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  • Who saw this coming? Quinn taps Vallas as running mate.

     
    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......
  • Save the goober

     
    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...
  • The debate debate --- When is it OK for a candidate to decline?

     
    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......
  • Emanuel rips scab off my Soldier Field rehab wounds

     
    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...
  • Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

     
    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...
  • Leader of Asian American Institute seeks to unite communities into political bloc

     Leader of Asian American Institute seeks to unite communities into political bloc
    In many ways, Asian-Americans have done remarkably well in achieving the American dream of going to college, working at a good job and earning a nice living.    Take Tuyet Le, who came to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was 3 years...
  • Patt Morrison Asks: Donald Heller, death-penalty advocate no more

    Patt Morrison Asks: Donald Heller, death-penalty advocate no more
    'Remanded" -- taken into custody. In his career as a New York prosecutor and a federal prosecutor in California, Donald Heller has asked the court to remand guilty defendants countless times. He helped put away Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to...
  • Digging a pension hole

    Digging a pension hole
    Illinois' pension system was in precarious enough shape in 1994 that Democrats and Republicans came together to solve a crisis threatening the state's financial future. The agreement they forged was supposed to take politics out of pension funding by...
  • Ex-lawmaker nearly doubles his pension with one month of work

    All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to Ald. Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee. Among Molaro's duties: Write a 19-page white...
  • Blagojevich seeks drug treatment in prison

    Blagojevich seeks drug treatment in prison
    Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to enroll in a substance-abuse program at a federal prison outside of Denver, a move that could shave up to a year off of his prison sentence. Blagojevich’s legal team, however, has downplayed the...
  • Feds seek 15-, 20-year sentence for Blagojevich

    Feds seek 15-, 20-year sentence for Blagojevich
    In sharply contrasting portrayals, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was cast Wednesday by the defense as a dedicated but duped public servant who deserves compassion, while prosecutors described him as a brazenly selfish public official who refused to take...