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John Cullerton

Paying To Play With Illinois Casino Expansion Bill?

Posted 09.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the overwhelming majority of Illinois legislators who voted for a narrowly-approved casino expansion bill, wh...

State Gaming Regulator Calls Casino Expansion Bill 'Garbage'

Posted 09.13.2011 | Chicago

While Illinois Governor Pat Quinn continues to remain quiet about whether he will sign or veto the massive gaming expansion bill narrowly approved by ...

Quinn's Massive, Video Poker-Funded Stimulus Upheld In Court

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

A controversial construction spending law, dubbed "Illinois Jobs Now!" by Governor Pat Quinn, received a much-needed shot in the arm Monday as the sta...

Chicago Hopes New Campaign Will Attract More Tourists

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau is hoping to attract more visitors to the Windy City with a new, $6 million campaign: "Chicago, Second to None...

Quinn Approves New, Tougher Seat Belt Law

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

In a move he hopes will lead to fewer deaths in traffic collisions, Governor Pat Quinn Monday signed a law broadening the state's existing seat belt l...

Joseph Erbentraut

Does Gambling Expansion Help Or Hurt Cash-Strapped States? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

As Illinois struggles with a massive budget shortfall, opponents of a controversial gambling expansion bill are wondering if the measure would cause m...

Cigarette Taxes Could Go Up $1 A Pack

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the summer of 2009, Illinois governor Pat Quinn cobbled together bipartisan support for a $31 billion capital spending bill. The ambitious legislat...

John Cullerton Suggests Taxing Pensions For Higher-Earning Retirees

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The top Senate Democrat Monday suggested taxing retirement income for high-earning senior citizens for the first time to help lower income taxes that ...

Back To Work: Cullerton, Senate Debate Massive Borrowing Package

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In an election season where Republicans won control of 19 state legislatures across the country, Democrats in Springfield were able to avoid getting c...

Political Will

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Whether your state is red, blue, or some shade in between, no matter. Vote on November 2nd. And when you do, be sure to vote for the people who are putting kids first.

Senate Pres. Cullerton Gives Up Car Driven By Drunk Son

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Senate President John Cullerton has given up the state-owned sports-utility vehicle in which his son was ticketed for drunk-driving, Cu...

Senate Rejects Bill To Limit Free Rides For Seniors

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Regardless of their income, senior citizens can continue riding Chicago-area mass transit for free after the state Senate Wednesday preserved what a G...

Garrett Cullerton DUI: Senate President's Son Pulled Over 8 Times Since 2001

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Garritt Cullerton has been pulled over eight times on Illinois roads since July 2001 for citations that included following too closely, speeding 115 m...

Garrett Cullerton DUI: Senate President's Son Had .19 BAC

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Garritt M. Cullerton, 26, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.188 when he was pulled over in the 800 block of North Dearborn Street shortly after midnight,...

Red Light Cameras: Reform Bill Passes Senate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A measure containing several reforms to the existing red-light camera law passed the Senate Thursday, disappointing some advocates who hoped to ban th...

Illinois Budget Crisis: Quinn Likely To Be Left With Tough Decisions

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even the best options are bad as legislators return to Springfield today to take another whack at fixing a budget that spends $13 billion more than it...

Senate President Cullerton Used VIDEO Of Red-Light Camera Opponent's Violations In Hearing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The red-light camera debate that has been ongoing in Illinois got a bit more dramatic this week when one of the leading opponents of the cameras was c...

Move Over Illinois Human Services, Illinois School Districts Are Newest Victim in Illinois Budget Crisis

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Human services were the Democrats' budget problem. Suburban and downstate school districts are now largely the Republicans' budget problem.

Secret Meeting Of Illinois Senators: Was It Illegal?

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a meeting legislators are describing as a first of its kind in the Illinois Senate, Republicans and Democrats got together to hear a presentation o...

Illinois Lt. Governor Nominee: Who Calls The Shots And The Process Involved

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Scott Lee Cohen has left a vacancy that's going to be filled, officially, by the Democratic Party's State Central Committee. House Speaker Mike Madiga...

As Moratorium Nears Decade Mark, Democrats Show Little Leadership on Death Penalty

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Is there a chance Illinois will become the 16th state to abolish the death penalty? Unlikely. We ought to expect more from the Democrats who have governed Illinois lock, stock, and barrel.

Will Dan Hynes Drop Out of Illinois Governor's Race?

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A few weeks ago, questions began to bubble on whether Hynes would or should drop out of the race against Quinn. The governor was on a roll. He was piling up union endorsements. No more.

Leaders Remain Divided Over Campaign Contribution Limits

Daily Herald | Joseph Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nearly $11 million was spent in just 10 suburban races for statehouse seats last year, as Republicans and Democrats slammed each other in glossy maile...

Giannoulias Endorsed By Cullerton For U.S. Senate

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias unveiled another endorsement for his 2010 U.S. Senate campaign Friday. State Senate President John Cullerton announ...

Greg Harris Endorses Heather Steans Over Gay Rights Activist Jim Madigan in State Senate Race

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The endorsement is a huge plus for the freshman senator whose north lakefront district includes a heavy concentration of gay and lesbian voters. Madigan's climb to the state senate just got a little steeper.