Gay marriage becomes focus of governor’s race

By: Sophia Tareen and Sara Burnett, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After weeks of focusing on Illinois’ mammoth financial problems, the governor’s race turned to the issue of same-sex marriage Monday as gay couples took vows under the state’s new…

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Term limit push has enough signatures to make ballot

By Rick Pearson, Clout Street 2:44 pm, June 2, 2014 State elections officials said today that a preliminary review of the paperwork shows that a constitutional amendment on legislative term limits backed by Republican governor nominee Bruce Rauner should have enough signatures…

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Hundreds of bills awaiting Quinn’s signature

By Maura Zurick, Tribune reporter 7:00 am, June 2, 2014 — An extension of a 2011 state income tax increase won’t be in the pile of measures that made it to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, but among the hundreds of bills that…

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Rauner crosses $20 million mark in campaign cash

By Rick Pearson Clout Street 7:41 a.m. CDT, May 29, 2014 Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has now crossed the $20 million mark for campaign contributions since launching his campaign in March 2013. The latest disclosure report Rauner filed with the State…

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Rep. Derrick Smith’s bribery trial begins today

By Jason Meisner Tribune reporter 10:31 a.m. CDT, May 28, 2014 As the final days of the state Legislature’s spring session wind down, lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith finds himself in a federal courtroom in Chicago today as his scheduled trial gets…

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Group calls for $15-an-hour minimum wage in Chicago

By John Byrne and Hal Dardick Clout Street 11:02 a.m. CDT, May 28, 2014 Supporters of a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Chicago said today that the time is right to introduce their plan to the City Council, despite moves from Mayor Rahm…

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State Supreme Court opens state’s attorneys to FOIA

From the State Journal Register By The Associated Press The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that state’s attorneys are government officials subject to state public-records law. The unanimous ruling released Thursday forces county prosecutors to release public records under the…

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