Humans are story-telling creatures. There are stories in politics, too.
Two Quincy aldermen whose terms will end in May say there are little things about serving on the City Council that probably would surprise most people.
Health care talks in the U.S. House last week show how polarized that chamber is, and how much energy all sides can expend on an issue that is far from its final form.
A statewide poll released last week indicated that a majority of Illinois voters say the state should balance the budget through spending cuts -- without any tax increases.
Most of the news coverage about tax options in Illinois has focused on income taxes that might be raised as part of a budget deal between lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner. Sales tax changes also are under consideration.
As so often happens in partisan circles, the tactics used against one political party a few years ago are now being turned against the other party.
A member of the Kennedy family is vowing that Gov. Bruce Rauner will face opposition in his expected re-election campaign. Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, announced last week that he'll run for Illinois governor in 2018.
Pressure on the Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner to end a budget impasse could get more intense very soon. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request to end a court injunction could put a stop to paychecks for state workers by the end of February.