| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Tuesday to use his political capital to get state lawmakers to pass tougher illegal firearm possession laws, but his plan faces a lukewarm reception from a General Assembly already facing a tableau of issues and weary of...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970.
Richard Nixon was president,...
| Sep 29, 2013
It's too early to say Pat Quinn will be re-elected as governor of Illinois, especially after a week in which he lost his big court fight with the legislature.
But consider this: While the governor was losing the legal battle, he was winning the...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn, in full re-election mode, took the unusual step of showing up in court today for the first hearing in lawmakers' effort to get their paychecks restored after the governor suspended their pay citing a lack of action on pension reform....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
| Aug 9, 2013
I'm sure we can all sympathize with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn's withholding of their paychecks until they resolve the pension crisis.
Madigan and Cullerton have filed suit...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
UPDATE -- Laura Washington and I will be guest panelists on this topic with moderator Elizabeth Brackett at 7 p.m. on Chicago Tonight, WTTW-Ch. 11 Here's Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington on the Democratic gubernatorial race and the possibility that...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 12:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is tossing aside the decades-old tradition of Democrats throwing a political rally at the Illinois State Fair, but he denies that’s because Democrats are in disarray, he got booed heavily last year or that he&...
| Aug 1, 2013
In your July 31 editorial (“Finally, an emergency”), you criticize Speaker Madigan and Senator Cullerton for upholding the Illinois Constitution as "the beacon of justice...when it serves their interests”—in this case, the...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:35 PM
When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan publicly pulled the plug on a run for governor, she announced that she "never planned to run" for the state's top office as long as her father remained House speaker, given the inherent conflict.