| Sep 4, 2012
| 12:06 PM
As the Democratic National Convention began its first full day of events in Charlotte, North Carolina, Illinois delegates came out swinging against the GOP.
At a morning meeting of the Illinois delegation, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky blasted republican U....
| May 31, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — As lawmakers head toward adjournment Thursday night, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan paved the way for a comprehensive government worker pension reform plan by dropping his demand that suburban and Downstate school districts...
| May 4, 2012
— Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
| May 8, 2012
| 10:51 AM
A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled today that Illinois’ eavesdropping law “likely violates” the First Amendment and ordered that authorities be banned from enforcing it.
The ruling from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in...
| Jun 3, 2012
— Hours after lawmakers headed home without reforming the state's bereft public worker pension systems, Gov. Pat Quinn implored them to remember that Illinois government is "racing the clock" in solving the issue.
But a different race is on the...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 8:17 PM
Progress on pension reform proved elusive Wednesday as Democratic and Republican legislative leaders huddled with Gov. Pat Quinn to try to reach consensus on how to reform the state's vastly underfunded employee retirement systems.
The nearly two-hour,...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 5:22 AM
Before Chicago and Springfield were settled, Kaskaskia was Illinois’ “big city.”
Native Americans and French settlers coexisted peacefully, against the threat of western expansion and the impending American Revolution.
| May 15, 2012
Two more weeks. That's how long your legislators are scheduled to be in Springfield for the remainder of their thus far do-little spring session.
As of this writing lawmakers have taken one important step to secure the future of perpetually insolvent and...
| Jun 9, 2012
| 1:30 PM
Illinois Republicans used the state’s most powerful Democrat, House Speaker Michael Madigan, as a rally point during Saturday's party convention, blaming him for the state's ills while hailing a Downstate lawmaker’s tirade against him that...
| May 28, 2012
| 8:07 AM
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Campaign!: The 1983 Election that Rocked Chicago
| May 28, 2012
| 7:49 AM
Father and Son Outings
First Division Museum at Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park was the home of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, former editor and publisher of The Chicago Tribune. Now it houses the McCormick Museum, beautiful gardens, the First...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 6:30 AM
Vandals targeted a Catholic Church in Oak Park, splattering red paint on the doors and a sign. It happened early Tuesday morning.
Someone threw buckets of red paint on the doors, and a sign in front of the Ascension Catholic Church at 808 East Avenue....