| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Top Illinois legislators said today they’ve reached agreement on a plan to deal with the state’s worst-in-the-nation unfunded public pension liability and expect to vote on it next week.
Details of the measure were unclear today and its...
| 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...
| Oct 31, 2013
Letters to the editor from Woodridge, La Grange and Bolingbrook for the Oct. 31 TribLocal print edition.
While we were sleeping, Jack Frost arrived and painted the autumn landscape with a real heavy dose of frost. The frost glowed in...
| Oct 24, 2013
The underfunded public pension issue is no crisis to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton because he helped create it! He and House Speaker Michael Madigan passed and amended laws that allow generous cost-of-living increases and easy rules for...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then.
“Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 10:55 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of lawmakers’ paycheck will not be taken up as lawmakers return to town for the fall veto session.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, filed a letter today explaining that the governor’...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
| Sep 11, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Tesla Motors will open the Midwest’s second supercharger Thursday in Rockford.
The Midwest is crucial to Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk’s plan for a national supercharger network to encourage the mass adoption of electric vehicles.
| Aug 6, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn, in full re-election mode, took the unusual step of showing up in court today for the first hearing in lawmakers' effort to get their paychecks restored after the governor suspended their pay citing a lack of action on pension reform....
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:36 AM
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
UPDATE -- Laura Washington and I will be guest panelists on this topic with moderator Elizabeth Brackett at 7 p.m. on Chicago Tonight, WTTW-Ch. 11 Here's Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington on the Democratic gubernatorial race and the possibility that...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 12:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is tossing aside the decades-old tradition of Democrats throwing a political rally at the Illinois State Fair, but he denies that’s because Democrats are in disarray, he got booed heavily last year or that he&...