As governor, Republican Bruce Rauner has waged a ceaseless battle with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. But in seeking re-election, Rauner also is fighting off a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, one of the most conservative Republicans in the House.
A grass-roots effort on social media resulted in a first-of-its-kind rally in Springfield on March 6 with supporters from across the state coming out against a proposal that would bar children younger than 12 from playing tackle football in youth sports programs.
Approximately 1.9 million Illinoisans – or about 15 percent of the state’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
Sens. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) and Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) added their voices in support of a pair of Senate bills that had to pass together for the federal authorization of $3.5 billion needed to maintain the Illinois Hospital Assessment Program ending in June.
Across thirty-six counties and dozens of townships in the state, the election of fifty-five township or multitownship assessors during 2017 appears to have been illegal because they failed to meet statutory requirements to be candidates for the office.
Democratic governor candidate Chris Kennedy declared recently that not a single high school senior was prepared for college in historic but economically distressed Cairo at the southern tip of Illinois.