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  • Gambling interests cover their bets with campaign contributions

    Gambling interests cover their bets with campaign contributions
    Nearly three-fourths of the lawmakers who voted on doubling the number of Illinois casinos accepted political contributions in the last 18 months from the gambling industry — a practice several states ban. Casinos, racetracks and video poker...
  • Quinn wants to close seven state facilities, lay off 1,900

    Quinn wants to close seven state facilities, lay off 1,900
    Gov. Pat Quinn today moved to lay off more than 1,900 state workers and close seven state facilities as part of a plan to cut the state budget. The governor sought to blame state lawmakers for giving him a state budget that was $2.2 billion less than...
  • 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...
  • Quinn's bad news budget: 'Our rendezvous with reality has arrived'

    Quinn's bad news budget: 'Our rendezvous with reality has arrived'
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today delivered a bad news budget speech, calling for prison closures, layoffs and cutbacks to health care for the poor. "This budget contains truths you may not want to hear," Quinn said. "But these are truths that you do...
  • Illinois House GOP leader says Democrats not interested in cutting business tax

    Illinois House GOP leader says Democrats not interested in cutting business tax
    Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross said Wednesday that he’d try to cut back the state’s recent corporate income tax hike, but Democrats aren’t interested. But Democratic Senate President John Cullerton has expressed an...
  • Bill to limit end-of-career pension spikes awaits governor's signature

    For decades, state lawmakers have drawn criticism when they leave the Legislature and take another government gig with a fat salary that greatly boosts their public pensions, but soon the state might be on the hook for less of those retirement costs for a...
  • Illinois pension reform measure passes House

    Illinois pension reform measure passes House
    SPRINGFIELD — A local government that gives an ex-lawmaker a fat paycheck would have to pick up the costs of any automatic increase in his state pension under a proposal the House passed overwhelmingly Thursday. House Republican leader Tom Cross of...
  • Quinn signs into law $1.5 billion in new spending

    Quinn signs into law $1.5 billion in new spending
    SPRINGFIELD --- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed into law an extra $1.5 billion in spending for road construction and child welfare investigations, even as Republicans decried the measureĀ  as including ill-timed, pork barrel money. The...
  • 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......