| Feb 15, 2014
| 4:32 PM
From Sunday's print column, a follow up on an earlier blog post Every four years, the admittedly peculiar adjective "gubernatorial" gets another workout in the media. Many of us write and speak of gubernatorial candidates in the gubernatorial race...
| Feb 19, 2014
My plan for today's column was to write a censorious diatribe — my specialty! — scolding Gov. Pat Quinn for his refusal to debate his Democratic primary opponent.
He has one, you know.
The purist in me believes that elections ought to be...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 2:13 PM
Every four years, the admittedly peculiar adjective "gubernatorial" gets another workout in the media.
Many of us write and speak of gubernatorial candidates in the gubernatorial race preparing for gubernatorial debates and so on.
But my preliminary...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:12 PM
Ray Gibson, an award-winning Chicago Tribune reporter who exposed city contractors with Outfit ties, federal jurors with criminal backgrounds in the George Ryan trial, and politicians who enriched themselves at taxpayers' expense, died Friday, Jan. 31, at...
| Jan 9, 2014
Working was a multidimensional endeavor for Ed Duffy.
He was a Chicago cop, deputy chief of staff under Gov. Jim Thompson, director of the Illinois Department of Public Aid, an Arlington Heights trustee, president of Arlington Park racetrack, chief...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 4:09 PM
A longtime Illinois appellate court judge who took office with no judicial experience but grew into a respected and outspoken jurist died Wednesday morning, officials said.
Patrick J. Quinn, 60, was found dead in his downtown Chicago chambers –...
| Jan 5, 2014
When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.
First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:19 PM
Zachary Fardon was sworn in Wednesday as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, five months after he was nominated by President Barack Obama.
Fardon, 47, began work in his Dirksen U.S. Courthouse office after U.S. District Chief Judge...
| Oct 27, 2013
Last week, we learned that Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is opening an investigation into the 31-year-old murder case of two Chicago teenagers in Washington Square Park that has twice been stamped "case closed."
The first time was in 1983,...
| Nov 4, 2013
During the eight years Wilder "Ken" Berry was in prison for a kidnapping and a sexual assault he didn't commit, there were many nights after lockdown when he would look outside his cell window at the moon and wish he was anyplace else.
Now nearly 14...
| Nov 10, 2013
Like just about everyone else, I expected Gov. Pat Quinn to choose an up-and-coming Illinois Democrat to be his running mate — an ethnic minority, a woman or both. The party needs to deepen its bench and reach out to emerging communities if it's...