| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:07 PM
That sometimes gray line between traditional political horse-trading and flat-out bribery took center stage Friday during appellate arguments over the conviction of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a self-described student of history who has long claimed he...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed the final brief in the appeal of his conviction and 14-year prison sentence, setting the stage for oral arguments next week before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Blagojevich was convicted of...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Over and over, I and others who take up the cause of those who may have been wrongfully convicted ask the same questions of professionals in the criminal justice system: Are you sure about this one? Have you kept an......
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White formally launched his bid for a record fifth term today, with the popular 79-year-old saying there's more work to be done.
White already is on track to become the longest-serving secretary of state at the...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:51 PM
A U.S. Senate committee cleared the nomination of Zachary Fardon on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, sending it to the full Senate for a final vote.
The unanimous voice vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes more than 15 months after...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.
Not to canonize the man. After all, the then-governor of Illinois was later imprisoned on corruption charges.
But that doesn't change the fact that, in 2000, stung that 13 inmates had been...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column 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...
| Oct 9, 2013
Everybody wants to be wanted.
Big cities and big corporations are no exception.
Boeing got tens of millions of dollars in potential incentives from Chicago and the state of Illinois to move its headquarters here a dozen years ago because the city...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:32 PM
UPDATED ITEM FOR SUNDAY PRINT COLUMN 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......