| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:30 AM
— State lawmakers spent the final day of the spring session failing to act on the crucial issue of pension reform, instead approving a major gambling expansion that wasn't at the top of the agenda.
The turn of events dealt a significant blow to...
| May 31, 2012
| 8:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate tonight sent Gov. Pat Quinn a major gambling expansion that would bring Mayor Rahm Emanuel his Chicago casino and slot machines at horse racing tracks.
The governor had urged lawmakers to focus on pension reform...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 10:11 AM
A revamped version of a major gambling expansion passed an Illinois House committee today.
The measure aims at meeting Gov. Pat Quinn's requirement to be smaller and would give him some — but not all — of the reforms he's seeking in return...
| Jul 2, 2012
When lawmakers fled Springfield on May 31 without fixing the state's pension crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would bring them back "as soon as possible" to vote on a solution.
One week. Two weeks. Three weeks. Four weeks and counting.
The leaders are...
| 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...
| Jan 30, 2009
Sweeping aside six years of scandal and crippling political infighting with a historic impeachment vote, the state Senate on Thursday ousted one governor for abusing his power and anointed another who built his political career around having no power at...
| Jul 24, 2009
| 5:02 AM
(WGN-AM)- President Barack Obama was in town tonight for a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Chicago where organizers hope to raise more than $2 million.
The president turned a big fundraiser at a downtown hotel into a bit of a pep rally for his effort...
| May 21, 2009
| 6:33 PM
(WGN-AM) - The Illinois Senate gave final approval to a measure prompted by impeached and ousted former Governor Rod Blagojevich's attempts to profit on the notoriety surrounding his arrest and indictment on federal corruption charges.
On a 59-0 tally,...
| May 22, 2009
| 6:34 PM
(WGN-AM) - The Senate has rejected a plan to significantly expand legalized gambling in Illinois.
Democrats proposed casinos in Chicago, Rockford, and Park City in Lake County.
But the measure died 28-28. It needed 30 votes to pass.
| Jan 30, 2009
SPRINGFIELD — Sweeping aside six years of scandal and crippling political infighting with a historic impeachment vote, the state Senate on Thursday ousted one governor for abusing his power and anointed another who built his political career...