| Aug 2, 2013
After pressuring a Metra contractor to hire more African-American companies for a crucial South Side rail project, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recommended that the commuter rail agency pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
| 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...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:15 PM
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush defended his role in a controversial South Side rail project Tuesday, saying racially biased reporting unfairly characterized his recommendation that Metra pay $50,000 to a little-known Washington, D.C., group to monitor minority...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Kirk had...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:59 PM
WASHINGTON – House Republicans have summoned the leaders of 13 federal agencies to a hearing next month to examine their plans to implement a sweeping climate change agenda that President Obama outlined in a June speech.
Organized by the Energy...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:08 AM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago began a leave of absence from Congress on Sept. 12 because his wife, Carolyn, is ill, a Rush spokeswoman said today.
In mid-August, Rep. Rush attended a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and had planned to...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 7:55 AM
Shemekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, Otis Clay, James Cotton and Billy Branch will be among the headliners at the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 6 through 9.
The festival, expanded to four days this year, will open for the first time at the...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Top Illinois Democrats on Thursday used the completion of two major transportation projects to contrast what they say is Chicago's progress against the partisan gridlock of Washington that left the federal government partially shut down for 16 days....
| May 29, 2013
| 6:03 PM
President Barack Obama is back in Chicago tonight for a pair of fundraisers as Democrats try to capture the House and defend the Senate next year. During his 15-minute remarks at the Hilton, Obama said he's willing to work with Republicans, but said he...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Sen. Mark Kirk's proposal for mass arrests of Chicago's Gangster Disciples triggered a small protest outside his Chicago office on Monday just as Rep. Bobby Rush — who dismissed the plan as an "upper-middle-class, elitist white-boy solution" —...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 5:07 AM
Metra's chairman, under fire for giving a cushy severance package to the agency's top executive, on Tuesday criticized Alex Clifford's leadership and said the ousted CEO only leveled corruption allegations after learning his contract might not be renewed....