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Friday, Jun 8, 2018 at 2:43 PM

Law Signed Expanding Independence of Ethics Complaints

Law Signed Expanding Independence of Ethics Complaints

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an overhaul in the handling of ethics complaints against Illinois legislators and staff members. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Lawmakers Seek Independent Probe of Speaker Madigan's Office

Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan's office. Read »

Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Wife of Ex-Madigan Aide Says Mapes Covered Up Her Claims

The estranged wife of an ex-aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan issued a strongly-worded reaction Thursday to the resignation of his chief of staff over harassment and cover-up allegations -... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Burke Announces Sex Abuse Hotline for Parents of Area Kids

Following an investigation that revealed the abuse of hundreds of Chicago Public Schools students in the last decade, a bilingual hotline was created where parents of students in the city's 14th Ward can report... Read »

Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Top Madigan Aide Resigns After Harassment Claim

An employee of the Illinois legislature came forward Wednesday to detail her experience with sexual harassment in the statehouse, bringing forth multiple allegations against House Speaker Michael Madigan's... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Karen Lewis Undergoing Brain Surgery in Chicago: Sources

Karen Lewis will undergo brain surgery Wednesday in Chicago, those close to the Chicago Teachers Union president told NBC 5. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 12:12 PM

State Worker Accuses Madigan's Chief of Staff of Harassment

State Worker Accuses Madigan's Chief of Staff of Harassment

An employee of the Illinois legislature came forward Wednesday to detail her experience with sexual harassment in the statehouse, bringing forth multiple allegations against House Speaker Michael Madigan's... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 11:38 AM

Emanuel Cracks Down on 'Unscrupulous' Party Bus Operators

Emanuel Cracks Down on 'Unscrupulous' Party Bus Operators

Officers from Chicago and Illinois joined together to create a party bus task force aimed at cracking down on non-compliant operators, officials announced Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 5:59 PM

White House Readies Pardon Paperwork; Is Blago On the List?

The White House has put together pardoning paperwork for dozens of people, CNN reported Wednesday, citing two sources with knowledge of the developments. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 8:28 AM

Ratings Agency Says New Illinois Budget 'More of the Same'

A major credit ratings agency says Illinois' new budget is "more of the same" from the worst-rated state in the U.S. Read »

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