Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.
The late Judy Baar Topinka was no stranger to the dizzying world of Illinois politics. The state comptroller had also been state treasurer, served in the legislature and lost a race for governor to Rod Blagojevich. So it's easy to imagine that Topinka would not be surprised at the ongoing furor and partisan divide over how to replace her.
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is sticking to his plan to appoint a comptroller for a four-year term ... despite the legal opinion of the state's Attorney General.
The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night, after overruling an objection from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
A massive federal spending bill finally won the House's approval Thursday night, less than 3 hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown.
CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency's actions after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and said while it is "unknowable" whether the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects provided useful information, the agency did not mislead the Bush White House about its activities.
The City of Urbana will contribute $5,000 a year for five years, if Champaign-Urbana succeeds in winning a contract with the Illinois High School Association to bring back the Illinois Boys’ High School Basketball Tournament.
The deaths this summer of two African American men at the hands of white police officers again brought racial tension to the national spotlight; The death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in a decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson last month, and on Wednesday, a grand jury in New York decided to not charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.
The Champaign County Board’s new Republican vice-chairman says his caucus backed Democrat Pattsi Petrie of Champaign for county board chair, because they thought she was the best of the two Democrats seeking the job.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he plans to adjourn his chamber on Wednesday and not call lawmakers back before the new governor is seated.