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Rauner Yet to Act on Reverse Mortgage Bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has yet to act on reverse mortgage legislation he received in late June. Photo Credit: Steven Vance, under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 The Springfield budget wars between first-year Gov. Bruce Rauner and...Show More Summary

Armed Insecurity

"... no real security, just powers of retaliation." This was Norman Mailer, four-plus decades ago, writing in Miami and the Siege of Chicago about the obsessive security measures -- "helicopters riding overhead like roller coasters,Show More Summary

Court Filings by Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Show Rising Friction

I've already said my piece about whether the Illinois Comptroller's Office should be allowed to continue issuing state employee payroll without a state budget authorizing it to do so. (See "Illinois Constitution exists to impose order,...Show More Summary

11 Illinois State Employees Who Make More Than $100,000

Last year there were 8,853 state government employees who earned more than $100,000. These figures account for the 10.8 percent of all state workers who earned paychecks from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for 2014. These salary figures...Show More Summary

The Flags Are Coming Down. What Now?

The Charleston church massacre was an act of terror that left a deep emotional scar on the country. It shook our faith and, for many African Americans, made us wonder out loud if there was any safe space left. The tragedy was a tipping point that led to the Confederate flag coming down from the South Carolina State Capitol. Show More Summary

Rauer's Anti-Madigan Mailers Show Political Strategy

With Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's major political cash reserves, his campaign can continue, even six months after he was sworn in as governor. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller takes a look at the situation: House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters earlier this month that he'd had a "frank discussion" with Gov. Show More Summary

Sweet Corn Is Now Illinois' Official State Vegetable, Plus 6 Other State Symbols

There's no more debate-- sweet corn is officially the state vegetable, as decreed by unanimous support in the Illinois legislature as well as a signature by Governor Bruce Rauner himself. Like many wise school children before them, fourth-grade...Show More Summary

As Anita Alvarez Gears Up for Expanded Alternative Sentencing Program, Criticisms of Existing Services Emerge in New Study

CHICAGO--Limited services, understaffing and poor data keeping are all criticisms being pointed at the Cook County state's attorney via a new study examining the effectiveness of a county program offering alternatives to incarceration...Show More Summary

Compromise Options Dwindling for Rauner and Madigan on Illinois Budget

For the last month-and-a-half, House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeated in his weekly press conferences a pledge to work "cooperatively and professionally" with Gov. Bruce Rauner to work out a compromise on a budget for the fiscalShow More Summary

10 of the Best Golf Courses in Illinois

If you're searching for a beautiful place to practice your golf swing, look no further than this list of Illinois' best golf courses. These wide expanses of greenery are located in city and countryside alike, some of which may even be...Show More Summary

Which Jobs Pay the Most in Illinois? Check Out These 11 Careers

Every Illinoisan wants to be making as much money as possible, but there are 30 professions whose Illinois workers are making the most bank. According to recent data published by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the following jobs have the highest median salaries in the state. Show More Summary

Senator Kirk, the World is Looking for Climate Action (and We Are Too)

"Too important to ignore." That is the subject line of a constituent email that Senator Mark Kirk put out yesterday, relating to the problem of climate change. It is good to hear this because NRDC is in the midst of a two-week run of public education ads highlighting Senator Kirk's vote in June to block climate action. Show More Summary

Dead Last: Illinois Ranks 50th in the Nation for Fiscal Health

The Illinois economy has not looked incredibly bright this past year-- and that's an understatement. According to a statistical analysis about fiscal health posted by The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Illinois has a fiscal health well below the national average. Show More Summary

Illinois' Financial Crisis Has Parallels in Greek Tragedies and Greek Politics

The financial crises for Chicago city government and Illinois state government aren't unique. Detroit, Puerto Rico and Greece all have or are currently struggling with problems that have similar roots to those of Illinois. MadeleineShow More Summary

Illinois Constitution Is for Rule of Law, Not Political Benefits

The General Assembly by law shall make appropriations for all expenditures of public funds by the State. Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year. Illinois...Show More Summary

10 Illinois Cities With the Most DUI Arrests in 2014

From almost 700 surveys conducted by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, the police departments of Illinois have revealed crucial information about the DUI rates in Illinois. State Police, Chicago Police, and law enforcementShow More Summary

9 Illinois Critters That Could Be Lurking in Your Backyard

Illinois-native animals are frequently in competition with other species attempting to take over their habitats. We call Illinois the "Prairie State" because there are hundreds of miles of mostly flat, grassy land that are home to thousands of different species of plants and animals. Show More Summary

Bruce Rauner Having a Hard Time Accepting Small Victories

The question comes up in almost every conversation I have these days: "So, you think Rauner or Madigan will win this budget fight?" My answer is consistent: House Speaker Michael Madigan won these fights for 30 years with five previous governors. Show More Summary

Chicago's State of Culinary Affairs

Something new took place at Taste of Chicago this year. In the city's on-going efforts to promote our stellar foodie community, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events put on the Food For Thought Podcasts tent, designed...Show More Summary

Are Illinois' Elected Officials Running a Government or a Political Campaign?

Capitol Fax's Rich Miller has an argument to make: If one were to look at the workings of Illinois state government last week, they might not be able to tell whether they were examining a political campaign or the negotiations of actual...Show More Summary

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