The Illinois State Board of Elections likely will quickly appeal a federal judge's preliminary injunction handed down earlier today blocking Election Day registration and voting options at polling places, a plaintiff's attorney in the case said.
Despite the controversy surrounding embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, whatever misdeeds he may have committed, the scandal apparently is not a big deal, if news media buzz and political heat are any indication, a vocal citizen journalist recently said on his blog.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for black Americans stands at 8.1 percent, which is higher than the national average of all Americans; but Illinois has the highest black unemployment rate in the entire country at 15 percent.
More than a year after talks between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were said to have reached an impasse in negotiations over the union's contract with the state which expired on June 30, 2015, all efforts to agree on new terms have been fruitless.