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OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am

'Sign and go' ticket change endorsed in Ill.

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to allow motorists to keep their driver's licenses after getting speeding tickets is moving forward in the Illinois House.

May 07, 2014 1:37 pm

DeLuca proposes plan to combat 'food deserts'

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | State Rep. Anthony DeLuca wants to take on the issue of “food deserts” in large part because he sees how the problem impacts his home city.

May 03, 2014 10:47 pm
The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix

In the waning days of the legislative session, the lawmaking process is not pretty.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Ill. Senate committee passes 'revenge porn' bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn" is one step closer to becoming law.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

Illinois AG works on petroleum coke legislation

CHICAGO | Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie have worked together on new legislation regarding petroleum coke.

February 19, 2014 9:58 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Gun buy-back legislation offers best practices

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gun buy-back legislation offers best practices

I was disappointed to read Rich James' recent column, “Sen. Tomes pistol-whips gun control.” His column was rife with error and made attacks on my personal character. It’s discouraging that this type of reporting passes as journalism today.

January 31, 2014 12:00 am

Rep. Kellly bill would promote economic growth in underserved communities

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., has introduced legislation to help expand economic opportunity by encouraging economic growth, business retention and recruitment in underserved communities.

January 30, 2014 7:55 pm

Animal abuse registry proposed

SPRINGFIELD | People convicted of animal cruelty someday could find themselves on a list similar to one set up for convicted sex offenders.

January 15, 2014 12:00 am
Federal employees and retirees eye tax break

Federal employees and retirees eye tax break

MUNSTER | National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees, Hammond Chapter 546, recently welcomed Indiana State Rep. Hal Slager and State NARFE Vice President Allen Lauer, of Fort Wayne, to a bi-monthly chapter meeting.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn signs Illinois foreclosure protection law

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am

Proposal aims to help shuttered state facilities

SPRINGFIELD | Hoping to avoid leaving crumbling buildings and weed-choked lots across the state, Illinois lawmakers are considering offering tax breaks to companies that take over abandoned state facilities.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am
Fundraiser lists, emails raise Bennett questions

Fundraiser lists, emails raise Bennett questions

INDIANAPOLIS | Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall in apparent violations of Indiana election and ethics laws, documents o…

September 11, 2013 5:30 pm

Legislation targets bomb makers

SPRINGFIELD | A coalition of law enforcement groups is looking to the Illinois General Assembly to help crack down on people who make homemade bombs.

July 29, 2013 7:00 pm
Organizing for Action rallies in front of Visclosky's office

Organizing for Action rallies in front of Visclosky's office

MERRILLVILLE | Eight members from Organize For Action rallied Monday in front the office of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, for immigration reform.

July 01, 2013 7:15 pm Video Photos


Gaming board chair: Separate Chicago casino in its own bill

SPRINGFIELD | The head of the board that regulates Illinois' gambling said Tuesday that a proposed expansion calling for five new casinos raises so many questions about oversight of a Chicago casino that it should be separated into its own bill.

May 28, 2013 5:47 pm

Hunting in pens isn't real hunting, harms deer

The Indiana General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow businesses to continue to provide high-paying customers the ability to shoot white-tailed deer within fenced enclosures.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am

Illinois legislators consider puppy 'lemon law'

Illinoisans who buy a dog or cat that turns out to be seriously ill would have a new legal remedy under a proposal being considered by state legislators.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am

Gary leaders discuss Buffington Harbor port, trauma center

GARY | A legislative forum to raise local awareness of region issues in the Indiana General Assembly generated discussion about economic development in Gary and a move by Griffith to secede from Calumet Township.

February 16, 2013 6:02 pm

Legislator seeks to ground lame duck flights

SPRINGFIELD | A Republican lawmaker filed legislation this week aimed at discouraging the use of "lame duck sessions" that quickly pass controversial measures by relying on votes from outgoing legislators.

January 28, 2013 12:00 am
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