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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Brian McCann, whose brother was killed by an allegedly drunken driver who was an illegal immigrant, testifies against a Cook County ordinance that freed the man before his immigration status could be checked. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / February 9, 2012)

Cook County Board wrestles with immigration ordinance amid heated criticism

Faced with criticism that hardened felons are being set free to commit more crimes, Cook County officials wrestled Thursday with a controversial local ordinance that … Read more ›

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General Motors Seeks to Reward Local Heroes from Illinois

Now in its second year, General Motors once again wants to honor, recognize and reward local Illinois heroes with the Our Town, Our Heroes program. … Read more ›