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Gov. Pat Quinn talks technology in schools Tuesday at Piper Elementary School in Berwyn. (Antonio Perez / February 28, 2012)

Quinn says sales tax windfall could pay for schools

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn suggested Tuesday that better-than-expected sales-tax collections could be used to plug a hole in state school funding this year. The budget … Read more ›

Congressmen say mass transit will take hit under GOP bill

Illinois congressmen warned today that a major transportation bill being debated in Washington could cut into long-term funding for transportation projects in the Chicago area, … Read more ›

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after the first day of his sentencing hearing last December. (Chris Sweda)

Blagojevich to serve sentence in Colorado prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado as he had sought, sources said Tuesday. Blagojevich, who is … Read more ›

From the community

Leap Into Preparedness – Feb. 29

Join the Mount Prospect Fire Department and the Community Emergency Response Team on Wednesday, February 29th (leap day) for a fun-filled evening of emergency preparedness … Read more ›

A driver uses a cellphone in Evanston in 2010. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Ban on cell use while driving could go statewide

Drivers throughout Illinois would not be able to use hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel under a measure making its way through the Illinois … Read more ›

Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle leaves the Cook County Morgue following a press conference where she stated that there would now be daily inspections at the morgue's cooler. ( Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune )

Cook advisory council to look at morgue problems

Cook County leaders will revive a long-dormant advisory council for the medical examiner’s office, and a proposal to make it easier to fire the besieged … Read more ›

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day … Read more ›

From the community

Home Energy Efficiency Seminar

Want to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient While Saving Money? Join us for a Home Energy Efficiency PresentationTuesday, Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m.Mount Prospect Village … Read more ›

Surgeon: Kirk’s condition upgraded to fair

Sen. Mark Kirk has been upgraded from serious to fair condition, according to a brief statement today by his neurosurgeon. “Senator Kirk’s recovery is continuing,” … Read more ›

Sen. Mark Kirk

UPDATE: Sen. Kirk’s brain swelling reported ‘stabilized’

About a day after Sen. Mark Kirk underwent another surgery to make room for his swelling brain, his neurosurgeon reported in a statement that Kirk … Read more ›