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Former Miss America To Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

Former Miss America Erika Harold is set to run for Congress in 2014, mounting a primary challenge against Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in Illinois' 13th...

Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois: The Role of the Black Church

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The usual liberalism of the Black Caucus in Illinois apparently does not extend to protecting the equality rights of gays and lesbians. The explanation for this apparent puzzle seems to rest less in the views of the legislators than in the politics of religion in the African-American community.

Illinois General Assembly Extends Medicaid Coverage to Low-Income Residents

Andrea Kovach | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago
Andrea Kovach

With those words the President of the Illinois Senate asked the clerk of the chamber torecord the votes on Senate Bill 26, as amended, the bill which would put Illinois in the column of states that will, come January 1, 2014, offer Medicaid coverage to all low-income state residents.

Gay Marriage, Concealed Carry Among Big Issues In Springfield

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers have less than 24 hours to resolve some big issues. Today is the scheduled adjournment of the legislature's spring ...

Illinois House: Pass Marriage Equality to Make the "Land of Lincoln" Worthy of its Name

Brian Levin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago
Brian Levin

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would surely deliver "The Springfield Address" that goes something like this.

Illinois House Advances Controversial Fracking Bill

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A proposal aimed at creating thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois in high-volume oil and gas drilling, also known as fracking, cleare...

Madigan-Backed Pension Reform Bill Trounced In Senate

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 30 (Reuters) - The Illinois Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly defeated a sweeping reform of the state's sinking public pensio...

'Puppy Lemon Law' Advanced By Illinois House

Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago

Pet owners who unknowingly purchase a sick dog or cat would have new consumer protection measures on their side under a new bill that was approved by ...

Pension Reform Snarled In Politics With Deadline Looming

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, May 28 (Reuters) - With less than a week left to go in Illinois' spring legislative session, the future of re...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

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.

Marriage Equality Will Be the Illinois Moderate Litmus Test

Kyle Hillman | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

With a vote upcoming any day now in Springfield and a Supreme Court decision that is likely to be less than an all-out victory for equal marriage, the issue won't be going away as some have hoped.

Would Making Chicago Our State Capital Reduce Political Corruption?

Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Is the geographic remoteness of Illinois' state capital relative to most of the state's population a major contributing factor to its historically hig...

Advocates Say Put the Public First in Illinois Cable Law

Barbara Popovic | Posted 07.13.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The proposal seeks preferential treatment from the legislature, creates an unlevel playing field with other statewide and local franchise holders, erodes municipal authority, and cuts funding and channels for public use.

Key Donor: State GOP's Internal Quarrels 'Destroying' Their Party

Posted 05.10.2013 | Chicago

A key Republican donor lashed out Thursday against the Illinois GOP when he blamed the party's most conservative leaders of "destroying" their 2014 el...

State GOP Chair Resigns Amid Gay Marriage Support Controversy

Posted 05.08.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady has stepped down from his post amid controversy over his public support for same-sex marriage. Bra...

BGA Legislative Update: Progress on Wrongful Convictions

Emily J. Miller | Posted 07.06.2013 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

With one month to go in the spring General Assembly session, the BGA is pushing hard for reforms that create a more just, accountable and efficient Illinois government.

Constitutional Concerns Cloud Future Of Pension Reform Bill

Reuters | Posted 07.05.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, May 5 (Reuters) - Now that the Illinois House of Representatives has passed a plan to repair a state pension ...

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.

Madigan Pitches Fix For Country's Worst-Funded State Pension System

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, April 30 (Reuters) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday proposed a comprehensive plan to fix t...

Cable: A Recession Proof Industry

Barbara Popovic | Posted 06.29.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The number of U.S. cable TV subscribers decreased over the last decade. At the same time, the average monthly cable bill went up 84 percent. llinois welcomes healthy business partners. But Illinois residents need and deserve laws from the legislature that protect the public.

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock Puts Big Rumor To Rest

Posted 04.27.2013 | Chicago

Putting an end to months of speculation that he would seek the Illinois GOP nomination for governor in 2014, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has decided to opt...

Joe Walsh: 'It's Time For Civil Disobedience' On Concealed Carry Law

Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, long a Tea Party favorite, is urging Illinoisans to "break the law" amid the state's current lack of a concealed carry law...

Kentuckians Stop AT&T, Illinois Up Next

Barbara Popovic | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Barbara Popovic

The large telecom company wanted to abandon a commitment to provide land line telephone service to everyone in the state.