| May 20, 2014
| 4:32 PM
In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall...
| 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-...
| Mar 30, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn sought to make the 5 percent income tax rate permanent in his budget address last week.
The Illinois income tax, conceived in the 1960s as a Republican-led initiative, has now become a complex problem vexing the Democrats who control...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 2:18 PM
The fierce reaction to a botched Oklahoma execution may be fueled by the slow weakening of public support for capital punishment, which has coincided with a shift among Democratic politicians toward opposition to the death penalty.
| May 1, 2014
| 2:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities have requested information about Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s $55 million anti-violence initiative that has drawn fire for mismanagement and misspending.
The Illinois comptroller’s office got a call...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 10:05 AM
I've combined a post from earlier this week with a commentary for my Sunday print column My PDSD — Post-Daley Stress Disorder — is relatively under control. I sometimes cringe involuntarily when inserting my credit card into parking meter...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 1:14 PM
By a wide margin, Illinois residents have less trust in their state government than residents in any state in the nation, according to results of a Gallup politics poll released Friday.
Just 28 percent of residents polled said they trust Illinois...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON – From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment – figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it,...
| Oct 18, 2013
— Before the sun rose too high above the guard tower one recent morning, prisoner Juan Meneses finished his daily gardening routine, raced across campus and bounded into theology class 15 minutes late.
Meneses, 35, didn't have time to take his...
| 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...