| May 22, 2013
| 4:00 AM
— The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 4:02 PM
Don’t expect a vote on a plan to overhaul the state’s government worker pension program until after the new year, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton indicated Thursday.
The North Side Democrat said that there simply aren’t...
| Feb 1, 2013
It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
| May 23, 2013
| 10:16 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill.
| Jan 7, 2013
| 1:51 PM
The Illinois House adjourned for the day without voting on a major government worker pension overhaul, casting grave doubt on the reform plan's fate.
The bill passed out of a committee earlier today, but proponents are still trying to round up enough...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The General Assembly is in special session today to form a conference committee of lawmakers who will try to come up with a way to break a stalemate on government worker pension reform.
The Senate got the ball rolling by voting 45-11 not...
| May 1, 2013
| 1:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A renewed push to greatly expand gambling in Illinois surfaced today, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his weight behind a plan the state Senate quickly approved.
Like two previous bills that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed, the latest...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:51 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House adjourned this afternoon without even voting on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desperation pension reform plan.
Quinn threw his support behind a bill that would set up a commission to decide how to fix Illinois'...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
No rest for the wonky. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the legislature to fix the pension mess -- because, gosh darn it, they haven't yet had time to fix it! -- recalling the numerous futile......
| Mar 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Senate President John Cullerton saw Quinn's gambling gambit as a possible breakthrough....from our story today on the governor's speech I assumed the two words were very closely related. But the Online etymological dictionary says not really: Gambit --...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:32 PM
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