Christine Radogno

Rich Egger

Governor Pat Quinn is hearing both praise and criticism for his decision to veto a large gambling  package.

Lawmakers who pushed the gaming plan said he has been  unwilling to work with them. But Quinn is also getting a few pats on the back.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is one of the detractors. He planned to keep pushing to have a  casino built in the city.

The proposal Quinn dismissed would also have allowed casinos to be built in Danville, Park City, Rockford, and at an undetermined spot in Chicago's south suburbs.

An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (HB 3810) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.

The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled a plan to overhaul the pension system for state  employees.

It would force state workers to choose between two  plans, both of which would reduce their benefits.

If  employees voluntarily go along with the governor's proposed changes, they would have to pay more into their retirement plans, work longer before they retire, and face reduced cost-of-living adjustments in retirement.