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  • Illegal immigrant driver's license measure sails through Illinois Senate

    Illegal immigrant driver's license measure sails through Illinois Senate
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today¬†approved legislation¬†that would allow tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have special drivers licenses, but the bill’s fate in the House is still up in the air. The proposal, sponsored by...
  • Illinois driver's licenses for illegal immigrants measure advances

    Illinois driver's licenses for illegal immigrants measure advances
    As many as 250,000 illegal immigrants would be able to get a special driver's license in Illinois under legislation that advanced in the Senate today. Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, maintained the bill is needed to make Illinois roads...
  • Illinois credit rating lowered after pension reform failure

    Illinois credit rating lowered after pension reform failure
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 nomination¬† but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...
  • For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in

    For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in
    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...
  • State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck

    State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck
    Gov. Pat Quinn, in full re-election mode, took the unusual step of showing up in court today for the first hearing in lawmakers' effort to get their paychecks restored after the governor suspended their pay citing a lack of action on pension reform....
  • First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case

    First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case
    House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
  • Quinn cancels Democratic rally at State Fair

    Quinn cancels Democratic rally at State Fair
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is tossing aside the decades-old tradition of Democrats throwing a political rally at the Illinois State Fair, but he denies that’s because Democrats are in disarray, he got booed heavily last year or that he&...
  • Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions

    Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions
    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....
  • Speaker Madigan: Daughter knew I wasn't going to retire

    Speaker Madigan: Daughter knew I wasn't going to retire
    When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan publicly pulled the plug on a run for governor, she announced that she "never planned to run" for the state's top office as long as her father remained House speaker, given the inherent conflict. On Wednesday,...
  • CPS pension holiday bill fails

    CPS pension holiday bill fails
    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....