| May 21, 2014
| 6:11 PM
Hundreds of McDonald's workers and community activists staged a protest Wednesday near the fast-food chain's headquarters in Oak Brook, seeking a wage increase to at least $15 per hour for employees.
The demonstration was peaceful, with 138 protesters...
| Mar 30, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn sought to make the 5 percent income tax rate permanent in his budget address last week.
The Illinois income tax, conceived in the 1960s as a Republican-led initiative, has now become a complex problem vexing the Democrats who control...
| May 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The Democrats have it all wrong when it comes to one of their choices for a new President Barack Obama bumper sticker:
"Like a Boss."
The Democrats foolishly think the phrase derives from an old rap song denoting cool competence. "Like a bowse" is how...
| May 28, 2014
| 8:31 AM
As the final days of the state Legislature’s spring session wind down, lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith finds himself in a federal courtroom in Chicago today as his scheduled trial gets underway on charges of bribery and extortion.
| May 4, 2014
| 2:20 PM
The "Week in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of state and local...
| May 28, 2014
| 3:58 PM
A federal jury empaneled late this afternoon in the bribery trial of lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith includes a college student, a truck driver, a chef and a college counselor.
After questioning that lasted more than seven hours, the 12 jurors and...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:02 AM
A silver pitcher given to an Illinois lawmaker who fought to keep the state capital in Springfield in the 19th century is headed back to the statehouse after a journey that found it in a Washington, D.C. apartment.
The Cohrs pitcher was presented to...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A key Democratic state senator said Thursday he will seek a vote Tuesday on his controversial plan to ask voters to amend the state constitution to replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with a graduated tax based on the amount of income earned....
| Apr 22, 2014
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn’t have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state’s income tax increase or raise the minimum wage....
| Apr 21, 2014
| 5:58 PM
As lawmakers held their first hearing today on recommendations from the special mass transit task force created in the aftermath of the controversy at Metra, the state's top watchdog urged them to move swiftly on reforms.
Ricardo Meza, the state's...
| Jun 15, 2014
Illinois has pledged $12 million over 10 years to eBay in exchange for the creation of 360 jobs in downtown Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Friday.
EBay last year acquired Braintree, a Chicago payment processor for smartphones and tablets. Now...