| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Office Depot, which recently merged with Illinois-based OfficeMax, was approved for tax breaks by the Illinois Senate that could sway the office-supply company toward a northern headquarters.
But the Illinois House adjourned Tuesday, stalling the bill,...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Saturday he will not seek interest payments lawmakers are due for going without pay for two months last summer, a shift from earlier comments by a spokeswoman who had indicated the Democratic leader would work...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Illinois Legislators will reconvene in Springfield on Jan. 29 to hear Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address.
It is imperative that they take the time to pass legislation allowing Advance Deposit Wagering, which allows horse racing fans to...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:42 PM
W. Robert Blair II, a two-term Illinois House speaker in the 1970s who was admired and maligned for his push to create the Regional Transportation Authority, has died at 83 after a long illness.
Mr. Blair, who died Saturday, Jan. 18, was remembered by...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:38 PM
With Chicago staring at a deadline for coming to grips with a $29 billion pension debt for teachers and public safety workers, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging unions to help negotiate an agreement on retirement benefits lest lawmakers...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 7:00 PM
PEORIA — The four candidates for the Illinois Republican governor nomination used a Downstate debate Thursday night to try to sell themselves as the most electable party standard bearer in a November showdown against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for President Obama's home state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions.
The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 3:17 PM
A year after being elected to his first public office after five previous tries, state Sen. Jim Oberweis on Friday formally announced his bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
Oberweis, a Sugar Grove money manager and boutique dairy owner, used...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:01 PM
The City Council on Tuesday voted 45-5 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $7 billion budget plan, which will boost a host of taxes, fines and fees for 2014 but leaves the politically toxic property, sales and gas taxes at current levels.
It was the third...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:10 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today declined to say whether he got a specific pledge from legislative leaders to deal with the city’s pension mess, even as the Illinois legislature is preparing to vote in Springfield today on a state pension reform package...