| Feb 13, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Some highlights from the list. 1 Rahm Emanuel 2 Michael Madigan 8 Toni Preckwinkle 10 David Axelrod 13 Dick Durbin 15 Sam Zell 20 Lisa Madigan 22 Ed Burke 24 Karen Lewis 30 Garry McCarthy 37 Cardinal Francis George 45......
| Jan 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
With the help of several Latin scholars I’ve come up with a fittingly snooty motto for this column’s annual exercise in forecasting the news: Non coniectare imprudentior esset Translation: Not to conjecture is imprudent. Inspiration: “Is...
| Oct 12, 2012
Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan is arguably Illinois' most dominant Democrat, but a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll finds many voters weary of the power and influence he had wielded for nearly three decades in the office.
Only 16 percent hold a...
| Oct 30, 2012
Halloween is this Wednesday and Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a few tips to make your holiday a safe one.
Madigan is urging parents to check the state's sex offender registry before deciding where their children go treat or treating.
| Apr 30, 2012
| 3:48 PM
A 2008 summer youth jobs program launched by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich using money set aside for transportation turned into “a disaster” that instead saw teens community organizing and helping out on golf courses, according to a state watchdog...
| May 4, 2012
— Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 6:53 PM
Chicago elections officials apologized to the hundreds of frustrated Chicago voters who were turned away from their neighborhood polling places today amid confusion and sometimes angry exchanges.
By 5 p.m. today, the elections board had fielded more than...
| Nov 8, 2012
Illinois Gov. William Daley.
Get used to it. Because he wants it. And he's reaching for it.
"I've thought about it before and I don't take it off the table," Daley told me in an interview on WLS-AM 890 on Wednesday as he sat for an hour talking...
| Aug 23, 2012
The owner of a downstate dog training facility has agreed to refund thousands of dollars to families who were promised autism service dogs for their children but never received them, according to a consent judgment expected to be filed Thursday.
| Aug 29, 2012
How long can you hold your breath?
It's bad enough millions of U.S. homes are underwater, worth less money on the real estate market than needed to pay off the outstanding mortgage balance.
The prospect of millions of Americans dragged under by...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 7:18 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sen. Dick Durbin introduced Barack Obama to the country at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 when the future president was a neophyte candidate for the U.S. Senate. He did it again four years later when Obama won the...