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New Revelations Cast More Doubt on Bruce Rauner's Fitness For Office

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Veteran Illinois political reporter Kurt Erickson has detailed new bombshell revelations exposing yet more direct links between Bruce Rauner and the mistreatment and deaths of the most vulnerable of Americans.

Immigration Reform Isn't Dead

John Atkinson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
John Atkinson

There are 11 million people stuck in the shadows today. They are unable to take the risks most of us enjoy when it comes to owning a home, purchasing an automobile, or starting a business due to fear and limited access to capital.

Illinois Police Ticket Quotas Now a Thing of the Past

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Matthew Dietrich

Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a measure that bans police departments from setting ticket quotas for their officers, which takes effect immediately for local, county and state police.

Hypocrisy in Illinois Politics

Tio Hardiman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

This is what happens when you give special privileges and entitlements to select politicians. Why take a politician through so much scrutiny to win an office when many politicians deceive the people while in office anyway?

Dan Rutherford Joins Bruce Rauner In Club RICO

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Regardless of how the lawsuit against Dan Rutherford plays out, it's interesting to note that two of the four Republican candidates for governor are now linked to alleged racketeering conduct.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Why We're Stuck in a Sick and Sickening State in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek believes Illinois is a sick state. There's election-year paralysis going around, and she has the examples to back it up.

Rauner's GTCR Settled Racketeering Lawsuit in 2006

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.22.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The case was originally filed in state court in Ohio in 2004, but was then moved to federal court.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Attends Pro-Choice Event, Anti-Abortion Groups Freak Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

A Republican businessman challenging Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) attended an abortion-rights gala Saturday. Unsurprisingly, anti-abortion groups in th...

Illinois Domestic Workers Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 05.08.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

n an industry like domestic work, which is even less regulated, the conditions for harassment are ripe. Domestic workers in Chicago have started to speak out about their experiences, like being groped by clients and subjected to exposure, derogatory language and sexual requests.

Luis Gutierrez Ethics Probe Will Continue

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez...

Is It Time for Term Limits in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A proposal from Illinois' top two GOP lawmakers to have a constitutional amendment instituting term limits for the executive branch on the November ballot failed to make it out of the Illinois Senate this week.

Trust and Transparency are a Two Way Street

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

The mutual responsibility for ensuring a transparent grants process resides with both the government agency granting the funds and the organizations that receive them. Let's start with the organizations.

Cross, Frerichs Treasurer Contest Cues Up Fierce Clash

David Ormsby | Posted 06.12.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Both the rhetoric and the tactics are heating up in race for State Treasurer, which other than the Governor's race, offers the most potential for drama in Illinois' 2014 campaign season.

Illinois House Speaker Halts Planned Tax On Millionaires

AP | By KERRY LESTER | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An effort to tax Illinois millionaires is on hold after the state's powerful House speaker couldn't get enough votes to pus...

GOP Governor Hopeful's Wife Claims She's A Democrat

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, who is running to unseat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), aimed to moderate his message in a new campaign ad featurin...

Maybe This Is Why People Aren't Voting In Illinois Anymore

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

A new poll just might help explain why voter turnout was so abysmally low in the recent Illinois primary. According to data released Monday by Sout...

Theme Songs Of The Illinois Primary Election Season

Madison Bondi | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Ever think election season would be more palatable with a soundtrack? Well, Illinois, here you go--all the songs we were reminded of during the primar...

Top 5 Reasons Doug Truax Lost GOP U.S. Senate Primary to Jim Oberweis

Madison Bondi | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Political newcomer Doug Truax had a formidable opponent when he faced State Sen. Jim Oberweis in the Republican primary to face U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ...

Why the Illinois GOP Might Be Considering a Name Change to the Grand 'New' Party

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Margaret M. Kruse

Over the last couple years, Illinois' Grand Old Party has been receiving messages from its voter base letting them know that their rusty, old machine ...

Voters Picking GOP Governor Nominee In Illinois Primary

AP | SARA BURNETT and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Sensing a real chance to put one of their own back in the governor's office, Republican primary voters picked candidates Tuesday who ...

Republicans Who Backed Gay Marriage Targeted By Attack Ads

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The three Republican state representatives who strayed from the party line to vote in favor of same-sex marriage last year are now fighting for their ...

GOP Candidate Admits He's The 1 Percent Of The 1 Percent

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Illinois businessman Bruce Rauner wants to set the record straight: He's not just part of the one percent, he's...

Labor Unions Fear Outcome Of Illinois Governors Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't be the kind of race the st...

Gov. Pat Quinn Plans for State Government 2.0

David Ormsby | Posted 04.30.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Governor Pat Quinn's administration is poised to launch a vast and expensive modernization of state government's financial wiring and work processes that will revolutionize operations and likely displace ossified workers, upend encrusted work habits, and mothball-rusted file cabinets.