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A robust $184 million was spent by TV and film projects in Illinois last year, a rebound from 2011’s dip to $154 million and beating out 2010’s record high of $161 million, according to numbers released Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office....
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing. Not to canonize the man. After all, the then-governor of Illinois was later imprisoned on corruption charges. But that doesn't change the fact that, in 2000, stung that 13 inmates had been...
Why should Illinois release Renaldo Hudson? After all, he committed a ghastly, unprovoked murder — stabbed a 72-year-old man some 60 times then set his victim's bed on fire to try to cover his tracks — and was on death row until 2003 when...
Tags: Abusive Behavior, Politics, Criminals, George Ryan, Punishment
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire Republican businessman who wants to become governor of Illinois, sat down with me for an interview Thursday and dodged questions about same-sex marriage. It took about four tries to pin him down on where he stands,...
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had dinner at upscale Mexican restaurant Mercadito Monday while in Chicago for NATO. And as you would expect, he had plenty of company. Besides the Prince's table of seven, the large...
Illinois can't be accused of rushing to embrace medical marijuana: The first state to allow it did so in 1996, and the General Assembly is only now getting around to approving the idea. Whether it will become law is not clear: It now goes to Gov. Pat...
Many of us believe that capital punishment, first used in the Province of Maryland in 1638, should have been relegated to the trash heap long ago. Politicians in Annapolis had overwhelming evidence of its costly and debilitating flaws for many years,...
Its previous two chief executives went to prison on felony convictions. It just reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations of securities fraud. Not one of its peers has a worse credit rating. On top of around $8...
Tags: Securities, Interior Policy, Business, Politics, Finance
The day after she turned 90, Kay Smith put on a long-sleeved red top and black slacks, pulled her silver hair straight back from her face, slipped on her black DK spectacles with the sparkling rims, grabbed her cane and headed over to class for the party....
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire bull in the quaint Illinois Republican china shop, sat down with me Wednesday morning at a diner on LaSalle Street to talk about politics. Are you running for governor? "I am thinking about it," said Rauner, 57, a...
It is amazing that while Illinois is approaching financial disintegration, politicians are devising ever-new ways to borrow and spend. Thus: GONs. GONs (government-operated networks) furnish high-speed Internet connections to schools, offices,...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to install 100 miles of protected bicycle lanes in Chicago by 2015 is running into a speed bump thrown down by the state. Streets where the Chicago Department of Transportation has installed or plans to build protected bike...
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