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Let's review the review boards and get rid of some

The Madison County Record Mar. 1, 2017, 9:14am

In his ongoing efforts to reform state government in Wisconsin and get costs under control, Gov. Scott Walker has proposed eliminating an independent review board that handles workers' compensation cases.

John Cullerton feeds the rumor mill to deflect blame for his failures

The Madison County Record Feb. 8, 2017, 7:00am

Rumor has it that State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is “frustrated” with the current Illinois budget crisis and is contemplating retirement.

Edward Blake named one of Illinois' top ten family law attorneys

Sara McCleary Jan. 30, 2017, 3:59pm

BELLEVILLE – Edward J. Blake Jr. of Blake Behme Law Group, P.C., has been named one of Illinois' top ten family law attorneys by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).

If it could, Illinois should declare bankruptcy

The Madison County Record Jan. 18, 2017, 7:01am

Democrats and Never-Trumpers have had a lot of fun scoffing at Donald Trump's self-proclaimed business acumen by pointing to his multiple bankruptcies.

Illinois continues to see a ciphoning of employees outside the state

Kristin Danley-Greiner Nov. 15, 2016, 9:06am

The state of Illinois saw 5,500 employees leave its workforce this fall, prompting another decline for the fifth consecutive month in September. October brought additional jobs to eight metro areas, but it still isn’t enough to make a big difference.

Illinois joins campaign seeking to reform court bail systems for lower-level cases

Dawn Geske Nov. 10, 2016, 6:46am

The state of Illinois has joined the 3DaysCount campaign, a national campaign dedicated to reforming bail systems.

Ray Coleman: Accepted at White House but not in East St. Louis?

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2016, 8:41am

I am not an easy guy to get along with if you are dishonest, corrupt, a leader who refuses to lead, a selfish or ineffective bureaucrat, steal from kids, steal from the government. Again, I am by no means perfect, but I try to wake up every morning wanting to do good.

Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 5:25pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.

Redistricting reform proponents say voters need voice over legislators' self interest

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 8:20am

SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for Independent Maps submitted a brief to the Illinois Supreme Court arguing that a lower court’s ruling against the constitutionality of a proposed redistricting reform amendment is contrary to both the drafters' intent for the 1970 Illinois Constitution and the language of the constitution’s provision allowing voters to propose amendments.

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.

Illinois governor vetoes bill that would have given more benefits to SURS employees who've already cashed in

Kristin Danley-Greiner Aug. 4, 2016, 7:00am

SPRINGFIELD—Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation July 29, that would have allowed public university employees who are part of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) to obtain additional health benefits without making further contributions to the retirement system after they returned to teaching.