Illinois politics http://northernpublicradio.org en Can New Maps Clean Up Illinois Politics? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/can-new-maps-clean-illinois-politics <p>A non-partisan group looking to overhaul the future of politics in Illinois is picking up the pace of its campaign.&nbsp; <a href="http://independentmaps.org">“Yes for Independent Maps”</a> is coordinating an effort to amend the Illinois constitution: it would take the power of drawing state legislative boundaries away from lawmakers and put it in the hands of an independent panel. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:55:12 +0000 Susan Stephens 44614 at http://northernpublicradio.org Can New Maps Clean Up Illinois Politics? Four-Way Fight For The 50th House District http://northernpublicradio.org/post/four-way-fight-50th-house-district <p>Republican State Representative Kay Hatcher announced last fall she wouldn’t run for the 50<sup>th</sup> district seat she has held since 2009. It didn’t take long for four Republicans and a Democrat to come forward and announce their intentions to replace her. We continue our primary election previews with a look at the candidates in the district that covers portions of southern Kane and northern Kendall counties.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:29:16 +0000 Susan Stephens 44332 at http://northernpublicradio.org Four-Way Fight For The 50th House District Cook County Republican Durkin Joins "The Four Tops" http://northernpublicradio.org/post/cook-county-republican-durkin-joins-four-tops <p>Call him “House Minority Leader Durkin.” State Representative Jim Durkin was elected Thursday by his Republican colleagues as their new House leader.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new Republican leader is from the Cook County village of Western Springs. He’s an attorney and has served twice in the Illinois House: from 1994 to 2002, and from 2006 to today. In between, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:11:30 +0000 WNIJ 35367 at http://northernpublicradio.org Cook County Republican Durkin Joins "The Four Tops" Illinois House GOP Leader Wants New Job http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-house-gop-leader-wants-new-job <div>Illinois House minority leader Tom Cross is telling his Republican colleagues today he plans to run for Illinois treasurer.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:37:38 +0000 Susan Stephens 34924 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois House GOP Leader Wants New Job Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lisa-madigan-will-not-run-governor <p>Lisa Madigan will NOT run for Illinois governor next year. The state’s Attorney General announced today she has been considering a run for governor for months, but decided to stick with her current job.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:26:39 +0000 Susan Stephens & Amanda Vinicky 33019 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor Pension Stalemate Continues Among Illinois' Democratic Leaders http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pension-stalemate-continues-among-illinois-democratic-leaders <p>Illinois’ top public officials met behind closed doors today to discuss the state’s 100-billion dollar pension debt. And still - there is no clear compromise on pension reform.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:48:05 +0000 Tony Arnold 31513 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pension Stalemate Continues Among Illinois' Democratic Leaders Election 2012 On WNIJ http://northernpublicradio.org/post/election-2012-wnij <p><strong>Election 2012 News From NPR</strong></p><p>Follow <strong><a href="/topic/illinois-election-2012" target="_self">Illinois Election 2012</a></strong> for coverage of candidates in your local races.</p> <p><script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="http://www.npr.org/promos/election2012/elex2012.promo.js"></script></p><br> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:58:51 +0000 WNIJ 17315 at http://northernpublicradio.org Election 2012 On WNIJ Thousands ask Winnebago County to allow concealed guns http://northernpublicradio.org/post/thousands-ask-winnebago-county-allow-concealed-guns <p></p><p>Members of the Rockford Tea Party hope they are a step closer to persuading lawmakers that Illinoisans have the right to carry concealed firearms.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:31:04 +0000 Susan Stephens 16470 at http://northernpublicradio.org Thousands ask Winnebago County to allow concealed guns