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SPRINGFIELD | Even though lawmakers have been unable to agree on a plan allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons, the Quinn administration has launched the process of building a computer system designed to handle future gun permits.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois’ beleaguered budget could see an infusion of $212 million in new money if the U.S. Congress approves legislation that would force Internet retailers to collect sales tax.
It was supposed to be the Illinois Senate’s time to bask in the spotlight.
SPRINGFIELD | U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s decision to forgo a run for Illinois governor cut to four the number of Republicans publicly mulling a bid for the state’s top office in 2014.
SPRINGFIELD | State prison officials are predicting more problems at the embattled Illinois Department of Corrections if lawmakers don’t give them more money to operate in coming weeks.
SPRINGFIELD | A potential Republican candidate for governor says Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visit to Illinois on Monday should sound an alarm to state leaders.
SPRINGFIELD | The latest bid to bring Illinois in line with gun laws in the rest of the nation fell short Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD | A push by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to boost minimum sentences for gun crimes could add nearly 4,000 inmates to an already overcrowded prison system, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois House rejected a proposal Friday that would have blocked local governments from raising property taxes in years when property values go down.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois could become a tougher place to be sneaky about your taxes under Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal.
SPRINGFIELD | Another inmate death is under investigation at the Menard Correctional Center.
SPRINGFIELD | A 34-year-old southern Illinois man last week became the first Illinois prison inmate sent home on parole under a revamped early release program.
SPRINGFIELD | While other parts of government may be facing potentially drastic cuts, Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for an increase in spending on Amtrak train service.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois House approved legislation Thursday to limit the salary upon which retired state workers can base their pensions in the future.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn won't have a very cheery message when he unveils his latest budget plan Wednesday, say members of the General Assembly.
SPRINGFIELD | For the second year in a row, the Illinois House approved legislation that would ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving a car.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A permit to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois could cost about $242, according to an Illinois State Police estimate.
SPRINGFIELD | It’s been two years and counting since Richard Kramer asked a state board to weigh in on what he feels is an unfair property tax assessment.
SPRINGFIELD | The two Chicago Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly have laid out their strategies for dealing with a court order requiring the state to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons.
SPRINGFIELD | An emergency spending proposal being debated in the Capitol this week isn’t just about building new roads and protecting vulnerable children.
SPRINGFIELD | A suburban Chicago lawmaker wants to tackle sports concussions by limiting tackling at youth football practices.
SPRINGFIELD | The cost of a new pair of basketball shoes could jump by 25-cents under a proposal floated this week by an Illinois lawmaker.
Many Illinois issues being decided by judges; critic says lawsuits are symbolic of chaos in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD | While the major political skirmishes in the Capitol are often cast as a battle of wills between Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly, the judicial branch of government has been playing a significant role in guiding state policy in recent years.
SPRINGFIELD | The embattled chief of the Illinois Republican Party has formed a panel aimed at analyzing the GOP failures in November in hopes of charting a course for improvement in 2014.
SPRINGFIELD | A panel dedicated to figuring out how much Illinois should spend on education is calling for more than $4.7 billion in additional school funding in the coming year.
SPRINGFIELD | Hoping to lift the shroud of secrecy on where millions of dollars in campaign funds are coming from, a campaign watchdog group Thursday outlined a series of potential remedies to the law that allows so-called Super PACs to operate in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD | The Quinn administration began taking the first steps Wednesday to restart an early inmate release program that could reduce the population of the state’s overcrowded prison system.
SPRINGFIELD | A push to ban semiautomatic weapons in Illinois fizzled again Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD | Despite high hopes from Gov. Pat Quinn, a push to overhaul the state’s massively underfunded employee retirement systems by a Wednesday deadline remains a tough sell.
SPRINGFIELD | Millions of Illinois motorists will avoid paying a higher license plate renewal fee in the coming months.
SPRINGFIELD | More than six months have passed since Gov. Pat Quinn approved legislation designed to ease overcrowding within the state’s bursting-at-the-seams prison system.
SPRINGFIELD | The agency that hands out unemployment benefits in Illinois may soon be doling out relief checks to some of its own workers.
SPRINGFIELD | Although there have been no inmates at the Murphysboro youth prison since July 9, the formal end of its 15-year run doesn’t come until Jan. 4.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to ban semiautomatic weapons is again raising questions about the loss of manufacturing jobs in western Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD | A mass migration of some of Illinois’ most dangerous criminals is under way as state officials began shutting down the Tamms Correctional Center and other prison facilities.
SPRINGFIELD | If there is any point of agreement in the polarizing issue of gun control it is that people with mental problems shouldn’t be anywhere near a loaded weapon.
SPRINGFIELD | State lawmakers say the murder of students and staff at a Connecticut grade school Friday may shape the looming debate on a new law allowing Illinoisans to walk the streets with loaded, concealed weapons.
SPRINGFIELD | After portraying state workers as overpaid and then terminating their union contract, Gov. Pat Quinn now wants them to know he still respects them.
SPRINGFIELD | Tens of thousands of Illinoisans receiving unemployment benefits could see their checks stop on Dec. 29.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford appears poised to jump into what could be another crowded race for Illinois governor.
SPRINGFIELD | High school seniors and their parents could get a new tool to help them determine which Illinois college or university best fits their needs.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate resurrected a plan Wednesday to raise the cost of license plates to help fund Illinois state parks.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn’s effort to stop casino owners from giving money to politicians could get a boost from a legislative panel on Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois prison guards, public health workers and thousands of other members of the state’s largest employee union are now working without a labor agreement after Gov. Pat Quinn announced late Tuesday that he was refusing to extend the already-expired contract.
SPRINGFIELD | The city of Pontiac is $386 richer this month, thanks to the state’s new video gambling law.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to close two Illinois prisons doesn’t mean the state isn’t still hiring workers to guard inmates.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois tourism officials are hoping to cash in on the new movie about the nation’s 16th president.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois crossed an important threshold Thursday in its effort to bring faster passenger rail service to the Amtrak route linking Chicago and St. Louis.
SPRINGFIELD | Tuesday’s election left Democrats holding a whopping 40 of 59 seats in the Illinois Senate, giving Senate President John Cullerton a veto-proof majority and leaving minority Republicans with an even smaller voice in the legislative process.
SPRINGFIELD | Members of the state’s largest employee union are planning a number of protests next week, trying to draw attention to the ongoing contract negotiation between them and Gov. Pat Quinn.
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