| Mar 17, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Tuesday's print column Even if you don't plan to vote in Tuesday's primary election — and if you're a Democrat in an uncontested district, who can blame you? — you should be interested in the returns, what they say about......
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
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,...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Thursday picked as their new leader a former Cook County prosecutor known for tough anti-crime stances but also for his work to clean up a broken justice system littered with wrongful convictions.
| Jan 8, 2013
| 11:35 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a measure to allow illegal immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses, sending it to a supportive Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.
The 65-46 vote came after a lengthy debate in which backers and foes laid...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:11 PM
The state's Democratic dysfunction spilled into the courts Tuesday as Illinois' two top legislative leaders filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to withhold lawmakers' paychecks until they send him a measure to overhaul the highly...
| 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...
| 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 25, 2013
| 3:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 10:11 AM
Illinois budget officials say the state will delay today's planned sale of $500 million in construction bonds after a recent credit downgrade.
A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn's budget office said the decision was made after conversations with potential...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today approved a far-reaching pension reform plan pushed by Speaker Michael Madigan that is headed for an uncertain fate in the Senate.
The proposal aims to erase the state's nearly $100 billion pension debt by...
| Nov 8, 2012
A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again.
In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 1:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The top House Republican and a key House Democrat unveiled a pension proposal today that would require state workers, teachers and others under state retirement plans to work longer, chip in more from their paychecks and scales back...