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Kurt Erickson

Shuttered prison now filled with 2,200 metal filing cabinets

In one of the more curious moves of his administration, Gov. Pat Quinn addressed budget problems within the horrendously overcrowded state prison system by... closing two prisons.

August 11, 2014 12:00 am

Confidential email shows lawmakers' disdain for Quinn

Among the more than 2,000 emails turned over to a legislative panel investigating Gov. Pat Quinn's failed anti-violence program is a confidential note from the governor's liaison with the Legislature.

July 28, 2014 12:00 am

Politics may prevent Quinn from fixing mansion's leaky roof

Apparently, Gov. Pat Quinn is not one of those politicians who is obsessed with leaks.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Still looking for balance in Springfield

EDITORIAL: Still looking for balance in Springfield

If Illinois legislators were graded on their performance, they would be huddled in the corner this year, wearing cone-shaped dunce caps.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

Lawmakers address myriad issues this session

As is usually the case, the focal point of the final week of the legislative session was piecing together a budget.

June 02, 2014 12:00 am

Several strategies playing out in Springfield as session end nears

Every May it is pretty much of a mad scramble in the corridors of the Illinois Capitol. The atmosphere is a bit more intense this spring, given that this is an election year.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am

Making tax hike permanent still an unknown

Illinois lawmakers are in the final furlong of the spring legislative session and it remains unknown whether there is enough gas left in the tank to carry the controversial extension of the 2011 temporary income tax increase across the finish line.

May 19, 2014 12:00 am

GOP happy Madigan pulled plug on 'millionaire tax' proposal

Daffodils were blooming. The magnolia trees were budding. It was a time of new life and growth in Illinois' capital city last week.

April 14, 2014 12:00 am

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
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