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  • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    Congressional candidate unveils plan to restore faith in political system
    Candidates--Federal (13)
    The Democratic Party’s candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives 12th Congressional District seat made a campaign stop in Union County Friday afternoon, Aug. 31.

    Brendan Kelly of Swansea paid a visit to the Dixie Bar-B-Q in Jonesboro. He was accompanied by judicial candidate and Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds.

    The candidate’s stop in Union C...   read more >

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  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    Barbs fly between Rauner and Pritzker in first TV debate of governor's race
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    A bitter race for Illinois governor that has played out in TV attack ads for more than 16 months carried over to the debate stage Thursday as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger read more >

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  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    Morning Spin

    The popularity of Chicago’s Riverwalk has created a dangerous mix of cyclists trying to navigate through crowds of strolling families and partiers drinking at the bars and restaurants along the waterway, a situation downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly said he aims to end by outlawing riding on the path.

    Reilly introduced an ordinance Thursday requiring cyclists to walk their bik...   read more >

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  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    Rauner EPA withholds Sterigenics records from attorney general until local Republicans intervene
    Attorney General (6) , EPA (41) , Rauner, Bruce

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is at odds with the state’s chief lawyer again, this time about the public health investigation of a suburban Chicago sterilization plant connected to the governor.

    Urged by fellow Republica...   read more >
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  • Friday, September 21, 2018
    Trump, Rauner have the power to shut down a toxic Willowbrook plant. Will they use it?
    EPA (41)

    A company responsible for some of the nation’s highest cancer risks from toxic air pollution says its sterilization plant in west suburban Willowbrook operates well within the law.

    Also vouching for the company is Republican Gov. read more >
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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Congressman Rodney Davis
    Congress (22)
    Davis tackles a number of issues impacting you on Capitol Hill. http://www.sportsradio1450.com/podcast-am-springfield/ ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    : Michael Madigan on sexual harassment in Springfield: I wish I had acted sooner.
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    Over the past year, women across our country have bravely come forward to shed light on a culture that permits and facilitates harassment in the workplace. Because the sheer number of stories has revealed just how prevalent these problems are — from Hollywood to Wall Street and throughout politics, the media, and academia — some have attempted to use this disturbing prevalence to sh...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Morning Spin
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker will meet for their first televised debate Thursday evening, marking the candidates’ first time sharing a stage during their acrimonious race for governor.

    The two have been on TV plenty, both spending millions of dollars worth of their personal wealth on advertising to criticize each other. Now, they...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Republican challenger accuses Democratic comptroller Susana Mendoza of 'hedging' on Chicago mayor question
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza stuck to her script Wednesday that she’s focusing on her re-election and not a run for Chicago mayor as Republican challenger Darlene Senger pressured her to commit to a four-year term with the state.

    “I would like to see a commitment that on Nov. 7 if you’re elected you’re going to be there for four years, and ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Speaker Madigan: How I'm addressing sexual harassment issues
    Sexual Harassment (96)

    Over the past year, women across our country have bravely come forward to shed light on a culture that permits and facilitates harassment in the workplace. Because the sheer number of stories has revealed just how prevalent these problems are — from Hollywood to Wall Street and throughout politics, the media, and academia — some have attempted to use this disturbing preval...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    District 61 rivals disagree on blaming Madigan for state's problems
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Republican state Rep. Sheri Jesiel of Winthrop Harbor criticized House Speaker Michael Madigan as power-hungry and unconcerned about the people of Illinois.

     

    But her Democratic challenger for the 61st District seat, Joyce Mason of Gurnee, said demonizing Madigan won't solve the state's woes.

     

    Jesiel and Mason will face off in the Nov. 6 election. They...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Slow Down: It's harvest season
    Agriculture (2)

    It's harvest time again and area farmers have been taking to the fields the past few weeks.

    This means there are more slow-moving vehicles than usual on the roads and drivers should exercise caution. Slow-moving tractors, tractors pulling wagons and variety of agriculture-related vehicles are expected to be appearing frequently on area roads during harvest season.

    Farmers ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Appellate court punts on lawsuit over Illinois taxpayer-funded abortion law
    Abortion (1) , Governor (44) Breen, Peter--State House, 48
    It could be up to the Illinois Supreme Court to determine if lawmakers violated the state Constitution in approving spending without an official revenue estimate, and whether lawmakers abused the legislative process in passing a controversial abortion law.

    House Bill 40 allows the use of tax dollars to pay for Medicaid recipients’ and state employees’ elective abortions. In th...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    With a booming economy, Illinois may not be able to escape SNAP work requirement again
    Governor (44) , Public Aid (75) Mitchell, Bill--State House, 101
    As the time nears for Illinois to decide whether it will request a waiver to exempt work requirements for federal food assistance, a central Illinois Republican and the candidate running to replace him are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to forgo the waiver request.

    In previous years, Rauner’s office has successfully received a federal waiver for all counties but DuPage, citing a lack of j...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Long adds to his story
    Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , Long, Jerry Lee--State House, 76

    Another day, another story for embattled state Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) following his appearance on a Peoria television station Wednesday night.

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers
    Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

    The Justice Department last week used a law guaranteeing repayment of Medicare and Medicaid expens...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Illinois gets $44M in federal funds to fight opioid abuse
    Drugs (32) , Federal Government (22A)

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strateg...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Illinois students healing 1 year after school shooting
    Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46) , Miscellaneous (98)

    MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois high school students are still healing a year after a teen shot a student in the cafeteria.

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    WIU should be here
    Education--Higher (37)

    Another satellite campus won't do it, Gov. Rauner. Only a fully-fledged, locally based public university will do if the Quad-Cities are to fully thrive in the modern economy.

     

    Here's a better idea — make Moline Western Illinois University's official home.

     

    On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner pitched his nebulous campaign proposal to expand University ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Lincoln Museum Foundation questioned about authenticity of stovepipe hat
    Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Library and Museum (50) Butler, Tim--State House, 87

    SPRINGFIELD – The latest embarrassment surrounding the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: a Chicago Public Radio report that the library foundation commissioned studies which could not prove a stovepipe hat belonged to Lincoln, then kept the reports secret.

    The newly-revealed story is a follow-up to questions about the hat’s provenance years ago, first repor...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Retired Episcopalian priest who served in Alton facing deportation
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)
    A retired Episcopalian priest is facing deportation to his native England, and supporters are rallying to help him stay in the Alton area as a hearing in immigration court looms next week.

    The Rev. David Boase is accused of voting illegally in one federal election while in the United States — something he said he didn’t know was against the law at the time.

    The vote wa...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    A graduated rate income tax is in Illinois’ best interests
    Taxes, Graduated/Progressive

    Whether Illinois should adopt a graduated rate income tax has emerged as a core issue in the current gubernatorial campaign. This is a legitimate policy question that merits serious consideration by our next chief executive. After all, Illinois decision makers have historically failed to get state tax policy right ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Rep. Butler wants hearings on Lincoln hat authenticity
    Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Library and Museum (50)

    State Rep. Tim Butler said Wednesday the House should hold hearings to get to the bottom of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and a stovepipe hat purportedly owned by Lincoln that the foundation shelled out millions to obtain.

     

    Butler called for the hearings in the wake of a report Wednesday by WBEZ radio in Chicago about a previously undisclosed report b...   read more >

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Solar farms proposals get OK from county, await state funding

    The Sangamon County Board voted last week in favor of an ordinance tightening standards for large-scale solar farm projects in the county.

     

    The 20-6 vote cleared the way for the board to later approve the necessary zoning changes for two stalled solar projects — one near Rochester and another in Pleasant Plains — which now await state funding.

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  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    IVCC awarded state funds to help construct new ag storage building
    Education--Higher (37) Rezin, Sue--State Senate 38

    SPRINGFIELD — A barn dating back to the 1940s at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby will be demolished, with a new agriculture building going up in its place, thanks to capital project money released Sept. 11 by the Illinois Office of Management and Budget.

    The funds from the state, $164,790, combined with $60,210 coming from local funding, will be used to constr...   read more >

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