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State House OKs Pension Payment Cap, Avoids Bigger Reforms

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2013 | Chicago

By Renita Young SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 7 (Reuters) - The Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday took the firs...

Pension Spending, Unpaid Bills Loom Large In State's New Budget

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 5 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will unveil a fiscal 2014 budget on Wednesday that will chip away at a huge pile ...

Dawn Clark Netsch: Illinois Leader and Childhood Hero Dies at 86

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.05.2013 | Chicago
Anna Leahy

Dawn Clark Netsch was the first woman I really admired. I was five years old and in awe of her--her voice, her clothes, her ideas. When she spoke, she knew what she was talking about. I wanted my hair cut just like hers. I wanted to grow up and be like her.

Trailblazing Illinois Politician Dawn Clark Netsch Dies At 86

Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago

Iconic Illinois politician Dawn Clark Netsch, who served the state for more than six decades in roles as Comptroller and Senator among others, has die...

Speaker Madigan Unveils Harsh Pension Proposals

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2013 | Chicago

By Joanne von Alroth SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Feb 27 (Reuters) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan lit a fire under the ...

Robin Kelly Wins Dem Primary In Race To Replace Jackson Jr.

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 04.28.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse ...

Halvorson Leads Latest Poll In Race To Replace Jackson Jr.

Posted 02.25.2013 | Chicago

As the crowded field of candidates for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress headed out for one last day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday's primary in I...

Dem Sought To Rid Illinois Of Anonymous Internet Attacks

Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

An Illinois state lawmaker this month introduced a new bill aimed at thwarting the efforts of anonymous Internet trolls -- but apparently has since th...

Ryan J. Reilly

Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom Wednesday morning to using campaign funds to purchase an ar...

Dem Bows Out Of Contentious Race Amid Gun Debate

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 04.19.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A well-known Illinois state senator dropped her bid Sunday for the U.S. House seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., narrowing the field a...

Can't Pat Quinn Get Any Respect?

James Warren | Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago
James Warren

Governor Pat Quinn is smart, well meaning, and as honest as Abe. Too bad he's become the Rodney Dangerfield of Illinois politics (and No. 70 on the Power 100 list).

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon Won't Be Seeking Reelection

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced Wednesday that she won't be running for reelection, but hinted that she'll likely be campaigning for anot...

Gun Dominate Debate In Race To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Posted 02.08.2013 | Chicago

Several contenders vying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress gathered at Governor's State University Thursday night where their debate was domina...

Quinn Talks Gun Control, Minimum Wage Hike In State Of State

Posted 02.07.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his fourth annual State of the State, an address that touched on a wide-ranging set of i...

State Of The State's Pensions? 'Horribly Embarrassing'

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, already the most unpopular governor in the nation, has his wor...

Pro-Gun Candidate Distances Self From NRA

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), a onetime close ally of the National Rifle Association, is backing away from the controversial gun group, accor...

George Ryan Out Of Prison, Moved To Kankakee Home

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was released from prison before dawn Wednesday, stopping only briefly at a halfway house before he wa...

Ex-Gov. George Ryan Heads To Halfway House

Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago

Ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan is halfway home. Ryan is nearing the end of his six-and-a-half year sentence after serving out the majority in a fede...

Why Are Leaky Pipes Political Gold for Gov. Pat Quinn?

David Ormsby | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Leaky pipes can be a politician's best friend. Good government remains good politics. Gov. Quinn announced a loan to the city of Chicago to replace seven miles of aging, leaking, wheezing water pipeline with a "jobs, jobs, jobs" message.

Ethics Loophole Raises Concern

Center for Public Integrity | Nicholas Kusnetz | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

On October 26, 2011, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that authorized construction of a multi-billion-dollar smart grid and reshaped how utility...

Illinois' Worst-In-The-Nation Credit Rating Takes Another Hit

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A major credit rating agency has soured on the economic forecast for Illinois after another failed attempt this week to rect...

Gov. Quinn Seeks To Overcome Pension Reform Setback

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 01.10.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- After singling out Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis as the most important issue of his governorship, Pat Quinn could ...

State Lawmakers To Try For Pension Reform Again In New Assembly

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — New day. New lawmakers. Same old pension-reform dispute. Illinois legislators failed to deliver a solution Tuesday to a bal...

New Illinois Legislature Includes 3 Facing Criminal Charges

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebu...

Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote On Pension Reform Bill

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.10.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers abruptly adjourned a lame-duck legislative session Tuesday without agreement on how to fix the nation's m...