Ronald Reagan

The debut episode of Statewide includes:

Fifty years since the tumultous political convention in Chicago, renovations to the Reagan boyhood home, assasination games in school, plus more.

The year was 1981.  Just weeks after taking over as President, Ronald Reagan was in an operating room.  He was bleeding internally from an assassin’s bullet.  He was close to death. 

Could the Republican nominee's emphasis on "law and order" derail a growing bipartisan consensus on crime and punishment?

Trump and Rauner
Trump by Michael Vadon / Flickr, Rauner by Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Could a campaign emphasis on "law and order" derail the emerging bipartisan consensus on crime and punishment?

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday rebuked Governor Bruce Rauner in his labor negotiations with the state's biggest government-employee union.

After months of negotiations have failed to reach an agreement, unions want legislation that would let an arbitrator resolve intractable disputes.

Rauner vetoed it, saying it would tie his hands. He also promised not to lock workers out.

But Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, says the real fear is that Rauner will demand workers accept "completely unreasonable" terms.

Reagan Statue Requested At Statehouse

May 28, 2014
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A state senator is spearheading an effort to get a statue of Ronald Reagan built at the Illinois Capitol. Darin LaHood of Dunlap, a Republican, is among those who have sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol requesting a Reagan memorial.

LaHood says it coincides with the 10th Anniversary of President Reagan’s death on June 5.

Abraham Lincoln is surely the most famous Republican from Illinois.
WUIS/Illinois Issues

There’s a sure-fire way to bug Republicans in Illinois: Call them up every two years and ask them why they can’t win elections. You almost can hear them wince as they explain what’s gone wrong and what they need to do to win over voters in the future. 

Add to their anxiety the ticking clock that is the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial race.

News: Election 2004

Jul 1, 2004

Protracted budget dispute produces positives for prison workers, state colleges and business

Fifty-four days and 17 special sessions after its scheduled May 31 adjournment date, the Illinois General Assembly approved a $45.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. 

Obituary: Ronald Reagan

Jul 1, 2004
Ronald Regan
WUIS/Illinois Issues

The conservative icon, the only native Illinoisan to become president, died June 5. He was 93.
Reagan, who was plagued by Alzheimer’s disease in his final years, energized the country with his 
man-of-the-people image and love-of-country message.

U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, whose district covers the region of Illinois where Reagan was born and raised, said it was there that Reagan “learned the common sense values and virtues that helped him reshape not only our nation, but also the world.