| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Don't get me wrong. I'll be happy if the General Assembly passes the pending bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois that Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign. Marriage equality is fair. It's just. It's overdue. But......
| Oct 28, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Lake County Clerk Willard Helander said that, after almost 10 years working in the position, she will not be seeking reelection in 2014 – a choice at least partly prompted by changes to elections in the county.
Helander said personal reasons...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 8:44 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- Hundreds of candidates from would-be governors down to state lawmakers and judges lined up in the cold today outside the Illinois State Board of Elections offices to submit paperwork to get on the March 2014 primary ballot.
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade.
Playing master of ceremonies...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 8:46 PM
When a federal judge ordered this week that a marriage license be issued to a same-sex Chicago couple, he granted the longtime wish of a terminally ill woman and her partner.
But the court action giving a marriage license to Vernita Gray and Patricia...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:17 AM
A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said.
Vernita Gray and...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:27 PM
Don't get me wrong. I'll be happy if the General Assembly passes the pending bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois that Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign.
Marriage equality is fair. It's just. It's overdue.
But I'll be happier if the courts OK...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 9:41 AM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online.
Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question...
| Jul 4, 2013
Chicago political legends have always been part chess master, part dynasty builder, part street muscle and part colorful scamp, qualities that perfectly define the storied career of Dick Mell, who on Wednesday announced his retirement after nearly four...
| Jul 6, 2013
Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, first elected to represent his Northwest Side ward in 1975, is an unabashed believer in political patronage and charismatic leader of one of the city's most powerful Democratic organizations — an operation he hopes to...
| Mar 24, 2013
Tired of the status quo, hundreds of residents across the region rose up this winter to challenge those running their towns — not suspecting the system was stacked against them.
They knocked on doors. They persuaded neighbors to sign petitions....
| Mar 20, 2012
| 4:34 AM
The polling places are now open to registered voters for the 2012 primary election, which features hopefuls running in the state representative and presidential races. …...