| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:47 PM
The ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon turned into something of a celebrity roast Monday as a string of judges, dignitaries and family members wisecracked about everything from Fardon's good looks to the time he rear-ended a police car...
| 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 25, 2013
| 6:01 AM
Illinois' 2014 political season formally starts Monday as politicians begin submitting paperwork to get a spot on the March 18 primary ballot.
Candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, governor and the General Assembly will launch the filing ritual by...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 9:03 AM
Ramping up the pressure to stop black dust from blowing through the Southeast Side, state and local officials filed a lawsuit today seeking to remove giant mounds of refinery waste and coal from a site on the Calumet River.
The action by Illinois...
| Nov 23, 2013
In an online photo gallery of neighborhood picnics and sunrises over Lake Michigan, an image of black dust blotting out the sky galvanized residents of Chicago's Southeast Side to demand action against companies storing enormous mounds of petroleum coke...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 6:09 AM
With more dusty petroleum coke piling up on the Southeast Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested Tuesday that the city might require the black mountains of refinery waste to be enclosed for the first time.
In an email response to questions from the Tribune,...
| Nov 21, 2013
Two Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would prohibit companies from storing petroleum coke in the city, adding more political pressure to tamp down dust from uncovered mounds of refinery waste on the Southeast Side.
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Oct 9, 2013
News item: As a convicted felon, former West Side Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers is barred by law from running again for a seat on the City Council. But the law does allow him to run for Cook County Board commissioner, and he recently announced his candidacy....
| Oct 18, 2013
| 6:33 AM
Just south of the Chicago Skyway bridge, a dusty byproduct of the Canadian oil boom is piling up in huge black mountains along the Calumet River.
More is on the way. A lot more.
By the end of the year, the oil giant BP is expected to complete work...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Northbrook and Glenview officials reacted with mixed feelings to the new state law that will permit concealed carry of firearms.
Illinois lawmakers overrode Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the legislation on July 9 in an effort to meet a court-ordered...