Conservatives candidates tend to stay conservative in office and progressives stick to their beliefs, too. Moderates pretty much stay moderate. But last week, we witnessed the exclamation point of a radical shift when U.S. Senator Mark Kirk cast the deciding vote to gut a critical climate measure.
Basically there are three ways the Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from existing power plants, is good for business and our economy.
The two Democrats running to replace Aaron Schock in Illinois' 18th Congressional district supported action on climate change in a recent debate sponsored by several news organizations.
Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek has little use for House Speaker Michael Madigan's oft-repeated accusation that Gov. Bruce Rauner is being unreasonable and "extreme" by trying to use "non-budget issues" as bargaining chips in deadlocked budget talks.
If you want to make sure you get the best quality care from hospitals in your area, Consumer Reports' 2015 rankings of the safest hospitals in Illinois is a good place to start your research.
Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive.
Do you know where you'll be watching fireworks for the Fourth this year? If you haven't already made plans, you've come to the right place.
Two things have had my eyes rolling as Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan conduct their extended stare-down over the state budget.
Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at the Illinois Policy Institute and Frank Manzo, the policy director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute wrote about their thoughts on unions, workers, manufacturing and construction in Illinois at Reboot Illinois.
Reboot Illinois is talking to 22 new Illinois legislators about what they hope to accomplish during their time in office, what they love about Illinoi...
Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun airing TV ads across Illinois that attack House Speaker Michael Madigan and legislative Democrats as anti-reform and pro-tax. The ad singles out Madigan for blocking Rauner's business and political reforms.
Even with all the news of the budget stalemate coming out of the General Assembly, the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to remember that not all new developments out of Springfield this spring have been bad.
In the efforts to come to a budget agreement in Springfield by July 1, an unusual but unsurprising pattern has developed in the deadlocked talks.
Illinois became the last state in the union to legalized the carrying of concealed weapons nearly two years ago. The Illinois State Police began issuing concealed carry licenses to residents in the spring of 2014.
The Illinois General Assembly hasn't yet agreed on a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016. Mark Fitton of the Illinois News Network reports on what Gov. Bruce Rauner says will happen to programs such as Amtrak and the World Shooting Complex if lawmakers can't get a plan together.
Every Illinoisans is on the hook for 3 percent of their income going to state income taxes. Their federal taxes, however, likely will vary, and municipalities throughout the state levy their own local taxes on different things and at different levels. But some places in Illinois, and throughout the country, benefit more from state and local tax deductions than others.