| May 8, 2015
| 4:41 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday unanimously ruled unconstitutional a landmark state pension law that aimed to scale back government worker benefits to erase a massive $105 billion retirement system debt, sending lawmakers and the new governor back to...
| Apr 15, 2015
| 4:19 AM
Richard Ingram, head of the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System, likens efforts to fix Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension mess to a game of whack-a-mole.
"You hit something somewhere and something else pops up," said Ingram, executive director of...
| 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...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 7:05 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner's Department of Juvenile Justice says it will retool efforts to keep low-risk juvenile offenders out of state facilities and help those who are incarcerated successfully re-enter their communities.
A five-point plan for how to do...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...