| Apr 1, 2015
| 1:16 PM
Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle reached into the rule book Wednesday to avoid a symbolic vote on a potential property tax increase that a key ally of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had pushed.
Commissioner Timothy Schneider,...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 11:57 AM
Gov. Bruce Rauner's hand-picked state Republican chairman is looking to put Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a political trick bag on property taxes.
Republican Commissioner Timothy Schneider of Streamwood intends to ask...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 4:10 PM
Chicago's ward politics have long been synonymous with the city's vaunted Democratic Party apparatus, even as the federal courts have dismantled the patronage job system in recent years. Now several aldermanic races feature candidates hoping to weaken the...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 7:35 PM
Latinos are poised to pick up at least two City Council seats in aldermanic elections, the reflection of a new ward map and rising population in Chicago.
The last census showed the city's Latino population grew by about 25,000 between 2000 and 2010 as...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 2:22 PM
The Cook County Board Feb. 10 approved construction of the controversial 137-home Red Seal project on nine holes of the current Mission Hills Country Club.
After the state's attorney's verification Feb. 9 of signatures of project opponents living...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Dick Mell, one of the most gregarious political creatures ever to grace City Hall, is back in the game with a new lobbying firm he founded with the help of daughter Patti Blagojevich.
The longtime 33rd Ward alderman is doing some...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| May 14, 2014
| 5:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats are taking a spend first, find-the-money-later approach as they craft a new state budget, laying out their priorities despite uncertainty that they’ll be able to gather enough votes to extend a temporary...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford implicated at least two board members in a patronage complaint shortly before he began negotiating a generous severance package with the commuter rail system, officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday....
| Jul 12, 2013
A state legislative hearing investigating the severance package for Metra's ousted CEO yielded new details about the controversial deal Thursday, including the revelation that powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan had asked the agency to give one of...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 10:28 AM
When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois.