| May 31, 2013
| 7:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A plan to allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip a large chunk of Chicago Public Schools pension payments for two years failed today after Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to veto it unless lawmakers also approve comprehensive government worker pension....
| May 31, 2013
| 7:11 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A showdown vote on legalizing gay marriage in Illinois never materialized Friday as lawmakers adjourned, dashing the high hopes of supporters who believed that after years of disappointment they were finally on the verge of making history....
| Mar 4, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday warned he will unveil a “hard and difficult” spending plan during his Wednesday budget address, saying cuts will have to be made because of state leaders’ inability to reduce the costs of government worker...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
| 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...
| Mar 7, 2013
When the Illinois Supreme Court acted to fill a vacancy on the Cook County bench this year, it looked no further than the chambers of one of its own — Justice Charles Freeman.
There the high court found law clerk Jean Cocozza.
Cocozza got her...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Doctors will be asked to pay more in fees under a bill House lawmakers sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday, with the money earmarked to speed up the licensing process and strengthen efforts to discipline bad physicians.
The governor has vowed to sign the...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 2:33 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
| 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...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today he will axe the city’s embattled red-light camera vendor when its contract expires in July, citing new investigative findings that the company gave thousands of dollars in free trips to the former city official who...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 10:25 AM
SPRINGFIELD — With Gov. Pat Quinn pressing for tougher gun laws, House Speaker Michael Madigan said today he will hold public hearings about what type of gun proposals Illinois should advance and to deal with a federal court ruling that would...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 9:03 PM
Chicago's embattled red light camera firm went to City Hall on Friday in its latest effort to come clean, acknowledging for the first time that its entire program here was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme.
By its sheer size, the alleged plot...