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Fact-check: Kinzinger off target with claim about handguns and murder

Most murders are committed with firearms, a majority of them handguns, federal data show. Even so, Kinzinger significantly stretched the facts by claiming handguns are used to commit nearly all murders.

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Ives falsely claims primary foe did not publicly oppose Illinois abortion bill

Former state Rep. Jeanne Ives says ex-Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti did not denounce a controversial bill signed by former Gov. Bruce Rauner that expanded public funding of abortions.

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Fact-check: Durbin says Trump has encouraged unprecedented numbers of migrants to seek asylum; that’s not entirely true

Despite some limitations, federal data does suggest the number of credible fear claims made by migrants seeking asylum at the southwest border has hit a record high.

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Fact-check: Faulty figures fuel Mendoza’s Illinois-Indiana gasoline tax claim

Pallasch acknowledged Mendoza’s office mistakenly used the 37.32 cents per gallon statistic for Illinois even though it represented an outdated number from last year. That led to a faulty analysis in which Mendoza compared the new Illinois excise gasoline tax to an old figure for the overall amount of taxes and fees on gasoline in Indiana.

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Fact-check: Pritzker’s claims about Downstate capital spending leave some unanswered questions

Pritzker’s specific claim about where the rest of the funding will go under this plan is not yet possible to pin down based on our analysis.

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Fact-check: FOP attack on consent decrees falls short

Trump’s Justice Department has indeed stepped back from pushing for reforms at individual police agencies. But the same agency had lauded progress fostered by consent decrees and concluded they did not appear to endanger public safety.

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Fact-check: Brady’s attack on graduated income tax flat out wrong on time frame and income level

PolitiFact rates claims based on the words people speak. Corrections by his staff aside, Brady not only referred to the state’s most recent tax increase and not the 2011 hike but also twice mentioned middle-income families in his remarks.

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Fact-check: House Republican leader throws facts under the bus with Joliet bridge claim

Despite widespread public concern, however, we could find no evidence that Joliet school buses had been prohibited from traversing the I-80 bridges with students aboard.

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Lightfoot spreads rumor that police union told cops not to police: ‘I hope to God that wasn’t true’

The BGA is not in the habit of delving into a claim prefaced as rumor, but the mayor’s suggestion cried out for a closer look.

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Fact-check: No, Pritzker-like tax rates did not drive wealthy from New York

What Murphy neglected to mention during the press conference was that Cuomo wasn’t criticizing his state’s graduated income tax rate structure.

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Fact-check: Pritzker’s latest sweeping tax claim falls flat

The data Pritzker’s team sent us came from two federal sources: the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figures for those states check out, but they don’t come close to telling the full story.

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Fact-check: Democrat blowing smoke with claim of decreased teen marijuana use

Cassidy sent us an email promising an aide would "share the studies out of Colorado," but nothing arrived as of our deadline.

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Fact-check: Downstate Republican wrong about wage hike costing 50,000 jobs

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, show Illinois added — rather than lost — roughly 48,000 jobs overall in 2007.

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Fact-check: Congress hopeful’s paycheck claim bounces

Newman’s claim accurately reflects the single survey she is relying on, but it appears to be an outlier among similar polls.

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Fact-check: Pritzker-allied group’s claim about other states’ income tax unfair

With nearly half of income-taxing states not charging higher rates to the wealthy, it’s clear the ad’s claim is off base.

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Fact-check: Emanuel blows smoke about teen cigarette smoking in Chicago

Chicago is far from the nation’s leader in reducing teen smoking. At least nine other major school districts or counties came out ahead.

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Fact-check: Downstate legislator all wet on Chicago bailout claim

Experts we spoke with summed up the claim as a "myth," "clearly not true," and "total nonsense."

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Fact-check: Attack ad should lay off calling Pritzker’s plan a ‘jobs tax’

While there’s no official definition for a "jobs tax," it is clear Pritzker’s plan doesn’t contain one.

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Fact-check: Easy to predict accuracy of Preckwinkle’s Grade 3-prison urban myth

It’s not true in Illinois and we could find no credible evidence that suggested it was true elsewhere.

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Fact-check: Preckwinkle undersells track record of affordable-housing program

Preckwinkle criticized a city program aimed in part at increasing the supply of affordable housing in better-off neighborhoods that have high rents.

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Fact-check: Providing oversight of Lightfoot’s record on police discipline

Lightfoot’s claim is accurate, but it does little to reinforce the portrait she is drawing of a reformer who improved police accountability.

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Fact-check: Pritzker taxes truth in dismissing revenue alternatives

Now, Pritzker is the state’s chief executive — and the one painting tax policies in overly broad strokes.

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Fact-check: Checking the resumes in mayor’s race

With a runoff for the top two vote-getters all but certain, we decided to revisit some of the questionable things candidates have been saying.

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Fact-check: Truth in jeopardy in Mendoza’s claim blaming Daley for budget mess

Her claim that Daley somehow paved the way for the role Rauner played in the state’s protracted budget impasse lacks substance.

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Fact-check: Preckwinkle misrepresents Mendoza’s death penalty stand

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Fact-check: Gery Chico’s pop tax swipe at Susana Mendoza falls flat

The claim follows a well-worn partisan script in which a candidate blows out of proportion a minor piece of legislation an opponent once supported.

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Fact-check: McCarthy’s claims on reining in city’s murder rate don’t ring true

In a recent TV ad, McCarthy invokes yet again his four-plus years at the helm of the Chicago Police Department.

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Fact-check: Did Chico cut waste, taxes in less than 7 months at City Colleges?

City Colleges did cut its property tax levy under Chico. Still, the breaks he oversaw were so modest that it is doubtful Chicago homeowners noticed.

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Fact-check: Preckwinkle inflates role in shedding light on Laquan McDonald case

Preckwinkle’s ad is partially accurate and leaves out important details, so we we rate it Half True.

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Fact-check: Susana Mendoza goes off the rails with commuter tax claim

The problem with that sweeping generalization is that some U.S. cities with commuter taxes are thriving.

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Fact-check: Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas claims CPS healthier under him

Having a proven track record as a school fix-it specialist could be a big plus for Vallas. But how valid are his claims? We decided to take a look.

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Fact-check: Did police shootings plunge under McCarthy’s leadership?

Garry McCarthy claims a dramatic reduction in officer-involved shootings when he was head of CPD. He stretches the facts by claiming total credit.