| Aug 31, 2012
— The combative and blunt-speaking John Sununu woke up Illinois' GOP delegation on the final day of the Republican National Convention by tossing some major broadsides at President Barack Obama, even suggesting that convicted influence-peddler...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 2:24 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced today that the state’s top doctor is leaving government for the world of academia.
Dr. Damon T. Arnold, who served as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will join the staff at Chicago...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 2:04 AM
The last scheduled trial arising from the pay-to-play scandal that toppled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago's federal courthouse, this time with a longtime Springfield power broker on the hot seat.
William Cellini is charged with...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 3:43 PM
Convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich will now have to clear a few more hurdles before he would even have a slight chance of collecting a $65,000-a-year state pension.
The General Assembly Retirement System board added the extra layer of scrutiny Wednesday...
| Sep 24, 2011
William Cellini's influence behind the scenes in Illinois politics and government has grown over four decades as he turned contacts and access into contracts and cash with a reach that left some envious and others awed.
He has arguably been the most...
| Jul 16, 2011
A federal judge set bond at $450,000 for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ordered him to post his North Side house and Washington condo as collateral even though the former governor's lawyers said the Chicago residence is for sale.
"I have no intention of...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 1:42 PM
Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be denied his $65,000-a-year pension because the corruption that is sending him to prison is clearly tied to his position in state government, the Illinois attorney general advised Thursday.
The legal opinion, delivered a...
| May 13, 2012
The director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has launched a plan he says will put dozens more workers in closer contact with vulnerable children the agency is supposed to protect.
Thanks to an increase in federal funding and...
| Apr 10, 2012
With his fate hanging in the balance, William Balfour now knows most of the people who will decide whether he spends the rest of his life in prison in the slayings of singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.
So far they include a college...
| Mar 27, 2012
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Ravenswood Manor home is off the market.
The 3,800-square-foot Mediterranean-style home got national exposure two weeks ago as the backdrop for Blagojevich's final news conference before he headed to federal prison in...
| May 17, 2012
| 10:01 PM
The long-shot prospect of taxpayer help to renovate Wrigley Field grew more remote Thursday, upended by revelations that the patriarch of the Chicago Cubs' ownership team had been offered a plan for using a super PAC to run racially tinged attack ads that...
| May 16, 2011
| 6:21 PM
Rod Blagojevich's legal fate may be up in the air, but witnesses at his corruption retrial testified Monday that he was at least guilty of inartfully talking about government action and political fundraising in the same breath.
Lobbyist John Wyma, a...