| Jun 19, 2015
| 5:11 PM
In a brief letter released March 17, then-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria announced he would resign amid questions about whether he misspent taxpayer and campaign money and violated congressional ethics rules. A federal grand jury in Springfield has been...
| Jun 17, 2015
| 3:38 PM
William Holland, who over nearly a quarter-century developed a reputation for fairness and nonpartisanship as the state's auditor general, announced Wednesday that he would resign at the end of the year.
"I view the office of auditor general as one of...
| May 28, 2015
| 9:52 AM
Senate Democrats on Thursday continued to shoot down Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda, this time defeating a measure that sought to limit expensive payouts in lawsuits.
It was the second time in two days that Senate Democrats blocked a...
| May 23, 2015
| 3:30 AM
As state lawmakers find themselves in their typical late May posture of trying to pass a budget, a new political dynamic hovers over the proceedings: more than $34 million in campaign cash under the control of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies....
| May 22, 2015
| 2:47 PM
As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner formally unveiled his legislative agenda Friday, supportive GOP lawmakers and opposing Democrats who control the legislature took hard-line positions, foretelling what is expected to be a contentious and lengthy overtime...
| May 19, 2015
| 6:08 PM
Politicians who sit in our state Capitol assume that voters are idiots. That's why Republicans and Democrats alike will tell you they're against increasing the property tax and the other party is not.
To understand what's going on here, simply...
| May 19, 2015
| 5:27 PM
House Democrats say they're working behind the scenes to draw up their own budget plan they hope can pass before a May 31 deadline as Republican legislative leaders complained Tuesday that their counterparts across the aisle are failing to "seriously...
| May 15, 2015
| 5:30 AM
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is hoping to put forth a united front heading into the final, frenzied days of session with the help of his swollen campaign fund.
Rauner, whose campaign fund held more than $20.5 million to help supportive Republicans and...
| May 14, 2015
| 6:28 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday admitted he's not sure his plan to cut government worker pension costs is legal and suggested legislators may need to pass a bunch of laws to see what sticks.
Rauner also indicated he's "taken a number of things off the...
| May 14, 2015
| 11:11 AM
The Homer Glen Village Board on Wednesday voted unanimously to override former Mayor Jim Daley's veto of changes to the lighting ordinance designed to reduce glaring and misdirected light and save on energy.
The revised ordinance, approved by trustees...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 3:10 PM
Legislation has passed the Illinois House that would pull red-light cameras from all nonhome-rule communities — including Western Springs — beginning in 2017.
Village President William Rodeghier said he believes the cameras along Wolf Road...