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Lisa Madigan seeks record-breaking 5th term

Lisa Madigan seeks record-breaking 5th term

Austin Berg

Austin Berg is the Senior Writer for the Illinois Policy Institute.

MAY 17, 2017
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will look to extend her record as the longest-serving attorney general in Illinois history. Her father, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, has remained the state’s most powerful state legislative leader throughout her tenure.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to seek re-election in 2018. First sworn in as the state’s chief legal officer in 2003, she is already the longest-serving attorney general in Illinois history.

Lisa Madigan is the stepdaughter of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. The elder Madigan stands as the longest-serving state House speaker in modern U.S. history.

When the attorney general was exploring a gubernatorial run in 2013, these two realities collided. Speaker Madigan made it clear he would not step down from the post he has now held for 32 of the last 34 years.

Longtime political commentator Rich Miller wasn’t surprised by the move.

“Maybe she expected her father would step aside, but nobody who knew him thought he would,” Miller said in an interview for a documentary on the speaker, produced by Illinois Policy, previously known as Illinois Policy Action.



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Indeed, the attorney general decided not to run because of her father’s role in state government.

“I feel strongly that the state would not be well-served by having a governor and speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for governor if that would be the case,” Lisa Madigan said in a statement. “With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for governor.”

One wonders why Attorney General Madigan feels the governorship crosses an ethical line, but her current position does not. A 2016 review of legislative rules in all 50 states revealed House Speaker Madigan stands as the most powerful state legislative leader in the nation.

Source: Will County News

Illinois had the nation’s highest black unemployment rate in 2016

 Illinois Policy May 2017
Illinois had the nation’s highest black unemployment rate in 2016, according to annual unemployment data released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. Only 51 percent of black adults reported having some form of work in Illinois, highlighting an economic crisis that far too few political leaders are talking about. The BLS data support the conclusions in recent quarterly reports from the Economic Policy Institute, which have pointed to Illinois as having the nation’s highest black unemployment.

Illinois’ weak job creation has a significant effect on the black community, especially due to manufacturing job losses in the Chicago area and a lack of construction job opportunities. Illinois’ black unemployment rate was 12.7 percent in 2016, compared with 6.7 percent for Latinos and 5 percent for whites.

Illinois’ 12.7 percent black jobless rate is the highest in the U.S., tied with Nevada. However, Illinois’ black population is seven times as large as Nevada’s, meaning Illinois’ crisis is playing out on a much larger scale. Illinois’ neighboring states achieved much lower black jobless rates than Illinois in 2016. (BLS does not calculate a black unemployment rate for Iowa, however, because the state’s black population does not constitute a sample large enough to be included in the BLS survey.)

The weighted average black jobless rate for all other states is 8.1 percent, and the weighted average among Illinois’ border states is 8.9 percent.

Perhaps equally telling is Illinois’ black employment rate – the percentage of black adults who are engaged in some form of work. Illinois’ black employment rate is only 51.2 percent, meaning that just over half of Illinois’ adult black residents have some form of work. Michigan is the only state with a lower black employment rate than Illinois.

The weighted average black employment rate for other states is 56.8 percent, and the weighted average among Illinois’ border states is 59.2 percent.

Black employment in Illinois fell by 18,000 people from 2015 to 2016, and the number of black workers in Illinois’ labor force shrank by 16,000. Despite the shrinking workforce, the black unemployment rate increased to 12.7 percent from 12.2 percent year over year.

The number of black people working in Illinois has been in decline since the turn of the century. There were 77,000 fewer blacks working in Illinois in 2016 compared with 2000, a shocking 10 percent decline in total employment. By comparison, Illinois’ combined white and Latino employment is actually up by 272,000 since 2000, according to the BLS’ annual average data.

Similarly, the recovery in black employment over the Great Recession era lags that of the rest of the state. Black employment is still down 5.1 percent compared with its pre-recession high.

Illinois’ black community deserves solutions

The Illinois General Assembly has largely ignored the fact that Illinois has the nation’s highest black unemployment rate. The problem should be discussed, studied and solved. And the ineffective solutions of the past aren’t going to fix it.

Black families deserve robust school choice so they can opt out of failing schools. And minimum wage hikes should be reconsidered – research finds overwhelming evidence that minimum wage hikes keep low-skilled and minority workers out of starter jobs. Minimum wage hikes will continue to create a barrier to entry to valuable first job opportunities so long as failing schools continue to do a poor job preparing young adults for the workforce.

Anti-growth industrial policies that hurt black families should also be reconsidered, especially the prevailing wage law and the taxes and regulations that drive away manufacturing jobs. These policy failures overwhelmingly affect black job opportunities. Research shows that prevailing wage laws result in lower wages for black construction workers and less construction work for black laborers. And Illinois’ manufacturing job losses, much the result of state and local policy failures, drive black families to seek industrial work in northwest Indiana and in Southern states.

Finally, commonsense reforms to Illinois’ criminal justice system and occupational licensing regulations will help reduce Illinois’ incarceration rate and eliminate hurdles that prevent black Illinoisans from landing a job after having been convicted of a crime. Nearly 60 percent of Illinois’ prison population is black, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections, and therefore black Illinoisans are more likely to face barriers to job opportunities that affect people with felony records.

Addressing the nation’s highest black unemployment rate should be a top priority for Illinois lawmakers, who should tackle the problem with policy solutions that will have a positive impact on black families. Otherwise, black neighborhoods will continue to depopulate as families move east to Indiana and migrate back to the South in search of better opportunities.

Michael Lucci

Vice President of Policy

Source: Will County News

Trump News may 24, 2017

Since Obamacare was implemented, premiums for individual health care policies have increased on average by 105 percent since 2013, according to an HHS report released last night. The average American on the individual market is paying nearly $3,000 more in premiums this year than in 2013.This report, which shows the dramatic increase in costs for many Americans under Obamacare, is the study that the Obama Administration never wanted you to see. President Trump is committed to repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare and delivering results for the American people.


8:25 AM LOCAL / 2:25 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump participate in an arrival ceremony at the Vatican

8:40 AM LOCAL / 2:40 AM EDT: President Trump participates in an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis

9:05 AM LOCAL / 3:05 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump participate in an expanded audience with His Holiness Pope Francis

9:25 AM LOCAL / 3:25 AM EDT: President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

10:00 AM LOCAL / 4:00 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump tour the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

11:30 AM LOCAL / 5:30 AM EDT: President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy

12:35 AM LOCAL / 6:35 AM EDT: President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy

1:55 PM LOCAL / 7:55 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump depart Rome, Italy en route to Brussels, Belgium

3:55 PM LOCAL / 9:55 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump arrive in Brussels, Belgium and participate in an airport welcome ceremony

4:40 PM LOCAL / 10:40 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump take an official photo with Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

5:15 PM LOCAL / 11:15 AM EDT: President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

12:15 PM EDT: Vice President Pence Participates in a Listening Session with Small Business Owners

12:45 PM EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a walking tour of Cajun Industries’


President Trump visited Yad Vashem and delivered remarks saying, “This place, and this entire nation, are a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people” … “The State of Israel is a strong and soaring monument to the solemn pledge we repeat and affirm: Never again.”

President Trump met President Rivlin of Israel where they discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the region, and President Trump shared conclusions from the extremely successful Arab Islamic American Summit held in Riyadh on Monday.

President Trump met with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem and delivered remarks saying, “I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal.”

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, joined by members of the U.S. delegation, participate in a wreath laying at Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jerusalem. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

See more photos of the President’s trip abroad on Facebook and Flickr.

Follow the President’s trip abroad at WH.gov/potus-abroad and on Twitter at #POTUSAbroad @WhiteHouse.


Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget announced President Trump’s Budget proposal to put Taxpayers first.

The Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, gave a press briefing yesterday to detail the Administration’s budget and answer questions from reporters.

The President’s Budget, submitted to the U.S. Congress today, supports $27.8 billion in drug control efforts including prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.


“The cost of an individual ObamaCare policy has increased by an average 105 percent from 2013 to 2017 in all 39 states that have used the federal exchange”Fox News

“Trump was correct, and has been consistent, in describing the battle against contemporary terrorism in fundamental terms.”New York Post

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Students interact with humanoid robot at interactive STEAM Museum

News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
| 708-226-7628
For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2017
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Students interact with humanoid robot at interactive STEAM
See how science, technology, engineering, art and math used every
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Goodings Grove students took turns programming a rover robot; building
towers and bridges; and generating electricity with a stationary bicycle
during an educational assembly on May 23.
Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. brought its STEAM Museum to the school,
enabling students to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math
in one immersive experience.
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“We’re going to have a lot of fun while learning,” students were told as
they watched plastic shapes materialize with a 3D printer and met NAO, an
interactive humanoid robot.
Students watched in amazement as NAO came to life, stretching, talking
and demonstrating a few dance moves.
Afterward, they were given an opportunity to explore 12 learning stations
where they used numerical sequencing to make a rover robot move;
creativity to program an Ozobot to glide across an iPad; and pedal power to
transfer energy and generate power.
The interactive STEAM Museum was brought to the school with PTO
funding, reinforcing the district’s efforts to
Prepare Future Ready Students
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Source: Will County News