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  • Alderman's ex-chief of staff pleads guilty to bribery: 'I accepted the $7,500'

    Alderman's ex-chief of staff pleads guilty to bribery: 'I accepted the $7,500'
    The former longtime chief of staff to Chicago Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery after displaying some hesitation.
  • Alderman's ex-chief pleads guilty to bribery

    Alderman's ex-chief pleads guilty to bribery
    The former longtime chief of staff to Chicago Ald. Howard Brookins had been scheduled to plead guilty for weeks, but for a moment Thursday in federal court it appeared it might fall through after all. A federal prosecutor had just detailed the bribery...

    Quinn couldn't get enough from Democratic base to hold off Rauner

     Quinn couldn't get enough from Democratic base to hold off Rauner
    In the toughest political fight of his life, Gov. Pat Quinn couldn't muster enough support from his all-important Democratic base in Chicago and Cook County even as Republican Bruce Rauner carved inroads into that territory. There were as many as 60,...

    Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism

    Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday started to sell his idea of loosening Illinois drug laws for possession of illegal substances like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, but some of those he has to convince said they're skeptical because he'll want tougher gun laws...

    End discrimination in hiring Chicago firefighters

    End discrimination in hiring Chicago firefighters
    Ten years ago this summer, Chicago debated preferential treatment for some firefighters. In the wake of a killer fire at an office building owned by Cook County, a commission headed by former federal Appellate Judge Abner Mikva not only criticized several...