The candidates for Illinois treasurer face off this morning for the first debate in a tight race. Republican State Representative Tom Cross and Democratic State Senator Mike Frerichs both want to be the next state treasurer.
It’s a race that’s been surprisingly negative, and Frerichs’ campaign manager Zach Koutsky says it’s all Cross’ fault.
"Our 22-year statehouse opponent has been smearing every time Sen. Frerichs comes out with a proposal to improve an existing program in the office." --- Zach Koutsky, Mike Frerichs's campaign manager
The Republican challenging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not doing enough to fight corruption.
Paul Schimpf is running on this campaign slogan: "Trust a Retired Marine, Not the Madigan Machine!" A reference not only to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, but also to her father -- House Speaker and head of the state Democratic Party, Michael Madigan.
Schimpf says both are part of a political class that has proven it can't police itself.
A fight over the federal budget led to a government shutdown about a year ago. Partisan tensions remain over what to do about popular, but expensive, programs.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, and one of the party's nominees for Congress --- former Judge Ann Callis --- called a press conference Monday. The theme? The effects of their respective opponents' -- Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis and Congressman Rodney Davis -- fiscal plans.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are nearly tied in the polls as the November election approaches.
Libertarian's nominee, Chad Grimm, wasn't part of the first televised gubernatorial debate, hosted by public broadcasting stations and the League of Women Voters in Peoria Thursday night. The League's established rules require a candidate poll at least ten-percent; Grimm has polled at five-percent, or at times edging closer to eight.
Both major party candidates for governor say Illinois should put more money into education. But neither is ready to embrace a controversial plan that would change how state money is distributed to schools.
A proposal passed by the state senate is meant to even out how much money schools have to operate. Schools where poverty is high and property values are low would get more state funding by cutting money for wealthier districts.
Supporters say the change is fair. Gov. Pat Quinn isn't on board.
Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:37 am
The two leading candidates for Illinois governor met Thursday night in Peoria for the first debate of the election season. Both men stuck closely to the ideas they’ve been honing for months on the campaign trail.
Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, are running carefully scripted campaigns.
Quinn has a populist message: That he’s a friend of the working man, always looking out for the little guy.