Government

Elections 2013
7:01 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Mayors Chamberlain, Morrissey, Rey, Gitz: Plus Links To More Election Results

Belvidere's Mayor-elect Mike Chamberlain
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  Mayoral contests were particularly contentious in four northern Illinois cities this election day.

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Restoring Com Ed Clear Cut
9:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Citizens Demand More Trees For DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration

Josh Clark of the DeKalb Park District presents the plan to add plants, shrubs, and prairie along the DeKalb Nature Trail.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Planting will begin soon along a DeKalb nature trail that was clear-cut below Com Ed power lines last November. The group tasked with coming up with a restoration plan presented it to the public last night. 

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Government
1:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Bivins Bills Target School Security

State Senator Tim Bivins
Credit Illinois General Assembly

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, is proposing a “common sense” package of legislation to improve security at public schools statewide. 

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Rockford's casino
6:37 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn waited until the last minute to act on a plan that would have given Illinois five new casinos – including one in Rockford – and allowed slot machines at horse race tracks.  

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.

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Developing
2:14 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn Vetos Gambling Expansion

Gov. Pat Quinn

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead.  Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.

When Quinn gives his annual budget address Wednesday, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora of financial problems.

That frustrates supporters of gambling expansion, who say more casinos would be like hitting the jackpot.

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Elections 2013
2:41 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Freeport Mayor Gaulrapp Defeated

A Difficult Day For Incumbents ...

Incumbent Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp lost his seat Tuesday in a Citizens Party primary contest with former Mayor Jim Gitz. With 100% of precincts reporting, Gitz had 1,130 votes to 896 for Gaulrapp.

In the Peoples Party contest, Jon Staben, with 215 votes, defeated Bettye Corbin, with140 votes.

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D. William Robertson
7:56 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Ex-Rockford Fire Chief Dies At 67

D. William Robertson

 Rockford Ald. D. William “Bill” Robertson, I-14, who served as Rockford Fire Chief for 17 years before entering politics, died Saturday morning after an extended battle with cancer.

Flags on city buildings were ordered flown at half staff in his honor.

“He was dedicated to the community in his role of Fire Chief, as a member of the Rockford Fire Department for 37 years, and as an alderman,” said current Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. “Our thoughts go out to his entire family in this time of great sorrow.”

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Rita Crundwell Case
4:32 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller Gets 19.5 Years

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Pedersen was lead prosecutor in the Rita Crundwell case.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced today to serve 235 months -- 19 years and 7 months -- in prison on one federal count of wire fraud resulting from her embezzlement of more than $53 million in public funds from the City of Dixon.

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Marriage Equality
2:46 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage

The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.

In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.

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DeKalb Landfill Expansion
3:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Cortland Township Suit Against Landfill Stalls

Cortland Township electors vote on DeKalb landfill issues Thursday night.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It was a long and contentious gathering in the Cortland Township maintenance garage last night: about 75 registered voters showed up to decide whether to take legal action to stop Waste Management’s planned landfill expansion there. 

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