| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:44 PM
A bad question prompted a bad answer.
Republican challenger Bruce Rauner posed it to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn at the end of Tuesday's Tribune Editorial Board forum when each man was given the chance to directly query the other.
"Pat," Rauner began,...
| Aug 23, 2014
Though I've known prosecutors to try their cases in front of television cameras, Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to embattled Ferguson, Mo., left me with an especially queasy feeling.
Nearly six years ago, Patrick Fitzgerald, at the time U.S....
| Jul 4, 2014
The outrage is official. Ex-Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge gets to keep drawing money from the taxpayers.
Since March 2011, those taxpayers have been paying Burge's $3,000-a-month pension while he sits in prison. They'll be paying it when he's released...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 10:05 AM
Remember Juan Amaya, convicted killer and more? When a younger Latin King flouted a gang rule, Amaya ordered other Kings to pound the 17-year-old’s hands with hammers, the way butchers tenderize beefsteak with meat mallets. Last Monday a federal...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:23 AM
The trial of a follower of the so-called sovereign citizen movement is set to begin today in federal court in Chicago on charges she slapped huge liens on then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and other top federal court officials.
In a sign of the...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:40 PM
U.S. District Judge James Holderman was in his chambers in early 2011 when he opened a piece of mail from a group calling itself the Sovereign American Consulate.
Inside was a document accusing the veteran jurist of failing to answer a summons issued...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 3:04 PM
Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is no stranger to the inside of a federal courtroom, but on Tuesday he found himself in an unusual position: on the witness stand testifying at a bizarre trial of a sovereign citizen follower who allegedly had tried...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Hours before being convicted Wednesday of slapping bogus multibillion-dollar liens on top federal court officials, Cherron Phillips was up to her usual tricks.
While the jury deliberated at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Phillips, an alleged follower...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:07 PM
One by one, the faces of 13 Chicago youths slain in gun violence this year beamed from a projection screen to the group of civic leaders gathered at a downtown luncheon to hear U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon speak.
The teens’ lives ended in...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:48 PM
Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was a “prominent participant” in patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years, recommending dozens of people for jobs, a new report has found.
Madigan had the power to recommend individuals for...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON – From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment – figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it,...