| May 6, 2014
| 8:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled $55 million anti-violence program is now the subject of a third inquiry, this time by a panel of state lawmakers who want answers on what went wrong.
The blow dealt by legislators from...
| 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...
| 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. ...
| May 28, 2014
| 3:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled $55 million anti-violence grant program faced renewed criticism by lawmakers on Wednesday who spent hours largely rehashing a scathing audit as they seek more detail on how and why it was put in place....
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON -- Americans overwhelmingly agree that the income gap between the rich and everyone else has grown in recent years, but they are divided sharply by party when asked what, if anything, the government should do about it.
Roughly two-thirds of...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:04 PM
California officials Tuesday opened applications for a $250-million grant program to help students connect their academic learning with careers, marking the nation’s largest effort of its kind, officials said.
Programs linking academics, technical...