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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - IL: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

Illinois ranks second in the nation when it comes to money spent in state legislative races. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Exactly how much money did candidates spend during the November general election? Recent data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics shows candidates for state House and Senate seats in Illinois alone raised more than $95 million this election cycle. Illinois r

Critics of superdelegates say the system does not accurately represent how Illinois voters feel about the presidential candidates. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia today the party took a small step that could limit the role of convention superdelegates. Some Illinois delegates say more changes are sorely needed. Illinois has 26 superdelegates who are appointed by party le

Illinois' Public Access Bureau worked through about 4,770 requests over the state's Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's Sunshine Week, when civic groups focus on the need for open government and celebrate the Freedom of Information laws, including those in Illinois. According to a report released this week by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office in 2015 helped resolve a majority o

A story published this week on millionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner highlights his unprecedented self-funded campaign, prompting some to call for campaign-finance reforms. Credit:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Never have so few people given so much campaign money in the modern history of Illinois politics. That's the big takeaway of a New York Times profile this week of millionaire Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's run for office last year. The Times found that Rauner's funders took advant

PHOTO: A recent analysis examines the impact of last minute campaign spending by special interest groups on judicial elections. Photo credit:M. Connors/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – According to a recent analysis, Illinois is among a handful of states that's seen a surge of last minute outside spending in state Supreme Court races by special interest groups. Bert Brandenburg, executive director of the judicial watchdog group Justice at Stake, says th

PHOTO: Illinois Move to Amend says a constitutional amendment proposed to overturn the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision isn't broad enough to do the job. Photo credit:  Keven/Rossell/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A vote is expected in Washington Thursday on a constitutional amendment giving Congress and the states control of political campaign spending. But some Illinoisans working to end 'corporate personhood' say it doesn't go far enough. Kaye Gamble, coordinator for Illinois Move to

 Among other things, Justice Stephens is advocating for campaign spending reform, after the 2010

CHICAGO - Since retiring from the bench in 2010, former Supreme Court Justice and Illinois native son John Paul Stevens has not been idle. His new book, out this month, has already caused a big stir in political and policy circles. It's called "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Consti

Protesters on Thursday outside ALEC meeting in downtown Chicago   Photo courtesy of: Chicago Federation of Labor

CHICAGO - A nonprofit group of which some voters may never have heard holds its 40th annual meeting in Chicago this week. Watchdog, labor, religious, and civil rights groups are protesting outside, so that more people learn about the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC says its members disc

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