| Feb 22, 2014
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....
| Feb 4, 2014
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to appear before Congress on Wednesday to declare that identity theft is a major problem in the state, with some culprits targeting children because of their clean credit histories.
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:08 PM
A former state employee who’s suing Treasurer Dan Rutherford for political wrongdoing and sexual harassment added Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to the case Thursday.
The Romney addition came as Edmund Michalowski refiled his lawsuit...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 16, 2014
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......