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  • Feds on Quinn probe: Stand down or pose 'substantial risks' to investigation

    Feds on Quinn probe: Stand down or pose 'substantial risks' to investigation
    As Illinois Republicans argued Thursday that a legislative panel should push ahead with an election-year inquiry into Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter to clear up any misunderstanding: stand down or pose “substantial risks” to a federal criminal investigation.
  • Emanuel makes late push to raise 911 fees paid by those own landlines, cell phones

    Emanuel makes late push to raise 911 fees paid by those own landlines, cell phones
    SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...

    Rauner offers some ideas on cutting costs

    Rauner offers some ideas on cutting costs
    Facing heavy criticism for months over failing to offer a plan to restore Illinois’ finances, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday issued an outline of proposed cuts that he maintained would save taxpayers $1 billion. But Rauner&...

    Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elected officials

    Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elected officials
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said today he supports a Republican-backed proposal to limit how long statewide elected officials can serve and defended his term-limit credentials against criticism from GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner. “I support...

    Illinois graduated income tax push stalls out

    Illinois graduated income tax push stalls out
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic push to impose a graduated income tax rate in Illinois fizzled on Tuesday, refocusing the debate on whether the state’s temporary income tax hike should be made permanent. Democratic Sen. Don Harmon had vowed...