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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Rauner: Top court redistricting ruling ‘affront to our democracy’
    Redistricting (78)

    A sharply divided Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how the state draws political boundaries is unconstitutional — a decision Gov. Bruce Rauner blasted as “an affront to our democracy.”

    The ruling, which means the referendum can’t appear on the ...   read more >
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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Morning Spin for Friday, August 26, 2016

    The board that oversees the Teachers Retirement System is scheduled to vote on whether to lower the expected rate of return on investments, a move Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has warned could blow a massive hole ...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    At last, criminal justice reforms — Don't blow it
    Corrections (74)

    Last year: Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce the state's prison population by 25 percent within 10 years. This year: Rauner "wants to let 25 percent of the state's prisoners loose into our communities."

    Put another way:

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Focus on ties to party heads in comptroller race
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Comptroller (21)

    Republican Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger and Democratic challenger read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Illinois sues drug company Alleges Ariz. firm pushed opioid spray for non-FDA use
    Attorney General (6)

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued an Arizona drug company for allegedly pushing its powerful opioid painkiller, Subsys, beyond its intended use on cancer patients.

    The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims Insys Therapeutics deceptively marketed and sold S...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Sharply divided Illinois Supreme Court keeps redistricting question off fall ballot
    Redistricting (78)

    Sharply divided along party lines, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday blocked from the fall ballot a proposal that would have asked voters whether to change the state constitution to take much of the politics out of the redrawing of state legislative boundaries.

    A 4-3 Democratic majority agreed with a Cook County judge's ruling last month that the petition-driven Independent...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    In victory for Madigan, Illinois remap plan is tossed by divided court
    Redistricting (78)

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Pension board move could hike Illinois' payment
    Pensions (70)
    The board of Illinois' largest public-pension fund could take action that would increase the state's annual contribution by hundreds of millions of dollars amid a budget crisis.

    Teachers Retirement System trustees are expected to vote Friday to lower the assumed rate of return on the fund's investments. The move comes as pension systems across the United States are seeing la...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Comptroller hopefuls argue independence from Madigan, Rauner
    Comptroller (21)
    The candidates for Illinois comptroller worked Thursday to prove their independence from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, even though both major-party hopefuls agree with many of their political leader's positions.

    Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Democratic Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who previously served 10 years in the Illin...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Decatur woman can petition to become nurse under new law
    A Decatur woman's ambition to become a nurse has led to new legislation allowing some convicted felons to petition the state for a health care worker license.

    The Pantagraph reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure into law Thursday with personal meaning for 43-year-old Lisa Creason.

    After earning an associate degree at Richland Community College in 2014, Creason found ou...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    GOP denies race a factor in declining to appoint candidate to run against Rep. Scherer
    Candidates--Statewide (12) Scherer, Sue--State House, 96

    State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, will be unopposed on the ballot in the Nov. 8 election.

    Republican officials who decided against naming anyone to their party’s vacant spot on the ballot in the 96th Illinois House District are rejecting a claim by Gary Pierce, who lost a GOP primary race in March, that him being black was a factor in being passed over.

    Pierce, who l...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot
    Redistricting (78)
    A divided Illinois Supreme Court narrowly ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how Illinois draws political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

    The high court, in a 4-3 decision, affirmed the ruling by a Cook County judg...   read more >

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    Springfield-area jobless rate remains lowest in Illinois
    Unemployment (93)

    Springfield-area unemployment of 4.7 percent in July remained the lowest rate in the state as jobs were added in services, government, and health-care and social assistance in the past year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

    The 4.7 percent rate last month was down from 5.3 percent in July 2015. Springfield and Lake County at 4.8 percent were the ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Illinois Redistricting Referendum Won’t Appear On November Ballot
    Cook County , Redistricting (78)

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

    The 4-3 decision, ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Lawmaker Proposes Law To Help Remove Pokémon Go Stops
    Legislature (56) Cassidy, Kelly--State House, 14

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Most attractions are thrilled to be included as a stop in the new Pokémon Go craze; but certain parks, wildlife refuges, museums and area railroads are not.

    Proposed legislation introduced in Springfield Wednesday would require those who manage Pokémon Go and similar games to remove stops within two days of a request, and to make it ea...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Voter-Led Effort to End Gerrymandering in Illinois Officially Dead
    Rauner, Bruce , Redistricting (78) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    The Illinois Supreme Court late Thursday evening ruled that the question of map drawing cannot appear before the voters on the November ballot. The process will remain in the hands of state power brokers like House Speaker Michael Madigan.

    This ruling upholds the lower court ruling, tossing this question off of the November ballot. It ends a yearslong effort led by people l...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Amid EpiPen furor, suburban victim of allergic reaction remembered
    Nybo, Chris--State Senate, 24
    ELMHURST, Ill. (WLS) --
    Amid the growing uproar about the cost of life-saving medication EpiPen, the community in west suburban Elmhurst prepares to remember and honor a young girl who died because the medication was not available to her.

    "I just don't want any other parent to have to go through what I went through," said Shelly LeGere.

    As calls grow lou...
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Affordable Care Act plans could see 70 percent price hike in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe
    Governor (44) , Insurance (53) , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act
    Rates could rise as much as 70 percent, a state agency says.

    Higher prices and fewer choices on the Illinois marketplace under President Barack Obama's health insurance law will make choosing a plan for 2017 a potentially frustrating experience for families who buy their own coverage, according to information released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Insura...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Hoping pills prevent violence by veterans
    Metro East (65) , Veterans (95)
    We’ve had World War II veterans tell us about waking up in the middle of the night to realize they were trying to strangle their wives as part of a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder episode. We just saw a suicidal vet in Belleville threaten to shoot a cop and hold off police for three hours, possibly related to his PTSD and refusal to take his meds.

    So it would be reckless ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Hoping pills prevent violence by veterans
    Metro East (65) , Veterans (95)
    We’ve had World War II veterans tell us about waking up in the middle of the night to realize they were trying to strangle their wives as part of a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder episode. We just saw a suicidal vet in Belleville threaten to shoot a cop and hold off police for three hours, possibly related to his PTSD and refusal to take his meds.

    So it would be reckless ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    A chance for Guv to let voters have their say
    Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner is fond of accusing Illinois Democrats of political chicanery. Hardly a week goes by when he doesn’t say as much in one way or another.

     

    If Rauner cares to walk the talk, though, showing he operates at a higher level of political ethics, he has a terrific opportunity to do so right now in the northwest suburban 27th Senate District.

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Treasurer tackles insurance companies’ dirty little secret
    Insurance (53) , Treasurer (92)

    Nine years after Chicago psychologist Dr. Terra Thomas died in an Indiana car crash, an employee of the Illinois state treasurer’s office reached out to her two surviving sons this spring with some shocking news.

     

    Thomas had left them a newly discovered $105,000 life insurance policy.

     

    As a single mom, Thomas had been mindful of the tough life h...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Bipartisan bickering
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Rauner, Bruce

    On Tuesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation imposing much tougher potential sentences on gun traffickers.

    The legislation passed without opposition. Republican legislative leaders and representatives of the Illinois State Police attended the signing.

    No Democr...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    CPS' double-dog dare to Springfield and CTU
    Chicago--Schools (18)

    Maybe you thought the Chicago Public Schools budget crisis was essentially over. Springfield coughed up some cash. So will Chicago taxpayers. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is boasting about spending millions to install air conditioning in every school.

    All's back to normal, right?

    Not quite. Instead of CPS DEFCON 1 (imminent insolvency), CPS has edged back from the brink of fiscal ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Illinois Obamacare rates could soar as state submits insurance premium increases to feds
    Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

    Illinois consumers are one step closer to facing sky-high increases for individual health insurance plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace.

    The Illinois Department of Insurance said Wednesday it has submitted rate increases to the federal government that for some types of plans average 43 percent to 55 percent.

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid ...   read more >

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