Nine Illinois state representatives approved a bill to use $100 million in state money toward a Barack Obama presidential library. There’s just one thing: There were only five lawmakers in attendance at the hearing.
Federal prosecutors say Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith took FBI agents to his house and turned over cash he allegedly took as a bribe. But Smith’s attorneys are trying to make sure that information doesn’t come up at his trial.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he won’t let a proposed property tax hike “gouge” Chicagoans, casting doubt on the main pillar of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s blueprint for buttressing the city’s nearly $20 billion public pension crisis.