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  • Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy dies

    Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy dies
    Charles H. Percy, a brilliant businessman who represented Illinois for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate, once headed the chamber’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and harbored unrealized ambitions to run for the presidency, died early Saturday. He was 91.
  • A last vestige of Republican moderation

    One of the U.S. Senate's leading moderate Republicans died Saturday. Of course, I'm referring to a former senator, Charles Percy of Illinois. When it comes to┬átoday's heavily-right, brook-no-dissent┬áRepublican Party, you couldn't write the phrase “...

    Do stop believin' -- the GOP is right to say it's OK to switch

    It’s understandable if you feel discouraged and disillusioned. It’s no shame to wise up, cross the aisle and vow not to be fooled anymore. All that starry-eyed campaign rhetoric — We are “the party of idealism and inclusion,”...

    Kenilworth: Living large in a tiny suburb

    Kenilworth: Living large in a tiny suburb
    Sometimes, in the public consciousness, a town's reputation carries more weight than the day-to-day reality. Such is the curious case of Kenilworth, unique among the North Shore suburbs for several reasons, including its history as a planned community,...

    Campaign exposure

    When advocates of clean government talk about how to clean up the pervasive corruption in Illinois, they start with the state's campaign finance laws—or the lack of them. Illinois has few rules on how political campaigns are funded, making it what...