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Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Jackson of the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Jackson remarks on President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, and looks ahead at the challenges in front of his administration.

GOP Calls Out Pritzker for Backtracking on Independent Maps

Apr 29, 2021
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Illinois Senate Republicans on Wednesday harshly criticized Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker, accusing him of breaking a campaign pledge to support an independent commission to redraw congressional and legislative district maps.

House Passes Leadership Term Limits, Source of Income Protections for Renters

Apr 22, 2021
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The Illinois House advanced several bills Thursday, including one which would implement term limits on leadership positions in the General Assembly and another that would create additional protections for tenants’ sources of income.

House Bill 642, introduced by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would bar any individual from serving more than 10 consecutive years in a leadership position in the General Assembly, including speaker of the House, president of the Senate, and minority leadership positions in each house.

GOP Puts New Twist on Redistricting Plan

Apr 21, 2021
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Illinois Republicans have added a new twist to their call for an independent redistricting commission in hopes of overcoming Democrats’ claims that their plan would likely be found unconstitutional.

The new twist, discussed Wednesday during a Statehouse news conference, would be to allow two different commissions – the one they are proposing in legislation, and the one mandated after a certain point under the Illinois Constitution – to work side-by-side to come up with new legislative and congressional district maps.

High Court: Petition Circulators Confined to Gathering Signatures for One Party

Apr 21, 2021
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An Illinois Supreme Court decision Wednesday clarified that the state election code prohibits a person from collecting signatures for both a party candidate in a consolidated primary and an independent candidate in the consolidated general election that follows.

The court interpreted the section of the election code that is referred to as the prohibition on “dual circulators.”

State Board of Elections Head to Resign in June

Apr 20, 2021
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The executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, who was placed on leave after being the subject of an extortion scheme online, will resign effective June 30, according to an agency news release.

Steve Sandvoss made the announcement about his resignation at an elections board meeting Tuesday morning.

Elected Chicago School Board Bill Passes House

Apr 16, 2021
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A bill which would implement an elected Chicago school board passed the Illinois House Thursday, while opponents of the legislation continued to push for compromise amendments.

House Bill 2908 would create elections for 21 Chicago school board members in the 2023 and 2027 consolidated primary elections. Currently, the seven sitting Chicago Board of Education members are appointed by the Mayor.

Bill Placing Term Limits on General Assembly Leadership Passes Committee

Apr 14, 2021

A bill which would implement term limits on leadership roles in the Illinois General Assembly advanced out of committee Wednesday.

House Bill 642, introduced by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would bar any individual from serving more than 10 consecutive years in a leadership position in the General Assembly, including speaker of the House, president of the Senate and minority leader positions in each chamber.

Congressman Joins Statehouse GOP in Calling for Redistricting Commission

Apr 12, 2021
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Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis joined his Republican colleagues in the General Assembly Monday in calling on Gov. JB Pritzker to support legislation to form an independent commission to redraw congressional and state legislative district maps.

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

6% voter turnout in Union County

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

Williamson County reports 3,897 votes cast, for a turnout at 8%.

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

11% voter turnout in Randolph County

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Results (contested races only):

16% voter turnout in Jackson County

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ISBE Director on Leave After Attempted Online Extortion, Agency Reports

Apr 6, 2021
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One day before Tuesday’s consolidated election, the Illinois State Board of Elections executive director was placed on administrative leave after being the subject of an online extortion attempt, ISBE said in a news release. 

The eight-member elections board voted unanimously on Monday to place Director Steve Sandvoss on leave, according to the release.

The John A Logan College Board of Trustee’s has three openings and 5 candidates wanting a seat.

The League of Women’s voters and the Carbondale Public Library hosted a virtual candidate forum for the 5 candidates hoping to fill three board of trustee positions at John A Logan College.

Businessman Gary Rabine Announces Run for Governor

Mar 31, 2021
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Businessman Gary Rabine on Tuesday announced he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2022, becoming the third candidate to officially enter the field.

The suburban entrepreneur held a pair of kickoff events in Schaumburg and Woodstock on Tuesday, lobbing criticisms at incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker over the state’s property taxes and pandemic-related business closures.

Republicans Propose Independent Redistricting Commission

Mar 30, 2021
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Republicans in the General Assembly have introduced a new bill that would hand over the process of drawing new legislative and congressional district maps to an independent commission that would be required to use official Census Bureau, rather than survey estimates, to draw the maps.

The latest bill, introduced Tuesday as an amendment to Senate Bill 1325, mirrors a proposed constitutional amendment that was introduced in 2019. That proposal, which had 37 cosponsors, died in the 101st General Assembly without receiving a hearing.

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Host Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois, with guests Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois and Kent Redfield of the University of Illinois Springfield, take a look at what comes next in the fight against COVID-19 in Illinois, the 2022 Primary Election, and legislative priorities as the General Assembly reaches deadline week.

UPDATE: Expansion of Vote by Mail, Curbside Voting Will Head to Governor

Mar 25, 2021
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A bill to expand the use of vote-by-mail and curbside voting in future elections passed the Illinois Senate Thursday, meaning it needs only a signature from the governor to become law.

House Bill 1871, which was approved by the House last week, would revise the state election code to make permanent some of the changes that were widely adopted across Illinois for the 2020 general election in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmaker Looks to Lift Ban on Inmate Voting

Mar 23, 2021
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A bill that would repeal an existing law that prohibits prison inmates from voting is working its way through the General Assembly, although the chief sponsor of the bill says it’s only one part of a broader process to restore voting rights to prisoners.

House Bill 1872, sponsored by Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, was the subject of an informational hearing in the House Ethics and Elections Committee Monday.

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Host Bruce Rushton (Illinois Times) and guests Amanda Vinicky (WTTW) and Dave Dahl (WTAX) discuss redistricting, relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, the budget and decoupling, cannabis bill, and Republican candidate for governor Paul Schimpf.

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SIU School of Law

Lawmakers in Washington are joining President Joe Biden in calling for immigration reform. In this episode of InFocus, Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Law Professor Cindy Buys about the challenges in the immigration system, and what can be done.

Lawmakers Have Data Options for Redistricting, Experts Say

Mar 18, 2021
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Two national experts on reapportionment and redistricting told an Illinois Senate panel on Wednesday that there are a variety of options at the state’s disposal besides using detailed census data to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative district maps.

Ben Williams and Wendy Underhill, both of the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, briefed the Senate Redistricting Committee about the basics of the redistricting process and what options states have to using census data.

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