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AP - Illinois Public Media News - November 04, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Dick Durbin Re-Elected To U.S. Senate

Senator Dick Durban

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has defeated Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis to win a fourth term.

The Senate's second-ranking Democrat had been expected to keep the seat he's held since 1997. He campaigned as a champion for the middle class, pushing for a higher minimum wage and tax breaks for companies that keep good-paying jobs in the U.S.

The 69-year-old from Springfield also says his tenure and position on Capitol Hill have helped him bring billions of dollars in federal funds back to Illinois.

Oberweis called Durbin a career politician and accused him of losing touch with voters. The 68-year-old dairy entrepreneur from Sugar Grove said he had the business background to create jobs. Durbin painted Oberweis as too extreme for Illinois.

Categories: Government, Politics




AP - Illinois Public Media News - November 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Gubernatorial Candidates Make Final Campaign Stops Before Election Day

By The Associated Press With Amanda Vinicky

The major-party candidates for Illinois governor toured the state Monday in a final surge of campaigning before Election Day on Tuesday.  

Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Champaign Public Schools Hope Voters Approve $149 Million For Construction

By Hannah Meisel

Politicians aren't the only ones who've spent this year selling themselves to voters. The Champaign Public School System has hedged its bets on residents voting yes on a $149 million bond sale, which would increase property taxes to district residents.

The District says it needs the money to expand and renovate Centennial High School and build a new Central High School.

Unit 4 Suprintendent Judy Wiegand says the school board has exhausted all options, and landed on the bond sale because of the increasing space constraints in the district.

"It's the capacity issue," she said. "The fact that we're already at 104 percent capacity at both of our high schools and have to put portable classroom trailers in front of one of our high schools in order to have enough classroom space...if we do nothing as a community, it will only get worse and it'll go up to 120 percent."

Wiegand says the property tax increase has been a tough sell. She says if the referendum fails tomorrow, the District is prepared to adjust their ask for a future election.

Categories: Education, Politics

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - November 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Answers About The Questions At The Top Of The Ballot

By Amanda Vinicky

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(Duration: 4:01)

Voters on Tuesday won't just vote on governor or state representative. They'll be asked if Illinois should change its constitution.  And to weigh in on a trio of non-binding questions.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 01, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Crime Victims Rights Amendment on Tuesday’s Ballot

By Hannah Meisel

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(Duration: 4:38)

Among the items Illinois voters will be asked to weigh in on at the polls Tuesday is approving the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, also known as Marsy's Law.

Categories: Government, Law, Politics

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