| May 27, 2014
| 9:32 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A panel of House lawmakers today voted down a proposal to impose a tax of one penny per ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages, saying it would have cost consumers an extra $2.88 per case of soda.
Sponsoring Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston,...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 6:06 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan played a little role reversal Thursday, proposing to cut in half the state income tax on corporations, a move that could further frame this year’s elections along economic lines as Democrats try to...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:19 PM
Chicago police Officer David Harris was driving home after a late shift working some of the city’s most violent streets when a van fleeing a suburban cop plowed into his car early Friday, killing the 10 1/2-year department veteran.
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:13 PM
A second Metra board member has resigned in the wake of the controversy over the $718,000 severance package awarded to the agency's ousted CEO and the furor over patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Paul Darley, who represented...
| Jun 26, 2013
Two state representatives are pressing Metra's board to explain why it approved a severance agreement that could pay the commuter rail agency's departed CEO as much as $740,000.
The lawmakers also criticized Metra directors for cloaking details of the...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 10:28 AM
When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois.
| May 30, 2013
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for McCormick Place expansion that includes a new DePaul basketball arena and a hotel as part of a massive bill that also featured incentives to build a Downstate...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Doctors will be asked to pay more in fees under a bill House lawmakers sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday, with the money earmarked to speed up the licensing process and strengthen efforts to discipline bad physicians.
The governor has vowed to sign the...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Taxpayers unhappy with their 2011 property tax assessment can learn about how to appeal at an upcoming seminar. Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan …...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Harris Republican state rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights earlier this month introduced House Resolution 824 calling on the U.S. government to accelerate the withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan. Harris' bio says he "retired from the Army...
| Jul 31, 2010
As the economy was taking a historic nosedive, parks officials in Highland Park were paying three of their executives far more — $435,203 in one case — than anyone in similar posts across the suburbs, the Tribune has found.
Parks officials in...