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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Daley changes stance on campaign money

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Days after Bill Daley proposed strict campaign fundraising guidelines and promised to limit his own donations while a gubernatorial candidate, the former White House chief of staff reversed his stance Tuesday and said he would take in money this year while lawmakers are in session.

The Chicago Democrat rolled out his proposal to limit political fundraising last week, after he'd announced about $800,000 in political fundraising during the initial weeks since forming his 2014 exploratory committee.

He said once elected governor, he'd move to ban political contributions during the time that lawmakers meet in Springfield. That would apply to state lawmakers, statewide officeholders and candidates seeking those offices.

Then he vowed to extend that principle to himself this year.

But Daley pulled back from that idea Tuesday while addressing reporters outside the Illinois Capitol, where lawmakers were gathered inside. He explained the discrepancy by saying he was "correcting" his statements and that he wasn't elected yet.

Wisconsin court rules against firefighter

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a volunteer firefighter who argued he was immune from liability after driving through a red light and colliding with another vehicle when responding to an emergency call.

The unanimous ruling came in a case involving Parnell Burditt, a volunteer with the Okauchee Fire Department, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee.

The court ruled that Burditt was acting within the scope of his employment as a volunteer fire fighter at the time of the 2008 accident. However, because he did not have a siren on his truck before proceeding through the red light, he is not entitled to immunity from lawsuits.

Attorneys seek ruling in gay marriage case

CHICAGO -- Attorneys for 25 gay couples plan to ask a Cook County judge to make a quick ruling in favor of gay marriage in Illinois.

Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois plan to file a motion for summary judgment today in Cook County Circuit Court.

Lambda Legal attorney Camilla Taylor says the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of a federal law denying benefits to married gay couples creates a new urgency for a decision in Illinois.

Quinn seeks action on pension problem

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn scolded lawmakers who didn't report back with a solution to Illinois' pension crisis by his Tuesday deadline and warned of consequences for them and the state.

The Chicago Democrat had been pushing July 9 as a target for a bipartisan panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline "arbitrary" and "irresponsible." It was widely expected that they'd blow past the deadline.

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