| 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 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-...
| Jul 2, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn wants you to know that he tried very, very hard to give voters the chance to impose term limits on lawmakers. Twenty years ago, that is.
Where's he been lately?
Last week, the governor's re-election campaign sent around a 1993 photo...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| May 4, 2014
Deadlocked in a tough campaign in September 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn launched a $55 million anti-violence grant program, doling out money to groups on the South Side and south suburbs, home to core Democratic voters.
Weeks later, Quinn piled up a 500,000-...
| 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 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...
| May 25, 2014
| 11:04 AM
Tribune reporter Jeff Coen faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property after police say he broke a window on a CTA train earlier this month, according to court and police records.
Coen has been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to...