Politics

Illinois
6:48 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Quinn Grants Clemency To 126 People

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Governor Pat Quinn granted clemency to 126 people Wednesday. Some of the crimes of those pardoned date back to the 1970s.

A number of them have been waiting for a decision for nearly a decade. A backlog of clemency requests built up under ex-governor Rod Blagojevich, who acted on very few appeals.

Ken Tupy serves with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. He says the board makes recommendations on each case, but the governor doesn't have to follow it.

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Illinois
6:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Rauner Gives Budget, Immigration Insight

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The next Illinois governor is telling state agencies to prepare for budget cuts.

Republican Bruce Rauner is scheduled to be sworn in next month. That’s also when the state’s income tax is scheduled to drop - meaning less revenue. Rauner says he’s been meeting with the department heads who will present recommended cuts.

"We’ve had a budget that has been passed and is managed to that is nowhere near balanced. And we hope and believe that the department heads should be planning and preparing for a budget that actually is balanced."

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Politics
6:46 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Back To The Drawing Board: Legislators Write New Rideshare Bill

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Illinois lawmakers are writing a new bill to regulate rideshare companies.

Lawmakers passed a bill last spring that would require the most active rideshare drivers to be licensed and insured just like Chicago taxi drivers.

Bill sponsor Michael Zalewski says he reached a verbal compromise with Uber for a new bill to be considered in January. The compromise includes negotiations about background checks and licensing requirements for drivers.

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Politics
6:49 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Illinois House Votes To Override FOIA Veto

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The Illinois House voted Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto on a measure dealing with the Freedom of Information Act. The plan gives governments more time to respond to certain citizens' requests, and can charge them up to $100 for some information.

In his veto message, Quinn said the bill reduces government transparency. Now, the Senate will decide if they agree.

The General Assembly also began to advance one of Quinn's last requests--a minimum wage hike. A Senate committee passed a plan to bring it to $10 an hour beginning in July.

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Politics
7:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

State Lawmakers 'Likely To Debate' Minimum Wage Increase

Thousands of workers in Illinois should earn a "livable wage," not a minimum wage. That was the message Tuesday at news conferences organized by the Raise Illinois coalition around the state.

The state minimum is now $8.25 an hour, and officials are likely to debate raising the minimum wage to $10.65 an hour.

Mike Malmstrom is director of Bridging the Gap for Homeless Veterans. He says many people who leave the military can only find minimum wage jobs. 

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Illinois Veto Session
4:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Torn Between A Tax Cut And Paying The Bills

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Illinois lawmakers head back to Springfield tomorrow for the first time since they adjourned last spring. They have a lot of issues on the table, including how the state will handle the budgetary hit it will take when the temporary income tax increase expires at the end of December.

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Veto Session
4:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Should Illinois Lawmakers Wait For The New Governor?

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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with the two top Democrats in the state legislature in Chicago yesterday. Once again he’s asking lawmakers to hold off on any major changes until he’s in office in January. Lawmakers are predictably split on that request heading into next week’s veto session.

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Politics
6:12 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Chicago Mayor Already Has To-Do List For Rauner

It’s no secret that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner have a long standing friendship - even though they stand on opposite sides of the aisle politically.

Take the state income tax debate  - Rauner campaigned on rolling it back - but Emanuel says he supports Governor Pat Quinn’s idea to keep it at 5 percent.

"I support it because you’re going to increase investments in education. I don’t support it, to just buy more gravel and fill in the gravel hole."

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Election 2014
7:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Illinois Treasurer Race Still Close; Cross Takes Lead

Credit State of Illinois

Republican Tom Cross' lead widened ever so slightly Tuesday in the Illinois Treasurer race. Democrat Mike Frerichs is down by one-one-thousandth of a percentage point.

The Cross campaign alleges some voters in Cook County cast more than one provisional ballot before Election Day. Cross' campaign manager, Kevin Artl, says their office found repeated voters from data provided by the County Clerk.

"We look forward to working with them, making sure that each person only gets one vote."

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Politics
6:57 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Quinn Makes Veteran's Day Appearance Post-Concession

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Gov. Pat Quinn made his first post-concession appearance Tuesday. He attended a Veteran's Day ceremony in Chicago.

Quinn has long affiliated himself with veterans' causes and says Illinois should be the most-veteran friendly state. He says the state endeavored to do that with a variety of programs, like the Warrior Assistance Program, which is focused on caring for veterans with PTSD.

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