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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

'Sign and drive' legislation expected to become law in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois motorists nabbed for speeding or running a red light will no longer have to forfeit their driver's license to the officer writing the ticket under legislation expected to become law Saturday.

August 08, 2014 12:35 pm

Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune

CHICAGO | The wealthy Republican running for Illinois governor is catching heat for pledging $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses.

August 01, 2014 7:00 pm

Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

BERWYN, Ill. | Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot.

July 29, 2014 1:05 pm

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
GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines

GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines

Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate, businessman Bruce Rauner, answers questions from reporters on July 11 in Springfield, Ill.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am
GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines

GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his opponent.

July 24, 2014 3:51 pm

Ill. lawmaker: Concealed carry law 'complicated'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A state senator said the law he helped push through that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is too tough on gun owners from other states.

July 23, 2014 2:00 pm

Gov. candidates make accusations on transparency

CHICAGO | Allegations of concealing information and impeding transparency bubbled up in the Illinois governor's race Friday as Republican Bruce Rauner accused Gov. Pat Quinn of hiding while federal officials investigate a 2010 anti-violence program and the Chicago Democrat's campaign questio…

July 12, 2014 12:00 am

Some Illinois lawmakers voluntarily giving up pay

CHICAGO | Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the Legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am

Panel probing Quinn program meeting next week

CHICAGO | Members of a legislative panel investigating Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program plan to meet next week even after federal authorities asked them to hold off while they conduct their own probe, lawmakers said Thursday.

July 10, 2014 7:56 pm

Lawmaker signs most subpoenas for Quinn program

CHICAGO | A key Democratic Illinois lawmaker signed five of seven subpoenas on Tuesday compelling former state officials connected to Gov. Pat Quinn's 2010 troubled anti-violence program to testify before a commission next month.

June 24, 2014 3:39 pm

State police crack down on cellphone violations

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois state troopers cracked down on distracted driving in the first half of the year as motorists worked to shed the potentially deadly habit of using a cellphone while behind the wheel.

June 22, 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

Accuser files amended lawsuit against Rutherford

SPRINGFIELD | The man accusing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of sexual and political intimidation tacked on a number of new allegations to his claims in an amended lawsuit filed Thursday.

June 12, 2014 11:29 am

Dems cast gov race as referendum on permanent tax hike

Former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley — the first Mayor Daley — is often credited with coining the phrase: "Good politics is good government."

June 09, 2014 12:00 am

Illinois budget leaves state agencies in limbo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Illinois state agencies are restricting spending and bracing for the worst after lawmakers approved a budget that uses accounting gimmicks and punts on crucial decisions about where to find revenue until after the November election.

June 05, 2014 4:11 pm

Illinois term limits group likely has signatures

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois election officials say the group that wants to impose an eight-year term limit on state legislators appears to have enough petition signatures to let voters decide the issue in November — but the proposed constitutional change campaign led by Republican gubernatorial c…

June 02, 2014 3:23 pm

Democrat budget plan could hamper Quinn on campaign trail

SPRINGFIELD | In cobbling together an austere budget plan, Democrats are doing their own governor few favors when it comes to his re-election effort.

May 28, 2014 8:21 pm

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
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