| 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...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 3:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A new proposal to ban the use of cell phones while driving throughout Illinois passed the House on Friday along with two other traffic safety measures.
The proposed ban, sponsored by Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, would...
| 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...
| 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 21, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Ten a night—that's the number of Chicagoans pulled over for driving under the influence, on average. A total of 3,795 people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Chicago last year, according to Chicago Police data....
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 11:18 AM
A new advertising campaign launched today for National Donate Life Month features a longtime organ donation advocate who died this year waiting for a kidney.
Vikki Tulcus, a coordinator for the state's organ and tissue donor registry, appeared in last...
| 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.