| May 5, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Some of the most important political leaders in Illinois are finally talking about passing a casino expansion bill. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has had discussions with Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton...
| May 4, 2015
| 5:37 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants a Chicago casino and Gov. Bruce Rauner remains open to giving him one, but attempts to put a long-stalled deal together this month are running up against obstacles both old and new.
The old: Putting together a gambling...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 6:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned to state lawmakers to get some legal leverage as he tries to outflank park preservationists’ opposition to two hoped-for legacy projects: the Barack Obama presidential library and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art....
| Apr 28, 2015
| 3:42 PM
Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary hit it on the head with “Scrooges don’t include Rauner.”
The mess this state is in has nothing to do with Gov. Bruce Rauner but everything to do with Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker...
| Apr 26, 2015
| 8:50 PM
Ann Stepan entered politics as an extension of her passion for social justice and rose up to become a powerful North Side Democratic committeeman and then an Illinois state representative who was instrumental in shepherding a law protecting the public...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 7:31 AM
This is in response to “Scrooges don’t include Rauner," by Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary. Thanks to McQueary for articulating what I’ve been trying to tell all who would listen about details related to the evil cabal formed by...
| Mar 28, 2015
| 12:41 PM
Second-term U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is expected to announce her candidacy Monday for the U.S. Senate and a potential challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, a source familiar with her plans said.
Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, will be the first...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 10:42 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will lay out his plan on Wednesday to confront an unprecedented fiscal crisis exacerbated by the recent expiration of the state's temporary income tax increase, a multi-billion-dollar revenue loss that...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:50 PM
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, who led the fight to pass pension reform in the legislature, told me that she believes the Illinois Supreme Court will ultimately rule that law is constitutional.
The measure was passed in a desperate attempt to...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 7:42 PM
A bill that could result in electric rate increases through the end of the decade as two major power companies move forward on a sweeping grid modernization program was approved Friday by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The measure allows Commonwealth...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 5:12 PM
After years of fighting with fellow Democrats to improve public school funding in Illinois, former state Sen. James Meeks has switched sides. He's now chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, appointed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whom he...