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.

Planning for some fun DIY projects for the fall while seeking your Thanksgiving recipes

Do-it-yourself and cooking projects at our house have been limited this fall, mostly because I've been really busy and Rob has been dealing with a hand injury for the last three weeks.

(The photo shows Milou not caring how busy I am - could I please walk him, already?)

Health officials emphasizing breast cancer screening this month

As a part of breast cancer awareness month, health officias are urging women to begin screening for the disease at age 40 and continue getting mammograms each year.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, with around 300,000 women in the United States diagnosed each year. One in eight women is expected to have breast cancer in her lifetime.

State officials pushing cyber security this month

Cyber security is the focus of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's preparedness campaign for the month of October.

Cyber security includes backing up important data, having strong passwords, not opening suspicious e-mails and teaching kids what to watch out for online.

It also means being safe when shopping over the Internet, said IEMA spokesperson Patti Thompson.

Simon: Time to move on from lawmaker pay fight

Illinois' lieutenant governor said she's not sure that the fight over lawmakers' pay has yielded any progress in the pension debate.

Health insurance marketplace opens Tuesday, but officials say no need to rush

A state official said there is plenty of time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and still meet the law's deadline.

Kelly Sullivan is a spokesperson for Illinois' health insurance marketplace called "Get Covered Illinois," where you can go to enroll in the new program.

Drought conditions expand in Illinois

Drought conditions are expanding across more parts of Illinois.

State Climatologist Jim Angel said the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that conditions are worsening, with a moderate to severe drought in much of Western and Central Illinois.

Rutherford likes his chances for governor with one less Democratic candidate

A Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he feels Bill Daley dropping out of the Democratic side of the race bodes well for his own candidacy.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is one of four candidates on the Republican ticket for governor in next Spring's primary.

Quinn chimes in on legislative reforms

With legislative reform in the news again, Illinois' governor is chiming in about what he'd like to see.

The comments from Pat Quinn come in response to Republican Governor candidate Bruce Rauner, who rolled out a reform plan on Tuesday.