The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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IL 2012 Archives

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Illinois Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives

DECEMBER 2012

Illinois jobs outlook a little brighter (Chicago Tribune, 12/31/12)
EDITORIAL: The Illinois Supreme Patrons (Chicago Tribune, 12/30/12)
Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois (Chicago Sun-Times, 12/29/12)
Fiscal cliff fallout could push Illinois into recession, Topinka says (AP, 12/28/12)
Quinn remains optimistic on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 12/27/12)
Quinn salutes military at annual Christmas dinner (AP, 12/25/12)
Quinn: Lawmakers will have ‘ample time’ for Ill. pension deal in scaled-back lame duck session (AP, 12/25/12)
Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill (Chicago Tribune, 12/24/12)
EDITORIAL: Where our leaders have failed… Illinois’ pension debacle (Chicago Tribune, 12/22/12)
Considering run for governor, Bill Daley criticizes state’s ‘leadership’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 12/21/12)
Quinn win: Closure of Tamms, other Illinois prisons to proceed (Illinois Observer, 12/20/12)
Emanuel presses for gun control moves while public is at ‘tipping point’ (Chicago Tribune, 12/20/12)
AUDIO: The ghost of Illinois pensions yet to come (WBEZ, 12/19/12)
Shooting could drive Illinois gun debate, or muddy it (AP, 12/18/12)
Governor, mayor want assault-weapons ban (Chicago Tribune, 12/17/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn pushes for assaults weapons ban in Illinois after Connecticut shootings (AP, 12/17/12)
Quinn pushes for assault weapons ban in Illinois (Daily Herald, 12/17/12)
Ethics panel investigating Rep. Aaron Schock (Chicago Tribune, 12/15/12)
Moody’s revises Illinois credit outlook to negative (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/14/12)
COMMENTARY: Can the GOP resurrect itself in Illinois? (Chicago Tribune, 12/14/12)
Gay marriage backers say General Assembly close to tying the knot (Chicago Tribune, 12/14/12)
Illinois credit outlook drops as talk of business taxes surfaces (Chicago Tribune, 12/14/12)
Illinois lawmakers say they have votes for gay marriage (AP, 12/13/12)
VIDEO: Quinn in secret talks with legislators about new tax options (MyFoxChicago, 12/13/12)
Quinn releases new Illinois pension video (AP, 12/13/12)
OPINION: Concealed carry will not do us in (Chicago Sun-Times, 12/13/12)
EDITORIAL: Quinn shouldn’t appeal ruling on raises (The State Journal-Register, 12/13/12)
Supporters say they’re close to passing gay marriage in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 12/13/12)
Push for minimum wage hike intensifies as worker ranks swell (Chicago Tribune, 12/13/12)
Lawmakers to seek Illinois same-sex marriage bill vote in January (Illinois Observer, 12/13/12)
COMMENTARY: Gun rights, even in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 12/13/12)
OPINION: Act in self-defense, Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 12/13/12)
Governor: Let legal process play out on prisons (AP, 12/12/12)
VIDEO: Illinois concealed carry ban tossed by federal appeals court (Chicago Tribune, 12/12/12)
Expert: Cash-balance pension proposal good, but falls short (Illinois Watchdog, 12/11/12)
Federal court rules against Illinois’ ban on concealed-carry guns (Political Fix, 12/11/12)
Illinois Supreme Court rules Quinn can close state prisons (Chicago Tribune, 12/11/12)
Illinois Gov. Quinn hopes for lame-duck same-sex marriage bill (Political Fix, 12/10/12)
EDITORIAL: Still waiting- Taxpayers were supposed to get a break on retiree health care costs.(Chicago Tribune, 12/10/12)
Quinn hopes lawmakers to send him gay marriage bill next month (Chicago Tribune, 12/10/12)
Quinn, state workers union firmly at odds in contract dispute (Chicago Tribune, 12/10/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn taps new Human Services Inspector General (Illinois Observer, 12/8/12)
Top Illinois Republicans back driver’s licenses for undocumented drivers (Illinois Observer, 12/7/12)
Poll: Illinois Hispanics tilt to GOP on gays, abortion (Illinois Observer, 12/6/12)
Quinn says he respects state workers (Quad-City Times, 12/6/12)
Plurality supports gay marriage, but majority wants a statewide vote (Capitol Fax Blog, 12/6/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn says pension overhaul goal still realistic (AP, 12/6/12)
Illinois Senate gives green light on driver license bill for illegal immigrants (WEEK-TV, 12/6/12)
Unions reject plans for pension overhaul (Chicago Tribune, 12/6/12)
EDITORIAL: Leading from the trenches – 21 frustrated lawmakers step out on pension reform(Chicago Tribune, 12/6/12)
Borrowing for old bills an ‘aah’ sure to become an ‘ugh,’ treasurer says (Illinois Watchdog, 12/6/12)
New pension plan: A fresh start? Or dead on arrival? (WUIS News, 12/5/12)
Pension experts divided over Nekritz-Biss plan (Illinois Watchdog, 12/5/12)
Poll: Looking to 2014 Dick Durbin has tight hold on his job (Illinois Observer, 12/4/12)
GOP support helps move immigrant driver’s licenses (AP, 12/4/12)
Illegal immigrant driver’s license measure sails through Illinois Senate (Chicago Tribune, 12/4/12)
Bipartisan pension reform plan emerges in Illinois House (Crain’s Chicago Business, 12/4/12)
Details emerge on new state pension plan from Democrats (Rockford Register Star, 12/4/12)
New Illinois pension fix floated (Chicago Tribune, 12/4/12)
Treasurer Dan Rutherford seeks voters’ opinions on gubernatorial run (Chicago Tribune, 12/3/12)
If medical marijuana bill passes, what can Illinois expect? (Chicago Tribune, 12/3/12)
OPINION: Illinois pays for its mortgage mess (Chicago Tribune, 12/3/12)
EDITORIAL: Tax and tell – Isn’t the idea to welcome job-creators? (Chicago Tribune, 12/3/12)
COMMENTARY: ‘Squeezy’ campaign needs a Crafty next act (Chicago Tribune, 12/2/12)
State Treasurer Rutherford explores run for governor (Chicago Tribune, 12/2/12)

NOVEMBER 2013

Casino deal maybe not as close as Quinn, Emanuel say (Chicago Tribune, 11/30/12)
Smoke could drift either way for Illinois marijuana measure (Political Fix, 11/30/12)
Emanuel, Quinn say deal for Chicago casino coming together, could have agreement by Jan. 9 (AP, 11/30/12)
Quinn signs CPS school closings bill (Chicago Tribune, 11/30/12)
OPINION: Illinois Senate says: Keep spending! Another wasted week in Springfield (Chicago Tribune,11/30/12)
Week in review – State lawmakers return for veto session; no action on pension reform (Illinois Watchdog, 11/30/12)
Crushing debt squeezing out schools, services in Land of Lincoln (Illinois Watchdog, 11/29/12)
Ill. Senate GOP — like rest of state — will continue to be ruled from Chicago (Political Fix, 11/29/12)
GOP Senator Bill Brady backs Illinois undocumented driver’s license bill (Illinois Observer, 11/29/12)
Most unpopular governor: Pat Quinn (Politico, 11/29/12)
Quinn running again because ‘I think I’m doing a good job’ (Ward Room, 11/29/13)
Illinois driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants measure advances (Chicago Tribune, 11/29/12)
Quinn extremely unpopular, Madigan would start out favored (Public Policy Polling, 11/29/12)
20,000 have viewed Illinois’ cartoon-snake pension-crisis mascot (Political Fix, 11/28/12)
Illinois undocumented driver’s license drive lurches forward (Illinois Observer, 11/28/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn vows to pursue assault weapons ban despite rebuff from state Senate (AP, 11/28/12)
Ill. Senate approves corporate tax transparency measure (Watchdog, 11/28/12)
Lame-duck lawmakers see that state jobs, tough votes equal political heat (Chicago Tribune,11/28/12)
Lawmakers who voted for 67% tax hike land lucrative state appointments (Illinois Watchdog, 11/28/12)
Illinois legislators head to Springfield to tackle Quinn vetoes (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/26/12)
EDITORIAL: Tough talks; Quinn, AFSCME and a state that’s broke (Chicago Tribune, 11/25/12)
Illinois revisits driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants (LA Times, 11/24/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn taps new Illinois Commerce Director to succeed David Vaught (Illinois Observer, 11/24/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn faces key leadership test with pension reform, re-election campaign looming (AP, 11/24/12)
EDITORIAL: Pat Quinn in driver’s seat on Illinois immigrant driver’s licenses (Illinois Observer, 11/23/12)
Quinn announces clemency decisions (Chicago Tribune, 11/21/12)
Quinn voids union contract (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/20/12)
Quinn’s pension marketing push is derided as ‘juvenile’ (Chicago Tribune, 11/18/12)
EDITORIAL: Stop the map mischief (Chicago Tribune, 11/18/12)
COMMENTARY: It’s time for state lawmakers to say ‘we do’ to marriage equality (Chicago Tribune,11/16/12)
Emanuel calendar shows open door for business at City Hall (Chicago Tribune, 11/15/12)
Chicago group dresses down lawmakers for ‘unfixable’ pension mess (Watchdog, 11/14/12)
Walsh floats statewide bid (Roll Call, 11/13/12)
Sen. Matt Murphy wades into Pat Quinn, Rahm Emanuel spat (Illinois Observer, 11/12/12)
Chicago casino: Gambling sponsors vow override if Quinn won’t deal (Crain’s, 11/12/12)
Republicans focusing on 2014 governor’s race (Daily Herald, 11/11/12)
Fight breaks out for leadership of Illinois Senate Republicans (Crain’s, 11/9/12)
For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in (Chicago Tribune, 11/8/12)
Dillard announces run for Illinois governor in 2014 (AP, 11/8/12)
The next election already: Bill Daley serious about running for governor (Chicago Tribune, 11/8/12)
Joe Walsh for governor in 2014? (Daily Herald, 11/7/12)
State GOP dusting itself off, regrouping for 2014 (Watchdog, 11/7/12)
Illinois state GOP wipe out (Illinois Observer, 11/7/12)
Lawmakers back to square one after pension amendment fails (Chicago Tribune, 11/7/12)
Schock exploring governor bid (National Journal, 11/2/12)
Quinn spokeswoman approved as sports authority director (Chicago Tribune, 11/1/12)

OCTOBER 2012

Unions raising money in opposition of constitutional amendment (Bloomington Pantagraph,10/30/12)
Derrick Smith, Illinois Rep, mired in Democrats’ intra-party battle (AP, 10/30/12)
Illinois AFL-CIO leads effort to defeat Madigan pension amendment (Illinois Observer, 10/30/12)
Teachers’ Retirement Systemm bleeding out, experts say (Watchdog, 10/29/12)
Super PAC pulls back $2.5M it had earmarked for Joe Walsh (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/26/12)
AFSCME, others oppose Madigan-backed Illinois constitutional pension reform amendment (Illinois Observer, 10/25/12)
Proposed constitutional amendment turning pension adversaries into allies (Illinois Watchdog, 10/24/12)
Election officials hope to exceed 2008’s early voting numbers (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/22/12)
State left elections underfunded (Bloomington Pantagraph, 10/22/12)
8th Congressional District: War hero vs. hero of the right (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/20/12)
Audio: Illinois doubling down on high-speed rail (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/12)
Poll: Most voters blame pols, not unions, for pension mess (Chicago Tribune, 10/16/12)
Key matchups in races for the Illinois legislature (AP, 10/15/12)
Illinois GOP facing long odds for gains in legislature (Bloomington Pantagraph, 10/15/12)
Congress, for once, is big prize in Illinois election (AP, 10/14/12)
Quinn stands by small inner circle (Chicago Tribune, 10/13/12)
Judge issues injunction to stay Illinois prison closures (Illinois Watchdog, 10/10/12)
Commentary: Rahm vs. Quinn: Who’s in charge? (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/9/12)
Former Blago aide Cellini sentenced to a year in federal prison (Illinois Watchdog, 10/4/12)
If Illinois had a voter ID law, 685K residents could not vote (Watchdog, 10/3/12)
Illinois state debt equals $55K for every private-sector worker, report says (Illinois Watchdog, 10/2/12)
Illinois military, overseas ballot requests down heading into November (Illinois Watchdog, 10/2/12)
Dems out to reverse GOP’s 2010 gains in Illinois (AP, 10/2/12)
Thompson prison sale ‘deeply troubling,’ Virginia congressman says (Illinois Watchdog, 10/2/12)

SEPTEMBER 2012

Redrawn House map favors Dems in Illinois (Politico, 9/30/12)
AFSCME memo raises questions; here are answers (The Register-Mail, 9/28/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn advances Peotone airport project (Illinois Observer, 9/28/12)
Illinois House races: Democrats see ‘path’ to majority; GOP sees ‘ground zero for a problem’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/28/12)
Downstate Democrats playing defense over pension cost shift (Capitol Fax Blog, 9/28/12)
Illinois sets benchmark for health coverage (AP, 9/28/12)
Testy 12th US House race a toss-up heading into November (Illinois Watchdog, 9/28/12)
Op-Ed: AFSCME responds to ‘Quinn Spin’ (Progress Illinois, 9/28/12)
Poll: Illinois voters support gay marriage, skeptical of politicians and business (Progress Illinois, 9/27/12)
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute: The 2012 Simon Poll on Ethics and Reform in Illinois (9/27/12)
Union: Quinn’s unfair demands have left contract talks at standstill (CBS Chicago, 9/27/12)
Group wants to help defend Illinois gay marriage ban (State Journal-Register, 9/27/12)
Poll: Illinois voters want reform in state government (CBS Chicago, 9/27/12)
Opinion: What’s the plan, Pat? (The Southern, 9/27/12)
Poll: More then 4 in 10 Illinois voters support gay marriage (CBS Chicago, 9/27/12)
Op-Ed: Gov. Quinn’s office sets the record straight on policies, relationship with unions (Progress Illinois, 9/27/12)
Letter outlines gulf between Quinn and AFSCME on new contract (Progress Illinois, 9/26/12)
Lawmakers, advocates make human rights case to close Tamms (Progress Illinois, 9/26/12)
Watchdogs urge Quinn to stick by move to close Tams Supermax prison (CBS Chicago, 9/26/12)
Ad campaign aims to get Illinois businesses to move to Wisconsin (AP, 9/26/12)
Pat Quinn’s roadmap toward a gambling bill — and Lou Lang’s skepticism (Progress Illinois, 9/25/12)
Quinn courts Brazilian travelers with ‘authentic American experience’ (Illinois Watchdog, 9/25/12)
AFSCME: Contract talks at standstill (State Journal-Register, 9/25/12)
Impact of Medicaid expansion for Illinois could be significant (The Register-Mail, 9/25/12)
Lame duck state legislators could have big role again in January (Bloomington Pantagraph,9/24/12)
Illinois eyes expansion of Medicaid rolls under federal health care law (State Journal-Register,9/24/12)
Pension amendment on Illinois ballot (The Southern, 9/22/12)
Governor Quinn wants to raise minimum wage (WJBD, 9/21/12)
Amid union protest, Quinn breaks ground on Joliet Transportation Center (CBS Chicago, 9/21/12)
Quinn joins in breaking ground on Joliet transportation hub (Herald News, 9/21/12)
Opinion: Autumn arrives, Pat Quinn leaves for Brazil (NBC Chicago, 9/21/12)
Quinn again dogged by AFSCME (Capitol Fax Blog, 9/21/12)
Quinn heading to Brazil for 4th trip of year (Chicago Tribune, 9/20/12)
Quinn leaving on Brazil trade mission (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/20/12)
Opinion: Why Illinois is so broke (Chicago Tribune, 9/20/12)
Illinois state senator urges Quinn to drop prison closure plans with all-time high prison population(AP, 9/20/12)
Next school crisis for Chicago: Pension fund is running dry (New York Times, 9/19/12)
State workers rally to stop layoffs, but Quinn blames union, Legislature (Chicago Sun-Times,9/19/12)
School days resume in Chicago as the lessons from a strike are assessed (New York Times, 9/19/12)
Teachers end Chicago strike on second try (New York Times, 9/18/12)
As Chicago strike goes on, the Mayor digs in (New York Times, 9/18/12)
Editorial: Chicago’s striking teachers’ narrow interests (Washington Post, 9/17/12)
Why Pat Quinn’s relationship with labor is on the rocks (Progress Illinois, 9/17/12)
Editorial: Chicago stand-off (New York Times, 9/17/12)
Strike creates sens of loss, cost, unknowns as future remains unclear (Illinois Watchdog, 9/17/12)
GOP: Quinn delaying checks of Medicaid eligibility (State Journal-Register, 9/17/12)
Republicans: Quinn too slow booting Medicaid cheats (Chicago Tribune, 9/17/12)
Quinn unhappy pensions may wait until next year (The Southern, 9/17/12)
Editorial: Unions asking wrong questions of state leaders (Bloomington Pantagraph, 9/16/12)
Pension reform? See you in January (State Journal-Register, 9/16/12)
Editorial: A modest proposal (Chicago Tribune, 9/16/12)
Teachers union in Chicago to extend strike into 2nd week (New York Times, 9/16/12)
As Chicago mayor seeks court order to end teachers strike, parents scramble for child care (AP, 9/16/12)
Chicago teachers union to continue strike (Politico, 9/16/12)
Thousands of striking Chicago teachers rally in labor show of force, despite tentative deal(Washington Post, 9/15/12)
Chicago forges outline to end teacher strike (New York Times, 9/14/12)
Poll: Obama leads Romney; Quinn does better (The Southern, 9/14/12)
AFSCME under siege (Illinois Times, 9/13/12)
Pension overhaul vote unlikely until 2013, Senate leader says (Chicago Tribune, 9/13/12)
Ill. Senate president: No vote on pension reform until January (Chicago Tribune, 9/13/12)
Opinion: Chicago, ground zero on teachers and test scores (LA Times, 9/13/12)
In Illinois, Obama leads Romney; Quinn’s job approval gets better (Paul Simon Institute, 9/13/12)
Unions picket absent Quinn (The Southern, 9/13/12)
As Chicago teachers strike, students are on the loose and at loose ends (New York Times, 9/12/12)
Labor fight poses risks to coalition for Obama (New York Times, 9/12/12)
Commentary: Students over unions (New York Times, 9/12/12)
Push to add charter schools hangs over strike (New York Times, 9/12/12)
Quinn absence stymies union protest (State Journal-Register, 9/12/12)
Audio: AFSCME keeps public pressure on the governor (WSIU, 9/12/12)
Quinn greeted by striking teachers as he attends 9/11 memorial (Chicago Tribune, 9/11/12)
Opinion: In Chicago, a Democratic civil war (Washington Post, 9/11/12)
Governor won’t weigh in on teachers strike (AP, 9/11/12)
Gov. Quinn launches pension reform website (Bloomington Pantagraph, 9/11/12)
Emanuel cancels Democratic fundraisers during strike (Chicago Tribune, 9/10/12)
Editorial: Students are victims in Chicago fight over clout (Washington Post, 9/10/12)
Gov. to use social media to rally on pensions (AP, 9/9/12)
Democrats fret about Quinn’s prospects in 2014 (Chicago Tribune, 9/8/12)
Quinn plays attack dog, calls Romney ‘extreme’ (Chicago Tribune, 9/4/12)
Emanuel praises Obama’s leadership as problems loom back in Chicago (Chicago Tribune, 9/4/12)
Judge halts prison closures, inmate transfers (Illinois Watchdog, 9/4/12)

AUGUST 2012

Week in review: Labor at forefront of news in Springfield (Illinois Watchdog, 8/31/12)
Video: Quinn vetoes gambling expansion (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/12)
Quinn vetoes gambling expansion bill (Illinois Watchdog, 8/28/12)
Quinn regularly cites ‘preliminary drafts’ exemption in FOIA denials (Illinois Watchdog, 8/27/12)
Week in review: All quiet in Springfield a week after pension reform fails (Illinois Watchdog, 8/24/12)

Moody’s zaps Legislature for failing to act on pension reform (Crain’s, 8/23/12)
GOP smear efforts against Madigan could be ‘a swing and a miss’ (Illinois Watchdog, 8/21/12)
Lawmakers can’t agree on pension reform, blame Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 8/18/12)
House ousts indicted colleague; he vows to stay on November ballot (Illinois Watchdog, 8/17/12)
Week in review — Bad week for Illinois Democrats gets worse (Illinois Watchdog, 8/17/12)
Illinois lurches forward, one budget crisis at a time (Stateline, 8/17/12)
State GOP upbeat, Dems bummed out at state fair (Illinois Watchdog, 8/16/12)
Republicans poke fun at Quinn before small state fair crowd (The State Journal-Register, 8/16/12)
Pension changes in more jeopardy as GOP Leader Radogno backs of Senate plan (The State Journal-Register, 8/16/12)
Governor’s Day at the State Fair just not Quinn’s day (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/15/12)
Protesters boo top Democrats at Illinois State Fair (The State Journal-Register, 8/15/12)
Quinn goofs, says Obama is dead instead of Osama (The State-Journal-Register, 8/15/12)
Madigan says discord between state and unions is ‘natural conflict’ (Illinois Watchdog, 8/15/12)
GOP lawmaker: Illinoisans will understand need for pension reform — right after collapse (Illinois Watchdog, 8/14/12)
Tamms decision related to ‘14 election? (The Southern, 8/12/12)
Statehouse insider: Quinn, agencies not on same page (State Journal-Register, 8/12/12)
Commentary: Quinn wants lawmakers to consider new pension bill (Peoria Journal Star, 8/11/12)
Quinn bans news media from prisons (The Southern, 8/11/12)
Gov. Quinn against public tours of state prisons (Illinois Watchdog, 8/10/12)
Governor visits striking Caterpillar workers (Chicago Tribune, 8/10/12)
Commentary: Approving pension reform not as easy as Quinn makes it seem (Quincy Herald-Whig,8/10/12)
Opinion: Gov. Quinn’s budget scare tactic is bogus (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/10/12)
Amendment may help save Illinois schools (WJBC, 8/10/12)
Editorial: ‘Reform lite’? Not enough. (Chicago Tribune, 8/10/12)
Quinn asking feds to investigate Megabus (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/9/12)
Illinois pension hole deepening, Quinn says (Chicago Tribune, 8/9/12)
Editorial: Don’t mistake movement for progress with state pension mess (Peoria Journal Star,8/9/12)
Commentary: Quinn plays the politics of pensions (Illinois Times, 8/9/12)
Quinn initiative to help veterans in job hunt (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/9/12)
Quinn wants lawmakers to consider all-inclusive pension reforms (State Journal-Register, 8/9/12)
Quinn calls for Megabus investigation following 2 fatal accidents (Chicago Tribune, 8/9/12)
Governor’s office continues to withhold emails (Illinois Watchdog, 8/9/12)
Quinn Administration releases study: Without pension reform, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education by 2016 (Murphysboro American, 8/8/12)
Top Quinn aide: Still pushing for a pensions deal (Daily Herald, 8/8/12)
Gov. Quinn pushing hard for teacher pension shift (Southtown Star, 8/8/12)
Governor extends enterprise zones (The Southern, 8/8/12)
Inmate transfers halted; union and state to arbitrate closures (Illinois Watchdog, 8/8/12)
Quinn signs bill to extend enterprise zones for 25 years (Chicago Tribune, 8/7/12)
Judge to consider restraining order to stop prison closures Wednesday (Illinois Watchdog, 8/7/12)
Illinois full of cash, if not votes, for Romney (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/7/12)
Editorial: Enterprise zones in place in Illinois; go get the jobs (Rockford Register Star, 8/7/12)
Public employees get pay raises Quinn previously cancelled (Progress Illinois, 8/7/12)
Audio: Romney in Chicago area Tuesday to raise cash, talk unemployment (WBEZ, 8/7/12)
Quinn signs extension of tax incentives (AP, 8/7/12)
Vote on Illinois state pension reform will be held (AP, 8/7/12)
Pensionpalooza (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/7/12)
Another Ryan appeal rejected (Chicago Tribune, 8/7/12)
Appeals court denies ex-Illinois governor’s appeal (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/6/12)
Raises restored for more than 1700 state employees (State Journal-Register, 8/6/12)
Topinka advocates for cash-strapped social service organizations (Progress Illinois, 8/6/12)
Quinn defends call for special session (WBEZ, 8/6/12)
Madigan will allow House pension vote on Aug. 17 (State Journal-Register, 8/6/12)
Quinn amps up pressure to overhaul pensions (AP, 8/5/12)
Questions and answers about Quinn assault weapons veto (AP, 8/5/12)
Commentary: Quinn’s gun proposal gets little support (State Journal-Register, 8/5/12)
Statehouse Insider: And now they’ll fix it in one day? (State Journal-Register,8/5/12)
Top Republican questions Quinn’s pension session (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/5/12)
AFSCME sues to block state prison closings (Progress Illinois, 8/3/12)
Union sues Quinn over prison closings (Chicago Tribune, 8/3/12)
IL Week in review: Transparency, prison closures in the news (Illinois Watchdog, 8/3/12)
Prison experts say PR battle distracting from real flaws in corrections system (Illinois Watchdog, 8/2/12)
Quinn signs ‘Facebook law’ (Chicago Tribune, 8/2/12)
Illinois employers can no longer demand social network passwords (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/2/12)
Topinka: Legislators went too far with social service cuts (State Journal-Register, 8/1/12)

JULY 2012

Illinois assault weapons ban? Gov. Pat Quinn proposes amendment to ammunition bill (AP, 7/31/12)
Quinn: ‘No place in … Illinois’ for weapons that rapidly fire at others (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/31/12)
Quinn says no ‘loopholes for mobsters’ on gambling expansion bill (WBEZ, 7/31/12)
Quinn calls for special session for pension reforms; taxpayers on the hook for the cost (Illinois Watchdog,  7/30/12)
Quinn appoints special investigator at DHS (WBEZ, 7/30/12)
Quinn calls special session on pension reform Aug 17 (Chicago Tribune, 7/30/12)
Durbin, Quinn ask congressman’s support on Thomson prison purchase (AP, 7/28/12)
Quinn, Durbin irked with Virginia lawmaker over prison sale rejection (Chicago Tribune, 7/28/12)
Feds widen probe into newly retired South Side lawmaker (Chicago Tribune, 7/27/12)
IL week in review: Drought lingers, pension reform in limbo (Illinois Watchdog, 7/27/12)
Minimum security inmates being moved out of Tamms (Capitol Fax Blog, 7/27/12)
Report: Rural Illinoisans worry about education (AP, 7/27/12)
Ex-Illinois lawmaker subpoenaed over scholarships (AP, 7/27/12)
Gov. Quinn signs legislation to strengthen environmental protections (Examiner, 7/27/12)
Quinn visits workers losing jobs at Bain-owned company (NBC Chicago, 7/27/12)
Commentary: Gambling, Pat Quinn and the ‘New Untouchables’ (Rockford Register Star, 7/27/12)
Governor’s office denies request for emails about southern Illinois appearance (Illinois Watchdog, 7/27/12)
Vote on employee pensions possible in August (The State Journal-Register, 7/27/12)
Quinn gives ‘permission’ for company to move thousands of jobs from Libertyville to Chicago(Capitol Fax Blog, 7/27/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn signs loan protection law (Chicago Tribune, 7/26/12)
Illinois law limits ‘debtors prison’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/26/12)
AG Madigan lauds new law as union threatens strike (Capitol Fax Blog, 7/26/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn meets workers losing jobs at Freeport plant (AP, 7/26/12)
Tamms inmate transfers begin (The Southern, 7/26/12)
Illinois gov signs 2 consumer protection laws (AP, 7/26/12)
Dem lawmaker: Governor, haul us back to work (Chicago Tribune, 7/25/12)
Answers to the paralyzing questions about school funding fairness (Chicago Tribune, 7/25/12)
Rep. Dan Burke’s scholarship records subpoenaed (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/25/12)
Quinn signs high-risk loan protections measure into law (Chicago Tribune, 7/25/12)
Crop insurance leaves taxpayers with bill for lingering drought (Watchdog, 7/25/12)
Governor criticized for plan to export inmates (WUIS, 7/25/12)
State cops have problems consolidating offices (Capitol Fax Blog, 7/25/12)
What are Quinn’s options on gambling? (Daily Herald, 7/24/12)
Gov. Quinn opposes concealed carry (WIBD, 7/24/12)
Illinois lawmakers, civil liberties advocates at odds over wiretap law (WBEZ, 7/24/12)
Fate of gambling expansion bill remains unclear, doubts swirl around potential for job creation(Progress Illinois, 7/23/12)
Video: Quinn affirms stance on concealed carry, assault weapons laws (My Stateline.com, 7/23/12)
Video: Quinn signs disabled parking crackdown measures (Chicago Tribune, 7/23/12)
Editorial: Lawmakers should solve pension crisis now (Herald-Review, 7/22/12)
Quinn: Take up pensions as well as Smith case in August (AP, 7/20/12)
Illinois special session on pensions may be called (Governing, 7/19/12)
Editorial: Can’t take the heat? Get out of the kitchen! (The Southern, 7/18/12)
Editorial: Legislature took sweet time ending scholarships (Bloomington Pantagraph, 7/18/12)
Rep. Smith allegedly cast votes, called about bribe on same days (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/18/12)
Quinn hints at special session next month (Chicago Tribune, 7/18/12)
Video: Quinn signs legislative scholarships ban amid subpoena against lawmaker (Chicago Tribune,7/11/12)
Lawmakers call for override of Quinn’s prison-funding veto (Watchdog, 7/10/12)
Quinn rejects lawmakers’ promises of future gambling reforms (Chicago Tribune, 7/9/12)
Quinn signs campaign finance law loophole (Chicago Tribune, 7/7/12)
New law to shed more light on state tax credit program (Chicago Tribune, 7/6/12)
Quinn gives motorcyclists a break at red lights (NBC Chicago, 7/6/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn signs scaled-down bill that publicizes corporate tax breaks (AP, 7/6/12)
Quinn signs law ditching campaign caps he once championed (NBC Chicago, 7/6/12)
State lifts caps for campaign finance (Peoria Journal Star, 7/6/12)
Quinn signs super PAC campaign finance law (Chicago Tribune, 7/6/12)
Audio: Treasurer Rutherford disputes plan to close prisons (Alton Daily News, 7/6/12)
Illinois governor takes unannounced trip to Spain (AP, 7/5/12)
IL Gov. Pat Quinn signs 3 laws to help veterans on 4th of July (AP, 7/5/12)
Quinn heads to Spain on economic development trip (Chicago Tribune, 7/5/12)
Gov. Quinn’s plan for tax code fails to materialize (WUIS, 7/4/12)
Casino bill watch begins (Commercial-News, 7/4/12)
Environmentalists, mayor urge Quinn to veto plastic bag recycling bill backed by industry (AP, 7/3/12)
Girl petitions Quinn to ban plastic bags (NBC Chicago, 7/3/12)
Quinn reverses course on part of prison-closing plan (NBC Chicago, 7/2/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn 180s on closing Illinois transition centers (AP, 7/2/12)
Local lawmakers pan governor’s prison closure decision (The Southern Illinoisan, 7/1/12)
Governor uses veto pen to close Tamms, IYC Murphysboro, Glass House, others (The Southern Illinoisan, 7/1/12)

JUNE 2012

Video: Gov. Pat Quinn signs fiscal year 2013 budget (WICS, 6/30/12)
Week in review: Illinois reacts to SCOTUS ruling, Chicago NATO costs add up (Illinois Statehouse News, 6/29/12)
Quinn ‘disturbed’ and ’saddened’ by DHS scandal, pledges to take charge (Capitol Fax Blog, 6/29/12)
How the Affordable Care Act began in Illinois (NBC Chicago, 6/29/12)
Video: Illinois politicians react to health care ruling (NBC Chicago, 6/29/12)
Illinois moving to enact ‘Obamacare’ provisions (NBC Chicago, 6/29/12)
Quinn wants to direct prison funding to DCFS (NBC Chicago, 6/29/12)
IL Senate sends budget bills to Gov. Quinn (AP, 6/29/12)
Quinn to veto prisons funding, give more to DCFS (Chicago Tribune, 6/29/12)
Tougher law sought on abuse, neglect deaths (Belleville News-Democrat, 6/29/12)
Gov Quinn says state going forward with expanding Medicaid (Illinois Statehouse News, 6/28/12)
Hidden suffering, hidden death: State agency won’t investigate after 53 deaths of those in its care(Belleville News-Democrt, 6/27/12)
Illinois governor signs law ending free state retiree health care (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/21/12)
Quinn is closing prisons after all (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/20/12)
Pols (allegedly) behaving badly in Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/19/12)
Gov. Quinn presses for school districts to take on their own pension costs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,6/18/12)
Editorial: Establish tax appeal tribunal (State Journal-Register, 6/17/12)
Illinois GOP slams Speaker Madigan amid pension talks (Bloomington Pantagraph, 6/17/12)
Editorial: Medicaid cuts have real pain (Southtown Star, 6/15/12)
Edgar hopes to bring future Illinois leaders together (State Journal-Register, 6/15/12)
Quinn says Medicaid cuts were needed to prevent collapse (Chicago Tribune, 6/15/12)
Advocates for poor condemn Illinois Medicaid cuts (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/14/12)
Quinn signs off on Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike (Illinois Statehouse News, 6/14/12)
Medicaid reform skips the norm for awarding contract (Illinois Statehouse News, 6/14/12)
Shock won it (Capitol Fax Blog, 6/14/12)
State budget deals a blow to struggling school districts (Progress Illinois, 6/14/12)
Illinois prescription cuts hitting Metro East seniors hard (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/14/12)
Video: Illinois Medicaid cuts: Gov Pat Quinn signs $1.6B in cuts, cigarette tax hike into law(Huffington Post, 6/14/12)
Illinois governor signs bills to save Medicaid ‘from collapse’ (Chicago Tribune, 6/14/12)
Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike (Chicago Tribune, 6/14/12)
Generous no more, Illinois cuts Medicaid spending (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/14/12)
Video: Did Quinn and Shock debate for governor? (NBC Chicago, 6/13/12)
Video: Shock: Quinn’s House GOP slam ‘nonsense’ (WJBC, 6/13/12)
Gov Quinn bests US Rep Aaron Shock in TV matchup (Crain’s Chicago Business, 6/12/12)
On early release, is Quinn fighting the last war? (Capitol Fax Blog, 6/12/12)
Many Illinoisans losing Medicaid on July 1 do not know it yet (Bloomington Pantagraph, 6/12/12)
Audio: Slots at Illinois racetracks? Don’t bet on it (WBEZ, 6/11/12)
Quinn revisits prisoner releases (Chicago Tribune, 6/11/12)
Quinn signs new state law to target street gangs (CBS Chicago, 6/11/12)
Mayor Emanuel downplays report he cussed at governor (CBS Chicago, 6/8/12)
Lawmakers hope to jump-start Illinois pension overhaul (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/6/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn gives $4M to drug firm, Astellas, hit as ‘monopolistic bully’…and more (Illinois Observer, 6/5/12)
Quinn: ‘Don’t hold your breath’ on gambling expansion (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/5/12)
Commentary: Illinois legislators handing off the state’s burdens (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/2/12)
Rockford’s casino hopes in the hands of Governor Quinn (WREX, 6/1/12)
Commentary: Blame them all for pension reform failure in Illinois (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/1/12)
Editorial: Springfield again fails to deliver pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 6/1/12)
Opinion: Legislative session’s end profoundly disappointing (State Journal-Register, 6/1/12)
Illinois pension reform stalls (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/1/12)
How it played: IL news media downplays Ill. budget, hits Illinois pension reform flop (Illinois Observer, 6/1/12)
Legislators punt on pension reform but pass gambling expansion (Chicago Tribune, 6/1/12)

MAY 2012

No House vote on pension plan; lawmakers to return soon (State Journal-Register, 5/31/12)
Madigan reverses course, paves way for pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/12)
Speaker Madigan drops cost shift for pension plan (WBEZ, 5/31/12)
SuperPAC legislation approved in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/12)
Senate opens way for Chicago casino (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/31/12)
Pension-reform package collapses in Illinois House (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/31/12)
Pension overhaul hits snag in Springfield (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/12)
Illinois lawmakers approve major gambling expansion (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/12)
GOP pushes pension reform without shifting costs to Illinois schools (Illinois Statehouse News, 5/31/12)
Quinn gets bill to relax some campaign contribution limits (State Journal-Register, 5/31/12)
Lawmakers pass budget after fight over education spending (State Journal-Register, 5/31/12)
Senate OKs more gambling, but Quinn likely roadblock (State Journal-Register, 5/31/12)
Pension legislation gets new life in General Assembly (State Journal-Register, 5/30/12)
Illinois pension reform in limbo as lawmakers mull cost shifting (Illinois Statehouse News, 5/30/12)
Closer look: Illinois lawmakers nearing finish line on Medicaid, pensions and budget (Chicago Tribune, 5/27/12)
Public pensions deal in the works (Chicago Tribune, 5/27/12)
IL House OKs cigarette tax hike (Chicago Tribune, 5/27/12)
Clock ticking on Illinois Medicaid, pension reforms (Chicago Tribune, 5/25/12)
House cuts Medicaid, but what’s next? (NBC Chicago, 5/25/12)
Illinois legislature passes $1.6 billion in Medicaid cuts (Chicago  Tribune, 5/25/12)
IL House votes to add $1 to pack of cigarettes to help Medicaid (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/25/12)
Madigan outlines pension legislation (State Journal-Register, 5/25/12)
Medicaid: Cuts now, some revenue soon? (Progress Illinois, 5/25/12)
Editorial: Legislators must reform Medicaid, pensions, pass a budget (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/25/12)
House gambles that Quinn will go for casino money (AP, 5/24/12)
House approves gambling expansion (Chicago Tribune, 5/24/12)
Quinn may be softening on gambling expansion (Illinois Times, 5/24/12)
Quinn calls for ‘epic’ end to session (Alton Daily News, 5/23/12)
Commentary: Quinn plan for pensions inadequate (State Journal-Register, 5/23/12)
Pat Quinn gets plan to eliminate controversial legislative scholarships (Daily Herald, 5/23/12)
Indicted Illinois lawmaker hands out legislative scholarships (State Journal-Register, 5/22/12)
Pat Quinn to sign abolition of tuition waivers (Rockford Register Star, 5/22/12)
Commentary: Business as usual in our state is very expensive (State Journal-Register, 5/22/12)
Quinn calls indicted state rep’s awarding of tuition waivers ‘one more blot’ on the program (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/22/12)
Illinois lawmakers vote to abolish tuition waiver perk (AP, 5/22/12)
Safety net hospitals cautiously support new Medicaid plan (Progress Illinois, 5/22/12)
Illinois lawmakers to lose scholarship waivers (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/22/12)
Quinn to sign bill ending legislative scholarships (State Journal-Register, 5/21/12)
Illinois governor meets several heads of state during NATO summit (AP, 5/21/12)
Gov. Quinn calls for ‘epic 10 days’ to fix pensions, Medicaid (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/21/12)
Quinn’s Medicaid bill spares safety-net hospitals (State Journal-Register, 5/21/12)
Quinn urges Illinois lawmakers not to get distracted by ’shiny object’ of gambling (AP, 5/21/12)
Gambling expansion to get another look in legislature (State Journal-Register, 5/20/12)
Illinois Senate votes to end controversial scholarships; House may concur (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,5/4/12)
Illinois voters to decide on new pension roadblock (AP, 5/3/12)
Illinois school cuts would create big pressure to raise property taxes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/3/12)
Fall voting ballot won’t see initiative for victims’ rights in Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/3/12)

APRIL 2012

Gov. Pat Quinn’s pension reform ideas are a ‘big deal’ for unions (Rockford Register Star, 4/28/12)
Editorial: Medicaid, pension ideas painful, but necessary for Illinois (Rockford Register Star,4/28/12)
Pat Quinn’s plan encourages Illinois workers to wait to retire (Rockford Register Star, 4/25/12)
Commentary: Illinois is running out of time and money (Washington Post, 4/25/12)
GOP open, unions not to Gov. Pat Quinn’s ‘bold’ pension reforms (Rockford Register, 4/20/12)
Quinn outlines Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax increase (Progress Illinois, 4/20/12)
Lawmaker: Pension group not done, vetting ideas (AP, 4/20/12)
Editorial: Quinn’s pension reforms will defuse time bomb (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/20/12)
Illinois unions: Quinn pension plan unconstitutional (Quad-Cities Online, 4/20/12)
GOP: Quinn’s pension plan has some good points (AP, 4/20/12)
Poll: Strong plurality of southern Illinois voters want Chicago out of Illinois (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/20/12)
Illinois gov’s pension reforms lay out tough choices (Illinois Statehouse News, 4/20/12)
Providers probably right to be worried about Medicaid cuts (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/20/12)
Illinois improves standing on corruption scale (State Journal-Register, 4/20/12)
Pension group not done, Quinn to announce plan (AP, 4/20/12)
Bloomberg study: Wisconsin sucks (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/20/12)
Brady to Quinn: Let Medicaid group do its job (WJBC, 4/20/12)
Commentary: Outcry over Walker’s visit to city is misplaced (State Journal-Register, 4/20/12)
Quinn proposes raising retirement age to 67 (NBC Chicago, 4/20/12)
Walker loses Wisconsin jobs after tax cuts while Illinois surges (Bloomberg News, 4/20/12)
Video: Despite questions, Quinn’s Medicaid proposal winning some praise (Crain’s Chicago Business,4/20/12)
Quinn: raise retirement age to 67 to help fix Illinois pension crisis (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/20/12)
Editorial: Quinn delivers (Chicago Tribune, 4/20/12)
Lawmakers skeptical of Quinn Medicaid cuts, $1 tax on cigarette packs (Chicago Tribune, 4/20/12)
Quinn: ‘I was put on this earth’ to fix state pension mess’ (Chicago Tribune, 4/20/12)
Quinn proposes $2.7B in cuts and taxes to ’save’ Medicaid (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/19/12)
Audio: Quinn Medicaid Rx encounters opposition (Tri States Public Radio, 4/19/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn pushes $2.7B Illinois Medicaid savings plan (Illinois Observer, 4/19/12)
Conflicts of interest mar selection of contracts for IL State Lottery (Illinois Statehouse News,4/19/12)
Illinois gov’s appointment stirs up controversy (Illinois Statehouse News, 4/19/12)
Video: Republicans, healthcare providers, and patients react to Medicaid cuts (WSIL-TV, 4/19/12)
Illinois Medicaid group can’t agree on cuts (AP, 4/19/12)
Details surface on Illinois Medicaid cuts (Chicago Tribune, 4/19/12)
Top Republican in IL House rejects Quinn’s call for higher cigarette taxes to help Medicaid (Chicago Tribune, 4/19/12)
Quinn wants deep cuts, $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike for Medicaid (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/19/12)
Editorial:Group’s cuts in Illinois Medicaid fall short by about half (Rockford Register Star, 4/18/12)
Hospitals ask state to look elsewhere for Medicaid savings (State Journal-Register, 4/18/12)
Gambling expansion bill likely to resurface in Springfield this May (Progress Illinois, 4/18/12)
Madigan backs having local schools bear more pension costs (Chicago Daily Herald, 4/18/12)
Some unions cautious about infrastructure trust (Progress Illinois, 4/17/12)
Deep cuts loom as state tries to save Medicaid (Chicago Tribune, 4/17/12)
Pat Quinn broadsides Scott Walker with insults (Rockford Register Star, 4/17/12)
Commentary: Illinois is open for business (Chicago Tribune, 4/17/12)
Panel says school mergers not needed (State Journal-Register, 4/16/12)
Audio: Chicago hospitals decry cuts to state Medicaid (WBEZ, 4/4/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn rolls out new cabinet appointments (Illinois Observer, 4/2/12)
Dan Rutheford in Israel – a step toward guv’s mansion? (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/2/12)

MARCH 2012

Gov. Pat Quinn gives jolt to use of electric cars in Illinois (Illinois Observer, 3/30/12)
Commentary: Wisconsin’s loss is Illinois’ gain as trains roll (The Cap Times, 3/28/12)
Quinn seeking spring action on state health-care preparation (State Journal-Register, 3/26/12)
Illinois faces impossible Medicaid cuts (Rockford Register Star, 3/25/12)
Opinion: PAC ruling could open door to mischief (State Journal-Register, 3/25/12)
Scholarship bill not financial fix (State Journal-Register, 3/25/12)
Necessary but impossible cuts face IL in Medicaid spending (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/23/12)
Illinois unemployment rate falls to 9/1%, providing a boost to Gov. Pat Quinn (Illinois Observer, 3/23/12)
Democrats’ battle to win back House ramps up in Illinois (Washington Post, 3/22/12)
Illinois congressional races are key nationally in the fall (Chicago Tribune, 3/22/12)
Illinois Senate to talk Medicaid options today (AP, 3/22/12)
Quinn’s proposed $2.7B Medicaid cut might be biggest in nation (State Journal-Register, 3/22/12)
Quinn wants to end state share of retired teachers healthcare (Galesburg Register-Mail, 3/22/12)
FEMA again denies Illinois request for tornado recovery assistance (Chicago Tribune, 3/21/12)
Ill. House passes measure elminating General Assembly Scholarship Program (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/21/12)
GOP takes a bruising in tough IL primary (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/20/12)
Quinn’s facility closure plan to cost at least 2,300 jobs (State Journal-Register, 3/19/12)
Religion a key issue as Illinois Republicans go to polls (Chicago Tribune, 3/18/12)
Drifting right, Illinois is text for Romney (New York Times, 3/18/12)
Tea party using member vs. member races to flex political muscle (Washington Post, 3/17/12)
Santorum, Romney fight for conservative voters in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 3/17/12)
Presidential campaign takes center stage in Chicago area today (Chicago Tribune, 3/16/12)
Video: Quinn appeals FEMA decision denying aid to southern Illinois counties (Chicago Tribune,3/16/12)
GOP activists challenging GOP status quo in Illinois (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/16/12)
What ails Illinois could be Romney’s tonic (NPR, 3/16/12)
Gov. Quinn says he’ll promote Illinois in Belgium (State Journal-Register, 3/16/12)
Union members protest Quinn proposals to cut costs by closing prisons, mental institutions (Chicago Tribune, 3/15/12)
Union protests Quinn plan to close state facilities (Peoria Journal Star, 3/15/12)
Remap result: Bruising GOP races (Chicago Tribune, 3/15/12)
Union workers protest Quinn budget cuts (Chicago Tribune, 3/15/12)
Illinois lawmakers avoid tough calls as elections approach (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/15/12)
Politicos push for look at local impact of facility closures (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/14/12)
Audio: Union airs new ad blasting Quinn (Capitol Fax Blog, 3/14/12)
Quinn eyes cuts to retired IL teacher benefits to save money (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/13/12)
Policy Institute says it could cut Illinois budget by $7 billion (Rockford Register Star, 3/13/12)
Federal court strikes down IL PAC contribution limit (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/13/12)
Quinn says state will ‘vigorously appeal’ denial of federal aid for Harrisburg (Chicago Tribune,3/13/12)
Federal judge opens door to Illinois Super PACs (Chicago Tribune, 3/13/12)
Pat Quinn’s softer side (Capitol Fax Blog, 3/13/12)
Federal disaster aid that skipped over Harrisburg is going to towns in other tornado-ravaged states(Chicago Tribune, 3/13/12)
Quinn defends Jackson Jr endorsement (Chicago Tribune, 3/13/12)
Video: Bob Sirott’s one more thing about Governor Pat Quinn (MyFox Chicago, 3/12/12)
Illinois politicians fuming as tornado aid rejected (Reuters, 3/12/12)
Quinn endorses Jackson over primary challenger Halvorson for 2nd District seat (Chicago Tribune,3/12/12)
Durbin to meet Wednesday with FEMA, other lawmakers on disaster aid for tornado-stricken areas(Chicago Tribune, 3/12/12)
Quinn backs Jackson, but not in person (Chicago Tribune, 3/11/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn: I’m backing Jesse Jackson Jr over Debbie Halvorson (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/11/12)
Chicago parents abandon kids: Local School Council elections lack 5,000 candidates; filing deadline extended (Illinois Observer, 3/9/12)
Southerners Poll: Cut state waste, but not under-used or expensive state facilities (Capitol Fax Blog, 3/9/12)
Officials ask Obama for southern Illinois disaster declaration (State Journal-Register, 3/9/12)
Quinn gives Medical District $4.5 million after $40 million default (Crain’s Chicago Business,3/9/12)
Judge’s ‘dry, cold’ decision says lawsuit will not block school closings (Chicago Tribune, 3/9/12)
Video: Jackson ad: ‘Don’t let my son die in vain’ (Capitol Fax Blog, 3/9/12)
Hugs no more in bitter Illinois 2nd Congressional District primary (Chicago Tribune, 3/9/12)
Quinn welcomes lakeshore funding, defends cutting elsewhere (Chicago Tribune, 3/9/12)
The rise and fall of Rod Blagojevich (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/9/12)
Quinn welcomes lakeshore funding, defends cutting elsewhere (Chicago Tribune, 3/9/12)
Quinn: It’s time to end legislative scholarships (State Journal-Register, 3/9/12)
Blagojevich to speak day before going to prison (State Journal-Register, 3/9/12)
Gov Quinn announces Illinois among top 10 states for corporate locations in national survey (Canton Daily Ledger, 3/9/12)
Quinn seeks money for torture panel (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/9/12)
University of Illinois chief blames himself for tattered relationship with faculty (Chicago Sun-Times,3/8/12)
Conservative group’s budget plan would cut state workers’ pay (State Journal-Register, 3/8/12)
Number of Illinois registered voters down for primary (Chicago Tribune, 3/8/12)
End of the line? Governor wants to close super-max prison (Illinois Times, 3/8/12)
Conservative group climbs aboard Democratic budget plan (Capitol Fax Blog, 3/8/12)
A Canadian perspective of Gov. Pat Quinn (State Journal-Register, 3/8/12)
Illinois Republican presidential primary now relevant (Chicago Tribune, 3/8/12)
Downstate and Chicago, brothers in arms — or not (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/8/12)
Policy group: Illinois needs to slash $4.3 billion from budget (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/8/12)
IL AG says cuts harm ability to keep staff, bring in cash (AP, 3/7/12)
State may close five driver’s license facilities (Bloomington Pantagraph, 3/7/12)
Illinois gun owners rally for concealed carry; against bullet tax (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/7/12)
Some see Pat Quinn’s budget as attack on downstate Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/7/12)
Gun-rights rally packs Illinois Capitol grounds, demanding concealed carry (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,3/7/12)
Sec of State: Layoffs, closures possible if budget cuts too deep (State Journal-Register, 3/7/12)
Budget battle begins between IL governor, lawmakers (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/7/12)
Illinois will play big role in GOP primary game after Super Tuesday (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/6/12)
Illinois concealed carry bill could end in misfire (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/6/12)
Concealed carry legislation moves forward in Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/6/12)
Quinn, Emanuel appoint McCormick Place Board (WBEZ, 3/5/12)
IL public pensions worse than numbers show (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/5/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn’s math fuzzy on prisons, parole (Rockford Register Star, 3/4/12)
With potential oil boom on horizon, IL lawmakers want to update drilling law (Illinois Statehouse News, 3/2/12)
State House passes spending cap: $33.7 billion (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/1/12)
Illinois House says Quinn revenue projections too optimistic (Chicago Tribune, 3/1/12)
Illinois House, Senate prepare to cut below Quinn budget (State Journal-Register, 3/1/12)

FEBRUARY 2012

Illinois cuts hit mental health, help balance budget (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/29/12)
Parties split on gun registration, ammunition tax proposals (State Journal-Register, 2/29/12)
Illinois schools struggle to meet per-student funding as state aid declines (Illinois Statehouse News,2/28/12)
Quinn says sales tax windfall could pay for schools (Chicago Tribune, 2/28/12)
Different revenue projections could be life or death of Illinois programs (Illinois Statehouse News,2/28/12)
Will Illinois renew enterprise zones set to expire next year? (Illinois Observer, 2/27/12)
Retired Illinois teachers could see benefits cut (Rockford Register star, 2/27/12)
Quinn budget plan would cut off funding for 2 retired teachers programs (Chicago Tribune, 2/25/12)
In Illinois House, committee roles bring extra pay even for light workload (New York Times,2/23/12)
Overhaul of Chicago schools shows a board blind to larger realities (New York Times, 2/23/12)
Editorial: Pat Quinn budget a place to start; more work needed (Rockford Register Star, 2/23/12)
Budget woes end Illinois’ 14-year experiment with super-max prison (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,2/23/12)
New spending plan means new round of pain for Illinois (New York Times, 2/22/12)
Pat Quinn’s speech vague on major Illinois budget problems (Rockford Register Star, 2/22/12)
Bad news budget: Quinn to call for prison, health care cuts (Chicago Tribune, 2/22/12)
Quinn’s bad news budget: ‘Our rendezvous with reality has arrived’ (Chicago Tribune, 2/22/12)
Grim Illinois budget focus of Gov. Pat Quinn’s speech (Rockford Register Star, 2/22/12)
Quinn’s budget cuts leave little to be desired, IL lawmakers say (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/22/12)
14 facilities proposed for closure in Quinn austerity budget (State Journal-Register, 2/21/12)
Medicaid spending could drive up other Illinois health costs (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/21/12)
Rest of Illinois budget to be squeezed by pensions, Medicaid (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/21/12)
Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map (Chicago Tribune, 2/20/12)
Illinois schools may chip in on teachers’ retirement (New York Times, 2/19/12)
Illinois Medicaid cuts will hit a system already in crisis (New York Times, 2/17/12)
Illinois seeks flexibility with No Child Left Behind waiver (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/17/12)
College Illinois! could get shot of taxpayer cash (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/16/12)
Commentary: Handgun proposal means Chicago mayor won’t run for governor (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/16/12)
PAC challenges Illinois campaign contribution limits (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/14/12)
Quinn, Dem lawmaker push Illinois Ethics Referendum Amendment (The Illinois Observer, 2/12/12)
Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Springfield winning streak over? (The Illinois Observer, 2/11/12)
Director: College Illinois! to stay afloat, even if that means taxpayer bailout (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/7/12)
Quinn wants to cut $2 billion from Medicaid budget (The State Journal-Register, 2/7/12)
Closure of Illinois centers prelude to union battles (The State Journal-Register, 2/7/12)
Judge upholds Illinois law against carrying firearms in public (The State Journal-Register, 2/6/12)
Senate president: Pension changes likely to mean frugal teacher contracts (The State Journal-Register, 2/6/12)
Statehouse insider: Budget issues loom over all (State Journal-Register, 2/5/12)
Editorial: A few issues for Springfield to address (Daily Herald, 2/5/12)
No easy answers for Medicaid costs, HFS director says (The State Journal-Register, 2/4/12)
Quinn lays out jobs plan, cloudy on funding source (Canton Daily Ledger, 2/3/12)
Pension switch could lead to teacher layoffs, superintendent (The State Journal-Register, 2/3/12)
Union members rally against loss of raises (Northwest Herald, 2/2/12)
Illinois seeks to add 100K people to Medicaid program (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/2/12)
Quinn shoves aside state’s budget woes (Chicago Tribune, 2/2/12)
Tax-break proposals have price tags (Chicago Tribune, 2/2/12)
A big SOTS roundup (CapitolFaxBlog, 2/2/12)
GOP blasts Quinn’s State of the State (WBEZ, 2/2/12)
Editorial: Deeds, not empty words (Northwest Herald, 2/2/12)
Union members rally in front of Quinn’s office to demand raises (The State Journal-Register, 2/2/12)
Opinion: Good intentions won’t fix state’s problems (State Journal-Register, 2/2/12)
Editorial: Quinn’s speech long on ideas, short on reality (Bloomington Pantagraph, 2/2/12)
Commentary: Money cloud hangs low over governor’s assessment of Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/2/12)
The Not-so-Mighty Quinn (NBC Chicago, 2/2/12)
Critics say Quinn’s economic plan ignores Illinois budget realities (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/2/12)
IL Gov. Quinn proposes targeted tax cuts for parents, veterans (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/1/12)
Illinois governor urges pension, Medicaid changes (Chicago Tribune, 2/1/12)
Illinois to coordinate foreclosure prevention (Chicago Tribune, 2/1/12)
Republicans call Quinn’s address ‘unrealistic’ (Chicago Tribune, 2/1/12)
Quinn largely silent on Illinois budget troubles (Chicago Tribune, 2/1/12)
Quinn’s State of the State speech leaves unanswered questions (State Journal-Register, 2/1/12)
Illinois governor calls for end to natural gas tax, creation of family credit in speech (Chicago Tribune,2/1/12)
Reaction to Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State (Chicago Tribune, 2/1/12)
Gov. Quinn: Boost low-income college grants by tens of millions (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/1/12)
Illinois confronts ‘potentially paralyzing’ backlog of bills (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2/1/12)
Quinn’s speech raises questions for Illinois lawmakers (Illinois Statehouse News, 2/1/12)
Quinn focuses on job creation programs, not deficit in ‘State of State’ (Progress Illinois, 2/1/12)
Opinion: Illinois’ path offers lesson (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/1/12)
Opinion: Thanks, but no thanks on State of the State proposals (Peoria Journal Star, 2/1/12)
Quinn’s Illinois jobs agenda (Governor’s Journal, 2/1/12)
Quinn’s State of State address gets cool reception from legislators (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/1/12)
Illinois governor prepares address in shadow of budget gap (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/1/12)
Indiana ‘Right to Work’ measure criticized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Huffington Post, 2/1/12)

JANUARY 2012

Illinois lawmakers want more than job talk from Gov. Quinn (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/31/12)
Civic report: Illinois faces struggle to control exploding Medicaid costs (Illinois Statehouse News,1/30/12)
Editorial: Tell us now, governor (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/12)
State action urged to stop pension debt from ballooning (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/30/12)
Illinois faces ‘potentially paralyzing’ $25 billion unpaid bill backlog (Bloomberg, 1/30/12)
Quinn looks at teacher pensions as address nears (Bloomberg Businessweek, 1/30/12)
Watchdog: Illinois facing ‘financial disaster’ (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/12)
Quinn looks at teacher pensions as address nears (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/30/12)
Madigan assesses 3 decades of Illinois governors (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/28/12)
Increased IL higher ed funding goes to pensions (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/24/12)
IL looking for hat trick of pension, Medicaid, tax reform (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/20/12)
Quinn targets two IL facilities for closure by October (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/19/12)
More than $30M donated to Illinois political coffers in last quarter of 2011 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,1/17/12)
Illinois economy struggles from mix of factors, some surprising (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/12/12)
Republicans call for state worker pay freeze (The State Journal-Register, 1/12/12)
Governor vows to take on pension reform to boost credit rating (Chicago Tribune, 1/11/12)
IL temporary tax increase may not be so temporary (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/11/12)
Quinn wants pension reform this year (The State Journal-Register, 1/10/12)
Failed security program prompts criminal accusations in Illinois (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/9/12)
Public pensions loom as a huge problem in Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/7/12)
New Illinois law targets pensions, double-dipping (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/5/12)
Quinn signs public pension overhaul (Chicago Tribune, 1/5/12)
Illinois residents take battle against smart meters to court (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/5/12)
Deficits, pension weigh on IL spending; Medicaid eyed for cuts (Illinois Statehouse News, 1/4/12)

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