| May 19, 2015
| 5:27 PM
House Democrats say they're working behind the scenes to draw up their own budget plan they hope can pass before a May 31 deadline as Republican legislative leaders complained Tuesday that their counterparts across the aisle are failing to "seriously...
| May 19, 2015
| 1:59 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the governor's mansion last week to ask them to vote "present" when the House Democrats' called their right-to-work bill the following day.
Right-to-work laws allow union members to not pay for any...
| May 13, 2015
| 1:28 PM
Who does state Rep. Jim Durkin represent?
Lyons Township High School District 204 has enlisted state Durkin's support in passing legislation allowing District 204 to exit the Township Trustee of Schools structure. This is after District 204 shortchanged...
| May 2, 2015
A recent trip to Springfield left Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and City Manager Sean Stegall with the impression that matters related to the state's budget are far from being settled.
"I got the feeling that they are a long way from resolving their issues,"...
| 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 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...