Campaign-sponsored poll suggests Valencia’s backstory gives her a boost

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — The Democratic primary race for Secretary of State is a “dead heat,” according to a generic poll sponsored by the campaign for Anna Valencia, the current City Clerk of Chicago.

A Global Strategy Group poll of 600 likely primary voters found 58% of people surveyed were still “undecided” with six months to go before the election.

In bid to become first Black governor of Illinois, Richard Irvin says ‘All Lives Matter’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Invoking the dream of his formerly enslaved great-grandfather, Richard Irvin, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest city, jumped into the Illinois Republican primary race for Governor on Martin Luther King Day.

"Richard Baxter Irvin was born a slave, but he dreamed of being free," Irvin said in a campaign launch video. "I don’t just share the name Richard Irvin," he said.

Illinois Supreme Court to decide case on the use of transportation taxes, fees

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in the coming weeks about how transportation tax dollars are spent by local governments.

The case heard last week revolves around the Safe Roads Act, also known as the Transportation Lockbox Amendment, approved by voters in 2016. The amendment requires governments to use transportation funds solely on transportation work.

‘A solo voice can do so much.’ Illinois leaders and activists honor MLK and Muhammad Ali on boxer’s first state holiday

Attorney says helping to write the legislation in Ali’s honor reminded her of the power of individuals, when speaking the truth isn’t always popular.

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Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announces Republican bid for governor with tough-on-crime message. Rivals quickly question his loyalty to GOP.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announces bid for Republican nomination for governor, joining a slate that backers hope will win support from Ken Griffin.

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Bill giving vaccinated school staff paid administrative leave for COVID-19 faces veto

(The Center Square) – A bill giving vaccinated school staff paid administrative leave, rather than requiring teachers and other workers to use sick time, for COVID-19 passed with veto-proof majorities but is expected to be vetoed by Gov, J.B. Pritzker.

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IL governor race: Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announces run with Avery Bourne as running mate

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announced his run for Illinois governor Monday with State Rep. Avery Bourne as his running mate.

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Illinois is leaving fossil fuels for renewables. Can it do it without nuclear?

On Sept. 15, 2021, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), turning bill into law and committing the state to one of the most significant and comprehensive clean energy plans in the United States.

Under CEJA, Illinois is required to pursue a 100 percent clean energy grid by 2050, leaving behind carbon-emitting coal, oil and natural gas plants behind as the state moves towards a more wind- and solar-reliant energy stance.

Tom Kacich | As gun-violence crisis grows, so does call for action

Homicides and street violence are up all over the United States. Nationwide, homicides numbers increased by 30 percent in 2020, according to the FBI, the largest increase since national record-keeping began in 1960. And numbers appear to be up in 2021 as well.

But Illinois is in another universe. Chicago reported 836 homicides last year, its highest number in 25 years.

Death of a nursing home resident: Complaints about long-term care in Illinois are usually dismissed. One woman’s case sheds light on how system works.

In 2021, state inspectors found about 64% — nearly 2 out of 3 — of overall complaints and abuse or neglect complaints at nursing homes unsubstantiated.

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Illinois Republicans don’t even bother taking on Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth – Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Republicans don’t even bother taking on Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth  Chicago Sun-Times

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Speaker Welch defends remote voting, judicial gerrymandering

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) outlined crime, inflation, and the state budget as top legislative priorities in 2022 during a one-on-one interview with Capitol Connection host Mark Maxwell. Welch also explained why he believes the legislature should continue to relax in-person voting requirements, and defended partisan gerrymandering of the new political maps.

Reports: Aurora mayor to enter GOP gubernatorial primary with Bourne as running mate

Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, questions Illinois State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, D-Cicero, on House Bill 2777, the bill redrawing the legislative districts in Illinois, on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Friday, May 28, 2021.

Several news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, are reporting that Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will join the Republican gubernatorial primary contest as early as Monday, with State Rep. Avery Bourne of Morrisonville as his running mate for lieutenant governor.

If so, Irvin would join a field that already includes State Sen. Darren Bailey of Xenia and former State Sen. 

Illinois environmentalists again push for the state to ban burning of toxic PFAS

Environmental groups in Illinois are again pushing for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban the incineration of a toxic class of chemicals known as PFAS.

This comes after the Illinois House and Senate both unanimously passed a nearly identical bill last year, before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker vetoed it.

“We thought a unanimous vote in both houses was a sign that we were on the right road,” said Sonya Lunder, the Sierra Club’s senior toxics policy advisor, who was involved in the development of the bill.

Editorial | Out of patience, judge goes after top bureaucrat at DCFS

There’s another nightmare child-welfare story in the news.

A Cook County judge has taken extraordinary action by holding the head of the state’s Department of Children and Family Services in contempt of court and imposed a fine of $3,000 per day until his concerns are addressed.

The judge last week held DCFS Director Marc Smith in contempt for failing to place two wards of the state in proper residential settings.

Editorial | Illinois’ tax revenues are going in right direction

Despite a weakened economy, Illinois’ tax revenues are growing.

Illinois has so many problems — its shaky finances top the list — that it’s important to recognize and cheer any good news that comes our way.

It helps people to maintain their equilibrium and provides a basis for hoping that better times may be in the offing.

Jim Dey | Dems in catbird’s seat as Illinois’ election season begins

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, one of the great philosophers of our time, spoke for many an analyst when he famously said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

Jan. 13 was the first day when candidates could pick up election petitions, and there was a lot on display, attractive or not depending on one’s perspective.

Jim Nowlan | Gerrymandering invading your local courthouse

When the political party in power draws new district lines to increase its share of seats and squeeze the other party into near nothingness, it is called gerrymandering. That is what Illinois Democrats did this past year with congressional and state legislative districts.

To celebrate the new year, Democrats went further, taking a step way too far, across the line.

New buildings may soon be required to support electric vehicle charging stations

People doing construction or renovation may soon have to leave space for electric vehicle charging stations if a state representative gets her bill through the General Assembly. 

Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, is shepherding a bill that would introduce new requirements to make buildings capable of supporting electric vehicle charging stations. 

The House Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday approved the bill, though it will likely be amended in the House. 

Governor JB Pritzker drops $90 million into his own campaign

PEORIA (25 News) – Current Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is bolstering his run for re-election in November.

The heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune made a $90 million contribution to his campaign fund on Friday.

During his run for office in 2018, Pritzker set a record for the most individual contributions for a person’s own gubernatorial campaign, ever.