| Feb 3, 2012
They're the BFF of our wardrobe. The first thing we grab when we need to look presentable but don't want to think hard about it: our go-to pants.
It doesn't matter if we're male or female, young or old, a pair of dark trousers is the one thing we all...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 3:52 PM
Every so often a book comes along that changes the world in some way. Here is one such book.
What it is: "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli (1532, Italy). It was written around 1513 after the Medici regime reconquered the Florentine Republic and...
| Jan 25, 2012
A federal judge on Tuesday declined to grant a new trial for William Cellini, ruling that a juror's failure to disclose her criminal background during jury selection was not deliberate and did not taint the Springfield power broker's trial.
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:23 PM
The Regional Transportation Authority has been forced to replace more than 10,000 damaged or malfunctioning reduced-fare permits issued to senior citizens since the summer, transit officials said Tuesday.
The situation has left thousands of seniors...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 9:11 AM
Sen. Mark Kirk was hospitalized after suffering a stroke over the weekend and underwent surgery Monday in Chicago, his office said.
According to a statement, Kirk, 52, checked himself in to Lake Forest Hospital in the Chicago area on Saturday, where...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 4:01 PM
A former attorney for the state’s largest teachers’ pension fund who cooperated with federal investigators after being snared in the probe that ultimately felled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced today in federal court in Chicago to...
| Sep 25, 2012
Gail Purkey wasn't employed by the state of Illinois long enough during the 1980s to earn a state pension. Her stint with House Speaker Michael Madigan's legislative staff, plus her time at the Illinois Arts Council, an agency chaired by Madigan's wife,...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 6:35 AM
Rod Blagojevich will serve his federal corruption sentence at a prison in suburban Denver.
Federal prison officials have assigned the former governor to Colorado's Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton.
That's where he wanted to go;...
| Sep 30, 2012
To the Honorable U.S. District Judge James Zagel
Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago
Dear Judge Zagel:
I'm not some Indonesian orphan, or a young man suffering from cerebral palsy, or a Chinese political asylum seeker. And I'm...
| Jul 13, 2012
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...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 12:25 PM
A former executive director at the Illinois Finance Authority who was caught up in the federal government’s extensive probe of the Blagojevich administration was sentenced to four years of probation this afternoon.
Ali Ata emerged as a key figure...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 6:15 AM
A former state official who admitted he got his job in exchange for a campaign donation to Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to four years probation.
The sentence is part of a plea deal in which Ali Ata told investigators the convicted governor was in...