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03/26/14 Quinn pitches flat $500 property tax credit, not income tax drop
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting "extreme and radical" budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue. The Chicago Democrat tied... FULL STORY
03/25/14 Link: Shelve Fox Waterway elimination plan for now
By Mike Riopell - State Sen. Terry Link said the idea to dissolve the Fox Waterway Agency needs more study but still could come up in the coming months. "Nothing dies down here," Link said on the Illinois Senate floor. FULL STORY
03/21/14 Warrant shows search for child porn at Farnham's office
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - A warrant for the search of former state Rep. Keith Farnham's Elgin legislative office shows authorities were looking for evidence of the possession of child pornography. First in its list of "items to be seized" are... FULL STORY
03/21/14 Youth prisons warn about big cuts
By Mike Riopell - The leader of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice said the agency would have to release more than 200 offenders and close down two of its youth prisons if the state budget is cut as deeply as some Democrats warn. FULL STORY
03/20/14 Unions face big decision -- how hard to back Quinn
By Mike Riopell - IFT Dan Montgomery talks about unions' tough choice in the fall between backing Pat Quinn or backing no one. Rauschenberger says he's maybe interested in the Farnham seat, but would be more likely to back someone younger. Steve Kim talks about his... FULL STORY
03/20/14 Madigan wants 3 percent added tax on millionaires
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, wants Illinoisans who make more than $1 million per year to pay another 3 percent in taxes on that income. "In a good year, I would be subject to this," said Madigan, a lawyer. FULL STORY
03/19/14 Governor's race could be most expensive in history
By Mike Riopell - The populist political battle between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could create a cauldron of political advertising for the next eight months, with the two candidates spending more money on the race than any in... FULL STORY
03/19/14 Rauner vs. Quinn: Seven issues where they will clash
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - The matchup between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner sets up a long campaign to the November election between two candidates each trying to convince middle-class voters he is their champion. Here are seven key issues... FULL STORY
03/18/14 Two Cook polling places will be open late
By Mike Riopell - The polling places at West Park Fieldhouse in Des Plaines and Manor Park Fieldhouse in Glenview will stay open until 7:30 p.m., the Cook County Clerk's office said. FULL STORY
03/18/14 Voting smooth so far in the suburbs
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - Voting appears to be moving smoothly -- if slowly -- in the suburbs today as voters face big decisions over who to nominate to go on to November. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Cook County Clerk David Orr spokeswoman Courtney Greve said the... FULL STORY
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