State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston
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April 21, 2017

Senator, Gubernatorial Hopeful Biss Visits Champaign

State Senator Daniel Biss wants to beat Bruce Rauner in next year’s gubernatorial election. But the Evanston Democrat doesn’t blame all of the state’s problems on the GOP incumbent. The former University of Chicago mathemetician addressed a gathering of 50 people in a downtown Champaign bar on Thursday, three days after another candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, was in the area.


Caricature of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.
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April 17, 2017

C-U Group Needles U.S. Rep. Davis With Its Own “Town Hall” Meetings

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis’ decision not to hold public meetings with constituents has drawn protests from liberal activist groups. One of those groups is holding its own meetings and inviting the Taylorville Republican to attend.


Rauner visits with supporters and employee at HL Precision Manufacturing in Champaign Wednesday.
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April 13, 2017

Rauner Talks Reforms, Higher Ed Funding In State ‘Tour’

Gov. Bruce Rauner wrapped a 10-city tour with a visit to a Champaign manufacturer Wednesday. As his call for budget reforms wrapped at HL Precision Manufacturing on the city's west side, about 25 members of state government unions called on the Republican governor to 'do your job', saying Rauner should come to the table to negotiate with AFSCME. A Rauner spokesperson says the trek around the state, which was not on the governor's official schedule, was not about his re-election campaign, although it was paid for with political funds.


Rodney Davis
Office of Rodney Davis
April 12, 2017

Davis: A Larger Strike In Syria Should Involve Congress

Congressman Rodney Davis says President Donald Trump needs congressional approval for any larger-scale military action in Syria. But the 13th District Republican from Taylorville says he stands behind Trump’s decision last week to launch air strikes on a Syrian air base, without a vote in Congress.


Governor Bruce Rauner at the Thompson Center in Chicago
Sophia Tareen/AP
April 11, 2017

Rauner Launching 2-Day Campaign Tour As 2018 Rivals Attack

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid on Tuesday, as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and the Republican tries to turn around his sagging approval ratings.


Closeup of a marijuana plant.
Brent Levin/CC BY 2.0/Flickr
April 11, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Case For Partial Legalization

Might pot and ditch weed help ease the state's financial crisis and boost its farm economy? Sponsors of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and to clear the way for large-scale production of industrial hemp are hoping to convince their colleagues that's the case.


Head shot of Jerry Costello.
Seth Perlman/AP
April 08, 2017

Lawmakers Send State-Nurse Protection Bill To Rauner

The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. Lawmakers sent the measure to Rauner Friday. It won House approval a day earlier 68-42.


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