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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.
SPRINGFIELD | A federal lawsuit challenging Illinois' 2009 campaign finance law is unlikely to be settled before the end of the 2014 election season.
SPRINGFIELD | Boat renters in Illinois could soon be required to watch a boating safety video before they can get on the water, under a proposal endorsed by a House panel this week.
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.
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.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois could reap nearly $200 million annually if it became the fourth state to legalize online poker, an industry advocate said Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD | Rank-and-file state lawmakers agree Illinois needs a new capital construction program, but questions remain about how to fund one.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Raising the minimum wage could cost Illinois' cash-strapped universities millions of dollars in added wages for their student workforce.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois shoppers could find themselves paying extra for soft drinks under a proposed statewide soda tax.
SPRINGFIELD | A state lawmaker from Elgin has added a new wrinkle to a plan to cut taxes for Illinois businesses.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois’ first concealed carry permits have yet to be granted, but legislators on all sides of the issue already are scrambling to amend the state’s carry rules.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Nearly 47,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have started the process to receive Illinois driver's licenses.
SPRINGFIELD | It could be a make or break day for Illinois' horse racing industry.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn declared an emergency Monday aimed at addressing the lingering shortage of propane.
Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the start of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.
SPRINGFIELD | A new group in Illinois wants to take the legislative redistricting process out of lawmakers’ hands.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | For almost three years, Jonathon Monken has been in charge of the cleanup whenever Illinois gets flooded, ravaged by tornadoes or frozen by a polar vortex.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Hunters and trappers could soon legally bag a bobcat under a proposal pending in the Illinois House.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | People convicted of animal cruelty someday could find themselves on a list similar to one set up for convicted sex offenders.
SPRINGFIELD | A coalition of business groups say Illinois employers cannot afford another increase in the minimum wage.
Although the politicians have been on the trail for months, this week marked the unofficial beginning of the 2014 campaign season.
SPRINGFIELD | A new law banning the use of cellphones while driving went into effect Jan. 1, and while many law enforcement agencies are letting officers decide whether to cut drivers some slack, one local department will not.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Motorists hoping to travel faster on most Illinois interstates may have to wait a little longer because of the recent winter storm.
SPRINGFIELD | State election regulators could decide next week whether Gov. Pat Quinn has an opponent on the March 18 primary election ballot.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers could debate a proposal this spring designed to clarify what happens if you are injured on your way to your job.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPRINGFIELD | Less than nine months after floating a plan to pay down the state's massive backlog of bills by closing corporate loopholes, Gov. Pat Quinn has come up with another use for the money.
For the first time in eight years, Gov. Pat Quinn didn’t go to Germany during the holiday season.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s decision to move 50 to 75 executives to Chicago “great news for Illinois.”
SPRINGFIELD | In a quick reversal, the Quinn administration said Tuesday it will begin accepting paper applications for new concealed weapon permits beginning in July.
In a move that could endanger efforts to keep Archer Daniels Midland from moving its top executives and support staff out of Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan last week said he wants to review how the state decides which companies get state tax breaks.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinoisans soon will be able to apply for permits to carry loaded weapons in public, but the application process will be online only.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking to transform last week’s move to overhaul the state’s pension systems into some quick campaign cash.
So, Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn finally did something about the state’s pension mess.
SPRINGFIELD | Even before they go on sale to the masses, an Illinois lawmaker wants to ban motorists from wearing Google’s new computerized glasses while driving.
SPRINGFIELD | It easily could be 2016 before Illinoisans know whether new changes to the state’s pension systems are legal, a University of Illinois law professor said Friday.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is about to get a very fat paycheck.
SPRINGFIELD | Labor union bosses, university presidents and pension system officials were asking what comes next a day after Illinois lawmakers voted to change retirement benefits for thousands of state employees and retirees.
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