| 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 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...
| 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...
| Jul 1, 2014
Susan Watts said she jumped and screamed Monday morning when she learned that, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that she did not have to pay union dues.
"You can dream big and you can make a difference, but you have to have the courage to...
| 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 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...
| 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...