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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.