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.
Updated At: 2:05pm on 12/01/2010 by City Room and Associated PressThe Illinois Senate has approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.The measure passed 32-24 Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, a strong supporter.