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Political consultant at odds with local party, postures as Independent Democrat in St. Clair County

Karen Kidd Oct. 19, 2016, 1:39pm

Author and political consultant Ray Coleman of Belleville considers himself an Independent Democrat for the upcoming presidential election, though he harbors concerns about local politicians on both sides of the spectrum.

Prenzler again calls out opponent over issue of credit card use

Karen Kidd Oct. 11, 2016, 10:08am

Madison County Treasurer and Republican county board chairman candidate Kurt Prenzler said that stricter oversight is needed to cure a "culture of credit card abuse" that is ailing county government. 

Streator man says Mautino probes began with his decision to speak out

Karen Kidd Sep. 14, 2016, 2:25pm

Despite a federal criminal investigation and state lawmakers continually calling on Illinois's embattled Auditor General Frank Mautino to answer questions about prior campaign expenditures, the only person who has filed a complaint said he feels alone.

Independent candidate says he will appeal judge's decision to remove him from Madison County Board race

Karen Kidd Sep. 6, 2016, 9:09am

TROY – An Independent candidate knocked out of the Madison County Board District 2 race by judge's decision last week said in a recent interview that it isn't over, not yet.

Lebanon senator backs Rauner veto of police and fire pension bill

Karen Kidd Aug. 5, 2016, 7:29am

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) reacted to Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto last week of a bill that would have given municipalities authority to go against the wishes of its citizens in authorizing new police and fire pension obligations by a resolution, saying he did the right thing.

O'Fallon, Troy registered voter signatures sought for property tax freeze petition

Karen Kidd Jul. 21, 2016, 10:09am

A group interested in saving taxpayers money is looking for at least 1,250 registered voters in O’Fallon and Troy willing to sign a petition supporting property tax freeze, a spokesman for the group said during a recent interview.

Two SIU retirees among top 400 pensioners in the state, report says

Karen Kidd Jul. 8, 2016, 9:42am

Two Edwardsville pensioners, whose combined annual pension is almost $476,000, made the top 400 in Tax Payers United of America's 10th Annual Report of Illinois State Pensions.

Retiring SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute director talks history, state's fiscal crisis and upcoming general election

Karen Kidd Jun. 21, 2016, 6:58am

CARBONDALE – There is no painless fix that will get Illinois out of its fiscal mess any time soon, the retiring director of the Southern Illinois University Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said during a recent interview.

Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock running for 111th District State House seat

Karen Kidd Jun. 6, 2016, 7:53am

Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock, running for the Illinois State House against the incumbent Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton), named the budget, jobs and schools as the top three problems in the state, during a recent interview.

Charlie Meier: Passage of proposed redistricting reform on November ballot 'is going to be huge'

Karen Kidd May 31, 2016, 7:04am

This year's proposed redistricting reform measure would draw lines based on simple grids to take in a certain number of residents rather than try to determine districts by likely partisan voters, Meier said.

Legislators need to recognize strong public support and move on property tax freeze, advocate says

Karen Kidd May 27, 2016, 8:38am

SPRINGFIELD – A bill to freeze property taxes likely won't pass in the waning days of this legislative session, but a reform advocate believes that eventually some measure will pass.

Illinois tax payers cannot afford state public sector pay, Illinois Policy Institute says

Karen Kidd May 27, 2016, 7:50am

Illinois state public sector pay is outpacing salaries in the private sector, in large part because of union representation, Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, said. The median salary for a worker represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) increased more than 40 percent from 2005 to 2014, to more than $62,800 in that last year.

Economic conditions and other causes have led to 'huge domestic migration,' Illinois Policy Institute says

Karen Kidd May 25, 2016, 8:01am

Chicago's population declined by 2,890 during the 12-month period, the second worst in the nation. Chicago ranked behind Detroit, which sustained a population decline 3,107, according to the U.S. Census data.

Widow alleges VA hospital failed to timely diagnose late husband's lung cancer

Karen Kidd May 10, 2016, 9:03am

A Thompsonville veteran's widow is representing herself in her lawsuit against the federal government, claiming the medical staff at Marion Veterans Administration Hospital failed to timely diagnose her late husband's cancer.

Property tax reduction proponents hope sufficient number of signatures puts question on ballot

Karen Kidd May 9, 2016, 6:52am

Treasurers says county revenues have long exceeded needs.

Petition drive to lower Madison County property taxes could use more signatures, proponents say

Karen Kidd May 4, 2016, 7:09am

A petition drive to lower property taxes in Madison County has achieved the bare minimum of signatures to put the question to voters in November, but proponents want extras to ensure it sticks. 

Rep. Kay calls for embattled Auditor General to resign

Karen Kidd Apr. 14, 2016, 1:42pm

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) said that it's time for the embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to step down in light of his "dogged refusal to answer questions" about prior campaign finances.

Answers still needed from Mautino on campaign expenditures, Rep. Kay says

Karen Kidd Mar. 10, 2016, 2:12pm

Illinois' embattled Auditor General Frank Mautino's decision to hire an attorney rather than answer questions about prior campaign expenditures has slowed down getting those answers but can't stop it, a state representative said during a recent interview.

High court's extended media coverage policy now permanent, but quarterly EMC reports remain confidential

Karen Kidd Mar. 2, 2016, 10:01am

Cameras may soon be installed in more circuit courts across Illinois, after the state Supreme Court's decision to make a pilot policy permanent.

Funding shortfalls for higher ed have more to do with bloated pensions and admin costs, not lack of budget, report says

Karen Kidd Feb. 9, 2016, 11:31am

Those who blame the state's higher education funding shortfalls on Springfield gridlock should focus on the real causes of the crisis: skyrocketing pensions, bloated administrative costs and soaring tuition and fees for students, according to the co-author of a recent study.