| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| 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...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:22 AM
For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically.
More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
| May 1, 2013
| 1:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A renewed push to greatly expand gambling in Illinois surfaced today, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his weight behind a plan the state Senate quickly approved.
Like two previous bills that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed, the latest...