Illinois will be the sixth state to recognize civil unions for gay couples. Three states have seen civil unions act as a springboard toward the legalization of gay marriage.
No other state has successfully raised income taxes to balance its 2011 budget. The Illinois tax increase would push the personal income tax rate from 3 percent to 5 percent.
Pat Quinn's lead over Bill Brady is statistically insurmountable but Brady is not conceding.
Democrat Alex Sink concedes even before the full Florida governor election results are known. Rick Scott, who spent nearly $75 million of his own money, benefited from a rising GOP tide.
On the last leg of his campaign blitz, Obama reminisced about his 2008 victory to a hometown crowd. But his main point was to rally the troops facing a very tough midterm election fight.
President Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wave to the crowd during a campaign rally for Patrick at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, on Oct. 16.
Rahm Emanuel has rented out his Chicago residence since leaving for Washington. Critics say that violates residency requirements for mayoral candidates and should disqualify him.
Gang representatives in Chicago held a press conference Thursday to explain why gangs cannot be held solely responsible for stopping street violence, which has escalated this summer.
Governors' races are happening in 37 states in the 2010 election. The candidates focus on different issues depending on their states, but one stands out – state budget deficits.
With the invasive and destructive Asian carp now on the doorstep of Lake Michigan, lawmakers in the Great Lakes states say time is running out.