Illinois Democrats

Hydraulic Fracturing
6:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Anti-Fracking Activists Crash Democrat Breakfast

100 or so environmental activists rallied outside a Democratic party breakfast, calling for the end of fracking in Illinois, even before it begins.

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:53 pm

  Environmental activists hoping to curb hydraulic fracturing in Illinois crashed a breakfast held for Democratic party organizers in Springfield Wednesday. They want to stop natural gas extraction in the state before it starts.


"Drought! Pollution! Earthquake! Fracking is a big mistake!"

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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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Mike Smith Dies
2:05 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Funeral services set for former area lawmaker Mike Smith

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 12:46 pm

Funeral services are set for former area state lawmaker Mike Smith. The 48-year-old Democrat died Saturday morning at his home of a suspected heart attack. Visitation is Wednesday from three to seven at Oak-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.  The funeral is set for Thursday at 10 at the funeral home.  

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Bill Knight – July 31
2:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Democrats and Republicans Blocking Ballot Access in Illinois

Progressives and conservatives alike should be outraged at the bipartisan stonewalling and slights that last week culminated in the Illinois Green Party having to file a federal lawsuit about ballot access.

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Alan Dixon
9:17 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Former Democratic Senator Alan Dixon Dies At 86

Alan Dixon

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:22 am

Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon died Sunday, just shy of his 87th birthday.  His political career ended in 1992 when he lost a Democratic primary to Carol Moseley Braun.

In an interview recorded a couple of years ago, Dixon says a neighbor, who was the Democratic Party Chairman of Belleville, took him under his wing. He helped Dixon land his first elected office, as the local police magistrate.

From there, Dixon didn't stop, for decades.

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Illinois Legislature
6:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

House Democrats Reject Gov's Budget Ultimatum

The floor of the Illinois House during Tuesday's debate over the FY15 budget.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:16 pm

Two months after Governor Pat Quinn laid out his vision for Illinois' budget, the House of Representatives has approved a state spending plan. Quinn presented two options: make 2011's temporary tax hike permanent, or make steep cuts across government. Lawmakers considered those options and chose ... neither.

Quinn has been clear about the potential consequences of letting Illinois' income tax rate drop, as it's scheduled to do at the end of the year.

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Illinois Legislature
5:33 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Quinn Pitches Tax Plan To House Democrats

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters Monday in the Capitol after meeting with House Democrats for more than two-and-a-half hours.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:27 pm

Gov. Pat Quinn appealed directly to Democrats in the Illinois House Monday evening. He’s struggling to win support for his plan to extend Illinois’ higher income tax rate.

The governor appeared at a closed meeting of the Illinois House Democratic caucus.

Quinn is trying to win the support of the 60 Democrats required to make Illinois’ 5 percent income-tax rate permanent — instead of letting it decline by more than a percentage point as scheduled at the end of the year. Quinn warns without the higher tax rate, there will have to be drastic cuts in state services.

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Illinois Legislature
6:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

House Holdup On Tax Hike, Minimum Wage

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 3:43 pm

 Two major Democratic initiatives are still short the votes needed to pass, at least in the House, as the General Assembly heads into the final stretch of its spring session.

    

How to deal with Illinois' income tax rate is arguably the biggest issue looming over Illinois politics.

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TSPR Local
10:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Simon Keynotes Democratic Women's dinner

Sheila Simon

With her banjo in hand, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon arrived at the Kensington Ballroom in Galesburg to keynote the 17th annual Knox County Democratic Women’s Camelot Dinner April 12.

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Major Topic at Conventions
1:03 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Who Will Run for Illinois Governor?

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn speaking at the Democratic National Convention
Amanda Vinicky

The bidding is starting early for Illinois Republicans interested in campaigning for Governor. The issue of who will run was a main topic of conversation during the GOP’s national convention in Tampa. 

So many Republicans are considering it that at one point during the convention, Pat Brady, Chair of the Illinois GOP, joked about it.

“I do want to thank those of you in the room that aren't running for governor,” Brady cracked.

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