| Jan 23, 2014
Letters to the editor from Wilmette, Des Plaines, Morton Grove, Niles and Rolling Meadows.
A friend and I were lunching at a sports bar-type restaurant at Old Orchard. A table nearby was occupied by two young mothers, each with a...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:42 PM
W. Robert Blair II, a two-term Illinois House speaker in the 1970s who was admired and maligned for his push to create the Regional Transportation Authority, has died at 83 after a long illness.
Mr. Blair, who died Saturday, Jan. 18, was remembered by...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:38 PM
With Chicago staring at a deadline for coming to grips with a $29 billion pension debt for teachers and public safety workers, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging unions to help negotiate an agreement on retirement benefits lest lawmakers...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Three Republican governor candidates took veiled shots at rival Bruce Rauner’s bravado in pledging to take on House Speaker Michael Madigan, each noting they have to work with the powerful Democrat to move the state forward.
The comments from...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic push to impose a graduated income tax rate in Illinois fizzled on Tuesday, refocusing the debate on whether the state’s temporary income tax hike should be made permanent.
Democratic Sen. Don Harmon had vowed...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 10:24 AM
An Illinois House committee endorsed a plan today to contribute $100 million in state funds toward construction of a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago.
The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next....
| Apr 18, 2014
| 9:38 AM
Influence of the wealthy
In regard to your April 3 editorial supporting the Supreme Court decision to eliminate limits to total campaign contributions, I think your viewpoint is quite skewed. Where you say "Government policy is too important for those...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 5:58 PM
As lawmakers held their first hearing today on recommendations from the special mass transit task force created in the aftermath of the controversy at Metra, the state's top watchdog urged them to move swiftly on reforms.
Ricardo Meza, the state's...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Growing up I always thought the Republican Party was the party of corporate wealth and the Democratic Party, the party of working class people. For years that stood as a benchmark for such a division. Now, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn’t have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state’s income tax increase or raise the minimum wage....
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work.
Faced with blistering criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and significant...