| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called lawmakers back into special session June 19 to deal with the public employee pension shortfall after another rating agency downgraded Illinois' credit rating.
Given the wide philosophical divides between the House and Senate,...
| Feb 1, 2013
It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 3:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Sunday that will grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The move comes as little surprise given the Democratic governor’s outspoken support of the measure, which was passed by...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 1:51 PM
The Illinois House adjourned for the day without voting on a major government worker pension overhaul, casting grave doubt on the reform plan's fate.
The bill passed out of a committee earlier today, but proponents are still trying to round up enough...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he'll meet with Democratic legislative leaders Monday to try to find compromise on changes to a public employee pension system that's approaching $100 billion in debt.
The governor indicated he spoke with House Speaker...
| Jun 9, 2013
Expecting this latest special session of the legislature in Springfield to get Illinois' finances back on track is like expecting someone who throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field to give the Cubs six solid innings on the mound.
| Jun 10, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn offered a compromise suggestion today on how to break the impasse on pension reform: combine the dueling plans into one bill and let the courts sort it out.
But Speaker Michael Madigan was cool to the idea, suggesting the governor instead...
| Jun 4, 2013
Democrats are poisoning Illinois and Chicago.
Maybe it's too obvious to state, but it isn't said often enough. Or barely at all.
Democrats have locked up the city and the state. They have supermajorities in both houses of the Illinois legislature. The...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:48 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A major investor ratings service further lowered Illinois' worst-in-the-nation credit rating today following lawmakers' inability to agree on money-saving reforms to the public employee pension system.
Fitch Ratings dropped Illinois...