Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Statehouse Bureau Chief

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Fiscal Year 2015
6:57 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Illinois Budget Signed Into Law

Governor Quinn criticized legislators for not doing their jobs, yet he left their spending plan largely untouched.
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn made a bit of a change to the state budget that goes into effect Tuesday—a change meant to play well with voters.

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Illinois Budget
9:43 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:50 am

  It's the last day of the fiscal year for the State of Illinois, which means the pressure is on for Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a new budget into law.

There's nothing on the governor's public schedule for today, but that doesn't mean he won't be busy making official the spending plan passed by his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.

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Ballot Initiatives
5:29 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort

Then-Treasurer Pat Quinn had a term limit petition of his own in the early 1990s. But in summer 1994, much like Rauner's term limit petition, it was found unconstitutional.

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:53 pm

Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, disagree about plenty -- everything from gun rights and restrictions, to what Illinois' income tax should be. But with Friday's ruling by a Cook County judge knocking a term limits initiative off the ballot, the candidates have something in common.

Though there has been a lot of turnover in the General Assembly in recent years, some politicians have been serving in Springfield for decades.

Chief among them House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been a state representative since 1971.

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Restore Illinois
6:43 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rauner Plans To Close Tax "Loopholes," Change EDGE Credits

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 4:12 pm

  Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has unveiled what he says is phase three of his plans to "Restore Illinois." It's focused on how the state taxes businesses.

In a statement — he released the plan via social media, rather than at a live event — Rauner says he wants to close "special interest loopholes."

Like a tax break for buying a racehorse.

And, in a risky move as he seeks to win newspaper editorial boards' endorsements, he wants Illinois to begin taxing newsprint.

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Illinois Governor's Race
7:02 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Libertarians: Strive To Beat "Ballot-Blocking" To Get On Ballot

The Libertarian's slate of statewide candidates for the 2014 election; Chad Grimm, the candidate for governor, is to the immediate left of the podium, while Political Director Lex Green is speaking.

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:12 pm

The Libertarian Party of Illinois is running a candidate for Governor, and all of the other statewide races. But the race could be over before it begins.

Chad Grimm, a 33-year-old health club manager from Peoria, and the Libertarian party's nominee for Illinois governor, has some unconventional political views; he believes Illinois should completely do away with a state income tax, and that there should be no -- as in zero - regulations on guns: Not the type, not where they're allowed, not who can have one.

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Senior Citizen's Care
9:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Illinois Overuses Nursing Homes: AARP

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:07 pm

The AARP says Illinois has improved opportunities for elderly people to remain in the community. But it says there are still too many living in nursing homes who need not be.

There are good reasons for helping seniors to stay independent, or at home, getting help -- and out of long-term care facilities.

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Victory for Workers
6:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Legal Setback for Illinois Pension Reform

A judge has blocked the Illinois pension overhaul from taking effect next month.

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Illinois Legislature
7:27 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Citizen Initiatives Begin Navigating Statutes, Lawsuits

Illinois State Board of Elections employees work to verify a sampling of petition signatures for two citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:12 pm

  Even as a lawsuit could nullify them, the state board of elections has begun a tedious — but necessary — task of preparing a pair of proposed constitutional amendments for the November ballot. The two citizen initiatives aim to strip lawmakers of the power to draw their own maps and to limit their terms in office.

A dozen-or-so workers sit at tables at the board of elections building in Springfield.

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Illinois Legislature
4:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Motion Filed To Put Pension Law On Hold

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:54 pm

A court is being asked to prevent any aspect of Illinois' pension overhaul from taking effect, until it's decided whether the law is constitutional. A motion was filed Friday in Sangamon County Court.

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Illinois Legislature
1:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Committee Votes For $100 Million Toward Obama Library...Again

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:32 pm

  A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending $100 million to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago ... for the second time.

Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state senator and a U.S. senator. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school.

All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois.

But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.

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