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  • Madigan goes against Quinn on pension reform

    Madigan goes against Quinn on pension reform
    SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday tried to increase the pressure on fellow Democrats in the Senate to get behind his version of pension reform and abandon their own as they head into Gov. Pat Quinn’s special session next...
  • Quinn says he'll meet Monday with leaders on pension changes

    Quinn says he'll meet Monday with leaders on pension changes
    Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he'll meet with Democratic legislative leaders Monday to try to find compromise on changes to a public employee pension system that's approaching $100 billion in debt. The governor indicated he spoke with House Speaker...
  • Gambling expansion showdown at Capitol

    Gambling expansion showdown at Capitol
    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...
  • Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected

    Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling expansion today in a move that's been long expected, but a new version will be surfacing soon. The new legislation once again would allow a casino in Chicago and four other sites around the...
  • Quinn shifts gears again on pension reform

    Quinn shifts gears again on pension reform
    A frustrated Gov. Pat Quinn has once again changed strategies in his effort to get a pension reform bill on his desk as he acknowledged Friday he’s “prepared to do whatever necessary” to try to break a deadlock between his fellow...
  • Quinn pitches pension plan of attack but no agreement

    Quinn pitches pension plan of attack but no agreement
    Gov. Pat Quinn offered a compromise suggestion today on how to break the impasse on pension reform: combine the dueling plans into one bill and let the courts sort it out. But Speaker Michael Madigan was cool to the idea, suggesting the governor instead...
  • Illegal immigrant driver's license measure sails through Illinois Senate

    Illegal immigrant driver's license measure sails through Illinois Senate
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today¬†approved legislation¬†that would allow tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have special drivers licenses, but the bill’s fate in the House is still up in the air. The proposal, sponsored by...
  • Illinois driver's licenses for illegal immigrants measure advances

    Illinois driver's licenses for illegal immigrants measure advances
    As many as 250,000 illegal immigrants would be able to get a special driver's license in Illinois under legislation that advanced in the Senate today. Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, maintained the bill is needed to make Illinois roads...
  • Illinois credit rating lowered after pension reform failure

    Illinois credit rating lowered after pension reform failure
    SPRINGFIELD --- A major investor ratings service further lowered Illinois' worst-in-the-nation credit rating today following lawmakers' inability to agree on money-saving reforms to the public employee pension system. Fitch Ratings dropped Illinois...
  • Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers

    Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers
    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out. The decision comes after weeks of...
  • Simon won't say if she backs Quinn for re-election

    Simon won't say if she backs Quinn for re-election
    More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nomination¬† but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...