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Minority voter groups not lined up behind redistricting proposal

March 31, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

By: Mark Brown

An effort to take legislative redistricting out of the hands of Illinois lawmakers is gaining steam but has failed so far to attract the support of two key organizations with a history of protecting minority voting rights.

Neither the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) or the Chicago Urban League have taken a formal position on the Yes! For Independent Maps campaign to change the system for drawing state legislative boundaries.

An Opaque Education

March 31, 2014
Illinois News Network

Brady Cremeens

The former president of Illinois State University is in hot legal water after an alleged altercation with a maintenance worker at the president’s home.

Illinois Voters: Political Corruption “Common” In Our State

March 31, 2014
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

David Yepsen,

Overwhelming majorities of Illinois voters believe political corruption is the norm for both
federal and state governments, according to the latest poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy
Institute at Southern Illinois University.
 
Fewer people believe political corruption at the local level affects their lives – unless they live in
Chicago.
 
The poll of 1001 registered voters across the state conducted Feb. 12 -25 has a margin for error
of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The survey found:
 

Thanks, Blagojevich: 89 percent of Illinois voters say corruption rules

March 31, 2014
Illinois Watchdog

By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — You can’t get 90 percent of people to say they believe in Santa Claus, but nearly 90 percent of Illinois voters believe in corruption.

Our opinion: Remap initiative deadline coming

March 28, 2014
The State Journal-Register

The State Journal-Register

The broom of the system

March 24, 2014
The Economist

The Economist:

Illinois Democrats go all-in on class warfare theme

March 21, 2014
Chicago Tribune

By Ray Long, Monique Garcia and Maura Zurick Clout Street

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage increase and Gov. Pat Quinn compared wealthy opponent Bruce Rauner to TV villain Mr. Burns.

Unions caught between a Rauner and a Quinn place

March 20, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Republican Bruce Rauner has demonized “government union bosses,” declared public-employee unions are “organized against the public good” and signaled he wants to go far beyond last December’s pension-reform package that unions opposed.



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