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Gov. Quinn Sets July 9 Deadline For Pension Deal

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2013 | Chicago

By Joanne von Alroth and Karen Pierog SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 19 (Reuters) - In the first sign of compromise after weeks of political ...

Republican Official Targets GOP Candidate In Racially Charged Rant

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

An Illinois Republican Party chairman apologized Wednesday after unleashing a racially charged attack on a black female congressional candidate. I...

Pension Fix Headed To Rare Legislative Conference Committee

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, June 18 (Reuters) - Seeking to break a weeks-long impasse in efforts to fix the state's woefully underfunded pension system, Illinois will ...

Legislative Leaders Move Farther Apart On Pension Fix Bill

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, June 12 (Reuters) - Just a week before Illinois' legislature is to meet in special session to address the state's $100 bill...

Bill Daley for Governor: Buzz or Zzzzz?

David Ormsby | Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Feel the energy. There has been no "Thank God, Bill Daley is the in race!" reaction from Democratic political observers who fear that Governor Pat Quinn might lose the Democrats' grip on the governor's mansion.

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?

BGA Legislative Wrap-Up: A Wrongful Convictions Win

Emily J. Miller | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

The BGA worked with Secretary of State Jesse White's office, stakeholders and lawmakers on a zero alcohol impairment policy for on-duty police in Illinois -- a new standard that would protect police and the public.

100 Years Later, Legacy Endures for Suffragists

David Orr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legions of women who led the fight, many of whom were considered extreme radicals at the time. Most suffragists first fought on behalf of other causes.

Spokesman: Bill Daley '100 Percent In' Illinois Governor's Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A rare intra-party battle began taking shape Tuesday among big-name Democrats in Illinois, as former White House chief of staff Bill D...

Leaders In Conflict Over Pension Reform After Meeting

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, June 10 (Reuters) - The Illinois public pension system, the worst funded among U.S. states, will be tackled w...

Moving Forward on Marriage Equality in Illinois

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
David Ernesto Munar

A legislative setback certainly merits deep evaluation, introspection and recalibration. Our march toward full and equal marriage will benefit from it, but we must resist haste in assigning blame.

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...

Gov. Quinn Calls Special Session On Pension Reform

Chicago Tribune | Posted 06.06.2013 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn today called lawmakers back into special session June 19 to deal with the public employee pension shortfall after another rating agency...

Campaign 2014: Rauner rips unions; Stantis cartoon: Quinn's failed summit; Reboot Illinois Daily Tip-Off

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

CAMPAIGN 2014 Chicago billionaire Bruce Rauner came out swinging against public sector unions as he officially entered the race for governor on Wedn...

Bruce Rauner On 2014 Gubernatorial Race: 'I'm Running'

Posted 06.05.2013 | Chicago

It's rumor no more: The wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner has officially announced he will run for governor of Illinois in 2014. The 57-year-old sh...

Illinois Treasurer Says He'll Seek GOP Nod For Governor

Posted 06.05.2013 | Chicago

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the 2014. The 58-year-old from Pontiac announced Sunday he will ...

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...

Illinois GOP Elects New Chairman

AP | KERRY LESTER | Posted 06.02.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- After months of public infighting and constant bickering over issues that also continue to divide the national party, Illinois Re...

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.

Path To Pension Reform Even Trickier Thanks To Statehouse Inaction

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn had claimed he was "put on earth" to solve the nation's worst pension crisis, but the goal eluded him onc...

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 sinki...