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  • Rauner 'Turnaround' tour not producing results so far

    Rauner 'Turnaround' tour not producing results so far
    In the months leading up to the showdown unfolding at the Capitol, Gov. Bruce Rauner spent much of his time touring Illinois, trying to create a groundswell of support for the pro-business wish list he hopes to push through a legislature run by...
  • Follow Oregon's trail and auto-register voters

    Follow Oregon's trail and auto-register voters
    On paper, the idea of automatically registering to vote all U.S. citizens who apply for a driver's license or state ID in Illinois would have broad appeal. Those who believe that expanding the roster of people eligible to vote is key to a healthy...
  • Rauner puts parts of agenda into bill form

    Rauner puts parts of agenda into bill form
    With just 10 days remaining in the spring legislative session, Gov. Bruce Rauner has finally put large parts of his so-called Turnaround Agenda into bill form, a move that follows months of criticism by Democrats who argued there was no way to vet his...
  • Madigan postpones millionaire tax bill after failed vote

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's effort to impose a new income tax on millionaires has stalled. The powerful Chicago Democrat postponed the measure Thursday after a vote failed to produce needed 71 votes. Three House Democrats voted against...
  • Illinois moves to downgrade pot possession to a fine

    Legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana is headed to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk. The Illinois Senate voted 37-19 Thursday to make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a civil violation punishable by fines...
  • Welcome to Illinois-as-usual

    Welcome to Illinois-as-usual
    Last year, the Democrats who run the Illinois House and Senate passed a phony budget. It kept everybody happy by promising lots of spending. But it didn't raise nearly enough money to cover all that spending. The governor signed it. That was Pat Quinn....
  • Rotary-dial era or modern communications?

    Rotary-dial era or modern communications?
    Illinois has a rotary dial-era law in a modern communications world. Illinois legislators are now deciding whether to update the expiring communications law to promote more private investment in high-speed Internet networks or to stick with the state'...
  • Speak Out: 'Is Aurora exempt from its own trash ordinance?'

    Speak Out: 'Is Aurora exempt from its own trash ordinance?'
    Editor's Note: Speak Out is a reader-generated column of opinions. If you see something you disagree with or think is incorrect, please tell us! Call us at 312-222-2460. Fix up dairy on Prairie: Finally after seven months, Aurora boarded those busted...
  • District, city argue Crystal Lake bleachers case before state Supreme Court

    District, city argue Crystal Lake bleachers case before state Supreme Court
    The controversy over a set of large bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School made it to the state's highest court Wednesday. The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments in the case that has pitted homeowners near the school and local leaders against...
  • Illinois House advances plan to change Cook County pensions

    Illinois lawmakers are again considering a plan to overhaul Cook County's pension system that could trim some workers' benefits, despite a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling striking down a statewide pension overhaul. It's a plan that could serve as...
  • Keeping state secrets at the public's expense

    Keeping state secrets at the public's expense
    Bruce Rauner promised that, if elected governor, he would shake things up in Springfield, but it's only taken him a few months to learn the Springfield way. There are secret meetings taking place on secret plans to dig the state out of its current...