| Jan 3, 2013
If Hollywood decides many years from now to make an epic motion picture detailing the fight for gay marriage in Illinois, perhaps the film director will mercifully change Sen. Christine Radogno to "Sen. Christine Randolph," and Sen. James Meeks to......
| Feb 27, 2013
Here's guessing that when the state's top Democrats gather these days, they're superstitiously avoiding mention of the coup attempt brewing in the Illinois GOP. Goodness knows they don't want to jinx it. The Illinois Republican State Central Committee has...
| 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...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 11:37 AM
WASHINGTON--Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he and Sen. Dick Durbin are seeking a letter from the White House saying the vacant state prison in Thomson would not house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so plans could advance to sell the facility to...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 1:25 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today outlined his plan to overhaul the state’s health care system for the poor, an approach that includes a $1-a-pack hike in cigarette taxes coupled with deep cuts that will sharply curtail services.
The governor repeatedly has...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 2:25 PM
It’s been one year since Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on a 67 percent income tax rate increase and Republican legislative leaders didn’t let the milestone pass in silence, gathering Thursday to warn that the temporary hike will...
| Jan 21, 2012
Edward Derwinski, who represented Chicago's south side and adjoining suburbs in Congress for nearly a quarter-century before becoming the nation's first secretary of Veterans Affairs, died Sunday of cancer at a nursing home in Oak Brook, Ill., his...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 6:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Tinley Park Mental Health Center and six other state facilities would stay open in the short term and nearly 1,900 layoffs would be avoided under a deal struck Monday night, according to leading Democrats and Republicans.
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:31 PM
A three-judge federal court panel today rejected the final arguments raised in a lawsuit by Republican leaders challenging the new Democratic-drawn map for Illinois General Assembly districts.
Democrats, who control both chambers in the state...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 3:09 PM
The House made the first move against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal Thursday, lowering the estimate of how much money the state should expect to take in next year by more than $200 million.
For a state that owes more than $8 billion...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state."
Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...