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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

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

Computer problems temporarily shut down driver's license facilities

SPRINGFIELD | The main computer for the Illinois Secretary of State's office stopped working for about three hours Thursday, bringing a halt to potentially thousands of transactions ranging from car license renewals to corporate filings.

June 19, 2014 3:59 pm

Voters can now register online

SPRINGFIELD | Add registering to vote to the list of tasks Illinoisans can now do on their computers or smart phones.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am

Millionaire tax question has grammar flaw

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal designed to boost spending on education in Illinois likely would get an "F" from a sharp-eyed grammar teacher.

June 17, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn signs Medicaid changes

SPRINGFIELD | Controversial cuts made to some Medicaid programs in 2012 will be restored to low-income Illinois residents this fall.

June 16, 2014 3:44 pm

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

Insiders jostling for Ill. medical pot business

SPRINGFIELD | In a sign Illinois' new medical marijuana law could be a gold mine for investors, a politically connected Glenview attorney is hoarding pot-related company names in hopes of cashing in if the business takes off.

June 14, 2014 12:15 pm

Quinn to sign Special Olympics lottery ticket proposal

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to join more than 4,000 athletes at Illinois State University Friday night to open the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games.

June 13, 2014 11:40 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

Prison visiting hours affected by computer switch

SPRINGFIELD | Every prison in the state will be closed to visitors for one day later this month to allow officials to install a new computer system.

June 11, 2014 4:04 pm

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

Ill. governor's mansion floods

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Governor's Mansion is taking hits from all sides.

June 06, 2014 4:16 pm

Rutherford accuser to file new charges in sex harassment case

SPRINGFIELD | Lawyers for the man accusing state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of sexual harassment say they'll include new allegations against the Republican from Chenoa when they re-file the lawsuit next week.

June 06, 2014 4:09 pm

State working to keep benefits from inmates

SPRINGFIELD | The same agency that gave health care benefits to dead people is now working to make sure prison inmates aren’t getting them, too.

June 05, 2014 4:00 pm

Lawmakers address myriad issues this session

As is usually the case, the focal point of the final week of the legislative session was piecing together a budget.

June 02, 2014 12:00 am

The roof is leaking at the governor's mansion

SPRINGFIELD | Just days after scrambling to repair the roof of the grandstand at the Illinois State Fair, officials are now facing a similar crisis at the governor's mansion.

May 29, 2014 5:27 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

Minimum wage question headed for ballot

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate endorsed a plan Tuesday to ask voters if they support raising the minimum wage.

May 28, 2014 4:00 pm

Millionaire tax advances in Senate

SPRINGFIELD | A plan to place a non-binding question on the November ballot asking whether millionaires should be taxed at a higher rate advanced in the Illinois Senate on Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 3:51 pm

Ill. Senate approves school funding overhaul

SPRINGFIELD | Despite a lengthy and sometimes contentious debate, the Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 1:15 pm

Illinois prison system paying out millions in overtime

SPRINGFIELD | The cost of paying overtime to employees in Illinois' prison system topped $60 million last year, more money than it takes to run many of the state's agencies.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

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

Ill. House OKs millionaire tax question

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois House endorsed a plan Friday to place a non-binding question on the November ballot asking whether millionaires should be taxed at a higher rate.

May 23, 2014 1:28 pm

Lawmakers trade barbs over school funding

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal that would drastically change the way Illinois public schools are funded now limits the amount of funding some schools would lose under the plan.

May 22, 2014 5:05 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

Quinn wants limits on lobbying by aides

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. | Hoping to avoid stepping into an election-year ethical quagmire, Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday he favors barring top aides from becoming lobbyists for one year after leaving state government.

May 19, 2014 10:04 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

Revolving door: Top Quinn aide turns lobbyist

SPRINGFIELD | Just months after leaving Gov. Pat Quinn's inner circle, former chief of staff Jack Lavin is back in the Statehouse mix.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am

Income tax hike key to election

There are three weeks left in the spring legislative session and, as usual, the denizens of the Capitol are beginning to speculate on the end game.

May 12, 2014 12:00 am
Quinn keeping chickens at governor's mansion

Quinn keeping chickens at governor's mansion

SPRINGFIELD | The next time Gov. Pat Quinn feels cooped up in the Executive Mansion, he can simply look out his window for support.

May 10, 2014 12:00 am

'Sign and go' ticket change endorsed in Ill.

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to allow motorists to keep their driver's licenses after getting speeding tickets is moving forward in the Illinois House.

May 07, 2014 1:37 pm

Ill. psychologists could get prescription powers under plan

SPRINGFIELD | A controversial proposal to give psychologists the ability to prescribe drugs advanced in the Illinois House Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 1:05 pm

Ill. Senate panel approves marijuana for children with epilepsy

SPRINGFIELD | Children who suffer from epilepsy could be soon made eligible for a medical marijuana license, under a proposal endorsed by a House panel Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 1:00 pm

Election officials begin review of constitutional amendments

SPRINGFIELD | In an aging strip mall a few doors down from a dollar store and a Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurant, Illinois' political future is being decided.

May 05, 2014 12:00 am

Making tax hike permanent only plan for state's finances

An attempt to put a question before Illinois voters to change the state's income tax system went down in flames last week when the sponsor didn't call the measure for a vote.

May 05, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner uses term limits plan to hammer Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | Republican Bruce Rauner opened up a new line of attack Wednesday in his bid to topple Gov. Pat Quinn in November, saying term limits could end the "culture of corruption" in Illinois.

April 30, 2014 3:40 pm
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