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Pension Committee Compromise Sure to Displease

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There is one thing I am absolutely, 100 percent sure about when it comes to the pension bill being hammered out by the Illinois General Assembly's conference committee: Whatever it is, both sides will find plenty to hate about it.

Washington Post Gives Nation a Look at Illinois' 'Family Feud'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.

What's in Illinois' income tax future?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

TAX TALK Illinois lawmakers face some tough choices about our state income tax. In 2011, they raised the income tax from 3 to 5 percent for four years...

Video: Lawmakers get testy with Quinn on pensions; Mell: political power as family heirloom; Google buzz on 2014 gov candidates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LAWMAKERS TO QUINN: WHERE ARE YOU? Both Republicans and Democrats on a 10-member special pension committee teed off on Gov. Pat Quinn Monday. More acc...

Republicans Discuss Reinstating Illinois Death Penalty

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For a mother who lost her son to violence, Illinois' decision to abolish the death penalty is a betrayal. But to a father wh...

Illinois Death Penalty Abolished, Death Row Cleared

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, ...

Illinois Redistricting Process Will Not Change After Two Competing Plans Fail

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois's widely criticized redistricting process will be in place for yet another cycle, as the two leading proposals for reforming the process both...

Quinn 'Not Excited' About Democrats' Redistricting Plan

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he does not like his party's plan to overhaul the way boundaries for legislative districts are drawn. The Illinois ...

Governor, Lieutenant To Run Together In Primary, If Quinn Signs New Bill

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Hoping to avert another Scott Lee Cohen debacle, the Senate voted Tuesday to require that the governor and lieutenant governor run toge...

Legislators Seek To Ban Blunt Wraps As Drug Paraphernalia

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Clergy and cops backed a ban being pushed in the General Assembly to classify blunt wraps -- a tobacco leaf often used to roll marijuana -- as drug pa...

Political Newcomer, Water District Candidate Todd Connor Is on a Roll

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Connor is likely the hottest candidate who has stormed onto the 2010 Cook County political stage.

University Of Illinois Trustees Refuse To Resign Over Scandal

AP | DAVID MERCER and CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A day after a central figure in the University of Illinois admissions scandal resigned his position on the school's governing ...

Medical Marijuana Legislation Narrowly Passes Illinois Senate

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bill to legalize medical marijuana narrowly passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday by a vote of 30 to 28, with 1 'present' vote. The vote on SB 1381,...

Illinois Senate Democrats Talk Ethics Record to New Media, Push Back on Old Media Complaints

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Kwame Raoul introduced legislation for public financing two years ago. His predecessor, Barack Obama, sponsored the same legislation in 2005. What did Chicago newspapers editorialize at the time at the time on the Obama bill? Nothing.

Black Lawmakers: Burris Pick Won't Help Blagojevich

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Roland Burris is battling for a U.S. Senate seat in court and through the media, briefly shifting the spotlight away from the man who ...

Obama's Replacement: Blagojevich Mulls Senate Pick

The Huffington Post | Ben Goldberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Indictment News Updates, 12-9-08: ILLINOIS GOVERNOR CHARGED WITH TRYING TO SELL OBAMA'S SEAT ARRESTED THIS MO...