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WALTER WILLIAMS: Favors, loot for sale by Congress

WALTER WILLIAMS: Favors, loot for sale by Congress

At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Michelle Obama remarked, "So, yeah, there's too much money in politics. There's (sic) special interests that have too much influence."

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

INDIANAPOLIS | The fate of Indiana's gaming industry and the 14,000 Hoosiers it employs may hinge on decisions made this summer by a small group of state lawmakers.

July 19, 2014 7:00 pm Related
SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

HOOVER, Ala. | Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform — not that they're complaining.

July 17, 2014 4:35 pm
SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has advocated that players should be getting a bigger piece of college athletics' substantial monetary pie for years.

July 17, 2014 4:35 pm

Revolving door: Top Quinn aide turns lobbyist

SPRINGFIELD | Just months after leaving Gov. Pat Quinn's inner circle, former chief of staff Jack Lavin is back in the Statehouse mix.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
At 90, Illinois' oldest lobbyist not slowing down

At 90, Illinois' oldest lobbyist not slowing down

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Since spending a bitter-cold winter at a German prison camp during World War II, Dick Lockhart said his feet have ached more when lying in bed on cold nights than when moving around.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am

South Holland hires lobbyist to boost state funding

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board hired a prominent lobbying firm to help the village get more state funding for infrastructure improvements.

September 04, 2013 11:38 am
Conservative group to demand lawmakers approve Pence income tax cut

Conservative group to demand lawmakers approve Pence income tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | A debate between leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Republican Gov. Mike Pence over whether Indiana can afford Pence's campaign promise to reduce the state's income tax rate by 10 percent is about to go public in a big way.

March 07, 2013 7:00 pm
Ind. Chamber of Commerce rates area legislators

Ind. Chamber of Commerce rates area legislators

INDIANAPOLIS | The state's most powerful business organization has rated Indiana's lawmakers based on their "pro-jobs" votes during the 2012 legislative session.

July 21, 2012 12:00 pm Related

Gary chamber members to meet with legislators

GARY | The Public Policy Committee of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and State Senator Earline Rogers will host a State House Tour on Feb. 28.

February 11, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIALS: Can we afford the EPA's new rules for coal?

The environment is important, but so is affordable energy.

June 18, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIALS: State's issues go deeper than punch

The punch isn't the problem.

June 11, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIALS: Indiana passes hypocritical gun law

The majority of Indiana's lawmakers care a lot more about gun lobbyists — and themselves — than they do about the concerns of mayors, librarians and many Hoosiers.

May 07, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIALS: The unsavory practice of poaching jobs

It's hard to imagine anyone or any organization more critical than we've been of Illinois' ill-advised, premature and audacious increase in the state income tax.

February 12, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: What if legislators were subject to merit pay?

A public school teacher I know makes the claim that teachers would consent to performance pay for their profession if state legislators accepted merit pay for theirs.

January 19, 2011 12:00 am

Ellsworth offers plan to change Washington

INDIANAPOLIS | A lifetime ban on lawmakers becoming lobbyists and a balanced budget amendment are among the reforms U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., vows to pursue if Hoosiers elect him to the U.S. Senate.

August 03, 2010 2:45 pm

GUEST EDITORIALS: Transfer policies should be clear

Indiana's colleges and universities need to get their acts together when it comes to transferring credits from Ivy Tech Community College.

July 31, 2010 12:00 am

Cook County spotlights lobbyists with online database

CHICAGO | Cook County has launched a new online database of lobbyists and lobbying activity.

July 29, 2010 12:00 am
Auto dealers, local banks avoid consumer oversight

Auto dealers, local banks avoid consumer oversight

WASHINGTON | The financial overhaul bill awaiting final action in the Senate includes a new regulator whose aim is to make sure mortgages, credit cards and other products from big banks don't abuse or confuse you.

July 08, 2010 12:00 am Related
Ex-aide: Blagojevich told him to pressure Emanuel

Ex-aide: Blagojevich told him to pressure Emanuel

CHICAGO | A former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified Monday that the former governor planned to hold up a $2 million grant to a school in then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel's district until the congressman's Hollywood-agent brother held a fundraiser for him.

June 21, 2010 10:15 pm
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