| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Here's a business practice likely to keep booming in 2014: corporate extortion.
We don't mean extortion of corporations, as is practiced by Somali pirates or entrepreneurial Russians. We mean extortion by corporations.
In this field the victims are...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column It's a legislative tradition in five states that the speaker of the House is subject to term limits: Six years in Connecticut; two in Florida, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. "There's nothing in writing," said Brenda......
| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I hope retirees and members of all the educational and state labor organizations convince their leadership to withhold all endorsements and financial contributions for any candidate running for the office of governor in Illinois.
Presently, there are no...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Bill Daley abruptly ended his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor Monday, saying a lifetime in politics had not prepared him for the “enormity” of his first run for office and the challenge of leading the state through difficult...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for President Obama's home state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions.
The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 12:28 PM
So much in life depends not just on the circumstances into which we are born, but the era. We often forget this. We intuit the advantages of wealth, class, race and influence, which are still very much around, but we forget that those inequities pale when...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 9:39 AM
Republican governor candidate Kirk Dillard criticized Chicago Democrats’ control of state government Sunday and said geographic and partisan balance is needed to make sure all parts of Illinois are treated equally.
Dillard, a state senator from...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Rick Pearson and Bob Secter tell the important story of the history of the problematic "pension clause" in the Illinios constitution in Pension debate at 1970 Constitutional Convention echoes in today's crisis Legislators must contend with guarantee...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that a request by Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland for millions of dollars in tax incentives to stay in Illinois should not be considered until lawmakers first reform the state's highly indebted public employee pension...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Wealthy businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is launching the most high-profile effort in recent memory to impose term limits on Illinois legislators: Imposing term limits in Illinois will require asking voters to approve a...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead.
Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 4:21 PM
More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nomination but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...