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  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...
  • Hip, hip, harangue!

    Three cheers for Downstate lawmaker who shouted truth to power vI live more than 300 miles from Downstate Republican Mike Bost's Illinois House district and differ with him on many issues, but he was truly my representative Tuesday when he...

    Open thread: The Weeks in Review

    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of...

    In praise of Jim Durkin

    State Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs will be the new GOP House minority leader. For a little perspective on him, here are some passages from the 2002 Tribune endorsement of him in his U.S. Senate race against Democrat Dick...

    Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies

    Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies
    The brother of former state lawmaker Rosemary Mulligan says she has died after her health suffered in recent months. Stephen Granzyk (Gran-SIC') says the 73-year-old Republican died Tuesday, months after moving into a retirement community in Des Plaines....