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Supporters of President Donald Trump held a rally and expo in Rockford Tuesday to celebrate the first year of his presidency.

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The Illinois General Assembly’s new ethics watchdog can now begin investigating a backlog of 27 cases.
They’ve been piling up for nearly three years while the office has been vacant.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law yesterday that removes an expiration date on some of the complaints. Rauner wasn't satisfied with all of the bill's content.

“House Bill 137 is very flawed," he said.

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Another woman has charged that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teen, and top Republicans now threaten to expel Moore should he win Alabama's special election on Dec. 12.

In an emotional news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force himself on her in his car behind the restaurant where the then-16-year-old worked.

Democratic Governor Hopefuls Back More Help For Higher Education

Nov 7, 2017

Four of the seven Democrats running for governor took part in the gubernatorial candidate forum Monday night at the University of Illinois Gregory Hall auditorium. Three of the four said the answer to rising college tuition is to make state college and university tuition free.

General Assembly Is Looking To Resolve Ethics Vacancy

Nov 2, 2017

As sexual harassment allegations sweep across the nation, the Illinois legislature is now under fire for a lack of reporting procedures. Due to a staffing vacancy, dozens of complaints -- not necessarily sexual in nature -- have gone nowhere.  

An Inspector General is required to consider ethical complaints at the Illinois State Capitol. But the state has failed to hire one for two years, resulting in a backlog of 27 complaints. Some lawmakers are furious that complaints have gone unanswered due to “a technicality.”