| Oct 27, 2011
| 10:22 AM
Pension reform designed to attack double-dipping and other abuses of retirement systems won overwhelming House approval today.
Inspired by disclosures in Tribune/WGN-TV investigations, a key provision aims to end the practice of labor officials...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 1:40 PM
Saying "a fish rots at the head," the chairman of the Republican National Committee today urged President Barack Obama's defeat next year for failing to deliver on promises to fix the economy.
Reince Priebus, the RNC leader, made the comments after a...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 5:36 PM
It won’t be easy for Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to find enough lawmakers to vote for the minimum wage increase, what with business groups pronouncing it a “job killer.”
But the best news for Quinn is that key Democratic lawmakers...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 8:35 PM
A veteran state lawmaker claimed the Republican nomination for Illinois treasurer Tuesday night.
Rep. Tom Cross, of Oswego, won nearly 57 percent of the vote, vs. just more than 43 percent from opponent Bob Grogan, a two-term DuPage County auditor...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 3:22 PM
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might not be campaigning in Illinois until Monday, but he’s poised to saturate the state’s airwaves during the final week before the Illinois primary.
The contender and a political action...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today approved a far-reaching pension reform plan pushed by Speaker Michael Madigan that is headed for an uncertain fate in the Senate.
The proposal aims to erase the state's nearly $100 billion pension debt by...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 2:09 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court today rejected a Republican challenge to have the state’s new Democratic-drawn legislative map tossed as unconstitutional.
The remap challenge was decided on a 4-3 party-line decision.
In February, House Republican...
| 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...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:40 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday tried to increase the pressure on fellow Democrats in the Senate to get behind his version of pension reform and abandon their own as they head into Gov. Pat Quinn’s special session next...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 3:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Illinois Republicans dreamed big during a rally at the Illinois State Fair today, predicting the shaky economy that haunts Democratic President Barack Obama will turn into GOP success at the polls in 2012.
GOP leaders talked about putting Illinois "in...