State Farm

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - Insurance giant State Farm has reached a $250 million preliminary settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of a candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.

Hranka to Run for Tazewell County Clerk

Jul 28, 2017
Tanya Koonce

The Tazewell County Auditor is planning a run for the office next door, so to speak. Republican Shelly Hranka says she’ll run for the County Clerk’s office.

The Illinois State Board of Elections says it won't provide information about registered voters to President Donald Trump's voting commission.

A proposal brought by Democratic gubernatorial candidate to provide taxpayer matching funds for small contributions to political hopefuls has won Illinois Senate approval.  It was the second attempt by state Sen. Daniel Biss. The Evanston Democrat failed to win a majority earlier this month. 

Peoria Sees a Robust Field of Candidates

Nov 29, 2016

The final field of candidates is set for Peoria City municipal and township offices in the spring elections. Mayor Jim Ardis is facing two challengers. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas both filed candidate petitions Monday.

Illinois ranks right in the middle of the pack, 23rd, when it comes to voter engagement.  That's according to a recent study from Wallet Hub. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says voter registration and turnout, and campaign contributions were taken into account.

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The University of Illinois Springfield is planning an event in which community members can share their political memorabilia with others while also keeping it in their possession.  The university's history department is hosting the "history harvest" Saturday. 

Nine months into a stalemate that's left Illinois without a budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday let loose on House Speaker Michael Madigan.

State senators are meeting in Springfield this week. But members of the Illinois House? They're not scheduled to return to the Capitol until April.

Rauner calls that "outrageous."

  The City of Peoria saw slightly fewer people head to the polls yesterday compared to four years ago.  Peoria City Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride says one reason could be yesterday’s soggy weather:

Peoria Public Radio

Local elections are being held today throughout Illinois. Some races are contested and some uncontested, but others have no candidates on the ballot. What happens then? 

Merging Peoria's elections operations

Dec 9, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The consolidation of the Peoria City and County election offices into a county-wide election commission is underway.

Candidates get-out-the-vote efforts appear to have worked. Elections officials are reporting an increase in early voting numbers. 

Rauner makes the rounds before election day

Nov 3, 2014

It’s the final countdown to Election Day and the candidates are crisscrossing Illinois.   Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner makes his first stop of the day Lou Mitchell’s restaurant on Chicago’s near west side.  The diner is no stranger to political guests.

NPR Politics Desk Coverage

Nov 3, 2014

There's only one Illinois Supreme Court Justice on the ballot this November. Some high-dollar contributors are hoping they can remove him from office, something that has never before happened

Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on a law signed by the governor this afternoon.

No contested primary races for Peoria County Board

Dec 2, 2013

There are no contested primary races for Peoria County Board seats up for re-election this spring. Monday was the deadline to file nominating petitions on the 18-member board. 

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan beat her last opponent by more than a million votes. Her decision to run for re-election next year scared away most of the people who'd been eyeing her job. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one Republican is throwing his hat in the ring.

Bill to lower voting age passes IL House

Apr 17, 2013

The Illinois House Wednesday approved legislation that would lower the voting age for some teenagers. IPR’s Chris Salby has more. 

The proposal would allow 17 year olds to vote in primary elections as long as they're 18 by the General Election in November. Representative Jerry Costello, a Democrat from Smithton, pointed out that 17 year olds can serve in the military.

Preparing for new Peoria City Council members

Apr 10, 2013


The 11 member Peoria City Council gets four new district members next month. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says it will be a significant learning curve for the new members, but it will help that two of the newly elected councilmen have served previously. Ardis says still, for those who are new to the council it may initially feel like they’re drinking water from a fire hose.