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  • Both sides in Dennis Hastert case agree to keep judge

     Both sides in Dennis Hastert case agree to keep judge
    U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin will remain in charge of the criminal case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert in spite of the judge's ties to Hastert that include campaign contributions and a onetime business relationship with Hastert's...
  • Emanuel prepares to borrow $1.1 billion to juggle Chicago debt, pay bills

    Emanuel prepares to borrow $1.1 billion to juggle Chicago debt, pay bills
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's cash-strapped City Hall is preparing to borrow $1.1 billion to complete his debt restructuring plan, pay off a major court judgment and cover police back pay, among other costs. The move — the biggest round of borrowing...
  • Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI

    Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI
    Shortly after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges related to sensational allegations of hush money payments and lying to federal agents, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert stood in a packed federal courtroom in downtown Chicago looking...
  • Term limits and Remap are downgraded like an Illinois bond rating

    Term limits and Remap are downgraded like an Illinois bond rating
    While the Illinois legislature wastes our time on ridiculous measures and ignores the pension crisis, one would wonder why they wouldn't bring two of the most popular ideas in the state — term limits and Remap — to the floor for a vote....
  • Unanimous agreement on property tax break for disabled vets

    Unanimous agreement on property tax break for disabled vets
    While it may seem that Democrats and Republicans are at war in Springfield, at least one piece of legislation has received unanimous support from lawmakers of both political parties. A bill that would provide a variety of property tax breaks for...
  • Civics courses are vital for a healthy Illinois

    Civics courses are vital for a healthy Illinois
    A strong, functioning democracy absolutely requires an understanding of civics. The legislature has passed a bill that will ensure this benefit for all high school students in Illinois, and our lawmakers should be commended for it. “Civics course...
  • Rauner's policies leave Illinois hopeless, homeless

    Rauner's policies leave Illinois hopeless, homeless
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's immediate reductions to child care for working parents, home-based services for the elderly and disabled and home energy assistance show stunning disregard for working families and the less fortunate. The governor's recommended...
  • Sheriff urges financial watch list for towns

    Sheriff urges financial watch list for towns
    In what seems like a common-sense approach to a growing problem, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants the state comptroller to create and publish online a financial watch list of Illinois municipalities in "distress." State Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-...
  • Paul Sassone: New Illinois Happy Hour Law sends bad message

    Paul Sassone: New Illinois Happy Hour Law sends bad message
    Every two hours, three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes in the U.S. So says the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2012, there were 393 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Illinois. So says the Illinois Secretary of State....
  • Protect kids, promote vaccines

    Protect kids, promote vaccines
    Parents in Illinois send a child to school with the expectation that he or she will be safe from common childhood diseases because the other students have been vaccinated. But in many classrooms, that's not true. Thousands of children in Illinois attend...
  • Comptroller: Without budget, most state payments would stop

    Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said Wednesday that if lawmakers don't reach a state budget deal by the end of the month, she'll be unable to do her job of paying the state's bills. The Republican, who Bruce Rauner hand-picked while governor-elect,...