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  • What they didn't teach you in civics class about how some bills become law

    Q. Is there really "a little-known process" in Illinois government "in which the legislative leadership and special-interest groups determine which bills are debated and which ones aren't"? A. Kinda, yeah. The allegation comes from a recent Voice of the People
  • 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...

    Employees return to O'Hare cargo building after evacuation

    Employees return to O'Hare cargo building after evacuation
    Reports of a suspicious package prompted an evacuation of a cargo building at O'Hare International Airport early Thursday, authorities said. The building was evacuated about 12:40 a.m. and the Chicago Police Department's bomb and arson unit was called...

    Move is on to halt inflated local pensions

    State Sen. Terry Link compares it to winning the lottery. Local government executives get fat bonuses and retire. Their pensions also are inflated by the bonus amounts, and so their retirement checks get fatter, to the point that they make more from...

    Lawmakers to probe local government pension practices

    Two Illinois lawmakers on Monday called for hearings to look into local government pension practices after learning how officials with the Park District of Highland Park intentionally used large bonuses to hike the pension of a district executive by...