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George Ryan

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  • State income tax a study in expediency

     State income tax a study in expediency
    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...
  • Ed Duffy, 1945-2014

     Ed Duffy, 1945-2014
    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...
  • How Madigan builds his patronage army

     How Madigan builds his patronage army
    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....
  • Ray Gibson, 1949-2014

    Ray Gibson, 1949-2014
    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...
  • Local Voices North: Feb. 27 edition

    Local Voices North: Feb. 27 edition
    Letters to the editor from Niles, Rolling Meadows and Evanston. Distracted driving "Drop it and drive." Chances are, at some point, you've uttered a phrase like that after witnessing someone on the road talking, texting or surfing the Web on a...
  • Save the goober

     
    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...
  • The debate debate --- When is it OK for a candidate to decline?

     
    Wednesday's print column 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......
  • Emanuel rips scab off my Soldier Field rehab wounds

     
    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...
  • Appellate judge found dead in chambers in Chicago

    Appellate judge found dead in chambers in Chicago
    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 –...
  • Blagojevich appeal: How to tell 'legal and straight from a federal offense?'

    Blagojevich appeal: How to tell 'legal and straight from a federal offense?'
    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...
  • Final brief filed in appeal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conviction

    Final brief filed in appeal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conviction
    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...