| 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-...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 28, 2014
| 9:06 PM
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Dr. Subir Maitra admitted referring patients to Sacred Heart for procedures that were medically unnecessary. In fact, Maitra pleaded guilty only to referring patients to Sacred...
| 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 23, 2014
| 5:23 AM
A former state lawmaker who is accused of trading child pornography online has started collecting a state pension of nearly $15,000 a year — an amount he bumped up by purchasing credit for time he didn't work.
Ex-Rep. Keith Farnham, an Elgin...
| 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...