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Capital Area Region

Pritzker fires Ag director Sullivan, had knowledge of 2012 ‘rape in Champaign’ email

SPRINGFIELD (The Center Square) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker fired Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan for failing to take action regarding a lobbyist's 2012 email that mentioned a rape in Champaign and ghost payroll practices. The governor's office said that Sullivan, as a state senator in 2012, knew about the email, but did nothing about it. Sullivan said he never read the entire email while running for election and dealing with health issues. The allegations were at the end of the email. […]

todayJanuary 13, 2020

Illinois metro population


For first time, population in all Illinois’ metro areas declines

SPRINGFIELD/WASHINGTON (Illinois News Network) -- U.S. Census data released Thursday showed the population in every one of Illinois' metropolitan areas declined in the past year for the first time. The Chicago metropolitan area, which includes suburban cities and portions of Wisconsin and Indiana, reported the largest population decrease in the nation, shrinking by an estimated 22,068 people. That represents 0.23 percent of the area’s total population of about 9.5 million people. Population in the Danville area shrank by 1.26 percent, […]

todayApril 18, 2019 1

Automotive News

Bourne issues resolution in opposition of vehicle mileage tax

LITCHFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) -- State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has signed on as chief co-sponsor of a resolution that voices opposition to a new tax on Illinois motorists being charged per mile traveled. Bourne is supporting House Resolution 766, which was filed this week in response to new proposed legislation that attempts to penalize drivers with work commutes with new taxes. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) proposed the new tax on mileage traveled on public, non-tolled Illinois highways via the utilization of […]

todayJanuary 25, 2018 1

Ballot Access News

Second Libertarian gubernatorial debate held Saturday, targets wide range of issues

BELLEVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) -- The Libertarian Party of Illinois, in partnership with the Metro-East Libertarian Party, held their second gubernatorial debate between candidates Matthew C. Scaro, Grayson "Kash" Jackson and Jon Stewart at Southwestern Illinois College's Belleville campus on Saturday, Jan. 13. The debate was moderated by Aaron Wright, field operations director for the state party. The candidates gave 90-second opening statements, starting off with Stewart, who was fighting laryngitis. Stewart offered an apology to both Scaro and Jackson for his […]

todayJanuary 15, 2018 1

Decision 2018

Why is Springfield’s #MeToo movement against sexual harassment still in the dark? The Ethics Commission, some say

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) -- Anti-sexual harassment advocates, workplace harassment lawyers, even lawmakers themselves say stories of a rampant sexism and harassment culture under the dome in Springfield show that legislators are incapable of policing themselves. A new bill could provide an answer to that problem. The Legislative Ethics Commission is a panel of lawmakers, four Democrat, four Republican, that oversees new Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter, lawmakers' ethics watchdog. Porter was appointed after the office went vacant for years, all […]

todayNovember 16, 2017 3

Decision 2018

State treasurer Frerichs endorses JB Pritzker for governor

URBANA (Heartland Newsfeed) -- Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs endorsed JB Pritzker for governor Wednesday during an event held at the University of Illinois' Illini Union. This marks Pritzker’s third endorsement by a statewide officeholder after Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Secretary of State Jesse White endorsed the campaign. “There is no one standing taller for Illinois families than Treasurer Mike Frerichs,” said Pritzker. “Mike works hard every day to put his office on the side of working families. While Bruce Rauner […]

todayNovember 15, 2017

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