The Illinois Retail Merchants Association was only a little shaken after a Cook County judge lifted a restraining order on the much-debated soda tax, allowing the penny-per-ounce tax to officially going into effect on Wednesday.
Netscape founder and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen has been fined $2,500 for violating Chicago's ethics laws by acting as a lobbyist on behalf of companies like Airbnb in communications with Chicago Mayor Emanuel.
Greg Prather, a senior-level executive with the global real estate firm JLL of Chicago, has been fined $2,500 by the Chicago Board of Ethics for failing to register as a lobbyist before sending a business-related email to a Chicago alderman.
The Chicago Board of Ethics has fined local attorney and disc jockey Alan S. King $2,500 for operating as a lobbyist in communications with Mayor Rahm Emanuel without having followed the proper channels to do so.
Chicagoans could see a 28.2 percent monthly tax increase on land and cell phone lines billed to a city address if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs into law a measure that crept through the Legislature earlier in June.
Illinois’ ongoing budget problem has left the State Board of Elections in a financial hole so deep that agency officials claim they can’t afford the new computers they need to handle the number of candidates filing petitions to run in next year’s elections.
Howard Husock is almost as shocked that seven Chicago aldermen are pushing to bring more affordable family housing to their working-class neighborhoods as he is that such programs still even exist given what he sees as their overwhelming ineffectiveness.
Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who raided one of his senior-assisted living construction worksites and damaged valuable equipment.
The Illinois State Board of Elections slapped a $5,000 fine on Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign committee on Monday for failing to comply with board order to update financial disclosure reports filed in 2014 and 2015.
The chances that Illinois will reach a budget before May 31 and avoid seeing its bond rating lowered to the worst of any state in history are 50-50 at best, according to Mark Glennon, founder of the business and government website WirePoints told the Sangamon Sun recently.