| Mar 17, 2011
| 11:37 AM
WASHINGTON--Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he and Sen. Dick Durbin are seeking a letter from the White House saying the vacant state prison in Thomson would not house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so plans could advance to sell the facility to...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 6:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Tinley Park Mental Health Center and six other state facilities would stay open in the short term and nearly 1,900 layoffs would be avoided under a deal struck Monday night, according to leading Democrats and Republicans.
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:31 PM
A three-judge federal court panel today rejected the final arguments raised in a lawsuit by Republican leaders challenging the new Democratic-drawn map for Illinois General Assembly districts.
Democrats, who control both chambers in the state...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state."
Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 1:53 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today will sign into law an overhaul of the state's workers' compensation system, a move that will slash medical rates, set new standards in determining a worker's disability and put in place more safeguards to prevent abuse.
| Jul 11, 2011
| 2:11 AM
The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to decide today the constitutionality of Gov. Pat Quinn's showcase $31 billion public works program, with an adverse ruling likely to throw a state in financial turmoil into even deeper disarray.
Sinking in billions...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 2:56 PM
Illinois wanted to tighten up the way it reviews whether people are eligible for Medicaid coverage, but the Obama administration has refused to go along, an action a state Republican leader called “absolutely ridiculous.”
One of the long-...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 2:49 PM
The state’s top Republican legislative leaders today led the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging a Democratic-drawn remapping of the state’s House and Senate districts, alleging it unfairly discriminates against African Americans and...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 12:28 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today tried to pressure McCormick Place union leaders back to the negotiating table to consider work-rule changes, saying he'll call lawmakers back to Springfield in September to act if an agreement can't be reached.
The changes, put in...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Illinois Republicans dreamed big during a rally at the Illinois State Fair today, predicting the shaky economy that haunts Democratic President Barack Obama will turn into GOP success at the polls in 2012.
GOP leaders talked about putting Illinois "in...
| 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...