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Profile in Cowardice: Senator Don Harmon Fracks Illinois

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The Illinois fracking law was negotiated by lobbyists behind closed doors with no southern Illinois environmentalists invited. The rules were finished the same way, but this time even the pro-regulation statehouse green groups were shut outside.

Quinn Has Good Pension News, But He's Not Happy -- Why?

David Ormsby | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Apparently the "do nothing" Illinois General Assembly may have done enough to help to turn the long-term tide of the state's underfunded pension systems. Despite the good news, Quinn refused in his statement to embrace his administration's good news.

House Panel Green Lights Medical Marijuana Use In Illinois

Posted 03.07.2013 | Chicago

Hope sparked for Illinois' would-be medical marijuana users after a state House panel approved a measure to legalize the use of weed in medical cases ...

Lawmaker: Make Income Tax Hike Permanent As Part Of Pension Fix

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2013 | Chicago

By Joanne von Alroth SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb 20 (Reuters) - An Illinois lawmaker proposed on Wednesday making a personal income tax inc...

Medical Marijuana Bill Rolls Closer To Passage As Vote Looms

Posted 11.28.2012 | Chicago

Updated story After years of close calls, state Rep. Lou Lang is confident he may finally have enough votes to pass a bill he has long championed -...

Battle Over Illinois Ultrasound Bill Rages On

Posted 03.22.2012 | Chicago

One of two abortion-related bills that flew through the Illinois House's Agriculture Committee last month picked up a slew of amendments before passin...

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...

Joseph Erbentraut

Does Gambling Expansion Help Or Hurt Cash-Strapped States?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

As Illinois struggles with a massive budget shortfall, opponents of a controversial gambling expansion bill are wondering if the measure would cause m...

Despite Republican Support, Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Fails Again

Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

A bill to create a trial program that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Illinois has failed in the state House, a heartbreaking defeat fo...

New Poll Says U.S. GOP House Majority Imperiled; Illinois Republican Gains at Risk, Too

David Ormsby | Posted 06.15.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A new national poll finds that U.S. House Republicans have fallen so far out of fashion with the American public that it is now possible Democrats could take control of the House back next year.

Illinois House REJECTS Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On an otherwise busy Thursday in Springfield, lawmakers voted to reject a bill that would allow some Illinois patients access to medical marijuana. ...

Governor Pat Quinn Is Moving to Pay Illinois' Overdue Bills

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Quinn's administration is planning to move forward next week with an expanded program to sell a big chunk of the state's $5.3 billion of vendor-owed debt to Wall Street banks and hedge funds.

A National Mental Health Funding Crisis, And Pat Quinn's Budget Isn't Helping

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A national mental health funding crisis is unfolding and Governor Pat Quinn's new budget is contributing Illinois' share. According to the National A...

Vacation Time in Springfield?

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The real fixes for our state's budget crisis -- fixes that will likely include both an income tax hike and some deep spending cuts -- are being put off, for reasons purely political, until after Election Day.

Governor Pat Quinn Saves AIDS Drugs Program From Illinois Budget Wreck

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In the belching, burning wreckage of the Illinois budget, a survivor, miraculously, emerged. Pat Quinn announced today that state funding for the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program would be spared.

Downstate Sheriff Doesn't Believe That Marijuana Can Help Sick People

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The talk of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois has been heating up in recent weeks, as Illinois lawmakers have until January to vote for a bill ...

Governor Pat Quinn Ends 1,000% Interest Pay Day Loans as Volume Sags

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

With a swift scratch of his pen, Governor Pat Quinn yesterday banished 1,000% interest "pay day loans" in Illinois.

Over 5,500 Pounds Of Seized Marijuana To Be Burned, Activists Angry

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last week, Cook County Sheriff's police officers seized 5,525 pounds of marijuana in west suburban Lyons. The bust was one of the biggest in Cook Coun...

Medical Marijuana And Illinois: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois is one House vote away from becoming the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana. But Rep. Lou Lang, the sponsor of the measure that would ...

Advocates, Lawmakers Want Governor Pat Quinn to Reject Waiting List for People Needing HIV/AIDS Medication

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Let's hope Governor Quinn can scrape up the commitment and the $9.7 million out of a $25 billion budget to provide HIV/AID drugs to help keep people, your neighbors, alive.

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."

Quinn Lands Endorsements, Jabs With Hynes Over Blago Ties

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Updated The fierce intra-party feuding between Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes reached a new pitch Friday after Quinn announced his latest s...

Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled Despite New Obama Policy

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bill to legalize medical marijuana that narrowly passed the Illinois Senate in May faces an uncertain future in the General Assembly in spite of wha...

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...

Lang, Haine Give Medical Marijuana a Push, Wackos Rush in

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

If medical marijuana opponents are keen on educating Illinois youth on potentially harmful drugs, they should set their sights on OxyContin and Vicodin. In the meantime, they should buzz off and let the law pass.