| 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...
| Feb 15, 2014
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 19, 2014
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......
| Mar 7, 2014
I've combined a post from earlier this week with a commentary for my Sunday print column My PDSD — Post-Daley Stress Disorder — is relatively under control. I sometimes cringe involuntarily when inserting my credit card into parking meter...
| May 20, 2014
In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall...
| Oct 18, 2013
— Before the sun rose too high above the guard tower one recent morning, prisoner Juan Meneses finished his daily gardening routine, raced across campus and bounded into theology class 15 minutes late.
Meneses, 35, didn't have time to take his...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 8:52 PM
A former federal prosecutor who helped convict former Gov. George Ryan appears to be the favorite to succeed Patrick Fitzgerald as the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, sources in Washington and Chicago told the Tribune.
| Mar 31, 2013
| 5:29 AM
Ten years ago as Mayor Richard M. Daley worked through political channels to accelerate federal approval to build new runways at the airport his father had dearly called "O'Hara," the mayor also issued an infamous order to destroy Chicago's little...
| 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 –...