| Aug 6, 2014
| 7:34 PM
A man twice previously sentenced to death has been given natural life in prison for the 1983 murder and robbery of a tavern owner and the shooting of a waitress, according to prosecutors and court records.
James Harris, 61, accused of killing Jesse...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:18 AM
After close to 10 months of work, Cook County prosecutors are nearing the end of their reinvestigation into one of Illinois' most pivotal wrongful conviction cases, with a decision expected within weeks that could rewrite a key chapter in the state's...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 4:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s next move to open a potential third airport in the south suburbs is a call for private developers, air carriers and would-be tenants to gather for a forum next month with state transportation officials to...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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-...
| 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...