Jesse Jackson, Jr. resignation
1:18 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Robin Kelly Wins Big, Replacing Congressman Jackson

Representative-elect Robin Kelly, 2nd Congressional District

Illinois’ Second Congressional District has a voice again. Democrat Robin Kelly easily beat five opponents in the special election to fill former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s U.S. House seat. The district has been without representation since Jackson resigned in November, shortly after winning re-election, in spite of corruption allegations and an extended leave to deal with bipolar depression. 

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Elections 2013
7:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Four Vying For DeKalb Mayor

Four candidates for DeKalb Mayor. Clockwise, starting from upper left: : Jennifer Groce, David Jacobson, John Rey, and Mike Verbic.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There’s a lot of change in store for the city of DeKalb…at least when it comes to who’s in charge. There’s turnover in most leadership positions, from Northern Illinois University to city government. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens takes a look at the four-way race for DeKalb mayor.

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Rockford casino
6:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Illinois Senators Tackle New Casino Bill

Credit EasyPickle / Flickr

A new gambling expansion plan is moving to the full Illinois Senate, just days after Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a similar plan.

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8:25 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Influential Illinois Politician Dawn Clark Netsch Dies

Dawn Clark Netsch
Credit American Judicature Society

Former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch has died.  She was 86.  She announced in January she had ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Illinois Public Radio report on the life of Dawn Clark Netsch

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4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules

Representative John Bradley of Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Business groups and environmentalists stand behind him in support of the proposal.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. 

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Bustos and Kinzinger in Rockford
5:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

House Members: Sequestration Hits Home

U.S. House members Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger talk about sequestration after a tour of SupplyCore in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of Congress are back home instead of trying to work out a plan to avoid massive across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st. Many are using the opportunity to show how sequestration will hurt the people who live and work in their districts. 

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5:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Another Way To Think About Same-Sex Marriage

NIU professor Jason Hanna (NIU Today)

This week, the Illinois Senate President hopes to pass a same-sex marriage bill. Democrat John Cullerton wants the upper chamber to approve the bill by Valentine's Day, and send it to the House. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'd sign SB 10, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the lower chamber.

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Freeport Mayor's Race
3:10 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Four In Freeport Face Off In Citizen's, People's Primaries

George Gaulrapp, Jim Gitz, Bettye Corbin, and Jon Staben work to impress the voters at a mayoral candidates' forum at Highland Community College in Freeport.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Freeport residents packed a Highland Community College auditorium last night: they were there to hear from the four mayoral candidates they’ll choose from in the February 26th primary election. 

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Highlights and Reaction
5:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

State Of The State 2013

Illinois lawmakers listen to Gov. Pat Quinn during his State of the State address on February 6, 2013
Credit Chris Slaby / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State address this week. He repeatedly hammered a theme of political courage during his speech to the General Assembly.

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Reaction to Senate Proposal
11:06 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Congressmen Kinzinger And Foster Agree, Basically, On Immigration Reform Outline

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, during a tour of DeKalb High School, January 28, 2013.
Credit Jessica Cabe / WNIJ

A bi-partisan Senate effort to come up with an immigration reform plan is getting a good reception -- but some members of Congress are hanging back in their support until they know more details.

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