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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

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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

Rep. Bobby Rush

Rush: Jobs Key To Curbing Street Violence

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) said the coalition of political and business leaders who attended a meeting he organized Wednesday to discuss strategies to quell street violence will make the latest efforts the most effective yet.

06/04/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

No Vote On Gambling Expansion Plan During Spring Session

Plans to expand gambling in Illinois were put on hold Friday when the backer of legislation proposing new casinos said he wouldn’t call the measure for a vote until he resolved lingering issues and had key support.

05/30/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois House Advances 2015 Budget

Having given up on extending Illinois’ temporary income tax increase — at least for now — the Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget that could lead to layoffs, further delays in paying the state’s bills and a post-election vote to make the tax hike permanent or generate some other source of revenue.

05/27/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Democrats Regroup, Craft Budget Without Higher Tax

House Speaker Michael Madigan emerged from a Memorial Day caucus meeting and told reporters that he was dropping the idea of making the 5 percent income tax permanent — and crafting a budget blueprint that holds the line on spending but is not the “doomsday” plan the House overwhelmingly rejected on Friday.

05/27/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Lawmakers To Try Again After Budget Fails In House

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a $34.5 billion budget that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called “all theater.”

05/23/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Vallas Slams Rauner For Not Proposing Budget Plan

“He’s basically taking this position of opposing the governor’s budget, without offering anything – ANYTHING – in its place,” Vallas said.

05/21/2014

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

Law To Require Students To Learn CPR, Defibrillator Use

The legislation was prompted by the 2008 death of St. Charles High School student Lauren Laman during a drill team practice. Laman’s parents say her life may have been saved if her teammates were properly trained to use an automatic external defibrillator, or AED.

05/21/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

House Democrats ‘Significantly’ Short Of Votes For Tax Hike

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn tried Monday to persuade House Democrats to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase to avoid what he says would be “savage” budget cuts, but emerged from a roughly three-hour meeting with lawmakers still well short of the votes he needs for approval.

05/20/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Question

Weeks after it became clear Illinois Democrats were struggling to find the necessary votes for legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, House Speaker Michael Madigan began advancing the issue by another route, in a move laced with political calculation.

05/16/2014

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