Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. Questions about the fairness of the death penalty led to a state moratorium in 2000.
Readers write in about deficits and taxation, using private money for nuclear power, and the No Child Left Behind law.
Both incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and GOP candidate Illinois Sen. Bill Brady won their primary races by slim margins. The race to fill President Obama's former US Senate seat will be hard-fought as well.
A desire to build cross-party consensus in Senate rubs up against political perils of compromise.
In a landmark survey, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds a new religious landscape in America.