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In spite of tax hike, ratings agency eyes change that could junk Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — Illinois could be on the fast track to a junk credit rating, despite lawmakers assuring that a tax hike in July would keep the state from the infamous designation. “If we don’t get this done we will become the first state in the history of the United States of America to be in junk bond status,” state More...

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By Illinois News Network On Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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Report: Markham mayor orders staff to give himself $70k raise with backpay

MARKHAM (Illinois News Network) — Just months before a suburban Chicago mayor was indicted on bribery charges, his replacement reportedly gave himself a massive raise with back pay. Nonprofit watchdog Project More...

By Illinois News Network On Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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Experts: Democratic candidates for governor float unworkable, expensive healthcare ideas

CHICAGO (Illinois News Network) — Several Democratic candidates for Illinois governor are floating ideas they say will improve Illinois’ healthcare outcomes, but critics of the various plans say the ideas More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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Libertarian emerges in Wisconsin House race against Democratic incumbent Spreitzer

BELOIT, Wisc. (Heartland Newsfeed) — A Beloit man will be running for the Wisconsin House of Representatives against a Democratic Party incumbent in next year’s general election. According to a story More...

By United Press International On Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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Kentucky state representative found dead following child molestation allegation

MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. (UPI) — A Kentucky state representative was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after he was accused of sexually molesting a 17-year-old girl. Police said Dan Johnson, 57, shot More...

By Reuters On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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Report: Minnesota lieutenant governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Minnesota’s governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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Alabama SoS Merrill: It’s unlikely Senate outcome changes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s election chief says it is doubtful the outcome of the state’s U.S. Senate race will change, even as Republican Roy Moore looks to a possible recount. “It More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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Things to know about Alabama’s new US Senator, Doug Jones

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state’s new U.S. senator. Here More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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Libertarian national chairman Nicholas Sarwark running for Phoenix mayor

PHOENIX (Heartland Newsfeed/The Jack News) — Nicholas Sarwark, the chairman of the national Libertarian Party, has thrown his hat into the ring for mayor of Phoenix, America’s fifth-largest city. On Tuesday, More...

By Associated Press On Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
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Supreme Court won’t hear dispute involving North Carolina TV network

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawsuit against a North Carolina city for allegedly discriminating against an African-American-owned television network will go forward after the Supreme Court declined to get involved More...

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