January 05, 2015

Rauner Announces Pick For Comptroller

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced a onetime state legislative candidate and businesswoman as his pick for Illinois' next comptroller.


Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texes speaks in Washington in June of 2014.
January 05, 2015

Gohmert To Challenge House Speaker Boehner

A tea partyer who's been an outspoken critic of House Speaker John Boehner says he'll challenge Boehner for the job when the new Congress convenes Tuesday.  


Police cordon off area in Chicago
(David Schaper/NPR)
January 05, 2015

Police Department Ticket Quotas Illegal In New Year

Some police departments in Illinois could be issuing fewer tickets in the new year. A new state law went into effect on Jan. 1 that aims to get rid of ticket quotas.

Very few police departments would ever admit to having a ticket quota -- a target number of tickets and other violations officers have to hit each month. Even if there's no official policy in place, some police departments still often follow a loose quota system.

State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says he was approached by cops around the state who said they were being evaluated based on the number of tickets they gave out. Manar says many of these departments feel pressured by shrinking budgets in smaller municipalities.

But he says quotas can lessen the quality of law enforcement, in favor of quantity.

"Police departments, whether they serve a small town or a county or a large urban city in the state, should not exist to be revenue-generating operations."

Manar's legislation was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in the summer, and took effect last week.


January 04, 2015

Incoming Senate Chairman: Gas Tax Increase On Table

The incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says raising the federal fuel taxes is among the options under consideration to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund.  


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