| 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 11, 2013
| 12:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD — One of the nation's leading credit-rating firms put Illinois on a negative watch list today because Gov. Pat Quinn and state lawmakers failed to address the overwhelming public pension debt in the just-completed lame-duck session....
| Jan 15, 2013
| 2:39 PM
Bill Daley, who’s pondering a Democratic challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn next year, said Tuesday the state should explore replacing primary elections with nonpartisan contests like Chicago uses for mayor and City Council where candidates who get more...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders plan to meet Saturday to try to come up with a compromise to fix financially broken government worker pension systems as the clock ticks down toward the end of the lame-duck session.
The talks are scheduled as...
| Dec 23, 2012
The Illinois Supreme Court in the past year kept seven politically connected judges on the Cook County bench after they were rejected by voters, a common practice the high court had pledged to curtail.
One had given more than $20,000 to the Cook County...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 3:00 PM
A key rating agency dropped Illinois’ credit outlook from stable to negative Friday, a move that could make it more expensive to pay for an ongoing statewide construction program aimed a building new roads, schools and bridges.
The warning shot...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:07 PM
Republican Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont survived a challenge Wednesday night and will continue as Senate GOP leader for two more years.
Senate Republicans lost five seats in this month's election, dropping their numbers to 19, compared to 40...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:30 AM
Indicted State Representative Lashawn Ford says he filed a resolution in the House Friday, asking his colleagues to remain neutral on the federal charges against him, and to allow him to continue serving in the 8th district.
The 40-year-old politician...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 5:38 PM
SPRINGFIELD - As state government leaders struggle to reach agreement on pension reform, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is floating a plan that's a mix of new and old ideas to try to break the logjam.
State workers, teachers, university employees and...
| May 23, 2013
| 10:16 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill.
| May 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Over objections of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the House approved a concealed weapons bill today that is aimed at ending Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation without a law to allow its citizens to carry...
| Mar 17, 2013
CREAL SPRINGS, Ill.-- Oil and gas companies and environmental groups have hashed out legislation they say would make Illinois a national leader in protecting public health and the environment from fracking.
The proposal covering the process more...