The Illiana Expressway project would receive funding priority over other state road efforts as part of a draft proposal from Gov. Pat Quinn's administration that could soon appear before the Illinois legislature.
By a 7-4 vote Monday, an Illinois House panel signed off on a measure that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state before the Illinois Department of Natural Resources finishes the formal rule-making process related to the controversial oil and gas drilling technology.
With House Speaker Michael Madigan short of the 60 votes needed to extend the temporary income tax hike in his chamber, the Chicago Democrat is now calling on lawmakers to start working on an alternative budget proposal.
Jack Lavin, Gov. Pat Quinn's former chief of staff, is now lobbying on behalf of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association and Healthcentral LLC, an Effingham-based firm looking to become an authorized grower of medical marijuana in the state.
Illinois' unemployment rate dropped 0.5 points to 7.9 percent in April, representing the state's lowest jobless level since December 2008, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday.