| Jun 5, 2012
Just weeks before the March Democratic primary, a campaign operative for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan walked into the headquarters of a candidate for state representative to deliver a message.
"You aren't going to like me," Shaw Decremer...
| Oct 19, 2011
One of the most popular ways to lower property tax bills is also one of the most misused — benefiting thousands of people ranging from mayors to landlords and snowbirds.
The homestead exemption is supposed to lower taxes only for a taxpayer's...
| Nov 1, 2010
| 4:32 PM
This ad from Democratic Cook County Assesor candidate Joe Berrios is insulting to the voter and assumes an utter lack of knowledge about the function of the office for which he is running. Under incumbent assessor (James) Houlihan, your home......
| 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......
| Apr 15, 2011
| 9:20 PM
The letters from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan are short and to the point.
"Dear Judge," begins one, written on Madigan's General Assembly stationery. "I believe that these people would be excellent members of the judiciary."
Tucked into the...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Like the old MCI phone plan, Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is using his power to create a "friends and family plan."
While laying off 53 employees, Berrios is keeping his sister, his son and daughter on the payroll. And, he's adding two more, a...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Owners of homes and businesses in Cook County can expect a mid-summer surprise: the second installment of property tax bills are expected to hit mail boxes in early July for the first time in decades.
If the bills get to the post office by July 1, it...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 12:40 PM
A joint investigation by WGN-TV, Chicago Magazine and the Better Government Association raises ethical questions about the head of the Cook County Ethics Board.
Once a month, tucked away on the 30th floor of the County building, a group of men and...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 7:37 PM
If you've fought to lower your property taxes, but failed, you're going to want to see our WGN investigation. We found that if you've got the right family connection, you have a spectacular chance to lower your property tax.
You may not know his name,...
| Jan 24, 2010
Not long after developer Anthony Rossi got City Hall approval for a much-needed zoning change in downtown Chicago, he received a surprising phone call from the speaker of the Illinois House.
Michael J. Madigan wasn't calling to talk about state issues....