| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn plans to use savings from shuttering several prisons to offset a deep budget cut aimed at the state agency charged with protecting abused and neglected children.
The $33.7 billion budget landed on the governor’s desk today, and he&...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 9:20 AM
Budget cuts that are often cited as a reason for failures by the state agency charged with protecting children have fallen disproportionately on front-line child abuse and neglect workers, a Tribune analysis has found.
Less than half the agency's overall...
| Jun 2, 2012
| 4:20 PM
Chicago's largest operator of assisted living homes for the poor was looking to grow its business when it decided to add a new member to its legal team: the law firm of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Within months of that decision, the most powerful...
| Jul 25, 2012
To illustrate the early problems the state is having as it makes large-scale cuts to its Medicaid program, consider the new limit on prescription drugs.
For the most part, low-income people used to be able to get an unlimited number of prescriptions...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 8:20 AM
The food policy news just keeps sliding in like so much pink slime. Here's a fresh-ish batch of it:
SHARK FINS: Yesterday the Illinois House passed a bill to ban the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, which are used in Chinese delicacies...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 4:22 PM
A new coalition formed at the initiative of the Center on Halsted has brought together a broad group of political and LGBT community leaders to make Boystown both safer and more welcoming....
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
| Jul 7, 2011
| 5:41 PM
CHICAGO, Ill. -- A 49-year old woman has become the first person to adopt her own children under a recent Illinois law that she inspired.
The law, passed in 2009, allows for parents who have lost custody of their children to rehabilitate themselves and...
| Jun 3, 2012
The last few weeks showcased the Illinois General Assembly at its best and worst. Lawmakers plotted a course — and summoned the courage — to rescue Medicaid. They began the process of closing underused state institutions, passed a bill to...
| Mar 4, 2009
Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley is poised for a promotion to Congress after claiming the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel, overcoming disadvantages in campaign cash and union support.
The 5th Congressional District'...
| Jan 30, 2009
Claiming victory in the 2002 governor's race, a beaming Rod Blagojevich stood in the gritty steel mill where his late father once worked and pledged a new era in corruption-plagued Illinois politics.
The fresh political face with boyish charm and TV-...
| May 14, 2009
(WGN-AM) - State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz is proposing legislation that would increase the Illinois alcohol tax by five cents a drink.
The funds generated from the new tax wouldn't go into the general revenue fund, Feigenholtz said. Instead it would be used...