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Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!

The face-to-face meeting is scheduled to bring together Governor Bruce Rauner and the leaders of the four General Assembly legislative caucuses, including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. Originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 18, the meeting has been reset for Tuesday, December 1. The new time will allow preparations to continue over the Thanksgiving holiday.

In addition to budget issues, questions dividing Illinois leaders include workers’ compensation, property tax relief, public-sector labor pay and benefits, tort reform, election process reform, and term limits. Many key items of House Republican advocacy have been barred from discussion and debate within the Illinois General Assembly in recent years. The role of House Speaker Madigan has come under discussion as an element in the overall operation of Illinois state government, often characterized in recent years as one of the “worst in the nation.” Illinois currently has the lowest bond and credit ratings of any of the 50 states.
The troubled program, created in 1999, has granted tax credits for 16 years to Illinois-based employers that sign agreements to create new jobs in Illinois or to save existing jobs. In order to enjoy the tax credits provided by an EDGE agreement, a business must continue to maintain levels of jobs and economic activity set forth in the agreement. The program has come under serious criticism in recent years. In some cases, some EDGE workplaces have moved from one place to another within Illinois. In a few cases, a workplace has maintained its eligibility for EDGE credits for a period of time, enjoyed some of the benefits of the program on a year-to-year basis, and then shuttered the facility and left Illinois.
From the Lake County DOT: Snow Season is Approaching, Stay Safe Out There!

Here at the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) we have been busy preparing our equipment, training our drivers, and planning our snow removal response effort for the upcoming winter season. The LCDOT snow plows went out on a dry run last week to make sure everything was operating as it should, and to make sure there were no hazards or unforeseen obstacles along the routes.

When you are driving in snow and icy conditions, you will be sharing the road with LCDOT snow plows. We hit the road before the snow starts to fall, and we run the routes in 12 hour shifts until roads have returned to normal conditions. The two most important things to remember:
The Ventra App is the first ever to allow customers to pay for rides on all three transit systems with a few taps on their mobile devices, transforming the way Chicagoans take transit each day. The free app, which was developed jointly by CTA, Metra and Pace, will provide a "one-stop shopping" experience that essentially puts a Ventra vending machine as well as a Metra ticket vending machine in customers' pockets. The app will be available for use on Apple and Android smartphone and tablet devices via the App Store and Google Play.

The Ventra App will offer our customers a wide range of functionality never before available on their phones, including mobile tickets for Metra, Ventra account management, loading of transit value/passes, and real-time transit tracker information for CTA, Metra and Pace. Customers will be able to use Ventra account funds, pre-tax transit benefits provided by employers, and/or credit and debit cards to purchase transit to ride CTA, Metra and Pace.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, acting in cooperation with the National Weather Service, is highlighting winter preparedness activities for homeowners and motorists throughout November. Useful items include a flashlight with spare, powered batteries; a first-aid kit; and nonperishable food and water. A checklist of recommended items for home and car can be found at Ready Illinois.

Thank you to everyone involved in Friday's jobs fair in Barrington. The turnout was excellent and several job seekers walked out with job offers that day.