| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 5, 2013
It was a knee-jerk reaction to a knee-jerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
Rush, a Chicago Democrat, slammed suburban Republican Kirk's proposal to round up all of the...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:22 PM
With his lawyers seeking the least-damaging end to a federal corruption investigation against him, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. maintained his silence Friday amid reports he had agreed to terms to plead guilty to misusing his campaign funds.
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:37 PM
The head of the National Park Service on Tuesday defended his decision to allow Occupy D.C. protesters to remain in a park near the White House in the face of congressional Republican criticism that he was "turning a blind eye" to lawbreakers....
| Sep 21, 2012
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader.
She calls herself, "Your long...
| Nov 1, 2012
Is it bad manners to give the moutza to a dead man who killed himself by cockroach?
This is not a philosophical question. Today is the day we hand out the venerable Moutza of the Month award, this time for October.
As loyal readers know, the moutza is...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 3:00 AM
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office says the veteran Democratic congressman has been on medical leave from Congress for the past two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion.
The 17-year Illinois congressman’s office declined to say...
| Dec 29, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Posted by John Chase and Jeff Coen at 4:20 p.m. The major candidates in the Chicago mayor's race are split on today's proposal that the cityâs school board be elected instead of appointed by the mayor, though none of them......
| Jul 24, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Peter Wallsten, Peter Nicholas and Richard Simon A day after saying that police "acted stupidly" in arresting a black Harvard University professor in his own home, President Obama appeared to soften his stance Thursday, spreading the blame more...
| Nov 7, 2008
Rahm Emanuel combines political instincts, White House experience and a Chicago tough-guy attitude - traits he's likely to need as President-elect Obama's new chief of staff.
His combative style as political director in the early days of the Clinton...