Politics on Tap
6:26 am
Mon September 8, 2014

The Obamacare Effect: Sterling Bargoers Vote For Good Healthcare

The Rusty Fox, Sterling
Dan Libman

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.

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5:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Green Party Candidates Won't Appear On Ballot

Credit flickr user / Vox efx "I Voted" (CC BY 2.0)

Candidates from the Illinois Green Party will not appear on the November ballot.

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5:47 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Agree To 3 Debates

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

The Illinois candidates for governor have agreed to three debates, all of which will take place in October.

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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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