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7:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Calls Election Results "Incredible Opportunity"

Credit State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells fellow Republicans they have an ``incredible opportunity to lead'' as he heads into his second term. Republicans increased their majority in the state legislature in last week's election. 

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Politics
7:17 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Disability Advocates Divided Over Rauner Administration Implications

Credit www.twitter.com/brucerauner

In an area of Southern Illinois near St. Louis,  the biggest issue in this year’s governor’s race was the fate of a state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wanted to close the place—called the Murray Developmental Center. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner vowed to keep it open.

A Rauner spokesman says the governor-elect will keep that promise. But advocates for closing Murray say they aren’t concerned.

"Well you know, there are other institutions."

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Politics
6:34 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Rauner Holds Back Ideas On Property Tax Freeze

Credit WUIS

When he was a candidate, Bruce Rauner promised that if elected, he would freeze property taxes. Now that he's won the race for governor, he's holding off on details about how.

It was a campaign promise that struck a chord.

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Illinois political obituary
12:32 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Former Congressman Phil Crane Dies

Congressman Phil Crane with President Bush and Congressman Bill Thomas.
Credit house.gov

Long-time Illinois Congressman Phil Crane has died. The Republican represented the far northwest suburbs for 35 years. 

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Election 2014
1:39 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rauner Thanks Rockford During Statewide Tour

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, being interviewed by reporters at Giovanni's in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner stopped in Rockford Friday during his statewide "thank you" tour. 

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

State Rep. Ford Sentenced Six Months Probation On Tax Charges

State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
Credit Rep. La Shawn Ford Website

A judge sentenced an Illinois state representative to six months of probation for misdemeanor tax fraud.  WGN reports LaShawn Ford will also have to pay a $1,000 fine and repay the IRS more than $3,000. Prosecutors dropped numerous felony counts against the Chicago Democrat. 

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Politics
7:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

DeKalb County Clerk Researches On-Demand Ballot Printing System

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson said it’s time to work on fulfilling the promises he made.

The Sycamore Republican won his first elected four-year term as clerk on Tuesday. The Daily Chronicle reports Johnson is researching a ballot on-demand system that prints individual ballots at the polling place.

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Several northern Illinois appointments
6:05 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Republicans And Democrats Make Up Rauner's Diverse Transition Team

Lt. Governor-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner
Credit brucerauner.com

Update: Quotes, new information added.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has appointed his transition team: the group of advisers includes former Governor Jim Edgar, Congressman Aaron Schock, and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley. 

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Election 2014
7:09 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Illinois Democrats Keep Veto-Proof Majority

Credit State of Illinois

Illinois democrats are confident they maintained their veto-proof majority in the state House.

The party won a vast majority of races in Tuesday's election viewed as crucial to Speaker Michael Madigan retaining control.

Senate Democrats maintained their veto proof majority after losing only one seat.

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Election 2014
6:47 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Voter Turnout Increased For Illinois Counties

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

Most counties in Illinois had about a 50 percent voter turnout during this election period. They include Winnebago, DeKalb, Boone and LaSalle.

Stephenson and McHenry counties are still awaiting results on voter turnout.

A combined 1,572,550 people from the counties listed above cast ballots on Election Day.

Margie Mullins, Winnebago County Clerk, was pleased with the number of people who voted on Tuesday.

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