| Oct 13, 2014
| 5:04 PM
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....
| Sep 7, 2014
| 3:00 AM
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...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 7:27 PM
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...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 6:33 PM
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...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 9:16 PM
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...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 6:54 AM
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...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 8:48 PM
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...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 7:35 AM
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...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 6:07 AM
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...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 10:04 AM
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...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 10:58 PM
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...