Ballot Question

Minimum Wage Hike
9:35 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Assessing The Minimum Wage Landscape

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 5:04 am

Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage.

Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.

Part of the problem was that legislators from downstate -- from both parties -- were against a hike.

Andrew Biggs says it doesn't make sense to make sense to have a national, or even statewide, minimum wage. Biggs is a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, a D.C. think tank that leans toward free enterprise.

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Ballot Question
9:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Illinois Voters To Consider Employer Birth Control Coverage

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:35 am

A question on the November ballot will ask Illinois voters if insurers should be required to cover birth control as part of their prescription coverage. 

Governor Pat Quinn signed the ballot measure over the weekend.  

Voters will get to weigh in, but Illinois law won't change whatever the result of the referendum; it's non-binding.

Still, Kim Foxx, the chair of Planned Parenthood of Illinois' board, says it will give legislators a tool to fight any possible attempts to eliminate coverage of contraception.

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Ballot Initiatives
5:29 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort

Then-Treasurer Pat Quinn had a term limit petition of his own in the early 1990s. But in summer 1994, much like Rauner's term limit petition, it was found unconstitutional.

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:53 pm

Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, disagree about plenty -- everything from gun rights and restrictions, to what Illinois' income tax should be. But with Friday's ruling by a Cook County judge knocking a term limits initiative off the ballot, the candidates have something in common.

Though there has been a lot of turnover in the General Assembly in recent years, some politicians have been serving in Springfield for decades.

Chief among them House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been a state representative since 1971.

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Ballot Initiatives
3:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

No Vote On Illinois Term Limits

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Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva has ruled the question is unconstitutional for voters to take up.

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Authority to Borrow $15-Million
3:34 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

SCC Bond Issue

Southeastern Community College is seeking voter approval for its proposal to borrow up to $15-million to pay for future facility improvements.

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