| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:11 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities investigating Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s $54.5 million anti-violence grant program on Wednesday asked state lawmakers doing their own probe to hold off 90 days — a request that’s likely to be...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 7:39 AM
As Illinois Republicans argued Thursday that a legislative panel should push ahead with an election-year inquiry into Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter to clear up any misunderstanding:...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 2:09 PM
A brief respite from election-year campaign ads ended Friday when Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner took to the TV airwaves to criticize Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, making use of the governor’s own words on jobs, schools and taxes.
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:30 PM
First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.
The former governor's gift of free rides to all Illinois...
| Jun 28, 2014
Even for Cook County, which has seen nearly 100 wrongful convictions exposed in the last quarter-century, Tuesday was momentous. The convictions of two men for a 1992 double murder were thrown out the same day a record $40 million settlement was made...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:57 AM
The Supreme Court is expected to decide Monday whether government workers can be forced to pay dues to a union.
Experts say the decision could cripple the ability of public sector unions to function. Unions are obligated to bargain over benefits and...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:03 AM
The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation has resigned following questions about political hiring at the agency, a move that could save Gov. Pat Quinn further political embarrassment as he seeks a second term this fall.
Out at IDOT is Ann...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015.
Illinois election law caps the amount individuals can contribute to...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:55 PM
Chicago, which helped define the nature and power of political machines, was released from constraints on its hiring practices because it had cleaned up its act and had put into place rules to eliminate illegal patronage, a federal judge decided Monday....
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:04 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn criticized Republican opponent Bruce Rauner and Rauner's allies today as “billionaires trying to buy their way into Illinois politics” after the GOP candidate received a $2.5 million campaign contribution from hedge-...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:49 PM
To fully appreciate the unabashed cronyism that flourished at the Illinois Department of Transportation, it's helpful to look back to 2003, just after the felonious Rod Blagojevich was elected governor.
Jacob Miller, appointed by Blagojevich to head...