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GOP not buying Dems' doomsday approach to tax hike

Members of the General Assembly are on spring break and won't be back in the Capitol for another week.

April 21, 2014 12:00 am

Strip club "pole tax" falls short of goal

SPRINGFIELD | A new tax on Illinois strip clubs generated significantly less money than what supporters hoped it would raise in its first year.

April 16, 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

State could face burial problems again

SPRINGFIELD | Three years after running out of money to bury poor people, Illinois may face a similar scenario in the upcoming fiscal year.

April 12, 2014 12:00 am

Local health departments bracing for possible state cuts

SPRINGFIELD | Money for local restaurant inspections and infectious disease control could be slashed under a doomsday budget scenario being debated in the Capitol.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

Gov campaigns focus on education funding

After Gov. Pat Quinn said schools and universities would suffer greatly if the state's temporary income tax isn't made permanent, we sought out his opponent for a response.

April 07, 2014 12:00 am

Highway safety measure advances

SPRINGFIELD | Motorists who endanger emergency crews on highways could face stiffer penalties under legislation moving through the Illinois Legislature.

April 05, 2014 5:04 pm

Madigan says minimum wage hike has strong support in House

SPRINGFIELD | In a sign Democrats are sticking to their 2014 election playbook, House Speaker Michael Madigan signaled Tuesday a minimum wage increase could be on the horizon in Illinois.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am

Group calls for a 4 cent gas tax hike

SPRINGFIELD | Motorists could pay higher taxes at the fuel pump in order to ensure Illinois roads don't fall into disrepair under a plan floated Tuesday by a coalition of business and labor groups.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn paints scary picture to push budget plan

A study published last month in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when someone is put into a scary situation without anyone to turn to, they will seek out a familiar brand-name product to provide that missing support.

March 31, 2014 12:00 am

Push to expand video gambling comes as industry continues to grow

SPRINGFIELD | When it comes to video gambling, the majority of the most lucrative sites in Illinois are bars or restaurants.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Millionaire tax advances in General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD | House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to make millionaires pay higher income taxes advanced in the Illinois House Thursday.

March 27, 2014 6:23 pm

Lawmakers pan Quinn budget plan

SPRINGFIELD | Even before Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his budget blueprint Wednesday, his fellow Democrats were looking at other options to fill a gap left by the looming rollback of the state's temporary income tax increase.

March 26, 2014 11:21 pm

Schools, universities wouldn't see big gains under Quinn budget

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to extend the temporary income tax would not translate into big gains for schools and universities next year.

March 26, 2014 4:58 pm

Labor unions say they will continue fight against Rauner

Although Illinois' public employee labor unions failed to snuff out the candidacy of Bruce Rauner last Tuesday, their ability to generate votes for runner-up Kirk Dillard showed they are not a force to be trifled with.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn's prison chief endorsed by Senate panel

SPRINGFIELD | Over the objections of Republican lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn's pick to run the state's massive prison system won an early endorsement from a Senate panel Monday.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am

No break from campaign season

Tired of the campaign ads? Ready for a break from the never-ending election cycle?

March 17, 2014 12:00 am

GOP candidates readying for election night parties

SPRINGFIELD | On a typical election night, politicians host a get-together for campaign staff and supporters while they wait for the results to roll in.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Ill. taxpayers stuck with huge interest payments

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois' giant stack of unpaid bills came with a hefty price tag last year.

March 13, 2014 10:30 am

With only days left before primary, can challengers beat Rauner?

Hours after a poll last week showed super-rich, Carhartt-wearing political newcomer Bruce Rauner with support from 40 percent of the respondents, the state's largest employee union announced it was getting behind one of his opponents, state Sen. Kirk Dillard.

March 10, 2014 12:00 am
After years of running together, Brady and Rutherford now running against each other

After years of running together, Brady and Rutherford now running against each other

SPRINGFIELD | For a generation of central Illinoisans, the names "Bill Brady" and "Dan Rutherford" have been a mainstay on the ballot at election time, each of the men running for one state governmental post or another.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

Campaign finance case won't be resolved this election cycle

SPRINGFIELD | A federal lawsuit challenging Illinois' 2009 campaign finance law is unlikely to be settled before the end of the 2014 election season.

March 08, 2014 12:00 am

State shelves plan for ATV permits

SPRINGFIELD | A plan to require special permits for most all-terrain vehicles in Illinois has been scuttled amid concerns the program wasn't ready for prime time.

March 07, 2014 11:42 am

Quinn opened shuttered state parks but closed state prisons

Five years ago this week, Gov. Pat Quinn won the praise of many downstate residents when he reversed decisions made by his mop-topped predecessor and reopened state parks and historic sites.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am

Document shows bleak financial picture for state

SPRINGFIELD | Although the specter of a tough financial future is nothing new in Illinois, a budget document surfaced Friday showing next year's state spending plan will feature another round of drastic cuts to services.

February 28, 2014 12:00 am

Online poker could be back in the mix in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois could reap nearly $200 million annually if it became the fourth state to legalize online poker, an industry advocate said Wednesday.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am

GOP candidates duke it out in debate

For a man who probably would be better off if voters just forgot about his recent problems, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford again shined a spotlight on his own campaign woes during a debate in Springfield on Tuesday.

February 24, 2014 12:00 am

Minimum wage talk has university officials concerned

SPRINGFIELD | Raising the minimum wage could cost Illinois' cash-strapped universities millions of dollars in added wages for their student workforce.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am

Ill. lawmaker: Combine corporate tax cut with minimum wage hike

SPRINGFIELD | A state lawmaker from Elgin has added a new wrinkle to a plan to cut taxes for Illinois businesses.

February 14, 2014 11:13 am

Hike in minimum wage unlikely this year

Despite the possible momentum from not only President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, but from Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech, efforts to raise Illinois' minimum wage went nowhere last week.

February 10, 2014 12:00 am

Thousands of illegal immigrants applying for driver's licenses

SPRINGFIELD | Nearly 47,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have started the process to receive Illinois driver's licenses.

February 02, 2014 8:02 pm

Illinois horse racing industry anxious over online betting deal

SPRINGFIELD | It could be a make or break day for Illinois' horse racing industry.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Gov. Quinn declares propane emergency

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn declared an emergency Monday aimed at addressing the lingering shortage of propane.

January 28, 2014 12:00 am

As much as things change in Springfield, they also stay the same

Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the start of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.

January 27, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner's millions may hamper GOP in general election

When the dust settled last week, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford was the victor when it came to having the most money in his campaign account in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial primary election.

January 20, 2014 12:00 am

Federal food rules could snag Illinois' official snack

SPRINGFIELD | A fat-fighting initiative by the federal government could leave Illinois schools unable to sell certain flavors of the state's official snack food.

January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Bobcat hunting could return to Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | Hunters and trappers could soon legally bag a bobcat under a proposal pending in the Illinois House.

January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn drops effort to kick opponent off ballot

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn has dropped his bid to boot his opponent's running mate off the ballot, setting the stage for a full-fledged Democratic primary in March.

January 16, 2014 2:20 pm

Business groups go on record against minimum wage hike in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | A coalition of business groups say Illinois employers cannot afford another increase in the minimum wage.

January 14, 2014 1:03 pm

Some lawmakers still self-promote on coloring books

Although the politicians have been on the trail for months, this week marked the unofficial beginning of the 2014 campaign season.

January 13, 2014 12:00 am

Investigation continues into suspicious letter sent to governor's office

SPRINGFIELD | More than a month after one of Gov. Pat Quinn's capital city offices was evacuated because of a suspicious substance, investigators continue to probe the incident.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am

Weather delays switch to 70 mph signs in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | Motorists hoping to travel faster on most Illinois interstates may have to wait a little longer because of the recent winter storm.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am

Fate of Quinn primary opponent in limbo

SPRINGFIELD | State election regulators could decide next week whether Gov. Pat Quinn has an opponent on the March 18 primary election ballot.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am

GOP minimum wage debate could be muted by Democratic action

SPRINGFIELD | All of the wrangling among the Republican candidates for governor about raising Illinois' minimum wage could be empty chatter by the time voters choose a chief executive next November.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am

Injured while going to work? Legislation aims to clarify who pays

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers could debate a proposal this spring designed to clarify what happens if you are injured on your way to your job.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am

After busy 2013, Ill. Statehouse may see quieter 2014

After a year in which state lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on some landmark proposals, you could argue that 2014 might be a bit quieter.

January 06, 2014 12:00 am

Fracking opponents continue call for ban

SPRINGFIELD | About a dozen opponents of hydraulic fracturing Friday marked the final day of a public comment period on the state's new fracking rules by renewing their call for a complete ban on the controversial oil and gas drilling procedure.

January 03, 2014 4:55 pm

Second lawsuit filed against new pension law

SPRINGFIELD | A group of retired state employees Thursday filed the second of what could be at least four lawsuits seeking to dump the state’s controversial new pension law.

January 02, 2014 6:15 pm

Candidate turns to Craigslist for staff

SPRINGFIELD | Surrounded by the usual mix of Craigslist postings for free firewood, used furniture and good-as-new bicycles last week was a help wanted ad seeking someone to run a campaign for Congress.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am
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