Thursday, July 10, 2014
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Lakeshore Beverage -- 400 N. Elizabeth Street, Chicago, IL
Tags: Natalie Manley, 2014 Election, 2014 Elections
A group that mounted a $3 million effort to ask voters this fall to take politics out of the redrawing of legislative boundaries dropped its effort Friday, hours after a Cook County judge tossed the proposed constitutional amendment from the Nov. 4 ballot.
Judge Mary Mikva’s ruling proved to be the death blow to the drive by the Yes for Independent Maps organization, which already had been under pressure to prove to the State Board of Elections that it had obtained nearly 300,000 valid signatures from voters to secure a fall ballot spot.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: 2014 Election, Reforms
Plainfield resident Sheilla Raddatz wants to unseat newly appointed Will County Board member Darren Bennefield in the November election.
Raddatz, tapped by the Will County Democratic party to fill the ballot vacancy in District 5, will be running with incumbent and fellow Democrat Reed Bible.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Reed Bible, 2014 Election, CB District 5, 2014 Elections, Sheila Raddatz
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.
The 56-38 vote fell short of the 60 that would have been needed to advance to debate on the measure by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Her bill would have let millions of borrowers, some with years-old debt and interest rates topping 7 percent or more, refinance at today's lower rates.
The bill would have been paid for with the so-called Buffett Rule, which sets minimum tax rates for people making over $1 million.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: US Senate, 2014 Election, Education issues
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday he once put in a good word to help win pension business in his state for Bruce Rauner's private equity firm after Rauner donated $300,000 to Rendell's 2002 campaign.
The comments shed new light on a recurring campaign issue for Rauner, the Republican nominee in the governor's race this November, who has repeatedly accused Illinois politicians of creating a culture where campaign cash buys influence and skews policy.
Tags: Gov. Quinn, 2014 Election, Bruce Rauner