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State of Illinois

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.

State Lawmakers 'Likely To Debate' Minimum Wage Increase

Nov 19, 2014

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 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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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.

Chicago Mayor Already Has To-Do List For Rauner

Nov 13, 2014

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."

Illinois Treasurer Race Still Close; Cross Takes Lead

Nov 12, 2014
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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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.

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells fellow Republicans they have an ``incredible opportunity to lead'' as he heads into his second term. Republicans increased their majority in the state legislature in last week's election. 

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In an area of Southern Illinois near St. Louis,  the biggest issue in this year’s governor’s race was the fate of a state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wanted to close the place—called the Murray Developmental Center. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner vowed to keep it open.

A Rauner spokesman says the governor-elect will keep that promise. But advocates for closing Murray say they aren’t concerned.

"Well you know, there are other institutions."

Rauner Holds Back Ideas On Property Tax Freeze

Nov 10, 2014
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When he was a candidate, Bruce Rauner promised that if elected, he would freeze property taxes. Now that he's won the race for governor, he's holding off on details about how.

It was a campaign promise that struck a chord.

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