| Jun 29, 2014
Voters won't get to change Illinois' corrupt, self-serving remapping process this year. The sponsors of the constitutional amendment pulled the plug on Friday.
They pointed to a judge's ruling that their amendment didn't meet the requirements of the...
| May 30, 2014
| 12:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers today have begun to send portions of a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn, the one task they must complete ahead of their Saturday adjournment deadline.
The spending plan puts off the tough decision of whether to extend the...
| May 16, 2014
| 10:58 PM
John Bills fits right in to the world of colorful characters who do the heavy lifting for Chicago politicians every election — raising donations, knocking on doors and delivering all of the vote.
But in Bills' case, the colors have often been a...
| May 28, 2014
| 3:58 PM
A federal jury empaneled late this afternoon in the bribery trial of lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith includes a college student, a truck driver, a chef and a college counselor.
After questioning that lasted more than seven hours, the 12 jurors and...
| May 28, 2014
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 8, 2014
Letters to the editor for the May 8 TribLocal print edition from Bourbonnais, Tinley Park and Bolingbrook.
Here we go again on another front. The federal government, tasked with very few responsibilities by the U.S. Constitution, is trying...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 12:44 PM
State elections officials said today that a preliminary review of the paperwork shows that a constitutional amendment on legislative term limits backed by Republican governor nominee Bruce Rauner should have enough signatures to be eligible for the Nov. 4...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| May 28, 2014
| 4:54 AM
The Chicago City Council meets today, the agenda topped by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s introduction of a plan to regulate gun sales in the city by controlling where the stores can go and requiring videotaping of sales and strict record-keeping....
| 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 20, 2014
| 2:26 PM
A proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask Illinois voters this fall to create an independent body to draw new legislative boundaries is at risk of not making the ballot following an initial review of petition signatures by state elections...