| Aug 7, 2012
More than a month after the Obama campaign said the president could not lead the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, event organizers and the White House said Obama deputy assistant Michael Strautmanis would serve as grand marshal instead.
The Obamas and...
| Jun 16, 2012
Chicago police geared up to try to tamp down neighborhood violence over the hot, muggy weekend and avoid a repeat of the spike in homicides and shootings seen the past few weekends.
Police also might have their hands full trying to keep a lid on any...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 7:37 AM
Hope is easier to embrace than reality.
That is one of the themes of Jodi Kantor's new book, "The Obamas," which tells the story of the first couple's arrival in the White House and their subsequent struggles to adapt to Washington and its ways while...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 8:02 PM
As he weighed whether to name a friend of Barack Obama's to the U.S. Senate, Rod Blagojevich also talked repeatedly on government wiretaps in November 2008 about a number of possibilities he might leverage through the opportunity.
At his corruption trial...
| May 3, 2011
| 7:48 PM
Prosecutors in the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich wasted no time Tuesday trying to shoot holes in the defense strategy that the former governor was merely trying to cut a political deal, not sell a U.S. Senate seat, and was unaware that any of...
| Jun 18, 2012
With the Willis Tower visible in the distance against a backdrop of clear blue sky, President Barack Obama set off for Mexico on Sunday aboard Air Force One at the conclusion of a weekend spent in his hometown with family and friends.
| Jun 28, 2011
A federal jury Monday convicted Rod Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, putting an end to a tragicomic legal and political drama that brought down Illinois' showy and would-be populist former governor.
In its 10th day of deliberations, the 11-woman, one-...
| May 9, 2011
| 7:14 PM
After suffering through scores of sustained objections and several lectures Monday from the judge at Rod Blagojevich's retrial, the former governor's defense team saw their day go from bad to worse after the jury left the courtroom for the day.
| Apr 25, 2012
| 7:29 PM
Barbara Bowman, chief of Chicago Public Schools'early childhood program and mother of White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, is stepping down from the district.
At the Chicago Board of Education's monthly meeting Wednesday, Bowman, 83, was read a...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 3:25 PM
The trial ended for the weekend as Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar was asking if Rod Blagojevich was worried that convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko was cooperating against him.
Was Blagojevich “concerned?” Schar asked...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:25 AM
Two things were clear Tuesday by the close of the first day of Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing: The former governor was likely going to be hit with a stiff sentence, and his legal team had abandoned its early hope of him avoiding prison altogether....