Election 2014
10:45 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party

Incumbent Adam Kinzinger (L) and challenger David Hale.

In 2010, political newcomer Adam Kinzinger defeated an incumbent Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, in the 11th Congressional District. Halvorson, a conservative Democrat, had high marks from the National Rifle Association. Kinzinger had the nascent Tea Party on his side.

What a difference four years makes.

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Election 2014
10:42 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Sheriff's Contests Abound On Primary Ballots

The March 18 primary election in northern Illinois includes several contests for the office of county sheriff. The number of hopefuls varies significantly, with a high of seven candidates in Winnebago County, where incumbent Democrat Richard Meyers will not be running for re-election.

Democratic candidates are:

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Election 2014
6:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Streb: Uphill Battle for GOP Senate Nominee

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Doug Truax, left, and Jim Oberweis
Credit Campaign websites

Whoever wins the Republican primary for U.S. Senate will have an uphill battle this fall, according to Matt Streb. The political scientist at Northern Illinois University says incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin has $5 million in the bank and is "very popular" in the state.

Durbin is unopposed in the March 18 primary. The men who would replace him are Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, and West Point graduate Doug Truax.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day

Matt Streb chairs NIU's political science department

Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.

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YWCA Leader Luncheon Speaker
4:09 am
Fri February 21, 2014

NY Times News Chief On Diminishing Press Freedom

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson
Credit Fred R. Conrad / AFP/Getty Images

It’s getting more difficult for journalists to do their jobs under the Obama administration: that’s according to New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. And it doesn’t set a very good example for governments at every level. 

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To March 2015
5:12 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

House Votes To Extend Debt Limit

The House of Representatives has voted to extend the federal debt limit, after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other provisions to the measure. By a 221-201 vote, the House voted to extend the debt limit to March 15, 2015.

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET: Ryan Reportedly Voted 'No'

In the end, 28 Republicans joined with 193 Democrats to approve the move.

On Twitter, several congressional reporters quickly noted that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was one of many Republicans who voted against the legislation.

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4:25 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Watch Illinois Republican Primary Candidates Debate (Recorded)

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Watch the debate between the Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois if you missed it Thursday evening or if you'd like to view it again. 

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Petition Challenges Upheld
6:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Kicks 22 More Off Primary Ballot

The Illinois State Board of Elections ended the primary run for 22 candidates in the March election.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Four Republicans running for governor already have received a fair amount of publicity.

There was a fifth hopeful … and he is among 22 candidates removed Thursday from the March primary ballot by the State Board of Elections.

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Mandatory Minimums Challenged
5:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

President Commutes Rockford Man's Life Sentence

Credit Families Against Mandatory Minimums

  A man serving a life sentence for a drug-selling conspiracy in Rockford will be free this Spring. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight people he says were serving overly-harsh sentences for drug crimes. 

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1:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

It may seem to some like a holiday miracle, but the Senate moved ahead on a bipartisan budget plan Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:09 pm

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET: Moving Ahead:

The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.

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