| Jul 21, 2013
For years it's been my sense that the Madigan name doesn't send chills down the spines of average Illinois residents.
Despite the yeoman's effort of print and broadcast pundits to portray veteran Democratic state House Speaker Michael Madigan as the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Democrat Bill Daley's decision to quit the governor's race provided a measure of clarity Tuesday for both political parties heading into the 2014 elections.
Democrats get a measure of unity, no longer having to worry about significant primary contests...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom ended his exploratory bid for state treasurer Thursday and said he is endorsing outgoing House Republican leader Tom Cross for the post.
Schillerstrom, who ended a run for the 2010 Republican...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Raghuveer Nayak, an influential Chicago businessman who figured in the downfalls of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., pleaded guilty today in his own criminal case to federal fraud charges related to a string of surgery...
| Jul 25, 2013
England has a new royal baby, Prince George.
But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own.
And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...
| Jul 3, 2013
After tests found worrisome levels of arsenic in American rice last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would test 1,000 additional samples by the end of the year and issue recommendations "promptly."
Nearly 10 months later, the...
| Sep 8, 2013
In all, John Kuntz and his family traveled more than 5,000 miles on their summer road trip, hitting Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and Grand Teton in Wyoming.
It was, the Akron, Ohio, resident said, a good trip.
Except for a small glitch in...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:29 PM
The state of Illinois is suing the nation's largest privately held firm that maintains foreclosed homes, alleging it illegally broke into the occupied homes of people behind on their mortgage payments or in foreclosure, locked them out and removed their...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out.
The decision comes after weeks of...
| Jul 18, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks I put bad ideas into people's heads.
"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass," she told reporters, rather curtly, on Wednesday.
She said this as her father, House Speaker Michael...