While The Simpsons has shown us the lighter side of history, politics and pop culture, one thing they haven't shown us is their home state. This ongoing gag has stirred up quite the tug-of-war among Simpsons fans wanting to stake their claim.
Do Illinois lawmakers have a clue what it means to balance the state budget? Bill Bergman of Truth in Accounting has a few questions for Illinois' le...
The Illinois fracking law was negotiated by lobbyists behind closed doors with no southern Illinois environmentalists invited. The rules were finished the same way, but this time even the pro-regulation statehouse green groups were shut outside.
Being a fossil-fuel Democrat clearly isn't working anymore. It's not going to get any easier as support for taking action on climate change grows. What should Democrats do now?
For pre-1998 elections, the only way to compare closeness in statewide elections -- state constitutional offices and U.S. Senate -- is to sift through paper records.
Illinois pensions are in trouble. Everyone can agree on that. But not everyone can agree on how to fix it.
Chicago is not doing its part to support military veterans, says a new study. Out of 100 cities examined, Chicago ranked as number 99 in terms of how well the city offers economic, education, health and housing opportunities.
There's a simple lesson for Illinois Democrats from last Tuesday's election. If you want to get re-elected as a Democrat in Illinois all you have to do is govern like a liberal Democrat.
According to a March report from the Marchex Institute, there are five states whose residents don't swear much and five states whose residents tend to use curse words a lot. Guess which list Illinois is on?
As of Sunday night, unofficial counts in the Illinois state treasurer's race had Republican Tom Cross leading Democrat Mike Frerichs by 646 votes. You read that correctly.
Illinois' 2014 statewide races are over, but now it's time to get to work on making the state better, which starts with a better education system for Illinois' students. But first we have to reflect on where we are now before we can move forward.
Illinois' new governor elect, Republican Bruce Rauner, has a lot of work ahead of him to fix the state's economy and get Illinoisans on board with state government again. Though voters chose him to lead the state for the next four years, he won't be able to do it alone.
A state legislative committee chaired by Sierra Club champion Sen. Don Harmon officially unleashed fracking in Illinois today, approving the final regulatory rules in secret, as legislators essentially dumped the concerns of compromising lobbyists with the Illinois Environmental Council and Sierra Club in closed-door meetings.
I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.
Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really?
With such a close governor's race in Illinois, residents of this state know their votes count more than ever this year. But what about when it comes to Illinoisans' national influence?