| 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-...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:20 AM
SPRINGFIELD — The latest political power play at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum comes from Speaker Michael Madigan, who is pushing a plan to set up the center as a free-standing state agency despite opponents’ concerns...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:41 PM
The state has paid $34 million to acquire a private airfield in Will County that occupies a small part of the almost 6,000-acre footprint that is envisioned as the first phase of a large commercial airport to be built in the south suburbs, officials...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 5:08 PM
Likened to a modern-day “Partridge Family,” The Willis Clan wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” last week, but it’s the act’s back story that transcends a television variety show.
The 12-member band...
| 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...
| 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...