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Radio Hosts Pull Chicago Labor Unions Together For "Salute To Labor"

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Scott Foval

On the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, a local progressive radio host and nationalpProgressive media star teamed together to fight for the American worker.

Quinn Renews Income Tax Hike Push, Warns Of Consequences

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn continues to warn that there'll be dire consequences if lawmakers don't raise state income taxes to fill budge...

Over 800 Possible New Laws Sent To Governor

Chicago Tribune | Ashley Rueff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD --Lawmakers left town with more work to do on the state budget, but they did manage to pass more than 800 bills on everything from keeping...

Madigan Predicts 'Very Significant' Layoffs After Meeting With Quinn

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- An idea to raise the state income tax took a back seat when Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders met Thursday to continue negotiatin...

Quinn Accuses Fellow Democrats Of Hurting The Poor (VIDEO)

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Eager to build support for an income tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts, Gov. Pat Quinn is resorting to a strategy his predecessor...

Quinn Promises 'Humane' But 'No Frills' Budget After Lawmakers Reject Income Tax Hike

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident Illinois will ultimately end up with a "humane" budget, but he cautions that it will be a...

Governor, Lawmakers Meet, Still No Budget Solution

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn and top Illinois lawmakers promise they'll genuinely work together in a new push to solve the state's budget ...

Vote Looms On Income Tax Hike

AP | Kurt Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A proposed 50 percent increase in the state income tax could be voted on in the Illinois House as early as Friday. With the clock tick...

Calling Out The Real Crybabies

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

What the bunch in Springfield had better realize is that there are a lot more people lined up with reform than there are with the political status quo.

House Panel OK's Recall Of Governors

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois voters may get a chance to change the state constitution to allow the recall of unpopular governors. A House commi...

Unprecedented Campaign Contribution Caps Approved, But Big Loopholes Remain

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Money donated to politicians would be limited for the first time in Illinois history under a plan backed by Gov. Pat Quinn b...

Julie Hamos Aims to Boost Pat Quinn's Reform Agenda and Gets Undercut by Pat Quinn

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Quinn episode exposed the inevitable collision between a reformer's principles and the practical politics of an election system that relies on private dough to finance the campaign beast.

Quinn Tweaks Tax Plan To Court Votes

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers on Wednesday rejected appeals for their help in raising taxes to fill the state's massive budget defici...

Democrats Seek GOP Help Raising Illinois Taxes

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Caught between a ticking clock and a massive budget deficit, Democratic leaders asked Tuesday for Republicans' help in raisi...

Illinois Senate Puts Off Ethics Votes

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) postponed action today on a series of ethics proposals, with aides saying he wanted to spend more time wor...

Quinn Campaign Sought Big Donations During Reform Effort

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday a campaign aide made an embarrassing mistake by calling Springfield interest groups to raise political mone...

Quinn Must Decide On Gambling Expansion, Tax Increases To Fund Public Works Program

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers approved a massive public works program Thursday, presenting Gov. Pat Quinn with the difficult decision o...

Quinn Won't Sign Public Works Plan Until Ethics Reforms, Tax Increase And High-Speed Rail Money Approved

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is using a monstrous state construction bill, desperately wanted by lawmakers to fix roads and schoo...

Hartmarx Bankruptcy: Workers At Obama's Suit Maker Pin Hopes On British Company

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) -- Workers at a suburban Chicago menswear factory cheered Wednesday when a union official told them a new offer for the company...

Quinn 'Not Sure' About Raising Liquor Tax, Against Parking Meter Deal

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is backing away from a push to pay for public construction projects by raising liquor taxes. In a two-hour interview Monday n...

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.

Quinn Presents DOOMSDAY BUDGET Scenario: 14,300 Teachers Laid Off, 650,000 People Lose Health Care

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to scare lawmakers into supporting an income tax increase by warning Monday that teachers and state troopers ...

Quinn Hedging On State Employee Firing Plan (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn is backing away from Speaker Michael Madigan's broad plan to "fumigate" the government's ranks with job cuts, the State Journal-Registe...

Quinn Taps Ohio Prison Official To Run Illinois Department Of Corrections

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn turned Thursday to the assistant director of Ohio's prison system to run the Illinois Department of Correctio...

Quinn: Deeper Budget Cuts Can't Be Made

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says deeper spending cuts can't be made as the deadline for a new state budget approaches. Quinn said his proposed bud...