Illinois legislature GOP Ethics Measure Goes Unheard In Springfield By Eric Stock • Nov 15, 2019 Seth Perlman, File / AP Illinois lawmakers took some steps to address to government corruption this week, but they didn't take action on a bill state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and other Republicans were pushing. Democrat Karla Bailey-Smith Announces Race For 88th House District By Mary Cullen • Oct 3, 2019 Mary Cullen / WGLT Democrat Karla Bailey-Smith of Bloomington made her official 2020 campaign announcement Thursday in the race for Illinois’ 88th House District. Barickman: State Action Needed On Vaping By Mary Cullen • Sep 13, 2019 Carleigh Gray / WGLT After the Trump administration this week vowed to ban flavored e-cigarettes, one state senator from Bloomington is saying Illinois shouldn't wait for federal action. Small-Business Leader Says State Must Repair Rocky Relationship By Mary Cullen • Dec 14, 2018 Mary Cullen / WGLT The leader of the Small Business Advocacy Council said the near 800 day-long state budget impasse set small businesses up for a rocky relationship with Illinois government. How Legalizing Marijuana Would Impact McLean County Businesses By Mary Cullen • Dec 4, 2018 Mary Cullen / WGLT Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman said he will co-sponsor a 2019 measure to legalize cannabis. Voting Rights Attorney Talks Impact Of Gerrymandering By Mary Cullen • Oct 15, 2018 Campaign Legal Center Every 10 years, the majority party in each state redraws district lines. Parties often pack or crack districts to allow them a majority of votes, a process known as gerrymandering.