Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Statehouse Bureau Chief

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Colleges Aim to Keep Students SAfe
9:25 am
Tue September 23, 2014

More Campuses "Ready To Respond"

Richland Community College

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:42 am

College students are back on campus and classes are underway. Parents at some Illinois schools have extra assurance their kids will be safe when they're at school.

Universities and colleges are often ranked, making "best of" lists for one program or the other. 

But only a couple in Illinois have achieved the designation of becoming a "Ready to Respond" campus -- a title given by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency after the school has met criteria, like developing a violence prevention plan and going through training exercises. 

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Election 2014
8:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Judge Keeps Libertarians on Illinois Ballot

The Libertarian slate faced several obstacles to make it on the ballot; here, candidates hold a press conference to show how many more signatures they had to turn in to the state elections board, compared with Democrats and Republicans. The party's candidate for governor, Chad Grimm, is just to the left of the podium.
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A Sangamon County judge's decision means Illinois voters in November will see three names for each office at the top of the ballot.

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Governor's Race
9:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Attacks Get Personal Between Quinn, Rauner

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:52 am

  They no longer had to do it through campaign commercials. Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner faced one another in a joint interview before the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board Tuesday.

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Both Sides Reviewing Plan
4:57 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Illinois Fracking Rules Released

Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a high volume of water and chemicals into shale rock to get to oil and natural gas underneath.
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has come out with a set of highly-anticipated rules that could finally lead to hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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Term Limits Question Will Not Be On Ballot
6:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Term Limits: The Walking, Talking Dead Constitutional Amendment

Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor, tried to put public pressure on the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the term limits case; it didn't work. The Court issued a brief memo on Friday saying simply that it would not hear Rauner's appeal of a lower court ruling that found the question unconstitutional.

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 3:17 pm

You may know by now that a question regarding term limits has been knocked off the ballot by the courts, but do you know why? Regardless of the court rulings, don't expect the issue to go away.

Republican nominee for governor Bruce Rauner and his attorneys say they tried to write a proposal that could pass constitutional muster.

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NPR Story
10:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

(Cow) Tipping The Governor's Race

The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti, gives a rousing speech at the Illinois State Fair GOP Day. For the first time, gubernatorial candidates chose their running mates.

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:25 am

Politicians are supposed to apologize when they mess up, but typically that doesn't involve saying "I'm sorry" to cows. That's what Governor Pat Quinn says his opponent's running mate needs to do.

Before Republican Bruce Rauner asked her to be his running mate, attorney Evelyn Sanguinetti had made inquiries about getting a job with the state.

Lee Enterprises newspaper reporter Kurt Erickson uncovered that inquiry; which was made via email, to state employee whom Sanguinetti supposedly went to law school with.

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Election 2014
10:23 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Why The Rush? Term Limits Decision Time Deadline, Explained

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:38 pm

Even though Illinois' general election is months away, a controversial ballot question could be answered by the end of this week. Friday is the deadline for a term limits initiative to make it on the ballot.

Republican's nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, has made instituting term limits for legislators a central plank of his campaign.

That would require a constitutional amendment. Rauner funded an effort to collected a half million signatures, so that the question could go before voters this fall.

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Republican Day at Illinois State Fair
8:24 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Riding A Harley ... To A Republican Victory?

Bruce Rauner rallies Republicans at the Illinois State Fair.

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:03 am

  With summer coming to an end, and the November election getting ever closer, Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats gathered Wednesday in Springfield, for an annual party meeting and rally. But Thursday, Republicans had their day. The GOP hopes it'll be their year.

There's no "normal" way to get to the area on the Illinois State Fairgrounds where Republicans had their gathering.

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Democrats Day at the Illinois State Fair
6:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Mascots, Class Warfare, Rallies: Democrats Fight To Hold Onto Power

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:31 pm

Even as states like Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin are known as political battlegrounds and bellwethers, Illinois has the reputation for being a solid "blue" state. Illinois sends double as many Democrats to Washington as it does Congressional Republicans. The state legislature tips heavily in favor of Democrats, who hold veto-proof majorities. And it has been more than a decade since a Republican last sat in Illinois' governor's seat.

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Reduced Hours of Operation
6:18 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Budget Cuts Impact Illinois Historic Sites

The Lincoln New Salem site
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More than a dozen historic sites in Illinois will be closed to the public for an extra day each week.

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