| Jun 22, 2011
| 1:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers today voted to give themselves 12 unpaid days off during the next year and rejected 1.1 percent cost-of-living increases.
The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, effectively would leave lawmakers'...
| Sep 4, 2011
I recently found an array of online job postings that greet seekers with these encouraging words: "MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED, NO EXCEPTIONS."
How lovely. In a country with 13.9 million unemployed residents, that's akin to a restaurant requiring a hungry...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring.
| Sep 21, 2012
| 11:49 AM
For more than a century, legislative scholarships had been an expression of political clout in Illinois. Lawmakers could give the valuable freebies – which essentially waived tuition and fees at a state unviersity – to whomever they chose. And...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 10:08 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill to kill the long-abused legislative scholarship program.
"Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and qualify for scholarships to go to college, too often the program was abused in a...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 4:29 AM
A Chicago Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery a week ago won decisively in Tuesday's primary, the first election under a newly drawn map that shook up House and Senate seats from the city to the suburbs.
Even before unofficial results rolled in,...
| Jan 31, 2012
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
| Mar 20, 2012
Looks like it's going to be an early night, as I don't see a squeaker anywhere*: My predicted winners: US Congress: Jesse Jackson Jr. (2nd), Tammy Duckworth (8th) and Adam Kinziger (16th) appear to be comfortably in the lead. Ilya......