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Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Illinois newspapers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

February 17, 2020 Chuicago Sun-Times Who can keep sham candidates for screwing up elections? You In just about every election, you come across sham candidates. These are candidates whose names are put on the ballot for the sole purpose of drawing votes from somebody else. They don’t campaign or raise money...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Feb. 5, 2020 7:39 PM EST

February 3, 2020 Chicago Tribune Gov. Pritzker should know: Ethics reform starts with a truly independent Map As corruption scandals worm through the establishment Democratic Party, Gov. J.B. Pritzker finds himself with new and unexpected leverage. He can push for meaningful ethics reform in Illinois government...

Illinois speaker defends handling of sexual misconduct probe

Feb. 4, 2020 11:02 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday defended his office’s handling of a sexual misconduct investigation into former Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks. The allegations against Franks date back to 2016, and Madigan said his actions were designed to protect an...

State Police search Madigan's office as part of Franks case

Jan. 31, 2020 10:06 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police executed a search warrant at House Speaker Michael Madigan state Capitol offices this week as part of an investigation into sexual misconduct, stalking and other allegations against former state Rep. Jack Franks. Police justified the search warrant, executed...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 28, 2020 7:43 PM EST

January 26, 2020 (Decatur) Herald & Review Illinois Voter registration glitch a disaster In theory, automatic voter registration is a wonderful idea. Democracy is only as good as the number of people participating in it. Making it easier for voters to register should be a country-wide goal. It’s only...

Documents: Prison official misled probe about missing keys

Jan. 27, 2020 7:46 PM EST

SPRINGIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former assistant prison warden, at the center of an explosive 2012 government email in which a lobbyist alludes to a rape cover-up and illegal hiring, gave false information during an investigation four years earlier into whether he misplaced a bulky ring of keys at a state...

Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, gavels out to close the session after taking the oath to become the next Senate President of the Illinois Senate at the Illinois state Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Dems elect Harmon to serve as president of Illinois Senate

Jan. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Don Harmon was elected Sunday as the next Illinois Senate president, becoming the first new leader of the Illinois General Assembly’s upper chamber in more than a decade. Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat who was elected by a 37-12 margin, will replace Sen. John Cullerton, 71,...

Illinois House speaker's recent legal fees totaled $445,000

Jan. 18, 2020 9:18 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' powerful House speaker spent nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions on legal fees in the last three months of 2019, records show. Of the $445,000 that Democrat Michael Madigan's campaign spent on legal fees, $275,000 was for a settlement with a former campaign...

Illinois ag director resigns over response to rape email

Jan. 13, 2020 8:02 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist's email seven years ago that referenced an alleged rape cover-up and illegal hiring practices. John Sullivan said in a statement Monday that he did not...

FILE - In this  Friday, May 31, 2019 file photo, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, speaks with the media after visiting with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. he speaker of the Illinois House said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 that he had no knowledge of an alleged unreported rape that was referenced in an email written in 2012 by one of his close friends, a powerful lobbyist, and sent to the office of former Gov. Pat Quinn.(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Pritzker calls 2012 email alleging rape cover-up 'horrific'

Jan. 9, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday denounced as “horrific” a newly disclosed email a powerful lobbyist sent seven years ago to top aides in the previous governor's office that cryptically suggests knowledge of cover-ups involving a rape and shady hiring...