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Leadership Blog
7:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Rauner High On List of "Sugar Daddies Of State Politics"

Bruce Rauner spent record amounts of money for an Illinois statewide race to win the governor's office in November.
Credit Alex Keefe / WBEZ

The millions of dollars Republican Governor Bruce Rauner poured into his campaign landed him near the top of a national list of last year's biggest campaign contributors to state races.

The Center for Public Integrity gathered data on political giving to state races. It then used that information to crown "sugar daddies of state politics."

Gov. Rauner and his wife, Diana, came in seventh.

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6:42 am
Fri October 3, 2014

GOP Eyes Voter Rolls Amid Close Illinois Campaign

Credit wttw Chicago Tonight

 Illinois Republicans are mounting what they say is an unprecedented and costly campaign to purge ineligible people from voter lists and recruit their own election judges before November. 

It's a sign of how close the contest is expected to be for control of President Barack Obama's home state.  
Republicans have allocated $1 million in Cook County alone to examine voter rolls and recruit 5,000 GOP election judges to watch over polling places in Democrat-heavy Chicago. Efforts to go through voter rolls are underway in two counties east of St. Louis.  

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Term limits
5:49 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Term Limit Petition Cost $1.75 Per Signature

Workers load up a semi truck with Bruce Rauner's 67,976-page term limit petition on Wednesday. Each of the nearly 600,000 signatures cost $1.75, a spokesman said.
Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

  Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner filed his term limit initiative with election officials today Wednesday. The massive petition drive came with a hefty price tag.

Rauner's term limit group spent eight months collecting more than twice the number of signatures needed to get the question on the November ballot. That means conversations like this one, from primary Election Day, happened nearly 600,000 times:

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State Week
1:36 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Listen To State Week - April 25, 2014

House Speaker Michael Madigan is elected to a 5th term as Chairman of the Illinois Democratic party and more allegations are being made that patronage plays a factor in hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue January 1, 2008

Black & Blue: IL Democrats are Bruised from Months of Infighting, Making Some Candidates Vulnerable


Changing political parties may have seemed like an obvious decision for state Rep. Paul Froehlich. In 2006, the Schaumburg lawmaker was a Republican who had led local party groups for years. But he watched his veteran colleague, state Rep. Terry Parke, lose to a Democrat and end his 22-year legislative career.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2007

Legislative: As Chicago's Suburbs Grow Hard to Label, Some Lawmakers Have Opted to Switch Parties


As Chicago's suburbs grow increasingly hard to label as predominantly Republican because of shifting demographics, some lawmakers have opted to switch parties.

The area is becoming a purple haze, and a challenge to Republican incumbents. While Illinois House Republicans lost only one incumbent in the 2006 elections, the Senate lost five — four from the Chicago suburbs.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat September 1, 2007

Ends and Means: The Dysfunctional Ds Set New Standards for Governing Incompetence

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

As the seemingly interminable spring legislative session drags on through the dog days of summer and lawmakers begin circulating petitions for re-election, Democratic lawmakers can't be enthusiastic about the record compiled by their leaders.

Despite controlling all the levers of the lawmaking machinery — the governorship and majorities in both the Senate and the House — the dysfunctional Ds set new standards for governing incompetence.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri June 1, 2007

State of the State: A 37-member majority may not be as super as it first appears

Bethany Carson
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

The regional and political differences among Senate Democrats were on display in some of the most attention-getting issues this spring.

The 95th Illinois General Assembly began with high expectations for the Senate Democrats, whose majority grew by six members in last fall's elections. But so far they haven't looked like the agenda-setters they were expected to be.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu September 1, 2005

State of the State: Policy could take a back seat as Democrats unite for a common goal: re-election

Pat Guinane
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

The State Fair has passed by, and with it went the partisan pep rallies that kicked off another campaign season.

Republicans spoke of rebuilding and revitalizing, while Democrats talked unity, a nod to their current stranglehold on state government. They control the Illinois House and Senate, both U.S. Senate seats and the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and comptroller.

That makes for a crowded dais. 

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