| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:38 PM
Only hours after he was sworn in, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner demonstrated that his blame-the-past campaign theme didn't end Nov. 4 but will be the dominant early message as he settles in as Illinois' chief executive.
From the inaugural speech he...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:28 PM
In 2006, Ahmed Rehab, then communications director and now head of the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and I engaged in an online dialogue sparked by the controversy over the violent response in the Muslim world to the...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 8:09 AM
With one of their own in the governor's mansion, Illinois business leaders have a long wish list for wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. It includes cuts to high workers' compensation costs, fewer regulations and a focused effort to improve worker...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:13 PM
With just days left before he leaves office, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn granted 232 clemency requests Friday — including his first-ever pardon based on innocence.
In a move that stunned the petitioner, Quinn pardoned Alan Beaman, a 42-year-old...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Illinois' only two harness horse racing tracks kept their promise to the Illinois Racing Board as they filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday to continue operations into 2015 and protect themselves against property seizure.
Balmoral Racing Club Inc. and...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Facing a $78 million lawsuit judgment for involvement in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' only two pari-mutuel standardbred tracks are prepared to file for bankruptcy to continue operations in 2015, their attorney told...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 3:30 PM
When their farfetched marriage-gone-bad defense failed to save former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, from guilty verdicts in their corruption trial, I could not help but wonder: Why didn't they take a plea deal when they had the...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 6:45 PM
Acting with unusual swiftness, a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld on Thursday lower court decisions that found same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin unconstitutional, blasting arguments in favor of the bans as “so full of holes&...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 5:44 PM
RICHMOND — The guilty verdicts for Bob and Maureen McDonnell came faster and more decisively than usual in public corruption cases, where juries routinely deadlock on least some counts — perhaps a sign that the law and the voters are taking...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 7:05 PM
Two years after Roland Burris’ controversial term in the U.S. Senate ended in 2010, a businessman who’d been arrested in a public corruption fraud scheme in Chicago told a federal grand jury that while in office Burris had tried to shake him...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Why is the lineup of prospective GOP presidential candidates beginning to look like, well, a lineup?
Chris Christie went to campaign last week for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, putting the New Jersey governor in the company of a man who is in almost as...