| Oct 20, 2014
| 1:01 PM
Here's a prediction on which you can bet the house: Democrats will control the General Assembly after the Nov. 4 election.
It's a mathematical certainty in the Senate. Democrats hold a 40-19 majority, and only seven seats are contested. If Republicans...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:42 PM
The son-in-law of House Speaker Michael Madigan is leaving his post as chief of staff of the Regional Transportation Authority.
Jordan Matyas told the Tribune on Friday it was "time to move on to the next chapter" after four years at the Chicago area'...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Quick quiz: What do the Illinois treasurer and comptroller actually do?
We won't make you read tiny upside down print at the bottom of the page to get your answers: The treasurer invests taxpayer money after it's collected but before it gets spent....
| Oct 16, 2014
| 8:27 PM
"The Good Wife" is one of the most popular and, some might say, the most realistic political soap ever on TV.
And soon, thanks to yours truly, it could star a new character of great cunning and power, one you may find familiar if you know Illinois,...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:38 PM
"It's time that Illinois' highest legal official takes an active, hands-on role in cleaning up government. That's what people expect of their leaders and elected officials. And I will not let them down."
— Lisa Madigan, candidate for attorney...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Two years ago, Illinois Democrats parlayed a new political map they drew and the final appearance at the top of the ticket by President Barack Obama to sweep out four Republican congressmen and reverse some of the losses suffered in the 2010 election that...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 3:21 AM
Before Illinois voters get to the main event of choosing between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner, they'll be faced with five referendum questions asking about crime victims' rights, voting protections, a minimum wage hike, birth control and...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 1:08 PM
What makes you on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune think that House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton are not going to treat Bruce Rauner if he should win the office of governor as “an irrelevant bystander,”...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 7:39 PM
Watching Republican businessman Bruce Rauner trounce Gov. Pat Quinn in their debate last week, I took a long look at Quinn and considered the man.
Not the man as governor.
Quinn has been governor for nearly six years, and while affable enough, he...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 1:24 PM
The controversial Illiana toll road won a key vote Thursday from a regional planning group.
On Wednesday, an effort by a companion agency to block the proposed Illiana toll road fell short. Opponents on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning&...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 7:45 PM
An effort by members of the Chicago region's top planning board to block the proposed Illiana toll road fell short Wednesday, but another vote on the highly contentious project is due Thursday.
Illiana opponents on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for...