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Dan Brady speaks
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House Republicans have put an ethics reform package on the table in Springfield.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session.

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Paul Findley served 22 years as a congressman from Illinois in the 20th District. The area he represented covered much of the territory Abraham Lincoln served during his one term in Congress.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington said the problem of violent rhetoric in American politics spans both parties.

Town Council chambers
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Democrats challenged state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Normal, during a sparsely attended town hall meeting Tuesday about a proposal for a graduated income tax.

Bruce Rauner addressing the Illinois General Assemble in February of 2016.
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The Illinois General Assembly convenes Wednesday as its fall session winds down.

The House voted Tuesday to override a veto on raising to $2 million the cap on damage awards in lawsuits against the state. The law is now in effect.

Supporters say the $100,000 cap set in the early 1970s didn't fairly compensate victims. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had suggested a $300,000 cap.

Bruce Rauner (left) and JB Pritzker (right)
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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker each reported income of roughly $55 million last year.

Rauner and Pritzker released partial copies of their 2017 tax returns Tuesday.

Rauner's filing shows he and his wife reported about $54 million in state taxable income and $52.7 million in federal adjusted gross income. They paid $13.9 million in federal income taxes and $2.1 million in state income tax.

Dan Brady and Ben Webb
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Candidates for the 105th Illinois House District set public education funding as a top priority during a GLT debate Wednesday night at Illinois State's University Galleries.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaking to supporters after being sworn into office on December 5, 2016.
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Three women in Illinois government studying sexual harassment and gender equity say a solution would be to elect women to half of all political offices in the state.

The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued a report Wednesday recommending measures for political parties to combat sexual harassment and make politics fairer for women.

Grayson 'Kash' Jackson speaking to the media in Springfield
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A child-support check sent to the wrong ex-wife has given the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor 30 more days to rectify the late payment.

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that Grayson 'Kash' Jackson of Antioch told a judge Wednesday that a third-party online child-support disbursement firm erroneously sent the $3,067 payment to his first ex-wife in North Carolina.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday toured Illinois State University's aging Fine Arts complex, where nearly $6 million has been sunk into maintenance and short-term repairs.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz told lawmakers Thursday that money is being wasted on the old College of Fine Arts building.

Flowers in the foreground with blue cloud studded skies above and an academic building in the middle ground.
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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is asking state lawmakers for fair, dependable funding.

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Incoming Chestnut Health Systems CEO Dave Sharar said his organization faces new challenges.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
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A Democratic candidate for McLean County clerk is arguing for a countywide election commission.

Larry Dietz at news conference
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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

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After 16 years in the job, state Rep. Dan Brady said he wants another term.

Illinois State Capitol exterior
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Two new candidates have announced election plans to try to replace retiring State Rep. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth.

Piatt County Board Chair Randy Keith said he will run for state representative as a Republican in the 101st Illinois House District that covers portions of McLean, Champaign, Piatt, Macon, and DeWitt counties.

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Illinois State University's Board of Trustees must vote again on the contract employing President Larry Dietz.

When the board approved the contract Aug. 6, it turns out four of them weren't trustees at all.

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There is another entry into the Democratic race for Congress in the 13th District.

Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
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The president of Illinois State University said Thursday's passage of a state budget is a welcome relief. Larry Dietz said more work remains to be done, but at least there is a way forward.

"It makes life a lot easier in terms of the planning. Frankly we have felt that nobody cares much about education because there has been no scheme and no plan to fund it," said Dietz.

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Democrats plan to mount a challenge next year to Republican McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael. Nikita Richards has announced she is running as a progressive.

State Sen. Bill Brady

Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.  

The Republican from Bloomington was selected Friday to replace GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno, who announced Thursday she was stepping down. 

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As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is stepping down effective Saturday. That’s the first day of Illinois' new budget year, and would be the third without a real budget unless she and the other legislative leaders cut a deal.

Kennedy Slams Rauner For Intentional Damage To State

Jun 20, 2017
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One of the Democratic Candidates for Governor is accusing Republican Governor Bruce Rauner of purposefully wrecking Illinois.

Speaking recently in Normal, Chris Kennedy said Governor Rauner intentionally used the budget deadlock to target social services.

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A slew of high ranking Democrats showed up in Bloomington Normal for a letter carriers union convention at the Uptown Marriot. They included the Senate President John Cullerton, Senator Dick Durbin, and businessman and Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy.
     
Kennedy is taking aim at the state property tax system saying it's 'legalized extortion' when politically elected assessors elevate assessments and politically connected lawyers appeal them. Kennedy said this is not just a problem in Chicago, but everywhere in the state.

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In the wake of another spring legislative session that failed to produce a state budget, two ratings agencies have downgraded state universities including ISU.

Standard and Poor's recently chose not to downgrade ISU, but S and P has a rule that no public university can be more than three grades above the rating for its host state. And so when S and P downgraded Illinois, last week it also gave a technical downgrade to ISU to A minus.

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A nonpartisan research group said Illinois’ desperate financial condition is getting even worse.

The Civic Federation of Chicago said unless something is done soon, by next year the state’s pile of unpaid bills could consume half of all new tax revenue.

The group has published an 86-page report outlining where it thinks Illinois ought to go.

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61 social service agencies suing the State of Illinois over the budget impasse got their day in court on Thursday.

An attorney for the agencies told Illinois Appellate Court judges the agencies are political hostages because of the budget impasse. Those groups are suing the state to get paid what they’re owed.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said it's particularly appropriate to highlight the fourteenth amendment in 2017

Madigan gave a Law Day speech to the McLean County Bar Association meeting at Illinois State University in Normal.

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