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Cardinal Francis George Opposition to Illinois Civil Unions Swept Aside, Illinois House Approves Plan

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2010. In 1996, Illinois and 14 other states approved “Defense of Marriage of Act” laws to outlaw same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages recognized in other states, but Illinois today partially undid that injustice. Continue reading »

“Put Illinois to Work” Program Wins $47 Million Holiday Extension from Gov. Pat Quinn

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the temporary extension of the “Put Illinois to Work” program through Jan. 15, 2011. Continue reading »

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Fails 53-59

(Springfield, IL) – November 30, 2010. House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) today witnessed the Illinois medical marijuana legislation, which he has championed for two-years, fall short in an Illinois House vote today, losing 53-59-1. Continue reading »

Our View: Greg Harris’ Illinois Civil Unions Will Partially Reverse Earlier Injustice

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2010. In 1996, Illinois and 14 other states approved “Defense of Marriage of Act” to outlaw same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages recognized in other states, but Illinois is today poised to partially undo that injustice. Continue reading »

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Passage Prospects Good, Says Rep. Lou Lang

(Springfield, IL) – November 29, 2010. House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) today said that he will call medical marijuana legislation for a vote in Illinois House on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Mark Ishaug Leaves AIDS Foundation; David Munar Slated to Assume Top Job

(Chicago, IL) – November 23, 2010. AIDS Foundation of Chicago President Mark Ishaug is leaving his job and the organization’s board of directors has appointed agency vice president David Munar to president’s post. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Announces $25 Million Grant to Build New Chicago Charter School

(Chicago, IL) — November 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $25 million capital grant to build the United Neighborhood Organization’s newest charter school, the Gage Park Campus in Chicago. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Asks for Cabinet’s Resignation, Source Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn has already asked for the resignations from his entire cabinet, according to a highly placed source. Continue reading »

John Cullerton, Christine Radogno Launch Effort to Reform Illinois Medicaid, Workers Compensation

(Chicago, IL) – November 19, 2010. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) have charged a few select lawmakers with reforming the state’s Medicaid program and workers’ compensation system – by January 3. Continue reading »

Senator Ira Silverstein Takes Aim to Ban Four Loko, other Alcohol-Caffeine Drinks

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) this week introduced legislation that would keep all alcohol-caffeine drinks off store shelves in Illinois. Continue reading »

$4.5 Million Federal Grant to Give 1500 Illinois Prisoners’ Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentors

(Chicago, IL) – November 17, 2010. Support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making it possible for 1500 more Illinois children of prisoners to have a specially trained Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor. Continue reading »

Illinois Ranks 35th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

(Chicago, IL) – November 17, 2010. Illinois ranks 35th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: Illinois Mayors Warn of Bankruptcy with no Illinois Police, Fire Pension Changes

(Chicago, IL) — November 17, 2010. Pot holes and even re-election bids had to wait Tuesday for dozens of Illinois mayors, as the local leaders flooded the Illinois Capitol to plead with lawmakers to change the retirement rules for cops and firefighters. Continue reading »

National Restaurant Association Convention Will Remain at McCormick Place, Gov. Pat Quinn Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard Daley today announced that the National Restaurant Association will continue to hold its annual convention in Chicago through 2016. Continue reading »

Our View: Illinois Civil Unions Are Not a Tourist Attraction

Let’s be clear. Governor Pat Quinn’s backing of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples has been up to this point both noble and courageous. Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: Progressive, Conservative, and Tea Party Voters Help Hand Governor Pat Quinn Victory on Election Day

(Chicago, IL) — November 3, 2010. First, let us be clear: Pat Quinn won. Second, progressive, conservative, and tea party voters helped him do it. Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: Governor Pat Quinn Defeats Senator Bill Brady

(Chicago, IL) – November 3, 2010. While the bean counters and lawyers at the Cook County and Chicago Board of Elections continue to sift through the uncounted absentee and other ballots in the Illinois Governor’s race, it is clear that Governor Pat Quinn has defeated GOP State Senator Bill Brady. Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: Governor Pat Quinn’s Claim on Victory Strengthens

(Chicago, IL) – November 3, 2010. With 99% of the precincts counted and with approximately 15,000 absentee ballots in Cook County and Chicago yet to be counted, Governor Pat Quinn’s current 8,349 edge will likely provide sufficient buffer to claim victory in the race against State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi Crushes Illinois Tea Party Darling Cedra Crenshaw

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. With 100% of the vote counted, State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) has handily beaten Illinois Tea Party darling Cedra Crenshaw. Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: With 96% of Vote Counted, State Senator Michael Noland is Beating Ex-Senator Steve Rauschenberger

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. With 96% of voted counted, State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) is beating back a challenge from ex-State Senator Steve Raushchenberger (R-Elgin) who has sought to recapture his form legislative seat. Continue reading »

Illinois Election Returns 2010: Speaker Michael Madigan Will Retain Control of the Illinois House, Early Returns Reveal

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. There are enough election returns in Illinois state house races to be able to call the House for the Democrats, keeping Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) in his chair. House GOP Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) would likely remain leader of the GOP caucus. Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: With 62% of Precincts Reporting, State Rep. Kevin McCarthy Leads GOP Rival Jeff Junkas

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. With 62% of precincts reporting, State Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-Tinley Park) is leading GOP rival Jeff Junkas of Tinley Park. McCarthy, who had been considered endangered, currently has 9,842 or 51.3% to Junkas’s  9,329 or 48.7%. Stay tuned.

Illinois Election Results 2010: With 62% of Precincts Reporting, Democrat Daniel Biss Leads GOP Rival Hamilton Chang in Illinois State House Race

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. With 62% of precincts reporting, State Rep. candidate Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) is leading rival Hamilton Chang (R-Wilmette) in the contest for the Illinois House seat being vacated by State Rep. Beth Coulson (R-Glencoe). According to current results, Biss has 13,649 or 53.8% to Chang’s 11,744 or 46.2%. It’s looking … Continue reading »

Illinois Election Results 2010: With 65% of Precincts Reporting, Sen. John Mulroe Leads Brian Doherty in State Senate Contest

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. With 65% of precincts reporting, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) is leading Alderman Brian Doherty (R-41) for the state senate seat vacated by former State Senator James DeLeo (D-Chicago). The latest results are: Mulroe-18,840, 55.8%; Doherty-14,915, 44.2%. Stay tuned.

Illinois Exit Poll Results 2010: Governor Pat Quinn Leads Bill Brady by 10 Points among Women, Exit Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. In pre-election polls, Governor Pat Quinn was leading GOP rival Bill Brady by 1 to 2 points among women, but an ABC News exit poll has Quinn leading Brady by 10 points among women, giving the Governor an overall two-point edge in the exit poll. But it is only … Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: Lisa Madigan, Jesse White Cruising to Re-Election with Strong Independent, GOP Voter Support, Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. As other Illinois Democrats struggle with Republican and Independent voter anger, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White are crushing their opponents as they cruise to re-election with strong support from both voting groups, according to a recent poll. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: GOP Leads Early Voting by 11 Points, New Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) – November 1, 2010. Among those who say they have already voted, Republicans lead Democrats by 11 points, a new national poll says. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: Senator Bill Brady Leads Governor Pat Quinn by 3 Points, New Internal Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2010. State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is leading Governor Pat Quinn in the Illinois governor race by three points, according to a source privy to a recent internal Brady tracking poll. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: GOP Leads Dems 6 to 15 Points, New Polls Say

(Chicago, IL) – November 1, 2010. The nation’s two polling giants—Gallup and Pew—are out with new polls that differ significantly on the GOP advantage on the national generic ballot, a difference that has consequences for close races in Illinois. Continue reading »

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