Information on candidates for several statewide offices, including
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general,
comptroller and treasurer, as well as the legislature, Congress
and the U.S. Senate who filed with the Illinois State Board of
Elections is available at www.elections.state.il.us.
The deadline to file objections to those candidates? petitions
is Dec. 24.
Daley agree on O'Hare
The governor and Chicago mayor reached an agreement that would add a new south runway and keep Meigs Field open until 2026, unless the General Assembly steps in. The pact, which was forwarded to federal lawmakers for consideration, says the legislature can opt to close Meigs after 2006. Ryan, who had been opposed to the south runway at OHare, says the plan also gives the green light to an airport in Peotone between Chicago and Kankakee.
Issues, December 6, 2001
Ryan cuts $485 million
The states oldest prison will close, Medicaid costs will
be pared and state employees under the governors control
will take at least one day off without pay under the budget-cutting
plan announced by Gov. George Ryan. The governor says his cuts
will nearly cover a projected $500 million budget shortfall. Ryan
made the announcements on those cuts, totaling more than $485
million, on three separate days. His plan also delays construction
of the University of Illinois post-genomics institute and
shuts down a portion of the Elgin Mental Health Center. The cuts
were limited to those the governor could take without legislative
approval because the General Assembly took no action on budget
cuts before wrapping up its fall veto session.
The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the
legislative map drawn by Democrats. The court voted 5-2 along
party lines to reject the argument that the design of some districts
fails to meet the state Constitutions requirement for compactness.
The plan is ?ot discernibly different in compactness than the
Republican-drawn one the court upheld a decade ago, wrote Chief
Justice Moses Harrison in the ruling in a suit filed by three
central Illinois voters. "While some of the new districts
are certainly more elongated than others, the same was true of
districts drawn under the old map."