| 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...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Sunday we published a muscular attack on our own editorial board penned by Democratic State Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie: For years the editorial page has loudly bellowed for and against Illinois pension proposals and petulantly insulted and denigrated...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Pat Quinn appears to share my ambivalence about the expansion of gambling in Illinois. On one hand, additional casinos, slots and video poker machines would give a nice little boost to the state's finances and help stanch the flow of......
| Dec 3, 2012
For the third time in recent years, Illinois House lawmakers are considering whether to allow state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes. To figure out what this might mean for Illinois if this legislation is eventually enacted, the Chicago...
| May 6, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have increased utility bills and helped Commonwealth Edison improve its electrical grid.
But the bill passed the General Assembly by healthy margins, and legislators could override the veto this month....
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:04 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering a new tax on every slot machine and video poker game in the county as she puts the final touches on the budget proposal she will present Thursday, aides said.
Owners of gambling devices would be...
| May 23, 2012
| 3:03 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Shunting aside Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns, the Illinois House today approved a major expansion of gambling in Illinois that would put a casino in Chicago and four other cities, add positions at riverboats and allow slot machines...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 1:13 PM
A panel of Illinois House lawmakers gathered Wednesday to begin weighing possible disciplinary action against an indicted West Side Rep. Derrick Smith, whose attorney alleged the process was politically motivated to impose punishment ahead of the November...
| May 29, 2012
| 4:35 AM
— Efforts to develop a plan for comprehensive reform of public employee pensions hit a snag Monday as opposition intensified over a provision to shift retirement costs for suburban and Downstate teachers onto local school districts.
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......