| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:02 AM
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday suggested that a pattern of business executives threatening to leave Illinois unless they get tax incentives and politicians quickly responding has created an appearance of "corporate pay-to-play" as...
| Dec 11, 2013
Office Depot, which had been seeking millions in tax incentives from Illinois and Florida, said Tuesday it has picked Boca Raton, Fla., for its new headquarters, a move that will cost hundreds of workers in Naperville their jobs.
"I'm sorry that they are...
| Dec 4, 2013
— Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 4:36 AM
Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday to consider an agreement struck by legislative leaders that aims to fix the state's massive government worker pension as Senate Democrats have become the focal point for intensive lobbying efforts.
| Nov 27, 2013
With Illinois lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield next week for a pension reform vote, you might think House and Senate leaders have an agreement in hand. One they could show the people.
Host a news conference. Release the details of a draft...
| Nov 20, 2013
Illinois' four legislative leaders have been meeting privately in an effort to carve out a pension reform deal. Only top staffers have been allowed in the room with them. No news conferences. No comment.
Members of the General Assembly have been told to...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
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......
| Aug 30, 2013
| 4:32 PM
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......
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Thursday picked as their new leader a former Cook County prosecutor known for tough anti-crime stances but also for his work to clean up a broken justice system littered with wrongful convictions.
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD — House Republican leader Tom Cross told his members today that he is looking at a run for state treasurer, potentially changing his career plans for the second time in a matter of weeks.
Cross informed his fractured House GOP caucus...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 2:41 PM
After a former public official was charged with stealing money from school districts, Lyons Township High School board members are facing questions challenging a money-saving deal made 14 years ago.
Robert Healy, the former treasurer for the Lyons...