Kent Redfield

Election 2015
2:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Rauner’s Budget Poses Risk For Emanuel’s Re-election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, second from left, awaits the inauguration of Gov. Bruce Rauner in this January 2015 file photo.

If Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for a silver lining on his disappointing first round re-election bid, he ought not study Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget. The state’s largest city has some big problems that the governor’s fiscal plans could aggravate.

Chicago has issues of “looming pension crisis in the city and at the board of education, ongoing problems with guns and gangs and drugs, still a feeling that too many neighborhoods are being neglected and there aren’t enough jobs,” Andy Shaw, head of the non-partisan Better Government Association, said election night.

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Illinois Issues - Leadership
7:30 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Rauner's Executive Order - CapitolView

Host Jamey Dunn and guests Kent Redfield (UIS) and Bruce Rushton (IL Times) discuss Gov. Rauner's new executive order, Aaron Schock, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

CapitolView is a production of WSEC-TV/PBS Springfield, Network Knowledge.

Illinois Issues - Leadership
7:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Veto Session Issues - CapitolView

Host Jamey Dunn and guests Kent Redfield (UIS) and Mike Lawrence (Statehouse Observer) discuss the issues surrounding the first week of veto session.

CapitolView is a production of WSEC-TV/PBS Springfield, Network Knowledge.

Election 2014
4:38 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rauner Declares Victory, But Quinn Won't Concede

Bruce Rauner speaks to a gathering of Republicans at the Illinois State Fair in this August 2013 file photo.
Credit Amanda Vinicky/WUIS

Republican investor Bruce Rauner will be the next governor of Illinois — probably. He declared victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and is up by five percentage points, but the Democrat is refusing to concede.

Rauner made hundreds of millions of dollars as a private equity investor. Lately, though, he’s been investing in himself — spending $27 million of his vast fortune on a quest to become governor of Illinois.

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Election 2014
3:25 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Toxic Ads Scorch, Spur Defamation Suit

A screenshot of the "Daisy" ad that aired in September, 1964. It's widely believed to be the first attack ad, and a political game-changer.
Credit Daisy Ad screenshot

It was 50 years ago last month that a new type of campaign commercial aired -- one devised to make President Lyndon Johnson's opponent look bad, rather than to extol his own virtues. "Daisy" only aired once, it was so controversial: the scene of a girl pulling petals off a flower crossed into one of an exploding bomb.  That commercial changed the political landscape. Any inhibitions campaigns may have had in 1964 have long since vanished. Now, negative ads are the norm. It's gotten to the point that a candidate for State Representative this week filed a lawsuit over it.

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Illinois Issues - Leadership
7:30 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Legal Troubles for Rauner & Quinn - CapitolView

Host Amanda Vinicky and guests Kent Redfield (UIS) and Andy Maloney (Chicago Law Bulletin) discuss legal troubles for both Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn among other topics.

CapitolView is a production of WSEC-TV/PBS Springfield, Network Knowledge.

Illinois Issues - Leadership
7:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Raise Income and Millionaire's Tax - CapitolView

Host, Amanda Vinicky and guests Kent Redfield (UIS) and Charlie Wheeler (UIS) analyze the Governor's Budget Address. Focusing on the proposal to increase income tax, property tax relief, and the millionaire's tax.

Election 2014
3:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Could Governor Candidates Spend $100 Million?

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Political experts anticipate the Illinois gubernatorial candidates could spend more than 100 million dollars in the next eight months.

University of Illinois Springfield political science Professor Kent Redfield says Republican nominee Bruce Rauner and incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn should attract big money from donors both in- and out of Illinois.

"It’s both a contest between these two people and the interests of the state of Illinois but it’s also drawing a national conflict involving labor and big business," he said.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Red State, Blue State: Among Its Neighbors, Illinois is Alone as a Predominantely Democratic Entity

Kent Redfield
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In the final weeks of 2013, Illinois was among more than 20 states tripping over each other like eager suitors to woo a new Boeing production plant for its 777x airliner. The aerospace giant had put out word that it was abandoning its Washington state production plans over labor disputes and would consider the presentations of any states that wanted a shot at it. It said it would decide in January 2014 which state would get the estimated 8,500 jobs and other economic windfalls associated with the project.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2008

Question & Answer: Kent Redfield

Kent Redfield
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

In the past decade, Kent Redfield, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has become widely known because broadcast and print reporters across Illinois, and occasionally the nation, sought out his wisdom as a political pundit — especially when Sen. Barack Obama mounted his presidential bid. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2008

Editor's Note: Illinoisans have a Moral Responsibility and Reason for Concern

Dana Heupel
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This month, we report on two issues that should make us ashamed as Illinoisans. 

One article illustrates a situation we have a moral obligation to remedy; the other points to a practice that time and again has proved to be irresponsible — and too often criminal. 

On page 16, Statehouse bureau chief Bethany Jaeger writes about how human services always end up last in line for state funding, especially during tight budget years. And on page 24, my Q&A with political scientist Kent Redfield focuses on Illinois' anything-goes system of financing election campaigns. 

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