| Jul 15, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Cheryl Miller wears a necklace that has the smiling face of her son Adam in a charm. Adam would have turned eight on Thursday. But …...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Illinois Republicans dreamed big during a rally at the Illinois State Fair today, predicting the shaky economy that haunts Democratic President Barack Obama will turn into GOP success at the polls in 2012.
GOP leaders talked about putting Illinois "in...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 6:46 PM
In a contest that matched early Mitt Romney backers against Rick Perry supporters, Illinois’ top Republicans tonight voted to keep the party's system of directly electing presidential nominating delegates in next March’s primary instead of...
| Sep 23, 2011
House Republican Leader Tom Cross is moving to halt a perk that has allowed Chicago union leaders to reap inflated retirement benefits from ailing city pension funds.
The proposed legislation is in response to a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation that found at...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 10:09 AM
At least eight Chicago labor leaders who are eligible for inflated city pensions also stand to receive union pensions covering the same work period, thanks to a charitable interpretation of state law by officials representing two city pension funds, a...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 8:06 PM
A stricter set of rules and a surprise political alliance are helping build momentum for a long-thwarted effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois.
Some lawmakers are looking to make cannabis available for people seeking relief from...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 1:53 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today will sign into law an overhaul of the state's workers' compensation system, a move that will slash medical rates, set new standards in determining a worker's disability and put in place more safeguards to prevent abuse.
| Jun 30, 2011
| 7:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn took aim at hospitals and school transportation late Thursday in cutting $376 million from the state budget lawmakers sent him.
The idea is to take part of those savings and any increase in revenue from a hoped-for...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges.
The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 1:25 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today outlined his plan to overhaul the state’s health care system for the poor, an approach that includes a $1-a-pack hike in cigarette taxes coupled with deep cuts that will sharply curtail services.
The governor repeatedly has...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 1:11 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today unveiled his plan to cut public pension costs, calling on government workers to pay more, the retirement age to be raised and cost-of-living adjustments tightened.
The Democratic governor said the pension shortfall in Illinois is...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 10:27 PM
Governor Pat Quinn unveiled Friday his plan to reform Illinois' major pension problem.
The state is $85 billion in debt. Fifteen percent of the state's budget goes towards pension obligations.
During a news conference at the James R. Thompson Center,...