| 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....
| Oct 9, 2013
News item: As a convicted felon, former West Side Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers is barred by law from running again for a seat on the City Council. But the law does allow him to run for Cook County Board commissioner, and he recently announced his candidacy....
| Jul 31, 2013
| 4:21 PM
More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nomination but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Illinois lawmakers woke up today to find their monthly paychecks were not deposited into their bank accounts, a punishment from Gov. Pat Quinn for failing to send him a measure to overhaul the state's troubled public employee pension system.
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:11 PM
The state's Democratic dysfunction spilled into the courts Tuesday as Illinois' two top legislative leaders filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to withhold lawmakers' paychecks until they send him a measure to overhaul the highly...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:35 PM
When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan publicly pulled the plug on a run for governor, she announced that she "never planned to run" for the state's top office as long as her father remained House speaker, given the inherent conflict.
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:32 PM
This item from my Sunday print column is a greatly expanded version of a blog item from Thursday It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would......
| Aug 13, 2013
The night Joaquin Santana risked his life attempting to save a friend, he was doing "what any other decent human being would have done," he says.
He heard her cries and ran to her, bounding into a knife attack that took her life and left him wounded. It...
| Aug 14, 2013
Here are the results of an unscientific survey of Democratic-leaning folks with whom I talk or trade messages about politics:
Gov. Pat Quinn is an honest, well-meaning man but he doesn't seem to know how to get the job done in Springfield.
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The two Democrats running for governor squared off for the first time Wednesday, with challenger Bill Daley contending the party will lose the office if he's not the nominee next year and Gov. Pat Quinn vowing to defeat all comers....
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD — House Republican leader Tom Cross told his members today that he is looking at a run for state treasurer, potentially changing his career plans for the second time in a matter of weeks.
Cross informed his fractured House GOP caucus...