Bruce Rauner

Morning Spin: Emanuel calls New York vs. Chicago transit 'a tale of two cities'

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued his feud with New York City’s beleaguered subway system Tuesday, a day before the Chicago Transit …

Rahm Emanuel

Don't Just Complain, Blame, or Worry. Do Something: How You Can Take Action for a Sustainable Planet | Conservancy Talk

<i>On November 21, 2017, President and CEO Mark Tercek gave the keynote speech at Lake Erie College’s annual Founders Day event in Painesville, Ohio.</i> …

Climate

Sexual harassment lawsuit against Rutherford dismissed

A sexual harassment lawsuit that tanked the political career of former state Treasurer Dan Rutherford was dismissed Wednesday in federal court in …

News (U.S.)

Rauner grants five clemency petitions, denies 97

Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted five petitions for clemency and denied 97 others.<p>His office announced the action Wednesday, saying it’s the …

Law

Ashes to Ashes: In Illinois, the Erasure of Incarcerated People Continues After Death

The mausoleum at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, Illinois, holds a secret: more than a dozen containers which hold the cremains of prisoners who …

Liberal View

Illinois returns to muni market with $750 million bond sale

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois, which sold $6 billion of bonds last month to raise money to pay overdue bills, will be back in the U.S. municipal …

Stock Markets

KADNER: Rich candidates for gov might want throw that money at schools

Chance the Rapper has raised more than $3 million for the Chicago Public Schools. He has talked about his fundraising drive for arts education on …

Education

The Trump administration is weakening birth control access. One state is pushing back.

A new Massachusetts law will protect residents’ contraceptive access, no matter what the federal government does.<p>Last month, the Trump administration weakened an Obama-era mandate requiring most employers to offer copay-free insurance coverage for birth control. Now Massachusetts has become the …

Politics

Web of secret money hides one mega-donor funding conservative court

Not so.<p>Newly obtained tax documents show that JCN’s money came almost entirely from yet another secretive nonprofit, the Wellspring Committee, which …

Corruption

Here’s something both political parties agree on in many states - MarketWatch

We’re a politically divided nation, but standing up to student loan companies is a rare issue where Democrats and Republicans are starting to see eye …

Business

A New Transparency in Illinois?

Despite all of the world’s information available at the tip of their fingertips, taxpayers are still completely in the dark about the sorry state of …

Health Care

Morning Spin: City Council to take up Emanuel budget Tuesday

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Aldermen Brendan Reilly and Scott Waguespack were realistic about their dim chances of getting the City Council to approve …

Chicago

Morning Spin: Transit leader says CTA fare hike justified

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Kirk Dillard, the former Republican state senator who chairs the Regional Transportation Authority, says that a slight hike in …

Chicago

Schaumburg mom who killed disabled daughter ordered back to prison

A Cook County judge on Tuesday ordered the Schaumburg mother who killed her disabled daughter with drugs to report back to prison next week, ABC 7 …

Crime

In Democrat-led state capitals, GOP tax reform push could scramble fiscal plans

"We're going to have to re-evaluate everything" if a federal bill repealing the state and local tax deduction becomes law, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said.<p>The Republican tax reform push in Washington is setting off budgetary alarm bells in high-tax states like New York, California …

Politics

These cities have the best chance of winning the war for Amazon's new headquarters

If Amazon plans to stick to the stated criteria for its coveted second headquarters location, it may want to look south, at least according to a new …

Cities

Investigation: Radioactive leaks at Illinois nuclear plants

Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon's Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after the discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents, an investigation by a government watchdog group …

Business

George Will: All eyes turn to Illinois for an important, strange election

<i>Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois,</i><p><i>Can be writ the nation’s glory, Illinois, Illinois.</i><p><i>— official state song</i><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — This …

Democratic Party

Morning Spin: Rauner challenger Ives reveals who's bankrolling her bid

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who's looking to challenge Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March primary, has issued a detailed …

Chicago

Emanuel allies trying to fill March ballot with advisory questions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council allies are trying to get three questions on Chicago ballots in the March primary election in an annual bid to prevent questions with potentially embarrassing results for the mayor from making it before voters.<p>Ald. Pat O’Connor, the mayor’s council floor leader, …

Chicago

MILLER: A big Illinois union looking for payback jumps into GOP primary

Operating Engineers Union Local 150 is making good on its threat to back a Republican primary opponent against House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.<p>The …

Libertarian Party

The winding road of federal tax reform and what it means for Illinois

WASHINGTON – With Congress working on overhauling the federal income tax system – the House passed its version on Thursday with a Senate vote still …

U.S. Congress

Grant to fund development of Illinois off-road vehicle trail

A federal grant will allow officials to develop a 26-mile (42-kilometer) off-road vehicle trail system in southern Illinois.<p>Gov. Bruce Rauner …

Business

Rauner signs legislation targeting sexual harassment

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed legislation that will require all lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees to undergo sexual harassment training …

Government

Flood victims in 18 Illinois counties eligible for tax credit under new law

Some relief is on the way for Lake County residents whose homes flooded this past summer after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday providing up to a $750 credit to homeowners who reported flood damage from the historic water levels in July.<p>"July's severe storms pushed rivers and lakes …

Weather

14 iconic buildings across the U.S.

Architecture that defines a city<p>seWhether it’s a schoolhouse or a soaring skyscraper, architecture shapes an urban dweller’s on-the-ground experience of their city—not to mention how the city is perceived by visitors and beyond.<p>The most recognizable, archetypal, or historic buildings often earn …

Avant-garde

So the unions and the giant rat don't want more Illinois jobs?

State Rep. Michael McAuliffe, R-Chicago, was out of town Wednesday morning when a neighbor called with some news. Union members were protesting outside his under-construction Northwest Side home with signs, a billboard truck and a two-story inflatable rat squatting in the parkway.<p>“Shame on …

Much Ado Abood the First Amendment

After a year of contentious negotiations between Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal …

U.S. Bishops Choose Bold Pro-Life Approach

U.S. Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City as the chair of their pro-life committee. It was a close vote — 96 to 82 — …

Conservative View

U.S. Justice Department questions Illinois' new immigration bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner risked a conservative backlash when he signed an immigration bill into law this summer.<p>Now, the Trump Administration is lumping the …

Immigration