| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today they will push the state legislature to once again try to pass a measure creating a special driver’s license for illegal immigrants.
This time, the Democrats who...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 5:44 PM
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, are scheduled to be in the Chicago area this weekend on fundraising missions.
Pelosi, the former House speaker from California, is headlining a...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 6:01 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A Wednesday hearing aimed at coming up with a new casino expansion bill erupted into a shoutfest between a key senator and the chairman of the state’s gambling oversight board.
After years of lobbing attacks at each other...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 2:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate defeated a comprehensive overhaul of the state's broken pension system today, instead passing a plan to make changes to only the teacher pension system.
Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, salvaged the teacher...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:47 PM
— State lawmakers continued to dance around the question of how to fix the state's heavily indebted government worker pension system Wednesday, with the latest two-step unfolding in the Illinois Senate.
A comprehensive measure aimed at erasing the...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:37 PM
Democrats boosted their already strong majorities in the state House and Senate on Tuesday, taking advantage of new legislative boundaries they drew over the protests of frustrated Republicans.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John...
| Nov 8, 2012
A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again.
In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
| 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 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 4:35 PM
A Democratic state senator from Joliet will step down in the next few weeks to take a top position with the Illinois Hospital Association. A.J. …...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Monday, the Better Government Association posted online a “nice” list — a roster of members of the Illinois General Assembly who have voluntarily opted out of the controversial legislative scholarship program. That century-old perk...