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Silverstein faces three challengers in state Senate primary

There are three Democrats running in the March 2018 primary race to unseat longtime incumbent 8th District state Sen. Ira Silverstein. Silverstein, who has served since 1998, has not faced a primary opponent in over a decade.

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IL Chamber of Commerce President Maisch calls for policy reforms to boost Illinois economy

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch tried to strike a positive tone on Illinois’ future Tuesday at the City Club of Chicago and laid out a four-point policy plan to boost the state’s economic outlook in 2018.

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State Rep. Flowers has a primary challenger for the first time in 16 years

Mary E. Flowers, a longtime Democratic state representative and assistant majority leader from Chicago’s South Side, is facing an electoral challenger for the first time in over half a dozen election cycles.

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Ives says she will deliver conservative reforms Rauner promised, defends controversial ad at City Club

Republican State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ appearance at the City Club of Chicago on Monday covered both politics and policy. The Republican primary candidate for governor laid out a multi-faceted campaign platform that included hard caps on property taxes and state spending while also defending her recent controversial campaign advertisement.

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Three House districts that flipped in 2016 will be contested again in 2018

Party control of six Illinois House districts flipped in the November 2016 elections. As of mid-November, three of those districts are set to host contests between Democrats and Republicans again in the 2018 election.

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Former Illinois gubernatorial candidate calls for property tax cap advisory question on 2018 ballot

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, radio host, former gubernatorial candidate and political pundit Dan Proft said he was working to place an advisory question on the 2018 ballot asking Illinois voters if the state should cap property taxes.

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State lawmakers prepare for November veto session

The Illinois General Assembly will begin its second veto session on Tuesday, November 7 following three days of votes in October that saw the House fail to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of a bill prohibiting “right-to-work” zones.

Members of the General Assembly could address several others vetoes when they return to Springfield this week.

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Republican state representatives who voted for tax increases report mixed Q3 fundraising results

On July 2, 2017, 15 Republican state representatives voted in favor of the Illinois state budget plan that included significant increases in the individual and corporate income tax rates. Nine of those Republicans have already announced that they will not seek reelection. The other six Republicans who voted for the tax increases and are seeking reelection reported mixed fundraising results in three months following the vote.

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Fr. Katsouros touts success of Arrupe College’s first graduating class

Father Steve Katsouros, the founding dean and executive director of Loyola University’s Arrupe College, spoke to the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday touting the success of the school’s new two-year college, which graduated its first class in June 2017.

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Happy Labor Day

The Daily Whale staff wishes all of our readers a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. In observance of the holiday, we will not publish our daily newsletters on Monday, September 4. Our normal publication schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

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