| Dec 27, 2011
| 1:56 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn hopes the state lottery will start letting Illinois residents buy tickets online by spring following a U.S. Justice Department ruling that the Internet sales are legal.
The governor expressed his support for the long-stalled plan Tuesday,...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 5:04 PM
Banning drivers from using cell phones might be "inevitable," but it's not likely to happen in Illinois any time soon, a leading state lawmaker who has pushed auto safety legislation said today.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said such a ban...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 5:44 PM
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, are scheduled to be in the Chicago area this weekend on fundraising missions.
Pelosi, the former House speaker from California, is headlining a...
| May 1, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more than $150 million in three years...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:35 AM
Two years into his reign as Chicago's longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley took advantage of the state's convoluted pension system to significantly increase his potential payout while saving $400,000 in contributions, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has...
| May 2, 2012
| 11:55 AM
Lawmakers who want to end an often-abused legislative scholarship program were hopeful for a breakthrough after a top leader in the Illinois Senate got on board today.
Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago changed his position from wanting to reform...
| May 4, 2012
— Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
| Jun 4, 2012
As home foreclosures tear apart neighborhoods throughout the state, an annual battle plays out in Springfield between the banking industry and community activists over how to deal with the damage.
The banks always emerge largely unscathed. It happened...
| May 25, 2012
A year after Emil Jones Jr. retired from the Illinois Senate in 2008, his annual pension jumped by more than 50 percent to $122,334 — far more than he ever earned as Senate president.
Jones' good fortune comes courtesy of legislation he sponsored...
| May 27, 2012
Faced with what he labeled a "rendezvous with reality," Gov. Pat Quinn has confronted Illinois legislators with an ultimatum: Reform runaway Medicaid and pension spending or subject the least creditworthy state in America to even more costly bond rating...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:37 PM
Democrats boosted their already strong majorities in the state House and Senate on Tuesday, taking advantage of new legislative boundaries they drew over the protests of frustrated Republicans.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John...