| Jan 7, 2013
| 5:09 AM
SPRINGFIELD — With time running short in the lame-duck session, state lawmakers on Sunday dropped hot-button issues dealing with guns and marijuana but kept alive hopes of reforming pensions and giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants....
| Dec 27, 2012
| 2:04 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he remains confident lawmakers can reach a deal to reform the state’s government employee pension system by his Jan. 9 deadline, despite the fact House and Senate leaders can’t even agree on which days to come...
| May 7, 2013
| 5:20 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Senate President John Cullerton on Monday rolled out his latest proposal aimed at fixing the state's heavily indebted pension system, striking a deal with unions just days after House Speaker Michael Madigan pushed through a plan that'...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:15 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday put a finer point on a notion he's been pushing this spring: no gambling expansion will happen without comprehensive changes to fix a greatly underfunded government worker pension system.
The Democratic governor also insisted...
| 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...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would set up the rules to allow concealed weapons to be carried in Illinois has started moving through the state senate.
The measure would require a gun owner to get a special endorsement from the Chicago police in...
| May 9, 2013
| 3:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Senate President John Cullerton today sent his version of pension reform to the House, setting up a high-profile clash with the rival plan Speaker Michael Madigan already pushed through the House.
The showdown puts more than 700,...
| 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...
| 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 12, 2012
| 10:01 PM
When Rahm Emanuel was a first-time candidate for Congress, Greg Goldner was behind him, quietly marshaling the patronage troops that helped get him elected. When Emanuel ran for mayor, Goldner was there again, doling out campaign cash to elect Emanuel-...
| 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. …...