| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn approved last month.
| Dec 4, 2013
— Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Three Republican governor candidates took veiled shots at rival Bruce Rauner’s bravado in pledging to take on House Speaker Michael Madigan, each noting they have to work with the powerful Democrat to move the state forward.
The comments from...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:38 PM
With Chicago staring at a deadline for coming to grips with a $29 billion pension debt for teachers and public safety workers, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging unions to help negotiate an agreement on retirement benefits lest lawmakers...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,000 Chicago-based union members flooded the Capitol Wednesday to decry Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for legislation to scale back city government worker pensions.
The rally was a symbolic show of force, given that a...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 5:21 AM
Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois House lawmakers are debating a bill today to legalize gay marriage in Illinois.
If approved, Illinois would become the 15th state to allow same-sex unions. The bill will need 60 votes to pass the Illinois House. A test vote...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 5:35 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage...
| Feb 20, 2014
Letters to the editor from Plainfield, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Evergreen Park, Lockport, Lansing and Oak Lawn.
When the weather forecasters say "tomorrow morning won't be as cold; it will be about 3 degrees," you know we're having a bad...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:32 AM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:32 PM
If you think the political battle over pension reform in Illinois was long and tough, just wait for the legal battle. After years of wrangling, ducking and finger pointing, the General Assembly Tuesday passed a series of modifications to certain......