| Feb 4, 2015
| 5:39 PM
The pro-business positions that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined Wednesday in his first State of the State message may be eclipsed only by the size of the political mountain he must scale to move them from rhetoric to reality.
The rookie chief...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 11:40 AM
Senate Bill 16, an attempt to adjust state aid to K-12 education at the expense of many suburban districts, is dead for now.
But State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) warns that the political culture in the Illinois General Assembly is often receptive...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 5:10 PM
A judge on Friday struck down the state’s landmark pension law that sought to fix Illinois’ $104.6 billion government retirement system debt, declaring the measure unconstitutional and clearing a path for a showdown in the Illinois Supreme...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 10:10 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn marched down Cermak Road where Cicero meets Berwyn, a white sash designating him grand marshal of a mushroom festival parade perched across his shoulder, but it was his celebrity sidekick who captured the crowd's attention.
"I love you,...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 3:28 PM
On the final weekend before Election Day, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis met with friends Saturday at a “soft opening” of a new Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy store in Bolingbrook, one of many stops on his campaign schedule.
| Aug 12, 2014
| 4:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn of tapping into a $20 million pot of cash to dangle in front of groups whose support he wants in the fall election, saying the effort “looks and smells&...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 5:52 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Governor candidate Bruce Rauner called on a boisterous Republican Day crowd at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday to help knock out Gov. Pat Quinn and the one-party Democrat rule that has run Illinois “into the ground.”...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:11 PM
The state's Democratic dysfunction spilled into the courts Tuesday as Illinois' two top legislative leaders filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to withhold lawmakers' paychecks until they send him a measure to overhaul the highly...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Thursday picked as their new leader a former Cook County prosecutor known for tough anti-crime stances but also for his work to clean up a broken justice system littered with wrongful convictions.
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:10 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature.
The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's...