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21 03, 2018

Democratic turnout was up 300 percent from 2014.


While there weren’t any earth-shattering upsets in the Illinois primary election on Tuesday night, there were still more signs of a steady Democratic wave building in the fall. Turnout among Democratic voters was up substantially over the past few midterm election cycles, according to several early reports, and more Republican [...]

20 01, 2018

Organizers say 300K descend on downtown Chicago for Women’s March


Sandra Whitmore attended her first protest in 1968. Then 30, she joined others in San Francisco to publicly burn their bras, she said. The experience was so intoxicating, Whitmore said, that she's attended dozens of protests in the five decades since. On Saturday, the mother of four, now 80, attended [...]

17 01, 2018

Judge orders Illinois to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include pain


A judge has ordered Illinois officials to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, a ruling that could greatly expand access to the drug. The Illinois Department of Public Health had rejected intractable pain — defined as pain that’s resistant to treatment — but Cook County Judge [...]

12 12, 2017

NIU Board re-approves former Pres. Doug Baker’s $600K severance package


State senator, public have harsh words for trustees. The $600,000 severance package awarded to former Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker, which was invalidated by a judge last month, was re-approved by the NIU Board of Trustees during its Thursday meeting. The original contract, which trustees approved June 15, was [...]

12 12, 2017

‘I’m Not in Charge’: Illinois Governor’s Words May Haunt Bid


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner raised eyebrows, then questions about whether he misspoke after he declared "I am not in charge" of the state. Now it looks like the comment could haunt him all the way until Election Day. The Republican, who's seeking his second term in 2018, [...]