| 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...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 10:38 PM
— Last Memorial Day, Sen. Dick Durbin traveled to a conference at a luxury beach resort on Tunisia's Mediterranean coast.
The Democratic senator and his wife, Loretta, stayed at The Residence Tunis, which is part of the exclusive "Leading Hotels of...
| Jan 19, 2012
The House of Representatives doesn’t readily disclose what percentage of roll-call votes lawmakers miss. But an independent legislative tracking service, whose Web site is GovTrack.us, does.
I turned to GovTrack late last year when writing about...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 10:09 AM
WASHINGTON — The White House will hold a conference Tuesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago in which Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others will discuss how government can partner with non-profit groups on jobs, economic development, anti-violence...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 3:14 PM
Dozens of contenders for Illinois' 18 newly drawn congressional districts filed candidacy paperwork on opening day Friday, setting the stage for potentially contentious contests in the March 20 primary.
The first-day filers included 12-year Republican...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 3:11 PM
The window for filing petitions to run for Congress in Illinois’ new districts closed Tuesday with Democrats looking to take advantage of the map they drew to try to boost their numbers in Washington.
But the opportunity doesn’t come...
| 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,...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 6:29 AM
Four teenagers were wounded Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.
The scene of the shooting is just blocks from Woodlawn Center South, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to meet...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 3:00 PM
A $30.5 million federal grant will be used to renovate a Woodlawn affordable housing complex in a move city leaders hope makes the building an anchor for revitalizing the neighborhood.
Chicago was one of five U.S. cities to get an inaugural “Choice...