Stories by Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Attorney General: Who Will Replace Lisa Madigan?

Erika Harold

Erika Harold has a clean shot at the GOP nomination. Among Democrats, it’s a scramble. The first to officially announce a run is state state Rep. Scott Drury, who had been running for governor. 

University of Chicago Ties for No. 3 Spot on Best Colleges List

The University of Chicago (Don Burkett / Flickr)

The new U.S. News and World Report college rankings are out. See which Illinois schools made the list.

Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Yourself

Of Illinois’ 12.8 million residents, an estimated 5.4 million may have been impacted by the Equifax data breach. We review what you can do to protect yourself from potential identity fraud.

Daniel Biss Replaces Ramirez-Rosa with Rep. Litesa Wallace

Left: Daniel Biss speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight). Right: On Friday, Biss announced his new running mate, state Rep. Litesa Wallace. (Litesa Wallace / Facebook)

Mere days after parting ways with his original running mate, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful announced the Rockford lawmaker would join his ticket.

2018 Illinois Governor’s Race: Who’s Ahead, Who’s Behind

Gov. Bruce Rauner appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017.

Political intrigue and high finance mark the race for governor.

Attorney General Madigan Sues Trump Administration to Protect ‘Dreamers’

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has Illinois politicians at odds.

Chicago Gun Violence Down Over Labor Day Weekend, Police Say

Deputy Police Superintendent Kevin Navarro

The Chicago Police Department says it’s not a victory, but it is progress: Homicides were down 46 percent over the holiday weekend compared with last year, and there was a 30-percent reduction in shootings.

Education Overhaul Becomes Law, Scholarship Plan Attracts Scrutiny

At long last, Illinois has tossed its old method of funding schools in exchange for a formula that aims to send more state money to the poorer districts that need it most.

‘Historic’ Education Funding Bill Heads to Gov. Rauner

The Illinois Senate has passed a new education funding measure that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will sign into law.

Illinois House Passes ‘Historic’ Education Funding Bill

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

A day of drama in the Illinois House ended Monday night with a passage of bipartisan education funding legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will “quickly” sign into law should the Senate pass the package on Tuesday.

Rauner Shakes Off Staff in Latest Upheaval

Gov. Bruce Rauner may say a controversial cartoon published by the Illinois Policy Institute has nothing to do with him, but his response may have led to another staff shake-up.

Education Talks, Cartoon Controversy Continue

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Illinois’ top legislators will meet Thursday to continue hammering out a deal on education funding, even as a controversy continues to swirl over an editorial cartoon that backs one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s positions.

Legislators Condemn Rauner’s Reaction to Political Cartoon

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Top legislators spent hours Monday working on an education funding package, and reaction to a political cartoon is still simmering. 

‘Hopeful’ Madigan Cancels Eduction Funding Vote ‘In Light of Progress’

House Speaker Michael Madigan talks about education funding on Aug. 16, 2017. “We're not going to walk away from Senate Bill 1,” he said.

A marathon private session between Illinois’ top legislative leaders was evidently productive enough that House Speaker Michael Madigan is canceling the chamber’s expected vote on a contentious education funding plan Wednesday as talks continue. 

Solar Eclipse Sparks ‘Festival’ Atmosphere in Carbondale

Onlookers were treated to a clear view of the solar eclipse in Carbondale. “It was a festival sort of atmosphere,” Amanda Vinicky said. “You literally had a beer tent, carnival rides, and band, a whole lot of very excited people wearing garb for the solar eclipse.”

State Rep. Steven Andersson to Step Down

Exclusive: Andersson explains why he’s not running for re-election

State Rep. Steven Andersson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 11.

The Republican legislator who was instrumental to the passage of Illinois’ first budget in more than two years is leaving state politics. Find out why.

Jesse White to Run for Re-election in 2018

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (Daniel X. O’Neil / Wikimedia Commons)

The 83-year-old Illinois secretary of state said last year that he would retire at the end of his current term. Thursday, he said will run for a sixth term in 2018.

Rauner, Republicans Denounce Trump

(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Republicans meet at the Illinois State Fair while the House convenes to hammer out a compromise on school funding. 

Education Funding Unresolved as Illinois House Returns for Vote

As Gov. Bruce Rauner’s supporters rally Wednesday for “Governor’s Day” at the Illinois State Fair, representatives will be returning to the capitol to take an ax to his vision for education funding.

Gov. Rauner: ‘Let’s Compromise’ on School Funding

A day after the Illinois Senate killed his vision for a new method of funding Illinois schools, Gov. Bruce Rauner kept up hopes that legislators will come around to his way of thinking.

Rauner Loses School Funding Fight in Senate; Battle Moves to Illinois House

(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Governor Bruce Rauner’s attempt to put his stamp on school funding met its demise Sunday, when a single Republican senator joined with the chamber’s 37 Democrats to reject Rauner’s rewrite of a significant school funding measure.

Gov. Bruce Rauner to Appear Monday on ‘Chicago Tonight’

The governor’s sit-down with WTTW will come a day after the Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote on his amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1—a plan that rewrites how Illinois decides how to divvy up state funding for schools. 

How Cook County’s Soda Tax Could Swallow Food Stamp Funding

The rollout of Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax has been anything but sweet and easy. Now there’s concern it could put food stamps at risk.

State Skipping Funding for Schools

School superintendents weigh in on the education battle in Springfield.

Cook County Drops Suit Seeking $17M in Damages Related to Soda Tax

Cook County's new tax on sweetened drinks is sticking around, but Board President Toni Preckwinkle is dropping the county’s counter-lawsuit against the retailers who tried to get it tossed.