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Illinois Legislature
8:58 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Quinn's Final Week. What Is Coming Up.

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:14 am

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues.  

Quinn has called legislators to Springfield Thursday. He wants legislation for a special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Senate President John Cullerton supports the idea, but House Speaker Michael Madigan says it's an executive branch issue.  

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NPR Story
12:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Attorney General Issues Opinion On Comptroller Replacement

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:00 pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. But she says voters should also get a chance to cast ballots for the office in 2016.


 Topinka died last week. The Republican had won a second term, which starts next



 In a legal analysis released Monday, Madigan says Quinn should appoint someone

until Jan. 12, when the current term ends and new elected officials are sworn

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Judy Baar Topinka
5:24 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Illinois Comptroller Passes Away

Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after suffering a stroke.

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Lawmakers Wait for Rauner
1:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Illinois Won't Extend Higher Income Tax Rate

The Illinois Capitol building

It looks like Illinois lawmakers will allow the temporary higher income tax rate to expire January 1.

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Election 2014
4:07 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Quinn Concedes

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn during an appearance in Macomb several years ago. On Wednesday in Chicago, he conceded the governor's race to Republican Bruce Rauner.
Credit Rich Egger

Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has conceded to Republican businessman Bruce Rauner in the Illinois governor's race.

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Still Needs Fed Approval
6:26 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

FutureGen Clears Regulatory Hurdle

An artist's drawing of the planned FutureGen plant
Credit Wikipedia

Illinois regulators have approved a 28-mile FutureGen Alliance pipeline proposal that will carry carbon dioxide through the western part of the state.

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Illinois Environmentalists
11:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Groups Want Coal Mine Rules Enforced


Groups such as the Sierra Club of Illinois feel the state has plenty of regulations for coal mining, but enforcement of rules has been lax.

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Budget Address
6:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Illinois Democrats to Push for Permanent Income Tax Hike

Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said he will call a vote this spring on making the state's temporary income tax increase permanent.

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TSPR Local
9:04 am
Mon March 24, 2014

ISU President Out After Eight Months-Gets $480,000 Severance

New ISU President Larry Dietz

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 7:25 am

Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan has resigned after eight months on the job.

Flanagan is being investigated by ISU police after a former campus employee accused him of assault.  

He stepped down during a special Board of Trustees meeting Saturday. The resignation took effect immediately.  

A statement on the university's website says Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Dietz was named to replace him. Dietz was given a three year contract to become the President. He had been a finalist a year ago in the search where Flanagan was selected.

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Mishandling Calls, Sleeping on Job
10:05 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lee County Dispatcher Resigns Amid Conduct Concerns

LeeComm Dispatch Center

A Lee County emergency dispatcher has resigned after her superiors repeatedly disciplined her for mishandling calls for service, sleeping on the job and accessing police databases improperly, according to internal records.

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