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  • Illinois House GOP wants to end lame-duck sessions

    SPRINGFIELD --- House Republicans today took what is likely to be futile stab at ending Illinois' ritual of putting off controversial issues until after an election --- a time when lame-duck lawmakers often get called upon to cast a controversial vote...
  • Medical marijuana for children with epilepsy advances

    Medical marijuana for children with epilepsy advances
    SPRINGFIELD --- Children who suffer from epilepsy would be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition under legislation the House overwhelmingly approved today. The measure would add epilepsy to the list of ailments treatable under the...
  • Quinn: Pension reform before gambling expansion

    Quinn: Pension reform before gambling expansion
    Efforts by the legislature to expand casino gambling to Chicago and other locations is a secondary issue behind attempts to deal with the state’s unfunded pension liability, Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday. The Democratic governor's comments drew a...
  • Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell

    Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell
    It won’t be easy for Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to find enough lawmakers to vote for the minimum wage increase, what with business groups pronouncing it a “job killer.” But the best news for Quinn is that key Democratic lawmakers...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois

    Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois
    Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples. After...
  • It could be next fall before first pot clinics open

    It could be next fall before first pot clinics open
    For Mike Graham, what started as an aggravation of an old football injury led to a number of failed spinal fusion surgeries before doctors decided to implant a pump to regularly release doses of morphine to try to ease his chronic pain. Instead, the...
  • Quinn, Daley spar at Democratic breakfast

    Quinn, Daley spar at Democratic breakfast
    SPRINGFIELD — The two Democrats running for governor squared off for the first time Wednesday, with challenger Bill Daley contending the party will lose the office if he's not the nominee next year and Gov. Pat Quinn vowing to defeat all comers....
  • Vallas says he's OK playing 'second banana' to Quinn

    Vallas says he's OK playing 'second banana' to Quinn
    When he was Chicago Public Schools CEO, Paul Vallas developed a reputation as a control freak who thought he was the smartest guy in the room while he sometimes upstaged his boss, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. On Tuesday, the new Democratic lieutenant...
  • Video gambling companies betting on women

    Video gambling companies betting on women
    A wave of video gambling establishments catering to women is starting to sweep across Illinois — cozy, well-lit spots with names like Stella's Place, Emma's Eatery, Dotty's and Betty's Bistro. They're a far cry from the stereotypical male-...