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Illinois Senate panel votes down pension measure

An Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a measure that would force local government to pick up the tab when it gives an ex-lawmaker a big paycheck to fatten his pension.

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Bill to eliminate legislative scholarships moves forward in Senate

Lawmakers who want to end an often-abused legislative scholarship program were hopeful for a breakthrough after a top leader in the Illinois Senate got on board today.

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Chicago aldermen disclose outside jobs, income

New financial disclosure statements show six of the Chicago City Council’s 16 new aldermen have outside jobs or own businesses.

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Lawmakers don’t like Quinn closure plans

A panel of Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday recommended against Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close six state facilities, including the state’s only super-maximum prison in downstate Tamms.

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Emanuel, union strike deal on new streets and sanitation hires

New city streets and sanitation workers will get paid less, be cross trained for jobs and receive raises based on hours worked to save taxpayers an estimated $30 million over the next six years, Mayor …

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Cook leaders want property tax exemption crackdown law

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more …

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Supreme Court opens door slightly for George Ryan

The U.S. Supreme Courthas opened the door slightly for former Gov. George Ryan, giving his lawyers another chance to appeal his verdict on corruption charges.

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Lawmaker pleads not guilty to bribery: ‘I will not cower’

State Rep. Derrick Smith pleaded not guilty today to federal bribery charges and issued his first public comments after his court appearance.

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Emanuel ethics task force work not done

A Mayor Rahm Emanuel-appointed group today recommended a series of changes to the city’s ethic ordinance that would add whistleblower protection, cut the gift ban in half, and forbid taking fees for public speaking appearances.

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Preckwinkle wants to eliminate unincorporated areas in Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to accelerate efforts to do away with unincorporated areas over the next several years, saying today that the county can no longer afford to provide services for the …

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Indicted lawmaker fails to show at House hearing

SPRINGFIELD — A lawmaker indicted on a federal bribery charge failed to appear today before a special House investigatory hearing.

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Indicted lawmaker fails to show at House hearing

SPRINGFIELD — A lawmaker indicted on a federal bribery charge failed to appear today before a special House investigatory hearing.

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Speaker Madigan says cigarette tax hike could have trouble passing

SPRINGFIELD — Speaker Michael Madigantoday said he doubted the governor’s proposed $1-a-pack hike in the cigarette tax will pass the House, a prospect that could leave a $675 million budget gap in he state’s health …

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William Daley weighs in on Congress fix, bin Laden gamble

Former White House chief of staff William Daley today offered his prescription for fixing a politically polarized Washington: imposing congressional term limits, doubling House terms to four years and ending archaic Senate rules.

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Tribune-inspired fugitive legislation sent to governor

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation that would crack down on a fugitive’s family members who help him flee.

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