| May 27, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Illinois Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a new state spending plan that puts off many tough decisions until after the November election by relying on a series of time-tested budget tricks.
To make ends meet, at least on paper, lawmakers would bump up...
| May 29, 2014
| 8:58 AM
Organized labor is on tenterhooks these days over a pending Supreme Court ruling that could spell life or death for public employee unions.
What makes this a man-bites-dog story is the identity of the man who might save public employee unions from...
| May 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved legislation that supporters said is designed to strike a balance between public safety and regulation for ride-sharing companies that use smart-phone apps to hook up with customers.
| May 20, 2014
| 5:25 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- Less than a week after a University of Illinois lecturer with ties to a 1970s radical group pleaded his case to keep teaching, the Illinois Senate passed a measure that would ban him from teaching regardless of whether the university rules...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:17 PM
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Senate approved the Equal Rights Amendment with Democratic support today, but Republican women lined up to condemn the effort as a symbolic gesture that’s decades late and a political ploy that distracts from the...
| May 22, 2014
| 5:11 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Chicago would become the only city in the state allowed to write its own rules on where medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers could set up shop under legislation the Illinois Senate passed on Thursday.
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city's employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year's city and Chicago Public Schools budgets.
A spokeswoman for...
| May 23, 2014
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Feb 19, 2014
News release from the Illinois Senate Democrats: By law, the state’s income tax rates drop on Jan. 1, 2015 - halfway through the upcoming budget year. That $1.6 billion revenue decline, combined with increased costs in required programs and...
| Mar 14, 2014
Those who take my political predictions to the bank are wont to come home with empty wallets, but here’s my best-guess list of the winners in 10 key primary races Tuesday. GOP governor: Bruce Rauner GOP U.S. Senate: Doug Truax......
| Mar 13, 2014
From the Tribune candidate forum between Republican U.S. Senate primary foes Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis, 2/10/14: Truax: (Oberweis) is actively ducking out of debates with me. And I think if you’re going to be a better candidate this time......