If the governor really is the enthusiastic opponent of gerrymandering that he insists he is, he could use his bully pulpit to try to persuade legislators to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure competitive election maps.
There’s a political vacuum in the 15th Congressional District as Republicans wait for a big-name candidate to jump into the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville.
Chicago teachers could walk out of classrooms on Thursday, along with support staff and Chicago Park District employees, halting the education of 300,000 students and upending the daily lives of parents across the city.
I confess that when I learned things because I had to, it was not always interesting or enjoyable. However, when given the opportunity to learn something because I was curious and wanted to learn, the experience has always been much more positive.
What are the prospects that recent federal corruption investigations will result in a change in the form of some governments in the state?
A Missouri man's lawyers seek to persuade the Supreme Court that the Eighth Amendment ban on 'cruel and unusual punishment' mandates that criminal defendants be afforded the opportunity to present the rarely invoked defense.
What happened to former Circuit Judge Patrick O’Shea must have sent shivers down current Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert’s spine.
'I realized I had always enjoyed writing," David Ellis said. 'I asked myself, "Why aren’t you writing?" And I didn't have a good answer.'
In the wake of the horrific anti-Latinx mass murder in El Paso, Texas, a loud cry for a domestic terrorism law reverberated across the country. Like gun control, the call for a domestic terrorism law harbors potential danger for African-Americans.
Timothy Mapes, the one-time right-hand man of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, was a political force of nature until last year when he suffered a head-on collision with the #MeToo movement.
While the University of Illinois is in federal court trying to fight off a lawsuit alleging that its 'Bias Response Teams' violate student free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruling involving the University of Michigan suggests the teams 'act by way of implicit threat of punishment and intimidation to quell speech.'
The dust was still settling from Tuesday’s FBI raid on the home and offices of an influential Illinois state senator when — boom — it happened all over again.
WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho and that the sun revolves around the Earth (“Make Earth Great Again!”), would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets?
U.S. Judge Thomas Durkin recently found that citizens have the right to bear arms and that right presupposes actions in self-defense. But he said the proper use of a firearm is a matter of individual states' criminal and tort laws not contemplated by the Second Amendment.
With the November 2020 general election 13 months away, Illinois Democrats and Republicans are taking some time off from their on-again, off-again political battles. But just because the Ds and Rs aren't rumbling, don't think there's not a lot of nasty politicking going on.
Last week, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim dismissed murder charges his office had filed against a group of teenagers, not because the charges did not fit the allegations against them but because he said they were, under the circumstances, too harsh.
During his first year in office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker was able to attain numerous legislative wins, which included everything from legalizing sports betting and the recreational use of cannabis, to passing a General Fund budget through the Legislature with bipartisan support.
Former and current musicians — most of them now senior citizens who still cherish their days as rock ’n’ roll rebels — are coming from all over the country to participate in the four-hour show.
East St. Louis is home to the highest murder rate of any American city. Two-thirds of its children live in poverty. In other words, $2.2 million for the city goes a long way. But thanks to the reckless promises of Illinois politicians, $2.2 million in state funding for East St. Louis is set …
In the end, a state appeals court threw out a lawsuit, delivered an informative lecture on 'negligence' legal theories regarding a homeowner's duty to protect visitors and, for good measure, issued a timely warning about how not to cut down a tree limb.
Democrats won every countywide race in 2018, but it was two races they lost that are shaping the campaigns for two important posts up for election next year.
In Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix stand-up special, “Sticks & Stones,” the comedian challenges America’s “gun love” culture. Chappelle observes, “I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I don’t see any peaceful way to disarm America’s whites.” I share Chappelle’s perspective.
If past was prologue, a group of ambitious Republicans in the 15th District would have been lining up to announce their candidacies for a relatively rare open U.S. House seat. But a funny thing has happened — virtually nothing.