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Thomas Vogel

Most incumbent state legislators cruise to victory in Illinois primaries

Most of Illinois’ incumbent legislators fared well in Tuesday’s primary elections, but voters in a few districts rejected the status quo and nominate political newcomers.

In Democratic and Republican state House primaries, only 14 incumbents faced challengers while 82 other incumbents ran unopposed. Of the 14 incumbents facing primary challengers on Tuesday, only Daniel Burke (D-1st) and David Reis (R-109th) lost.  Twenty-two House lawmakers choose not to seek reelection.

Lightfoot highlights CPD reform efforts but emphasizes there is more work to be done

Chicago attorney and Police Board President Lori Lightfoot on Monday contended the “Chicago Police Department cannot be successful in its core mission of fighting crime and keeping the public safe without a constant eye on reform.”


City Club panelists agree population loss is a serious problem for Illinois but disagree on solutions

What was billed as a policy discussion of ideas to stop the outflow of residents from Illinois quickly turned into a testy hour-long conversation among four panelists at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday.


Political newcomers face veteran lawmaker seeking to regain seat in state House District 5

The 2018 Democratic primary in Illinois’ 5th House District drew six candidates when first-term incumbent Juliana Stratton announced she would vacate the seat and campaign as J.B. Pritzker’s running mate in the gubernatorial election.


District 49 primary shaping up as a contest between experience and youth

A two-term DuPage County board member and a 28-year-old with one local-government race under his belt are facing off in this year’s Republican primary in Illinois House District 49.

Six-term state Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) currently represents the district but announced last August that he would not seek re-election. Fortner’s announcement came following his vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state’s budget bill that included a 32 percent income tax hike.


Silverstein faces three challengers in state Senate primary

There are three Democrats running in the March 2018 primary race to unseat longtime incumbent 8th District state Sen. Ira Silverstein. Silverstein, who has served since 1998, has not faced a primary opponent in over a decade.


IL Chamber of Commerce President Maisch calls for policy reforms to boost Illinois economy

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch tried to strike a positive tone on Illinois’ future Tuesday at the City Club of Chicago and laid out a four-point policy plan to boost the state’s economic outlook in 2018.


State Rep. Flowers has a primary challenger for the first time in 16 years

Mary E. Flowers, a longtime Democratic state representative and assistant majority leader from Chicago’s South Side, is facing an electoral challenger for the first time in over half a dozen election cycles.


Ives says she will deliver conservative reforms Rauner promised, defends controversial ad at City Club

Republican State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ appearance at the City Club of Chicago on Monday covered both politics and policy. The Republican primary candidate for governor laid out a multi-faceted campaign platform that included hard caps on property taxes and state spending while also defending her recent controversial campaign advertisement.


Q & A with Jennifer Welch, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Illinois

Jennifer Welch is about eight months into her new role as CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Illinois. She recently told the Daily Whale that federal legislative efforts to defund the 100-year-old organization have created a “particularly hostile and treacherous” environment for her group.

Welch is responsible for two separate but related groups, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, a 501c(3) healthcare organization, and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, an electoral advocacy group.