Monday, May 13, 2013
Illinois state officials, non-profit administrators and union representatives will offer perspectives during the Illinois Pension Forum starting 4:30 p.m. Monday in Orland Park. Join us for our live blog and weigh in.
A forum on Illinois pension issues will be held 4:30 p.m. Monday at Century Junior High, 10801 W. 159th St. in Orland Park. The following people are scheduled to speak: Join us for our live blog and offer your own thoughts on the points discussed. Patch’s live blog through Cover It Live will provide minute-by-minute updates from the meeting on this page starting at 4:30 p.m. Look in the Cover It Live window above, and you’ll see an area where you can join in and offer your comments and questions. The same rules apply as on finished articles on the site. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Join Patch! Create a free user account and join the discussion about the future of the area. You'll be subscribed to the free daily newsletter and breaking …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After increasingly disruptive gang funerals, local elected officials have worked together to give law enforcement more power over processions.
In response to ongoing resident concerns about reckless driving during funeral processions passing through the area, local elected officials are working to pass a new bill that will impose a tougher punishment on disruptive vehicles. The bill, SB-2154, will give police officers the power to immediately impound vehicles that are driving recklessly during a funeral procession. Introduced by Sen. Bill Cunningham (18th), the bill passed through committee last week and was unanimously approved by the full Senate on Wednesday. "My hope is that with this new tool the police will really be able to crack down on these processions," Cunningham said. Last week Chicago Ald. Matt O'Shea traveled to Springfield to testify on the bill's behalf. He …
Friday, February 15, 2013
With the bill legalizing same-sex marriage clearing the Illinois Senate, it's now up to the Illinois House to make it a reality. See how your local senator voted.
Illinois took a giant step closer toward legalized same-sex marriage with the passage of the marriage equality bill – SB 10 – in the Illinois Senate on Thursday afternoon. The Senate passed the bill – with 34 in favor, 21 against and two abstentions. The bill still has one hurdle left to clear when it goes before the Illinois House where it needs 60 votes to pass. See how each member of the Illinois Senate voted, by clicking on the pdf. If passed, the state law defining marriage would be changed from an act between a man and a woman, to two people. State Sen. Bill Cunningham (18th District) said he initially had reservations about the bill after attempts to pass it during last month's veto session. The Beverly Democrat brought his …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Bill Cunningham will move from the Illinois House to the Senate after grabbing more than 20,000 vote over his Republican opponent, according to unofficial numbers Tuesday night.
For the second time in as many years, Democrat Bill Cunningham appears to have defeated Republican challenger Barbara Bellar for a legislative seat downstate. For the 18th District Senate seat, Cunningham took in 55,121 votes, compared to Bellar's 31,741 votes, with 183 out of 192 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. He currently is the 35th District State Representative. Cunningham thanked the voters, who he believes chose him because of his work in the 35th District. "A number of them were able to look at my record in Spring over the last two years and were pleased with what I did in the House," he said. Cunningham remained largely out of the media spotlight during the primary and general election. When asked by Patch, …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A day after a columnist raises questions about why Barbara Bellar calls herself a nun and where she earned her medical degree, Bellar offers a rebuttal and posts her credentials online.
In a rebuttal to Phil Kadner, the longtime Southtown columnist who tried to ask Senate candidate Barbara Bellar questions about her education and background, Bellar says she suspects Kadner has "significant ulterior motives" in raising the issue. He's "voted Democratic" for the last eight years, says Bellar. Kadner, at a recent candidate forum in Palos Hills, tried to ask the doctor from Burr Ridge who's seeking the 18th Senate District seat why she describes herself as a nun in campaign literature when the prioress of the order says she did not take vows. And he tried to ask her about her medical degree from Mexico. He says she avoided his questions, and that bothered him. Today, Bellar sent a letter to Kadner and the newspaper, and sent …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Tribune likes two Democrats and one Republican in the Southland's State Senate races. Hutchinson, Cunningham and Montalvo are endorsed.
The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune just wrapped up its endorsements for State Senate candidates, giving the nod to two Democrats and one Republican in Chicago’s south suburban districts — the 18th, 19th and 40th. In the 18th, Barbara Ruth Bellar seems built for Tribune favor — or a talk show — but the endorsement went to Democrat Bill Cunningham. Republican Edgar Montalvo, of Tinley Park, a pro-business underdog, won the paper’s backing over Democrat Michael Hastings of Orland Hills. Both are military men — Montalvo served two Army tours in Iraq; Hastings graduated from West Point and served one tour. And the Trib held its right-leaning nose and gave thumbs up to Democrat Toi Hutchinson in the 40th over Frankfort Republican “Tuck” …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The video is called "Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence" and it comes from a speech of Bellar's at a Women For Romney event on Aug. 21.
A YouTube video posted by Republican Illinois State Senate candidate Barbara Bellar, a Burr Ridge resident, has gone viral. "Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence," which can be seen above, had 1,014,735 views as of 9:06 a.m. Friday. It has also gotten attention on The Blaze Wednesday. Bellar is running against Rep. Bill Cunningham (D-35th) to represent Illinois' 18th State Senate District in Sprinfield. In the video Bellar uses her experience as a doctor to hit back on some of the initiatives included in Affordable Care Act that was passed in 2010. Follow us on Facebook: Evergreen Park / Oak Lawn / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
State Reps. Bill Cunningham (35th) and Kelly Burke (36th) are hosting a free, half-day workshop in partnership with IDHS for non-profit organizations on Sept. 18. Deadline to register is this Friday.
Do you work for a non-profit or faith-based organization? State Representatives Bill Cunningham (35th District) and Kelly Burke (36th District) are partnering with the Illinois Department of Human Services to host a half-day grantsmanship workshop. Representatives from community and faith-based agencies and organizations will learn how to create effective programs or fine-tune an existing programs. The workshop is taught by IDHS representatives and includes: The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Green Hills Library at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The workshop is FREE and pre-registration is mandatory. Registration is limited to 40 participants and will be on a first come, first served basis. On-site registration…
Monday, June 11, 2012
State Reps. Kelly Burke (D-36) and Bill Cunningham (D-35) are hosting a free conference call giving residents information on preventing foreclosures.
Those currently facing a foreclosure or curious about the topic could get more information this week from local government officials. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, Illinois state Reps. Kelly Burke (D-36) and Bill Cunningham (D-35) are hosting a free telephone conference on foreclosure assistance and tenants’ rights. According to Burke, the conference will give residents information on preventing foreclosures. The conference call will be privacy protected and no personal information will be shared among listeners. The free call-in number and access code are only available if residents register. To register for Tuesday's conference call email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 425-0571 or (773) …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Jobs, taxes and other financial troubles are discussed by Republican candidates as the main state-wide challenges to be dealt with if elected.
Republican candidates looking to represent the party in the race for Illinois’ 18th Senate District focused on employment and money when asked what they believe are the top three issues for the entire state. Ricardo Fernandez and Barbara Bellar offered their views during a candidate forum in Beverly Tuesday night. Later on in the night, the two spoke about ethics, the state budget and other topics. Democrat candidate Bill Cunningham, and current 35th District State House Representative, is also vying for the 18th District seat. He is running unopposed in the March 20 primary. Read our Election Central page for information on other races, questionnaire responses and polling locations.