| Jun 3, 2014
Lucille "Jackie" Gallagher was an aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a decade before working for 12 years as a spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union.
At the CTU from 1991 to 2003, she worked under union chiefs Jacqueline Vaughn, Tom...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 1:52 PM
SPRINGFIELD--Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan advanced his proposal to make people who make more than $1 million a year pay a higher income tax Thursday, but a separate measure calling for a broader graduated income tax in Illinois failed in the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Nov 6, 2013
| 3:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD — As the emotional debate unfolded Tuesday on the Illinois gay marriage bill, one lawmaker from Urbana rushed in and out of the Capitol to vote in favor as supporters worried whether they would have enough vote to pass the landmark...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois House lawmakers are debating a bill today to legalize gay marriage in Illinois.
If approved, Illinois would become the 15th state to allow same-sex unions. The bill will need 60 votes to pass the Illinois House. A test vote...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that a request by Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland for millions of dollars in tax incentives to stay in Illinois should not be considered until lawmakers first reform the state's highly indebted public employee pension...
| Mar 20, 2013
To address a devastating pattern of elementary-grade absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools and across the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have thrown their support behind legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 or...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 1:56 PM
A top state lawmaker and the head of the Chicago Public schools on Monday vowed to support a high-level task force aimed at combating the crisis in K-8 grade absenteeism and truancy exposed by a recent Tribune series.
Speaking at a drop-out prevention...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead.
Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:51 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House adjourned this afternoon without even voting on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desperation pension reform plan.
Quinn threw his support behind a bill that would set up a commission to decide how to fix Illinois'...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 5:36 PM
It won’t be easy for Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to find enough lawmakers to vote for the minimum wage increase, what with business groups pronouncing it a “job killer.”
But the best news for Quinn is that key Democratic lawmakers...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...