Voters say state politics are corrupt

Between Blagojevich, Ryan, Walker or the bevy of other Illinois politicians involved in scandals, Illinois voters think corruption is commonplace according to a new Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll. The Institute asked 1,001 registered voters across ... Continue Reading →

Paul Simon poll shows most republican voters undecided

There is still no clear favorite for the Republican primary for Illinois governor in southern Illinois, according to a new poll. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released a poll Monday showing a majority of likely Republican primary voters at 34.6 ... Continue Reading →

Pizza and Politics to host 115th district candidates

The 115th Illinois Congressional District will have a new representative for the first time in almost 20 years. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is offering voters the chance to meet the four candidates in a series of Pizza and Politics luncheons. Republican ... Continue Reading →

President’s budget poses education cuts, benefits

  proposed 2014 budget could generate a larger impact on students than they might suspect. On Wednesday, Obama presented his proposed 2014 fiscal-year budget, which asks for $950 billion in cuts over the next 10 years from areas such as Social Security ... Continue Reading →

Dow benefits for university hazy

Recent economic signs may point to a brighter future for the nation and Illinois. The Dow Jones Industrial, a stock market index, ended its 10-day gain streak Friday for the first time since November 1996, which was followed by a 19 percent market increase ... Continue Reading →

Is journalistic integrity possible?

The Dec. 4 front page photograph of the New York Post depicted a controversial photograph of a man, Ki-Suck Han, who was about to be hit by a subway train in New York after he was pushed onto the tracks after a verbal argument. Han died from the incident, ... Continue Reading →

Gay marriage moves forward

The legalization of gay marriage in three states this election may lead other states to consider it, too. Four states had amendments on the ballot related to gay marriage. In three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington — voters approved the legalization ... Continue Reading →

Youth vote increases in election

While overall voting numbers decreased nationwide from last election, youth voter participation went up. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 represented 19 percent of all ballot casters, which is up 1 percent from the 2008 election, according to data ... Continue Reading →

Illinois popular vote not always Democratic

Over recent years, much of Illinois’ population has included staunch Democratic Party supporters. But it hasn’t always been like that. The party won the Illinois popular vote in the last five elections with nearly two-thirds of the popular vote being ... Continue Reading →

Young adults hesitant to vote in next election

 Many disappointed in Obama’s performance, say change has not taken place Although the population of eligible voters has grown over the past decade, young voters still show little interest in the upcoming election. A recent poll from Harvard University’s ... Continue Reading →

Fraternity registers students to vote

The 2012 election’s outcome could have a major influence on students, and members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity said they hope the group’s efforts helped students realize this. Nicholaus Bates, a senior from Chicago studying administration of justice ... Continue Reading →

Green Party candidate shares views on energy

The Green Party candidate for the Illinois 12th Congressional District said she wants to end fossil fuel use . Paula Bradshaw, the Green Party candidate from Carbondale, said she is heading her campaign by addressing the issues of renewable energy, improved ... Continue Reading →

The man in the bow tie lives on

Barbara Lesar, right, of Carbondale, chats Monday with John S. Jackson, editor of the book “The Essential Paul Simon: Timeless Lessons for Today’s Politics,” next to a caricature of late Illinois politician Paul Simon during a book signing at the ... Continue Reading →

Democratic congressional nominee Enyart visits campus, kicks off Pizza and Politics

The Democratic nominee for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District will visit the campus today for Pizza and Politics. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, will be the first of three candidates to visit the lobby of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. David ... Continue Reading →

Early debate tests candidates’ skills

Three untested candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce themselves to Illinois’ 12th Congressional District tonight in the first of three scheduled debates. But with the election more than two months away, it’s unclear how many ... Continue Reading →
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