| Dec 3, 2014
| 5:08 PM
Thomas Durkin spent 40 years working as an accountant, rising up to become the national managing partner of a large accounting firm.
Five of his eight sons became attorneys, among them state Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Westchester, the House minority leader, and...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Three west suburban school districts say they have a nifty way to save thousands of dollars.
The schools want to sever ties to the Lyons Township school treasurer's office. The treasurer, who is appointed by the Lyons Township trustees of schools, is...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:03 PM
Bruce Rauner long has spoken of the need to demand more from teachers and students alike. But before a conservative audience in Lake County last fall, the then-Republican candidate for governor lashed out at new Common Core education standards aimed at...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 9:38 PM
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan convincingly fended off Republicans who were struggling Tuesday to cut into his lopsided Democratic majority by even a single seat.
The effort to reduce the Democrat's 71-47 edge represented a critical test for...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 3:07 AM
There are 118 Illinois House seats on the ballot Tuesday, but for Republicans, the magic number is one.
The GOP knows it's highly unlikely it will catch a tidal wave and sweep Speaker Michael Madigan out of power. But all the House Republicans need to...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:23 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner lobbed a nonstop volley of character attacks at each other during their first face-to-face meeting in five months, a strong signal that the homestretch of the governor's race will focus on...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 7:39 AM
As Illinois Republicans argued Thursday that a legislative panel should push ahead with an election-year inquiry into Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter to clear up any misunderstanding:...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 4:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn of tapping into a $20 million pot of cash to dangle in front of groups whose support he wants in the fall election, saying the effort “looks and smells&...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 5:52 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Governor candidate Bruce Rauner called on a boisterous Republican Day crowd at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday to help knock out Gov. Pat Quinn and the one-party Democrat rule that has run Illinois “into the ground.”...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic push to impose a graduated income tax rate in Illinois fizzled on Tuesday, refocusing the debate on whether the state’s temporary income tax hike should be made permanent.
Democratic Sen. Don Harmon had vowed...