Chicago Studio City Sues State, Claims Film Work Steered To RivalChicago Studio City filed the lawsuit in federal court last week against the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The company says the department under the administration of former Gov. Pat Quinn worked with Cinespace Chicago, which opened in 2010, to steer work to Cinespace.
Illinois Supreme Court Tosses State Pension OverhaulThe decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what's necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations.
New Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Question Illinois PermitsThere are now four lawsuits naming the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a defendant and 33 months left in the state's pilot program, which has been troubled by questions about background checks and how the government selected businesses.
Illinois Justices Press State's Lawyer On Pension OverhaulIllinois Supreme Court justices asked the state's lawyer to explain Wednesday how the government can seek extraordinary power to reduce public pension benefits in the face of a fiscal crisis when the government itself is culpable for the financial mess.
Quinn Slams Rauner Budget Plan As "Worst I've Ever Seen"For the first time since leaving office, former Gov. Pat Quinn was back in the public eye, and he pulled no punches regarding his successor’s budget plans.
Rauner Issued Medical Marijuana Licenses Before FBI Background ChecksGov. Bruce Rauner issued the licenses Monday after conducting an internal review that noted flaws in former Gov. Pat Quinn's handling of the license process. But Rauner's announcement didn't mention the lack of national criminal background checks for the new industry he'd just launched.
Daycare Providers Rally To Get State Funding RestoredHundreds of parents and daycare providers gathered at the Thompson Center on Friday to call on state lawmakers to restore funding to the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program.
Rauner Slams Quinn For Leaving Behind "Fundamentally Dishonest" BudgetGov. Bruce Rauner had nothing but scorn for his predecessor on Friday, when he took questions from reporters about the transition process during his first weeks in office.
Top Rauner Staff More Highly Paid Than Quinn'sWhile criticizing state spending and state worker salaries as too high, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying top members of his administration significantly more than their predecessors in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's administration, a review by The Associated Press has found.
Quinn Did Not Act On Medical Marijuana LicensingThe Quinn administration had said it would issue the licenses by the end of 2014, but the Chicago Democrat did not act before Republican Bruce Rauner succeeded him, instead saying that agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.
Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder CaseGov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.
Bruce Rauner Sworn In As GovernorRepublican Bruce Rauner became the 42nd governor of Illinois and only minutes after being sworn, he enacted a statewide spending freeze.