| Dec 19, 2013
| 6:01 AM
If companies want to continue storing giant mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side, they soon will have to start doing so indoors.
Responding to months of public outrage about black dust clouds swirling off uncovered piles along the...
| Dec 20, 2013
In the historic Golden Dome field house in Garfield Park, bank executives and charity leaders gathered in August to trade hugs and self-congratulatory speeches.
Nonprofit groups on the West Side were helping restore communities by renovating homes...
| 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 15, 2013
| 2:03 PM
The temperature inside the manufacturing facility was warm, but the interaction between Gov. Pat Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan was chilly during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at Navistar’s new truck and engine testing center in...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:42 PM
For months, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, brushed aside the notion that it would be a conflict of interest if she served as governor while he continued to run the General Assembly.
But on Monday, she...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford has agreed to face questions about his controversial departure, a move that could allow him to explain allegations that his downfall was directly connected to his refusal to grant House Speaker Michael Madigan's patronage...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Friday's print column My Wednesday column focused on an extraordinary story — the heroism of a 51-year-old Northwest Side man who chased down an alleged thief near the lakefront on July 4 after he said he saw the man victimize......
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:23 PM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan brushed aside questions Wednesday about whether her father, powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, has ever asked her to hire or give a raise to someone and also denied she misled campaign donors when raising...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:32 PM
This item from my Sunday print column is a greatly expanded version of a blog item from Thursday It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would......
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom ended his exploratory bid for state treasurer Thursday and said he is endorsing outgoing House Republican leader Tom Cross for the post.
Schillerstrom, who ended a run for the 2010 Republican...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Sunday's print column For years it's been my sense that the Madigan name doesn't send chills down the spines of average Illinois residents. Despite the yeoman's effort of print and broadcast pundits to portray veteran Democratic state House Speaker...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:29 PM
The state of Illinois is suing the nation's largest privately held firm that maintains foreclosed homes, alleging it illegally broke into the occupied homes of people behind on their mortgage payments or in foreclosure, locked them out and removed their...