When it comes to political graft, paying people under the table isn’t too complicated – as long as you have some blurred lines to hide in.
Illinois State Board of Elections News
Split in Mautino spending decision is defeat for challenger, but earlier ruling means auditor general can’t run again
CHICAGO – Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s former campaign committee violated no laws by identifying a garage and a bank as recipients of payments that others received, the state election board decided on July 10.
CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) has introduced a merit-based pay structure for its employees and is able to do so because of its uniquely independent status within the state.
The Fourth District Appellate Court on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois State Board of Elections must revisit allegations that embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign committee made more than $200,000 in illegal payments while he served as a state representative, according to a press release from the Liberty Justice Center.
Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation
Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank has called for the appointment of more Republicans at the Third Judicial Circuit to more closely reflect the county’s “political landscape” and to help shed its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.”
We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to choose our own representatives. But if the slate we get to choose from is subject to vetting by political operatives, maybe we're not so fortunate.
SPRINGFIELD – Even though finances and name ID are arguably the most important factors for success at the ballot box, campaigns are sometimes lost before they even begin when political operatives set out to eliminate competition before voters have a chance to do it unto their own.
CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.
The First District Appellate Court has rejected a ballot access appeal brought by Edwardsville mayor Hal Patton, whose candidacy for state Senate has been derailed.
“With 19,520 registered voters as of January 13, 2012, and only 19,000 persons over the age of 18 [in East St. Louis], according to the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 report, it seems that we have now a major case of over-registration,” Matt Hawkins of the East St. Louis Alliance for Change lamented six years ago.
CHICAGO – All eight members of the State Electoral Board denied an objection that would have guaranteed the nomination of St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly as Democratic candidate for Congress.
The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican candidate for St. Clair County circuit judge "B. Marshall Hilmes" will be allowed to remain on the ballot at the March 20 primary election.
First quarter reports in for Madison County circuit judge campaign; Smith leads with more than $65K raised
Campaign finance records with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Madison County Circuit Judge Sarah Smith has received the most contributions in the first quarter of her campaign for circuit judge with a total of $65,355.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for several Illinois State Board of Elections officials in a suit filed by the Green Party over excess candidate requirements for unestablished parties in Illinois.
Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.
Voters have lots of write-in options; Insider says ballot challenges are easier and cheaper for party in control
Having had their nomination petitions challenged and their names thrown off the ballot, most of the 34 people running as write-ins across St. Clair County are doing so as a last resort in the upcoming April 4 consolidated election.
A recent analysis by Local Government Information Services (LGIS) found almost 50,000 duplicate voter registration records, representing Illinois residents who are registered multiple times.
It’s obvious that Illinois faces a long list of problems – a history of public corruption, never-ending financial trouble and the continued exodus of people and businesses – but who or what is at fault is a little harder to understand.
Campaign advertising that depicts Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore as judicial "activists" in flyers sent to Republican households and as "judicial bobbleheads for Bruce Rauner" in flyers sent to Democratic households have infuriated supporters of the judges.
When a vain and foolish emperor is persuaded to appear before his subjects in a new suit of “invisible” clothes, no one dares to point out that he isn't wearing anything – except a precocious child.