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A Doomsday Plan for the Chicago Public Schools

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman dropped an anvil on Chicago residents late last week when he announced that the district faces a $975 million deficit next year.

Ten Hilarious Solutions For Illinois' Budget Crisis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Facing a budget crisis of catastrophic proportions, and stuck between the rock of raising taxes and the hard place of slashing human services, Illinoi...

Quinn Rips Bill Brady For Pet-Kill Legislation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn added an unusual caveat to his search for a new lieutenant governor. "I think it's important for our lieutenant governor to be som...

Quinn Will Post Lieutenant Governor Hopefuls Online

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn says the public will have a chance to vet his potential lieutenant governor running mates via a web site that will feature biographies ...

Pat Quinn Rips Bill Brady For Pet-Kill Legislation, Brady Backed Off The Bill This Week

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There's a political dog-fight brewing between Governor Pat Quinn, a dog owner, and his likely Republican rival Senator Bill Brady. Earlier this mon...

Jason Plummer, Republican Lt. Gov. Nominee, Draws A Blank On 'Chicago Tonight' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The lieutenant governor's office in Illinois is not looking so hot. On the Democratic side, of course, there's the gaping hole on the ticket left by...

Bill Brady, Illinois Governor Candidate On Budget: Can't Cut Our Way Out, Won't Raise Taxes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One thing is for sure: Bill Brady is against raising taxes. On Thursday, as Gov. Pat Quinn rolled out new budget proposals to close the state's mass...

Quinn's New Budget Proposals Include Nearly $1 Billion In School Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his gathering attempt to address the Illinois budget crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed roughly $2 billion in cuts, including nearly $1 billion in...

Giannoulias, Quinn Hold Leads In New Poll: Illinois Democrats Up For Now

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll released Thursday shows Illinois Democrats leading Republicans in both the race for Senate and Governor--but with many ...

Pat Quinn Starts Website, Wants Illinoisans Advice On Fixing The State's Nasty Budget Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With the state's finances in shambles and an election year upon us, Gov. Pat Quinn did something politicians rarely do when it comes to managing money...

Gay Marriage and the Governor's Race

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Brady, no stranger to the semantics of Springfield, obviously eyes an amendment banning gay marriage as a means of galvanizing conservative support for his candidacy.

Laurence Msall Of Civic Federation: Without Tax Increase, 'Very Massive Cuts' Needed To Balance Budget (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation, a non-partisan budget watchdog, told NBC Chicago on Wednesday that the state could balance its budget without ...

Kirk Dillard Still Behind As Final Counts Are Due: Not Conceding Yet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While it's deadline day for local election officials looking to submit their Feb. 2 vote totals, Sen. Kirk Dillard is still trailing his GOP rival Bil...

Tammy Duckworth Says No To Lieutenant Governor Offer From Quinn, NBC Chicago Reports

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

According to NBC Chicago sources, Tammy Duckworth has called Pat Quinn to turn down his offer that she run as his lieutenant governor. The governor h...

Pat Quinn's Governor Campaign Gets Help From Former Enemies

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Quinn and former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones often butted heads. But now all is forgiven. Last month, as Quinn battled Dan Hynes down t...

Illinois Budget Crisis 2010: Civic Federation Says Only Big Tax Hikes Can Fix 'Horrific' Budget Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Are massive tax hikes coming to Illinois? A government watchdog group says if the state wants to "become solvent," tax hikes and $2 billion in budget ...

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.

Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Lieutenant Governor? Pat Quinn Asks Her To Be Running Mate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Pat Quinn told the press on Friday that he has asked Assistant Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Tammy Duckworth to be his running mate. Duckworth, a ve...

Mike Madigan, House Speaker, Moves To Eliminate Lt. Gov. Position; Pat Quinn Disagrees

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois hasn't had a lieutenant governor in over a year, and following the Scott Lee Cohen debacle, House Speaker Mike Madigan wants to keep it that ...

Life Support for Lieutenant Governor

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Most of lieutenant governors occupy an office equivalent to what former Vice President John Nance Garner once said equated in worth to little more than a "bucket of warm spit."

Sources Say Duckworth Not Likely To Leave Job In Washington

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Quinn and Duckworth? Not likely, say insiders. Governor Quinn wants her to be his Lt. Governor, but Tammy Duckworth is not likely to leave her Wash...

CTA Cuts: Tribune Editorial Says Unions, Riders Must Make Concessions

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Quinn's deal not to raise fares has left the CTA with few options to balance its budget. He was looking ahead to the election and listening to co...

Tammy Duckworth To Replace Cohen? Quinn Wants It That Way, Source Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Does Pat Quinn want Tammy Duckworth to fill the recently vacated Lt. Governor spot? A source told Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed that Duckw...

Scott Lee Cohen: 'No Comment' On Independent Run

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It seems that Scott Lee Cohen may not have given up entirely on his career in politics. Cohen resigned as the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Gover...

Madigan: No Talk Of Reimbursing Scott Lee Cohen's Campaign Funds

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn and fellow Democratic leaders began the delicate dance of picking a new running mate for Quinn today, while emphasizing there was no ho...