Tornadoes In Chicago Area

At least five tornadoes were reported in north central Illinois on Monday night, writes WLS Chicago.

Those tornadoes were reported in Will, Kankakee, Lee, Grundy and LaSalle counties.

Three tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, writes ABC7 Chicago.

The National Weather Service stated the towns of Coal City, Sublette and Mendota were among the hardest hit by Monday’s severe weather.

WLS Chicago writes that damage survey teams will be dispatched to the areas.

About 17,200 ComEd customers are without power as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Most of the outages are in Dixon, Sterling, Coal City and Joliet.  At the height of the storm, more than 55,000 customers were out of power.  ComEd aims to have power restored to all customers by around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner declared Grundy and Lee counties disaster areas on Tuesday and made state resources available to help tornado victims.

Rauner activated the State Emergency Operations Center Monday night to make crews and equipment available to help local emergency responders.

http://abc7chicago.com/weather/at-least-5-tornadoes-touch-down-in-illinois/800474/

Several Aides To Illinois Governor Paid $200,000 / Yr.

Want to make good money?  Become an aide at the Illinois governor’s office.

The former governor of Hawaii Linda Lingle is making more money as an aide to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner than she did when she oversaw the Aloha State.

The Illinois Governor’s office, along with payroll records filed by the state comptroller, show governor’s aide Linda Lingle will receive $60,000 for a state contract running from April to June, but after that she will go on the state payroll as an employee with an annual salary of $198,000.

The top paid aide in Illinois is Beth Purvis, who is being paid $250,000 as the Governor’s education czar.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Olin “Trey” Childress III, a former chief operating officer for the state of Georgia, is making $198,000 annually.

Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, is getting $180,000 yearly.

The governor has been paying Donna Arduin $30,000 per month on a four-month contract to serve as a budget adviser, writes the Post-Dispatch.  Per year, that would be $360,000.

Arduin previously worked for Republican governors in California, Florida and Texas, and is nearing the end of her four-month contract.

(Updated article)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/another-aide-to-illinois-governor-making-nearly/article_732b0fcc-19e5-5e51-901a-3562d2eab961.html

Former Tea Party Representative Joe Walsh On Campaign Donations


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Joe Walsh is a former Illinois Republican congressman who was in office from 2011 to 2013.

He’s now hosts the Joe Walsh Show, which airs on WIND-AM 560 in Chicago and WNYM-AM 970 in New York.

While in office, Walsh was a Tea Party favorite and vocal critic of the Obama Administration, going against government spending, Obamacare, taxes, gun control and immigration policy.

Here he talks about campaign finance and raising donations and money for his campaign.