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Report cites Rauner's office for improper hiring

May. 21, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state inspector on Monday criticized Governor Bruce Rauner's office for improper hiring that violated the same anti-patronage law Rauner blasted his predecessor for skirting. The Office of the Executive Inspector General's report found that Rauner's Department of Central...

AP: The who, what, when and how of impeaching a governor

May. 18, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are to meet in a special session starting Friday to consider whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to try to remove him from office. The special session can last up to 30 days, according to the Missouri Constitution....

Critics: Gov's race shows need for campaign finance reform

May. 12, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — This year's Illinois governor's race between uber-wealthy candidates could be the costliest in U.S. history and perfectly illustrates the need for a campaign finance system that isn't so rigged in favor of the rich, say critics pushing for a system that would match small donations...

AP: The who, what, when and how of impeaching a governor

May. 4, 2018 12:42 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are to meet in a special session starting May 18 to consider whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to try to remove him from office. That comes as Greitens faces felony charges in two cases. One charge accuses him of...

AP: The who, what, when and how of impeaching a governor

May. 3, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are to meet in a special session starting May 18 to consider whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to try to remove him from office. That comes as Greitens faces felony charges in two cases. One charge accuses him of...

Attorney general hopeful hires man convicted in fraud case

Apr. 19, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Campaign finance paperwork shows that the Democratic nominee for Illinois attorney general has hired a former employee of imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich who pleaded guilty in a fraud case. The Chicago Tribune reports that Kwame Raoul has paid $13,000 to Bamani Obadele to help with his...

Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal

Apr. 16, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions, the second time in two years it has declined to take up his case. The nation's highest court offered no explanation for its decision,...

The Latest: Blagojevich wife disappointed in court decision

Apr. 16, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court refusing to take up Rod Blagojevich's appeal; (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she and their two children are disappointed that the Supreme Court decided not to hear her husband's appeal of his...

Paul Vallas files paperwork to run for Chicago mayor in 2019

Apr. 2, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The former head of Chicago Public Schools officially has filed paperwork to run for mayor against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel next year. WMAQ-TV in Chicago reports that Illinois State Board of Elections records show that Paul Vallas filed to create the "Paul Vallas for Chicago" political...