Pat Quinn
March 02, 2015

Ex-Governor Quinn Begins Collecting $137,000 Pension

The base of former Gov. Pat Quinn's salary is protected under the pension overhaul he signed into law, but like other state employees, future hikes will be reduced should the court uphold its constitutionality.


U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock speaking to reporters in Peoria, IL.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
February 25, 2015

Schock Defends Travels on Campaign Donors’ Airplanes

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) says he uses private planes owned by campaign donors to stay in touch with constituents and for campaign fundraising ... but is now reviewing his office procedures concerning the expenses.


graphic of the seal of the university of illinois
credit: University of Illinois
February 24, 2015

Rauner Nominates Alumni To U of I Board

Gov. Rauner is nominating Alumni Assiciation Board members Jill Smart and Ramon Cepeda to serve as University of Illinois Trustees.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
February 19, 2015

Reaction To Rauner Budget Sets Stage For Negotations

Rauner began his first budget negotiations with a call for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes. In a preview of what's likely to come, Democrats and Republicans sparred over many details and the need for tax hikes to fill the budget hole.


(AP Photo/Nick Ut)
February 18, 2015

Kids Behind Bars

A WBEZ investigation found that over a three year span, there were 344 instances when kids spent a week or more in the Cook County juvenile jail waiting for the Department of Children and Family Services to find them a place to live.


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