| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:47 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Out-of-power Republicans rolled out four candidates for governor at an Illinois State Fair rally Thursday that focused on regaining relevance by taking back the state's top job.
The contenders come with resumes as varied as the flavors of...
| Nov 8, 2012
A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again.
In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 4:55 PM
Jack Lavin, a longtime friend and chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn, is leaving state government to work in the private sector.
Lavin, 51, was was appointed chief of staff in 2010, a move that raised eyebrows given his previous position in imprisoned ex-...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead.
Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s final act as a public official was to send a Thanksgiving eve resignation letter to the speaker of the House in which he declared that "for 17 years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service."
| Jul 6, 2013
Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, first elected to represent his Northwest Side ward in 1975, is an unabashed believer in political patronage and charismatic leader of one of the city's most powerful Democratic organizations — an operation he hopes to...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 2:03 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A former commissioner of the state’s executive ethics panel got slapped with a $2,500 fine for participating in a political event — a violation of the very standards he oversaw.
Stephen Thurston’s fine was...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 11:57 AM
D.L. Hughley has been keeping a close eye on Chicago. He can't help it. Besides being one of his three favorite cities in the U.S., it's also often in the news, unfortunately, because of its high murder rate. The controversial comedian and regular guest...
| Aug 29, 2013
On paper, Bill Daley's resume would appear to put him high on the list of those seeking the governor's office: commerce secretary to President Bill Clinton, chief of staff to President Barack Obama and manager of Vice President Al Gore's White House...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:15 PM
The busy chief executive of the nation's fifth-largest state probably wouldn't be expected to set aside time to attend an initial hearing in a lawsuit filed against him, but there was Gov. Pat Quinn on the 23rd floor of the Daley Center.
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Last March, an adoring crowd of supporters gathered outside the Ravenswood Manor home of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and chanted "Free our governor" as the disgraced politician was about to set off for federal prison.
"This is not over," Blagojevich said...
| 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...