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Madigan gets another term as Illinois Democratic chairman despite sexual harassment complaints on

Madigan gets another term as Illinois Democratic chairman despite sexual harassment complaints on his watch

House Speaker Michael Madigan was easily re-elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois on Monday, publicly reasserting his control over a vast political operation after a tumultuous few months in which some within his own party had called for his resignation.

As members of the party’s central committee lauded Madigan for his ability to win elections and push back against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s policies, they also nodded to challenges within. That includes allegations of sexual harassment and abusive behavior that felled two of Madigan’s top campaign operatives, prompting calls for the speaker to step down as party chairman amid questions about how complaints were handled.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson said she was surprised when Madigan asked if she would be among those who nominated him for the chairmanship at an afternoon meeting at a Springfield hotel. But Kelly said she was committed to doing all she could to ensure Democrats win in November, saying her time in Washington has proved the importance of being in the majority.

“So I would like to second your nomination, but I will say in seconding your nomination it’s not a secret that change needs to happen, and we need to be more transparent as an organization,” Kelly said. “We need to be more inclusive as an organization, and we need to make sure that we are respecting every man and woman that has anything to do with this organization, in and out.”

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-michael-madigan-democratic-party-election-20180423-story.html

Emanuel cautions fellow Democrats to drop impeachment talk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he “couldn’t be angrier” at President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for his fellow Democrats to talk about impeachment.

The almighty “I” word — and the perils of impeachment for Democrats pushing the envelope before it’s time — came up during a conversation hosted by Axios and the U.S. Conference of Mayors on the impact of innovation and automation on cities.

Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen asked Emanuel whether impeachment was a “good issue” for the mayor’s fellow Democrats to use against Trump.

“This is a serious legal and consequential, non-political issue. And my view is, there’s nothing there today that we know” that rises to that standard, Emanuel said.

Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/emanuel-cautions-fellow-democrats-to-drop-impeachment-talk/

LTTE: Abortions caused Toys R Us bankruptcy

Toys R Us, which was in business for 70 years, announced that it would close, leaving 33,000 Americans without jobs and more jobs lost around the world.

Company leaders attributed decreased business to a number of factors, including the declining birth rate. Abortion and the declining birth rate are intricately connected.

Data show that women are having children later in life (in their 30s and 40s), but not enough to account for the decline among younger women in their 20s.

Women in their 20s accounted for nearly 60 percent of all abortions performed in the U.S. in 2014, according to a CDC report.

Read more: http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/letters-the-editor/2018-04-16/letter-the-editor-abortions-taking-toll-businesses.html

It's time for DUers to do their civic duty and start procreating to save the next Toys R Us.

7 facing charges in 'chaotic situation' at Centennial that sent 1 to hospital

URBANA — Seven teens will be detained until at least May 3 in connection with a lunch-hour fight Friday outside Centennial High School that ended in an eighth youth being taken to the hospital.

Six of the teens detained were charged Monday in juvenile court while the seventh was charged in adult court because he's 18 years old.

All were identified as Centennial students from videos shot by others on their cellphones and posted on social media, according to Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz.

School officials helped police make the identifications, she said.

The six teens under age 18 appeared separately in court Monday. Two face charges of aggravated battery, and the other four are charged with both aggravated battery and mob action.

Read more: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-04-23/7-facing-charges-chaotic-situation-centennial-sent-1-hospital.html

Senate OKs bill to nearly double home care workers' pay

Illinois senators narrowly approved a bill Tuesday to nearly double wages paid to home care workers in the state’s Community Care Program.

Under Senate Bill 3511, home care worker wages would jump from about $10.98 an hour to $19.89 an hour on July 1. Wages would continue to climb by $1 an hour per year until they reached $24.69 in 2021.

Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago said the workers supply home care to 100,000 seniors, allowing them to remain out of nursing homes and in their own homes. The Service Employees International Union, which represents the workers, said low wages for home care workers leads to high turnover among home care workers.

Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, said the bill will cost the state $800 million a year that it doesn’t have.

Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180424/senate-oks-bill-to-nearly-double-home-care-workers-pay

Gun dealer licensing veto override vote could happen today

Lacking the necessary votes Tuesday, an attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a gun dealer licensing bill in the Illinois Senate was pushed off to Wednesday, the final day it can possibly be called.

While there’s still time before the deadline to override, the environment at the Capitol will be more tense Wednesday as hundreds, if not thousands, of gun owners descend on the Statehouse for the previously scheduled annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day.

State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, the bill’s chief sponsor, likened the pressure from pro-gun forces and race against the clock to “the final scene in a dramatic movie, perhaps.”

“We’re going to see people come to the Capitol and to petition their government,” Harmon said. “It’s perfectly appropriate. We’ve had groups on the other side doing that, and I hope some of them will be here tomorrow, too.”

Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180424/gun-dealer-licensing-veto-override-vote-could-happen-today

Ex-Tempe judge pleads guilty to stabbing his wife last year

PHOENIX -- A former Tempe Municipal Court judge who stabbed his wife during a domestic violence incident at their Chandler home last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Thomas Robinson had a change of plea hearing Tuesday. He's scheduled to be sentenced on May 30.

Robinson was arrested by Chandler police last September and jailed on suspicion of 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

He allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times in the chest, back, arm and face. She survived.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article209772999.html

New Mexico Supreme Court weighs lawmakers' veto challenge

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments as it decides whether vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez should be invalidated because she allegedly missed deadlines or failed to explain her reasoning.

Leading Democratic lawmakers sought to disqualify 10 vetoes during oral arguments scheduled for Wednesday.

They allege the Republican governor missed a three-day deadline aimed at helping lawmakers respond quickly to early vetoes or never explained the intent of vetoes.

Attorneys for the governor dispute that account of the veto process and say it was fair.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article209773074.html

Nuclear agency authorizes construction on New Mexico complex

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The National Nuclear Security Administration is beginning work on a multimillion-dollar complex in New Mexico that will serve as a new workspace for some 1,200 employees.

The agency says construction was recently authorized to begin. Bids were solicited over the winter and officials estimated at that time that the new building could cost between $100 million and $250 million.

The current facility includes a former military barracks at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Some portions date to the early 1950s and are in poor condition. Because of the age of the buildings, officials say routine maintenance is costly and inefficient.

The new building is expected to reduce the agency's total deferred maintenance by about $40 million.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article209773094.html

Madigan still deciding whether to hit or pass on marijuana legalization

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan may now be publicly vouching support for Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor, but his opinion isn’t fully baked on a policy the billionaire entrepreneur heavily favors: legalizing marijuana.

Speaking to reporters on Monday after being re-elected to his sixth term as chairman of the state Democratic Party, Madigan noted he expects a “very strong effort” to get marijuana legalized in the Legislature.

“I’m not quite sure when,” Madigan said. “I just think that you’ll see a growth of support.”

As for his opinion on the controversial topic, “I haven’t come to a final decision,” Madigan said.

Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/madigan-still-deciding-whether-to-hit-or-pass-on-marijuana-legalization/

Hit it, then pass it. No bogarting allowed.
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