| 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...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 10:38 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called for an assault weapons ban at the state and national levels and said it was time for a "vote of conscience" in Congress following the deadly assault on schoolchildren in Connecticut.
Speaking at a Chicago Police...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 7:11 PM
A South Side lawmaker who helped found an AIDS awareness organization that attracted the interest of federal prosecutors has quietly resigned.
Democratic Rep. Connie Howard stepped down from the Illinois House effective July 9. She cited "personal...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 1:35 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law today that seeks to protect families that take out high-risk home loans and put more restrictions on companies that issue high-interest tax refund anticipation loans.
Under the measure, which goes into effect Jan....
| Jul 27, 2012
| 5:23 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities are widening their probe of a newly retired South Side lawmaker with a fresh subpoena seeking records of a scholarship named in her honor and of an Illinois House committee she once chaired.
| Aug 13, 2012
| 7:58 PM
Under a state law that took effect last year, schools are allowed to stock and use prescription medicine that can save the lives of students with severe allergic reactions. But when school nurses asked doctors to prescribe the epinephrine shots, better...
| Nov 28, 2012
"Is that recording?" asked Lindenhurst police officer Ralph Goar, referring to a pocket video camera resting on the dashboard of motorist Louis Frobe.
It was the night of Aug. 15, 2010, and Goar had pulled Frobe over for allegedly driving his Honda...
| Oct 12, 2012
Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan is arguably Illinois' most dominant Democrat, but a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll finds many voters weary of the power and influence he had wielded for nearly three decades in the office.
Only 16 percent hold a...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 3:48 PM
A 2008 summer youth jobs program launched by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich using money set aside for transportation turned into “a disaster” that instead saw teens community organizing and helping out on golf courses, according to a state watchdog...
| May 4, 2012
— Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
| Oct 30, 2012
Halloween is this Wednesday and Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a few tips to make your holiday a safe one.
Madigan is urging parents to check the state's sex offender registry before deciding where their children go treat or treating.
| Nov 6, 2012
| 6:53 PM
Chicago elections officials apologized to the hundreds of frustrated Chicago voters who were turned away from their neighborhood polling places today amid confusion and sometimes angry exchanges.
By 5 p.m. today, the elections board had fielded more than...