Nearly 1,200 school employees in east and central Illinois have been trained on how to stop life-threatening bleeding since last year.

A former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. 

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between a top Democratic rival and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign has pulled a TV ad featuring Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who's facing allegations he blackmailed a woman to keep her quiet about their affair. 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will run uncontested in the Democratic primary after state Sen. Michael Hastings dropped out of the race.

A Democratic lawmaker has filed petitions to challenge longtime Secretary of State Jesse White in the Illinois primary. 

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is launching an awareness campaign aimed at helping the public better understand the opioid crisis. 

Two wealthy businessmen seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor have released partial tax returns on the same day they filed candidate petitions for the 2018 primary. 

Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss his convictions on corruption charges, saying he never crossed lines into illegal fundraising.

Newly-released campaign finance reports show it’ll take a lot of money to be the next governor of Illinois.

One of the defense attorneys for former Governor Rod Blagojevich is running for Illinois attorney general.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign dismissed attacks by would-be Democratic challengers.

Pritzker Officially Running for Governor

Apr 6, 2017
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J. B. Pritzker is officially running for Illinois governor.  He joins what’s turning into a crowded field of Democrats who are hoping to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.  At a rally kicking off his campaign - Pritzker offered this explanation.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger campaigned in the Quad Cities Wednesday, alongside candidates for state senate and house. Munger asked for support for her "No Budget, No Pay" bill, that would stop Illinois lawmakers from being paid, until a full, balanced budget is passed.

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The Heart of Illinois United Way has raised $8.8 million so far for this year's campaign.  The money helps fund dozens of health and human service programs in the region.  Campaign Co-chair Tana Utley says the state budget impasse is creating new financial concerns for some groups:

Several FBI agents raided the Peoria campaign office of former Congressman Aaron Schock Thursday.  A nearby business owner says the agents spent more than six hours at the office loading boxes into a truck.  The move comes a day after Schock’s former assistant testified before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of improper campaign spending.  U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul declined to comment.

2014 Stuff-A-Bus campaign seeks to fill empty shelves

Oct 31, 2014

The 27th Annual Stuff A Bus Campaign is underway. The goal is to fill a retired City Link Bus with 10 Tons of food. The food is distributed all year long through the Peoria Friendship House Food Pantry. It’s estimated the campaign produced 70,000 meals annually for Peoria families in need. Melanie McNiff is CEO of Peoria Friendship House.  She says the pantry’s shelves are almost empty:

Illinois Democrats target Rauner's taxes

Jul 3, 2014

  Illinois Democrats are making Bruce Rauner’s taxes a campaign issue.  But the Republican candidate for governor says the criticism is a political stunt.  

Rauner talks ideas for Illinois

Jun 12, 2014

Republican Bruce Rauner is presenting a few ideas of how he’d run the state if he becomes Illinois governor. Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has liked to rib his Republican rival over not presenting a budget plan yet.

Bradley University students are getting recognition for a campaign that highlights global human conflict.  The students partnered with the Central Illinois Red Cross as part of the International Humanitarian Law campaign. The campaign had students from across the country create projects to showcase how people are treated during times of conflict.  Bradley University’s campaign created simulations about child soldiers and being judged by a war tribunal to highlight the effects of conflict.  The campaign will compete nationally at the National IHL Youth leadership Summit next month.

Dillard to start airing TV commercials

Mar 6, 2014


With less than two weeks until the primary election, Bruce Rauner will no longer be the only candidate airing self-promotional TV ads in Illinois. Now other candidates are airing campaign commercials of his own.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon stopped in Peoria Wednesday to announce her support for a statewide effort to change the way political districts are drawn. “Yes! for Independent Maps” is aiming to get a constitutional amendment question on the November 2014 ballot to have an independent commission determine boundaries.  The goal is to make Illinois legislative district boundaries less politically driven and more compact and contiguous. Simon says the amendment aims to make political boundaries more consistent:

United Way campaign breaks records

Jan 31, 2014

The Heart of Illinois United Way broke records for its 2013 campaign. The campaign raised more than $10.8 million.  That’s a 2.5 percent increase from last year. Michael Stephan is the president of the Heart of Illinois United Way. He says the Peoria operation excels when compared to area campaigns:

Illinois voters have a better idea of how much the Republican candidates for governor are raising for their campaigns.   It’s no surprise that new numbers show venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading his Republican counterparts.  Rauner raised more than $2 million since October.  He also gave his own campaign 2 million. Still - Rauner spent more than he brought in. Most of his expenses were normal costs to campaigns - with a good chunk going toward a media production company.

Rauner continues to rake in contributions

Nov 21, 2013

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner continues to rake in major contributions since he lifted Illinois' new campaign finance cap last week.   While Rauner's opponents are freed from caps as well, he's the been the only one to get such major, and immediate, benefit.

Heart of Il United Way makes push for more donations

Nov 15, 2013

The Heart of Illinois United Way is making the final push for individuals to give to its annual campaign. Campaign Chairs, Doug and Vicky Stewart, say more than nine million dollars has been raised so far. That’s about one-point-four million dollars away from the final amount raised last year.

United Way kicks-off 2013 campaign

Sep 6, 2013

The Heart of Illinois United Way kicked-off its annual fundraising campaign.  Hundreds of people turned out for the breakfast at the Peoria Civic Center. The event comes as United Way's partner agencies lost more than 12-million-dollars in state and federal cuts since 2011. Vicki Stewart and her husband Doug are this year's co-chairs for the fundraising effort.  Stewart says the area businesses and community groups raised more than $1 million-dollars for the pre-campaign:

Quinn turns focus to Daley

Jul 17, 2013

With Attorney General Lisa Madigan out of the race for Governor, incumbent Pat Quinn turned his focus to another potential opponent, Bill Daley.  As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky it's an early indication of the campaign to come.

Republicans have a somewhat crowded field of four candidates hoping to be Illinois' next Governor. For now, though, Democrats have only two: former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley and Governor Pat Quinn.

Rick Perry aims to lure away IL businesses

Apr 22, 2013

The governor of Texas is messing with Illinois, or at least he's trying to. Rick Perry is in Chicago this week, in part to try to lure companies to relocate to Texas.  IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: