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Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Talks About His Stand Against Progressive Taxes

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

As the tax debate has gone historically, most Democrats are for a progressive tax structure in Illinois. All Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate are for keeping the flat rate we currently have. Not all Democrats are for a progressive tax, though.

Illinois House Rejects NRA-Backed Concealed Carry Bill

Posted 04.19.2013 | Chicago

With a looming court-mandated deadline to pass a new concealed carry law in Illinois, lawmakers nonetheless reached an impasse Thursday when the House...

State House OKs Ban On Semi-Automatic Firearms

Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago

As Illinois lawmakers hash out details to the forthcoming law complying with a federal court ruling to allow concealed carry, the state House of Repre...

Chris Kirkham

Illinois House Comes Up Short In Bid To Stop Immigrant Detention Center Near Chicago

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.31.2012 | Business

Illinois lawmakers failed to muster the votes needed Thursday for a bill that would have blocked construction of a for-profit federal detention center...

Illinois GOP Minority House Leader Proposes Rewarding Businesses for Not Hiring People

Kyle Hillman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

While Illinois corporations get a tax break for shedding staff levels, you and I get to shoulder the burden. Only in Illinois would this be presented as a good tax policy.

ComEd Rate Hike Likely After House, Senate Approve Bill

Posted 12.26.2011 | Chicago

Members of both the Illinois House and Senate this week approved, in veto-proof majorities, a trailer bill to ComEd and Ameren's "smart grid" legislat...

Illinois Smoking Ban Loophole? Casinos Could Be Exempt

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and JIM SUHR | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago

HAMMOND, Ind. — Clutching his Marlboro, Clifford Hutchison works a slot machine unaware of his role in a desperate competition to balance state ...

Illinois House Narrowly Passes Bill Requiring Backseat Seatbelt Use

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Back-seat passengers who now can decide whether to buckle up would have to start wearing seat belts under legislation that narrowly pas...

Always Bet on Money -- Illinois House Passes Smoking Exemption for Casinos

Kyle Hillman | Posted 06.10.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

The Illinois House decided to pass an exception allowing smoke to return to the air. It's not the only House bill eroding the Smoke Free Act hovering around like the haze we are all about to inhale.

Gun Pointed At State Representative In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Representative Edward Acevedo had a gun pointed at him Friday night on Chicago's Lower West Side, but the gunman took off when he reali...

Illinois House REJECTS Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On an otherwise busy Thursday in Springfield, lawmakers voted to reject a bill that would allow some Illinois patients access to medical marijuana. ...

Political Fallout Of Illinois Budget Inaction

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There's still no word on when Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield. The state budget is up in the air for the next fiscal year, which begins ...

Illinois Budget Crisis: Program To Help Seniors Shut Down Due To Lack Of Payment From State

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For 35 years, frail senior citizens in southern Illinois could turn to the Shawnee Development Council for help cleaning the...

House Approves University Borrowing To Make Up For State Budget Shortfall

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House has approved giving public universities the authority to borrow money to pay bills. The schools are owed hundreds of millions of do...

Illinois House Approves Rewrite Of Telecom Bill, Critics Fear Rate Hikes

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plan to modernize Illinois telecommunications law and create jobs unanimously passed the Illinois House on Wednesday, desp...

WATCH: Rep. Deb Mell To Announce Engagement To Lesbian Partner On House Floor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the gay marriage debate continues across the country, the gay community in Illinois has yet to see much progress on the issue--and one state repres...

Joe Walsh, GOP Congressional Candidate, Fails To File Personal Financial Disclosure Form

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joe Walsh ran as an outsider against five candidates to win February's Republican primary in Illinois' 8th Congressional district. "I'm a bit of a rog...

Illinois House Passes Messy Budget: More Borrowing, Less Bill Paying

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House approved a new state budget Tuesday that would borrow billions of dollars, give the governor broad new co...

Illinois' Budget Wreckage: Dems Try To Pull It Together

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A group of Democratic legislators spoke up Monday in favor of further cost-cutting as lawmakers resumed their efforts to pie...

Illinois Pension Reform: Illinois House Passes Major Pension Reform Package

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House passed a sweeping pension-reform package this afternoon that would elevate the retirement age to 67 and restrict benefits for futur...

Illinois Budget Crisis: Legislature Adjourns Without Passing A New Budget

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Democratic legislative leaders missed their self-imposed deadline for passing a new budget Friday and sent lawmakers home un...

Blagojevich Attorney Challenges Impeachment Panel

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an effort to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich, rejecting what could have been the ...

Illinois Lawmakers Meet To Consider Impeaching Blagojevich

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers took the first step Monday toward removing Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office as the disgraced Democrat hir...