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The Issue: Federal government shutdown cascades down to states

The Issue: Federal government shutdown cascades down to states

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is trickling down to the states, forcing them to curtail some services and furlough employees.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Judge to Illinois governor: Pay lawmakers

Judge to Illinois governor: Pay lawmakers

CHICAGO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A judge in Cook County, Ill., ruled Thursday state lawmakers should get their paychecks, despite problems with state worker pensions.

Bill Daley drops out of Illinois governor's race

CHICAGO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff, dropped out of the race for Illinois governor Monday, saying electoral politics wasn't for him.

'List of shame' showing $3.7 million in unpaid tolls wrong, firms say

CHICAGO, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Trucking companies and other firms on a list of 157 companies who owe nearly $3.7 million in tolls and fines to the Illinois Tollway say the list is wrong.

Law lowers required school age in Illinois to 6

CHICAGO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- An Illinois anti-truancy bill, lowering the state's compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6, was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Ill. law requires reporting stolen guns, checking on prospective buyers

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Illinois gun owners must report stolen firearms and verify with police that potential buyers of their guns are allowed to have one, a new law requires.

Illinois is 20th state to legalize medical marijuana

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Illinois Thursday became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill supporters say is the strictest in the nation.
Illinois lawmakers sue for salaries

Illinois lawmakers sue for salaries

CHICAGO, July 30 (UPI) -- Illinois lawmakers Tuesday filed suit to overturn the governor's veto of their salaries for failing to enact pension reform.
Comptroller: No August paychecks for Illinois lawmakers

Comptroller: No August paychecks for Illinois lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 25 (UPI) -- Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of money for Illinois lawmakers' salaries means no paychecks for the Legislature on Aug. 1, the state comptroller said Thursday.

Bloody Independence holiday spurs call for national summit on violence

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Three members of Congress from Illinois have called for a summit on urban violence after at least nine people in Chicago died in July Fourth weekend violence.
Ill. Gov. Quinn suspends legislative pay for inaction on pensions

Ill. Gov. Quinn suspends legislative pay for inaction on pensions

CHICAGO, July 10 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, frustrated by legislative inaction on pension reform, Wednesday suspended lawmakers' pay until "they get the job done."
Ill. Legislature overrides amendatory veto of concealed carry bill

Ill. Legislature overrides amendatory veto of concealed carry bill

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The Illinois Legislature Tuesday rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's bid to rewrite concealed carry legislation, making the original bill law.

Chicago mayor calls special session on gun ordinances

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will call a special session on gun ordinances intended to safeguard school children and update an assault weapons ban.

Ill. governor signs law allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 4 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 on or before the general election.
2nd Illinois county won't enforce ban on concealed carry

2nd Illinois county won't enforce ban on concealed carry

CHESTER, Ill., June 12 (UPI) -- Randolph County in southern Illinois has become the second in the state to allow residents to carry concealed firearms.
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