Labor union endorses Dillard for governor

Mar 5, 2014

Another major government labor union has endorsed state Senator Kirk Dillard for Illinois governor. It's the third such endorsement for Dillard in the Republican primary.

GOP Governor candidates meet again for debate

Feb 27, 2014

We’re getting a better idea of how the Republican candidates for Illinois governor would use their power if elected.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports on what the four candidates said in Thursday’s debate.

A lawsuit has been filed Monday against Dan Rutherford- Illinois’ Treasurer and a Republican candidate for governor.  A warning to sensitive listeners - the suit includes allegations of sexual assault leveled by a former employee. 

The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they are open to adding nuclear facilities in the state.

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.

Same-sex marriage and the governor’s race

Nov 13, 2013

Although same-sex marriage will soon be law in Illinois, the issue could remain a factor in the 2014 elections.

Gov. Quinn taps Vallas as running mate

Nov 12, 2013

Paul Vallas says he has no problem playing a subordinate role to Governor Pat Quinn who has chosen him as his 2014 running mate.

Some political strategists say a competitive Republican primary for governor could help challengers further down the ballot, like for state representative or senator.  Four candidates are seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Pension plan could be nearing completion

Sep 5, 2013

Legislators writing an overhaul of the state's pension systems could be nearing the end of their work. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has the latest.                                                             

Feedback's been plentiful since late last month, when a draft of a pension plan drawn up by a bipartisan legislative committee was leaked.

Rauner pushing term limits for governor

Sep 3, 2013

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is drumming up his campaign for governor with a second campaign. Rauner, a Republican, is trying to get a question on the 2014 ballot that could lead to major changes in state government.  Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky spoke with Rauner about the petition drive:                                                         


Kwame Raoul not entering governor’s race

Aug 29, 2013
(Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

A potential Democratic challenger for Illinois governor has taken himself out of contention.  State Senator Kwame Raoul had been flirting with a run for nearly a month. But he ended that Thursday. IPR’ Brian Mackey has more: 

Quinn praises Madigan’s service as AG

Jul 16, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn praised Lisa Madigan’s service as attorney general Tuesday.  That comes after Madigan decided not to challenge Quinn in next year’s Democratic primary for governor.  Madigan said she wouldn’t run since her father plans to continue serving as Speaker of the Illinois House.  Quinn said little about Madigan’s decision when asked about it by reporters Tuesday:

Dillard kicks-off run for governor across state

Jul 15, 2013

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard is toured the state Monday to kick off his campaign for governor.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

George Ryan released from prison

Jul 3, 2013

Federal Inmate number 16627-424, better known as former Illinois Governor George Ryan, is done serving time.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports: 

Rauner joins Republican Governors race

Jun 6, 2013

A wealthy Chicago area businessman is joining the race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Bruce Rauner used the internet to make his announcement.   IPR’s Sean Crawford reports:

Rauner's video is both a good way to deliver a message and avoid reporter's questions. 

The millionaire venture capitalist who co-founded a private equity firm  has been rumored to be a candidate for months.  He's been traveling the state on what he called "listening tours." 

People who post internet video of themselves committing violent crimes could start spending more time behind bars.

Supreme Court denies George Ryan appeal

Feb 19, 2013

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s last-ditch effort to appeal his criminal conviction is being denied.  The U.S. Supreme Court made that decision Tuesday.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: Ryan’s lawyers have argued for years his corruption conviction should be re-considered after a change in the so-called “honest services” law. The change would require prosecutors to prove a defendant took bribes - and Ryan’s lawyers argued the government never proved that.  But on Tuesday, justices denied Ryan’s appeal without explanation.