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Is Sen. McCann running for Governor? The rumor mill says “Yes!”

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Do we finally have an answer on what Sen. Sam McCann (R-50) is going to run for? In December, he claimed he would not seek reelection for his current senate seat. But then in March, he said he might run as an independent. At that same event, McCann said he might also run for governor.

Sources have now indicated that McCann will in fact make an independent bid for governor. Insiders have long speculated that this was his plan from the beginning. He missed his self-imposed 30 day deadline set March 13, and it is expected that the formal announcement will come on Monday.

If the rumors hold true, McCann will be the 5th candidate running for governor. He will also need to raise at least 25,000 signatures to get on the ballot. You can learn more about that race on our campaign headquarters page.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole Dec. 11th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council’s committee of the whole meeting for December 11th.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting December 4th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for December 4th. There is a presentation by EmberClear about a proposed gas-fired plant.

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Bustos’ American-made flag bill passes in the House

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In 2015, the Federal government spent $4.4 million on foreign-made American flags. Almost all of these flags, which were used by the Department of Defense, came from China. Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was appalled when she learned this from a veteran. Under current law, flags only need to be made of 50 percent American-made materials.

Bustos’ bill would require American flags purchased with taxpayer dollars be wholly produced in the United States. Yesterday, that bill passed the House. Bustos has been working on this issue for years; and this is not the first time her measure has made it out of the house.

HR 3121 will now go to the Senate to be voted on there.

You can watch Bustos’ speech in the player. You can read the bill here.

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