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


IL 2013 Archives


Illinois Gubernatorial Headlines 2013


Short-term shutdown will have little effect in Illinois, officials say (Chicago Tribune, 9/30/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn could score big with Kwame Raoul as running mate (Reboot Illinois, 9/30/13)
COMMENTARY: Odd couple WIlliamson, Libri for Rutherford (The State Journal–Register,9/29/13)
AUDIO: Brady lobbies party (WBGZ, 9/29/13)
COMMENTARY: No breakthrough but pension group makes headway (Bloomington Pantagraph,9/28/13)
Illiana toll road would be ‘misplaced investment,’ planners say (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/28/13)
Appeals court blocks Quinn’s bid to delay issuing legislative paychecks, Rutherford urges gov to drop appeal (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/27/13)
Judge denies Quinn bid to keep lawmaker pay freeze (The State Journal-Register, 9/27/13)
Corporate tax disclosure — end to legalized bribery or hostile action? (Grid Chicago, 9/27/13)
Judge: Lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban can proceed (AP, 9/27/13)
Gubernatorial candidate Dillard to speak at Elmhurst College (, 9/26/13)
In blow to Gov. Quinn, judge rules state lawmakers must be paid (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/26/13)
Judge orders pay for Illinois lawmakers (New York Times, 9/26/13)
EDITORIAL: Mayor, hang tough on pensions (Chicago Tribune, 9/26/13)
Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid — with interest (Chicago Tribune, 9/26/13)

Oberweis: I back term limits, but that doesn’t mean Rauner endorsement. Yet. (Chicago Sun-Times,9/26/13)
Emanuel pension plan drawing fire from all sides (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/26/13)
Chicago bears biggest pension load of debt-laden locales (Bloomberg, 9/26/13)
Emanuel trying to buy time as city’s pension crisis escalates (Chicago Tribune, 9/25/13)
VIDEO: Illinois insurance exchange rates lower than US average (Chicago Tribune, 9/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Why term limits are a clever, tempting distraction from fairer elections (Reboot Illinois, 9/25/13)
Rauner shifts voting address back to suburbs (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/24/13)
Rutherford rhetoric may be music to union ears (Capitol Fax Blog, 9/24/13)
Quinn: Illinois health insurance exchange rates lower than expected (Chicago Tribune, 9/24/13)
Illinois health market rates 25% lower than feds estimated (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/24/13)
Quinn never said it (send National Guard into Chicago) (Capitol Fax Blog, 9/24/13)
Police Supt. blasts idea of National Guard, state police on Chicago streets (DNAinfo Chicago, 9/23/13)
ADM moving headquarters — and Chicago is top contender (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/23/13)
Bill Daley’s now defunct campaign: Had DC fund-raiser planned this week. Others on his lt. gov list(Chicago Sun-Times, 9/23/13)
Does any GOP candidate have the guts to beat Quinn? (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/23/13)
COMMENTARY: So many bad choices on Illinois’ road to pension disaster (Reboot Illinois, 9/23/13)
Does any GOP candidate have the guts to beat Quinn? (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/23/13)
VIDEO: Quinn ‘open’ to discussing state police help to curb Chicago violence (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 9/23/13)
COMMENTARY: Why Bill Daley really quit the gov’s race (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/22/13)
EDITORIAL: Quinn must take advantage of Daley departure (Bloomington Pantagraph, 9/22/13)
Madigan waiting on pension vote to be rescheduled (AP, 9/22/13)
Statehouse Insider: We didn’t need a candidate whose heart wasn’t in it (The State Journal-Register,9/22/13)
State’s Democratic slating event inspires talk of party unity, bridging ‘differences’ (AP, 9/22/13)
OPINION: Wanted – Candidate with plan for state’s overdue bills (The State Journal-Register,9/22/13)
Focus of 2014 gubernatorial campaign shifts to Republicans (AP, 9/22/13)
OPINION: On Rauner and the ‘Citizen Legislature’ (The Southern, 9/22/13)
EDITORIAL: Term limits might not work in Illinois (Bloomington Pantagraph, 9/22/13)
COMMENTARY: Gubernatorial candidate’s term limits ploy is brilliant (The News-Gazette,9/22/13)
COMMENTARY: Term limits present potential pitfalls (The News-Gazette, 9/22/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn’s head start a parting gift from Daley (Chicago Tribune, 9/21/13)
GOP candidate for governor makes Effingham stop (Effingham Daily News, 9/21/13)
New book details Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daley, Bruce Rauner relationship (Illinois Review, 9/21/13)
GOP candidate for governor makes Effingham stop (Effingham Daily News, 9/21/13)
6 things you didn’t know about Bill Daley (Huff Post Chicago, 9/20/13)
VIDEO: GOP gubernatorial candidate Rauner says he can create more jobs (, 9/20/13)
Durbin offers tepid support for Quinn (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 9/20/13)
EDITORIAL: Lawmakers can reinstate their salaries with override (Chicago Tribune, 9/19/13)
AUDIO: Fallout from Daley announcement (WBGZ, 9/19/13)
Bill Daley’s exit isn’t puzzling, it’s predictable (Chicago Mag, 9/19/13)
VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner makes Rockford campaign stop (WIFR, 9/19/13)
Bill Daley and Bruce Rauner: Birds of a feather (Chicago Reader, 9/19/13)
Term limits and unintended consequences (Huff Post Chicago, 9/19/13)
Illinois Gaming Board hears testimony on 24-hour gambling push (AP, 9/19/13)
COMMENTARY: Missing Bill Daley now that he’s gone (Chicago Tribune, 9/19/13)
COMMENTARY: Rauner voted in Dem primary in ‘06, gave money to Dems (The News-Gazette,9/18/13)
Hillary Clinton calls Quinn ‘luckiest politician’ after Daley drops out (Chicago Tribune, 9/18/13)
Quinn says he’s still focused on his day job (AP, 9/18/13)
Judge to rule next week in suit over lawmaker pay (AP, 9/18/13)
State’s high court hears case on retiree health premiums (The State Journal-Register, 9/18/13)
Daley’s exit from gov race puts Quinn in catbird seat (Rockford Register Star, 9/18/13)
Dillard: You want a governor who’s independent from the Mayor of Chicago (WLS, 9/18/13)
Brady tabs Lake County mayor for 2014 running mate (Herald & Review, 9/18/13)
AUDIO: GOP gubernatorial candidates react to Daley dropping out of race (Peoria Public Radio, 9/18/13)
Rutherford likes his chances for governor with one less Democratic candidate (The News-Gazette,9/18/13)
Daley decision shakes up governor race (Chicago Tribune, 9/18/13)
An interview with Dan Rutherford, candidate for governor (Prairie Advocate, 9/18/13)
COMMENTARY: What do you give a billionaire for Christmas? (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/18/13)
24-hour casino push worries anti-gambling groups (AP, 9/18/13)
Dispute over legislators’ pay ends up in Cook County courthouse (Chicago Tribune, 9/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Daley departure breathes new energy into Republican race (Chicago Tribune,9/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Rauner voted in Dem primary in ‘06, gave money to Dems (The News-Gazette,9/18/13)
EDITORIAL: Daley’s exit, Quinn’s opportunity (Chicago Tribune, 9/18/13)
Daley: Exit from governor’s race doesn’t mean I couldn’t win (AP, 9/17/13)
Suburban mayor to run with Bill Brady (The Southern, 9/17/13)
Rutherford: Daley wouldn’t have made it past the primary, anyway (WJBC, 9/17/13)
Question of the day – Who does Daley’s guber exit help most? (Capitol Fax Blog, 9/17/13)
Daley drops out of guv race: ‘This isn’t the best thing for me’ (Progress Illinois, 9/17/13)
VIDEO: Reaction to Bill Daley’s exit from Ill. governor race (WTTW, 9/17/13)
OPINION: Bill Daley wastes our time for a lark (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 9/17/13)
Quinn says he respects Daley’s move to quit race (WKMS, 9/17/13)
AUDIO: Daley discusses decision to drop out of race for gov (Peoria Public Radio, 9/17/13)
Lone Quinn Democratic challenger: Illinois deserves candidate who can ‘endure’ (AP, 9/17/13)
Daley’s decision complicates GOP’s task (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/17/13)
The Mighty (Lucky) Quinn (Wall Street Journal, 9/17/13)
Analysis: Bill Daley’s name opened doors but slammed a big one shut (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/17/13)
William Daley has left the arena (NPR, 9/17/13)
Brady chooses former suburban mayor as lt. gov. running mate (AP, 9/17/13)
Brady looks to suburbs by picking ex-Long Grove mayor as lt. gov. candidate (Daily Herald,9/17/13)
Brady to name running mate Tuesday (Progress Illinois, 9/17/13)
Cook County judges fume over security checks at courthouse (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/17/13)
AUDIO: Bruce Rauner: ‘Pat Quinn is the worst governor in America’ (WLS-am, 9/17/13)
How Pat Quinn is surviving against the odds in Illinois (The Fix, 9/17/13)
Will GOP take advantage of Bill Daley’s dropout? (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/17/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley takes shots at Quinn on the way out the door (Chicago Tribune, 9/17/13)
Bill Daley drops out of governor’s race; ‘He decided it wasn’t what he wanted to do’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/17/13)
A run of luck in Illinois for its embattled governor (New York Times, 9/17/13)
Standard & Poor’s lowers city’s outlook to ‘negative’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/17/13)
Daley quits Illinois governor’s race citing change of heart (Bloomberg, 9/17/13)
Bill Daley says Bruce Rauner strongest contender in gov race (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/17/13)
Wealthy business executives eye political races (AP, 9/16/13)
Former Obama chief of staff drops out of race for Illinois governor (Reuters, 9/16/13)
Bill Daley drops Democratic 2014 primary bid, citing ‘enormity’ of the task (Illinois Review, 9/16/13)
Bill Daley drops out of race for Illinois governor (CNN Political Ticker, 9/16/13)
Bill Daley dropping bid for Illinois governor (Washington Post, 9/16/13)
With Bill Daley now out of race, the mighty Pat Quinn is mighty lucky once again (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/16/13)
EDITORIAL: What will Illinois pay for Obamacare? (Chicago Tribune, 9/16/13)
Bill Daley exits Illinois governor’s race (Politico, 9/16/13)
Bill Daley backs out of race for guv (Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/16/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley drops bid for governor (Chicago Tribune, 9/16/13)
Bill Daley rips Quinn, defends his Democratic credentials (Chicago Tribune, 9/16/13)
Capitol architect fires back at Quinn for cost criticism (Chicago Tribune, 9/13/13)
Illinois Supreme Court to get new chief justice (Chicago Tribune, 9/12/13)
Luck around the clock: Illinois casinos want to be open 24/7 (Chicago Tribune, 9/10/13)
VIDEO: Quinn announces halt of Capitol renovation money after Daley rips him (Chicago Tribune,9/10/13)
Quinn heads to Japan on taxpayer-funded trade mission (Chicago Tribune, 9/6/13)
Quinn chief of staff leaves for private sector (Chicago Tribune, 9/6/13)

Bruce Rauner invites Gov. Quinn to join fight for term limits (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/4/13)

Bruce Rauner lays out his call for term limits — eight year max for lawmakers, fewer state senators(Chicago Sun-Times, 9/3/13)

Millionaire Bruce Rauner prepared to sink ‘major’ money into Springfield term limits (Chicago Sun-Times, 9/3/13)
EDITORIAL: In Illinois, it’s ‘Where’s the Labor?’ Day (Chicago Tribune, 9/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Pension reform panel trial balloons disturbing (Herald-Review, 9/1/13)


GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position (Chicago Tribune, 8/31/13)
Rauner addresses Homer Founders Club (WJOL, 8/30/13)
Labor picnic to feature Quinn, Daley (Quad-City Times, 8/30/13)
Raoul rules out run for governor (Chicago Tribune, 8/30/13)
Rauner’s race for mayor (Illinois Times, 8/29/13)
Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul won’t run for Illinois governor (Chicago Tribune, 8/29/13)
VIDEO: Durkin is new Illinois House Republican leader (Chicago Tribune, 8/29/13)
Quinn defends release program after ex-inmate charged with murder (Chicago Tribune, 8/29/13)
Sen. Raoul says he won’t run for Illinois governor (AP, 8/29/13)
Local residents hold fundraiser for Bill Daley (NWI Times, 8/29/13)
State House GOP selects new leader: Jim Durkin (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/29/13)
State Sen. Raoul opts out of governor’s race (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/29/13)
Think term limits are the answer for Illinois? Not so fast (Reboot Illinois, 8/29/13)
House Republicans face big choice for new leader (Reboot Illinois, 8/29/13)
Daley looks for path to victory against Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 8/29/13)
EDITORIAL: To keep gambling honest (Chicago Tribune, 8/29/13)
COMMENTARY: ‘Honest’ patronage? For Abe, answer was yes (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/28/13)
COMMENTARY: The limits of term limits (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/13)
EDITORIAL: The future of the Illinois GOP (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/13)
EDITORIAL: Metra board can’t undo its mistakes (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Cardinal George says same-sex marriage is irrational (Chicago Sun-Times,8/28/13)
Poll: Rauner has finger on pulse of GOP voter hot-button issues (Reboot Illinois, 8/28/13)
Three GOP governor candidates to attend local fundraiser (Quad-City Times, 8/28/13)
Report: Proft won’t run (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/28/13)
Quinn: Early release rules followed ‘precisely’ (Quad-City Times, 8/28/13)
Bruce Rauner connected to second PAC (Progress Illinois, 8/28/13)
PAC aims to shed GOP ’super minority’ status in Illinois House (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/28/13)
Republican candidates campaign at fair (The Southern, 8/28/13)
EDITORIAL: Metra board can’t undo its mistakes (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/13)
COMMENTARY: The limits of term limits (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/13)
Dan Proft officially ‘no’ on 2014 gubernatorial bid (Illinois Review, 8/28/13)
Bruce Rauner among investors in new Republican House PAC (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/28/13)
Pat Brady infuriates social conservatives (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/28/13)
Quinn, other governors to head to Japan (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/27/13)
EDITORIAL: No limit on term limit issue (The News-Gazette, 8/27/13)
Ousted Illinois Republican chairman hired to lobby on gay marriage bill (Chicago Tribune, 8/27/13)
Capitol Facts: GOP Rauner beating anti-union drum (MyWebTimes, 8/27/13)
Divided Ill. House GOP to meet Thursday on new leader (The State Journal-Register, 8/27/13)
Quinn vetoes mass transit contracts bill (AP, 8/27/13)
Quinn vetoes bill to loosen transit agency contracting rules (Chicago Tribune, 8/27/13)
Quinn signs bill to regulate use of drones (AP, 8/27/13)
Quinn to travel to Japan for conference (AP, 8/27/13)
Republicans rally at the Du Quoin State Fair (WSILTV, 8/27/13)
Illinois revamped by new laws, hot-button issues (The Daily Illini, 8/26/13)
Madigan set to become longest-serving state house speaker (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/26/13)
Dillard ’strongly preferred’ by ‘Conservative Summit’ (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/26/13)
Madigan pension fix would save less than estimated (AP, 8/26/13)
Quinn says pension panel’s framework is ‘positive’ (AP, 8/26/13)
EDITORIAL: Paycheck politics (The News-Gazette, 8/26/13)
Raoul by the numbers (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/26/13)
Conservatives back Dillard for governor (Crain’s Chicago Business, 8/26/13)
COMMENTARY: Does the GOP want comfort or style? (Crain’s Chicago Business, 8/26/13)
EDITORIAL: Workers comp reform still needs some tweaking (Bloomington Pantagraph, 8/25/13)
Bill Daley makes campaign stop at ISU to speak with students (Herald-Review, 8/25/13)
COMMENTARY: ‘Lite Guv’ selection task tough (The News-Gazette, 8/25/13)
Quinn tries to regain footing by switching to campaign mode (Chicago Tribune, 8/25/13)
2014 candidates for gov. to choose running mates (AP, 8/24/13)
Indiana bearing down on efforts to lure Illinois businesses (, 8/24/13)
EDITORIAL: How Blagojevichy (Chicago Tribune, 8/24/13)
Possible fix for pensions could save cash-strapped Illinois $145B (AP,8/24/13)
At ISU, Daley touts importance of leadership (Bloomington Pantagraph, 8/24/13)
IR 2005 interview with GOP candidate Dan Rutherford (Illinois Review, 8/24/13)
GOP gubernatorial candidates make pitch in Nunda Township (Northwest Herald, 8/24/13)
About that new Rauner PAC (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/23/13)
Equality Illinois condemns Kirk Dillard for running against LGBT Illinoisans (, 8/23/13)
Bill Daley touts his leadership skills in East Peoria stop (Peoria Journal Star, 8/23/13)
Raoul for governor? He could win (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/23/13)
Illinois pension reform panel zeroes in on new cost saving plan (Reuters, 8/23/13)
Possible pension fix could save $145B (The State Journal-Register, 8/23/13)
Overpaid public employees! (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/23/13)
Will minimum wage effort see new life in Quinn campaign? (Reboot Illinois, 8/23/13)
Sacia tells the back story of Quinn’s gay marriage push (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/22/13)
Dillard too conservative to be electable (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/22/13)
Daley says Illinois economy suffering (Quad-City Times, 8/22/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley visits the Quad cities (WQAD, 8/22/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley looks to unseat fellow Democrat (WQAD, 8/22/13)
COMMENTARY: Taxpayers: The heat is on us (Chicago Tribune, 8/22/13)
Bruce Rauner’s new SuperPAC raising campaign limit questions (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/22/13)
Could Metra consider rehiring ousted CEO Clifford? Hell, yes (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/22/13)
Democratic ties plunge GOP governor contenders in polls (Illinois Times, 8/22/13)
Illinois Family Institute weighs in on Dillard position (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/22/13)
Dillard questionnaire: Repeal civil unions, Motor Voter laws (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/22/13)
Illinois Family Institute weighs in on Dillard position (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/22/13)
Metra’s ex-CEO wants his job back (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/21/13)
OPINION: Relationship with Rahm could hurt Rauner (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/21/13)
The swingingest counties in Illinois (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/21/13)
Rauner forms new PAC, but can he succeed? (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/21/13)
Rauner creates new PAC focused on term limits (Progress Illinois, 8/21/13)
Rauner forms new PAC to push for term limits (Chicago Tribune, 8/21/13)
Illinois House GOP leader looking at run for state treasurer (Chicago Tribune, 8/21/13)
It ain’t just Chicago (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/20/13)
Math lessons for Republicans in 2014 Illinois Gov race (Reboot Illinois, 8/20/13)
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley taps Sam Scott as finance chair (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/20/13)
Ford GOP to host governor candidates (Bloomington Pantagraph, 8/20/13)
Washington Post gives nation a look at Illinois’ ‘family feud’ (Huff Post Politics, 8/20/13)
EDITORIAL: Metra’s phony excuse (Chicago Tribune, 8/20/13)
Rutherford keynote speaker at Republican Party event (The Daily Journal, 8/20/13)
Raoul for gov? Spoiler, not winner (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/20/13)
AUDIO: Few details on pension progress (WUIS, 8/20/13)
Avoiding distractions biggest issue facing pension committee? (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/20/13)
Rauner forms PAC to push term limits (Chicago Tribune, 8/20/13)
Can Rauner, Dillard survive links to Dems? (News Herald, 8/20/13)
Dillard lashes out at Gidwitz (Capitol Fax Blog, 8/19/13)
Why Quinn, Daley animosity may open door for third candidate (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/19/13)
AUDIO: Party leaders pick gov candidates (WSIU, 8/19/13)
VIDEO: Bill Brady talks 2014 with Lake County Young Republicans (Illinois Review, 8/19/13)
Recent history shows social conservatives can’t win in Illinois (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/19/13)
Big GOP donors leaning to Rauner for 2014 (AP, 8/19/13)
VIDEO: Ill. Sen. Kwame Raoul to decide on run for governor (WLS, 8/19/13)
Kwame Raoul spoiler for Quinn? (Chicago Now, 8/19/13)
Kwame Raoul for governor? T-shirts say yes, he says maybe (Reboot Illinois, 8/19/13)
State Sen. Kwame Raoul to decide soon whether he’ll run for gov (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/18/13)
Frustrated by losses, deep-pocketed GOP donors leaning toward Rauner for 2014 (AP, 8/18/13)
In Illinois, a Democratic family feud in governor’s race (Washington Post, 8/17/13)
Raoul for gov? Spoiler, not winner (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/17/13)
Tio Hardiman’s comeback role: candidate for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/16/13)
Cook County Democrats endorse Quinn over Daley (Chicago Tribune, 8/16/13)
Bill Daley won’t seek Cook County Dem endorsement for governor (Chicago Tribune, 8/16/13)
AUDIO: Brady: Money not everything in governor’s race (The News-Gazette, 8/16/13)
Republicans size each other up at fair (The Southern, 8/16/13)
GOP Day at Illinois State Fair: 4 gov candidates square off (Huff Post Chicago, 8/16/13)
GOP speakers talk change at State Fair party day (Quincy Journal, 8/16/13)
Republicans face competing visions for GOP governor (WNIJ, 8/16/13)
VIDEO: Quinn appoints panel to review Metra oversight (Chicago Tribune, 8/15/13)
Illinois GOP’s governor candidates make pitches at state fair (Chicago Tribune, 8/15/13)
Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair (Chicago Tribune, 8/15/13)
Dillard says he has experience needed for governor (AP, 8/15/13)
Brady pledges to ‘finish work’ from 2010 (AP, 8/15/13)
Kane County at the center of GOP race for governor (Quincy Journal, 8/15/13)
Time for change, GOP speakers at Illinois State Fair say (The State Journal-Register, 8/15/13)
Republicans at State Fair vow to rebuild party (AP, 8/15/13)
Illinois Republicans vow turnaround in 2014 (AP, 8/15/13)
Quinn, Daley trade jabs at Democratic event (The State Journal-Register, 8/14/13)
Quinn, Daley spar at Democratic breakfast (Chicago Tribune, 8/14/13)
Quinn CTA appointee drops out after Daley criticism (Chicago Tribune, 8/13/13)
Debate brews in Illinois over gun training requirements (LA Times, 8/10/13)
Quinn cancels Democratic rally at State Fair (Chicago Tribune, 8/9/13)
VIDEO: Sen. Kirk Dillard on his 2014 run for governor (Illinois Channel, 8/9/13)
Hundreds of Illinois bills still await Quinn’s signature (AP, 8/8/13)
Speaker Madigan: Daughter knew I wasn’t going to retire (Chicago Tribune, 8/7/13)
Hundreds of bills await action by Quinn (The State Journal-Register, 8/7/13)
First hearing today in state lawmakers paycheck case (Chicago Tribune, 8/6/13)
State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck (Chicago Tribune, 8/6/13)
Case involving Illinois lawmakers’ pay could be landmark, Quinn says (AP, 8/6/13)
Quinn vague on details of panel to look at RTA oversight of Metra (Chicago Tribune, 8/5/13)
Bill Daley campaign site features White House photo from day bin Laden killed (Chicago Sun-Times,8/5/13)
Metra deals with leadership vacuum (Chicago Tribune, 8/3/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn signs bills to help ex-offenders get jobs (AP, 8/3/13)
Metra board member resigns after losing Emanuel’s backing (Chicago Tribune, 8/3/13)
Light shed on Bobby Rush’s role in Metra scandal (Chicago Tribune, 8/2/13)
Feds can’t butt into Illinois’ pot law (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/2/13)
Metra chairman resigns: No politics here, he says (Huff Post Chicago, 8/2/13)
Civic Committee talks about tanking Illinois bonds (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/2/13)
Metra chairman resigns in wake of patronage allegations (Chicago Tribune, 8/2/13)
String of resignations haven’t derailed Metra — yet (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/2/13)
Under strict new state law, it won’t be easy to get medical marijuana (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/1/13)
Metra Board chief quits amid ‘media and political frenzy’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/1/13)
VIDEO: Simon agrees Quinn can veto salaries (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/1/13)
What Bill Daley’s letter to the Cardinal means for his campaign (NBC Chicago -Ward Room, 8/1/13)
Gov. Quinn signs Illinois medical marijuana bill (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/1/13)
Ward Room’s running mate suggestions (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 8/1/13)
VIDEO: Cardinal, Daley spar on gay marriage (NBC Chicago, 8/1/13)
Illinois lawmakers miss paychecks today (Chicago Tribune, 8/1/13)
Where was Quinn’s veto pen when we needed it? (Reboot Illinois, 8/1/13)
Medical marijuana bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn (Huff Post Chicago, 8/1/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn is Gov ‘No-Show’ (Reboot Illinois, 8/1/13)
Simon won’t say if she backs Quinn for re-election (Chicago Tribune, 8/1/13)

JULY 2013

Lawmakers take Quinn to court to get their pay (Chicago Tribune, 7/31/13)
Simon to announce run for Illinois comptroller (AP, 7/31/13)
Illinois gov dares lawmakers in growing Democratic Party feud (Reuters, 7/31/13)
Guv candidates: Want to win? You’ve got to woo Latinos (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/31/13)
Quinn says stopping paychecks to legislators is constitutional (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/31/13)
Quinn dares lawmakers to override veto denying their pay (CBS Chicago, 7/31/13)
Bill Brady says he wants to dump Metra Board (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/31/13)
Why Illinois congressional races will be competitive in 2014 (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/31/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Quinn defends suspending lawmaker pay (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/31/13)
Lawmakers to miss paychecks over pensions (NBC Chicago -Ward Room, 7/31/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn’s paycheck ploy – popular but poisonous (Chicago Tribune, 7/31/13)
EDITORIAL: Finally, an emergency (Chicago Tribune, 7/31/13)
COMMENTARY: Don’t look: Boss Madigan is playing the victim (Chicago Tribune, 7/31/13)
Nothing ‘potential’ or exploratory about it, Bill Daley says he’s running for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/30/13)
Madigan decision understandable (Commercial-News, 7/30/13)
Bill Daley makes candidacy for IL governor official (AP, 7/30/13)
VIDEO: Madigan, Cullerton sue Quinn over lawmakers’ suspended pay (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/30/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley officially running for governor : ‘There is no exploratory piece in this anymore’(Huff Post Chicago, 7/30/13)
Brady: Pension panel close to compromise (WNIJ, 7/30/13)
Republican leader Tom Cross finds himself in cross hairs in Springfield (Chicago Tribune, 7/29/13)
What’s next for Lisa Madigan? (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/29/13)
Quinn vs. Daley: Self-styled populist vs. the super-connected insider (Reboot Illinois, 7/29/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn makes series of stops following criticism of Chicago focus (AP, 7/29/13)
EDITORIAL: Month one, no pay (Chicago Tribune, 7/28/13)
EDITORIAL: Business as usual: No action on pension reform (Herald-Review, 7/28/13)
Brady says end temporary tax increase, help business (Journal Standard, 7/28/13)
The Chicago Way: Aldermanic seats all in the family (Chicago Tribune, 7/28/13)
The Watchdogs: RTA weighs hiring firm linked to House Speaker Michael Madigan (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/28/13)
Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 7/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn on good legal footing with salary suspension (The State Journal-Register,7/27/13)
Ethics panel to investigate Speaker Madigan’s Metra role (AP, 7/26/13)
Comptroller says she can’t pay Illinois lawmakers (The State Journal-Register, 7/25/13)
Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers (Chicago Tribune, 7/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Chicago has royal babies, too (Chicago Tribune, 7/25/13)
Rauner and Walsh speak at Republican August meeting (Chicago Tribune, 7/25/13)
Legislative ethics panel to investigate Madigan’s Metra patronage request (Chicago Tribune,7/25/13)
Gov. Quinn hints at special session on pensions (AP, 7/24/13)
GOP gubernatorial candidate Dillard makes stop in B-N (Bloomington Pantagraph, 7/24/13)
VIDEO: Bill Brady talks pension on campaign stop (WIFR, 7/24/13)
EDITORIAL: Looking back to 2013 in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 7/24/13)
Quinn hints at special session on pensions next month (Chicago Tribune, 7/23/13)
Medicaid coverage to expand in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 7/23/13)
Daley wants constant pension talk (The Southern, 7/23/13)
OPINION: Bill Daley not too big to fail (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/23/13)
Bruce Rauner strategy for governor: It’s me against them (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/23/13)
Illinois expands Medicaid to broader population of low-income adults (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/23/13)
Law is on Quinn’s side in suspending legislative pay (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/23/13)
Quinn signs Medicaid expansion into law (Progress Illinois, 7/23/13)
Kwame Raoul considering run for governor (NBC Chicago Ward Room, 7/23/13)
Capitol Facts: No Lisa gives Quinn a boost (MyWebTimes, 7/23/13)
Quinn signs Medicaid expansion bill (Chicago Tribune, 7/22/13)
VIDEO: Illinois could eliminate flat income tax rate (KMOV, 7/22/13)
Did Madigan break laws? In Metra scandal, that’s not the issue (Huff Post Chicago, 7/22/13)
Madigan, Metra and clout culture: ‘Legal’ doesn’t mean ‘correct’ (Huff Post Chicago, 7/22/13)
Personality likely to trump issues in Democratic governor race between Pat Quinn, Bill Daley(Chicago Tribune, 7/22/13)
Sen. Kwame Raoul may enter Democratic race for Illinois governor (WLS, 7/22/13)
Who’s stunting now? (Capitol Fax, 7/22/13)
Quinn isn’t the only one with serious baggage (Capitol Fax, 7/22/13)
Quinn approves key piece of federal health care plan (Illinois Issues, 7/22/13)
Gov. Quinn signs Medicaid expansion into law (CBS St. Louis, 7/22/13)
OPINION: A Madiglossary (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/22/13)
Daley says Quinn should hold 24-hour talks on pensions (AP, 7/22/13)
Emanuel blames pension crisis for CPS layoffs, drop in bond rating (Chicago Tribune, 7/22/13)
Democrats’ tax proposal sets stage for 2014 battle (AP, 7/21/13)
Statehouse insider: Lisa Madigan isn’t running for governor. Whew. (The Daily Register, 7/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Shakeups in the contest for governor (The Southern Illinoisan, 7/21/13)
Jubilant Daley camp still faces uphill climb for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/21/13)
COMMENTARY: With Lisa out, poll shows Quinn doing well vs. Daley (Southtown Star, 7/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn begins making case for another term (Herald-Review, 7/21/13)
Some lawmakers pushing for ‘progressive’ Illinois income tax (AP, 7/21/13)
DuPage Republican Kirk Dillard takes second shot at governorship (The Bugle, 7/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Metra scandal tarnishes Madigan brand, Lisa’s future (Chicago Tribune, 7/21/13)
COMMENTARY: More than one kind of Madigan (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/20/13)
Analysis: Why we’re not the next Detroit (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/20/13)
EDITORIAL: Go big on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 7/19/13)
Speaker Madigan calls for legislative ethics probe into allegations against him by ex-Metra CEO(Chicago Sun-Times, 7/19/13)
Dillard 2014 campaign: Off to a rocky start? (Patch, 7/19/13)
AUDIO: Candidate comments on pensions and Metra (WBGZ, 7/19/13)
COMMENTARY: Questions mount for Lisa Madigan and her father (Chicago Tribune, 7/18/13)
EDITORIAL: Lisa Madigan’s decision regretful, but understandable (Bloomington Pantagraph,7/18/13)
5 ways Lisa Madigan’s announcement will put a Republican in the governor’s seat (MyStateline, 7/18/13)
Rauner burning through cash almost as fast as it arrives (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/18/13)
Millionaires for Bruce Rauner (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/18/13)
Ousted Metra chief gives new details on patronage allegations (Chicago Tribune, 7/18/13)
EDITORIAL: Metra board should resign (Chicago Tribune, 7/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Dillard’s debt still ‘an outstanding obligation,’ Gidwitz says (The State Journal-Register, 7/18/13)
Lisa Madigan won’t say whether father asked her to hire at attorney general’s office (Chicago Tribune, 7/18/13)
Ron Gidwitz signs on as Bruce Rauner’s finance chairman (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/17/13)
EDITORIAL: Lisa Madigan decision a principled one (The State Journal-Register, 7/17/13)
OPINION: Lisa backs away because Mike won’t (Southtown Star, 7/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Populist stuff the way to Illinois residents’ hearts (Southtown Star, 7/17/13)
Ousted Metra chief hits Madigan’s ‘moral character flaw‘ (Chicago Tribune, 7/17/13)
Gidwitz backs Rauner (Capitol Fax Blog, 7/17/13)
Dillard pledges not to raise income taxes, BUT… (Quincy Journal, 7/17/13)
Gubernatorial odds (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/17/13)
Dillard sees himself as most electable GOP governor (The News-Gazette, 7/17/13)
Lisa Madigan defends being AG while her father is House Speaker (Chicago Sun Times, 7/17/13)
GOP candidate Dillard visits Southern Illinois (The Southern, 7/17/13)
GOP gubernatorial hopefuls appear in McHenry (Northwest Herald, 7/17/13)
VIDEO: Lisa Madigan dodges governor question (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Don’t cry for Princess Lisa. She’ll be OK. (Chicago Tribune, 7/17/13)
Politicians prove it’s always the season to raise money in Missouri, Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,7/16/13)
Gay-marriage supporters launch $2M Illinois campaign (AP, 7/16/13)
Dillard making another run for governor (Chicago Tribune, 7/16/13)
Dillard visits Decatur to announce bid for governor (Herald-Review, 7/16/13)
VIDEO: Sen. Dillard makes gubernatorial campaign stop in Rockford (WIFR, 7/16/13)
Kirk Dillard announces his second bid for Illinois governor (WSIL-TV, 7/16/13)
Dillard’s bid for governor likely to end his Senate career (Daily Herald, 7/16/13)
VIDEO: Governor’s race heats up (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/16/13)
OPINION: Look out for Madigan, Mark Kirk! (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/16/13)
Battle of the war chests for Illinois governor (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Lisa Madigan’s exit opens the door for…who? (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/16/13)
Quinn takes veiled swipe at Daley, rakes in campaign cash (Chicago Tribune, 7/16/13)
Report: Quinn one of most vulnerable incumbent governors (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/16/13)
Quinn: Being governor is best re-election strategy (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/16/13)
COMMENTARY: A public look at patronage (Chicago Tribune, 7/16/13)
Dillard, running for governor, calls for feds to probe Metra (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/16/13)
Madigan won’t run for governor: What it means for 2014 ballot (Huff Post Chicago, 7/16/13)
Daley’s dumb luck? (Wall Street Journal, 7/16/13)
Madigan decision to seek re-election roils Democrats (AP, 7/16/13)
4 GOP candidates for Illinois governor pull in cash (AP, 7/16/13)
AUDIO: Another Republican joins race for governor (WBGZ, 7/16/13)
Dillard plays up his state expertise (Peoria Journal Star, 7/16/13)
Speaker Michael Madigan asked Quinn agency to hire Metra pal (Chicago Tribune, 7/16/13)
EDITORIAL: Metra must lift gag order on ex-CEO Clifford (Chicago Tribune, 7/16/13)
Illinois Attorney General will not run for governor (New York Times, 7/15/13)
Quinn backs state ethics probe into Metra scandal (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/15/13)
Quinn, Madigan have chilly interaction in hot governor race (Chicago Tribune, 7/15/13)
Daley campaign: Madigan decision clears gov’s race (AP, 7/15/13)
Dillard claims Edgar’s mantle in Decatur stop (Bloomigton Pantagraph, 7/15/13)
Lisa Madigan says ‘no’ to Illinois governor run (Politico, 7/15/13)
This just in… Lisa Madigan announces reelection bid (Capitol Fax, 7/15/13)
Analysis: Lisa Madigan changed her view about potential conflict — her father didn’t (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/15/13)
Dillard adds suburban face to GOP race for governor (The Daily Herald, 7/15/13)
Kirk Dillard back in race for governor (Rockford Register Star, 7/15/13)
VIDEO: Dillard announces run for governor, talks pensions, Metra (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/15/13)
OPINION: Kirk Dillard running for governor, but in which year? (NBC Chicago – Ward Room, 7/15/13)
Dillard, running for governor, calls for feds to probe Metra (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/15/13)
GOP’s Dillard officially enters governor’s race (AP, 7/15/13)
EDITORIAL: ‘Too many Madigans’ (Chicago Tribune, 7/15/13)
VIDEO: Lisa Madigan takes pass on governor’s race (Chicago Tribune, 7/15/13)
Gov. Tough Guy may save the day — really (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/15/13)
Quinn says his organizing skills will lead him to re-election (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/14/13)
Illinois governor jabs Perry’s ‘favorite subject’ (WCYB, 7/14/13)
COMMENTARY: Dillard touts Oglesby tie in governor announcement (The State Journal-Register,7/14/13)
AUDIO: Governor touts job creating program (WBGZ, 7/14/13)
Gun issue inspires talk of downstate Dem challenge (AP, 7/14/13)
COMMENTARY: The longer we wait for pension reform, the higher the price we will pay (Chicago Tribune, 7/14/13)
COMMENTARY: Feel that sting? It’s the power brokers slapping you (Chicago Tribune, 7/14/13)
Analysis: Metra mess sidetracks Lisa Madigan gubernatorial focus (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/13/13)
Metra CEO memo alleges more Madigan influences (Chicago Tribune, 7/13/13)
Rutherford talks jobs as he begins run for governor (Herald-Review, 7/13/13)
Ex-Metra CEO: Says he was pushed out by Mike Madigan for bucking patronage (Daily Herald,7/12/13)
Political dads become burdens (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/12/13)
OPINION: Metra and the Illinois pols – This isn’t just hush money. It’s protection money. (Chicago Tribune, 7/12/13)
State objects to call for immediate concealed carry (AP, 7/12/13)
EDITORIAL: Some pols say no to pensions (Chicago Tribune, 7/12/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn’s thrilling gambit sets chilling precedent (Chicago Tribune, 7/12/13)
Madigan pushed for pal’s pay increase at Metra (Chicago Tribune, 7/12/13)
COMMENTARY: Oh, Lisa, save us! (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/12/13)
Ex-Metra CEO memo has explosive new revelations regarding Mike Madigan (Chicago Sun-Times,7/12/13)
Quinn hits lawmakers ‘in the wallet’ as pension dispute simmers (Chicago Tribune, 7/11/13)
Madigan challenges legality of Quinn’s move to stop pay (WLS-AM, 7/11/13)
EDITORIAL: No pension fix, no paycheck (Chicago Tribune, 7/11/13)
State hearing into Metra severance deal explodes with charges of ‘hush money’ and Madigan role(Chicago Sun-Times, 7/11/13)
Quinn: No pension bill, no paychecks — political stunt of shrewd move? (Huff Post Chicago, 7/11/13)
COMMENTARY: Pols miss the point on concealed carry (Chicago Tribune, 7/11/13)
OPINION: Cancelling legislators’ pay is unconstitutional (NBC Chicago -Ward Room, 7/11/13)
COMMENTARY: Madigan Metra call? Not political! (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/11/13)
COMMENTARY: Gov. Quinn’s paycheck play a political setback — or comeback? (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/11/13)
Illinois concealed carry now on the books — but not yet in the holster (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,7/11/13)
How gun law works: Likely 2014 before permits issued (Chicago Tribune, 7/10/13)
Group wants concealed carry now (The Southern, 7/10/13)
Quinn trying to halt pay for Illinois lawmakers (AP, 7/10/13)
Illinois governor suspends legislator pay over pension impasse (Reuters, 7/10/13)
VIDEO: Governor suspends lawmakers’ salaries in Illinois pension stalemate (Chicago Tribune,7/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Gun vote sends message to Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 7/10/13)
Concealed carry ushers in new era for Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/10/13)
Quinn says he’s ready for ’showdown’ on concealed carry (Chicago Tribune, 7/9/13)
Despite Chicago bloodshed, Illinois will allow concealed carry (MSNBC – The Last Word, 7/9/13)
Quinn has good pension news, but he’s not happy — Why? (Huff Post Chicago, 7/9/13)
Bill Daley says creating jobs will be No. 1 issue for him (News-Democrat, 7/9/13)
Quinn suspends lawmakers’ pay — wins political points, risks court fight (Chicago Sun-Times,7/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn, the candidate, should cede the stage to Quinn, the statesman (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/10/13)
Couples ask Illinois judge for quick ruling in lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage (AP, 7/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Gun vote sends message to Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 7/10/13)
Without pension deal, Illinois Gov Quinn withholds lawmakers’ pay (Wall Street Journal, 7/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Here comes concealed carry (Chicago Tribune, 7/10/13)
General Assembly overrides governor’s veto of concealed carry bill (Chicago Tribune, 7/9/13)
VIDEO: Rauner makes rounds in Quincy (Quincy Journal, 7/9/13)
Gov. Quinn’s fund-raising tops Lisa Madigan, Bill Daley (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/9/13)
Illinois lawmakers miss pension reform deadline (Reuters, 7/9/13)
Daley changes stance on accepting money in session (AP, 7/9/13)
Lawmakers continue hunt for pension crisis fix (AP, 7/9/13)
Legislature rejects Quinn’s concealed-carry rewrite (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/9/13)
Lisa Madigan fundraising nears $5 million (AP, 7/9/13)
Analysis: Concealed-carry, pension defeats show Quinn shooting blanks (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/9/13)
Fight over concealed carry raises political concerns for Democrats (Chicago Tribune, 7/9/13)
Override votes make Illinois last state in the nation to allow carrying of concealed weapons (AP, 7/8/13)
AUDIO: Lisa Madigan still noncommittal on potential run for governor (CBS Chicago, 7/8/13)
On concealed carry, Illinois governor could lose policy battle but win political war (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/8/13)
Quinn rejects pension panel’s invite (AP, 7/7/13)
EDITORIAL: The next Illinois tax hike (Chicago Tribune, 7/7/13)
Gov. Quinn: ‘Guns and alcohol a toxic mix,’ vetoes ‘conceal and carry’ bill (, 7/7/13)
Quinn: Guns in bars ‘a prescription for violence’ (AP, 7/5/13)
EDITORIAL: Q-C showcases consequences of Illinois’ failures (Quad City Times, 7/5/13)
Lawmakers say no pension vote by governor’s deadline (Chicago Tribune, 7/4/13)
Former Gov. George Ryan a free man (Chicago Tribune, 7/3/13)
Poll: Will gun attitudes play major role in 2014 gov election? (Reboot Illinois, 7/3/13)
Go away, Michael Bloomberg! (Change of Subject, 7/3/13)
‘No way’ pension committee can meet deadline, chairman says (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/3/13)
EDITORIAL: Quinn’s gamble on guns (Chicago Tribune, 7/3/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn’s last minute changes to concealed-carry bill has gun-advocates up in arms(Opposing Views, 7/3/13)
Illinois gov sends lax gun bill back to lawmakers with his own tougher provisions (Think Progress, 7/3/13)
AUDIO: Illinois pension committee will miss deadline (TriStates Public Radio, 7/3/13)
AUDIO: Daley shares plan to clean up politics (Alton Daily News, 7/3/13)
Quinn rewrite of concealed-carry sets up political showdown in Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,7/3/13)
Quinn signs law to let 17-year-olds vote in primaries (Chicago Tribune, 7/3/13)
Cook County sheriff blasts Gov. Quinn’s concealed-carry bill (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/2/13)
COMMENTARY: Doing nothing about conceal-carry may prompt lawmakers to do something(Chicago Sun-Times, 7/2/13)
Quinn’s gun maneuver sets stage for near-certain political defeat next week (Chicago Sun-Times,7/2/13)
NY Mayor Bloomberg backs Bill Daley for governor (Chicago Tribune, 7/2/13)
VIDEO: Micheal Bloomberg backs Bill Daley: NYC mayor weighs in on Ill. governor’s race (Huff Post-Chicago, 7/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Will Quinn take aim at legislators’ wallets? (Chicago Tribune, 7/2/13)
Quinn writes stricter rules into concealed carry bill (Chicago Tribune, 7/2/13)
VIDEO: Local lawmakers react to concealed carry veto (CINewsNow, 7/2/13)
Quinn makes political point with concealed-carry veto (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/2/13)
Bloomberg wades into Illinois politics and backs Democrat Bill Daley for governor in new video (NY Daily News, 7/2/13)
VIDEO: Michael Bloomberg backs Bill Daley in primary (Politico, 7/2/13)
Quinn expected to use amendatory veto on concealed-carry bill (Chicago Tribune, 7/2/13)
VIDEO: Quinn moves to tighten Illinois’ concealed carry bill with ammo limit, restrictions (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/2/13)
Quinn and Daley tout competing gun-control moves, as Illinois concealed carry looms (Political Fix, 7/2/13)
Quinn signs bill requiring schools to hold shooting safety drills (Chicago Tribune, 7/1/13)
Rauner, Daley raise big money in second quarter (Chicago Tribune, 7/1/13)
OPINION: It’s 1976 all over again in governor’s race (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/1/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Pat Quinn answers tough questions (WHBF, 7/1/13)
Poll: Name hurts Daley (Southtown Star, 7/1/13)
Bill Daley: Ban campaign contributions while Legislature is in session (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/1/13)
Bill Daley raises $800K in two and a half weeks (Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/1/13)
Bill Daley pushes campaign cash ban during session (AP, 7/1/13)
State Sen. Kirk Dillard to announce gov bid at home of Gov. Oglesby (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/1/13)
Daley raises $800K, demands campaign reform; Poll: Rutherford leads GOP pack (Huff Post-Chicago, 7/1/13)
EDITORIAL: Here comes your property tax bill (Chicago Tribune, 7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: Rauner ads raising his profile among GOP voters (Southtown Star, 7/1/13)

JUNE 2013

Lisa Madigan: Dad wouldn’t ‘have to step down’ if I make bid for governor (Chicago Sun-Times,6/29/13)
Quinn says pension debt growing at slower pace (AP, 6/29/13)
Governor candidate Rauner stops in Peru (News Tribune, 6/29/13)
Pols join with Illinois Unites pride contingent (Windy City Media Group, 6/29/13)
VIDEO: Brady says improved strategy will be the key in governor’s race (Quincy Journal, 6/29/13)
Lisa Madigan letter only stokes the mystery (Huffington Post, 6/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Our gay marriage looks so familiar (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/28/13)
Bill Daley, quintessential Chicagoan, prepares to sell his campaign downstate (AP, 6/28/13)
Immigration advocates target Illinois Republicans as bill heads to GOP-led House (Progress Illinois, 6/28/13)
EDITORIAL: Illinois Medicaid reform is in jeopardy (Chicago Tribune, 6/28/13)
No pension compromise in sight as special committee begins work (Chicago Tribune, 6/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Don’t sweat the threat of Illinois default (Chicago Tribune, 6/28/13)
VIDEO: Sen. Brady announces candidacy in Quincy (WGEM, 6/28/13)
Ruling bolsters Illinois gays and lesbians, though immediate benefits may be few (Chicago Tribune,6/27/13)
Concealed carry amendatory veto likely, Lisa Madigan says (Chicago Tribune, 6/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Now that DOMA’s dead, will Obama and Clinton take fight to Illinois? (Chicago Tribune, 6/27/13)
EDITORIAL: Slow-walking pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 6/27/13)
Bipartisan committee holds first pension hearing (AP, 6/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Daley takes his gloves off (Illinois Times, 6/27/13)
Quinn lauds passage of immigration reform in US Senate (AP, 6/27/13)
Quinn signs legislation to fund education for 2014 (AP, 6/27/13)
Axelrod: Lisa Madigan has ‘genuine problem’ — her dad — if she plans a run for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/27/13)
Brady announces he’ll run again for governor (Chicago Tribune, 6/27/13)
State’s bad credit rating increases borrowing cost (Chicago Tribune, 6/26/13)
VIDEO: Interview – Gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford discusses 2014 election (CINewsNow, 6/26/13)
Bill Brady bid for Illinois governor: GOP state senator hopes third time’s a charm in latest bid (Huff Post-Chicago, 6/26/13)
Supreme Court’s ruling won’t help same-sex couples in Illinois now (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/26/13)
Quinn: Bad credit costs Illinois $130 million (The State Journal-Register, 6/26/13)
Bill Brady launches third bid for governor (Bloomington Pantagraph, 6/26/13)
Local supporters call Court rulings momentum builders for Illinois (The State Journal-Register,6/26/13)
Brady vows to ‘finish job; with new run for governor (The State Journal-Register, 6/26/13)
Republican Brady launches third try for Illinois governor (Chicago Tribune, 6/26/13)
COMMENTARY: Should Illinois retire its state pensions? (Chicago Tribune, 6/26/13)
Illinois’ bad credit costing taxpayers millions (AP, 6/25/13)
Sen. Bill Brady announces third bid for governor (AP, 6/25/13)

Gov. candidate Bill Brady: ‘Running ads doesn’t make people comfortable with you.’ History does. (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/25/13)
Quinn: Concealed carry bill getting close review (AP, 6/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Why it’s long past time to fix state’s tax system (Crain’s Chicago Business,6/24/13)
Reboot Illinois introduces ‘2014′ section: All 2014 election news all the time (Huffington Post, 6/24/13)
OPINION: Lisa Madigan should say where she stands on pensions (Crain’s Chicago Business,6/24/13)
Forum: Madigan, Quinn are not friends to the people of downstate Illinois (Peoria Journal Star,6/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Tough to break the Madigan and Madigan machine mindset (SouthTown Star,6/24/13)
A less kind, less gentle Bill Daley (Capitol Fax, 6/24/13)
Lisa Madigan expected at Chicago Pride Parade (Windy City Times, 6/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Labor leader: Bruce Rauner, Illinois’ Mitt Romney (The Herald-News, 6/23/13)
AUDIO: Madigan wants action on conceal carry (WBGZ Radio, 6/23/13)
Lisa Madigan talks Illinois marriage push (Windy City Times, 6/23/13)
OPINION: Governor  should confront reality, sign concealed carry bill (Peoria Journal Star,6/22/13)
Illinois lawmakers to take 12 unpaid furlough days under law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn (AP,6/22/13)
Quinn zigzags on pension reform not helpful, lawmakers say (Chicago Tribune, 6/22/13)
Illinois GOP official resigns after calling former Miss America ’street walker’ (Chicago Tribune,6/21/13)
Lisa Madigan could suffer for father’s role in collapse of same-sex marriage legislation (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/21/13)
EDITORIAL: Good riddance to hate-spewing GOP county boss (Chicago Tribune, 6/21/13)
VIDEO: Concealed carry: What is Gov. Quinn’s next move? (CBS Chicago, 6/21/13)
OPINION: Gubernatorial odds (NBC Chicago, 6/21/13)
Senators: Quinn must act on gun bill (The Southern, 6/21/13)
Concealed carry bill could provide face-saver for Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 6/21/13)
COMMENTARY: The story of the political princess and the pea (Chicago Tribune, 6/20/13)
Ill. concealed carry: Dems call for Gov. Quinn’s verdict on gun bill (AP, 6/20/13)
‘Appalling’ email from Illinois GOP official about female challenger spurs new party rift (AP, 6/20/13)
Keeping it in the family? (Hardball, 6/20/13)
Senators want Pat Quinn’s verdict on concealed carry (AP, 6/20/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn approves $100M in federal grants for flood victims (KSDK, 6/20/13)
COMMENTARY: Campaign law loophole allows for concealment (The News-Gazette, 6/19/13)
State lawmakers finally respond to pension alarm (Chicago Tribune, 6/19/13)
IDOT finances rife with errors, oversight lapses, state audit finds (Chicago Tribune, 6/19/13)
Lawmakers may punt on pensions (Chicago Tribune, 6/19/13)
EDITORIAL: Compromise must happen to solve state’s pension mess (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/19/13)
COMMENTARY: Union pensions on a road to ruin (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/19/13)
Illinois Legislature votes for conference committee to solve pension fiasco (Chicago Sun-Times,6/19/13)
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says wife is a ’staunch Democrat’ (Illinois Review, 6/19/13)
Lisa Madigan polling: AG’s father a big campaign issue, new poll contends (Huff Post Chicago, 6/19/13)
Lisa Madigan’s major campaign issue? Her dad, rival’s poll finds (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/19/13)
Derided pension plan now back in play (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/19/13)
Rauner: Union control makes taxes high, hurts schools (The State Journal-Register, 6/19/13)
On pension reform, don’t count Cullerton out (Chicago Tribune, 6/19/13)
Illinois pension deadline: Gov. Quinn sets July 9 deadline for reform deal (Huff Post Chicago, 6/19/13)
Daley Poll: Michael Madigan is drag on daughter’s campaign (Ward Room, 6/19/13)
COMMENTARY: Pro and con: Is it time for politicians to get out of the pension business? (Chicago Tribune, 6/19/13)
EDITORIAL: Lawmakers, check your egos at the door (Chicago Tribune, 6/19/13)
Rockford ‘a bellwether’ for GOP governor hopeful Bruce Rauner (Journal Standard, 6/19/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn sets hard deadline for pension compromise (Rockford Register Star, 6/19/13)
Pat Quinn signs fracking regulations into law (AP, 6/18/13)
Tension between Democratic odd couple Madigan and Cullerton ‘not personal’ (Chicago Sun-Times,6/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Springfield’s dubious trip back in time (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/18/13)
Illinois pension impasse predicted in penalty jump: Muni credit (Bloomberg, 6/18/13)
AUDIO: GOP candidates criticize Rauner (WBGZ Radio, 6/18/13)
VIDEO: Bruce Rauner makes campaign stop (WIFR, 6/18/13)
Gubernatorial candidate Rauner turns Elmhurst lecture into conversation (, 6/18/13)
VIDEO: Bruce Rauner: It is totally within our ability to fix Illinois (Patch, 6/18/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn, lawmakers plan pension talks into July (AP, 6/18/13)
Campaign politics injected into pension debate (Chicago Tribune, 6/18/13)
VIDEO: Madigan asks for more time before conceal and carry decision (WGN-TV, 6/18/13)
EDITORIAL: The obstructionists, part 4 (Chicago Tribune, 6/18/13)
Speaker Madigan not worried about Quinn on gun control measure (Chicago Tribune, 6/18/13)
Quinn, lawmakers agree to form pension reform committee (Chicago Tribune, 6/18/13)
AUDIO: Bill Daley calls out Quinn, Lisa Madigan on pensions (Ward Room, 6/17/13)
Rauner: Teachers’ right to strike is a ‘nuclear weapon’ (Ward Room, 6/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Tough to pull Lisa Madigan from safety of attorney general’s office into the fray(Chicago Sun-Times, 6/17/13)
Rauner makes pitch as outsider for governor (Bloomington Pantagraph, 6/17/13)
Bruce Rauner wants to challenge the special interests and status quo in Springfield (Patch, 6/17/13)
Madigan seeks 2nd delay on Illinois gun plan (AP, 6/17/13)
VIDEO: Governor candidate Daley criticizes Quinn, Madigan (Chicago Tribune, 6/17/13)
EDITORIAL: The obstructionists, Part 3 (Chicago Tribune, 6/17/13)
GTCR and Bruce Rauner in spotlight again with Rauner’s run for Illinois governor (Chicago Tribune,6/16/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn kicks off ‘Where Fresh Is’ campaign (CBS St. Louis, 6/16/13)
EDITORIAL: Sen. McCarter, Sen. McCainn, why are you crushing Illinois? (Chicago Tribune,6/16/13)
Quinn now wants House pension reform bill pushed through Senate (Chicago Tribune, 6/15/13)
EDITORIAL: Lawmakers are sinking Illinois. Example: Sen. Linda Holmes (Chicago Tribune,6/14/13)
EDITORIAL: Pass pension reform, or else (Chicago Tribune, 6/14/13)
VIDEO: State Senator Kirk Dillard announces run for governor (WGN, 6/14/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley makes the case for why he should be Illinois’ next governor (WGN, 6/14/13)
Dan Rutherford says women hold key to election (The Daily Journal, 6/14/13)
Quinn shifts gears again on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 6/14/13)
More than 1700 Illinois workers warned in May of layoffs (Chicago Tribune, 6/12/13)
EDITORIAL: Cullerton, Madigan and the culture of failure (Chicago Tribune, 6/12/13)
VIDEO: Madigan goes against Quinn on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 6/12/13)
VIDEO: Madigan ’seriously considering’ running for governor (Chicago Tribune, 6/11/13)
Bill Daley to explore run for Illinois governor (Chicago Tribune, 6/11/13)
Bill Daley: ‘I’m in this race’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/11/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley files to take on Quinn for Illinois governor (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/11/13)
VIDEO: Bill Daley announces bid for governor (WGN, 6/11/13)
Legislative leaders bicker over dueling pension reform plans (Chicago Tribune, 6/11/13)
Quinn pitches pension plan of attack but no agreement (Chicago Tribune, 6/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Have Illinois’ problems outgrown its leaders? (Chicago Tribune, 6/9/13)
Despite $1.2B windfall, Illinois still to lag on bills (AP, 6/9/13)
EDITORIAL: We hope Standard & Poor’s latest warning brings Mr. Cullerton to his senses (Chicago Tribune, 6/7/13)
EDITORIAL: Gov. Quinn, sign the gun bill (Chicago Tribune, 6/7/13)
VIDEO: Quinn says he’ll meet Monday with leaders on pension changes (Chicago Tribune, 6/7/13)
Quinn calls lawmakers into special session on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 6/6/13)
VIDEO: Mystery mountains in the Illinois governor’s race (New York Times, 6/6/13)
Gay rights groups: Bruce Rauner’s gay marriage referendum idea not constitutional (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/6/13)
COMMENTARY: This guy wants to hurl a big wrench into the machine (Chicago Tribune, 6/6/13)
COMMENTARY: Why Quinn should sign the concealed carry bill (Chicago Tribune, 6/6/13)
Madigan misses Quinn’s pension reform meeting (Chicago Tribune, 6/5/13)
AUDIO: Dillard: Track record gives edge in governor race (The News-Gazette, 6/5/13)
EDITORIAL: Team Quincy – Rauner, Rutherford in for gov (Quincy Journal, 6/5/13)
Wealthy Bruce Rauner announces for Republican governor race (Chicago Tribune, 6/5/13)
COMMENTARY: The Madiganistan succession, or Illinois’ own Game of Thrones (Chicago Tribune,6/5/13)
Bruce Rauner answers 13 questions on running for Governor of Illinois (Chicago Magazine, 6/5/13)
William Daley blasts inaction on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 6/4/13)
AUDIO: Rutherford: Time is right for governor run (The News-Gazette, 6/4/13)
Petition seeks to bar Illinois legislators from Pride Parade (Chicago Tribune, 6/4/13)
COMMENTARY: Democrats have ruined Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 6/4/13)
COMMENTARY: Harris passes Politics 101, keeps gay marriage bill alive (Chicago Tribune,6/4/13)
EDITORIAL: Same-sex marriage – Almost there (Chicago Tribune, 6/4/13)
Illinois credit rating lowered after pension reform failure (Chicago Tribune, 6/3/13)
Madigan asks for 30 more days on concealed carry law (Chicago Tribune, 6/3/13)
Illinois pension reform: Credit concerns rise after state legislature’s failure (Reuters, 6/3/13)
Legislative failures could hurt Quinn in 2014 bid (AP, 6/3/13)
OPINION: Springfield’s inertia drags us all down (Crain’s Chicago Business, 6/3/13)
Pension quagmire deepens  – for lawmakers and taxpayers (Crain’s Chicago Business, 6/3/13)
EDITORIAL: Take pension guarantee out of constitution (Herald-Review, 6/2/13)
Lobbyist Jack Dorgan is new Illinois GOP party chairman (Chicago Tribune, 6/1/13)
VIDEO: Gay marriage bill fails to go to vote in Illinois House (Chicago Tribune, 6/1/13)

MAY 2013

In Illinois, expected vote to approve gay marriage fizzles (LA Times, 5/31/13)
Ill. House adjourns without vote on gay marriage (AP, 5/31/13)
VIDEO: Illinois Senate soundly defeats Madigan pension reform plan (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
Gambling expansion bill dead for spring session (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
Senate sends Quinn DePaul Arena, McCormick Place bill (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
Illinois lawmakers approve concealed carry gun bill (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
CPS pension holiday bill fails (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
Illinois gay marriage bill won’t pass House this session (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
VIDEO: Hot-button issues pile up for Springfield finale (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
EDITORIAL: Senators, hold your tantrums and pass SB1 (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
EDITORIAL: Illinois Legislature keeps spending more money (Chicago Tribune, 5/31/13)
EDITORIAL: Got your veto pen ready, Gov. Quinn? They’re playing ‘Casino Surprise!’ (Chicago Tribune, 5/30/13)
VIDEO: Obama returns to Chicago for fundraising pitch (Chicago Tribune, 5/30/13)
McCormick Place stadium bill advances (Chicago Tribune, 5/30/13)
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford to announce run for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/30/13)
EDITORIAL: Stand up for marriage equality (Chicago Tribune, 5/29/13)
EDITORIAL: Speaker Madigan, work your House pension bill in the Senate (Chicago Tribune,5/29/13)
COMMENTARY: Deadline could backfire on gun-control advocates (Chicago Tribune, 5/29/13)
Illinois Senate approves natural gas modernization plan (Chicago Tribune, 5/29/13)
Illinois Senate concealed carry showdown: One up, one down (Chicago Tribune, 5/28/13)
House passes gun bill over Quinn, Emanuel objections (Chicago Tribune, 5/24/13)
House gambling sponsor recuses self because of potential conflict (Chicago Tribune, 5/22/13)
Lawmakers go along with ComEd rate hikes, override Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 5/22/13)
VIDEO: Quinn: No new casinos without pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 5/21/13)
Illinois Chamber, AFL-CIO agree on compromise over fracking rules (Chicago Tribune, 5/19/13)
Quinn pushes for ban on high-capacity ammunition (AP, 5/19/13)
Illinois House, Senate prepare budget plans (State Journal-Register, 5/18/13)
Will Pat Quinn legalize medical marijuana in Illinois? (Chicago Mag, 5/17/13)
VIDEO: Illinois Senate approves medical marijuana bill (Chicago Tribune, 5/17/13)
Email: Rutherford to announce run for governor soon (Bloomington Pantagraph, 5/17/13)
Would moving the capital to Chicago make Illinois less corrupt? (Chicago Mag, 5/16/13)
Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield (Chicago Tribune, 5/16/13)
VIDEO: Concealed carry rules for Illinois emerge but face uncertain fate (Chicago Tribune, 5/16/13)
EDITORIAL: Want real elections? It’s up to you (Chicago Tribune, 5/16/13)
Poll: Support remains tepid for Chicago casino (Chicago Tribune, 5/15/13)
Cullerton floats Internet gambling plan (Crain’s Chicago Business, 5/15/13)
Illinois could allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries (Chicago Tribune, 5/15/13)
Family drama adds intrigue to Illinois governor’s race (AP, 5/15/13)
Illinois Republican chairman search down to nine (Chicago Tribune, 5/14/13)
COMMENTARY: Dan Proft on the real state of Illinois (The Daily Journal, 5/14/13)
Civic Federation sides with Madigan in pension fight (Crain’s Chicago Business, 5/13/13)
Pat Brady holds nothing back in a frank Q&A (Chicago Mag, 5/13/13)
GOP’s Rauner says he has ’scared the political establishment’ (Chicago Daily Herald, 5/12/13)
Closer look: Illinois last holdout on concealed guns (AP, 5/12/13)
OPINION: Legislators angry at Tribune editorial board over pension reform stance (Chicago Tribune,5/12/13)
EDITORIAL: How about a Madigan casino plan? (Chicago Tribune, 5/12/13)
Madigan outraises Quinn (Ward Room, 5/11/13)
Walsh talks political future during final town hall (Ward Room, 5/11/13)
Madigan leads Quinn in poll, 30-15 (Ward Room, 5/11/13)
OPINION: Illinois’s pioneering gay legislator (Ward Room, 5/11/13)
Chicago’s proposed casino: Tourist gem or drain on locals’ paychecks? (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/10/13)
The next chairman of the Illinois GOP? (Ward Room, 5/10/13)
Pollster says Pat Quinn ‘Walking Dead’ in governor’s race (Ward Room, 5/9/13)
Illinois lawmakers weighing pension options (AP, 5/9/13)
Cullerton’s pension plan proceeds — on collision course with Madigan’s (Chicago Tribune, 5/9/13)
VIDEO: Emanuel’s approval slips, especially among black voters (Chicago Tribune, 5/9/13)
VIDEO: Illinois Senate passes pension bill, sets up showdown with House (Chicago Tribune, 5/9/13)
Quinn calls on House to send him gay marriage bill (Chicago Tribune, 5/9/13)
VIDEO: Cullerton, Madigan appear headed for pension showdown (Chicago Tribune, 5/9/13)
Senate passes union-backed pension bill despite GOP opposition (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/9/13)
Quinn prods House to vote on same-sex marriage, says votes are there (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/9/13)
Illinois Senate OKs union-backed pension deal (AP, 5/9/13)
GOP fund-raiser: Right’s ’stupid’ internal feud is ‘destroying’ party’s chances in 2014 elections(Chicago Sun-Times, 5/9/13)
Ron Gidwitz blows up, blasts GOP conservative bloc for ‘destroying any chance… party has in 2014′(Chicago Sun-Times, 5/9/13)
EDITORIAL: Knock yourselves out, Senators (Chicago Tribune, 5/8/13)
VIDEO: GOP leader’s resignation spotlights schism (Chicago Tribune, 5/8/13)
Mudslinging at the Rauner exploratory campaign for governor (Chicago Reader, 5/8/13)
COMMENTARY: How to straighten out the state GOP’s gay mess (Chicago Tribune, 5/8/13)
VIDEO: Republicans: Brady resignation offers time for reboot (Ward Room, 5/7/13)
OPINION: The (narrow-minded) party of Oberweis (Ward Room, 5/7/13)
Outgoing GOP chief Pat Brady warns leaders: ‘It’s not 1980 anymore’ (Chicago Sun-Times, 5/7/13)
Senate leader counters with union-backed pension plan (Chicago Tribune, 5/7/13)
OPINION: In support of traditional values (Chicago Tribune, 5/7/13)
Chicago suburbs ready to play for new casinos (Chicago Tribune, 5/7/13)
Dan Proft out to rewrite GOP script (The Daily Journal, 5/6/13)
Rauner, Chicago businessman, eyes run for governor (The Daily Journal, 5/6/13)
VIDEO: Quinn vetoes bill that would have increased ComEd rates (Chicago Tribune, 5/6/13)
VIDEO: Illinois Republican chairman Pat Brady to resign, sources say (Chicago Tribune, 5/6/13)
VIDEO: Quinn wants to fine-tune gambling expansion bill (Chicago Tribune, 5/3/13)
Mayor, Illinois lawmakers make case for Chicago casino (Ward Room, 5/3/13)
EDITORIAL: And now for out applause – Pension reformers, take a bow (Chicago Tribune, 5/3/13)
New gambling plan passes Senate with Emanuel help (Chicago Tribune, 5/2/13)
Quinn issues statement on Madigan pension plan win (Illinois Observer, 5/2/13)
Quinn says he’s not quite there yet on gambling expansion (Chicago Tribune, 5/2/13)
Illinois House OKs Madigan’s pension reform bill (Crain’s Chicago Business, 5/2/13)
Madigan pension reforms pass House (Chicago Tribune, 5/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Tough vote on pensions? Hardly (Chicago Tribune, 5/2/13)
VIDEO: Madigan – Pension overhaul will pass muster with legislature — and court (Chicago Tribune,5/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Madigan takes charge on pensions (Chicago Tribune, 5/1/13)
State Senate OKs refined gambling expansion bill (AP, 5/1/13)
Renewed gambling expansion push picks up steam (Chicago Tribune, 5/1/13)
VIDEO: Madigan offers broader package of pension changes (Chicago Tribune, 5/1/13)

APRIL 2013

Illinois House speaker offers comprehensive pension fix (Reuters, 4/30/13)
Madigan overhauls Cullerton pension plan (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/30/13)
EDITORIAL: A job nobody would miss: Illinois lieutenant governor (Chicago Tribune, 4/29/13)
No Schock: Decision doesn’t faze fellow Republicans (NWI Times, 4/27/13)
EDITORIAL: ‘Education first’? Not in ‘The Deadbeat State’ (Chicago Tribune, 4/27/13)
Quinn defends $98M grant to charter school group (Chicago Tribune, 4/26/13)
Aaron Schock’s exit shakes up Illinois GOP governor race (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/26/13)
Candidates react to Schock’s gubernatorial decision (The Southern, 4/26/13)
Schock’s departure in race for governor clears path for Rauner (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/26/13)
Aaron Schock won’t seek GOP nod for Illinois governor (Chicago Tribune, 4/25/13)
US Rep. Aaron Schock won’t run for governor (Peoria Journal-Star, 4/25/13)
Bruce Rauner clout: Sources say likely gov candidate pulled strings to get kid into Walter Payton Prep (Huffington Post, 4/25/13)
Bruce Rauner clouted kid into Payton high school, sources say (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Rick Perry tries to rustle Illinois business (Chicago Tribune, 4/24/13)
Gov. signs property tax break helping seniors (Chicago Tribune, 4/24/13)
No more secret negotiations (Chicago Tribune, 4/24/13)
Governor wades into spotlight during flooding (Chicago Tribune, 4/23/13)
Quinn, lawmakers deliver property tax relief to seniors, Cook homeowners (Illinois Observer, 4/23/13)
Rauner stops in Dixon, vows to change state (, 4/23/13)
Rutherford: Perry mission highlights Illinois business woes (Bloomington Pantagraph, 4/22/13)
Rutherford: Illinois not bad place to do business (The State Register-Journal, 4/22/13)
Rick Perry Chicago visit: Rahm Emanuel, Pat Quinn razz Texas governor ahead of job-poach trip (Huffington Post, 4/22/13)
Lawmakers debate piecemeal take on guns, pension (AP, 4/21/13)
State not seeing savings from prison closures (Bloomington Pantagraph, 4/21/13)
Gov. Quinn pardons school board president Lisa Madigan tried to oust (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/20/13)
Madigan leading quinn, GOP undecided in race for governor (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/19/13)
Illinois Senate gun plan offers alternative (AP, 4/19/13)
Illinois House defeats less restrictive concealed carry bill (Chicago Tribune, 4/19/13)
Madigan leads Quinn in poll, 30-15 (NBC Chicago, 4/19/13)
VIDEO: Illinois House defeats less restrictive concealed carry bill (Chicago Tribune, 4/19/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn lauds community flood efforts (Chicago Tribune, 4/18/13)
Baby, you’re a rich man (NBC Chicago, 4/18/13)
Quinn announces $12.6B road building program (Illinois Observer, 4/17/13)
Where does Bruce Rauner really live? (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/17/13)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry comin’ for Illinois jobs (Chicago Tribune, 4/17/13)
Medical marijuana bill OK with Illinois House (Chicago Tribune, 4/17/13)
Madigan raises more funds than Quinn in last quarter, coffers exceed gov’s (Progress Illinois, 4/17/13)
Quinn still insisting on an immediate appeal of concealed carry decision (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/16/13)
Attorney General staying mum on whether she’ll run for governor (Peoria Public Radio, 4/16/13)
Quinn touts agencies’ role in housing recovery (AP, 4/16/13)
Quinn voices opposition to abolishing Lt. Governor’s office (Progress Illinois, 4/16/13)
Madigan outraises Quinn (NBC Chicago, 4/16/13)
Lisa Madigan’s big Q1 fundraising efforts suggest she may be gearing up to challenge Quinn (AP, 4/16/13)
VIDEO: Quinn, Madigan see chance for strict concealed carry limits in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 4/16/13)
RGA aide Mike Schrimpf heads to Illinois (Politico, 4/16/13)
GOP Governors Association aide headed to IL to work with Rauner’s potential candidacy (Progress Illinois , 4/16/13)
Medical pot for Illinois patients (Chicago Tribune, 4/16/13)
Quinn, Madigan show differences in potential 2014 primary (AP, 4/16/13)
Senator Kirk Dillard files with $500 on hand (Illinois Review, 4/15/13)
Bruce Rauner files with $1.2M on hand (Illinois Review, 4/15/13)
Quinn, Madigan talk housing, not politics (The State Journal-Register, 4/15/13)
Lisa Madigan: NY concealed-carry decision meaningful decision to Illinois (The State Journal-Register,4/15/13)
Quinn and Madigan differ on guns, housing (NWI Politics, 4/15/13)
Illinois GOP chairman survives latest ouster attempt (AP, 4/13/13)
Measure boosting property tax breaks goes to Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 4/13/13)
Potential primary foes Quinn, Lisa Madigan set to address Realtors (State Journal-Register, 4/12/13)
State education chairman calls for funding increase (Chicago Tribune, 4/12/13)
Republican Rauner invites legislators to campaign meeting (WUIS, 4/11/13)
EDITORIAL: Illinois can’t afford to raise minimum wage (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/11/13)
Rauner: UI would be key for state economy (The News-Gazette, 4/11/13)
Illinois House wants voters to abolish lieutenant governor job (Chicago Tribune, 4/11/13)
Quinn rallies with pro-gun control supporters (Chicago Tribune, 4/11/13)
Gambling expansion showdown at Capitol (Chicago Tribune, 4/10/13)
With deadline approaching, Illinois lawmakers struggle to see eye to eye on concealed carry (Chicago Tribune, 4/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Gambling bill worse than we thought (Chicago Tribune, 4/10/13)
Illinois lawmakers eye $2.5B bond deal to pay bills (Reuters, 4/10/13)
AUDIO: How Illinois’ gun manufacturers keep winning the regulations battle (WBEZ, 4/9/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn 2nd least popular incumbent going into 2014 (Political Fix, 4/9/13)
Today’s elections: Jesse Jackson Jr successor, municipal races (Chicago Tribune, 4/9/13)
Gun control: Connecticut taking action, Illinois sitting idle (Chicago Tribune, 4/9/13)
Quinn wants local control on concealed carry gun legislation (Chicago Tribune, 4/9/13)
VIDEO: Quinn wants local control on concealed carry gun legislation (Chicago Tribune, 4/9/13)
Quinn touts agreements reached in Mexico (Chicago Tribune, 4/8/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn: ‘Very close’ to votes to pass gay marriage (AP, 4/8/13)
Another look at Lisa Madigan’s numbers (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/8/13)
Quinn goes to church to call for Ill. gun regulations (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/8/13)
GOP state lawmaker backs same-sex marriage bill (Chicago Tribune, 4/8/13)
Lisa Madigan holds fundraising advantage over Quinn (Chicagoist, 4/8/13)
OPINION: Working together on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 4/8/13)
Rauner’s love/hate relationship with pension funds (Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/8/13)
Lisa Madigan posts big fundraising surge, widens lead over Quinn (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/7/13)
Gov. Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico promotes increasing tourism to Illinois (, 4/7/13)
Lisa Madigan leads Quinn in big-dollar fundraising (Chicago Tribune, 4/6/13)
COMMENTARY: Republican Bruce Rauner takes no position on gay marriage (Chicago Tribune, 4/5/13)
Rauner, exploring gubernatorial bid, sells state in Sun-Times’ parent company (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/5/13)
Quinn raised half a million last month (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/5/13)
Quinn signs off on union restrictions (AP, 4/5/13)
Gov. Quinn signs law restricting union membership among state employees (AP, 4/5/13)
Black lawmakers may hold key on gay marriage in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 4/4/13)
OPINION: Amazon tax an Illinois disaster (Chicago Tribune, 4/4/13)
EDITORIAL: The thirst for charter schools (Chicago Tribune, 4/4/13)
Rauner wants referendum on gay marriage (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/4/13)
Time to question Bruce Rauner and his Rahm Republicans (Chicago Now, 4/3/13)
Business, advocacy groups split on Quinn tax plan (AP, 4/3/13)
Business groups blast Quinn’s plan to close ‘corporate loopholes’ (Chicago Tribune, 4/3/13)
Urlacher, Bears reject link to group opposing same-sex marriage (Chicago Tribune, 4/3/13)
Bruce Rauner raises $1.3M in a month for governor’s race (Chicago Tribune, 4/2/13)
Kirk announces support for same-sex marriage (Chicago Tribune, 4/2/13)
Will she or won’t she run for governor? Lisa Madigan keeps everyone guessing (Chicagoist, 4/2/13)
Rauner raises $1.3M for potential 2014 run for governor (AP, 4/2/13)
AFSCME prez says Quinn has ‘price to pay’ (Capitol Fax Blog, 4/2/13)
Pollster: Mexico trip big campaign boost for Quinn (AP, 4/2/13)
Gov. Quinn in Mexico to promote trade, tourism (Bloomington Pantagraph, 4/2/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn will lead trade visit to Mexico (AP, 4/2/13)
VIDEO: Despite lawsuit, gun sale tax goes into effect today (Chicago Tribune, 4/1/13)
Durbin, Quinn push for Internet sales crackdown (Chicago Tribune, 4/1/13)
VIDEO: Latest in gambling bill receives skepticism from Gov. Quinn (WREX, 4/1/13)
EDITORIAL: Zombie government (Chicago Tribune, 4/1/13)

MARCH 2013

EDITORIAL: Scrubbing Medicaid (Chicago Tribune, 3/31/13)
AUDIO: Quinn says pension reform is close (Alton Daily News, 3/31/13)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn skeptical about gaming expansion (AP, 3/31/13)
COMMENTARY: Quinn won’t move on gambling — yet (Bloomington Pantagraph, 3/31/13)
Quinn’s inspector general investigating state grant (AP, 3/30/13)
Quinn to visit Mexico to promote trade with Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 3/30/13)
WWLD?? What will Lisa (Madigan) do? It’s THE question (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/29/13)
State investigating $98M grant for UNO charter schools (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/29/13)
Construction company president pleads guilty to fraudulently winning state work (Chicago Tribune, 3/29/13)
OPINION: States and rainy days (Chicago Tribune, 3/29/13)
EDITORIAL: Sausage-making on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/28/13)
Proposed income tax freeze chilling to local municipalities (Chicago Tribune, 3/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Bill Daley: Getting Illinois on a smart track (Chicago Tribune, 3/27/13)
Quinn unveils road and bridge projects (Chicago Tribune, 3/25/13)
VIDEO: Durbin repeats criticism of Quinn’s handling of pensions (WLS, 3/25/13)
Local governments unhappy with state plan for sharing income taxes (Chicago Tribune, 3/25/13)
Municipalities fear Quinn proposal may strip them of revenue (Chicago Tribune, 3/25/13)
EDITORIAL: Unchain the charters (Chicago Tribune, 3/25/13)
OPINION: Ready for reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/24/13)
Can Legislature take next step on pensions? (Chicago Tribune, 3/24/13)
New ComEd ‘smart grid’ bill passes, heads to governor (Chicago Tribune, 3/21/13)
COMMENTARY: Illinois concealed carry appeal could carry political peril (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/21/13)
Illinois concealed carry ban ruled illegal — and that’s a good thing (PolicyMic, 3/21/13)
EDITORIAL: They failed you on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/21/13)
Concealed carry protesters ask Madigan to appeal ruling (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/21/13)
Chicago says it will close 54 public schools (New York Times, 3/21/13)
VIDEO: Illinois House approves major pension reform bill (Chicago Times, 3/21/13)
OPINION: Struggling in the game of state competitiveness (Chicago Tribune, 3/21/13)
Dick Durbin: Lisa Madigan could clear Illinois gov field (Politico, 3/20/13)
Sweeping pension reform fails in Illinois Senate (Chicago Tribune, 3/20/13)
Durbin expects Lisa Madigan to decide on governor’s race soon (Chicago Tribune, 3/20/13)
EDITORIAL: It’s showtime on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/20/13)
COMMENTARY: 48 down, 1 dozen to go for marriage equality (Chicago Tribune, 3/20/13)
Obama issue group joins gay marriage push in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 3/19/13)
Illinois infrastructure fails to make the grade (Chicago Tribune, 3/19/13)
Meet GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner Tuesday at Evanston library (Chicago Tribune, 3/18/13)
EDITORIAL: Only one pill gets Illinois closer (Chicago Tribune, 3/18/13)
Closer look: Pat Quinn’s job statistic mixed under scrutiny (AP, 3/18/13)
Senate GOP pushes back on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/18/13)
Private firm running Illinois Lottery fined $20 million for falling short on sales (Chicago Tribune, 3/18/13)
EDITORIAL: How to expand gambling (Chicago Tribune, 3/17/13)
Quinn, Cullerton urge activists to keep fighting for gun-control legislation (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/17/13)
Pat Quinn calls for more anti-violence efforts (AP, 3/17/13)
EDITORIAL: Illinois pension reform — Who is getting a ‘free lunch?’ (Illinois Observer, 3/16/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn bashes high school for firing brother as coach (KSDK, 3/15/13)
EDITORIAL: Illinois, the the gay marriage step (Chicago Tribune, 3/15/13)
Democratic congressmen support Illinois gay marriage, though they can’t vote on it (Chicago Tribune, 3/14/13)
State’s money woes hit Chicago’s credit rating (Chicago Tribune, 3/14/13)
Quinn rips Fenwick for firing brother as basketball coach (Chicago Tribune, 3/14/13)
Illinois fracking opponents embrace new ally: Speaker Mike Madigan (Illinois Observer, 3/14/13)
Illinois governor want appeal of concealed carry ruling (AP, 3/13/13)
Is gay marriage momentum faltering in Illinois? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/13/13)
Speaker Madigan says gay marriage bill 12 votes shy in the Illinois House (Chicago Tribune, 3/13/13)
Quinn to Lisa Madigan: Appeal conceal carry gun ruling to US Supreme Court (Chicago Tribune, 3/13/13)
SEC accuses Illinois of securities fraud but settles after state takes corrective actions (Chicago Tribune, 3/12/13)
State treasurer on verge of gubernatorial bid (Chicago Tribune, 3/12/13)
Where is Governor Pat Quinn? MIA. (Illinois Observer, 3/11/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn: Fight against street crime is priority (AP, 3/11/13)
Rutherford edges toward Republican governor run (Chicago Tribune, 3/11/13)
Illinois GOP gay marriage ouster: Party leaders cancel meeting on firing chairman (AP, 3/9/13)
Illinois Republican chairman under fire for pro-gay marriage stance (Chicago Tribune, 3/8/13)
Durbin telling top Democrats he’ll seek re-election in 2014 (Chicago Tribune, 3/8/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan would cut Chicago’s share of money from the state income tax (Chicago Tribune, 3/8/13)
OPINION: Quinn’s hocus-pocus budget address (Chicago Tribune, 3/8/13)
Does effort to oust GOP chairman involve Mike Madigan? ‘The math adds up,’ Brady says (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/8/13)
VIDEO: Quinn challenges legislators on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/7/13)
EDITORIAL: What are you waiting for? (Chicago Tribune, 3/7/13)
Lisa Madigan moves toward run in Illinois (Politico, 3/7/13)
Illinois deal on fracking could be national model (AP, 3/7/13)
Illinois takes step toward allowing medical marijuana (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/6/13)
Quinn proposes $400M education cut, pension system payouts in budget address (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/6/13)
Quinn to call for more cuts, scrutiny in budget (NBC Chicago, 3/6/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn: Illinois is paralyzed until pensions are fixed (AP, 3/6/13)
Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 3/6/13)
Rauner forms exploratory committee for possible 2014 GOP run for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/5/13)
Gov. Quinn targets business tax loophole to raise $100 million (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/5/13)
Quinn’s $35.6 billion budget — 1 in every 5 dollars goes to pensions (Chicago Sun-Times, 3/5/13)
Wealthy Rauner launches exploration of Republican governor bid (Chicago Tribune, 3/5/13)
Quinn aide: No new taxes in Illinois budget (Chicago Tribune, 3/5/13)
Pensions, state worker pay drive spending in new Illinois budget (Illinois Watchdog, 3/5/13)
Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected (Chicago Tribune, 3/4/13)
Illinois gay marriage debate is splitting parties, churches (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/4/13)
Gambling expansion gets second Quinn veto (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/4/13)
Quinn budget preview: Cuts, but no new taxes (Chicago Tribune, 3/4/13)
EDITORIAL: Their pensions, your taxes: Will the pols fix their fiasco? (Chicago Tribune, 3/3/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn to unveil $30 billion-plus Illinois budget (Chicago Tribune, 3/3/13)
Can Illinois afford this deal? (Chicago Tribune, 3/1/13)


COMMENTARY: Illinois Republicans: Get ready for Bruce Rauner (Chicago Tribune, 2/28/13)
Assault weapons ban debate starts in Springfield (Chicago Tribune, 2/28/13)
Illinois state government narrowly averts labor strike (Stateline, 2/28/13)
Illinois House committee advances gay marriage bill (Chicago Tribune, 2/27/13)
They cannot stand Pat. But right’s move to oust state GOP chair doomed to backfire (Chicago Tribune, 2/27/13)
State House gun votes: Lifesaver or stunt? (Chicago Tribune, 2/27/13)
New pension reform plan surfaces in Springfield (Chicago Tribune, 2/27/13)
OPINION: Move to oust state GOP chair over gay marriage position doomed to backfire (Chicago Tribune, 2/27/13)
Illinois lawmakers starting to approve concealed carry, S-L-O-W-L-Y (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/26/13)
Party leader’s rebellion over gay marriage rocks Illinois GOP (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Some in GOP start move to the center (Bloomington Pantagraph, 2/24/13)
Illinois state workers’ union talking about strike (Political Fix, 2/24/13)
Union strike looms as contract talks with Quinn stall (AP, 2/24/13)
Same-sex marriage might be harder to clear in Ill. House (Bloomington Pantagraph, 2/24/13)
Teamsters unit gets raise while AFSCME faces strike (Peoria Journal Star, 2/23/13)
EDITORIAL: Life and taxes in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 2/22/13)
State affairs: Open primary – Good or bad? (Ottawa Times, 2/22/13)
Quinn defends prison closures amid overcrowding complaints (Chicagoist, 2/22/13)
Quinn administration reintroduces prison early release program (AP, 2/22/13)
State GOP leaders press Democrats on the ‘erosion’ of Illinois’ fiscal condition (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/22/13)
Gay marriage flap could cost Ill. GOP chair his job (WBEZ, 2/22/13)
Fracking bill introduced by downstate legislators (WBEZ, 2/22/13)
Pension poll: Illinoisans oppose permanent tax hike, but mixed on cost shift to local schools (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/21/13)
Illinois fracking bill sees rare cooperation between environmentalists, industry (AP, 2/21/13)
On early release program, Quinn, DOC not on same page (Bloomington Pantagraph, 2/21/13)
Fracking rules good for Illinois, says Gov. Pat Quinn (AP, 2/21/13)
Quinn says prisoner early release program has begun; Corrections says it hasn’t (The Herald-Review, 2/21/13)
New pension fix proposal shot down by Quinn (Chicago Tribune, 2/21/13)
Legislators, businesses, environmentalists propose Illinois fracking law (Quad City Times, 2/21/13)
Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax (Chicago Tribune, 2/20/13)
Pension plan relies on making tax hike permanent (AP, 2/21/13)
Talk of state workers strike intensifies (The Herald-Review, 2/20/13)
Group of state workers receives raises, despite no contract (The State Journal-Register, 2/20/13)
Battle lines drawn in first House gun debate (Chicago Tribune, 2/19/13)
Responding to Quinn’s criticism, NY Mayor Bloomberg defends his anti-NRA spending (Capital New York, 2/19/13)
AFSCME members one step closer to strike (Bloomington Pantagraph, 2/19/13)
Quinn stands by decision to close 2 prisons, despite inmate crowding (Chicago Tribune, 2/18/13)
VIDEO: Hutchinson drops out of race to replace Jackson (Chicago Tribune, 2/18/13)
EDITORIAL: A spouse is a spouse (Chicago Tribune, 2/18/13)
Livingston Co. GOP ready to endorse Rutherford, even if he hasn’t announced (WJBC, 2/17/13)
EDITORIAL: Job Number 1 – Fix business climate (The Southern, 2/17/13)
EDITORIAL: The Medicaid leap (Chicago Tribune, 2/17/13)
OPINION: It’s not easy to govern in our diverse Illinois (, 2/17/13)
EDITORIAL: Only one Madigan should be in leadership post (Bloomington Pantagraph, 2/17/13)
COMMENTARY: Politicos jockey for state’s top job (Herald-Review, 2/17/13)
Union leaders want tax increase for pension debt (The Telegraph, 2/17/13)
Pat Quinn a porker? (CBS St. Louis, 2/15/13)
Chicago Magazine’s Pat Quinn profile shows why he gets no respect (Chicagoist, 2/15/13)
Three ways Quinn could help low-wage workers (without spooking employers) (Crain’s Chicago Business, 2/15/13)
COMMENTARY: Meet Pat Quinn, Illinois’ do-nothing governor (Rockford Register Star, 2/15/13)
VIDEO: Illinois Senate approves gay marriage (Chicago Tribune, 2/14/13)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn loses his running mate (Washington Post, 2/14/13)
VIDEO: Dan Rutherford on 2014 Illinois Gov’s race (The Southern, 2/14/13)
OPINION: Does Illinois even needed a Lieutenant Governor? (Ward Room, 2/14/13)
Illinois poll finds strong support for gay marriage (Political Fix, 2/14/13)
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon won’t serve another term (Chicago Tribune, 2/14/13)
OPINION: Support marriage equality in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 2/14/13)
VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon abandons Gov. Pat Quinn (WLS, 2/14/13)
VIDEO: Feds say Illinois can run health insurance exchange (Chicago Tribune, 2/14/13)
Illinois Senate prepares for Valentine’s Day vote on gay marriage (Chicago Tribune, 2/14/13)
Simon keeps quiet on plans for political future (AP, 2/13/13)

COMMENTARY: Rauner is latest multimillionaire to aim for Illinois office (The News-Gazette, 2/13/13)
Lieutenant governor’s withdrawal could signal trouble for Quinn (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/13/13)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn nets less than a quarter of vote in primary poll (Political Fix, 2/13/13)
Feds approve Illinois partnership on insurance exchange (Chicago Tribune, 2/13/13)
Can’t Pat Quinn get any respect? (Chicago Magazine, 2/13/13)
Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor (Chicago Tribune, 2/13/13)
COMMENTARY: An exceptional victim of an everyday crime (Chicago Tribune, 2/13/13)
State senators discuss economy, wages at luncheon (Chicago Tribune, 2/12/13)
OPINION: Handing out money Illinois doesn’t have (Chicago Tribune, 2/12/13)
AFSCME president slams Pat Quinn, Michael Nutter as ‘turncoats’ who must ‘pay’ (Huffington Post, 2/11/13)
EDITORIAL: Some Illinois lawmakers turn down pensions (Chicago Tribune, 2/11/13)
Quinn bids to end ‘say-to-play’ primary voting (Chicago Tribune, 2/10/13)
Illinois pension woes decades old (Rockford Register Star, 2/10/13)
Statehouse insider: At least Quinn’s speech sounded nice (Daily American News, 2/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Well, Illinoisans, you elected him (Beloit Daily News, 2/9/13)
Investigation details give look at Schock, Davis fundraising work (State Journal-Register, 2/9/13)
State of Illinois’ record of shorting pensions goes back decades (State Journal-Register, 2/9/13)
COMMENTARY: No bold stand vs. conflicts of interest (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/9/13)
Gov Pat Quinn approves roads, child-services funding (AP, 2/8/13)
COMMENTARY: ‘Our Illinois’ helped Gov. Quinn avoid ‘Actual Illinois’ (Rockford Register Star, 2/8/13)
GOP blasts state Senate’s OK of $1.5 billion in spending (Chicago Tribune, 2/8/13)
Finding the good in Pat Quinn’s 2013 State of the State (Peoria Journal Star, 2/8/13)
Quinn, lawmakers OK additional money for job training (Chicago Tribune, 2/7/13)
Dillard: Quinn’s failed policies, flawed leadership exacerbated state’s problems (Illinois Review, 2/7/13)
Shock: Governor’s speech failed to show leadership (Illinois Review, 2/7/13)
GOP lawmakers disappointed Governor didn’t focus more on Illinois’ fiscal crisis (Illinois Review, 2/7/13)
Quinn signs into law $1.5 billion in new spending (Chicago Tribune, 2/7/13)
Gov. Quinn’s ethics proposal raises question (AP, 2/7/13)
Gov. Quinn is short on ideas for more jobs (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/7/13)
Cheers and jeers: State of the State edition (State Journal-Register, 2/7/13)
EDITORIAL: Another day lost (Chicago Tribune, 2/7/13)
VIDEO: Quinn talks guns, gay marriage, minimum wage hike (Chicago Tribune, 2/7/13)
VIDEO: Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell (Chicago Tribune, 2/7/13)
Quinn pushes for minimum wage hike, gun control and gay marriage (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/6/13)
Quinn’s speech aims to make case for re-election (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/6/13)
EDITORIAL: Quinn’s pension push has to go beyond annual speeches (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/6/13)
COMMENTARY: Little mention of pension reform in Pat Quinn’s speech (Rockford Register Star, 2/6/13)
Quinn: Illinois at ‘critical juncture’ because of pension crisis (Reuters, 2/6/13)
Local legislators reaction to Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State speech (DeKalb Daily Chronicle, 2/6/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn delivers 2013 State of the State address (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/6/13)
Text of Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State speech (AP, 2/6/13)
VIDEO: Pat Quinn State of the State 2013: Governor talks gun control, minimum wage, gay marriage (Huffington Post, 2/6/13)
VIDEO: Panel recommends ethics probe of Schock (Chicago Tribune, 2/6/13)
Governor tells legislators pension costs put state at ‘critical juncture’ (New York Times, 2/6/13)
Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban (Chicago Tribune, 2/6/13)
Gov Quinn calls for pension fix, offers no new plan (Reuters, 2/6/13)
Illinois gay marriage bill clears first of many hurdles (Chicago Tribune, 2/5/13)
Gov. Pat Quinn to seek minimum-wage hike to $10 an hour (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/5/13)
Quinn’s State of State to call for online voter registration (Chicago Tribune, 2/5/13)
Same-sex marriage bill advances in Illinois (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/5/13)
Union members call out Illinois governor at Chicago rally (The State Journal-Register, 2/5/13)
Lawmakers push to spend $900 million (Chicago Tribune, 2/4/13)
Statehouse insider: Madigan unloads about pension reform (State Journal-Register, 2/2/13)
Union woes highlighted by Caterpillar fallout (Chicago Tribune, 2/1/13)
COMMENTARY: Gov. Pat Quinn owns 11 of Illinois’ 20 credit downgrades (Rockford Register Star, 2/1/13)


Early jockeying in 2014 governor race may put key legislation in jeopardy (Chicago Tribune, 1/31/13)
Madigan brushes off labor group’s call for a summit on pensions (Chicago Tribune, 1/31/13)
EDITORIAL: George Ryan’s restitution (Chicago Tribune, 1/31/13)
State delays borrowing $500M after credit rating downgrade (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/13)
Quinn delays $5oo million borrowing in wake of state’s bad credit rating (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/13)
Former Gov. George Ryan sent home after spending just hours at halfway house (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/13)
Illinois’ legal guns: Who’s got them (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/13)
COMMENTARY: If we open the Illinois Constitution… (Chicago Tribune, 1/30/13)
Blue-state GOP splits on gay marriage (Politico, 1/29/13)
COMMENTARY: Illinois GOP wants gay-marriage bill passed ASAP (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/28/13)
Why Pat Brady is walking the plank (Capitol Fax Blog, 1/28/13)
EDITORIAL: The burden of transparency (Chicago Tribune, 1/27/13)
Illinois becomes fourth state to allow driver’s licenses for undocumented (Chicago Tribune, 1/27/13)
Illinois illegal immigrant driver’s licenses available in 10 months (Chicago Tribune, 1/27/13)
COMMENTARY: 2014 governor hopefuls must pick running mates (The State Journal-Register, 1/26/13)
OPINION: Can two Madigans at the top work? (The State Journal-Register, 1/26/13)
Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver’s license bill Sunday (Chicago Tribune, 1/25/13)
OPINION: Gubernatorial odds-making (NBC Chicago,1/25/13)
VIDEO: Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation (Chicago Tribune, 1/25/13)
Quinn begins Madigan attack (Capitol Fax, 1/25/13)
Daley vs. Madigan would be dramatic chapter in family feud (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/25/13)
Report: Illinois AG ‘seriously’ considering run for governor (Legal Newsline, 1/24/13)
VIDEO: Nothing Schocking: Aaron sounds like he’s running for gov (NBC Chicago, 1/24/13)
Rep. Aaron Schock flexes political muscle on potential GOP governor foes (Chicago Tribune, 1/24/13)
EDITORIAL: If Lisa Madigan runs, her father should step aside as speaker (Chicago Tribune, 1/24/13)
Bill Daley: No advice for Madigan, but I didn’t run because of brother (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/24/13)
If Lisa Madigan runs for governor, will her dad step down as House Speaker? (CBS Chicago, 1/24/13)
Illinois Gov. Quinn already facing two potential primary challenges (Political Fix, 1/23/13)
Union numbers drop in Missouri, Illinois (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/23/13)
AG stands for ‘Attorney General’ and ‘Aspiring Governor’ (NBC Chicago, 1/23/13)
OPINION: Pat Quinn lamest duck in Illinois (NBC Chicago, 1/22/13)
EDITORIAL: Borrowing not answer to state budget problem (Rockford Register Star, 1/21/13)
Primarying Pat Quinn: If not Lisa Madigan, then who? (Blue Downstate, 1/20/13)
Lisa Madigan ‘seriously thinking’ about run for governor (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/18/13)
Quinn names former prosecutor Fitzgerald to UI board (Chicago Tribune, 1/18/13)
COMMENTARY: When it comes to pensions, Illinois lacks leadership (Rockford Register Star, 1/18/13)
Dysfunction capital of US moves to Illinois (Bloomberg, 1/17/13)
No second term for U of I trustee appointed after scandal (Chicago Tribune, 1/17/13)
Quinn predicts $400 million less for education in next budget (Chicago Tribune, 1/16/13)
Potential Quinn challenger recommends nonpartisan contests (Chicago Tribune, 1/16/13)

COMMENTARY: Schock, Rauner already at odds in possible governor race (Statesman Journal-Register, 1/16/13)
Quinn has $1 million in campaign cash ahead of 2014 re-election bid (Chicago Tribune, 1/16/13)
Bill Daley suggests doing away with primary elections (Chicago Tribune, 1/15/13)
Other son of Chicago’s ‘Boss’ is thinking about Ill. governor run (Political Fix, 1/15/13)
Quinn: Pension reform before gambling expansion (Chicago Tribune, 1/15/13)
Business leaders come out in support of gay marriage in Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 1/14/13)
OPINION: Illinois Republicans – Flee! (Chicago Tribune, 1/14/13)
EDITORIAL: New casino games (Chicago Tribune, 1/14/13)
Pension reform failure puts Quinn’s leadership woes in spotlight (Chicago Tribune, 1/13/13)
Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions (Chicago Tribune, 1/11/13)
EDITORIAL: New crowd, same crisis – Freshmen, don’t settle for failure (Chicago Tribune, 1/10/13)
AUDIO: New session of Illinois General Assembly begins (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/9/13)
Facing rebellion, state GOP chair rejects calls to resign over gay marriage (WBEZ, 1/9/13)
New General  Assembly sworn in as full plate looms (Chicago Tribune, 1/9/13)
VIDEO: Illinois pension problem punted to incoming General Assembly (Chicago Tribune, 1/9/13)
EDITORIAL: The cowards surrender (Chicago Tribune, 1/9/13)
VIDEO: Blame flies as pension plan stalls (Chicago Tribune, 1/8/13)
VIDEO: Quinn loses Hail Mary on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 1/8/13)
VIDEO: Illegal immigrant driver’s licenses bill sent to governor (Chicago Tribune, 1/8/13)
Illinois House approves licenses for undocumented immigrants (NBC Chicago, 1/8/13)
Illinois House adjourns Assembly without pension vote (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/8/13)
22 candidates file for Jackson’s seat (Chicago Tribune, 1/8/13)
Panel OKs bill for immigrant driver’s licenses (Chicago Tribune, 1/8/13)
Illegal immigrant driver’s license plan advances (Chicago Tribune, 1/7/13)
Illinois lawmakers to wait on gun control (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/7/13)
Ill. lawmakers to debate driver’s licenses for people in US illegally (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/7/13)
Missouri, Illinois fare poorly in new school report card (St. Louis Beacon, 1/7/13)
VIDEO: State lawmakers focus on pension reform (Chicago Tribune, 1/7/13)
EDITORIAL: Fix pensions now (Chicago Tribune, 1/5/13)
AUDIO: Illinois claws at mountain of unfunded pension liability (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/5/13)
VIDEO: A primer on Illinois’ unfunded pension liability (Beyond November, 1/5/13)
Same-sex marriage vote in Illinois draws the nation’s attention (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/4/13)
Quinn, leaders to meet this weekend in search of pension fix (Chicago Tribune, 1/4/13)
Gay marriage, assault weapons ban votes delayed in Illinois Senate (Chicago Tribune, 1/4/13)
COMMMENTARY: Best hope for gay marriage foes? Pseudonyms (Chicago Tribune, 1/4/13)
Illinois Senate OKs bill to strip AFSCME membership from state employees (Illinois Observer, 1/4/13)
EDITORIAL: Your Quinncome tax hits home (Chicago Tribune, 1/4/13)
COMMENTARY: Medicaid expansion would make a mess for Illinois (Rockford Register Star, 1/4/13)
Durbin urges Illinois legislature to legalize gay marriage (The Hill, 1/3/13)
Firearms groups fight sweeping Illinois gun ban, Dems weigh options (Fox News, 1/3/13)
Illinois Senate panel approves gay marriage (AP, 1/3/13)
Kirk to return to Senate after recuperating from major stroke (Chicago Tribune, 1/3/12)
OPINION: Why not open the floodgates on marriage? (Chicago Tribune, 1/3/13)
OPINION: Same-sex marriage for Illinois (Chicago Tribune, 1/3/13)
New vote sought for Illinois gay marriage law (Chicago Tribune, 1/3/13)
Kirk expected back in Senate on Thursday (Chicago Tribune, 1/2/13)
VIDEO: Lt. Gov., TV star support ‘real families’ formed by gay marriage (Chicago Tribune, 1/2/13)
Gay marriage. Assault rifle ban. Pension reform. All on the table for Ill. Senate (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/2/13)
EDITORIAL: The pension spike survives (Chicago Tribune, 1/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Illinois still on the cliff (Chicago Tribune, 1/2/13)
VIDEO: Cardinal George, bishops issue letter opposing gay marriage (Chicago Tribune, 1/2/13)
Illinois governor seeks fast vote on state’s long-troubled pension systems (New York Times, 1/1/13)

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