The Reverend Walter “Slim” Coleman was one of several clergy who endorsed Quinn at an event on the South Side this morning. Coleman talked up the importance of registering “unlikely voters” - people who feel isolated from the political process.
But then, with the Democratic governor silently at his side, Coleman warned against another kind of “unlikely voter.”
Republican Bruce Rauner is presenting a few ideas of how he’d run the state if he becomes Illinois governor.
Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has liked to rib his Republican rival over not presenting a budget plan yet. Rauner today didn’t unveil a budget… But did address some specific areas he sees where the state could save money - or at least embrace some good government reforms.
"What’s crystal clear, crystal clear, is there is major, major savings to be had. This first list of 10 is a great step in the right direction," he said.
The campaign to promote President Barack Obama's health care law in his home state of Illinois has been one of the nation's costliest with a $33 million contract for work by high-priced public relations experts.
An Associated Press review of hundreds of documents finds more than 90 people billed at least $270 an hour under a contract with few built-in restraints.
A former state employee on Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He's also expanding the list of defendants to include Mitt Romney's presidential campaign organization.
Edmund Michalowski quit the treasurer's office and sued Rutherford shortly before this year's Republican primary, driving his boss to last place in the race for governor.
His initial lawsuit was dismissed last week, but he was allowed to file another version.
It's hard to believe 25 years has passed since the University of Illinois men's basketball Final Four team was on the court. The team known as the Flyin' Illini.
That's also the name of a book by the former point guard of the team Stephen Bardo, who works now as a Big Ten Network analyst. And it has ruffled feathers, with criticisms of some players and coaches.
Austin based musician Alejandro Escovedo appears in Springfield Saturday night as part of Bedrock 66 Live. While he could be described as legendary in the music community, he is not a household name. Saturday's show is at Donnie's Homespun. Tickets at Bedrock66.com
A black bear has been spotted in northern Illinois, heading east across the state. The species was once well represented in Illinois, but they've been quite rare for more than a century.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a bear hasn't been spotted in Illinois since 2009. Now there have been multiple sightings in the last week or so — from outside Galena, through Rockford, and most recently near Genoa, in DeKalb County.
Daniel Gordon poses for his new state I.D. photo at the expo on Tuesday. Gordon served 17 months in Jacksonville Correctional Center for a third DUI conviction and is trying to piece his life together, starting with a more stable job.
In Illinois, 25,000 men and women are released from state prisons each year. Ideally, that means 25,000 people entering the job market. But Illinois already has higher-than-average unemployment, and a criminal record can make it even harder to find work. That's why the Illinois Department of Corrections is trying to lend a hand to ex-offenders through a series of specialized events.
Six months after state law increased interstate highway speeds from 65 to 70 miles per hour, transportation officials say there have been fewer fatalities on the road.
Opponents of the bill said the increase in speed would lead to an increase in accidents.
Priscilla Tobias, state safety engineer with I-DOT, says while numbers are down, it's hard to discern whether the number is a trend. As of Monday, Tobias says there's been 341 vehicle fatalities this year.
A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator.
Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days.
At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat allegedly accepting 70 $100 bills in exchange for a letter supporting a state grant. But it was all part of an FBI sting.
The recordings of Smith were made by a campaign worker-turned-informant.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the state to spend an additional $1.8 billion in the current budget year.
The measure passed the Legislature before the General Assembly adjourned for the spring last month. It adds to the $35.4 billion 2014 budget lawmakers approved last May.
Rep. Greg Harris is a Chicago Democrat and a House budget negotiator. He says the state had higher-than-projected revenue, thanks to an improved economy that generated more sales and income tax than was anticipated.
Sen. Dick Durbin answers questions from reporters Monday after a speech at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. The Illinois Democrat says it's "mindless and irresponsible" to ignore the scientists describing global warming.
As Democrats in coal states rush to distance themselves from new federal regulations intended to address global warming — Senator Dick Durbin says Illinois is in a good position among coal-producing states.
The Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama says states have to gradually cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent based on 2005 levels.
Sen. Dick Durbin answers questions from reporters Monday after a speech at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. The Illinois Democrat is calling for a higher federal tobacco tax to pay for more basic medical research.
Sen. Dick Durbin wants a cigarette tax hike to help pay for basic medical research. The Illinois Democrat made his case Monday in Springfield, before a group of doctors and scientists at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Archaeological work at site that straddles Massac and Pope counties in deep southern Illinois has been a decades-long project. albeit on an intermittent basis. Kincaid Mounds is the location where Native Americans that were part of the Mississippian culture lived and worked starting around 1000 years ago.
Dr. Brian Butler, Past Director of the Center for Archaeological Investigations and Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will discuss some of the more recent discoveries this week.
Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.
The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.
“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services director with the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “Over 60 percent of our grain exports move via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. That’s how things get to our world markets.”
It's been 70 years since allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in one of the turning points of World War Two. A memorial service in Springfield Friday told stories of the young men on the front lines.
The young men of 1944 are old men now. But they still remember.
Springfield resident Jim Hofstetter was 18 on D-Day, the day he enlisted. He knew it was the height of the war, but he also knew he had a job to do for his country.
Three area residents are among more than two dozen Illinois residents who have been charged with health care fraud stemming from federal investigations.
Federal prosecutors Thursday announced charges against 29 people who allegedly abused a health care program funded by Medicaid.
The program pays for personal assistants to help Medicaid recipients stay in their homes. The Feds says the defendants allegedly submitted false claims for hours worked when they had other full time jobs, were in jail or the client was hospitalized.
A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. This form of salary self-denial has become popular in Illinois, but its roots are much deeper than that.
The base salary for a member of the Illinois General Assembly is $67,836 a year.
During the Great Recession, when Illinois’ finances were tanking, lawmakers decided to give some of that back.
Springfield officials are considering adding a position that will take a closer look at misbehavior in city government.
The description of the investigator general job is still pretty vague, but the city has hired a consultant to outline how it will work. City council members pointed to incidents such as the police file shredding scandal to show the need for the post.
SOHO music festival will take place in downtown Springfield this weekend. It's the tenth year for the festival. Lee Strubinger sat down with Eric Welch, the executive director of SOHO music festival. Charity is the main caveat for SOHO. And Welch says the theme this year is "bigger."
A Chicago-based jazz trio has earned an award for an album recorded live during a performance at a Springfield theater.
The trio of Paul Wertico, David Cain and Larry Gray recorded their album ``Sound Portraits'' last summer at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. It won top honors for a live performance at the annual Independent Music Awards given out on Tuesday.
Wertico is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who teaches jazz studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He says the performance was 100 percent improvised and came ``spontaneously from the heart.''
The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.
The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make charter schools follow state laws for special education. But some lawmakers see this as the latest attack on charter schools.
Charter schools already have to follow federal laws on special education and for students who are just learning English. But according to the Illinois State Board of Education, a "handful" say they were exempt from stricter state requirements.
When you hear about sex trafficking, often times what comes to mind is international smuggling of women. That may be happening, but there is also a problem of local teenagers getting used in sex trafficking within Illinois.
"Our Children Are Not For Sale" is the name of an awareness campaign to make people aware of what could be happening to homeless and runaway youth. Bill Wheelhouse spoke with Stacy Sloan, Human Trafficking program manager at the Department of Children and Family Services. She sheds some light on the issue.