Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

Video Poker machine. (CBS)

Video Gambling’s Spread Raising Cash, Eyebrows

Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops, laundromats, liquor stores and gas stations. They’re also now the main attraction at dozens of storefront bistros and cafes geared toward women.


Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan: Budget Vote Helps With Tax Increase

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that his chamber’s effort to pass a budget without first securing all the needed revenue would aid a push to make an income tax hike permanent, but his colleagues in the Senate were not happy with the unusual move.


Illinois State Capitol

State Rep. Says Some Facilities Need To Close

Plans to a prison and several mental health facilities in Illinois are getting a thumbs down from many lawmakers, but not some say such measures may be necessary.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2011

Hospital Bed

Activists, Patients Speak Against Closing Tinley Park Mental Health Center

Former patients, community groups and officials of hospitals in the south suburbs on Tuesday asked a legislative committee not to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

WBBM Newsradio–11/01/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Panel Votes Against Governor’s Plan To Close 4 State Facilities

It’s only a recommendation, but a legislative panel says four state facilities targeted by the governor for closure should stay open.

CBS Chicago–10/27/2011

Stethoscope (Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Panel Approves Temporary Insurance Plan For State Employees

State officials say a new temporary health insurance plan for state employees will increase options and decrease confusion.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Tax Amnesty Bigger Success Than Expected

You might have heard this before – it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to seek permission. And a state forgiveness program – tax amnesty – was more of a success than predicted.

WBBM Newsradio–12/11/2010