5:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

DeKalb City Candidate Petitions Open Next Week

Credit City of DeKalb

The filing period for DeKalb city candidates’ petitions for the April election starts next week and ends Dec. 22.

The offices up for election are: Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and City Clerk.

Petition packets are filed with the City Clerk’s office. The Candidates’ Guide can be downloaded from the city’s website.

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3:19 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Toxic Ads Scorch, Spur Defamation Suit

A screenshot of the "Daisy" ad that aired in September, 1964. It's widely believed to be the first attack ad, and a political game-changer.

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 3:25 am

It was 50 years ago last month that a new type of campaign commercial aired -- one devised to make President Lyndon Johnson's opponent look bad, rather than to extol his own virtues. "Daisy" only aired once, it was so controversial: the scene of a girl pulling petals off a flower crossed into one of an exploding bomb.  That commercial changed the political landscape. Any inhibitions campaigns may have had in 1964 have long since vanished. Now, negative ads are the norm.

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6:34 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Two Days Remain To Register To Vote In November Election

Credit flickr user / Vox efx "I Voted" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois election officials say there are two days left for regular voter registration.

Residents who have a driver's license or state ID can register for the Nov. 4 election online through the Board of Elections website until Tuesday.

Regular early voting for governor, a U.S. senator and other state officers starts Oct. 20.

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5:31 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Update: Reinstated Wisconsin Voter ID Law Causing Headaches For Election Officials

Credit Ryan Pumroy / WNIJ

Wisconsin voters who received, or plan to use, an absentee ballot will need to show photo ID for their ballot to be counted.

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10:16 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Experts Debate Role of Money in Elections

Political scientists Bradley Smith, Matthew Streb, and Richard Hasen talk about the role of money in the 2012 elections at NIU's Altgeld Hall
Jenna Dooley

Two leading political scientists brought their expertise to Altgeld Hall Wednesday night to a full crowd of students and members of the public.  Richard Hasen, University of California, Irvine and Bradley Smith, Capital University School of Law took the stage to discuss the impact of Citizens United.

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10:53 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Around Illinois – May 21

  • Korean shellfish considered “tainted
  • “Biondo bill” is put on the shelf – for now
  • Rockford Parks police vote yes for union
  • Shimkus aide wins 13th District ballot spot
  • Polish president honors governor, Guard members

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