Just over a week to go before Illinois' primary election day. Candidates for all sorts of offices are knuckling down and knocking on doors.That includes the multitudes running for the 177 seats that're up in the Illinois House and Senate.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver his budget address this week to the state legislature, his fourth since taking office. The governor is expected to pontificate on Medicaid spending, taxes and public pensions.Four decades ago, Quinn preached about basketball, hair styles and the Vietnam War.
Sears Holdings Corp. and Chicago’s financial exchanges have quit threatening to pull up stakes now that Illinois has enacted tax breaks for them. But it remains unclear whether state incentives to big companies are wise uses of economic-development resources.
Right or wrong, there's a perception that Illinois politics is a game played best by a well-connected few. This next story won't improve that image.Some of the state's political insiders make big money by lobbying the politicians they help elect.