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Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD - As state government leaders struggle to reach agreement on pension reform, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is floating a plan that's a mix of new and old ideas to try to break the logjam. State workers, teachers, university employees and...
The Illinois Supreme Court in the past year kept seven politically connected judges on the Cook County bench after they were rejected by voters, a common practice the high court had pledged to curtail. One had given more than $20,000 to the Cook County...
WGN NewsIndicted State Representative Lashawn Ford says he filed a resolution in the House Friday, asking his colleagues to remain neutral on the federal charges against him, and to allow him to continue serving in the 8th district. The 40-year-old politician...
It's been a terrible week, not a week to entertain, or be cute or flip about anything. But a Chicago Tribune event had been planned months ago for my readers at the beautiful campus at Elmhurst College on Tuesday. And so, bad week or no, I was going....
Tags: Elmhurst College, Flu, Rod Blagojevich, Radio, Barack Obama
Within seconds of McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre being appointed to preside over Illinois' political heater manslaughter case on Friday, you could almost hear her being "scrubbed." It's not about cleansing bubbles. Not in Illinois. "Scrubbing" is...
Tags: Edward Vrdolyak, Judges, Edward M. Burke, Primaries, Elections
Ever want to learn how to become a politician? Then you can still sign up for the famed "Burris School of Politics." The course is taught by the Illinois political laughingstock and former U.S. Sen. Roland "Tombstone" Burris, whose ego is so huge that...
Clout StreetBill Daley, who’s pondering a Democratic challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn next year, said Tuesday the state should explore replacing primary elections with nonpartisan contests like Chicago uses for mayor and City Council where candidates who get more...
Clout StreetGov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders plan to meet Saturday to try to come up with a compromise to fix financially broken government worker pension systems as the clock ticks down toward the end of the lame-duck session. The talks are scheduled as...
A sad comment on the cynicism around us is that some are scoffing at a beautiful idea: A giant Chicago City Hall-run casino at the James R. Thompson Center, the heart of state government, run by our political class. "We just want to build the thing,"...
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD — One of the nation's leading credit-rating firms put Illinois on a negative watch list today because Gov. Pat Quinn and state lawmakers failed to address the overwhelming public pension debt in the just-completed lame-duck session....
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House adjourned this afternoon without even voting on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desperation pension reform plan. Quinn threw his support behind a bill that would set up a commission to decide how to fix Illinois'...
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead. Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
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