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GOP Candidate Admits He's The 1 Percent Of The 1 Percent

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Illinois businessman Bruce Rauner wants to set the record straight: He's not just part of the one percent, he's...

Labor Unions Fear Outcome Of Illinois Governors Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't be the kind of race the st...

Gov. Pat Quinn Plans for State Government 2.0

David Ormsby | Posted 04.30.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Governor Pat Quinn's administration is poised to launch a vast and expensive modernization of state government's financial wiring and work processes that will revolutionize operations and likely displace ossified workers, upend encrusted work habits, and mothball-rusted file cabinets.

10 Reasons Why Illinoisans Are More Resilient

Madison Bondi | Posted 04.28.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

1. You can drive in any kind of traffic/weather. 2. Heat waves AND snowmageddons, no problem. 3. Dominick's closes and you can still manage to...

Suit Seeks to Bolster Cullerton Bid for DuPage Dem Party Chief

David Ormsby | Posted 04.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Budding Democratic power in DuPage County is translating into budding interest and intrigue to control the county party's top job.

Sexual Harassment Suit Bad News For GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — While a federal lawsuit against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has publicized salacious sexual harassment allegations, government ...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: Sexual Harassment Suit 'Smells Of Politics'

AP | KERRY LESTER and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The campaign for Illinois governor took a jarring turn Monday when a former state employee accused a Republican candidate, state Trea...

Ex-Employee Claims GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Sexually Harassed Him

Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

A former high-level employee of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford went public Monday with allegations that the Republican gubernatorial candidate sexu...

Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline

Will Reynolds | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The public deserves to know whether mines owned by Chris Cline were given special consideration during the permitting process or on safety standards.

CTU Moves Forcefully to Boost Will Guzzardi over Rep. Toni Berrios

David Ormsby | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In the rematch between State Rep. Toni Berrios (D-Chicago) and ex-Huffington Post/Chicago Associate Editor Will Guzzardi, the Chicago Teachers Union i...

Judge Laura Liu Slated as 1st Asian-American Appellate Court Justice

David Ormsby | Posted 04.03.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A former president of the Chinese American Bar Association, Liu credits the efforts of earlier Illinois Asian-Americans, who broke professional barriers, for laying the foundation of her ascension to the Illinois appellate court.

Former GOP Congressman's Son Sentenced For Selling Oxycodone To High School Students

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

George Washington Crane V, the son of former Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.), was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for selling oxycodone pills to high ...

Speaker Madigan Pushes Massive Corporate Tax Breaks

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - With big Illinois state income tax increases set to partially expire in 2015, the Democrat...

GOP Congressional Candidate's Rant Ranked Among Top 'Flip Outs' Ever

Belleville News-Democrat | Mike Fitzgerald | Posted 03.25.2014 | Chicago

Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone candidate in the GOP primary for the 12th U.S. House District seat, is embracing his May, 30, 2012, rant on the Ill...

The Best Illinois GIF Gallery of 2013!

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

2013 was an exciting, awkward, frustrating, and confusing year in Illinois. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable highlights fr...

Bruce Rauner Abruptly Reverses Course On Lowering Minimum Wage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

In a stunning reversal, Illinois billionaire and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he supports increasing the state's minimum wage ...

2013 a Good Year for House Speaker Michael Madigan?

David Ormsby | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Some political observers think that the powerful Illinois House Speaker, Michael Madigan, (D-Chicago) seriously stumbled in 2013. But they would be wr...

Will Emanuel Dominick's Grocery Task Force Ring Up Sales?

David Ormsby | Posted 02.26.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The typical government task force often surfaces when solid policy solutions are politically radioactive or in short supply. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Chr...

Illinois Pols Approve Pension Reform Bill

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The Illinois House and Senate approved a long-awaited measure on Tuesday to reform the nation's worst-funde...

Lawmakers Convening Special Session On Pension Reform

AP | KERRY LESTER and SARA BURNETT | Posted 12.03.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal ma...

The Long Road to Equal Marriage Rights in Illinois

Andy Thayer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

So in a small way, in blue state Illinois, we showed how to break that dismal record of Left failure following repeated failure. Hopefully it's an example that will be emulated elsewhere, and on a far bigger scale. But what of the marriage issue itself? Why so much concentration of effort spent on it?

This Illinois Pol Left Her Dying Son's Side To Vote For Marriage Equality

Posted 11.07.2013 | Chicago

An Illinois state representative made a decision any parent would dread in order to press the "yes" button on legislation she had co-sponsored to lega...

How Many People Actually 'Like' the 2014 Candidates?

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

What do I see when I look at the candidates' social media pages? Here's my breakdown of Facebook.

Detroit and the Tooth Fairy

Terry Savage | Posted 12.30.2013 | Business
Terry Savage

That's the one good thing you can say about what's going on in Detroit: It will hopefully motivate the politicians, employees and unions everywhere else to face reality and not believe the Tooth Fairy will somehow deposit the cash under their pillows.

Pension Ills Loom As Rahm Unveils New Budget Proposal

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

By David Greising and Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - When Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers Chicago's 2014 budget address on Wedne...