Alaina Hampton, one of several women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations that rocked Illinois Democratic circles, has settled a lawsuit against political committees backing House Speaker Michael Madigan. Yet in some ways, Hampton is just getting started in demonstrating what …

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You can practically smell the turkey as the grandmother sets it down.

About a month ago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a task force report calling for the consolidation of downstate municipal fire and police pension funds and called for quick action by the legislature to pass it into law.

When you say the name John Cullerton, our editorial board thinks of an afternoon in early January 2017, when the president of the Illinois Senate sat next to then-Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno in our board room and said “enough.”

Public officials in some states see income taxes as the path to economic salvation, a surefire way to pay for what programs legislators can come up wit h.

The impeachment fat was already in the fire. Last week’s partisan vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives to proceed with a formal impeachment process produced a roaring blaze. It won’t be long before the impending conflagration starts claiming victims.

When top state officials discuss the need to invest more resources into the Department of Children and Family Services to produce better results, people, generally speaking, understand why.

Liz Boshardy packed a lot of life into her 29 years. She was a ballet dancer, then a data scientist. She married her high school sweetheart. She visited Nepal and the Galapagos Islands. She went dog-sledding in Norway and whale-watching in Hawaii. She had a promising career at Trunk Club, on…

The recent death of an Israeli flight attendant from measles should serve as a tragic reminder of something too many people in the U.S. and elsewhere have forgotten: This is a dangerous disease, and those driving its resurgence with anti-vaccination movements around the world are playing with fire.

Rod Blagojevich has spent seven years in jail for crimes of his own making; he’s due to spend another seven, unless President Trump commutes his sentence.

In the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, an Illinois House member has called for the Legislature to pass and the governor to sign a bill that would reinstate the death penalty.

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An Effingham County Board committee began an important discussion this week that we should all take part in. You'll have plenty of opportunity in the coming months as Illinois prepares for recreational marijuana to become legal on Jan. 1. That's when people over the age of 21 will be able to…

President Donald Trump recently suggested, as he has in the past, that he's considering commuting former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on multiple corruption convictions.

In a day of testifying on Capitol Hill, former special counsel Robert Mueller spent much of his time declining to address matters raised by House members. But he was strikingly forthright on one issue. "Over the course of my career, I've seen a number of challenges to our democracy," he said…

Fifty years ago Saturday, July 20, an amazing thing happened when two humans – Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin – landed on the moon and stepped onto its dusty surface. The fact their craft didn't hurtle to the ground and turn the moon into their grave was, in itself, hard to believe. …

One of the clichés of politics is that candidates campaign in poetry and govern in prose. That means they forget about a lot of what they said before being elected.

"Infrastructure" is a boring bureaucratic word that undersells a serious problem facing Gov. J.B. Pritzker: Illinois needs to repair its crumbling roads and bridges. Is that a slightly sexier sell? Pritzker and lawmakers are hashing out plans for a six-year capital construction spending spre…

By now, the problems are well-documented: More Illinois roads and bridges are falling into disrepair, and the state's financial straits have left less money on the table to address the growing list of infrastructure deficiencies.

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Faye Miller age 90, of Newton, Illinois passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at her son's home in Long Beach, Mississippi. Arrangements are pending at the Crain Funeral Home, Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.crainfuneral.com.