Mike Frerichs http://wuis.org en Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? http://wuis.org/post/legislator-pay-too-much-or-too-little-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. This form of salary self-denial has become popular in Illinois, but its roots are much deeper than that.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The base salary for a member of the Illinois General Assembly is $67,836 a year.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:43:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 26709 at http://wuis.org Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? Treasurer Candidates Spar Over Eliminating The Job They Want http://wuis.org/post/treasurer-candidates-spar-over-eliminating-job-they-want <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Illinois lawmakers have long debated whether to combine the offices of comptroller and treasurer. Both candidates for treasurer are competing to one-up each other over whether the office should even exist.</span></font></span></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:11:22 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24084 at http://wuis.org Treasurer Candidates Spar Over Eliminating The Job They Want Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy http://wuis.org/post/republican-opponents-treasurer-differ-budget-strategy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When state treasurer Dan Rutherford announced a run for governor, the Republican left his seat wide open. Two GOP candidates are vying for that party’s nomination on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former House minority leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) left his position in the fall to run for treasurer. He's promising to use a new tool to force a balanced budget: The threat of suing the General Assembly and the governor.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21068 at http://wuis.org Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy Campaigns Must Disclose Payroll Numbers http://wuis.org/post/campaigns-must-disclose-payroll-numbers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois State Board of Elections is putting a stop to a practice that's allowed political campaigns to hide some of their spending.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a story of new technology coming under the purview of older campaign finance laws.</span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17454 at http://wuis.org Campaigns Must Disclose Payroll Numbers