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  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

    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...
  • Gay marriage passes Illinois House

    One vote to spare. It's happened, folks. Governor Quinn has indicated he'll sign the bill, and it's already cleared the Senate. Welcome to the future, Illinois. Here's the roll call: Democrats voting no: Anthony Beiser, John Bradley, Katherine Cloonen,...

    Teel Time: Valles' starting debut at linebacker encouraging for U.Va.

    Max Valles’ first sack at Virginia was suitable for framing. Check him out above, courtesy of USA Today photographer Howard Smith, perfectly horizontal, a good 12 inches off the turf, corralling the legs of Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage on Saturday....

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants state handgun registry

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants state handgun registry
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he wants state lawmakers to approve a statewide handgun registry. The request immediately ran into staunch opposition in Springfield, where gun control issues are often as much about geography as partisanship.Rep. Brandon...

    Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban

    Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban
    The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. In a 2-1 decision that is a major...