WBEZ | Illinois politics http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-politics Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 2014 Election Coverage: Citizens, here's your homework! http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/vote.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>We&rsquo;re trying to make it a little easier for you to stay up-to-speed this election season. This is a hub for Illinois voters to study up on the issues and candidates before voting on (<a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/votinginformation/earlyvotinglocations.aspx" target="_blank">or before</a>) Nov. 4.</p><p>On election night, we&#39;re hosting a live watch party in Chicago with hosts Niala Boodhoo and Melba Lara. If you can&#39;t make it to the party, join us that night <a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZPolitics">@WBEZPolitics</a>&nbsp;to get the latest updates. And here&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZ/lists/election-2014" target="_blank">a list</a> of who we&#39;ve got covering the races and issues.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Election Coverage<a name="elections"></a></strong> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#heygov" target="_self">Hey Gov</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#debates" target="_self">Full Debate Audio</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#links" target="_self">Links You Need</a></span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="350" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/55986159&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#elections" target="_self">Election Coverage</a> |<strong> </strong><strong>Hey Gov<a name="heygov"></a> </strong>|<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#debates" target="_self">Full Debate Audio</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#links" target="_self">Links You Need</a></span></p><p>WBEZ reporters Al Keefe, Tony Arnold and Patrick Smith traveled <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/hey-gov-illinois-politics-road-trip-110657">around the state of Illinois</a> to understand <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/hey-gov">what&#39;s on the minds of voters</a> this November.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/health-problems-facing-rural-and-urban-poor-illinois-110959">The health problems facing Illinois&#39; urban and rural poor</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/state-government-could-take-over-school-district-near-you-110943">How state government could take over your school</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/battle-over-state-facility-personal-political-110925">Picking up the pieces after budget cuts shut down a center for people with disabilities</a></li></ul><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#elections" target="_self">Election Coverage</a> |<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#heygov" target="_self">Hey Gov</a><strong> </strong>|<strong> Full Debate Audio<a name="debates"></a></strong> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#links" target="_self">Links You Need</a></span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="350" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/55878303&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#elections" target="_self">Election Coverage</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#heygov" target="_self">Hey Gov</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973#debates" target="_self">Full Debate Audio</a> | <strong>Links You Need<a name="links"></a></strong></span></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/RegistrationLookup.aspx" target="_blank">How to vote</a></li><li><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/votinginformation/earlyvotinglocations.aspx" target="_blank">Early Voting Locations </a></li><li><a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2014elections/Pages/110414Candidates.aspx" target="_blank">Nov 4, 2014 Candidates (Suburban Cook County)</a></li><li><a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2014elections/Pages/AllReferenda.aspx" target="_blank">Nov 4, 2014 Ballot referenda </a></li><li><a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/infoforvoters.aspx" target="_blank">Other voter information</a><br />&nbsp;</li></ul></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973 Hey Gov: An Illinois politics road trip http://www.wbez.org/news/hey-gov-illinois-politics-road-trip-110657 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Bu1yd1ZCcAEYqlk.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/hey-gov-an-illinois-politics-road-trip/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/hey-gov-an-illinois-politics-road-trip.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/hey-gov-an-illinois-politics-road-trip" target="_blank">View the story "Hey Gov: An Illinois politics road trip " on Storify</a>]<h1>Hey Gov: An Illinois politics road trip </h1><h2>WBEZ political reporters Alex Keefe and Tony Arnold took off from Chicago and drove along the Illinois River until the hit the State Fair. All along the way, they stopped to ask people what they want from the next governor. </h2><p>Storified by <a href="https://storify.com/WBEZ">WBEZ</a>&middot; Thu, Aug 14 2014 16:56:40 </p><div>WBEZ&apos;s @akeefe &amp; @tonyjarnold are following the Illinois River to the State Fair, asking citizens what they want from a governor. #HeyGovWBEZ</div><div>Best Game in Town: Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair by WBEZ's Afternoon ShiftThe Illinois State Fair hosts &quot;Governor's Day&quot; today at the fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Governor's Day is the traditional rally and picnic for the Illinois democratic party. Tomorrow is Republican Day. The big story is how Governor Quinn has changed the format of today's festivities.</div><div>Gov. Quinn heads to Illinois State Fair to rally his base by WBEZ's Morning ShiftThe Illinois State Fair brings out politicians, special interest groups and voters looking to get some answers from candidates. Incumbent Governor Quinn is following the same pattern as last year and making Wednesday's Governor's Day at the Fair a family event rather than an opportunity to hash out political agendas.</div><div>What Walt Willey, Ottawa #il native and longtime &quot;All My Children&quot; soap star, wants from the next gov http://t.co/IFmdwcg9u9 #heygov @WBEZAlex Keefe</div><div>A brief history of Ottawa, #IL, in mural form. #heygov @ Illinois River, Ottawa IL http://t.co/LpoCI5xsA8Alex Keefe</div><div>.@akeefe is driving me to Springfield. At least if we take a wrong turn I know we have a map. http://t.co/0ZBKrpc8E7Tony Arnold</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hey-gov-illinois-politics-road-trip-110657 Cook County judge considers term limits http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-judge-considers-term-limits-110374 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/votingline_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County judge heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging two efforts seeking to change how the Illinois political system operates. The two separate ballot initiatives would ask voters to weigh in on everything from adding term limits for state legislators to how legislative districts are drawn.</p><p>Challenging the two petition drives are the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Business Leadership Council, as well as a number of individuals. They include former ComEd CEO Frank Clark and housing developer Elzie Higginbottom.</p><p>The challengers&nbsp; are represented by Richard Prendergast and Mike Kasper, an attorney who has also represented the Democratic Party of Illinois and Rahm Emanuel, although Emanuel and Michael Madigan, the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and chairman of the state Democratic Party, are not parties on the lawsuit.</p><p>Prendergast told Cook County Judge Mary Mikva in a hearing Wednesday that the state Supreme Court rejected a previous attempt to add term limits. He argued the effort goes against the Illinois constitution, which states that &ldquo;amendments shall be limited to structural and procedural subjects.&rdquo;</p><p>To help it stand on firm legal footing, the term limit initiative also includes other components besides limiting a lawmaker from holding office more than eight years. It also reduces the number of Illinois state senators while slightly increasing the number of state representatives and increases the number of votes needed to override a governor&rsquo;s veto.</p><p>Prendergast equated those other provisions to &ldquo;ornaments&rdquo; on a Christmas tree to please the judge. He said voters may struggle with the ballot question, since a voter could support term limits but oppose a reduction in state senators, and that those topics should be separate questions.</p><p>But Mark Campbell, a spokesman for the committee trying to get term limits on the ballot, said it&rsquo;s within the limits the Illinois Supreme Court set when they ruled against a term limit initiative 20 years ago.</p><p>&ldquo;What we did was specifically outlined by the Supreme Court as to what the requirements are to get on the ballot and we are very confident that our initiative, as written, does pass muster.&rdquo;</p><p>Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor, backs the term limits initiative.&nbsp; But the elections board is continuing to review the effort to create a bipartisan panel to draw legislative district boundaries, rather than having the boundaries drawn by political parties. Legislative boundaries are redrawn after each census.</p><p>The redistricting process was also before Judge Mikva Wednesday in the same lawsuit, with similar legal arguments from both sides. Kasper argued that ballot initiative would take away power from the governor, the attorney general and lawmakers, in addition to altering the eligibility of judges.</p><p>&ldquo;Anything that&rsquo;s directly related to the purpose of the amendment, which is to alter the redistricting and to make it non-partisan, which these conflict of interest rules are, is fair game,&rdquo; said Michelle Odorizzi, an attorney for the redistricting ballot initiative.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold.</a></em></p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-judge-considers-term-limits-110374 Illinois Rep. Derrick Smith convicted of bribery http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-rep-derrick-smith-convicted-bribery-110313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP362609502394.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A federal jury in Chicago on Tuesday convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator seeking a state grant.</p><p>In a weeklong trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat accepting 70 $100 bills in exchange for a letter supporting the $50,000 state grant &mdash; though it was all part of an FBI sting.</p><p>Jurors returned their verdict after deliberating about four hours over two days. Smith showed no emotion as he learned his fate, sitting with his hands folded. A family member patted him on the shoulder minutes later.</p><p>Outside court, a subdued Smith told reporters: &quot;We gave it a good fight. God knows the truth. Jurors didn&#39;t see what God saw.&quot;</p><p>No sentencing date was set, but a status hearing was set for Sept. 23. Smith was released pending a sentencing date.</p><p>The recordings of Smith by a campaign worker-turned-informant included one where Smith uses slang talking about the handover of the bribe, asking, &quot;How she going to get the cheddar to us?&quot; In another he says, &quot;I don&#39;t want no trace of it.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors also described how a distraught Smith admitted after his March 13, 2012, arrest he took the bribe. He even brought agents to his bedroom, retrieved $2,500 in leftover bribe cash from the foot of his bed and handed it over.</p><p>Shortly after Smith&#39;s arrest, his House colleagues voted 100-6 to expel him. But he was reinstated after winning his late-2012 election. He lost his 2014 primary and was supposed to finish out his current term. However, a felony conviction means he will lose his seat.</p><p>Jurors found Smith guilty on all charges &mdash; one count of bribery and one of attempted extortion. Combined, the convictions carry a maximum 30-year prison sentence.</p><p>At trial, the defense attacked the credibility of the informant, who was only referred to by his first name, Pete, in court. They described him as a deadbeat and convicted felon who &quot;set up&quot; Smith for $1,000-a-week payments from the FBI.</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s a hustler,&quot; defense attorney Victor Henderson told jurors during closing arguments Monday. &quot;He hustled the representative and he hustled the FBI.&quot;</p><p>The attorney argued that Pete hoodwinked a devoted public servant together with an overzealous FBI.</p><p>&quot;He wasn&#39;t going to commit a crime,&quot; Henderson said, pointing to Smith. &quot;That was something they fabricated.&quot;</p><p>But prosecutor Marsha McClellan said in her closing that the recordings and other evidence demonstrated that no one led Smith astray against his will.</p><p>&quot;There sits a defendant whose public face is one of service, but who privately wanted to use that office ... to get cash into his pockets,&quot; she said.</p><p>In a recording from early March 2012, Pete counts aloud as he hands the cash to Smith in seven $1,000 stacks. As the informant counts the fifth stack, he curses as the money sticks together. He pauses, then counts the rest.</p><p>Pete then jokingly chides Smith for not expressing gratitude, saying, &quot;(You) didn&#39;t even say thank you.&quot;</p><p>The prosecutor said that Smith&#39;s easy, confident tone on the recordings illustrated he didn&#39;t think he&#39;d ever get caught.</p><p>&quot;Never in a million years did he expect us to listen to him now,&quot; McClellan told jurors. &quot;He never thought this day would come.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-rep-derrick-smith-convicted-bribery-110313 Tio Hardiman considers write-in campaign for Illinois governor http://www.wbez.org/news/tio-hardiman-considers-write-campaign-illinois-governor-109891 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Tio H from campaign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Updated 2:02 PM 3/20/2014</strong></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fce19a07-dc93-a968-c822-beb681c1e481">Anti-violence activist <a href="http://www.hardimanforillinois.com/">Tio Hardiman</a> says he actually feels pretty good about his loss to incumbent Pat Quinn in Hardiman&rsquo;s first try to become the governor of Illinois.</p><p dir="ltr">Quinn was the expected winner in the primary race Tuesday, but Hardiman says he&rsquo;s proud that he was able to pull in more than 28 percent of the vote.</p><p dir="ltr">But that doesn&rsquo;t mean he was comfortable with the results.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Bottom line - the Democratic machine once again has failed the state,&rdquo; Hardiman said, moments after the results rolled in Tuesday night. &ldquo;And the machine continues to go with failed policies under Governor Quinn.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">And that&rsquo;s why Hardiman is going after a write-in campaign.</p><p dir="ltr">Hardiman says venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, the GOP nominee for governor, is not a good choice for the people of Illinois, and Governor Quinn &ldquo;has too many issues.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-rauner-set-clash-illinois-governor-race-109885" target="_blank">Quinn, Rauner set to clash in Illinois governor race</a></strong></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">So that lead me to ask - how does one become a write-in candidate in Illinois?</p><p dir="ltr">According to Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, the laws have evolved to make sure people don&rsquo;t waste their votes on silly candidates.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have to count ballots cast for screwball names or made up candidate names,&rdquo; Allen said. &ldquo;And there has to be a declaration of intent by the write-in candidate filed with each jurisdiction where they want their ballots counted.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">So that means Daffy Duck or Derrick Rose wouldn&rsquo;t be counted, unless of course they filed ahead of time. But for those who really want to be a write-in, say, for the governor&rsquo;s race in Illinois, Allen says potential candidates would have to notify 109 election authorities - or however many that the candidate expects to get write-in votes for.</p><p dir="ltr">Turns out, people are willing to put in the time for the big national or statewide races.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;They never want to start at alderman, or ward committeeman, or school board member in the suburbs,&rdquo; Allen said. &ldquo;They seem to like to file for the higher profile offices.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Election lawyer Richard K. Means says the election laws are also meant to keep the ballot a reasonable length. But he says in a case like Tio Hardiman&rsquo;s, there&rsquo;s another regulation to be wary of: the &ldquo;Sore Loser&rdquo; law.</p><p dir="ltr">According to Means, <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=001000050K7-43">Section 7-43</a> of the Illinois Election Code basically says you only get one chance to present yourself to the electorate.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t do what people used to do in Illinois before this law was passed, and that&rsquo;s take a second bite of the apple and run as a member of a third party,&rdquo; Means said.</p><p dir="ltr">Means says that section also means you can&rsquo;t run again as a write-in in the general election after you lost in the primary.</p><p dir="ltr">And turns out, there&#39;s an even more specific <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=001000050K17-16.1">statute</a> that explicitly states write-in candidacy is a no-go for anyone who already ran and lost in a primary. The law states: &quot;A candidate for whom a nomination paper has been filed as a partisan candidate at a primary election, and who is defeated for his or her nomination at the primary election is ineligible to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election in that general or consolidated election.&quot;</p><p>When I took this information to Hardiman, he says his people will continue digging into the details. And if a write-in run doesn&rsquo;t work, he says he&rsquo;s got other plans to stay in the game and represent his supporters: Plans like requesting meetings with Rauner and Quinn to talk state policy, and running someone against Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago mayoral election in 2015.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/tio-hardiman-considers-write-campaign-illinois-governor-109891 The winners and losers of primary day in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-19/winners-and-losers-primary-day-illinois-109886 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Teemu008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A wrap-up of primary day and what each party plans to do to ensure its candidates win in November. We&#39;ll also examine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in civilians. And, a critical look at recent film and TV portrayals of Chicago.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The winners and losers of primary day in Illinois" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-19/winners-and-losers-primary-day-illinois-109886 Rauner wins GOP nomination for Illinois governor http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-wins-gop-nomination-illinois-governor-109884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP89915563869.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary Tuesday in his bid for Illinois governor, as voters embraced a first campaign by the multimillionaire who flooded the airwaves with vows to run the Democratic stronghold like a business and curb the influence of government unions.</p><p>With Republicans eyeing what they view as their best shot in years to win the top job in President Barack Obama&#39;s home state, Rauner defeated three longtime state lawmakers &mdash; including the current state treasurer. He advances to a November matchup with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who easily won his nomination for a second full term.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-gov-quinn-wins-democratic-nomination-109882" target="_blank">Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wins Democratic nomination in bid for a second term</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Between Quinn and predecessor Rod Blagojevich, now imprisoned for corruption, Democrats have held the governorship since 2003. But Rauner could present a serious threat, partly due to a massive campaign bank account that already includes more than $6 million of his own money.</p><p>For voters across Illinois, the governor&#39;s race represented a potentially transformative battle over union influence, with some voters saying they wanted to break an alliance between organized labor and Democrats, who have long controlled most statewide offices and the Legislature.</p><p>Organized labor battled back out of concern that Rauner could seek to weaken unions in the same way GOP governors have in other states across the Midwest.</p><p>Rauner says he would model his governorship after those of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Both significantly rolled back union power in what they said were necessary steps to attract business and reduce costs. Rauner defeated state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the primary.</p><p>&quot;Rauner is going to be a bull in a china shop; we need a bull,&quot; said Tom Sommer, a 57-year-old real estate broker from the Chicago suburb Hinsdale. &quot;It&#39;s not going to be more of the same.&quot;</p><p>Issues such as a public pension overhaul and high taxes &quot;are coming to the fore and the old guard is not going to handle that,&quot; Sommer said, adding that he voted for Rauner because of his tough talk against the unions that represent public sector workers. That sentiment persists despite Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s push to fix Illinois&#39; finances by overhauling the heavily underwater public pension systems, which earned him the unions&#39; ire.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-republicans-nominate-oberweis-senate-109883" target="_blank">Jim Oberweis wins GOP primary for U.S. Senate, will face Dick Durbin</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Rauner has also won supporters with his call for term limits.</p><p>Union leaders, meanwhile, sought Rauner&#39;s defeat by encouraging members to pull Republican ballots and vote for Dillard, who picked up several union endorsements.</p><p>The typically left-leaning unions spent more than $6 million on the GOP primary, both in anti-Rauner and pro-Dillard ads. Rauner raised more than $14 million, including $6 million of his own money &mdash; more than any candidate seeking a gubernatorial nomination in state history.</p><p>Rauner warned supporters about the unions&#39; efforts, saying Quinn&#39;s &quot;allies&quot; were trying to hijack the election. He said legislative term limits could break the labor-Democratic alliance.</p><p>Quinn&#39;s first re-election ad of the season &mdash; focusing on Rauner&#39;s evolving stance on raising the minimum wage &mdash; hit the airwaves Tuesday evening. Quinn has called for increasing the state&#39;s rate from $8.25 to at least $10 an hour. Rauner had initially called for a cut and later said he&#39;d raise it under certain circumstances.</p><p>In the southern Illinois, voters had another reason to want to upend the state&#39;s political order, saying they felt marginalized and neglected by a political balance weighted toward Democrats and the Chicago region.</p><p>&quot;In the last 10 years, things have gotten really bad (in the state),&quot; said Marty Johns, 48, of Godfrey. &quot;Throw out all the Democrats in Chicago. All of our money goes up there while southern Illinois gets the crumbs.&quot;</p><p>Johns said he voted for Dillard to &quot;remove Quinn.&quot;</p><p>But others said they liked Quinn, whose administration has avoided major scandals &mdash; unlike his two predecessors who went to prison.</p><p>&quot;I think he&#39;s honest and he does the best he can do with what he&#39;s got to work with,&quot; said Ed Kline, a 61-year-old LeRoy farmer who voted for Quinn.</p><p>Quinn, who was Blagojevich&#39;s lieutenant governor and assumed the office after he was booted amid a corruption scandal, easily defeated a lesser-known primary challenger Tio Hardiman in his bid for a second full term.</p><p>Brady won the 2010 GOP nomination, but lost the general election to Quinn. Brady, of Bloomington, argued he built the support during that bid to defeat Quinn this time around.</p><p>Rutherford, of Chenoa, did little campaigning recently. He all but conceded defeat after a former employee filed a federal lawsuit accusing Rutherford of sexual harassment and political coercion. Rutherford denied the allegations.</p><p>Republican primary voters also chose state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a dairy magnate, to run in November against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate&#39;s second-ranking Democrat. Oberweis, who defeated businessman and West Point graduate Doug Truax in the primary, has lost five of his six bids for public office.</p><p>Also on the ballot were primary races for the U.S. House, Illinois Legislature and statewide constitutional officers.</p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-wins-gop-nomination-illinois-governor-109884 Illinois primary results http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-primary-results-109879 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6642_voting sign AP-scr_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><ul><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-wins-gop-nomination-illinois-governor-109884">Businessman Bruce Rauner wins GOP nomination for Illinois governor</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-gov-quinn-wins-democratic-nomination-109882" target="_blank">Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wins Democratic nomination in bid for a second term</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-republicans-nominate-oberweis-senate-109883" target="_blank">Jim Oberweis wins GOP primary for U.S. Senate, will face Dick Durbin</a></li></ul><p><strong>Election Results:</strong></p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" dir="ltr" style="table-layout:fixed;font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;border-collapse:collapse;border:1px solid #ccc"><colgroup><col width="120" /><col width="120" /><col width="120" /><col width="120" /></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">Race</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">Candidate</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">Votes</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">Percent</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">Illinois Governor</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">IL Governor (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Bill Brady</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">119,213</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">15.1%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Dan Rutherford</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">59,763</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">7.6%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Kirk Dillard</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">295,295</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">37.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>Bruce Rauner (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">314,457</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">39.9%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">IL Governor (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>Pat Quinn (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">301,912</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">71.8%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Tio Hardiman</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">118,449</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">28.2%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">U.S. Senate</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">U.S. Senate (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Douglas Truax</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">319,273</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">43.9%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>Jim Oberweis (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">407,271</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">56.1%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">U.S. House</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">3rd District (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>S. Brannigan (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">17,709</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">62.7%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">D. Harris</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">10,507</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">37.3%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">4th District (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">A. Eidenberg</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">4,531</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">16.5%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">J. Zavala</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">2,472</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">9%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>L. Gutierrez (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">20,402</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">74.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">8th District (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">M. Goel</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">9,338</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">28.6%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>L. Kaifesh (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">23,295</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">71.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">9th District (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>S. Atanus</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">14,955</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">52.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">D. Williams</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">13,603</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">47.6%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">11th District (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">C. Balkema</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 10,704</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">32.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">I. Bayne</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 1,155</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">3.5%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">B. Miller</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 8,704</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">26.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>D. Senger (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 10,835</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">37.1%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">13th District (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>R. Davis (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 27,773</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;54.6%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">M. Firsching</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2,145</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">4.2%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">E. Harold</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 20,921</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">41.2%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">13th District (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>A. Callis (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">17,279</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">58.2%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">G. Gollin</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">9,908</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">31.3%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">D. Green</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">4,431</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">14%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">14th District (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>D. Anderson (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">4,589</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">65.4%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">J. Hosta</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">2,426</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">34.6%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">16th District (R)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>A. Kinzinger (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 55,781</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">78.5%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">D. Hale</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 15,319</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">21.3%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">18th District (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">R. Mellon</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">5,669</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">45.7%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;"><strong>D. Miller (W)</strong></td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">6,732</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">54.3%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 204);">Cook County</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; background-color: white; font-size: 100%; vertical-align: bottom; overflow: hidden;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Cook County Sheriff (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Thomas Dart</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">156,821</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">69.6%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Bill Evans</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">31,924</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">14.2%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Sylvester Baker, Jr.</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">22,495</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 10%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Ted Palka</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">14,045</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">6.2%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Cook County Comissioner, 1st District (D)</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Richard Boykin</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">6,201</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">30.5%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Ike Carothers</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">4,451</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">21.9%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Ronald Lawless</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">751</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">3.7%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Blake Sercye</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">5,518</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">27.1%</td></tr><tr style="height:17px;"><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; direction: ltr;">Brenda Smith</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">3,422</td><td style="padding: 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; text-align: right;">16.8%</td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-primary-results-109879 Could Illinois' next governor undo same-sex marriage? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/could-illinois-next-governor-undo-same-sex-marriage-109844 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/thumb_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoan Christie Pettitt-Schieber has spent a lot of time thinking about the future of same-sex marriage in Illinois. Apparently, so has her girlfriend of two years.</p><p>As Pettitt-Scheiber tells it: &ldquo;She goes on Etsy all the time, and she will, pull up, like, hundreds and hundreds of engagement rings, and then force me to look at the website and go, &lsquo;Do you like this one? Do you like this one? What do you think about this one?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>But before they take the plunge, Pettitt-Schieber, 26, asked Curious City a more fundamental question about Illinois&rsquo; gay marriage law, which was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-says-he-will-sign-marriage-equality-bill-month-109084" target="_blank">approved by the legislature</a> late last year and is set to take effect statewide on June 1st.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Could the next governor reverse the same-sex marriage legislation that just passed?</em></p><p>Gay marriage has been a hot-button political issue in Illinois for a few years, and the allegiances and beliefs involved don&rsquo;t always break along party lines. After months of furious lobbying and nose-counting by both backers and opponents, the bill to legalize same-sex marriages passed by a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-says-he-will-sign-marriage-equality-bill-month-109084" target="_blank">narrow margin</a> in the state House in early November.</p><p>But the foundation of Christie&rsquo;s question gets to an apolitical issue: the relationship between the branches of Illinois government.</p><p><strong>Illinois Civics: 101</strong></p><p>To find out whether an Illinois governor could unilaterally undo the state&rsquo;s same-sex marriage law &mdash; or any law, for that matter &mdash; we called up Charles Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield and an expert on the state constitution.</p><p>Wheeler&rsquo;s answer is pretty straightforward: &ldquo;No.&rdquo;</p><p>But there&rsquo;s a civics lesson behind that &ldquo;no.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The Illinois governor has no ability to unilaterally rewrite the statutes,&rdquo; Wheeler said. The only way a governor could undo a state law was by the same way it was done in the first place: with the approval of a majority of state Senators and Representatives.</p><p>The closest an Illinois governor can get to ruling by fiat is an executive order, Wheeler said. But the <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con5.htm" target="_blank">Illinois Constitution</a> only lets governors use that power to reorganize parts of state government, not to magic away laws they dislike. And even then, the legislature can overturn an order.</p><p>But that doesn&rsquo;t mean governors haven&rsquo;t tried.</p><p>When former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois House in 2009, the charges against him weren&rsquo;t limited to the corruption that would later send him to prison. Buried in the <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/HR/09500HR1671.htm" target="_blank">laundry list</a> of Blagojevich&rsquo;s misdeeds was Article 9, which accused him of &ldquo;utter disregard of the doctrine of separation of powers&rdquo; when he unilaterally expanded a state healthcare program that the legislature rejected.</p><p>Complicating matters more recently is a ruling <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/judge-allows-same-sex-couples-marry-cook-county-starting-now-109751" target="_blank">last month</a> by Chicago Federal Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, ordering that gay couples in Cook County must be issued marriage licenses immediately, rather than waiting for the new law&rsquo;s original June 1 start date. Coleman <a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/140221%20Federal%20gay%20marriage%20ruling%20Cook%20County.pdf" target="_blank">wrote</a> that the state&rsquo;s current prohibition of same-sex marriages (which is still in effect until June) violates the U.S. Constitution. That ruling <a href="http://www.senatormccarter.com/index.cfm?sectionid=22&amp;parentid=21&amp;sectiontree=21,22&amp;itemid=532" target="_blank">put an end</a> to one downstate Illinois Senator&rsquo;s move to repeal the gay marriage law.</p><p>For Wheeler, all of this adds up to one conclusion: &ldquo;I would be willing to bet any amount of money that Illinois will not repeal same-sex marriage.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Answers from the candidates</strong></p><p>Given that any repeal of the gay marriage law would take an act of political will (versus executive decree), Curious City asked the two Democrats and six Republicans running in the March 18th gubernatorial primary whether they would work to overturn same-sex marriage.</p><p>Some answers required some tooth-pulling (as you&rsquo;ll hear in the <a href="#playlist">audio excerpts</a>&nbsp;below), but here&rsquo;s what they had to say.</p><p><strong>Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn:</strong> &ldquo;The Governor led the charge to make Illinois the 16th state to embrace full marriage equality, and he is proud to have gotten the job done,&rdquo; spokeswoman Brooke Anderson wrote in an email. &ldquo;This was a major step forward for Illinois. As long as he&rsquo;s Governor, he will defend this law and make sure all couples have equal rights in Illinois.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Democrat Tio Hardiman, anti-violence advocate:</strong> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the law. If somebody was to bring some legislation to my desk, we would look at it. But ... I plan to enforce that law. People need to be happy in their lives. I&rsquo;m not here to, you know, try to play God with people&rsquo;s lives.&rdquo;</p><p>The four candidates running for the Republican Party&rsquo;s nomination <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/79102861/Live-Republican-candidates-for-Illinois-governor" target="_blank">were asked a similar question recently</a> by the Chicago Tribune editorial board.</p><p><strong>Republican Illinois State Sen. Bill Brady:</strong> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d be consistent with my position,&rdquo; Brady said. He clarified that he would sign a repeal &ldquo;if it came to me,&rdquo; but added &ldquo;it&rsquo;s unrealistic to even address the issue.&rdquo; Brady <a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/senate/09800SB0010_11052013_001000C.pdf" target="_blank">voted against the bill</a> in the legislature.</p><p><strong>Republican businessman Bruce Rauner: </strong>&ldquo;I would not sign it if there hasn&rsquo;t been a referendum on it. I wanna see what the voters want on that issue. I won&rsquo;t take any action on that issue unless I see what the voters want.&rdquo; Rauner has repeatedly refused to reveal how he feels about gay marriage.</p><p><strong>Republican Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard:</strong> &ldquo;If [a repeal] got to my desk [I would sign it], but that&rsquo;s not gonna happen. Let&rsquo;s focus on things like the economy and how we&rsquo;re gonna fix the state&rsquo;s finances.&rdquo; Dillard <a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/98/senate/09800SB0010_11052013_001000C.pdf" target="_blank">voted against the bill</a> in the legislature.</p><p><strong>Republican Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford: </strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not gonna get to the desk. It&rsquo;s not gonna pass. It&rsquo;s not gonna get there. It is the law. ... I did not support the bill from the religious standpoint of it.&rdquo; Rutherford was out of the legislature when the same-sex marriage bill was passed, though he previously <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/96/senate/09600SB1716_12012010_006000C.pdf" target="_blank">voted in favor</a> of same-sex civil unions when he was a state senator.<a name="playlist"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/26498163&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>It&rsquo;s all politics</strong></p><p>If the unilateral repeal of gay marriage by an Illinois governor is legally impossible, it&rsquo;s also politically improbable, said Gregg Durham, an Illinois pollster who has worked with many Republican candidates (though he said he is not currently working for any gubernatorial campaign.)</p><p>Durham said the Republican candidates&rsquo; hesitation to talk about repealing gay marriage &mdash; even if they believe it should be repealed &mdash; is because it&rsquo;s a losing issue for the Illinois GOP.</p><p>&ldquo;I would tell them to run away as fast as they could from the question,&rdquo; Durham said.</p><p>Why?</p><p>Public opinion, for one: Durham&rsquo;s polling reflects growing approval of same-sex marriage in Illinois, and more resignation from people who are still opposed to it.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re starting to hear less and less about changing it, and more about, &lsquo;Fine, can we get onto more important issues now?&rsquo;&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Durham also cites the political math in Springfield. Democrats enjoy large majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, and the party has two powerful leaders &mdash; House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. Both exercise broad control over which bills are actually called up for a vote.</p><p>And even with those hefty majorities, and the support of some heavy-hitting Democratic pols, the gay marriage vote was still a tough one for rank-and-file lawmakers. And the difficulty wasn&rsquo;t just for Republicans, whose party platform defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.</p><p>Durham&rsquo;s own polling also showed opposition from some Democrats in Chicago and southern Illinois.</p><p>&ldquo;No one likes to pay for real estate twice,&rdquo; Durham said. &ldquo;The passage of that bill took a long time and a lot of effort by a lot of people. Now they don&rsquo;t wanna go back and have a second vote on it &mdash; anybody, probably on either side of the issue.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/akeefe">Alex Keefe</a> is a political reporter at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZpolitics">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/102759794640397640028">Google+</a>.</em></p><p><em>Note: This report received additional support through <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center">Front &amp; Center</a>, an occasional WBEZ series funded by The Joyce Foundation. </em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/could-illinois-next-governor-undo-same-sex-marriage-109844 Minimum wage hike to test 2014 governor candidates http://www.wbez.org/news/minimum-wage-hike-test-2014-governor-candidates-109509 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP275293127269.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The long-percolating issue of Illinois&#39; minimum wage rate could take center stage throughout the 2014 election campaign as Gov. Pat Quinn pushes to raise it by year&#39;s end while his Republican challengers fine-tune arguments that it could backfire on workers who want to keep their jobs.</p><p>Quinn wants Illinois to hike its minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to at least $10, an effort that coincides with a national Democratic strategy to make the economy and income differences a prominent theme in this year&#39;s elections.</p><p>On the other side, a coalition of business groups is ready to oppose those efforts, saying a wage hike pushes employers to cut jobs. One Quinn challenger, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner, already has been criticized for reversing his position on the issue, while all four Republican gubernatorial candidates are set to attend a Feb. 4 Illinois Manufacturers&#39; Association forum, where organizers say the minimum wage will be a main topic.</p><p>Roughly 1.1 million people in Illinois make the state minimum wage, meaning a full-time minimum wage worker makes roughly $17,000 annually. Illinois last raised its minimum wage in 2010 through a four-step increase, and the state&#39;s rate is the highest among Midwestern states, $1 more than in neighboring Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.</p><p>Experts say the issue will be a tough one for GOP candidates, especially leading up to the March 18 primary. The idea of raising the rate is something the party typically opposes as bad for business, but it&#39;s popular with voters.</p><p>&quot;Republican candidates ... have to finesse this issue in the primary where they don&#39;t alienate primary voters and, at the same time ... leave themselves to appeal to the (general) electorate,&quot; said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.</p><p>The candidates detailed their views on the issue in an Associated Press campaign questionnaire. State Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford all say they are against an increase. Rauner said he&#39;d support an increase if the national rate of $7.25 per hour is raised or Illinois makes other business reforms first &mdash; a shift from previous statements in which he&#39;d advocated cutting the state&#39;s rate to the national minimum wage and said he was &quot;adamantly&quot; against raising it.</p><p>His reversal made headlines last week, but it&#39;s not the first time an Illinois candidate has struggled with the issue.</p><p>In 2010, when Brady was the Republican nominee against Quinn, he said he wanted to equal or adopt the federal minimum wage &mdash; which was interpreted to imply he wanted to cut Illinois&#39; rate. His staff quickly said that was untrue, but Quinn would often accuse Brady of wanting to cut the rate while on the campaign trail.</p><p>Brady wrote in the 2014 AP questionnaire that he wants a moratorium on increases until the federal rate catches up. He called raising the rate &quot;counterproductive.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Business considers many factors when deciding to expand or add staff, and the cost of labor is certainly one of those prime considerations,&quot; he wrote.</p><p>Dillard in 2006 voted for raising the state&#39;s minimum wage but now says he&#39;s against it, noting Illinois&#39; rate is among the highest in the country.</p><p>&quot;Last decade, economic times were better and Illinois hadn&#39;t raised its minimum wage up to the fourth highest in the country,&quot; he told The Associated Press Sunday.</p><p>&quot;I believe the upper echelons of the minimum wage and the different cost-of-living adjustments need to be set by the marketplace.&quot;</p><p>Dillard said increasing the rate is risky considering Illinois&#39; high unemployment and fiscal problems. &quot;Small businesses will be impacted the most and these are the very businesses that employ the bulk of Illinois residents,&quot; he wrote in his questionnaire.</p><p>Rutherford doesn&#39;t want any increases. &quot;I believe every American should be able to make as much money as possible, legally and ethically. State government should not put an artificial cost of doing business increase on a business, church or local unit of government,&quot; he wrote in his questionnaire.</p><p>Echoing the revised stance he laid out in media interviews last week, Rauner told the AP that he&#39;d favor an increase if the state adopts &quot;creative solutions to avoid further damage to our state&#39;s already shattered business climate,&quot; like incentives for small businesses.</p><p>Democrats, who maintain supermajorities in both chambers of the Illinois Legislature, could try to push the issue through this year on their own.</p><p>Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has characterized the differences over the minimum wage as part of a &quot;clash of values&quot; with the other candidates.</p><p>&quot;The question is, people are making $8.25 an hour in Illinois. That&#39;s not enough in my book,&quot; he told The Associated Press in a year-end interview in December. &quot;To have a Republican candidate running around saying it&#39;s too much for tough jobs, I think they really ought to examine their conscience.&quot;</p><p>His Democratic primary challenger, Tio Hardiman, the former head of an anti-violence group in Chicago, told the AP he&#39;d like to see the hourly rate as high as $12 an hour but only if the state would simultaneously reduce or eliminate a tax on corporations.</p><p>Studies on the impact of raising the minimum wage have been mixed.</p><p>Traditionally, economists say significantly raising it can lead to job loss as companies struggling to make payroll respond by cutting workers or hours. However, smaller increases, especially when times are good, typically have little effect.</p><p>Geography also is a factor. Raising the rate in the Chicago area, where both wages and the demand for workers are greater, won&#39;t be felt as much as in downstate Illinois, according to Fred Giertz, an economist at the University of Illinois&#39; Institute of Government and Public Affairs.</p><p>Business groups don&#39;t see any upside. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association, which represents 20,000 Illinois businesses and is part of a coalition fighting any proposed increase, says raising the rate would kill jobs.</p><p>But unions aren&#39;t persuaded.</p><p>&quot;People desperately need to have their wages raised,&quot; said Roberta Lynch, the deputy director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. &quot;We think the Illinois economy will improve if more people have more money to spend.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/minimum-wage-hike-test-2014-governor-candidates-109509