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...

Mike’s rules: How Madigan killed Illinois democracy

On a single day in 2011, Illinois lawmakers introduced and passed the largest tax hike in modern state history in a matter of hours....

Illinois’ opioid crisis and the dark side of workers’ comp

When an Illinoisan gets hurt at work, she goes to the doctor. The doctor treats her, and perhaps prescribes a painkiller. She gets better....

HB 580, AFSCME undermine fair contract negotiations

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed House Bill 580 on Monday, a bill that strips taxpayers of representation during the state’s negotiations with government-worker unions. The...

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