| Dec 6, 2014
| 11:04 AM
In 2012, when Democrats held on to the White House, Republicans kept a comfortable majority of seats in the U.S. House. This was curious for only one reason: Nationally, Democrats running in House elections outpolled Republicans by more than a million...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 6:03 PM
The Illinois Constitution is clear that a vacancy in the state comptroller’s office is filled by an appointment made by the governor.
But the timing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s death on Wednesday, so close to the Jan. 12...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 7:12 PM
If you're Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and you're running for mayor, this is how you take down Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
You and the other candidates in the race get just enough votes to deny Rahm the 50 percent-plus-one vote count he'll need to win outright in...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:04 PM
House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday effectively ruled out any quick action by lawmakers to meet in a special legislative session to try to force a special election for Illinois comptroller following the death of Republican Judy Baar Topinka....
| Dec 15, 2014
| 3:24 PM
"She's the blond. I'm the redhead."
—State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, explaining in 1997 the scant difference between her office and that of state Comptroller Loleta Didrickson.
In a better place and time, politicians would focus this week...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 2:35 PM
Well, he certainly isn't leaving quietly.
Gov. Pat Quinn, who lost his re-election bid last month, announced Thursday that he's calling the lame duck General Assembly to Springfield for a special session on Jan. 8, just a few days before a new...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t leaving office without waging at least one more battle against Republican successor Bruce Rauner, ordering lawmakers on Thursday to return to Springfield Jan. 8 to decide whether voters should get to pick a new...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 7:45 PM
A year ago, lawmakers imposed a moratorium on special tax incentives used to help keep companies — and their jobs — in Illinois. They also created a committee to examine whether the program, which also rewarded companies even as they laid...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 2:19 PM
The top Chicago business stories for 2014 featured some high profile breakups, from Tribune Media spinning off its legacy newspapers, to hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin spinning off his wife in a messy public divorce.
A tainted-meat supplier and a...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 10:05 AM
Congratulations on your raise! On Thursday, the four-year income tax hikes that Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law will begin to roll back. You'll keep more of the money you earn.
Your raise also is a victory because you won it. The Nov. 4 election for...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 12:11 PM
While it's early in the election cycle, school board races in High School District 230 are already shaping up to be hotly contested with one group of candidates accusing another of political chicanery.
Board President Rick Nogal is running for re-...