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  • Senate Democrats block Rauner's workers' compensation measure

    Senate Democrats block Rauner's workers' compensation measure
    Senate Democrats on Wednesday joined their House counterparts in displaying a united front against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's legislative wish list, blocking his plan to overhaul the workers' compensation system and voting down his proposed budget...
  • Make your vote count. Sign the remap petition

    Make your vote count. Sign the remap petition
    In Illinois, the current legislative maps were drawn by Democrats to elect Democrats. In Texas, they were drawn by Republicans to elect Republicans. Wherever politicians control the process of redistricting, the goal is to make sure some votes count...
  • Hypocritical Madigan whines about secret meetings

    Hypocritical Madigan whines about secret meetings
    "We need taller interns," a statehouse wag told me during my first year covering the Illinois Capitol. I was a bit perplexed. After all, at 6 feet, 4 inches, I've never considered myself too short. This was in 1988, and the need was for someone tall...
  • Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it

    Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to solve his police and fire pension problem by paying less upfront, taking longer to pay off the debt and getting some of the money to cover what the city owes from a Chicago casino. The approach is designed to soften a...
  • Illinois on the rocks: 'The Madigan-Cullerton budget slash 2.0'

     Illinois on the rocks: 'The Madigan-Cullerton budget slash 2.0'
    "Democrats in the legislature, both the House and the Senate, will offer a spending plan that's consistent with our view of what the state of Illinois should do for Illinoisans who need the government to be helpful to them. We will publicly acknowledge...
  • Council split on value of Elgin's participation in Metro West Council

    Council split on value of Elgin's participation in Metro West Council
    The Elgin City Council Wednesday evening is set to discuss paying $30,000 to renew the city's membership in the Metro West Council of Government. The Aurora-based Metro West Council of Government was formed in late 2004, and its current membership...
  • Is it war or just politics in Springfield?

    Is it war or just politics in Springfield?
    It sure sounded like Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, were talking about going to the mattresses, as family soldiers in "The Godfather" referred to it. When I suggested the Democrats in the state...
  • Good news hard to find in Springfield

    Good news hard to find in Springfield
    I spent the better part of last Wednesday asking folks around the Statehouse if they had anything positive to tell me. I went looking for anything that might indicate a silver lining to this increasingly nasty spring legislative session. Mostly,...
  • Talk of the County: Why is District 60 taking 'Act of God' days?

    Talk of the County: Why is District 60 taking 'Act of God' days?
    Editor's Note: Talk of the County is a reader-generated column of opinions. If you see something you disagree with or think is incorrect, please tell us! Call us at (312) 222-4554 or email talkofthecounty@tribpub.com. For a continuously updating blog of...
  • Rewriting a constitution not for the weak of heart

    Rewriting a constitution not for the weak of heart
    Only hours after the Illinois Supreme Court threw cold water on the state's plan to deal with runaway pension obligations earlier this month, opponents of the justices' unanimous decision were touting another way to skin the cat: Rewrite the Illinois...
  • Is it good government you want or smart politics?

    Is it good government you want or smart politics?
    Gov. Bruce Rauner has been promoting his "Turnaround Agenda" throughout the state, but he has discovered, as other governors have before him, that the man at the helm has little control over the direction of Illinois. Former governors Jim Edgar,...