| Sep 21, 2012
Even as the troubled legislative scholarship program was on its last legs, state lawmakers continued to make questionable choices and show possible political favoritism in awarding the free college tuition, a Tribune analysis found.
| Sep 23, 2012
So far, almost all of Chicago's top Democratic donors have abstained from giving to Priorities USA Action, the leading super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
According to records released late Thursday, only a half-dozen or...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 3:29 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to tighten up ethics rules for city employees advanced through a City Council committee Wednesday despite concerns by aldermen that the new rules could handcuff them as they try to deal with issues in their communities....
| Jul 19, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Naperville City Councilmen elected to make just one change to a proposed map of voting districts before giving their preliminary approval.
“I think the staff has done about as good a job in creating compact, contiguous, equal districts as is...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 2:56 PM
After years of criticism from some legal circles for the way her office has handled wrongful conviction cases, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said today she has formed a new unit to review prosecutions that have come under question....
| Feb 4, 2012
| 9:20 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Among the slick, million-dollar ads for the likes of Pepsi and Honda during the Super Bowl this Sunday, viewers in Washington will see a far more modest spot. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will be...
| Feb 23, 2012
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush has had a long, comfortable ride in Congress. Since taking office in 1993, he has been routinely re-elected with 80 percent of the vote or more. (He's still the only person who has ever beaten Barack Obama in a political...
| Jul 29, 2012
Even before President Barack Obama voiced support for same-sex marriage, his re-election campaign was successfully tapping into the wealth of the gay and lesbian community in Chicago and across the country.
Four of Obama's top fundraisers, who together...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 6:05 PM
An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not...
| Aug 5, 2012
With every cab ride to and from a Chicago airport, 25 cents of the fare goes to a tiny suburb renowned for insider dealing and outsize clout.
Those coins add up to millions a year for the suburb — Rosemont — and help fuel a political...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 10:21 AM
Nearly 25 percent of Chicago's roughly one million voters will soon find themselves in new wards.
The changes come after the City Council redrew the boundaries back in January. People will find out their new wards when their voter registration...
| Mar 2, 2012
Making stretches of the Chicago River and other local waterways safer for recreation won't require a tax increase and will cost dramatically less than officials ominously predicted less than a year ago, according to documents filed Thursday by the...