(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill that would end the state’s participation in a multi-state voter registration system that some critics say is inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers. The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is run through the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office and is aimed at flagging duplicate voter registrations across state lines. Illinois lawmakers voted to withdraw from the system after the State Board of Elections rejected a similar effort on a 4-4 partisan vote with Republicans against leaving and Democrats in favor. In his veto message yesterday, Governor Rauner said one way Illinois combats fraudulent voting is by taking part in programs that allow cross-referencing voter information from various states, therefore claiming that this piece of legislation would hinder that effort.
(CHAMPAIGN) The University of Illinois is paying an alumnus $7,500 to stop selling T-shirts that say “Make Illinois Great Again” with a drawing of the school’s former mascot, Chief Illiniwek. The News-Gazette reports that the university reached the settlement with Ted O’Malley after suing him back in March for violating its trademarks for the word “Illinois” and a copyrighted photo commissioned by the school. In exchange for the payment, O’Malley has agreed to stop selling the T-shirt and to not sell similar T-shirts in the future. The university has agreed to not challenge O’Malley’s “Make Illinois Great Again” trademark and to dismiss its lawsuit. Bringing back the Chief Illiniwek mascot is still the hope of many in Illinois.
(EFFINGHAM) Governor Bruce Rauner joined three downstate Republican House candidates during a brief stop in Effingham yesterday to sign the “People’s Pledge”. Darren Bailey, Chris Miller, and Blaine Wilhour all signed the pledge, which supports term limits for all elected officials and includes a promise to vote for anyone but Mike Madigan as Speaker of the Illinois House, who has held the position for 35 years straight. Those supporting the “People’s Pledge” say it is not a partisan movement or issue, Republican versus Democrat, but it is rather about “good government” in trying to change the culture in Springfield.