- Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight Updated: May-04-15 8:41 pm
CHICAGO - With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on revenue-generating plans to increase the number of casinos and slot machines in the state.
- Illinois governor tries novel approach in anti-union battle Updated: Apr-30-15 10:34 pm
PONTIAC, Illinois - It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with barely a second thought.
- Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature Updated: Apr-18-15 12:56 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.