| Dec 12, 2011
| 4:40 PM
People who illegally use disability placards to park in free or convenient spaces could have their vehicles impounded and also be required to pay a fine of up to $3,000, under a plan endorsed Monday by a City Council committee.
The plan was proposed...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| Jul 2, 2011
As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 9:47 AM
SPRINGFIELD--Gov. Pat Quinn opened a day of Democratic politicking at the Illinois State Fair today by criticizing legislation that allows slot machines at the fairground racetrack.
Quinn also expressed deep reservations about putting slot machines at...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 3:07 PM
Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 8:54 AM
It was a return to the Emerald City for guests at the 20th annual Green Tie Ball, held on the factory grounds at A. Finkl and Sons, 2011 N. Southport Ave. Co-chairs Tim Smithe (Walter E. Smithe) and Stephanie Castagnier (NBC's "Apprentice") hosted more...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 3:52 PM
I think all of us who were around in 2006, when the Tribune embarked on the Teens at the Wheel project, appreciate how important the issue of teen driving is.
And, I like to think that our year-long emphasis on the topic and all the related issues gave...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring.
| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:46 PM
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.
Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 2:33 PM
West Side Democratic leaders on Friday picked Chicago police officer Eddie Winters to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Derrick Smith, who was kicked out of office over a federal bribery charge by his Illinois House colleagues last week.
| Sep 28, 2012
| 7:54 PM
A Cook County jury tonight convicted a man in the slaying of a high school basketball player during a melee outside a movie theater on Chicago's Southwest Side more than six years ago.
Eddie Fenton, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the...