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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Illinois Redistricting Challenge

AP | Posted 05.21.2012 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to redistricting in Illinois despite complaints from the League of Women Voters of Illinois ...

Indicted Lawmaker Has A New (Democratic) Challenger

Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

A 40-year-old finance attorney has thrown his hat into the ring as a possible successor to indicted Illinois state representative Derrick Smith. La...

Driver Seat Doggie Bill Voted Down In Springfield

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Call it doggie distracted driving. That's essentially what Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) called it when motorists allow their ...

Gov. Quinn Clarifies His Gay Marriage Stance

Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Just three months after teetering on the issue, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has come out in ...

WATCH: State Lawmakers Sing, Dance At Bizarre Downstate Benefit

Posted 05.10.2012 | Chicago

No, this is not a news tip from The Onion: A group of Illinois state lawmakers, headed by state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park), starred in a musical...

Town Comptroller Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing $53 Million

AP | ROBERT RAY | Posted 05.07.2012 | Chicago

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The former comptroller of a small northern Illinois city pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging she stole more than $53 milli...

Renewing the American Dream

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 07.04.2012 | Chicago
Tammy Duckworth

As a nation, we face incredible challenges right now. People are struggling to find jobs, pay their bills and make a better life for their children. When folks tell me about struggling to put food on the table, I understand because I've been there.

Kirk Leaves Rehab, Heads Home 3 Months After Stroke

Posted 05.03.2012 | Chicago

More than three months after he suffered a serious stroke, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is now leaving a rehabilitation center as he continues to r...

State Senate Votes To End Legislative Scholarships

AP | SHANNON MCFARLAND | Posted 07.03.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college education to certain constituents, remov...

Illinois Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Ending As Jobless Rate Falls

Posted 11.13.2012 | Chicago

As the Illinois unemployment rate continues to fall, Gov. Pat Quinn and other state lawmakers have been celebrating. But the rosy numbers are bad news...

Guzzardi Concedes In Statehouse Challenge Of Berrios

Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago

A political newcomer's challenge of a clout-rich incumbent Illinois state representative came to an end Tuesday when former HuffPost Chicago Associate...

WATCH: Joe Walsh Says Obama Only Elected 'Because He's Black'

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) made a comment already familiar to followers of the Tea Party favorite over the weekend: that President Obama is a "histo...

Derrick Smith Pleads Not Guilty, Cries Entrapment At Arraignment Monday

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Derrick Smith, the Illinois state representative indicted last month on a federal corruption charge, will plead not guilty at his arr...

Broke State Could Soon Charge For School Bus Rides

Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago

As school districts statewide complain about the mounting costs of transporting their students, the Illinois State Board of Education could soon allow...

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...

Illinois GOP's Money Transfers Demand Some Answers

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Illinois Republican Party's latest financial disclosure report filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections demands some answers from State Party Chairman Pat Brady and other party officials.

In Illinois, Scott Walker Compares Himself To Honest Abe

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was greeted in what is likely, by now, a familiar manner when he addressed business leaders in Springfield, Ill., Tues...

Tea Party Congressman To Supporters: 'Grow Up'

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

In the days leading up to Tax Day Tuesday, Tea Party-affiliated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) made the rounds to a series of Tea Party rallies in Illin...

Why the Illinois GOP Has Republicans Worried Nationally

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 06.16.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

When two of your top party officials think the biggest problem with the Republican Party is that Republicans are participating too much, you can probably expect big problems.

State Lawmaker: Early Release Prisoner Program Should Return

Posted 04.12.2012 | Chicago

With Illinois on the brink of closing some 14 of its correctional facilities amid already widespread reports of overcrowding, a state lawmaker is push...

GOP Lawmaker: Illinois Economy Continues To Deteriorate

Posted 04.12.2012 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), standing in for the still recovering U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, on Wednesday delivered a report on the state's financi...

Will Guzzardi Asks For Recount In 39th District Race

NBC Chicago | Posted 06.09.2012 | Chicago

Will Guzzardi isn't giving up in his quest to unseat the Boss's Daughter. With all precincts reporting, Guzzardi, a former Huffington Post editor, was...

Embattled County Official Holding McDonald's Fundraiser To Pay Legal Bills

Posted 04.09.2012 | Chicago

A Cook County official facing federal tax-evasion charges is reportedly holding a fundraiser at a Navy Pier McDonald's to help cover his legal costs. ...

Should 'Inhumane' Prison Be Closed?

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

Though unions are fighting Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois, relatives of some inmates a...

State Bill Would Expand Recording Rights For Cops, Not Public

Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

Though legislation that would have allowed private citizens to record police officers while on the job in public spaces was killed by the Illinois sta...