| Mar 4, 2015
| 10:51 AM
Veteran lobbyist William Filan has paid $2.37 million for a six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot brick house in West Lakeview.
A former top aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, Filan, 64, long has counted the city of Chicago among his...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 11:39 AM
A rookie mistake has led to some big problems.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both D-Chicago, believed that Gov. Bruce Rauner would ask to postpone the scheduled Feb. 18 budget address.
The current fiscal year's...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 5:37 PM
Senate Democrats gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a plan that would sweep $580 million from special funds to help plug a gaping budget hole, a move Republicans decried as a political stunt that undermines negotiations with new GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner....
| Jan 22, 2015
| 1:35 PM
A Republican state lawmaker filed legislation to outlaw traffic enforcement cameras statewide in the wake of a Tribune investigation into Chicago's controversial red light program, but it faces an uncertain future in a legislature controlled by Mayor Rahm...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 2:00 PM
"Did Pat Quinn take the bathroom key?" - Steve Spanola, Wheaton
1st: "We've been Quinned." - Don Farrell, Glenview
2nd: "Drat. He took the operating instructions." - Mike Engle, Chicago
3rd: "Mr. Governor, you'll have to ask...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 5:12 PM
More than a week after Gov. Bruce Rauner declared he was "literally days away" from a solution to the $1.6 billion shortfall in this year's budget, the governor insisted Friday that he and Democrats are "very close" to a deal.
"We'll get it done,"...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 2:26 PM
Most gamblers believe that no matter how bad their luck is running, everything can change with the next roll of the dice, turn of the wheel or flip of a card.
State Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, who has been leading the battle to expand casino...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 2:29 PM
The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century's most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 1:37 PM
I have to agree with Gov. Bruce Rauner. What happens when you spend more than you earn every year? You end up where Illinois is right now. Bankruptcy is one solution, but Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Illinois Senate President John...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 3:53 AM
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday plans to propose a 6.7 percent increase in general school spending despite signals that he'll call for major cuts elsewhere during his first budget speech.
A Rauner adviser said the governor will suggest a...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 6:30 PM
As local school districts and public-safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the...