| Oct 31, 2014
| 3:00 AM
In the hard-boiled if fading world of print journalism, it's often said that the only way to look at a politician is down. And the worst crime of all is to work both sides of the street, doubling as a reporter while working for a pol, or vice versa.
| Oct 29, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- In the hard-boiled if fading world of print journalism, it's often said that the only way to look at a politician is down. And the worst crime of all is to work both sides of the street, doubling as a reporter while working for a pol, or...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 9:26 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure aimed at providing further protections for pregnant women in the workplace.
The legislation bars employers from firing, segregating against or refusing to hire pregnant women. Sponsoring Rep. Mary Flowers,...
| Jul 16, 2014
"The repeated failure of well-intentioned programs is not an accident. The failure is deeply rooted in the use of bad means to achieve good objectives."
— The late University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman
Before we mull what hiking...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 11:44 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today insisted that his push to raise the minimum wage in Chicago and across the state is not a political ploy aimed at driving Democratic turnout in the November election, but the right thing to do for families struggling in poverty....
| Sep 18, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Unless Illinois acts quickly, it will leave hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table that would go toward building its own health insurance marketplace, potentially upping the cost of coverage for nearly 170,000 Illinois residents.
| Feb 25, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Dr. Robert E. Cooke, a retired Johns Hopkins pediatrician-in-chief who was a founder of the Head Start children's program and a presidential medical adviser, died of heart disease Feb. 2 at his Oak Bluffs home on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. The former...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:53 PM
SACRAMENTO—News flash for Democratic state lawmakers: Not all Republican ideas are kooky.
Some make sense. A few GOP bills might even help struggling workers — the very people Democrats are supposed to be fighting for in the state Capitol....
| Apr 15, 2014
| 9:06 PM
Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:03 PM
SACRAMENTO — Former First Lady Maria Shriver returned to the state capital for her first public appearance in more than three years to urge lawmakers to take action to help women and children living in poverty.
Shriver spoke to a packed auditorium...
| Jan 1, 2014
The public outcry against the proposed construction of a $70-million juvenile jail in Baltimore City over the past several years — and the subsequent halting of that plan — sent a strong message to the governor, as well as juvenile services...