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Highway safety measure advances

SPRINGFIELD | Motorists who endanger emergency crews on highways could face stiffer penalties under legislation moving through the Illinois Legislature.

April 05, 2014 5:04 pm

Some longtime Democrats throwing support to Rauner

CHICAGO | Several well-known Democratic supporters, including longtime allies of President Barack Obama, said Thursday that they're backing Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner for Illinois governor, signaling that the campaign will focus on swing voters crucial to winning in the heavi…

March 20, 2014 3:30 pm

Quinn's prison chief endorsed by Senate panel

SPRINGFIELD | Over the objections of Republican lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn's pick to run the state's massive prison system won an early endorsement from a Senate panel Monday.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am

Ill. labor unions sue over plan to cut pensions

SPRINGFIELD | Some of the largest public labor unions in Illinois filed a long-awaited lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state's new pension reform law, a move that could delay implementation of the landmark measure and have major ramifications in upcoming elections.

January 28, 2014 12:10 pm
Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address

Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address

CHICAGO | With his top priority of pension reform inked into law, Gov. Pat Quinn is preparing for a critical election-year State of the State speech this week, needing to persuade lawmakers and voters he has the leadership skills to keep running Illinois.

January 27, 2014 8:00 pm
Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address

Leadership, re-election at stake in Quinn address

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview on Dec. 24 with the Associated Press in Chicago. Quinn heads into his State of the State address Wednesday with his top priority of pension reform inked into the law. The speech is a chance for him to lay out goals in a year where he faces r…

January 27, 2014 12:00 am

Hearing scheduled on expanded Illinois gambling

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The lawmaker seeking approval for expanded gambling in Illinois will conduct several hearings to get public input.

January 23, 2014 3:54 pm

Rauner keeps fundraising lead in GOP governor race

CHICAGO | The three lawmakers running for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor continue to lag behind newcomer Bruce Rauner in fundraising.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn asks lawmakers for additional money

SPRINGFIELD | The Quinn administration is asking Illinois lawmakers to approve an extra $221 million in spending, saying the cash is needed to finish out the remainder of the fiscal year.

October 26, 2013 12:00 am

Newly renovated Capitol missing painting of Blago

Today marks the unofficial fifth anniversary of the start of the rapid fall of Illinois’ 40th governor.

October 21, 2013 12:00 am

As GOP jostles, Quinn has $2.9M in campaign fund

CHICAGO | Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has socked away $2.9 million for his 2014 re-election campaign — more than the combined total of his four potential Republican rivals, who continue to battle for donors and the GOP nomination.

October 17, 2013 12:00 am

Sponsor of Illinois gambling expansion plans talks

CHICAGO | The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports plans to revive talks on the measure when the Legislature meets next week.

October 16, 2013 1:23 pm

Quinn's cost estimates for state facilities are inflated

As part of an effort designed to save $88 million, the Quinn administration last year began trying to close various state facilities, ranging from prisons to institutions housing people with developmental disabilities.

October 14, 2013 12:00 am
Despite ruling, Quinn vows to manage without pay

Despite ruling, Quinn vows to manage without pay

CHICAGO | When Gov. Pat Quinn grew angry that lawmakers hadn't found a way to fix Illinois' pension crisis, he eliminated their salaries. But these days the only elected official going without pay is the governor himself.

October 11, 2013 6:00 pm

Simon: Cities should consider assault-weapons bans

CHICAGO | Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is urging Illinois communities to consider banning assault-style weapons before new legislation is signed that could prohibit local governments from doing so in the future.

June 09, 2013 6:30 pm

Questions loom ahead of lawmaker pensions session

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn insists lawmakers can fix the state's most urgent financial problem by passing a major pension overhaul in a single day.

August 15, 2012 7:30 pm

Jackson 'throne' primed for unseating by Halvorson?

Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from 53rd Street in Chicago down to the Kankakee/Iroquois county border and takes in a large swath of the far South Side and south suburbs, was drawn to bolster the re-election chances of its incumbent.

October 23, 2011 12:00 am
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