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."
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.
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.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has advocated that players should be getting a bigger piece of college athletics' substantial monetary pie for years.
SPRINGFIELD | Just months after leaving Gov. Pat Quinn's inner circle, former chief of staff Jack Lavin is back in the Statehouse mix.
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.
SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board hired a prominent lobbying firm to help the village get more state funding for infrastructure improvements.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | The state's most powerful business organization has rated Indiana's lawmakers based on their "pro-jobs" votes during the 2012 legislative session.
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.
The environment is important, but so is affordable energy.
The punch isn't the problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indiana's colleges and universities need to get their acts together when it comes to transferring credits from Ivy Tech Community College.
CHICAGO | Cook County has launched a new online database of lobbyists and lobbying activity.
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.
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.
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