| Feb 22, 2014
The allegations that Treasurer Dan Rutherford sexually harassed and politically pressured a former employee will cost taxpayers at least $27,000 in legal and investigative fees, and that figure is expected to grow.
The largest cost so far is an $18,122....
| Mar 3, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The proverbial "revolving door" in Washington politics is nothing new. Everyone knows it happens. Everyone hates it. And yet it continues unchecked. What is new, however, is that the interconnected web of private sector and bureaucratic personnel has...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 3:47 PM
The people's right to know is, like "the spirit of scientific inquiry," a "search for the truth," wrote Herbert Brucker in his 1949 groundbreaking book "Freedom of Information."
The highly regarded Hartford Courant editor and journalism educator has...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Cornell University is preparing to forfeit to Iraq a vast collection of ancient cuneiform tablets in what is expected to be one of the largest returns of antiquities by an American university.
The 10,000 inscribed clay blocks date from the 4th millenium...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 1:39 PM
Elmhurst officials have revised plans for a six-story mixed-use garage in the heart of the city's downtown to try to overcome an earlier rejection by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday night when city staff...
| Dec 26, 2013
Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know a lot about what the National Security Agency has secretly been up to. As a result, Congress, a U.S. district court judge and the White House are considering ways to rein in the agency and protect our privacy. But we have...
| Oct 27, 2013
When she was hired five years ago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares received a new perk with the job: an all-expenses-paid house to live in, with the expectation that it would be used for university functions.
| Aug 12, 2013
Afew weeks from now, a military judge will probably sentence Bradley Manning to serve several decades in prison for violating the Espionage Act of 1917. I feel a kinship with him. My parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were convicted of violating the...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Area 51 has to be the worst-kept secret in the aerospace industry.
It’s where some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built by Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works were flight tested. Supposedly.
For decades, the government has...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:05 AM
Medical residency program officials soon will be required to tell the state disciplinary board when residents fail to complete their training, according to legislation that will go into effect Monday.
The change to state law comes after the Tribune...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:02 AM
When a University of Illinois transfer applicant last month was denied acceptance, she called the admissions office to ask about submitting an appeal. Her godmother, who stated that she was a Cook County Circuit Court judge, was yelling in the background....