| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,000 Chicago-based union members flooded the Capitol Wednesday to decry Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for legislation to scale back city government worker pensions.
The rally was a symbolic show of force, given that a...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has remained mum on whether he wants to keep in place the state income-tax increase that starts to expire next year and now he’s taking steps that will allow him to stay silent until after the March 18...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city's employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year's city and Chicago Public Schools budgets.
A spokeswoman for...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:33 AM
It was a history-making year at the state Capitol, with lawmakers legalizing gay marriage, allowing medical marijuana for those with chronic illnesses, permitting concealed handguns and approving major changes to the government worker pension system....
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work.
Faced with blistering criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and significant...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 5:35 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Top Illinois legislators said today they’ve reached agreement on a plan to deal with the state’s worst-in-the-nation unfunded public pension liability and expect to vote on it next week.
Details of the measure were unclear today and its...
| Dec 4, 2013
— Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
| May 28, 2013
Wednesday's print column Talk about the Wild West. Imagine officials of more than 200 local home-rule units of government in Illinois — trustees, aldermen, councilors, commissioners, most of them part-timers — suddenly and urgently...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 7:28 PM
State Sen. Suzi Schmidt announced Wednesday that she will stay in office and seek re-election next year, despite recent controversy over her 911 call requesting special treatment during a marital dispute.
"I believe I can and will continue to serve the...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 1:52 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he will ask House Speaker Michael Madigan to run legislation later this month to eliminate the scandal-plagued legislative scholarship program.
The governor’s comments came a day after Madigan indicated he would...