Politics

Winnebago County
9:59 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Olson out as Forest Preserve president

R. Olson / T. Rawaillot

Randy Olson was removed Wednesday as president of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board over his management style, exemplified by his creation of a new public safety position and filling that post without board consent.

Commissioner Mary McNamara Bernsten, who was named the new president, was joined by Judy Barnard, Lee Johnson, Audrey Johnson and Gloria Lind in voting to oust Olson. Cheryl Maggio voted to retain him. Olson remains a commissioner.

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Illinois politics
12:50 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Bustos, Schilling weigh in on Akin flap

Bobby Schilling & Cheri Bustos

The candidates for Congress from the 17th District in Illinois have chimed in on the discussion of comments by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., about pregnancy and “legitimate rape.”

Calling Akin’s remarks “absurd and insensitive," Democratic nominee Cheri Bustos, issued a statement Monday called on Republican opponent Bobby Schilling to return $2,000 his campaign accepted from Akin in 2010. Schilling, she noted, is one of only three House candidates to accept funds from Akin in 2010.

In a statement today, Schilling called Akin’s comments “wrong and inexcusable,” adding that they “do not come anywhere close to reflecting my values.”

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Illinois House
2:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith
ilga.gov

For the first time in more than a century, the Illinois House has voted to kick out one of its members.  

Derrick Smith, a Democrat who had represented the west side of Chicago, is charged with taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a daycare secure a state grant.

Although he's fighting the charge in court, legislators say his removal is warranted because it's clear he crossed the line.

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Politics
6:12 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Congressional mementos

Congressman Don Manzullo reads from a book created by students at the Barbour Language Academy
Jacqui Stephens

After losing a tough primary race, northern Illinois Congressman Don Manzullo is preparing for the next chapter in his life. That involves figuring out what to do with the many souvenirs the Republican has collected on the job. WNIJ’s Mike Moen offers a glimpse into the sorts of items a lawmaker amasses over the course of a long career.

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Republican Day
1:53 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Things are quieter for GOP at the fair

Members of the Illinois GOP are rallying their supporters for Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair one day after demonstrators booed Gov. Pat Quinn at Democratic events. But Republicans are not talking much about the presidential election just a few months away.

Democrats filled a banquet hall yesterday in a raucus event -- frequently evoking the name Barack Obama and getting the crowd riled up.

Republicans organized a much smaller event today with about 100 attendees, mostly county party chairmen.

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Politics
5:24 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mixed Showings For GOP Veterans In Fla., Wis.

Tommy Thompson

Two longtime Republicans, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Rep. John Mica of Florida, turned back conservative challengers in primaries on Tuesday while 12-term Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida was trailing tea party challenger Ted Yoho, a veterinarian and political novice.

Yoho's strong showing was the surprise of the night as four states held primaries, including Connecticut and Minnesota. He was ahead of Stearns by less than 900 votes, complete but unofficial primary results showed.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. treated for bipolar disorder

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
jackson.house.gov

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being treated for bipolar depression II, according to a news release from the Mayo Clinic.

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Politics
6:28 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Illinois politicians and voters respond to Paul Ryan announcement

Politicians from both major parties offer their thoughts on Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was tapped to run for Vice President on the Republican ticket.

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Politics
2:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

One year of 'wedded' bliss: civil unions in Illinois

Dozens of these signs were carried around the DeKalb County courthouse during the July 2011 civil unions celebration.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary. 

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Pension reform
12:31 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Frustrated State Rep. Winters moves retirement forward to Tuesday

State Rep. Dav Winters
ilga.gov

State Rep. Dave Winters, R-Shirland, citing frustration over the pension-reform impasse in the Illinois General Assembly, today announced that his retirement from the Illinois House of Representatives will take effect Tuesday, July 31.

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