| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford implicated at least two board members in a patronage complaint shortly before he began negotiating a generous severance package with the commuter rail system, officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday....
| Jul 13, 2013
| 4:16 AM
Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford contends his refusal to capitulate to House Speaker Michael Madigan's patronage demands angered some agency board members and ultimately led to his downfall, according to a memorandum obtained by the Tribune.
| Jul 13, 2013
| 10:28 AM
When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois.
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:29 AM
Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford offered an insider's look at Illinois' culture of political back-scratching yesterday as he provided the most detailed accounting yet of patronage allegations that he says led to his departure from the commuter rail agency....
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Chicagoans will have a chance to sing, dance and pay respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela at services on Friday and Sunday.
Chicago's South African Consulate announced a Friday memorial for the anti-apartheid leader at 7 p.m. at the...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 4:38 PM
WASHINGTON -- Fifteen of the 18 House members from Illinois voted today in favor of the federal budget deal, which passed 332-94.
One Illinois Democrat voted no and two others skipped the vote.
The two who did not vote were Reps. Bobby Rush and...
| 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...
| Mar 28, 2013
By Jessica Reynolds I attended the Chicago Teachers Union rally and march yesterday — as an objective spectator — along with the new editorial board intern David Uberti. Those of you who have read the Tribune's editorials on CPS closings......
| 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......