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  • Corporations lead taxpayers to the shearing

    Corporations lead taxpayers to the shearing
    Here's a business practice likely to keep booming in 2014: corporate extortion. We don't mean extortion of corporations, as is practiced by Somali pirates or entrepreneurial Russians. We mean extortion by corporations. In this field the victims are...
  • How Madigan builds his patronage army

     How Madigan builds his patronage army
    When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events. First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
  • Culturally, it's about time for gay marriage in Illinois

    Culturally, it's about time for gay marriage in Illinois
    So much in life depends not just on the circumstances into which we are born, but the era. We often forget this. We intuit the advantages of wealth, class, race and influence, which are still very much around, but we forget that those inequities pale when...
  • Durkin is new Illinois House Republican leader

    Durkin is new Illinois House Republican leader
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Thursday picked as their new leader a former Cook County prosecutor known for tough anti-crime stances but also for his work to clean up a broken justice system littered with wrongful convictions. The...
  • Follow the leader — a hard game to quit

     
    Wednesday's print column It's a legislative tradition in five states that the speaker of the House is subject to term limits: Six years in Connecticut; two in Florida, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. "There's nothing in writing," said Brenda......
  • Review: 'The Last Alibi' by David Ellis

    Review: 'The Last Alibi' by David Ellis
    Anyone who has ever fantasized about killing someone couldn't do better in that fantasy world than to hire Jason Kolarich, a savvy, street-smart lawyer who is a product of novelist David Ellis' vivid imagination. -------------------- This piece first...
  • Exorcism against same-sex marriage decried as 'political stunt'

    Exorcism against same-sex marriage decried as 'political stunt'
    Heads likely won't spin and demons probably won't hover as Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield offers prayers for exorcism Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn's planned signing of Illinois' same-sex marriage bill....
  • Quinn, Daley spar at Democratic breakfast

    Quinn, Daley spar at Democratic breakfast
    SPRINGFIELD — The two Democrats running for governor squared off for the first time Wednesday, with challenger Bill Daley contending the party will lose the office if he's not the nominee next year and Gov. Pat Quinn vowing to defeat all comers....
  • University of Illinois criticized after contract raises conflict of interest concerns

    University of Illinois criticized after contract raises conflict of interest concerns
    The University of Illinois handed out a $4.6 million contract to an architectural firm partially owned by the husband of a key administrator who oversees the planning of campus construction projects. The school initially did so without asking for the...
  • GOP's 'Fire Madigan' campaign misses the mark

     
    The Illinois delegation to this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa is flogging the party's new line of "Save Illinois: Fire Madigan" merchandise — decals, buttons, hoodies, dog T-shirts, you name it. And, as it is my nature to find......
  • Dithering Dems give hope to indicted candidate

     
    Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has her reasons for not endorsing Lance Tyson’s bid for state representative. For a year and a half — from December 2006 until May 2008 — Tyson (right), a lifelong Democrat,...
  • Why are leading Dems neutral in Derrick Smith race?

     
    Carol Marin today notes with dismay that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other Democrats are remaining neutral in the 10th District state rep race between indicted former incumbent Derrick Smith and...