| Oct 24, 2013
The underfunded public pension issue is no crisis to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton because he helped create it! He and House Speaker Michael Madigan passed and amended laws that allow generous cost-of-living increases and easy rules for...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:34 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Religious groups opposed to gay marriage rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to encourage lawmakers to reject a measure that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry in Illinois.
The gathering came one day after gay marriage...
| Nov 13, 2013
Losing sleep over Illinois' fiscal crisis?
So am I. But we may not be stressing over the same crisis.
Sure, like everyone I'm yearning for a legislative fix to our state's $100 billion-and-counting public pension gap.
Lawmakers in Springfield need...
| Nov 10, 2013
In 2011, Illinois lawmakers envisioned hundreds of homes and businesses with solar panels on their roofs dotting the state by 2013 and generating their own electricity.
But that hasn't happened, despite a law that was meant to spur such development....
| Nov 6, 2013
When Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie browbeat Archer Daniels Midland at a public hearing a few weeks ago, comparing the global ag giant's bid to secure state tax credits to blackmail, it was a clarion call for change. But don't get the...
| Oct 23, 2013
Pity the intolerant wedding photographers of Illinois.
If Illinois Senate Bill 10 — legislation to legalize gay marriage — passes in Springfield either during the current veto session or sometime next year, state law will not allow them to...
| Oct 18, 2013
The idea has a lot of common-sense appeal: Cut crime by imposing mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain offenses. The longer you lock up evildoers, the less evil they will be able to do.
It's at the heart of Illinois House Bill 2265, a...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 1:24 PM
Sometimes, pizza just isn't enough to entice friends to help you move. After all, they've seen how much you've accumulated over the years.
Trying to recruit buddies to transport your belongings to a multifamily building can be more complicated with...
| Oct 6, 2013
As much as we're fascinated by the art of Henry Darger — the self-taught artist whose life's work was discovered in his Chicago apartment after his death in 1973 — it has always made us more than a wee bit queasy. His thousands of drawings,...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 10:05 PM
Over the next few months, dozens of video gaming cafes that target women could open in the Chicago area – a move bankrolled by a bevy of financial heavy hitters.
The cafes – with names like Stella’s Place and Dotty’s –...
| Oct 8, 2013
A wave of video gambling establishments catering to women is starting to sweep across Illinois — cozy, well-lit spots with names like Stella's Place, Emma's Eatery, Dotty's and Betty's Bistro.
They're a far cry from the stereotypical male-...