Petition circulation period for underway for March 2018 primaries

HILLSBORO (Heartland Newsfeed) — Petition circulation for the March 20, 2018 primary election for Democratic and Republican candidates started Tuesday, according to Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser. The ballot access campaign for both major parties began Tuesday morning and will continue until the filing period for nominating papers and More...

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By Jake Leonard On Monday, September 4th, 2017
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Rep. Keith Wheeler saw school funding bill as rare chance to unite House

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — The historic education funding reform enacted in Illinois last week is a compromise that will help students from all income levels, Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) said as More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, September 4th, 2017
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Righter touted school funding formula as way to help poor families in lllinois

  SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — The new education funding reform model passed by the General Assembly last week will be a positive paradigm shift in how the state handles and funds its schools, Sen. More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
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Rep. Brad Halbrook calls for wiser approach to state K-12 funding

SHELBYVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) recently called for K-12 funding to be more focused following a report on the alarming rapid growth of education in the More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
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Rep. Jeanne Ives points to Coles County assessment suit as proof system is broken

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) wants the Illinois Department of Revenue to investigate every Illinois county to determine whether property assessments have More...

By Guest Poster On Monday, August 21st, 2017
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Illinois Policy Institute: Moody’s warns delay of state funding for Illinois schools a ‘credit negative’

SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO (Illinois Policy Institute) — State lawmakers keep giving ratings agencies reasons to downgrade Illinois government: pension crises, years of bad budgets and a two-year budget impasse are More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, August 13th, 2017
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Sen. Andy Manar rejects funding changes that would bring $8.7 million more to his school districts

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed/Illinois Policy Institute) — The chief Senate sponsor of Senate Bill 1, State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the new More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, August 10th, 2017
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Mike Fortner says ‘cycle ends,’ won’t seek re-election

WEST CHICAGO (Heartland Newsfeed) — Illinois State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) will end his 12-year career in the House at the conclusion of his current term in January 2019, according to More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, August 5th, 2017
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Income tax hike will cost Moultrie County residents $3.8 million more this year

  SULLIVAN (Heartland Newsfeed) — Moultrie County residents will pay an additional $3,812,807 in state income taxes this year, according to an analysis by Local Government Information Services (LGIS). LGIS More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, August 5th, 2017
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Jonas Petty to take on Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer in Illinois House primary

PITTSFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Things are beginning to heat up in the Republican primary against C.D. Davidsmeyer in the 100th District of the Illinois House of Representatives, as Pittsfield businessman More...

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