Politics

Election 2014
6:37 am
Wed October 15, 2014

First Debate For Illinois Treasurer Happens Today

Credit State of Illinois

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

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Election 2014
6:26 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Candidate Criticizes Lisa Madigan On Corruption Prevention

Credit Office of the Illinois Attorney General

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.

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Politics
7:38 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Challenger Karen Lewis Out Of Chicago Mayor Race

Chicago City Seal
Credit Mayor.cityofchicago.org

Chicago's mayor has one less challenger. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel wishes Karen Lewis a quick recovery from her cancerous brain tumor.

The Chicago Teachers Union president says she won't run for the mayor's office.

Lewis was seen as Emanuel's most credible re-election opponent. She often tussled with the mayor during the 2012 public schools teachers' strike.

In a statement, Emanuel said he respected and admired Lewis' willingness to be part of the conversation about Chicago's future. He said he looks forward to seeing her back on her feet.

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Politics
7:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

DeKalb Mayor Officially Looking For New City Clerk

Credit City of DeKalb

DeKalb Mayor John Rey is officially looking for a city clerk.

The seat was left open after the early resignation of Liz Peerboom last month. Peerboom left after expressing frustration with the senior city staff.

Rey said anyone interested in the position should contact him, and “a cover letter of interest with a brief resume is requested.”

The appointed clerk will serve until the April election. After that, he or she can choose whether or not to run for rest of the term.

The position pays $5,000 annually.

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Politics
6:59 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Tensions Run About Ann Callis's And Dick Durbin's Opponents' Budget Plans

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin
Credit Durbin.senate.gov

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.

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Politics
6:50 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Senate Candidate Jim Oberweis Says Boots On The Ground Might Be Necessary To Defeat ISIS

Credit Campaign website

Republican Senate candidate Jim Oberweis says ground troops may be needed in Iraq to defeat ISIS. But he says sending U.S. troops back to Iraq is not an idea that Americans will support right now.

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Politics
8:27 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Update: The Status Of The Third Party Candidate For Illinois Governor

Chad Grimm
Credit GrimmForLiberty.com

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.

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Both Major Party Gov. Candidates Don't Approve Of Education Funds Distribution

Credit facebook.com/GovernorQuinn & facebook.com/BruceRauner

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.

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Politics
4:57 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Familiar Jabs, Talking Points In First Quinn/Rauner Debate

Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Bruce Rauner at Thursday's gubernatorial debate in Peoria.

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.

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Politics
7:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Live Gubernatorial Debate Starts Tonight

Credit facebook.com/GovernorQuinn & facebook.com/BruceRauner

Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner will meet for their first true debate of the Illinois governor's race. The candidates are scheduled to face off tonight in Peoria.

WNIJ will carry this debate live starting at 8 o’clock tonight. at 89.5 FM. You can add your thoughts via Twitter, using #ILGov2014

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