In the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, all signs are limited in size and style. These inconsistent and burdensome sign rules are an example of local government grossly overstepping its bounds. Maintaining comely local signage is not a core government service -- it is a way for local officials to impose their tastes and values on the public.
While the identity of her successor remains a mystery, Illinois continues to remember the life and governmental career of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Recollections came in from prominent political figures, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even President Obama.
Brian T. Murphey, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says these recent events are only the catalyst for conversations based on larger, deeper frustrations over a long period of time.
When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.
Winter in Illinois is no joke. Plunging temperatures, wailing winds and driving snow are realities. But there are some snowstorms that are so severe they stick in the memory of Illinoisans longer than others. What are the most impactful snowstorms in Illinois history?
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died Dec. 10 at the age of 70 after suffering a stroke the day before. She had just been elected to her second term as comptroller in November and was the only woman in Illinois to ever hold two constitutional state offices, as comptroller and treasurer.
Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of interest, stop contract abuses and combat a general culture of corruption.
With Detroit having filed for bankruptcy and dozens of Illinois municipalities facing financial calamity over pension obligations they can't meet, a natural question is whether Illinois cities will follow Detroit's example.
In the wake of the big election victories on November 4, many people are asking, "What's next for the push to legalize marijuana in the United States?"
When Bruce Rauner won the Republican nomination for governor on March 18, he abruptly dropped one term from his campaign vernacular: "union bosses."
Under the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), employers with 75 or more full-time workers must notify the state 60 days in advance if they plan to layoff employees or shut down operations.
In theory, state funding is supposed to be the great equalizer, ensuring that students have the same resources regardless of where they live. In practice, it hasn't worked that way.
The Illinois General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage throughout the state in June, but individual cities have jurisdiction over other laws and policies that can be more or less inclusive of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
With the Chicago City Council's Dec. 2 approval of a $13 minimum wage and the Illinois General Assembly still debating what to do with the state minimum wage, opinions from all sides abound. Some support a higher state uniform minimum wage, some want it even higher in Chicago, some don't want it to go up at all.
Sometimes it feels like living in Illinois is all doom and gloom: cold weather, corrupt politicians and a looming pension crisis. But guess what? You can fall in love with this great state again!
The Illinois State Board of Elections on Nov. 30 certified the results of the Nov. 4 election. Reviewing the official results revealed a few close calls that could have had big effects but for a handful of votes.