The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual Report Card with ratings and summaries of stats about schools across Illinois for the 2013-2014 school year.
Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in 2012.
As Illinoisans struggle amidst one of the worst economic recoveries in the nation, the last thing state government should be doing is supporting some private businesses in the face of those it has stifled.
While Illinoisans wonder what to do with that part of the state's financial question, one Illinoisan in particular is being singled out for his influence over one of Illinois' very biggest financial questions.
Chances are that people who have never even been to Illinois or Chicago have some idea of what it's like here: the brutal weather, the corrupt politicians, the iconic pizza. And they probably got most of those ideas from watching TV shows set in the Windy City and beyond.
After deciding when and how to retire, deciding where to retire is the next step. Careful consideration of possible activities, weather, taxes, cost of living and proximity to family and friends is undertaken.
I thought I knew a lot about the nonprofit sector, as it is my chosen profession, but after serving as a judge for the Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good community giving program, I have learned a lot more.
Illinois cities are as diverse as they are many. There are all kinds of different places to live in the state with varying municipal cultures -- all the way from small, rural towns to the third-biggest city in the country.
I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * ...
Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch is: I've always thought Pat Quinn was a pretty decent guy. Honest, sincere, well-meaning and not self-aggrandizing. Lately, though, Quinn has given me reason to wonder.
Illinois is the 20th-most dangerous state in the Union, says a new report by Law Street Media. Its violent crime rate sits at 380 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
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.