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Film Industry Generated $141 Million, 5,400 Jobs For Illinois In 2008: State

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- State economic officials say the film industry spent $141 million and created nearly 5,400 jobs in Illinois last year. Depa...

Lawmakers Want To Fund Public Works Plan With Video Poker, Higher Liquor Taxes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Top Illinois lawmakers want to pay for a massive public works program by legalizing video poker, raising liquor taxes and m...

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...

Legislators Mixed On Reform Commission's Proposals

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- With one governor in prison and another under indictment, Illinois officials must choose between patching holes in current e...

Illinois Reform Commission: Term Limits For Powerful Politicians, Open Meetings, Cap Campaign Contributions (READ THE PROPOSALS)

AP | ANDREA ZELINSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- After 100 days poring over stacks of data and testimony, a commission appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn has delivered a sweeping p...

Governor Quinn 'Sees No Reason Not To Run' In 2010

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has raised about $250,000 with the intent of seeking a full term as chief executive in 2010....

Obama License Plate Sales Shatter Record

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Special Illinois license plates featuring Barack Obama have set a record, and officials expect sales to keep going strong. ...

Quinn: No Apologies For Past Blagojevich Support

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- New Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't owe any apologies for his past support of Rod Blagojevich, who wound up being arrested an...

Burris Subpoenaed By Funeral Directors

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of funeral directors who say they have lost millions of dollars from mismanagement of a pre-need funeral trust fund have f...

GOP Senators: Cut State Medicaid By $2 Billion

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois should consider cutting health care programs by more than $2 billion as part of a plan to help balance the budget w...

House Votes To Ban Texting While Driving

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House wants to bar people from sending or reading text messages while driving. The House approved the ban 89-2...

Unemployment Money To Increase For Illinois' Jobless

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- As jobless rates climb toward record highs, Illinois residents looking for work will see an extra $25 a week in unemployment...

Lisa Madigan OK's Early Senate Election That Could Remove Burris

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the General Assembly can constitutionally pass a law that moves up the date of t...

Burris Special Election Blocked By Top Illinois Dems

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plan to change the way Illinois fills vacant U.S. Senate seats faces a tough road in the state Legislature, despite the ne...

Illinois Representatives: "Present" Votes More Than Simple "Gosh, Don't Know"

Lynn Voedisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lynn Voedisch

"Maybe you have a budget, and you support that budget, but there are some line items in there that you don't like," Lang said. Rather than vote no and send the wrong impression back to your constituents, "you might vote present because the bill falls short of what you expect."

Careful, Joe! "Smart Woman" Jokes a Dicey Game

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

It was obviously a failed attempt at humor -- or perhaps I'm just a humorless feminist. Either way, one can only hope this isn't a harbinger of gaffes to come.

10 Obama/Biden Gaffes (So Far)

Scott Shrake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Shrake

After Hillary dropped out, I lost my enthusiasm for this presidential campaign. But I'll tell you what. The fire in the belly that these two guys evinced on that stage today actually got me excited again.