| Jan 6, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Surprise Iowa caucus near-winner Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich filed Friday to secure a spot on Illinois’ March 20 primary ballot, adding their names to those of Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Perry.
On the last day to submit paperwork,...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 3:12 PM
All five major contenders for the Republican presidential nomination face challenges to their Illinois candidacy petitions for the March 20 primary, even though the complaints could become moot long before voters go to the polls.
In addition, several...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 6:50 PM
The Republican presidential frontrunners wooed conservative voters Saturday as they launched an ambitious ground game across Downstate Illinois, a region that has emerged as crucial in deciding the winner of the state’s primary.
| Feb 29, 2012
| 2:59 PM
With the state’s primary election less than three weeks away, just how much Illinois will be in play in the Republican presidential contest could depend upon next week’s Super Tuesday contests.
Mitt Romney’s twin primary victories in...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 2:10 PM
The political action committee backing Mitt Romney’s Republican presidential bid has purchased more than $900,000 in TV ad time, including about $250,000 in the Chicago market, as Illinois’ primary draws near.
Restore Our Future, a so-...
| Jan 17, 2012
Let's face it, Mitt Romney seems more than a little opaque. On the one hand he's über-rich, incredibly smart and nakedly ambitious; on the other he seems somehow robotic, shut-down and so happy to embrace the pragmatic option that the core of his...
| Jan 24, 2012
Nearly 40 years after his death, Saul Alinsky's name is back in the news, peppered throughout presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's speeches.
A native Chicagoan, Alinsky was "the father of community organizing," said Sanford D. Horwitt, author of "Let...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 7:04 PM
Despite the sluggish economy, most Illinois voters approve of Barack Obama's handling of the presidency and the president appears poised for a general election victory in his home state this fall, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
Though the interviews...
| Jan 22, 2012
Fed by a steady stream of coal barges, the aging power plants that loom over Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods are by far the city's largest industrial sources of climate change pollution.
No other polluter comes close to the 4.2...
| Jan 22, 2012
| 5:42 PM
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently offered to attend an NAACP convention to explain why African-Americans "should demand paychecks instead of food stamps." And he has described President Barack Obama as "the most successful food...
| Nov 16, 2011
Some folks, like Newt Gingrich, read Gingrich's surge in the polls as a warm, if belated, embrace of his plan to balance the budget and get this country "back on track."
Other folks might wonder if it's at least in part because the word "ain't" reads a...