| 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....
| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:12 PM
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...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White formally launched his bid for a record fifth term today, with the popular 79-year-old saying there's more work to be done.
White already is on track to become the longest-serving secretary of state at the...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 4:32 PM
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...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 9:32 PM
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......
| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:32 PM
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...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:07 PM
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...
| 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 –...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:32 PM
UPDATED ITEM FOR SUNDAY PRINT COLUMN Like just about everyone else, I expected Gov. Pat Quinn to choose an up-and-coming Illinois Democrat to be his running mate — an ethnic minority, a woman or both. The party needs to deepen......
| Oct 26, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column Last week, we learned that Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is opening an investigation into the 31-year-old murder case of two Chicago teenagers in Washington Square Park that has twice been stamped "case closed." The...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:19 PM
Zachary Fardon was sworn in Wednesday as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, five months after he was nominated by President Barack Obama.
Fardon, 47, began work in his Dirksen U.S. Courthouse office after U.S. District Chief Judge...