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  • Quinn, Rauner get personal in Tribune exchange

     Quinn, Rauner get personal in Tribune exchange
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner lobbed a nonstop volley of character attacks at each other during their first face-to-face meeting in five months, a strong signal that the homestretch of the governor's race will focus on...
  • Republicans rip Quinn on new pot of social services money

    Republicans rip Quinn on new pot of social services money
    SPRINGFIELD — Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn of tapping into a $20 million pot of cash to dangle in front of groups whose support he wants in the fall election, saying the effort “looks and smells&...
  • Rauner, GOP see 2014 as time to win in Illinois

    Rauner, GOP see 2014 as time to win in Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD — Governor candidate Bruce Rauner called on a boisterous Republican Day crowd at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday to help knock out Gov. Pat Quinn and the one-party Democrat rule that has run Illinois “into the ground.”...
  • Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures

    Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures
    Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states....
  • Feds on Quinn probe: Stand down or pose 'substantial risks' to investigation

    Feds on Quinn probe: Stand down or pose 'substantial risks' to investigation
    As Illinois Republicans argued Thursday that a legislative panel should push ahead with an election-year inquiry into Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter to clear up any misunderstanding:...
  • Illinois graduated income tax push stalls out

    Illinois graduated income tax push stalls out
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic push to impose a graduated income tax rate in Illinois fizzled on Tuesday, refocusing the debate on whether the state’s temporary income tax hike should be made permanent. Democratic Sen. Don Harmon had vowed...
  • Rauner offers some ideas on cutting costs

    Rauner offers some ideas on cutting costs
    Facing heavy criticism for months over failing to offer a plan to restore Illinois’ finances, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday issued an outline of proposed cuts that he maintained would save taxpayers $1 billion. But Rauner&...
  • Emanuel makes late push to raise 911 fees paid by those own landlines, cell phones

    Emanuel makes late push to raise 911 fees paid by those own landlines, cell phones
    SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...
  • Illinois House takes up state budget

    Illinois House takes up state budget
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democrat-controlled House narrowly approved major portions of a new state budget Thursday over the objections of Republicans who contend the roughly $38 billion spending plan all but ensures a 2011 temporary income tax increase...
  • Madigan: Still 'significantly' short on income tax vote

    Madigan: Still 'significantly' short on income tax vote
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn spent more than two hours Monday trying to convince House Democrats to vote to make permanent what was billed as a temporary income tax increase, but Speaker Michael Madigan said support remains “significantly&...
  • Medical marijuana for children with epilepsy advances

    Medical marijuana for children with epilepsy advances
    SPRINGFIELD --- Children who suffer from epilepsy would be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition under legislation the House overwhelmingly approved today. The measure would add epilepsy to the list of ailments treatable under the...