Governor Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have allowed bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in more than 40 years.

Several changes Illinois voters saw in November's election are here to stay. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Saturday making permanent such rules as allowing voters to register and cast ballots on the same day. 

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill allowing a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka died last month after winning a second term. There's been disagreement about succession plans.

Illinois' incoming appointed comptroller says she'd run in a 2016 special election if lawmakers approve one at a legislative session in Springfield. 

Illinois approved 50 new patient applications for medical marijuana during December, bringing the total to 650 patients with complete paperwork.

Illinois lawmakers are reconvening for a special session called by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn. They're expected to consider a proposal that would establish a 2016 special election to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka as well as other constitutional office vacancies that arise in the future.

Illinois residents can now formally suggest a new medical condition that could benefit from medical marijuana.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says research is still underway as his administration decides which businesses will receive permits to begin the state's pilot medical marijuana program.

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues. 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law legislation to help people in Illinois save for retirement. The Democrat signed the bill Sunday in one of the last such events he will have as governor before Republican Bruce Rauner takes office January 12.

Illinois lawmakers are due back in Springfield later this week. Outgoing Governor Pat Quinn called a special session on Jan. 8 to discuss an election to replace late comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

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As we welcome 2015, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on the past year in Illinois state government and politics. Most of the action was in the campaign for governor, in which Bruce Rauner became the first Republican to win that office since the late 1990s. Here now are some of the voices that made news in 2014.

Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale: “If you’re a Democrat or an independent, there’s no action coming up on your side of the ballot on March 18. Come on over to ours and save your state.”

Country singer Toby Keith will headline a concert celebrating Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration.

Illinois politicians used to move allies into higher-paying positions at the end of their careers. The practice allowed many a heftier pension.

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Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.  

Some of the state's top elected leaders and former office holders are expected to speak at a memorial service for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. But she says voters should also get a chance to cast ballots for the office in 2016. 

The incoming Illinois governor's attorneys have met with staffers for Gov. Pat Quinn and argued Quinn may make only a short-term appointment to fill the comptroller's office left vacant by the sudden death of Judy Baar Topinka. 

Another fellow Democrat is blasting Gov. Pat Quinn for helping a former aide get a job at the agency that runs U.S. Cellular Field weeks before Quinn finishes his term.

The clock is ticking as state leaders face a dilemma in how to replace Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in her current and future terms. Topinka died unexpectedly on Wednesday from complications of a stroke. She was to have started a new term in January.

Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. His office says the state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years.

Gov. Pat Quinn says any discussion over replacing Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka should be postponed as the public mourns her.

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

A longtime aide to outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has been renamed as executive director of a state agency that provides money for Illinois construction projects.

Gov. Pat Quinn is responding to a newspaper's investigation about allegations of assaults, abuse and prostitution schemes at Illinois residential treatment centers for youth.

The former campaign manager for defeated Governor Pat Quinn has been given a two-year contract to run the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority just five weeks before the Democratic governor leaves his job. 

Some Illinois lawmakers oppose eavesdropping legislation awaiting action by the governor because it doesn't address how police officers may use body-worn cameras.

Illinois lawmakers have approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last spring. 

The prospect of a minimum wage hike has the Illinois House and Senate in a standoff, and is putting Governor Pat Quinn back in the spotlight during his waning time in office.