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  • Senate candidates diverge on wage, tax issues

    Senate candidates diverge on wage, tax issues
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the middle class needs help. He supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, closing the pay gap between men and women and stopping major corporations from reincorporating overseas to reduce their taxes....
  • Indecision in the White House [Commentary]

    Indecision in the White House [Commentary]
    Sept. 11, 2001 changed us in many ways. Suddenly, a post-cold war America was again at war, this time with radical Islam. Many of us did not realize that our terrorist enemies had been at war with us for many years. Soon, American special forces were on...
  • When interests overlap for Durbin, lobbyist wife

    When interests overlap for Durbin, lobbyist wife
    Sen. Dick Durbin has long said that he and his wife, Loretta, an Illinois lobbyist, take pains to separate their work and avoid conflicts of interest. But a Tribune investigation has found instances in which Loretta Durbin's clients have received...
  • House hearing goes on despite IHSA's absence

    House hearing goes on despite IHSA's absence
    An Illinois General Assembly committee hearing Friday brought attention to the plight of catastrophically injured student-athletes, but the object of the witnesses' anger was not in the room. Testimony at the Elementary and Secondary Education committee...
  • State Sen. Trotter denies approving letters to top Zimbabwe officials

    State Sen. Trotter denies approving letters to top Zimbabwe officials
    State Sen. Donne Trotter testified in federal court Thursday that he never authorized a South Side man to sign letters on his behalf promising top Zimbabwe officials that he would lobby President Barack Obama to end U.S. sanctions against the African...
  • Valley View School District passes $225 million budget

    Valley View School District passes $225 million budget
    The Valley View School District 365U board voted to approve a $225 million budget for this fiscal year at last week's meeting. The budget leaves the district with a $6.6 million deficit, with the district projected to take in a little more than $218...
  • Death and taxes in Senate race

    Death and taxes in Senate race
    Sen. Dick Durbin clashed repeatedly Monday with his Republican rival, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, as the two staked out sharp differences on issues ranging from deploying ground troops to fight Islamic State militants to reforming Social Security and...
  • Nuns on the Bus make voter push in Chicago

    Nuns on the Bus make voter push in Chicago
    A group of Catholic nuns will make an appearance in Chicago today as part of their voter registration bus tour. The Nuns on the Bus will meet with Gov. Pat Quinn and low-wage workers before attending a "get out the vote" rally at 2 p.m. in Union Park in...
  • Child deaths tied to abuse, neglect still high

     Child deaths tied to abuse, neglect still high
    Nearly one year after Illinois child welfare officials revealed under pressure that more children had died from abuse or neglect than earlier reported, new state statistics show the disturbing high rate has continued. The Illinois Department of Children...
  • Tempers flare over fracking rules

    Tempers flare over fracking rules
    Representatives of the oil and gas industry in Illinois expressed outrage Wednesday about the latest draft of rules that would govern fracking in the state, saying its doubtful "anyone will even bother" to apply for a permit to drill here if the...
  • Chicago, south suburban Harvey battle over water bills

      Chicago, south suburban Harvey battle over water bills
    A legal battle between Chicago and one of its suburbs is turning increasingly heated, with the city accusing Harvey of "stealing" tens of millions of dollars worth of water while the suburb's spokesman implied that it's been gouged for years by its bigger...