| 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).......
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is now 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......
| May 29, 2013
| 5:08 AM
SPRINGFIELD — New estimates released Tuesday indicate House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform proposal would save more money over the next three decades than had been expected.
Number crunchers turned in a final review that showed...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:28 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate tonight overwhelmingly defeated a major overhaul of the state's heavily indebted government worker pension systems, throwing into question whether cost-saving reforms will be approved before Friday night’s...
| May 31, 2013
| 7:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A plan to allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip a large chunk of Chicago Public Schools pension payments for two years failed today after Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to veto it unless lawmakers also approve comprehensive government worker pension....
| May 23, 2013
| 10:16 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill.
| May 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Over objections of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the House approved a concealed weapons bill today that is aimed at ending Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation without a law to allow its citizens to carry...
| May 19, 2013
| 6:05 PM
The grieving mother of a 6-year-old killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School joined Illinois Democrats on Sunday in calling for a statewide ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Nicole Hockley choked up when discussing the December...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:15 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday put a finer point on a notion he's been pushing this spring: no gambling expansion will happen without comprehensive changes to fix a greatly underfunded government worker pension system.
The Democratic governor also insisted...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:00 AM
— The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The General Assembly is in special session today to form a conference committee of lawmakers who will try to come up with a way to break a stalemate on government worker pension reform.
The Senate got the ball rolling by voting 45-11 not...