| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Kirk had...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 2:07 PM
WASHINGTON – As President Obama agreed Tuesday to explore Russia’s proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international authorities, a bipartisan group of senators worked to draft a resolution to provide for a diplomatic...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:51 PM
A U.S. Senate committee cleared the nomination of Zachary Fardon on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, sending it to the full Senate for a final vote.
The unanimous voice vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes more than 15 months after...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:41 PM
WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk reversed course Tuesday and announced his support for gay marriage, entering a contentious national debate and providing potential political cover for Illinois House GOP members who may soon vote on the...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 10:42 AM
A scrum of reporters gathered outside Sen. Joe Manchin's office Tuesday afternoon waiting for any sign of movement on his embattled background checks amendment while inside he met privately with negotiating partner Sen. Pat Toomey and former Rep. Gabby...
| Apr 19, 2013
Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:26 PM
GENEVA — International negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's disputed nuclear program resumed Wednesday, with U.S. officials insisting they would take the time necessary to reach the best possible preliminary deal despite mounting pressure for a...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 8:56 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama hailed the deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program as “a first step" that "achieves a great deal" in the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Months of diplomacy have "opened up a new path toward a...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 10:45 PM
GENEVA — Six world powers and Iran reached a preliminary agreement early Sunday to curb Tehran's disputed nuclear program after a marathon negotiating session, potentially ending a decade of diplomatic stalemate.
After four days of talks that...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday appointed a Chicago hedge fund executive as the city’s new comptroller to replace a former aide who faces federal corruption charges in Ohio.
Emanuel selected Daniel Widawsky, a managing director at Citadel LLC, to...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:12 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will launch a lobbying push Tuesday to stop Congress from approving harsh new penalties for Iran, a move the White House warns could sink international negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program.