| 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...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 4:21 PM
More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nomination but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...
| Jul 18, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks I put bad ideas into people's heads.
"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass," she told reporters, rather curtly, on Wednesday.
She said this as her father, House Speaker Michael...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out.
The decision comes after weeks of...
| 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...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:10 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature.
The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Northbrook and Glenview officials reacted with mixed feelings to the new state law that will permit concealed carry of firearms.
Illinois lawmakers overrode Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the legislation on July 9 in an effort to meet a court-ordered...
| Jul 3, 2013
After tests found worrisome levels of arsenic in American rice last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would test 1,000 additional samples by the end of the year and issue recommendations "promptly."
Nearly 10 months later, the...
| Jul 17, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is to be applauded. She wisely decided not to run for governor at this time.
That choice prevents any possibility that she would blur the boundaries with her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan. He decided to...
| Jul 12, 2013
My Wednesday column focused on an extraordinary story — the heroism of a 51-year-old Northwest Side man who chased down a theft suspect near the lakefront July 4 after he said he saw the man victimize a woman in a pedestrian tunnel.
But the event...