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Senate Overrides Rauner Veto On Immigrant Crime-Victim Visas

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Senate has voted to override a veto of legislation encouraging immigrants who are victims of crime to cooperate with police.

Senate President John Cullerton’s plan was approved 40-12 Wednesday. It would set a 90-day deadline for law enforcement officials to complete paperwork immigrants need for visas to stay in this country.

The Chicago Democrat says it’s prompted by an illegal sex trade which lures or forces girls and women from other countries to come to the U.S.

Federal law established the visas for cooperative victims. Cullerton says some law enforcement agencies delay completion or ignore it.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the proposal in August. He says setting a deadline could result in mistakes or perjury.

The House considers the veto next.

The bill is SB34 .

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Rauner, Pritzker Face Voters In Expensive Governor’s Race

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who took office four years ago promising to reverse high taxes and overspending but instead snagged himself in a budget stalemate with Democrats, faced voters Tuesday along with Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker, who says he will be a cooperative leader.

Pritzker, a billionaire who held a strong lead over Rauner in most polls, hoped to capitalize not only on Rauner’s lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with GOP President Donald Trump.

Rauner, a 61-year-old former private equity investor whose campaign bravado four years ago included the contention that a government shutdown might be in order to get Illinois back on track, was trying to avoid becoming only the fourth Illinois governor since 1900 to win and serve one four-year term but be ousted.

Incumbents lost in 1912 and 1972, and a sitting governor was defeated in a 1976 primary.

Polls have shown Rauner trailing Pritzker by double digits. Only two incumbents since the 19th century, both seeking third terms, lost by more than 10 points.

It’s been a battle of wealthy titans spending their way through one of the costliest races for governor in U.S. history. In a 2010 race in California, $280 million was spent.

Combined, the candidates had raised $259 million by late last week.

Pritzker, the 53-year-old heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, has raised $176 million. The $171 million he’s chipped in from his own pocket is the most ever by a U.S. gubernatorial candidate. Rauner has raised $79 million and state Sen. Sam McCann, the Conservative Party candidate who has billed himself as a conservative alternative to Rauner, has brought in $4.8 million.

A focal point of debate was taxes.

Pritzker promises to overhaul the state’s income-tax system to allow for a graduated tax rate that requires the wealthy to pay more. But he says that the specific rates would be a matter for negotiations with the Legislature.

Rauner, who promises to roll back the income tax increase that lawmakers adopted last year to fund the breakthrough budget, calls Pritzker’s plan a tax increase and asserts that Pritzker plans $11 billion in new spending.

Both promise increased education spending and have proposed billions of dollars for infrastructure work.

Scandal has chased both contenders.

Rauner has been on the defensive for months over his handling of a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy, which has led to the deaths of 14 residents, including a dozen that first summer.

Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan opened a criminal probe into the Republican’s management of the crisis.

Last month, the Cook County inspector general issued a report alleging that Pritzker and his family engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers by ripping toilets out of a Chicago mansion they were renovating to make it technically uninhabitable and save him $330,000 in property taxes.

The report contends that those involved could have illegally misled authorities about the reason for removing the plumbing. Pritzker has paid the money back but denies wrongdoing.

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Obama In Chicago To Push For Pritzker, Donnelly in Indiana

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has rallied voters in Chicago to support governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and other Democrats.

Obama’s Sunday event at the University of Illinois at Chicago came as Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans campaigned across Illinois before Tuesday’s election.

Obama urged the crowd to support a Democratic ticket that includes attorney general candidate and state Sen. Kwame Raoul and congressional candidates Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten.

 

Raoul faces Republican Erika Harold. Casten is challenging GOP Rep. Peter Roskam while Underwood is up against Rep. Randy Hultgren. Their races are among four Illinois congressional seats Democrats are targeting as the party tries to win control of the House.

Rauner made stops at cafes from Decatur to St. Charles and was holding an evening rally in Orland Park.

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Video Leak Reveals State Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Chicago Mayoral Candidacy

CHICAGO (CBS)–A video clip of state Comptroller Susana Mendoza announcing her candidacy for Chicago mayor was leaked on Friday afternoon, just four days before her name will appear on the ballot for reelection to her state office.

In the seven-second video clip, the democrat says, “I’m Susana Mendoza, and I’m running for mayor of Chicago, and I ask you to join me on this journey together.”

Illinois politicians quipped in right away, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, who suggested she withdrawal her name from the ballot for state Comptroller immediately.

Her opponent Claire Ball, the libertarian candidate running for comptroller, released the following statement after the video was released:

“It is incredibly disrespectful to the people of Illinois to run for a position and term you have no intention of fulfilling. It is the opposite of transparency and integrity and shows a blatant disregard for the office of the Comptroller. You won’t find hidden videos of me prepping for something else – I’m ONLY running for Comptroller.”

Mendoza’s camp released a statement: “I am focused on the Nov. 6 election, because too much is at stake for the people of Illinois,” she said. “I’m considering a run for another office and have taken steps to prepare for that should I choose to move forward but I have not made any formal decisions.”

Video Leak Reveals State Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Chicago Mayoral Candidacy

CHICAGO (CBS)–A video clip of state Comptroller Susana Mendoza announcing her candidacy for Chicago mayor was leaked on Friday afternoon, just four days before her name will appear on the ballot for reelection to her state office.

In the seven-second video clip, the democrat says, “I’m Susana Mendoza, and I’m running for mayor of Chicago, and I ask you to join me on this journey together.”

Illinois politicians quipped in right away, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, who suggested she withdrawal her name from the ballot for state Comptroller immediately.

Her opponent Claire Ball, the libertarian candidate running for comptroller, released the following statement after the video was released:

“It is incredibly disrespectful to the people of Illinois to run for a position and term you have no intention of fulfilling. It is the opposite of transparency and integrity and shows a blatant disregard for the office of the Comptroller. You won’t find hidden videos of me prepping for something else – I’m ONLY running for Comptroller.”

Mendoza’s camp released a statement: “I am focused on the Nov. 6 election, because too much is at stake for the people of Illinois,” she said. “I’m considering a run for another office and have taken steps to prepare for that should I choose to move forward but I have not made any formal decisions.”

Bruce Rauner’s Birth Year Mistake

CHICAGO (CBS)–A factual error that began in 1963 with a newspaper article about Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s family has continued to spread across the internet for decades.

It’s Rauner’s birth year–which is cited as 1957 everywhere from Rauner’s official Facebook page to the National Governors Association website.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s birth year is incorrectly identified across the internet as 1957.

A campaign ad put out by Rauner’s campaign for governor this week showed his childhood home in suburban Deerfield, prompting CBS 2 to look into his past as a child growing up in the Chicago suburbs.

A Chicago Tribune article that ran in 1963 shows an 8-year-old Rauner with his family.

A check of Rauner’s birth certificate shows his birth year was actually 1956, a year earlier than the year widely-published.

Rauner’s campaign staff on Thursday acknowledged the mistake, and his Facebook page had been changed to the correct year on Thursday.

But it may take the rest of the internet some time to catch up, however. His Wikipedia page still cites his birth year as 1957.

 

 

Rauner’s ‘Unholy Union’ Ad Features A Pritzker, Madigan Marriage

CHICAGO (CBS)–A provocative new television ad put out by the Rauner Campaign depicts JB Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker, Mike Madigan at the altar getting married.

The ad begins with, “Repeat after me, I Mike Madigan, take you JB Pritzker, as my unlawful partner in destruction, to raise property taxes, corrupt government, and bankrupt Illinois.”

Neither Pritzker nor Madigan has ever been charged with a crime. Although the Cook County Inspector General found Pritzker and his wife engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers by ripping toilets out of his Gold Coast mansion to call it inhabitable for a tax break.

rauner Rauners Unholy Union Ad Features A Pritzker, Madigan Marriage

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The ad uses the phrase, “an unholy union,” which stuck out to some viewers.

Brian Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois said he feels this statements is mocking same-sex marriages.

“This is appealing to a base of people that again do not believe in our right to marry and using a same-sex wedding as a parody to attack his opponents.” he said.

Recent opinion polls show Pritzker in the lead.

Staying within the wedding theme, a response from the Pritzker campaign says, “the people of Illinois are looking forward to their divorce from Bruce Rauner.”

 

 

 

 

 

Rauner Seeks Delay On Plan To Pay Union Step Increases

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration says it needs up to two more months to produce a plan to provide three years’ back pay to union workers.

A lawyer for the Republican governor told the Illinois State Labor Relations Board in a letter Monday that determining how much is owed to 20,000 workers is onerous.

Monday was the labor board deadline on the issue involving so-called step increases shut off in July 2015.

The letter says transferring money from other funds could jeopardize feeding prison inmates, providing utilities to the poor or medical care at state facilities.

Rauner stopped step increases while negotiating a new contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. There’s still no deal.

AFSCME officials say the union is determining a response.

Comparing Pritzker, Rauner Attack Ads: Who’s Telling The Truth?

CHICAGO (CBS) — Is J.B. Pritzker proposing a new, automobile mileage tax? CBS 2’s Political Reporter Derrick Blakley fact-checked political advertisements.

It is certainly a charge that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is getting a lot of mileage from in his attack ads. He accused Pritzker of proposing a new tax on drivers.

CBS 2 analyzed the political ads in order to separate fact from fiction.

Number one: J.B. Pritzker said Governor Rauner flat-out lied about Pritzker’s intentions for a new car tax.

J.B. Pritzker claims Rauner lied about his intentions for a new car tax. A Pritzker political advertisement states, “Bruce Rauner’s now completely making things up. J.B. Pritzker has never proposed a vehicle mileage tax.”

But to say “never,” Derrick Blakley reports, is a false claim.

Last January, in a discussion with the Daily Herald Editorial Board, Pritzker said, “It’s only fair, right, that if you’re on the road, and traveling on that road, that you should pay your fair share on the road like everyone else is paying. I think it’s something that we should look at.”

Something to look at, he said, is a mileage tax based on how far you drive.

A voter, seen in a Rauner ad, asked how much it will cost to “just drive to a family member’s house?” adding, “J.B. Pritzker wants to raise our income taxes; but worse yet, he wants a car tax, which would also come along with a tracking device.”

That is false, as well. Even though Pritzker suggested the tax, he never mentioned using any kind of tracking device. Pritzker proposing the mileage tax said it should be a pilot project, for now.

“So I think it’s something that we should look at, we have to be careful about how it gets implemented, and that’s why it should only be a test at this point,” he said.

Regarding taxes for roads, Pritzker added, “We have to look for different ways to fund it.”

The dueling ads fit within the pattern of the campaign: Rauner accusing Pritzker of pushing higher taxes, with Pritzker accusing Rauner of favoring the wealthy.

Illinois To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Of Route 66

PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois wants to celebrate a century of people getting their kicks on Route 66. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Tuesday creating the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission, which will make plans to celebrate the road’s 100th anniversary in 2026. Rauner says Illinois has “a distinct place of honor” in the history of Route 66 — also known as The Mother Road — which starts in Chicago and travels to California.

Illinois in the late 1920s was the first state to pave the entirety of its share of the route, which became famous for its neon signs and roadside attractions that prompted the song lyrics “Get your kicks on Route 66.”  

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