In this April 28, 2015 file photo, former Tribune Company CEO Dennis FitzSimons who is part of the group, Independent Map Amendment speaks at a news conference in Chicago.
Sophia Tareen/Associated Press
August 25, 2016

Illinois Redistricting Referendum Won’t Appear On Ballot

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot. Gov. Bruce Rauner responded Thursday, saying the decision "does nothing to stem the outflow or change people’s views of how the system is rigged and corrupt."


Lisa Creason, members of the Richland Community College staff, Gov. Bruce Rauner, and Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.
Governor Bruce Rauner's press office
August 25, 2016

Decatur Woman Can Petition To Become Nurse Under New Law

A new state law will enable people with certain felony convictions to get a second chance to pursue careers in health care.  Governor Bruce Rauner signed the legislation Thursday at Richland Community College in Decatur. That’s where local resident Lisa Creason earned a nursing degree in 2014, only to learn she didn’t qualify for an RN license because of a conviction nearly 20 years ago.


Dr. David Gill
David Gill campaign
August 25, 2016

Judge Keeps David Gill On 13th Congressional District Ballot

Bloomington physician David Gill has successfully sued to keep his name on the ballot in Illinois' 13th Congressional race. David Gill is running as an independent, and failed to file the number of valid signatures required by Illinois law. A federal judge says Gill must remain on the ballot, but the Illinois Attorney General is reviewing the judge's order.


George Sherman at the Central Park Theatre.
John Owens/for Illinois Issues
August 25, 2016

Illinois Issues: Historic Dilemma

Efforts to preserve historic buildings in low-income and inner-city neighborhoods throughout the state face challenges — like the lack of access to financing and restoration projects taking a back seat to more pressing issues in the community. 


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