Dave Dahl

Former Congressman Lane Evans DiesFormer U.S. Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois, a former Marine who fought for veterans' rights during his 24 years in office, has died after a long fight with Parkinson's disease.
Child Advocacy Group Warns Of Impact Of Expiring Tax HikeWith a 2011 state income tax increase set to expire at the end of the calendar year, the governor and Illinois lawmakers are facing a huge drop in state revenue, which would affect many social service groups that rely on the state for funding.
Emanuel's Gun Crime Legislation Stalls In SpringfieldMayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to stiffen penalties for illegal guns hit an unexpected roadblock in the Illinois House on Thursday, as black lawmakers managed to halt the proposal for now.
Poison Hotline Could Shut Down Without Money
Capitol Architect Defends $700K Doors Installed On StatehouseCritics said the elegant but expensive copper doors are extravagant at a time when the state is broke and regular Illinoisans are struggling.
State Police Chief: 'We're Way Ahead Of The Game' Preparing For Concealed CarryIllinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said his agency began preparing to oversee the concealed carry permit process when it became clear Illinois would have to allow people to carry firearms in public.
MAP Grant Money Gone, But Federal Pell Grants Available For Illinois College StudentsHigher education is not cheap, and a state program that provides financial aid is now diverting people to a federal program.
Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Predicts 'Fast Track' For ApprovalThe House sponsor of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois said the measure could get a vote “very soon,” after the new General Assembly was sworn in this week.
Illinois Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 8.8 PercentThe latest news on Illinois' unemployment rate is neither really bad nor really good.
Illinois Judges Plan To Offer Up Civics EducationIf you don’t know the names of the three branches of government, but you do know the names all the judges on “American Idol,” you might not have had enough civics in high school.
Emancipation Proclamation On Display At Lincoln MuseumThe Emancipation Proclamation and two other items related to the end of slavery are on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Illinois Republicans See Opportunities To Build Beyond 2012Illinois has evolved into a “blue state,” but there are still plenty of Republicans – and plenty of opinions on how to rebuild the party.