Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for total TV ad spending this election. The state trails only Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida. The findings come from the Center for Public Integrity. The largest spending comes for the governor's race between Republican Bruce Rauner and incumbent Pat Quinn.
Governor Pat Quinn took many pens in hand this afternoon and signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony was held at the University of Illinois - Chicago Forum, on a desk brought up from Springfield. That desk is said to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln to write his first inaugural address.
Illinois lawmakers have created a committee to address the state's 97-billion-dollar pension problem. The House and Senate agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee to tackle the nation’s largest state pension shortfall.
Governor Pat Quinn has formally asked President Obama to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas. According to an announcement from Quinn's office, the move is in response to the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through Illinois in mid-April.