(CNN) – Illinois voters head to the polls Tuesday in primary balloting for virtually all statewide offices, including Republican races to see who will face off against the state's Democratic governor, who's considered vulnerable, and against Sen. Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate.
President Barack Obama's home state tilts reliably blue in presidential elections; He won 57% in 2012. But Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's ailing approval rating makes him vulnerable and could open up that seat to Republicans come November.
Washington (CNN) - An independent group supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running a new television ad in Illinois aimed at luring new business to the Lone Star State.
The 30-second commercial stars Perry, standing before the state capitol building in Austin, looking straight into the camera and highlighting Texas' business-friendly tax and regulatory climate.
Updated 3:11 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014
Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN) - Authorities in Zimbabwe on Tuesday said they have arrested former U.S. Rep. Melvin Reynolds, accusing him of violating the country's immigration laws and possessing pornographic material.
"He is still in custody and will go to court as soon as possible - hopefully before Friday. For us he will answer allegations of flouting immigration laws," Francis Mabika, a senior Zimbabwe immigration official, told CNN. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba had referred to Mabika all questions regarding Monday's arrest.
Chicago (CNN) - His administration is facing multiple investigations, but Chris Christie says he's moving forward.
"Time will tell, but I believe that we are focused on the things we need to be focused on," the Republican governor of New Jersey said Tuesday afternoon at a question and answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago.
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Chicago (CNN) - Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady will attend Gov. Chris Christie's only public event Tuesday with the Economic Club of Chicago, Brady's campaign manager Dan Egler told CNN.
Brady is one of several Republican candidates running for the chance to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn this year.
New York (CNNMoney) – Illinois lawmakers approved a landmark pension reform package Tuesday that would cut retirement benefits for teachers, nurses and other retired and current state workers.
The legislation comes after years of debate on how to fix the state's ailing retirement system - considered the most troubled in the country.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Wednesday, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Quinn, a Democrat, called the act a "triumph of democracy, a triumph of a government of the people, that we believe in liberty and equality - and we're making sure that's part of our law."
(CNN) - Illinois is now poised to become the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage after legislation passed both houses of the state's General Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is dropping out of the race for Illinois governor, Daley told the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
According to the Tribune, Daley told them he was ill-prepared for the difficulties of a political bid.
(CNN) - Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican, is known for his spirited rants on the General Assembly floor, which have gone viral on YouTube. Bost spoke to CNN's Kate Bolduan about running for U.S. Congress in Illinois, what sets him off, and why Congress may "need more passion."
"There are only about two things that really bother me," Bost said on CNN's "New Day." "When I'm working in the General Assembly and someone just violates the rules and therefore takes those rules away from my constituents and my ability to defend my constituents and work on certain pieces of legislations, that's a problem."FULL STORY