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What does Bonanza have to do with the Illinois gubernatorial race?

What will it take to get young voters involved in this election? How will the candidates connect with them? We try to answer that in the fourth bullet below. Based on favorite TV shows, it might be difficult to do.

INCUMBENT PROTECTION In Illinois, office-holders get to choose their voters thanks to ever-more-sophisticated gerrymandering techniques. It's time for legislative maps to be drawn to benefit voters, not incumbents. Brad McMillan of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University urges you to to get involved in the effort.

BRAGGING RIGHTS? What's the most corrupt state in America? Depends on how you crunch the numbers. Check out this Top 5 list of the rankings for most corrupt states. 

THANKS, JOHNNY DEPP Chicago's not Hollywood, but movies have generated a lot of jobs and money for Illinois. Which movies have generated the most? We've got them in today's list.

BONANZA Reboot's Lily Oberman was curious what it takes to get young voters interested in the gubernatorial campaign, so she attended a WTTW candidate forum for high school students and the Republican candidates. The candidates' answers for the question, "What's your favorite TV show," indicate they may have an uphill battle identifying with whatever we're calling the latest generation. Her report is here.

CIVIL DEBATE The four candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination met Thursday in Peoria for a debate. It was the second time in a week they've been in the same forum. They kept the gloves on this time. More here.

VALUE DOWN, TAXES UP A lot of homeowners in Illinois have faced a bad circumstance in the recent years: Their home values have fallen but their property taxes have gone up. Two suburban state representatives want to make sure that can't happen in the future and they want voters -- not the General Assembly -- to make the decision. Find out more here.

HEADLINES Here are the top news stories in Illinois today:

  • 5. Opinion: The new Illinois pension law does not come close to solving the structural budget deficit problem. (The Southern Illinoisan)
    4. A crucial state law for the horse racing industry in Illinois is set to expire next week. (Daily Herald)
    3. The GOP candidates were unified in their opposition to continue the temporary income tax increase during their debate in Peoria. (Peoria Journal-Star)
    2. With the television cameras on them, the GOP candidates were much more civil than in their previous debate. (Chicago Sun-Times)
    1. During the debate, the candidates focused more on selling themselves as the best candidate to defeat Gov. Quinn than on taking shots at each other. (Chicago Tribune)

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