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  • Whose relatives got clouted into U. of I.?

    Whose relatives got clouted into U. of I.?
    A relative of Chicago Ald. Frank Olivo's didn't have the required grades for a specialized accounting program at the University of Illinois but got accepted anyway after Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office intervened. Another applicant -- the...
  • Will U. of I. probe have clout?

    Gov. Pat Quinn launched an investigation into University of Illinois admissions practices Wednesday amid concerns that the inquiry would be led by a toothless state-run task force. The governor charged the commission with examining how lawmakers and...
  • Cicero's boards are a family business

    Two years ago, Richard Dominick recalls, he received a tempting offer from his brother, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick. "We were just talking and he said, 'How would you like to sit on a town board, get full health insurance and make a thousand...
  • Camera firm's links questioned

    A red-light camera company seeking business from Berwyn has had links to a politically connected lawyer who does legal work for the city and has contributed to the mayor's political campaign. A document provided by the Illinois secretary of state's...
  • TV stars, the next generation

     
    Congrats to Chris Hayes, a former Chicago journalist whose work appeared in the Reader and In These Times, for being the substitute host last night on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show." Hayes, now the Washington editor of The Nation, is married......
  • Investigating the claims for a `forensic audit' of state finances

     
    I love the determined, sniff 'em out and lock 'em up sound of a "forensic audit" of state government, don't you? It was the bumper-sticker demand of defeated Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Adam Andrzejewski. And now there are GOP-backed...
  • Blago the 'bully' puts the squeeze on for more than just lunch money

     
    Though his mop top and beady eyes recalled the plucky orphan Dondi, evidently the cartoon character former Gov. Rod Blagojevich saw himself as was more like Nelson Muntz, scourge of the schoolyard in "The Simpsons." In a recording played for......
  • Weeks in Review

     
    My colleague Ray Long joins Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association, Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and host Bill Cameron on Connected to Chicago -- download WLS AM 890 audio) or listen Sunday at 2 p.m. I joined......
  • Battling the `plague'

     
    Chicago Magazine's David Bernstein and the Better Government Association have teamed up to administer the whuppin' stick to Democratic Cook County assessor candidate and video-poker industry lobbying Joe Berrios Berrios stands as a prime example of the...
  • Illinois Senate debate Mark Kirk vs Alexi Giannoulias

     
    Full debate transcript courtesy of ABC News....
  • Worst decision in the world!

     
    OK, so my headline on this afternoon's breaking media story is a bit hyperbolic, but... MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann indefinitely without pay for contributing to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates this election season.......