Gov. Pat Quinn waited until the last minute to act on a plan that would have given Illinois five new casinos – including one in Rockford – and allowed slot machines at horse race tracks.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.
Several Illinois lawmakers have introduced another plan to address the state's massive pension problem. This proposal creates a new type of retirement plan for future teachers and university workers.
A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a ruling that says Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State address this week. He repeatedly hammered a theme of political courage during his speech to the General Assembly.
The state of Illinois owes eight area community colleges more than $15 million.
According to data from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), only about 20 percent of state funding that was promised has actually been distributed to Waubonsee Community College, Sauk Valley Community College, Highland Community College, Illinois Valley Community College, Kishwaukee College, Elgin Community College, McHenry County College and Rock Valley College for this fiscal year.