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DuPage County Republican Chairman Pleads Guilty In DUI

Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago

DuPage County GOP Chairman and Illinois state Rep. Randy Ramey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge Monday following a drunk driving citation he...

DuPage County Republican Chairman Sorry About DUI

Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago

DuPage County GOP Chairman and Illinois state Rep. Randy Ramey issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for a DUI citation he received early Sunday morn...

Why Do So Few of Us Vote?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Last week I arrived in the Los Angeles City Hall parking lot to visit a high-ranking, elected City official. When I told the parking attendant who I was there to see, she had absolutely no idea who I was talking about.

Helping Lead Chicago's Recovery

Susana Mendoza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Susana Mendoza

Today, the Clerk's office is transparent, functional and -- most importantly -- honestly run. As Clerk Del Valle moves on, I am eager to take the office to the next level.

Quinn's Secret Lottery Deal Must Be Stopped

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

The stars are aligning for another bad deal for Illinois taxpayers, one that will dwarf the mistakes of Chicago's parking meter fiasco.

Illinois Should Better Manage the Lottery, Not Waste the Bucks

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Our state recently put the wheels in motion to hire a private management firm to run the Illinois lottery for the next decade. Under a privatization plan, taxpayers will lose out.

Quinn's Lack of Leadership Continues to Hurt the People of Illinois

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Quinn has failed to tell the public that his more than $1 billion in cuts was mostly smoke and mirrors. In reality, Quinn cut very little from the budget, which still carries a $13 billion deficit.

Robert Nyman DEAD: Massachusetts Lawmaker Dies After Being Found In Pool

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HANOVER, Mass. (AP) -- Officials say Massachusetts state Rep. Robert Nyman has died after being found unresponsive in the swimming pool at his Hanover...

Time to Get Real About Our State's Budget

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Those who see an income tax increase as the only solution do not understand the problem. With one out of eight Illinoisans out of work, a tax increase would only serve to lead us further down the wrong path.

Gov. Quinn: Veto the Budget, Bring General Assembly Back to Springfield

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

On Monday, I appealed directly to Quinn in a letter and requested that he veto the budget and call the members of the assembly back to Springfield. My request has received no response.

Quinn Has Tragically Wasted Budget Opportunities

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

By offering to buy off small groups of legislators with sweetheart budget carve outs, Quinn is using dishonorable techniques to get his budget passed. These back room dealings reek of impropriety.

Shannon Meehan, Iraq War Veteran, Seeks To Be Pennsylvania State Representative (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shannon Meehan, an Iraq war veteran and co-author of a book, has announced he is running for state representative (D) in Pennsylvania's 163rd district...

Time to Fundamentally Change the Budget Process in Springfield

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

We are failing those who elected us. I call on every member of the Assembly to withdraw any bill they have introduced this session that will add to the state's expenses going forward.

Investigation Needed Into Governor Pat Quinn's Personal Ponzi Scheme

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Today I'm calling for an investigation into what many are calling Pat Quinn's "personal ponzi scheme." Behind the scenes, he is soliciting donations from lobbyists to feather his own nest.

Talking With The F.B.I.'s Undercover Source In Alaska's VECO Corruption Case

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Prewitt: "It's going to be a tight race, but Stevens could still win this thing. Stevens has been around so long, and we do have a very partisan situation up here in Alaska."

Exclusive Interview: Frank Prewitt, Author Of Last Bridge To Nowhere

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Prewitt: The book is my experience working as the confidential source who spent nearly four years helping the F.B.I. pry the lid open on the sordid world of political corruption in Alaska and Washington.