| Dec 10, 2012
| 7:37 PM
A Democratic state senator running for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s old congressional seat suggested Monday that voters should “turn the page” away from the district’s scandal-filled history of representation, even as a rival...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s final act as a public official was to send a Thanksgiving eve resignation letter to the speaker of the House in which he declared that "for 17 years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service."
| Nov 22, 2012
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the ambitious political heir to a powerful Chicago family whose once promising future collapsed amid federal ethics investigations and a diagnosis of mental illness, resigned Wednesday from the South Side congressional seat he held...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
With the help of several Latin scholars I’ve come up with a fittingly snooty motto for this column’s annual exercise in forecasting the news: Non coniectare imprudentior esset Translation: Not to conjecture is imprudent. Inspiration: “Is...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 4:33 AM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Connected to Chicago (.mp3 file, right click to download) WLS-AM 890. Host Bill Cameron with Greg Hinz of Crain's......
| Nov 29, 2012
| 6:19 AM
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Congressional predecessor wants his old job back.
Mel Reynolds was 2nd district Congressman until 1995 when he had to resign in disgrace over a bank fraud scandal and an affair with a minor.
Reynolds says he has learned from his...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 5:56 PM
Debbie Halvorson found herself alone among leading Democratic candidates Sunday when she indicated she would not support a ban on the semiautomatic firearm used in the Sandy Hook school shooting last month.
The former one-term congresswoman from Crete...
| Jan 21, 2001
| 5:16 AM
Just hours before he left office Saturday, President Clinton ordered Mel Reynolds released from prison, commuting the former Chicago Democratic congressman's sentence as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency grants.
Clinton gave full pardons to his...