Lawmakers were wrapping up the fall veto session in Springfield. Some of the issues they were considering were significant to Chicago--from gambling to red light cameras. Furthermore, owners of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange waited to see if legislatures will give them a tax break to stay put.
Mayor Emanuel has three big things he wants from Springfield. 1) Casinos. 2) Speeding cameras and 3) a huge statue of him sitting on top of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Okay, maybe not a huge statue, maybe the third was keeping the Mercantile Exchange in Chicago.
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.
State lawmakers return to Springfield today for unfinished business.The first item on their agenda is a list of construction projects that stalled last month due to budget wrangling between the House and Senate.
A piece of Civil War history has made its way to Springfield. An original flag that was carried during Civil War campaigns by a regiment from northern Illinois is on display at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining the chorus of voices opposed to House Bill 14. The bill proposes upgrading state utilities to create a so-called "smart grid."Power companies claim modernizing will protect against outages and save consumers money down the line.