CURRENT NEWS

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a suite of bills into law this week focused on criminal justice reforms, including one which limits how much prisoners pay for phone calls.The laws come as Rauner seeks a 25-p...
 Amid an epic state budget impasse that has curtailed social services and upped the state’s backlog of unpaid bills past $8 billion, the Illinois State Fair thrives.Claiming poverty, Gov. Bruce...
 A yearlong battle between the state and home care workers came to a head this month, with the state rescinding an unpopular policy and the governor vetoing a bill preserving the current programs...
 Possessing small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime in Illinois, thanks to a new law which took effect in July.State lawmakers also recently loosened the rules governing the Illinois medi...

CAP CITY NEWS

Illinois has a serious lack of transitional housing for people reintegrating into society after prison, but where to put such housing raises its own concerns. An adult transitional house in Springfiel...
Our limits change as we age, and when it comes to driving, minding those limits can mean the difference between life and death. The AARP Driver Safety Class is aimed at drivers over age 50, and it’s...

GUEST OPINION

In 1935, It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, was published. Lewis tells the story of how a populist demagogue with strong authoritarian leanings becomes president and eventually a dictator. Som...
I represent a unique district on the west side of Springfield and Sangamon County – one with many dedicated state workers and many others who rely on the state for funding or services. We also have...

Ideas for an Illinois bicentennial

 Yes, I know – who feels like celebrating the state of Illinois? The commonwealth will be 200 years old in 2018, and no one in state government seems prepared to party. As our Erika Holst recen...

Fearful Illinoisans confront the Other

 Back in June, news got about that there was waiting on the governor’s desk a bill to set up a Muslim Advisory Council. Kumbaya gestures of this sort have long been popular among politicians pa...

JIM HIGHTOWER

An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: “Lies, damn lies and statistics.” Now, however, we’ve been given an even higher level of intentional deception: Policy spee...
Some corporations engage in such abusive consumer rip-offs that they’re just plain evil. But then there are some profiteers that dig even deeper into the dark void of their corporate souls to achiev...

RICH MILLER

An organization controlled by Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent a million dollars on a new television ad promoting legislative term limits in a little over a week. And that’s just for starters.Turnaround...

Another school funding reform group meets

 By most accounts, Aug. 3 was an auspicious day for school funding reform in Illinois. It marked the first meeting of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group which aims...

Chief hopes footage offers evidence, accountability

 Body cameras aren’t a panacea, warns Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow. Still, he believes the cameras will reinforce the fact that his officers perform their duties well.Winslow invited...

Law makes local governments announce pre-retirement pay bumps

 It’s been a not-so-secret secret in Illinois for decades, and state lawmakers are trying to drag the infamous “pension spike” into the sunlight – at least among local governments.A law s...

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