| 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...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today endorsed a young, first-time candidate in a crowded West Side county commissioner contest that includes a former alderman who did time for political corruption.
The rare public...
| Dec 19, 2013
Rep. Luis Gutierrez's campaign committee spent more than $130,000 on hotels, airfare and other travel expenses to destinations like Las Vegas, New York, Puerto Rico and Mexico over the past five years.
One out of every 4 dollars raised by Rep. Bobby...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 5:20 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said Thursday he has been facing an ethics inquiry for a few months and is hopeful there will be no finding of misconduct.
“I’m confident the outcome will be favorable to me, but we’ll let the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:00 PM
A well-known South Side activist and restaurateur pleaded guilty Friday to violating federal law by lobbying on behalf of the violent and oppressive regime of Zimbabwe’s longtime president in spite of U.S. economic sanctions.
Prince Asiel Ben...
| Aug 6, 2013
Wednesday's print column Emcee: Are you going to be on your best behavior? Crowd: No! This moment, from an NPR report on last weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kickoff for political campaigns in Kentucky, was yet another illustration of......
| May 30, 2013
Friday's print column It's an arresting idea, so to speak. Round up 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples street gang and put them behind bars awaiting trial. On what charges? "Drug dealing," said U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., when he......
| Nov 2, 2011
| 12:16 PM
Chicago politics is rougher than any football game you're likely to encounter, so it's no surprise that congressman Bobby Rush, who represents the city's South Side, can, even at age 64, drop the verbal hammer.
But Rush's haymaker Tuesday at the NCAA was...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 12:13 PM
Illinois politicos today flocked to the city’s Englewood neighborhood, turning a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail project into a rally in support of President Barack Obama’s proposed jobs program.
Among the dignitaries in attendance was U....
| Aug 23, 2011
| 1:41 PM
Staffs of Illinois lawmakers were "a bit unnerved" by today's earthquake but left their offices in good order with no injuries reported.
"I've got a whole new view of the lyrics, 'I feel the Earth move under my feet,' " quipped Sharon Jenkins,...