When Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was elected in 2014, he ran on an anti-tax platform. But is he trying to sneak a tax increase past voters that he never called for in last year's campaign?
Illinois' poverty rate is the highest it's been in about 55 years, says a new study by the Social Impact Research Center. It's been on a steady rise for the last fifteen years, with 14.7 percent of Illinoisans now living at or below the poverty line as defined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Civic Federation, the respected, Chicago-based fiscal watchdog, is hardly a bastion of tax-and-spend liberalism. Yet this week, for the second time in less than a year, it issued a warning that the state had put itself in serious financial danger when it allowed its personal and corporate income tax rates to fall by 25 percent on Jan. 1.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face four challengers. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Ald. Robert Fioretti, South Side businessman Willie Wilson and community activist William "Dock" Walls are all bidding for the city's top office.
Illinois may be facing its own state pension crisis, and many federal elected and appointed officials from Illinois are also facing giant national pen...
When it comes to legalizing marijuana in Illinois, there are as many opinions as there are Illinoisans. But one Illinoisan, known only as the Devil's Advocate, has some particularly strong ideas.
While almost every American could probably tell you some of the most prominent details of the life of Abraham Lincoln, such as his time living in a log cabin or the opening of the Gettysburg Address, there is still much most people don't know about the country's 16th president.
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday declared that Illinois state employees who do not wish to belong to a union can no longer have "fair share" fees deducted from their paychecks. In doing so, he likely set in motion a legal proceeding that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have a major effect in labor law across the country.
People with enough money won't have to think twice about paying more at the pump. But for low-income drivers trying to get to work and raise their families, a tax increase on gas would do a lot of damage.
While many Illinoisans know some of the more prominent names associated with the 1960's Civil Rights movement in the United States, such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, many might not realize that Illinois is home to some of its own important Civil Rights leaders.
When Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested in his State of the State Address raising the minimum wage to $10 over seven years, Democrats in the audience laughed...
Speaking in the Illinois House chamber to a joint session of a Legislature in which Democrats hold a veto-proof supermajority, Rauner reminded lawmakers pointedly that in electing their first Republican governor in 12 years, "voters made it clear they want bipartisan government."
Business groups that have complained for years about high workers' compensation and liability insurance costs cheered. The traditional Democratic labor base jeered, as did trial attorneys, who also were singled out by Rauner in his speech.
As the global economy and Illinois continue to move toward economic recovery, a report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security found that unemployment numbers were down in every one of the state's 12 metropolitan statistical areas for the ninth month in a row.