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GOP's Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s international airports, but he wouldn’t stand in the way of adding casinos if local communities support it.

September 19, 2014 10:45 am
GOP lieutenant governor candidate sought out state job

GOP lieutenant governor candidate sought out state job

SPRINGFIELD | Before Evelyn Sanguinetti wanted to shake up Illinois, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor wanted a regular state job.

August 08, 2014 6:30 pm

7 called to testify on Quinn anti-violence program

CHICAGO | A legislative subcommittee voted Monday to subpoena seven former state officials connected to Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence initiative that's also under federal and Cook County probes.

June 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Illinois redistricting group lacking signatures

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The group that wants to take the politically powerful process of drawing election maps away from Illinois lawmakers is facing more challenges after election authorities found that a majority of petition signatures needed to put the question to voters were invalid.

May 21, 2014 3:23 pm

Ill. lawmaker pushes again for gambling plan

SPRINGFIELD | An Illinois state lawmaker is making a last-minute push to expand gambling in Illinois, a revenue option he says should be on the table if Democratic leaders can't gather enough votes for a tax increase within the next two weeks.

May 19, 2014 11:53 am

Lawmakers to allow subpoenas for violence program

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program faces another layer of scrutiny after a legislative panel approved subpoena powers for itself Tuesday to dig into how the program's money was spent before and after Quinn's election campaign in 2010.

May 06, 2014 11:34 pm
Sponsor hopeful Illinois progressive tax will pass

Sponsor hopeful Illinois progressive tax will pass

Illinois Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, joins parents, seniors, small business owners, educators, health care and human service providers to rally in support of the Fair Tax proposal on Tuesday in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Senate faces a proposal to ask voters in November to approve a so-…

April 29, 2014 3:46 pm
Illinois Senate adjourns without vote on tax plan

Illinois Senate adjourns without vote on tax plan

SPRINGFIELD | An effort to let Illinois voters consider a proposed overhaul of the state's income tax system died Tuesday in the General Assembly, but there's still a strong possibility the November ballot could include an unprecedented four constitutional amendments.

April 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Quinn says he'll limit himself to 2 terms

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn says term limits are good policy for Illinois and he's going to limit himself to two terms.

April 28, 2014 2:51 pm

Madigan offers his anaylsis of gubernatorial election

In a completely unsurprising development, House Speaker Michael Madigan was re-elected to another term as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois last week.

April 28, 2014 12:00 am

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
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