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  • APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:44 pm
  • CHICAGO - The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

  • Illinois' mining-oversight official fired 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:41 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests has been fired, becoming the latest official to depart in the last two months.

  • Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:13 pm
  • CHICAGO - For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

  • GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:23 pm
  • CHICAGO - At least one Republican lawmaker says he's filing a protest after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million to bring President Barack Obama's library to Chicago, even though only five Democrats - and none of the committee's four GOP members - were there.

  • Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:49 pm
  • CHICAGO - Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.

  • Metra files reveal years of political patronage 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:29 pm
  • CHICAGO - Files documenting a lengthy history of political patronage hiring at the Chicago area's Metra commuter rail agency reveal that some of Illinois' most well-known politicians routinely recommended job candidates.

  • Quinn tour highlights questions of taxes 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:12 pm
  • CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn's tour of the state to push his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers quickly turned political Monday as both he and his Republican gubernatorial opponent wasted no time highlighting likely recurring themes in the 2014 race: wealth and taxes.

  • Closer Look: Tough tax votes loom in Illinois 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:32 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to raise taxes to avoid major cuts to schools and social services next year.

  • Quinn promotes autism awareness at Brookfield Zoo 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 5:04 am
  • BROOKFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (loo-EES' goo-tee-AYRE'-ez) are promoting autism awareness.

  • Amendment protecting Ill. voters to go on ballot 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:31 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

  • Illinois House speaker cleared in transit probe 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:11 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An investigation into whether Illinois' powerful House speaker improperly influenced hiring at Chicago's scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency found no legal violations, according to the Democratic lawmaker's office.

  • Fitch: Stable Chicago pensions 'many years away' 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:42 pm
  • CHICAGO - A major credit rating agency says an overhaul of two Chicago pension plans would prevent them from becoming insolvent, but long-term sustainability is "many years away."

  • Chicago pension deal creates quandary for Quinn 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:18 pm
  • CHICAGO - The Legislature's approval of a plan to reduce Chicago's multibillion-dollar pension shortfall is creating an election-year quandary for Gov. Pat Quinn, who must decide whether to indirectly sign off on a $750 million tax hike or risk derailing aid for a city in serious financial trouble.

  • Illinois House leader halts millionaire tax plan 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:17 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An effort to increase taxes for Illinois millionaires is on hold after the state's powerful House speaker couldn't get enough votes to push his plan through the Democratic-controlled Legislature, and he's blaming Republicans who "prefer and protect millionaires over school children," his spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Illinois Legislature OKs Chicago pension overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

  • Unions urge Quinn to veto Chicago pension overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:10 pm
  • CHICAGO - A coalition of labor unions is urging Gov. Pat Quinn to veto Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to overhaul two city pension systems.

  • Quinn won't say if he'll sign Chicago pension bill 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:25 pm
  • CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's glad Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel removed language imposing a property tax hike from legislation to address the city's pension crisis.

  • Moody's sees Chicago pension proposal as positive 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 7:41 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A leading credit rating agency called legislation to overhaul to Chicago's pension funds a "positive development," but said it won't solve all the city's problems - especially if assumptions for annual investment returns fall short.

  • Rauner campaign blasts Quinn, Vallas over new job 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 6:09 pm
  • CHICAGO - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is taking heat over his running mate's new job.

  • Illinois agency aims to alter coal defender image 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:40 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.

  • Illinois GOP seeks to close appointment loophole 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:15 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Senate Republicans crying foul after Gov. Pat Quinn used a rare procedural maneuver to try to aid the confirmation of two appointees announced several efforts Thursday to close what they described as a constitutional loophole.

  • Quinn: Must reduce reliance on property tax 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 12:33 pm
  • CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn won't say if he opposes legislation that would mean a hike in Chicago property taxes to overhaul two city pension systems, but says he wants to reduce reliance on such taxes as a revenue source.

  • Obama spends brief time in Chicago for fundraisers 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 10:47 pm
  • CHICAGO - President Barack Obama is headed back to Washington after attending a pair of fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and a private dinner with Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod.

  • Illinois governor calls Knuckles 'trailblazer' 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 7:32 pm
  • CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn calls late disc jockey Frankie Knuckles of Chicago a "true music trailblazer."

  • Report: Madigan influenced Chicago transit hiring 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 3:26 pm
  • CHICAGO - A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to an environment in which corruption and mismanagement could flourish.