| May 1, 2014
| 12:36 PM
President Obama stood in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday after Republicans blocked a minimum wage hike bill and argued that "they prevented a raise for 28 million hardworking Americans."
That number sounded high -- a lot higher than ones...
| May 15, 2014
The logic behind laws requiring voters to provide a government-issued photo identification card is simple and seductive: If you need to show an ID to board a plane, open a bank account, get public aid or do any number of other things, it only makes...
| May 15, 2014
| 4:00 AM
As Republicans struggle to win Latino support and extend their toehold in the West, they could turn to the GOP's Brian Sandoval for help.
The first Latino governor in Nevada history, he is young (by political standards), Hollywood handsome and...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 6:01 PM
The first face-to-face meeting of the general election campaign featured Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn likened his opponent to a “virus” who attacks union rights and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner countering that the governor repeatedly had...
| May 9, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Democrats have repeatedly said that they hope the minimum wage will be a big issue this election season.
Six months from the midterm elections, their wishes are coming true. House Republicans voted in March to block a bill that would have hiked the...
| May 11, 2014
U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene. Last Tuesday, Randa halted the corruption being committed...
| May 12, 2014
| 4:48 AM
On her second Mother’s Day since the killing of her pregnant daughter, Sherry Anicich returned to church for the first time.
Her priest said she was looking better, as if the Plainfield woman was finally beginning to heal after the August 2012...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Is Jeb Bush's moment over?
Not in his mind. The former governor of Florida says he's considering a campaign to become his family's third president, even though he dreads "getting back into the vortex of the mud fight."
But as enticing as it is for the...
| May 6, 2014
| 3:21 PM
Conservative economic pundits just love to justify "business-friendly" policies to state governments as keys to job growth, which after all is the whole ballgame in economic policy-making.
As Menzie Chinn of the University of Wisconsin has now shown,...
| Apr 17, 2014
Letters to the editor from New Lenox, Orland Park, Flossmoor, Hickory Hills, Evergreen Park, Tinley Park, Homer Glen and Frankfort.
So it looks like the "temporary" state tax increase will become permanent. The claim is the need to...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:59 PM
CHICAGO — President Obama's Illinois has been one of the most reliably blue on the political color scale, but Tuesday's primary positioned Republicans for a strong shot at retaking the governor's mansion in a state mired in chronic fiscal disarray....
| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:30 PM
WASHINGTON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, his star power dimmed in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, is shirking the spotlight at a meeting of the National Governors Assn. in Washington this weekend, but his support among fellow...