| Dec 9, 2014
| 4:30 AM
A federal judge on Monday declared President Barack Obama’s friend Eric Whitaker a hostile witness in a Chicago couple's multimillion-dollar state grant scam trial.
The rare designation allows prosecutors more leeway in questioning Whitaker, who...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 9:31 AM
For weeks, federal authorities turned up the heat on President Barack Obama's friend Eric Whitaker as they pursued a case against a Chicago couple who allegedly spent grant money on a lavish lifestyle while he was the state’s public health chief....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Federal, state and local officials Thursday marked the opening of the $142 million Englewood Flyover, a railroad bridge intended to eliminate a major bottleneck in the nation's biggest, busiest and most congested railroad hub.
The bridge will relieve...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:16 PM
Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted to endorse Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's mayoral bid Wednesday, according to several delegates who attended a packed meeting in the Armour Square neighborhood.
The endorsement vote culminated...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Florida's largest port is on track to hit record exports this year. More than $257 million in goods passed through Port Manatee during the first quarter of 2014. That's a 17 percent jump from the same period last year.
Manatee is not an isolated case....
| Oct 14, 2014
| 4:36 PM
President Barack Obama will return home on Sunday to appear at a campaign event for Gov. Pat Quinn, a White House official said.
Obama will spend Sunday night in the city, the official said. The next day, the president is scheduled to attend a $10,000-...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 9:16 PM
State Sen. Donne Trotter testified in federal court Thursday that he never authorized a South Side man to sign letters on his behalf promising top Zimbabwe officials that he would lobby President Barack Obama to end U.S. sanctions against the African...
| May 4, 2014
Deadlocked in a tough campaign in September 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn launched a $55 million anti-violence grant program, doling out money to groups on the South Side and south suburbs, home to core Democratic voters.
Weeks later, Quinn piled up a 500,000-...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The one-time top aide to former state public health chief Dr. Eric Whitaker pleaded guilty today in a $400,000 federal bribery and kickback scheme on state grants she controlled.
Quinshaunta Golden, 45, of Homewood, entered her plea in...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:00 PM
A well-known South Side activist and restaurateur pleaded guilty Friday to violating federal law by lobbying on behalf of the violent and oppressive regime of Zimbabwe’s longtime president in spite of U.S. economic sanctions.
Prince Asiel Ben...
| Jul 1, 2014
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Lynn Burrell dropped out of high school but went on to earn a law degree from an Ivy League school and sit as a Cook County judge for 12 years.
"There was nobody like Judge Anthony Burrell. He was just a great...