Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are nearly tied in the polls as the November election approaches.
Libertarian's nominee, Chad Grimm, wasn't part of the first televised gubernatorial debate, hosted by public broadcasting stations and the League of Women Voters in Peoria Thursday night. The League's established rules require a candidate poll at least ten-percent; Grimm has polled at five-percent, or at times edging closer to eight.
Both major party candidates for governor say Illinois should put more money into education. But neither is ready to embrace a controversial plan that would change how state money is distributed to schools.
A proposal passed by the state senate is meant to even out how much money schools have to operate. Schools where poverty is high and property values are low would get more state funding by cutting money for wealthier districts.
Supporters say the change is fair. Gov. Pat Quinn isn't on board.
Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:37 am
The two leading candidates for Illinois governor met Thursday night in Peoria for the first debate of the election season. Both men stuck closely to the ideas they’ve been honing for months on the campaign trail.
Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, are running carefully scripted campaigns.
Quinn has a populist message: That he’s a friend of the working man, always looking out for the little guy.
Today is the final day to register to vote before the November election. Officials encourage voters to have their paperwork in by the regular registration deadline.
But those who miss it are not completely out of luck. Grace period registration and voting starts tomorrow and runs longer up to and including Election Day.
This spring, legislators approved online voter registration, which entails visiting the State Board of Elections website and providing information like name, address, the last four digits of a social security number, and a driver's license number.
It's almost closing time for our `Politics on Tap' series. Throughout the summer, author Dan Libman interviewed voters in their neighborhood bars, asking about their political concerns ahead of the election. After a beer or two they opened up about Obamacare, the economy and redistricting. Now, with `last call' looming -- at the bars and the polls -- Dan asked the regulars what issues they want the candidates to address. Read the peoples' opinions in Dan's essay below.
This week, Michelle Obama and Gloria Steinem are scheduled to campaign for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. But over the weekend, actor Martin Sheen lent a hand.
According to the trade magazine "Variety," Sheen made as much as 300-thousand dollars an episode for his role as Democratic Pres. Jeb Bartlet in the show "West Wing." He says he was paid nothing fundraise for Quinn and call for an increase in minimum wage.
Illinois regulators continue to develop a plan to reduce the state's output of greenhouse gasses.
The state EPA and commerce commission are proposing a federal rule. It would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants. The Rev. Brian Sauder heads an environmental advocacy group.
"So we stand here today with 20,000 -- more than 20,000 petitions addressed to Gov. Quinn thanking him for saying that he supports President Obama in rolling out this Clean Power Plan. " --- Rev. Brian Sauder