11:17 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Bruce Rauner has defeated sitting Democratic governor Pat Quinn in Illinois, NBC News projects.
Quinn won a close race for governor in 2010 following the corrupt administration of fellow Democrat Rod Blagojevich. Rauner is a businessman who has never run for office before his gubernatorial bid.
10:01 AM, Oct 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two Illinois voters say their attempts to vote early for Republicans on an electronic voting machine were registered as votes for Democrats—and they say have the video evidence to prove it.
5:41 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking earlier today in Illinois, Vice President Joe Biden praised Governor Quinn -- and, more importantly, his mother. "I like guys because of their moms," said Biden.
"You know why I like Governor Quinn so much? His mother says I'm the best looking Irish man she knows," Biden said to laughter. "That's why I like his mom. I like guys because of their moms is the real reason."
12:12 PM, Oct 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal reports that the president will be turning his attention back (“pivoting,” it is called) to the economy in an effort to get Democrats elected next month.
8:09 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to one U.S. senator, the Obama administration is pushing a "fairly anti-Israeli" line as they advocate for a deal with Iran.
After hearing Secretary of State John Kerry make the case for a nuclear deal with Iran, Kirk said, "that it was fairly anti-Israeli that I was supposed to disbelieve everything that the Israelis had just told me. And I don’t. I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service."
8:58 AM, Sep 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Illinois health system is laying off 125 due to Obamacare, a local news reporter explains:
1:11 PM, Aug 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Adam Kinzinger, a sophomore Republican House member from Illinois, told constituents at a meeting earlier this week that trying to defund Obamacare could hurt the GOP and lose enough House seats to return the majority to the Democrats. The effort, supported by some conservatives in both houses of Congress, is to block a federal budget resolution that contains funding for Obamacare's implementation.
Not your ordinary House primary raceAug 12, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 45 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
The most interesting House primary of the 2014 cycle began in June in the 13th District of Illinois. It pits freshman Republican congressman Rodney Davis against an insurgent candidate named Erika Harold. Davis is a political operative who won his seat last year nearly by accident. Erika Harold is a 33-year-old lawyer. Who happens to have been Miss America.
8:55 PM, Jul 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In remarks delivered this evening in Washington, D.C. to a group from Organizing For Action (the president's former campaign group), Barack Obama said that his speech later this week Galesburg, Illinois "will be a pretty good speech." Via the pool report:
Obama said he's going back to Galesburg, Ill., where he will talk about leaving behind distractions and phony politics and get back to basics. Will be the kickoff of many months of getting people and press to focus on economy.
With Gov. Rick Perry in New York.Jul 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 40 • By FRED BARNES
New York City
"Look up the definition of poaching,” Rick Perry told his press secretary Josh Havens. Perry was annoyed at being accused, in headlines and news stories and by Democratic governors, of trying to “poach” companies from blue states and carry them off to Texas, where he is governor.
Erika Harold contemplates her next move.
2:25 PM, May 22, 2013 • By IKE BRANNON
After a decade of the Democratic party dominating all levers in government the state of Illinois is a mess. Its government pension debt is far and away the largest of the 50 states and its dismal credit rating reflects it. Unlike neighboring states Illinois is hemorrhaging jobs and dancing around its myriad problems, apparently hoping they’ll go away on their own.
11:56 AM, Nov 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election.
According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.
3:17 PM, Nov 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the final days of the campaign, the Illinois Republican party and allied conservative groups are hitting Democratic congressional candidate Bill Foster over allegations he abused his former wife.