| Mar 13, 2014
| 4:32 PM
From the Tribune candidate forum between Republican U.S. Senate primary foes Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis, 2/10/14: Truax: (Oberweis) is actively ducking out of debates with me. And I think if you’re going to be a better candidate this time......
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Those who take my political predictions to the bank are wont to come home with empty wallets, but here’s my best-guess list of the winners in 10 key primary races Tuesday. GOP governor: Bruce Rauner GOP U.S. Senate: Doug Truax......
| Mar 3, 2014
Are you proud of the state of this state? Happy with the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation?
If the status quo meets your needs and wants — for yourself but also for the young people in your life who'll inherit the public debts and...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 6:19 PM
The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and luxuriously smooth skin.
But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm wildlife,...
| 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...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city's employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year's city and Chicago Public Schools budgets.
A spokeswoman for...
| Oct 27, 2013
The room is small, the smallest of four bedrooms in a comfortable home in a serene subdivision of a North Shore suburb a few miles inland from Lake Michigan. On a recent afternoon, I was to help my Uncle Aaron in this room with a task he had put off for...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
| Oct 3, 2013
| 5:31 AM
Chicago motorists and some residents looking out their front windows soon can expect to see the towering digital billboards favored by Mayor Rahm Emanuel going up on city-owned property near area expressways.
The Illinois Department of Transportation...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:59 PM
State Sen. Kwame Raoul announced Thursday that he won't seek the Democratic governor nomination, a move that leaves Gov. Pat Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley as the major contenders in the March 2014 primary.
The Hyde Park...