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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 ›

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 ›

Palatine councilman, new Cook GOP leader, looks at new strategy

The work of any suburban trustee or council member rotates between high profile issues, such as tax increases, to the mundane, whether to allow a building … 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 ›

From the community

Lack of Democracy

The approval of the SkyRise Building at Lake and Forest highlights the “lack of democracy” that I have been observing with Oak Park’s One Party … Read more ›

Trustees hopes committee will trim costs of government

Oak Park trustees indicated they intend to continue work with other local taxing bodies in search of ways to save money, improve services and ease … Read more ›

Consultant: Fewer cars, slower speeds good for business

A stretch of Madison Street in Oak Park could go on a so-called “road diet” if the village board approves a plan to eliminate lanes … Read more ›

Welch won seven out of ten Villages in the 7th District. The 7th District State Rep. race will be officially certified on Tuesday, April 3rd.
From the community

With Mail-in Votes Counted, Welch Remains Ahead by 30 Votes: Provisional Ballots to be Counted Today

Emanuel "Chris" Welch is in the lead in the race for 7th District State Representative, and today vote counting continues. Election night (Mar. 20) ended … 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 ›