As the song has it, the waiting is the hardest part. And waiting might best sum up politics in Springfield these days: Gov. Quinn is on a trip to Israel, while Senate President John Cullerton is sitting tight – at least when it comes to legislation.
Chicagoans might not know until October if the city will get a casino. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is currently looking over the gambling bill, but it's not officially available to sign.Senate President John Cullerton explained on Monday why he's using a parliamentary procedure to hold the bill."
The head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says he wants to make sure video poker machines are installed around Illinois.The state approved an expansion of video poker to help pay for $31 billion worth of construction projects.
The president of the Illinois Senate says he wants lawmakers to consider taxing income earned by retired people in the state. State Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said that doing so could raise up to $1.6 billion.Currently, most retirement income is not taxed by Illinois.
Top legislative leaders in Springfield are still trying to work out a way to increase taxes. It's unsure if the General Assembly will vote on the issue before the end of the session next week. Proponents say a tax increase will help balance the state's multi-billion dollar deficit.