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Keith Sommer

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
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The head of Illinois Senate Republicans called it “irresponsible” to build a state budget based on revenue from a graduated income tax that voters haven't considered yet.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
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Gov. JB Pritzker called for ethics reforms during his State of the State address in Springfield on Wednesday, but a Republican party leader said his plans lack a key component to rooting out corruption.

Karla Bailey-Smith speaks at podium
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Democrat Karla Bailey-Smith of Bloomington made her official 2020 campaign announcement Thursday in the race for Illinois’ 88th House District.

Keith at debate
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All this talk of bipartisanship in the Illinois legislature is a bit overblown, according to a veteran state lawmaker who opposed much of the legislation that Gov. J.B Pritzker and Democratic leaders pushed through in what some political observers have called an historic legislative session.

Keith and Jill at the debate
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Democratic candidate for the Illinois 88th House District Jill Blair said her opponent’s unwillingness to hear constituents’ concerns was part of her decision to run for his seat.

Keith Sommer speaks into mic
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Voters are accustomed to politicians who love to self-promote—the ones who call press conferences to brag about all the bills they’ve introduced, who give impassioned floor speeches ahead of a controversial vote, who blitz the media with press releases about their positions.