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State Representative Keith Sommer

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The Illinois House has approved a $38.5 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1.

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The Democratic candidate for the 88th Illinois House district said Thursday she believes a progressive income tax is the fairest approach to taxation.

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Local lawmakers met with the Bloomington City Council on Monday to discuss ways to fund future infrastructure projects and other priorities.

State Rep. Keith Sommer said Thursday he’s taking a wait-and-see approach on many of the governor’s budget proposals laid out this week, even as Sommer’s Democratic challenger called them “insincere and disingenuous” and potentially disruptive for Illinois schools.

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Candidates for next year’s elections began filing their petitions Monday, setting up at least two contested races for longtime Republican state lawmakers and another one for McLean County Board.

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When you’re running for elected office, you need to get people to sign your nominating petitions to get on the ballot. It can be a slog, with every waking moment pestering shoppers leaving grocery stores or asking your neighbors for their John Hancock.

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Democrat Jill Blair made it official Thursday, announcing her candidacy for the Illinois House’s 88th District, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

A Bloomington woman is planning to run for the Illinois House next year, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.