| 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....
| Jun 18, 2013
As Illinois daily sinks ever deeper into the financial cesspool, 35 states are considering cutting taxes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Indiana cut its personal income tax 5 percent over two years and, with a variety of...
| May 14, 2013
Who took Harriet Hausman's $4,643.75 state tax refund check remains a mystery, but the 89-year-old River Forest resident has gotten her money back.
Hausman said the entire amount was deposited into her account Friday.
"I have the money and I'm...
| Apr 30, 2013
For years, Harriet Hausman deposited checks into her bank account by mail.
With each deposit, the 89-year-old River Forest resident included a bank slip and endorsed the check with her signature and the words "for deposit only."
The process had...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Here's guessing that when the state's top Democrats gather these days, they're superstitiously avoiding mention of the coup attempt brewing in the Illinois GOP. Goodness knows they don't want to jinx it. The Illinois Republican State Central Committee has...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 4:32 PM
What’s the most regrettable vote you’ve ever cast? What were you thinking and why were you so wrong? Regular blog commenter Beth suggested this as a possibly educational essay assignment and I'm biting. My answer, as attentive readers know,...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 5:05 PM
St. Patrick’s Day has a political tradition in Chicago, and the annual downtown parade is a hot spot for politicians seeking votes.
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a staunch backer of hometown President Barack Obama, declined to talk politics at the...
| May 4, 2012
— Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 11:38 AM
The state’s Republican leaders have spent time trying to make longtime Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan a campaign issue this fall.
On Monday, the state GOP handed out “Save Illinois, Fire Madigan” buttons and...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 2:02 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — The combative and blunt-speaking John Sununu woke up Illinois’ GOP delegation on the final day of the Republican National Convention by tossing some major broadsides at President Barack Obama, even suggesting convicted influence-...
| Aug 31, 2012
— The combative and blunt-speaking John Sununu woke up Illinois' GOP delegation on the final day of the Republican National Convention by tossing some major broadsides at President Barack Obama, even suggesting that convicted influence-peddler...