A new poll from Basswood Research released on Friday shows Senator Mark Kirk leading Tammy Duckworth by two points in the U.S. Senate race.
"Following a few horrible weeks for the Duckworth campaign, including having Illinois taxpayers pick up the tab for her legal troubles, it comes as no surprise that Illinois voters prefer Senator Kirk's thoughtful, effective and independent leadership," said Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Nick Klitzing.
The Independent Map Amendment lost Round 1. Supporters are hoping for a win in Round 2.
On Wednesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled as unconstitutional a proposed amendment that would take away the power of drawing legislative maps from the Illinois General Assembly and assign it to an independent commission.
The judge, who was first elected to the bench in 1998 as a Democrat, sided with the opponents on all seven objections.
Madigan sues because amendment threatens his “ability to install and control lawmakers”
Today, a Cook County circuit court is expected to rule on Mike Madigan’s lawsuit to get the Independent Map Amendment thrown off the November ballot.
From the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: Article XIV, Section 3 — the part of the Illinois Constitution that empowers voters to put an amendment on the ballot — is a single, straightforward paragraph.
Today, the Chicago Tribune reported that 56% of those who signed the Independent Map Amendment petitions identify as Democrats. Mike Madigan, the chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, is snubbing his own party’s wishes by suing to keep the Independent Map Amendment off the November ballot.