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  • Simon won't say if she backs Quinn for re-election

    Simon won't say if she backs Quinn for re-election
    More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nominationĀ  but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...
  • Don't look: Boss Madigan is playing the victim

     Don't look: Boss Madigan is playing the victim
    Of all the people who've been victims of raw political power in this corrupt state, I bet there's one name you never expected to see: Boss Madigan. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his...
  • Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers

    Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers
    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out. The decision comes after weeks of...
  • Kass: Chicago has royal babies too

    Kass: Chicago has royal babies too
    England has a new royal baby, Prince George. But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own. And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...
  • Somebody Nobody Asked™ has advice for Rahm Emanuel

     
    By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
  • Quinn's thrilling gambit sets chilling precedent

    Quinn's thrilling gambit sets chilling precedent
    Agreed, there was something deeply satisfying about Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement last week that he was suspending the pay of state lawmakers until they acted on pension reform. "There is a principle as old as the Bible," said Quinn, who also voluntarily...
  • Kass: Gov. Jell-O not so squishy after all

    Kass: Gov. Jell-O not so squishy after all
    What does Jell-O look like as it grows a spine? It looks like Gov. Pat Quinn. It's amazing what happens to a man when he grabs an entire state General Assembly by its paychecks and begins to squeeze. It's the old Illinois saying: Grab their wallets,...
  • Quinn calls for a special session and the race for governor is underway!

     
    No rest for the wonky. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the legislature to fix the pension mess -- because, gosh darn it, they haven't yet had time to fix it! -- recalling the numerous futile......
  • Open thread: Weeks in review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
  • Illinois at center of electric car supercharging network

    Illinois at center of electric car supercharging network
    The superchargers are here. At the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday, Tesla amped up the debut of its first supercharging station between its home state of California and the east coast. It’s in downstate Normal, the crossroads of the...
  • Senate leader counters with union-backed pension plan

    Senate leader counters with union-backed pension plan
    SPRINGFIELD — Senate President John Cullerton on Monday rolled out his latest proposal aimed at fixing the state's heavily indebted pension system, striking a deal with unions just days after House Speaker Michael Madigan pushed through a plan that'...
  • Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor

    Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor
    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, butĀ some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill. The...