| Jun 12, 2015
| 1:20 PM
While political polarization has been the focus of the budget process in Springfield, what Illinois families want to know is how this will affect their everyday lives. Many citizens — business leaders, human service providers, educators, seniors...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 4:13 PM
In the mid-1960s, a social scientist noted something ominous that came to be called "Moynihan's Scissors": Two lines on a graph crossed, replicating a scissors' blades. The descending line charted the decline in the minority male unemployment rate. The...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 4:29 PM
Victims of domestic violence face eviction from their apartments under crime-free housing laws for repeatedly calling police to report abusive spouses, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
In response to those concerns, state...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 2:39 PM
Illinois’ decision to expand eligibility for the Medicaid program is a huge financial boon for the state. It fills a historic gap in Medicaid by covering the poorest Illinoisans who have historically been left out of the program. This means they can...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 7:04 PM
Most businesses in Illinois will soon be required by law to adopt a retirement savings plan for employees, under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Sunday.
The law requires all businesses in operation for at least two years and that have at least...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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....
| 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,...
| 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.