| Mar 20, 2013
To: The Decisive Dozen
From: Your Supporters
Re: The Illinois House of Representatives Vote on Same-Sex Marriage.
All it takes is the 12 of you, whoever you are. That's the rumor anyway.
"Twelve votes short of passage," said Michael Madigan,...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 5:15 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Generous health care and pensions will go by the wayside for future political appointees overseeing the Chicago area's local bus and train service, but the current officeholders will get to keep the benefits until they are...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Thursday picked as their new leader a former Cook County prosecutor known for tough anti-crime stances but also for his work to clean up a broken justice system littered with wrongful convictions.
| Aug 2, 2013
After pressuring a Metra contractor to hire more African-American companies for a crucial South Side rail project, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recommended that the commuter rail agency pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:33 AM
Anyone who has ever fantasized about killing someone couldn't do better in that fantasy world than to hire Jason Kolarich, a savvy, street-smart lawyer who is a product of novelist David Ellis' vivid imagination.
This piece first...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By Jessica Reynolds Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, arguably the most powerful man in the state, does not own a cellphone. This stunning revelation was made known Tuesday when Gov. Quinn explained to the press how he tried to phone......
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out.
The decision comes after weeks of...
| Jul 18, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks I put bad ideas into people's heads.
"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass," she told reporters, rather curtly, on Wednesday.
She said this as her father, House Speaker Michael...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
No rest for the wonky. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the legislature to fix the pension mess -- because, gosh darn it, they haven't yet had time to fix it! -- recalling the numerous futile......
| Jun 25, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Following up on my email dialogue on pensions last week with a spokesman for unionized state workers, this week I’m corresponding with Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think-tank based in...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Ray Long reports from Springfield: Speaker Madigan says gay marriage bill 12 votes shy in the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan today said a gay marriage bill is "12 votes short of passage" in the Illinois House, a signal that......
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......