| Jan 8, 2015
| 3:07 AM
Leslie Munger, appointed by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner as state comptroller, awaits a possible vote by legislators Thursday on whether she'll serve for the full four years or will face an election challenge in 2016.
That has been at issue since the death...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 12:10 PM
Judy Baar Topinka's passing Wednesday came six years almost to the day after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich and more than eight years after she more or less predicted for a Lake County audience what was to come of her opponent in the 2006 race for...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 9:38 PM
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan convincingly fended off Republicans who were struggling Tuesday to cut into his lopsided Democratic majority by even a single seat.
The effort to reduce the Democrat's 71-47 edge represented a critical test for...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
With the minimum wage debate raging across the country, state and Chicago area, Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley said this week that he doesn't see a similar move taking shape in his community anytime soon.
"I've been busier than a one-armed boxer trying to...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 1:01 PM
Here's a prediction on which you can bet the house: Democrats will control the General Assembly after the Nov. 4 election.
It's a mathematical certainty in the Senate. Democrats hold a 40-19 majority, and only seven seats are contested. If Republicans...
| Sep 20, 2014
People who bring elderly parents to a nursing home share the same worries: Will they thrive in that environment? Will they receive timely, compassionate care? Above all: Will they be safe?
Over the past two decades, Tribune reporters have documented the...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A proposal from the Illinois attorney general's office to allow camera monitoring in nursing homes is drawing cautious support from elder care advocates, who have raised concerns about the privacy of seniors.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's proposal,...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 8:24 AM
Born and raised in Waukegan, Artis Yancey was best known for his public service to his hometown, having worked his way up from police officer to chief before being appointed as the first African-American coroner in Lake County.
Yancey, 54, who most...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 4:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling expansion today in a move that's been long expected, but a new version will be surfacing soon.
The new legislation once again would allow a casino in Chicago and four other sites around the...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 6:01 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A Wednesday hearing aimed at coming up with a new casino expansion bill erupted into a shoutfest between a key senator and the chairman of the state’s gambling oversight board.
After years of lobbing attacks at each other...