| 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...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 2:34 PM
The Illinois Federation of Teachers endorsed Republican governor candidate Kirk Dillard on Sunday, giving the state senator from Hinsdale the backing of the state's two major — and politically active — teachers unions.
The move by the IFT,...
| Mar 5, 2014
Standing amid a few dozen supporters inside an Italian restaurant in Downers Grove on a recent Thursday night, Dan Rutherford drew an analogy to explain the setbacks in his bid for governor.
"Do you all know what a manatee is?" asked Rutherford, an avid...
| Feb 21, 2014
As Kirk Dillard travels the state campaigning for the Republican governor nomination, he laments the razor-thin defeat in his last primary election fight, offering audiences the message of a politician who could have been a contender if only he'd...
| Sep 30, 2013
Natasha Korecki at Brand X reports: Would (State Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago) run as Gov. Pat Quinn’s lieutenant governor? The answer is basically yes.... Raoul said he would consider the job with a major caveat — that it would......
| May 20, 2014
In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 10:45 AM
After hotel tax figures came in this year, the city of Chicago for the first time had to pitch in extra money to help pay off renovations and maintenance to Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
When the stadium’s owner, the...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 6:36 PM
It turns out that Chicago taxpayers may not be on the hook for more than $1 million for renovations at Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority said Thursday that the shortfall in hotel tax revenue it used to make...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 11:37 AM
A group of influential politicians, judges and lawyers today called on the Illinois Supreme Court to order hearings into allegations that at least 15 men remain imprisoned despite allegations they were tortured into confessing by disgraced former...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 12:24 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Fair opened today, and the politicians aren’t depending on rallies next week to strut their stuff at the state’s biggest combination of cattle, candy and food concoctions that our mothers wouldn't...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 7:00 PM
Most city workers spend decades in public service to build up modest pensions. But for former labor leader Dennis Gannon, the keys to securing a public pension were one day on the city payroll and some help from the Daley administration.
And his city...