Illinois regulators continue to develop a plan to reduce the state's output of greenhouse gasses.
The state EPA and commerce commission are proposing a federal rule. It would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants. The Rev. Brian Sauder heads an environmental advocacy group.
"So we stand here today with 20,000 -- more than 20,000 petitions addressed to Gov. Quinn thanking him for saying that he supports President Obama in rolling out this Clean Power Plan. " --- Rev. Brian Sauder
A watchdog group says whoever wins the race for governor will face difficult choices about Illinois’ prisons. The group is laying out what it’s calling a “roadmap” for overhauling crime and punishment — and wants to know where the candidates stand.
Republican candidate for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been asked repeatedly by reporters about Trans Health Care. That’s a group of nursing homes with ties to Rauner’s namesake venture capital firm.
Here’s what Rauner had to say about the nursing home trial - when asked by reporters Monday.
I hope and believe that there wasn’t any wrongdoing done anywhere. If there was, it should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. --- Republican Bruce Rauner, gubernatorial candidate
Republican Bruce Rauner says eventually he wants to cut Illinois’ income tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent. But he says that might not happen right away because taxes are scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent in January.
Rauner indicated that might be too much, too soon. So he recognizes lawmakers might have to temporarily raise taxes above 3.75 next year.
There’s a possibility. We need to look at all the taxes, the entire tax code. --- Republican Bruce Rauner, gubernatorial candidate
Politicians, public employee unions and others spent the last several years focused on pensions. Illinois racked up a $100 billion unfunded liability -- largely because lawmakers didn't pay the state's share of its workers retirement benefits.
Eric Madiar is the top attorney for the Illinois Senate President. He found a report that said Illinois' pension systems were on the "verge of insolvency" in 1917.
"...and it stemmed primarily from the fact had not been properly been financing pensions." --- Eric Madiar, Senate Democrats' Chief Legal Counsel
Senator Dick Durbin says the U.S. only has so much power over the group known as the Islamic State. American air strikes expanded to Syria after six weeks of bombings over Iraq, where ISIS has strongholds. But Durbin says it's time for Iraqis to be the boots on the ground in the conflict.
"There are 900,000 people in the Iraqi Army. It's huge. A third of them, if well trained and positioned, could take care of this task for sure. There are about 20-50,000 in ISIL. So we certainly are not outnumbered and we won't be."
This November, citizens will vote on a number of issues. Many of them will also participate in the next open enrollment period under The Affordable Care Act. The ACA, or Obamacare, remains a hot topic for political pundits. But will it motivate voters? For the third time this summer, WNIJ asked author Dan Libman to learn the mood of the electorate. Dan has been interviewing voters in the places they feel most comfortable: their neighborhood bars.