>>Daley Doesn't Believe Quinn Will Win
(Chicago, IL) -- Bill Daley doesn't believe Governor Pat Quinn will win reelection next fall. Daley was running against Quinn in the primary, but dropped out of the race. He says he couldn't commit to what the voters may need. Daley says the state is facing a massive pension debt and high unemployment. He says there's no outside reason why he chose to drop out of the race, saying that it was only because he didn't feel he could commit. Daley also said he would not endorse Quinn in his bid for reelection.
>>Brady Chooses Running Mate
(Springfield, IL) -- State Senator Bill Brady has chosen Maria Rodriguez as his running mate. She served two terms as the village president of Long Grove. She's also served as village clerk and a village trustee. Rodriguez ran for Congress in 2010. Brady is the third candidate for governor to choose a running mate. State Senator Kirk Dillar is running with State Representative Jil Tracy. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford chose attorney Steve Kim. Governor Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have not announced their picks for Lieutenant Governor yet.
>>Cross Launching Campaign For Treasurer
(Plainfield, IL) -- Tom Cross is launching a two-day fly around across Illinois today to announce his candidacy for state treasurer. Earlier this summer, he told his Republican colleagues of his plans to run for the office. He's led Republicans in the House since 2003 and has served in the House since 1993. Cross is set to make his announcement in Chicago today. He'll also make stops in Rockford and Moline today. Tomorrow he'll visit Peoria, Quincy and Springfield. Cross will face State Representative Mike Frerichs in next fall's election.
>>Two Men Arrested For Caterpillar Thefts
(Peoria, IL) -- Police say they've arrested two men for stealing more than one-million dollars worth of property from Caterpillar. John Peters and Eliot Wells have been arrested for theft. Peters is a former Caterpillar employee while Wells is a current employee. Police say that they found three-hundred-thousand dollars in stolen property at Wells' home. The investigation found that they've already sold another 485-thousand dollars online. Investigators believe that number will climb to more than a million dollars.
>>Former Cop Arrested For Stealing Drug Money
(Decatur, IL) -- Steve Jones retired in 2011 after 30 years with the Macon County Sheriff's Office. He was the department's chief of investigations. Now he's facing charges that he took money from the department's narcotics fund. The department started an investigation after Jones retired after an audit found problems with the fund. Sheriff Thomas Schneider says it appears the thefts go back a decade. The money from the account is confiscated from drug dealers. Jones has bonded out of jail and is due in court for an arraignment on October 18.
>>Former Marine Plans To Challenge Lisa Madigan
(Waterloo, IL) -- A former Marine is planning to run against Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Republican Paul Schimpf plans to make a formal announcement of his plans next week. He retired from the Marine Corp this spring after 24 years of service. He was a lieutenant colonel. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and the Marines sent him to law school at Southern Illinois University. Schimpf believes Madigan has fallen short on some key issues and believes that he can do a better job than her.
>>Pension Crisis Costing IL Taxpayers 61K Each
(Springfield, IL) -- The state's 63-billion-dollar pension crisis will cost Illinois taxpayers 61-thousand-dollars each. That's according to new data presented in a report by the Illinois Policy Institute. The price tag is the debt total for the pension and retirement accounts of numerous Illinois public agencies.
>>State To Buy E-Cars
(Chicago, IL) -- Illinois is on the verge of spending one-point-six-million-dollars to purchase electric cars. A report says state transportation officials have determined e-cars are better in the long run for taxpayers. The contract to buy the cars is with a Chicago-area electric car dealership.
>>State Likely To Appeal Contract Cancellation
(Undated) -- Illinois officials say they'll likely appeal a recent ruling calling for the cancellation of a contract designed to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid program. State officials say they will likely discuss an out-of-court settlement. The contract was worth a reported 77-million dollars.
>>IL Sustainable Food Effort Growing
(Undated) -- Sustainable farms in Illinois are hoping a state campaign will boost interest in locally grown produce. Governor Quinn approved the "Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day" initiative for the first Saturday of every month. Illinois officials estimate the state would add 640-million dollars to the annual economy if consumers simply bought 15-percent of their food from local producers.