Kirk Dillard http://wuis.org en State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation http://wuis.org/post/state-unemployment-drops-lowest-recession-still-behind-nation <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font face="Verdana" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">The Illinois unemployment rate is at its lowest mark in five years. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is touting the news, but the state still lags the nation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"><br /><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 00:30:06 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25232 at http://wuis.org State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation Rauner Nabs Republican Nomination, But Not The Dominant Win Predicted http://wuis.org/post/rauner-nabs-republican-nomination-not-dominant-win-predicted <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> narrowly won the Republican primary for governor. He'll face Governor Pat Quinn, who is aiming for a second full-term. Neither of the wins were surprising, but the margins were.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn was basically guaranteed Democrat's nod, after former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley dropped out of the running in September.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21591 at http://wuis.org Rauner Nabs Republican Nomination, But Not The Dominant Win Predicted Three of Four GOP Candidates Campaign Today http://wuis.org/post/three-four-gop-candidates-campaign-today <p></p><p>Most Republican candidates running for Illinois governor are spending the last day before the primary election day traveling around the state.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Kirk Dillard plans to be in East Alton, Marion, Champaign and suburban Chicago on Monday. State Sen. Bill Brady's schedule includes stops in Springfield, Peoria, Urbana, Marion and Chicago. Businessman Bruce Rauner is wrapping up a three-day statewide tour and has a get out the vote rally Monday evening in Hickory Hills. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:51:56 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 21009 at http://wuis.org Three of Four GOP Candidates Campaign Today Candidates Hope For Luck O' The Irish http://wuis.org/post/candidates-hope-luck-o-irish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Candidates are making their final pushes for support ahead of Tuesday's elections. It's all about getting out the vote.</p><p>As they travel the state on St. Patrick's Day, each of the Republicans seeking the party's nomination for governor are hoping for some luck they can carry over to election day.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20987 at http://wuis.org Candidates Hope For Luck O' The Irish Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-gop-governor-candidates-stand-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>All four of the Republican candidates for governor have said they will make education funding a priority if elected, but they face an uphill battle finding the money to send to schools. Each of the contenders has an unique solution for fixing education funding in Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, some background: Illinois is ranked last in the nation when it comes to how much the state kicks in to public education.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21039 at http://wuis.org Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? Reducing The Number Of State Laws Not So Simple http://wuis.org/post/reducing-number-state-laws-not-so-simple <p>The name “lawmaker” implies someone who helps pass laws.&nbsp; But some who serve in the role are critical of that part of the job description.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger looks at why they say there are too many laws on the books.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Every year when the Illinois General Assembly goes in to session, a regular drumbeat of new proposals are debated.&nbsp; They deal with topics from crime, to regulation and even seemingly innocuous measures to honor someone or something.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 600 new laws were signed in the last year alone.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 20743 at http://wuis.org Reducing The Number Of State Laws Not So Simple "The Limit Is Winning The Race" http://wuis.org/post/limit-winning-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois had long been the holdout: a state without any limits on campaign contributions. Prosecutors say former Governor Rod Blagojevich took full advantage of that freedom, as he solicited donations in exchange for favors and state jobs. His arrest spurred lawmakers into action.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20667 at http://wuis.org "The Limit Is Winning The Race" Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? http://wuis.org/post/why-are-republicans-avoiding-social-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' economy has been topic A among the men seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Getting far less attention are social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. For a party whose rough primaries have often been compared to “circular firing squads,” the lack of focus on the topic is unusual. Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the social silence.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20501 at http://wuis.org Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-7-2014 <p></p><p>This week, more discussion of the upcoming primary elections, gun rights activists press for fewer restrictions, and differences of opinion in the state legislature over next year's budget.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:37:26 +0000 Bob Meyer 20389 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 Big Opportunity For Republicans As Poll Shows Quinn "Dread" http://wuis.org/post/big-opportunity-republicans-poll-shows-quinn-dread <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republican race is heating up as the March 18 election nears, but Gov. Pat Quinn faces only nominal primary opposition. He's likely safe for now, but a new poll shows Quinn could have trouble holding onto his seat come the general election.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20340 at http://wuis.org Big Opportunity For Republicans As Poll Shows Quinn "Dread" Dillard Campaign Gets On TV: Watch http://wuis.org/post/dillard-campaign-gets-tv-watch <p>With less than two weeks until the primary election, Bruce Rauner will no longer be the only candidate airing self-promotional T-V ads in Illinois. Senator Kirk Dillard is airing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Kj80JmVHE&amp;feature=youtu.be">campaign commercials </a>of his own.</p><p></p><p>The commercials Bruce Rauner has been airing for months, thanks mostly to the more than $6 million dollars he's put into his campaign, have helped him surge ahead in polls for the GOP race for governor.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:15:23 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20332 at http://wuis.org Dillard Campaign Gets On TV: Watch Dillard's AFSCME Endorsement: Too Little, Too Late? http://wuis.org/post/dillards-afscme-endorsement-too-little-too-late <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican candidate for governor Kirk Dillard has picked up the endorsement of the the state's largest government-employee union. But with less than two weeks until the election, Brian Mackey asks if it's too little, too late.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dillard's endorsement from </span>AFSCME<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> comes after front runner Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been blanketing the state with television ads for months.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:56:49 +0000 Brian Mackey 20299 at http://wuis.org Dillard's AFSCME Endorsement: Too Little, Too Late? GOP Governor Candidates Argue Pensions http://wuis.org/post/gop-governor-candidates-argue-pensions <p>The Republican candidates for Illinois governor are arguing about pension reform and the state's finances in the second-to-last debate ahead of the March 18 primary. &nbsp;</p><p>State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner&nbsp; and Treasurer Dan Rutherford attended the debate Wednesday hosted by WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune. &nbsp;</p><p>Brady is the only one who supported a recent pension overhaul that cuts benefits for state workers and retirees. Dillard voted against it, which has been the reason that several unions have endorsed him. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:15:27 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 20272 at http://wuis.org GOP Governor Candidates Argue Pensions Candidates Disagree On Government Unions http://wuis.org/post/candidates-disagree-government-unions <p>Illinois' primary election is less than two weeks away. The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor agree on a lot of topics. But there is an issue in which one of the candidates has distinguished himself: government-employee unions. Brian Mackey takes us inside the debate over whether government workers ought to be able to negotiate over their jobs.</p><p>You don’t have to spend a lot of time listening to investor Bruce Rauner to know where he stands on public-sector unions. The disdain drips from a three word phrase he uses again and again and again:</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:25:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20195 at http://wuis.org Candidates Disagree On Government Unions Listen To State Week - February 28, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-28-2014 <p></p><p>This week, money and the run-up to the Republican gubernatorial primary.&nbsp; Also, a scathing audit result for a state anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:24:49 +0000 Bob Meyer 19944 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 28, 2014 Dillard Picks Up Teachers' Endorsement; Rauner Still Pouring Own Money Into Race http://wuis.org/post/dillard-picks-teachers-endorsement-rauner-still-pouring-own-money-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard got the endorsement of a retired group of teachers Wednesday. But he’s still lagging front-runner Bruce Rauner, who continues to tap his </span><a href="http://wuis.org/post/rauner-made-53-million-2012" style="line-height: 1.5;">significant personal fortune</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for his campaign.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:50:39 +0000 Brian Mackey 19755 at http://wuis.org Dillard Picks Up Teachers' Endorsement; Rauner Still Pouring Own Money Into Race Listen To State Week - February 21, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-21-2014 <p></p><p>This week, the latest news from the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the next Governor's race.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:47:50 +0000 Bob Meyer 19454 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 21, 2014 Republicans Race For Governor Becomes "Blood Sport" http://wuis.org/post/republicans-race-governor-becomes-blood-sport <p></p><p>The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor met in a debate Tuesday (2/18) night in Springfield, the last time they're scheduled to appear together downstate before next month's primary election.</p><p>With political newcomer Bruce Rauner leading in the polls and in fundraising, debates are a chance for the three other candidates to talk directly to voters, free of charge.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:47:35 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 19252 at http://wuis.org Republicans Race For Governor Becomes "Blood Sport" Dillard Gets IEA Endorsement http://wuis.org/post/dillard-gets-iea-endorsement <p>An influential teachers union has endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary for Illinois governor.</p><p>The Illinois Education Association announced its endorsement Friday in Chicago.</p><p>Cinda Klickna is IEA's president. She says Dillard believes in public schools and says teachers and support staff “believe in Kirk Dillard.''</p><p>He faces state Sen. Bill Brady, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the March primary.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:21 +0000 Associated Press 19005 at http://wuis.org Dillard Gets IEA Endorsement Listen To State Week - February 14, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-14-2014 <p></p><p>This week, further discussion of the candidates vying for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:04:08 +0000 Bob Meyer 19004 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 14, 2014 Brady Says His Debate Remark Was "Insensitive" http://wuis.org/post/brady-says-his-debate-remark-was-insensitive <p>Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was ``insensitive'' when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits.</p><p>The state senator from Bloomington told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register Wednesday he ``didn't take into consideration there are a number of people out there looking for jobs who don't want to be on unemployment.'' &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:53:54 +0000 Associated Press 18441 at http://wuis.org Brady Says His Debate Remark Was "Insensitive" Cullerton Taunts GOP Over Budget Delay http://wuis.org/post/cullerton-taunts-gop-over-budget-delay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The campaign for governor seeped into a debate in the Illinois Senate Wednesday. It let senators get into a little partisan elbowing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislators were in town for just two days of session this week, and they only passed one bill. It lets </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn delay his budget address from mid-February to the end of March. The administration says it needs the delay to continue crunching numbers.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:58:30 +0000 Brian Mackey 18386 at http://wuis.org Cullerton Taunts GOP Over Budget Delay Rutherford: Political Rival Behind Allegations http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-political-rival-behind-allegations <p>An attorney for an employee in state Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office says her client has filed ``serious'' and ``troubling'' allegations against him with a state inspector general. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times reports Christine Svenson says in a statement Friday (http://bit.ly/1ii627y) that the claims have nothing to do with politics. &nbsp;</p><p>Rutherford is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. At a news conference earlier Friday, he accused rival candidate Bruce Rauner of being behind the allegations. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:48:07 +0000 Associated Press 18055 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: Political Rival Behind Allegations Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost http://wuis.org/post/quinn-proposes-modest-agenda-republicans-warn-cost <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.</p><p>Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick time for all employees.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17929 at http://wuis.org Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost Republican Candidates Are Critical Of Governor's Speech http://wuis.org/post/republican-candidates-are-critical-governors-speech <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:57:01 +0000 Associated Press 17900 at http://wuis.org Republican Candidates Are Critical Of Governor's Speech RAW TAPE: Republican Candidates' Post-Debate Press Conferences http://wuis.org/post/raw-tape-republican-candidates-post-debate-press-conferences <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All four candidates spoke with reporters after Thursday's Republican gubernatorial debate in Peoria. Here's what they had to say:</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:07:24 +0000 Brian Mackey 17566 at http://wuis.org RAW TAPE: Republican Candidates' Post-Debate Press Conferences Listen To State Week - January 24, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-24-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Thursday's debate in Peoria among the hopefuls to be the Republican candidate in the upcoming governor's race.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Bob Meyer 17565 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 24, 2014 Hear Republican Candidates For Governor Debate http://wuis.org/post/hear-republican-candidates-governor-debate <p>Hear the broadcast from January 24, 2014 involving the four candidates:&nbsp; Bill Brady, Dan Rutherford, Bruce Rauner and Kirk Dillard.</p><p>Also, listen to analysis from political observers, including Institute for Government and Public Affairs Director Chris Mooney, WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky, WILL host Jim Meadows and Public TV's Jak Tichenor and H. Wayne Wilson.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:26:07 +0000 WUIS 17531 at http://wuis.org Hear Republican Candidates For Governor Debate Democrat Cullerton Wants To Meet With GOP Nominee For Governor http://wuis.org/post/democrat-cullerton-wants-meet-gop-nominee-governor <p>The President of the Illinois State Senate - John Cullerton - says he wants to meet with the eventual Republican nominee for governor about the state’s finances.&nbsp; It comes as the state’s income and corporate tax rates are scheduled to go down in a year.</p><p>The governor’s office predicts the tax decrease will create a nearly $2 billion hole in the next budget. Cullerton - a Chicago Democrat - says he’d like to hear from the Republican nominee about the state’s budget.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:57:07 +0000 Tony Arnold 17529 at http://wuis.org Democrat Cullerton Wants To Meet With GOP Nominee For Governor GOP Candidates For Governor To Support Eventual Nominee http://wuis.org/post/gop-candidates-governor-support-eventual-nominee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The four Republicans running for governor are battling one another now ... but most say they'll put that aside after the primary.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a debate at Chicago's Union League Club the GOP candidates for governor tried to set themselves apart on questions about transportation funding, Medicaid, and government consolidation.</span></p><p>But they all had the same response to the question, "Do you all individually agree to support the Republican nominee, whoever he is?"</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:46:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17410 at http://wuis.org GOP Candidates For Governor To Support Eventual Nominee