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  • Monday, September 18, 2017
    Is wave of lawmaker retirements an argument for term limits?
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Legislature (56) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    You might think that 20 percent turnover of the Illinois legislature would be an argument against term limits.

    But State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, said the wave of retirement announcements is actually the case for limiting legislative terms.

    Term limits "check the motivation why people serve," Mc...   read more >
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  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
    Former legislator wants to go back to Springfield. His own party wants someone else.
    Candidates--Legislative (11) , Legislators (former) (58) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Kay, Dwight--State House, 112 , Stuart, Katie--State House, 112
    Former Republican state Rep. Dwight Kay wants his old seat back in the 112th District. But the state Republican Party wants to move on.

    The Illinois House Republican Organization has recruited Wendy Erhart, of Maryville, to run against state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, who won Kay’s seat in 2016.

    “Dwight is a friend. We’ve supported him in the pa...   read more >
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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    Local race for state Senate seat may top spending records, experts say
    Candidates--Legislative (11) , Governor (44) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) Haine, Bill--State Senate, 56
    With the competition set for replacing state Sen. Bill Haine in the Illinois Senate, the 56th District race is shaping up to be expensive and loud, experts said.

    Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton announced Wednesday that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for the 56th District seat in the Illinois Senate, after Haine announced that he will not seek re-election while fighting...   read more >
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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    Former LaSalle Co. state's attorney under indictment landed job as special prosecutor after voters ousted him
    Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Local Government (60) , Police (28)
    SPRINGFIELD – When the people of LaSalle County fired state’s attorney Brian Towne for actions worthy of indictment in the last general election, the people of Illinois hired him.

    Towne, a special state prosecutor making $130,000, was indicted Sept. 5 on 17 felony counts involving events that occurred prior to his hiring by the state.

    Throughout those event...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    Here's a climate problem that is man-made (and correctable)
    Asbestos (48) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    If you hoped that Illinois might lose its dubious distinction as a state with one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, you hoped wrong.

    In the Lawsuit Climate Survey published periodically by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Illinois has ranked among the bottom five for the past 10 years, earning a disreputable 48th place in 2015. But there was always the chanc...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    ITLA responds to Harris poll
    Asbestos (48) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    To the Editor:

    If the U.S. Chamber wants a debate over what justice means for someone who lost a child due to a physician’s gross negligence, a worker maimed because his plant didn’t want to spend a few extra dollars for safer equipment, or for an individual killed when shrapnel severed their carotid artery after a defective airbag inexplicably exploded in their face, l...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    More bad news for Illinois
    Asbestos (48) , Legal System (27) , Tort Reform (27)
    It seems as though whenever there is a list of state rankings, the news is seldom good for the State of Illinois. In fact, it is usually just the opposite.

    Chief Executive Magazine released a report earlier this year ranking Illinois the third worst state in the nation for business. In the report, one CEO noted, “Illinois is becoming a worse state to do business in all the t...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    Fifth District panel sides with Rauner in removing former Harrisburg mayor from Prison Review Board
    Corrections (74) , Governor (44) , Prisons (74)
    MOUNT VERNON – Gov. Bruce Rauner has won appellate court approval to remove former Harrisburg mayor Eric Gregg from the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

    On Sept. 8, Fifth District Justices Thomas Welch and John Barberis upheld Rauner’s removal decision as an executive decision beyond judicial review.

    Justice David Overstreet dissented, arguing that the Gener...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    Illinoisans get $6B more in long-term debt, but no reforms
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Governor (44)
    Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced plans to borrow $6 billion to help pay down the state’s unpaid bills. The state has accumulated over $15 billion in unpaid bills after spending more than it’s taken in for more than a decade.

    This latest borrowing by the state is a mixed bag for Illinoisans.

    On the one hand, borrowing $6 billion will save the state – and ...   read more >
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  • Friday, September 8, 2017
    Like California, so goes Illinois as sanctuary state
    Governor (44) , Immigration (99a)
    To the Editor:

    On Monday, Aug. 27, Illinois' Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 31 into law that forbids the arrest or detainment of our nearly 500,000 illegal aliens and it shields them from federal immigration laws.

    For those who are trying to convince Illinoisans that SB 32 is not a sanctuary bill, consider that Sanctuary policies are any policies that seek to frustrate...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    Stacked deck: Of all neighboring states, only Illinois gives strike powers to government unions
    Governor (44) , Right to work
    Skyrocketing property tax bills are forcing Illinoisans from their homes. Since 1990, residential property taxes have grown more than three times faster than median household incomes in the state. Illinoisans now pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation.
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  • Monday, September 4, 2017
    Your labor gives Illinois leaders $50,000 shelter against winter winds
    Budget--State (8) , Labor (55) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a) , Taxes, misc. (89)
    In 1894, Labor Day became a national holiday. The concept was to honor the contributions workers made to our nation’s strength and prosperity, long before it became a great day for barbecues and mattress sales.

    The definition of labor includes words like toil, exertion, struggle, effort and even drudgery.

    For many, work is a means to an end: feed, clothe and house ...   read more >
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  • Monday, September 4, 2017
    First fracking permit approved in Illinois
    Energy, Alternative Energy (93) , Fracking
    Illinois regulators have approved the state's first hydraulic fracturing permit more than four years after the controversial oil-drilling practice was allowed.

    The state Department of Natural Resources posted notice of approval online of an application from Woolsey Companies Inc. of Wichita, Kan. The energy development company was the first to apply for a permit under the state law...   read more >
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  • Monday, September 4, 2017
    A Republican governor who actually wants more people to vote
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Governor (44)
    Illinois has become the 10th state in the past three years to adopt a form of automatic voter registration, which expands the number of people eligible to vote. In an era when many red states — and the Trump administration — are trying to reduce access to the ballot, it’s notable that Illinois’ Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, signed the measure into law.

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  • Sunday, September 3, 2017
    Lying to our kids about tooth fairy, Santa and school funding
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner didn’t get everything he wanted. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan didn’t get everything he wanted.

    Neither had the power to force the other to do what they wanted, so they tried something new: They compromised.

    Or did they?

    Maybe it was more of a Springfield compromise. Rauner doesn’t lose a limb, and Madigan doe...   read more >
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  • Friday, September 1, 2017
    Mike Babcock announces run for 111th House District, wants to 'restore faith in Illinois'
    Candidates--Legislative (11) Beiser, Dan--State House, 111
    ALTON – Mike Babcock wants to do for Illinois what he has for Wood River Township and has announced his candidacy for state representative of the 111th District in 2018.

    “This government economy that never creates enough good-paying job(s) seems to only excel at taking more of people’s money,” Babcock told the Record.

    “As supervisor here in ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Gov. Rauner just says no to “overreach” legislation
    Governor (44) , Insurance (53) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    Kudos to Gov. Bruce Rauner for exercising his amendatory veto power to spare Illinoisans the aggravation and expense of challenging a potentially unconstitutional law.

    Democrats in both houses passed a bill expanding last year's Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act to require insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996.
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  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    School funding reform, with private school scholarships, heads to Rauner’s desk
    Education Funding (36a) Haine, Bill--State Senate, 56 , McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54 , Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58
    All that’s left to ensure schools remain open and to send more money to the neediest districts in Illinois is the governor’s signature on a compromise education funding plan.

    The Illinois Senate approved the plan with a 38-13 vote Tuesday after the House passed it Monday.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it, which w...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Bill that would keep your kid’s school open passes its first crucial test
    Education Funding (36a) Beiser, Dan--State House, 111 , Cavaletto, John--State House, 107 , Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113 , Meier, Charlie--State House, 108 , Stuart, Katie--State House, 112
    A compromise funding plan that would ensure public schools can stay open this year garnered enough support Monday in the Illinois House to move forward.

    The Senate is now scheduled to vote Tuesday on the measure.

    Republican and Democratic leaders had been negotiating the proposal in closed-door meetings for days, with few details released before Monday. It includes up to...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Illinois House passes school funding overhaul on 2nd attempt
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) Davis, William "Will"--State House, 30
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • The Illinois House approved an education funding plan Monday that will increase state money for all districts, reduce disparities between rich and poor schools and provide $75 million in tax credits for people who donated to private school scholarships.

    Lawmakers voted 73-34 to send the legislation to the Senate, where a vote is expected Tuesday. Republica...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
    Glen Carbon prosecutor Rachelle Aud Crowe announces run for Illinois Senate
    Candidates--Legislative (11) Haine, Bill--State Senate, 56
    GLEN CARBON — Madison County prosecutor Rachelle Aud Crowe announced her candidacy in the Democratic Primary for the 56th Illinois Senate District Wednesday, with a pledge to bring local values and a prosecutor’s determination to Springfield.

    “In the courtroom, I’ve never been afraid to take on the most difficult cases to protect our community,” said C...   read more >
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  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
    Madison County prosecutor Rachelle Aud Crowe announces candidacy for State Senate
    Candidates--Legislative (11) Haine, Bill--State Senate, 56
    Madison County prosecutor Rachelle Aud Crowe announced her candidacy in the Democratic Primary for Illinois’ 56th Senate District on Wednesday.

    The 56th District encompasses parts of both Madison and St. Clair Counties, including parts of Alton, Bethalto, Caseyville,Collinsville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Elsah, Fairview Heights, Hartford, Glen Carbon, Godfrey, Granite City, ...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    Why selling bonds to pay overdue bills could protect Illinois' credit rating
    Budget--State (8) , Comptroller (21) , Governor (44)
    CHICAGO  •  The sale of up to $6 billion of bonds by Illinois to shrink its enormous unpaid bill backlog, an action the governor has yet to take, could protect the state from a credit rating downgrade to junk, S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday.

    The credit rating agency said the issuance of 12-year general obligation bonds would be cheaper than late payment pena...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim
    Courts (27) , Tobacco, Smoking Ban, E-Cigarettes , Tort Reform (27)
    EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

    The precedent, Nesses v. Shepard, creates federal jurisdiction when a violator corrupts a state judicial process to obtain a favorable judgm...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    Illinois Senate passes Chicago bailout, overrides Rauner's amendatory veto
    Education Funding (36a) , Governor (44) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48 , McCann, Sam--State Senate, 50
    The Illinois Senate voted Aug. 13 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, a school funding proposal. Rauner’s changes to the bill included stripping it of language that primarily or exclusively benefited Chicago Public Schools at the expense of school districts in need across...   read more >
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