| Feb 6, 2013
| 5:36 PM
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...
| May 22, 2013
| 12:21 PM
SPRINFFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn's effort to block ComEd from hiking rates was rejected by state lawmakers on Wednesday.
The House voted 71-44 to override Quinn's veto of the legislation, the minimum number of votes needed to do so. The vote came a day...
| Jan 9, 2013
A sad comment on the cynicism around us is that some are scoffing at a beautiful idea:
A giant Chicago City Hall-run casino at the James R. Thompson Center, the heart of state government, run by our political class.
"We just want to build the thing,"...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 2:56 PM
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...
| 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 6, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have increased utility bills and helped Commonwealth Edison improve its electrical grid.
But the bill passed the General Assembly by healthy margins, and legislators could override the veto this month....
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
| Aug 30, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Pat Quinn appears to share my ambivalence about the expansion of gambling in Illinois. On one hand, additional casinos, slots and video poker machines would give a nice little boost to the state's finances and help stanch the flow of......
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:04 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering a new tax on every slot machine and video poker game in the county as she puts the final touches on the budget proposal she will present Thursday, aides said.
Owners of gambling devices would be...
| May 23, 2012
| 3:03 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Shunting aside Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns, the Illinois House today approved a major expansion of gambling in Illinois that would put a casino in Chicago and four other cities, add positions at riverboats and allow slot machines...
| May 28, 2012
| 12:59 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put...