| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 10:23 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today vetoed a major gambling expansion plan that would have allowed five new casinos, including one in Chicago.
The move sets the stage for a potential showdown with lawmakers following the Nov. 6 election, when supporters of the bill...
| 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...
| 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 16, 2012
| 2:24 PM
Police soon will be required to notify crime victims of their rights within 48 hours under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday.
Surrounded by children attending a day camp at St. John Bible Church in the Austin neighborhood, a center of gang-...
| Aug 17, 2011
Q. Is there really "a little-known process" in Illinois government "in which the legislative leadership and special-interest groups determine which bills are debated and which ones aren't"? A. Kinda, yeah. The allegation comes from a recent Voice of the...
| Jan 31, 2012
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......