| Dec 17, 2014
| 10:48 AM
A bipartisan collection of politicians, lobbyists, staffers, community activists and family filled a suburban union hall Wednesday to bid farewell to the late Judy Baar Topinka and urge that her style of blunt pragmatism be adopted as a memorial to move...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 2:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Friday said he wanted some insiders like Democrat Bill Daley on his transition team to help identify where the “bodies are buried.”
Rauner’s decision to put Daley on his...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 6:43 PM
In the early years of his decadeslong congressional career, Philip Crane was a key figure in the fledgling conservative movement that became a standard of American politics.
In the 1970s, the Illinois congressman's home in McLean, Va., was the meeting...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 6:24 PM
Presidents from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton have turned to foreign policy in their final months in office when their domestic agendas have been stymied. For Barack Obama, that overseas pivot may offer little relief.
As he landed in Beijing on Monday...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:13 AM
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois kept the No. 2 job in the Senate Democratic leadership Thursday and will be the assistant minority leader next year.
Durbin, 69, is now assistant majority leader, but his Democratic Party will lose control of the Senate in...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 12:54 PM
Top Western diplomats converged on the Austrian capital Friday to try to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran before the deadline Monday, but they appeared to remain far apart as the day ended.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry met in Vienna with Iranian...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 4:57 PM
The failure of six world powers to complete a nuclear deal with Iran by Monday’s deadline sets up a political battle between Congress, where lawmakers are calling for tougher sanctions, and the White House, which fears such a move would drive Tehran...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Thursday he intends to use some of his own money to make needed improvements to the executive mansion in Springfield, where he said he and his wife intend to "spend the vast majority of our time."
| Oct 2, 2014
Marjorie Frey Brown put her energy and talent to work on behalf of others over decades of service to Chicago-area charitable organizations and political groups, including a decadeslong involvement with the Chicago-based Northwestern University...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:19 PM
In recent interviews and political ads, Rep. Brad Schneider has accused his Republican opponent, former Rep. Bob Dold, of voting 28 times to "repeal, defund or dismantle" the Affordable Care Act when he was in Congress.
Sitting before the Tribune...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday made his second appearance in Illinois in less than a week, telling hundreds gathered at a union hall in Rockford that it was imperative they support the Democratic ticket because Republicans "don't come from where we...