Tom Berns.
Tom Berns/Facebook
February 20, 2018

Engineer, Former State Lawmaker, Tom Berns Dies At Age 72

Friends of former state representative Tom Berns say his one term in the Illinois House was only a small part of his public service.

Berns, who died Monday at age 72, was elected to the Illinois House 104th District in 2000, succeeding Republican Tim Johnson, who left to serve in the U.S. House. 


Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs
February 16, 2018

2016 Report Puts Quincy Plumbing Fix At 8 Million Dollars

A report obtained by The Associated Press shows engineers told Governor Bruce Rauner's administration in 2016 that replacing problematic plumbing at a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost $8 million, much lower than the estimate provided by state officials. 


Gov. Bruce Rauner ran TV ads touting Illinois school funding reform law, but his proposed budget would alter the model lawmakers approved.
Screenshot of ad from Citizens For Rauner, Inc.
February 15, 2018

Old Idea Could Change School Funding Dollars

One of the biggest changes Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in today's budget address is making local school districts bear the costs of teacher pensions. The idea has been kicked around by both parties for years, most recently in Rauner’s bipartisan, bicameral school funding reform commission.


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