| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner poured $3.2 million into advertising during the final three months of last year, far outraising and outspending his three rivals for the March 18 nomination, campaign disclosure reports show. The reports show...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 3:04 PM
Outspent and out-fundraised by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner’s campaign, three rivals are trying to use his stumbling over Illinois’ minimum wage to better position themselves with little more than two months until the primary...
| Jan 19, 2014
Was I serious the other day when I coined the term "Sweetnessgate" to describe the controversy and lingering questions about how Illinois GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner got his daughter into Walter Payton College Prep?
Sure. As serious, anyway,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 11:32 AM
Three Republican governor candidates lobbed criticism at opponent Bruce Rauner today over everything from his shifting position on minimum wage, efforts to get his daughter into a Chicago prep school and willingness to spend vast amounts of his own...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn launched Illinois’ epic attempt to bail itself out of a $100 billion public employee pension debt Thursday, signing into law an ambitious financial, legal and political effort to restore the state’s tumbling credit ratings and...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 3:09 PM
Legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois could give Democrats a much-needed boost of enthusiasm headed into next year’s critical elections, though financial woes and high unemployment could mute long-standing traction for the party that rules the...
| Jan 4, 2014
Readers and I are dancing together on that fine line between educated guesses and gut feelings, offering up hunches in bunches about the year ahead in Change of Subject's annual predict-the-news survey.
Who will win and who will lose in 2014? What...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Republican governor candidate Dan Rutherford paid more than $18,000 in taxes last year on an adjusted gross income of $114,145 in 2012, according to documents his campaign released Sunday.
Rutherford, elected four years ago as state treasurer,...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:02 AM
Almost a month ago, Bruce Rauner pledged at a Downstate candidates’ forum that if elected governor he would slash the state’s minimum wage by $1 to make it equal to the federal rate in an effort to make Illinois more economically competitive....
| Jan 7, 2014
| 4:32 PM
These are all minor variations on the same proposal: To limit the number of years any one legislator can remain in a position of leadership in the General Assembly (which I advocate for in Wednesday's print column, to come). Not......
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column It's a legislative tradition in five states that the speaker of the House is subject to term limits: Six years in Connecticut; two in Florida, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. "There's nothing in writing," said Brenda......