Broke CPS has highest paid teachers in U.S.

State lawmakers could decide Wednesday whether to send hundreds of millions of additional tax dollars to the Chicago Public Schools, a district that has...

Chicago school funding is sticking point

The state’s elected leaders agree a deal is needed to ensure all schools can open and stay open, but differ on how much to...

AFSCME gets a jump on talking strike

As if things between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees aren’t contentious enough, the union is calling...

In Illinois, pensions trump people

A yearlong budget battle is set to push Illinois into uncharted waters. No state has gone without a budget for a full year since...

Father’s Day, NBA Game 7 cost Cook County taxpayers

For the second time in two months, the Cook County Department of Corrections had to lock down inmates because of a mass guard call-off....

How Madigan became king

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s first political splash had nothing to do with policy. It wasn’t a blueprint for a better state. It wasn’t...

Guilty until proven innocent

When Judy Wiese went to sleep Aug. 31, 2015, she was worried about her grandson. He’d taken her car to work that day. And...

A mother’s will to win

It’s easy to get cynical about Illinois politics. Frustration is the norm in Springfield. Optimism is an emotional liability. But Lisa Creason doesn’t play...

Democrats attempt second override of union arbitration bill

Two days after the Illinois House of Representatives failed to override the governor’s veto of a controversial binding arbitration bill, Democratic state Rep. Chris...

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