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A float in the 4th of July parade in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Area Shows Its Patriotic Spirit For 4th Of July

A sunny morning made the perfect start for the July 4th weekend; and an ideal day for parades, picnics, and barbecues before the night’s fireworks.

07/04/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Halts IDOT Political Hiring

The Chicago Democrat’s actions, which also included ordering an outside audit of past IDOT hires, come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications.

07/04/2014

Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Orland Hills) call on Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner to release his full income tax returns. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Quinn Supporters Urge Rauner To Release Full Tax Returns

The campaigns of Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner were trading fire Thursday over who pays what in personal income taxes.

07/03/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at a South Loop church on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Governor Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

Gov. Pat Quinn visited the historic – and conveniently named – Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church to sign a measure extending the life and powers of the state’s African American Family Commission.

07/02/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Replaces IDOT Chief Who Resigned Amid Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Monday that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren has been appointed to the post held by Ann Schneider since 2011.

07/01/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To $35.7B Budget

The Chicago Democrat cut $250 million for renovations to the state Capitol from the $35.7 billion spending plan, saying the state can’t afford to move forward with improvements this year. He also said he has directed state agencies to make additional cuts, including selling half the state’s 21 airplanes.

06/30/2014

Ballots

Judge Tosses Term Limits Measure, Rauner Plans Appeal

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said he plans to appeal a Cook County judge’s ruling that tosses out a ballot initiative seeking to impose term limits on state lawmakers.

06/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to sign legislation requiring Illinois schools to develop and implement anti-bullying policies. (Credit; Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday would require all public schools to develop and carry out an anti-bullying policy.

06/26/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Refuses To Testify About Anti-Violence Program

Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a challenge to testify before a legislative panel looking into the scandal-plagued anti-violence program Quinn created before the 2010 election.

06/26/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs-up after casting his ballot in the Illinois primary election on March 18, 2014 in Winnetka.  (Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Rauner Calls For Ending Some Corporate Tax Breaks

The wealthy Winnetka businessman ripped Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for allowing tax incentives for companies that later laid off workers and tax “loopholes” for the oil industry and people who own yachts and jets. He also said he’d eliminate a sales tax exemption on newsprint and ink, among others.

06/26/2014

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Governor Cuts 80 Free Parking Spots For State Workers

Gov. Pat Quinn has decided to eliminate dozens of state parking spaces downtown, taking away free parking for many state employees.

06/24/2014

Gavel

State Panel Subpoenas Former Head Of Gov. Quinn’s Anti-Crime Program

The vote means committee members will compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

06/23/2014

Parking Ticket

New State Law Prohibits Issuing Ticket Quota To Police

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that prohibits municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas on Sunday.

06/15/2014

(Credit: GetCoveredIllinois.gov)

Clout-Heavy Firm Had Key Job In Illinois’ Obamacare Rollout

A key subcontractor working on the campaign to promote President Barack Obama’s health care law in Illinois is a Chicago political strategy consulting firm owned by three former aides to some of the state’s most-powerful Democrats.

06/13/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign shared this photo comparing his 500-plus-page budget plan to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner's 11-page budget "blueprint," the only detail he's offered on his plan for the state budget so far. (Credit: Twitter/QuinnForIl)

Vallas: Rauner ‘Chickened Out’ On Budget Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn has dispatched his running mate, Paul Vallas, to ridicule the so-called 10-point budget plan outlined by Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

06/13/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Coalition Of Chicago Ministers Backs Quinn For Governor

Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday received the endorsement of a few dozen church leaders, most of them African-American ministers, but there were a couple notable absences.

06/12/2014

City Hall

Labor Unions Plan To File Lawsuit Against City Pension Reform Law

Labor leaders were planning to go to court to block legislation cutting pension benefits and raising the retirement ages for many city workers, and opening the door for a property tax hike to help pay the city’s share of employee pension costs.

06/10/2014

City Hall

Quinn Signs Legislation For Chicago Pension Overhaul

It’s deadline day for Gov. Pat Quinn. He has until midnight to decide how to act on legislation to overhaul some of Chicago’s underfunded employee pension systems.

06/09/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Still Won’t Spell Out His Plans For City Pension Reform Legislation

A plan to overhaul some of Chicago’s underfunded employee pension systems could spell a long weekend for Gov. Pat Quinn, who has until Monday to decide what to do with the legislation on his desk.

06/06/2014

An automated external defibrillator device that will be installed on a Metra train. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn To Sign Law Requiring High Schools To Teach CPR, AED Use

High school students across the state will soon learn how to perform CPR and other life-saving skills, under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign on Thursday.

06/05/2014

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