| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:53 AM
A Chicago attorney who has long crusaded against patronage is asking a federal judge to investigate hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the Democratic governor has continued to stack the Illinois Department of Transportation with political hires....
| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:23 AM
The FBI conducted a 22-month investigation of former Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano, concluding that he did not embezzle any money other than the $475,000 he was accused of taking from Metra, newly released records show.
The documents shed light...
| Jul 17, 2014
As expected, the legislative hearing on Wednesday into Gov. Pat Quinn's $54.5 million anti-violence program — the program drawing the scrutiny of federal prosecutors — quickly got tied into knots. Lawmakers had a hard time even agreeing on...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:03 AM
The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation has resigned following questions about political hiring at the agency, a move that could save Gov. Pat Quinn further political embarrassment as he seeks a second term this fall.
Out at IDOT is Ann...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 12:35 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he “wasn’t happy” that the stepdaughter of former Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider was hired by the agency, but maintained he did not ask his top aide to step aside.
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:33 PM
Thomas Kirkpatrick Jr. used his law training and management skills to help others during a long career in public service and nonprofit administration.
"He never wanted to be a lawyer, but he wanted the breadth of information law school would provide...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 3:37 PM
After years of resistance, Major League Baseball decided last winter to expand the use of video replays on disputed calls. Important matters like games and championships can turn on whether umpires get it right. So why haven't police throughout the...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Police in Ferguson, Mo., got new equipment recently. No, not an M1 Abrams tank — body cameras that record interactions with citizens.
Good idea. Had Officer Darren Wilson been wearing one when he encountered 18-year-old Michael Brown, Ferguson...
| Oct 4, 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......
| Jan 20, 2014
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. " The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 1:15 AM
A financial battle over millions of taxpayer dollars is brewing in south suburban Country Club Hills between Mayor Dwight Welch and Treasurer Rhonda Williams.
She claims on average more than $8 million is unaccounted for in the town’s books and...