Illinois' 2014 governor's race was a big one for the state -- record spending and the first Republican governor elected in 12 years. We've extracted some more fun facts about the race from a new study from the Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy at Southern Illinois University.
On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.
More than a quarter of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's $65 million campaign fund went straight to TV advertising during the general election, according to Illinois State Board of Elections information.
Illinoisans elected Gov. Bruce Rauner in large part because he offered new ideas for the state government. Voters chose an outsider who promised to fix insider culture.
With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics?
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Rich Miller of Capitol Fax took a look at how exactly Rauner and his team plan to deal with the state's issues, including the possibility of higher taxes along with spending cuts.
New information from the Fiscal Futures Project of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois shows that Illinois' finances are in worse shape than previously predicted. By Fiscal Year 2016, the state will owe $9 billion in unpaid bills.
Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.
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In spending $65.4 million to win 1.82 million votes, Bruce Rauner spent $35.88 per vote. Pat Quinn spent $30.2 million in 2014 and received 1.68 million votes, spending slightly less than $18 per vote.
The state's financial trouble is worse than anyone had previously expected, says a new report from the Fiscal Futures Project at the Institute for Government and Politics at the University of Illinois.
The group faced intense opposition and some harassment in a community with a long history of coal mining but also received unexpected support, including from students at nearby Spoon River College.
Rauner also will have to learn from and work with other Democrats during his gubernatorial term--Democratic legislators and their leaders. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says that a new poll shows that Illinoisans want Rauner and his new colleagues to work together to govern the state well.
The states that paid their legislators the most in 2014, ahead of Illinois, were California, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. New Mexico's state legislators don't receive an annual salary and New Hampshire lawmakers only earn an annual salary of $200.
One southern Illinois lawyer, Joni Beth Bailey, has a message for the new governor as he looks to take the state in a new direction. She appreciates G...