Elections

Election 2014
8:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Can A Governor Really Create Jobs?

An outsider to Illinois politics could be forgiven for thinking Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are running for the position of job creator in chief.

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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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Election 2014
9:09 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Libertarians File Complaints Against GOP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 8:09 am

The Illinois Libertarian Party has filed a criminal complaint against the state's Republican Party. The Libertarians allege the GOP hired armed private investigators to go to the homes of voters who had signed the petitions to put the Libertarian slate on the November ballot.

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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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Third Party Candidates on Ballot
6:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Libertarians Survive Illinois GOP's Ballot Challenge

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:32 am

  On Nov. 4, Illinois voters will choose from the Republican and Democratic statewide candidates they've been hearing about for months. But there will also be a third choice in those races: candidates representing the Libertarian party. But getting on the ballot wasn't easy for the Libertarians.

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Election 2014
8:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Green Party Candidates Won't Appear On Ballot

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:41 pm

  Candidates from the Illinois Green Party will not appear on the November ballot.

A federal judge Thursday denied the party reprieve from the state's election requirements for third parties.

The Green Party had sued, claiming the barriers for third parties are too onerous ... threatening the right to free speech and equal protection.

Scott Summers, the party's candidate for governor, says he's disappointed with the judge's ruling.

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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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Ballot Question
9:25 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Constitutional Amendment On Teacher Evaluation Approved For November Ballot

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 12:10 am

(Updated 10:55 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, with certification for the ballot)

As Missourians prepared to vote on a variety of issues at the August primary Tuesday, the secretary of state's office announced that a constitutional amendment changing how teachers are evaluated will be on the November ballot.

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Illinois Election
3:36 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Absentee Voting? Here Are The Details

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:53 am

Applications for absentee voting begin today. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the first day for mailing-in absentee votes for the fall election is September 25th. Absentee voting forms must be postmarked by midnight on November 3, 2014.

Find out if you qualify for absentee voting here.

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Missouri Primary Election Results
11:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Well-Financed Transportation Tax Loses Big At The Polls

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:43 pm

Missourians decisively rejected a sales tax increase earmarked for transportation projects, making for a striking defeat for a well-financed campaign from proponents and a victory for an ideologically diverse opposition coalition. 

The tax – commonly known as “Amendment 7” or the “transportation tax” – would have raised Missouri’s sales tax by 0.75 percent for 10 years. It would have also barred Missouri's policymakers from instituting tolls or raising the state’s gas tax during that same time period.

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