elections http://wuis.org en Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' http://wuis.org/post/madigan-voting-rights-we-dont-know-what-future-holds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:10:53 +0000 Brian Mackey 22627 at http://wuis.org Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' Republican Candidate For Governor Kicked Off The Ballot http://wuis.org/post/republican-candidate-governor-kicked-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Whether Governor Pat Quinn will have a primary opponent is still undecided. But there's one fewer candidate seeking the Republican nomination.</p><p></p><p>There's a way to win an election long before election day: get your opponent knocked off the ballot -- challenging their paperwork for not meeting the rules.</p><p>That helped clear the way for Barack Obama when he was trying to begin his political career in the Illinois Senate.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16650 at http://wuis.org Republican Candidate For Governor Kicked Off The Ballot Six Candidates File To Run For Governor http://wuis.org/post/six-candidates-file-run-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Candidates looking to run in the March primary began filing their paperwork today (11/25) with the State Board of Elections. Anyone who was in line by 8 a.m. gets a chance at the top spot on the ballot. Six men who want to be Illinois' next governor made that deadline.</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:13:59 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13733 at http://wuis.org Six Candidates File To Run For Governor Court Case Could Upend Illinois Campaign Caps http://wuis.org/post/court-case-could-upend-illinois-campaign-caps <p>The scandal that brought down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich led to campaign-contribution caps in Illinois. Advocates of the limits are fearful a case set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday could upend their efforts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The campaign finance law Illinois politicians passed in 2009 restricts how much cash companies, unions and people can give to individual candidates. Theoretically, you can give that maximum contribution to every state candidate in Illinois.</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:16:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10454 at http://wuis.org Court Case Could Upend Illinois Campaign Caps No Petitions Until Lt. Gov. Picks Made http://wuis.org/post/no-petitions-until-lt-gov-picks-made <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week officially kicks off campaign season. Tuesday was the first day candidates could begin collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot. Still some of the leading candidates can't start yet.</p><p></p><p>In order to get on the ballot, candidates have to prove voters want them there. In the case of Democrats and Republicans running for governor, that means getting signatures from no less than 5,000 and no more than 10,000 members of his party.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:11:54 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8369 at http://wuis.org No Petitions Until Lt. Gov. Picks Made