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03/20/12 Suburbs will be key legislative battleground in November
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - With several incumbent Republican state lawmakers out of the picture, a legislative battle for the suburbs is shaping up as Democrats push to extend their reach in the November general election. FULL STORY
03/16/12 Suburban Medicaid test cases could foreshadow future
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - At a time when the state is eyeing massive cuts to its spending on health care for the poor, the experiences of Medicaid patients, like Jacob Callarman of Westmont, in a suburban pilot program could foreshadow the difficulty that others will soon... FULL STORY
03/15/12 Santorum's Arlington Heights stop plays into conservative strategy
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will come to Arlington Heights Friday for stops at John Hersey High School and at the Christian Liberty Academy as part of his push for conservative voters, and especially from Evangelical Christians who... FULL STORY
03/14/12 Case of fake online relationship argued before state Supreme Court
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - The Illinois Supreme Court took oral arguments in the case of a Batavia woman who created more than 20 fake online personalities to pursue and eventually end an Internet relationship with another woman living across the country. "Here, we have a... FULL STORY
03/14/12 Arlington Park sees more declines in attendance, bets
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Declines in attendance and the amount of money bet on horses at Arlington Park continued in 2011, according to the Illinois Racing Board's recently released annual report. Last year, bettors gambled more than $426.7 million on horses via Arlington... FULL STORY
03/10/12 Pankau, Ramey will fight until the end
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - The Republican primary campaign for Illinois Senate District 23 between Sen. Carole Pankau of Itasca and Rep. Randy Ramey of Carol Stream often has been a contentious one. The two split sharply on key issues from public pensions to gambling... FULL STORY
03/08/12 Senator proposes speed cameras in the suburbs
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - A Chicago state senator wants to allow suburban communities to have cameras that could automatically ticket drivers for speeding in school zones. FULL STORY
03/08/12 House votes to ban talking on phone while driving
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Illinois House lawmakers Thursday voted to ban talking on the phone while driving without a hands-free device. Supporters praised the idea as one that would cut down on distracted drivers, and by extension, dangerous traffic accidents. But critics... FULL STORY
03/07/12 Plan would ensure mayors could serve on county board
By Robert Sanchez and Mike Riopell - Reacting to an opinion by DuPage County State's attorney Robert Berlin that local mayors can't also legally serve on county boards, the Illinois Senate Wednesday began moving legislation that would allow the dual roles for most mayors and other... FULL STORY
03/07/12 Anti-school violence bill needs more work
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Legislation intended to try to prevent crimes like the 2008 stabbing of Elgin teacher Carolyn Gilbert by one of her students will need some more work before it moves any further, lawmakers said Wednesday. The plan from state Rep. Carol Sente, a... FULL STORY
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