| Apr 16, 2014
| 3:58 PM
A federal judge Wednesday sentenced two half-brothers to prison for taking bribes to fix property tax assessments in Cook County, calling low-level public corruption such as theirs a scourge that damages democratic society.
U.S. District Judge John...
| May 16, 2014
On his third anniversary as king of Chicago, who would Mayor Rahm Emanuel choose as his opponent in the upcoming mayoral election?
He'd want someone easy, some punchy Democratic regular white-ethnic, a guy with baggage, who wouldn't push too hard and...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:00 PM
There’s a changing of the guard in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s communications office, with chief spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton being replaced by Kelley Quinn, who moves over from a similar job in the city Finance Department.
| Mar 18, 2014
| 4:32 PM
"Shameless machine hack" Will Caskey, a state Rep. Toni Berrios supporter who works for Cook County Party Chairman Joe Berrios, explains to all the naifs why we voters in her district have seen so much toxic crap from candidates like......
| Mar 31, 2014
| 3:28 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn pulled an end run on state lawmakers to salvage the jobs of two Cabinet members and dodge a short-term showdown with African-American and Latino lawmakers whose support he needs to win re-election this fall.
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The Cook County Board today approved a payout of more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people that a federal court monitor determined were fired for unlawful political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios after he took office in late 2010....
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:42 AM
Cook County taxpayers are expected to end up shelling out more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people Assessor Joseph Berrios fired for unlawful political reasons after his election in 2010.
The payments, which county commissioners will consider...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:02 PM
A federal jury today convicted two half-brothers on federal fraud charges for taking bribes to fix property tax assessments in Cook County.
Thomas Hawkins, 49, and John Racasi, 52, worked as analysts for the Board of Review when they were secretly...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday named a new county ethics chief to replace the one she dumped during an investigation into Assessor Joseph Berrios, a political ally.
Ranjit Hakim, an attorney at Mayer Brown who has represented...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Cook County’s top Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election Friday in a repudiation of the primary challenge offered by an absent Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former mayors.
Party leaders in the state&...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:32 PM
From Sunday's print column It will be an affront to democracy, a vile insult to the voters in Illinois’ 2nd U.S. congressional district if ailing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. drops his bid for re-election and retires from politics before......