| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Supporters of a potential presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, including several prominent Illinois Democrats, attended a pair of downtown fundraisers Thursday, giving cash to a political action committee aimed at providing the Illinois native...
| May 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The Democrats have it all wrong when it comes to one of their choices for a new President Barack Obama bumper sticker:
"Like a Boss."
The Democrats foolishly think the phrase derives from an old rap song denoting cool competence. "Like a bowse" is how...
| Jun 1, 2014
More than half of 190,000 registered Houzz users recently surveyed said they plan to tackle a remodeling project to increase the resale value of their homes, although most don't plan to move for at least five years.
A series of lawsuits recently filed by...
| May 18, 2014
The formal responses filed Thursday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to a series of lawsuits challenging proposed pension changes put me in mind of the old joke that defines chutzpah — the Yiddish word for brazen audacity — as...
| May 14, 2014
| 5:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD — State workers and retirees can breathe a sigh of relief — at least for a while — after a judge on Wednesday delayed the start of a far-reaching overhaul of their pensions until it can be determined whether the measure...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:23 AM
A former state lawmaker who is accused of trading child pornography online has started collecting a state pension of nearly $15,000 a year — an amount he bumped up by purchasing credit for time he didn't work.
Ex-Rep. Keith Farnham, an Elgin...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:18 PM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the state’s first response to a series of challenges to the new law aimed at resolving the state’s government worker pension debt, arguing that changes in retirement benefits were a “valid...
| Apr 20, 2014
Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like...
| May 15, 2014
| 9:17 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Democrat-controlled House narrowly approved major portions of a new state budget Thursday over the objections of Republicans who contend the roughly $38 billion spending plan all but ensures a 2011 temporary income tax increase...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 12:23 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The former head of an Illinois government agency has agreed to pay the state $100,000 in a settlement after being accused of violating a so-called revolving-door clause regulating officials who leave and take jobs with state...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Officials, banks and consumers all want a piece of Target and Neiman Marcus, filing lawsuits and launching investigations against the two retailers after they reported data breaches.
A letter from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W....