| Apr 9, 2014
| 4:21 PM
An investigation by the Illinois legislative inspector general into allegations of political pressure at Metra found that House Speaker Michael Madigan did not violate the state’s ethics act, Madigan’s office said today.
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:48 PM
Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was a “prominent participant” in patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years, recommending dozens of people for jobs, a new report has found.
Madigan had the power to recommend individuals for...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Shortly after his 2012 arrest on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith admitted to the FBI that he had pocketed a $7,000 kickback and even took agents to his home to retrieve some of the ill-gotten cash stashed in his bedroom, federal prosecutors said...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 10:24 AM
An Illinois House committee endorsed a plan today to contribute $100 million in state funds toward construction of a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago.
The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next....
| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Growing up I always thought the Republican Party was the party of corporate wealth and the Democratic Party, the party of working class people. For years that stood as a benchmark for such a division. Now, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 5:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- House Republicans today took what is likely to be futile stab at ending Illinois' ritual of putting off controversial issues until after an election --- a time when lame-duck lawmakers often get called upon to cast a controversial vote...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:02 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois House lawmakers are debating a bill today to legalize gay marriage in Illinois.
If approved, Illinois would become the 15th state to allow same-sex unions. The bill will need 60 votes to pass the Illinois House. A test vote...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:18 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure Tuesday that would have expanded the Regional Transportation’s Authority to issue no-bid contracts, arguing the agency should not be given more powers until a panel he formed can review operations following the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Nov 15, 2013
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for "exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage" at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill into law...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:41 PM
Heads likely won't spin and demons probably won't hover as Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield offers prayers for exorcism Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn's planned signing of Illinois' same-sex marriage bill....