| Feb 22, 2014
The allegations that Treasurer Dan Rutherford sexually harassed and politically pressured a former employee will cost taxpayers at least $27,000 in legal and investigative fees, and that figure is expected to grow.
The largest cost so far is an $18,122....
| Mar 5, 2014
As an immigrant from South Korea, Steve Kim was introduced to American culture through childhood conversations about politics with his father over the daily newspaper. But it would take several years and a college internship before Kim realized his...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 5:51 AM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging Illinois counties to grant same-sex marriage licenses immediately, following last month's federal court ruling that gave an early green light to same-sex couples in Cook County.
Madigan spelled out her...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Officials, banks and consumers all want a piece of Target and Neiman Marcus, filing lawsuits and launching investigations against the two retailers after they reported data breaches.
A letter from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W....
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
| 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.
| Sep 16, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Bill Daley abruptly ended his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor Monday, saying a lifetime in politics had not prepared him for the “enormity” of his first run for office and the challenge of leading the state through difficult...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:11 PM
The state's Democratic dysfunction spilled into the courts Tuesday as Illinois' two top legislative leaders filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to withhold lawmakers' paychecks until they send him a measure to overhaul the highly...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:35 PM
When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan publicly pulled the plug on a run for governor, she announced that she "never planned to run" for the state's top office as long as her father remained House speaker, given the inherent conflict.
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:36 AM
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Print column, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 The most surprising news event of 2013 was the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Web portal to Obamacare. Yes, I'm sure the partisans who have long derided President Barack Obama for the lack of......
| Jan 8, 2014
| 5:48 PM
The fraud schemes of an influential Chicago businessman who figured in the downfall of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich demonstrates a pay-to-play mentality that should be punished by up to 7 years in prison, prosecutors said today in a court filing.