| Sep 1, 2013
It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would not be seeking their party's nomination for governor in 2014.
Both would have made their party's primary races more...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD — House Republican leader Tom Cross told his members today that he is looking at a run for state treasurer, potentially changing his career plans for the second time in a matter of weeks.
Cross informed his fractured House GOP caucus...
| 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 14, 2013
Here are the results of an unscientific survey of Democratic-leaning folks with whom I talk or trade messages about politics:
Gov. Pat Quinn is an honest, well-meaning man but he doesn't seem to know how to get the job done in Springfield.
| Aug 13, 2013
The night Joaquin Santana risked his life attempting to save a friend, he was doing "what any other decent human being would have done," he says.
He heard her cries and ran to her, bounding into a knife attack that took her life and left him wounded. It...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford has agreed to face questions about his controversial departure, a move that could allow him to explain allegations that his downfall was directly connected to his refusal to grant House Speaker Michael Madigan's patronage...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:35 PM
When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan publicly pulled the plug on a run for governor, she announced that she "never planned to run" for the state's top office as long as her father remained House speaker, given the inherent conflict.
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:36 AM
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Illinois lawmakers woke up today to find their monthly paychecks were not deposited into their bank accounts, a punishment from Gov. Pat Quinn for failing to send him a measure to overhaul the state's troubled public employee pension system.
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:11 PM
The state's Democratic dysfunction spilled into the courts Tuesday as Illinois' two top legislative leaders filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to withhold lawmakers' paychecks until they send him a measure to overhaul the highly...
| Aug 2, 2013
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan sued Gov. Pat Quinn because the governor withheld legislators pay. By law, the governor's lawyer is the Illinois Attorney General, meaning Lisa Madigan. Does anybody see a problem with this?
And it gets better, as...