Politics

Rauner Initiative
5:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:22 pm

  An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.

 The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce Rauner's term limits initiative.

Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.

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Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
7:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Partisan Fighting Delays Hearing On Governor Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

Credit Neighborhood Recovery Institute

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. 

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67th District Democrat
12:42 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

State Representative Jefferson Says "It's Time"

State Representative Chuck Jefferson talks about his reasons for leaving the legislature.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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. 

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67th District Democrat
4:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative

State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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. 

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"Lifetime of service"
8:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

South Beloit's Mayor Dies At 68

South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy
Credit South Beloit School District / southbeloitschooldistrict.org

South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy has died at the age of 68. 

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.  

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"Yes For Independent Maps" in court
4:29 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Independent Maps Group Granted More Time To Fight Signature Challenge

A struggling effort to change how Illinois draws its legislative districts will live another day.  Election authorities today voted to give it some extra time to prove it deserves to make it on the November ballot.

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Legislature adjourns
4:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Senate Joins House in Passing Illinois' 2015 Budget

Credit Brian Mackey / WUIS

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.

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Illinois Legislature
3:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Illinois House Adjourns For Weekend: No Doomsday Budget

Credit WUIS / wuis.org

The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected  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.

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Politics
9:57 am
Thu May 15, 2014

VA's Shinseki 'Mad As Hell' Over Alleged Delays At Facility

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:42 pm

Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET

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.

His testimony came amid allegations that such conditions persisted at a VA hospital in Phoenix. Shinseki said he was "mad as hell" about the reports.

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University Pensions
9:42 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Deal Reached To Stem Retirement Rush

Gov. Pat Quinn signs the pension overhaul, also known as Senate Bill 1, into law in December 2013.
Credit Harvey Tillis / Illinois Information Service

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.

It mostly affects university and community college employees nearing the end of their careers.

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.

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