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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 07:08 am
Independent expenditures in state legislative races are closing in on the $2 million mark since July 1, with most of that spending coming in the month of October, Illinois State Board of Elections rec...
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 11:15 am
Ever since I published a poll last month showing indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, leading third party candidate Lance Tyson in the 10th Illinois House District race by a mind-boggl...
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 07:38 am
One way of getting around the state’s new campaign contribution caps is by forming a lot of different campaign committees. State law forbids people from forming more than one committee (except f...
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 11:19 pm
There’s not a lot that a state legislative candidate can do when his or her party’s presidential nominee starts to tank. The presidential race drives turnout to the point where down-ballot...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 12:19 pm
For the past couple of election campaign cycles, this one included, incumbent state legislators have bragged in their campaign ads about cutting their own pay. They didn’t actually cut their own...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 03:28 pm
For several months, beginning in late 2010, teachers union lobbyists warned that teachers went out on strike a whole lot more back in the days when they were prohibited by law from striking than in th...
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 06:50 am
On the eve of President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention last week, a statewide poll showed the native son was leading his Republican opponent by 17 percent...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 07:12 am
“We’ve got to activate the taxpayers of Illinois,” Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters after his legislative special session failed to move any sort of pension reform forward, promising to...

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