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Illinois Legislators Strike Breakthrough Deal

AP | KERRY LESTER and SARA BURNETT | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Under growing public pressure to act, the leaders of Illinois' General Assembly announced Wednesday they'd reached an agreement on ho...

Optimism All Around for Dec. 3 Pension Debate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're among the millions of Illinoisans sick to death of the words "pensions reform," here's some good news: It's looking more likely than ever that the General Assembly will act on a bill in two weeks that'll get those words out of the daily news cycle and into the courts.

Are These Republicans Nuts?

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Apparently some Illinois Republicans didn't get the memo. Two weeks ago women went to the polls and sent a message that the GOP has a major problem. So now some Republicans are targeting a female GOP leader and no one else.

Election Winners and Losers in Illinois

Kyle Hillman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Elections have consequences and none more so than in Illinois. While the obvious places of change (State House & Senate and Congressional races) became clear throughout Tuesday night, the less obvious is becoming clearer everyday after.

Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady and Crew Must Resign

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Illinois Republican Party officially imploded this week. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it a "bloodbath." That's putting it mildly.

Gov. Quinn Urges Delayed Retirement, Upped Worker Contributions

Posted 04.21.2012 | Chicago

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday introduced his plan to address the state's growing pension crisis by cutting costs and -- the governor proposed -- d...

State GOP Leaders 'Celebrate' Tax Hike Anniversary

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

Leading Illinois Republicans on Thursday lashed out against the state's income tax hike as a "failure" one year to the day after it was approved by Go...

Republican State Senator Running For Reelection, Despite Bizarre 911 Calls

Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

First-year State Senator Suzanne "Suzi" Schmidt (R-Lake Villa, Ill.) announced Wednesday that she will both stay in office and run for re-election in ...

Illinois GOP Disses Quinn's Borrowing Plan

Posted 10.19.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' four top Republican leaders in Springfield came out strong at Thursday's Republican Day at the State Fair against Democratic Governor Pat Qu...

GOP Sues Over Dem-Drawn Illinois Map

Posted 09.19.2011 | Chicago

Two of the Illinois General Assembly's most powerful Republican legislators filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that claims the state's newly drawn cong...

WATCH: Senate Republican Leader Quotes Wu-Tang On Budget Deficit

Posted 07.18.2011 | Chicago

The $15 billion budget deficit facing the state of Illinois is unquestionably serious business, and elected officials and academics from across the st...

Illinois Republican Senate Budget Cuts Are Deep, Smart Political Move?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 06.10.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Do Illinois Senate Republicans understand they just wrote their opponents' 2012 campaign flyers?

Illinois Republican Leaders Hosting Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Illinois Republicans fight for some key victories in a very blue state, it seems only natural that they would play to the middle, moderating their ...

Senate Rejects Bill To Limit Free Rides For Seniors

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Regardless of their income, senior citizens can continue riding Chicago-area mass transit for free after the state Senate Wednesday preserved what a G...

Move Over Illinois Human Services, Illinois School Districts Are Newest Victim in Illinois Budget Crisis

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Human services were the Democrats' budget problem. Suburban and downstate school districts are now largely the Republicans' budget problem.

Will Dan Hynes Drop Out of Illinois Governor's Race?

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A few weeks ago, questions began to bubble on whether Hynes would or should drop out of the race against Quinn. The governor was on a roll. He was piling up union endorsements. No more.

Good News: Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Budget; Bad News: Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Budget

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The unbalanced budget "avoids a tax increase," Minority Leader Radogno said. It also avoids any sign of real leadership--an observation Radogno left unsaid.

House, Senate Approve State Budget

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Facing a massive deficit and an array of unpleasant choices, Illinois officials decided Wednesday to keep state government r...

Pat Quinn's Latest Budget Plan Aims for 'Heaven,' Teens, State Courts Heading in Opposite Direction

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

"There are many ways to get to heaven," Quinn said after another change in budget plans. But hundreds of Illinois human service providers on the brink of financial apocalypse are fretting over landing in much, much, warmer climes.

Pat Quinn, Lawmakers Agree on a Key Number in Illinois Doomsday Budget Slugfest

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Gov. Quinn vetoed the only budget plan on the table. But that does not lessen the confusion, much of which the governor has bred.

Quinn Vows To Veto 'Half Baked' Budget That Cuts Services, Doesn't Raise Taxes

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 7/1 Gov. Quinn's office has announced he will "take veto action." A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Springfield. Check back fo...

$100,000 and Springfield Dropped the Ball

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Scott Foval

Cuts are coming, a train wreck is about to hit, and our state officials took a two-day trip to Springfield just to sit there and do nothing.

Lawmakers Call It A Week In Springfield As Budget, Income Tax Hike Still Unresolved

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois legislators adjourned Wednesday without taking action on the budget, as Gov. Pat Quinn backed away from threats to ...

State GOP Leader: Quinn Acting Like Blagojevich Over Budget

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Republican leader Christine Radogno called it "morally unacceptable" for Gov. Pat Quinn to instill panic over threatened budg...

Quinn, Top Lawmakers Meeting Again To Try Solve Budget Impasse

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn and top lawmakers are headed into another round of budget negotiations amid dire warnings of massive service cuts. Qui...