| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Nearly a quarter of the state’s more than 300 boards and commissions have been inactive in recent years, according to an audit released Thursday, and the Quinn administration said it is looking at how to eliminate ones that are no longer needed....
| Aug 25, 2011
| 3:42 PM
The chief of Illinois’ child welfare agency for the last five years is stepping down at the end of next month, saying that the state now moves more quickly to diffuse family problems before they get out of hand.
Erwin McEwen, 49, announced his...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 11:08 AM
The public tension between Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel now includes barbs over a Northwest Side sinkhole and politicians putting their names on signs.Emanuel has been pressuring Quinn to say he'll sign a major gambling expansion into law, and...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 3:42 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said today he was “disappointed” that veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state’s Democratic chairman, attended a fundraiser featuring Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.
But Madigan spokesman...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for a two-minute timeout before a motorcycle driver or bicyclist can proceed through a stoplight that appears stuck on red.
The Democratic governor used his veto power on Friday to rewrite legislation that...
| Jul 9, 2011
Q: Back in the mid-1990s I was probably one of the very few people who actually purchased a Kodak Photo CD player. The system was/is great, and I have several thousand photos on the CDs that Kodak put them onto. Therein lies the problem.
| Apr 17, 2012
| 11:17 AM
House Speaker Michael Madigan today won committee approval of a proposal to ask voters to make it tougher to sweeten pensions in Illinois.
The Chicago Democrat and state party leader said he expected to call the proposed constitutional amendment for a...
| Apr 18, 2012
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a campaign stop in Springfield today as he faces a June recall election, drawing a protest of more than 3,500 people.
The controversial Republican governor took a jab at Illinois state government, which continues to be...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 11:03 AM
Indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith returned to the Illinois House today for the first time since his arrest on a federal bribery charge.
The West Side lawmaker sat quietly in the second row of the Democratic side of the chamber, occasionally shaking hands...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 2:49 PM
The state’s top Republican legislative leaders today led the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging a Democratic-drawn remapping of the state’s House and Senate districts, alleging it unfairly discriminates against African Americans and...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 9:02 AM
Cook County’s bid to transform Oak Forest Hospital into a regional outpatient clinic should be denied, according to a staff report issued today to the state’s hospital planning board.
It’s the second time the hospital board staff has...