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  • John Kass: 'Fighting Jane' battled the machine and won

    Did she ever get steamed up at a negative portrayal in the media -- and there were many -- then have a few drinks and call the reporters to give them angry editorial criticism?
  • 'Fighting Jane' battled the machine and won

     'Fighting Jane' battled the machine and won
    Did she ever get steamed up at a negative portrayal in the media — and there were many — then have a few drinks and call the reporters to give them angry editorial criticism? Sure she did. Often. And the time she became furious with her...

    A long prison term — and a stern warning

    A long prison term — and a stern warning
    In sentencing the second consecutive Illinois governor to prison on political corruption charges on Wednesday, federal Judge James Zagel prodded the people of this corrupt state to reclaim their birthright. He spoke of public trust and public cynicism,...

    Aldermanic races, then and now

     
    Then -- from Emanuel, Burke, big labor pour money into runoffs (April 1) Now -- from Stone, Lyle lose as Chicago City Council gets makeover (current) Then: Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, who has represented the South Side's 6th Ward for 13...

    What if...?

     
    I know, I know. Woulda, coulda, shoulda … But ask yourself: What if, back in early 2002, then-Mayor Richard Daley had shown a bit of loyalty, leadership and courage during the Democratic primary race for governor? He very well could...