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  • 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...
  • Democrats release legislative redistricting maps

    UPDATED at 2:24 p.m. with Cullerton, Radogno reaction; originally posted by Rick Pearson at 10:08 a.m. The Democrats who control the state Senate released their proposed map of new legislative boundaries today -- a redistricting plan that is likely to...

    Quinn defends appointing ex-Democratic lawmaker to labor board

    Posted by Ray Long and Monique Garcia at 12:30 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has given another job to an ousted Democratic lawmaker who voted for January's income-tax increase, and a Republican senator said today it “doesn’t...

    Quinn pulls end run on lawmakers to save top aides' jobs

    Quinn pulls end run on lawmakers to save top aides' jobs
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn pulled an end run on state lawmakers to salvage the jobs of two Cabinet members and dodge a short-term showdown with African-American and Latino lawmakers whose support he needs to win re-election this fall. The...

    Illinois Senate approves gay marriage

    Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentine’s Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois. The gay marriage measure now goes to the...