Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has called a “special session” of the General Assembly scheduled for next week.

An appellate court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse.

The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn't end its budget impasse. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders. 

An 88-year-old Illinois election judge has pleaded guilty to casting a vote as her late husband.

Illinois lawmakers continued the fight over the 2-year-long budget impasse in front of rape victims, sexual assault survivors, and people recovering from addiction.

A federal judge says Aaron Schock isn't entitled to detailed evidence prosecutors gathered from a confidential informant on the then-congressman's staff as he prepares for trial. 


The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid in a news release. 

Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny requests from former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to throw out his corruption case. Prosecutors say Schock's reasons for dismissing the charges against him are "meritless." They made their argument in a filing in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

Rep. Ammons Explores Congressional Run

Apr 26, 2017
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State Representative Carol Ammons says she’ll take a couple of months to decide if she’s challenging Republican Congressman Rodney Davis next year. The Urbana Democrat has formed an exploratory committee to look into a run for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Speaking in Springfield after Tuesday’s Illinois Women March, Ammons says it’s time women in Illinois took a stand against “second-class citizenship”

State Representative Dave Severin is among the brand new class of legislators sworn into the 100th General Assembly in Springfield today.  He also represents one of six districts that flipped from Democrat to Republican in last November’s election.  The businessman from Benton says people in his district are eager for a fresh approach to solve the historic troubles in Springfield.

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Pekin Police Detective Mike Eeten is running for Tazewell County Sheriff. Eeten, who also serves as the public information officer for the Pekin Police Department, made the announcement today. He says he’s filed his Republican candidacy and campaign committee structure with the state board of election.

Illinois legislative races are drawing millions of dollars from parties waging a battle for power amid a historic budget standoff between ruling Democrats and a wealthy Republican governor.  In one contest, the GOP has spent more than $2.6 million in television ads to re-elect a Republican in a northwest Chicago district. 

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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Chicago today to promote Mark Kirk’s re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate.

He may be the state's highest-ranking Republican. But Governor Bruce Rauner today continued to be cagey about where he stands on Donald Trump. Rauner has been asked about Trump by reporters time and time again. He usually answers something like this:

Rauner Calls Trump Comments Disgusting

Oct 10, 2016
Rachel Otwell

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is finally weighing in on specific comments made by Donald Trump.    Rauner has repeatedly been asked about the presidential campaign, and why he wouldn’t talk about it despite being the state’s top Republican.  He’s said virtually nothing about the race, or his party’s nominee.

Republican Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he can still win re-election next month, even as he calls for his party’s presidential nominee to quit the race.  Kirk originally said he’d support the Republican Party’s nominee for president.  But over time, he’s criticized Donald Trump.  And Trump has criticized Kirk.

Governor Rauner Joins Labor Day Parade

Sep 5, 2016

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner joined a Labor Day parade today in friendly territory, west-suburban Naperville.  Rauner is not seen as a friend of organized labor.  But he got cheers at this heavily Republican parade, marching amidst the high school bands and dance teams.

Kirk Supports Write-in Candidate for President

Aug 17, 2016

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he’s supporting former CIA Director David Petraeus for president… again.  Kirk, a Republican , has struggled to say who he’d support for president because he doesn’t like his party’s nominee, Donald Trump.  


Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has become the first Republican senator to 

break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick.  Kirk says the Senate should "man up and cast a vote." 

Inside a restaurant dining room that was packed to the gills, Heidi Cruz gave a promise to Republicans in the Metro East and around the country: Her husband, GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz, could unite a party that appears to be at war with itself.

And she added that the at-times contentious Texas senator can bridge divides without giving up his core beliefs.

Democrat Anna Moeller may have dodged a bullet as she seeks election to hold onto her seat in the Illinois House.   Rep. Moeller, who’s from Elgin, registered to run as a Democrat.  She then signed a petition in support of a Republican getting on the ballot to run for Kane County Recorder.

It’s not official who, yet, but at least four people are interested in filling Darin LaHood’s state senate seat when he resigns to join Congress in the next week.  Here are some of the next steps to fill the state position:

The 37th Senate District spans parts of ten counties in central and western Illinois. Once LaHood resigns, each of the ten county Republican Party chairs will gather to formally accept applications and review candidates.  Peoria County Republican Party chairwoman Katherine Coyle says so far three people from Peoria and one from Knox County have expressed interested in filling the post:

As they seek to reinvigorate the party, Illinois Republicans gathered today  in Springfield for both a state fair rally and a meeting of county chairs.  Nearly every person in attendance was white.  

It's the first Governor's Day in Republican hands at the Illinois State Fair in a dozen years.  Members of the GOP rallying at the fairgrounds gave a standing ovation to Governor Bruce Rauner when he took the stage.

With Republican Bruce Rauner in office, it's the GOP's first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair in a dozen years. But one prominent member of the party was a no-show.

Mike Flynn Republican candidate for Congress talks politics

May 27, 2015

The July 7th primary election to fill the Congressional vacancy created by the resignation of Aaron Schock of Peoria is coming up fast. 

Rick Perry keynoting Peoria County Republican dinner

May 11, 2015

Former Texas Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry is speaking at the Peoria Pere Marquette later this month.  Perry will keynote the annual Peoria County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner May 27th.  Other invited speakers include Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and state comptroller Leslie Munger.  The party office has more information on ticket and table sales for the event.  

Just two days after his formal announcement, Doctor Ben Carson brought his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination to the Quad Cities.