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Does Quinn's Budget Plan Go Far Enough?

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has had a rough year. The state's credit rating was downgraded, he has been berated by Republican governo...

Gov. Pat Quinn: Student Reporter

WBEZ | Sam Hudzik | Feb. 20, 2012 | Posted 02.21.2012 | Chicago

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver his budget address this week to the state legislature, his fourth since taking office. The governor is expected t...

'Women Are Not Livestock'

Posted 02.17.2012 | Chicago

A bill that would impose stricter operation standards on health care centers that perform abortions is being pushed through the Illinois House Agricul...

Joseph Erbentraut

Two Lesbian Activists Square Off In Statehouse Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

When long-time Chicago lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist Kelly Cassidy was appointed last spring to the Illinois Statehouse of Represent...

State Tourism Office Makes Push For LGBT Visitors

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

The same week that a group of state lawmakers introduced legislation that would bring marriage equality to Illinois, the state's tourism office introd...

Blagojevich Heading To Colorado For Prison

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will report to prison in exactly one month -- and has apparently decided to head west. Sources told the C...

Lawmaker: 'No Damned Way' Rahm's Gun Registry Will Pass

Posted 02.13.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's call for a statewide handgun registry was only announced Thursday, but the plan has already come under intense scrutiny b...

Will Rahm Emanuel's Gun Plan End His Springfield Success Streak?

David Ormsby | Posted 04.14.2012 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In Springfield Rahm was on roll. Rahm Emanuel put his formidable political persuasive powers behind doable deals. Springfield morphed from Springfiend to Springfriend for a Chicago mayor. Until now.

Report: Governor Will OK Rahm's Controversial Speed Camera Bill

Posted 02.05.2012 | Chicago

Though he had reportedly delayed his vote on the controversial Chicago speed camera bill amid a public outcry against it, it appears Democratic Illino...

Is Illinois 'Taxing And Spending Itself Into Oblivion'?

Posted 02.02.2012 | Chicago

One day after Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his second State of the State address, it would be difficult to find a single state leg...

Governor's State Of The State Addresses Jobs, Economy

Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at noon on Wednesday delivered his annual State of the State address, a speech centered principally on th...

Downstate GOP Lawmaker Takes Aim At Civil Union Law

Posted 01.31.2012 | Chicago

A downstate Republican lawmaker is pushing a new bill to the Illinois state general assembly which attempts to introduce exceptions to the state's civ...

Report: Governor, State Legislature 'Must Act Now' On Unpaid Bills

Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

A budget watchdog group that has repeatedly criticized the state's handling of its finances once again called on lawmakers to do something about Illin...

Madigan Says He Was 'One Of Many' Who Signed Off On Overspending

Elmhurst, IL Patch | Alex Keown Email the Author | Posted 03.26.2012 | Chicago

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said the state has a long way to go to get out of its current financial hole. However, he said legislators m...

Judge Refuses Retrial For Former Powerbroker

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.24.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal judge denied a retrial Tuesday for longtime Illinois powerbroker William Cellini, rejecting arguments that he didn't get a fair t...

State Owes $8.5 Billion In Overdue Bills

Posted 01.20.2012 | Chicago

Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this week delivered more troubling, if not surprising, news concerning the state's financial health....

Private-Sector Lobbyists Stand To Collect Public-Sector Pensions

Better Government Association | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago

Township Officials of Illinois is a private trade group, not a governmental agency, yet its employees are eligible for public-sector pensions subsidiz...

Tea Party Congressman Calls Governor Of His State A 'Tool'

Posted 01.17.2012 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh has been a vocal critic of everyone from President Obama to "typical" Republicans, and during a Tea Party meeting in Darien, Ill. ...

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...

Gay Marriage In Illinois In The Works? Proponents Talk Strategy

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois lawmakers have begun laying the groundwork for their latest push to bring marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln. The Windy C...

Santorum's Illinois Ties Spark Division In State He Once Called Home

Posted 01.06.2012 | Chicago

Though GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is perhaps best known for having represented Pennsylvania in Congress, his ties to the state of Illino...

214 New State Laws Go Into Effect Jan. 1

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

As Illinois marches into the new year, at least 214 new laws will go into effect, thanks to a busy state legislature. While many of these lack the...

Illinois Move-Out Rate Among Nation's Highest

Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

Data released this week by United Van Lines, a moving company, reports that Illinois and New Jersey tied for the highest number of customers who were ...

State Lawmakers Aim For More Corporate Tax Cuts

Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

Illinois House Republican leaders on Wednesday introduced a proposal that would roll back the corporate income tax hike that state Democratic leadersh...

Proposal To Make Chicago Its Own State Shows Divide In Illinois

AP | By JIM SUHR | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

GRAFTON, Ill. -- Whether it's the state's shaky finances, its recent tax hike or strict gun laws, downstate Illinois knows it can always vent its frus...