| May 4, 2014
Deadlocked in a tough campaign in September 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn launched a $55 million anti-violence grant program, doling out money to groups on the South Side and south suburbs, home to core Democratic voters.
Weeks later, Quinn piled up a 500,000-...
| May 9, 2014
| 5:25 AM
Cook County prosecutors are investigating a land deal that netted Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and her husband tens of thousands of dollars with no money down, the Tribune has learned.
Brown's husband, Benton Cook III, confirmed that a grand jury...
| Mar 10, 2014
Since 1955, California has provided a vital funding bridge to higher education for needy students. I know about this firsthand. It was only because of the state's Cal Grant program that I was able to attend college at what is now Loyola Marymount...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:12 AM
The Whalon Lake preserve on the border of Bolingbrook and Naperville offers a spacious space for just about any nature-related, social activity.
The outdoor options for local residents are set to increase, as Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced last...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:17 PM
Downers Grove officials ratified a grant program designed to encourage churches to reduce the stormwater flowing from their property.
Council members recently approved a proposal in which the village would help subsidize the cost of capital projects...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 6:32 PM
Not far from once-booming Atlantic City, here's what the end of federal unemployment insurance looks like in a tattered community where the jobless rate is still almost twice the national average.
A solitary Republican congressman stands in the...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:33 AM
Severe weather deluged the Southeast with flooding on Wednesday as days of fierce storms continued to lash the nation, forcing emergency water rescues in Pensacola, Fla., and Gulf Shores, Ala., where more than 20 inches of rain fell in a day's time. ...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 1:35 PM
Editor's note: This is part of an everyday series looking at line items in state and local budgets.
RICHMOND — There's a famous saying about priorities: Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.
Virginia's state government values...
| Apr 6, 2014
Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her noneducation haunts her to this day.
Her wages have been garnished, her tax...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 8:15 PM
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone.
The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 2:08 PM
Downers Grove Park District leaders plan to apply for a state grant that they would use to make major repairs to its downtown community center.
Officials said they will seek $1 million from the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant...