Government and Legislature

Illinois' Township Governments Make Their Case

Apr 11, 2012


The performance of township governments in Illinois was on display Tuesday night.

State Audit Finds Problems with FOID Program

Apr 6, 2012

Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification program has a heap of problems. That's according to an audit released this week. The state Auditor General says some of those problems put public safety at risk. The report says too often state police don't know when they grant FOID cards if the applicant has a disqualifying mental health condition. The audit also found 70% of revoked registration cards never get back to police. The Illinois State Police says the number of requests for FOID cards has steadily increased over the past few years, but its resources are limited.


It looks like Illinois will keep most of its regional offices of education. A commission charged with reviewing the need for the offices and the position of Regional Superintendent released its recommendation today: it proposed cutting the number of offices from 44 to 35. 

Along with the broad array of candidates seeking their party nomination to political office, a number of other issues will be presented for voters’ decisions. The most popular issue is electrical aggregation. This issue has been supported by government officials at all levels and by business and community leaders.

Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State Budget Address Wednesday, announcing “today, our rendezvous with reality has arrived.”

Local Governments Increase Collection Efforts

Feb 21, 2012


Local governments in Illinois are stepping up their efforts to collect unpaid fines. 

Since last July, dozens of DeKalb County businesses and organizations have shown interest in being part of an organized Art Council.  What is missing is someone to take charge. Pat Vary chairs the county’s Economic Development Committee.  She says there are many advantages to formalizing an Art Council. For example, the group could pool resources to rent or buy office space to store props and hold activities. Critics say the government body should stay out of the art business and focus on other priorities.

State of the State Reaction

Feb 2, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn used his State of the State address to outline proposals he says would boost Illinois' economy.  The governor's plan includes various tax cuts.  He also proposed an increase in education spending.

Illinois Lawmakers Go Back To Work

Jan 30, 2012

Budget issues are expected to top the agenda as Illinois lawmakers get ready for the spring session.

President's State-of-the-Union Address

Jan 23, 2012

On Tuesday evening, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address.  Facing into an election year, the President is expected to continue pushing Congress on his economic agenda.  The GOP response will be given by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.  WNIJ will have live coverage of the President's address, beginning at 8pm.  NPR's Melissa Block will host.  She'll be joined in the studio by NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.