Politics

Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Durbin, Oberweis Squared Off On Ebola, Jobs, Taxes In Wednesday's Debate

Credit durbin.senate.gov / senatoroberweis.com

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis sparred Wednesday over who has the best plan to create jobs and improve the lives of Illinois residents.

Durbin says he wants to provide company tax incentives and affordable health care. Oberweis says he knows how to create jobs.

Durbin raised a question about Oberweis's residency. At issue is the fact that the Sugar Grove Republican's wife has a home in Florida.

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Wisconsin
8:36 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Candidates Meet For Final Debate Tonight

Credit State of Wisconsin / Burke for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are scheduled to meet for their second and final debate.

Tonight's debate in Milwaukee will be broadcast nationwide.

The one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m. It is being broadcast live on about 100 radio and television stations, including statewide on public television and nationally on C-SPAN.

Walker argues he turned around the state's economy. Burke says Walker failed in his first term and isn't advocating for the middle class.

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Election 2014
6:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Campaign Finance Report Says Rauner Out-Raising, Out-Spending Quinn

Credit facebook.com/GovernorQuinn & facebook.com/BruceRauner

Republican Bruce Rauner is out-raising and out-spending Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in their race for Illinois governor.

Quarterly campaign finance reports were due Wednesday.

In the last such report before the election, Rauner says he raised and spent more than 20 million dollars between July 1st and the end of last month. Quinn raised about 8 million dollars and spent more than 15 million.

The majority of Quinn’s money came from unions and other political committees. Rauner’s biggest contributor was himself.

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Election 2014
6:51 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Debate African-American Voter Issues In Second Debate

Credit twitter.com/BruceRauner; twitter.com/QuinnforIL

Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner continue to battle over what's best for Illinois’ future.

The top candidates faced off in two televised debates. The focus of last night’s debate was mostly African American voters - and the issues they’ll be thinking about on Election Day.

Both candidates on stage at the DuSable Museum realized the importance of this voting block.

My investments and my donations to the African American community have totaled 10s of millions of dollars.
--- Republican candidate Bruce Rauner

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Election 2014
6:42 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Illinois Online Voter Application Process Successful

Thirty-one thousand Illinois voters turned in online applications.

That's according to the State Board of Elections, which says more than a third of those arrived in the final two days before last week's deadline.

It was the first time Illinois allowed applicants to register online.

Voting rights groups pushed for the change. Critics question the process's ability to properly screen identities.

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Election 2014
6:37 am
Wed October 15, 2014

First Debate For Illinois Treasurer Happens Today

Credit State of Illinois

The candidates for Illinois treasurer face off this morning for the first debate in a tight race. Republican State Representative Tom Cross and Democratic State Senator Mike Frerichs both want to be the next state treasurer.

It’s a race that’s been surprisingly negative, and Frerichs’ campaign manager Zach Koutsky says it’s all Cross’ fault.

"Our 22-year statehouse opponent has been smearing every time Sen. Frerichs comes out with a proposal to improve an existing program in the office."
--- Zach Koutsky, Mike Frerichs's campaign manager

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Election 2014
6:26 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Candidate Criticizes Lisa Madigan On Corruption Prevention

Credit Office of the Illinois Attorney General

The Republican challenging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not doing enough to fight corruption.

Paul Schimpf is running on this campaign slogan: "Trust a Retired Marine, Not the Madigan Machine!" A reference not only to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, but also to her father -- House Speaker and head of the state Democratic Party, Michael Madigan.

Schimpf says both are part of a political class that has proven it can't police itself.

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Politics
7:38 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Challenger Karen Lewis Out Of Chicago Mayor Race

Chicago City Seal
Credit Mayor.cityofchicago.org

Chicago's mayor has one less challenger. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel wishes Karen Lewis a quick recovery from her cancerous brain tumor.

The Chicago Teachers Union president says she won't run for the mayor's office.

Lewis was seen as Emanuel's most credible re-election opponent. She often tussled with the mayor during the 2012 public schools teachers' strike.

In a statement, Emanuel said he respected and admired Lewis' willingness to be part of the conversation about Chicago's future. He said he looks forward to seeing her back on her feet.

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Politics
7:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

DeKalb Mayor Officially Looking For New City Clerk

Credit City of DeKalb

DeKalb Mayor John Rey is officially looking for a city clerk.

The seat was left open after the early resignation of Liz Peerboom last month. Peerboom left after expressing frustration with the senior city staff.

Rey said anyone interested in the position should contact him, and “a cover letter of interest with a brief resume is requested.”

The appointed clerk will serve until the April election. After that, he or she can choose whether or not to run for rest of the term.

The position pays $5,000 annually.

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Politics
6:59 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Tensions Run About Ann Callis's And Dick Durbin's Opponents' Budget Plans

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin
Credit Durbin.senate.gov

A fight over the federal budget led to a government shutdown about a year ago. Partisan tensions remain over what to do about popular, but expensive, programs.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, and one of the party's nominees for Congress --- former Judge Ann Callis --- called a press conference Monday. The theme? The effects of their respective opponents' -- Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis and Congressman Rodney Davis -- fiscal plans.

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