| Jul 19, 2011
| 2:56 PM
Illinois wanted to tighten up the way it reviews whether people are eligible for Medicaid coverage, but the Obama administration has refused to go along, an action a state Republican leader called “absolutely ridiculous.”
One of the long-...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 5:16 PM
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio headlined a suburban fundraiser on Friday, helping raise money for a Republican legal challenge to the state's new Democratic-drawn congressional map that could reverse the GOP’s gains in last year’s...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 3:13 PM
The Illinois Secretary of State’s office will study the possibility of placing corporate logos on license plates under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Thursday.
That means drivers could one day see advertisements on their plates, the...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 7:56 AM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk today is recommending former federal prosecutor John Tharp for a seat on the federal bench in Chicago.
Tharp, currently a partner at the law firm of Mayer Brown, was the lead prosecutor in the 1995 investigation into the...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 4:55 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today said he plans to meet with legislative leaders next week to figure out a plan to keep construction projects going throughout the summer.The meeting is happening because the governor on Monday threatened to suspend road and building...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 11:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a measure into law aimed at helping reunite lost pets with their owners by requiring animal shelters to be more diligent in checking for microchips that contain identifying information.
Shelters and animal control centers must...