| 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...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 7:12 AM
Following Tuesday's special election victory, Democrat Robin Kelly will start a new job in Congress as the least senior member of a House dominated by Republicans.
That political reality is not lost on Kelly, who said her first task is to restore...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Less than two years after getting out of federal prison where he served time for a public corruption conviction, former West Side alderman Isaac "Ike" Carothers is attempting a political comeback.
While state law bars Carothers from trying to win back a...
| Nov 30, 2012
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......
| Jan 5, 2013
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...
| Oct 9, 2013
Making sense of our messy laws on when ex-cons can run for office Wednesday's print column News item: As a convicted felon, former West Side Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers (right) is barred by law from running again for a seat......
| 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 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...