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State Lawmakers Aim For More Corporate Tax Cuts

Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

Illinois House Republican leaders on Wednesday introduced a proposal that would roll back the corporate income tax hike that state Democratic leadersh...

Veto Session Updates: Red Light Cameras, Gambling, Pensions & More

Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

As the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session rallies on in Springfield, debates over gambling, pension reform, red-light cameras in Chicago an...

Pat Brady and Tom Cross Can't Even Run a Coherent Scam

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Well forget all of that ballot integrity stuff for Illinois. It's now official. The Illinois straw poll is for sale to the highest bidder. They're not even pretending anymore.

Illinois GOP Disses Quinn's Borrowing Plan

Posted 10.19.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' four top Republican leaders in Springfield came out strong at Thursday's Republican Day at the State Fair against Democratic Governor Pat Qu...

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...

GOP Sues Over Dem-Drawn Illinois Map

Posted 09.19.2011 | Chicago

Two of the Illinois General Assembly's most powerful Republican legislators filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that claims the state's newly drawn cong...

Medical Marijuana Gets Big Boost From Republican Leader

Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

The most recent lame-duck session in the Illinois state legislature was a busy one, and one that resulted in the passage of a good deal of progressive...

Illinois Republican Leaders Hosting Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Illinois Republicans fight for some key victories in a very blue state, it seems only natural that they would play to the middle, moderating their ...

Pat Quinn's Budget Address: The Morning After

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Pat Quinn criticized his own budget address while proposing it on Wednesday, and after the speech many writers and politicians were happy to share the...

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.

Andy McKenna Gets Blessing Of House GOP Leader Tom Cross For Governor

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois state Rep. Tom Cross, minority leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, today endorsed former state Republican Party Chairman Andy Mc...

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.

Prison Politics: Illinois GOP Moves To Block Gitmo Transfer Plan

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A plan to transfer prisoners currently held at Guantanamo Bay to a nearly deserted Illinois jail is sharply dividing the state's politicians, with Dem...

Good News: Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Budget; Bad News: Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Budget

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The unbalanced budget "avoids a tax increase," Minority Leader Radogno said. It also avoids any sign of real leadership--an observation Radogno left unsaid.

Pat Quinn's Latest Budget Plan Aims for 'Heaven,' Teens, State Courts Heading in Opposite Direction

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

"There are many ways to get to heaven," Quinn said after another change in budget plans. But hundreds of Illinois human service providers on the brink of financial apocalypse are fretting over landing in much, much, warmer climes.

Pat Quinn, Lawmakers Agree on a Key Number in Illinois Doomsday Budget Slugfest

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Gov. Quinn vetoed the only budget plan on the table. But that does not lessen the confusion, much of which the governor has bred.

GOP Wants Gambling, Not Tax Hike, To Fund Construction Program

The Pantagraph | Kurt Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Republicans sounded a familiar tune Wednesday, saying they want to pay for a statewide construction plan by expanding gambling. (via Capitol...

Blagojevich Senate Appointment May Hasten His Impeachment (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defiant appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate could wind up hastening his own impeachment, a member of the House impe...

Blagojevich Impeachment: Majority Of State House In Favor, Speaker Madigan Won't Commit

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- House Speaker Michael Madigan turned heads last spring by admitting his staff had researched impeaching Gov. Blagojevich, then followed...

Illinois Politicians Call On Blagojevich To Resign

The Huffington Post | Seth Maxon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois politicians moved quickly to repudiate Governor Rod Blagojevich after his arrest early Tuesday on federal corruption charges. Lt. Gov. Pat Q...

Power Shakeup In Illinois Legislature

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate that Barack Obama left behind now is in a mad scramble over who will lead both the Democrats and Republicans. Following Tuesday's...