#151: Elections are Fundamental

by Lee Hamilton of the University of Indiana Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies Elections are the hallmark of representative democracy. As a nation, we put a great deal of faith in elections, and the voting process. We abide by their results. Elections are fundamental to our system of government. We commit to…

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Secretary of state extends driver’s license, ID expiration dates

Online license plate sticker renewals increase by 84 percent By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Expiration dates on Illinois driver’s licenses and state ID cards will be extended another three months, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, September 23. White announced expirations for licenses and IDs will be extended until February…

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Statehouse statues of Stephen Douglas, Pierre Menard to be removed from exterior

Office of the Architect board plans future discussion on statues, artwork inside Capitol By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Statues of two slave-owning men with historical ties to Illinois will be moved from the Statehouse grounds in Springfield to a secure storage site, a panel of four officials voted Wednesday morning, August…

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Fred Tucker

Charles Frederick Tucker, 89, of Belleville, IL, died Thursday, August 13, 2020, at his residence. Memorials may be made to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, an organization near and dear to Fred’s heart, or to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com. Visitation:  Friends may visit…

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Charles Green

On August 12, 2020, the world lost a real hero. Charles Edward Green, 53, of Freeburg, IL, died in a traffic accident, saving the lives of a full car and the passenger of his. Memorials may be made to the family in person at the funeral home, sent to their address, or expressed online at…

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Link charged with felony tax evasion

State senator accused of filing false 2016 return By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Terry Link was charged in federal court Thursday with a felony count of tax evasion. In a one-page document, federal prosecutors allege that Link filed a return for tax year 2016 in which he reported income…

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Lawsuit seeks $450 million payment to ratepayers from ComEd, Madigan

Case alleges violation of RICO, which feds used to dismantle organized crime groups By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — A group of Commonwealth Edison ratepayers asked a federal judge Monday, August 10, to force the utility company, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and others to pay “at least” $450 million to be split…

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Gerald Seiler

Gerald “Jerry” W. Seiler Sr., 78, of Smithton, Ill., passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, in Sevierville, Tenn., after a long courageous battle with cancer.   VISITATION: A visitation for Jerry will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 1:00 P.M.- 3:00 P.M.  at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, IL. SERVICE: A…

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