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Chicago, IL
Reporter — Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune reporter, covering the spectacle that is Illinois state government

Quinn names Stermer to succeed Topinka as Illinois comptroller — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday will announce his pick to succeed the late Judy Baar Topinka as Illinois comptroller. The outgoing governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to unveil his choice. The appointed comptroller would serve until Jan.

Pat Quinn seeks special election on Topinka comptroller vacancy — Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t leaving office without waging at least one more battle against Republican successor Bruce Rauner, ordering lawmakers on Thursday to return to Springfield Jan. 8 to decide whether voters should get to pick a new comptroller in 2016 following the death of Judy Baar Topinka.

Lisa Madigan weighs in on comptroller vacancy — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has weighed in on how to fill the vacancy in the comptroller's office following the death of Judy Baar Topinka , saying there are two vacancies - one that can be filled by current Gov. Pat Quinn , and another to be named by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Supreme Court agrees to speed up pension law ruling appeal — The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to quickly hear arguments over a landmark government worker pension law that was struck down last month. Attorney General Lisa Madigan appealed the lower-court ruling and asked for an accelerated hearing given the impact pension changes could have on the state's dire finances.

Bruce Rauner warns of painful 24 months ahead for Illinois — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday continued his doom-and-gloom tour highlighting the state's budget mess as he prepares voters for what he says will be a painful two years sorting out Illinois' finances, acknowledging he'll need to use "short-term" fixes to get through the most pressing problems.

Illinois Senate approves eavesdropping, bobcat hunting measures — SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate on Thursday wrapped up its work for the year, leaving the Capitol after sending Gov. Pat Quinn measures that would create a bobcat hunting season in Illinois and put in place new rules regarding eavesdropping.

Lame-duck session closes, setting up Rauner-Madigan in 2015 — In gaveling an end to the session Wednesday, House Speaker Michael Madigan ensured plenty of opportunities for the Democratic-led legislature to spar with Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner next year. Lawmakers did nothing to extend the 2011 income tax hike, which means Illinois residents will get a big tax cut come Jan.

Lawmakers pass jury duty pay increase, tougher penalties for 'revenge porn' — As the General Assembly's fall session wound down, state lawmakers sent the governor measures Wednesday that would raise jury duty pay, increase penalties for so-called "revenge porn" and expand early voting in Illinois. The Senate approved legislation that would make it a crime worthy of a potential prison sentence to distribute sexually explicit videos or photos online without person's consent.

Quinn says he'll call lawmakers back for special session on statewide minimum wage increase — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn told the Tribune on Wednesday that he plans to call lawmakers back to Springfield to pass a statewide minimum wage increase, though it's likely to end up being a symbolic gesture for the outgoing chief executive. "It's not over until it's over, and it isn't over," Quinn said in a phone interview.

Rauner says Chicago minimum wage hike could make city less competitive — SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner warned Tuesday that approving minimum wage hikes without enacting business reforms could impact Chicago's competitiveness and worsen unemployment. As he sought to draw a dark picture of the state's finances before he takes office next month, Rauner steered around questions at the Capitol on how to address minimum wage increases advancing in Chicago and Springfield.
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Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

That time Obama called on only women at a press conference via @washingtonpost

Dec 19, 2014

Quinn calls for "Topinka Amendment" to consolidate comptroller, treasurer office.

Dec 19, 2014

Quinn takes shot at Rauner: says disappointed GOP won't support special election in 2016 to fill rest of Topinka's term.

Dec 19, 2014

Topinka's chief of staff, Nancy Kimme, will stay on. Quinn says his appointment is to show Democrats and Republicans can work together.

Dec 19, 2014

Quinn: we should avoid legal fight. Stermer will step down in Jan, incoming gov Rauner can appoint comptroller for Topinka's second term.

Dec 19, 2014

Gov. Quinn appoints budget chief Jerry Stermer as comptroller. Will step down Jan. 12.

Dec 19, 2014

@HeatherDHenley nothing says rebellion like performing at a state office building.

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