| Mar 19, 2015
| 10:13 AM
Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., Neil Steinberg and I will be part of the week-in-review panel on WBEZ FM 91.5 with guest host (one last time) Justin Kaufmann before he heads off to fame and fortune at WGN-AM.
What stories should we talk about and what do...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 4:20 AM
The CTA, Metra and Pace would lose almost $130 million in state funding under the 2016 budget plan that Gov. Bruce Rauner presented Wednesday, potentially threatening transit services provided to disabled riders and opening the door to deep service cuts...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:50 PM
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, who led the fight to pass pension reform in the legislature, told me that she believes the Illinois Supreme Court will ultimately rule that law is constitutional.
The measure was passed in a desperate attempt to...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 4:56 PM
By pleading guilty Tuesday to the murder of her 11-year-old sister, a Mundelein teenager will be allowed to remain in the juvenile system with "intensive mental health services" — a deal that would not have been an option under Illinois law had...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Calling the automatic transfer of juveniles to adult court to face serious criminal charges "a deeply unfair practice that disproportionately impacts youth of color," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday called for an end to the practice...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 3:50 PM
It's taken years of work and negotiation but a bill headed to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk attempts to mollify what can be an acrimonious relationship between condominium owners and their building associations and boards.
The legislation would create a...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 5:10 PM
The Illinois House voted Wednesday to give the attorney general the ability to go to court to stop future cases in which a pension is being paid to a convicted public official even if a retirement board had approved payments.
The bill is inspired by...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 8:23 PM
The Tribune continues endorsements today in contested races for the Illinois House.
41st District: Rep. Darlene Senger's run for Congress has opened this west suburban seat. Republican Grant Wehrli, a Naperville city councilman, faces Democrat Ed...
| May 22, 2014
| 10:12 AM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House voted down a bill today that would have given people a chance to drive with a highly restricted permit after getting convicted four times of driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs.
The measure, sponsored by...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD — After a personal appeal by Gov. Pat Quinn to round up enough votes to make permanent a state income tax increase failed, Democratic leaders tried a new tactic Wednesday: the prospect of massive budget cuts.
Speaker Michael Madigan...
| May 14, 2014
| 5:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD — State workers and retirees can breathe a sigh of relief — at least for a while — after a judge on Wednesday delayed the start of a far-reaching overhaul of their pensions until it can be determined whether the measure...