| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:08 AM
Lawyers for disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a long-awaited appeal of his conviction and 14-year sentence late Monday, arguing that U.S. District Judge James Zagel's "one-sided evidentiary rulings" favored prosecutors and that the stiff...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins will not be conducting an independent probe of the ousted Metra CEO's allegations of patronage attempts and other improprieties at the agency, officials announced this morning.
Late Sunday, Perkins Coie,...
| 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 –...
| 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...
| 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...