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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...
  • 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...

    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...

    Defeated Democrats do well under Quinn

    Defeated Democrats do well under Quinn
    While the political adage holds that to the winner go the spoils, under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, even some losers have done very well. Take Dan Seals. He failed three times to win a North Shore congressional seat, and his tax returns showed he mostly...

    Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield

    Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would set up the rules to allow concealed weapons to be carried in Illinois has started moving through the state senate. The measure would require a gun owner to get a special endorsement from the Chicago police in...