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Madigan Still Mulling Run For Governor
Lisa Madigan is seriously considering a run for governor, but she won't say when she plans on making a final decision. She says right now, she's focusing on her long list of duties as the Attorney General. Madigan would face a primary battle against current Governor Quinn and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley next March if she decides to get in the race. On the Republican side, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner have already announced their plans to run.
Muni Bond Sale Nets Poor Yield
Illinois' already fragile financial state is taking another hit after recent downgrades in its credit-rating. The "Wall Street Journal" says the state of Illinois sold 600-million-dollars' worth of sales-tax backed municipal bonds at a yield of just under three-percent. That's three-quarters of a
percentage point below the benchmark scale for A-rated debt. The state's ongoing failure to repair its pension crisis is blamed for the low bond sale yield.
No Charges In Pit Bull Mauling Death
Police in Galesburg say they won't file any charges in the mauling death in March of a seven-year-old boy who was attacked by a pit bull. Ryan Maxwell died shortly after being bitten by the dog which was chained in the yard of some family friends. The boy had played with the dog before and it hadn't been aggressive. Police killed the dog, but police could find no statute to apply, so there will be no charges filed.
Jim Edgar, Business Leaders Urge Kirk To Back Immigration Reform
Former Governor Jim Edgar and a group of Illinois business leaders are urging Senator Mark Kirk to get behind the bill to reform the nation's immigration laws. The group of CEOs wrote Kirk and the rest of the Illinois delegation a letter, asking Republicans in particular to back the bipartisan measure drafted by the so-called Gang of Eight in the Senate. The business executives say the state's economy would benefit from the overhaul of immigration, while Edgar says the Republican party would stand to gain. Edgar called immigration reform the path to political salvation for the GOP.
Davis Calls Harold Challenge 'Sad'
Taylorville Congressman Rodney Davis says it's sad but not surprising that he's being challenged in next year's Republican primary by former Miss America Erika Harold, a Champaign attorney. Davis said he thinks voters are tired of the constant campaigning and says he's trying to focus on issues in Washington. Since losing a bid to be appointed to the ballot by party leaders, Harold has moved from Chicago to central Illinois and kicked off a high-profile campaign touting her profile as an African-American, Harvard educated conservative. Former Madison County judge Ann Callis has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District.
Quinn, Patrick Make Stanley Cup Wager
Governor Quinn is counting on a Blackhawks' championship, otherwise he'll have to serve the hungry in Boston. It's part of the friendly wager made between Quinn and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup. Under the terms of the wager, the governor of the losing team's state will volunteer at the food bank of the winning governor's choice. If the Blackhawks win, Governor Patrick will volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
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