After a day-long meeting Wednesday, a legislative commission will meet again Thursday morning in Chicago. They're set to begin with a call to the U.S. Attorney's office. Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill over what to do next in their probe of Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial anti-violence program.
A legislative hearing convened to probe a troubled anti-violence program run by Gov. Quinn is underway in Chicago. Federal prosecutors have asked lawmakers to hold off taking testimony, because it may obstruct their investigation.
It all goes back to a program called the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which debuted in 2010, when Quinn was in the midst of a tight race for governor against Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington. A state audit showed it was rife with mismanagement, and Republicans say that's because Quinn was trying to use it to boost his campaign.
Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight today (7/16) when a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago.
It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation until mid-October, just before the November election, when Quinn will face Republican Bruce Rauner.
Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown says that's what Quinn's campaign wants.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state's grant oversight and accountability process.
Quinn's office said Wednesday that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. The governor says it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications and make those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.
The signing comes on the same day as legislative hearings are to begin on a controversial Quinn program.
With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.
A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin last week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments.
The candidates for Illinois governor are hammering each other's records on business and caring for the developmentally disabled.
Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Paul Vallas blasted Republican Bruce Rauner Monday after a published news report said a long-term care company once tied to Rauner faced lawsuits and disciplinary action over the mistreatment of residents, fatalities and ``deplorable'' living conditions.
Vallas suggests Rauner profited from substandard care and should be questioned
Services are scheduled for next weekend for late former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray of southern Illinois.
Gray was 89-years-old when he died Saturday at a Herrin hospital after a long illness.
The Democrat represented Illinois in Congress for a dozen terms and was known for his colorful style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his economically depressed district earned him the nickname the ``Prince of Pork.''
Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort says Gray's services will be at 4
Bruce Rauner -- the Republican nominee for Illinois governor -- says he followed the letter of the law when filing his taxes. But he won't say whether it was fair.
Rauner, a businessman, has said his wealth puts him in the top .01%. Even so, a Chicago Tribune analysis showed that in several recent years, he paid no Social Security or Medicare taxes. Rauner has released limited parts of his tax returns.
It's believed he took advantage of I-R-S rules to legally cut his tax burden. Rauner defended that ...
Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.
But not former Nebraskan and current Coloradan Kari Williams. Her family vacation memories center on smells of cow manure, adventures on horseback and roosters with bad attitudes on farms in central Nebraska.
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston will make a campaign announcement Monday morning. While his release did not say specifically that he will run for another term, the release included this quote, "With so many evolving projects, there's too high of an investment to get off course or to go backwards. Springfield can't afford to make the mistakes again I've worked so hard to correct." His announcement is at 10:30 a.m.
Illinois has recorded 10 child drownings this spring and summer. That's prompted the state's child welfare agency to remind parents about the need to use caution and keep a watchful eye.
"When we're talking about an infant or a toddler, we talk about touch supervision or reach supervision. Which means you never let that child get any farther away from you than you can reach out your hand to grab them if they need your help," said Jennifer Florent with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
As traditional news sources cut back on statehouse reporters, other outlets seek to fill the gaps in coverage.
The Pew Research Journalism Project took a look at statehouse press corps across the country. State populations are generally predictive of the size of their statehouse press corps. At the time of the survey, Illinois had 22 full-time statehouse reporters. Texas had the most at 53. South Dakota had the fewest with two.
The governor's executive mansion in Springfield is receiving much-needed repair after rainwater caused damage twice in the last two months. But the repairs are only a stopgap measure; it's all the state can afford right now.
Walk into the executive mansion in Springfield, and nothing looks awry. But climb the stairs to the third floor, where the governor's apartment lies, off-limits to tours and most events, and the damage is apparent in two historical bedrooms.
If you love Elvis, get ready for the next Springfield Muni production. All Shook Up begins a 3 week run Friday night.
We had a chance to speak with Jacob Deters, an SHG grad who plays "Dennis", Glenwood grad Sophie Lanser, who portrays "Natalie/Ed" and the director Anna Bussing. It's her first time directing, but she's been part of the Muni family for years, first appearing as a kid on the lakeside stage.
Deters and Lanser also give us a sample of the dialogue and perform a song.
There's an irony to the arch on the entranceway of Clarksville's park, which reads "Touch the Mississippi." Normally, that requires stooping down; now the river laps up a main downtown drag, and comes to you.
Heavy rains have led to flooding all across the Midwest in recent days: in Iowa, Illinois, and in the small town of Clarksville, Missouri, which sits on the Mississippi River. That river is expected to reach its crest there Wednesday, and residents hope the walls they’ve built to keep out the water will hold. Especially because this time, they had to build those walls themselves.
Ask a Clarksville resident how long they’ve lived there, and the answer is usually given in the context of a flood.