| Jun 6, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called lawmakers back into special session June 19 to deal with the public employee pension shortfall after another rating agency downgraded Illinois' credit rating.
Given the wide philosophical divides between the House and Senate,...
| Apr 5, 2013
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire Republican businessman who wants to become governor of Illinois, sat down with me for an interview Thursday and dodged questions about same-sex marriage.
It took about four tries to pin him down on where he stands, and...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he'll meet with Democratic legislative leaders Monday to try to find compromise on changes to a public employee pension system that's approaching $100 billion in debt.
The governor indicated he spoke with House Speaker...
| Jun 9, 2013
Expecting this latest special session of the legislature in Springfield to get Illinois' finances back on track is like expecting someone who throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field to give the Cubs six solid innings on the mound.
| Jun 10, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn offered a compromise suggestion today on how to break the impasse on pension reform: combine the dueling plans into one bill and let the courts sort it out.
But Speaker Michael Madigan was cool to the idea, suggesting the governor instead...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Illinois Republican leaders on Saturday choose a lobbyist and Rosemont trustee to serve as state party chairman following several hours of closed door talks.
Jack Dorgan's selection follows the resignation of former chair Pat Brady, who came under...
| Jun 4, 2013
Democrats are poisoning Illinois and Chicago.
Maybe it's too obvious to state, but it isn't said often enough. Or barely at all.
Democrats have locked up the city and the state. They have supermajorities in both houses of the Illinois legislature. The...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:48 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A major investor ratings service further lowered Illinois' worst-in-the-nation credit rating today following lawmakers' inability to agree on money-saving reforms to the public employee pension system.
Fitch Ratings dropped Illinois...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:01 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Democrat William Daley says he is “stunned” the state failed to address the pension crisis in the spring session and indicated the legislative meltdown is moving him closer to announcing a decision on whether to challenge...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 6:23 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a senior adviser from within his administration to lead the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Lindsay Anderson, an attorney who most recently served as an advisor to Quinn and as chair of the Illinois Campaign Finance...
| Jun 5, 2013
When you mix royal Illinois political houses, ambition, jealousy and power, what do you get?
A whiff of blood in the air over Madiganistan.
Madiganistan, the state known to outsiders as Illinois, is ruled by the ruthless and all-powerful imp, House...
| May 3, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a proposal …...