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Gov. Rauner to sign early childhood law; Diana Rauner to attend

CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to sign early childhood legislation at an event with his wife, Diana Rauner, in attendance.

Rauner's office says the governor and Diana Rauner will appear Thursday afternoon at the Mary Crane Center on Chicago's West Side.

The nonprofit group started at Jane Addams' Hull House in the early 1900s. Today it offers early childhood development services to underprivileged children and families.

The governor's office says the legislation he will sign into law expands early childhood opportunities for children under age 3.

Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20160721/gov-rauner-to-sign-early-childhood-law-diana-rauner-to-attend

Hackers penetrate Illinois voter registration database

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Elections’ online voter registration system remained down Thursday afternoon in the wake of a cyberattack last week.

The attack on the statewide Illinois Voter Registration System occurred July 12, and the system was shut off July 13 as a precaution once the board realized the severity of the attack, according to a message sent to local election authorities.

Hackers exploited “a chink in the armor in one small data field in the online registration system,” said Ken Menzel, the board’s general counsel.

“We’re in the process of analyzing the tracks left by the attack,” Menzel said. “We’re still not ready to say exactly what might have been gotten into.”

Read more: http://thesouthern.com/news/local/state-and-regional/hackers-penetrate-illinois-voter-registration-database/article_6e58f325-367f-5f8e-aa78-f0b8224865cd.html

Giuliani takes shot at Chicago

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is calling Chicago a shooting gallery.

“The children in Chicago where he {President Barack Obama} comes from go into a school system where they are lucky if they get home without being shot,” Giuliani told an Arkansas delegation breakfast in Cleveland Thursday.

“They are shooting people in Chicago like it’s a shooting gallery.

“You convict police,” Giuliani said later.

Read more: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/sneed-giuliani-takes-shot-at-chicago/

Illinois Republicans remove Trump delegate with 'whitepride' social media handle

The Illinois Republican Party on Wednesday revoked the credentials of a Donald Trump delegate from Chicago who has used a social media handle of "whitepride" for "publicly made racist comments and threats of violence."

Lori Gayne, an elected Trump delegate from the city and west suburban 5th Congressional District, was stripped of her Republican National Convention delegate credentials, state GOP Chairman Tim Schneider said.

"The Illinois Republican Party has zero tolerance for racism of any kind and threats of violence against anyone," Schneider said in a statement.

"Let me be unequivocally clear, racism and threats of violence have absolutely no place in the Illinois Republican Party or in a civil and inclusive society," he said.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-delegate-removed-met-0721-20160720-story.html

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Downers Grove sperm bank mistake

A DuPage County judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Ohio woman seeking damages against a Downers Grove sperm bank that shipped her the wrong sample and resulted in the birth of her biracial daughter.

Jennifer Cramblett's lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice by Judge Ronald Sutter, which ends the suit in state court. However, Cramblett's attorneys filed a suit in federal court in Chicago in April, so she will continue to seek damages there.

In March, the judge had dismissed portions of Cramblett's suit but had set an April 25 deadline for her to refile. She has not filed any additional pleadings in DuPage since, and the judge granted a motion for dismissal Thursday that had been filed by the sperm bank's legal team.

The Canton-area resident ordered sperm from the bank in 2011. But the bank, in an order error, sent a different sample that had been contributed by an African-American.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/downers-grove/news/ct-dupage-sperm-bank-hearing-met-20160721-story.html

The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

Newby, the library cat at Nippersink Public Library in Richmond. His name is short for Newbery, as in the Newbery Medal for children's literature, and his hobbies include sitting on the fax machine and playing fetch. "He is very fond of the UPS guy, who always stops to rub his ears," says library director Cynthia Cole. (Patti Elstner)

Even before you enter the stately limestone library with leaded glass windows and copper-colored trim, you see signs of the local celebrity. Not at eye-level — look lower, and there, hovering in the shadows behind the glass door, are two ice-green eyes, staring up at you with frank curiosity.

You may recognize those emerald orbs from the Stacks the Library Cat mugs, the T-shirts or the photos at the Litchfield Public Library website. But if not, their owner will be happy to introduce herself, pushing her head under your hand, rubbing a silky black flank against your leg, leading you, fluffy tail trailing at half-mast, to the polished wood circulation desk where she does her best work.

Stacks, believed to be the last full-time, free-ranging library cat in Illinois, hops onto the desk, stretches out luxuriously and falls into her signature near-snooze, a restful state that invites pats from shy tweens, curious senior citizens, even a 1-year-old who proclaims ecstatically from her mother's arms, "Like cat!"

That's a popular sentiment in this town of 6,900 set amid cornfields 250 miles southwest of Chicago, but in the larger world, library cats face an uncertain future.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/pets/ct-library-cat-new-family-0722-20160720-story.html

Pilot killed, Joliet home set ablaze when Wisconsin-bound plane crashes

A small plane crashed on a residential block in Joliet on Thursday morning, killing the pilot and setting a two-story house on fire, officials said.

First reports indicated the plane struck the house in the 1800 block of Hampton Court on the city's far west side, but a Joliet fire official said Thursday afternoon that authorities were not discounting that the plane may have struck the ground first, and flames from it ignited the house.

Ed Malinowski of the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane was a Piper PA-30.

The crash occurred at 11:14 a.m. Authorities don't think anyone else was on the plane based on a discussion with an employee of the pilot, Malinowski said. The pilot has not been identified.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-plane-crash-plainfield-joliet-20160721-story.html

Rauner email: Half of Chicago Public Schools teachers 'virtually illiterate'

Gov. Bruce Rauner once told some of Chicago's wealthiest and most influential civic leaders that half of the Chicago Public Schools teachers "are virtually illiterate" and half of the city's principals are "incompetent," according to emails Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration released Thursday under a court order.

Rauner made the assertion five years ago when he was a wealthy private equity executive and an active participant in Chicago school reform. His emails were part of a discussion with affluent education reform activists connected to the Chicago Public Education Fund, including Penny Pritzker, now U.S. commerce secretary; billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin; Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson; and Helen Zell, the wife of billionaire real estate magnate Sam Zell.

"Teacher evaluation is critically important, but in a massive bureaucracy with a hostile union, where 50% of principals are managerially incompetent and half of teachers are virtually illiterate, a complete multi-dimensional evaluation system with huge subjectivity in it will be attacked, manipulated and marginalized – the status quo will prevail," Rauner wrote in a December 2011 email arguing for a strong system of teacher and principal evaluations in the district. "It's much more critical that we develop a consistent, rigorous, objective, understandable measure and reporting system for student growth upon which all further evaluation of performance will depend."

Asked about the governor's characterization of Chicago educators, Rauner spokesman Lance Trover issued an apology.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-cps-teachers-met-0722-20160721-story.html

Florida Principal Calls for Death to Gays After Seeing Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler Kissing Husband

A principal at a Florida school responded to a picture of OutSports editor Cyd Zeigler kissing his husband by calling for gay people to “be put to death”, just hours after the massacre at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse.

Zeigler shared the photo of him and husband Dan Pinar kissing on Facebook “in the hope of reminding my personal network of the love in the world.”

Shortly thereafter, Steve Kenney, a principal at Center Academy in Pinellas Park, Florida, posted a comment on the photo saying, “sick.”

He then went on to post a passage from Leviticus calling for gays to be put to death.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2016/07/death-to-gays/

Lake Elmo to sue 3M for pollution-related costs

Lake Elmo is suing the 3M Corp. — again — for allegedly polluting its water and forcing the city to build a clean-water bypass.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sue the company after backing out of another suit against 3M in 2013.

“The two lawsuits are very similar,” said Lake Elmo attorney Doug Shaftel. He said the city has been trying to negotiate with 3M for some reimbursement, without success.

Lake Elmo is suing the 3M Corp. — again — for allegedly polluting its water and forcing the city to build a clean-water bypass.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sue the company after backing out of another suit against 3M in 2013.

“The two lawsuits are very similar,” said Lake Elmo attorney Doug Shaftel. He said the city has been trying to negotiate with 3M for some reimbursement, without success.

Read more: http://www.twincities.com/2016/07/20/lake-elmo-to-sue-3m-for-pollution-related-costs/
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