What really is wrong with Illinois? The Wall Street Journal took a look at the Land of Lincoln compared with our neighbors in the Great Lakes region -- specifically Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin -- to see the economic progress, or lack thereof, Illinois has made in the past five years. It's not a pretty picture The Wall Street Journal paints. Show More Summary
At the last minute, I decided to follow a real White Whale of a race: the gubernatorial contest in the Land of Lincoln. Incumbent Democrat Governor Pat Quinn is vulnerable, but he was vulnerable four years ago: there's always Chicag...
By Paul Miller | for Watchdog.org With the primary election just days away, negative television ads — vile, personal attacks — only reinforce public disdain for the political scene in the Land of Lincoln. Every so often, though, our representatives in Washington and Springfield come together and actually make us proud. ROSKAM: Along with Illinois...
When Illinois leads a list, it is rarely a ranking to celebrate. But on the green building front, our facades are helping Illinois save face. The Land of Lincoln has the most LEED certified space per capita of any state in the Union. [ more › ]
President Lincoln signed the first Homestead Act in 1862, promising 160 acres of free land to any citizen 21 or older for the price of a filing fee of $14.00 and another $5.00 fee for the deed four years later. The land in question was the "empty prairie" of the Great Plains between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. Show More Summary
An Illinois State Senator from Chicago is proposing that the Land of Lincoln impose a new tax on sugary drinks to "solve obesity" in the state. However, few are greeting the proposal with open arms. The tax (Senate Bill 3524) being proposed...Show More Summary
February 1930. Washington, D.C. "Army Airship C-41 lands on Mall and airmen, led by Brigadier General William J. Flood of the 19th Airship Company, place wreath at Lincoln Memorial, honoring Lincoln's Birthday." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
When Louise Jordan walked into the doors of Abraham Lincoln High School in North Philadelphia 34 years ago, after landing her dream job as a special education teacher right out of college, she didn't worry about her tiny salary -- just $10,770 per year back then. It wasn't a lot to live on, but if […]
From the Land of Lincoln (and Obama!) comes the latest variation of stupid policy as Illinois grapples with implementing medical marijuana laws. As the Chicago Tribune reports: Patients who want to qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois would...Show More Summary
By Scott Reeder SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — I love Illinois. This is the state where I grew up, where I have chosen to raise my family and where I hope to spend the rest of my life. At different points during my career, I’ve left the Land of Lincoln. OUTWARD BOUND: Increasingly people are finding that...
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ reputation for jackpot justice has landed three Illinois counties on the latest Judicial Hellhole report. FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: Illinois (once again) is on the top five for judicial hellholes. The annual report from them American Tort Reform Foundation ranks states and jurisdictions ripe for lawsuit...
Last year, the Echo Park-based Church of the Foursquare Gospel revealed that it wanted to build as many as 40 houses on a hilltop it owns between Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights (the space is known as Flattop). Neighbors...
It’s the sixth straight year the Land of Lincoln ranked first on the Animal Legal Defense Fund's list of "the best states for animals." [ more › ]
At two public hearings on proposed regulation, residents of Chicago and southern Illinois showed they stand united against fracking in the Land of Lincoln. The crowd in Chicago got rowdy when a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hearing...Show More Summary
The shareholders of Lincoln Land FS, Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, Ill., and Two Rivers FS, Inc., headquartered in Rushville, Ill., have approved the merger of their two companies effective December 1, 2013. The new company – Prairieland FS, Inc. — … Continue reading ?
There may not be a second swearing-in for Gov. Pat Quinn Oof. There's simply no good news for Gov. Pat Quinn in PPP's new poll—the first anyone's conducted of the Land of Lincoln in a solid year. We've known for a long time that Quinn...Show More Summary
Marriage equality comes early to the Land of Lincoln.
On November 13, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) assumed a new persona: that of a shock jock. Obviously not remembering that he represents the great state of Illinois, the land of Abraham Lincoln, he resorted to racism in saying "How do youShow More Summary
I already told you about the "exorcism" that Springfield, IL, Bishop Thomas Paprocki held today at the same time that Governor Pat Quinn was signing marriage equality into law in the Land of Lincoln. Here now, a snip from his...
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… BillyFact: Illinois Gay Marriage Edition History will be made today in the Land of Lincoln when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs into law a bill allowing same-sex couples to get married. To help separate...Show More Summary