| Dec 14, 2011
| 10:50 AM
Ahead of next year's election, Illinois House Republicans today proposed rolling back the corporate income-tax increase approved in January.
The Democrat-led General Assembly raised the corporate income tax rate from 4.8 percent to 7 percent nearly a...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 10:11 AM
A revamped version of a major gambling expansion passed an Illinois House committee today.
The measure aims at meeting Gov. Pat Quinn's requirement to be smaller and would give him some — but not all — of the reforms he's seeking in return...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 6:12 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday night that he’s “disappointed” in Gov. Pat Quinn’s rejection of a plan to put slot machines at horse-race tracks in exchange for expanding casino gambling to Chicago.
| Oct 17, 2011
| 2:44 PM
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza said Monday her office has begun cross-checking Illinois secretary of state car registration information to crackdown on city sticker scofflaws.
“I think that’s just such low hanging fruit, that’s...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 9:48 AM
Hundreds of candidates for the state legislature, countywide offices and Chicago ward committeeman began filing today for the March 20 primary.
In Springfield, the line stretched from the door of the State Board of Elections for more than a block, a...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 5:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers on Wednesday advanced reform legislation aimed at thwarting lucrative pension abuses by some labor leaders.
Inspired by disclosures in Tribune/WGN-TV investigations, a key provision aims to end the practice of labor...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 7:50 PM
First lady Michelle Obama returned home Tuesday for two personal causes: improving the nation’s nutrition and helping feed her husband’s re-election campaign fund.
Speaking at a fundraising event at Plumbers Hall on the Near West Side,...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 1:36 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he wants state lawmakers to approve a statewide handgun registry.
The request immediately ran into staunch opposition in Springfield, where gun control issues are often as much about geography as partisanship.Rep. Brandon...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 7:22 PM
The Illinois Senate today voted in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's measure that would allow Chicago to start using cameras to ticket speeders in so-called safety zones.
“This is clearly a request of the city, a request of the mayor, something that...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:57 PM
People who illegally use disability placards to park in free or convenient spaces could have their vehicles impounded and be required to pay up to $4,000 in fines and fees under a plan the Chicago City Council approved today.
Under the measure, police...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 10:00 AM
A sweeping crackdown on pension abuses swiftly moved to the full Senate today as lawmakers sought to eliminate sweet deals for top union officials, including two lobbyists who lined up hefty teacher pensions after each served as substitute teachers for...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 2:35 PM
As lawmakers contemplate a tax incentive package to appease Chicago’s financial exchanges who have threatened to leave Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn says any deal must also include breaks for working families.
The requirement comes as Quinn prepares...