| May 22, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hit Springfield Thursday to try to build support for changes to the county pension plan that she says would halt its ongoing decline toward insolvency.
She met with Senate President John Cullerton House...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 1:50 PM
The Quinn administration handed out $800,000 in anti-violence money to a politically influential South Side community group even after the nonprofit filed documents with the state acknowledging it suffered from years of financial missteps, a Tribune...
| 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 27, 2014
| 5:20 AM
SPRINGFIELD — The latest political power play at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum comes from Speaker Michael Madigan, who is pushing a plan to set up the center as a free-standing state agency despite opponents’ concerns...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 4:13 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t able to wrangle enough votes to get his so-called millionaire tax proposal out of the Illinois House, meaning it won’t appear before voters on the November ballot.
The proposed constitutional...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday accused Democrats ruling Springfield of not having a plan to deal with the state’s shaky finances, even as he promised to provide his own proposal “in due time,” “at the...
| May 14, 2014
| 5:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan advanced a proposed overhaul of one of the state's special tax incentive programs Wednesday with an eye toward helping areas of high unemployment and poverty.
But Doug Whitley, president of the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Facing heavy criticism for months over failing to offer a plan to restore Illinois’ finances, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday issued an outline of proposed cuts that he maintained would save taxpayers $1 billion.
| May 15, 2014
| 10:27 AM
State lawmakers took steps today to loan or donate Barack Obama's state Senate seat to his presidential library — and took pains to note they weren't trying to turn the items into "golden" assets the way imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich did....
| Apr 3, 2014
Letters to the editor from Arlington Heights, Wilmette, Rolling Meadows and Morton Grove.
Mark Kirk's backing
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., took an oath of office to serve the citizens of Illinois. He did not take an oath to serve as a lap dog for...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Letters to the editor from Orland Park, Tinley Park, Lansing, Homewood and Lockport.
Tax the wealthy
Abraham Lincoln, considered by many the greatest president in U.S. history, believed government could do great things. Lincoln, the creator of our...