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  • Excerpts from the governor's inaugural address in Springfield (flashback edition)

    As we waited for Bruce Rauner to deliver his inaugural address today,  I thought I'd post the following lines from Rod Blagojevich oration on Jan. 15, 2003 as well as excerpts from the inaugural speeches of George Ryan, Jim Edgar and Pat Quinn. Here's...
  • Quinn commutes sentences of 2 men with shaky murder convictions

    Quinn commutes sentences of 2 men with shaky murder convictions
    In his final minutes in office Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn granted 43 clemency petitions, including two commutations that will lead to freedom for convicted murderers whose appeals had been stuck in the courts in spite of mounting evidence of their innocence....
  • New law allows Illinois universities to conduct hemp research

    New law allows Illinois universities to conduct hemp research
    Illinois universities can legally grow industrial hemp now, but it may be a while before seeds are planted. A new law, effective Jan. 1, allows state institutions with four-year agriculture degrees to research hemp with a license from the Illinois...
  • Solution to one Anthony Porter mystery leads to another

    Solution to one Anthony Porter mystery leads to another
    One of the enduring mysteries in what's commonly known as the Anthony Porter case was why a skeptical Cook County grand jury nevertheless returned a murder indictment against another man, Alstory Simon, after hearing dramatically conflicting testimony...
  • Zorn: Alvarez lets Simon go and lets Devine off the hook

    Zorn: Alvarez lets Simon go and lets Devine off the hook
    "I'm not here to criticize my predecessor," said Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez Thursday, speaking to reporters about her dramatic decision to release prison inmate Alstory Simon. Indeed she was not. She was there to criticize others —...
  • Clemency seekers press departing Gov. Quinn for help

     Clemency seekers press departing Gov. Quinn for help
    Amid the more than 3,000 clemency petitions sitting on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk is a plea from Wilder "Ken" Berry, a 45-year-old single father who spent eight years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit. He has been publicly cleared of the...
  • Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman

    Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman
    You know this if you were a close friend of hers or if you just saw it on a TV commercial: Nobody appreciated a good yard sale more than Judy Baar Topinka did. It wasn’t just campaign shtick. It was true. She could be deep in conversation about...
  • The welcome decline of the death penalty

    The death penalty has had a long run in America, but that run may not last forever. Though it's not on life support, it's definitely in serious condition. A form of punishment that was once widely used and highly popular has lost much of its allure....
  • Topinka in her own words

    Topinka in her own words
    Judy Baar Topinka was known for her straightforward approach. Here are some of her more memorable comments: "Well, you know the weasel eyes is because of how you make eye contact, and the governor does not have a tendency to make eye contact. That is...
  • Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney quits, cites possible retaliation over Rauner article

    Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney quits, cites possible retaliation over Rauner article
    Longtime Chicago Sun-Times political reporter Dave McKinney resigned from the newspaper Wednesday, saying he was pulled from his beat by "bosses" of the paper's editor and publisher Jim Kirk and was placed under what he described as "house arrest" as...
  • Tinley Park to purchase Mental Health Center from state

    Tinley Park to purchase Mental Health Center from state
    Tinley Park trustees have agreed to purchase the multimillion-dollar former Mental Health Center to maintain control over one of the largest vacant properties in Cook County, officials said. Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he individually polled Village Board...