that was heavily redacted.
Those black markings caused the Illinois Times to appeal to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who ruled Tuesday that the governor's office's rationale for not being forthright with the governor's schedule and with whom he met was nonsense.
Wednesday evening Democrat state Rep. Pat Verschoore and the Rock Island Democrat Party confirmed to QC Online that Verschoore would not be seeking reelection in the 72nd House district.
Verschoore was first appointed to the seat in 2003 and won re-election in 2014, running unopposed.
Verschoore was looking at a tough re-election bid against Republican Brandi McGuire, who announced her campaign two weeks ago.
PEORIA - Illinois-based Caterpillar announced Thursday plans to layoff up to 10 thousand of its workers in over 20 facilities as part of a restructuring and cost reduction plan.
The work slowdown point to weak markets in mining and energy, according to company officials.
“We are facing a convergence of challenging marketplace conditions in key regions and industry sectors – namely in mining and energy,” said Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO. “While we’ve already made substantial adjustments as these market conditions have emerged, we are taking even more decisive actions now. We don’t make these decisions lightly, but I’m confident these additional steps will better position Caterpillar to deliver solid results when demand improves.”
Hoping to save $1.5 billion with the planned changes, Caterpillar projects declining sales for the next two years.
WASHINGTON - Earlier this week, testimony concerning Veterans Affairs officials shocked U.S. Senators, per this story from Watchdog.org:
Veterans Affairs officials illegally accessed whistleblower medical records to engage in a smear campaign aimed at covering up fatally lax medical care, according to testimony today at a U.S. Senate committee.
In a rare show of solidarity, Republicans and Democrats showed anger and distress during the testimony of witnesses Carolyn Clancy, the VA’s chief medical officer, and Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday. That testimony followed whistleblowers who testified that VA officials tried to bully them into silence after reporting wrongdoing. Their detractors continue to work in the VA.
Both Clancy and Halliday said retaliation against whistleblowers is unacceptable.
HOFFMAN ESTATES - Illinois social conservatives are leaning towards four presidential GOP contenders - Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee - if the straw poll taken at Illinois Family Institute's annual banquet is any indication.
"We were not surprised to see that Ted Cruz and Ben Carson topped our straw poll," David E. Smith, IFI's executive director. "They are strong conservatives who are not willing to toe the 'politically-correct' line. Carly Fiorina’s and Marco Rubio’s strong performances in the CNN presidential debate certainly helped catapult them into the top tier of candidates."
Smith said that they were surprised that a handful considered Donald Trump to be a serious conservative candidate for the presidency. "It may just be the reaction of a weary base to inept political leadership," he said.
Nearly 500 persons attended the gathering in Hoffman Estates last Friday night, and 272 volunteered to participate in the voting.
WASHINGTON - Several members of Illinois' congressional delegation issued comments after Pope Francis' address to a Joint Session of U.S. Congress.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said:
“In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, whom Pope Francis today called ‘the guardian of liberty,’ America symbolizes freedom and human dignity around the world. It is an honor to have Pope Francis, who is a symbol of love and compassion for more than a billion Catholics around the world and 3.8 million in Illinois, in the United States. May we take his message of unity and cooperation to heart."
By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O'Neil -
The erosion of our Religious Liberty through Judicial Supremacy is a major issue receiving increasing attention from a variety of sources.
Religious liberty can be described as an inherent, inalienable, and natural right of mankind. It furthermore includes the right to choose and practice one's own faith and religious beliefs; freedom from government acts that deny or exclude the rightful and lawful expression and exercise of religious liberty in private or public life; and a guarantee of perfect toleration of religious sentiment. It is unfortunate that a vocal anti-religious minority has chosen to attack religion and ban it from our public life.
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
I have many times throughout the years read these words and not fully known them: THESE are the times that try men's souls. With a most cursory glance, we can dimly fumble at what Thomas Paine meant with all that hubristic certainty and sympathy of an inexpert Emma Woodhouse of the Jane Austen variety, but to live in despairing times is to be present in the very moment when Paine took pen to paper in prayer for his beleaguered countrymen.
It is at that moment of isolation when sympathy blossoms into empathy, and we as a people can partake of the full bodied cassis of this sickly-sweet wine that is futility. "Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light."
Curran said he and the current state's attorney Mike Nerheim had a conversation that cleared up many of his concerns about how the office was being handled.
"Last week I met with State's Attorney Mike Nerheim and discussed my reasons for challenging him in the Republican primary," Curran wrote in a statement released late Monday. "He appeared to demonstrate a sincere concern about the issues I raised and I feel we have reached a common ground. Therefore, I am no longer seeking the office of State's Attorney and remain committed to continuing to raise the bar at the Lake County Sheriff's Office."
The third-term sheriff has been outspoken on political issues facing people in his county, and lines up with his Catholic faith's positions on most issues, rather than the GOP's.
Curran recently led a prayer at an immigration protest in downtown Chicago, praying for Donald Trump, who, Curran said, was "blind" on the issue.
On the other hand, he publicly declared his opposition to same sex marriage before the Illinois legislature voted it into law.
Curran became a Republican in 2009 after being elected Lake County sheriff as a Democrat in 2006.
CRESTWOOD - The mayors of south suburban Crestwood and Homewood aren't going to be happy about the Illinois Gaming Board's decision to halt the video game mall concept before it even started.
Crestwood, a municipality on the Cal-Sag pushed for years to gain access to a riverboat casino. Finally that obtained an off-track betting parlor. But with the explosion of video poker venues throughout the state, they wanted more - why not line up several individual video game shops beside each other and create a video game mall?
Crestwood's video gambling mall would have been located directly across the street from an Off-Track Betting Parlor. Nearby in the shopping mall is a Penny's video gaming parlor and an abundant row of taverns and gaming venues along Crestwood's Cicero Avenue.
Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board considered Homewood's proposal and voted down the idea. Gaming Board Chairman Don Tracy said the gaming malls are "back-door casinos" with little or no regulations.
WASHINGTON - Tuesday, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin challenged comments GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson made over the weekend about whether a Muslim should serve as president.
After telling about his own grandmother than sought the freedom to use a Catholic prayer book when she emigrated to American from Russia-controlled Lithuania, Durbin criticized Carson's response to a media question about whether he could vote for a Muslim.
"No," Dr. Carson said, "unless he is willing to place the Constitution above his religious beliefs."
"We have tried to strike the right balance between religion and our democracy from the beginning," U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said on the Senate floor Tuesday, "and our founding fathers, I believe, got it right."
Dr. Carson got it wrong, Durbin said. "There will never be a religious litmus test to serve in public office in the United States."
GOP Senators Susan Collins and Mark Kirk opposed protecting pain-capable unborn|Source
WASHINGTON - Tuesday, babies at least 20 weeks along in development within the womb were denied protection from pain suffered during abortion, after the Republican majority failed to gather the needed 60 votes to close debate on H.R. 36 - the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Illinois' U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and Maine's Susan Collins were the only two Republicans that voted against the bill, along with GOP Senator Barbara Murkowski, who did not vote. Republicans gathered 53 votes, along with three Democrats' help, to reach 54 votes, leaving the measure short six to advance.
WASHINGTON - The Club for Growth has been put on notice - either cease and desist from running attack ads on Donald Trump, or they'll be facing a "multi-million dollar" defamation suit.
Trump's attorney says the following ads reference to the leading GOP presidential candidate as being for higher taxes is false, and then says the Club attempted to extort Trump by requesting a $1 million donation.
"In other words, you lied," the letter said. "Mr. Trump does not support higher taxes. This is the very definition of libel."
UPDATE: Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a pro-life Kansas Republican, informed LifeNews.com he has David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress and Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action to join him in hearing Pope Francis' congressional address Thursday at the Capitol.
CHICAGO - Unedited videos recorded by Center for Medical Progress' David Daleiden will be in the hands of a congressional oversight committee as soon as Thursday, the group's Chicago-based lawyers said Wednesday. The group's unedited footage of encounters with Planned Parenthood has been subpoenaed by The U.S. House's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The Center said it will provide the requested videos, except for those that are being restrained by court order in California's Northern District Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas More Society, the Center's legal representation, says they are appealing in order to get the censured videos to Congress.
Stacey Bales is the 32-year-old President and CEO of Downers Grove's Bales USA
DOWNERS GROVE - Manufacturers are a “bunch of MacGyvers” to Stacey Bales, president of Bales Metal Surface Solutions. Manufacturers make up a unique group of creative, ingenious and determined folks with whom she loves working and being associated.
“Not only is it great to have people to work with every day like that, but it’s nice to have a network of friends that are business owners and working with family,” she said.
Every year for the past five, Bales work of polishing and finishing has grown 20 percent - altogether, an amazing 100 percent. Their trademarked specialties of Nibore, Nicklon and Diamond EN coatings are among several others available for metal components.
But 2009 was a difficult year for most manufacturers - that’s no secret. For Bales, 2009 will be remembered as one of its most wrenching.
State Sen. Michael McConnelly, Gov. Rauner, COD Trustee Pres. Kathy Hamilton, Rep. Jeanne Ives
SPRINGFIELD - A measure Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Tuesday caps the amount a community college may offer staff members in buyout or severance agreements.
The legislation, introduced in the Illinois House by State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), was prompted by the College of DuPage Board of Trustees' $763,000 buyout offer of their scandal-ridden President Robert Breuder last year.
WASHINGTON DC - The Catholic Church's Pope Francis was officially welcomed by U.S. President Barack Obama outside the White House, and the Holy Father responded by not sounding an alarm on the execution of Christians worldwide, but instead, entering the international global warming debate:
I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history.