On June 30, 1989, the Illinois Senate debated Senate Bill 95, a mammoth, "omnibus" pension bill that made more than 100 changes to the state pension code. For taxpayers, public employees and the five public pension systems controlled by state government, however, the bill made one change that, arguably, set the course for the pension crisis that plagues the state today.
Illinoisans have no shortage of fun festivals from which to choose when planning a good weekend. Traditional festivals such as world-class concerts, food tasting, holiday marts and county fairs proliferate through every season.
Keep an eye on the skies, Illinois--it's officially tornado season in the Midwest and other tornado-alley states, which usually runs between March and June. But over the past few years, more tornadoes have touched down in Illinois outside of this timespan than during the peak spring season.
March 31 was U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's last day in office after resigning from Congress following questions about possibly improper spending. But while the resignation and fall from public favor have been a disappointment for Illinoisans and the national Republican Party, Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says Schock could still have better days ahead of him.
Illinois is home to 19 of the country's 100 safest cities with more than 25,000 people living in them, says Neighborhood Scout. Though the No. 1 safest city in the country is Zionsville, Ind., with just over 2.6 crimes per 1,000 residents every year, Illinois can still claim the country's second safest city.
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock delivered his final speech in Congress Thursday, apologizing to those he had disappointed. Schock's moment of contrition came late in his six-minute farewell, delivered five days before his March 31 resignation date. Schock spent most of the speech discussing his accomplishments since joining the U.S. House in 2009.
Fun fact: The first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament was held in Evanston in 1939? Did you know that despite hosting the first tournament, Northwestern University has yet to make an appearance? Or that only one Illinois college has won the national championship in the tournament's 75-year history?
Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has been unsparing in his criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget plan. He says while the governor calls for "shared sacrifice," the budget puts the entire burden of cuts onto the middle class, the poor and the disabled.
Had some other downstate Republican congressman resigned suddenly amid allegations of padding his mileage reimbursement, as did Aaron Schock of Peoria six days ago, the world outside his district might scarcely have noticed. But Schock was not just another face among the 18-member congressional delegation from Illinois.
Had the fictional TV show "Breaking Bad" been set in Illinois or another state in the Midwest, Walter White, aka Heisenberg, would have felt right at home.
Gov. Rauner is worth billions, and adds 60 million dollars a year to his personal coffers. If Gov. Rauner continues to push his agenda of austerity, he should be honest and admit that his wealth isn't essential, either.
One person who might understand the position in which U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) has found himself (resigning after weeks of media scrutiny over questionable spending) is former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner also resigned from Congress after a scandal.
When I talk about Schock's "closet," I mean the system of keeping LGBTs down by intimidating and disadvantaging them. Laws like those Schock supported are designed to oppress gays and lesbians, and they send a clear message: Sure, go ahead and be openly gay; just remember that you could lose your job, your home, your safety, or your life.
To those who have followed the epic Illinois pension reform battle over the past three years or so, Wednesday's arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court in a landmark pension reform lawsuit may have been disorienting.
Illinois is the 36th most income unequal state in the country. Washington, D.C. has the most inequality, while Alaska has the smallest income gap in the country.