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  • Gay marriage passes Illinois House

     
    One vote to spare. It's happened, folks. Governor Quinn has indicated he'll sign the bill, and it's already cleared the Senate. Welcome to the future, Illinois. Here's the roll call: Democrats voting no: Anthony Beiser, John Bradley, Katherine Cloonen, Jerry..
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...

    Teel Time: Valles' starting debut at linebacker encouraging for U.Va.

    Teel Time: Valles' starting debut at linebacker encouraging for U.Va.
    Max Valles’ first sack at Virginia was suitable for framing. Check him out above, courtesy of USA Today photographer Howard Smith, perfectly horizontal, a good 12 inches off the turf, corralling the legs of Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage on Saturday....

    Quinn says he's ready for 'showdown' on concealed carry

    Quinn says he's ready for 'showdown' on concealed carry
    Lawmakers return to Springfield today, poised to override Gov. Pat Quinn's rewrite of a proposed law allowing concealed carry of firearms, but his actions and those of his potential rivals have created a conundrum for many Downstate Democrats in the early...

    General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill

    General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill
    SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature. The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's...