| Feb 4, 2015
| 5:39 PM
The pro-business positions that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined Wednesday in his first State of the State message may be eclipsed only by the size of the political mountain he must scale to move them from rhetoric to reality.
The rookie chief...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 7:35 PM
Latinos are poised to pick up at least two City Council seats in aldermanic elections, the reflection of a new ward map and rising population in Chicago.
The last census showed the city's Latino population grew by about 25,000 between 2000 and 2010 as...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 4:40 PM
As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner tries to win approval for a state budget with severe spending cuts, Senate Democrats have emerged as the loudest opponents, holding news conferences and committee hearings to denounce the governor's proposals as...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 6:34 AM
As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sets his sights on limiting the influence of unions in Illinois, he's pushing an idea he's dubbed "empowerment zones" — areas across the state where voters could decide if workers in their communities should be forced...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 12:27 PM
I believe Gov. Bruce Rauner will balance the budget on the backs of the poor. There will be a huge price to pay, starting with less state heating assistance and chopping out money for Medicaid, reimbursement to hospitals and nursing homes, along with...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 5:04 PM
With the state's dire budget situation serving as an impetus, a bipartisan panel of House members Wednesday took up work begun by Democrats last summer to replace Illinois' school funding formula.
The task force, announced last week by House Speaker...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 12:12 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner has met with dozens of state legislators, both individually and in small groups, since his election. By all accounts, every meeting has been cordial, and he has scored lots of points with legislators who aren't accustomed to this sort of...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 5:11 PM
The Democratic leader of the Illinois Senate on Monday called Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget "as unworkable as it is unconscionable," suggesting the Republican try again to draft a balanced spending plan that doesn't disproportionately hurt...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 4:19 PM
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to try to noodle out the budget mess created by State Senate Leader John J. Cullerton and State House of Representatives Speaker Mike Madigan and their many minions. So guess who holds all of the pieces to the...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 8:28 AM
Gov. Bruce Rauner can only propose budget cuts, not enforce them. The Democratic legislative majority will have the final say — even up to overriding his veto. Rauner’s proposal to cut the budgets of Illinois’ most vital and needed...
| 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...