| Oct 31, 2014
| 11:34 AM
To help tens of thousands of Chicago-area Catholic school students, Cardinal Francis George has gone to Springfield, launched a $350 million fundraising campaign and just last week put the archdiocese's schools in his will.
But his 17-year tenure has...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:38 PM
Only hours after he was sworn in, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner demonstrated that his blame-the-past campaign theme didn't end Nov. 4 but will be the dominant early message as he settles in as Illinois' chief executive.
From the inaugural speech he...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 4:04 AM
As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to leave the state's top job, he's worried about Illinois losing a prominent progressive voice and suggested his legacy is not defined by an electoral defeat, but his effort to stabilize Illinois at one of the lowest points in...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 2:00 PM
"Did Pat Quinn take the bathroom key?" - Steve Spanola, Wheaton
1st: "We've been Quinned." - Don Farrell, Glenview
2nd: "Drat. He took the operating instructions." - Mike Engle, Chicago
3rd: "Mr. Governor, you'll have to ask...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 1:35 PM
A Republican state lawmaker filed legislation to outlaw traffic enforcement cameras statewide in the wake of a Tribune investigation into Chicago's controversial red light program, but it faces an uncertain future in a legislature controlled by Mayor Rahm...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 7:38 PM
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner spent his first full day in office Tuesday vowing to overturn a series of moves Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn made on his way out the door, accusing his predecessor of engaging in "inappropriate" political hiring and appointments....
| Jan 13, 2015
| 5:10 AM
In an eleventh-hour flurry Monday in Chicago, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a few final bills into law, appointed friends to ceremonial posts and laid a series of political traps for incoming Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Quinn also maintained his...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 5:41 PM
Where can a former Chicago transportation official embroiled in one of the biggest bribery scandals ever to hit City Hall go to get a fair trial?
How about Las Vegas?
That's where the man at the center of the controversy, John Bills, wants his trial...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:09 PM
Democrats gave speedy approval Thursday to a measure that would require a special election to fill part of the term left vacant after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, as Republicans railed against the move as a power grab aimed at undermining...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:58 PM
And now, with a new governor ready to take his oath, all eyes in Illinois turn to Springfield. That in itself is remarkable. One party has run state government for so long that many voters could spend less time brightly wondering "What next?" than...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
With the minimum wage debate raging across the country, state and Chicago area, Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley said this week that he doesn't see a similar move taking shape in his community anytime soon.
"I've been busier than a one-armed boxer trying to...