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State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she has no "immediate plans" to run for another office when her term is up in 2019, including mayor of Chicago. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that re-establishes an economic-development tax incentive with greater transparency.

The first woman to serve as majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to House Speaker Mike Madigan says she won't seek re-election.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan pushed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan aimed at protecting students who take out college loans.

Durbin Seeks Immigration Reform

Aug 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin hopes the recent detention of a women protected under the DACA program will spur Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's concerned that President Donald Trump may follow through with his threat to force a government shutdown if Congress fails to approve money for a proposed wall on the United States' southern border.

Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. 

Republican state legislators from around Chicago are pitching a plan to repeal the new sweetened beverage tax in Cook County. 

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The Tazewell County Auditor is planning a run for the office next door, so to speak. Republican Shelly Hranka says she’ll run for the County Clerk’s office.

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.

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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.  

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