| Apr 8, 2014
| 4:59 AM
Paul Vallas, who returned to Illinois last month as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, has been hired to a six-figure job as a municipal finance consultant by a longtime friend and political supporter of the Democratic governor.
Vallas began his...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 2:41 PM
For the past two years, a well-funded and largely below-the-radar effort has been playing out across Illinois aimed at trying to curb the influence of politicians in perhaps the most political of all games: the once-a-decade redrawing of the state House...
| May 15, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The Southern Illinois University student newspaper may be closer to a solution for its financial woes — possibly thanks to taxpayers.
State Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, D-Chicago, amended the state’s appropriation bill to the university on Tuesday...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A key Democratic state senator said Thursday he will seek a vote Tuesday on his controversial plan to ask voters to amend the state constitution to replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with a graduated tax based on the amount of income earned....
| Apr 22, 2014
| 4:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD — As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn’t have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state’s income tax increase or raise the minimum wage....
| Mar 4, 2014
| 6:08 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan called today for the state to put up $100 million to boost efforts to land the presidential library and museum of President Barack Obama.
The speaker joined fellow Democratic Chicago Rep. Monique Davis...
| May 20, 2014
| 1:14 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving cautiously on the issue of raising the city's minimum wage, announcing the creation of a committee that will discuss the pros and cons and report back to him.
The famously hard-charging mayor doesn't need to solicit input on...
| Mar 30, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn sought to make the 5 percent income tax rate permanent in his budget address last week.
The Illinois income tax, conceived in the 1960s as a Republican-led initiative, has now become a complex problem vexing the Democrats who control...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 1:00 AM
Bruce Rauner dispatched three veteran Republicans to win the party's nomination for governor, but as he looked ahead to the general election campaign, the first-time office seeker was quickly confronted by a formidable Democratic opponent — and it...
| May 20, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith, potentially a key vote to make the state's temporary tax hike permanent, has asked a federal judge to postpone his trial on bribery charges next week so he can finish out the legislative session in Springfield....
| May 21, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Once again House Speaker Mike Madigan is trying to subvert the Illinois Constitution, and I am not writing about his latest budget, which is unconstitutionally not balanced. This is about his attempt to add feel-good but irrelevant referenda questions...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:39 PM
A federal judge on Wednesday refused to delay lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith’s bribery trial so he could be in Springfield to vote in the closing days of the legislative session, denying a potentially crucial “yes” vote for House...