| 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.
| 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 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....
| 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...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
In race that has drawn heavy interest from the entertainment industry, Republican Elan Carr led a long list of candidates seeking to advance to November's general election and succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles).
The district, which...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:04 PM
In January 1938, Rep. Louis Ludlow, an Indiana Democrat, proposed a constitutional amendment strongly supported by the public: "Except in the event of an invasion of the United States or its territorial possessions and attack upon its citizens residing...