| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:10 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature.
The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:42 PM
For months, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, brushed aside the notion that it would be a conflict of interest if she served as governor while he continued to run the General Assembly.
But on Monday, she...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 10:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois lawmakers, long known for being unable to get a handle on the state’s finances, soon could find themselves vying to see who is “The Biggest Loser.”
It's not what you might think. A Downstate legislator is...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate for next year's election.
Vallas, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 against Rod Blagojevich, fills...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Dealt a loss in his attempt to wipe out lawmakers' paychecks, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will try to put the ruling on ice Friday as he attempts to kick up to the Illinois Supreme Court the legal question of whether his move was constitutional.
| May 22, 2014
| 5:11 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Chicago would become the only city in the state allowed to write its own rules on where medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers could set up shop under legislation the Illinois Senate passed on Thursday.
| Sep 1, 2013
This item from my Sunday print column is a greatly expanded version of a blog item from Thursday It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would......
| Aug 2, 2013
The "Weeks in Review" feature is 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 of......
| Jun 22, 2011
| 7:09 PM
With Wisconsin poised to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public, gun advocates have made Illinois -- the last holdout -- a prime target in their campaign to give citizens unrestricted rights to carry weapons.
Illinois has been one of their...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 12:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Gov. Pat Quinn today stood solidly today behind his opposition to allowing concealed weapons in Illinois even though Wisconsin is on the verge of becoming the 49th state with some form of such a law.
“We must ensure the safety of...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 7:19 PM
— Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed into law a major crackdown on lucrative public pension abuses that saw top union officials land hefty retirement packages, double dip and substitute teach for one day but win benefits for life.