| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:01 PM
With a probe of Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence grant program on the table Wednesday, a panel of state lawmakers spent eight hours bickering at a hearing that proved long on election-year antics and short on revelations.
They talked over...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 8:54 PM
Back in late 2010, Apostle Carl White helped pick who would receive a lucrative state grant — then got $5,000 from the winning recipient.
"It didn't seem like a big deal to anybody," White recalled.
But now the state is seeking to recover the...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Interest in Orland Park's Appearance Improvement Grant program has taken off since the village opened funding to commercial property owners last year.
Between 2006 and 2010, Orland Park spent about $58,500 on the grant program, designed to help...
| Jun 22, 2014
The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 12:46 PM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $2 million to Mathews County to elevate nine homes that have received repeated flood damage during storms. The money will also be used to acquire three properties that owners no longer want because of...
| Jul 17, 2014
As expected, the legislative hearing on Wednesday into Gov. Pat Quinn's $54.5 million anti-violence program — the program drawing the scrutiny of federal prosecutors — quickly got tied into knots. Lawmakers had a hard time even agreeing on...
| May 6, 2014
| 8:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled $55 million anti-violence program is now the subject of a third inquiry, this time by a panel of state lawmakers who want answers on what went wrong.
The blow dealt by legislators from...
| May 28, 2014
| 3:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled $55 million anti-violence grant program faced renewed criticism by lawmakers on Wednesday who spent hours largely rehashing a scathing audit as they seek more detail on how and why it was put in place....
| May 4, 2014
Deadlocked in a tough campaign in September 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn launched a $55 million anti-violence grant program, doling out money to groups on the South Side and south suburbs, home to core Democratic voters.
Weeks later, Quinn piled up a 500,000-...
| May 9, 2014
| 5:25 AM
Cook County prosecutors are investigating a land deal that netted Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and her husband tens of thousands of dollars with no money down, the Tribune has learned.
Brown's husband, Benton Cook III, confirmed that a grand jury...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 1:50 PM
The Quinn administration handed out $800,000 in anti-violence money to a politically influential South Side community group even after the nonprofit filed documents with the state acknowledging it suffered from years of financial missteps, a Tribune...