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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


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

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
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