Democrats Unveil Legislative Map Proposal, GOP Calls It ‘Gerrymandering 101’

SPRINGFIELD – House and Senate redistricting committees will hold a series of public hearings this week on a proposed new set of legislative maps that Democrats released late Friday, despite the fact that official census data won’t be available until later this year. The Democrats’ decision to release the maps after 7:30 p.m. Friday, combined […]

Ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Resigns Seat

SPRINGFIELD  — Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has resigned from the seat he’s held for the last 50 years effective Thursday. Madigan went from being the longest-serving House Speaker in the nation to a mere state representative on Jan. 13 — the day he passed his Speaker’s gavel to Chris Welch, who makes history […]

AP FACT CHECK: Claims From Pence and Harris VP Debate

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris tussled Wednesday in the first and only vice presidential debate before the Nov. 3 election, coming as the coronavirus sidelined President Donald Trump at the White House. A look at how the running mates’ statements from Salt Lake City stack up with the facts: RUSSIA INVESTIGATION […]

Madigan: ‘No Plans To Resign’ As Dem Women Seek His Ouster

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Iris Martinez, a respected and influential state and national Democratic Party leader, on Thursday joined a burgeoning group of Democratic lawmakers — all women — calling for Michael Madigan to relinquish his decades-long grip on Illinois politics by resigning as party leader, House speaker, or both after he was implicated in a federal […]

News Around Illinois – April 23, 2020

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Illinois Reports Highest Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In One Day CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,049 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That’s the highest number of positive cases of COVID-19 the state has seen in one day. Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the high case numbers could be a result of […]

Turnout Down As Coronavirus Stalks Illinois Primary

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SPRINGFIELD – Despite fear and uncertainty amid a global pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Illinois voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary election. Overall, however, turnout was down significantly compared to the last presidential primary in 2016. At the top of the ticket, Joe Biden left Bernie Sanders in his dust — winning Illinois by 23 […]

Joe Biden Wins Illinois Democratic Primary

WASHINGTON 8:21 p.m. – Joe Biden has won Illinois’ Democratic presidential primary. Officials declined to postpone the election despite concerns about low turnout because of the coronavirus outbreak. There were some signs of early confusion, with voters calling a hotline to get help finding polling places. In Chicago, about 50 polling sites opened late. Election […]

News Around Illinois – February 11, 2020

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13th District Democratic Primary Candidates Discuss Issues At Forum CHAMPAIGN – Healthcare was a major issue for both Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Stefanie Smith at a candidate’s forum in Champaign Monday evening. But the two Democrats competing to run against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois’ 13th District disagreed on what’s the best plan. Smith, […]