| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate for next year's election.
Vallas, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 against Rod Blagojevich, fills...
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...
| Nov 12, 2013
The first round of Park Ridge's multi-year flood relief plan is 70 percent complete with seven of 10 projects done at a cost of $5.3 million. But those last three projects are the biggest, most complex and most expensive.
Aldermen and residents...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:39 AM
Wealthy Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is adding $500,000 of his own money to his campaign, an amount that will trigger a provision allowing his three GOP rivals and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to raise unlimited amounts from contributors.
| Sep 22, 2013
The first mass shooting of the week left me in despair.
A man with an apparently tenuous grasp on reality brought a legally purchased rifle into the Washington Navy Yard on Monday and killed a dozen people. What are you going to do?
| Nov 21, 2013
| 4:32 PM
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 24, 2013
In its final report, the Tinley Park Term Limits Commission said it cannot issue a "full recommendation" for the village to institute term limits for elected officials.
That came despite its research director's conclusion that the benefits of term...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:54 AM
WASHINGTON — Chicago attorney Vickie Pasley, who was treasurer of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign committee, has been fined $7,150 by the Federal Election Commission, newly released documents show.
The fine, made public Friday, stems from the Jackson...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Bill Daley might want no part of running for governor, but he’s standing by his parting shots at Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, saying it’s his “honest” assessment that the governor won’t win re-election next year.
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:51 PM
State Sen. Bill Brady, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, said voters have grown weary of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's populist actions and want a leader who will "deal with reality."
Brady, a Bloomington Republican who lost the 2010...