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  • Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax

    Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax
    SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
  • Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion bill

    Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion bill
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved an expansion of health care for 342,000 low-income residents under legislation that embraces President Barack Obama’s signature program to give medical coverage to more Americans. The party-...
  • 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 budget preview: cuts, but no new taxes

    Quinn budget preview: cuts, but no new taxes
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday warned he will unveil a “hard and difficult” spending plan during his Wednesday budget address, saying cuts will have to be made because of state leaders’ inability to reduce the costs of government worker...
  • Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform

    Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
  • Democratic leaders: We held onto state House, Senate

    Democratic leaders: We held onto state House, Senate
    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...
  • For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in

    For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in
    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...
  • Push is on for law to create driver's license for illegal immigrants

    Push is on for law to create driver's license for illegal immigrants
    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...
  • Republican Sen. Christine Radogno will continue in post for 2 more years

    Republican Sen. Christine Radogno will continue in post for 2 more years
    Republican Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont survived a challenge Wednesday night and will continue as Senate GOP leader for two more years. Senate Republicans lost five seats in this month's election, dropping their numbers to 19, compared to 40...
  • 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...
  • Sweeping pension reform fails in Illinois Senate

    Sweeping pension reform fails in Illinois Senate
    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...