| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Oct 29, 2011
| 7:50 PM
KANKAKEE — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Saturday night he expects to be “vindicated” in a House ethics probe looking at his involvement in trying to secure President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat from then-Gov. Rod...
| 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 2, 2010
| 6:52 PM
Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk are wounded rivals running neck and neck for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
After a bruising summer of controversies, both major party...
| Aug 12, 2010
Dan Rostenkowski, an old-style Chicago ward boss who became one of the nation's most powerful legislators during the Reagan era before a stunning fall to corruption charges that left him branded a political anachronism, has died. He was 82.
| 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...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 6:51 PM
Even after his fall from grace amid the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, Joe Paterno is still posting poll numbers most politicians would envy.
More than half of Pennsylvania voters surveyed still have a favorable opinion of Paterno, according to a...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 4:42 AM
A contrite former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison, capping one of the state's worst political scandals and humbling a controversial and defiant figure who rode into office as a champion of reform.
| Mar 15, 2012
| 10:50 AM
Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich has arrived at the federal prison in Colorado where he will begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.
With two of his lawyers beside him, Blagojevich walked into the low-security federal prison near Littleton, Colo., at...
| Mar 15, 2012
Rod Blagojevich may have a problem with hidden recording devices, but the convicted former governor rarely met a camera he didn't like and that held true even Wednesday with a choreographed-for-TV farewell on the eve of his imprisonment.
Showman to the...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 11:15 PM
Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge to impose “a compassionate and proportionate sentence” on the former governor, in sharp contrast to the 15- to 20-year prison sentence sought by prosecutors earlier in the day.