Politics

Politics
6:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

House Rules Break Bipartisanship

Credit state of Illinois

The Illinois House voted to pass the rules for how the legislature will run itself for the next two years. But Republicans took issue with a few of the procedures. 

Representative Ed Sullivan from Mundelein wants to extend the time period that information is posted online before legislators can debate a bill. The rules require only a one-hour notice before a hearing.

"I want to talk a little bit about the voice of the public, those that we serve, and what their voice is within the rules, and their ability to have more transparency."

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Politics
6:20 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rauner High On List Of "Sugar Daddies Of State Politics"

Credit WUIS

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner nears the top of a national list of last year's biggest campaign contributors. 

The Center for Public Integrity gathered data on political giving to state races. It used that information to crown "sugar daddies of state politics."

Rauner and his wife, Diana, came in seventh. That's just counting the money Rauner put into his campaign committee before Election Day.

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Politics
6:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Union Reaction To Rauner's Local 'Right To Work' Option

Credit twitter.com/BruceRauner

Governor Bruce Rauner says workers shouldn't be forced to join a union. The Republican disclosed his right-to-work proposal yesterday during a speech in Decatur, a city with deep union roots. 

During his bid for governor, Rauner said that he's not anti-union.

He's says he's anti "government union bosses,"  who he blames for giving Illinois' previous Democratic governors big campaign checks, as down payments for favorable deals. He calls it a corrupt bargain.

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Politics
6:57 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New DeKalb City Clerk Announced

Credit City of DeKalb

Marcia Sweigert was sworn in as DeKalb City Clerk at Monday night’s Council meeting. She was appointed by Mayor John Rey and received unanimous approval by the Council.

Sweigert starts her duties immediately, and her interim appointment will end this spring. The Clerk’s office is up for election on April 7th. Officials elected at that time will begin serving in May.

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Politics
6:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Former NIU Trustee Will Chair Illinois Sports Facilities Authority

Credit NIU

An ally of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will chair the state agency that owns the Chicago White Sox stadium, and oversaw the renovations of Soldier Field. But one of former Governor Pat Quinn's closest confidants will still retain another high-paying post. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority has been home base for all sorts of political wins and losses over the years. And there's a whole roster of players.

Most recently, Quinn secured the executive director's job for his former campaign manager.  Lou Bertuca was hired without a national search.

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Conversion Therapy
7:04 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Ill. Legislators Try To Ban LGBT Conversion Therapy Again

Illinois lawmaker Kelly Cassidy is again trying to ban counseling that tries to make gay kids, straight.

Sexual orientation conversion therapy can cause depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, according to reports from psychologists. A proposal to make the therapy off limits for minors failed last year in the Illinois House. 

The CEO of the gay rights group Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov, is hopeful it will pass this time. 

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Politics
6:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

$11K Unaccounted For In Ogle County Sheriff Internal Audit

Credit KWWL

Almost $11,000 is unaccounted for in an internal audit of a northern Illinois sheriff’s department’s towing fund. The Ogle County Sheriff's Department expects the audit to take a couple of months. 

The forensic audit also found about $61,000 in fees were not deposited in the county's general fund as required.

The investigation began after a forensic auditor could not account for the money in the administrative tow fund, which was controlled by former Sheriff Michael Harn. An ordinance allows the sheriff's department to charge $350 to tow vehicles.

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Mental Health
6:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Speaker Madigan: How Can Illinois Prevent A Sandy Hook?

Credit WUIS

It has been about two years since 26 people, most of them young children, died in a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The shooter was 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

A report studying him was released late last year by Connecticut's child advocate office. It shows problems identifying and treating his mental illness.

"There were several missed opportunities to help Lanza," said Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan on the opening day of the new General Assembly.

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Politics
6:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Rauner Talks About Illinois' Problems To University of Chicago Students

Credit twitter.com/BruceRauner

Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining what he sees as Illinois’ biggest problems. 

Rauner is a venture capitalist. Before he was governor, he’d buy up companies and make structural or staffing changes to make them profitable.

Rauner seems to be taking a similar approach as Illinois’ governor. He gave a 28-slide PowerPoint presentation highlighting some of what he saw as Illinois’ problems to University of Chicago students.

"Our bureaucracy is sucking a lot of that money out of the system that could be going to the families that deserve it and need it."

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Legislator Salaries
6:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Ill. Legislature Has 5th Highest Salary In U.S.

Credit State of Illinois

Members of the Illinois General Assembly received the fifth-highest legislator salaries in the nation. That's according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures

The average salary for politicians in the state was about $67,000.

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