| Aug 1, 2014
| 2:17 PM
As Gov. Pat Quinn's aides sought to pump up an anti-violence program ahead of his November 2010 election bid, they decided to add to the pot $3.76 million in federal disaster recovery funds from Hurricane Ike to make loans to small businesses.
| Aug 5, 2014
| 1:46 PM
A federal judge today refused to release Chicago real estate developer John Thomas on bail so he can repair and then help sell the Riverdale marina project he was convicted of looting, saying he found it "absolutely impossible to trust" that the serial...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Federal prosecutors said in a court filing today that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision involving campaign contributions should have no bearing on former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption conviction and 14-year sentence.
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:53 AM
A Chicago attorney who has long crusaded against patronage is asking a federal judge to investigate hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the Democratic governor has continued to stack the Illinois Department of Transportation with political hires....
| 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....
| Apr 3, 2014
Letters to the editor from Kildeer, Wadsworth and Lake Barrington.
I laugh at the letters to the editor from people who are so upset that Bruce Rauner is "buying the election." I bet many of them are union members who are afraid of...