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.
The candidates also differed on how the U.S. should deal with travelers from Ebola-effected countries. It became a local issue after a child who came to Chicago from Liberia tested negative for the virus.
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.
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
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.
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.