| Jun 16, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn stood inside the auditorium of a sprawling new Salvation Army community center that officially opened in West Pullman Saturday and put into perspective the meaning of a new swimming pool, performing arts center, soccer field and other...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:46 PM
Though he is hospitalized with mental health problems and declined to campaign, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., claimed victory Tuesday in his re-election bid to the House of Representatives.
Jackson was leading with 64 percent of the vote in the 2nd...
| Jan 21, 2013
Chicago businessman Martin Nesbitt will sit on the dais in front of the U.S. Capitol on Monday as his best friend is inaugurated president of the United States.
The two men — successful African-American leaders who share a record of high...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:47 PM
The funeral for Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday was a celebration of her life, just as her parents had wanted. But along with those moments of joyful remembrance, there was bitter awareness of the street violence that took her away.
In the front row,...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Democratic congressional candidate Robin Kelly today gained the support of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky as she runs for the right to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
Kelly, a former state lawmaker from Matteson, previously got the backing of U.S....
| Feb 19, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Rep. Donna Edwards, a Prince George's County Democrat, is again ranked among the most liberal members of the House of Representatives, according to an annual review of roll call votes by National Journal.
Edwards tied for first place in the rankings...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 1:32 PM
The 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival will expand to four days, with opening night June 6 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Chicago blues star Shemekia Copeland will kick off the fest that night, with guest guitarist Quinn Sullivan. The...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 1:04 PM
President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it.
Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night...
| 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...
| 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" —...