Sunday marked the beginning of the 10-day countdown to Election Day. For many Illinois voters, the Nov. 4 balloting will be a welcome break from the avalanche of negative ads that have blanketed the airwaves for weeks.
Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are making former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's love of fundraising look, well, sort of quaint.
Republicans have been complaining for four years that an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in the waning days of the 2010 election was a thinly veiled attempt to use taxpayer dollars to generate turnout and votes in parts of Chicago and its south suburbs.
It seems like every campaign season a candidate for office utters a line that later comes back to haunt them.
Some time this week, voters will begin receiving booklets in the mail courtesy of the Illinois Secretary of State's office.
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.
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.
Apparently, Gov. Pat Quinn is not one of those politicians who is obsessed with leaks.
If Illinois legislators were graded on their performance, they would be huddled in the corner this year, wearing cone-shaped dunce caps.
As is usually the case, the focal point of the final week of the legislative session was piecing together a budget.
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.
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.
Daffodils were blooming. The magnolia trees were budding. It was a time of new life and growth in Illinois' capital city last week.
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.
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