Sen. Kirk Dillard

Kirk Dillard (Credit: Steve Miller)

Dillard Steps Down From Illinois Senate To Chair RTA

Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who made two attempts at Illinois governor, officially resigned from the Legislature after more than two decades in office to become chairman of the Chicago-area’s Regional Transportation Authority, Senate Republican officials announced Monday.

08/04/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Gay Marriage Opponents Invoke God, Free Speech

Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.

10/23/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Candidates For Governor Can Start Circulating Petitions

Two Illinois Republicans eyeing the governor’s office headed into Tuesday — the first day that Illinois candidates wanting to run in 2014 can circulate petitions — with a jump start on announcing their running mates.

09/03/2013

State Sen. Bill Brady. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Brady Officially Joins Race For Governor

Republican State Sen. Bill Brady formally announced his candidacy for Governor on Wednesday aiming for a possible rematch with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who defeated Brady in 2010.

06/26/2013

Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley arrives for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Daley Forms Committee To Explore Run For Governor

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Tuesday he is formally exploring a bid for governor, ripping state lawmakers for their inaction on major issues this spring.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2013

Republican Party's Elephant Symbol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Illinois Republicans See Opportunities To Build Beyond 2012

Illinois has evolved into a “blue state,” but there are still plenty of Republicans – and plenty of opinions on how to rebuild the party.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2012

Illinois State Senate

Senate Votes To End Controversial Legislative Scholarship Program

The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents, removing the final roadblock to ending a century-old practice plagued by allegations of corruption and political favoritism.

05/03/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Propose Measure To Eliminate Redundant, Outdated Laws

Some Illinois lawmakers say it’s time for some spring cleaning when it comes to the state’s laws.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

Illinois State Seal

Illinois Senate Republicans Support Quinn’s Pension, Medicaid Plans

Illinois Senate Republicans say there’s a lot not to like about Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plans, and the way he’s running the state. But as WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, they are siding with Quinn on a couple of big issues.

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Pols React To Blago’s Sentence: ‘Tough, But Fair’

Illinois politicians were quick to weigh in after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for his corruption convictions, largely saying they hope it puts an end to corruption in the governor’s office.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Kirk Dillard

State Rep: Put Gasoline Taxes Toward Capital Construction Projects

An Illinois lawmaker has revived his idea to put gasoline sales tax proceeds toward capital construction projects, replacing controversial video gambling as a revenue source.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2011

Gov. Quinn signs death penalty ban. (Credit: Office Of The Governor)

Quinn Signs Death Penalty Ban

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation ending the death penalty in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–03/09/2011

Kirk Dillard

Dillard: No Raises For Union When Programs Are Slashed

Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says the state’s largest public employee union should not be receiving raises while Gov. Pat Quinn proposes to cut $100 million from human services.

WBBM Newsradio–02/25/2011