BAD PRESS, NO PROBLEM Bruce Rauner has
had a rough couple of weeks, but you'd never know it from the results of a new
We Ask America poll. Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller wonders whether Rauner
can ride this wave all the way to the March 18 primary. More here.
VENDETTA? Illinois Congressman
Aaron Schock isn't running for governor, but his presence is being felt. His
former chief of staff is heading up a Super PAC aimed at defeating Bruce
Rauner. Why? I explain in 90 seconds in a new feature: The Reboot Illinois 90-Second Drill.
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE You think Chris
Christie has some trouble over a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in
New Jersey? Illinois has some bridge trouble in the view of cartoonist Scott
Stantis. See it here.
JOBS Last week we showed you an interactive map from Stateline that
projected Illinois dead last in job growth in the U.S. in 2014. Now there's a
study that casts a pessimistic light on Chicago's job creation prospects in the
year ahead. More here.
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE In today's charts, we
look at which states in the U.S. have the most millionaires overall and the
most per capita. Illinois needs more millionaires! See our charts here.
HEADLINES Here are the top news stories in Illinois today:
- 5. Opinion: Weather delays
aren’t the only problems Metra has going against it. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
4. Opinion: It’s time for school choice for children in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)
3. A new study shows despite the state’s recent pension reform law, the state’s deficit will continue to grow. (Associated Press)
2. Chicago’s employment rate is expected to stay flat in the first quarter of 2014. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
1. Illinois’ job forecast is the worst in the nation. (The Southern Illinoisan)