| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| Mar 14, 2013
| 2:16 PM
A day after Speaker Michael Madigan pronounced the gay marriage bill 12 votes short, a group pushing the issue tried to recapture momentum by announcing support from seven Illinois Democratic congressmen --- even though they don’t get to vote in...
| Apr 1, 2013
In 1972, Jim Reynolds was less than two months shy of graduating from Chicago Vocational High School, with plans of becoming a television repairman.
Raised in Englewood on the city's South Side, he had been studying the trade for two years when his...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 5:17 AM
All lanes on the Dan Ryan Expressway near the Chicago Skyway reopened this morning after demolition work on a railway bridge caused traffic shutdowns Tuesday.
A demolition crew was working on a railroad bridge spanning the Ryan (I-90/94) near 64th Street...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 7:25 PM
In deciding to close the south leg of the Red Line for five months starting next May, CTA officials bet that short, intense pain will be easier to suffer through than several years of track construction migraines.
South Side aldermen – previously...