One year after the United States saw improvements in the World Press Freedom Ranking Index, the nation is now ranked 46th. Last year, the United States was ranked 32nd. The rankings are determined by Reporters Without Borders. From the synopsis: “In the United States, 9/11 spawned a major conflict between the imperatives of national security […]
Some people like to have to much fun with the State of the Union, going so far as to turn the speech into a drinking game. It isn’t too hard to find a variation of the State of the Union drinking game online. With the formulaic approach to political speeches, this might not be a […]
In case you missed the Republican gubernatorial debate last night, the replay is available online. The debate was hosted by WTVP in Peoria. The debate starts at about the 4:45 mark. All four Republican candidates attended the debate.
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard has called for Illinois to eliminate most of the sales tax on fuel to save the average family $170 per year. During a press conference in Chicago on Monday, Dillard said Illinois is one of only seven states that has a sales tax on fuel — paid as a percentage […]
Check out this great piece from WUIS Statehouse Reporter Brian Mackey. It sums up Illinois politics well in 2013, covering pension reform, concealed-carry, same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and the 2014 elections to name a few. It’s hard to believe the General Assembly tackled this many hot-button issues this year.
The Chicago Sun-Times has an interesting piece about campaign contributions to Illinois Supreme Court justices from pension-law players. From the article: “All told, state records show six of seven justices have taken close to a combined $3 million in campaign contributions tied to those with a stake in the pension debate: labor unions, business groups […]
Marshall Schrader, a candidate for the Illinois House seat being vacated by Rep. Jil Tracy, said his name — or at least his domain name — was temporarily hijacked by someone supporting another candidate. Schrader said anyone who searches for MarshallSchraderDotCom gets a site that already has been registered by someone who has put up […]
The White House continues to be blasted by media groups over the decision to bar press photographers from certain events. The White House instead releases photos of President Barack Obama, which many media outlets are refusing to publish. Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at The Associated Press, wrote an op-ed for the […]
Quincy is not the only community that is looking at a price hike in its garbage program. The Bloomington City Council agreed to hike fees to its garbage program over several years on Monday. Without any changes to its fees, the service was expected to run a $2.6 million deficit. From The Pantagraph: As adopted, […]
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is hitting TV pretty hard. Perhaps you have seen his recent ad where he slams Gov. Pat Quinn for being a “career politician.” So far no attacks on the other three Republican candidates. Expect those to start after the New Year.