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  • Miller: Dems 'defensive,' 'joyless' in picking Madigan again

    If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats' nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan's re-election last week, it would be either ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 11:16 pm
  • Rauner recommends Vallas for Chicago State trustees chairman

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that he wants former political rival and veteran school administrator Paul Vallas to be chairman of Chicago S ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 9:12 pm
  • Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt following crash on Chicago expressway

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Police say three people have died following an early-morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago.
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • What's next after report on Chicago police?

    CHICAGO – The release of a damning Department of Justice report, which found civil-rights abuses permeate Chicago’s 12,000-officer police force, was i ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 10:24 pm
  • Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan

    SPRINGFIELD – If last week's action is any indication, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois Senate are serious about attempting to bu ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 3:26 am
  • Chicago police officer fatally shoots fleeing gunman

    CHICAGO – A police officer confronted by a fleeing gunman suspected of shooting three people fatally shot the man early Sunday, Chicago police said.
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 3:24 am
  • Illinois schools boost recruitment for substitute teachers

    CHATHAM – Faced with a shortage of substitute teachers, school districts in Illinois are increasing their recruitment efforts and getting a boost from ...
    Jan. 14, 2017 - 11:42 pm
  • Chicago pledges improvements to police after scathing Justice Department report

    CHICAGO – Chicago officials are pledging to revamp the city Police Department after a scathing federal report, but a change in presidential administra ...
    Jan. 14, 2017 - 11:41 pm
  • Report says Chicago police violated civil rights for years

    CHICAGO – The Justice Department on Friday laid bare years of civil rights violations by Chicago police, blasting the nation’s second-largest departme ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 11:41 pm
  • Illinois man sues over his July 4 flag-burning arrest

    CHICAGO – A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested and detained after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag has filed ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 1:14 am
  • Austin Berg: Michael Madigan makes history as Illinois bleeds

    Illinois’ 100th General Assembly began with a whimper.That was the sound of House Democrats casting ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Our view: State lawmakers must find a path to fiscal recovery

    The members of the 100th General Assembly who were sworn in Wednesday in Springfield are the lawmakers who will be in office when Illinois marks it bi ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 9:13 am
  • New McHenry County lawmakers take seats in Springfield, face hard battles ahead

    Two new faces took the oath of office Wednesday to represent McHenry County in the Illinois General Assembly.
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 12:43 am
  • Madigan re-elected Illinois House speaker, nears U.S. tenure record

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House re-elected Michael Madigan on Wednesday to a 17th term as its leader, putting him on track to soon become the longest ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 11:58 pm
  • McCaleb: Fear drives vote for Madigan as House speaker

    A new General Assembly is sworn in Wednesday, followed by an election of chamber leaders.Barring som ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 12:21 am
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