| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 5:07 AM
Police continue to search for the driver of a navy blue Volkswagen Beetle that hit and killed a leader in the Tibetan community and injured the man’s brother in law as they crossed a street in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.
Tsering Dorjee had...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Chicago police are looking for a driver who struck and killed an employee with the Cook County Clerk's Office and injured another man in West Rogers Park.
A dark blue Volkswagen Beetle hit both men while they crossed the street on the 6400 block of N....
| Nov 5, 2012
| 11:06 AM
Turnout for Tuesday's election in the Chicago area should be strong, if early voting is any indication.
Illinois is not a swing state, but Cook County Clerk David Orr says voters are fired up. Orr says 20 percent of voters in suburban Cook County voted...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 10:09 PM
5:30 - 9 a.m. Jonathon Brandmeier
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike McConnell
9:35 a.m. Mike McConnell finds out about the new trend in vacations, political tours! One group just left Ohio! He'll talk to the group leader.
12 - 3 p.m. John Williams
| Nov 6, 2012
| 5:18 PM
The Chicago elections website was non-functioning most of the day today, adding to the confusion among voters who didn't realize their polling sites had changed.
The Chicago Board of Elections website, which voters could use to check where to vote,...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 9:55 AM
Stephen Pyo and Angela Marie McKinney got the first wedding license of 2013 in Cook County today, and then were married by Cook County Clerk David Orr in his office in Chicago.
Since 1991, Orr has married the couple who obtains the first marriage license...
| May 30, 2012
| 1:58 PM
On Wednesday morning, the gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois each filed a lawsuit against Cook County Clerk David Orr, saying the state’s ban on issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples...