| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If you've been out to festivals the last few weeks, you've got the drill down. Sunscreen? Check. Broken-in flip flops? Check. Cash so you can avoid the ATM fees at the fest? Major check. Now that you're a pro, one of the busiest fest weekends of the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:08 PM
A former state employee who’s suing Treasurer Dan Rutherford for political wrongdoing and sexual harassment added Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to the case Thursday.
The Romney addition came as Edmund Michalowski refiled his lawsuit...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 4:57 PM
A month before the 2012 primary, state Rep. Derrick Smith was talking in his West Side political office with a trusted campaign worker about writing a letter of support for a day care in exchange for a $7,000 bribe, federal prosecutors allege.
| May 20, 2014
| 10:34 AM
The future of distracted driving has arrived with the advent of Google Glass, but an Illinois lawmaker wants to outlaw wearing it behind the wheel before drivers start trying to get directions from images hanging directly in front of their eyes.
| May 21, 2014
| 6:57 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- With less than two weeks left until adjournment, the question of making permanent an income tax increase hanging in the balance and a possible $4 billion budget gap still up in the air, lawmakers will knock off early today to play...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:53 PM
The 68th Annual La Grange Pet Parade will prominently feature two people who have worked to overcome physical disabilities.
Brody Roybal, 15, the youngest member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, will be an honorary grand...
| Jul 18, 2014
Wednesday's blog item followed by Sunday's print column version of the story: So I had business yesterday afternoon at the Illinois Secretary of State's Chicago North regional office at 5401 N. Elston Ave. and notice on the way in that......
| Jan 5, 2014
When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.
First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Drivers in fatal crashes will be less likely to get a special kind of probation under a new law that went into effect this year.
The law is the latest to limit when judges can use the probation, called court supervision, which is widely popular...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 8:44 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- Hundreds of candidates from would-be governors down to state lawmakers and judges lined up in the cold today outside the Illinois State Board of Elections offices to submit paperwork to get on the March 2014 primary ballot.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:28 AM
The first driver's licenses for immigrants living in Illinois illegally will be issued in December, with officials estimating that as many as 500,000 people could eventually apply for the special permits.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office...