| Jan 29, 2013
| 1:33 PM
The first TV ad in the special primary election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. comes from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee and targets Democrat Debbie Halvorson’s support of gun owner rights.
| Jan 30, 2013
| 11:12 AM
State Sen. Napoleon Harris of Flossmoor, sworn into his first elective office this month, is expected to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District and will back former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson, a...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 10:23 AM
Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don't report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold under an ordinance commissioners approved today.
The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle,...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:29 AM
As promised, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today sent the City Council a proposal to increase the potential jail time for certain gun violations in Chicago.
The mayor, who supports President Barack Obama's gun control efforts in Washington, has said he doesn't want...
| Jan 20, 2013
After two years of discussion, the Cook County Board last week approved the creation of a countywide land bank.
Now the real work begins for the land bank, which will accumulate unproductive properties, maintain them and hold them tax-free until agreed-...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson will get the first spot on the ballot in special Democratic primary for the seat once held by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Illinois State Board of Elections conducted lotteries today for the...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 3:39 PM
John Daley’s fellow Cook County Board commissioners surprised him Tuesday with a resolution honoring his two decades as a county leader — and being “human.”
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle let out a big laugh when...
| Apr 25, 2013
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans kept hearing complaints from his judges about street gangs in their courtrooms using cellphones to photograph witnesses.
"They're bold and they're brash," Evans told me the other day. "They think they can do it in...
| May 15, 2013
| 3:24 PM
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle is temporarily reversing her signature initiative to shrink the Juvenile Detention Center because a federally-appointed administrator says there are too many kids being detained there to safely reduce its size....
| Dec 15, 2012
| 3:22 PM
Democratic leaders spent four hours Saturday listening to 16 candidates audition for the party's endorsement to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., but were unable to solidify behind one contender.
After 90 minutes of deliberations, South Side...