| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Top Illinois Democrats on Thursday used the completion of two major transportation projects to contrast what they say is Chicago's progress against the partisan gridlock of Washington that left the federal government partially shut down for 16 days....
| 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 20, 2013
In the historic Golden Dome field house in Garfield Park, bank executives and charity leaders gathered in August to trade hugs and self-congratulatory speeches.
Nonprofit groups on the West Side were helping restore communities by renovating homes...
| 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...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Government shutdown. Hyper-partisanship. Ideological warfare. Gridlock in Congress.
While those are four things that too many associate with Washington, the reality is that along the banks of the Potomac, sensible minds from across the political and...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:23 AM
WASHINGTON—Saying his constituents were 9-1 opposed to intervening in Syria, Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago issued a statement Tuesday indicating he is “strongly leaning to a NO vote” on military strikes there.
Davis, a Democat in his...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 3:32 PM
WASHINGTON -- Tracy Martin, the father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, urged Congress on Wednesday to improve the educational and employment opportunities of African American boys and men, who are disproportionately imprisoned and unemployed....
| Aug 9, 2013
| 6:20 AM
Dr. Eric Whitaker, a close friend of President Barack Obama, acknowledged that he is cooperating with federal authorities working on a $433,000 kickback scheme at the state public health agency he once led, but he said he was not involved in the alleged...
| Jan 20, 2013
At their wedding reception in 1992, Barack Obama and his bride, Michelle, made their way to a table to greet three women who had taken him under their wings as a young community organizer.
Loretta Augustine-Herron, one of the women in his memoir, "Dreams...
| Jul 4, 2013
Chicago political legends have always been part chess master, part dynasty builder, part street muscle and part colorful scamp, qualities that perfectly define the storied career of Dick Mell, who on Wednesday announced his retirement after nearly four...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 4:21 PM
Former U.S. Rep. Cardiss Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died of natural causes at age 81 on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Washington, D.C., according to a statement from Rep. Danny Davis, who replaced Collins as...