| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic push to impose a graduated income tax rate in Illinois fizzled on Tuesday, refocusing the debate on whether the state’s temporary income tax hike should be made permanent.
Democratic Sen. Don Harmon had vowed...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:56 PM
A group pushing an effort to put a legislative term limit question on the general election ballot, a movement heavily backed by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner, takes its next step Wednesday when it files petitions with the State Board of...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:11 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn today defended his $55 million anti-violence program now under scrutiny by a Cook County grand jury, saying he is not going to turn his back from public safety needs in Chicago and other urban areas.
| Apr 27, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president.
"If you really want to do something, if you believe you're the right person to do it, if you think that it could make a difference, then you have to be willing to compete,...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 6:53 PM
DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In a single issue, The Baltimore Sun had three articles I found interesting. The first was "Brown: Gansler comments 'reckless'" (April 23). I agree with the lieutenant governor that Attorney General Douglas Gansler's remarks show a lack of judgment...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:59 PM
CHICAGO — President Obama's Illinois has been one of the most reliably blue on the political color scale, but Tuesday's primary positioned Republicans for a strong shot at retaking the governor's mansion in a state mired in chronic fiscal disarray....
| Mar 2, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown said he wants to wait to see how experiments with marijuana legalization play out in Colorado and Washington before expanding access to pot in California.
"How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?"...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
SACRAMENTO — Librarians aren't known for being loud, but Gov. Jerry Brown may hear some raised voices from that scholarly crowd over his decision Tuesday to appoint a politically connected journalist as the state librarian.
Greg Lucas, 55, is a...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 9:31 PM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari unveiled a jobs plan Tuesday that calls for corporate tax breaks, hydraulic fracturing of some California oil deposits, reduced regulations on business and increased spending on water storage.
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency.
Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs....