Democrats en You First ... No, You First: Tax Hike Timing <p>The Illinois House will take the lead on whether Illinois keeps its 5 percent income tax. It's scheduled to roll back at the end of this year unless legislators take action.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's happened in the past.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate will pass a controversial measure -- like a tax hike -- only for it to languish in the House.</span></p><p>Not this time.</p><p>Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate will vote on the tax question if and only if it first passes the House.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:03:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23990 at You First ... No, You First: Tax Hike Timing Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters may still get the chance to decide if they want to limit how long legislators can serve ... but no thanks to legislators themselves.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although elections have been compared to popularity contests, as a whole, "politicians" aren't all that popular.</span></p><p>Which may be way polls show voters find the idea of term limits so appealing.</p><p>Unless, of course, you're a legislator.</p><p>Senator Darin LaHood, a Republican from Peoria, nonetheless introduced a term limits plan.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22446 at Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers Democrats To Slate ... Even Though There's No Competition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' leading Democrats will meet in Springfield on Sunday. They're supposed to decide endorse candidates for next year's primary election ... even though there are no longer any competitive races.</p><p></p><p>Democrats have rarely slated candidates in recent years.</p><p></p><p>But this time - with incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn facing a primary challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley - the state party was going to consider picking a favorite.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:28:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9251 at Democrats To Slate ... Even Though There's No Competition Daley: Didn't Realize 'Enormity' Of Being A Candidate <p>Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says his decision to drop out of the 2014 gubernatorial race doesn't mean he couldn't beat Gov. Pat Quinn.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:40:38 +0000 Associated Press 9051 at Daley: Didn't Realize 'Enormity' Of Being A Candidate Daley Drops Out Of Governor's Race <p>Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois governor after all. His campaign spokesman says Daley will explain more at a press conference in Chicago Tuesday morning.</p><p></p><p>Daley has flirted with running for office before, only to back out.</p><p>This time, he insisted he was in it for keeps. In a campaign video about two months ago, Daley said "I'm committed to running for governor. There is no exploratory piece in this anymore."</p><p>But Daley's campaign confirmed Monday night that he's dropping out of the race.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8992 at Daley Drops Out Of Governor's Race Governor's Day To Break Tradition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state fair got its start Thursday night with the Twilight parade through the north end of the capital city.&nbsp; It's an annual tradition.&nbsp; But indications are that another tradition -- a Democratic party rally &nbsp;-- will not continue this year. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>There were cheerleaders, bands, children scrambling for candy, and of course, a parade of politicians.</p><p>The Attorney General, Treasurer, Comptroller, Lieutenant Governor were all there.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7009 at Governor's Day To Break Tradition