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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.
SPRINGFIELD | When Gov. Pat Quinn launched a controversial plan last year to close two juvenile detention facilities, one of those he picked was the 16-year-old youth center in Murphysboro.
This week marked the annual rite of election season in which candidates running in the March primary line up in front of the Illinois State Board of Elections to file their nominating petitions.
SPRINGFIELD | Barring a significant winter weather event, motorists on rural Illinois interstates should be able to legally drive at 70 miles per hour by no later than mid-January.
It didn’t take long for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to cash in on a new feature he’s brought to the 2014 governor’s race.
SPRINGFIELD | The search for a way out of Illinois’ pension mess will continue today when the state’s legislative leaders meet in a closed-door negotiating session in Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD | Against the backdrop of big box retailers calling on their employees to work on Thanksgiving this year, there is one sector that continues to hold fast against the 24-7 sales model.
SPRINGFIELD | Despite making changes to appease some state lawmakers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to crack down on gun violence still would add thousands of inmates and millions of dollars in costs to the state’s prison system.
Trying to predict the behavior of the General Assembly is tricky and, usually, better left alone.
SPRINGFIELD | Sunday marks the beginning of a week-long observance in Illinois’ capital city of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
SPRINGFIELD | A state appeals court has ruled in favor of county sheriffs who are seeking to restore part of their salaries cut by Gov. Pat Quinn and state lawmakers.
Memo to: Gov. Pat Quinn
SPRINGFIELD | Hoping to avoid leaving crumbling buildings and weed-choked lots across the state, Illinois lawmakers are considering offering tax breaks to companies that take over abandoned state facilities.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers are penciling in Dec. 5 on their calendars as a possible date for a return trip to the Capitol.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois is set to collect $369 million more in tax revenue this year, state lawmakers learned Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois prison officials say as many as 30,000 newly freed inmates could be in line to gain health care coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act.
When it comes to the five guys who want to be Illinois’ next governor, one of the major questions facing them will be how they plan to handle the expiration of the state’s temporary income tax hike.
SPRINGFIELD | A bit of Hollywood soon will be making its home in Illinois’ capital city as part of a new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
For some analysis of the start of the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session last week, we turn to Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford.
SPRINGFIELD | The Quinn administration is asking Illinois lawmakers to approve an extra $221 million in spending, saying the cash is needed to finish out the remainder of the fiscal year.
Today marks the unofficial fifth anniversary of the start of the rapid fall of Illinois’ 40th governor.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois’ already hobbled horse racing industry could be headed toward a “tragic” situation if lawmakers don’t take action on a soon-to-expire law, top horseracing observers say.
SPRINGFIELD | Local businesses are seeing an increase in revenue thanks to the approval last year of video gambling.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois school administrators received another jolt of negative news last week: The already reduced level of funding they receive from the state could be slashed even more beginning next year.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois taxpayers could soon be feeling a little blue when they go to the home improvement store for a can of paint.
As part of an effort designed to save $88 million, the Quinn administration last year began trying to close various state facilities, ranging from prisons to institutions housing people with developmental disabilities.
SPRINGFIELD | The federal government shutdown has put routine safety inspections of Illinois hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities on hold.
SPRINGFIELD | One of Illinois’ top Democrats says the state’s shaky fiscal condition must be considered when lawmakers take up debate on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to require tougher prison sentences for gun crimes.
SPRINGFIELD | A ban on selling electronic cigarettes to minors goes into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, but that may not be the end of attempts to regulate the product.
SPRINGFIELD | The effects of the government shutdown have trickled down to thousands of Illinois state workers and retirees who have their health insurance coverage through state-run programs.
SPRINGFIELD | After running out of gas during the height of the recession, car sales in Illinois have rebounded, according to a new analysis of state tax receipts.
SPRINGFIELD | State officials have launched what could be a lengthy process of setting up a system that will allow sick people to legally buy Illinois-grown pot for medicinal reasons.
SPRINGFIELD | The number of instructors approved to train Illinoisans applying to carry concealed weapons jumped to more than 450 this week.
SPRINGFIELD | A suburban Chicago man formally took over Monday as the new minority leader in the Illinois House.
SPRINGFIELD | With Illinois getting ready to join the rest of the nation in allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons, two state lawmakers are raising concerns about the number of instructors being certified to provide training.
SPRINGFIELD | A new Illinois law allows motorists to prove they have insurance via a smart phone.
SPRINGFIELD | The Quinn administration set a dubious record in the most recent fiscal year.
SPRINGFIELD | The former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party has a new gig: He’s lobbying to legalize gay marriage.
SPRINGFIELD | The Quinn administration wants to ban day care operators from giving kids cookies, cake and other unhealthy snacks as part of an initiative designed to combat childhood obesity.
SPRINGFIELD | Beginning in fall 2014, Illinois children will be required to start school at age 6 instead of 7, under legislation expected to be signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.
SPRINGFIELD | Those paper cards proving your vehicle is insured could someday go the way of rotary dial phones and typewriters.
SPRINGFIELD | Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s signing of the first of a series of increases in Illinois’ minimum wage.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinoisans shouldn’t have to undergo as much training or pay as much to get a permit to carry loaded weapons in public, one state lawmaker says.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois motorists could face a $75 fine if they are caught using their cellphone without a hands-free device beginning Jan. 1.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn has approved legislation designed to crack down on chronic reckless drivers.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois casinos and race tracks will have to intercept and garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe child support under legislation approved by Gov. Pat Quinn Monday.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t saying if he’s going to sign off on a plan that would allow Illinoisans to legally cruise along rural interstate highways at 70 miles per hour.
SPRINGFIELD | The new state budget could reduce the already small number of Illinois school districts looking to consolidate, school officials say.
SPRINGFIELD | A month after reporting that Southern Illinois University had lost 257 computers in 2012, Auditor General Bill Holland found a similar situation within the state’s sprawling adult and youth prison systems.
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