| Mar 31, 2014
| 3:28 PM
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.
| May 15, 2014
| 10:27 AM
State lawmakers took steps today to loan or donate Barack Obama's state Senate seat to his presidential library — and took pains to note they weren't trying to turn the items into "golden" assets the way imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich did....
| May 30, 2014
| 12:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers today have begun to send portions of a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn, the one task they must complete ahead of their Saturday adjournment deadline.
The spending plan puts off the tough decision of whether to extend the...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As reaction rolled in Tuesday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pitch to shore up some of the city’s ailing pension funds, his chief City Council ally noted what the proposal is missing so far: a way out of Chicago’s most immediate financial...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:02 AM
A silver pitcher given to an Illinois lawmaker who fought to keep the state capital in Springfield in the 19th century is headed back to the statehouse after a journey that found it in a Washington, D.C. apartment.
The Cohrs pitcher was presented to...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and ruling Democratic lawmakers united Wednesday around what they say is a stark election-year choice — vote now to make permanent the temporary income tax increase they installed three years ago or face major cuts in state spending...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said today he supports a Republican-backed proposal to limit how long statewide elected officials can serve and defended his term-limit credentials against criticism from GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner.
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:40 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, still dogged by the uproar over a politically motivated traffic jam ordered by his office last year, said at an event in Chicago on Tuesday that he was disappointed by the “bad judgments” made by people on his...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city's employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year's city and Chicago Public Schools budgets.
A spokeswoman for...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A re-election seeking Gov. Pat Quinn used his State of the State speech Wednesday to declare that Illinois is “making a comeback” under his leadership and unveil a modest agenda of spending more on early childhood...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:44 AM
The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city.
That per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. It’s nearly double that...