CURRENT NEWS

It’s been a tough month for Sam Cahnman.The Ward 5 alderman and attorney lost his re-election bid on April 7, and on April 16, he faced an extended hearing by the state panel that disciplines lawyer...
 Nehemiah Dawson is five years old, he is third in his kindergarten class for spelling and he has Autism Spectrum disorder. But the program that his parents credit with most of his success might...
 The city of Springfield will pay $50,000 to a man shot by police more than seven years ago under a settlement approved Tuesday by the city council.The case started when James Wells stepped onto...

CAP CITY NEWS

Looking for a way to give back but afraid of commitment? If you can handle volunteering for one day, you can join more than 7,000 Comcast employees, from Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Mich...
Building a house with all volunteer labor is impressive, but building 100 houses that way is an accomplishment. Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County is planning its 100th building project this summ...

GUEST OPINION

We write today with deep concern over the future of historic preservation in Illinois and all the educational and economic benefits it provides. We’re hoping you’ll lend your voices to saving the...
 You don’t need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company’s recently announced boost in worker wages: it’s not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of p...

The Field Museum wants a new diorama for some old specimens

 How much would you give so a dead hyena could have a new home? The Field Museum of Natural History is hoping you’ll give something. The museum – a world institution that, happily, happens to...

The governor doesn’t want to pay to bury the poor

 Balancing a budget on the backs of poor people who are on their backs seems cold even for a member of the New Republican Party. In early April, Mr. Bruce Rauner suspended reimbursements paid by...

JIM HIGHTOWER

They say there’s honor among thieves, but I say: That depends on the thieves.Your common street thief, yes – but not those princely CEO’s of corporate larceny. America’s working families have...
 At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.Congress had...

RICH MILLER

Gov. Bruce Rauner devised a new way to reward his friends and punish his enemies on April 16 when he created a campaign committee called “Illinois Turnaround.” Illinois Turnaround is an independen...
 Congressman Aaron Schock’s resignation is not only a blow to national Republicans, for whom Schock raised millions, but also to Illinois Republicans.Just eight weeks ago, Schock was widely bel...

Bill would reverse current ban

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would reverse a 30-year-old ban on public money being used to pay for abortions. The bill raises one of the most controversial issues in American so...

Lawmakers want closer look at Rauner’s pension proposal

Two prominent Democratic lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to release the long-awaited details his pension proposal so they can figure out what it means for the state’s budget.State Senator...

Charges considered

A 10-year-old girl mauled by a dog more than a week ago remains hospitalized as investigations continue....

Lawmakers debate raising gas tax to pay for roads

 Illinois lawmakers used $300 million meant for roads to plug a budget hole earlier this year, so now they’re considering replacing the money with a higher tax on motor fuels.The proposal would...

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