| 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,...
| May 18, 2012
Huma Gruaz picked a precarious time in her personal life to enroll in a Master of Business Administration program.
She had just moved to Chicago from the suburbs. She had to figure out how to navigate life after a divorce. And she had just started her...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 10:23 AM
Former University of Illinois President Michael Hogan will be assigned to the university’s smallest campus in Springfield when he returns next year from a sabbatical.
In his role as a history professor, Hogan will be required to teach two...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:37 PM
Democrats boosted their already strong majorities in the state House and Senate on Tuesday, taking advantage of new legislative boundaries they drew over the protests of frustrated Republicans.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John...
| Dec 31, 2010
CapitolView -- WSEC-TV Springfield: Ray Long of the Tribune's Springfield bureau joins Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois at Springfield's Public Affairs Reporting Program, Illinois Radio Network's Melissa Hahn and moderator Jamey Dunn from...
| Jun 8, 2008
The strongest campaign fundraising restrictions state lawmakers have ever approved are sitting on the desk of a governor who was elected as a reformer but now has federal investigators crawling all over his administration.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who...
| Jun 2, 2010
| 7:31 PM
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's federal corruption trial will feature prosecutors feeding voters a steady reminder of the worst elements of Illinois' political culture — allegations that money, insider influence and personal interest drive public...
| Jun 5, 2010
One prospective juror for the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich said her familiarity with the former governor was limited to TV wisecracks she heard from Jay Leno.
"He was a joke or something," the woman said.
Another potential juror is a labor...
| Jul 15, 2010
"It's time for a political science discussion," Gov. Pat Quinn said at a Tuesday news conference in which he made the surprise announcement that he acted to change the way Illinois primary elections are held. Great! All this dismal bickering......