Ann Maher Mar. 15, 2016, 10:27pm
Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville has fended off a challenge from rival State Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon to win the Republican nomination in the 15th Congressional District. No Democrat candidates sought their party's nomination, meaning Shimkus will likely be unopposed in the November general election and coast to an 11th term in office.
Haine and Haida among top IMRF beneficiaries in state; Though adequately funded, critic says pension system 'just as efficient at stealing taxpayer wealth'
Ann Maher Mar. 9, 2016, 8:51am
The top Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) beneficiaries in Madison and St. Clair counties are among the state's highest paid. And both of them - a lawmaker and a judge - are accruing benefits in other pension systems that will provide even more tax payer-supported income for life when they retire a second time.