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Ice Cream Producers Threatened with Shut Down by Illinois
Posted by Ralyn on 2011/9/7 0:10:00 (1558 reads)

Local ice cream makers face shutdown by state

August 05, 2011|By Monica Eng and Chris Borrelli | Tribune reporters

A few years ago, Kris Swanberg, having been laid-off from her job as a Chicago Public School teacher, remembered she received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift. TheChicago mom fished it out of her kitchen cabinet and eventually started a new career.

Today Swanberg’s Nice Cream — on offer at local Whole Foods and farmers markets — is considered a star of Chicago’s rich and beloved artisanal ice cream scene, one that could be shut down entirely by state rules, she recently learned.

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IL Governor Recall - A Sham
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/10/21 13:20:00 (451 reads)

An unconstitutional recall
 By Harvey Grossman
October 21, 2010

On Nov. 2, Illinois voters will decide whether to amend our state constitution to allow for a recall election to remove a governor from office. While the concept raises no civil liberties concerns, the process proposed in the amendment is contrary to democratic principles and violates the constitution.

Recall is a political matter. In most states with a recall law, the measure requires no grounds or bad conduct by the officeholder, and it expresses the will of the voters through a special election. Impeachment, the other mechanism by which an official may be removed from office, requires specific wrongdoing and is a legal process carried out by the legislature. Eighteen states provide for the recall of state officers, and the requirements generally are rigorous. Besides the 2003 recall of California Gov. Gray Davis, only one other governor has ever been recalled — Lynn Frazier of North Dakota in 1921.

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Voting twice for Senate in Illinois
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/8/31 14:20:00 (498 reads)

Voting twice for Senate OK in Illinois this year

By Deanna Bellandi | Associated Press Writer | Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:45 pm

CHICAGO -- Vote early, vote often. It's an old joke in Illinois politics but state residents will be choosing twice in November to fill President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Gov. Pat Quinn filed paperwork Thursday calling a special election to fill the seat, all because of a long-running lawsuit that says it should have been done almost two years ago. Lawyers headed back to court to hash out who will be on the ballot and try to minimize the confusion for voters.

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Some Finality to Illinois Ballot
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/8/31 13:16:54 (480 reads)

Illinois State Election Board (WBEZ/file)

Candidates from the Illinois Constitution Party are off the ballot. The state election board ruled Friday they didn't collect enough signatures.

Twenty-five thousand valid signatures are needed to get a slate of candidates on the ballot, and after inspections and hearings, the Constitution Party fell short.

Officially, the objection was filed by a couple of voters: one from west suburban Stickney, and another from Chicago. But Doug Ibendahl, an attorney for the Constitution Party, says the true objector was the Illinois Republican Party.

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IL Lottery to be Managed by Foreign-Owned Company
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/8/30 23:00:00 (515 reads)

Numbers game: Two finalists left for Illinois lottery bonanza
By Kurt Erickson | Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010

SPRINGFIELD -- State officials have set a meeting for Sept. 8 to discuss Illinois' groundbreaking foray into allowing a private company to manage the state lottery.

On Monday, as expected, the Illinois Department of Revenue named two foreign-owned firms as finalists for what could be a pact earlier described by one state official as the largest in state history.

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Being Broke Costs IL $500 Million a Year
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/8/30 20:51:05 (451 reads)

Being Broke Costs Illinois $500 Million a Year

by Publius

The Chicago Sun-Times provides this glimpse into our nation’s future:


The state’s miserable bond rating has driven up borrowing costs for state government by more than $500 million since last year, a government watchdog group says.

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Quinn's Amendatory Veto of Open-primary Law
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/7/15 10:30:00 (388 reads)

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
      10 ILCS 5/12A-5

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Election Code. Requires (now, permits) the State Board of Elections to publish an Internet voters' guide before each general primary in the same manner as before each general election.

Governor Amendatory Veto Message
Proposes to further amend the Election Code. Eliminates the requirement that a voter declare party affiliation when voting at a primary election. Provides that the voter shall receive the primary ballot of each of the established political parties nominating candidates for office at the primary election but may cast a ballot of only one political party, except in certain cases involving statewide political parties and political parties established only within a political subdivision.

View Actions: IL General Assembly

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Quinn's amendatory veto law - kills the legislation?
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/7/15 10:30:00 (596 reads)

Quinn's amendatory veto of open-primary law likely kills the legislation
Thu, 07/15/2010 - 8:00am | Tom Kacich

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn's use of his amendatory veto powers to create an open primary law in Illinois won't win legislative approval this fall, political observers predicted.

"This is clearly something that should run against the grain of the philosophy of (House Speaker) Michael Madigan who comes out of a political party organization context," University of Illinois political science professor Jim Nowlan said Wednesday. "My guess is that Madigan won't even deal with the bill and that it will in effect become a vetoed bill and that the underlying bill will be dead."

The original bill, HB 4842, required the State Board of Elections to compile an electronic voters guide before each primary election.

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U of I Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/7/10 22:10:00 (424 reads)

University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs
Published July 09, 2010 | Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. -- The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.

The professor, Ken Howell of Champaign, said his firing violates his academic freedom. He also lost his job at an on-campus Catholic center.

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Quinn defends staff raises
Posted by Ralyn on 2010/7/7 22:40:00 (352 reads)

Quinn defends staff raises

The Associated Press
Posted Jul 06, 2010 @ 02:02 PM
Last update Jul 06, 2010 @ 09:03 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has handed out raises - some of more than 20 percent - to his staff members while proclaiming a message of "shared sacrifice" and planning spending cuts of $1.4 billion because the state is awash in debt.

The Democrat has given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4 percent to 35 staffers in the past 15 months, according to an Associated Press analysis of records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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