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The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted on Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review legislation passed last week. However, on issuing its ruling, the court said it would not issue another extension of its mandate past the new deadline of July 9.
Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner announced his gubernatorial bid for the 2014 election, saying he’s the anti-politician the struggling state of Illinois needs to “shake up Springfield.”
Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka threw her support behind Senate President John Cullerton’s pension plan on Tuesday, calling it the best bet for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.
With 49 elementary schools set to close this summer, and the district facing an additional $412 million in pension costs, the Chicago Teachers Union estimated hundreds – if not thousands – of teachers could be laid off to reduce district spending.
Aldermen have a busy day ahead at today’s City Council meeting, with votes set on changes to the controversial parking meter deal, new fines for cyclists and drivers, and additional night games at Wrigley Field.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) pledged to work together on Tuesday after meeting in Washington to discuss gang violence, just days after Rush angrily slammed Kirk’s plan for mass arrests of the Gangster Disciples.
There is some controversy over a big power change–in the northwest suburbs. The new mayor of Wauconda wants to replace the police chief there, but some residents say he’s doing it for the wrong reasons.
An Illinois woman who once sat on Miss America’s throne now wants a seat in Congress.
Gov. Pat Quinn has called out the state’s top two Democratic legislative leaders over the General Assembly’s inaction on pension reform.
Community activists demonstrated outside the Thompson Center in the noon hour – asking Governor Quinn to save the financially-troubled Roseland Hospital.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court for an extra 30 days for the governor to decide if he’ll sign recently approved concealed carry legislation.
A federal judge has denied former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s request to keep part of his defense team’s sentencing memorandum sealed from the public, so he can keep details of his medical condition private.
The Chicago Republican Party is kicking off a new effort to attract candidates citywide, and part of it involves an “American Idol-style” vetting process.
Aldermen are expected to give final approval later this week to a $156,000 settlement in the case of two brothers beaten by Chicago police officers when the young men were mistaken for a pair of robbers as they left the liquor store where they work.
The group of 40 applicants for the police academy argued they were unfairly discriminated against because they came from law enforcement families, or had military backgrounds.
Two prominent Illinois lawmakers met today about controversial comments one made about how to get rid of gangs in Chicago, reports WBBM’s Lisa Fielding.
Fitch Ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers’ failure to enact a solution to the state’s public-employee pension crisis.
There’s a movement to bar Illinois politicians from the Pride Parade later this month.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday that the city should not necessarily have to end a contract with the anti-violence group CeaseFire, after its director was charged with domestic abuse for allegedly punching and kicking his wife.
Senator Dick Durbin says he will think about the idea, floated by his colleague, John McCain.
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