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Illinois Election 2010: Does New CNN/Time Poll Put Pat Quinn Back in the Game against Bill Brady?

(Chicago, IL) – September 30, 2010. A new CNN/Time poll released on Wednesday says the Illinois gubernatorial contest between Governor Pat Quinn and GOP and rival Bill Brady “is all tied up.” Continue reading

Psst. Illinois Insurance Director Michael McRaith is Likely Candidate for 1st Federal Insurance Office Chief, Says Wall Street Journal

(Chicago, IL) — September 30, 2010. The name of Illinois Insurance Director and Chicago resident Michael McRaith is being floated as the first chief of the new Federal Insurance Office, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a pretty historic opportunity, since whoever gets the job will be the first to run … Continue reading

Illinois Elections 2010: House Minority Leader Tom Cross: “I think 20 seats are in play”

(Chicago, IL) — September 30, 2010. Illinois GOP House Minority Tom Cross (R-Oswego) is feeling optimistic about his chances in November. In an interview yesterday with Chicago’s WBEZ radio, regarding Republican odds of capturing the Illinois House, Cross said, “I think 20 seats are in play.” Though he “thinks” 20 House seats are in play–12 … Continue reading

Illinois Elections 2010: Rep. Mark Walker Won’t Commit to Backing Michael Madigan for Speaker

(Chicago, IL) — September 30, 2010. State Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights), locked in tight contest with ex-GOP State Rep. David Harris yesterday refused to commit to vote for Michael Madigan for another term as Speaker. Continue reading

Illinois Poverty: 983,744 Chicago region residents now living in poverty, new report says

(Chicago, IL) – September 30, 2010. Chicago’s poorest residents have been hit the hardest by the economic downturn, according to a new report released yesterday by the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance, prompting concern from Chicago lawmakers. Continue reading

Gov. Pat Quinn Announces Temporary Extension of Put Illinois to Work Jobs Program

(Chicago, IL) September 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the extension of the Put Illinois to Work program for up to two months to serve as a bridge until Congress votes on an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. The federal program, which supports Put Illinois to Work, is … Continue reading

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno Wants Democratic Lawmakers to Help Nix Pat Quinn’s New AFSCME Contract

(Chicago, IL) — September 28, 2010. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) wants Democratic lawmakers to convince Governor Pat Quinn to halt the extension of the new AFSCME contract. According to Illinois News Network reporter Jim Anderson: The state’s new contract extension with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been chewed … Continue reading

Illinois Elections 2010: Gov. Pat Quinn Hoping to Capitalize on Capital Cash Awards

(Chicago, IL) – September 28, 2010. Downstate Illinois has seen an influx of state cash and personal visits from Governor Pat Quinn, as the Chicago Democrat looks to reverse his unpopularity in the region. Continue reading

Illinois Elections 2010: Bill Brady Pushes Job, Tax Policies at Rally in Rockton, IL

(Rockton, IL) — September 27, 2010. Republican gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) today will join local officials, business leaders and workers at a jobs rally in Rockton at Chemtool, Inc. Continue reading

Gov. Pat Quinn Announces $12 Million Broadbrand Investment in Central Illinois

(Litchfield, IL) September 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn on Saturday joined Illinois business, technology and community leaders to highlight a nearly $12 million dollar investment in Central Illinois’ broadband infrastructure. Supported by $800,000 in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding and private investment, the project will receive a more than $11 million boost from the U.S. … Continue reading

Gov. Pat Quinn Pushes New Illinois Health Care Council to Focus on Unjustified Rate Hikes

(Chicago, IL) — September 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday launched the Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council’s first public meeting, which was held in Chicago, focusing on unwarranted insurance premium hikes. Continue reading

Illinois Election 2010: Attacks on Ald. Brian Doherty’s Aldermanic Spending Expected in Illinois State Senate Race

(Chicago, IL) — September 23, 2010. Chicago Alderman Brian Doherty‘s spending as a city council member is almost certainly going to get whacked by his Democratic opponent, John Mulroe, in the state senate campaign for the seat vacated by former State Senator James DeLeo (D-Chicago). Earlier in September, two Chicago residents John Marks and Nicholas … Continue reading

Illinois Election 2010: In Surprise Move, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen Endorses State Rep. Candidate Daniel Biss

(Skokie, IL) – September 22, 2010. In a surprise endorsement, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen has declared his support for State Representative Candidate Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) over Republican challenger Hamilton Chang (R-Wilmette) in the battle for the House seat being vacated by State Rep. Beth Coulson (R-Glenview). “Daniel’s commitment, dedication to the people of our … Continue reading

Is The Tea Party Over? Democrats Seize Lead in Wake of Odd-Ball Tea Party Wins, New Polls Say

(Chicago, IL) – September 23, 2010. The Tea Party has finally stirred a tempest in the Democrats’ cup. In one week’s time, the victories of odd-ball Tea Party candidates, like U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, has finally shaken up the U.S. electorate, pushing Democrats ahead in two new national polls, thanks to gains … Continue reading

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