A federal jury in South Carolina gave a mass murderer what he appeared to want.
The sentence of death returned this week against 22-year-old Dylann Roof is not the end of this stomach-turning case, but in fact the beginning of what could be years of appeals filed on behalf of this ninth-grade dropout.
Coming up with a fix for the state's overcrowded prison system poses a problem that could lack a solution.
Nearly two years ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner established a commission to consider criminal justice issues, specifically what changes could be safely made to reduce the state's prison population.
It wasn't all that long ago that the University of Illinois was raising tuition every year. But times have changed.
People who have been paying attention know that the high cost of obtaining a college education and the long-term debt students run up in the process pose a significant problem for families today.
This country's top intelligence officials have unanimously pointed the finger at Russia.
Testimony at a U.S. Senate hearing and the release of a newly declassified intelligence report lend credence to the widespread suspicion that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to interfere with the recent presidential election.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a dramatic expansion in social welfare spending.
With a new president on the verge of being sworn in as the nation's chief executive, the first shot recently was fired in the campaign for the White House four years from now.
The state's descent to the bottom is picking up speed.
Illinois is in desperate financial straits.
Readers have heard that before in this space, perhaps so many times that the words have lost their meaning.
But hang on for just a moment, because as hard as it may seem, circumstances looks like they are getting even worse.
Tweets, like talk, are cheap. It's what comes after that matters.
Not even sworn into office, President-elect Donald Trump already has made his mark as a communicator.
He's presiding over a Twitter transition and, eventually, a presidency. Or at least it seems that way.
What seemed like a smart, efficient political power play a few years ago has come back to haunt U.S. Senate Democrats hoping to derail the Trump train.
U.S. Senate Democrats, still coping with the shocking results of the November election, aren't hiding their disdain for many of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet choices.
A defeated state House Democrat says his party has a problem.
Democrats in the Illinois House have had it pretty easy in recent years courtesy of a comfortable arrangement with House Speaker Michael Madigan.
It's the hairdressers today. Who will it be tomorrow?
It was with an air of triumphalism that the news media reported over the weekend about a new state law that drafts hairstylists into the war on domestic violence.