| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will have to report to prison next week after a federal judge denied his bid Tuesday to remain free while appealing his tax conviction.
Attorneys for Beavers argued that he deserved to remain free on...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 7:54 PM
Minutes after he was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison on tax evasion charges, an unrepentant former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers stood in the lobby of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, flashed a grin and insisted life was good.
| Sep 26, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel headed to the far Southwest Side this afternoon to announce a deal to help bail out the financially struggling Beverly Arts Center.
As first reported by the Tribune, city will kick in $250,000 in leftover money from the 2012 NATO...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 6:39 PM
In the minutes before his sentencing at the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday morning, Chicago pol Bill Beavers didn't blubber like so many others who had gone before him.
There was no upper-lip syncopation under the courtroom's fluorescent lights....
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Cook County’s top Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election Friday in a repudiation of the primary challenge offered by an absent Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former mayors.
Party leaders in the state&...
| Mar 15, 2013
There's nothing like watching a defense lawyer in federal court playing three-card monte with his mouth.
Sam Adam Jr. didn't set up a table and put three bent cards in front of the federal jury. And he didn't play that other, similar game, the one...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
| Jul 7, 2013
Another collection of dispatches from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist .
Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
Do not appoint Democratic state Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:53 PM
In one afternoon in April 2007, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers cashed three checks from one of three campaign funds – for a total of $6,000 – and went to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond to gamble, prosecutors alleged today as his...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 10:35 AM
The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $2.95 billion budget.
In addition to the $1-per-pack increase on a pack of smokes and a...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 3:39 PM
John Daley’s fellow Cook County Board commissioners surprised him Tuesday with a resolution honoring his two decades as a county leader — and being “human.”
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle let out a big laugh when...
| Aug 23, 2012
The son of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forging a successful insurance career in the Chicago suburbs with the help of mayors who look to his powerful father to advance their political and legislative agendas.
Andrew Madigan, 26, joined the...