Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
Lashawnkford.com
January 16, 2018

'A Lesson For How NOT To Do Bill-Making'

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.

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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and then-Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno in early 2017.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
December 29, 2017

Voices In The News 2017

As we get ready to welcome 2018, let's take time to review another wild year in Illinois government and politics. We heard state Senators trying to craft a “grand bargain” to end the budget impasse — and 16 Republicans breaking with the governor to do just that. It was also the start of campaign season, and a time of increasing anger by and about politicians. Here now are some of the voices that made news in 2017.

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The entrance to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Andrew Gill/WBEZ
December 21, 2017

‘Beginning Of An Epidemic’: Email Shows State Waited 6 Days To Publicize Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Illinois public health officials delayed informing the public for nearly a week about a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a state veterans’ home in Quincy despite knowing the facility was facing “the beginning of an epidemic,” according to internal emails from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office obtained by Illinois Public Radio's member station in Chicago, WBEZ.

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J.B. Pritzker, left, has pledged to help Democrats get elected across the state. State Sen. Daniel Biss, right, says Democrats shouldn't have to depend on ultra-wealthy benefactors to fund the party.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
December 14, 2017

Key Question For Democrats: To Billionaire, Or Not To Billionaire?

With roughly three months to go until Illinois' primary election, there are seven men seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to be governor of Illinois. One of the key questions facing primary voters: To counter the vast wealth of incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, do Democrats need their own billionaire at the top of the ticket?

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