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Clout StreetGov. Pat Quinn today vetoed a major gambling expansion plan that would have allowed five new casinos, including one in Chicago. The move sets the stage for a potential showdown with lawmakers following the Nov. 6 election, when supporters of the bill...
Tags: Terry Link, Government, Executive Branch, Elections, Ethics
With Tropical Storm Isaac threatening to turn into a hurricane and menace the Republican National Convention in Tampa early next week, Republicans must make a decision. They could just get sloshed on rum, margaritas and whiskey and ride out the storm...
Good news, beleaguered taxpayers! A consensus is building in support of our plan to collect revenue from the One Percenters of the Commuter Class — the bicyclists who pay nothing, not even fines when they zoom past stop signs, as politicians...
Tags: Chicago City Hall
— Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith on Friday became the first lawmaker tossed out of the Illinois House in more than 100 years, but he might not be gone for long. Shortly after his colleagues voted 100-6 to expel him, Smith took to his lawyer's office...
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD — Unity proved to be an elusive commodity for Democrats at their day at the Illinois State Fair today as the party’s key organized labor support bashed Gov. Pat Quinn for his efforts to reform public employee pensions, forego pay...
Tags: Government, Interior Policy, Elections, Executive Branch, AFSCME
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD --- Republicans leaders today wasted no time laying the blame for the state's financial woes at the feet of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats, saying that now is the time to act like adults and pass sorely...
Change of SubjectA roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Connected to Chicago (.mp3 file, right click to download) WLS-AM 890. Host Bill Cameron with Greg Hinz of Crain's......
A South Side lawmaker who helped found an AIDS awareness organization that attracted the interest of federal prosecutors has quietly resigned. Democratic Rep. Connie Howard stepped down from the Illinois House effective July 9. She cited "personal...
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities are widening their probe of a newly retired South Side lawmaker with a fresh subpoena seeking records of a scholarship named in her honor and of an Illinois House committee she once chaired. Democratic Rep....
David Ellis is an attorney in serious need of a continuance. Not that he's unprepared to face any judge or jury he might come up against; he goes through as many barrels of midnight oil as anyone on the Chicago bar. But sipping black coffee last week at a...
WGN NewsGovernor Pat Quinn urged lawmakers on Friday to take another crack at fixing the state's broken pension system. "That we’re racing the clock. That we have little time to spare. Time is of the essence. This is not something we can meander on. We...
Tribune reportersGov. Pat Quinn signed a new state spending plan today, using the opportunity to try to pressure lawmakers into reforming public pensions, warning retirement funding is rapidly squeezing out dollars that otherwise could be available for schools, health...
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