| Feb 9, 2012
| 1:36 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he wants state lawmakers to approve a statewide handgun registry.
The request immediately ran into staunch opposition in Springfield, where gun control issues are often as much about geography as partisanship.Rep. Brandon...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 7:22 PM
The Illinois Senate today voted in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's measure that would allow Chicago to start using cameras to ticket speeders in so-called safety zones.
“This is clearly a request of the city, a request of the mayor, something that...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:57 PM
People who illegally use disability placards to park in free or convenient spaces could have their vehicles impounded and be required to pay up to $4,000 in fines and fees under a plan the Chicago City Council approved today.
Under the measure, police...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 10:00 AM
A sweeping crackdown on pension abuses swiftly moved to the full Senate today as lawmakers sought to eliminate sweet deals for top union officials, including two lobbyists who lined up hefty teacher pensions after each served as substitute teachers for...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 2:35 PM
As lawmakers contemplate a tax incentive package to appease Chicago’s financial exchanges who have threatened to leave Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn says any deal must also include breaks for working families.
The requirement comes as Quinn prepares...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday that progress is being made toward a broad deal to pair tax breaks for the city’s financial exchanges with relief for smaller businesses and individual taxpayers.
Legislative leaders, who meet privately...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 1:56 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn hopes the state lottery will start letting Illinois residents buy tickets online by spring following a U.S. Justice Department ruling that the Internet sales are legal.
The governor expressed his support for the long-stalled plan Tuesday,...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 11:26 AM
An event promoting efforts to clean up land in the Lake Calumet region turned into an impromptu lobbying session for a Chicago casino today.
The change of subject came when Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, took the podium from Gov. Pat Quinn,...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Several of Illinois' Republican members of Congress came to Chicago to testify today on the first day of their legal challenge to a new Democratic-drawn congressional map.
Rep. John Shimkus was the first of four Republican incumbent congressmen to...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 1:00 PM
The Illinois Senate today approved legislation to curb abuses in employee retirement funds ranging from union leaders double dipping on public and private pensions and lobbyists sweetening their deals after substitute teaching for only one day each....
| Nov 9, 2011
| 5:31 PM
The Illinois House tonight defeated a gambling package that would have allowed Chicago to have casino and horse-racing tracks to have slot machines.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, failed on a 58-53 vote.
Lang acknowledged that...