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Presidential Campaign Contributions in Illinois

See who gives money to Obama or Romney in your neighborhood. Data from the Federal Election Commission.

October 26, 2012 12:56 pm(3)

Latest Election News

Fired Rutherford employees seek back pay, threaten lawsuit

Fired Rutherford employees seek back pay, threaten lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD — Three ex-state employees who claim former Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them 10 months ago in retaliation for providing damagin…

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Bid to tax millionaires fizzles in House

Bid to tax millionaires fizzles in House

SPRINGFIELD — A bid to ask Illinois voters whether they support a tax on millionaires fizzled in the Illinois House on Thursday.

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Bill changing state's drug laws heads to governor

Bill changing state's drug laws heads to governor

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate approved significant changes to the state's drug laws Thursday, calling for decreased punishment for possess…

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Measure designed to protect aquifer sent to Rauner

Measure designed to protect aquifer sent to Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers took a step Thursday to protect the primary water source for a large swath of Central Illinois.

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Fired Rutherford employees seek back pay, threaten lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show three former Illinois employees are threatening to sue the state, claiming ex-Tr…

May 21, 2015 2:00 pm(0)

State vegetable, state pie await governor's signature

State vegetable, state pie await governor's signature

SPRINGFIELD — Two pieces of legislation will soon reach Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk to make sweet corn the official state vegetable and pumpkin p…

May 21, 2015 10:00 am Related (5)

Zoning for wind farms endorsed in House committee

Zoning for wind farms endorsed in House committee

SPRINGFIELD — Some Illinois counties and municipalities would be allowed to create zoning regulations for wind farms under legislation unanimo…

May 20, 2015 5:30 pm(0)

Judge allows union-fee suit to proceed — without Rauner

Judge allows union-fee suit to proceed — without Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge has allowed Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over union fees paid by non-union workers to proceed — without the governor.

May 20, 2015 8:30 am(0)

Republicans: Democrats set to steamroll GOP on budget

Republicans: Democrats set to steamroll GOP on budget

SPRINGFIELD — Although there are still a dozen days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, Republican leaders pulled the plug on…

May 19, 2015 6:00 pm Related (3)

Tax hike options percolating in Capitol

Tax hike options percolating in Capitol

SPRINGFIELD — A House committee could take up a proposal as early as Wednesday to raise the income tax rate on millionaires.

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Legislation to ban powdered alcohol advances

Legislation to ban powdered alcohol advances

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation banning the sale of powdered alcohol is heading to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

May 18, 2015 7:53 pm(0)

Spike Lee defends 'Chiraq' title for movie about Chicago

CHICAGO — Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee appeared on Chicago's South Side Thursday with parents who have lost children to the city's gun …

May 14, 2015 12:13 pm(2)

Rauner casts doubt on his own pension fix

Rauner casts doubt on his own pension fix

SPRINGFIELD — A day after one of Gov. Bruce Rauner's top lawyers insisted his pension proposal is constitutional, the governor is suggesting h…

May 14, 2015 11:45 am(15)

Democratic candidates in 18th here tonight

BLOOMINGTON — The monthly meeting of the McLean County Democratic Party Thursday evening will feature the two Democratic candidates for the 18…

May 14, 2015 9:00 am(0)

Top Amtrak official to testify on state cuts

Top Amtrak official to testify on state cuts

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to cut funding for passenger rail service in Illinois has drawn the head of the nation's railroad to…

May 13, 2015 6:00 am(3)

Cullerton floats pension revamp

Cullerton floats pension revamp

SPRINGFIELD — Senate President John Cullerton is dusting off an old pension overhaul plan he says has a chance to beat the constitutional odds.

May 12, 2015 6:39 pm(9)

Gun lobbyist explodes myths of silencers

Gun lobbyist explodes myths of silencers

SPRINGFIELD — Hoping to trigger support for a law legalizing gun suppressors, commonly called silencers, an Illinois firearms lobbyist said Mo…

May 11, 2015 5:43 pm(1)

In Illinois Capitol, lobbying is a growing business

In Illinois Capitol, lobbying is a growing business

When it comes to his pledge to grow business in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner's presence in the Capitol has triggered an increase in at least on…

May 10, 2015 6:45 am(2)

Bill would let parents see college student mental health records

Bill would let parents see college student mental health records

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois colleges and universities will be able to release student’s mental health information under proposed legislation awaiti…

May 08, 2015 6:27 pm(0)

GOP cries foul as Democrats dump Rauner cuts

GOP cries foul as Democrats dump Rauner cuts

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House slapped down a key piece of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal Wednesday, sending a message to Republicans t…

May 06, 2015 4:15 pm(17)

Legislation: Make disabled-access parks a priority

Legislation: Make disabled-access parks a priority

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation to make the Illinois Department of Natural Resources put a priority on park equipment accessible for disabled people…

May 06, 2015 9:00 am(1)

Lawmakers outline coal-friendly proposal

Lawmakers outline coal-friendly proposal

SPRINGFIELD — With Illinois lawmakers discussing a major overhaul of state energy policies this spring, a group of downstate representatives a…

May 04, 2015 7:00 am(2)

Rauner transparency clouded by secret meetings

SPRINGFIELD — During his campaign for governor, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he wanted to oversee the most transparent administration in history.

May 03, 2015 7:30 am(6)

Budget reprieve: Autism program thrilled now, worried for later

Budget reprieve: Autism program thrilled now, worried for later

NORMAL — Families of children with autism are concerned that they have survived a gale only to face a cyclone.

May 01, 2015 8:15 am(0)

White applauds students' organ donor efforts

White applauds students' organ donor efforts

NORMAL — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on Thursday thanked the family and friends of two Illinois State University students who died…

May 01, 2015 5:45 am(1)

Heartland campaign raises nearly $7.7 million

Heartland campaign raises nearly $7.7 million

NORMAL — Heartland Community College's first major gift campaign exceeded its goal, raising nearly $7.7 million. Steve McManus, chairman of th…

May 01, 2015 5:00 am(1)

Illinois mayors join outcry over Rauner budget

Illinois mayors join outcry over Rauner budget

SPRINGFIELD — Local mayors from throughout Illinois descended on the Capitol on Wednesday, lending their voices to the growing coalition of gr…

April 30, 2015 6:45 am Related (6)

Service loss feared with cuts to transportation budget

Service loss feared with cuts to transportation budget

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to cut funding for public transportation throughout much of downstate Illinois could result in some rid…

April 30, 2015 6:00 am Related (9)

Bid to ban smoking in cars with kids fails

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate snuffed out a proposal Wednesday to ban smoking in cars with kids.

April 29, 2015 4:05 pm(0)

Election Photos

Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Voters took to the polls on Tuesday. View election results and more at Pantagraph.com/Elections.

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Photos: Central Illinois Votes

Photos: Central Illinois Votes

Early morning turnout to vote was heavy for a non-Presidential election across most of central Illinois.

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Online Exclusives

Presidential Campaign Contributions in Illinois

Presidential Campaign Contributions in Illinois

See who gives money to Obama or Romney in your neighborhood. Data from the Federal Election Commission.

October 26, 2012 12:56 pm(3)

Erickson Blog

Erickson: Rauner's campaign wealth "an escalation of the arms race"

In the days leading up to a high profile vote in the Illinois House on a politically charged right-to-work law, Gov. Bruce Rauner doled out ca…

May 17, 2015 7:00 am(10)

Erickson: Rauner's Illinois-bashing could be bad for business

It's rare to hear Republicans criticize Gov. Bruce Rauner.

May 10, 2015 7:00 am(6)

Erickson: Bubbling cauldron of special interest stew simmering in Springfield

Illinois lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday for start of the annual slog toward a scheduled May 31 adjournment date.

May 03, 2015 7:00 am(3)

Erickson: School kids learn life lesson when quizzing governor

Sometimes it takes a group of school kids to get to the bottom of things.

April 26, 2015 7:00 am(0)
Erickson: Lawmakers must get creative with revenue sources

Erickson: Lawmakers must get creative with revenue sources

It's been three years since Illinois lawmakers and former Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on a unique way to raise money to help battered women.

April 19, 2015 7:00 am Related (6)

Erickson: Rauner's corruption checklist keeps growing

Back in March, it seemed like such a quaint, old-fashioned idea: Invite the new governor to watch the Illinois Supreme Court in action.

April 12, 2015 7:00 am(9)

Erickson: Team Rauner mum on 'painful' specifics

When Illinois lawmakers voted last month to fill a gaping hole in the current year's budget, they used the word "painful" to describe their action.

April 05, 2015 7:00 am(1)

Erickson: GOP leverage empowering, treacherous

Thursday's vote in the Senate to fix the state budget must have been painful for some Republican lawmakers.

March 29, 2015 7:00 am(10)

Erickson: No budget, but we do have a state veggie

Illinois lawmakers left town for the weekend Thursday having made no visible progress on resolving the myriad budget problems facing state government.

March 22, 2015 7:00 am(2)

Erickson: Rauner attacks Big Labor, but says he's not anti-union

Gov. Bruce Rauner marked his two-month anniversary as Illinois' 42nd chief executive last week by continuing his tirade against Big Labor.

March 15, 2015 7:00 am(15)

Local Election News

Democratic candidates in 18th here tonight

BLOOMINGTON — The monthly meeting of the McLean County Democratic Party Thursday evening will feature the two Democratic candidates for the 18…

May 14, 2015 9:00 am(0)
Some clerks moving forward with Schock election

Some clerks moving forward with Schock election

SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers are trying to help county clerks cope with a new voter registration law for the upcoming special election for fo…

April 21, 2015 5:51 pm(0)
Delavan High to be replaced after voters approve bonds

Delavan High to be replaced after voters approve bonds

DELAVAN — Delavan will receive a new high school.

April 10, 2015 11:00 am(0)
State school takeover in play as Streator tax increase fails

State school takeover in play as Streator tax increase fails

STREATOR — LaSalle County voters said overwhelmingly Tuesday they won't be responsible for bailing Streator Elementary District 44 out of its …

April 08, 2015 4:30 pm(12)
Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Photos: Tuesday elections in B–N

Voters took to the polls on Tuesday. View election results and more at Pantagraph.com/Elections.

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Hayek, Hitchins join incumbents on Unit 5 board

Hayek, Hitchins join incumbents on Unit 5 board

NORMAL — Two newcomers will join three incumbents on the McLean County Unit 5 Board of Education.

April 08, 2015 7:00 am Photos

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McLean County voters decide area races

BLOOMINGTON — McLean County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area.

April 08, 2015 6:45 am(1)
Wylie, Almeda, Houtzel elected to District 87 board

Wylie, Almeda, Houtzel elected to District 87 board

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington District 87's Board of Education will welcome three candidates who were elected for the first time on Tuesday.

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New Bloomington aldermen stress positive tone

New Bloomington aldermen stress positive tone

BLOOMINGTON — Two aldermen appointed in 2014 by Mayor Tari Renner to fill unexpired terms on the City Council and a political newcomer whose c…

April 07, 2015 10:30 pm(54)

Woodford voters choose aldermen, school members

EUREKA — Woodford County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area.

April 07, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Livingston voters decide city, school races

PONTIAC — There were few contested races in Livingston County for Tuesday's election.

April 07, 2015 10:00 pm(0)
2 newcomers, Fritzen elected to Normal City Council

2 newcomers, Fritzen elected to Normal City Council

NORMAL — Two newcomers, R.C. McBride and Kathleen Lorenz, and incumbent Jeff Fritzen were the top vote-getters in the race for three open seat…

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Tazewell voters decide village, park seats

PEKIN — Tazewell County voters on Tuesday decided a number of contested races for cities and schools in The Pantagraph area, including a schoo…

April 07, 2015 9:45 pm(0)
Buragas wins in Ward 4, Normal incumbent loses

Buragas wins in Ward 4, Normal incumbent loses

BLOOMINGTON — Voters on Tuesday went to the polls to decide a variety of races, including contested contests for the Bloomington and Normal ci… Updated:  

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Logan voters choose village, school leaders

LINCOLN — Logan County voters on Tuesday decided several contested races for villages and schools and also weighed in on a tax referendum in Delavan.

April 07, 2015 8:45 pm(0)

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Senate and House district maps

Senate and House district maps

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Latest Election News

McLean Co. voters to determine governance, ambulance tax rates

BLOOMINGTON — Voters in three areas of McLean County will decide issues related to home rule and public support for rural ambulance districts …

March 26, 2015 10:00 am

Brady to launch bid for governor on Wednesday

Brady to launch bid for governor on Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON — State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, the 2010 Republican nominee for governor, will formally launch another run for the top job…

June 25, 2013 8:10 am(24)

John Hanson, Lex Green discuss their political futures

BLOOMINGTON — The unsuccessful candidates in Bloomington’s mayoral election said Wednesday they’re not necessarily through with local politics…

April 10, 2013 8:39 pm(7)

Mayor-elect Renner meets with city manager, talks downtown hotel

Mayor-elect Renner meets with city manager, talks downtown hotel

BLOOMINGTON — By 8:30 Wednesday morning, Tari Renner had kicked off his efforts to attract a hotel to downtown Bloomington by calling the loca…

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Black’s city council win means shake-up for county board

BLOOMINGTON — The result of the Bloomington City Council Ward 7 race means the McLean County Board will have to look for a new member.

April 10, 2013 5:15 pm(0)

Two candidates for Normal Public Library board seat finish tied

NORMAL — It will be at least two weeks before two candidates know whether they have won a six-year term on the Normal Public Library board.

April 10, 2013 5:15 pm(0)

Dwight, Fairbury, Wapella elect new mayors

Reviving community pride and restoring open government are among the goals of three people who unseated small-town mayors in Tuesday’s election.

April 10, 2013 5:11 pm(0)

Voter turnout as low as 20 percent in some area counties

BLOOMINGTON — Despite contested races for mayor and city councils in the Twin Cities and a number of other races in towns throughout McLean Co…

April 10, 2013 4:05 pm(1)

Tari Renner wins Bloomington mayoral race by 1,500 votes

Tari Renner wins Bloomington mayoral race by 1,500 votes

BLOOMINGTON — Tari Renner, the runner-up in the 2009 election, will be sworn in May 1 as Bloomington’s new mayor, beating challenges from John…

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos easily wins re-election for third time

Normal Mayor Chris Koos easily wins re-election for third time

NORMAL — Normal Mayor Chris Koos easily won re-election to his third full term on Tuesday, beating his closest opponent by nearly 1,000 votes.

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Preston, Gaines, McCarthy win Normal Council seats

NORMAL — Newcomer Scott Preston was the top vote-getter in the Normal City Council race Tuesday and will be joining incumbents Cheryl Gaines a…

April 09, 2013 11:15 pm(0)

Two newcomers joining Bloomington City Council

BLOOMINGTON — Two new aldermen will be seated next month on Bloomington’s City Council, while voters also retained three incumbents Tuesday. A…

April 09, 2013 11:00 pm(1)

Bloomington among communities approving electric aggregation

BLOOMINGTON — Several Pantagraph-area communities, including Bloomington, have approved taking part in opt-out electric aggregation programs.

April 09, 2013 10:45 pm(3)

Voters approve new LeRoy Fire Protection District building

LeROY — Voters on Tuesday approved a bond issue to build a new 14,000-square-foot fire station at the former Kirby IGA property at the interse…

April 09, 2013 10:45 pm

Hardesty, Gibb, Flessner elected to Heartland board

NORMAL — Three newcomers were elected to the Heartland Community College board of trustees Tuesday as the school faces declining enrollment an…

April 09, 2013 10:30 pm(0)

Mickens-Baker, Puzauskas, Ferguson win seats on Unit 5 school board

NORMAL — Incumbents Meta Mickens-Baker and John Puzauskas and newcomer Todd Ferguson will help lead McLean County’s largest school district af…

April 09, 2013 10:30 pm(0)

Skillrud wins City of Bloomington Township Supervisor position

BLOOMINGTON — Deb Skillrud will be the next supervisor of the City of Bloomington Township, overseeing general assistance welfare programs and…

April 09, 2013 10:30 pm(2)

Three of four area counties reject school sales tax

PONTIAC — Voters in three of four Central Illinois counties turned down the countywide sales tax to help pay for school facilities.

April 09, 2013 10:30 pm(0)

DeWitt County election results

DeWitt County election results

April 09, 2013 10:15 pm(1)

Ford County election results

Ford County election results

April 09, 2013 10:15 pm(0)
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