Cook County's court system has long lagged behind the city in its use of data, frustrating journalists and open-data advocates. It's finally adopting an electronic case-management system, which may help with the court's problem with timely dispositions. Read more
A look at how Illinois has tried to pay for itself over the years—mostly income and sales taxes, though riverboats have kicked in. The real revenue expansion was from 1960 to 1970, when the state got an income tax and a corporate income tax to pay for the wave of baby boomers and new social programs. Read more