The Illinois Legislature has passed a bill to dramatically expand gambling in the state in a bid to help close a $15 billion budget deficit. But the bill still needs a wary governor's signature.
Activists in L.A. say the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has discriminated against minorities and the poor by cutting their bus routes first. The MTA says it welcomes the federal audit.
A report on 'Patronage, Cronyism and Criminality' in Chicago is released in the waning days of the campaign. The next mayor, the authors say, has the power to end the city's scourge.
Illinois will be the sixth state to recognize civil unions for gay couples. Three states have seen civil unions act as a springboard toward the legalization of gay marriage.
The day the Illinois Legislature approved a 46 percent corporate tax hike, Wisconsin's governor released a statement to woo disgruntled businesses. But experts say Illinois' broader fiscal health – not its tax rate – will be the greatest concern for in-state firms.
Word that William Daley is Obama's top choice for chief of staff, to replace fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel, have fed the line that the 'Chicago Machine' is taking over Washington.
Rahm Emanuel was sent off from his post as White House chief of staff by President Obama on Friday. Political analysts say he won't have it easy trying to win the race for Chicago mayor.
As competitors for Chicago mayor's office start to kick their campaigns into gear, Rahm Emanuel is reported to make a key hire even as he gauges his electability.
Tom Dart is the first candidate with enough citywide stature — not to mention experience in Chicago's hardball politics — to be a formidable contender.
Gang representatives in Chicago held a press conference Thursday to explain why gangs cannot be held solely responsible for stopping street violence, which has escalated this summer.