Illinois

Indiana Would Rather Harass Welfare Recipients Than Keep The Roads Clear
The bill that would force people to pull down their pants and pee in exchange for state assistance was only withdrawn after it was changed to include drug testing for the legislators. Read more...
Majority Report: Dave Dayen Explains Hidden Disaster In New Budget
The Majority Report's Sam Seder speaks to journalist Dave Dayen about the implications for federal workers due to the Ryan-Murray budget and how states like Illinois "are breaking contracts with workers and slashing pensions." Read more...
'Elves' Protest Fracking On Illinois Governor's Lawn
Activists in costume erected fake oil drill at Governor Quinn's Northwest Side Chicago home. Read more...
'Up Against The Clock' Contestants - Flyover Ignorance?
Contestants on Steve Kornacki's Up Against the Clock can't answer the lead question in Illinois Read more...
Bill Donohue Calls To Cancel Maher After Dan Savage's Rant On 'Kiddie-F*cking Priests'
Catholic League President Bill Donohue on Monday demanded that HBO cancel <em>Real Time with Bill Maher</em> after the late night comedian invited on a gay guest who blasted priests who sexually abuse children. Read more...

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Open Thread
Pat Quinn signs marriage equality bill and open thread Read more...
Eighty homes were evacuated on Monday night after a propane-ethanol pipeline exploded north of Erie, Illinois, causing no injuries, according to Erie fire officials. Read more...
The Daily Show's Lewis Black had a few words for Texas Gov. Goodhair Rick Perry after he ran some ads trying to lure jobs away from New York, along with some other areas of the country. Black wasn't quite so concerned about the likes of California or Illinois, but when Perry went after New York, he responded with an ad of his own. Read more...
Based in part on surreptitious tape recordings, an FBI affidavit lays out allegations that a Sacred Heart pulmonologist kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own, then ordered unneeded tracheotomies for them -- enabling the for-profit hospital to reap revenue of as much as $160,000 per case. Read more...