| Jul 29, 2014
When Bruce Rauner's campaign fund injected $750,000 to the Illinois Republican Party this month, it was another illustration of how the GOP governor candidate has become more than just a big name on the fall ballot.
The wealthy equity investor from...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 7:44 AM
The Willis Clan returns to television tonight to compete in the quarterfinal rounds of “America’s Got Talent,” but they’ve been plenty busy since the last time they appeared on the show.
The 12-member, all-sibling band from...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 1:26 PM
I have seen enough political ads of late on TV to make me wonder how I will possibly make it until November.
But for those who tell us that Bruce Rauner is just too darn good of a businessman, too darn good at investing, just not savvy enough of a...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 11:54 AM
If summer's close means an end to burgers fresh from the grill and lobster rolls by the beach, then one of fall's consolation prizes is a steaming bowl of chili on a crisp afternoon.
Five upcoming festivals across Connecticut pit chili experts against...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 11:11 AM
SPRINGFIELD—Gov. Pat Quinn's administration said Friday that 103 workers at the state transportation agency who were hired over the last decade through a process the state's top watchdog determined was tied to politics will keep their jobs.
| Sep 6, 2014
| 12:25 PM
The Bob McDonnell tragedy seems to me the result of the former governor failing to say "no" to some family members and especially to Jonnie R. Williams.
I did not vote for Mr. McDonnell — and did not agree with many of his...
| 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....
| 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 –...
| 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...