Sen. Matt Murphy

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

Illinois State Senate

State Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget Talks

Illinois lawmakers continued to grapple Wednesday with a new state budget, as Republicans ripped majority Democrats for spending beyond their means with a plan even Democrats acknowledge leaves “big unanswered questions” about the state’s finances.

05/29/2014

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Illinois School Funding Data Fuel Reform Debate

Newly released figures that show downstate school districts gaining at the expense of suburban ones have fueled a debate among lawmakers about a proposed overhaul of the complicated school funding formula that Illinois has used for almost two decades.

05/08/2014

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

04/11/2014

New Big Ten Logo

State Lawmakers Push For Another Big Ten School In Illinois

Some state lawmakers seem to want to play the role of Big Ten commissioner, and have taken steps to study the feasibility of having another Illinois college join the conference.

03/21/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Governor OKs More Money For Road Projects, DCFS

Illinois road construction projects will get a $675 million boost this spring under a package of short-term spending projects Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Thursday that Republicans complained was rushed through with little input from taxpayers.

02/08/2013

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 Capitol

State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without Contention

Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Drops Effort To Shift Teacher Pension Costs To Local Districts

Prospects for pension reform in Illinois improved measurably late Wednesday night, when House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped his proposal to make public schools and state universities pay retirement costs for their employees, rather than the state.

05/30/2012

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 Budget Address

Quinn Budget To Rely On Facility Closures, Medicaid Cuts

It’s going to be painful. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was putting the finishing touches Tuesday night on what can only be called a bad news budget; one which might stop the bleeding, but does little to treat the wound.

02/21/2012

Illinois Senate Chambers

State Senate Committee Approves Tax Break For CME Group

Illinois lawmakers are on their way to giving the CME Group big tax breaks to stay put.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Senator Seeks To Keep Pols’ Names Off State Signs

While tollway signs touting disgraced ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich came down two years ago, there’s a push to outlaw such public promotion in the first place.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011