Election 2014 http://wuis.org en No School For Kids On Election Day http://wuis.org/post/no-school-kids-election-day <p>Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. Schools are often at the heart of a community, metaphorically, if not literally. That's part of the reason they've long been voting sites.</p><p></p><p>But with shootings at schools across the country, some lawmakers are concerned the practice is dangerous.</p><p>Most of the time visitors need to sign in before entering a school; they say allowing anyone in on election day is asking for trouble.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:26:27 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29575 at http://wuis.org No School For Kids On Election Day 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 Rauner Proposes Tax Changes http://wuis.org/post/rauner-proposes-tax-changes <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has presented a plan he says will help grow Illinois' economy and create jobs.</p><p>The Winnetka businessman spoke today at a family-owned manufacturing company in Schaumburg.&nbsp;</p><p>Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase Democrats approved in 2011, phasing the rate back to 3 percent from 5 percent. He also says he would freeze property taxes and impose a sales tax on services such as charter flights, travel agencies and sewer service. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:48 +0000 Associated Press 29483 at http://wuis.org Rauner Proposes Tax Changes Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race http://wuis.org/post/voters-bad-mood-shaping-govs-race <p>The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt and decades-long battles against corruption. &nbsp;</p><p>The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters. And now it's shaping one of the nation's most competitive governor's races. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:08:53 +0000 Associated Press 28772 at http://wuis.org Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod http://wuis.org/post/quinn-gets-teacher-union-nod <p></p><p>Unions were upset with Governor Pat Quinn for his role in Illinois' pension overhaul.&nbsp; But that didn't stop the state's largest teachers' union from endorsing him. &nbsp;</p><p>The Illinois Education Association hasn't even had a year to get over the legislative equivalent of a knife-in-the-back.</p><p>Though the IEA endorsed Quinn in the 2010 governor's race, he both advocated for, and signed, the law that reduces public school teachers' pensions.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:01:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28519 at http://wuis.org Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod Redistricting Effort Gives Up http://wuis.org/post/redistricting-effort-gives <p>An effort to change how legislative districts are drawn has suspended its efforts. It follows a judge Friday ruling that the proposal is unconstitutional.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Yes! For Independent Maps," as the redistricting coalition calls itself, is not done for good.</span></p><p>Spokesman Jim Bray says the group will stay together in hopes of maybe trying again in the future. But he says it's done this year's efforts.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:30:48 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28210 at http://wuis.org Redistricting Effort Gives Up Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives http://wuis.org/post/judge-nixes-term-limit-remap-initiatives <p>A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.&nbsp; He's made term limits<br />a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 +0000 Associated Press 28171 at http://wuis.org Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny http://wuis.org/post/rauners-daughter-school-admission-under-scrutiny <p>The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner's daughter got into an elite Chicago public high school has resurfaced in the Illinois governor's race.</p><p><br />Rauner has maintained that he didn't use his money or influence to get a daughter into Walter Payton College Prep in 2008. Initially, she was rejected despite having top grades. Rauner has said his family appealed through a principals' discretionary process. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:16:30 +0000 Associated Press 28150 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny 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 Quinn Fundraising Appeal Tied To Bill Signing http://wuis.org/post/quinn-fundraising-appeal-tied-bill-signing <p>Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Gov. Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday, and wasted no time campaigning on the issue.</p><p>The question is just advisory — lawmakers don’t have to heed the people’s advice — but supporters of the increase say they hope it’ll pressure reluctant legislators to go along.</p><p>Critics say this is a ploy to get more Democrats to the polls — since turnout tends to be lower in non-presidential election years.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:43:06 +0000 Brian Mackey 27824 at http://wuis.org Quinn Fundraising Appeal Tied To Bill Signing Quinn Campaign Distances Itself From Supporter After KKK Reference http://wuis.org/post/quinn-campaign-distances-itself-supporter-after-kkk-reference <p>The Reverend Walter “Slim” Coleman was one of several clergy who endorsed Quinn at an event on the South Side this morning.&nbsp; Coleman talked up the importance of registering “unlikely voters” - people who feel isolated from the political process.</p><p>But then, with the Democratic governor silently at his side, Coleman warned against another kind of “unlikely voter.”</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:43:59 +0000 Alex Keefe 27131 at http://wuis.org Bruce Rauner Offers Savings Ideas; Quinn Labels It A "Prank" http://wuis.org/post/bruce-rauner-offers-savings-ideas-quinn-labels-it-prank <p>Republican Bruce Rauner is presenting a few ideas of how he’d run the state if he becomes Illinois governor.</p><p>Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has liked to rib his Republican rival over not presenting a budget plan yet.&nbsp; Rauner today didn’t unveil a budget… But did address some specific areas he sees where the state could save money - or at least embrace some good government reforms.</p><p>"What’s crystal clear, crystal clear, is there is major, major savings to be had. This first list of 10 is a great step in the right direction," he said.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:25:36 +0000 Tony Arnold 27130 at http://wuis.org Bruce Rauner Offers Savings Ideas; Quinn Labels It A "Prank" Cullerton, Madigan Come To Budget Agreement, Will Revisit Revenue After Election http://wuis.org/post/cullerton-madigan-come-budget-agreement-will-revisit-revenue-after-election <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he's come to an agreement on state spending with the speaker of the Illinois House. But Cullerton is leaving the door open for an income tax hike after the November election.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:37:47 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26135 at http://wuis.org Cullerton, Madigan Come To Budget Agreement, Will Revisit Revenue After Election Nursing Home Lawsuit Dogs Rauner http://wuis.org/post/nursing-home-lawsuit-dogs-rauner <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has been able to self-fund much of his campaign. That's thanks to the fortune he made as a partner in a private equity firm. But some of his investments continue to haunt him politically.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits attribute deaths at nursing homes to </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> former investment company, </span>GTCR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>They allege that cost-cutting at one of the company's subsidiaries led to patient neglect.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24649 at http://wuis.org Nursing Home Lawsuit Dogs Rauner Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-business-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The two men dueling to be Illinois' next governor tried Thursday to win over business leaders with their plans for the state's finances. They both made appearances before a joint meeting of Illinois' retailers and manufacturers in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn got a standing ovation as he took the stage, but the response after that was lukewarm.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:47:59 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24645 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget Diana Rauner Distances Herself From Budget Requests http://wuis.org/post/diana-rauner-distances-herself-budget-requests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is a Republican, but his wife says she is not. As Rauner's campaign continues to criticize Governor Quinn's stance on taxes, Rauner's wife has a stake in the cause.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just after the March primary election, Illinois was introduced to Diana Rauner, Bruce Rauner's wife. She introduced herself as "a lifelong Democrat."</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:35:38 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24484 at http://wuis.org Diana Rauner Distances Herself From Budget Requests Still Waiting For Comprehensive Budget Plan From Rauner http://wuis.org/post/still-waiting-comprehensive-budget-plan-rauner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two men vying for governor disagree on a lot of issues, most notably what to do about Illinois' budget. Still, it's hard to compare the two, because one plan doesn't seem to exist.</span></p><p></p><p>It was nearly a month ago, at an event for Sangamon County Republicans that the party's nominee, Bruce Rauner, said "we'll be coming out with a comprehensive plan, that will be recommending about what we should change in our regulations and in our tax code and in our spending structure, in the, in … relatively near future."</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24331 at http://wuis.org Still Waiting For Comprehensive Budget Plan From Rauner Quinn's, Rauner's Springfield Visits Show True Colors http://wuis.org/post/quinns-rauners-springfield-visits-show-true-colors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The governor of Illinois, as well as the man who wants to take his job, were both in Springfield Wednesday. What they were doing offers a clear picture of the different directions they want to take the state.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was in town to file petitions for his term limits proposal. Then he addressed a meeting of business groups holding an "Employer Action Day."</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:30:51 +0000 Brian Mackey 24168 at http://wuis.org Quinn's, Rauner's Springfield Visits Show True Colors Term Limit Petition Cost $1.75 Per Signature http://wuis.org/post/term-limit-petition-cost-175-signature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner <a href="http://wuis.org/post/rauner-files-term-limit-petition" target="_blank">filed his term limit initiative</a> with election officials today Wednesday. The massive petition drive came with a hefty price tag.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:49:06 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24161 at http://wuis.org Term Limit Petition Cost $1.75 Per Signature Quinn, Rauner Announce Campaign Donations http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-announce-campaign-donations <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner have filed their latest campaign reports with the state. &nbsp;</p><p>Rauner on Tuesday announced he raised more than $9 million in the first three months of the year. &nbsp;<br />Quinn says he raised $5 million in the first quarter, much of it from labor unions. He spent little of it defeat a little-known challenger in last month's Democratic primary.&nbsp; Quinn finished the quarter with $8.8 million in his campaign fund. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:46:45 +0000 Associated Press 23119 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner Announce Campaign Donations Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-iea-conference-full-audio <p>Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Governor Pat Quinn made their first joint appearance of the campaign when they took the stage Friday at an Illinois Education Association meeting in Chicago. More than 1,000 people were in attendance.&nbsp;</p><p>The two answered questions and also took political jabs at one another.&nbsp;IEA President Cinda Klickna moderated the question and answer session.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:08:41 +0000 Sean Crawford 23044 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-make-first-joint-appearance <p>Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have attacked one another for their record and positions on education.&nbsp;&nbsp; Quinn and Rauner met for the first time Friday in the 2014 campaign for<br />Illinois governor. They discussing education policy before members of the<br />Illinois Education Association in Chicago.<br />&nbsp;<br />Quinn is a Chicago Democrat seeking his second full term as governor. He says<br />Rauner is ``the biggest threat to public education in the state of Illinois.''<br />&nbsp; Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:16:59 +0000 Associated Press 22858 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance The Stain Of Corruption: Candidate Endorsements http://wuis.org/post/stain-corruption-candidate-endorsements <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign is blasting his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner for getting endorsed by Springfield insider William Cellini. But Quinn has his own checkered endorsement history.</p><p></p><p>Cellini, a lifelong Republican, went to prison for his role in a campaign contribution shakedown scheme tied to the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:48:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22683 at http://wuis.org The Stain Of Corruption: Candidate Endorsements Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All" http://wuis.org/post/rauner-im-not-anti-union-all <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says common perceptions about him have it all wrong: he's not against unions and he doesn't want to take away public workers' pensions. Rauner was in Springfield Tuesday for a Sangamon County Republican Foundation fundraiser.</p><p></p><p>Unions worked hard to prevent Rauner from getting the GOP nomination --- and why not. He constantly talked during the primary about how "government union bosses" were to blame for much of Illinois' ills.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22599 at http://wuis.org Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All" Cellini Back On The Political Scene, Backs Rauner http://wuis.org/post/cellini-back-political-scene-backs-rauner <p>Springfield powerbroker William Cellini is back on the political scene, following his release from prison late last year. He was found guilty of participating in an extortion scheme when Rod Blagojevich was governor.</p><p>Cellini attended a Sangamon County Republican Foundation event Tuesday night, which featured Bruce Rauner, the party's nominee for governor.</p><p>Cellini says he backed State Senator Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary race. But now he's behind Rauner.</p><p>"Well I've been a Republican all my life and he's the Republican candidate," Cellini said.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:14:13 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22601 at http://wuis.org Cellini Back On The Political Scene, Backs Rauner Political Map Question Could Be On Fall Ballot http://wuis.org/post/political-map-question-could-be-fall-ballot <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:56:23 +0000 Associated Press 22189 at http://wuis.org Political Map Question Could Be On Fall Ballot Green Party Candidates Seek Place on November Ballot http://wuis.org/post/green-party-candidates-seek-place-november-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Republicans and Democrats chose their party's nominees last week. Third-party candidates are working to join them on the November ballot.</p><p>Before they can even think about winning a statewide election, independent candidates and those from third parties have to make it on the ballot, which requires collecting at least 25,000 valid signatures, by mid-June.</p><p>Green Party candidates are beginning their petition drive.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:22:10 +0000 Amanda Vinicky & Hannah Meisel 21799 at http://wuis.org Green Party Candidates Seek Place on November Ballot Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin http://wuis.org/post/sen-kirk-wont-campaign-against-durbin <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:40:25 +0000 Associated Press 21552 at http://wuis.org Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin Rauner Introduces Democratic, Indpendent Backing http://wuis.org/post/rauner-introduces-democratic-indpendent-backing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republicans' nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, announced a round of new endorsements Thursday, but not from members of his own party.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rauner is suspect in the eyes of some Republicans for his ties and campaign contributions to leading Democrats, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</span></p><p>That may have been why his wife, Diana, wasn't often seen with him on the campaign trail leading up to the primary.</p><p>"This morning I'm here as a lifelong Democrat ..."</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:56:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21661 at http://wuis.org Rauner Introduces Democratic, Indpendent Backing Listen To State Week - March 21, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-21-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Tuesday's election results.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:35:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 21359 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 21, 2014