| Jan 14, 2014
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 12:52 PM
WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether teachers and other public employees can be required to pay dues to support a union even if some of them oppose it.
Since 1977, the high court has upheld such mandatory union fees, but some...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:59 PM
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new investigative committee was preparing subpoenas Thursday for 17 individuals and three organizations as it launched a deeper look into how many employees or appointees of Gov. Chris Christie were involved in ordering lane closures...
| Aug 29, 2013
On paper, Bill Daley's resume would appear to put him high on the list of those seeking the governor's office: commerce secretary to President Bill Clinton, chief of staff to President Barack Obama and manager of Vice President Al Gore's White House...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Ask any of the four Republican governor candidates why they're running, and they'll quickly tick off a list of Illinois' perceived ills under Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's Democratic legislative leadership.
Dig a bit deeper and they'll each cite the...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:33 AM
Anyone who has ever fantasized about killing someone couldn't do better in that fantasy world than to hire Jason Kolarich, a savvy, street-smart lawyer who is a product of novelist David Ellis' vivid imagination.
This piece first...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 4:55 PM
Jack Lavin, a longtime friend and chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn, is leaving state government to work in the private sector.
Lavin, 51, was was appointed chief of staff in 2010, a move that raised eyebrows given his previous position in imprisoned ex-...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:24 PM
In the last stop on his Chicago City Council farewell tour, recently retired 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell on Wednesday imparted the same advice a political veteran gave him after Mell took office in 1975.
As with many things at City Hall, it involved...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A re-election seeking Gov. Pat Quinn used his State of the State speech Wednesday to declare that Illinois is “making a comeback” under his leadership and unveil a modest agenda of spending more on early childhood...
| Oct 22, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems.
Many in the room shared an...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:37 PM
The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions.
Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used...