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  • Chicago food-truck laws are a success!

    Chicago's regulations of food trucks have achieved their desired effect: protecting restaurants by crushing food trucks.

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's tour highlights questions of taxes

    Gov. Pat Quinn's tour of the state to push his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers quickly turned political Monday as both he and his Republican gubernatorial opponent wasted no time highlighting likely recurring themes in the 2014 race: wealth and taxes.

  • Tough tax votes loom in Illinois

    Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to raise taxes to avoid major cuts to schools and social services next year.

  • Insurer, Bondex want to use sealed evidence of asbestos attorneys’ misrepresentations

    Charles R. Jonas Federal Building in Charlotte, N.C. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – An insurer of Pittsburgh Corning Corporation and Bondex International are the latest companies to seek the evidence of “misrepresentation” by asbestos attorneys that was referenced in a landmark...

  • East St. Louis Mayor launches super PAC to support GOP candidate for Illinois governor

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., (Legal Newsline) – East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer has announced his endorsement of businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican, for governor and the formation of a super PAC to support him. The endorsement was announced Wednesday in a press release. The super PAC to...

  • New York Times hammers the Callis 'working class' narrative

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Former Madison County judge Ann Callis is “narrative challenged” in her bid for Congress, according to a recent missive by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. In the Tuesday article “How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office,”...

  • Illinois patent troll bill clears Senate

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) — Illinois senators voted unanimously Wednesday to send a bill that aims to protect state businesses from so-called “patent trolls” to the House. Senators voted 48-0 for Senate Bill 3405. The bill, which was crafted by Attorney General Lisa...

  • Illinois AG sues payday lenders MoneyMutual

    Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed five lawsuits on Tuesday against online payday lenders and a loan lead generator for allegedly offering illegal, expensive, predatory loans that trapped Illinoisans in endless debt cycles. Madigan sued four...

  • Trust in state and local government high in small states --- and in booming Texas

    State and local government is, theoretically, closer to the ordinary citizen than the federal government — even though many citizens who vote in presidential elections do not take the trouble to vote in elections in non-presidential years when most or all of the offices at stake are in state...

  • Illinois Legislature OKs Chicago pension overhaul

    State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago pension changes tough, but worth it

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his plan to overhaul two city pension funds may be difficult to swallow, but will be worth it.

  • Judge warns asbestos defendants of filing baseless motions

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Several defendants in a Mississippi man’s asbestos lawsuit were denied dismissal for filing “generic, baseless motions.” In an April 1 order, Judge Catherine D. Perry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri denied the requests for...

  • Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics — the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process. But less...

  • Prison on lockdown after weapons, alcohol found

    Illinois' biggest maximum-security prison remained on lockdown for a second day Saturday after corrections officers uncovered an inmate cache of more than a dozen crude weapons, gallons of homemade alcohol and hoards of juice and sugar used to make the liquor.

  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police and fire funds

    Mayors across Illinois are demanding that state lawmakers address serious shortfalls in local police and fire pension funds. The effort comes after the Illinois Legislature dealt with the state's own pension problem last year.

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