| Mar 7, 2014
The perks of winning a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board are enticing: $70,000 a year for a part-time job that comes with the use of a county car and the power to hire two full-time staffers and one part-timer, all to oversee a...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Kudos to the Illinois legislature for creating a task force on heroin abuse. Unfortunately, what a poor choice in State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Ill., to spearhead this task force.
Lang's comments, combined with his legislative actions, demonstrate his lack of...
| 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...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:29 AM
An obscure panel of lawmakers unexpectedly shot down video gambling reforms Tuesday, leaving regulators grasping to close loopholes in the lucrative business.
Aaron Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, which proposed the reforms, said he was...
| Jan 22, 2014
A Niles task force of residents and village officials is expected to make its recommendation next month on whether to overturn the suburb's ban on video gambling.
Created in October by Mayor Andrew Przybylo, the task force held two days of hearings...
| Dec 30, 2013
Illinois lawmakers promised years ago to finally get rid of video poker machines that had long gone unregulated and untaxed in dark corners of bars across the state.
In turn, they legalized video gambling machines that were taxed and tightly controlled....
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:11 PM
When he was Chicago Public Schools CEO, Paul Vallas developed a reputation as a control freak who thought he was the smartest guy in the room while he sometimes upstaged his boss, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.
On Tuesday, the new Democratic lieutenant...
| 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.
| Oct 8, 2013
A wave of video gambling establishments catering to women is starting to sweep across Illinois — cozy, well-lit spots with names like Stella's Place, Emma's Eatery, Dotty's and Betty's Bistro.
They're a far cry from the stereotypical male-...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The two Democrats running for governor squared off for the first time Wednesday, with challenger Bill Daley contending the party will lose the office if he's not the nominee next year and Gov. Pat Quinn vowing to defeat all comers....
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:05 AM
For Mike Graham, what started as an aggravation of an old football injury led to a number of failed spinal fusion surgeries before doctors decided to implant a pump to regularly release doses of morphine to try to ease his chronic pain.
| Jul 12, 2013
Local leaders in far northwest suburban Huntley were taken aback when a man showed up at a Village Board meeting last month and announced he wants to open a warehouse in town to grow marijuana.
"Did you bring any samples?" one of the trustees joked....