| 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....
| 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...
| 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.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:05 PM
If Robert Smith has his way, he one day soon will leave Simeon and the program that changed his life and the Chicago basketball scene.
For what he hopes is seven more games, the program is still his.
The 41-year-old coach of five state championship...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White formally launched his bid for a record fifth term today, with the popular 79-year-old saying there's more work to be done.
White already is on track to become the longest-serving secretary of state at the...
| Sep 1, 2013
— Timothy Brown has put hundreds of drunken drivers behind the wheel.
In the research center where he works, the drivers ingest vodka or 151-proof alcohol and get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Malibu mounted in a metal pod about the size of a...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn signed three road safety bills into law Monday, including two that aim to make it tougher for some teenage drivers to earn a license.
The first, dubbed "Patricia's Law," would prohibit judges from granting supervision to anyone charged in...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Ask any of the four Republican governor candidates why they're running, and they'll quickly tick off a list of Illinois' perceived ills under Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's Democratic legislative leadership.
Dig a bit deeper and they'll each cite the...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Good Monday Morning Fellow Seekers. Pennsylvania’s public school students have been in class for weeks, but state lawmakers will finally return to work today for an abbreviated fall voting session that could end up being as notable for what doesn...