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May 05, 2016

Behind The Failure Of The Graduated Income Tax

Despite recent hype over the possibility of legislators putting questions on the November ballot to change the constitution, the Illinois House adjourned Wednesday without even voting on proposed amendments. Their lack of action means voters won't be asked whether they want to change how they're taxed.


Bruce Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois.
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May 03, 2016

As Rauner Hunts For A Grand Bargain, He’s Leaving The Actual Bargaining To Others

As the state budget impasse has entered an eleventh month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful a "grand bargain" can be worked out by the end of May; but he's leaving the bargaining to others.

Groups of legislators have been meeting in private, attempting to hammer out compromises. Rauner says even though he's the governor he's not directly involved in talks.


Statewide boundaries for United States congressional districts in Illinois, since 2013
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May 03, 2016

When It Rains Redistricting, Ballot Options May Pour

On a 105 to 7 vote members of the Illinois House voted to give up the power of drawing their own districts. The remap proposal would give that authority to a court-appointed panel. 

After a dearth of redistricting opportunities, there's a chance Illinois voters could be faced with several options in the November election.


May 01, 2016

Statutes Of Limitation, #MoreThanMean, & Political Roundup

On The 21st: State Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined us to tell us why she thinks the statutes of limitations for sexual assault should be changed. Plus, we spoke with two women in media about online harassment, and in our new Monday political round table, we talked about Chicago State University's recent announcement to lay off 300 employees.


April 30, 2016

Outpouring Of Signatures For Change In Redistricting Process

A measure to change Illinois’ constitution affecting how legislative districts are drawn is one step closer to making it onto the November ballot.  The Independent Maps campaign has raised more than 580,000 signatures in support of the proposal, twice the number required.


Tom Barnes once served as the mayor of Gary, Indiana. He says Gary did more for Donald Trump than his casino did for the city.
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April 30, 2016

Former Gary Mayor Remembers When Trump Came To Town

Earlier this week, Trump received the endorsement of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight -- one of the state’s most famous Hoosiers. But, Trump lost out on another prominent endorsement Friday when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he’s throwing his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz. 


April 28, 2016

MAP Grant Funds Not Distributed Equally

Following the signing this week of an emergency funding bill for higher education in Illinois, money for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, has been released. But while students attending colleges on the semester system will receive about half the money they were expecting, those on the quarter system will get just one-third.


Muslim women ride the subway
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April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


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