| May 15, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and other prospective governor candidates next year might be targeting a new voting group during the Democratic and Republican primary elections: 17-year-olds.
The Senate on Wednesday sent to the governor a measure to allow 17-year-olds...
| 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...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 1:14 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he’s met with sponsors of a major gambling expansion he’s criticized as “top heavy,” the first of what he says will be many meetings as he weighs whether to sign off on the measure.
| Jul 24, 2011
Nearly three-fourths of the lawmakers who voted on doubling the number of Illinois casinos accepted political contributions in the last 18 months from the gambling industry — a practice several states ban.
Casinos, racetracks and video poker...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 9:47 AM
SPRINGFIELD--Gov. Pat Quinn opened a day of Democratic politicking at the Illinois State Fair today by criticizing legislation that allows slot machines at the fairground racetrack.
Quinn also expressed deep reservations about putting slot machines at...
| Sep 3, 2011
A little-known hamlet of mobile homes tucked away in Lake County seems an unlikely location for a bustling new casino, one piece in a massive gambling expansion approved by Illinois lawmakers.
Park City has just about 7,500 residents, virtually no...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 5:40 AM
Recordings of 911 calls are raising the question of whether state Sen. Suzi Schmidt sought to use her political clout to influence Lake County authorities during several domestic disturbances with her husband.
After quarreling with her husband and...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 6:12 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday night that he’s “disappointed” in Gov. Pat Quinn’s rejection of a plan to put slot machines at horse-race tracks in exchange for expanding casino gambling to Chicago.
| Oct 25, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn challenged lawmakers today to stop playing games with a gambling package as the Senate prepares to serve up legislation modeled after what the governor says he favors but that's also unlikely to pass.
"Stop the delays and whatever else...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 12:12 PM
A stripped-down version gambling expansion emerged today with provisions for five new casinos, including one in Chicago, as Democratic senators rolled out their own version of legislation they say would fit into Gov. Pat Quinn’s outline of what's...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 6:51 PM
The latest gambling package emerging at the Capitol meets Gov. Pat Quinn's requirement to be smaller and would give him some — but not all — of the reforms he's seeking in return for signing off.
But the new version of gambling expansion also...