Stories by Amanda Vinicky

Ethics Commission Reports ‘No Cases’ Despite Dozens of Complaints

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Complaints against state lawmakers and legislative staff have been sitting in a binder for as long as three years, according to a legislator who sits on the commission charged with ruling on misconduct.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives Confirms: She’s Running for Governor

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Up to this point, it wasn’t certain that a challenger would emerge from the intraparty revolution Gov. Bruce Rauner ignited when he signed an abortion law in late September. There’s no ambiguity now.

‘Bump Stock’ Ban Fails in Illinois House

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While some gun rights advocates oppose any prohibition on “bump stocks,” others say they’re open to a ban, but that this particular proposal went too far, and was riddled with technical flaws.

After Springfield Sexual Harassment Exposed, Legislation on Fast Track

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The public exposure of a capitol culture rife with groping, lewd jokes and other forms of sexual harassment has legislation intended to help eliminate the behavior on the fast track.

Rauner Rebuked on Vetoes, But Scores a Major Win

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Illinois legislators on Wednesday dealt Governor Bruce Rauner a series of blows, but the House failed by a single vote to override his veto of a measure that would ban municipalities from creating right-to-work zones.

Lawmakers Could Undergo Sexual Harassment Training

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An open letter details sexual harassment in state political circles as lawmakers return to Springfield for the fall veto session.

Rauner Announces Re-election Bid on Brink of Veto Session

A still image from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s promotional video.

After publicly equivocating of late, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday officially launched his bid for a second term in a highly produced two-minute video.

Innovation Partnership Launches, But Who’s Paying?

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Vacant land in the South Loop could host a massive new research institute.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Earned $91 Million in 2016, Tax Returns Show

The 1040 tax return forms Gov. Bruce Rauner released Tuesday show his effective tax rate was 26.6 percent, and that he, his wife, and their foundation gave $6.6 million to charity.

2 Aviation Officers Fired for United Airlines Dragging Incident

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Video of a United airlines passenger forcibly dragged off a plane stirred a worldwide uproar. Now, a pair of city aviation officers involved in the incident are out of a job following an investigation by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

Jesse Ruiz to Run for Illinois Attorney General: Sources

Jesse Ruiz

A Latino attorney with connections to high-powered politicians, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is expected join the field of Democrats running for Illinois attorney general.

Ameya Pawar Out of the Governor’s Race: What that Means for Democrats

Ameya Pawar appears on Chicago Tonight in April.

Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar is ending his bid for Illinois governor, saying he came too short in the race for cash to have a chance at winning the contest for the Democratic nomination. 

Cook County Soda Tax Repealed

Come December, Cook County shoppers and diners will no longer have to pay a much-reviled tax on sugary drinks after the county board voted Wednesday to repeal it.

Cook County Commissioners Sour on Sugary Drinks Tax

It’s been just over two months since Cook County began charging a penny-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks. But it may not last much longer.

Preckwinkle: Soda Tax Repeal Will Lead to Cuts, ‘Fiscal Uncertainty’

The Cook County board president used her annual budget address Thursday to warn commissioners and the public that repealing a tax on sugary drinks will take the county down a path of “fiscal uncertainty” that will result in layoffs and cutting “essential services.”

Chicago Police Facing Another Lawsuit Claiming Use of Excessive Force

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The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are suing the city and the Police Department so they can be part of reform talks. The suit alleges that brutality “is magnified for people with disabilities.”

Chicago Sports Hall of Fame Inducts First Special Olympics Athlete

Tommy Shimoda (Courtesy of Special Olympics Chicago)

Tommy Shimoda, 24, won gold and bronze medals in speed skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games this year in Austria. This week, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first Special Olympics athlete to receive the honor. 

Local Officials React to ‘Senseless’ Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas, Chicago is preparing to host one of its largest annual events, the Chicago Marathon, on Sunday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is ready.

US Supreme Court to Take on Union Fees Case Janus v AFSCME

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An Illinois case will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and it could have huge ramifications for public unions.

Rauner Signs Controversial ‘Abortion Bill’

The move puts an end to ambiguity over his stance on the issue, but in raising the ire of his conservative base it may also force him into a new battle: fending of a challenger from the right in next year’s elections.

Chicago Doubles Down on Campaign for New Amazon Headquarters

Who’s on the team assigned to lure Amazon’s new national headquarters to Chicago? It may be easier to ask who isn’t involved.

Mayor Vows to Fight Fed’s ‘Unlawful Attack on Chicago’s Values’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 24.

A new wrinkle in Chicago’s legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.

‘Abortion Bill’ Handed Off to Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner now has the next 60 days – until late November – to act on a bill that would expand taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois.

Dennis Hastert Victim Scott Cross Speaks Out

A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last month eliminates the statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault against children. Fighting for that change was personal for Scott Cross. He joins us in discussion.

Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State’s Leaders

A joint Chicago-Illinois delegation has returned from a scouting trip to Seattle, as the city and state attempt to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago.