Illinois Democrats and Republicans weren't able to come to a budget compromise that pleased nearly everyone in Springfield by the end of the spring legislative session May 31. Now the people most directly involved have issued frank and sometimes cutting opinions on who is to blame.
Ten state Senate Democrats voted against some or all of the budget bills and contrary to the majority of the rest of their party. Here's a look at five of them and their votes.
A DeSmog investigation has uncovered the identity of a land agent and the contract company he works with that allegedly offered to buy an Iowa farmer the services of two teenage sex workers in exchange for access to his land to build the controversial proposed Dakota Access pipeline.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic majority passed a bundle of budget bills that propose spending at least $3 billion more than the state will take in during the budget year that starts July 1.
Illinois lawmakers only have until midnight May 31 to approve a state budget and spending plan that is balanced and funds all of the programs the state needs to run efficiently. The House and Senate Democratic majorities very likely will approve one, but it will be rejected.
Based on measures of economics, health care and quality of life, a new WalletHub study says that Illinois is one of the worst states in the country for military retirees to live.
While many people might think of criminals as young people, some of the about 48,000 prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are much older than most of Illinois' non-incarcerated residents.
Winning isn't everything, but for the University of Illinois baseball team it has become the only thing. The Illini have won 46 games on the season. The bad boys of the Big Ten also hold the nation's longest winning streak at 27 games. But Illinois a baseball school? Where has this success stemmed from?
With the state facing a pension crisis, a difficult-to-balance budget and a divided government, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner tried to offer some reassurance to his constituents: "I know what I was sent here to do."
On May 17, Democrats in the Illinois House approved a property tax freeze bill that Republicans protested as a stunt. And the conservative Americans For Prosperity-Illinois has made tamping down property taxes a major cause this spring.
Illinois is home to eight of the country's 230 biggest cities, which were analyzed as part of the study. Here are five of the most diverse big cities in Illinois, ranked by diversity, with their national rank included in parenthesis.
Reboot Illinois is speaking with the 22 new Illinois state legislators who joined the other General Assembly lawmakers for the body's 99th session in 2015. We would like to learn about their professional goals and more about them as people.
Governor Rauner's so-called "local empowerment zones" are dishonestly packaged and fundamentally unfair. They violate state and federal law, would strip working people of basic rights and harm our state's economy. So why is he pushing for them?
From scones to pancakes, and hot cakes to corn beef hash, bed and breakfasts have made a dietary restriction into delectable dishes that are enticing to all.
Now that the Illinois Supreme Court has said that the state's 2013 pension reform law won't fly, Illinois finds itself in a difficult position. How to (legally) reform the state's pension systems in a way that saves money and maintains the necessary components of the pensioners' benefits?
It's probably not much of surprise that Florida is the most popular state for retirees. But what you might find interesting is that a number of our neighbor states seem to be common choices for retirees from all five pension systems. If anything, that tells you the Midwest's weather is not the only culprit.