May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Prof. John Kindt: Gambling in Illinois has been massive giveaway to insiders

insider convicted in the Governor Rod Blagojevich scandals. In 2015 dollars, these gambling licenses would be worth over $10 billion. In this giveaway context, the 2015 Illinois budget had over $110 billion in unfunded liabilities and the state was ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel: Epic Failure Of Chicago Gun Control Proves More Gun Control ...

Following a Memorial Day Weekend during which 12 people shot and killed and 43 more were wounded, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a large part of the solution to the problem is more gun control. That's right — gun control is failing miserably and the ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

*** LIVE *** Session coverage

Your new so we'll give some time to learn, but the General Assembly, both parties, hasn't given a hoot about the state constitution for years. You can show us you do care about the constitution by opposing the clearly unconstitutional Rauner budget plan.

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Spring Valley residents retain electric-bill options

Pat Quinn and around $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but the city is still short of the money needed for the plant. Good said depending on the bids, he thought the appropriate low-interest debt would be around $1.5 to 2 million ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Budget battle brewing in Illinois Statehouse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) – It's a big week at the Illinois General Assembly. A budget battle will come to a head, which will conclude this session. Republicans say their Democratic colleagues are blocking reforms proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, and ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Bruce Rauner's view of cards different than what voters dealt

1. Bruce Rauner 50.3 percent, Pat Quinn, 46.3 percent: Against a beleaguered incumbent who had run Illinois' financial ship aground and appeared helpless to control the Legislature, Rauner spent $27 million of his own money to score a solid victory ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Casino Queen plans to buy Fairmount Park

He noted that years of efforts to expand Illinois gaming could succeed this year. Democrat Pat Quinn, defeated by Republican Bruce Rauner in last year's race for governor, had twice vetoed gambling expansion bills. “Finally, with a new governor in ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner gives state board gigs to Andolino, Schillerstrom

... press release that she has "an extensive understanding of how city operations work." The appointment comes amid continuing speculation that the authority might be merged with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick Place.

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Is Hoping to Retire the Word “Waste”

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's new five-year strategic plan expands on the work the agency has been doing on everything from flood mitigation to infrastructure maintenance, and focuses on making wastewater management ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Brown: Riverwalk is nice but price might be hard to explain

Or they might say it's no wonder property taxes are so high when the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District pays $44 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from a foolish fight over the use of the alley outside its Near North Side headquarters. And ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Alvarez rips apart Preckwinkle pension plan

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has torn a gaping hole in pension reform legislation being pushed in Springfield by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. In a move loaded with political implications, Alvarez's office wrote a legal ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Proposal to bring PADS clients to Midlothian Manor voted down

Officials with Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Lake County and the Lake County Housing Authority were seeking to place clients from PADS' Safe Haven program in Midlothian Manor, a 14-unit efficiency-apartment building on the southwest corner ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

To get around Congress, Obama turns to city halls

Instead of Capitol Hill, those victories happened in city halls, state houses and county buildings far from Washington. At least six major cities — Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tacoma, Wash., and Washington, D.C. — have passed paid ...

May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Walker distances himself from jobs agency he once held up as a model

Hours after the audit's May 8 release, Walker, 47, abandoned his plan to merge the agency with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. A week later, he said he wanted to phase out its $74 million loan portfolio. His administration ...

May 26, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Health care, faith and conscience

It became a flashpoint in 2005, when Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order forcing pharmacies to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, including Plan B, the "morning-after pill" that critics regard as an abortion drug. A lawsuit by four ...

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