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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.

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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

Illinois lawmakers to try again after budget fails

SPRINGFIELD | House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a $34.5 billion budget that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called "all theater."

May 23, 2014 1:13 pm

Statehouse Dems on budget collision course

SPRINGFIELD | Lacking the votes needed to extend the state's temporary income tax, House Speaker Michael Madigan directed his troops Thursday to begin drafting a doomsday budget that slashes spending on schools, prisons and a host of social service programs.

May 22, 2014 4:29 pm

Senate OKs reckless driving penalties

SPRINGFIELD | Drivers could face stiffer penalties for failing to yield to emergency vehicles, under legislation approved in the Illinois Senate Thursday.

May 22, 2014 2:46 pm

Millionaire tax could be on November ballot

SPRINGFIELD | Illinoisans could get a chance to vote this fall on whether to tax rich people at a higher rate.

May 22, 2014 2:42 pm

Madigan says he doesn't have votes for tax rise

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | With time running out on the legislative session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday he's pulling back on a plan to extend the state's income tax increase and moving forward with a smaller budget that could mean billions of dollars in cuts to state spending.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am

Illinois lawmakers looking at tax options

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Some Illinois Democratic lawmakers, reluctant to vote to make tax increases permanent, are splitting with party leaders and calling for alternative approaches such as gradually reducing income tax rates or finding spending cuts to help balance the budget.

May 20, 2014 3:36 pm

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
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