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Illinois political parties key to purging sexual harassment

by JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois political campaigns are traditionally rough-and-tumble, transitory affairs dominated by a good-ol’-boy environment that breeds sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying, a report on women in politics issued last week found. The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel’s review of barriers women face to success in politics…

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Illinois political parties embrace anti-abuse panel’s report

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the state’s major political parties are embracing a report’s recommendations to end sexual harassment in Illinois government. The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued the report Wednesday. It suggests that parties help elect more women to public office, only fund campaigns with strict anti-harassment policies, set up an…

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Illinois governor hopefuls to meet for 1st debate

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are meeting for their first debate of the Illinois governor’s race. Rauner is trying to win a second term against Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who’s never held public office. Polls have shown Pritzker with a healthy lead. Also participating…

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US appeals court upholds Illinois campaign finance limits

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Illinois’ campaign contribution limits. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the limits set in a 2009 law do not violate First Amendment free-speech rights . Illinois Liberty PAC filed a lawsuit in 2012. It challenged the campaign-finance limits imposed following scandals…

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Humbled Illinois governor admits errors, pleads for 2nd term

by JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A humbled Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of the most endangered state executives in the country, promised Thursday to be less confrontational and more understanding of his political opponents’ views if voters give him a second chance in the November election. Fighting an uphill battle for…

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AP FACT CHECK: Obama doesn’t always tell the straight story

by CALVIN WOODWARD and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama’s recent denunciation of President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican “sabotage” has cost 3 million people…

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In battle for the House, many Dems start from scratch

by SARA BURNETT, Associated Press NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — When the Democratic Party told Lauren Underwood she needed to raise $100,000 in six weeks to get her campaign for Congress off the ground, she wasn’t sure what to do. The nurse from suburban Chicago had never run for office, and her fundraising experience was mostly limited…

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Illinois joins other states to sue over migratory birds

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined counterparts from seven states to sue the Interior Department for rolling back protections for waterfowl, songbirds and other migratory birds. A Madigan office statement Friday says the suit was filed in a New York federal court on behalf of Illinois, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New…

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Quincy Housing Authority receives $1M for lead cleanup

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois housing authority is receiving $1 million to remove lead-based paint from the city’s public housing. The U.S. Department of Housing Development says the Quincy Housing Authority is among 20 agencies nationwide that have been awarded a combined $18 million. The money is from HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund…

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Rauner lifts road-weight limit for market-bound crop-haulers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” to help crop-hauling Illinois farmers compete with those in neighboring states. The Republican’s declaration allows haulers to exceed road-weight limits in taking crops to market. The free permits are available from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Rauner signed a law Aug. 25 easing…

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Obama makes campaign stop with Pritzker, urges crowd to vote

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has made a campaign stop with Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and his running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton. The surprise visit to Caffe Paradiso in Urbana followed Obama’s speech Friday at the University of Illinois, where he railed against President Donald Trump and urged…

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Ex-Illinois House leader Lang cleared of sexual harassment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The inspector general for the Illinois General Assembly said there isn’t enough proof that a former House leader, Rep. Lou Lang, sexually harassed or intimidated a legislative activist. In a letter released late Wednesday to Lang, acting inspector Julie Porter said that the woman who made the accusation, Maryann Loncar, did…

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Rauner grants 8 clemency petitions, denies 85 others

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted eight requests for clemency and denied 85 other petitions. Rauner’s office announced the clemencies Friday. They continue the Republican’s practice of approving requests at a far lower rate than his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The petitions granted were for crimes including burglary, theft, drug possession…

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Schock corruption case being moved – possibly to Chicago

by MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is transferring former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s public corruption case in central Illinois to a new prosecutorial team in another judicial district, prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday, two weeks after the trial judge was bumped from all of his criminal…

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Democrats OK limiting party leaders’ role in picking nominee

by BILL BARROW and SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After two years of sometimes ugly public fighting, Democratic Party leaders on Saturday voted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees, giving even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses. The debate over the influence of party insiders known…

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Cities vying for 2020 convention court Democrats in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — The three cities vying to host the 2020 Democratic convention are courting party leaders and activists at their summer meeting in Chicago. Houston, Miami and Milwaukee are the finalists. A selection committee has been visiting the potential sites. A decision is expected early next year. Miami gave people attending the Democratic National…

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Rauner vetoes larger damages for Legionnaire’s victims

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have boosted the maximum damage award allowed survivors of veterans who died of Legionnaire’s disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. The legislation would have increased from $100,000 to $2 million the maximum damage award survivors of veterans could seek from…

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