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New Showdown: House Plans Vote on Military Gay Ban

Posted: 12/14/2010 - In a new showdown, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.

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Springfield Mayor Dead

Updated: 12/14/2010 - Illinois State Police are investigating the death of Springfield's mayor, whose body was found in his home.

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Obama applauds Senate test vote on tax cut plan

Posted: 12/13/2010 - President Barack Obama is praising a test vote in the Senate supporting the compromise tax plan he negotiated with Republicans. He says it proves both parties can work together.

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Senate Blocks Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Posted: 12/09/2010 - Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military's policy of "don't ask, don't tell" and allowed gay troops to serve openly.

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Ill. Casino Plan could 'Amp Up' Gambling Competition

Posted: 12/08/2010 - Illinois lawmakers are considering a massive casino expansion that experts say could leave neighboring states playing for smaller stakes and possibly even squeeze out some of the competition from within.

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Quinn to Sign Civil Unions Bill

Posted: 12/03/2010 - Gov. Pat Quinn says he will wait until next year to sign civil union legislation giving gay couples many of the same legal rights as heterosexual married people.

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New Bill Could Abolish Death Penalty

Posted: 12/01/2010 - Illinois could no longer have the death penalty after a bill in the senate to abolish it just makes it out of committee.

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Quinn to Keep Temporary Jobs Program Going

Updated: 12/02/2010 - Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged another $47 million to keep a temporary jobs program going while the state hopes for more federal money.

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