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A plastic grocery bag is caught on blades of grass alongside the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville  on June 5. (Keri Wiginton/Chicago Tribune)

Proposal would recycle plastic bags, not ban them

As several U.S. cities move to ban plastic bags, Illinois is a signature away from its own law to regulate the omnipresent carryout sacks that … Read more ›

From the community

Enrollment open for NIU academic, athletic summer camps

Whether your child wants to be a saxophonist, a scientist or soccer star, NIU has something for every young learner. This summer, NIU is offering … Read more ›

Supreme Court refuses to hear Illinois redistricting challenge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to redistricting in Illinois despite complaints from the League of Women Voters of Illinois that … Read more ›

Illinois Senate passes ban on scandal-plagued scholarship program

The Illinois Senate today overwhelmingly approved the elimination of a century-old legislative scholarship program that has come under federal investigation and long been abused by … Read more ›

Illinois moves closer to cracking down on a fugitive’s family members who help him flee

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois moved closer Thursday to cracking down on a fugitive’s family members who help him flee. A House judicial panel voted 7-1 for a measure … Read more ›

Romney, Santorum lay groundwork for furious finish in Illinois

MOLINE, Ill.—The leading contenders in the Republican presidential race spent Sunday laying the groundwork for a furious if not acrimonious final push for votes heading … Read more ›

Geneva Economic Development Director Ellen Divita explained a proposed downtown business district to city aldermen Monday evening. At left is Economic Development Commission chairman Bob Mann. (Gary Gibula/Photo for the Tribune)

Geneva considers new business district

Geneva officials are considering the creation of a new business district that would stimulate growth and help fund some needed improvements in the downtown area. … Read more ›

There are more than 150 spots to vote early in the city and suburbs. (José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / January 31, 2011)

Illinois early voting underway for March 20 primary

Early voting in Illinois for the March 20 Republican and Democratic primaries starts Monday and runs through March 15. The practice has become an increasingly … Read more ›

Lauzen: Emails suggest Geneva mayor acted improperly

Daily Herald reports: A part-time political consultant for State Sen. Chris Lauzen raised allegations Tuesday that Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns has used taxpayer dollars to … Read more ›

An inmate looks out from his cell at the Tamms Correctional Center in 2009. The super-max prison in Tamms, Ill., would close under the budget to be unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn. ( Chicago Tribune / February 13, 2009 )

Quinn’s bad news budget: ‘Our rendezvous with reality has arrived’

SPRINGFIELD—Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today delivered a bad news budget speech, calling for prison closures, layoffs and cutbacks to health care for the poor. “This … Read more ›