| Dec 29, 2014
| 6:55 AM
A Michigan judge will be asked to decide Monday whether a 94-year-old former Winnetka teacher charged with molesting children should be evaluated for mental competency at jail or at his home, where he is receiving hospice care, according to his lawyer....
| Jan 16, 2015
| 4:49 PM
Setting the stage for its most significant ruling on gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that it would resolve the two-decade legal battle over same-sex marriage.
The justices agreed to hear cases from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee,...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 11:15 AM
The column related to these survey results is posted here.
Will one of Chicago's mayoral candidates win more than 50 percent of the vote in February's election and avoid a run-off?
Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel win reelection?
| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:09 PM
Dear Governor-elect Rauner,
I know you have a big economic plan to save the state, just like you've been saying all along. You just haven't wanted to spring it on us.
Not after your election, because it might spoil our holidays.
And not before,...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 6:57 PM
The nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy ended Wednesday when the lawyer overseeing Detroit’s fiscal recovery declared the crisis over and gave elected officials control of their own budget for the first time in 20 months, a deal made...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Michigan's governor on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, saying the city's financial emergency will soon be over. Orr was appointed last year to take over the city’s books and guide it through its...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Whatever the precise size of the incoming wave — and we'll leave it to forecasters and surfers to fight over that — most models are predicting a Republican takeover of the Senate, as well as gains in the House, following Tuesday's midterm...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Republican governors triumphed in key races on Tuesday in the political heavyweight states of Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, joining the partisan tide that gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.
In races shaped by voters' worries about the...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 3:30 PM
Detroit won U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval on Friday for a road map to end its fiscal free fall and revitalize a city sinking under a huge debt load and dysfunctional government.
Judge Steven Rhodes confirmed the city's plan to shed about $7 billion of...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 7:58 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday warned opponent Bruce Rauner would gut education and other social services, while the Republican challenger charged that Quinn is in a group of Chicago machine politicians who have led the state “down a bad...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Detroit’s current and retired city employees have overwhelmingly voted to support a path out of bankruptcy that will include cuts to their pensions, the city said.
After a two month campaign both for and against the city’s bankruptcy plan,...