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Lawmakers to resume probe of Quinn anti-violence program

SPRINGFIELD | The federal prosecutor overseeing central Illinois has told state lawmakers they can resume hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial anti-violence program.

September 30, 2014 3:08 pm

Voters soon will receive info on ballot questions

Some time this week, voters will begin receiving booklets in the mail courtesy of the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am

School funding debate roils Republicans

SPRINGFIELD | Lawmakers and school officials in suburban Chicago are trying to kill off a school funding overhaul that could help hundreds of districts in downstate Illinois.

September 27, 2014 9:15 pm

Proposal mandates carbon monoxide detectors in schools

SPRINGFIELD | Some Illinois school officials aren't waiting to find out if they'll be required to install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings where students are present.

September 25, 2014 3:31 pm

Federal judges to get look at prison conditions

SPRINGFIELD | Two federal judges plan to visit an Illinois prison next month as part of a class action lawsuit brought by inmates at the overcrowded facility.

September 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Rauner attacks Quinn over medical marijuana secrecy

SPRINGFIELD | Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is raising red flags about the state's new medical marijuana program.

September 16, 2014 3:14 pm

IDOT hiring shines spotlight on political hiring

The pitiful thing about a recent inspector general report on hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation is that, despite decades of outside legal action and the creation of an entire bureaucracy designed to enforce ethical behavior in state government, it showed that there are still…

September 14, 2014 2:00 pm

Attorneys for former Rutherford worker argue against dismissal of sex harassment case

SPRINGFIELD | Attorneys for the man suing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford for harassment say a federal judge should reject attempts by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to dismiss the case.

September 12, 2014 2:48 pm

Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret application process

SPRINGFIELD | The sponsor of a plan legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois Friday defended a part of the law that bars the release of information about companies wanting licenses to grow and sell pot.

September 12, 2014 2:17 pm

State may keep information on medical pot companies secret

SPRINGFIELD | There's been no shortage of politically connected companies lining up to compete for a limited number of state-regulated medical marijuana franchises.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner's lifestyle in sharp contrast to Quinn's experiment with life on minimum wage

When it comes to making money, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is an unqualified success.

September 08, 2014 12:00 am

Illinois rest areas under construction

SPRINGFIELD | Motorists who needed a break as they drove across Illinois this summer had to hold out a little longer than anticipated.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

Pension case may be on fast track

SPRINGFIELD | The future of a controversial overhaul of state employee pension systems could be determined faster than expected.

September 05, 2014 12:46 pm

Medical pot applications exceed expectations

SPRINGFIELD | In just three days, more than 2,000 people began the application process to register for a medical marijuana card in Illinois.

September 05, 2014 12:33 pm

Students, teachers greeted by new requirements at school

SPRINGFIELD | A new school year means students, teachers and school administrators are facing dozens of new laws and requirements.

September 03, 2014 11:48 am

Rauner may be feeling good about his electoral chances

With Gov. Pat Quinn reeling from the double whammy of two separate probes of his administration, Republican Bruce Rauner headed into the Labor Day weekend feeling better about his chances of ending a decade's worth of Democratic power in the capital city.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

State to stop taking money from retirees for health insurance

SPRINGFIELD | Pension checks for retired state workers could be back at full strength by Oct. 1.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am

Medical marijuana applications start Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Department of Public Health is gearing up for what could be a busy day Tuesday when the first applications for medical marijuana begin rolling in.

August 29, 2014 6:15 pm
Rare glimpse of Ill. high court quarters

Rare glimpse of Ill. high court quarters

SPRINGFIELD | Two of Illinois' top judges this week offered a rare and sometimes intimate glimpse into the behind-the-scenes activity of the state's highest court.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bears, wolves, panthers protected under Illinois law

SPRINGFIELD | Although sightings of bears, cougars and wolves are relatively rare in Illinois, the trio are now a protected species under state law.

August 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Quinn focusing on Rauner's wealth in campaign

It is no secret that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has made his opponent's substantial wealth the main theme of his campaign.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am

Presidential library aiming for Adlai Stevenson exhibit

SPRINGFIELD | Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are planning a new exhibit highlighting one of Illinois' political dynasties.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn signs youth alcohol measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that could crack down on parents who allow children to drink booze in their cars, boats and other vehicles.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am

Prison officials ID one of the Harvey hostage-takers

SPRINGFIELD | State prison officials have confirmed the identity of one of the men involved in the 20 hour hostage standoff in a Chicago suburb that ended Wednesday morning.

August 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Fear of Rauner has unions backing Quinn

Republican Bruce Rauner is a powerful man.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am

Cities, universities get first crack at state airplanes

SPRINGFIELD | Local governments and public universities across the state have about two weeks to decide whether they want to own an airplane.

August 15, 2014 11:19 am

Republicans say they have momentum to end Dem control

SPRINGFIELD | Republicans took over the Illinois State Fairgrounds Thursday saying 2014 will be the year they break a decade-long Democratic stranglehold on power in state government.

August 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Democrats push ballot questions to boost turnout

SPRINGFIELD | Showing concern for a possible Republican wave this year, top Illinois Democrats highlighted their strategy Wednesday for drawing voters to the polls in November.

August 13, 2014 5:15 pm

State targeting immigrant driver's license scammers

SPRINGFIELD | State officials are attempting to derail scam artists who are preying on immigrants seeking Illinois driver's licenses.

August 12, 2014 1:58 pm

State targeting immigrant driver's license scammers

SPRINGFIELD | State officials are attempting to derail scam artists who are preying on immigrants seeking Illinois driver's licenses.

August 11, 2014 5:37 pm

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
GOP lieutenant governor candidate sought out state job

GOP lieutenant governor candidate sought out state job

SPRINGFIELD | Before Evelyn Sanguinetti wanted to shake up Illinois, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor wanted a regular state job.

August 08, 2014 6:30 pm

'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

Quinn camp says no patronage in hiring of former campaign chair

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign says the 2013 hiring of an $80,000 per year policy analyst at the state's transportation agency had nothing to do with politics.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am

Adviser to top Illinois Democrats Gene Callahn dies

SPRINGFIELD | Era Eugene "Gene" Callahan, a legendary political adviser for key Illinois Democrats and a former lobbyist for Major League Baseball, died at home Monday. He was 80.

August 04, 2014 2:17 pm

Both gov candidates expected at Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair kicks off Thursday evening with the annual opening night parade through the streets of Springfield.

August 04, 2014 12:00 am

Ag chief Flider in the political spotlight

SPRINGFIELD | The man in charge of the state's farm agency found himself in the middle of the political slugfest for governor this week.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am

Mayors: Action on Clinton landfill 'lightning' fast

CHICAGO | Less than three months after a group of mayors called on Gov. Pat Quinn to ban the dumping of toxic waste at a central Illinois landfill, his administration took two significant steps to address their concerns this week.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am

Nursing home Medicaid backlog remains high

SPRINGFIELD | Despite a landmark new law and money to hire more workers, Illinois continues to struggle to shorten the time it takes to determine if Illinoisans are eligible for state-paid nursing home care.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am

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

Video injects controversy into comptroller race

The sleepy race to become Illinois' next comptroller received a jolt last week when a video surfaced showing incumbent Judy Baar Topinka talking with Gov. Pat Quinn about her son.

July 21, 2014 12:00 am

Attorneys to fight Rauner over tax plan

SPRINGFIELD | One of Illinois' influential lobbying organizations doesn't like Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner's plan to begin charging sales tax on a variety of services.

July 18, 2014 7:30 pm

Overtime costs in Illinois prisons again top $60 million

SPRINGFIELD | Just months after state prison officials predicted skyrocketing overtime costs would be dropping, new figures show taxpayers were again billed more than $60 million for overtime in the most recent fiscal year.

July 15, 2014 7:30 pm

Former top Capitol cop turns to pot

SPRINGFIELD | The U.S. Senate's former top cop is moving from guarding the U.S. Capitol to protecting pot.

July 14, 2014 3:16 pm

Rauner-owned company linked to deaths, assaults, legal action

SPRINGFIELD | A chain of long-term care homes owned by one of Republican Bruce Rauner's former companies has faced lawsuits and critical state inspections stemming from the death and mistreatment of residents.

July 12, 2014 10:30 pm

Lawmakers moving forward with probe of anti-violence program

SPRINGFIELD | The co-chairmen of a legislative panel probing a controversial anti-violence program say they have no plans to put the investigation on ice just because federal prosecutors also are looking into the initiative.

July 08, 2014 7:02 pm

Candidates' budget-cutting ideas ineffective

In what could be a preview of how shallow the upcoming campaign for governor is going to be, both of the candidates for governor recently released proposals designed to cut the state budget.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am

IDOT chief's exit not first for Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | The sudden exit of Illinois' top transportation official this week marked yet another high-profile departure from Gov. Pat Quinn's administration.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn wants to cut Capitol renovations, air fleet

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn is not spending money to fix leaks in the Executive Mansion roof and now he said upgrades to the Capitol should be put on hold too.

June 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Rauner's big donation gives Dems more ammunition

There were a lot of adjectives used to describe what happened to Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor the other day.

June 23, 2014 12:00 am
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