Politics

Mandatory Minimums Challenged
5:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

President Commutes Rockford Man's Life Sentence

Credit Families Against Mandatory Minimums

  A man serving a life sentence for a drug-selling conspiracy in Rockford will be free this Spring. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight people he says were serving overly-harsh sentences for drug crimes. 

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Politics
1:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

It may seem to some like a holiday miracle, but the Senate moved ahead on a bipartisan budget plan Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:09 pm

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET: Moving Ahead:

The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.

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Senate Bill 1
6:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Roll Call And Reaction To Pension Overhaul Passage

House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin
Credit Amanda Vinicky / IPR

Illinois lawmakers approved cuts to state employee pensions Tuesday. The move comes after years of stalemate over how to address the worst-funded pension plans of any state.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn immediately declared victory and says he'll sign it into law, while labor unions promise a court challenge. 


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Senate Bill 1 approved
3:33 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Illinois Legislature Approves Pension Overhaul Plan

The House tally on the pension bill.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / WUIS/IPR

Illinois lawmakers approved a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Senate passed the plan 30 - 24, and the House approved it on a 62 - 53 vote. Governor Pat Quinn has indicated he will sign this bill, which is intended to save $160-billion over the next three decades. 

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Breaking
1:04 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pensions

Credit Illinois.gov

Legislative leaders have reportedly reached a deal to solve the state's pension crisis. That's according to Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

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Politics
2:57 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Bishop Holds 'Minor Exorcism' Over Same-Sex Marriage

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield speaks with reporters after his prayers of "exorcism" over same-sex marriage.

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:23 am

Minutes after Gov. Pat Quinn made gay marriage legal in Illinois, the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield began a prayer service in response. Tuesday's service was formally called a prayer of “exorcism.” But the ceremony was more subdued than that dramatic word might suggest.

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Election 2014
1:08 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Governor Quinn Picks Former Chicago Schools Chief As Running Mate

Paul Vallas (2007 photo)
Credit Center on Innovation and Improvement / centerii.org

Former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas is Governor Pat Quinn's choice for Lieutenant Governor. 

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Senate Bill 10
6:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

#15: Illinois Soon To Be Latest Same-Sex Marriage State

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Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, after the state House and Senate approved  legislation (SB10) today.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it into law, and same-sex couples can marry starting next June.

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4:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage took a big step toward becoming law in Illinois today. The Illinois House of Representatives approved gay marriage in a narrow vote. 

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Hundreds rally at the Capitol
3:56 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Gay Marriage Supporters "March On Springfield"

The March On Springfield logo
Credit marchonspringfield.org

Rain didn't stop advocates for same-sex marriage, who rallied under umbrellas by the hundreds in front of the Illinois Capitol today. A measure to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Senate earlier this year, but has stalled in the Illinois House. 

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