| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:23 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner lobbed a nonstop volley of character attacks at each other during their first face-to-face meeting in five months, a strong signal that the homestretch of the governor's race will focus on...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 2:36 PM
The focus on ethics and alleged ethical misdeeds in the Illinois governor’s race ramped up Wednesday as Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner launched new TV ads to attack each other.
With the campaign growing ever more...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 3:00 AM
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.
That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Dick Mell, one of the most gregarious political creatures ever to grace City Hall, is back in the game with a new lobbying firm he founded with the help of daughter Patti Blagojevich.
The longtime 33rd Ward alderman is doing some...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has launched a probe of a troubled $55 million anti-violence program Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn put in place in 2010 amid a tough election battle.
A grand jury issued a subpoena seeking documents related...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities have requested information about Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s $55 million anti-violence initiative that has drawn fire for mismanagement and misspending.
The Illinois comptroller’s office got a call...
| May 4, 2014
Deadlocked in a tough campaign in September 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn launched a $55 million anti-violence grant program, doling out money to groups on the South Side and south suburbs, home to core Democratic voters.
Weeks later, Quinn piled up a 500,000-...
| Apr 18, 2014
In 1844, when Illinois was the wild, wild west, an armed mob stormed a jailhouse and assassinated an American religious leader.
And got away with it.
The story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith's death 170 years ago receives a fascinating retelling in...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON – From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment – figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it,...
| 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....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 1:14 PM
By a wide margin, Illinois residents have less trust in their state government than residents in any state in the nation, according to results of a Gallup politics poll released Friday.
Just 28 percent of residents polled said they trust Illinois...