| Jul 12, 2013
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Sep 21, 2013
From Sunday's print column Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign reports that he spent $5.87 million four years ago in his primary race against fellow Democrat Dan Hynes. Would Quinn have spent more than that against former Commerce Department Secretary Bill Daley,.....
| Jun 19, 2011
Illinois voters have a weak track record. Or maybe we pick honest people who quickly get corrupted once in power. Or maybe we're just unlucky. The facts are these: Since 1900, we have elected 20 men as the state's chief executive. Six of them —...
| Dec 17, 2011
| 12:01 AM
For a few days' work proctoring exams in 1999 at a Downstate community college, Raymond Roskos Jr. earned $364.
He'll be paid much more later. That brief service in the state higher education system is all it took to qualify Roskos to eventually draw a...
| Nov 27, 2011
— Steven Preckwinkle's one day of subbing became a symbol of Illinois' troubled pension system after that work qualified him for significant state teacher retirement benefits.
The political director of the Illinois Federation of Teachers can base...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 11:06 AM
The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Federal prosecutors secured a total...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 10:16 PM
Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found.
Steven Preckwinkle, the...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 12:29 PM
Citing an ongoing Chicago Tribune investigation, Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today urged Attorney General Eric Holder to fix breakdowns in America’s criminal justice system that allow growing numbers of criminal suspects to flee the...
| Nov 8, 2011
Citing an ongoing Tribune investigation, Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to fix breakdowns in America's criminal justice system that allow growing numbers of criminal suspects to flee the country...
| Aug 5, 2012
With every cab ride to and from a Chicago airport, 25 cents of the fare goes to a tiny suburb renowned for insider dealing and outsize clout.
Those coins add up to millions a year for the suburb — Rosemont — and help fuel a political...
| Sep 25, 2012
Gail Purkey wasn't employed by the state of Illinois long enough during the 1980s to earn a state pension. Her stint with House Speaker Michael Madigan's legislative staff, plus her time at the Illinois Arts Council, an agency chaired by Madigan's wife,...