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In one of their more intimate public poses, Penny Severns, right, and Terry Mutchler stand closely to one another during a Venezuelan vacation. | Seal Press photo

Memoir reveals love between state Sen. Penny Severns, journalist

 

Court ruling a shot in the arm for Illinois labor

When the U.S. Supreme Court weakened labor protections for 26,000 home care providers in Illinois, most analysts saw it as a dire portent for unions representing low-wage workers. But home care workers in Illinois are determined to push back against this denial of their basic human, civil and labor rights.

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Quinn announces $102 million investment for high-speed rail

A key swath of the high-speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis is set to get $102 million in upgrades, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Sunday. Officials plan to build a second set of tracks between downstate Mazonia and Elwood and a new bridge over the Kankakee River between Joliet and Dwight.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (pictured) faces a challenge from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. | AP file photo

5 things to watch in Illinois as election nears

Anyone in Illinois who's turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses-spared slugfest. While the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could be one of the hardest fought and closely watched races in the nation, there's plenty more at stake up and down the Nov. 4 ballot. As the campaign heats up after Labor Day, here are five things to watch for as the election nears.

Quinn plans to live on minimum wage

Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday he plans to live the next week on the equivalent of Illinois’ minimum wage as he pushes for a ballot measure on the issue.

The Executive Mansion in Springfield. | AP file photo

Rauner vow revives governor's mansion question

SPRINGFIELD — It's been more than a decade since an Illinois governor lived full time at the state's Executive Mansion, but once again a Chicago-area candidate's promise to make his home there has revived the question of just how important it is for the state.

In this March 26, 2009 file photo, Gov. Pat Quinn drinks tea in the living room of the Executive Mansion in Springfield. | AP file photo

5 Illinois governors, 5 different mansion habits

Most of Illinois' governors have lived in the Executive Mansion in Springfield at least part time. The first governor to call the 1855 manor home was Democratic former Gov. Joel Matteson, whose single term in office ended in 1857. Here's a look at the five most recent Illinois governors and their time in the mansion.

In one of their more intimate public poses, Penny Severns, right, and Terry Mutchler stand closely to one another during a Venezuelan vacation. | Seal Press photo

Memoir reveals love between state Sen. Penny Severns, journalist

SPRINGFIELD — Before gays and lesbians could legally marry in Illinois, there was a state senator and a political reporter in Springfield who fell in love. The hidden marriage of the late state Sen. Penny Severns, D-Decatur, and former Associated Press statehouse bureau chief Terry Mutchler ended when Severns, after campaigning for secretary of state, died in 1998 of cancer.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Pistol-packing petition challenger prompts review by AG

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is taking up a complaint filed by the Libertarian Party candidate that voter intimidation tactics were used by Republicans in an attempt to kick the party off the ballot. 

 
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