| Nov 28, 2012
| 11:29 AM
The Illinois House today voted to give Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education team another four months to come up with a list of school closings.
The Senate then passed its own bill, but the two chambers must pass the same actual legislation before it can...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:08 PM
The Illinois House today sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation that would raise the speed limit on non-urban interstate highways from 65 mph to 70 mph.
Supporters said increasing the limit would put Illinois in line with neighboring states and help the...
| Mar 20, 2013
To address a devastating pattern of elementary-grade absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools and across the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have thrown their support behind legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 or...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 1:56 PM
A top state lawmaker and the head of the Chicago Public schools on Monday vowed to support a high-level task force aimed at combating the crisis in K-8 grade absenteeism and truancy exposed by a recent Tribune series.
Speaking at a drop-out prevention...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place.
In a 2-1 decision that is a major...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 2:00 AM
CTA President Forrest Claypool on Monday appeared to alternate between playing the roles of an impartial party as well as a pitchman for the new Ventra transit card's controversial prepaid debit-account program.
Claypool told state officials at a public...
| Jun 2, 2012
| 4:20 PM
Chicago's largest operator of assisted living homes for the poor was looking to grow its business when it decided to add a new member to its legal team: the law firm of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Within months of that decision, the most powerful...
| May 17, 2012
| 10:01 PM
The long-shot prospect of taxpayer help to renovate Wrigley Field grew more remote Thursday, upended by revelations that the patriarch of the Chicago Cubs' ownership team had been offered a plan for using a super PAC to run racially tinged attack ads that...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 12:38 PM
The state's working poor will save a bit more on taxes as a result of a bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today.
The measure increases the earned income tax credit. The Democratic governor requested the relief to provide a counterbalance to the tax...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:46 PM
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.
Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to use cameras to issue tickets to speeders in Chicago school and park zones is on its way to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.
The Illinois House today voted 64-50 to approve the measure. The Senate already has signed off, but...
| May 25, 2012
| 2:18 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike to generate money for health care coverage for the poor.
The 60-52 vote by the House, which has in the past rejected cigarette tax hike proposals, came a day after lawmakers...