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Unions Sue To Block State Pension Reform Plan

The lawsuit, which follows others already filed by retirees, argues the pension bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn more than a month ago violates a clause of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be cut.

01/28/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Child Advocacy Group Warns Of Impact Of Expiring Tax Hike

With 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.

01/20/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) is running against Democratic challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of the anti-violence group CeaseFire, in the 2014 primary election in Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Hardiman Confident In Chances Of Beating Quinn In Race For Governor

Despite being a relative unknown, especially outside Chicago, and having only a few hundred dollars in his campaign fund, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman said he’s serious about trying to beat incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary election in March.

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Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

Quinn Plans To File Emergency Rules For “Petcoke”

The rules require storage facilities to install dust suppression systems, among other things.

01/13/2014

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 Declares Disaster Area For State After Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

At a news conference on Monday, Quinn said the snow paralyzed some the state’s biggest snow plows and salt trucks.

01/06/2014

Illinois State Seal

Lawsuit Filed To Block State Pension-Benefit Cuts

The long-anticipated legal challenge comes less than a month after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the so-called pension reform into law.

12/27/2013

Prison fence

State Prison Intake Center Is Focus Of Crowding Dispute

Inside what could be Illinois’ most important correctional facility — its main inmate intake center — hundreds of newly convicted prisoners are sleeping in a gym, a health care unit, converted common spaces and “staging areas” next to bus garages after they arrive from county jails.

12/27/2013

Proposed map of the Illiana Expressway, a tollway which would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Illiana Gets Green Light; Awaits Federal Approval

The Illiana Expressway zoomed into the fast lane Thursday with support coming at about a 3-1 margin from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

12/13/2013

Former Chicago Bears player and coach, Mike Ditka, addresses the crowd during a ceremony retiring his number during halftime of a game between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ditka’s Bears Jersey Retired; Gov. Quinn Declares ‘Mike Ditka Day’

Gov. Quinn calls Mike Ditka “the best tight end of all time.” And he says he “molded and guided arguably the best football team,” referring to the 1985 Super Bowl champs.

12/09/2013

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

Quinn Signs Pension Reform Plan Into Law

The overhaul, approved by the General Assembly this week after years of delay and inaction, cuts benefits for most employees and retirees. It has a June 1 effective date, but could be delayed by the legal challenges.

12/05/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote Tuesday

Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state’s financial condition and their own re-election plans.

11/29/2013

Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Obama Declares 15 Tornado-Struck Counties Disaster Areas

The announcement came one day after Gov. Pat Quinn submitted his request for tornado relief for the affected counties, where more than 1,000 homes remain uninhabitable.

11/27/2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn holds up the Illinois marriage equality bill after signing it into law. (Credit:Scott Olson, Getty)

Governor Quinn Signs Same-Sex Marriage Law

Illinois will soon become the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, as Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign gay marriage legislation at a public ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.

11/20/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (right) officially introduces Paul Vallas (left) as his running mate in the 2014 election. (Credit: CBS)

Vallas Ready And Willing To Be Quinn’s ‘Second Banana’

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas made it clear Tuesday he has no problem being Gov. Pat Quinn’s “second banana” as his running mate in next year’s election, saying he’s focused on serving the state.

11/12/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House, Senate Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.

11/05/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: Veto Session Valuable To ‘Lay Foundation’ For Key Issues

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.

10/24/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Flock To Springfield To Push For Vote

Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.

10/22/2013

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

Governor Again Suspends State Funds For Uno; Puts $15M On Hold

For the second time this year, Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended state funding to the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization, the biggest charter-school operator in Illinois.

10/18/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Ill. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Lawmaker Pay Dispute

Gov. Pat Quinn’s appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

10/17/2013

Randy Steidl  (Photo: Jennifer Linzer/Northwestern University)

Wrongfully Convicted Man Still Waiting For Ruling On Pardon After 11 Years

A downstate man who was exonerated after spending 17 years in prison for a double murder says he doesn’t understand why he’s been passed over once again for a pardon from the governor.

10/17/2013

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