| Jan 13, 2015
| 5:10 AM
In an eleventh-hour flurry Monday in Chicago, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a few final bills into law, appointed friends to ceremonial posts and laid a series of political traps for incoming Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Quinn also maintained his...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 4:53 PM
Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois governor Monday and asked for shared sacrifice to help him restore a state he described as in decline, beset by financial, moral and ethical crises.
The first Republican chief executive in a dozen years laid out what...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 3:07 AM
Leslie Munger, appointed by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner as state comptroller, awaits a possible vote by legislators Thursday on whether she'll serve for the full four years or will face an election challenge in 2016.
That has been at issue since the death...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's death left a void in Illinois beyond her colorful personality: She would have been sworn in Monday for her second term in the office. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has named GOP businesswoman Leslie Munger to fill the vacancy,...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 3:17 PM
Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and two key allies pumped $20 million into the Republican's campaign fund Wednesday to buttress lawmakers who follow the new chief executive's as-yet unstated agenda after he takes office in mid-January.
The move is an...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 10:34 PM
On his path to becoming Illinois' next governor, equity investor Bruce Rauner boasted he would be able to fix the state's massive financial problems, assuring voters, "I've been a success at everything I've done."
As the Republican prepares to take...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 5:53 PM
Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday picked a former corporate executive from the north suburbs to fill the comptroller’s post left vacant after the death of Judy Baar Topinka.
Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire is a former executive for Helene...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:58 PM
And now, with a new governor ready to take his oath, all eyes in Illinois turn to Springfield. That in itself is remarkable. One party has run state government for so long that many voters could spend less time brightly wondering "What next?" than...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 10:48 AM
A bipartisan collection of politicians, lobbyists, staffers, community activists and family filled a suburban union hall Wednesday to bid farewell to the late Judy Baar Topinka and urge that her style of blunt pragmatism be adopted as a memorial to move...
| Nov 11, 2014
The legislation paving the way for Chicago Public Schools to issue $1 billion in risky debt arrived on the Senate floor with little explanation.
The sponsor, Sen. John Cullerton, told fellow lawmakers that his grasp of the bill was limited.
| Dec 10, 2014
| 6:03 PM
The Illinois Constitution is clear that a vacancy in the state comptroller’s office is filled by an appointment made by the governor.
But the timing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s death on Wednesday, so close to the Jan. 12...