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Illinois lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday, with just two weeks remaining until they're scheduled to adjourn for the summer. All eyes are on House Democrats, who seem to be the key holdup in coming to an agreement on the state budget.

Democratic leaders all say Illinois ought to make 2011's temporary tax hike a permanent one. They say letting the tax roll back as scheduled for the end of the year would bring drastic cuts in state spending.

Illinois lawmakers continue to shine a light on a troubled anti-violence program once touted by Governor Pat Quinn. Tuesday, a legislative panel voted to give itself subpoena power.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the increase in jobs free from hiring rules at the Illinois Department of Transportation were ``absolutely'' necessary.

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says he supports keeping open a center for people with developmental disabilities in Centralia that his opponent is trying to close.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office has released 137 pages of documents related to hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Jennifer Fuller

Illinois leaders say a program to help first-time home buyers with their down payment and closing costs is yielding good results.

Governor Pat Quinn says he has "zero tolerance" for rule-breaking when it comes to hiring people for state jobs. This comes as a long-time activist accuses Quinn of making too many political hires.

A Chicago attorney is asking a judge to order an investigation into hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, saying there's an ``embedded culture of patronage practices'' in Illinois government.

Gov. Pat Quinn has released 2013 income tax returns showing he earned roughly the same as previous years and donated a little more to charity than 2012.

Governor Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.

SIU's President says if Illinois' income tax increase is allowed to expire, it will be devastating to higher education.

Illinois residents would continue paying a 5% income tax rate under the much-anticipated budget proposal Governor Pat Quinn presented Wednesday. Now he's already facing accusations from Republicans of breaking a promise to keep the tax hike temporary.

Governor Pat Quinn's state budget address Wednesday could be the most crucial of his political career.

Most Republican candidates running for Illinois governor are spending the last day before the primary election day traveling around the state.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's new running mate says he has a strong record on education, taxes and collective bargaining agreements.

The Illinois Senate has adjourned its fall veto session without voting on tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland Company or the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot.

Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield to kick off the fall veto session.

Jennifer Fuller

Local communities are getting their share of this year's Capital Funding from the state, money which will be used to upgrade roads and bridges all over the region.

A Cook County Circuit Court judge is expected to hear arguments in a lawsuit over Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmakers' pay.

With Bill Daley out of the race for governor, Republicans can focus their attacks on Gov. Pat Quinn.

Quinn Halts Capitol Renovation Spending

Sep 11, 2013
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The Governor says he's put a hold on future renovations of Illinois' Statehouse, a move his challenger calls too little, too late.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the conference committee working on pension restructuring should hurry up, which is what he has been saying since the committee’s inception.

Governor Pat Quinn has a new chief of staff. Ryan Croke replaces Jack Lavin, who's been Quinn's right-hand man since 20-10. The administration says Lavin is leaving for a job in the private sector.

In a statement, Quinn thanked Lavin for his service and says Croke is a "strong leader with the right vision and energy to manage the operations of state government."

Croke has been a deputy chief of staff since 2009, working on public safety and economic development issues.

Tuesday is the first day candidates for elected office in Illinois can start gathering signatures to get on next year’s primary ballot, and Republicans spent their weekend trying to get their name out in front of voters.

A former standout athlete at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been appointed to serve on the system's Board of Trustees.

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Governor Pat Quinn joined with local leaders to open a rail spur aimed at helping one of the region's largest employers increase jobs.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

Even as Cook County Democrats were making their choice for next year's race for Governor, some of the Illinois Republican party's deepest-pocketed donors are abandoning candidates they previously supported and directing their money to the only newcomer in the 2014 governor's race.

Gov. Pat Quinn was accused of "pandering" to Chicago voters as he unveiled his hefty changes to Illinois' concealed carry rules. He promoted his plan with stops at a Chicago neighborhood church, community center, even Wrigley Field.