| Dec 20, 2011
CAIRO, Ill. — Although it happened nearly a half-century ago, that day in October 1964 when Ida Mae West-Clayton killed her husband has trailed her ever since. At times, it was only a gauzy memory; at others, it was as if it had happened yesterday....
| 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 3, 2011
A little-known hamlet of mobile homes tucked away in Lake County seems an unlikely location for a bustling new casino, one piece in a massive gambling expansion approved by Illinois lawmakers.
Park City has just about 7,500 residents, virtually no...
| Oct 21, 2011
When his multimillion-dollar deal at the Illinois teacher pension board suddenly stalled in Springfield seven years ago, Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg turned to an old friend for help.
William Cellini, a Springfield power broker whom Rosenberg knew...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 5:18 AM
There’s no denying Romeo Santos can sing bachata, but the lead singer of Aventura, the self-proclaimed “Kings of Bachata,” claims dancing it is another story.
“I’m not a dancer,” Santos told me at the Park Hyatt...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 8:26 PM
Jurors who convicted Rod Blagojevich last summer saw a changed man Tuesday, one who has lost his swagger and was noticeably more somber.
And while visibly moved by stories of his daughters' struggles to prepare for a painful separation, some are...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 5:21 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn isn't taking a position yet on his tollway board's idea to nearly double tolls to pay for new roads and road work.Asked the governor's views on the toll hike proposal, his administration offered a written statement today. ...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 3:42 PM
The chief of Illinois’ child welfare agency for the last five years is stepping down at the end of next month, saying that the state now moves more quickly to diffuse family problems before they get out of hand.
Erwin McEwen, 49, announced his...
| Oct 6, 2011
After listening to a federal prosecutor for nearly 40 minutes lay out how Springfield power broker William Cellini allegedly plotted to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer, veteran attorney Dan Webb stood up and put a decidedly different spin...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 2:37 PM
Speaking a few paces from Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's offices, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney said today that his former chief of staff did not deserve prosecution by the federal prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case.
| 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 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...