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  • Anatomy of an Illinois patronage scandal

     Anatomy of an Illinois patronage scandal
    It began with an anonymous complaint to the state's Office of the Executive Inspector General in April 2011: The sister-in-law of the Illinois Department of Transportation's chief counsel had been hired by IDOT without an interview, the tipster alleged, and was doing secretarial work in a job designated as technical.
  • Governor vetoes statewide ride-share legislation

    Governor vetoes statewide ride-share legislation
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed legislation that would have established statewide regulations on ride-sharing services that compete with taxis, saying he didn’t want to put in place a “one-size-fits-all approach” on an...

    City Council could vote Thursday on new map, but delay possible

    City Council could vote Thursday on new map, but delay possible
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting Thursday to consider a new map of the city’s 50 wards, but the aldermen leading the effort to reach a political compromise said the final vote may not come until early next week. A...

    National expert gives blessing on compromise Chicago ward map plan

    National expert gives blessing on compromise Chicago ward map plan
    Chicago voters might not have to weigh in on a new City Council ward map this year after a national expert on Monday blessed a compromise plan put forth by dueling groups of aldermen. But council members plan to press forward with more public hearings...

    Watchdog alleges ethics breach by Ald. Moore

    Watchdog alleges ethics breach by Ald. Moore
    In a case of only-in-Chicago political timing, the White House announced Monday it would honor Ald. Joe Moore as a “pioneer for political reform,” the same day the veteran City Council member revealed he has spoken to FBI agents about...