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  • Madigan loses some, wins more in Democratic primary

     Madigan loses some, wins more in Democratic primary
    Primary victories by Democratic and Republican lawmakers who took tough votes in favor of pension reform and gay rights showed they can survive, but it won't be easy.
  • Carothers, ex-alderman and convicted felon, fails to make comeback

    Carothers, ex-alderman and convicted felon, fails to make comeback
    Former Ald. Isaac “Ike” Carothers' fell short Tuesday in his attempt at a political comeback following a public corruption conviction, finishing third in a five-way Democratic primary contest for Cook County Board that drew the attention of...

    Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret

    Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret
    In the last stop on his Chicago City Council farewell tour, recently retired 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell on Wednesday imparted the same advice a political veteran gave him after Mell took office in 1975. As with many things at City Hall, it involved...

    Kass: Chicago has royal babies too

    Kass: Chicago has royal babies too
    England has a new royal baby, Prince George. But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own. And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...

    Quinn's thrilling gambit sets chilling precedent

    Quinn's thrilling gambit sets chilling precedent
    Agreed, there was something deeply satisfying about Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement last week that he was suspending the pay of state lawmakers until they acted on pension reform. "There is a principle as old as the Bible," said Quinn, who also voluntarily...