| Sep 24, 2014
| 8:01 AM
As a member of generation X, I want to thank John McCarron's "A boomer's advice for millenials" for being one of few public pieces to acknowledge how the American dream has been scarred, or, as he softly calls it, "leaving a few bills to pay."
| May 1, 2014
| 5:14 AM
A longtime ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan is trying to thwart efforts to ask voters whether to impose term limits on lawmakers and curb some of the politics in drawing new legislative district boundaries before the two proposed constitutional...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Illinois Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a new state spending plan that puts off many tough decisions until after the November election by relying on a series of time-tested budget tricks.
To make ends meet, at least on paper, lawmakers would bump up...
| May 29, 2014
| 5:45 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:02 AM
A silver pitcher given to an Illinois lawmaker who fought to keep the state capital in Springfield in the 19th century is headed back to the statehouse after a journey that found it in a Washington, D.C. apartment.
The Cohrs pitcher was presented to...
| May 30, 2014
| 12:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers today have begun to send portions of a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn, the one task they must complete ahead of their Saturday adjournment deadline.
The spending plan puts off the tough decision of whether to extend the...
| May 14, 2014
| 5:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats are taking a spend first, find-the-money-later approach as they craft a new state budget, laying out their priorities despite uncertainty that they’ll be able to gather enough votes to extend a temporary...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:27 AM
State lawmakers took steps today to loan or donate Barack Obama's state Senate seat to his presidential library — and took pains to note they weren't trying to turn the items into "golden" assets the way imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich did....
| May 20, 2014
| 5:23 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn spent more than two hours Monday trying to convince House Democrats to vote to make permanent what was billed as a temporary income tax increase, but Speaker Michael Madigan said support remains “significantly&...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hit Springfield Thursday to try to build support for changes to the county pension plan that she says would halt its ongoing decline toward insolvency.
She met with Senate President John Cullerton House...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:15 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being challenged in...