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  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...
  • The effort to limit the terms of legislative leaders in Illinois since 2007

     
    These are all minor variations on the same proposal: To limit the number of years any one legislator can remain in a position of leadership in the General Assembly (which I advocate for in Wednesday's print column, to come). Not...

    Lake County may complete widening of Aptakisic

    Lake County may complete widening of Aptakisic
    Aptakisic Road needs to be widened, officials say, and the reason is a problem as old as the interstate system itself: urban sprawl. The economy is going to recover, and when it does, Lake County population is going to start rising again —and...

    Quinn signs law on relatives helping fugitives

    Quinn signs law on relatives helping fugitives
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today to tighten a loophole that allowed close relatives to help fugitives flee without fear of getting punished. Inspired by a Tribune investigation, the new law allows criminal charges to be filed...

    Quinn signs legislation to shut loophole for fugitives

    Quinn signs legislation to shut loophole for fugitives
    — Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday to tighten a loophole that allowed close relatives to help fugitives flee without fear of getting punished. Inspired by a Tribune investigation, the new law allows criminal charges to be filed against...