Politics http://northernpublicradio.org en Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://northernpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Illinois Supreme Court" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/IL_supreme_court_from_website.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:35:47 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50821 at http://northernpublicradio.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Partisan Fighting Delays Hearing On Governor Quinn's Anti-Violence Program http://northernpublicradio.org/post/partisan-fighting-delays-hearing-governor-quinns-anti-violence-program <p>Illinois lawmakers can’t agree on their next step involving Governor Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program. The Legislative Audit Commission held a day-long hearing Wednesday about whether to press ahead with an investigation into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. They’ll resume the meeting Thursday morning with a call to the U.S. Attorney’s office.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:12:02 +0000 Susan Stephens 50760 at http://northernpublicradio.org Partisan Fighting Delays Hearing On Governor Quinn's Anti-Violence Program State Representative Jefferson Says "It's Time" http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-representative-jefferson-says-its-time <p>State Representative Chuck Jefferson says he’s retiring because it’s time to let someone younger take on the position. The Democrat held a retirement party of sorts at the State of Illinois building in Rockford’s downtown.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:42:03 +0000 Susan Stephens 50076 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Representative Jefferson Says "It's Time" Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative http://northernpublicradio.org/post/jefferson-resigns-rockfords-state-representative <p>State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:12:20 +0000 Susan Stephens 50032 at http://northernpublicradio.org Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative South Beloit's Mayor Dies At 68 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/south-beloits-mayor-dies-68 <p>South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy has died at the age of 68.&nbsp;</p><p>He was elected in 2011, following a four-decade career in education. He is being praised for a lifetime of public service, and a commitment to creating a comprehensive land use plan for the city. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:17:53 +0000 Susan Stephens 49431 at http://northernpublicradio.org South Beloit's Mayor Dies At 68 Independent Maps Group Granted More Time To Fight Signature Challenge http://northernpublicradio.org/post/independent-maps-group-granted-more-time-fight-signature-challenge <p>A struggling effort to change how Illinois draws its legislative districts will live another day.&nbsp; Election authorities today voted to give it some extra time to prove it deserves to make it on the November ballot.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:29:50 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 49237 at http://northernpublicradio.org Senate Joins House in Passing Illinois' 2015 Budget http://northernpublicradio.org/post/senate-joins-house-passing-illinois-2015-budget <div>UPDATE: Lawmakers adjourned shortly after midnight, shortly after approving a billion dollar road construction program. The Illinois Senate joined the House in approving a 35.7-million dollar budget for 2015. Democrats acknowledge the budget is incomplete, and no Republicans supported it in Friday afternoon's Senate vote.</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:46:59 +0000 Susan Stephens 48357 at http://northernpublicradio.org Senate Joins House in Passing Illinois' 2015 Budget Illinois House Adjourns For Weekend: No Doomsday Budget http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-house-adjourns-weekend-no-doomsday-budget <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected &nbsp;a so-called "doomsday budget" today -- one that does NOT rely on extending 20-11's income tax hike. It would have imposed deep cuts across Illinois government.</div><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:32:11 +0000 Hannah Meisel 47993 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois House Adjourns For Weekend: No Doomsday Budget VA's Shinseki 'Mad As Hell' Over Alleged Delays At Facility http://northernpublicradio.org/post/vas-shinseki-mad-hell-over-alleged-delays-facility <strong>Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET</strong><p>Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a Senate panel today [Thursday] that he hoped to have a preliminary report within three weeks on the problem of delayed treatment and preventable deaths at VA facilities across the nation.<p>His testimony came amid allegations that such conditions persisted at a VA hospital in Phoenix. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:57:00 +0000 editor 47540 at http://northernpublicradio.org VA's Shinseki 'Mad As Hell' Over Alleged Delays At Facility Deal Reached To Stem Retirement Rush http://northernpublicradio.org/post/deal-reached-stem-retirement-rush <p></p><p>Even as the broad “We Are One” coalition of unions seeks to prevent any of the pension law from taking effect next month … a new agreement would prevent parts of it from being implemented.</p><p>It mostly affects university and community college employees nearing the end of their careers.</p><p>The deal, between the State University Annuitants' Association and the attorney general, could put a stop to a surge of retirements at Illinois' public universities.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:42:47 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 47423 at http://northernpublicradio.org Deal Reached To Stem Retirement Rush