| May 24, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Rick Pearson at 4:20 p.m. SPRINGFIELD--Democratic lawmakers moved ahead today with their plans to redraw the state’s legislative boundaries over complaints from a prominent Latino voting rights group that the proposal shortchanges...
| May 29, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Rick Pearson at 6:07 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- It took little more than 12 minutes for House Democrats today to hold their only hearing on a plan to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries for the next decade, sending to......
| May 27, 2011
| 4:32 PM
UPDATED by Rick Pearson at 5:50 p.m., Senate sends legislative map to governor. Ruling Democrats today passed a map of new legislative boundaries that seeks to extend their control of the Statehouse for another decade while trying to satisfy minority........
| May 30, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Posted by Rick Pearson at 9:31 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- The Democratic-controlled state Senate is poised to give final approval Tuesday to a new congressional map aimed at reversing Republican gains made in last year's mid-term elections and pushing the...
| Aug 21, 2011
Dozens of companies doing business in the Chicago area are routing their sales through small outlying municipalities with low sales tax rates, siphoning tens of millions of dollars from city and suburban taxing districts.
These companies, ranging from...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 2:00 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that Chicago businesses have designed a "tax scheme" to avoid paying their taxes.
Reacting to a story published Sunday by the Chicago Tribune, he criticized how some companies are routing transactions through outlying...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It’s the old saying: The numbers don’t lie.
One look at the fare increases that were proposed by Metra’s staff last month, and it was clear that something was out of kilter.
Metra riders pay by distance traveled. Why should riders...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 7:09 PM
With Wisconsin poised to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public, gun advocates have made Illinois -- the last holdout -- a prime target in their campaign to give citizens unrestricted rights to carry weapons.
Illinois has been one of their...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 12:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Gov. Pat Quinn today stood solidly today behind his opposition to allowing concealed weapons in Illinois even though Wisconsin is on the verge of becoming the 49th state with some form of such a law.
“We must ensure the safety of...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 8:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- A House panel approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed camera legislation today, a move designed to slow down traffic to increase public safety near schools.
The legislation, sponsored by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago,...