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5:46 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

More Comments From Illinois Senators On Air Strikes In Iraq

Both of Illinois' Senators, Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R), spoke out in support of American air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Iraq.

Sen. Durbin has warned against the US getting too involved in Iraq, but sees the importance of the current military operation. "We have many Americans in the city of Irbil. What the president is doing is protecting them and giving the Kurds a chance to fight back against the ISIS onslaught," says Durbin.

Litesa Wallace
5:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rockford Democrats Pick New State Representative

Winnebago County Democratic Party Chair Charles Laskonis introduced Litesa Wallace as the 67th district's next state representative.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has a new state representative. Litesa Wallace was chosen from five finalists today to replace retired 67th District Democrat Chuck Jefferson. 

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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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