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Some of the main architects of the Illinois law that seeks to save the state money by reducing workers' pensions have begun collecting pensions of their own.

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The Illinois coal industry is not happy with the federal government’s decision to stop funding a clean-coal project in Illinois. 

President Barack Obama's administration pulled the plug on the FutureGen 2.0 "clean-coal" power plant, which was slated to be built in central Illinois. 

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An ally of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will chair the state agency that owns the Chicago White Sox stadium, and oversaw the renovations of Soldier Field. But one of former Governor Pat Quinn's closest confidants will still retain another high-paying post. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority has been home base for all sorts of political wins and losses over the years. And there's a whole roster of players.

Most recently, Quinn secured the executive director's job for his former campaign manager.  Lou Bertuca was hired without a national search.

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The sponsor of Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program is unsure of its future. Governor Pat Quinn left office without approving licenses for people to sell and grow marijuana. 

Democratic Representative Lou Lang says he worked for five years to create the program, so residents could have relief from debilitating and painful conditions.

Illinois has a new set of rules for when and how the state can take over failing school districts. It was signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn before he left office. 

The law, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heather Steans, re-prioritizes the board’s responsibilities.

“It really is to narrow and make it clear what the criteria are for both intervening in a district -- and exiting.”

Quinn Issues Three Executive Orders

Jan 13, 2015

Right before leaving the governorship, Pat Quinn quietly issued three executive orders on the minimum wage, tax returns and public access to data.

Quinn's office didn't publicly announce the orders yesterday, but they were posted online later.

One order requires state vendors and subcontractors to pay a $10 minimum wage, which is more than the state's $8.25 rate. Another requires governors to make income tax returns public on or before May every year. The third requires the state to make data from agencies publicly available through an online portal.

Quinn, Rauner To Debate For Second Time

Oct 14, 2014
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Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will debate for the second time tonight in Chicago.

After Debate, Rauner Racks Up Major Endorsements

Oct 10, 2014
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Businessman and Illinois Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner received major newspaper endorsements following Thursday's debate.

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Bruce Rauner's campaign continues to point the finger at Gov. Pat Quinn for a prison early release program.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate ran ads slamming Quinn for the early release of inmates from state prisons. Some went on to commit violent crimes.

Illinois' largest public employees union has made an about-face in its attitude toward Governor Pat Quinn. Over the weekend, AFSCME leaders endorsed him during a meeting in Peoria. It's a classic case of going with "the devil you know."

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