| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Tuesday to use his political capital to get state lawmakers to pass tougher illegal firearm possession laws, but his plan faces a lukewarm reception from a General Assembly already facing a tableau of issues and weary of...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Tesla Motors will open the Midwest’s second supercharger Thursday in Rockford.
The Midwest is crucial to Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk’s plan for a national supercharger network to encourage the mass adoption of electric vehicles.
| Sep 29, 2013
It's too early to say Pat Quinn will be re-elected as governor of Illinois, especially after a week in which he lost his big court fight with the legislature.
But consider this: While the governor was losing the legal battle, he was winning the...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Dealt a loss in his attempt to wipe out lawmakers' paychecks, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will try to put the ruling on ice Friday as he attempts to kick up to the Illinois Supreme Court the legal question of whether his move was constitutional.
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970.
Richard Nixon was president,...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:33 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
| Aug 9, 2013
I'm sure we can all sympathize with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn's withholding of their paychecks until they resolve the pension crisis.
Madigan and Cullerton have filed suit...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
UPDATE -- Laura Washington and I will be guest panelists on this topic with moderator Elizabeth Brackett at 7 p.m. on Chicago Tonight, WTTW-Ch. 11 Here's Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington on the Democratic gubernatorial race and the possibility that...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 12:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is tossing aside the decades-old tradition of Democrats throwing a political rally at the Illinois State Fair, but he denies that’s because Democrats are in disarray, he got booed heavily last year or that he&...
| Aug 1, 2013
In your July 31 editorial (“Finally, an emergency”), you criticize Speaker Madigan and Senator Cullerton for upholding the Illinois Constitution as "the beacon of justice...when it serves their interests”—in this case, the...