| Sep 26, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Two years ago, Illinois Democrats parlayed a new political map they drew and the final appearance at the top of the ticket by President Barack Obama to sweep out four Republican congressmen and reverse some of the losses suffered in the 2010 election that...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 4:48 PM
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will visit Chicago on Monday to raise campaign money for Gov. Pat Quinn and Democrats running for Congress, a White House aide said.
The Democratic governor is in a tough re-election fight against...
| May 23, 2012
| 5:40 PM
The Illinois House today passed legislation giving the state so-called quick-take power to acquire private property for the proposed Illiana expressway connecting Interstate 65 in Indiana and I-55 in Illinois.
Quick-take would let the Illinois Department...
| May 31, 2012
The roar of protesters vibrated through the Illinois Capitol rotunda Wednesday as community groups and organized labor clamored for attention. But the most intense noise wasn't the rhythmic stomp of the rallies. It was the pressing tick-tock of the...
| Jun 9, 2012
| 1:30 PM
Illinois Republicans used the state’s most powerful Democrat, House Speaker Michael Madigan, as a rally point during Saturday's party convention, blaming him for the state's ills while hailing a Downstate lawmaker’s tirade against him that...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead.
Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 3:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A new proposal to ban the use of cell phones while driving throughout Illinois passed the House on Friday along with two other traffic safety measures.
The proposed ban, sponsored by Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, would...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 2:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected a concealed carry measure today in an emotional test vote on the controversial gun legislation.
The legislation emerged in the form of an amendment that was modeled after a highly restrictive...
| Jan 31, 2012
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......
| May 31, 2012
Three cheers for Downstate lawmaker who shouted truth to power vI live more than 300 miles from Downstate Republican Mike Bost's Illinois House district and differ with him on many issues, but he was truly my representative Tuesday when he......
| Mar 4, 2013
Story: A new proposal to ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois passed the (state) House on Friday along with two other traffic safety measures. Sponsored by Rep. John D'Amico, D-Chicago, the bill would prohibit hand-held devices from......