Tackling student debt, keeping graduates in Illinois

Jun 24, 2019
Through highly targeted student assistance programs, Illinois is helping college graduates minimize student debt while at the same time addressing the critical shortage of teachers, nurses and public defenders. Designed... Read more

TBT: Fire at the Iroquois

Jun 17, 2019
Iroquois Theater, 1903In the days before television and the many opportunities Americans have for entertainment in the modern age, an afternoon or an evening at the theater was a prime... Read more

Choosing the right college to minimize student debt

Jun 16, 2019
This is the time of year when students are receiving college financial aid award letters. And the hard decision of which college to choose begins. With the rising cost of... Read more

4 ways parents (and their students) can avoid the college debt trap

Jun 14, 2019
Excerpt from Beth Kobliner's story on the PBS News Hour.Here are four tips to help you and your kid sort through the 7,000 or so U.S. colleges and universities and... Read more

Week in Review for June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019
ABORTIONGovernor Pritzker approves massive abortion expansion law. Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday that will massively expand abortion access in Illinois.Senate Bill 25, the so-called "Reproductive Health Act," makes... Read more

The Lieutenant Governors

Jun 13, 2019
Lieutenant Governor John W. Chapman signs a documentat Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier's desk, 1953.Photo from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & MuseumThey have names like Zadoc Casey, Stinson... Read more

Week in Review for End of Session 2019

Jun 7, 2019
BUDGETBipartisan, balanced budget passed after inclusion of House Republican-backed business reforms. As the General Assembly's May 31 scheduled adjournment approached, intense negotiations took place in a bipartisan, bicameral effort... Read more

TBT: A corruption buster undone by scandal

Jun 6, 2019
Governor Green (back, left), Col. McCormick (back, right), and U.S. SenatorBrooks (front, left) leave the State House on Republican Day at the IllinoisState Fair. Photo from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential... Read more

TBT: 763 bills

May 30, 2019
Illinois House Speaker and SenatePresident of  the 51st General Assembly.The 101st Illinois General Assembly convened on January 9 of this year. On the 9th day of its existence, the 763rd... Read more

Week in Review for May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019
TAXESDemocrats advance graduated tax hike legislation. On Monday evening, the Democrat majority passed a graduated income tax amendment out of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, over Republican objections.SJRCA... Read more