Republican State Lawmakers Call for Citizen-Led Referendums and Recalls

SPRINGFIELD – Republican state lawmakers — who are in the super-minority in the state legislature —introduced a package of election-focused bills aimed at making it easier for citizens to be involved in revising the state’s constitution, repealing legislation, and removing public officials from office. In a combined press conference Wednesday, GOP leaders in the Illinois House […]

Former GOP State Senator, Conservative Party Candidate for Governor Indicted

SPRINGFIELD – A former Republican state Senator and Conservative Party candidate for governor on Wednesday joined the list of ex-state officials who have been indicted. Springfield-area lawmaker Sam McCann, who frequently butted heads with Republican ex-Gov. Bruce Rauner and eventually challenged him as a third-party candidate in 2018, was indicted on charges of fraud, money […]

GOP Rep. Kinzinger Starts PAC To Resist Party’s Trump Embrace

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Kinzinger was one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump. Now, the Illinois congressman is launching a political action committee to push back against a House GOP leadership team and party that he says have become too closely aligned to the former president. Kinzinger announced the “Country 1st” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ex-GOP US Rep. Schock Says He’s Gay, Regrets Anti-Gay Stances

CHICAGO — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has come out as gay in social media and web posts, saying he would do more  if he were in Congress today to support LGBTQ rights.   In the postings on Instagram and a webpage, the 38-year-old also describes his anguish at being rejected by members of […]

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, […]