lawsuit http://wuis.org en Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation http://wuis.org/post/inspector-general-discloses-political-hiring-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Gov. Pat Quinn battles a lawsuit accusing his administration of political hiring, the state watchdog charged with investigating ethics violations is asking to get involved.</p><p></p><p>Confidentiality restrictions prevent the Inspector General from saying what he is or isn't looking into.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:56:17 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29989 at http://wuis.org Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation Attorney General Wants To Send Concealed Carry Cases Out Of Court http://wuis.org/post/attorney-general-wants-send-concealed-carry-cases-out-court <p></p><p>Illinois gun owners who've been denied a concealed carry permit can appeal. But instead of going through the courts, Illinois' Attorney General wants a state panel to decide those cases.</p><p>There are about 200 concealed carry denials before Illinois courts, brought by people who say they shouldn't have been deemed dangerous or a threat to public safety by Illinois' Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.</p><p>Until recently, applicants didn't actually know why they were rejected.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:06:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29672 at http://wuis.org Attorney General Wants To Send Concealed Carry Cases Out Of Court Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> term limits initiative.</span></p><p>Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:22:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29509 at http://wuis.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Libertarians: Strive To Beat "Ballot-Blocking" To Get On Ballot http://wuis.org/post/libertarians-strive-beat-ballot-blocking-get-ballot <p>The Libertarian Party of Illinois is running a candidate for Governor, and all of the other statewide races. But the race could be over before it begins.</p><p></p><p>Chad Grimm, a 33-year-old health club manager from Peoria, and the Libertarian party's nominee for Illinois governor, has some unconventional political views; he believes Illinois should completely do away with a state income tax, and that there should be no -- as in zero - regulations on guns: Not the type, not where they're allowed, not who can have one.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:12:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 27870 at http://wuis.org Libertarians: Strive To Beat "Ballot-Blocking" To Get On Ballot Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work http://wuis.org/post/lawsuit-rutherford-coerced-and-intimidated-employee-political-work <p>A former state employee on Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He's also expanding the list of defendants to include Mitt Romney's presidential campaign organization.</p><p>Edmund Michalowski quit the treasurer's office and sued Rutherford shortly before this year's Republican primary, driving his boss to last place in the race for governor.</p><p>His initial lawsuit was dismissed last week, but he was allowed to file another version.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:53:14 +0000 Brian Mackey 27114 at http://wuis.org Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work Decision Could Come Today On Pension Delay http://wuis.org/post/decision-could-come-today-pension-delay <p>A hearing set for this afternoon could determine if some, or even all, of Illinois' new pension law will be suspended.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pension law is supposed to take effect next month.</span></p><p>The We Are One coalition of unions wants a hold put on the entire law, until a broader lawsuit seeking to have it declared unconstitutional is resolved.</p><p>Anders Lindall is a spokesman for AFSCME, the state's largest public employees union. He says once someone retires, that can't be reversed.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25061 at http://wuis.org Decision Could Come Today On Pension Delay Minority Groups Courted Before Redistricting Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/minority-groups-courted-redistricting-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A lawsuit seeking to keep two citizen's initiatives from ever coming before voters has been filed. Although the case makes no mention of how it will affect minority voters' rights, sources say organizers took pains to reach out to ethnic groups.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two potential constitutional changes are at issue: one limiting how long legislators can be in office, the other stripping them of the power to draw their own districts.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24171 at http://wuis.org Minority Groups Courted Before Redistricting Lawsuit Rutherford: "I Will Support The Republican Nominee" http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-i-will-support-republican-nominee <p>Treasurer Dan Rutherford appears willing to support his party no matter what, even as he maintains that another candidate for governor is trying to take him down.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During a debate in Chicago last month, Rutherford, along with the other Republican candidates for governor in attendance, made a pledge to support whomever ends up being the nominee.</span></p><p>Though venture capitalist Bruce Rauner wasn't there, his spokesman says he'll do the same.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18797 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: "I Will Support The Republican Nominee" IL Supreme Court Says Collapsed School Suit Is Too Late http://wuis.org/post/il-supreme-court-says-collapsed-school-suit-too-late <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The Illinois Supreme Court says a southern Illinois school district can't sue an architectural firm for building a school over an underground coal mine that later collapsed, causing the school to be torn down. In a unanimous decision, justices ruled Friday that Gillespie Community School District's "fraudulent representation'' claims against Wight &amp; Company came after a statute of limitations passed.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:26:28 +0000 Associated Press 17592 at http://wuis.org IL Supreme Court Says Collapsed School Suit Is Too Late Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan http://wuis.org/post/madigan-courts-could-pick-and-choose-pension-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois legislators may have passed a pension overhaul, but unions representing teachers and public employees have vowed to sue to stop it from taking effect. If they're successful, that could force lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:52:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14334 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan