Politics & Elections

A democratic candidate for governor is dropping out of the race.

In an email sent to supporters, Amaya Pawar says he does not have the money to conduct a meaningful statewide campaign.

A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.


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A legal expert visited the SIU School of Law to discuss what he considers a troubling trend.

John Malcolm is the vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation. He talked to the students Wednesday about the Perils of Over-Criminalization.

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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.  

Rockford-Area State Representative Tapped For Lieutenant Governor Run

Sep 8, 2017

Illinois State Representative Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, will be the new running mate for State Sen. Daniel Biss in his campaign for the governor's office.

With Labor Day parades across Illinois Monday, Democratic politicians are thinking about how to win back the once-solid support of union members.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he's running for re-election.

The 83-year-old Democrat has overwhelmingly won the office five times.

Cairo's Mayor is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar's choice for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

A website that popped up this month asks a question as its URL: arethereanywomenrunningforilgovernor.com. It then very simply answers it with a bright red "NO." A group of professional women in the state are behind the effort to draw attention to the issue.

As Congress holds hearings to investigate the presidential election, two politicians are trying to assess the security of local election systems in Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports US Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois State Senator Michael Hastings, of Tinley Park, have asked 110 county clerks and election authorities to give them information about their voting systems.

Steve Sandvoss, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Elections, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington DC last month. The board is working with the FBI to protect Illinois election systems and voter registration information, and prevent future cyber-attacks from being successful.

The Illinois House has approved a 1.2 percentage-point increase in the state income tax.

Last night, more than a dozen Republicans joined the majority Democrats to pass the legislation, despite the objections of Governor Bruce Rauner.

Five Democratic candidates for governor gathered in a small conference room in downtown Chicago on Thursday to explain their strategy and seek a key endorsement.

Two Illinois Congressmen held a rare bipartisan community meeting Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, a Republican, discussed health care policy with the Ministerial Alliance of Springfield.

Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury, from the Chicago suburb of Highwood, is entering the race for Illinois governor.

Updated 7:45 p.m. May 22  with number of bills filed Monday – On the eve of his first legislative special session, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his allied nonprofit group are attacking one of the pivotal legislators  needed to win approval of the governor’s favored bill.

The nonprofit group is called A New Missouri and can collect unlimited donations from unidentified donors. It is targeting state Sen. Doug Libla, a Republican whose southeast Missouri district includes the now-closed aluminum smelting plant that Greitens hopes to reopen, along with a possible steel mill.

Libla says he supports the projects. But the senator questions some provisions in the expected special-session bill that he says could reduce state oversight over Ameren, which provides electricity to much of eastern Missouri.

The State Board of Elections says hackers gained access to the information of 80,000 Illinois voters — including their social security numbers and driver’s licenses.

Elections officials say hackers had access to Illinois’ system for nearly three weeks before they were detected. They did get access to personal information, but officials say that’s about it.

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.

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Every day, Illinois adds another 11 million dollars in new debt.  In a state that has not had a full budget for almost two years it looks like lawmakers will work past the May 31st adjournment date.  Interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Jak Tichenor says that not since the great depression has a state gone this far without a budget.  He says it won’t be a quick fix, because of all of the moving parts involved.  Tichenor says, for example, IF the Affordable Care Act is repealed in the future, Illinois will have to pick up the tab for those extra  650-thousand residents

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Members of the SIUC Campus community got a chance to hear from their two state senators Thursday.

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J.B. Pritzker brought his campaign for governor to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Monday.  The billionaire venture capitalist is trying to establish himself as the progressive choice for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with GWU Professor John Sides about his Morton-Kenney Lecture, "Donald Trump: How did he win, and what does it mean?" 

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin greeted about 500 central Illinois residents at a town hall meeting in Bloomington Friday with the words, "There was good news from Washington today."

Durbin was referring to the failure of the U.S. House to pass a Republican-backed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss says he's running for Illinois governor in 2018.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about expectations for the 2017 State of the State Address.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) as the Illinois General Assembly begins its 100th session.

In the second part of the interview, Bryant goes on to say she's optimistic a compromise can be found on the state's budget crisis. She says she's encouraged by discussions on potential workers compensation reform, among others.

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Franklin County voters will get a chance to decide if they want a sales tax increase to build a new courthouse.

The county's Board of Commissioners approved placing a one percent sales tax increase on the April 4th ballot.

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A Chicago alderman says he's running for Illinois governor.

Ameya Pawar anounced his candidacy Tuesday.

While Hillary Clinton won the presidential race in the State of Illinois, a lot of voters chose "none of the above."  

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