| May 29, 2012
| 4:35 AM
— Efforts to develop a plan for comprehensive reform of public employee pensions hit a snag Monday as opposition intensified over a provision to shift retirement costs for suburban and Downstate teachers onto local school districts.
| Jun 27, 2012
| 1:13 PM
A panel of Illinois House lawmakers gathered Wednesday to begin weighing possible disciplinary action against an indicted West Side Rep. Derrick Smith, whose attorney alleged the process was politically motivated to impose punishment ahead of the November...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 2:08 PM
A state legislative committee voted 11-1 Thursday to recommend that the full Illinois House expel Rep. Derrick Smith over federal bribery charges.
“It’s with a heavy heart we take this action today,” said Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:51 PM
Perhaps spurred by the excitement of being out in public for a rare joint appearance, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested Friday that they are “very close” to an agreement to expand gambling in Illinois and bring a casino to...
| Dec 3, 2012
For the third time in recent years, Illinois House lawmakers are considering whether to allow state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes. To figure out what this might mean for Illinois if this legislation is eventually enacted, the Chicago...
| Mar 30, 2010
| 4:31 PM
Though nursing home operators and advocates for seniors have expressed support for an overhaul of Illinois' troubled long-term care system, sharp differences are emerging in Springfield over how much change is needed.
The nursing home industry is balking...
| Jun 27, 2010
Michael Madigan calmly sliced his daily apple as he listened to the 40-minute pitch from several leaders of Oak Lawn, long frustrated in their efforts to secure money for a dilapidated water system that supplies much of the south suburbs.
At the time...
| Jul 13, 2001
| 9:59 AM
Former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas said Thursday that by the end of the month he will formally enter the Democratic race for governor. At the same time, some of the people being touted by his fledgling campaign as key players said their...