| May 27, 2014
| 5:20 AM
SPRINGFIELD — The latest political power play at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum comes from Speaker Michael Madigan, who is pushing a plan to set up the center as a free-standing state agency despite opponents’ concerns...
| Jun 3, 2014
Lucille "Jackie" Gallagher was an aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a decade before working for 12 years as a spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union.
At the CTU from 1991 to 2003, she worked under union chiefs Jacqueline Vaughn, Tom...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:27 AM
State lawmakers took steps today to loan or donate Barack Obama's state Senate seat to his presidential library — and took pains to note they weren't trying to turn the items into "golden" assets the way imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich did....
| May 16, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Chicago real estate developer John Thomas has said he wanted to own up to his mistakes and move on with his life after his Riverdale marina project turned into a debacle for the cash-strapped southern suburb.
On Friday the onetime government mole in...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:00 PM
There’s a changing of the guard in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s communications office, with chief spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton being replaced by Kelley Quinn, who moves over from a similar job in the city Finance Department.
| May 5, 2014
| 7:12 PM
WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it would continue to review Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s hiring of an Illinois lobbyist who was paid more than $590,000 to perform extensive duties for his congressional office.
The lobbyist, Doug...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Then-Chicago Ald. Bernard Stone was in his North Side ward office one night in 2007 when he opened a large envelope addressed to him and white powder came flying out, covering his arm and that of an aide as well.
"I jumped up and said to call 911,"...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 12:23 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The former head of an Illinois government agency has agreed to pay the state $100,000 in a settlement after being accused of violating a so-called revolving-door clause regulating officials who leave and take jobs with state...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Dick Mell, one of the most gregarious political creatures ever to grace City Hall, is back in the game with a new lobbying firm he founded with the help of daughter Patti Blagojevich.
The longtime 33rd Ward alderman is doing some...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has launched a probe of a troubled $55 million anti-violence program Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn put in place in 2010 amid a tough election battle.
A grand jury issued a subpoena seeking documents related...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities have requested information about Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s $55 million anti-violence initiative that has drawn fire for mismanagement and misspending.
The Illinois comptroller’s office got a call...