Illinois among states seen as on the precipice of a pension disaster

Officials in Springfield and around the country are talking about a “pension cliff” and trying to determine what will happen as large numbers of educators become fully vested in school district pension benefit systems. Many municipalities and school districts are already struggling with pension costs for workers, and for some, including Chicago, More...

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By United Press International On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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House Democrats call for Pelosi to step down as minority leader

Ray Downs United Press International WASHINGTON (UPI) — Many Democrats are calling for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down from her leadership role after a bruising — and expensive — More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Skillicorn decries compromise budget

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pleas for unity on Tuesday night, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) told the McHenry Times that he won’t vote for a state budget from either party that maintains the status More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Elections board will be ‘toast’ without new computers by 2018 elections, official says

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ ongoing budget problem has left the Illinois State Board of Elections in a financial hole so deep that agency officials claim they can’t afford the new computers they need to handle More...

By Associated Press On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an era of deep partisan division, the Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political. A dispute over Wisconsin’s More...

By Colby Applegate On Sunday, June 11th, 2017
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Rauner, GOP bemoan budget breakdown, blame bickering Democrats

“Today we’ve seen a complete dereliction of duty by the majority in the General Assembly,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said after the 100th session of the General Assembly closed. “Once again, a tragic failure to More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, June 5th, 2017
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UNACCEPTABLE: A Commentary From The Editor’s Desk

The following is an Editorial Commentary. UNACCEPTABLE – the singular word that perfectly describes and sums up the pain, dysfunction and instability politicians in Springfield have inflicted on Illinoisans More...

By Associated Press On Monday, March 20th, 2017
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State Sen. Daniel Biss says he’s running for Illinois governor

FILE: In this November 15, 2016 file photo, Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) speaks to lawmakers November 15 while on the Senate floor at the state Capitol in Springfield. In a live video event Monday, Biss More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Scotland’s leader seeks new independence referendum

Scotland’s leader on Monday said she would seek authority for a new independence referendum because Britain is dragging Scotland out of the European Union against its will. CBC | World News  More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, March 4th, 2017
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Libertarian Party earns major party status

DES MOINES, Iowa — As a result of Gary Johnson’s 3.8% (59,186 votes) received in the November 2016 presidential election, the Libertarian Party of Iowa became an official political party Wednesday. More...