State Income Tax Increase Can Lead To Repeat Of 2011The state’s income tax went from three percent to five, partly with the help of lame ducks who waddled into the Quinn administration.
President Lincoln Train Car Replica To Be DonatedThe replica of the presidential private train car that conveyed the body of President Abraham Lincoln to its final resting place is for sale.
Former Gubernatorial Candidate Starts 'Travel Club' To CubaDan Rutherford, a Pontiac Republican who served one term as state treasurer, is helping introduce others to the island nation now that relations are normalizing.
Rauner Creates New Centralized Department Of Information TechnologyThe governor brought the Statehouse press corps to a crowded basement file room in the Springfield headquarters of the Illinois Department of Corrections to illustrate the inefficiency of the state's current IT systems structure.
Former Congressman Lane Evans DiesFormer U.S. Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois, a former Marine who fought for veterans' rights during his 24 years in office, has died after a long fight with Parkinson's disease.
Child Advocacy Group Warns Of Impact Of Expiring Tax HikeWith a 2011 state income tax increase set to expire at the end of the calendar year, the governor and Illinois lawmakers are facing a huge drop in state revenue, which would affect many social service groups that rely on the state for funding.
Emanuel's Gun Crime Legislation Stalls In SpringfieldMayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to stiffen penalties for illegal guns hit an unexpected roadblock in the Illinois House on Thursday, as black lawmakers managed to halt the proposal for now.
Poison Hotline Could Shut Down Without Money
Capitol Architect Defends $700K Doors Installed On StatehouseCritics said the elegant but expensive copper doors are extravagant at a time when the state is broke and regular Illinoisans are struggling.
State Police Chief: 'We're Way Ahead Of The Game' Preparing For Concealed CarryIllinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said his agency began preparing to oversee the concealed carry permit process when it became clear Illinois would have to allow people to carry firearms in public.
MAP Grant Money Gone, But Federal Pell Grants Available For Illinois College StudentsHigher education is not cheap, and a state program that provides financial aid is now diverting people to a federal program.
Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Predicts 'Fast Track' For ApprovalThe House sponsor of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois said the measure could get a vote “very soon,” after the new General Assembly was sworn in this week.

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