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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Editor's Note: Election Stifles Policy Change In 2014

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Election season cast a long shadow on 2014. We saw the most expensive and one of the ugliest fights for the governor’s office in the state’s history. Now Illinois has a Republican governor for the first time in more than a decade. Meanwhile in the legislature, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton were both able to hang on to veto-proof majorities in their respective chambers, despite some aggressive challenges mounted by Republican candidates.

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Election 2014
5:26 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

No School For Kids On Election Day

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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.

But with shootings at schools across the country, some lawmakers are concerned the practice is dangerous.

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.

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Lite Gov
7:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Election Proposal Leaves Lt. Gov. Race Unchanged

Sheila Simon was tapped to be Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate in 2010 after the primary winner was nudged out of the race amid questions about his past.
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The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does not do, as for what it does.

The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law, including online voter registration. But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun January 1, 2012

End and Means: The Question of Whether Illinois Should Elect Judges is Timely

Charles N. Wheeler III
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Has the time come for Illinois to reconsider the manner in which it selects its judges?

The question seems timely: A campaign finance reform task force is weighing public financing for judicial elections, in part to counter a generally held public view that campaign contributions affect courtroom decisions. Meanwhile, dozens of candidates for judicial posts — from the Illinois Supreme Court to circuit court — are scurrying to raise money for next year’s primary and general elections. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Ends and Means: Is it Really Election Time?

Charles N. Wheeler III
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In a few days, conscientious Illinois residents will bundle themselves up and trudge through midwinter weather to their nearest polling places, intent on doing their civic duty for the February 2 primary election.

Indeed, tens of thousands already have done so, taking advantage of an early voting period that opened before the Christmas lights were down and the decorations put away for another year.

One suspects many of them will be asking the same question: Why are we doing this NOW?

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat November 1, 2008

Editor's Note: Negative Campaigning Makes it Hard to Put Faith in Either Candidate

Dana Heupel
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Not long ago, I was complaining to a friend and colleague about a previous political campaign. “Why does it have to be so incredibly negative?” I grumbled. His simple reply: “It works.”

My friend, one of the better-known political writers in the state, is a pragmatist. He wasn’t endorsing the tactic; just stating a fact.

Well, it doesn’t work for me. After months of following the backs-and-forths of this year’s presidential campaign like a political tennis match, I am so sick of the negativity — from both camps — that I’m ready to check “None of the above” on the ballot.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2007

Presidential: Candidates in the Running to Win Illinois' Presidential Primaries

Candidates in the running to win Illinois' presidential primaries:

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York 
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois
U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2007

Congressional: Democrats Hope to Extend Their Slight Majority in the IL Congressional Delegation

Democrats hope to extend their slight majority in the Illinois congressional delegation, and the outcome of the February 5 primary races will play a role. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri September 1, 2006

Campaign Lifelines: Downstate Democrats swim in increasingly conservative waters

State Rep. Kurt Granberg spells out one theme in this election season: "I feel like the island is sinking and there are sharks in the water."

Granberg is a 19-year incumbent Democrat representing a House district bound by three Republican-controlled districts. The state GOP hopes to take his seat on November 7, and it smells blood.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri September 1, 2006

State of the State: Unconventional candidates test whether Fred and Ethel are ready for change

Bethany Carson
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Candidates who dare to be different need a lot of stars to align before they can win public office. It's hard to say whether that could happen for Eric Wallace before November; yet the state Senate candidate has what it takes to break all kinds of stereotypes.

He's a doctorate-holding minister, a veteran and a businessman. The resident of Matteson in Chicago's south suburbs is unusual in that he's seeking office as an African-American Republican.

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Statehouse
12:00 am
Thu December 1, 2005

Ends and Means: Lawmakers got inoculated in time for the campaign season

Charles N. Wheeler III
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Had your flu shot? Some public health officials are expecting a record number of Americans to receive the influenza vaccine this fall, with demand for the shots driven by people's recollection of last year's shortage and their concern about the virulent avian flu slowly making its way toward the western hemisphere.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri October 1, 2004

State of the State: Gap in presidential preference is so slight uncounted votes could decide contest

Pat Guinane
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As an especially close election enters its final stage, George W. Bush and John Kerry are courting a small but increasingly significant minority: undecided voters. In most polls, they make up about 5 percent of likely voters, comparable to the single-digit gap between the two presidential candidates.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri October 1, 2004

Ends and Means: Public confidence in the judiciary goes down as campaign rhetoric gets nastier

Charles N. Wheeler III
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Is justice for sale in Illinois? A lot of people think so. That worries folks like Cindi Canary, and it ought to worry all of us.

“I think there’s a growing perception that’s the case,” says Canary, director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. “In 2002, people expressed a lot of concern about conflicts of interest, about the players in the campaign ending up being the players in the courtroom.”

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu July 1, 2004

News: Election 2004

Protracted budget dispute produces positives for prison workers, state colleges and business

Fifty-four days and 17 special sessions after its scheduled May 31 adjournment date, the Illinois General Assembly approved a $45.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed October 1, 2003

Ends and Means: Local officials now must comply with a federal mandate for election reform

Charles N. Wheeler III
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The other shoe appears poised to drop on Illinois’ cash-strapped local governments.

Already reeling from new waste water permit fees imposed by the state, local officials now also face steep costs to comply with a federal mandate for election reform.

Under the Help America Vote Act, enacted last year in the wake of the Florida vote counting debacle in 2000, election authorities must:

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