| 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...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Sunday we published a muscular attack on our own editorial board penned by Democratic State Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie: For years the editorial page has loudly bellowed for and against Illinois pension proposals and petulantly insulted and denigrated...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Pat Quinn appears to share my ambivalence about the expansion of gambling in Illinois. On one hand, additional casinos, slots and video poker machines would give a nice little boost to the state's finances and help stanch the flow of......
| 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....
| May 22, 2013
| 12:21 PM
SPRINFFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn's effort to block ComEd from hiking rates was rejected by state lawmakers on Wednesday.
The House voted 71-44 to override Quinn's veto of the legislation, the minimum number of votes needed to do so. The vote came a day...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 2:33 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 5:36 PM
It won’t be easy for Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to find enough lawmakers to vote for the minimum wage increase, what with business groups pronouncing it a “job killer.”
But the best news for Quinn is that key Democratic lawmakers...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Efforts by the legislature to expand casino gambling to Chicago and other locations is a secondary issue behind attempts to deal with the state’s unfunded pension liability, Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday.
The Democratic governor's comments drew a...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:51 PM
Perhaps spurred by the excitement of being out in public for a rare joint appearance, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested Friday that they are “very close” to an agreement to expand gambling in Illinois and bring a casino to...
| Dec 3, 2012
For the third time in recent years, Illinois House lawmakers are considering whether to allow state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes. To figure out what this might mean for Illinois if this legislation is eventually enacted, the Chicago...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:00 AM
— The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law...