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Sam McCann Launches Independent Campaign For Governor

Apr 19, 2018
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Republican Sam McCann of Plainview announced Thursday that he will challenge incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic hopeful J.B. Pritzker. His running mate is Riverton resident Aaron Merreighn.

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The McLean County Democrats picked Erik Rankin as their next party chair on Wednesday night, hoping to ride his campaign experience to victory in November and beyond.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has a substantial fundraising advantage as he begins his general election fight against Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Every Sunday, a group of women meets in the basement of a church in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood to sort and package boxes of books. The boxes are sent to women in prisons in Illinois and beyond the state’s borders. In total, the group, Chicago Books to Women in Prison (BWP), has sent nearly 20,000 books to incarcerated women in the last five years, and tens of thousands since the organization was founded in 2002.


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The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions.

Bill Would Harshen Penalties For Texting And Driving

Apr 13, 2018
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Illinois lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation that would create harsher penalties for texting and driving.

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A relatively rare occurrence in Springfield on Thursday: Gov. Bruce Rauner met with Illinois' top legislative leaders to talk about the budget.

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Illinois has taken a step toward becoming the 37th state to ratify the 1972 federal Equal Rights Amendment.

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Bloomington aldermen balanced the new city budget without a significant increase in property taxes, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to do that again a year from now.

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The Bloomington City Council approved the fiscal year 2019 budget Monday after making spending cuts and raising fees to close a $2.9 million deficit.

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Illinois is joining several states scrambling to keep net neutrality protections before the federal repeal date in two weeks. Some Illinois legislators say they still have time to act with a plan before that deadline.

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The three candidates to become the next leader of the McLean County Democrats made their pitch Sunday to a roomful of party leaders, agreeing on the need to plan beyond November but differing slightly on a long-term winning strategy.

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A prominent community activist plans to run for Bloomington City Council next year.

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UPDATED 8:30 a.m. | McLean County Board member Paul Segobiano said Tuesday he’s hoping Republicans field a candidate against the Democrat who beat him in last month’s primary.

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Some advocates are pushing for an Illinois constitutional amendment to change how legislative districts are created in the state.

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The Illinois Department of Revenue's new administrative fee is outpacing budget expectations and has generated almost $50 million during its first eight months of collection.

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One couple's move out of state is opening up two vacancies on local elected boards.

Though Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure to license gun dealers, Illinois House Democrats are trying to muster support to overturn the decision.
 

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Records show that a top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health took a leave of absence to work on political campaigns in the fall of 2016 while the agency faced the baffling return of deadly Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home.

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Bloomington aldermen reiterated their preference Monday that the city’s library expand in its current location rather than move to a new home.

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The Keep Families Together coalition continued its rally in the Bloomington City Council chambers Monday after breaking a 24-hour fast.

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National Democrats are throwing their support behind Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, adding her to a list of top-tier candidates who they think have a shot at defeating Republican incumbents in November.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

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Bloomington residents were able to ask questions during the Public Safety and Community Relations Board's (PSCRB) first quarterly meeting Wednesday. 

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The number of Democrats turning out for Tuesday's primary more than tripled over the number that voted in 2014.

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Turnout in Tuesday’s election fell slightly in McLean County from the last gubernatorial primary in 2014—though a much larger percentage of voters took Democratic ballots.

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Betsy Dirksen Londrigan emerged victorious Tuesday in a five-way Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District, setting up a general election matchup against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in November.

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Attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold has won the Republican primary for Illinois attorney general.

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State Rep. Dan Brady successfully fought off a Republican primary challenge from Twin City real estate agent David Paul Blumenshine on Tuesday.

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Shayna Watchinski declared victory Tuesday over Democratic incumbent Paul Segobiano in their McLean County Board primary race.

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