Sheila Simon http://wuis.org en Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge http://wuis.org/post/democrats-hold-fundraising-edge <p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:44:56 +0000 Associated Press 28770 at http://wuis.org Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge Tax Returns Revealing ... But Not Revealing Enough http://wuis.org/post/tax-returns-revealing-not-revealing-enough <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Pat Quinn is the latest Illinois official to disclose his tax returns. They show he paid about $29,000 federal taxes, $7,700 in taxes to the state. Still, a lot of information about politicians' finances can remain hidden.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's no law requiring politicians make their tax returns public, though they often do.</span></p><p>Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says that's a positive thing.</p><p>"I think it shows that people are demanding more disclosure," she says.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23486 at http://wuis.org Tax Returns Revealing ... But Not Revealing Enough Legislators Seek To Adjust Funding Formula; Others Say It's Not Enough http://wuis.org/post/legislators-seek-adjust-funding-formula-others-say-its-not-enough <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. But it also has to do with the amount districts are being prorated.</span></p><p></p><p>This year, Illinois is only paying 89 percent of the money it's supposed to send to schools. Currently those cuts are applied across the board, hitting wealthy and poor districts alike.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:56:29 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17449 at http://wuis.org Legislators Seek To Adjust Funding Formula; Others Say It's Not Enough Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing http://wuis.org/post/reaction-same-sex-marriage-bill-signing <p>Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed same sex marriage into law in Illinois. Here are quotes and reaction to the bill signing. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;``It means we are able to say that we're a family and be recognized because we are like everyone else.'' _ Jen Dickie Rothke of Chicago, who has been with her partner for 13 years. They have a son together. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp; Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:15:36 +0000 Associated Press 13450 at http://wuis.org Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing Interview: Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon http://wuis.org/post/interview-lieutenant-governor-sheila-simon <p>Sheila Simon will wrap up her term as Lieutenant Governor in just over a year.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Democrat and daughter of late U.S. Senator Paul Simon is taking on another challenge.&nbsp; She's running for Illinois Comptroller. That means Simon faces incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka.&nbsp; The attacks are already underway.&nbsp;</p><p>Topinka questions Simon's interest in the job, saying she only chose to run for this office after earlier plans to try for Attorney General were scuttled when Lisa Madigan chose to stay put.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:10:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 12820 at http://wuis.org Interview: Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Paul Vallas To Join Quinn On Dem Ticket http://wuis.org/post/paul-vallas-join-quinn-dem-ticket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has selected former head of Chicago Public Schools Paul </span>Vallas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as his running mate. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was widely assumed that Quinn, like his Republican opponents, would choose a woman, a minority, or someone from downstate - to be his candidate for lieutenant governor. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conventional political wisdom says that would have been his ticket to winning over a new voting bloc.</span></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:26:40 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12673 at http://wuis.org Paul Vallas To Join Quinn On Dem Ticket Topinka To Run Again For Comptroller http://wuis.org/post/topinka-run-again-comptroller <p>Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's hitting the road to announce her candidacy for re-election.&nbsp; Topinka put out a schedule Thursday detailing stops across Illinois. Her trip starts Sunday in Chicago and ends Tuesday in Marion in southern Illinois. In between she'll make stops in Rockford, Moline, Peoria, Quincy, Springfield, Edwardsville and Mount Vernon. &nbsp;<br>Topinka says in the announcement that she's running for re-election ``to fight against the ill-advised spending and reckless borrowing that has decimated state finances.''&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:40:06 +0000 Associated Press 8852 at http://wuis.org Topinka To Run Again For Comptroller Clemency Sought For Illinois Abolitionists http://wuis.org/post/clemency-sought-illinois-abolitionists <p>Illinois' lieutenant governor is seeking clemency for Illinois abolitionists convicted for fighting slavery. &nbsp;<br>The Carbondale Democrat's office is working with historians and experts to identify men and women around Illinois who were convicted of violating slavery laws. &nbsp;<br>Slavery was abolished in Illinois in 1824, but laws prohibited people from harboring or helping slaves. &nbsp; Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:23:43 +0000 Sean Crawford 5226 at http://wuis.org Clemency Sought For Illinois Abolitionists