Gov. Pat Quinn boosted his populist credentials on Wednesday as he looks toward a 2014 re-election bid. He called for a 20 percent increase in the minimum wage, ban on military-style assault weapons and approval of gay marriage.
The annual report included for the first time an estimate of the additional carbon dioxide emissions attributed to traffic congestion. It could help further visualize a largely invisible pollution problem.
Effingham is a town of 12,000, about three hours south of Chicago. When it comes to gun violence and proposals to ban guns, you hear a common refrain here: “It wasn’t the gun it was the guy behind it.”