| May 2, 2012
| 4:35 AM
Two years into his reign as Chicago's longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley took advantage of the state's convoluted pension system to significantly increase his potential payout while saving $400,000 in contributions, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has...
| May 4, 2012
— Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
| May 15, 2012
| 10:09 AM
PARIS -- François Hollande became the president of France on Tuesday and promptly flew toward Germany to discuss the European debt crisis with his German counterpart -- but lightning struck his plane and prompted a return to Paris, CNN affiliate BFM-TV...
| May 9, 2012
| 10:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AP)— In a show of conservative enthusiasm, a tea-party backed Republican vanquished six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in a GOP primary and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban....
| May 14, 2012
A Goldman Sachs executive was at a Chicago dinner party recently when a fellow guest, hearing she had just relocated from California, asked what she thought of the new governor there.
The executive, Goldman's chairman of investment banking for the...
| May 17, 2012
| 4:11 AM
In a first, census figures show minorities make up more than half of babies born in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 3:43 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will continue his role as a surrogate for President Barack Obama this weekend, heading to Florida to try to convince the swing state's key Jewish and senior citizen constituencies to vote to send Obama back to the White House....
| Oct 17, 2012
| 5:35 AM
Out of sight for months and seeking re-election in weeks, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s return to Congress by voters may be virtually assured, but a new federal investigation of the South Side Democrat has made his political and legal future even more tenuous....
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:17 PM
Just four days before the election, Republican Mitt Romney's backers will hold a fundraiser in President Barack Obama’s hometown to buy last-minute TV airtime in the remaining battleground states, a source close to the campaign said Tuesday.
| Oct 30, 2012
One issue overshadows every other in this election: the crushing government debt that we are leaving our children.
Just as World War II defined the Greatest Generation and the '60s defined the baby boomer generation, our generation will become known as...
| Nov 4, 2012
I saved the newspapers from the week after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, and a few days ago I fished them out of the basket, hidden behind a living room chair, where they've gathered dust for the past four years.
| Nov 7, 2012
| 10:18 AM
Washington -- Democrats are collecting spoils beyond what many predicted, Republicans are licking wounds after a bruising battle, and the country is waking up to the mix of euphoric celebration and bitter disappointment that accompanies the long-awaited...