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  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    Rauner says he still doesn’t have a social agenda, critics disagree
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44) McSweeney, David--State House, 52
    In starting his post-primary re-election campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday he still doesn’t have a social agenda, but critics disagree.

    During a campaign stop in Springfield two days after narrowly winning the Republican nomination, Rauner said he has no social agenda, something the wealthy political newcomer maintained before being elected as a Republican in 2014.  read more >
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    'The sky is the limit': Illinois governor race expected to be most expensive in U.S. history
    Candidates--Statewide (12) Biss, Daniel--State Senate, 9 , Bryant, Terri--State House, 115 , Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42
    When the dust settled after Tuesday's primary, the race for governor of Illinois was set — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will face Democratic businessman J.B. Pritzker, an investor and heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune.

    It's also expected to be the most expensive race in U.S. history.

    John Jackson, of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Po...   read more >
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    Michael Madigan’s political operation sued for alleged retaliation against sexual harassment accuser
    Sexual Harassment (96) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    A woman who filed a federal lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Illinois and House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political operations wants to find evidence of who knew of the alleged sexual harassment, when they knew about it, and how they handled it.

    Former Madigan campaign worker Alaina Hampton filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. She claims Kevin Quinn, a high-le...   read more >
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    Census: Southern Illinois losing population faster than rest of state
    Demographics, Census, Statistics , Economy (34)
    Residents are leaving Southern Illinois counties in droves as the state continues to shrink.

    The U.S. Census Bureau reported last December that Illinois is shrinking. Now, the agency is revealing where Illinois is shrinking the most.

    Cook County, with about 5.2 million people, is by far the most populous county in Illinois. It lost the most people too, having seen more ...   read more >
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pension-cost shift concept draws opposition
    Pensions (70) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48 , McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54 , McSweeney, David--State House, 52
    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed four-year pension cost shift to local schools and universities – a key part of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year – has garnered mixed reactions from lawmakers across the aisle, but the controversial plan is likely dead already.

    Rauner's nemesis, House Speaker Mike Madigan, backed a similar plan in 2012 that ultimately fail...   read more >
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
    Illinois budget deficit soared to a record $14.6 billion in fiscal year 2017
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8) , Comptroller (21) , Governor (44)
    CHICAGO • Illinois' general fund budget deficit grew by 52 percent in fiscal 2017 to a record $14.6 billion as political feuding pushed the state deeper into the red, according to an annual financial report released on Thursday by the Illinois Auditor General.

    The ballooning deficit, as measured on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, underscored the cost ...   read more >
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    More than 80 percent of Illinois counties saw population loss in 2017
    Demographics, Census, Statistics
    As outmigration fuels population decline throughout the state, Cook County saw the largest numeric population loss of any county in the nation.

    New data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show Illinois’ concerning trends of population loss and outmigration are playing out at the county level across the state.

    In December 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau released...   read more >
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    After Illinois Primary, Public Option Takes Shape For November Elections
    Governor (44) , Medicaid, Managed Care Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42
    A public option as an addition to subsidized individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act gained momentum Tuesday night after J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Illinois.

    In the November general election, Pritzker will face embattled Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner who squeaked by his challenger in the GOP Primary, Illinois Rep. Jeanne Ives. With 90% of Rep...   read more >
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    Large Illinois counties see spike in voters, but turnout remained low overall
    Demographics, Census, Statistics , Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Governor (44)
    Non-presidential primaries in Illinois don’t typically garner much enthusiasm, but voters bucked that trend Tuesday.

    Nearly one in four registered voters in Illinois’ 10 largest counties cast a ballot yesterday. That’s far more than the number who went to the polls in 2014.

    Most notably, Cook County saw a spike in participation from 2014. Some 441,732 b...   read more >
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    Study: Illinois home to highest overall tax burden in the nation
    Taxes, misc. (89)
    The plight Illinoisans face under the state’s immense tax burden is hardly a secret. But a recent study offers a sobering reminder of the degree to which Illinois’ steep tax bills dwarf those of other states.

    A report issued March 13 by WalletHub, a personal finance service, measures the combined state and local tax burdens of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The Land...   read more >
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    After dismal primary showing, turbulent times ahead for Illinois' GOP
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44) , Political Parties (Incld Tea Party) (39a)
    In politics, money doesn’t just talk, it screams. In Illinois, even the obscene amounts of money spent in Tuesday’s primaries won’t be enough to help the Republican Party if it doesn’t find a way to field more palatable candidates. The party slate included two avowed racists along with multiple incumbents who clearly didn’t inspire the GOP masses.

    Gov....   read more >
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Illinois voters enraged after receiving threatening mailer containing their voting history
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)
    Chicago voters are angry after receiving mailers containing their voting history, as well as that of their neighbors.

    What are the details?

    The mailers were reportedly sent by the Illinois State Voter Program, according to WBBM-TV.

    The org’s mailers push residents to vote, and include their voter record since 2014. Voters’ neighbors are also includ...   read more >
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    State senate choice is between veteran with honor, or scoundrel with none
    Candidates--Legislative (11) Clayborne Jr., James--State Senate, 57
    After several decades of state Sen. James Clayborne's antics with getting state jobs for female friends and cell phone salesmen as well as trying to consolidate the district that dared discipline his son, we have an opportunity to replace him with fresh thinking that doesn't follow the same failed path. The first opportunity to get this right is Tuesday.

    The Republican primary for ...   read more >
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Poll: Majority of Illinois voters say criminal justice system is biased, but downstate voters disagree
    Corrections (74) , Demographics, Census, Statistics , Prisons (74)
    CARBONDALE — Illinois voters support vigorous government action regarding two major issues on Illinois’ policy agenda — that is the conclusion of a recent statewide poll of 1,001 registered voters released by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

    Voters see bias in criminal justice system
    A t...   read more >
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Keep On Squeezin', Squeezy The Pension Python
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Pensions (70) Biss, Daniel--State Senate, 9

    Illinois voters may remember Squeezy the Pension Python, the main character in a video meant to gain public support for pension reform legislation in 2012.

    The bill passed in 2013. 

    As described by CNN at the time:

    “The plan will reduce annual...   read more >

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Life After The Chicago Bears: Ex-Players Have Collected $13M In Workers' Comp Since 2000
    Workers' Compensation (97)
    Matt Forte ground out almost 10,000 yards rushing as a running back, scoring 75 touchdowns in the process, during 10 seasons in the National Football League, including eight with the Chicago Bears.

    The gridiron star also racked up $43 million in pay before retiring after the 2017-18 season at age 32 because of knee injuries.

    Now, Forte is trying to get money for those in...   read more >
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Democratic ballots eclipsing Republicans in early voting in downstate GOP strongholds
    Candidates--Statewide (12) Biss, Daniel--State Senate, 9 , Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42 , Raoul, Kwame--State Senate, 13
    Early voting results from counties outside of the Chicago area are hinting of a downstate surge of Democrat voters.

    A number of county clerks are reporting significant numbers of early voters in their counties.

    Even without Bloomington voters who have their own clerk, McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said Democratic early voting spiked.

    “It was six-to-o...   read more >
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Five Questions Illinois Voters Will Answer on Tuesday
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Candidates--Statewide (12) , Demographics, Census, Statistics , Governor (44) Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42
    A sitting governor faces a primary challenge, while Democrats vie to contest GOP incumbents in several House districts

    WASHINGTON—The Illinois primaries on Tuesday will, in part, settle disputes for both Democrats and Republicans by defining the political cost of deviating from party orthodoxy on social issues.

    Democrats will also pick candidates i...   read more >
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
    Opinion: You should pick the politicians. They shouldn't pick you.
    Legislature (56) , Redistricting (78)
    Tomorrow you head to the polls to vote in a party primary for state and congressional leaders. Last week we saw a positive move that could fix the broken process for deciding which state and congressional leaders speak for you and your neighbors.

    Illinois pushed hard in 2016 to amend the Illinois Constitution so state legislative districts could be drawn by an independent commissio...   read more >
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
    'It is going to be extremely difficult': Southern Illinois leaders prepare for cuts from governor's proposed budget
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)
    CARBONDALE — During his 2018 budget address, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his proposal would cut the municipalities’ Local Government Distributive Fund, or LGDF, by 10 percent.

    LGDF distributes shares of state personal and corporate income taxes to local governments not based on need, but on share of the state population. In the budget passed by the state this past July,...   read more >
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
    Poll finds most Illinois voters want state budget cuts, but unsure what to cut
    Budget--State (8) Batinick, Mark--State House, 97 , McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    Three out of four Illinois voters want to balance the state’s budget by somewhat shrinking the size of government and more than half said no taxes should be raised at all, according to recent poll results.

    Even after a $5 billion income tax increase in July, the state’s budget is $1.5 billion in the red.

    So the question was asked by the Paul Simon Institute ...   read more >
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
    Illinois Prevailing Wage Act does not apply to state's high-speed rail project, court rules
    Labor (55) , Railroads (77) , Trains (77) , Transportation (91) , Unions, labor (55)
    BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granted summary judgment to Professional Transportation Inc. (PTI) in an Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (IPWA) case filed by a former employee.

    The order was granted March 1, which dismissed the case with prejudice. It was written by Judge Staci M. Yandle.

    Robert Murphy, a driver for PTI, was amo...   read more >
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
    Jeanne Ives for Governor
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44) Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42
    By The Editors

    Voters in Illinois will head to the polls this Tuesday. They should vote for Jeanne Ives in the Republican gubernatorial primary over the thoroughly disappointing incumbent governor Bruce Rauner, who has forfeited any claim on his party’s nod.

    Rauner, a businessman with no prior experience in politics, vowed in 2014 to take on longtime House speaker ...   read more >
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
    Medicaid study: Thousands die on waiting lists as Obamacare saps resources from disabled
    Medicaid, Managed Care
    The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare that began in 2014 has siphoned state resources away from caring for the severely disabled, hundreds of thousands of whom have been languishing for years on Medicaid waiting lists, a new study found.

    In the 30 states that have opted to expand health care coverage to able-bodied adults through Medicaid, 250,000 disabled individuals continue ...   read more >
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
    Clear choice for Illinois Governor is Ives
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44) Ives, Jeanne--State House, 42 , McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    To the Editor:

    In order for our state government to be more accountable, citizens will have to be involved.

    The difficult task for each citizen is to determine the truth of what politicians tell them. Too often this is the biggest problem to overcome in deciding who to support on Election Day.

    I can tell you that the clear choice for Governor of Illinois is Je...   read more >