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Check Out Our Illinois Buzz-Meter 2014!

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Social media made the difference in both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. We think it'll be a major factor in the 2014 race for Illinois governor.

Speaker Madigan Hides, We Get Left in the Dark

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

In the dark. Sometimes it seems that is just how the politicians, who are supposed to be representing us, want us to remain, right?

Legislators load up on dessert and skip vegetables

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.07.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As has occurred far too often over the years, our elected officials ate their dessert first last week. The vegetables got pushed off the dinner tab...

UPDATE: Live at Historic Vote in Illinois: Steingraber and Citizens Bust Fracking Bill (Video)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Since the Governor and the bill negotiators have refused to visit a fracking operation, citizens delivered letters from impacted fracking and frac sand mining residents from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa to Gov. Quinn and Attorney General Madigan.

Liability Bombshell: Must-Read Letters From PA and WI Fracking Victims to Illinois Lawmakers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the Illinois General Assembly votes this week on the state's increasingly suspect fracking bill, residents affected by similar operations in Pennsylvania and in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota took the extraordinary step of releasing letters warning of a "public health disaster" in the making.

Speak Now Against the Day in Illinois: Fracking and Coal Rush Are National Crises

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What happens in Illinois, doesn't stay in Illinois -- especially when you're dealing with the national ramifications of a combined fracking and coal mining rush unparalleled in recent memory.

Who Speaks for Illinois on Fracking? Dr. Sandra Steingraber or Sierra Club, Compromising Environmental Groups?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Before environmental lobbyists and legislators push a hydraulic fracking bill through the Illinois legislature, they need to sit down with farmers in Clinton County and learn how well regulations defended their water, farms and cankered lives from the contamination of coal slurry.

Cheering Record Coal Exports, Illinois Gov. Quinn Joins Climate Deniers and Big Coal Mayhem

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Within hours of renowned climate scientists announcing a staggering milestone in carbon dioxide emissions, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn rolled out the booster wagons for Big Coal and celebrated his state's five-fold increase in record coal exports.

Illinois Ranks As Worst Rogue Coal State: Strip Mine Permit to Serial Violator Stuns Residents

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Whether she runs for governor or not, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan would need nine lives to bring the state's notoriously broken regulatory system into compliance with the nation's most reckless coal industry.

Can't Pat Quinn Get Any Respect?

James Warren | Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago
James Warren

Governor Pat Quinn is smart, well meaning, and as honest as Abe. Too bad he's become the Rodney Dangerfield of Illinois politics (and No. 70 on the Power 100 list).

No Deal In State Pension Crisis Talks

Posted 01.06.2013 | Chicago

Despite a hopeful breakthrough in the Illinois pension crisis, legislative leaders ended talks Saturday without a deal. "There's no resolution to...

Gov. DeVal Patrick:I Will Not Let Obama Be Bullied Out Of Office!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 09.11.2012 | Black Voices
Lonna Saunders

Patrick shared with the audience that he had been written off when he ran for re-election as governor of Massachusetts in 2010. That he had not accomplished all he had wanted to at that juncture. Just as the president has more he wants to accomplish.

Madigan Strikes Last-Minute Deal To Pass Pension Reforms

Posted 05.31.2012 | Chicago

As the clock ticks in Springfield for Illinois to establish a new pension deal before lawmakers conclude their spring session Thursday, House Speaker ...

Illinois Legislators Vote To Double Cigarette Tax

Posted 05.30.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate voted 31-27 Tuesday in favor of raising the state tax on cigarettes by $1, from 98 cents to $1.98 per pack. The House approved ...

Illinois Legislature Approves $1.6 Billion In Medicaid Cuts

Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago

Illinois legislators have approved $1.6 billion in budget cuts to the state's Medicaid program, which will reduce health coverage for hundreds of thou...

Downstate Schools Could Be Crippled By Teacher Pension Change

Posted 05.08.2012 | Chicago

A report released last week by the Illinois Policy Institute includes findings that seem to support Gov. Pat Quinn's suggestions that schools should b...

Tightening Belts Means Loosening Restraints: Illinois to Close Supermax Prison

Tanya Greene | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Tanya Greene

One of the more positive things to result from deteriorating state budgets across the nation is that some state lawmakers are looking to smart criminal justice reform as a way to trim budgets. One such change began yesterday in Illinois.

Canton Lake Thanksgiving: Residents Rally to Protect Clean Drinking Water from Strip Mine

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.22.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

This Thanksgiving, residents in Canton and Orion Township in Fulton County, Illinois will enjoy the basic human right of clean drinking water -- though, not without a fight.

Canton Lake Debacle: Gov. Quinn, Do You Know Your IEPA Might Permit the State's Most Destructive and Reckless Strip Mine?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

In light of the lack of compliance and violations of Clean Water Act laws, is Gov. Quinn's IEPA making a mockery out of the legal responsibility and moral obligation of the state on behalf of its citizens?

Commission Will Investigate Social, Economic Disparities Among Illinois' Black Community

Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago

A bill signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Saturday will create a commission to research the disparities facing African-Americans in the areas of...

Amanda Terkel

Chicago Cubs Owners Rail Against Gov't Spending While Asking Taxpayers For $300 Million To Renovate Wrigley Field | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wealthy businessman Joe Ricketts's mission to rid the country of earmarks and government waste has run into a hurdle: the request by his...

Veto Session Starts Today: Death Penalty, Civil Unions Could Be Discussed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today, Illinois lawmakers begin their six-day veto session before breaking for Thanksgiving--and they have a lot on their plate. Many Illinois resid...

Perpetrate a Fraud? 361,000 Votes Later, LWV/IL Broadcasters Block Green Gov Candidate From Debate?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

On the heels of an informative Chicago Tribune editorial board gubernational debate among all five candidates, in an otherwise uninspiring race, the L...

Illinois Budget: Senate Passes Budget To Skip Pension Payments, House Considers Bill Today

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Democrats in the Illinois Legislature began pushing forward Thursday with a budget that would shortchange troubled pension s...

Quinn Back To Springfield To Sort Out Budget Mess

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The governor says increasing the cigarette tax would help fund education. But he's received little support for his proposed income tax hike. ...