| Jun 4, 2012
As home foreclosures tear apart neighborhoods throughout the state, an annual battle plays out in Springfield between the banking industry and community activists over how to deal with the damage.
The banks always emerge largely unscathed. It happened...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota “for extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues,” according to a statement from Jackson sent late Friday by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo.
| May 23, 2012
| 10:50 AM
ROD BLAGOJEVICH: The first impeachment of a governor in Illinois history occurred in 2009 after Blagojevich was charged with attempting to sell the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. At Blagojevich's first trial, he was...
| May 24, 2012
| 3:29 PM
As U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald retires to accolades and well wishes, Robert Blagojevich said today that he’s still fighting to regain his reputation since federal prosecutors dropped charges against him in their sweeping corruption case...
| May 24, 2012
| 2:34 PM
Cash-strapped Cook County government and the more financially sound Forest Preserve District are looking to bring in corporate cash by selling naming rights, sponsorships and concessions.
All of those, plus more mundane ideas such as advertising on...
| Nov 1, 2012
Is it bad manners to give the moutza to a dead man who killed himself by cockroach?
This is not a philosophical question. Today is the day we hand out the venerable Moutza of the Month award, this time for October.
As loyal readers know, the moutza is...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:55 PM
Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs in combat before turning to politics, defeated freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh on Tuesday night after a bitter and expensive campaign that attracted outsize national attention.
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
| Nov 7, 2012
| 6:12 AM
WASHINGTON -- Republicans held on to their House majority in Tuesday's election, leaving Democrats well short of the net gain of 25 seats they needed to take control.
"The American people have once again given the House of Representatives to Republicans,...
| 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...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 9:45 AM
Former Springfield powerbroker William Cellini will go before a federal judge today.
He's expected to ask to serve his prison sentence at a federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama.
Cellini was convicted of trying to shake down a Hollywood producer to...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 10:30 AM
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, better known these days as inmate No. 40892-424, wished his wife a happy 22nd wedding anniversary Saturday.
In an email Patti Blagojevich posted on her Facebook, the ex-governor quoted poet Robert Browning and waxed...