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Political Reporter @natashakorecki May 10, 2013 8:02PM Visitors play slots at a casino in East Chicago. Arhcive~Sun-Times Media Updated: May 12, 2013 3:38PM Backers of a Chicago casino envision a city-owned betting house as a bustling downtown gem,
For years, the Skokie Democrat has tried to require every new school bus be fitted with lap and shoulder belts for students. "I still believe it's the right thing to do," Lang said. "You know, a lot of kids, if they're not belted in, then even if
The 2011 state income tax increase would be made permanent and the receipts dedicated to pension payments under a plan floated Wednesday by state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. Lang's proposal also would require state workers to pay 3 percentage points
For the third time in recent years, Illinois House lawmakers are seriously considering whether to allow state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes. The bill, which may come up for a vote in the House this week, follows a "green wave"
A huge election night gave Illinois Democrats unprecedented power at the state Capitol, allowing them to set budgets, borrow money and override vetoes by the governor without any input from Republicans. But bigger majorities won't necessarily make
When Gov. Pat Quinn shot down a plan to boost gambling in the state, he called for more ethical safeguards and conjured up cautionary images of mobsters infiltrating Illinois casinos. But his top suggestion to fix the proposal banning political
Republican David McSweeney, whose primary race was the states third most expensive legislative contest in the spring, is showing no sign of slowing down fundraising efforts in his bid for the 52nd House District seat. McSweeney out-raised and
The governor said he met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senate President John Cullerton to talk gambling shortly before Christmas, and he predicted lawmakers could pass a bill that would be ready for his signature within six months. The catch is Quinn
A bill that would create five new casinos (including one in the south suburbs) and allow slot machines at Chicago airports and at racetracks passed the Legislature last spring but was never sent to the governor for his signature. That's because Gov.
Gov. Pat Quinn added a new complaint on his list of concerns about the major gambling expansion lawmakers want him to sign, saying Tuesday that tax cuts for casinos in the legislation would harm children by taking money away from education. It turns