Simon not involved in governor race but still weighing in

Even though she will soon no longer be a part of the governor's executive team, the state's lieutenant governor is still making her opinion known on which candidates may not be right for the governor's office.

Democrat Sheila Simon sounded off Tuesday on the WDWS Morning Show, saying that statements about organized labor by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner trouble her.

Concealed-carry permit website ready for business

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of people across Illinois are expected to apply for concealed-carry gun permits Sunday when state police begin processing online applications for the first time.

Police anticipate receiving about 400,000 applications a little more than one year after the state's long-time ban on concealed carry was struck down by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Top Illinois stories of 2013 - November tornado outbreak

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Memo details pension proposal

The pension reform proposal, as outlined in a memo from Steve Brown, a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan:

Pension proposal faces local opposition

SPRINGFIELD — Four area state representatives say they're likely to vote against the pension reform measure agreed to earlier this week by the Legislature's top four leaders.

But it may pass anyway, the lawmakers said Friday.

UI expert: Plan flawed, but it's better than nothing

A University of Illinois pension expert says the new legislative plan to address the state's pension crisis is a mixed bag but worth supporting — if nothing else, in order to move the issue to a resolution in state courts.

UI officials have concerns about new pension deal

URBANA — Scarce details about the state pension deal announced by legislative leaders Wednesday added to the anxiety that has been building for weeks at the University of Illinois about pension negotiations.

Legislative leaders said they had agreed on a proposal to address the $100 billion pension problem. But few specifics were released.

Illinois pension deal reached


CHICAGO (AP) — After more than five months of work, Illinois’ legislative leaders announced Wednesday they’ve reached a deal to help solve the state’s $100 billion pension problem, considered the nation’s worst.

Leaders announced the agreement, but no details, following a Wednesday meeting.

Former lawmaker, IGPA staffer weighs in on state financial woes

An Illinois political expert said the state will have to make cuts to some of its biggest spending areas in order to dig itself out of its financial hole.

Rutherford expects state supreme court to rule against Quinn

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said he expects the state Supreme Court to rule against the Governor in the lawsuit over lawmakers' pay.

The high court announced on Wednesday that it would hear Governor Pat Quinn's appeal on the matter.  A lower court judge earlier ruled that it was unconstitutional for Quinn to withhold lawmakers' pay over lack of action on pension reform.