| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:59 PM
The White House faced mounting political complications as a second top fundraiser for President Obama was linked to a federal loan guarantee program that backed a now-bankrupt Silicon Valley solar energy company, and as two California lawmakers called for...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 7:39 PM
It's time to hear what you guys have to say — about everything from big payouts at the Sanford airport to shoddy treatment of veterans. Plus, we have an abundance of strange and funny notes from confused readers.
Mr. Maxwell: I want to ask you...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 6:40 PM
HARTFORD — Gov.Dannel P. Malloyopened the 2012 legislative session Wednesday with plans for education reform, pension funding changes and the largest increase in funding for affordable housing since Gov. William A. O'Neill was in office more than 20...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 5:51 PM
In more bad financial news for the state, the legislature's nonpartisan fiscal office now says the state budget deficit has grown to a projected $144.5 million.
The Office of Fiscal Analysis released new numbers Wednesday night that say the state is...
| Nov 5, 2010
TAVARES — City voters decided this week that an expansion of Wooton Park and a new 3,200-seat amphitheater was not worth a tax increase.
On Tuesday, 53 percent of voters turned down a ballot measure to add an extra tax for homeowners to pay for the...
| Nov 5, 2010
One good thing about mid-term elections is that they give voters a chance to learn about new candidates without the distraction of the wild presidential race.
One excellent potential elected official emerged from this season, and she is worth watching in...
| Oct 26, 2010
| 8:34 PM
I've heard from so many readers bewitched, bothered and bewildered by nasty campaign accusations that I decided to dust off the Malarkey Meter and start putting these claims to the truth test.
Here's the problem: The fibs and fabrications are so numerous...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 5:14 PM
Three Chicago firms, including one that secured a major state tax break with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s support, are giving back $34 million in taxpayer funds, administration officials said Monday.
CME Group, the financial exchanges giant that will...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 5:07 PM
HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that the state budget he unveils next month will fully fund state pensions and not rely on borrowing money to pay operating expenses — two departures from recent years.
He also said he would steer...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 6:51 AM
While most Illinois taxpayers were asleep early Wednesday, their wallets and bank accounts were being lightened by Illinois lawmakers desperate for more revenue to ease a crushing state financial crisis.
The morning-after reality was this: The state...
| Dec 18, 2010
| 9:04 AM
The successor to Mayor Richard Daley will inherit a spacious fifth-floor City Hall suite, a wellspring of local and national prestige and a crushing financial mess that could leave Chicago's new leader pondering the wisdom of seeking the job in the...