| Jan 12, 2015
| 5:05 AM
Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner heads to Springfield on Sunday to start his inaugural festivities, a series of events largely paid for by pro-business interests.
The Republican campaigned on a theme of shaking up Springfield and railed against the entrenched...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Lyndon B. Johnson loved to drink and drive (and at a high rate of speed) in his Lincoln Continental.
Richard Nixon was known to drunk-dial major political figures late at night from the White House.
And Franklin D. Roosevelt, while president, once hid...
| Dec 27, 2014
No Floridian can discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture with more credibility than Bob Graham.
The two-term governor served three terms in the U.S. Senate, the last as a member of the Intelligence Committee on and after 9/11. Graham...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 7:39 AM
When Gen. William T. Sherman successfully completed his "March to the Sea" 150 years ago this month, he sent President Abraham Lincoln a Christmas greeting like no other.
"I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah, with one hundred...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 2:30 AM
CHICAGO--The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop here, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency. The visit brought to mind a little-discussed Lincoln story in the book that I...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 8:12 AM
The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency. The visit brought to mind a little-discussed Lincoln story in the book that I...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 7:09 AM
Editor's Note: With Thanksgiving upon us, we look back at a 1950 Tribune story reporting the discovery of a letter from editor and advocate Sarah Hale urging President Abraham Lincoln to declare a national Thanksgiving holiday. Six days after Hale wrote...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:54 PM
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.
Before Lincoln issued his pronouncement in September 1862, congressional majorities had...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:21 AM
The anniversary of one of the most significant moments in our history slipped by last, week, largely overlooked by those of us preoccupied with a worrisome future.
It was on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery, that...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 7:27 PM
GLASTONBURY — During his Washington, D.C., years, the town's native son, Gideon Welles, kept a diary that tracked everything from his duties as Secretary of the Navy to the poignant chronicle of the death of President Abraham Lincoln.
| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:26 AM
By Patrick T. Reardon
Mary Todd Lincoln was in her glory. It was
March 28, 1861, and she had hosted her first state dinner at the White House as the nation's first lady. She was saying goodbye to her guests, including Kate Chase, the daughter of her...