‘Diversity’ a buzzword on Rauner’s transition team

From Democrats to pastors, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has lined up a diverse group of people to help his transition into office. One day after winning the Illinois governor’s race, Rauner began announcing picks for his transition team. Rauner’s ... Continue Reading →
Brian Cassella • Chicago Tribune/MCT
Bruce Rauner celebrates his election as governor of Illinois on election
night Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at the Hilton Chicago.

Rauner to face new challenges as Gov.-elect

One in four Illinois residents say Illinois is the worst state to live in, according to a 2014 Gallup poll. Additionally, Illinois is the fourth most corrupt state in the nation, based on U.S. Department of Justice data. Four of the last seven Illinois ... Continue Reading →

State unemployment rate drops to six-year low

Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since July 2008. The unemployment rate is 6.6 percent, and the state had the steepest one-year decline in unemployment in 30 years, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Steve ... Continue Reading →

Illinois facing another fiscal challenge

Illinois has taken strides to correct its budget deficit in recent years, but the tax debate is coming back up. A presentation held in the Saluki Stadium Club Suites on Thursday helped illustrate Illinois’ financial situation. The Paul Simon Public ... Continue Reading →

Illinois to see MAP grant changes

Gov. Pat Quinn is recommending a budget increase of $50 million to MAP funding, which will extend awards to more than 20,000 students in Illinois. Abdon Pallasch, assistant Illinois budget director, said at SIU Carbondale, approximately 4,500 students ... Continue Reading →

Simon poll shows community concerns

Nearly 600 people responded to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in one of the largest community surveys it has conducted in recent years. The Jackson/Williamson County Survey was released Wednesday. The Survey Research Office of the Center for State ... Continue Reading →

Paul Simon Debate turns friends into foes

Two national champions normally on the same side of an argument found themselves head-to-head in the inaugural Paul Simon Debate. Ben Campbell, a senior from Springfield, Mo. studying political science, and Josh Rivera, a junior from Chicago studying ... Continue Reading →

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 →
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