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  • From wagging fingers to 'all ears,' GOP enters budget negotiations

     
    For now, the most important detail you need to know about the Illinois Senate Republicans' 21-page plan to get the state's finances in order is that it contains important details. That's huge. Most of what we've heard from the state...
  • Overdue reform: Signs of the times

     
    It's taken more than five years, but Illinois is now poised to outlaw the brazen use of state property for self-promotion that came to symbolize the egomaniacal reign of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A small thing, really, considering the scale...

    On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...

    Quinn wants special session, vows construction halt

    Quinn wants special session, vows construction halt
    Gov. Pat Quinn today threatened to shut down summer road construction if lawmakers don’t return to Springfield, a move critics contend is a “manufactured crisis.” At issue is a measure that gives Quinn the authority to continue to spend...

    Bad news budget: Quinn to call for prison, health care cuts

    Bad news budget: Quinn to call for prison, health care cuts
    SPRINGFIELD -- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver a bad-news budget today, suggesting that Illinois close numerous prisons, mental health centers and social service offices, cut health care for the poor and shut down popular tourist sites for two days...