Politics and Elections

Amid furor over an email leak that revealed a bias against Bernie Sanders inside the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will step down as chair.

Wasserman Schultz will still open and close the convention, she said in a statement, and "address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."

Gov. Bruce Rauner may be done with the presidential campaign, but the presidential campaign isn’t done with Gov. Rauner.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's choice for her vice president, giving her a running mate with experience at all levels of government to round out the Democratic ticket.

Clinton told supporters the news in a text message and a tweet on Friday evening just after 8 p.m. ET. According to a Clinton campaign official, the former secretary of state called Kaine this evening to make the formal offer.

Supporters of Donald Trump say now that the Republican National Convention is over, and he’s the nominee, it’s high time party leaders got on board.

The GOP has been talking for years about the need to do more minority outreach: Illinois leaders like former Governor Jim Edgar said at the Republican National Convention in 2008 that it should be a goal,and the Republican National Committee's autopsy of the 2012 election prescribed a dedicated campaign to cultivate black, Hispanics and Asian support. Here's a diversity check, through the prism of Illinois' 2016 delegation to the Republican National Convention, in Cleveland.


The Illinois Republican Party has revoked the GOP convention credentials of Trump delegate for making racist comments and threats of violence of a Facebook posting.

Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for President, after delegates last night in Cleveland awarded him their votes. For some Illinois Republicans, it’s a time for vindication and celebration. But others remain wary.

After a night spent hammering Hillary Clinton, Day 3 of the GOP convention is being billed as a day where party leaders will lay out "the Republican vision for a new century of American leadership and excellence."

Tuesday night's session of the Republican National Convention departed dramatically from the previous night's events, proving far less devoted to dread and more consumed with celebration.

But the theme of the session — "Make American Work Again" — was far from dominant or even evident in the evening's program.

On a bright note: It was the night of the official roll call, when each state gets a moment in the spotlight. As is expected, all of the delegation chairs got to toss off some happy horsefeathers about their home state before announcing their delegate count.

Freshman Congressman Mike Bost thinks Republicans will rally behind Donald Trump by the time this week is over, despite a rocky start to the Republican National Convention.

 An Illinois delegation that’s a mix of political newcomers, elected officials, lobbyists and the like have arrived in Cleveland, as the Republican National Convention gets underway.

As the Republican National Convention arrives in Cleveland this weekend, the traditional mood of enthusiasm is mixed with anxiety — not about the party's presidential ticket, but about the threat of violent disruptions.

A survey of Republican activists in swing states by Politico this month found that nearly half expected there to be some kind of violence around their convention this year.

"It's really more a matter of how bad it will get," said one Iowa Republican.

More than 10-percent of Illinoisans are living with a disability, and this week the focus is on making sure they get an equal chance to vote.

After weeks of speculation, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that he has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

Trump had planned to hold a press conference Friday morning, but he canceled that after a deadly attack in France. He has now scheduled a news conference for Saturday at 11 a.m in New York City.

Pence quote-tweeted Trump's announcement, adding that he is "honored" to join the ticket and "work to make America great again."

Even though House Speaker Paul Ryan has endorsed Donald Trump, he has continued to have plenty of criticism for his party's presumptive nominee.

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Thursday afternoon in his office in the Capitol, Ryan was optimistic that Trump would come around on free trade agreements and the controversial tone he's used on the campaign trail.

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Abner Mikva, a former congressman, Illinois legislator, federal appellate judge and presidential adviser, has died. He was 90 years old.

Illinois lawmakers are expected to vote on a short-term budget on Wednesday, when they'll be back in Springfield for the first time in a month. There's no budget plan in place for the new fiscal year that starts Friday, which could create even more disarray after a year-long stalemate.

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With an  end of session deadline looming, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has floated his own budget plan to help bridge the ongoing impasse.  The plan was leaked to members of the media late Monday in the form of a memo from the Governor's Budget Director, Tim Nuding.

Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator, and 2nd ranking Democrat in the Senate, is responding to rumors he might run for Governor in 2018. WTTW's Chicago Tonight took at look at the potentials, and talked with Sen. Durbin about his plans.

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Governor Bruce Rauner participated in a roundtable discussion on Wednesday May 16th, 2016 with nearly a dozen concerned local business leaders.   Rauner heard about the issues that the business group is most concerned about.  The Chief Executive said he is working  with the General Assembly to make reforms in the three areas, he says, need changing:  (1) Worker's Compensation Costs  (2) Property Taxes  (3)  the practice of deficit spending.

Illinois cities want legislation that would give broad legal protections to government employees like first responders. It's a response to an Illinois Supreme Court decision in January.

Former SIU-Carbondale professor Barbara Brown has passed away.

Brown taught political science at SIU-C from 1985 to 2000.

Donald Trump's past contradictory statements on Israel have raised questions about his ability to handle foreign relations — especially as he moves closer to the Republican presidential nomination.

Whether he can sharpen his rhetoric will be the question Monday evening when he addresses the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

A week from Tuesday, Illinois voters will have their chance to help determine who is the next President of the United States. Candidates are planning last minute campaign stops here.

Jeb Bush is ending his campaign for president after a disappointing showing in the South Carolina primary.

"The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision," the former Florida governor told his supporters gathered in Columbia on Saturday night. "So tonight, I am suspending my campaign."

"I congratulate my competitors, that are remaining on the island, on their success in a race that has been hard-fought, just as the contest for the presidency should be because it is a tough job," he continued.

President Obama's Address to the Illinois General Assembly

Feb 11, 2016

VIDEO: WSIU's Jak Tichenor provides coverage of President Barack Obama's address to the Illinois General Assembly on 2/10/16.

In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with author, journalist and Salon founder David Talbot about his latest book The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government.

In The Author's Voice is a regular feature on wsiunews.org and is a listener supported service of Southern Illinois University.

Monday was the first day to file petitions for statewide and federal political candidates in Illinois.

The 2016 presidential election went under the microscope during a special luncheon on the SIU-Carbondale campus.

Three political experts with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute discussed the candidates and the current nomination battles Monday in the Saluki Stadium Club.

Missouri House members will have to undergo training to prevent sexual harassment every year and are barred from engaging in romantic fraternization with staff and interns.

The House committee on administration and accounts voted 6-1 to adopt the policies, which take effect immediately.

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