A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse. 

The state treasurer says Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner must go to New York to talk bond-rating houses out of knocking the state's creditworthiness into "junk" status.

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. 

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's seeking a fifth term next year. Madigan revealed her 2018 plans last week during an unrelated news conference in Chicago. The Democrat is already the longest-serving attorney general in the state's history. 

Rep. Ammons Explores Congressional Run

Apr 26, 2017
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State Representative Carol Ammons says she’ll take a couple of months to decide if she’s challenging Republican Congressman Rodney Davis next year. The Urbana Democrat has formed an exploratory committee to look into a run for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Speaking in Springfield after Tuesday’s Illinois Women March, Ammons says it’s time women in Illinois took a stand against “second-class citizenship”

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.

A member of Governor Bruce Rauner's school funding reform commission says he’s disappointed in the governor’s budget proposal, announced Wednesday.

  State Senator Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill, says he hoped the group's recommendations would be reflected in Rauner’s plan. The governor instead suggested adding more money to the existing formula, which both Democrats and Republicans have denounced as inequitable.

Billionaire businessman JB Pritzker says he hates that money has become so important in politics.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has said he’d run for a second term.  Last month, the wealthy Republican governor put $50 million of his own money into his campaign fund.  And that’s left some Democrats wondering if they’re going to need a wealthy candidate to run against him - and JB Pritzker is one of the possible names on the list.

Susana Mendoza has been sworn in as Illinois comptroller. The Democrat will serve the final two years of Republican Judy Baar Topinka's term. Topinka was re-elected in 2014 but died suddenly.  Mendoza beat appointed comptroller Leslie Munger in a special election last month.

Illinois legislative races are drawing millions of dollars from parties waging a battle for power amid a historic budget standoff between ruling Democrats and a wealthy Republican governor.  In one contest, the GOP has spent more than $2.6 million in television ads to re-elect a Republican in a northwest Chicago district. 

Inside a packed basketball arena in southern Illinois, Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders’ made Weasel Forsythe’s day.

Forsythe was one of several thousand people who saw the Vermont senator speak Friday on the campus of Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. When Sanders was through with a roughly 50-minute speech, he gave Forsythe a hug.

Clinton visits Chicago to win support of black voters

Feb 17, 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is in Chicago today trying to win support among black voters.  Clinton stood in front of a group of mostly black Chicagoans with Geneva Reed- Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland who was found dead in a Texas jail cell last year after a traffic stop.

Democrat Anna Moeller may have dodged a bullet as she seeks election to hold onto her seat in the Illinois House.   Rep. Moeller, who’s from Elgin, registered to run as a Democrat.  She then signed a petition in support of a Republican getting on the ballot to run for Kane County Recorder.

A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is taking issue with the president's Clean Power Plan.  Andrea Zopp is not a global warming denier.


Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Andrea Zopp says she supports Chicago's mayor's decision to fire its police superintendent.  

Bobby Rush is running for re-election, and he says he won’t be resigning any time soon.  Democrat Bobby Rush has represented Chicago’s South Side in Congress since 1993.

Jesse White won’t run for Secretary of State

Aug 20, 2015

For the first time in 20 years, Jesse White says he will not be seeking re-election as Illinois’ Secretary of State.  

Democrats vying for Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's seat circled in Springfield today during the party's unofficial campaign kickoff.  

The Cook County Democratic party is deciding not to endorse in two big races in the upcoming primary.  

Cullerton, Rauner see tension amid impasse

Jul 22, 2015

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has given credit to the Illinois state senate’s top Democrat for trying to negotiate with him during the budget impasse.  This week - that relationship hit a speed bump.

Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan says the Illinois House will consider changes to the state's workers' compensation insurance system when it reconvenes Thursday.

Four time Congressional Candidate runs for 13th district

Apr 30, 2015

Four time Democratic Congressional Candidate David Gill says he's tired of the flaws of both Democratic and Republican Parties. His fifth run for Congress will be as an independent.

A high school history teacher is seeking the Democratic nomination for an Illinois Congressional seat in a district with a history of electing Republicans. 

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster says he's not running for the U.S. Senate in 2016. 

U.S Senator Mark Kirk will face a challenge from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth who today announced she'll run for the seat. It's unknown who else will vie for the spot, but it is expected to be a tight race.

Quinn rallys in Chicago before election

Nov 3, 2014

The top candidates for Illinois governor are running around the state today ahead of tomorrow’s election.   Governor Pat Quinn held a rally on the South Side of Chicago.

Political scientist makes election prediction

Nov 3, 2014

Political analysts are predicting Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate this election.  Alan Gitelson is a political scientists at Loyola University in Chicago.  He and a lot of national experts are among those saying the Senate will change hands.

Quinn touts Safe Passage at pep rally

Oct 31, 2014

Closing in on Tuesday’s election, incumbent Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is touting state money for Safe Passage routes in Chicago.