| Mar 4, 2014
| 3:10 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the ex-pastor of President Barack Obama, stood trial Tuesday on federal charges of laundering thousands of dollars from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:49 PM
They called themselves the "Chicago connection" and appeared confident that their contacts with Illinois politicians would help persuade newly elected President Barack Obama to lift longtime economic sanctions against leaders in Zimbabwe, according to...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 4:31 PM
State Sen. Donne Trotter pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor reckless conduct for trying to board a flight with a handgun in his carry-on luggage in December.
In a plea deal worked out with Cook County prosecutors, Judge Charles Burns sentenced Trotter,...
| Jan 1, 2014
Print column, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 The most surprising news event of 2013 was the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Web portal to Obamacare. Yes, I'm sure the partisans who have long derided President Barack Obama for the lack of......
| Apr 13, 2011
| 7:18 PM
Illinois restaurants may soon have to find a way to cut artificial trans fats from French fries, onion rings, popcorn shrimp, pies, cakes and fried chicken.
Legislation that passed the Illinois House on Wednesday would ban artery-clogging trans fats in...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 9:48 AM
Hundreds of candidates for the state legislature, countywide offices and Chicago ward committeeman began filing today for the March 20 primary.
In Springfield, the line stretched from the door of the State Board of Elections for more than a block, a...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 7:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn took aim at hospitals and school transportation late Thursday in cutting $376 million from the state budget lawmakers sent him.
The idea is to take part of those savings and any increase in revenue from a hoped-for...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 11:58 AM
Parents have a new set of safe havens if they want to give up newborns anonymously.Thanks to a new law put on the books today, parents can leave babies at police departments of state or private universities or at Illinois State Police district...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:32 AM
A Cook County judge today found probable cause for prosecutors to proceed against State Sen. Donne Trotter on a felony charge that he tried to board a flight with a handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Trotter, clad in a brown sweater with his trademark...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 7:37 PM
A Democratic state senator running for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s old congressional seat suggested Monday that voters should “turn the page” away from the district’s scandal-filled history of representation, even as a rival...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:58 PM
State Sen. Donne Trotter said Wednesday he still hopes to win the backing of his party in the upcoming election to fill former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in spite of his arrest last week while taking a gun through airport security.