Chicago Alerman Ameya Pawar.
Ald. Pawar
January 04, 2017

Chicago Alderman Becomes First Dem To Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Ameya Pawar, a two-term Chicago alderman, on Tuesday became the first Democrat to formally announce he will seek his party’s nomination to run against incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Pawar, who represents Chicago's 47th Ward, said he is running because he wants to tackle income inequality and criticized Rauner’s tenure.


A chart showing voters skipping the presidential election.
IL Campaign for Political Reform.
December 30, 2016

More Illinois Voters Took A Pass On Presidential Race

While Hillary Clinton won the presidential race in the State of Illinois, a lot of voters chose "none of the above."  Nearly 130-thousand voters skipped the presidential category on the ballot, leaving that blank.  That's more than three times the number who sat out the presidential race 4 years earlier.  


Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 29, 2016

Rosecrance Prepares For More State Funding Cuts

Rosecrance executive director Sheila Ferguson remains hopeful that the agency can partner with other local agencies to weather any further state cuts in 2017.


Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner were part of some of 2016's biggest stories for Illinois Issues.
Trump by Michael Vadon/Flickr / Rauner by Brian Mackey/WUIS
December 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Top Stories Of 2016

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.


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