| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
| Dec 7, 2012
| 4:08 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois drivers will pay $2 more for their license plate stickers next year thanks to a bill Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed Friday to pay for better upkeep and care of state parks.
The practical effect of the new law is that...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Drivers who illegally use handicap parking plates and decals soon will face stricter fines and penalties under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.
Starting Jan. 1, fines for unauthorized use of placards for people with disabilities will...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 3:44 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, today to finalize an agreement that will allow Illinois to receive roughly $2 million a year in federal funding to help restore and protect the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The Illinois Coastal...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 6:11 PM
Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has opened up a big lead tonight against Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz in the Democratic primary.
Brown had 66 percent of the vote while Munoz had 34 percent, with 72 percent of the precincts counted....
| Mar 21, 2012
| 4:29 AM
A Chicago Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery a week ago won decisively in Tuesday's primary, the first election under a newly drawn map that shook up House and Senate seats from the city to the suburbs.
Even before unofficial results rolled in,...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 8:07 PM
Propelled by support from top Democrats including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis easily won the party’s nomination for a 10-year term on the high court Tuesday, topping her two closest challengers by...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges.
The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.
But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.
Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
| Feb 17, 2012
Good Afternoon, All. If there was any doubt, it looks like the vogue for reform has passed and the wave of anger from the 2006 cycle has officially subsided. We've just gone and checked the list of candidates from the......
| Aug 10, 2012
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review (WTTW-Ch.11) Guest host Eddie Arruza with Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune; Mary Ann...