| Apr 19, 2015
| 8:23 PM
Robert Healy pleaded guilty last month to stealing more than $1.5 million while he held the obscure post of Lyons Township school treasurer. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
He stole that money from students, from taxpayers. Prosecutors say...
| Apr 19, 2015
| 9:38 AM
Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session that would overhaul the state's outdated school funding formula for the first time in two decades.
The intent of the...
| Apr 18, 2015
| 9:55 AM
Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save...
| Apr 12, 2015
| 4:03 AM
Just as a victorious Rahm Emanuel was about to step on stage to accept re-election accolades from a raucous crowd at a Near West Side plumbers union hall, he got a call. Bruce Rauner, his friend and Illinois' new governor, was on the line.
"We had a...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 8:13 AM
Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin urged small businesses to give lawmakers the chance to right a long list of fiscal wrongs in Springfield.
Durkin, a Western Springs resident who represents the 82nd District, thanked owners for continuing to run...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 1:30 PM
Illinois' top Republican legislative leaders expressed optimism for financial reform in Springfield during a stop April 1 at the Plymouth Place Senior Living center in LaGrange Park.
"After 13 years of one-party rule, we were in a really bad spot," said...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 3:05 PM
Some Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly voted last week to make cuts to education and other spending they favor.
The Earth did not fly into the sun.
In votes on the same measures, Republican legislators agreed to raid money from funds that...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 5:26 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders appear on track to resolve an immediate $1.6 billion deficit and avoid running out of money for prison guards and day care programs, though there's no guarantee the rare show of bipartisan cooperation will hold up...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 6:30 PM
As local school districts and public-safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 2:26 PM
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....
| Jan 12, 2015
| 4:53 PM
Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois governor Monday and asked for shared sacrifice to help him restore a state he described as in decline, beset by financial, moral and ethical crises.
The first Republican chief executive in a dozen years laid out what...