| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:59 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver an election-year budget plan Wednesday that's fraught with politically perilous choices for ruling Democrats — primarily whether to extend the income tax increase set to expire in 2015 or make deep cuts in programs dear...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A key Democratic state senator said Thursday he will seek a vote Tuesday on his controversial plan to ask voters to amend the state constitution to replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with a graduated tax based on the amount of income earned....
| Jun 6, 2011
| 7:53 PM
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...
| Jul 24, 2011
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...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 1:27 PM
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...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 5:33 AM
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...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 1:34 PM
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...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 2:31 PM
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...
| Jul 8, 2012
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...
| Mar 30, 2012
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...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:20 PM
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 measure as including ill-timed, pork barrel money.