| 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...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 4:55 AM
Faced with public outrage about gritty black dust blowing through Chicago’s Southeast Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel talked of forcing towering mounds of petroleum coke out of Chicago and outlawing new piles with costly regulations.
But the fine print...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:32 PM
The formal responses filed Thursday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to a series of lawsuits challenging proposed pension changes (this, for example) put me in mind of the old joke that defines chutzpah — the Yiddish word for brazen......
| 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...
| May 30, 2014
| 1:02 PM
The payroll card bill, HB 5622, passed the Illinois House this afternoon by a vote of 98-11-1 and now awaits Governor Pat Quinn’s signature to become law, according to the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. She has...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 5:51 AM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging Illinois counties to grant same-sex marriage licenses immediately, following last month's federal court ruling that gave an early green light to same-sex couples in Cook County.
Madigan spelled out her...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 6:33 AM
Just south of the Chicago Skyway bridge, a dusty byproduct of the Canadian oil boom is piling up in huge black mountains along the Calumet River.
More is on the way. A lot more.
By the end of the year, the oil giant BP is expected to complete work...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 6:01 AM
If companies want to continue storing giant mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side, they soon will have to start doing so indoors.
Responding to months of public outrage about black dust clouds swirling off uncovered piles along the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom ended his exploratory bid for state treasurer Thursday and said he is endorsing outgoing House Republican leader Tom Cross for the post.
Schillerstrom, who ended a run for the 2010 Republican...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 9:12 PM
The allegations that Treasurer Dan Rutherford sexually harassed and politically pressured a former employee will cost taxpayers at least $27,000 in legal and investigative fees, and that figure is expected to grow.
The largest cost so far is an $18,122....