WBEZ | state senate http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-senate Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois Senate approves driver's licenses for those in the country illegally http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-approves-drivers-licenses-those-country-illegally-104191 <p><p>Those who are in the country illegally could soon be allowed to get Illinois driver&rsquo;s licenses.</p><p>The State Senate approved the measure Tuesday with largely bipartisan support, but the bill still needs approval from the House of Representatives. The bill would require those in the country illegally to pass a driver&#39;s test and buy insurance. Lawmakers estimate 250,000 immigrant drivers in Illinois don&#39;t have proper licenses.</p><p>Republican State Sen. Bill Brady was one of the 41 votes approving the measure.</p><p>&ldquo;We live in an imperfect world and an imperfect state,&rdquo; Brady said. &ldquo;The fact of the matter is, there is a cost to society when we have uninsured, untrained and untested drivers. The fact of the matter is, they are not going to self-deport. They&rsquo;re not gonna &mdash; the federal government&rsquo;s not going to deport them. They are here.&rdquo;</p><p>Leaders from both parties in the House and Senate have also endorsed the proposal, saying it will help make Illinois&rsquo; roads safer.</p><p>Fourteen state senators voted against the proposal.</p><p>&ldquo;Now we&rsquo;re expected to believe that folks who are already breaking the immigration law, the employment law, the traffic laws are now going to follow the insurance laws,&rdquo; said State Sen. Chris Lauzen.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has said he favors the legislation.</p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-approves-drivers-licenses-those-country-illegally-104191 Chicago mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle campaigns as a reformer http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 005_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2011 Chicago municipal election is two weeks away. Tuesday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> begins its one-on-one conversations with the candidates for mayor. The show plans to talk with everyone still in the race: Gery Chico, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Mosley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls.<br /><br />First up is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.delvalleformayor.com/">Miguel del Valle</a>. Del Valle first entered the political arena in 1982 when he worked on Harold Washington&rsquo;s successful mayoral campaign. In 1986, del Valle was elected to the state senate; he was the first Latino in that chamber. During his 20 years in the office, del Valle served as Assistant Majority Leader and chair of the Senate Education Committee.<br /><br />The current Mayor Daley appointed him <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/">City Clerk</a> in 2006. A few months later he was elected to a four-year term. Under del Valle, the office is credited with implementing unprecedented levels of transparency. But Miguel del Valle considers community activism his life&rsquo;s work.<br /><br />Thursday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talks with mayoral candidate Carol Mosley Braun.</p><p><em>Music Button: Stanton Moore, &quot;Root Cellar&quot;, from the CD Groove Alchemy, (Telarc) </em></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 Meeks explains "no" vote on civil unions bill http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/meeks-explains-no-vote-civil-unions-bill <p><p>Democratic state Sen. James Meeks, D-Chicago, said he stands by his &quot;no&quot; vote on civil unions.</p><p>Pundits say it could hurt his bid to be Chicago's next mayor because of a possible backlash from Chicago's politically-active gay and lesbian community.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, I don&rsquo;t think that a person should vote on a bill of this magnitude based on the next office,&rdquo; Meeks said. &ldquo;I think they should base their vote on what they believe. And I believe that this is a bill about marriage, and I believe that the sanctity of marriage should be protected, and it should be between a man and a woman.&rdquo;</p><p>Meeks said his stance may help win him support from voters who share his beliefs. Meeks is also a reverend who heads the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/meeks-explains-no-vote-civil-unions-bill Expected winners in uncontested Illinois races http://www.wbez.org/story/cook/expected-winners-uncontested-illinois-state-and-county-races <p><p>The Associated Press is listing the following candidates as expected winners in uncontested state and county races.</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State Senate - District 1</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Tony Munoz (i), Dem</span></p> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State Senate - District 4</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Kimberly Lightford (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State Senate - District 13</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Kwame Raoul (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State Senate - District 16</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Jacqui Collins (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State Senate - District 37</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Dale Risinger (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State Senate - District 46</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">David Koehler (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 1</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Susana Mendoza (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 2</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Edward Acevedo (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 3</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Luis Arroyo (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 4</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Cynthia Soto (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 5</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Ken Dunkin (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 6</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Esther Golar (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 8</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">La Shawn Ford (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 9</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Arthur Turner (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 10</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Annazette Collins (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 13</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gregory Harris (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 14</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Harry Osterman (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 15</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">John D'Amico (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 16</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Lou Lang (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 18</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Robyn Gabel (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 20</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Michael McAuliffe (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 21</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Michael Zalewski (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 23</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Daniel Burke (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 24</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Lisa Hernandez (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 25</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Barbara Flynn Currie (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 27</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Monique Davis (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 28</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Robert Rita (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 30</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Will Davis (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 31</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Mary Flowers (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 32</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Andre Thapedi (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 33</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Marlow Colvin (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 34</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Connie Howard (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 38</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Al Riley (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 40</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Deborah Mell (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 52</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Mark Beaubien (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 60</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Rita Mayfield (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 70</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Robert Pritchard (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 73</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">David Leitch (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 76</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Frank Mautino (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 77</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Skip Saviano (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 78</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Camille Lilly (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 80</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Anthony DeLuca (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 83</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Linda Chapa LaVia (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 88</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Dan Brady (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 93</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Jil Tracy (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 97</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Jim Watson (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 100</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Rich Brauer (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 106</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Keith Sommer (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 108</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">David Reis (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 111</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Daniel Beiser (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 114</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Eddie Lee Jackson (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 117</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">John Bradley (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^State House - District 118</span>: <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Brandon Phelps (i), Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Appeals Court - 1-McNulty</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">James Epstein, Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Appeals Court - 1-O'Malley</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Aurelia Pucinski, Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Appeals Court - 1-South</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Mary Katherine Rochford, Dem</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Appeals Court - 2-Callum</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Ann Jorgensen, GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Appeals Court - 2-Gilleran-Johnson</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Mary Schostok, GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Appeals Court - 4-Cook</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Thomas Appleton, GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Clerk - DuPage County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gary King (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Sheriff - DuPage County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">John Zaruba (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Treasurer - DuPage County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gwen Henry (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Treasurer - Lake County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Robert Skidmore (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Treasurer - McHenry County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">William LeFew (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Clerk - Will County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Nancy Schultz Voots (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Clerk - Kendall County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Debbie Gillette (i), GOP</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Treasurer - Kendall County</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Jill Ferko (i), GOP</span></div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook/expected-winners-uncontested-illinois-state-and-county-races